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Kôji Takada (screenplay)
Kôji Takada (story)
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Release Date:
28 October 1978 (Japan) See more »
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Shin'ichi Chiba ... Kazuemon Fuwa (as Sonny Chiba)
Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Kuranosuke Ohishi (as Kinnosuke Yorozuya)
Tsunehiko Watase ... Heihachiro Kobayashi
Masaomi Kondô ... Hashimoto

Toshirô Mifune ... Tsuchiya
Kyoko Enami ... Ukibashi
Kasho Nakamura
Shinsuke Mikimoto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinsuke Ashida ... Shikibe
Jun Fujimaki ... Yajuemon
Takuya Fujioka ... Kurobei Ohno

Seizô Fukumoto

Mieko Harada ... Hatsu Hashimoto
Nobuo Kaneko ... Kira
Yoshi Katô ... Yahei Horibe
Hiroki Matsukata ... Denhachiro Tamon
Tôru Minegishi ... Yasubei Horibe
Yoshiko Mita ... Akuri
Kensaku Morita ... Jujiro
Sanae Nakahara ... Todano tsubone
Mikio Narita ... Kato
Yôko Natsuki ... Osen
Ken Nishida ... Daigagu Asano
Ryô Nishida
Mariko Okada ... Riku Ohishi
Junkichi Orimoto ... Tokubei
Teruhiko Saigô ... Asano
Yûsuke Satô ... Yagashira
Harumi Sone ... Torii
Mizuho Suzuki ... Narrator
Maki Tachibana ... Shino Ohtaka
Ryô Tamura ... Uesugi
Tetsurô Tanba ... Yanagisawa
Minori Terada ... Gengo Ohtaka
Gô Wakabayashi ... Araki

Shôji Yasui ... Uemon
Hideji Ôtaki ... Yamada

Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kôji Takada  screenplay
Kôji Takada  story

Original Music by
Toshiaki Tsushima 
Cinematography by
Yoshio Miyajima 
Hanjirô Nakazawa 
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Last of the Ako Clan" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Swords of Vengeance" - USA (video title)
"The Fall of Ako Castle" - USA (alternative title)
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159 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Factual errors: The movie subtitles state the events began in 1702. In fact Asano's crime took place on April 21, 1701. The revenge on Kira took place on January 30, 1703, not on December 14, 1702. The samurai committed seppuku on March 30, 1703, not on February 4, 1704. All these errors result from wrong conversion of Japanese dates to Gregorian calendar.See more »


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Chushingura/47 Ronin, 8 September 2005
Author: alice_frye from United States

This is director Kenji Fukasaku's contribution to the 47 Ronin story, and it represents something of a combination of Mizoguchi's 1941 version and the 1962 version from director Inagaki. Supposedly, Fukasaku wanted to turn the much loved story on its head, but star Kinnosuke Yorozuya used his then extremely high influence with the studio to keep the traditional telling. Fukasaku did get his way with the fight scene, which was choreographed and led by Sonny Chiba, so viewers can expect lotsa action.

Lord Asano is not as well fleshed out as he is in Inagaki's effort, so you learn more about the depth of the insult and its significance from the remarks of his loyal samurai. Kira's greedy and conniving personality, so wonderfully conveyed in Inagaki's film, are also less emphasized. Strong supporting performances are delivered by Hiroki Matsukata (the stuttering Shogun Iemitsu in "Shogun's Samurai",) the ubiquitous Tetsuro Tamba and one of my personal favorites, Mikio Narita (the chess player in "Zatoichi and the Chess Expert".) Mifune has a small, but critical role, as well.

The movie is a visual treat for fans of jidai-geki (period films,) and maintains a better pace than the 90 minute longer film from 1941. But I recommend seeing Inagaki's "Chushingura," first, if you are not familiar with the remarkable 47 Ronin. Then pick up "The Fall of Ako Castle" for the fight scenes.

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