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The 47 Ronin (1941)

Genroku Chûshingura (original title)
In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives ... See full summary »


Kenji Mizoguchi


Kenichiro Hara (screenplay), Seika Mayama (play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chôjûrô Kawarasaki Chôjûrô Kawarasaki ... Kuranosuke Ooishi
Kan'emon Nakamura Kan'emon Nakamura ... Sukeimon Tomimori
Kunitarô Kawarazaki Kunitarô Kawarazaki ... Jurôzaemon Isogai
Yoshizaburo Arashi Yoshizaburo Arashi ... Lord Takuminokami Asano
Chôemon Bandô Chôemon Bandô ... Sôzaemon Hara
Sukezô Sukedakaya Sukezô Sukedakaya ... Chûemon Yoshida
Kikunojo Segawa Kikunojo Segawa ... Gengo Ootaka
Shotaro Ichikawa Shotaro Ichikawa ... Yahei Horibe
Enji Ichikawa Enji Ichikawa ... Tadashichi Takebayashi
Kikunosuke Ichikawa Kikunosuke Ichikawa ... Gengoemon Kataoka
Shinzô Yamazaki Shinzô Yamazaki ... Seimon Ooishi
Sensho Ichikawa Sensho Ichikawa ... Matsunosuke Ooishi
Shoji Ichikawa Shoji Ichikawa ... Magoemon Seo
Iwagoro Ichikawa Iwagoro Ichikawa ... Fujiemon Hayamizu
Shinzaburo Ichikawa Shinzaburo Ichikawa ... Matanosuke Ushioda


In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives the palace and lands from his clan, but does not punish Lord Kira. Lord Asano's vassals leave the land and his samurais become ronin and want to seek revenge against the dishonor of their Lord. But their leader Kuranosuke Oishi asks the Shogun to restore the Asano clan with his brother Daigaku Asano. One year later, the Shogun refuses his request and Oishi and forty-six ronin revenge their Lord. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 47 Ronin See more »

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Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original play "Genroku Chushingura" is probably the most well researched, historically accurate account of the famous Ako Vendetta that happened in 1702. Though the film was partially supported by the Ministry of Information to promote the idea of loyalty to the Japanese population just before entering WW II, it is interesting that the original play was written for the communism-oriented collective Kabuki troops 'Zenshinza', and most of the original cast members also played the same roles in the film version. See more »


From ~1:40 to ~1:44 an appropriate dialog sequence occurs starting with three men walking a path with one saying "Counselor, the decision has come" and ending with "we need have no fear." That same sequence is duplicated at ~2:22 to ~2:26 with the additional dialog at the end "I want you two to return to Edo at once and inform our brothers there that I will be arriving shortly." This duplicate is out of sequence with the story. See more »


Version of Dai Chûshingura (1957) See more »

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We've seen more simplistic and bombastic propaganda, to be sure
1 July 2007 | by Arca1943See all my reviews

Yes, the pace is slow, yes the movie is long; especially to our eyes used to modern (?) movie-making of the recent years that knows only two rhythms, ultra-fast and ultra-ultra-fast. Yet the story of those 47 ronins, at least for those of us patient enough to enter it, to let themselves flow into it, is all in all very interesting and says a lot about 18th-century Japan. This movie is remarkably well constructed and acted and while the rhythm is slow, it is also implacable : the good side of having a slow rhythm is that you can eventually accelerate, something that ultra-fast doesn't allow.

But most of all, I notice this : for a film that was supposed to take place into a war-propaganda effort, I do find this tribute to the traditional virtues of the Japanese warrior to be remarkably sober in tone and almost completely devoid of any rhetoric. So, I am not at all surprised to learn that it was a commercial insuccess when it was released in 1941 Japan : for the spirit and inspiration of 'The 47 Ronins' are much too elevated to fit the ultranationalist hysteria of the times.

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