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FULL SYNOPSIS

This sweeping historical epic has sometimes been labelled the Gone with the Wind of Japan; at any rate, it's almost the same length as Gone (the film was originally released in two parts). Chusha Ichikawa plays a powerful and ruthless feudal lord who battles virtuous young noble Yuzo Kayama. Ichikawa is temporarily victorious when he tricks Kayama into committing Hara Kiri. Vengeance is meted out by Kayama's forty-seven samurai retainers. Based on a venerable Japanese legend, the story of Chushingura has been filmed several times, but only the 1941 version (47 Ronin) matched the grandeur of director Hiroshi Inagaki's 1962 version. In some English-speaking countries, Chushingura has been released in a shorter version titled The Loyal 47 Ronin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Koshiro Matsumoto
as Kuranosuke Oishi
Yuzo Kayama
as Takuminokami Asano
Chusha Ichikawa
as Kouzuke Kira
Toshiro Mifune
as Genba Tawaraboshi
Setsuko Hara
as Riku
Tatsuya Mihashi
as Yasubei Horibe
Yosuke Natsuki
as Kinemon Okano
Ichiro Arishima
as Denpachiro Tamon
Norihei Miki
as Gayboy Geisha
Frankie Sakai
as Carpenter Goro
Keiju Kobayashi
as Lord Awaji
Yuriko Hoshi
as Otsuya
Yumi Shirakawa
as Ume
Kumi Mizuno
as Saho
Akira Takarada
as Gunpei Takada
Takashi Shimura
as Hyobe Chishaka
Michiyo Aratama

Crew

Hiroshi Inagaki
Director
Izumo Takeda
Play Author
Senryu Namiki
Play Author
Shoraku Miyoshi
Play Author
Toshio Yasumi
Screenwriter
Akira Ifukube
Composer (Music Score)
Kisaku Ito
Art Director
Kiyokata Seruwaka
Choreography
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