47 Ronin

47 Ronin

Director: Kon Ichikawa Cast: Ken Takakura, Ruriko Asaoka, Koji Ishizaka

DVD (Wide Screen)


In honor of the 100th anniversary of the invention of film, Toho studios produced this remake of Chushingura, a paean of feudal devotion and one of the most retold tales in all of Japanese cinema. Legendary filmmaker Kon Ichikawa reworks this old chestnut by trying find a psychological truth in the characters and the historical truth of the time period. Set in the spring of 1704, Kuranosuke Oishi (Ken Takakura) is the retainer of lord Naganori Asano. While in far-off Edo (pre-modern Tokyo), Asano drew his sword against Lord Kira. Contrary to usual practice, Asano was beheaded for his indiscretion while Kira -- who is well connected with the powerful Uesugi clan and the Shogun himself -- is spared. Sensing that justice has not been served, Oishi starts to organize the other retainers and plot revenge -- even though such an act means certain death for all involved. The chief retainer for Uesugi named Matashiro Irobe (Kiichi Nakai) tries to buy off as many of Asano's former samurais as possible.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
UPC: 0737187011887
Original Release: 1994
Rating: 18Up
Source: Animeigo
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:09:00

Special Features

Image gallery; Program notes; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken Takakura Kuranosuke Oishi
Ruriko Asaoka Riku
Koji Ishizaka Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa
Hisaya Morishige Hyobu Chisaka

Technical Credits
Kon Ichikawa Director,Screenwriter
Makiko Goto Production Designer
Toshiaki Hashimoto Producer
Jitsuzo Horiuchi Producer
Kaneo Ikegami Screenwriter
Yasunao Inui Costumes/Costume Designer
Yukio Isohata Cinematographer
Shinpachi Miyama Choreography
Toshiro Muraki Art Director
Hisao Nabeshima Production Designer
Kiyoshi Nagai Producer
Yoshio Ninomiya Art Director
Tetsuya Ohashi Musical Direction/Supervision
Chizuko Osada Editor
Ikuko Saito Costumes/Costume Designer
Teiichi Saito Musical Direction/Supervision
Hiroshi Takahashi Producer
Hidehiko Takei Associate Producer
Yo Takeyama Screenwriter
Kensaku Tanigawa Score Composer
Masaaki Tezuka Asst. Director
Seiji Urushido Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kon Ichikawa's 47 Ronin
1. October, 1702 [9:02]
2. Secret Meetings [6:41]
3. Blood in the Castle [5:37]
4. An Urgent Message [7:41]
5. Yanagisawa Mansion [7:09]
6. The Chosen Ones [7:39]
7. Gihei of Amakawaya [5:27]
8. Ambush! [5:43]
9. Early Retiremtn [6:46]
10. Recent Dropouts [6:37]
11. Her Ladyship's Sorror [4:05]
12. Karu' Day Out [2:29]
13. Mimasakaya Mercantile [7:06]
14. Kira's Tea Party [8:35]
15. December 14th [6:16]
16. The Hour of the Boar [5:55]
17. Inside the Mansion [7:36]
18. Break of Dawn [7:15]
19. Oishi Meets Kira [4:57]
20. End Credits [2:58]

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47 Ronin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lack_of_color More than 1 year ago
This movie has an awesome plot with great acting. The movie is pretty slow-paced but makes up for it with acting and plot. I would recommend renting it first and watching it before buying it as the movie can be pretty expensive.