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47 Ronin (1994)

Shijûshichinin no shikaku (original title)
A group of disgraced samurai plan a decade long revenge against a corrupt lord.

Director:

Kon Ichikawa

Writers:

Kon Ichikawa, Kaneo Ikegami (play) (as Shoichiro Ikemiya) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Takakura ... Kuranosuke Ôishi
Kiichi Nakai ... Matashirô Irobe
Rie Miyazawa Rie Miyazawa ... Karu
Kôichi Iwaki Kôichi Iwaki ... Kazuemon Fuwa
Ryûdô Uzaki Ryûdô Uzaki ... Yasubei Horibe
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Yahei Horibe
Hisashi Igawa ... Magodayû Okuda
Gaku Yamamoto ... Chûzaemon Yoshida
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Jûnai Onodera
Hitomi Kuroki Hitomi Kuroki ... Kiyo
Misa Shimizu ... Hori
Yûko Kotegawa Yûko Kotegawa ... Yôzen'in
Saburô Ishikura Saburô Ishikura ... Magozaemon Senoo
Renji Ishibashi ... Heihachirô Kobayashi
Isao Bitô Isao Bitô ... Shinpachi Yamazoe
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A group of disgraced samurai plan a decade long revenge against a corrupt lord.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 October 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

47 Assassins See more »

Filming Locations:

Ako, Hyogo, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not a particularly good version for non-Westerners to watch.
17 August 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Unlike other versions of this story that I have seen (and I've seen at least 3 or 4 others), this one begins well AFTER much of the plot has passed and so much explanatory exposition occurs in the first 20 minutes of the film. Then, when the film flashes back 20 months, it STILL goes back to AFTER the important events have occurred (when an official tried to kill one of the Shogun's trusted men). So is the 1994 version of "The 47 Ronin"--a completely non-sequential version of the story is told.

The 47 Ronin is a classic Japanese story, and I assume that practically every adult in the country is very familiar with the story. So, for a Japanese audience, this version of the story would probably work great. However, for those NOT familiar with the story, it's very confusing and told in a very roundabout manner and is quite confusing. Because there must be about a dozen other versions out there, I say try them first. Though, try also to avoid the recent Keanu Reeves version simply because it's pretty stupid.


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