47 Ronin (四十七人の刺客, Shijūshichinin no shikaku) is a 1994 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa. The film is another version of the Chūshingura, the story of the revenge of the forty-seven rōnin of Ako against Lord Kira.[1][2][3]

47 Ronin
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Directed byKon Ichikawa
Written byKon Ichikawa
Hiroshi Takeyama
Produced byJitsuzo Horiuchi
Toshio Nabeshima
Jun'ichi Shindô
CinematographyYukio Isohata
Edited byChizuko Osada
Music byKensaku Tanikawa
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22) (Japan)
Running time
132 minutes

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The story of the forty-seven rōnin has been depicted in many ways, with each version focusing the emphasis on different parts of the story: the rivalry of Lords Asano and Kira, Asano's assault on Kira, Asano's sentence of seppuku immediately afterward, and the revenge attack twenty-one months later against Kira by the forty-seven loyal retainers. Oishi Kuranosuke, Asano's chamberlain and the head of the 47 samurai, is often the primary character, and his actions are often held up as the epitome of bushido, the honor code of the samurai.

In this telling, the emphasis is on the preparation for and the attack on Kira's castle. The immediate reactions to Lord Asano's assault on Lord Kira are shown in flashback, and Lord Asano and the actual assault are barely shown at all. Unlike other versions of the story, Oishi does not pretend to descend into a life of debauchery, and Kira is portrayed as knowing of the attack in advance.[4][5]

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References edit

  1. ^ "47人の刺客". wowow. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  2. ^ "47人の刺客". kotobank. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. ^ "47人の刺客". 市川コンcom. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  4. ^ "47人の刺客". Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  5. ^ "47人の刺客". Agency for Cultural Affairs 映画情報システム. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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