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Chushingura

Chushingura(1963)

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Brief Synopsis

A young lord attempts to combat the official corruption endemic to the Shogunate, only to be placed in an impossible conflict of duties. He refuses to bribe a Chancelor who is responsible for teaching him the etiquette to receive the Shogun's envoys. The Chancelor goads him into drawing his sword when the envoys are present, a crime punishable by death. The young lord's vassals are ordered to break up his estate, and his samurai to disband. To obey the Shogun, they must follow orders, but to be loyal to their master and to elemental fairness, they must revenge him. The conflict of obligations is the essential dilemma of Japanese society, which is why this is their national epic. The story is richly woven. Worth seeing just for the supremely gorgeous art works, buildings and costumes of 18th century Japan.

Cast & Crew

Koshiro Matsumoto Kuranosuke Oishi
Yuzo Kayama Takuminokami Asano
Chusha Ichikawa Kouzuke Kira
Toshiro Mifune Genba Tawaraboshi
Yoko Tsukasa Yozenin
Tatsuya Mihashi Yasubei Horibe
Yosuke Natsuki Kinemon Okano
Ichiro Arishima Denpachiro Tamon
Norihei Miki Gayboy Geisha
Frankie Sakai Carpenter Goro
Keiju Kobayashi Lord Awaji
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 3 Oct 1963
Release Date:  1963 Production Date:  [Tohoscope]
none available
Color/B&W:  Color (Eastmancolor) Distributions Co:  Toho International, Inc., Berkeley Cinema Guild
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Toho Co.
Duration(mins):  108 Country:  Japan
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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