Chushingura* (The Loyal 47 Retainers)

  • 1962 ----- color ----- 207 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, screenplay by Toshio Yasumi based on the play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon; with Koshiro Matsumoto, Yuzo Kayama, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takashi Shimura, Keiju Kobayashi, Ryo Ikebe, Setsuko Hara, Yokoo Tsukasa, Hisaya Morishige, Chusha Ichikawa, Toshiro Mifune) This most famous of all Japanese dramas has been faithfully and beautifully brought to life in this screen adaptation by Hiroshi Inagaki. In 1701 the young, idealist Lord Asano refuses to bow to the unofficial policy of court bribery, brings about his own downfall by drawing his sword, in the Shogun's palace, after continuous insults from the old Grand Master of Ceremonies, Kira. Asano is forced to commit seppuku, his lands and titles are confiscated and his samari made lordless. The succeeding years of secret fury, humiliation, self-sacrifice, poverty and planning reveal the virtue of personal loyalty. [Letterboxed] (In Japanese with English subtitles) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Asian Languages and Literature, Drama, Far Eastern Studies, History: Asian, Japan, Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, Political Science: Asian)