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The 47 Ronin  (Pt. 1 & 2)

February 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The 47 Ronin  (Pt. 1 & 2)  (Japan, 1941)

Genroku Chushingura

In the early years of the 18th century, the retainers of slain Lord Asano, led by the loyal Oichi, set out to avenge themselves against the man whose treachery was responsible for their master’s death over a matter of court protocol.  The most famous version of the most famous of Japanese tales, this epic was produced at the behest of the military government with propagandistic intent, but was made with a conviction, humanity and graphic genius that transcend the circumstances of its production.

Koa Eiga, Shochiku Co. Ltd.  Producer: Nobutaro Shirai.  Director: Kenji Mizoguchi.  Screenwriter: Yoshikata Yoda, Kenichiro Hara.  Based on the play by Seika Mayama.  Cinematographer: Kohei Sugiyama.  Editor: Takata Kuji.  Cast: Chojuro Kawarasaki, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Mano Misamu, Shizue Yamagishi.  35mm, b/w, in Japanese with English subtitles, 241 mins.

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