The Loyal 47 Ronin (1932)

03/01/1932 (JP) Drama 2h 19m
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This 1932 adaptation is the earliest sound version of the ever-popular and much-filmed Chushingura story of the loyal 47 retainers who avenged their feudal lord after he was obliged to commit hara-kiri due to the machinations of a villainous courtier. As the first sound version of the classic narrative, the film was something of an event, and employed a stellar cast, who give a roster of memorable performances. Director Teinosuke Kinugasa was primarily a specialist in jidai-geki (period films), such as the internationally celebrated Gate of Hell (Jigokumon, 1953), and although he is now most famous as the maker of the avant-garde silent films A Page of Madness (Kurutta ichipeji, 1926) and Crossroads (Jujiro, 1928), Chushingura is in fact more typical of his output than those experimental works. The film ranked third in that year’s Kinema Junpo critics’ poll, and Joseph Anderson and Donald Richie noted that 'not only the sound but the quick cutting was admired by many critics.

  1. Teinosuke Kinugasa

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Jusaburo Bando

    Jusaburo Bando

    Kuranosuke Ôishi

  2. Kazuo Hasegawa

    Kazuo Hasegawa

    Asano Takuminokami and Yoshida Sawaemon (as Chôjirô Hayashi)

  3. Utaemon Ichikawa

    Utaemon Ichikawa

    Awajinokami Wakisaka / Gorobei Kakimi

  4. Kōtarō Bandō

    Kōtarō Bandō

    Shinzaemon Katsuta

  5. Kōkichi Takada

    Kōkichi Takada

    Sezaemon Oishi

  6. Sôjin Kamiyama

    Sôjin Kamiyama

    Kozukenosuke Kira

  7. Joji Oka

    Joji Oka


  8. Yukichi Iwata

    Yukichi Iwata

    Kurobee Ōno

  9. Hideo Fujino

    Hideo Fujino


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Original Title Chushingura

Status Released

Original Language Japanese

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