The Loyal 47 Ronin

The Loyal 47 Ronin (1932)

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.

Directing:
  • Teinosuke Kinugasa
  • Views: 2
  • Release Date: 1932-03-01
  • Language: 日本語
  • Country: JP
  • Runtime: 139

Sôjin Kamiyama

Kozukenosuke Kira

Kokuten Kōdō

Uesugi Family Elder

Kazuo Hasegawa

Asano Takuminokami and Yoshida Sawaemon (as Chôjirô Hayashi)

Joji Oka

Yanagisawa

Hiroko Kawasaki

Yōzen'in

Yukichi Iwata

Kurobee Ōno

Shoichi Nodera

Yahee Horibe

Tokuji Kobayashi

Genzaemon Tonomura

Kashichi Shimada

Tsunanori Uesugi

Kenji Oyama

Gengo Ôtaka

Haruo Takeda

Gon'uemon Ōkubo

Shintarô Takiguchi

Сhikara Ôishi

Utako Suzuki

Orui's mother

Kōtarō Bandō

Shinzaemon Katsuta

Tomio Aoki

boss of the children (as Tokkan Kozô)

Eiji Oshimoto

Chotaro Kasahara

Chōko Iida

Nui, Fuwa's wife

Kōkichi Takada

Sezaemon Oishi

Jusaburo Bando

Kuranosuke Ôishi

Utaemon Ichikawa

Awajinokami Wakisaka / Gorobei Kakimi

Eigorô Onoe

Heihachiro Kobayashi

Junosuke Bandô

Emoshichi Yatou

Misao Seki

Koyama

Yasuro Shiga

Jūbee Ōtake

Tatsuo Saitō

Kazuemon Fuwa

Kasuke Koizumi

servant Ono

Hideo Sugawara

Daisaburō

Akiko Chihaya

Katsuta's Wife Hikari
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