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The 47 Ronin (Part 1 & 2)
The 47 Ronin (Part 1 & 2) (1941) DVD Region 1 (Playable in North America - The US, Canada, Mexico, etc.) Black & White. Re-mastered. Japanese with English subtitles. Running time: 222 minutes.
Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Daisuke KatÃ´, Chojuro Kawarasaki, Kunitaro Kawarazaki.
Rooted in Japanese legend, this epic drama follows a cadre of samurais loyal to Lord Takuminokami Asano (Yoshizaburo Arashi). Lord Asano resists a bribery attempt by a member of the Shogun's court. His honesty, however, is useless against the corruption of the administration, and he is forced to commit harakiri. His samurai retinue are dispersed as masterless ronin. The leader of the samurai, Oichi, plots with a loyal band of ronin to seek revenge for their master's dishonor.
Produced over a two-year period, Kenji Mizoguchi's definitive 1941 version of the oft-filmed Seika Mayama story The 47 Ronin was too big to be confined to a single film. Thus, it was released in two parts, running a combined 222 minutes.
"This was possibly the best film of Japan's war period." James Craney - US & World Film
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