GenreDrama Music directorIchiro Saito LanguageJapanese
WriterKunio Watanabe, Fuji Yahiro Release dateApril 1, 1958 (Japan) CastKazuo Hasegawa, Shintaro Katsu, Koji Tsuruta, Machiko Kyo, Fujiko Yamamoto Similar moviesWarau Iemon, Bakumatsu, Gonza the Spearman, Sword of Desperation, Devil's Temple
The Loyal 47 Ronin(忠臣蔵,Chūshingura) is a 1958 color jidaigeki (period drama) Japanese film directed by Kunio Watanabe. With box office earnings of ¥410 million, it was the most successful film of 1958 in Japan. Furthermore, it was the second highest grossing film of the 1950s.
The Loyal 47 Ronin tells the true tale of a group of samurai who became rōnin (leaderless samurai) after their daimyo (feudal lord) Asano Naganori was compelled to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official, Kira Yoshinaka, who had insulted him. After carefully planning for over a year, they execute a daring assault on their sworn enemy's estate, and exact their revenge, knowing that they themselves would be forced to share their Lord's fate to atone for their crime.