Chūshingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki

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Chūshingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki
Chushingura English movie poster 1962.jpg
English-language release poster
Directed byHiroshi Inagaki
Produced byTomoyuki Tanaka
Sanezumi Fujimoto
Hiroshi Inagaki
Starring
Music byAkira Ifukube
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 3 November 1962 (1962-11-03) (Japan)[1]
Running time
207 minutes[1]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Chūshingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki (忠臣蔵 花の巻 雪の巻, Chushingura: Story of Flower, Story of Snow) is a 1962 Japanese period drama film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Sanezumi Fujimoto, and Inagaki. Produced and distributed by Toho Studios, it is based on the story of the forty-seven rōnin. The film stars Toshiro Mifune as Genba Tawaraboshi, along with Matsumoto Hakuō I, Yūzō Kayama, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akira Takarada, Yosuke Natsuki, Makoto Satō, and Tadao Takashima.

Chūshingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki was released theatrically in Japan on 3 November 1962. It was released under the title 47 Samurai in the United States, and as The 47 Ronin in Australia.

Plot[edit]

The ruling shōgun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi placed Asano Takumi-no-kami Naganori, the daimyō of Akō, in charge of a reception of envoys from the Imperial Court in Kyoto. He also appointed the protocol official (kōke) Kira Kōzuke-no-suke Yoshinaka to instruct Asano in the ceremonies. Asano is young and idealistic and does not understand various court protocols accepted in mediaeval Japan concerning the back-and-forth payments of officials for larger and lesser favors. Asano only sees these payments as a corrupt form of hand-outs and, worse in his idealistic perspective, as a corruption of government and it just operation. Asano decides to boycott the payment of any 'tithes' to anyone for any reason. Kira is instructed to take notice of this and decides to teach the young Asano a lesson in manners and customs by withholding commonly expected courtesies to rebuke him. Kira is hoping that Asano will become part of the 'tithing' expectations of government officials in the Tokugawa realm.

These 'tithing' expectations weigh heavily on the young Asano, and the intentional withdrawal of common courtesies from him by court officials make him emotionally agitated and unstable. On the day of the reception, at Edo Castle, Asano draws his short sword and attempts to kill Kira. His reasoning appears to lack all decorum of court, but many purport that an insult may have provoked him. For this act, he is sentenced to commit seppuku, but Kira does not receive any punishment. The shogunate confiscates Asano's lands (the Akō Domain) and dismisses all the samurai who had served him, making them rōnin. When their lord is forced to commit ritual suicide, forty-seven of his samurai await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

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Production[edit]

The film was shot in Eastmancolor.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (in Japanese) http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1962/cl003560.htm accessed 18 January 2009

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