EPIC CHUSHINGURA FULL SERIES BOX SET
(Daichushingura Episodes 1-52)
1971 - Color - 720 min. REMASTERED Academy Standard (4:3)
The entire 52 episodes of the amazing yearlong series that set the standard for Japanese samurai history.
The tale of the 47 Ronin is Japan's most famous historical event, and the subject of many films and television shows. This is the ultimate version, with each episode basically a mini-movie from the same people who made most of KUROSAWA Akira's classic films.
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Starring: MIFUNE Toshiro
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Music by: TOMITA Isao
Swordfight Choreography by: KUZE Ryu
EPIC CHUSHINGURA (Daichushingura) is a television dramatization of the events of the 47 Ronin. The first episode aired on January 5, 1971, and the 52nd and final episode appeared on December 28 of the same year. The NET network broadcast it in the Tuesday evening 9:00–9:56 prime-time slot in Japan.
The series featured an all-star cast. The central actor was MIFUNE Toshiro, who portrayed Oishi Kuranosuke; with TSUKASA Yoko as his wife Riku; ONOE Kikunosuke as Asano Takumi-no-kami.
ICHIKAWA Chusha VIII took the part of Kira Kozukenosuke Yoshinaka, but died after the filming of episode 47; his brother Kodayu replaced him. The co-lead in the production (and Oishi's main adversary) Uesugi clan's chief councilor Chisaka Hyobu was played by the great TANBA Tetsuro.
Among the ronin and their allies were WATARI Tetsuya as Horibe Yasubei, TAMURA Masakazu as teenage Yato Emonshichi, and Frankie SAKAI as Akabane Genzo. WAKABAYASHI Go and SAKAGAMI Jiro also appeared in the series.
Many actors appeared as guest stars in only a few episodes. Among them were many known to audiences outside of Japan. These included: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke as Wakisaka Awaiji-no-kami, SHIMURA Takashi, and superstar KATSU Shintaro as Tawaraboshi Genba (the role that Mifune played in the 1962 Inagaki film).
Music was composed by the brilliant TOMITA Isao, and the sword-fighting scenes were handled by KUZE Ryu, who had most notably done the same for KUROSAWA Akira's Yojimbo and Sanjuro. Every moment of this dynamic series is filled with gripping drama, which then explodes into exciting action. The production values in this series are clearly of motion picture level.
Episodes 1-52 on 26 DVDs tell the story in its most accurate and artistic way. Each episode has the quality of a full motion picture with intricate stories and heart-stopping action as the leader of the group Oishi Kuranosuke must contend not only with the plots and machinations of the vile Lord Kira and the central government, but he faces much discord from within as the younger members fail to understand the true meaning of what they must accomplish. Similar to a Taiga Drama in the year-long format of 52 episodes, this series is much more than that. Powerful beyind compare, available for the first time ever in its entirety!