Epic Chushingura Volume 5
(Daichushingura - 5)
1971 - color - 93 min. REMASTERED Academy Standard (4:3)
Episode 9: The Great Discussion
Episode 10: The Covered-up Petition
Starring: MIFUNE Toshiro
NAKAMURA Katsuo, TANBA Tetsuro
Episode 9: THE GREAT DISCUSSION
Oishi Kuranosuke calls the clan's retainers to gather for a meeting in the
great hall to discuss whether to fight for the castle and die a spendid death,
or hand it over peacefully, and commit hara-kiri en masse at the front gate as
soon as the shogun's representative takes possession.
There are factional disputes within ranks of the Ako clan between the hot-headed
Fujii Hikojiro leader of the gunnery squad and Councilor Ono Kurobe, who
distrusts Oishi's motives. Putting aside the hara-kiri, Oishi sends a petition to the
Edo to protest the unfair decision and seeking an order for Kira to slit his belly as well.
Episode 10: THE COVERED-UP PETITION
As the petition arrives in Edo it sets off a chain reaction that includes an attempt on the
life of Horibe Yasubei, who has joined with other radical clan members seeking to mount
a raid on Kira's mansion and take revenge. Ironically, the special inspectors have already
left the capital and are on their way to Ako, so the messengers need to try and catch up
with them. The late Lord Asano's brother Daigaku is afraid that the petition will interfere
with his plans and the Uesugi clan's chief councilor wants to see exactly what Oishi wrote.
so that he can protect his clan, even if it is at the expense of Kira's son. But first he must
pass the test put on him by fencing master Yagyu Toshikata.