Epic Chushingura Volume 6
(Daichushingura - 6)
1971 - color - 93 min. REMASTERED Academy Standard (4:3)
Episode 11: Records Of An Oath Sealed In Blood
Episode 12: The Day Of Ako Castle's Confiscation
Starring: MIFUNE Toshiro
TANBA Tetsuro, TAMURA Masakazu
Episode 11: RECORDS OF AN OATH SEALED IN BLOOD
Fearing resistance, the shogunate ordered neighboring clans to deploy forces at the Ako
domain's borders where they are ready to attack at the merest sign of resistance. Oishi
makes an unusual request of his clan's troops who guard the borders which lead secret agents
sent by Uesugi clan's Chief Councilor Chisaka Hyobu attempt to create an incident at the border
to cause all-out war.
To further his decision of hara-kiri to follow their lord in death, an act that has been outlawed
by the shogunate, Oishi has the vassals sign in blood an oath giving their lives to him.
Hoping to get gunnery leader Fujii to break ranks, the female spy Oran plants the seed of
rebellion within his mind. A move that will change the destiny of a once proud family
leading to the ultimate disgrace.
Episode 12: THE DAY OF AKO CASTLE'S CONFISCATION
As the takeover of Ako Castle nears, a sinister plot is hatched that would not only destroy any
chance for restoral of the clan, but it puts the 150,000 koku Uesugi clan in jeopardy as well.
The tension mounts from all sides while Lord Wakisaka, who was the only person in Edo Castle
that supported Lord Asano is assigned the terrible task of receiving the castle, where he may
have to unleash his forces on any resistors, and annihilate the remaining members of Ako clan.
Oishi Kuranosuke must find a way to make the handing over go smoothly, while dealing with
those who want to die gloriously in battle and thus ruin his hidden plans. He does get to meet
for the first time, Horibe Yasubei, the master swordsman famous for the "Duel at Takadanobaba."
Then it is time for the 64 vassals who sealed the oath in blood to don their white hara-kiri garb
and gather at the castle. Then the truth comes out.