1971 - color - 93 min. REMASTERED Academy Standard (4:3)
Episode 17: Revolt Against The Government
Episode 18: Break-up
Starring: MIFUNE Toshiro
AMACHI Shigeru, TANBA Tetsuro
Directed by: DOI Michiyoshi
Nearly 6 months have passed since their beloved Lord Asano was forced to disembowel himself, and the men of the former Ako clan are seething with hatred toward Lord Kiru, the object of their vendetta. When new comes that Kira and his family are to be moved from their safe house inside Edo Castle’s moat they call on Chief Counselor Oishi Kuranosuke to authorize the raid, or else they will do it on their own. Can Oishi make it to Edo in time to stop them from acting too soon, or will the hot-headed men fail to avenge their lord, and ruin the chief counselor’s plans for their vendetta to act as a revolt against the central government?
Meanwhile the master swordsman Shimizu Ichigaku, formerly of Kira’s clan and Horibe Yasubei become sworn brothers by trading their short swords with each other. This is a friendship between samurai that is unlike any other.