47 Ronin (1994)

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German title 47 ronin
Original title 四 十七 人 の 刺客shijushichinin no shikaku
Country of production Japan
original language Japanese
Publishing year 1994
length 132 minutes
Director Kon Ichikawa
script Kon Ichikawa
Kaneo Ikegami
Hiroshi Takeyama
production Jitsuzo Horiuchi
Hisao Nabeshima
Jun'ichi Shindo
music Kensaku Tanigawa
camera Yukio Isohata
cut Chizuko Osada

47 Ronin ( Japanese四 十七 人 の 刺客shijushichinin no shikaku ) is a Japanese period film from 1994, which is based on the story of 47 Rōnin . It was directed by Kon Ichikawa , who co- wrote the script with Kaneo Ikegami and Hiroshi Takeyama . The main role was played by Ken Takakura .


In 1701 , Prince Asano of the Ako clan committed suicide due to an intrigue. Behind the intrigue is the mighty Kira. The Ako clan is dissolved, and the several hundred samurai become ownerless Rōnin . The tradition provides that they take their own life like their master. But some come under with other daimyos (masters). The steward Kuranosuke Oishi, a follower of Asano, has another plan for those who remain: revenge. Lord Kira is to die for his deed. But the powerful Uesugi clan gets wind of the Ako clan's actions and is preparing to protect Kira. The decisive attack on Kira's castle takes place. When all of Kira's guards are killed, Oishi's warriors find Kira hiding in a shed. Oishi identifies Kira from the scar on his face that Lord Asano once taught him, and kills him. The fighters bring Kira's severed head to Asanos' grave site. Afterwards they commit ritual suicide.


Kon Ichikawa created his work, which came into Japanese cinemas on October 22, 1994, based on the Chunshingura saga, which Kenji Mizoguchi had filmed as a 240-minute epic in 1941 under the title Genroku chushingura .

The role of Oishi is cast by Ken Takakura. Ken Takakura is also known from films such as Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and the Ridley Scott film Black Rain with Michael Douglas and Andy García .


The film was nominated for eleven Japanese Academy Awards in 1995 , including in the categories of Best Picture , Best Director , Best Screenplay , Best Actor ( Ken Takakura ), Best Music, and Best Cinematography . The film was able to prevail in the categories of Best Production Design , Best Sound , Best Supporting Actor ( Kiichi Nakai ) and Best Editing .

Kiichi Nakai also won the Kinema Junpo Award and the film itself won the audience award at the Mainichi Eiga Concours . The film received a special jury award at the Tokyo International Film Festival , and it received an award for best music at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival .

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