The Loyal 47 Ronin (1958 film)

The Loyal 47 Ronin (忠臣蔵, Chūshingura) is a 1958 color jidaigeki (period drama) Japanese film directed by Kunio Watanabe. With box office earnings of ¥410 million, it was the most successful film of 1958 in Japan.[1] Furthermore, it was the second-highest-grossing film of the 1950s in Japan.[2]

The Loyal 47 Ronin
Japanese movie poster
Directed byKunio Watanabe
Produced byMasaichi Nagata
Screenplay byKunio Watanabe
Fuji Yahiro
Masaharu Matsumura
Toshio Tamikado
Music byIchirō Saitō
CinematographyTakashi Watanabe
Distributed byDaiei Film
Release date
  • April 1, 1958 (1958-04-01)
Running time
166 minutes


The Loyal 47 Ronin tells the true tale of a group of samurai who became rōnin (leaderless samurai) after their daimyō (feudal lord) Asano Naganori was compelled to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official, Kira Yoshinaka, who had insulted him. After carefully planning for over a year, they execute a daring assault on their sworn enemy's estate, and exact their revenge, knowing that they themselves would be forced to share their Lord's fate to atone for their crime.


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