Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Fall of Ako Castle (1978)
A samurai film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, starring Sonny Chiba and Toshiro Mifune.
In reaction to a string of insults, a feudal lord draws his sword in the shogunate castle. He is sentenced to death and his family name will be abolished. The rest of his clan plot revenge on the man who insulted their lord and was not punished.
This is the same story as 47 Ronin, but presented much better. It's 2 and a half hours long, but worth watching. The plot is amazingly coherent, but the characters seemed like an army of clones. I guess that's where the thing about all Japanese people looking the same comes from. I'm rating this adequate.