October 1 ~ The Loyal 47 Ronin, Parts I and II (Genroku Chushingura) (1941)
217 min., 35mm, B&W
This two-part film was made during the beginning of the war in the Pacific when Japanese authorities encouraged filmmakers to glorify the samurai values of loyalty and self-sacrifice. This film is based on the well-known, true story about a group of forty-seven samurai who avenged their leader's death and ended their own lives in a ritual suicide. Japanese with English Subtitles.
(Print provided by the Japan Foundation. Permission from Janus/Criterion.)
Added by arborupdate on August 25, 2004