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    The Fall of Ako Castle

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    a.k.a. Swords of Vengeance
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 159 mins
    Retail Price: £22.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) brings together an ensemble cast, including two icons of Japanese cinema — Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai) and Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter) — for this samurai epic, a retelling of the classic story of the 47 ronin.

    When an injustice costs his master his life and estate, loyal retainer Ōishi (Kinnosuke Yorozuya, Bushido) vows revenge. Because the target of his vengeance is protected by the ruling shogunate, any retaliation would be seen as an act of treason. Ōishi assembles the remaining ranks of the now-masterless samurai and the 47 of them pledge a blood oath to avenge their slain lord. Tensions rise among the ranks of the ronin eager to launch the mission, as Ōishi bides his time awaiting the right time to strike. Enemy spies and assassins track Ōishi, who has seemingly fallen into vice: Has he lost his sense of honour, or is it just a part of his plan?

    The Fall of Ako Castle offers a moving tale of loyalty, betrayal, and sacrifice where classical history explodes into brutal samurai carnage. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Fukasaku’s retelling of one of Japan’s most resonant events.

    Special Features:
    Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Chris Malbon [2000 copies]
    New feature-length audio commentary by critic Tom Mes
    Tony Rayns on The Fall of Ako Castle – new interview with Asian film expert Tony Rayns
    King of my Castle – new video essay by author and critic Jasper Sharp
    Reversible sleeve
    A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Jonathan Clements and a filmography of works by Kinji Fukasaku

    Video Tracks:
    2.35:1 widescreen 1080p

    Audio Tracks:
    PCM 2.0 Mono Japanese

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    Directed By:
    Kinji Fukasaku

    Written By:

    Shin'ichi Chiba
    Kinnosuke Nakamura
    Tsunehiko Watase
    Masaomi Kondô
    Toshirô Mifune
    Kyôko Enami
    Kasho Nakamura

    Music From:
    Toshiaki Tsushima

    Director of Photography:
    Yoshio Miyajima
    Hanjirô Nakazawa

    Eureka Entertainment

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