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47 Ronin (1994)

Director: Kon Ichikawa

Jack   B+

IMDB    6.6



   The great director, Kon Ichikawa takes a shot at the famous Japanese story set in 1701. The movie is beautifully filmed and contains some wonderful scenes. However, the movie but doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It is slow and tends to skip over details as it is presenting a story that the intended audience knew almost by heart.

   The 1962 version Chusingura and the 1941 version by Kenji Mizoguchi are still the ones that I would pick to see first, but the Ichikawa version is still really good.