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Swords of Vengeance: Fall of Ako Castle – 赤穂城断絶 – Akō-jō danzetsu – 1978
Swords of Vengeance: Fall of Ako Castle (赤穂城断絶 Akō-jō danzetsu) is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It depicts the story of the Forty-seven Ronin (Chūshingura). The film is one of a series of period films by Fukasaku starring Yorozuya Kinnosuke, including Shogun’s Samurai.
The film received one nomination for the Award of the Japanese Academy for best cinematography.
- Yorozuya Kinnosuke as Ōishi Kuranosuke
- Sonny Chiba as Fuwa Kazuemon
- Tsunehiko Watase as Kobayashi Heihachiro
- Masaomi Kondo as Hashimoto Heizaemon
- Toshiro Mifune as Tsuchiya Michinao
- Kyōko Enami as Ukibashi
- Mitsuteru Nakamura as Date Muratoyo
- Shinsuke Mikimoto as Tsuchiya Masanao
- Teruhiko Saigō as Asano Takumi no Kami
- Nobuo Kaneko as Kira Kōzukenosuke
- Hiroki Matsukata as Denhachiro Tamon
- Tetsurō Tamba as Yanagisawa