Eureka is set to release the Blu-ray (Region B) for the 1978 film The Fall of Ako Castle on December 4, 2023. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku (known for Battle Royale), the movie features a star-studded cast including Toshiro Mifune (from Seven Samurai) and Sonny Chiba (from Doberman Cop). This samurai epic is a modern take on the traditional tale of the 47 ronin.
When an unjust act causes the death and loss of property for his master, devoted servant Ōishi (played by Kinnosuke Yorozuya in Bushido) swears to seek revenge. However, the target of his vengeance is under the protection of the ruling shogunate, making any retaliation a potential act of treason. Ōishi gathers the remaining samurai who are now without a master, and the 47 of them make a solemn promise to avenge their fallen lord. As tensions escalate among the ronin who are eager to launch an attack, their loyalty and determination remain steadfast.
Ōishi is patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to carry out his mission. However, he is being closely monitored by enemy spies and assassins. Some speculate that Ōishi has succumbed to vices, but others believe it may all be a part of his strategy.
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.
“Only 2000 copies available of the Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Chris Malbon.”
This film is available in 1080p high definition, restored from the original film components by Toei.
Japanese Mono audio without compression
Optional English subtitles
Fresh audio commentary from reviewer Tom Mes.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Tony Rayns, a renowned expert in Asian cinema.
New video essay by author and critic Jasper Sharp
Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork
A special booklet for collectors containing fresh written pieces by Jonathan Clements about the movie.
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