Crest of Betrayal (1994) Kinji Fukasaku

Crest of Betrayal (1994)
aka Chûshingura gaiden: Yotsuya kaidan
Genre: Action | Drama | Horror
Country: Japan | Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English (optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 114mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 833x452 - 23.976fps - 1.33gb

 One of the most enduring sagas in Japanese cinema is the story of Chushingura, or the 47 ronin. The true-life tale of 47 samurai warriors banding together to assassinate the ruler responsible for the death of their master has been subject of films as diverse as Hiroshi Inagaki's lavish The Loyal 47 Ronin (Chushingura, 1962) to Masamu Tsushima's cheerfully trashy Ninja Vixens (Kunoichi Ninpo-cho IV: Chushingura Hisho, 1994). Kinji Fukasaku had done his own version in the late seventies, under the title The Fall of Ako Castle (Ako-jo Danzetsu, 1978), a sequel to Shogun's Samurai (Yagyu Ichizoku No Inbo, 1978), the director's first attempt at making a jidai geki after two decades of mainly contemporary crime and gangster films.

For Crest of Betrayal, Fukasaku and co-screenwriter Motomu Furuta combined the legend of the forty-seven samurai with another stalwart of Japanese folklore: the ghost story of Yotsuya. Most famously brought to the screen by Jigoku director Nobuo Nakagawa in 1959's Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan, the ghost story of Yotsuya concerns the revenge of a disfigured female ghost on her lover, who had poisoned her in order to marry a woman of better standing. Despite often having been combined on stage, Crest of Betrayal is the first cinematic attempt at weaving the two folktales into a single story.
 Crest of Betrayal (1994)

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