Two longtime friends are forced to clash swords while fighting for opposing clans in director Kazuo Mori's thrilling take on the tale of the 47 Ronin. Nakayama Yasubei (Shinataro Katsu) was preparing for the duel that would define his life when he crossed paths with ambitious Shogunate official Tangé Tenzen (Raizo Ichikawa), and in no time the men would became fast friends. Even their mutual love for a beautiful woman wasn't enough to tear the two men apart, but when Yasubei and the famed 47 Ronin target the nefarious Lord Kira, Tenzen vows to uphold his oath to protect Kira at all costs, even if it means driving a sword through the heart of his closest ally. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This movie has a great storyline, lots of action, and lots of killing. Unfortunately, the special effects are non-existent. The sword fights are choreographed so that the swords don't look like they really stab or slice the people who are killed, and there is never any blood on the swords when they kill people. I like the old samurai movies where the heads get chopped off and the bodies get cut in half with blood squirting. So if you are looking for the old style samurai movie, you will be disappointed.