The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ronin avenged their master's honor after patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill Kira. In turn, the ronin were themselves forced to commit seppuku for committing the crime of murder.
|Toshirō Mifune||Genba Tawaraboshi|
|Takashi Shimura||Hyobu Chishaka|
|Tatsuya Mihashi||Yasubei Horibe|
|Hakuô Matsumoto||Chamberlain Kuranosuke Oishi|
|Yûzô Kayama||Lord Naganori Asano|
|Akira Takarada||Gunpei Takada|
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