Saturday Afternoon at the Japanese Cinema is a monthly event showcasing Japanese movies. The movie and snacks are free courtesy of the MBT Sangha (temple members). Movies are shown each month except when the temple’s Social Hall is scheduled for other activity – so please check our website or call the temple to confirm the date – 312.943.7801.

The featured movie this month is: The 47 Ronin Parts 1 & 2 (with english subtitles)

Where: MBT Social Hall
When: February 16, noon to 3:30 pm
Suggested Donation: The movie and lunch are free!
Register: Please RSVP (email: or phone: 312.943.7801)

Please note the early start time as the movie is 3 1/2 hours long! We will serve lunch during intermission.

About The 47 Ronin

In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun’s palace.

The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives the palace and lands from his clan but does not punish Lord Kira.

Lord Asano’s vassals leave the land and his samurais become ronin and want to seek revenge against the dishonor of their Lord. But their leader Kuranosuke Oishi asks the Shogun to restore the Asano clan with his brother Daigaku Asano. One year later, the Shogun refuses his request and Oishi and forty-six ronin revenge their Lord.

Cast: Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Daisuke Kato, Chojuro Kawarasaki, Kunitaro Kawarasaki, Seizaburo Kawazu, Mantoyo Mimasu, Mitsuko Miura, Kan’emon Nakamura, Mieko Takamine

This is the original 1941 version. It will start early because the movie is over 3 ½ hours long.

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