Genroku Ryoran

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Famous kabuki actor Nakamura Kanburo plays the role of Oishi Kuranosuke


  • Title: 元禄繚乱 (げんろくりょうらん)
  • Title (romaji): Genroku Ryoran
  • Also known as: Chushingura (see note below)
  • Genre: Taiga drama, jidaigeki
  • Episodes: 49
  • Viewership ratings: 25.0 (1st ep), 28.5 (higest ep), 20.2 (average)
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 1999-Jan-10 to 1999-Dec-12
  • Air time: Sunday 20:00


The 38th NHK Taiga Drama is Genroku Ryoran. The "Forty-seven Loyal Samurai" is one of the most enduring and best loved stories of Japan's history. Generations have grown up hearing the stirring tale of Oishi Kuranosuke, chief councillor of the Ako clan who leads his men through suffering and hardship to ultimately avenge their lord after he is unjustly forced to commit harakiri. NHK's 38th Taiga Drama "Genroku Ryoran" is the ambitious remake of this classic epic and boasts a cast that reads like a Who's Who in Japanese entertainment.

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  • A few sources refer to this taiga drama as Chushingura. Although the drama is based on the famous story of the 47 ronin, the official name given by NHK is 元禄繚乱, as published on both their website and in their annual publication (ISBN 4-14-923327-6). However, places like and KIKU-TV refer to the drama as Chushingura, and as such many people refer to the taiga drama using that name. -- Groink 06:44, 24 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • The story of the 47 ronin have been told in many other movies and TV dramas, including: 47 Ronin (Shochiku, 1941), Chushingura with Mifune Toshiro (TOHO, 1962), Ako Roshi (TOEI, 1985), Chuushingura 1/47 (Fuji TV, 2001), Saigo no Chuushingura (NHK, 2004), and Chushingura (TV Asahi, 2004). -- Groink 06:44, 24 Jul 2005 (EDT)

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