Instead of summarizing the movie, I think it'd be a lot easier just to sum up the legend that inspired the movie. Trust me, there's a valid reason behind doing that. The legend revolves around 47 ronin, or samurais without a master, that used to serve under a daimyo, or lord, named Asano, who ruled over the Ako Province. He was gravely insulted by Kira, a vassal of the shogun, and treated Asano poorly. Eventually, Asano tried to kill Kira in the shogun's palace for disgracing his honor, but failed. Because of his attack on Kira, the shogun ordered Asano to commit seppuku, or honorable suicide. When he died though, his samurai had no master to lead them and were led by a samurai named Oishi, who was one of Asano's officials, in a secret oath to avenge the death of their master, even though doing so would result in their death. The short of it is, their master was killed and they seek to avenge his death, fully aware that they would die in the process. It's a story about honor and doing what's right, no matter the consequence.
|As cool as he looks, this guy is not in the movie. Seriously.|
|"I must break you."|