Chuishingura Morality

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The film Chushingura embodies foundation of Japanese morality that is defined through Confucius idea of collectivism: “this moral theory is rooted in the natural order of a community” (Lai 252). This tale of bloody revenge starts with beliefs of Asano’s vassal that their lord received unreasonable death whereas Kira is escaped from punishment. This belief provokes the vassal to restore the honor of their lord by rebuilding his doomed clan (Smith 4-5). Although the vassal seems like they made urgent judicial decision of counterattacking lord Kira, they could not disregard their Samurai’s moral code (Smith 3). Confucius’ concept of morality comes in when Samurai demonstrates their dedication towards the moral code: they become selfless for their

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