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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Ko Shibasaki
  • Directors: Carl Rinsch
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, French, Hindi
  • Subtitles: English, French, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090JBJW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,337 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Carl Rinsch directs this reimagining of the Japanese tale about the revenge of the 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves. With the underhand machinations of their rival Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) blamed for the death of their master, a group of abandoned ronin recruit British-Japanese outcast Kai (Reeves) to help plan their revenge. Vastly outnumbered, but inspired by the teachings of Kuranosuke Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), Kai and the other ronin engage in a bloody battle with forces under the command of Kira's loyal subordinate Mizuki (Rinko Kikuchi).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Clarke on 10 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Ronin
The true story of the forty-seven ronin details events in eighteenth century Japan, where the leaderless samurai of a feudal lord showed extreme loyalty and persistence in avenging the death of their deceased master. Within one year, they reformed and enacted vengeance on the man, ultimately responsible for their leaders demise. From the very beginning, the ronin knew that whatever the outcome, their futures would hold death, by the fight itself, or as punishment for their acts and so, committed the act of Seppuku - a ritualistic suicide, maintaining their honour and knowing full well the repercussions of their actions. In western society, it may seem to be an almost barbaric act, headstrong and foolhardy, and yet still provided a good sense of meaning to the word honour, not just in Japan but worldwide.

Preconceptions & Misconceptions
Upon first hearing of this films existence (while it was still in development) I rejoiced in the fact that one of the most well known stories in Japanese history was going to get a high budget film - with a Japanese cast instead of making it a cheesy American reenactment. The trailers leading up to the films release however, filled me with worry as to what I was about to witness. One such trailer had a slew of comments worth noting; One viewer claiming it would be offensive to the people of Japan and so on - which myself and a friend believed at the time, was being oversensitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
It’s easy to see why the much delayed and ridiculously expensive Hollywood version of 47 Ronin did so poorly at the box-office. Forget reimagining one of Japan’s most cherished stories as a special effects fantasy – plenty of Japanese versions of the tale have taken big liberties as well and the fantasy elements are relatively sparingly used – it’s the fact that it’s all so mediocre: not terrible, but not good either, stranded in a middle ground where everything is so vanilla and ordinary. You can see where this could have seemed like a good idea several rewrites and reshoots ago, and you can see where much of the money went even though the director does his best to hide it by shooting much of the film in close-up, but nothing really excites. Even the film’s three best action scenes are merely okay, and given that the film hired the best action editor in the English speaking world, Stuart Baird, you can bet that’s because a lot of the footage he had to work with was underwhelming. Despite coming from a commercials background, first-time director Carl Rinsch doesn’t exhibit a particularly arresting visual style, with only a scene in a haunted forest and cave showing a bit more imagination than the often rather perfunctory staging that’s the hallmark of much of the film.Read more ›
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72 of 83 people found the following review helpful By D. Krol TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
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I had heard quite a lot of mixed comments about this film, some people thought it was the film of the year, while some really disliked it, but I do like Keanu Reeves so I thought I'd give it go anyway. I'm glad that I did.

Plot: It's about a group of proud Samurai who's master is killed and dishonoured and their status is reduced to Ronin. Only for them to rise up and seek revenge against the evil ruler and his magical witch, who are responsible

This film was panned by critics and became a huge box office flop but I really can't understand why. It's high adrenaline, action packed, exciting and has some absolutely mind blowing special effects. Ok Keanu Reeves does look a little out of place in a movie full of Japanese actors, playing out a truly Japanese story, but that is easily got past. There is quite a lot of Japanese language and subtitles in the film but most of it is in English so it's not too hard to follow.

The camera work and sound in this movie are what makes it really stand out, the unknown director really did a sterling job here and really immerses you into the magical world of the Ronin.
The acting for the most part is very good too and you really do develop a kind of kinship with some of the characters, which makes you really root for them and genuinely care about their fate.

All in all 47 Ronin is a fun, exciting, way to spend a couple of hours, it's visually stunning to look at and after a slowish start, the action and fantasy never lets up. Without giving too much away, it does leave the door open for a sequel but alas, due to its poor box office performance I doubt that we will ever see one.

8/10 Very good fantasy movie, harshly panned by the critics
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