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47 Ronin [DVD] [2014]

Keanu Reeves , Hiroyuki Sanada , Carl Rinsch    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Ko Shibasaki
  • Directors: Carl Rinsch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, French, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Hindi
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090JBJW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491 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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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Massively underrated fantasy film 11 Feb 2014
By D. Krol TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
***This review is for the film only***

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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastern culture diluted for Western consumption 13 May 2014
By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
In feudal Japan, when their Lord is bewitched & commits a crime, he is forced to perform sepppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment) as punishment. Afterwards his loyal Samauri warriors are stripped of their titles, proclaimed Ronin (masterless Samurai) & banished from their province forbidden to return or face death. But knowing of the treachery committed upon their Lord, they set out to revenge his death & reclaim his honor.

As with Hollywood films that are based on true stories, we usually give them the benefit of the doubt while taking it with a pinch of salt as well. The core story of the 47 Ronin was very engrossing, and they did flesh things out for Western audiences with a few sub plots, consisting of a love story, an outsider trying to earn respect & said outsider having magical powers. In the execution it gives us plenty of time to drink in the culture & visual beauty of feudal Japan which it achieves to aplomb, while they're maybe too much talking for some, it periodically throws in various action scenes to keep you sated. Some are traditional Eastern sword fights, while the CGI laden Japanese mythology & more Western influences from other Hollywood films e.g Pirates of the Caribbean etc.. are nice embellishments/distractions & obviously done to open the film up to appeal to a wider audience.

The acting was pretty good all round, Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) puts in a decent performance in a palatable co-lead role as the solemn British/Japanese 'half breed' Kai. Alongside him are a host of Japanese actors that maintain the traditional vibe of the film as they take turns together & apart in furthering parts of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ingredients...so-so result 1 July 2014
By Nello
Format:Blu-ray
A bit disappointed here. I mean you have KR (one of my fav actors), a few very good Japanese actors, a true samurai story and some fantasy (Lord of the Rings style) thrown into it ! how can you go wrong right? well, sometimes lots of good ingredients don't necessarily make a good dish.
The whole thing just doesn't add up...you don't feel a connection to the characters or the story. Hard to put my finger on it...characters seem so flat in lack of a better word. I see rottentomatoes gave a 1* rating LOL Maybe too harsh but you get the idea...
Visuals are ok and so is the HD sound.
I was expecting so much more.....maybe part II ? :-D
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Underrated 28 May 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Blu ray Info.
Region B/2.
Ratio 2.40:1
Sound:DTS Master Audio.
Running time 119 minutes approx.

Blu ray.
Picture: Sharp, Detailed & vibrant.
Sound: Crystal clear DTS Master audio sound.

Plot Synopsis.
Hunting in the forest Lord Asano of Ako & his Samurai finds a young half breed child named Kai & takes him back to there castle training him in the art of the Samurai.

Year's later Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako yet the night after the tournament Lord Asano is bewitched into harming Lord Kira of Nagato & is dishonoured into being shamed as a Ronin & is then punished in the art of performing seppuki the art of ritual suicide forced upon by the Shogun.

Kai discovers that this was a vicious plot hatched by the evil Lord Kira as Kai & Asanos Samurai warriors set out to avenge & restore honour to there former master as they set out to on there quest to bring down the Shogun order.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a vastly underrated film that does not deserve the criticism it has been given, While not a perfect movie by any means 47 Ronin is a well directed action extravaganza featuring some well executed & choreographed action scenes.

This maybe historically inaccurate but who cares this is two hours of switch your brain off entertainment & if you go into the film with this attitude you maybe pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

After a slow bulid up actor Keanu Reeves is actually half decent as Kai who puts to use the skills he showcased so well in the Matrix trilogy & handles the part well of being a outcast who leads the Samurai on a journey to restore honour to there former master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Brother liked this.
Published 19 hours ago by Phillip T.
3.0 out of 5 stars a jAPANESE HISTORICAL TRUE STORY VISION FROM hOLLYWOOD
Keanu as a half breed fictional Ronin born in Japan but speaking with an AMerican accent to the rest of the Japanese cast with Japanese accents is quite off putting. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tweetiti
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie and very touching story!
Published 1 day ago by Valse
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think i would like this film.... i didn't, i loved it!
To cut a long story short when the film started and I saw the witch... I did think 'oh I'm not going to enjoy this' then 5 minutes later I was glued to the TV!!! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Love to watch Movies
5.0 out of 5 stars Not historic but excellent
This begins with the supernatural, adds a half-European hero and a very improbable romantic element. Compresses the time frame. Read more
Published 6 days ago by GwydionM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not bad movie
Published 6 days ago by ants
5.0 out of 5 stars New twist to an old Saga
New and different, not the original Saga as expected but a new twist!
Published 7 days ago by Jay Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic!
Published 8 days ago by Raj N
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
absolutely brilliant
Published 8 days ago by Shan
3.0 out of 5 stars So little besides the monsters
This is a film made for 3D effects. Those effects are more important than anything else in the film. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jacques COULARDEAU
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