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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 (141 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 (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090JBJW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,281 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 8 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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11 of 12 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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55 of 63 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood is shutting out Keanu for his morally good films
The ending is a killer, such brave men..
I think this is a fantasy version of the original story/film. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by R.Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Noble, beautiful, romantic
This film was the most amazing surprise! I was expecting lots of CGI, lots of action and probably not much of a story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Bimbus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great costumes and scenery
Did not know what to expect with this. Love the costumes and the scenery, especially the way the film was shot. Fantastic movie!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Sorry but the previews were misleading.
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This film has problems, such as the pacing and the sombre tone of everything, but it is capable of some astoundingly beautiful scenes as well. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great.
Published 3 days ago by mrs gillian l healey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good film. Sunday afternoon no brainer
Published 3 days ago by MR EDWARD R HUDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by brian walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Love it.
Published 5 days ago by Rumplestiltskin
5.0 out of 5 stars why did it flop at the box office?
I thougly enjoyed this film, I admit i wasnt sure after watching the trailer for the film, so I rented it, and wow, it really good, Keanu Reeves is back on form, the story is about... Read more
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