47 Ronin 2013

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After a warlord banishes their kind, a band of 47 leaderless samurai must seek help from Kai (Keanu Reeves) - an enslaved half-breed - in their ultimate fight for vengeance and redemption.

Starring:
Keanu Reeves,Hiroshi Sogabe
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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47 Ronin

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Carl Rinsch
Starring Keanu Reeves, Hiroshi Sogabe
Supporting actors Masayoshi Haneda, Jin Akanishi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Min Tanaka, Kou Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2014
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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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful By D. Krol TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2014
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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