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 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
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2014
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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9 of 10 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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55 of 63 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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