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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Underrated
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.

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Hunting in the forest Lord Asano of Ako & his Samurai finds a young half breed child named Kai & takes him back to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars I saw your belly sticking out from behind the tree....
Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in their village.

Several years later, Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, he is bewitched into trying to kill Lord Kira, and is punished by honourably ending his life by the Shogun.

Realising that it was a Lord...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Underrated, 28 May 2014
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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.

The set design's are stunningly well crafted & the special effects are visually stunning yet some backstory & character development seem to be missing that tells us very little about the supporting characters.

The movie has also been slated for it's ending, Yet it makes perfect sense to the warriors code of the samurai who sacrifice there honour in a bid to restore honour to there former master.

For a movie that's been savaged by the film critic's 47 Ronin is in fact a decent action/fantasy samurai movie, While not quite an epic movie as it could've been it is far better movie than it's been given credit for & overall is well worth a look.

Timelord Thoughts.
8/10
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Massively underrated fantasy film, 11 Feb 2014
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D. Krol "deano76" (bradford) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 47 Ronin [DVD] [2014] (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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastern culture diluted for Western consumption, 13 May 2014
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Jules (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 47 Ronin [DVD] [2014] (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. The stand out's IMO being Hiroyuki Sanada (The Twilight Samurai) as Oishi the courageous leader of the 47 & Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim) as the evil witch. The latter stole Tadanobu Asano's (Ichi The Killer) thunder as the devious Lord Kira, relegated to a lot of smirking as a result. And in a Captain Phillips fashion, newcomer Takato Yonemoto was welcome brief comedy relief in a a very sombre feeling movie as the rotund Ronin, Basho.

In conclusion, 47 Ronin was an enjoyable mixture of Western film making & an introductory experience to Japanese Feudal culture & mythology. Contains violence & mature themes. Recommended.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrills Ahead! Excellent Adventure, 28 Dec 2013
First the negatives: I recently read that one of the reasons '47 Ronin' cost so much to make is that the director insisted on filming it with 3D cameras (rather than adding the 3D in post-production), which is surprising, as the 3D in the movie is so subtle (for 'subtle' read 'virtually non-existent') that in my opinion, it's not really worth paying the extra to see the movie in that format. Apart from some good fire effects, there's not much added to the film by the 3D. In fact, watching the movie wearing those 3D specs actually detracts from the experience, as the fantastic colour palette of the sets and costumes in the first half of the film, consisting mainly of vivid reds, yellow and orange, appears muted through shaded lenses. Also, if you've seen the trailer and you can't wait to see Keanu going mano-a-mano with the huge armoured bloke, apart from a brief fight at the start of the movie (in an exhibition for the Shogun) he never does!
However, those criticisms aside, I'd definitely recommend '47 Ronin' to anyone looking for a good action adventure. Keanu Reeves plays Kai, a 'half-breed' raised by nobleman Lord Asano in feudal Japan. Asano is tricked into killing himself by evil Lord Kira, and his samurai are decreed by the Shogun to be 'ronin'(masterless samurai) and commanded never to seek revenge for their master's death. However, they are determined to get revenge on Kira, even if it means their deaths, or teaming up with Kai, who is generally despised by the men (got that? phew!).
A lot of the second half of the movie is taken up with characters going on various quests, first to free Kai from captivity in 'Dutch Town' (when it all goes a bit 'Pirates of the Caribbean'), and then a journey to a haunted forest to obtain mystical swords from an order of demonic monks.The film culminates with an assault by Kai and his band of men on Lord Kira's fortress, where they have to take on both men and monsters.
I really enjoyed '47 Ronin'. The sets and costumes are fantastic, and there are plenty of exciting action sequences. The ending is quite downbeat, but also inevitable. A solid 3.5/5 and definitely worth seeing on the big screen, although it should look fantastic on blu-ray.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foregt the reviews - this is a great movie, 27 Jan 2014
First of all I thought this film was rather unfairly treated by reviewers at the time of its release. I went to the cinema to see it and loved it, so much so that I have pre-ordered the Blu-ray.

The story of the 47 Ronin is well-known in Japanese culture and has been performed in kabuki theatre for centuries. This re-imagining plays with the story somewhat, introducing the character of Kai (Reeves) and quest elements whilst following the outline of the original plot. Visually, the film is stunning and the special effects are exceptional (given the Director comes from a SFX background this shouldn't be surprising).

As others have said, this is sort of a Japanese-inspired version of Lord of the Rings complete with witches, quests and dragons and if you like fantasy-based films then 47 Ronin should appeal to you as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I saw your belly sticking out from behind the tree...., 16 May 2014
This review is from: 47 Ronin [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [2014] (Blu-ray)
Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in their village.

Several years later, Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, he is bewitched into trying to kill Lord Kira, and is punished by honourably ending his life by the Shogun.

Realising that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurai and Neo sets out for revenge against the Shogun's word......

It was never going to be a hit, was it? From the word go, it had flop written all over it.

Reeves isn't a huge star, the high concept of The Matrix and Speed were the stars, Reeves just showed up and enjoyed the ride, but he's always watchable, I the same way watching an old person fall down is watchable.

And films released at Christmas are either part of a franchise, or are The Golden Compass, or Eragon. This falls in to the latter of the two, but by Jove, I had a ball watching it.

The best way to describe this film is a Lord Of The Rings/Last Samurai/Krull/Matrix hybrid, and if you think that sounds bizarre, add a little bit of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Reeves isn't the main focus of this film, he just sets up the set pieces, instead, it's the samurais mission that the film focuses on. And even though the story, narrative and script are very dodgy, there is enough on screen to keep the boredom and hokeyness at bay.

It's visually stunning, and there are a few standout scenes, particularly one involving getting weapons, and as always, there is a comedy fat man in the mix.

It's nowhere as near as bad as what people say, its one of those flops that will become cult in years to come, like Howard The Duck, and Ishtar.

But the skeleton bloke on the one sheet is only in it for about five seconds.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'KEANU' RETURNS TO AN 'ACTION' ROLE', 13 May 2014
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The film has received mixed reviews, I base my review on the films entertainment value.
I can say without question the film certainly entertained me.
'Kai' has grown up in the province of 'Ako' a Samurai settlement, his life had been spared
by 'Lord Asano'
'Kai' has always wanted to repay the gesture by devoting himself to 'Lord Asano's' service,
'Kai' a half-breed is not looked upon as an equal within the community, only the 'Lord'
himself and his daughter 'Mika' shows him any respect.
However when a treacherous 'Warlord' engineers with the help of a 'Witch' 'Lord Asano's'
death, subsequently throwing the 'Lords' son 'O'ishi' into a dungeon and keeping 'Kai'
captive and dispersing the remainder of the Samurai of 'Ako' across the lands.
After a year has past 'O'ishi' is released, he now seeks to avenge his fathers death, he'll
need to re-gather his scattered force and will need the help of once frowned upon 'Kai'
But when found will 'Kai' accept the plea of 'O'ishi' to help him face the enemy 'Lord'
and his 1000 strong force.
'Kai' has certainly learnt some additional fighting skills whilst in captivity.
Weapons will have to be found to arm the former 'Samurai' warriors to help them on a
seemingly suicidal mission to restore honour, avenge their 'Lord' and save 'Mika' from
her pending union with the treacherous 'Shogun' Lord,
There are only the 47 Ronin former Samurai to change the course of destiny.
This is an electric action-packed adventure, a tale with 'Monsters' 'Magic' Swords' 'Myths'
and 'Honour'
An exciting adventure that see's 'Keanu Reeves' return to an action-role.
Some Great 'Witch' sequences.......
Great use of Special-Effects. the film is a visual treat.....quite simply....Entertaining.
Action-Packed Blu-ray exclusive Bonus -
* Deleted Scenes
* Keanu and Kai.
* Steel Fury
* The fights of the 47 Ronin
* Re-Forging the Legend.
* Myths, Magic and Monsters.
* The FX of 47 Ronin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They took a classic Japanese tale:, 12 May 2014
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Which is part based on true events; & turned what could have been a fantastic film, into mediocrity. Perhaps mediocrity gives it too much credit - trite!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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great film
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 3d, 13 July 2014
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This review is from: 47 Ronin [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [2014] (Blu-ray)
Very good film , true story a must.
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