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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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It’s been made into a film at least six times before, but this is the most ‘Hollywood’ version to date. For a start, we have Keanu Reeves as the lead character and it’s fair to say that no westerners took part in the actual event. Therefore, it’s safe to say that many liberties have been taken in this retelling. This point is hammered home by the inclusion of various mythological creatures our valiant exiled samurai encounter. And, I’m just guessing, but I’m pretty sure there weren’t any dragon-witches or giant ogres in Japan back then.
So, don’t expect a faithful re-telling of the historical event. But, do expect entertainment. I don’t know why, but ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ kept going through my mind while I was watching this. The whole affair sort of reminded me of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Far East. Every so often there’s a chase scene or a monster to fight and there are plenty of CGI backdrops for us to pretend are real. Perhaps the one thing that isn’t really included is an awful lot of fight scenes. I expected more ‘martial arts’ from a film about samurai, but there’s only a couple of swordplay scenes included.
All in all, it’s not a bad adventure film, but it’s kind of hard to think who its primary audience is. Like I said, it doesn’t have enough fights to be a martial arts film. It’s not ‘fun for all the family’ like Pirates of the Caribbean, so it’s more serious.Read more ›
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 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 'Warlord' - 'Kira'
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'
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.....Read more ›
If I play the disc on a 3D PS3 blu-ray player, I can disable the 3D and watch the movie in just 2D using my remote on my LG 3D TV.
So far, I have only watched R.I.P.D which is basically a Men in Black with Dead People (Deados) instead of extra-terrestrials with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as the wise-cracking duo. Whilst it is not the great movie I've seen, I would rate it an ok 6 out of 10 and it does have very good 3D effects which is blended into the cinematography. Characters are a little one-dimensional and plotline flimsy, but there is plenty of action packed scenes, car chases and bullet pumping gunfights.
Blu-Ray details taken from the back cover:
Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, Russian
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian, Czech, Dutch, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russia, Thai, Turkish, Arabic, Mandarin
Languages: English, French, German
Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch
I bought this set (along with Hugo and Dredd, two other great value 3D titles) immediately upon upgrading from a DVD-based, 2D-only setup to a Blu Ray-based, 3D-capable setup, as a sort of instant 3D movie collection on a budget. As such it was a very good buy.
RIPD is a decent if rather by-the-numbers supernatural comedy that looks good in HD and 3D. Three stars.
Immortals is a very stylised affair with a distinctive, muted gold-and-brown colour palette and some oddly austere (digital) sets. As a story it's no more than OK, so how much you enjoy this will depend on how much the aesthetics appeal to you. I wasn't that keen, although the picture quality and use of 3D are both fine. Two stars.
The stand-out film for me was 47 Ronin, which really makes the most of its Japanese setting in visual terms. There's a real sense of scale and the beautiful and richly-coloured costumes, architecture/sets and landscapes look great. The story, like the setting, benefits from being relatively unfamiliar to a Western audience. Four stars.
The bonus star overall is for value relative to other 3D Blu Ray releases.
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In Japan of old, to be a Samurai was to be skilled with the sword and serve a master.
But if you didn't have a master anymore, you were a Ronin. Read more
As ever, a film 'based' on an aspect history which it doesn't find quite interesting enough as is... Read morePublished 18 days ago by S. LEECH