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“47 Ronin” is a thing that is happening, which, believe you me, is saying something given how long it's been delayed (check out last month's set visit report for more on the chaos of bringing Keanu Reeves' sometime passion project to cinema screens). But made it now is, and released it shall be, on the traditional Japanese holiday known as Christmas Day. And thus, like the reindeer before Santa, come the clips and featurettes.The story of the 47 ronin, masterless samurai of 18th century Japan who avenged themselves spectacularly on the warlord who caused their fall from grace, is actually a true one, as loosely explained in a handy animated prequel. However Reeves and first-time director Carl Rinsch decided to fantasy it up a bit, as they explain in the “featurette” (i.e. trailer with some interviews spliced in), adding in monstrous enemies drawn from Japanese myth, as can be »

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