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A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.

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Storyline

Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (undoubtedly from Ireland) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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ronin | case | suitcase | russian | ex kgb | See more »

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Your ally could become your enemy See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ронин  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£875,545 (UK) (20 November 1998)

Gross:

$41,609,593 (USA) (12 February 1999)
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In Japan nowadays,"Ronin" means not only a Samurai without master, but it also used as an insult, directed at students who haven't been accepted to University See more »

Goofs

When Deidre is in the tunnel going the wrong way during the car chase, the sequence of her passing cars is repeated. Once with the camera on bumper level and once on a stationary high overhead. See more »

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[looking at Jean-Pierre's model]
Jean-Pierre: The Forty-Seven Ronin. Do you know it?
[Sam shakes his head]
Jean-Pierre: Forty-seven samurai, whose master was betrayed and killed by another lord. They became ronin - masterless samurai - disgraced by another man's treachery. For three years they plotted, pretending to be thieves, mercenaries, even madmen - that I didn't have time to do - and then one night they struck, slipping into the castle of their lord's betrayer and killing him.
Sam: Nice. I like that. My kind of job.
Jean-Pierre: ...
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Time To Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)
Composed by Francesco Sartori
Lyrics by Lucio Quarantotto
Enlgish lyrics by Frank Peterson
Performed by Sarah Brightman featuring 'Andrea Bocelli'
Courtesy of Angel Records
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Fabulous International Cast Just One Of Many Good Things
24 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another of my favorite films, movies that get better and better with each viewing. One thing I've always enjoyed here from the first time I saw this movie is it features the best (and longest!) car chase scene I've ever seen on film.

But the movie is far more than just spectacular car chases (there are two incredible ones, not just the one noted above.). It offers an interesting story that remains interesting with each viewing. That's because it's a bit confusing, a la "Mission Impossible," so each time you see it ,you figure more and more out. There also are tons of twists to this crime story.

It also features a wonderful international cast" American Robert De Niro, Frenchman Jean Reno, Britain's Sean Bean and Natascha McElhone (both of whom are better playing Irishmen, as they do here) and Swede Stellan Skargsgard. All of them are top-flight actors, as you know. As a bonus, I get to see Olympic skating champion Katarina Witt, from Germany.e

Also, it's directed by John Frankenheimer, a man who makes some of the most entertaining films I've ever watched. Speaking of watching, De Niro and Reno are my two favorite guys to watch in this thriller. The French scenery - rural and urban - is also terrific. The action is not overdone and the only scene in the film I didn't care for was the gruesome one in which a bullet is taken out of De Niro. It's just too detailed and unpleasant to view but, with a DVD, can be skipped rapidly.

The soundtrack also is outstanding. The Chinese instrument that plays here and there is fantastic. I've heard it before in a couple of Yanni concerts.

This is a high quality crime movie and is very highly recommended. This was the first DVD I ever bought (in 2000) and I couldn't have gotten by DVD collection off to a better start!


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