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47 Ronin (2013)

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A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

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Hara
Shû Nakajima ...
Horibe
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Riku
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Storyline

While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order. Written by Immanuel A.

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This Christmas, seize eternity.


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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25 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

47 Ronin: La Leyenda del Samurai  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,869,000, 27 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,362,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,783,839
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Trivia

According to Costume Designer Penny Rose, everyone had a customized costume in keeping with his or her background: "We based it on the culture, and what the shapes should be - everyone's in a kimono - but we've thrown a kind of fashion twist at it, and we've made it full of color." See more »

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In several of the scenes, it is highly noticeable that the flags and banners and tents used throughout the movie are machine stitched with modern double needle stitching. Also that the loops used to attached to poles are stitched in the "X in a box" style not used till very recently in history. For a clear example see (time-stamp)21m0s when the Samurai challenger in the silver mask and suit emerges from the tent and look at the banner in the background. The mechanical sewing machine will not have been invented for at least another 50 years after this historic incident had happened. and the sewing machine still would not reach Japan for many more decades. See more »

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Narrator: Ancient feudal Japan, a land shrouded in mystery, forbidden to foreigners. A group of magical islands home to witches and demons. A nation of rival provinces whose lords were ruled by a shogun whose will is absolute. Peace in the realm is kept by the samurai, master swordsmen tasked with protecting their lord and their province at all costs. Should a samurai ever lose of fail his master, he suffers the greatest shame in all Japanese society. He becomes a ronin. And yet, to know ...
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Crazy Credits

The Universal spinning Earth begins normally, but after the camera backs away to show the full globe and logo it then slowly zooms back in with the Earth still spinning to Japan and the movies title is drawn over the Pacific Ocean. Clouds then obscure everything then clear as the view zooms in to Japan and the narration begins. See more »

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Not bad at all.
26 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

I just saw the movie and my expectations were met. It wasn't over-hyped, it wasn't over done as far as marketing is concerned. It probably could have used a little more, but none the less... It turned out to be a fun film to watch.

I am pretty familiar with the original tale and legend of the real 47 Ronin and despite historical inaccuracies, which even most stories today are going to have to create a more dramatic and exciting story like old tall tales. One comes to mind as Frank Miller's Graphic Novel 300 which ended up being film, it was widely inaccurate compared to the true events that occurred, but it made the 300 Spartans look even more awesome and exciting to watch. Most stories have embellishment in them. Otherwise they would be kind of dull. The real world usually tends to be just that.

Making this film isn't just about telling a cool story, it is to immortalize those warrior's that stood fast and strong to fight for what they believed in and at the same time make them look good doing it.

The visuals were great, the costume design was great, the filmography was amazing, capturing the essence of Japan was awesome. Everything down to the colors, the landscape, trees, buildings and everything. Not everyone will like this movie, but I for one would recommend it to anyone that enjoys good movie about Samurai. This movie I thought had a good story. It wasn't great or Academy Award worthy but it was good. It wasn't all non stop action. The director did a good job of building up without making parts drag and become dull.

I honestly thought while watching it, it felt like watching a live action anime. Not to mention, I have an obsession with Samurai so I was sold when I saw the first trailer for the film.

Overall, I thought the acting was well done, I think Keanu Reeves did a good job. His character may not have been part of the true story, but for the film I thought it introduced something good for the film. First being an outcast and then being welcomed into the fold later in the film.

I also liked Hiroyuki Sanada's acting job in this. I think he did an amazing job as well as the entire supporting cast. They all acted as if they truly belonged there. No one ever felt out of place.

If you want historical accurate view on the story, I suggest you buy a book or do some hardcore research into the subject. If you just want to watch a good entertaining movie full of mysticism, and Samurai action. Then this is a good way to go. This is just my opinion, take it as you like. Watch it before you criticize it. That is all I have to say!


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