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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mika (as Kô Shibasaki)
Hiroshi Yamada ...
Shû Nakajima ...


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

47 Ronin: La Leyenda del Samurai  »

Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,869,000 (USA) (27 December 2013)


$38,297,305 (USA) (31 January 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Keanu Reeves was hesitant to take on the role of Kai, he was worried his character wouldn't feel integrated into the main arc of the story. See more »


When Oishi and Kai are escaping the Dutch Island. Right after the battle Oishi's sword vanishes and only reappears in his hand after he and Kai fall from the higher pier to the lower one. See more »


[first lines]
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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User Reviews

Reviewing this because its better than its rating
12 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Compared to 70% of the garbage in theaters, this movie is both quite deep and fun to watch.

It is not a huge budget movie, it doesn't have a perfect script or story overall, but the acting was great and the overall fantasy feel to it mixed in with samurai lore was really enjoyable.

I expected this movie to be less than average due to overall scores. Don't pay attention to them. I'll be purchasing the bluray after seeing it just now.

It has a slower beginning but it helps give characters depth. The ending is also quite spectacular because you're involved with the ronin every step of the way. The last 1/3rd of the film is as usual where the major battles happen, but act two does not disappoint.

In my books this is a 7.5/10, gave it an 8 as its under rated on here. Approach it as a really good B movie and you'll love it. If you expect an Oscar nominations and a $200 mil budget for this, you should probably not be reviewing these sorts of films.

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