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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.

Director:

Carl Rinsch

Writers:

Chris Morgan (screenplay), Hossein Amini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Kai
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Ôishi
Ko Shibasaki ... Mika (as Kô Shibasaki)
Tadanobu Asano ... Lord Kira
Min Tanaka ... Lord Asano
Jin Akanishi ... Chikara
Masayoshi Haneda ... Yasuno
Hiroshi Sogabe Hiroshi Sogabe ... Hazama
Takato Yonemoto ... Basho
Hiroshi Yamada Hiroshi Yamada ... Hara
Shû Nakajima Shû Nakajima ... Horibe
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Shogun Tsunayoshi
Neil Fingleton ... Lovecraftian Samurai
Rinko Kikuchi ... Witch
Natsuki Kunimoto ... 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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ronin | samurai | shogun | japan | seppuku | See All (259) »

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An outcast exiled, enslaved, destined for revenge. See more »

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Action | Drama | Fantasy

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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Trivia

This is the seventh cinematic adaptation of the 47 Ronin incident, after The 47 Ronin (1941), The Loyal 47 Ronin (1958), Chushingura (1962), Akô-jô danzetsu (1978), 47 Ronin (1994), and Saigo no Chûshingura (2010). This is however the first Hollywood cinematic adaptation. See more »

Goofs

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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Version of Chûshingura - Zempen: Akahokyô no maki (1932) See more »

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Reviewing this because its better than its rating
12 May 2014 | by buggy3001See 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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Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

25 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,910,310, 29 December 2013

Gross USA:

$38,362,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,783,839
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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