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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

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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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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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Japan | Hungary

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

25 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

47 Ronin: La Leyenda del Samurai See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(International Cut) | (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Carl Rinsch clashed with Universal over the final vision of the film. Universal wanted to make an effects-driven fantasy blockbuster akin to Avatar (2009) or The Lord of the Rings, while Rinsch envisioned the film as more of a drama, such as Gladiator (2000), or Kingdom of Heaven (2005). 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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Entertaining Fantasy
14 June 2014 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In Ako, Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) and his samurai Ôishi (Hiroyuki Sanada) are hunting in the forest and they find a half-breed boy. Lord Asano brings him to Ako and the boy that is named Kai is raised with his daughter Mika. Years later, Mika (Kô Shibasaki) and Kai (Keanu Reeves) are secretly in love with each other.

Lord Asano welcomes the Shogun Tsunayoshi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and the Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) at home. However, Kira's Witch (Rinko Kikuchi) casts a spell on Lord Asano and he tries to kill Kira. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to death and offers the option of committing Harakiri to die with honor. Ôishi and his samurais become ronin and he is arrested in a hole; and Kai is sold as a slave in another village. One year later, Ôishi is released from the imprisonment and he plots a scheme to revenge Lord Asano with Kai and the other ronin.

"47 Ronin" is an entertaining fantasy based on the classic Japanese story. Despite the Western behaviors and feelings of the ronin and Mika, the movie is not bad as indicated in many reviews. Actually I have had a nice surprise. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "47 Ronins" ("47 Ronin")


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