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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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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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Taglines:

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 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

Hiroyuki Sanada and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa both starred in Revenge (2011) as the same character, Satoshi Takeda. The main character's mentor. 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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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 nearly as bad as haters are making it out to be!
26 December 2013 | by skot-21See all my reviews

The reviews for this film seem to be pretty negative generally speaking. Pivoting around the historical inaccuracies and the addition of the "Half Breed" character played by Keanu Reeves to this legendary tail. More on that further in.

In a nut shell. 47 Ronin has a fair amount of mystical magic and demons peppered throughout a historical tail. A tale of Samurai who's master is killed and their status is reduced to Ronin. Only for them to rise up and seek revenge against the evil ruler and his witch who are responsible.

Let's get to some positive stuff. Visually the 47 Ronin is beautiful. The costumes design and color choices to separate each of the different clans is impressive in it's complexity. The villains are not just dressed in black, but a fair amount of purple and silver is mixed in to highlight the details in their armor. The sets have an epic feel that is grounded and doesn't feel to fantastic, but rather believable.

Now on to the "Half Breed", who mainly adds the taste of a forbidden love story as well as a lifeline to the audience, drowning is a sea of unfamiliar faces. Many, if not most reviewers who've pan this movie for the addition of the "half breed" character fail to realize his importance for the audience. Around the start of the third act, there's a scene where one of the samurai apologies for his treatment of the half breed in a way that communicates to the viewer exactly where a Ronin places in the Japanese cultural/social structure vs where a Samurai does. The inclusion of this character and his treatment throughout the movie is an important plot device. Seeing his treatment by the Samurai as an outcast in the first act, then later his acceptance once they are labeled as Ronin is vital to the evolution of the main Japaneses characters of the story. Not to mention it helps to bridge a gap for an audience unfamiliar with Japanese cultural and social structure.

Historical inaccuracy are common in Hollywood. I personally view the ones in 47 Ronin to be no more reprehensible then the ones committed in superheroes films. Yes, I am comparing changes made to characters from Batman, X-Men, Spiderman and Iron Man's cannon to this historical tale of the 47 Ronin. Deal with it, they're just stories after all. We really have no way to know it there really wasn't a half breed character, do we? After all, history is told by the winners, and often inaccurately.

With a 2 hour run time, it did feel a bit slow to start, setting the stage for the second and third act. Once it gets going tho, it moved rather nicely. I didn't find myself checking my watch every 10 minutes wondering when it would end like another holiday release I won't mention. If the trailer interests you then you could probably do worst at the box office this holiday season. I enjoyed it, but that's just my opinion.


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