[2013 Movie Review]- 47 Ronin
The movie, 47 Ronin, is based upon a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master. Produced by Universal Studios, the film is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada and an ensemble of other Japanese actors.
Just so you know, a Ronin was a samurai with no lord or master during the feudal period [1185–1868] of Japan. A samurai became master-less from the death or fall of his master, or after the loss of his master's favor or privilege.
Here's a picture of the graves of the 47 Ronin at Sengaku-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Our Review of 47 Ronin
To be honest, while the movie was entertaining, samurai fans whom are well-versed with the spirit of bushido and the true story of the 47 Ronin would be quite disappointed with how the movie would turn out to be. The action scenes were far too few and too much emphasis is placed on unfolding the story through tons of dialogues.
On the other hand, if you're a fan of fantasy films and you are not quite bothered with the actual account of the 47 Ronin, this film might just be what you need to kill time. After all, who cares so much about history right?
The movie duration is approximately 2 hours long and is rated PG13 for scenes that depicts violence.
47 Ronin Movie Synopsis
Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai [Reeves], a half-breed they once rejected; as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.
47 Ronin Movie Trailer
Catch 47 Ronin on this Christmas Day!
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