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47 Ronin

Rated PG-13 119 minutes 2013

The 47 ronin were a group of samurai in the early 18th century who carried out an elaborate revenge on the court official who drove their master to suicide; their story became part of Japanese national legend, inspiring numerous plays, visual artworks, and films. This unnecessary Hollywood version tries to make the tale more palatable to Western audiences by adding things like computer-animated monsters and Keanu Reeves (playing a half-British samurai who improbably becomes the group's leader). Those crazy additions might have yielded the sort of wild genre entertainment one associates with director Takashi Miike, yet the pacing is cloddish and tone unaccountably dour. To make things more awkward, the dialogue is in English, and few of the Japanese actors sound comfortable speaking it. Carl Rinsch directed.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.47roninmovie.com

Director: Carl Rinsch

Producer: Pamela Abdy, Eric McLeod, Scott Stuber, Chris Fenton and Walter Hamada

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Ko Shibasaki, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jin Akanishi, Masayoshi Haneda, Hiroshi Sogabe, Takato Yonemoto, Hiroshi Yamada, Shu Nakajima, Neil Fingleton and Natsuki Kunimoto


47 Ronin

47 Ronin

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