47 Ronin (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 47 Ronin is a surprisingly dull fantasy adventure, one that leaves its talented international cast stranded within one dimensional roles.


Movie Info

From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2014
Box Office: $38.3M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Lord Kira

as Lord Asano

as Chikara

as Shogun Tsunayoshi

as Lovecraftian Samurai

as Tengu Lord

as Shogun's Adjutant

as Shogun's Adjutant

as Advisor

as Drunk Official

as Drunk Official

as Mika's Handmaiden

as Mika's Handmaiden

as Mika's Handmaiden

as Kira's Spy

as Teen Mika

as Teen Kai

as Lead Soldier

as Troupe Leader (Kabuk...

as Young Oishi

as Foreman

as Background Ronin

as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for 47 Ronin

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (16)

Samurai movies may not be everyone's favorite yuletide entertainment, but there's something to be said for Ronin 47.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Bullz-Eye.com

47 Ronin looks from the outset like a picture that went off without a hitch.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014

This $175million Hollywood reworking of Japan's most celebrated tale of honour and revenge is a mostly plodding affair, notwithstanding some fantastical sword-and-sorcery flourishes.

Full Review… | June 15, 2014
Movie Talk

the movie is its own worst enemy

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
7M Pictures

At the helm, Rinsch turns in a movie that's deadly serious yet entirely lifeless.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Common Sense Media

A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can't quite decide how fantastical it wants to be.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for 47 Ronin

Seize Eternity.

Good Film! 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. 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 sets have an epic feel that is grounded and doesn't feel to fantastic, but rather believable. All things considered, the title of the film is a bit of a misnomer - it would more accurately be called 2 Ronin, subtitled Oishi And Kai's Excellent Adventure - and it suffers from a lamentable lack of humour and historical accuracy. But it's not a complete travesty. Tucked away beneath a layer of mystical beasts and witches lies a story with enough heart, nobility and soul to survive even the oddest twists and turns.

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.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Even though it is pretty bad, I think that critics were harder on this movie than they should have been. Some of the special effects scenes were solid and the action was lively enough that it kept people watching.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

A sizzling and explosive mix of fantasy and authenticity that makes for a fun two hours of action, adventure and special effects. A stylish, cool and wickedly entertaining action-packed thrill-ride. It's filled with great characters, stunning landscapes and imagination. It takes the timeless tale and does not mock it but brings to to modern audiences with a magical twist of fantasy and pays tribute to the heroes bravery and sacrifice. Director, Carl Rinsch crafts a fun and thrilling epic that works just fine. It's tremendously exciting escapism. Keanu Reeves is terrific, he understands the characters pain and exception of his path, starting from a loner to a hero with the acceptance of his pears. Hiroyuki Sanada is magnificent. Reeves and Sanada have great chemistry together and work well side by side.

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Al S

Super Reviewer

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