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47 Ronin (2013)



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 director Carl Erik Rinsch (The Gift). Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that's never been seen before. -- (C) Universalmore
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
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Tadanobu Asano
as Lord Kira
Min Tanaka
as Lord Asano
Jin Akanishi
as Chikara
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as Shogun Tsunayoshi
Neil Fingleton
as Lovecraftian Samurai
Togo Igawa
as Tengu Lord
Tanroh Ishida
as Shogun's Adjutant
Eizo Tomita
as Shogun's Adjutant
Dai Tabuchi
as Advisor
Clyde Kusatu
as Drunk Official
Clyde Kusatsu
as Drunk Official
Haruka Abe
as Mika's Handmaiden
Tomoko Komura
as Mika's Handmaiden
Takako Akashi
as Mika's Handmaiden
Akira Koieyama
as Kira's Spy
Aria Maekawa
as Teen Mika
Daniel Barber
as Teen Kai
Masashi Fujimoto
as Lead Soldier
Gedde Watanabe
as Troupe Leader (Kabuk...
Manato Sekiguchi
as Young Oishi
Rick Genest
as Foreman
Brian Hirono
as Background Ronin
Ron Bottitta
as Narrator
Arisa Maekawa
as Teen Mika
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Critic Reviews for 47 Ronin

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (16)

47 Ronin is a film for nobody, made by committee. Like its samurai, it is masterless.

Full Review… | November 9, 2015

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

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

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.

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.

Al S

Super Reviewer

47 Ronin Quotes

Oishi: When a crime goes unpunished, the world is unbalanced. When a wrong is unavenged, the heavens look down on us in shame. We too must die for this circle of vengeance to be closed. We will leave this record of our courage so that the world will know who we were and what we did. Tonight we will regain our honor and avenge our lord. None of us knows how long he shall live or when his time will come. But soon all that will be left of our brief lives is the pride our children feel when they speak our names. Now we are forty-seven.
– Submitted by Keith R (7 months ago)
Kai: I will search for you through a thousand worlds and 10,000 lifetimes until I find you.
– Submitted by Nandu J (21 months ago)
Oishi: Riku. You must make the whole world believe you've divorced me. It is the only way to protect you from what I have to do. No one but you and I can know that you are, and will always be, the joy of my life.
– Submitted by Nandu J (21 months ago)
Shogun Tsunayoshi: For the crime of disobedience, you should all be executed as common criminals, but you and your men follow the old ways of Bushido, to honor your lord and avenge treachery. I see only samurai before me.
– Submitted by Rex John A (2 years ago)

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