47 Ronin

2013

47 Ronin

Critics Consensus

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

15%

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Total Count: 84

48%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 61,961
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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) Universal

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Cast

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 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 (Kabuki Actor)
Manato Sekiguchi
as Young Oishi
Rick Genest
as Foreman
Brian Hirono
as Background Ronin
Ron Bottitta
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for 47 Ronin

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (18)

  • There's nothing pretty or exciting about this movie (inexplicably, it's in 3-D), even when all anyone's doing is fighting.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The pacing is cloddish and tone unaccountably dour.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A singular viewing experience: a multi-colored downer fantasy which combines bursts of imagination with a bleak worldview, resulting in something that rarely feels mainstream.

    Dec 27, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Believe it or not, for all its additions, it's too respectful. You want it to be funnier, crazier.

    Dec 26, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 47 Ronin is admirably devoted to its material, but it's almost tedious to watch.

    Dec 26, 2013
  • In spite of its enjoyable, easy-to-exploit aspects, "47 Ronin" is a big budget spectacle hamstrung by its need to be at once flippant and respectful of its honor-driven source material.

    Dec 26, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 47 Ronin

  • Aug 10, 2017
    So much better than I expected, I've never seen the older films or never read the story so maybe it would be lower if I knew the true history, I don't think the film needed the fantasy element or the creatures as the film could of been more realistic and better without them, It does have great action scenes and the effects were pretty good, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version, I thought the story was good, I'm not sure how much is accurate though, It's pretty well acted which helps things along, It was much better than critics made out, So if you're a fan of Samurai, Fantasy films this will be right up your street.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2016
    Mixing a classic Japanese tale with fantasy element this action flick suffers less from the undecided tone but from underdeveloped characters. Some easily could have become quite interesting with just a few more brush strokes here or there. As for the effects, the beast-like CGI creatures look great, especially the one in the opening sequence. The man-like ones on the other hand are horrible and take you right out of the experience. While the showdown starts out fun, it's a little short and culminates in an infuriatingly stupid film ending. You gotta admire the film's attempt to respect Japanese traditions, but the message is ultimately a dull one. Overall an entertaining, but shallow and ultimately pointless experience.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    I didn't really care for the story or acting. There were some good moments of action. The end was unpredictable so it kept you on your toes.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2014
    Could be worse. Still very entertaining. Honestly, this film definitely had me through the first half, but really lost me towards the end, when things get really weird. The ending itself seems good, but also kind of self-defeating at the same time.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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