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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.

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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
Clyde Kusatu
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 (78) | Top Critics (17)

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

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

The pacing is cloddish and tone unaccountably dour.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 27, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Believe it or not, for all its additions, it's too respectful. You want it to be funnier, crazier.

Full Review… | December 26, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

47 Ronin is admirably devoted to its material, but it's almost tedious to watch.

December 26, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 26, 2013
RogerEbert.com
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Audience Reviews for 47 Ronin

½

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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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
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 Nandu
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

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