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Forty-Seven Ronin - Pt. 2 (1941)

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Part Two of Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi's 47 Ronin contines to follow the course of vengeance plotted by Ronin (samurai) warrior Oishi. It is now 1703, nearly two years after the suicide of Oishi's leader, Lord Arano. Knowing that Arano was hoodwinked into committing hara-kiri by the evil Lord Kira, Oishi has assembled 47 loyal warriors to lay waste to Kira's domain. Remarkably, this spectacular production was made while Japan was deeply embroiled in World War 2. Not the first movie adaptation of Seika Mayama's classic story, and far from the last, the 1942 version of 47 Ronin was undoubtedly the best and most popular; it was also one of the least typical filmic efforts of director Mizoguchi, who was more at home with sociological and feminist dramas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Forty-Seven Ronin - Pt. 2

All Critics (1)

The relatively muted tone of The 47 Ronin doesn't prevent the ending from having emotional impact.

Full Review… | April 28, 2002
MovieMartyr.com

Audience Reviews for Forty-Seven Ronin - Pt. 2

½

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/27/187027.jpg[/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Oishi is still leading a band of followers against the injustices that lead to the death of Lord Takuminokam Asano and the downfall of his house. Lord Kira, who is responsible for this chain of events, is considered a valuable commodity by the shogun. Samurai have been disbanded across Japan; however, revenge for the destruction of the Asano house may be a just cause that can unite them. Immanently, Lord Kira may lead to the downfall of a great deal of samurai men.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“You know something about a wooden tub? If the hoop loosens, so does the whole tub. You can’t expect to fill it again.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Kenji Mizoguchi, director of A Chronicle of the May Rain, Under the Crimson Sunset, A Paper Doll's Whisper of Spring, The Mountain Pass of Love and Hate, and The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums, delivers the 47 Ronin parts 1 & 2. The storyline for this film continues to provide excellent depth of the samurai culture and beliefs; however, the story was too methodical (like part 1).[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“If you avenge your lord, it will inspire man samurai.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Sukeyemon’s conversation with the lord prior to Kira’s arrival, the attempt to kill “Kira” on stage, the gold discovery, the samurai troops gathering in the snowy forest, the Ako house being assigned to hara-kiri, the farewell flowers from lady Asano, the Ako house’s final performance, Omino disguised as a samurai servant, the “his real heart” conversation, and Omino’s hara-kiri were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“We can’t blood stain the palace.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]The 47 Ronin, part 2 is once again a methodical moving picture that contains intriguing dialogue and absolutely no action. This film is entertaining only due to viewing samurais live out their respectable beliefs to no end. The storyline is interesting, but lacks the action sequences to make it a “must see” for the samurai genre. The 47 Ronin films mark the worst film(s) I have viewed in this genre. [/color][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][/font][/size][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“We are grateful we are ordered to commit hara-kiri.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Grade: C[/color][/size][/font] [color=white][/color]

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