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We Review: 47 Ronin – “Even though Keanu can’t act, It was still good!” MR

47 Ronin

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47 Ronin

Teaser poster
Directed by Carl Erik Rinsch
Produced by Pamela Abdy
Eric McLeod
Screenplay by Chris Morgan
Hossein Amini
Story by Chris Morgan
Walter Hamada
Starring Keanu Reeves
Hiroyuki Sanada
Tadanobu Asano
Rinko Kikuchi
Kou Shibasaki
Jin Akanishi
Min Tanaka
Music by Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography John Mathieson
Editing by Craig Wood
Studio H2F Entertainment
Mid Atlantic Films
Moving Picture Company
Stuber Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 6, 2013 (Japan)
  • December 25, 2013(United States)
  • December 26, 2013(United Kingdom, Hungary)
Running time 119 minutes[1]
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $175 million[2]
Box office $84,525,695

47 Ronin is a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenged the murder of their master (stories, plays and other dramatic performances of the 47 Ronin story are commonly referred to as Chūshingura in Japan). Produced by Universal Studios, the film is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves. Filming started in Budapest in March 2011; it moved toShepperton Studios in London and was concluded in Japan.



The outcast Kai (Reeves), orphaned son of a British sailor and a Japanese peasant woman, joins a group of rōnin, led by Kuranosuke Oishi (Sanada), who seeks vengeance on Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano), a ruthless rival daimyo who, aided by the sorceress Mizuki (Rinko Kikuchi), engineers the shaming and execution of their master and the banishment of the group by the shōgun. (The historical Kira was a protocol officer of the shōgun, not a daimyo.) The rōnin embark on a journey to get their revenge, overcoming challenges that would defeat most warriors.


Our Thoughts:

So I went into this film having not seen, or paid any attention to the trailers.  I have to say it was quality entertainment with very vivid imagery and costumes.  Keanu Reeves never uses the accent the rest of the actors do, and he barely has a facial expression throughout the film, but the movie is well written and well portrayed, especially since I learned that the legend of the 47 Ronin is a true legend that is celebrated in Japan every year. I recommend this to Ninja, Samurai, and oriental action film fans, and anyone who likes a good fantasy tale with dragons and beasts. Even though Keanu can’t act, It was still good!  4 stars – MR