Rating: 5.5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 12/25/2013
Kai—an outcast—joins Oishi, the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honour to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.
Rated PG-13 | Length 119 minutes
Clyde Kusatsu | Keanu Reeves | Togo Igawa | 真田広之 | Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa | Tadanobu Asano | Rinko Kikuchi | Yorick van Wageningen | Kou Shibasaki | Ron Bottitta | Akira Koieyama | Min Tanaka | Shû Nakajima | Masayoshi Haneda | Haruka Abe | Junichi Kajioka | Hiroshi Yamada | Masayuki Deai | Jin Akanishi | Hiroshi Sogabe | Takato Yonemoto | Tanroh Ishida | Neil Fingleton | Masashi Fujimoto | Natsuki Kunimoto | Rick Genest
47 Ronin suffers from not committing to one thing or the other, instead finding itself trapped between its superfluous fantasy elements and the more straightforward drama of the original story. I felt that it would have been better to just stick with the traditional storyline with the Japanese cast, skipping the Keanu Reeves-based fantasy portions altogether. They add nothing to the story and his character is entirely unneeded.
As Jay said afterwards, it felt like all of that was added as eye candy to attract American audiences which is both sad and frustrating. I’ve seen Kon Ichikawa’s 47 Ronin from 1994 and so I’m familiar with the story and feel like it’s compelling enough to not have needed any embellishing.