47 Ronin

47 Ronin

DVD - 2013
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Kai is an outcast who joins Oishi, the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. They embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2013
Branch Call Number: FOR
Characteristics: 1 dvd (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Forty-seven Ronin. [dvd]

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QnVz
Sep 29, 2016

Very very very very good!! I liked it very much!

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uschidog
Jan 27, 2016

Good action movie.

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Beltane
Jan 07, 2016

I enjoyed this movie for the pace, acting and special effects. The story itself was Hollywood homogenized to a large degree but the telling of the true story might be boring on-screen. The additional characters and added love story make it palatable to many who do not want to watch a documentary of the 47 Ronin. Purists won't enjoy this film but they are a "difficult to please" group. I hoped to be entertained, and I was.

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AlchemyBlack
Oct 08, 2015

Well. That was rather dreadful. I suppose it speaks volumes when an otherwise demographically-accurate gent like myself can find myself treating this film as background noise as I try out new hobbies (for instances, I now know not to make one's first foray into gymnastics when one is pushing thirty and owns more glass-top tables than is advisable). The legend of the 47 Ronin finds itself subjected to the scalpel of a Western director, writers, cinematographer, and somehow, even though Mr. Reeves is but one man in it, an unusually Western-type cast. I might disagree with a previous critic; the other actors in the film are in no way inferior to Keanu's actual acting skill. They are, in fact, superior, but I find foreign actors often come off as inadequate to Western viewers, and this is little more than a cultural prejudice, easily forgiven by all sides in the interest of art. But that selfsame cultural prejudice threatens to make the apparently mechanical Goliath of a samurai servant of Lord Kira's a fan favorite (fortunately, this monstrosity, like the majority of the supporting cast, is easily disposed of and with little emotional investment from the viewer). The story is slow through the first forty minutes, then tries to play a desperate and futile game of catch-up to create enough story to round-out the film. If we can disregard the incongruous and entirely fictitious (even for a cultural myth) presence of Keanu Reeves' "Kai", and the myriad points of "artistic license" taken to what I can only assume is sell an Eastern legend to a Western audience, this was a disappointment. Full-disclosure: I am capable of the level of sophomoric entrancement that leads to a film like "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra" being both profoundly entertaining and worthy of the sort of middling praise and interest one would devote to any well-done action film. But this one made the effort, and probably the mistake, of attempting to retell such an important legend, and did so so poorly and with so little regard for the culture that spawned it, that it has a great deal to answer for, and shouldn't wonder at it's own commercial failing.

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Jsmackenator
Jul 09, 2015

I think it was a stroke of genius on Keanu's part to populate the film with actors who are as bad as acting as he is, you don't even notice his bad acting most of the time. And he doesn't say that much, that's a plus. The action and the story aren't that bad. Liked the set design a lot. The CGI doesn't seem to be up to the films visual ambitions though. Good time passer.

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joywolf83
May 26, 2015

Despite the spiritistic overtones, actually a really good movie. The end fight scenes had you wondering if they would win. At parts tragic and others heartfelt. A true blend of an asian and american film. I liked the "true" back story behind movie, but I'm sure purists will be upset by the liberties taken.

LovelyMurrell Mar 29, 2015

this movie was awful. If you know the story of the 47 ronin then you know there was no reason for Keanu's chracter to even be there. Oishi is the star of this story. I dont know if they thought keanu would help bring in money, or what. I do know that the story of the 47 ronin was awesome by itself and did not need to be centered on a "half breed" as they called him in the movie to be so either. The chracters role in the movie was weird

( really he was raised by demons in the woods? how would demons care for a newborn? and why would they? who are these baby sitting demons, if they are that caring are they really that bad?)

I didnt lik ethe witch fox lady either. this movie was just goofy. It took a great story and messed it up cause it tired to make it better when it was already epic. This link sums up other issues I had with the movie http://io9.com/keanu-reeves-new-movie-has-47-problems-but-the-ronin-1489456200. Really though watch something else

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publicenemy45
Mar 18, 2015

not as bad as the criticts say it was it was decent. Its a shame that it didn't do better at the movie box office.

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yumsushi
Mar 03, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, considering all the negative press. Keanu Reeves was definitely too old for his part and alot of the magical elements seemed out of place, but overall I enjoyed the action and the story.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Jan 18, 2015

Keanu Reeves character goes through a lot of mayhem just to be accepted by Japanese warriors with extremely unlikely bigotry towards him and to get the Japanese woman of his lust or dreams.This is also an extremely sleep inducing bore.

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aaa5756 Jul 21, 2014

"Surviving is the only glory in war." - Sam Fuller First Infantry Division World War II

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“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

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“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

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jimg2000
May 28, 2014

prologue: Ancient feudal Japan, a land shrouded in mystery, forbidden to foreigners. A group of magical islands home to witches and demons. A nation of rival provinces whose lords were ruled by a shogin whose will is absolute. Peace in the realm is kept by the samurai, master swordsmen tasked with protecting their lord and their province at all costs. Should a samurai ever lose of fail his master, he suffers the greatest shame in all Japanese society. He becomes a ronin. And yet, to know they story of the 47 Ronin, is to know the story of all Japan.

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X_andor_Who Jul 26, 2014

TagsSummary: ronin, samurai, swords, special swords, katanas, samurai spirit, Bushido, archaic code, honor, humility, restoring honor, seppuku, hari-kari, japan, Japanese lore, Japanese myths, bewitchment, Tengu, demons, mythical beast, weapon wielding warriors, deadly duels, kabuki, fabled foxes, dragons, princess, heavens, hells, spells, casting spells. -X; Who

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X_andor_Who Jul 26, 2014

Violence: Neighborly Notice: Visceral Violence: Nothing cuts cleaner and is keener than a katana slicing, bushido blade; it slicing so silently, so serenely, one may think it a mental mind, non-violent, Zen scene… –X; Who

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