Rent 47 Ronin (2013)

3.2 of 5 from 392 ratings
1h 54min
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Synopsis:
After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honour to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Keanu Reeves) - a half-breed they once rejected - as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , Hiroshi Yamada, , , , , , , , Eizo Tomita, , Masayuki Deai
Directors:
Carl Rinsch
Producers:
Pamela Abdy, Eric McLeod, Scott Stuber
Voiced By:
Victoria Grace
Narrated By:
Ron Bottitta
Writers:
Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/05/2014
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Hindi
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/05/2014
Run Time:
119 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Keanu and Kai
  • Steel Fury: The Fights of 47 Ronin
  • Re-Forging the Legend
  • Myths, Magic and Monsters: The FX of 47 Ronin
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (3) of 47 Ronin

46 1/2 Ronin - 47 Ronin review by PC

Spoiler Alert
13/06/2014

I thought this looked quite interesting from the trailer and the mix or real events, shoguns and the supernatural looked promising. However, the whole things looks so fake and this goes as far as Keanu Reeves' performance. It would be nice to see the traditional story without the need to include a Hollywood star who looks out of place amongst Japanese acting royalty. None of the relationships ring true and the effects, though many, fail to impress.

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Many shall watch... few shall see... - 47 Ronin review by Farid

Spoiler Alert
05/10/2014

A wonderful, simple, beautiful and poetic film in the true tradition of the Japanese Samurai movie.

It is obvious that a lot of passion and courage has been put into this film by everyone involved. Lots of action but not your typical Hollywood rubbish. Great cinematography, special effects, acting, story etc! And it is based on a true, albeit highly mythologised story!

I simply cannot understand why some people have given it such bad reviews?!

Of course everything is in the eye of the beholder! It is not just about the film but also the receiver!

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Critic review

47 Ronin review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

When it was announced that Keanu Reeves big comeback film would be the supernatural epic 47 Ronin I wasn’t surprised. Reeves has been heavily influenced by The Matrix and while Ronin is decidedly different it stretches the fabric of reality to tell a different kind of story,a strangely human one in a world filled with giant snake monsters.

The film follows the story of Kai (Keanu Reeves), a young boy who fled his land and was taken in by a respected samurai. However when he grew up he was seen differently, like an outcast and because of this he sought to prove himself worthy. When his savior is killed however he must get revenge with the help of the 47 samurai that were left masterless, making them just as lowly as him, the titular 47 Ronin.

While the story is the usual story of epic loves pushing people to do almost anything to protect those they care about it doesn’t feel ordinary. The tale is complicated and strangely realistic as it mixes the very real ideals of Japan with the supernatural elements that exist within Japanese history. The result is a ever so cheesy picture that isn’t afraid to push the limits with the films ending perfectly capturing the tragic lifestyle of the samurai.

With a great supporting turn by Hiroyuki Sanada as Oishi the leader of the 47 the film really kicks into high gear when the story begins to follow Kai and Oishi together as they help each other understand their own status with Kai helping Oishi understand his place as a Ronin and Kai learning what it really takes to be a samurai. The two share some great scenes together making the second act the best in the film.

While the film does lose itself in a mesh of supernatural nonsense and lovey dovey silliness towards the end it culminates in a final scene worth waiting for, a moment of catharsis and tragedy all in one that brings together 47 Ronin’s mismatched plot into something meaningful and even a little unexpected.

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