Title: 47 Ronin
Director: Carl Erik Rinsch
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada and an ensemble of other Japanese actors
Country of Origin: USA
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Length: 127 minutes
Rating: 10-12 PG for violence
Proposed release date: 26 December 2013
Date I actually saw the movie: 19 December 2013
Set in the Edo Period (1603-1867) when Tokugawa Tsunayoshi was the shogun, the story of 47 Ronin is based on a true story – well, more or less. The “facts” in the movie don’t quite mesh with the facts of the original story but let’s not spoil a perfectly good movie with historical accuracy. Actually, the original story is also shrouded in uncertainty and a whole gamut of stories, plays and other dramatic performances surrounding the 47 Ronin legend are commonly referred to as “Chushingura” in Japan. The character of Kai, played by Keanu Reeves, a half-Japanese, half-British man was created especially for the film. It is to be remembered that Japan was closed to the Western world at this time in history.
I found this to be a great movie, fantasy mixed with history, plenty of action and a love story. The cinematography is gorgeous. Should please the younger crowd as a date night movie as well as a movie for seeing with friends. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the seppuku scenes aside.