IMDb Review 1:
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It never bodes well for a film when its release date is delayed - much
less when it's been pushed back a whole year, ostensibly to accommodate
reshoots that would bump up Keanu Reeves' completely imaginary role in
a Western blockbuster take on a classic, awe-inspiring tale right out
of the Japanese history books. That way lies disaster and madness, one
would think - and certainly the bland, monster-heavy trailers for 47
Ronin did the film no favours. Smack down your inner critic, however,
and this epic fantasy flick - for that's what it is - turns out to be
reasonably palatable fare.
The bare bones of the true story are all there: the kindly Lord Asano
(Min Tanaka) is ordered to commit seppuku - ritual suicide by
disembowelment - when he almost mortally offends Lord Kira (Tadanobu
Asano - a nicely ironic name if ever there was one). This renders all
the honourable samurai in Asano's service masterless i.e., ronin. Led
by the noble Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the loyal band of 47 ronin vow to
avenge Asano - even though they have been ordered by their Shogun (top
military commander) not to do so.
What's less accurate, of course, is pretty much all the rest of it.
Reeves plays Kai, a half-British, half-Japanese orphan who's taken in
by Asano but treated like an outcast by everyone in the household -
except, of course, for Asano's loving daughter Mika (Kou Shibasaki).
Kira's nefarious plans have the support of Mizuki (Rinko Kikuchi), a
witch who can apparently take any form she likes: wolf, snake or
dragon. It's all a bit nonsensical, especially when Kai tries to get
swords for the ronin amongst some pretty creepy folk who have gone from
society's outcasts to being part of what looks like a supernatural
In other words, 47 Ronin is a faintly ridiculous addition to the wealth
of Chūshingura - fictionalised accounts of the 47 ronin tale - that
already exist in Japan. It's the kind of big, dumb blockbuster in which
the good guys literally live to die another day as long as the plot
calls for it. These fearless ronin even survive when the villain is
protected by a witch with crazy mystical powers! She can set an entire
field on fire, create poisonous spiders and turn into a dragon! And the
ronin - at least 47 of them - live anyway! It's crazy!
That's what makes it all the more surprising when 47 Ronin turns out to
be... well,actually not half-bad. Once you've accepted the sillier
aspects of the film for what they are, it's easy to get swept along by
its very earnest drama and spectacle. Reeves' storyline is a made-up
jumble of nonsense, but is played very straight - this is, in effect,
Sad Keanu: The Movie - and it just about works. Casting Reeves as the
outsider allows him to do what he does best: play the role with
stony-faced reserve, whether he's levelling up by battling demons in
cage matches or pining moodily after Mika. Kai's restrained love story
with Mika is fairly predictable stuff, with the girl fading a little
too much into the background (don't expect any bloodletting from
Shibasaki, Battle Royale fans), but it's salvaged by the rather
non-Hollywood way in which it all ends.
For all that Reeves takes centre stage in the publicity campaign, the
film belongs just as much to Sanada's Oishi. He undertakes a more
arduous emotional journey: one that takes him from grudging to
full-hearted acceptance of Kai's worth as a warrior and comrade. His
relationship with his family is more fully examined than Kai's
unwavering loyalty to the Asano clan. As Oishi plots his course of
action, one that will bring him shame for disobeying the Shogun even as
he avenges his master, he warns his wife and son Chikara (Jin Akanishi)
to disavow him. Their reactions provide some of the most emotionally
resonant moments in the entire film.
All things considered, the title of the film is a bit of a misnomer -
it would more accurately be called 2 Ronin, subtitled Oishi And Kai's
Excellent Adventure - and it suffers from a lamentable lack of humour
and historical accuracy. But it's not a complete travesty. Tucked away
beneath a layer of mystical beasts and witches lies a story with enough
heart, nobility and soul to survive even the oddest twists and turns.
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IMDb Review 2:
47 Ronin torrent.
How could the paramount of Japanese culture be raped so viciously and
repetitively? How could be be such a strong story be lost in a heap of
self-serving non-sense, elementary school level dialogue, non-existent
romance, handicaped action, unimportant, uninteresting, underdeveloped
characters and so on?
Well it's always a bad sign when you have character placed on a poster
and he then makes a four-second appearance, not to be seen ever
again(*cough* dude with facial tattoo). It is also a bad sign to start
a film with "google earth like" introduction, showing that you have
literally zero information on the subject.
But lets be fair and take if from the top. Let's take a peek at our
cartboard cut-out characters. Kai, half-breed with obviously
dysfunctional vocal chords is living with lord of Stereotypia, Asano,
since childhood and will be pushed throughout the film as a pivotal
point in the conflict. That being said, there are certain heroes in
action/adventure filmography, that don't really persuade you with their
actions, but at least they provide interesting backstory that keeps you
invested. Well, Kai amazingly does neither. Keanu Reeves brings out the
best of his athrophied facial muscles and mumbles his way to the
credits, with audience feeling absolutely nothing for his character or
romance. This element of love and chemistry between him and daughter of
Asano is as easy to watch as to observe someone trying to extract glass
bottle from his anus with a metal hook... It is equally painful to
watch, as this wedding-video/commercial director tries to communicate
Kai's pain on unsuspecting audience. All this accompanied by Japanese
actors struggling with English(yes, you guessed it, the film about
Japanese history is in heavy accented English). And it is not just the
pronunciation, but the pacing and dramatic moments as well that keep
the magic of immersion more distant than Christmas day in January. Just
imagine a foreigner trying to console you in your mother language,
after your loved one died. It just doesn't't work ... You'd be looking
at him all confused and uncomfortable. It's same with the film, except
on screen they would give you an occasional Japanese word and then
awkwardly try to translate and explain it in a same sentence. It goes
for all the supporting cast and it is especially painful in case of
evil lord's helper - the witch. Over the top, devoided of purpose and
just all-out badly written ... if they'd put on a giant middle finger
every time she appeared on screen I'd certainly be less insulted, just
because I'd find it funny.
You have to suffer quite a lot of pathetic build-up and looot of
exposure to be hit by another of films' "highlights". Everybody in
this film would not survive a minute in the real world, if their
brains functioned like that. Meaning? ... Well, why not start with: If
you do not want your enemies to crash your wedding, do not ( I repeat,
DO NOT! ) let them out of the cave (you left them in after killing
their master) right before your big day.
It would be pain to continue naming all the dumb and inexplicable stuff
this film presented(you can name like 2-3 things for each character
without even thinking...). There are moments when film tries to stick
to original story, but they are exactly the examples of when it should
not to. According to original story, Oishi divorced his wife, but it
was only to support his drunkard 'n' whoring lifestyle he took up to
convince everyone he'd let go the idea of revenge. Sounds logical?
Actually, yes. It was all plan that'd been in play for two years!! They
tediously gathered weapons, intel, housing plans and were playing the
roles of fallen samurai for two long years! Makes sense? Well yeah, it
does, because they needed Kira, the bad guy, to let his guard down.
And what does the film offer?? Oishi is released, finds Kai, who is
still alive (because screenplay demands it ... even though it doesn't
address the fact that he kinda forgot his love interest) and rallies
ronin who had no idea what to do for a whole year. Then there's this
ridiculous quest for weapons, which introduces us to Kai's past, even
though we don't give a flying f*ck about it by now. They get magical
swords which are not really that magical and rush in numbers to Kira's
stronghold. Couple of them die on a first try (fat guy dies and we are
supposed to be sad I guess...), then attack again during the wedding.
Kira dies, witch dies, guards die and so does the last hope for a good
action in this film. Director tortures us for a little while before
ronin commit suicide, leaving me sad, insulted and confused.
Sad for Hiroyuki Sanada, whom I like as an actor. Insulted by
everything I paid to witness. Confused to hear words of praise from a
seat above me.
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IMDb Review 3:
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Narrow in scope, this films attempts to stereotype Asian culture using
the history of the 47 Ronin as a lose reference.
Another one of Hollywood's poor attempt to draw on the appeal of
eastern culture for western viewers. With the cliché of the central
"Caucasian" character immersed in an "oriental backdrop". Not
convincing enough as either fantasy or action/ adventure.
Tragic waste of acting talent and cinematography, as it was trumped by
the weak,dull, far too predictable plot and dialog.
Suitable for those who enjoy shallow representations of "foreign
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