Anticipatory theater goers have been becoming increasing concerned over the upcoming release of 47 Ronin. Due to the lackluster performance it is showing in foreign box offices, American crowds are already starting to question whether this will be worth seeing in theaters, especially on its Christmas day opening. Something audiences should keep in mind before shutting out this film complete is, while a conscientious effort towards certain cultural accuracies, showing a Western rendition of a Eastern legend to cultures more familiar or affiliated with them runs a great risk of disappointing and even offending its long-distance target.
Intrigued by a script that was fashioned after a Japanese legend, producers and Director Carl Rinsch had envisioned a merging of styles. “A lot of people who haven’t been to Japan have a mind’s-eye vision of what Japan might look like. This film takes that to the next level: it’s greener, brighter,” says Producer Eric McLeod. Director Rinsch expresses, “It was our goal to respect and maintain the fundamental emotions and themes of the true history, but to view it through a lens that made it relevant to contemporary audiences. The global audience for movies today speaks in a vernacular of fantasy, science-fiction and superheroes.” He stresses that cast and crew did diligent research for the film so as to get even the simplest cultural things right – even something as small as the kimonos being worn left over right – while attempting to have their own twist on the overall product.
47 Ronin opens stateside on December 25th. How will American viewers receive it?