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'47 Ronin': Whimsical tale

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47 Ronin

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Director Carl Rinsch makes its directorial debut with ‘47 Ronin’, an entertaining fantasy-action film based on the many stories of the Chusingura in Japan.

The narrative follows Kai (Keanu Reeves) and a group of dishonored Samurai warriors who seek vengeance on their lord and master. The group encounters warriors, monsters and divine deities through a journey that validates honor and self-sacrifice.

Rinsch and company create a visually appealing world that embraces 18th century Japanese culture – colorful costumes, landscapes and formalities of the time. Within the story of honor and tradition, he introduces a love story that is as fantastical as the witches and demons that prowl the land. But it is used as Kai’s incentive to join a political conflict and confront his dark past and upbringing.

’47 Ronin’ might be a new story but from time to time it seems to borrow ideas from other films – thus the story has that been-there, seen-that feeling throughout. The 3D effect works for the elaborate battles, and visual effects but not much else. An entertaining film to escape the holiday blues for sure.

‘47 Ronin’ opens Christmas Day

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