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DVD review: 47 Ronin: Great true story but a medicore big screen version of it

47 Ronin


There are stories over the course of recorded history that makes for a great basis for film. These larger than life stories need to be shared and admired. Many of them are tales of bravery or incredibly heroic acts that need a voice so that their courageous efforts are recognized and giving the proper respect that they are do. The story of the brave men who comprised the 47 Ronin are one of those stories.
47 Ronin is an insightful, action-orientated chronicle of the courageous, selfless task that 47 men undertook to right the injustice that was perpetrated by a power hungry individual against their Samurai lord. It’s an interesting story of tradition, revenge, and redemption. The movie stars Keenu Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Ko Shibaski (One Missed Call), Tadanobu Asano (Thor: The Dark World), and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Man with the Iron First).
47 Ronin is a good convergence of history and fantasy that gives great insight into the past. It is based in feudal Japan; it’s a multifaceted tale that has a number of elements embedded within it. It’s mainly narrative about revenge but it also is the story of an outcast seeking acceptance. The film has a number of facets that are intermingled into this tale of heroism. Love, family, and above all else is the code of the Samurai. The movie really gives some keen insight into feudal Japan and it gives an unprecedented perspective on the era. It’s one of the more unique tales of yesteryear that you’ll see. In spite of some of the unbelievable aspects of the film, it is supposed to be based on true events. Samurai earn the name, Ronin when they earn as shame they fail their master or have no allegiance and no honor.
The movie has fantastic cinematography and wardrobes. The movie looks amazing from top to bottom. There are very few films that can compete with 47 Ronin’s representation of Japan in that era. I am completely confounded that it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for cinematography.
If your expectation was an action based epic then you will be extremely disappointed in this movie. The movie falls really short on that aspect. 47 Ronin’s own marketing killed this film. The trailer is extremely misleading. That was probably the biggest hindrance to it. While it does have some good action, this film is nowhere the action movie that you would expect from the trailers. In spite of the deficiency of action, there are a number of really good aspects in the film. The love story between Kai and Mika is extremely touching. It’s very Romeo and Juliet like. This is one of the better aspects of the film. In addition, this film really gives an impressive perspective on how the Samurai hold an extremely high regard for honor. If you were unaware of it, then 47 Ronin does a great job at showcasing the lengths that the Japanese will go to protect and reclaim their honor. Lastly, the representation of feudal Japan is second to none. If you are old enough to remember the movie, “Shogun” then this is very close to it. It’s almost like a modernization of that movie. The fact that the story of the 47 Ronin is supposedly true makes this film better than it actually is. It increases its entertainment value exponentially for me. The bottom line is that 47 Ronin is a decent watch. You can do far worse than this movie. It’s good to add to you library if you’re a collector and if not then catch on cable or Netfix.