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47 Ronin

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
47 Ronin
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"After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai ... an enslaved half-breed they once rejected--in their ultimate fight for redemption"--Container.
Title: 47 ronin
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2014]
Edition: DVD.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Originally released as part of a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Blu-ray bonus features: deleted scenes; Keanu & Kai; Steel fury: the fights of 47 ronin; Myths, magic & monsters: the FX of 47 ronin; Re-forging the legend.
Summary: "After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai ... an enslaved half-breed they once rejected--in their ultimate fight for redemption"--Container.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements.
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Alternate Title: Forty-seven ronin
Statement of Responsibility: Universal Pictures presents ; in association with Relativity Media ; directed by Carl Rinsch ; screenplay by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini ; produced by Pamela Abdy, Eric McLeod
Credits: Director of photography, John Mathieson ; editor, Stuart Baird ; music, Ilan Eshkeri.
Performers: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Ko Shibasaki, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
System Details: DVD, region 1, NTSC; anamorphic widescreen 2.40:1; Dolby digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish), Dolby 2.0 (English DVS).
Other Language: English, Spanish or French dialogue; Spanish or French subtitles; English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing; English described video.
Subject Headings: Samurai Drama. Outcasts Drama. Revenge Drama. Japan Drama.
Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs.
Samurai films.
Action and adventure films.
Fantasy films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.
Topical Term: Samurai
Outcasts
Revenge
Publisher No: 518968
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Jul 26, 2014
  • X_andor_Who rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

47Ronin: (A Greatly Groovy, Samurai Movie):

*A Simple Sample Summary, An Applied Ample Allegory: After one year’s humiliating hiatus, they, 47 ronin, recover and avenge their samurai status. In a wicked warlord’s world, wielding some wicked witchcraft, whereby it, the witchcraft, gets wickedly hurled, it sees fit that lives die, this before they can barely but try. Before a deadly dance erupts, before a sunrising surprise demise comes, some samurai ronin warriors rightly rally and fight for a second chance as they then rise to advance, all this before a setting sun… But will it be enough… to get the job done... will they have the strength, the fervor, the honor to save her, their distressed princess… or may they be already, as absolute goners? Regarding some super samurai and their inner spirit, the pushing plot carefully captures their legendary lives and deaths.

**Tinkering, Thinking Thoughts:
(1)Eyes of western world, they being hurled onto aged Japanese stage, they giving gaze as if looking and leering through legendary labyrinth and mental mind maze… they gleaning, they glancing, as with soft, stoic, and caring stare… they watching as with welcoming wonder at wanderer’s and warriors’ story lore… Of these tales, these glories, these virtues, these stories… and even after seeing this and them, we still see, many, plenty, more… Amidst the lows and highs, we, with western eyes, may see and stand … our mouths, our maws, our jaws, filling with wondrous awe… we finally, drawing and clawing for breath, watching story unfold, it having love, honor, and death.

(2)Many, while in human host, having fought for forgotten justice… bring bits of justice back… just for us… to have… to hold… to make brightly bold… it to be born… so that we may know of hubris, honor, humility, and the art of being scorned.

(3)The reverence and respect brought by Kai, Keanu Reeves’s character, typifies the ways in which in Bushido, one strives and thrives to be. That is… above all and anything else… one should hold onto his, her, its honor… his, her, its hubris… his, her, its humility.

(4)I loved the cherry blossom scene, it reflecting the purity and promise of the samurai spirit, it, the scene, having warriors, they, wearing white robes, and they readying themselves for a dutiful, but beautiful, story death scene.

(5)I was almost expecting the special samurai blades to have their Bleach Bankai-equivalents released. (Bleach anime aficionados will know of what I write, here, and of its meanings… I would think).

(6)I had felt effusing and injecting influences, possibly, coming from said movie, “The Last Samurai”. As for actor Sanada, I had recognized him from “The Last Samurai” movie. Character Kai, played by actor Keanu Reeves, had reminded me of Captain Algren’s character from “The Last Samurai”. I had thought and felt that some of the field fighting scenes looked similar to the ones found in “The Last Samurai”. I also felt fights scenes and their layouts seemed similar to the Dynasty Warrior and Samurai Warrior videogame series.

(7)The obtainment of the special swords, they being especially made by the Tengu people in this movie, had felt similar to some western world, ancient stories, as like ones regarding Arthurian Legends and lore. Additionally, these special sword scenes in 47 Ronin reminded me of certain RPG videogames; they, these RPG games, then, would have heroes being tested by means of tough trials in order to be able to obtain his, or her, or its ultimate weapon; and namely, as an example per videogame series, it having this sort of implementation, I think, easily to the “Final Fantasy” series.

(8)The silver samurai character had reminded me of X-Men’s Wolverine and his Japanese nemesis, The Silver Samurai. Also, this faceless character, his, her, its stature and build, had reminded me of a certain character from the Samurai Basura videogame series.

Rating: (6.0/5.0); Xandor Who

Jul 21, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

Jul 06, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I thought this was an okay movie, but not great. Special effects was excellent. Acting was mediocre.

Jul 03, 2014
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I thought the plot was fine but the special effects and fight scenes could have done better.

Hollywood massacres a Japanese classic. They added all sorts of stuff that had nothing to do with the original, including the main character. It deserved to lose the $165 million at the box office!

Jun 19, 2014
  • danomcd rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Recognizing that this is a Keanu Reeves movie I watched it with pretty low expectations...it was still awful. For all the hype there is actually very little fighting and instead the movie tries to focus on character dialogue around Kai - the main problem being that this character is played by Keanu and he couldn't successfully act in a high school Christmas play.

47 Ronin is one of Japan's most famous samurai stories. This movie does an injustice to this narrative. The original story had nothing to do with the "half-breed" narrative in the film. Additionally, the producers created an unbelievable sci-fi fantasy movie. A lot of cgi, mediocre sword play, weak acting and terrible script equal a thumbs down. Save your time.

This movie has nothing to do with history in Japan.

The director and producers turned it into a cgi comic movie.

Probably the most famous samurai story in Japan history brought to life by Hollywood. I didn't think Keanu Reeves could do this movie justice. To my dismay, he played his part well. Check out this reenactment of a tale of legend.
Every December 14th, the samuris who inspired this story are honored.

Jun 06, 2014
  • Green45 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome movie

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Jul 26, 2014
  • X_andor_Who rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

TagsSummary: ronin, samurai, swords, special swords, katanas, samurai spirit, Bushido, archaic code, honor, humility, restoring honor, seppuku, hari-kari, japan, Japanese lore, Japanese myths, bewitchment, Tengu, demons, mythical beast, weapon wielding warriors, deadly duels, kabuki, fabled foxes, dragons, princess, heavens, hells, spells, casting spells. -X; Who

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Jul 26, 2014
  • X_andor_Who rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Neighborly Notice: Visceral Violence: Nothing cuts cleaner and is keener than a katana slicing, bushido blade; it slicing so silently, so serenely, one may think it a mental mind, non-violent, Zen scene… –X; Who

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Jul 21, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Surviving is the only glory in war." - Sam Fuller First Infantry Division World War II

Jul 21, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

Jul 21, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

May 28, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

prologue: Ancient feudal Japan, a land shrouded in mystery, forbidden to foreigners. A group of magical islands home to witches and demons. A nation of rival provinces whose lords were ruled by a shogin whose will is absolute. Peace in the realm is kept by the samurai, master swordsmen tasked with protecting their lord and their province at all costs. Should a samurai ever lose of fail his master, he suffers the greatest shame in all Japanese society. He becomes a ronin. And yet, to know they story of the 47 Ronin, is to know the story of all Japan.

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Jul 26, 2014
  • X_andor_Who rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

47 Ronin: the international trailer

Okay, we roam and wander, as ronin, for some three hundred days, but when it comes down to being samurai, it is our only way. Trailer trademarks typical fantasy and fighting elements, it highlighting herculean heroes and mythical monsters via video and audio display. And once again, enjoy your moments... make them matter... be as Mad Hatter... display them much and in such a way... that each and every day you make... will be yours, forever, for that day to take! To one and all, tall and small, have a hero's day. Good Day. -X; Who

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