47 Ronin was the first movie i saw on the big screen for 2014. The story was based on a true story of a group of samurai who avenged their master’s murder.
Hats off to the production team as they did a wonderful Job for the production design. This coming from a fan of the Japanese culture. They really paid close detail to depict Japan’s culture during Tokugawa era. The role of the female in society, that they are mostly for decoration purposes and their silent strength, the samurai-Lord system, everything. Who would’ve thought that mass seppuku could be so beautiful and dark at the same time?
The movie showcases love, pride, honor and loyalty of the Japanese people. That they will not rest until they have avenged their master’s “murder”. How they value their reputation and name and are willing to die just to keep the honor of their family which sometimes makes you think borders on pride and stupidity.
The story however lacks depth as the characters are mostly one-dimentional. The incorporation of a “half-breed” portrayed by Keanu Reeves, was not necessary. The reason was for the movie to appeal to a wider audience perhaps?
I commend the acting of Rinko Kikuchi as the witch, Mizuki. She was convincing in her role and there were a couple of times that I want to strangle her. Woul’ve been nice if she was a nine-tailed fox demon instead of a dragon as foxes, as depicted in Japanese culture, are cunning, sly and smart. Perfect description for her role. Also, she was shown in fox form at the start of the movie. Just my two cents. Keanu Reeves’ acting was awkward at most as his face is mostly blank and lacks emotion needed for the scene. His love story with Miko was hard to buy.
The story of the 47 Ronin focuses on samurai vengeance which the movie did not give much justice.
2.5 /5 for me.