"Blood is a small price to pay when it comes to honor of the Samurai"
"47 Ronin" is a fictional account of what 47 real men did during a time great hardship. The story of these legendary Samurai has been told many times over and each time it reinforces the importance of honor and sacrifice within life's journey. Chris Morgan and Walter Hamada came together to write their interpretation of these events which has evolved into 2013's "47 Ronin".
Keanu Reeves stars in this movie as Kai, a half-breed who was accepted into the Samurai's strict code of honor through a series of burdensome trials. Ready to find out more? Let's Unhinge....
First thought we initially had when we heard of "47 Ronin" was "Neo a Samurai..Whaatt?", but fortunately the story had some meat mixed in with the potatoes. It was almost the same reaction we experienced when Tom Cruise played in "The Last Samurai" which ended up being a solid film, so we figured, "Why not give "47 Ronin" a shot.
The difference between "The Last Samurai" and "47 Ronin" is that Cruise's film was actually pretty freakin epic..lol Now, we're not saying that "47 Ronin" isn't interesting, but it's more cube steak and gravy versus Cruise's 32 oz porterhouse of warrior goodness.
So now that you know what caliber "47 Ronin" is in, let's look at the film.
The movie begins with showing the story of an abandoned boy being taken in by a wealthy ruler named Asano that feels pity for the discarded, Kai. Kai grows within the household of Lord Asano and becomes fond of his beautiful daughter, Mika who secretly has a sweet spot for Kai as well. The two children grow close over the years, but can never "be" because of Kai's half-breed status.
What do we mean by that? Well, Kai was not born of Samurai, he has no roots tracing back or direct links to their hierarchy. Besides that, there are strict criteria that a man must go through to become Samurai and Kai has not impressed the warriors amongst him..yet. Kinda makes you wonder what it will take for them to accept Kai into their ranks, doesn't it?
It's funny how some people need to experience true pain to realize that they are not superior, but equal to their fellow man. Now this aspect is something that we really enjoyed in the film because it's about people and how groups respond to outsiders. Think back to the last time someone you didn't know tried to get in on your party..How did you feel?
Another standout about the film is the element of fantasy laced within the reel. From the trailer, you get a glimpse of what we're talking about, but this does not overpower the film's message. Rinsch did an excellent job of blending the two worlds into one seamless story of how one man's quest for acceptance helped others find honor during a period of darkness.
We could go into more, but at this point you should have a good sense of the film's direction. "47 Ronin" is entertaining, full of action and does a decent job of adding some Honor to your Saturday night fix! If you haven't seen it yet, you can pick it up at Redbox or your favorite local movie depot.
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