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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Keanu Reeves
Hiroyuki Sanada
Ko Shibasaki
Directors
Carl Rinsch
Screenwriters
Chris Morgan
Hossein Amini
Running Time
118 minutes

47 Ronin
Sullen Samurai


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Plot
18th century Japan. Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) is duped into attacking rival Kira (Tadanobu Asano) and ordered to commit suicide by the Shogun. Vassal Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada) gathers Asano’s loyal samurai – including Kai (Keanu Reeves), a mixed-race outcast raised by demons – to prevent Kira marrying Asano’s daughter (Ko Shibasaki) and avenge their master.


Verdict
Perhaps a folly and – Kikuchi aside - too deadpan to be a romp, this is still a decent, colourful samurai spectacle with a classical look (lots of symmetrical compositions) and a story which stands up under multiple retellings.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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