47 Ronin (2014)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 58 mins

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Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

Cast: Hiroyuki Sanada, Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi

Crew: Carl Rinsch (Director), John Mathieson (Director of Photography), Ilan Eshkeri (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Dates: 03 Jan 2014 (India)

Tagline: This Christmas, seize eternity.

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Did you know? Five Japanese actors were cast alongside Keanu Reeves (Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Kou Shibasaki and Jin Akanishi) to make the story more authentic instead of picking actors that would be recognizable in the United States. Read More
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as Kuranosuke Ôishi
as Kai
as Mizuki
as Kira Samurai
as Lord Kira's Spy
as Ronin
as Okuda
as Devil Elite Samurai
as Carl Whiters
as Kira Samurai
as Tiger Elite Samurai
as Mika's Handmaiden
as Chikara Ôishi
as Guard
as Mika
Supporting Actress
as Lead Soldier
as Savage
as Narrator
as Samurai wife
as Shogun Elite Samurai
as Bokken Fighter
as Lord Kira
as Basho
as Shogun's Adjutant
as Tengu Lord
as Mika's Handmaiden 2
as Iku




Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Shot in 3D
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
This Christmas, seize eternity.
Every single one of the ronin are portrayed as being extremely lax with their most prized possession, their swords. When they first gather, one of the ronin tells Oishi "We do not have any swords", whereupon Oishi casually hand over his own. First of all, only the most poverty-stricken and desperate ronin sold their swords, as giving up one's sword was the ultimate humiliation for a samurai, it was a denial of both one's status and legacy. Secondly, selling your sword would mean never being able to be employed as samurai again, or even to be hired as a temporary bodyguard. Thirdly, swords were often inherited from one's father, or given as personal gifts by parents or lords, not something one would willingly give up. It is possible a few of the ronin would have been driven to selling or otherwise losing their swords, but not every single one of the 50+ ronin who gather. And those who still had them would be extremely loathe to even lend them to others.

Kira has Oishi, his worst enemy, trapped in a dungeon under heavy guard for an entire year, but suddenly decides to release him and send him off without even keeping a watch on him. And conveniently, this all happens just in time for Oishi to stage his revenge and prevent Kira's marriage to Mika.

In the scene where the 47 ronin are granted a proper samurai's death, the shogun first has the black strap of his headpiece under his lip, then under his chin and then under his lip again.

In the scene where the witch gives Mika the dagger to kill herself with, the witch stabs it into the floor. When the witch leaves the dagger is lying on the floor. When Mika goes to grab the dagger it is stuck in the floor again.

Factual Mistake
In one scene, the witch Mizuki is seen observing oracle bones over a fire to do a reading for Kira. This movie is supposed to take place in feudal Japan; oracle bones are a part of ancient Chinese culture, not Japanese.
Five Japanese actors were cast alongside Keanu Reeves (Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Kou Shibasaki and Jin Akanishi) to make the story more authentic instead of picking actors that would be recognizable in the United States.

According to Keanu Reeves, filming was first done in Japanese for the sake of the supporting cast, and then filming was done in English.

This is the seventh cinematic adaptation of the Japanese folktale of the 47 Ronin, after The 47 Ronin, Chûshingura, Chushingura, The Fall of Ako Castle, 47 Ronin and The Last Chushingura. This is however the first Hollywood cinematic adaptation.

According to costume designer Penny Rose, everyone had a customized costume in keeping with their background: "We based it on the culture and what the shapes should be - everyone's in a kimono - but we've thrown a kind of fashion twist at it and we've made it full of colour."

The arrows for the film were made by Michael Reape, a famous European arrow maker. A small amount of arrows were made in "museum" quality for close-ups.

This is Carl Rinsch's directorial debut.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: 47 Magadheerulu (Telugu)