47 Ronin

1994 [JAPANESE]

Action / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 16%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 495

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Reviewed by massaster760 8 / 10

Ichikawa proves his worth as a director (again).

The year is 1701, the setting Japan. In a relatively peaceful time, a reception held for envoys of the emperor, ends in a confrontation between two lords, which in turn would become the catalyst for one of the most famous stories of Japanese history. A story so famous it reaches mythical proportions and is widely regarded as Japan's national legend.

The 47 Ronin (1994) is one of the many celluloid re-tellings of this famous story. Directed by master director Kon Ichikawa, 47 Ronin is basically a revamp of late 60's Japanese Samurai Cinema. Considering that Ichikawa made most of his greatest films in this time period (or before), the style of this film is going to be a foregone conclusion for those familiar with the director.

As with most films of the genre, 47 Ronin is not an action film, most of the films time is devoted to the character development of Oishi Kuranosuke (expertly played by Ken Takakura), a chamberlain of the Ako-Asano Clan who loses his master to Seppuku. The Asano Lord was forced to commit suicide because of his provoked attack on Lord Kira during the reception for the envoys. In the aftermath, Oishi disbands the clan publicly and at the same time recruits a crew of 47 samurai. They patiently prepare their plans for a year and a half and then storm the fortress of Lord Kira in a mission that-succeed or fail- will ultimately end in their deaths.

Kon Ichikawa leisurely unfolds his version of this classic, with beautiful cinematography,intricate set-pieces, and detailed wardrobes. Kon's shots of autumn trees and winter pagodas are breathtaking, and his perfectly framed shots work hand in hand with the highly detailed sets and costumes. Particularly, the Ako-Asano's black and white battle armor is truly fearsome looking.

The action is characteristic of 60's Jidai Geki films; opponents square off, one or two strikes are exchanged, the kill shot, and the the obligatory geyser of blood. Although 47 Ronin is a bloody film it's not as bad as some of the more exploitational samurai films of the early 70's (such as the Lone Wolf series). And though the films action sequences are sparse, when they finally happen they are expertly directed and choreographed and are sure to please fans of the genre.

Although this is a great film, in terms of plot, cinematography, acting, and action. I have to say that the films slow plotting tends to drag in spots and the films narration tends to get annoying after awhile. Plus the constant jumps in location tend to get a little confusing. I urge anyone interested in this film to read a little of the history behind it, as this will save the viewer from being confused by the story.

Bottom Line- 47 Ronin should be seen for Ichikawa's expert direction and cinematography. It does tend to bog down at points but fans of samurai flicks will find delight in this film.

Reviewed by planktonrules 4 / 10

Not a particularly good version for non-Westerners to watch.

Unlike other versions of this story that I have seen (and I've seen at least 3 or 4 others), this one begins well AFTER much of the plot has passed and so much explanatory exposition occurs in the first 20 minutes of the film. Then, when the film flashes back 20 months, it STILL goes back to AFTER the important events have occurred (when an official tried to kill one of the Shogun's trusted men). So is the 1994 version of "The 47 Ronin"--a completely non-sequential version of the story is told.

The 47 Ronin is a classic Japanese story, and I assume that practically every adult in the country is very familiar with the story. So, for a Japanese audience, this version of the story would probably work great. However, for those NOT familiar with the story, it's very confusing and told in a very roundabout manner and is quite confusing. Because there must be about a dozen other versions out there, I say try them first. Though, try also to avoid the recent Keanu Reeves version simply because it's pretty stupid.

Reviewed by reid-53 8 / 10

The agony of sacrificing the beauty of life

This is one of my favorite Japanese movies of all time. The story of the 47 ronin is historical fact. The details around which the film is set are not under dispute. However, what this film is about is not so much the actual revenge of the 47 ronin again Lord Kira; it is rather about one man's resolution to let go of life - and how much he loves his life - to sacrifice it for the call of honor and revenge. The film portrays a sharp dichotomy between the bounds of honor that the main protagonist is trying to uphold and the simple beauty he finds in life. Ultimately, it is a movie about sacrifice, and the bittersweet satisfaction thereof.

I would highly recommend anyone interested in seeing this movie first read some historical background on the tale of the 47 ronin. The film operates largely on the assumption that the viewer is familiar with the tale. Knowing the basics will make understanding it much easier.

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