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47 Ronin | 2013 | Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada


Keanu Reeves stars alongside a Japanese cast in this action-adventure set at the start of the 18th-century. In a Japan steeped in folklore, magic and supernatural beings, the scheming Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) employs a shapeshifting witch (Rinko Kikuchi) and various other sly devices to convince his overlord the Shogun (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) that the benign ruler Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) has brought great dishonour to his position. The Shogun sentences Asano to commit suicide, allowing Kira to snatch both Asano’s territory and his daughter Mika (Ko Shibasaki).

The dead Lord’s loyal warriors are designated ronin and disbanded. But, smarting at the injustice, the masterless samurai eventually reunite and set out to avenge Asano’s death under the command of Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada). Fortunately for them, among their number is Kai (Reeves), a lowly half-English orphan who was adopted by Asano’s household; and Kai is not only in love with Mika, but also has some supernatural secrets of his own… Mainly English with some Japanese and English subtitles.

cast
Keanu Reeves as Kai
Hiroyuki Sanada as Kuranosuke Ôishi
Kou Shibasaki as Mika
Tadanobu Asano as Lord Kira
Min Tanaka as Lord Asano
Rinko Kikuchi as Witch
Jin Akanishi as Chikara
Masayoshi Haneda as Yasuno
Hiroshi Sogabe as Hazama
Takato Yonemoto as Basho
Shû Nakajima as Horibe
Hiroshi Yamada as Hara
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shogun Tsunayoshi
Tanroh Ishida as Shogun’s Adjutant
Yorick van Wageningen as Kapitan
Ron Bottitta as Narrator
Natsuki Kunimoto as Riku
Togo Igawa as Tengu Lord
Akira Koieyama as Kira’s Spy
Haruka Abe as Mika’s Handmaiden
Clyde Kusatsu as Drunk Official
Junichi Kajioka as Guard
Masashi Fujimoto as Lead Soldier
Neil Fingleton as Lovecraftian Samurai

crew
Director: Carl Rinsch
Script: Hossein Amini Chris Morgan Walter Hamada

US | 119 minutes | 2013

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