Watch 47 Ronin
- 1 hr 58 min
47 Ronin is a 2013 fantasy-action film that tells the story of a group of samurai who seek revenge after their master is killed. The film is directed by Carl Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves as Kai, Hiroyuki Sanada as Oishi, and Ko Shibasaki as Mika. The film is a retelling of the true story of the 47 Ronin, a group of samurai who sought vengeance on Lord Kira, the man who killed their master. In the film, Lord Asano is the master of the samurai, and he is forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) by Lord Kira, who wishes to take control of Asanoâs lands. The samurai are left without a master, and they become ronin (masterless samurai). Years later, Lord Kira hosts a tournament in which the winner will marry Mika, the daughter of Lord Asano. Kai, who is half-Japanese and half-English and is seen as an outcast, is also brought to the tournament. Oishi, the leader of the ronin, sees Kai as a threat but is forced to work with him when they discover a plot by Lord Kira to start a war with a neighboring kingdom. The film features a mix of Japanese culture, mythology, and fantasy elements. The landscape is rich with traditional Japanese architecture, detailed costumes, and stunning visuals. The film also features mythical creatures such as dragons, witches, and shape-shifters. Keanu Reevesâ character Kai is the filmâs protagonist, and he is presented as an outsider who becomes a hero. He is initially distrusted by the samurai because of his mixed heritage, but he proves his worth by using his skills as a fighter and his knowledge of Western technology to help the group. His romance with Mika adds an emotional layer to the story. Hiroyuki Sanadaâs Oishi is the heart of the film. He is a loyal and honorable samurai who seeks to avenge his masterâs death. His story arc is one of redemption, as he must come to terms with the fact that he was unable to protect his master and must now lead his fellow samurai to avenge his death. Ko Shibasakiâs Mika is the filmâs female lead, and while her character is somewhat underdeveloped, she adds a necessary element of emotion and provides the film with a love story. Overall, 47 Ronin is an entertaining film that successfully blends Japanese culture and mythology with Western action-fantasy. While it does take some liberties with the true story of the 47 Ronin, it remains an epic tale of honor, revenge, and loyalty.