47 Ronin – Movie Review
Director: Carl Rinsch
Writers: Chris Morgan (screenplay & story), Hossein Amini, Walter Hamada (story)
Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Keanu Reeves, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kukuchi, Kô Shibasaki, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Fantasy Action Movie
An old and venerated legend of honor, loyalty, sacrifice, and revenge is the basis for 47 Ronin. It’s a yarn spun of politics and intrigue and samurai, of insults and etiquette. A serious tale of bushido, the code of the samurai, where honor is more important than anything, even life.
Shoehorned into this classic story are shapeshifters, demons, psychic powers, cage fighting and starcrossed lovers. All of the supernatural elements are completely accepted and believed by the characters as part of everyday life–except when it would be critically important to the plot. Then, warnings of paranormal danger are ignored, and people are punished for things beyond their control . . .
First, the good part. Did you see Pacific Rim? Do you remember feeling that the talented Rinko Kikuchi was totally underutilized in an otherwise fun film? Did you want more, more, more?
Well, she’s back. Rinko plays a witch, unencumbered by pesky morals. And she chews through every scene she’s in. With gusto. In the words of Michael Longcor, her character is “deliciously self-agended.” Kukuchi’s scenes are the absolute highlights of the film.