Film: "47 Ronin"; Cast: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Min Tanaka and Jin Akanishi; Director: Carl Rinsch; Rating: ***
What starts off as an action-packed Samurai adventure thriller, slowly fizzles into a tragic Japanese period drama sprinkled with ounces of fantasy in the guise of witchcraft and sorcery.
The film pays homage to the legendary 47 Ronin, who according to folklore, in the 17th century wreaked a terrible vengeance on the official who had unjustly condemned their Lord Asano Naganori to death. They then placed the severed head of their enemy on the grave of their lord and stoically submitted themselves to their punishment - seppuku or hara-kiri, the ritual suicide by disembowelment.
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