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5.0 out of 5 stars if you love mythology and historical fiction you'll love this movie!, December 30, 2013
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This review is from: 47 Ronin (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
This movie tells the historical story of the 47 ronin with a magical, mythical, fun aspect added to it.

It is very exciting and moving. The loyalty of the ronin to their fallen lord is inspiring.

The love story between two of the characters was touching as well without being overbearing, it did not hijack the plot which happens in many films. They also stayed true to feudal japanese societal rules to a greater degree than many movies.

For example some movies set in feudal japan will have a peasant "half breed" (keanu reeves character) somehow have status and respect from samurai which is highly unlikely bordering on absurd. In this film the half breed is considered much lower than the samurai and he accepts this. Its not until they become ronin that they get closer to equals and then the half breed starts talking back instead of just quietly accepting his lower status. This is much more reasonable, helps plot development, and is smart of the writer/director to understand the feel of feudal japan.

The special effects and mythical elements are very well done! There is a magical witch and a few spirits and creatures from classical japanese mythology.

The fight scenes are really well done and well choreographed.

I have nothing bad to say about this movie other than it could have been longer! Its already two hours but could have used another to give background on the samurai's lives and the elements of japanese mythology.

I already knew these things going in so hearing the name of a japanese mythological entity or when a person is asked to be anothers "second" for sepukku, i was primed for what came next. However the person who saw it with me had no idea what these things were and is in fact the one who gave the critique that it could have been longer to give more detail on these points.

Overall amazing film. Its now on my top ten list!
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Initial post: Apr 13, 2014 8:32:41 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2014 1:21:56 AM PDT
Yeah, sucks they had to add a white guy into a purely Japanese piece of history for western audiences. Seems like we always have to find a way to insert a white character into people's historical moments before western movie studios are willing to touch a movie. Just sad and frankly racist.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2014 1:35:43 AM PDT
How else can we get a Western audience introduced to an Asian tale without some tweaking? As it stands a lot of Western minds just cannot follow unless it adds something that they can identify with? However I do respect your opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2014 2:29:37 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 4:37:02 PM PST
Keanu Reeves is of mixed ancestry including British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 4:37:37 PM PST
Keanu Reeves is of mixed ancestry including British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 10:34:25 PM PST
No this is not a five star film..... please stop bumping up your reviews, a. its crooked, b. its dishonest, and c. you stick out like a sore thumb because you gave so many votes to yourself using a different computer..... you don't fool me one bit..... oh and please feel free to try and do your worst because I have the Mercedes Benz of Security..... plus a couple of extra computers.....
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