While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira’s evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun’s order.
Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Country : USA
Keanu Reeves : Kai
Hiroyuki Sanada : Oishi
Kô Shibasaki : Mika
“I see only samurai before me.”
After reading some reviews about “47 Ronin“, I expected a terrible Hollywood attempt to make a film about a Japanese legend. In the international press, the movie has been mercilessly, how appropriate, put to the sword. Some of the jargon on “Rotten Tomatoes” : cloddish, dour, tedious to watch, a funeral march, humorless as your junior high principal, as Japanese as a grocery-store California roll, Keanu Reeves looks as miserable and bored as the audience … “. And it goes on like this. The 13% score is in that case logical. It’s obvious that Keanu Reeves is seen as unsuitable for this role as a samurai.
On 3 February 1982, a new comic hero appeared in the weekly magazine “Spirou “. “Kogaratsu”, a samurai who became a ronin, made by Michetz. On the front page it said « Kogaratsu, a comic like you’ve never seen before … “. Since the 70s , I’m an avid reader of this magazine, and have therefore read the first episodes with growing amazement. It was a totally different way of approaching a comic and I also devoured these stories. What was so unique about this comic besides the style ? That was the introduction to a unique Japan : the traditions and customs that surprises us western people, the loyalty, the honor, the calmness and serenity, the rituals, the mystical and magical atmosphere. All contained in this comic, and to be honest, I thought this was also present in “47 Ronin” .
An underrated action movie mixed with elements of a fantasy. I was afraid that Reeves would look like a Japanese “Neo”, but it turned out better than I thought . A wonderfully successful film for me.