|47 Ronin (2013)|
|Rating: 6.3/10 (106,539 votes)
Director: Carl Rinsch
Writer: Chris Morgan (screenplay), Hossein Amini (screenplay), Chris Morgan (screen story by), Walter Hamada (screen story by)
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano
Runtime: 118 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Released: 25 Dec 2013
|Plot: A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.|
In late medieval Japan, Kai (Keanu Reeves) is a half-Japanese, half-English outcast who lives in the Akō Domain, which is ruled by the benevolent Lord Asano Naganori. When Kai was young, Asano found him lost in the forest and accepted him into his household. Kai and Asano’s daughter, Mika, eventually fall in love despite Kai being scorned by her father’s samurai due to his lowborn status and mixed ancestry.
Before a planned visit from Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Asano is visited by the Shogun’s master of ceremonies, Lord Kira, who wants to take Akō for himself. Kira enlists the help of a shapeshifting Kitsune named Witch who sends a Kirin to kill Asano in the forest of Ako. Asano’s samurai struggle in their battle with the monster so Kai joins in riding an abandoned horse. As the monster charges him, Kai recovers a lost sword that he uses to slay it. Shortly thereafter he spots a white fox with different coloured eyes watching from the underbrush—Witch in her fox form. Later during the Shogun’s visit, Kai sees that one of the Shogun’s concubines has the same two-colored eyes which leads him to assume that she was the fox from the forest. He tries to warn Asano’s principal counselor and samurai, Oishi, that she is a witch but Oishi doesn’t believe him.