47 Ronin Saturday, 21 September 2019

47 Ronin

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Masterless.

  • Starring:

    Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi, Masayoshi Haneda, Hiroshi Sogabe, Takato Yonemoto, Hiroshi Yamada, Shû Nakajima, Rinko Kikuchi

  • Directed by:

    Carl Rinsch

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot at, stabbed, garrotted, throat-slit, pursued, attacked, beaten, kicked, punched, dragged, burned, thrown through the air, poisoned, hit with objects, beheaded, struck by arrows, near-drowned, bound, thrown in a pit. Animals/creatures are pursued, bound, stabbed, beheaded. Suicides (seppuku), suicide references (finger dragged along throat). Sword-fighting, stick-fighting practice, competitive fist-fighting, battles, ransacked village. Explosions, burning debris, fireball. Screaming, snarling. Blood/gore: Corpses. Object inserted into skin. Blood splatter, bloody hands, scratch wounds, blood on objects, cuts. Decapitated heads, broken limbs.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man appears to be molesting a woman (hallucination). Shirtless men, cleavage. Kissing, caressing. Brothels, one-night stand mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (sake). Hallucination. Vial of poison.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Samurai, betrayal, revenge, honour, banishment, 18th Century Japan, outcasts, 47 ronin, monsters, demons, witches, shape-shifting, seppuku, father-daughter relationships, omens, prophecy, kabuki, Chushingura.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Arranged marriage, forced separation. Cemetery setting. Deer, horses, demon dog, fox, bats, giant bison creature, spider, swarm of insects, dragon, witches, demons, ogre. Tiger headdress. Spirits, ghosts mentioned. Open fire, full moon, levitation. Vomiting. Roasting meat.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Decent, colourful, sumptuous, impressive. Timeless story, lovely visuals, lavish costume and set design, gothic feel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Deadpan, unremarkable, lacklustre, stiff, uninvolving, cliched, confusing, plodding, mechanical, cold, smug, tedious, bogus, boring. Poor pacing, confusing action sequences, wooden dialogue.

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