Based on a true-life 18th century tale, this fantasy epic tells a dramatic tale of clan warfare and revenge surrounding a band of 47 loyal samurai seeking vengeance after their master is murdered. Keanu Reeves stars in the Universal Pictures production, written by Hossein Amini and Wanted's Chris Morgan.~Jeremy Wheeler
An underrated gem in the lustrous career of Keanu Reeves. This fantastical sword, sorcerer, and samurai tale is a big-budget actioner with CGI aplenty. Based on the ancient tale of the disgraced samurai out to avenge the wrongful death of their master, this is high fantasy and fun. 47 Ronin features an anachronistic production design and an all-star cast of Asian superstars including Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki, Ko Shibasaki, and Long Duk Dong from Sixteen Candles.
Keanu Reeves' unique brand of stoic intensity is the container in which this ambitious opus pores its crazy mesh of dynastic fantasy, revenge, swordplay, CGI, and unrequited love. 47 Ronin is a jam-packed spectacle, and the world is better for it.
This film has problems, such as the pacing and the sombre tone of everything, but it is capable of some astoundingly beautiful scenes as well. I would compare it to a high budget 70's martial arts film that takes itself painfully seriously and tries very hard to get across it's message about honour and sacrifice. I do like this film, but not as much as i hoped
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from the first time that I had viewed it on a 1080P Cable/Internet version. (I also was a fan of the original "man with the iron fists" movie.)
This 4K version provides much richer & extensively more detailed picture. The sound upgrade is not Dolby Atmos, but it is Dolby True-HD which is also a better upgrade than the original Blu-Ray.
It comes with a 4K Digital copy, however their are currently zero 4K HDR versions on any digital copy platform. Good news is that the digital copy code is good until July 2021. (Therefore it's safe to presume that the 4K Digital copy will be available at some point between this truncated time-table.)
There are some interesting extras that this version comes with too!... All in all I would recommend this movie to anyone, and in my honest opinion I would say that it's a vastly underrated movie!...
(In package: 4K HDR Film Disc; Blu-ray Film Disc & Moviesanywhere digital copy.)
The steel book looks great in hand. The 4k movie transfer is a step up from the Blu-ray for sure. The colors pop off the screen and dark shadows are better as well. If you are a fan of the film the 4k is the way to go and the steel book really nice as well. If you can get this for a good price it is worth the upgrade for the packaging and the film.
This movie didn't do great when it came out. The studio may have overestimated audiences' appetite for samurai films. But that doesn't mean Keanu Reeves didn't do his job.
If you like mystical sword-and-sandals flicks, you could do worse than this film based on a Japanese legend.
The steelbook artwork is gorgeous. As a Keanu Reeves enthusiast, I couldn't resist picking it up, and I'm glad it got me to revisit the film.
I had put it off for a while. But I finally decided to get it. And I am glad that I did. It was a good story line and a very enjoyable movie. The story line was similar to Mulan (both the animated version and the real people version), yet different.