47 Ronin, with Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano & Rinko Kikuchi. Director, Carl Rinsch. I’ve heard a lot of ignorant nonsense coming from a few reviewers, including an idiot on the White House’s propaganda radio arm, NPR, that said it was slow moving & sluggish. It’s not. This film fast moving, beautiful & filled with wonderment.
Reeves seems to be back, in a big way. Affecting his infamous, stoic emoting; as only he can. I think this is his best work yet, actually. But then, I’m partial to Reeves & also to Sanada; who excelled in, what has to be, the role of a lifetime. Samurai, in distress, with a goal to save their honor, against the forces of evil.
Cinema-wise, this is a gorgeous movie which includes a few supernatural elements as well as a character study in the all-important principles of Japanese honor & redemption.
I recommend the film on its merits, cast & conception. The female leads, Shibasaki & Kikuchi, are fascinating to watch. Both excellent actresses & great beauties.