In an age when a Taiwanese director can make English-language films and an Iranian director can make films in Japanese, why does a cast of mostly native Japanese-speaking actors have to speak Engrish? While cultural appropriation is not inherently bad, this "300"-ization of the 47 Ronin tale lacks both authenticity and imagination. If injecting the supernatural, do some homework on Shintoism and Japanese lore first.
It's hard to imagine who Universal thought the audience for this movie was. Even ignoring the fact that Japanese viewers were offended by the injection of demons and witches into one of their national legends, and Keanu Reeves hasn't been a marquee name in years, this action/fantasy film's action sequences still display little flair and the entire production is weighed down by a stifling sense of self-importance.
Based on the legendary story to the same extent that my forthcoming autobiography "My Night Of Passion With Katy Perry And Scarlett Johansson" is based on reality (i.e., not at all). While Mizoguchi in the -let's call it proper version- could create sublime emotion with the movement of the camera, Rinsch clubs us over the head with CGI witches and demons, to no effect.
It was watchable but failed to really deliver something great in either story or action scenes. (For some reason I was reminded of 13 assassin's throughout this, which I would much recommend over this).
The outsider view of a mixed race main character would have worked great as a deconstruction of Fuedal, Patriachical and racial structures in Japanese history but the film brings up those themes and decides to uphold them as honorable virtue's for men to idolize. The story of The 47 Ronin is already ultra-nationalist but the film's fantasy element goes and enhances that. This film is as if Zach Synder...(continue)