47 ronin

“47 Ronin”, the film featuring Keanu Reeves, went on to screen on December 6, 2013. The film is based on an ancient Japanese legend, a pretty story about 47 samurai whose master was killed by deceit. Having no master and no means of support, the samurai became ronin and were suspended from their positions. However, they kept being valiant warriors and swore to avenge the conspirators for that they have killed their master.

Lord Asano finds a boy named Kai in the woods; the boy’s body was covered with scars. He let the child live with him. A few years later, people find out that there is a dangerous monster living in the forest. The lord decides to defeat the formidable creature. He goes hunting with his samurai. The monster attacks one of the warriors, Oishi, but Kai rescues the samurai. The lord believes that it was his warrior who slaughtered the monster. But Oishi knows who the real hero is.

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Lord Kira is taken with the idea of capturing Asano’s lands. He comes to Asano with the shogun, in whose honor the samurai has to fight in the ceremonial fight. Lord Asano was to take part in the battles as the best samurai. But he had a spell cast on him at that time, so Asano was unable to fight. Instead, Kai puts on the armor so as not to embarrass his master. During the battle, the opponent defeats Kai and knocks his helmet down. The shogun was angry that he was being deceived and commanded to kill the liar. But Asano’s daughter, Mika, covers Kai with herself.

At night, a witch enters Lord Asano’s place and casts a spell on him. Since then, Asano saw monsters everywhere and attacked Lord Kira. The shogun got furious for violating the hospitality and commanded to kill Asano. All his samurai were then renamed ronin and forbidden to avenge their master on pain of death. All of Asano’s lands became Kira’s, and he immediately drives out the former samurai from there.

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A year later, Oishi, who was kept in the cage, comes back and finds Kai on the Dutch ship. They gather the other ronin together and swear to avenge their master’s death. In order for no one can recognize them, the former samurai melted into the crowd becoming merchants and monks. While hiding, the 47 ronin begin to develop and prepare their audacious plan.

Even though the film shows the historical Japanese saga from the Hollywood perspective, it is all rich in Japanese culture. There are carefully selected clothes and music in the film, and even the gait of the Japanese was shown correctly. The lead role is played by famous actor Keanu Reeves, and “47 Ronin” became one of his favorite films as the actor adores all Japanese.  

The fabular 47 ronin did exist in real life. Their graves have survived, and many Japanese come there to worship the symbols of samurai honor.

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