A fantasy version of the loyal forty-seven ronin legend. Hiroyuki Sanada is the samurai Ôishi, while Keanu Reeves is infused into the plot as Kai, the supposedly half-breed warrior, found by the noble Lord Asano on the edge of a mysterious forest as a child, then befriended Asano’s only daughter, the kind-hearted Princess Mika–and of course after time fell helplessly in love with one another. You’ve heard this kind of story hundred times before: a downtrodden warrior with an impossible love for a princess, sacrifices his life to save her, and a disgraced samurai fighting for the honor of his deceased Lord.
True, the fighting and battle scenes are a bit underdeveloped and quite anticlimactic, and in the end it still isn’t quite discernible how a mere 47 men could ever done something like Ôishi, Kai, and their friends did (In music score department the movie also really, really, needs a love theme for Kai and Mika!). But the screenwriters presented their generic storyline so self-confidently without being afraid to bore you at times if they must, and as the result, the movie doesn’t rush itself to death, and take as long as it takes to tell its story. A rare quality for Hollywood movies these days, especially after the epic crash of The Lone Ranger. So even if you may not like the finished result, even if you hated Keanu Reeves, 47 Ronin doesn’t qualify as a bad movie.
My Rating: 7/10