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47 Ronin

47 Ronin

USA 2013 - mit Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Ko Shibasaki ...

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Originaltitel:47 Ronin
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Regie:Carl Rinsch
Produktionsland:USA 2013
Laufzeit:Ca. 118 min.
FSK:From 12 years
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At the age of 13 the orphan Kai (Keanu Reeves) of Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) is found in the forests of the province of Ako. Although Kai is only rejected as a half-breed, Asano decides to take the boy in. Years later, Kai, secretly in love with Mika (Ko Shibasaki), the daughter of the lord, has to watch his master commit ritual suicide after being lured into a trap by Lord Kiras (Tadanobu Asano) with the help of a witch (Rinko Kikuchi). The 47 Samurai of Asano are now masterless ronin who are driven into exile. Under the leadership of Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), Asano's once highest-ranking samurai, the 47 Ronin want to take revenge for the death of their lord. But for that they need the help of the despised half-blood Kai…

"47 Ronin" based on one of the most famous legends in Japanese history. Everyone in Japan knows the heroic myth of the 47 warriors who avenged their master. They symbolise unconditional loyalty, honour and honor, which is why their story is told again and again in a variety of different ways. Whether as a stage play, a book or a film, this myth of heroes is still perfectly suited today to tell an exciting and thrilling story. That's what the makers of this latest adaptation thought, who wanted to interweave parts of the true story with fantasy elements to create a great cinematic adventure. For the implementation, director newcomer Carl Erik Rinsch was commissioned. But unfortunately the advertising and short film director sponsored by Ridley Scott will certainly not remember his first feature film experience in a particularly positive way.

After the costs skyrocketed due to the decision to shoot the film in 3D, the planned start in November 2012 had to be postponed by several months in order to continue working on the 3D effects. The studio apparently didn't like the result well enough, because more re-recordings were arranged and the start was postponed again by almost a year. In the meantime, the production costs amounted to more than 170 million dollars. The film would therefore have to become a huge blockbuster in order to bring the studio a profit. But after the start in Japan was already more than disappointing, the expectations for the other markets were also significantly lowered.

So the film was not shown to the press in the USA in advance and it was saved in marketing overall, so as not to suffer even greater financial damage. With less than 40 million dollars in the USA and just under 120 million worldwide, "47 Ronin" must also be described as an enormous flop - at least in financial terms. But what does that look like from an artistic point of view? Is the great comeback hope of Keanu Reeves as a whole a big failure? No question about it, the film looks very good. Furnishings, costumes, special effects - all this has a great show value. And especially at the beginning, the film reveals the potential for a great cinema adventure.

However, this potential remains largely untapped. The biggest problem of the film is a completely undecided staging. The fantasy elements are used too sporadically, so that they almost seem like a foreign body in an otherwise rather traditional adventure story. This one has some good moments of suspense to offer, but is also slowed down by some really lengthy dialogue scenes, in which the script's weaknesses become especially noticeable. Here the clichés were ploughed through the pages so much that one or the other involuntarily funny moment arises.

"47 Ronin" is not a really bad movie. He simply has too many good moments and too good show values to offer for it. But at the end of the film you simply ask yourself which target group it is aimed at. It is too much fantasy film to appeal to lovers of traditional adventure films. At the same time, it's also too little fantasy film to entertain the fans of this genre all the time. And the fighting sequences are so well done for a low age rating that friends of the somewhat harder pace might get bored. The potential for something big is visible everywhere and manages to break out every now and then, fully and completely. But overall, this movie is just not fish and not meat. And in the end, there's only one for that: Conditionally worth seeing!

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