47 Ronin was released in December of 2013, a fantasy adventure set during medieval Japan, based (partly) on the real events of the 47 Ronin (masterless Samurai) who take it upon themselves to avenged their fallen master and regain their honour. The cast for the most part comprises entirely of Japanese actors – aside from Keanu Reeves and a handful of insignificant characters.
As I mentioned above the above these Ronin are looking for revenge against an evil lord who killed their master and is holding his daughter hostage until he can marry her. Then we have Keanu playing Kai a half-breed with a dark past who joins their quest. The plot is rather thin to put it mildly, there are a few other side plots involving Kai’s past but that is about the height of it.
What the film lacks in plot is makes up for in visuals, with a lot of well-crafted sets and scenes throughout – ranging from a traditional Japanese town, right through to lush forests. The CGI is respectably I feel, there is only so much you can do with it and to be fair they pulled off some of the shots with mystical creatures as well as anyone could.
I wanted to like this film I truly did as it had so much potential however its average at best, minimal plot, some pretty wooden action and overall it felt far too western at times for my tastes (for a samurai film). If you want a good samurai epic then you should check out 13 Assassins or for something a bit more tongue and cheek, try Kung Fu Hustle.