Keanu reeves stars in 47 ronin, an old samurai tale the new. The level of detail in story and art makes this a superior graphic novel. I was inexplicably moved by the visit, and found a copy of john allyns book. If you want to read the story for yourself, the 47 ronin. Scripted by chris morgan and hossein amini from a story by morgan and walter hamada, the film is a work of chushingura the treasury of loyal retainers serving as a fictionalized account of the fortyseven ronin, a reallife group of masterless samurai under daimyo asano naganori in 18thcentury japan who avenged. For the first half of the meiji period, chushingura survived with no major. So i just finished watching the 47 ronin and found out that the background story of it is true. To be ronin is to be banished from every city, to be despised by japanese society, to know humiliation without end. In effort to maintain suspension of disbelief, 47 ronin withholds the information that this film is based on a true story until it is over.
In a shocking clash between the warriors and the merchant class of seventeenth century japan, there emerged the most unlikely set of heroes. The night after the tournament, lord asano is bewitched into hurting lord kira of nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the shogun. The story of 47 ronin samurai who avenged their falsely disgraced master centuries ago is a favorite of japanese artisans. Keanu reeves new movie has 47 problems, but the ronin ain. At first i wasnt really that into the story then about about half way into the first book something. The tale in 47 ronin has been recounted numerous times in japanese lore. The new trailer highlights the keanu reeves character and the fantastical creatures that inhabit the films setting. Inspired by styles as diverse as miyazaki and hokusai, rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles. The actual story of the 47 ronin is fairly simple, at least in its basic outlines. Reeves plays kai, the halfbreed his true lineage is. This minidocumentary is edited and narrated by japanquickies. The tale of the 47 ronin is one of the most famous in japanese history, and it is a true story.
The fortyseventh ronin and the chushingura imagination by henry d. In hirokazu koreedas 2006 film hana yori mo nao, the story was used as a backdrop, with one of the ronin being a neighbour of the protagonists. Fortyseven ronin, the 47 loyal retainers of the lord of ako, whose vendetta ranks as one of the most dramatic episodes of japanese history. Mass market paperback, first tor book edition, 448 pages.
But it isnt exactly the same one in the movie that premiered dec. A fantastic tale of a half human half demon boy, who helps save a relentless samurai who has lost everything. They vow vengeance, though, and seek the help of kai, a half breed theyd. The revenge of the fortyseven ronin also known as the ako incident. A mix of historical and science fiction, american author walter mosleys first book for young adults, 47 2005, tells the story of a young teenage slave boy, known only as fortyseven, whose life changes when he meets a mysterious runaway slave tall john. Reeves character kai is an addition to the original myth of the 47 ronin. One of the most famous samurai stories in japan is the 47 ronin, and it took place in edo tokyo. I discovered not just one book or two, as i had expected, but a dozen and more. The lengths that the 47 ronin, of lord asano, went in order to achieve honor for themselves and for their master defiantly earned themselves a special place in japanese history. Nobody was expecting the new 47 ronin movie to be good its long.
I was inexplicably moved by the visit, and found a copy of john allyns book at an englishlanguage bookstore in tokyo. Starring keanu reeves, 47 ronin by carl rinsch offers little. In japan, the story of the 47 ronin is so central to the countrys national identity that a special word exists for the act of retelling it. The chance to rethink the story of the 47 ronin came in autumn 1989, when i had the. Keanu reeves stars in the actionadventure epic, 47 ronin. From ancient japans most enduring tale, the epic 3d fantasyadventure 47 ronin is born. Instead, 47 ronin is about magic, the fantastic, a witch, and cgi monsters that adorn a muddled and confused plot. The dreary 47 ronin falls on its sword miami new times. Asano was ordered to kill himself by ritual seppuku.
The incident began in april 1701, when imperial envoys from kyoto arrived in edo now tokyo, the capital of the shogunate. I first went to sengakuji temple the burial site of the 47 ronin about 20 years ago, just as a tourist thing and not knowing the background of the temple or the story of the 47 ronin. Yesterday, we got four characters posters for 47 ronin, and now we can offer the first trailer to boot. Built into 47 ronin is the character of a lowly halfbreed named kai, respectfully played by keanu reeves and essentially the legends true. While hunting in the forest, lord asano of ako and his samurai find a young half breed and take him with them to live in the castle.
Keanu reeves stars in 47 ronin, an old samurai tale. Several years later, lord asano holds a tournament to welcome the shogun to ako. A band of samurai who have lost there master set out to avenge his treacherous death at the hands of lord kira. The samurai codes seem to be authentic and in keeping with their historical counterparts. With its sizable japanese cast awkwardly speaking english and a topbilled, bearded keanu reeves as kai, a half breed, 47 ronin isnt bad enough to provoke giggles, only boredom. Or did hollywood over exaggerated most of the story. Inspired by styles as diverse as miyazaki and hokusai, rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless ronin story to global audiences in a way thats never been seen before. Nobody was expecting the new 47 ronin movie to be good its long delays and problems have become legend but its bad in a particularly depressing way. Spectacular goofiness should be expected of 47 ronin, an american film loosely based on the true story of 47 reallife masterless samurai who avenged their disgraced masters death.
During the tokugawa era in japan, the country was ruled by the shogun, or highest military official, in the name of the emperor. Under him were a number of regional lords, the daimyo. Animated prequel for 47 ronin explains how the 47 ronin came to be posted on thursday, december 12th, 20 by angie han the trailers for cark rinsch s samurai epic 47 ronin have not been. In this variation, the ronin are joined by a halfbreed named kai keanu. Lord asano is tragically murdered and his property sold. His loyal samurai turn ronin and seek revenge on the man who. The new trailer highlights the keanu reeves character and the.
Built into 47 ronin is the character of a lowly half breed named kai, respectfully played by keanu reeves and essentially the legends true savior. The 47 ronin story, is a legendary japanese tale about honor, and what lengths people will go to in order to achieve such honor. Japanese audiences will be way ahead, knowing already. This was the classic tale of the 47 ronin with a half breed, a witch, and demons added to the conflict. Universal has moved the release date twice for 47 ronin, the 3d actionadventure pic set in mythical japan about a half breed slave keanu reeves who joins a band of 47. Or you can wait until february, when dark horse will publish a hardback version by dh publisher mike richardson and artist stan sakai. A story of 47 masterless samurai who carried out revenge on their lords tormentor. The trailer makes it look more like a story about a half breed seeking revenge rather than 47 ronin avenging their fallen master. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of ronin must seek the help of kai reevesa half breed they once rejectedas they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape. There also was not a love story or the addition of a witch, but that is beside the point. After a warlord banishes their kind, a band of 47 leaderless samurai must seek help from kai keanu reeves an enslaved halfbreed in their ultimate fight for vengeance and redemption.
After the death of their master over a breach in palace etiquette, the 47 samurai spent years plotting their revenge against the man responsible for his death. A fantastic tale of a half humanhalf demon boy, who helps save a relentless samurai who has lost everything. Keanu reeves leads the cast as kai, an outcast who. Under him were a number of regional lords, the daimyo, each of whom employed a contingent of samurai warriors. Which was the name of the half angel half demon beings in keanus 2005 comic book adaption constantine. Kai is a half breed taken in as a young child by lord asano. While hunting in the forest, lord asano of ako and his samurai find a young halfbreed and take him with them to live in the castle. I would rather have been killed by that beast than rescued by a half breed. The protagonist is kai reeves, a half breed waif found and adopted by lord.
There have been many books, operas, plays and movies crafted in an attempt to stylishly capture the fabled tales lessons of honor, bravery and sacrifice. So during that time was there really a half breed living among them and is there some witch craft back then as well. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of 47 by walter mosley. Today kids can see the story unfold with a visit lord kira s residence and the sengakuji temple. Animated prequel for 47 ronin explains how the 47 ronin. The story opens with a stentorian voiceover announcing that ancient feudal. Realizing that it was a lord kiras evil plot, the samurais and the half breed sets out for revenge against the shoguns order. The story is slow and simple, although director carl rinsch still manages to muddy it. Kai keanu reeves referred to throughout the film as a halfbreed. Turning the true story of the 47 ronin into a fantastical action blockbuster, carl rinschs upcoming 47 ronin has long been earmarked as a mustsee movie on the radar due out this christmas. While the movie had a fantasy element, the core of the story was based on true events and is a truly remarkable story of courage and loyalty. Fictionalized accounts of the tale of the fortyseven ronin are known as. Enter kai, a humble half breed with more to him than meets the eye, with catching favor with the fallen lords daughter, kai must join the 47 ronin to not only avenge his honor but save the woman he loves.1511 1363 772 569 210 927 466 1538 790 573 173 780 270 92 837 767 299 1311 1393 769 1405 1098 1132 1472 84 555 1309 1459 4 1375 744 1084 396 80 956 1420 784 362 151 99