“47 Ronin” takes place in 17th century Japan, a time when each province was ruled by a military commander or Shogun. Ronin are wandering Japanese samurai who have no lord or master. The film is based on a legendary story of two Samurai warriors who despised each other and created years of mutual hatred. This story focuses on one group of 47 Ronin who struggle to restore their honor.
Typical of this genre of Japanese stories, the emphasis is on honor, loyalty, and sacrifice. The basis for these traits is the prevailing belief in Buddhist teachings that how adherents behave in this life, will determine their status in the life to come.
The film contains plenty of flashing swords and bows and arrows. While plentiful, the battle scenes are remarkably restrained. Violent events like beatings, beheadings and self-inflicted suicide by harikari, are not shown on-screen. However, the heads of two decapitated victims are displayed onscreen. There are a couple of unsuspected twists that will keep the audience’s attention.
All in all, “47 Ronin” is a violent action picture with lots of samurai battles, but not a graphic as many war pictures. It is unfortunate that the producers felt it necessary to hype up this version of the famous Japanese legend with a mystic shape-shifter, and magical monsters and demons, which were distractions from the basic storyline.
Due to violence, we are unable to award the Family Approved Seal to this film