Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Ronin' an Uneven Mix of Swordplay and CGI

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Ronin' an Uneven Mix of Swordplay and CGI

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A Japanese legend with roots in reality, the tale of the 47 ronin has been adapted into just about every medium imaginable, from ballet to movies to graphic novels. Now Keanu Reeves stars in "47 Ronin," an Americanized, or perhaps internationalized version, of one of Japan's most treasured tales.

It's the story of Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), leader of a group of samurai living in peace under their master, Lord Asano (Min Tanaka).

But when Asano is killed by Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) and his nameless Witch (Rinko Kikuchi), the samurai become masterless ronin scattered throughout the countryside. To regain their honor and avenge their master, they must kill Kira, even though it may mean their own death.

Where does that leave Mr. Reeves? He's an add-on to the story, a half-breed named Kai who was raised by demons. He is mistreated, Cinderella-style, by the samurai, until the now-masterless Oishi needs his help. Slowly but surely, Kai earns the soldiers' respect.

"47 Ronin" can be a hoot, with some zippy battles staged by director Carl Rinsch, and a script by several writers that works better than expected. …

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