Gita-chan wanted to watched Keanu Reeves, while I wanted to watched...Akanishi Jin! (XD)
I doubt the movie when I see the trailer.
"It's not the 47 Ronin's story I've known..."
But, I was still curious with it. I soon changed my mind when watching the opening scene.
"If Sengoku Basara can twisted the nation history, why not this one too?"
With that mind, I watched the whole movie, and I could said that I do enjoyed it (X3)
As far as I know, the movie still keep the mainline of the legend. Kei (Keanu Reeves) is the character special design for the movie. But, I think he's too old for the character hahaha
Akanishi Jin acts as Chikara, the son of the ronin's leader. He gets quite a few scenes, but not too many dialogues (XD). The weird thing is his hair style. He's a son of a samurai in ancient's time. How the hell he has a modern hair cut?? And after a fighting scene, how come he still looking pretty? Oh well, beside the odd things, he's still attractive to watched, shining, and pretty looking. I almost screamed every time he showed up on the screen hahaha
Because it's a movie, I guess they didn't have much time to describe the struggle and effort that the ronin's leader had done. On the book I've read, Oishi (the ronin leader) has been pretending to be an useless, drunk, and crazy old samurai. He did that to hide his real intention, that he's planning a revenge towards Lord Kira. I can feel Oishi's great character from the book. While on the movie, he was thrown to the dungeon and kept there for a year. The doing was meant to destroy Oishi's spirit. After one year, Oishi was taken out and sent back to his family. After that he started to gather his troops. What the...hahaha very lacking in character development, right? X)
Lord Kira is such an... sorry, sometimes I can get too carried away with a character in a movie. I just feel that the character on the movie isn't showing the real character of Lord Kira. It's a too cheesy character hahaha
The love story between Kai and Lady Mika is also too usual. It's an usual romance story. Even though the promise between them is quite sweet...too usual...but still sweet...hahaha
"I will look for you in thousand years..." something like that hahaha I was hoping to see Kai and Lady Mika would meet in current time and continue their love story, but that would be more cheesy...
The movie also add magical stuff to twisted the story. The sorcerer is...annoying! I guess the actress have done well with her act hehehe
Too bad the movie is full English. I was hoping to hear Japanese's language, but not a single person talked the language. I wish they had, just like The Last Samurai. I think the movie would be better if they used Japanese language. It's a movie about Japanese's history, so why they used English? Odd.
In the end...all the 47 Ronin did seppuku, including Kai. But, Chikara lived. The Emperor saved him because he's the only son to continue Oishi's line. What the...I thought Chikara died too...Am I wrong?
Then a friend said,
"It's to make them to be 47. If Jin is in, then it will be 48?"
But I have another theory, if Jin's character was put to death, then people would heard loud cried from all over the world hahaha *exaggerating*
Well, the movie succeed to bring curiosity,
"Is it from a real event in history?"
"Is the whole story is real?"
"Is there really a 47 Ronin?"
"Is there really sorcery stuff in the real history?"
That's some questions I get from people after they watched the movie hahaha
Me: "Just read the book"
Though my intention is to watched Jin, but I would give the award to Oishi (cast by Hiroyuki Sanada). He has the aura of a real samurai, even though he speaks English. His actions, his move, his doing is well describe of a samurai. That won't be a surprised since he has been very experienced in playing as an samurai. And also his name is "Sanada" (remember Sanada Yukimura?). The 53 years old man has amazed me~ Then I found out that he's also a leading cast in Wolverine second movie (Have watched it only to see him X3) and also The Ring. I like his character in The Ring, but I don't know that time that it was him...
Overall, I will give 8 out of 10 for the movie. Why? Because I like the number hahaha