47 Ronin is about a band of Samauri who got screwed and became ronin, the greatest shame a samauri can face. If you’d like some history of the actual story (or as best as history tells us), here is one of many links out there http://www.samurai-archives.com/ronin.html.
Now, you might say to yourself “oh God, another Keanu Reeves sword wielding, emotionless action flick”. Yes, yes it is. And it is exclusively because of Keanu that I am only giving this 3 stars. If it had been some other dude, at least 4 stars right out of the gate. 47 Ronin is shot beautifully, some of the cinematic sequences are just breathtaking and visually stunning. There was no detail left unattended to. There are several stars that shine in the overwhelming shadow that Keanu casts, such as Hiroyuki Sanada Corner, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanbo Asano andRinko Kikuchi. The cast is very well chosen for a wealth of reasons. I am however really disappointed that Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy did not have a larger role considering he was splashed all over many of the movie posters.
If you’re looking for a historically accurate movie about this epic from feudal Japan, you will be rather unhappy. As much as the story is influenced here, it is far from truly accurate. All in all I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was going to. Again, if you can look past the drab, nothingness that Keanu brings, you’ll find this a really great movie.