Post by Uryuu Ujishige on Dec 28, 2013 15:36:01 GMT -5
Ok, I'll be the first. Saw 47 Ronin Christmas Day. It was a very entertaining film. I enjoyed it, and I think others will too. As long as they aren't picky about things like the true history, the timeline, costume, armor, the addition of fantasy (magic, witches, and giants, oh my) and the addition of a previously unknown person, who has special powers, to the ronin.
I would definitely recommend it as a matinee film only, if one chooses to see it. It apparently has not been received well in Japan at all. Which really says something.
Post by Ii Katsumori on Dec 29, 2013 10:02:42 GMT -5
I was reading somewhere that Keanu Reeves was actually only a minor part in the original script, I would guess as a conduit for Westerners to see into the culture or to add star power, but then it seems to have gotten out of control.
Based on that, it looks like the problems stem from the fact that they are trying to shoot two movies--one was a fantasy story based on the bones of the 47 Ronin, and the other is the tale of Keanu Reeves versus the witch. Based on comments at the bottom of the article (so... grain of salt), the claim is that Keanu was really only supposed to have about 15 minutes of screentime, the studio didn't like that they were paying so much money for him and that was all they were getting, so the studio decided that they needed to focus on him instead of Oishi. There seems to be some question of whether the director was effectively removed from the creative decision making process, though I understand that there are some union rules that required him to be present for the edits the studio made.