Kai—an outcast—joins Oishi, the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honour to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.
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A respected Samurai Lord invites the Shogun to his land to pay respect and host a tournament of skill. There, he is subjected to a plot by a witch and another honor less Samurai. For actions he takes, he is offered the chance to reclaim his houses honor by committing seppuku. His remaining Samurai are banished, becoming masterless Ronin, but plot revenge to give their master back his respect in death.
47 Ronin is very loosely based on Bushido, the Samurai code of honor and actually is celebrated on December 14th in Japan as a day of remembrance. As far as being spot on to the actual events, we don't get much of that. However, what the film does manage to capture is the honor and the brotherhood of the 47 Ronin which comes across pretty well. It will appear to fans of fantasy / action pieces, but will most likely alienate individuals looking for an accurate portrayal of Japanese history. It doesn't offer that, but in this viewers eyes, I found it entertaining.