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Jap. Chushingura, group of Japanese samuraisamurai
, knights of feudal Japan, retainers of the daimyo. This aristocratic warrior class arose during the 12th-century wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans and was consolidated in the Tokugawa period.
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 who avenged the disgrace and seppuku (suicide) of their master, Lord Asano, in 1703 by assassinating Lord Kira, the official responsible for his death. After a year of debate at all levels of society, the ronin (masterless samurai) committed seppuku as they had been ordered. They have since been regarded as great cultural heroes who embody the virtue of loyalty and are celebrated in traditional tales and a number of works of art. These include a popular 18th-century drama by Chikamatsu MonzaemonChikamatsu, Monzaemon
, 1653–1725, the first professional Japanese dramatist. Chikamatsu wrote primarily for the puppet stage in the Tokugawa shogunate. His literary work is divided into historical romances (jidaimono) and domestic tragedies of love and duty (
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; 19th-century Japanese prints; films by Kinugasa Teinosuke (1932), Mizoguchi Kenji (1942), and Hiroshi Inagaki (1962); modern stage and television plays; and, in the West, a dramatic adaptation (The Faithful) by John MasefieldMasefield, John
, 1878–1967, English poet. He went to sea as a youth and later spent several years in the United States. In 1897 he returned to England and was on the staff of the Manchester Guardian.
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As you peruse the case you can see through and behind it artist Mu Pan's painting, "The Loyal 47 Ronin,'' which offers an intriguing new twist on the Japanese myth of a group of leaderless samurai, or ronin, avenging the death of their master.
And Takashi Miike shows that Keanu Reeves' 47 Ronin can't measure up to 13 samurai in stunning tour de force achieved without CGI.
99 47 Ronin 12 KEANU Reeves in a Hollywood take on the famous real-life tale of a group of samurai who doled out justice in 18th-century Japan to avenge their master.
47 Ronin Cert 12 WHEN an evil warlord causes the death of their leader, a samurai band called the Ronin find themselves dishonoured and banished.
47 Ronin is an ill-conceived martial arts epic inspired by the real-life tale of a group of samurai, who doled out justice in 18th century Japan to avenge their master.
47 Ronin (Cert 12) LORD ASANO (Min Tanaka) takes outcast Kai (Keanu Reeves) under his wing and the outsider catches the eye of Asano''s daughter, Mika (Ko Shibasaki).
47 RONIN (12) LORD ASANO (Min Tanaka) takes outcast Kai (Keanu Reeves) under his wing and the outsider catches the eye of Asano''s daughter, Mika (Ko Shibasaki).
47 RONIN receives a lively foreword by Japanese cultural consultant Stephen Turnbull, who served as the historical advisor for the film, and comes to life in audio with its story of samurai bravery and struggle.
Keanu Reeves, clearly intended as the major selling-point in 47 Ronin -- the only Hollywood name in an almost entirely Japanese cast -- has instead been vilified as the film's weakest link, too dude-ish, too Californian, too ineffably Keanu for the 18th-century-Japan setting.
47 Ronin draws from popular Japanese folklore to set up a grand action drama with a tinge of fantasy.
In Japan, the saga of the 47 Ronin is frequently performed as plays andstories which are commonly called Chushingara.
He stars as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), leader of the 47 Ronin, on a quest to avenge the death and dishonour of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.