Forty-seven Ronin

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Forty-seven Ronin,

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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Reeves plays Kai, an outcast who joins the 47 Samurai and seeks vengeance upon the overlord who killed his master.
Like all Chushingura, ''47 Ronin'' recounts the tragic Ako incident (spoilers ahead), during which Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) was forced to commit seppuku after illegally striking an unarmed royal guest, leaving the 47 samurai who had been under his command without a master.
The film is based on a classic Japanese tale about 47 samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master, 47 Ronin, has a cast Japanese actors- except for Reeves.
"I was working at 47 Samurai in Trolley Square," Whiting recounts, "and I had some Japanese customers that kept coming in and saying, 'you really should go work in Japan.' And I thought, no one is going to take on a white woman.