There's also nothing here we haven't seen before. A shipyard battle looks like a watered-down version of something out of Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China (1991); a forest chase with demons resembles the opening scene of Princess Mononoke (1991); and the whole idea of a banding together against all odds was knocked out of the proverbial park by Takashi Miike's gloriously bloody 13 Assassins (2010). What's more, the Japanese cast look frankly embarrassed at having to explain ancient traditions to each other as part of the American-friendly exposition, even as they struggle with a cliché-ridden script by Chris Morgan. 47 Ronin's narrative is an exemplar of the Bushido code and the basis for a whole raft of previous works, the best known of which is arguably Hiroshi Inagaki's 1962 Chūshingura (starring the late, great Toshiro Mifune). Despite the overly portentous narration, Rinsch's debut never really attempts to approach the original story, but it's this very lack of ambition that ultimately sees 47 Ronin commit hara-kiri.
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