Not to mention it helps to bridge a gap for an audience unfamiliar with Japanese cultural and social structure. Historical inaccuracy are common in Hollywood. I personally view the ones in 47 Ronin to be no more reprehensible then the ones committed in superheroes films.
Deal with it, they're just stories after all. We really have no way to know it there really wasn't a half breed character, do we? After all, history is told by the winners, and often inaccurately. With a 2 hour run time, it did feel a bit slow to start, setting the stage for the second and third act. Once it gets going tho, it moved rather nicely. I didn't find myself checking my watch every 10 minutes wondering when it would end like another holiday release I won't mention.
If the trailer interests you then you could probably do worst at the box office this holiday season. I enjoyed it, but that's just my opinion. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Secondly, the retainers who fled without aiding their kinsmen were to be beheaded and cast adrift as ronin. Lastly, since Lord Uesugi failed to act on behalf of Kira, his domain is ordered to be ceased forever. The official decrees of the Shogunate all display the decline of the samurai under the house of Uesugi.
With the growing underemployment of the classes came opportunity for ambitious men to carve out a place in the changing japanese capitalist economy. Many thronged to the big cities in search of wealth, and in turn, cities grew exponentially. Castle towns turned into bustling trade communities and roads leading into some of the major cities needed to cater to the needs of the traveling men.
These needs came in the form of tea houses, Kabuki theaters, restaurants, and houses of prostitution, and the majority of these establishments were owned by merchant families. Many of the samurai who frequented these places were already in debt and were funding their extravagance on credit.
This lending of money proved to be a very profitable business for the merchants, and as interest rates skyrocketed to unprecedented heights, so did their stature in society in terms of wealth. Salman Rushdie's Booker of the Bookers prize winning novel Midnights Children is full of remarks and incidents that show the orientalist perception of India and its people.
It is Rushdie's interpretation of a period of about 70 years in India's modern history dealing with the events leading to the partition and beyond They believe they are more civilized and more educated than the rest of the world and because of this, stems the idea that it is the duty of Western civilization to take other, less developed societies under their wing. These concepts of supremacy and domination are closely related to Said's ideas of Orientalism.
In his book, Orientalism, Edward Said explains in detail exactly what he believes the word Orientalism means Said carefully examines what he calls 'Orientalism' in an attempt to show how different cultures view each other and depend upon other cultures to define their own. This essay will include a brief definition of Orientalism as well as how Henry Kissinger has an Orientalist view upon developing countries, shown through numerous examples from Said's book It was just basic and uncomplicated writing.
I cannot say if there are better historical fiction books out there which will offer a better viewing platform to the culture of the Japanese Samurai, as I have not read many on the subject, but I think you should probably try 47 Ronin.
It may have more appeal to others than it did to me. I am fussy when it comes to writing and adult fiction. I expect a certain standard of characterisation and scene development. Not everyone has these same standards. Apologies that I have not gone into what the book is about or who the characters were.
To be brutally honest, I have no idea what the book was about and who the characters were.The seventeenth century was a long era of peace for Japan and the Tokugawa Shogunate. Smith II. Then recently, I was looking for a book with an Asian Medieval or near enough to it flavour to suggest as a monthly read in my book group. After all, history is told by the winners, and often inaccurately.
The story of their revenge spread through town quickly, and crowds gathered to cheer them along the way. After biding their time until Kira was in an exposed position--no longer protected by the Shogun's forces--forty seven of Asano's former samurai attacked his castle December 14, and killed him, despite the almost certain death their actions were likely to bring : [S]ome people live all their lives without knowing which path is right. The seventeenth century was a long era of peace for Japan and the Tokugawa Shogunate. You can't help but admire the devotion with which they adhere to their moral code, but at the same time there is something chilling about the automatic, unthinking nature of their actions and the degree to which they are influenced by external factors, like how others will judge them, rather than by internal ethical considerations.
For all that Reeves takes centre stage in the publicity campaign, the film belongs just as much to Sanada's Oishi. The author Khaled Hosseini who wrote this novel The Kite Runner tells the story of a man who wants to make up for all the wrongs he did throughout his life. Since the samurai was a warrior class with little fighting to do, many Japanese feared that their honor and their spirit were fading away.
Tucked away beneath a layer of mystical beasts and witches lies a story with enough heart, nobility and soul to survive even the oddest twists and turns. They're buffeted by this wind or that and never really know where they're going. It's all a bit nonsensical, especially when Kai tries to get swords for the ronin amongst some pretty creepy folk who have gone from society's outcasts to being part of what looks like a supernatural cult.
Many thronged to the big cities in search of wealth, and in turn, cities grew exponentially. Lastly, since Lord Uesugi failed to act on behalf of Kira, his domain is ordered to be ceased forever. To be brutally honest, I have no idea what the book was about and who the characters were. Deal with it, they're just stories after all.
Kai's restrained love story with Mika is fairly predictable stuff, with the girl fading a little too much into the background don't expect any bloodletting from Shibasaki, Battle Royale fans , but it's salvaged by the rather non-Hollywood way in which it all ends. Only for them to rise up and seek revenge against the evil ruler and his witch who are responsible. When a samurai from Satsuma recognized the drunk Oishi laying in the street, he mocked him and kicked him in the face, a mark of complete contempt. Hoping for a last-minute reprieve, the four daimyos who had custody of the ronin waited until nightfall, but there would be no pardon. Book Review : ' Orientalism ' Essay - Orientalism …My idea in Orientalism is to use humanistic critique to open up the fields of struggle, to introduce a longer sequence of thought and analysis to replace the short bursts of polemical, thought-stopping fury that so imprison us in labels and antagonistic debate whose goal is a belligerent collective identity rather than understanding and intellectual exchange… - Edward W. No glaring offenses there as far as technical skill goes.
Was this review helpful? Indeed, the 47 Ronin are held up as examples of bushido for modern audiences to emulate. Not everyone has these same standards. Kira himself, wearing only undergarments, ran to hide in a storage shed. On the other hand, I will be focusing my attention on Exoticism Orientalism, the different views on it, and on a particular painting along with the reaction from some of the audience
The changing of values were not just commonplace among the classes, it also reached into the high echelons of the court. In Allyn's capable retelling, the story is brisk and thrilling, with a minimum of extraneous philosophizing or psychoanalyzing. The ronin reassembled in the mansion's courtyard.
The characters were strangers to me. To the European mind, the Maghreb, Persia, the Levant, Arabia, Anatolia, and the adjacent lands are but a single entity evoking poetic visions of the Orient.
Only for them to rise up and seek revenge against the evil ruler and his witch who are responsible.