YMMV: 47 Ronin


  • Americans Hate Tingle: The Japanese weren't fond of this movie.
  • Anticlimax Boss: The huge silver samurai is built up to be a tough fight for the ronin and even walks towards them menacingly, but then he gets blown apart by a bomb thrown into the powder room.
  • Awesome Music: The score by Illan Esherki was one of the few things people liked about the movie.
  • Critical Backlash: Leaving expectatives and prejudices aside, it is actually not difficult to find this movie as not as bad as critics say. However, the fact it feels like a cheap film when it was enormously expensive definitely makes understand why it fell short.
  • Dull Surprise: Keanu Reeves doesn't have a very wide range of emotion.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Oishi's name sounds similar to "oishii," the Japanese word for "delicious".
  • Evil Is Sexy: Mizuki
  • Foe Yay: The scenes between Mika and the witch play out like this, particularly when the witch sneaks into Mika's room at night, slithers all over her in a seductive manner, then suggests she commit suicide.
  • Ham and Cheese: Rinko Kikuchi obviously has the time of her life playing the over-the-top sorceress Mizuki.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: With the exception of Rinko Kikuchi, pretty much everyone. Even critics who dislike the film acknowledge that the cast really are trying their best with the material they've been given.
  • Values Dissonance: Lord Asano goes completely out of his way to save Kai after the failed duel with the giant in silver. A commoner, let alone a half-breed, donning Samurai armor and pretending to be one would have been executed. The Shogun's order to kill him was not a gratuitous cruelty, but the rule of law. And Lord Asano begs forgiveness admitting his own guilt and shaming himself. This will prove useful for the avengers in the future, but at that moment it was an extraordinary favor, coming from a Daimyo as it did.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Even people who don't like the film have admitted that the visual effects are impressive and probably the only thing well used in the 200 million dollar budget. Special mention goes to the Tengu monks and the Kirin at the films beginning.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Given that Asian and Asian-American actors are less prominent in Hollywood, a considerable number of Asian-American viewers were disappointed that Universal played the But Not Too Foreign trope straight by casting Keanu Reeves as Kai.