Keanu Reeves' 47 Ronin expected to be one of 2013's biggest box-office bombs
Samurai film based on Japanese national myth cost $175m to make, but takes just $13m globally over Christmas period
"From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary ... More"
"The story of the 47 Ronin is one of the most celebrated in the history of the samurai. This was perhaps all the more so because it occurred at a time when the samurai class was struggling to maintain a sense of itself - warriors with no war, a social class without a function.
The tale could be said to have begun with the teachings of Yamaga Soko (1622-1685), an influential theorist who wrote a number of important works on the warrior spirit and what it meant to be samurai. His writings inspired a certain Ôishi Kuranosuke Yoshio, a samurai and retainer of Asano Takumi no kami Naganori (1667-1701), who led a branch of the powerful Asano family.
It happened that Lord Asano was chosen by the shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, to be one of a number of daimyo tasked with entertaining envoys from the Imperial family. To assist him in this new duty, the Bakufu's highest ranking master of protocol, Kira Kozukenosuke Yoshinaka (1641-1702), was assigned to instruct him in matters of etiquette. Kira, it seems, was a somewhat difficult character and expected Asano to compensate him monetarily for the trouble, which Asano held was simply his duty. The two grew to dislike one another intensely, and Kira made every effort to embarrass his student. Finally, in April of 1702, the situation exploded within the shogun's palace - Kira insulted Asano once again, prompting the latter to draw his sword and swing at him. Kira was only wounded in the attack and Asano was promptly placed under confinement." (For more http://www.samurai-archives.com/ronin.html)
Rinko Kikuchi, born Yuriko Kikuchi, January 6, 1981, is a Japanese actress. Kikuchi is the first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years, for the 2006 movie Babel. Wikipedia
Born: January 6, 1981 (age 32), Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Awards: San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance, More
Nominations: Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role, More
TV shows: Kawaii Dake ja Dame Kashira?
Yukie Yamamura, better known by her stage name Kō Shibasaki, is a Japanese actress and singer. She is considered one of Japan's most beautiful women. Wikipedia
Born: August 5, 1981 (age 32), Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Record label: Universal Music Group
Albums: CIRCLE CYCLE, Love Paranoia, Digimon Tamers - Single Best Hit Parade, 嬉々♥
Awards: Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Hiroyuki Sanada, MBE is a Japanese actor. Wikipedia
Born: October 12, 1960 (age 53), Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Spouse: Satomi Tezuka (m. 1990–1997)
TV shows: Revenge, Helix, Shadow Warriors, Konna Koi no Hanashi,Hikon Kazoku
Awards: Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, More