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Last Knights (2015)

R | | Action, Drama | 3 April 2015 (USA)
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A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.

Director:

Kazuaki Kiriya (as Kaz I Kiriya)

Writers:

Michael Konyves (screenplay), Dove Sussman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Raiden
Morgan Freeman ... Bartok
Cliff Curtis ... Lt. Cortez
Aksel Hennie ... Geza Mott
Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Ito
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Auguste (as Sung Ki Ahn)
Payman Maadi ... Emperor
Si-yeon Park ... Hannah
Noah Silver ... Gabriel
Ayelet Zurer ... Naomi
Hannah Rose Caton Hannah Rose Caton ... Lilly (as Rose Caton)
Giorgio Caputo ... Slim Tully
James Babson ... Fat Jim
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Maria
Michael Lombardi ... Josiah
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A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master in a sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance. Written by Lionsgate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To Keep Their Honor, They Must Take Their Revenge. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | South Korea

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Knights of AKO See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,797,955
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the Japanese folk story of the 47 Ronin. See more »

Goofs

While watching Bartok's castle burning, an airplane is visible as the camera pans out to Raiden and his horse. See more »

Quotes

Bartok: There will be times where we are powerless to injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
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Alternate Versions

The UK '12A' cinema version had some of the stronger moments of violence removed. The '15' certificate DVD is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 18 March 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Born to be Free
(Japanese theatrical trailer)
Written by Yoshiki
Performed by Yoshiki (as X Japan)
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A western approach on 47 Ronin
25 September 2016 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

In an unnamed empire, a lord is being killed for political reasons and the greed of a competitor, his private army disbanded, his lands divided among the other nobles. A year later, his retainers, all loyal followers of the code of the warrior, take revenge.

This is actually a real and very famous and influential event that happened in Japan in the 18th century, also known as the Ako incident. I found it funny that the ending of the movie was changed to suit Western sensibilities, but the gist of the film is the same nonetheless.

The acting was good, with a real nice cast, the directing was good and the entire feel of the movie, from cinematography to costumes, helped get me in the atmosphere of the story. I felt the music was a bit too bombastic for the scenes, but it was also nice.

Bottom line: a UK and South Korea coproduction, it feels different than an American movie, and in a very good way, but it is not an exceptional film. Perhaps its greatest merit is the acting and the rather faithful depiction of the incident. The ending ruins that a bit, but not by much.


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