Friday, October 17, 2014

Witch costume and Samurai helmet from 47 Ronin on display...

2013's 47 Ronin was inspired by the real-life tale of a group of masterless samurai who avenged the death of their lord in 18th century Japan. Many movies have been made inspired by this legend, but this box office flop stars Keanu Reeves as the adopted 'Kai' who is taken in by the benevolent 'Lord Asano' and joins with a band of samurai to avenge the death and dishonour of the master at the ruthless 'Lord Kira'.

Original Witch costume worn by Kinko KiKuchi in 47 Ronin
Rinko Kikuchi 47 Ronin Witch movie costume
47 Ronin green Witch kimono costume
47 Ronin Witch costume Samurai helmet
Witch film kimono costume 47 Ronin
47 Ronin Witch costume
47 Ronin Japanese Witch costume
Green Witch film costume 47 Ronin
In the film, 'Witch' is a Japanese sorceress with different colour eyes played by Rinko Kikuchi, who serves the scheming Lord Kira. You can't really see from the front of this flowing green silk dress, but it's a backless kimono to show off the character's back tattoo.

For other witch costume designs to inspire you for Halloween, be sure to also check out these cool witch costumes from Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Hocus Pocus witch movie costumes and the Wicked Witch costume worn by Mila Kunis in Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful.

47 Ronin movie poster
47 Ronin movie poster
Penny Rose was Costume Designer on this Japanese historical epic directed by Carl Rinsch, and you can also see her costume work in Disney's The Lone Ranger, the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise and the Prince of Persia movie adaptation, to name but a few projects.

Samurai helmet worn by Keanu Reeves as Kai in 47 Ronin
Keanu Reeves 47 Ronin Kai Samurai helmet
Keanu Reeves Kai Samurai helmet 47 Ronin
In the movie Keanu Reeves wears this helmet from the feudal Japan period and it's a shame that the rest of the Samurai armour wasn't on display too (but maybe it will be in the future).

These original pieces from 47 Ronin were photographed on display at Universal Studios Hollywood's ever-changing NBC Universal Experience archive exhibit on October 9, 2014. 

Be sure to stay tuned in the days to come for more fantastic costumes and props from my latest visit to this movie and TV treasure trove.

47 Ronin movie poster
47 Ronin Witch movie poster

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