Keanu Reeves’ 47 Ronin Starts Shooting This Month

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Yeah, I still can’t believe Hollywood has cast Keanu Reeves in a Samurai movie. Sheesh. I know ol Keanu has that exotic look about him, but a Japanese character? Then again, he picked up kung fu for “The Matrix”, so I suppose he could pick up Samurai sword action for “47 Ronin”, too. Of course, from a business standpoint it makes sense to cast Reeves. Then again, why they would set the film in Feudal Japan to begin with instead of, say, some fantasy landscape ala “Lord of the Rings” or something along that line, is a total mystery to me. While the 47 Ronin story is Japanese, it’s not like they couldn’t have converted it into another format, but still keep the basic premise of masterless warriors looking to avenge their master’s murder.

Anyways, the film is set to officially go into production March 14 for a 2012 release date, and here’s your plot synopsis (via IGN):

Reeves plays “Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin. 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. … Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that’s never been seen before.”

Besides Reeves in the lead, the cast includes: Hiroyuki Sanada as the clan’s chief samurai, Oishi; Kou Shibasaki as their master’s daughter and the love of Kai’s life, Mika;Tadanobu Asano as the treacherous Lord Kira; Rinko Kikuchi as the mysterious lady Mizuki, a character that “executes Kira’s every request in his search for ultimate power.”

Former commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch will be making his directorial debut on the film. He’ll be working from a script by Chris Morgan (“Wanted”) and Hossein Amini (“Drive”), with Scott Stuber, Pamela Abdy and Eric McLeod producing.

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  • Megadautilus

    Oh my.

  • Megadautilus

    Oh my.

  • Anonymous

    stop it America.

  • Krlistop

    Quote:” why they would set the film in Feudal Japan to begin with instead of, say, some fantasy landscape ala “Lord of the Rings” or something along that line, is a total mystery to me.” Unquote ….
    Hmmm, “total mystery”, and it still will be for you, I am afraid, nothing will change it ….
    I think it will be a great film enabling us to immerse in a quite different world, fantasy, yes, but based on historical artifacts … so beautiful culture ….can not wait to see it …
    And Keanu Reeves: he will be great in it, I am sure this role is for him …

  • Ko

    AGH! Fantastic cast…up until that Reeves part. That guy can’t act his way out of a paper bag, and it’s a disgrace to cast him alongside these fine folks, especially in a Samurai flick. I mean, REALLY?! His pathetic excuse for kung fu lead me to laugh so hard through the Matrix, that I couldn’t see the rest of the films! I was fine w/the movie till that damn dojo scene, then I just couldn’t take it seriously anymore…”I know Kung Fu”. No kid, you’re just another poseur hyped up as a big boy ugh.

    This isn’t about him not being Japanese. Even if you are a fan of his acting (I’m not, but to each his own), he’s just not in the same league as Sanada or Asano…either of them should’ve been cast as “Kai”, seeing that they have so much experience in the swordsman/samurai roles and are more than convincing as such.

    This is just sad. First he decides to rape Cowboy Bebop, now he’s doing this? The movie had potential, but if Reeves is the lead, I won’t see it. What a waste.

    • Slimmkidd

      Real talk Ko!! Its just like Ang the Avatar. Hollywood underestimated the fan-base, and even worst than dat, the film was proper BORING!!!

      Go good Ko

      One love.

  • Srsly.

    “While the 47 Ronin story is Japanese, it’s not like they couldn’t have converted it into another format, but still keep the basic premise of masterless warriors looking to avenge their master’s murder.”

    Wow are you serious about this? Its a Japanese story, why the fuck would you feel the need to change it to anything other than that?
    Stay classy :/

    Ugh some Americans. Your country is not > than others.