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Talk about pressure. But hey, they brought it on themselves when they decided to do a movie about the “47 Ronin”, right? Can’t really blame Japan if they’re going to have lots and lots of expectations for the movie. Expectations such as, don’t eff it up, Keanu.
In case you didn’t know, Reeves is starring in “47 Ronin”, which will be directed by first-timer Carl Erik Rinsch. As far as I know, Reeves is the only non-Japanese actor, with the rest of the cast consisting of Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Kô Shibasaki and Rinko Kikuchi, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work on “Babel”. Asano, most of you already know; or if you don’t, he recently played one of the Warriors Three (the Asian guy) in “Thor”.
Speaking to the LATimes’ Hero Complex, Reeves expands further on the plot of “47 Ronin”. Reeves will play Kai, the son of a English father and a Japanese mother who joins with Hiroyuki Sanada’s Oishi, the leader of 47 ronin.
[The 47 Ronin are a] troupe of banished samurai [longing] to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master. Kai is the uneasy compatriot in their company and his standing will be questioned even more as he falls in love with Mika (Shibasaki), daughter of the fallen master. The film presents a quest where the ronin (the term for samurai with no master) face trials that test their mettle and their loyalty to one another.
The Hollywood version will apparently have a “stylized” approach, so anyone thinking they’re going traditional with this will be a bit disappointed. To that end, they just wrapped shooting in Hungary, with dates in England next. The film will (of course) be in 3D, and is said to have “fantastical elements” in the story, with the tone being more “300” than “Gladiator”.
Reeves also makes this curious statement:
We do the scenes first in Japanese [to get everyone on the same page] and then do it in English.
Does that mean they’re releasing this in two different languages?
The Ronin seeks revenge sometime in November 2012.