Wednesday, October 9, 2013

47 Ronin ~ Not Afraid Trailer

A new trailer is out for the new  Keanu Reeves ("The Matrix" trilogy, "The Day The Earth Stood Still") film, "47 Ronin." 

The story of the "47 Ronin" is about the samurai left without a leader when their daimyo is killed by Lord Kira.  Without a leader, the ronin seek revenge of their lord and spend the next two years planning and carrying out mission, as they felt honor bound to do. 

Reeves plays a character named Kai. who is half British, half Japanese outcast. Kuranosuke Ôishi played by Hiroyuki Sanada ("Sunshine," "Ringu," "The Last Samurai") leads the group of 47 the loyal and dutiful samurai n their quest for vengeance and honor. Lord Kira, the reason for vengeance is played by Tadanobu Asano ("Battleship").Adding additional layers to this traditionally male story are Rinko Kikuchi from Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," and Kō Shibasaki from 2000's "Battle Royale" making her Hollywood film debut as Kai's (Reeves) love interest

This is an English, Japanese fantasy film and is the seventh film adaptation of the 47 Ronin story, however, this is the first version in English. The character of Kai (Reeves) doesn't exist in the original story, so the guess is that the writers decided that an American actor would help sell this 300 year-old story to a Western audience

In the trailer (below) Kai (Reeves) battles against Mizuki, a witch, played by Rinko Kikuchi ("Pacific Rim")  ."Rivers of blood and mountains of corpses will not stand in my way," she says.

The story and screen writers have an impressive set of credentials. First there is Chris Morgan, who is responsible for writing  the "Fast & Furious" franchise films, and the Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy action-thriller, "Wanted."  Second is Hossein Amini who wrote "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Drive," and "Killshot." Finaly, Walter Hamada who has served as producer or executive producer on films such as 2010's "A Nightmare on Elm Street,"  and "Friday the 13th." Hamada is also an executive producer for "47 Ronin."

Universal plans on releasing "47 Ronin" in U.S. theaters on Christmas day, 2013. The U.K. premiere is on December 26th, 2013.


Movie Data

Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Year:  2013
Staring: Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tadanobu Asano, Kō Shibasaki
Director: Carl Rinsch
Producer(s):  Pamela Abdy,Eric McLeod, Scott Stuber
Writer: Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini, Walter Hamada
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 118 minutes
Release Date:  12/25/2013

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