From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. 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. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch (The Gift). 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 – Rotten Tomatoes
I am a sucker for a martial arts flick that incorporates magic shenanigans into the mix and 47 RONIN looks to have a very heavy dose of magic to go with the swordplay and fisticuffs.
I also think roles like this are perfect for that thing that Keanu Reeves does so well but seems totally out of place and lazy in more down to earth type of films. And the underrated Hiroyuki Sanada (LOST) is always a welcome addition to any cast as far as I am concerned. Also the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous just from the trailer so I can only imagine how it will look on the big screen.
Hopefully this movie doesn’t disappoint me as much as THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (the last big studio martial arts movie) did and the fact that it has been in delayed purgatory for what seems like an eternity wasn’t because of the quality of the film but rather studio dysfunction.