MarketSaw got its hands on these first look images of Keanu Reeves’ Samurai movie titled 47 RONIN in 3D, which is set to be released by Universal on November 21st, 2012.
Scripted by Chris Morgan (Wanted) and Hossein Amini, 47 RONIN is a famous story about a band of samurai swordsmen who avenge the death of their master in 18th Century Japan, against an overlord who banished them. The group and their master are revered in Japan for their revenge attack on Dec. 14, 1702.
Keanu Reeves plays one of the Samurai warriors. Also starring in this Carl Rinsch-directed film are 4 awesome Japanese actors, Hiroyuki Sanada (TV’s Lost), Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi
Some of the production’s filming locations include Budapest, Hungary and 47 RONIN is shot in 3D using Arri Alexas cameras.
Reeeves is half white and half Chinese/Hawaiian, so I guess that makes him appropriate to be in this film, no?
Check out the rest of the pics and the official synopsis after this jump..
Reeves’ character’s name is Kai, the son of an English sailor and a Japanese woman. Here’s how Reeves previously explained his character..
“Japanese kids grow up with this story told to them. They hear it from family and they learn it in school, it’s part of the culture,”
“It’s been made into movies many times and on television. It’s like our westerns, the story keeps being told. It’s been reworked in some ways [for this new film] but with great care and respect.”
“There’s a sadness about him and I admire the grace he shows in response to other people’s feelings. He doesn’t have anger about the way he is viewed, but there is sadness and I’ve found that an interesting thing to work with.”
Here’s the film’s official synopsis..
“Kai (Reeves), 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.”