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47 Ronin Trailer Sweeps In
Keanu goes samurai

25 July 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Apple

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Well, this was hardly a surprise. Given that we saw the first character posters for Universal’s long-delayed samurai film 47 Ronin yesterday, the arrival of the trailer was all but foretold. So it was written, so it has come to pass via Apple.

Based – with plenty of mystical embellishment – on a true Japanese story, 47 Ronin finds a group of warriors in disarray.

After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honour to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves), a half-breed they once rejected, as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.

As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires the band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

This one has suffered through real production challenges, including talk of re-edited cuts and clashes between first-time director Carl Rinsch and executives. The result appears to be a mash-up of Crouching Tiger with 300, which certainly seems intriguing, even if the proof will be in the execution. A few lines seem ripped straight from the Basic Book Of Action Chat, but there’s enough here to pique our interest. And that includes Rinko Kikuchi apparently turning into the sort of dragon creature she’d ironically be perfect to fight at the controls of a Pacific Rim Jaeger…

47 Ronin is out on December 26.

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Why, Why, Why..............
......Take a perfectly good story based on fact and fuck it up with a storyline involving "a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors"?! Based on the budget figures being talked about, this film had the potential to be a samurai epic in the same vein as 13 Assassins on an even grander scale - now it seems CGI heavy and is drawing comparisons to 300 and seems far too far removed from reality........... Granted no one has seen the finished article y More

Posted by XTAL at 18:03 on 28 July 2013 | Report This Post

good god...
i like Keanu as much as the next chap but this just looks terrible. over reliance on cgi will hopefully be looked back upon as one of the biggest mistakes in 21st Century movies. I mean who the fuck cares about dragons and people that turn into bits of floaty cloth?! I'll take DeNiro and his other Ronin roaring round Europe any day (even if the fake cgi smoke from the wheels of that big old Merc was totally unwarranted!) THIS. LOOKS. SHIT. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 15:59 on 25 July 2013 | Report This Post

47 Ronin
Colour me curious! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 12:22 on 25 July 2013 | Report This Post

Don't care what anyone else says...
That looks EPIC!!!!! More

Posted by coomi77 at 10:42 on 25 July 2013 | Report This Post

Bit more CGI than i was expecting from a Samurai film. Looks like they've revealed quite a lot in the trailer too, which is never a good thing. More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes at 10:38 on 25 July 2013 | Report This Post

You've got to love Canoe... Looks like dumb fun More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:50 on 25 July 2013 | Report This Post

Whoa, dude
Crouching Tiger meets 300? With Keanu? Really? More

Posted by C K Dexter Haven at 06:03 on 25 July 2013 | Report This Post

You had me....
at evil-demon-snake-woman!! :D More

Posted by Bubba76 at 22:01 on 24 July 2013 | Report This Post

White guys saves ethnic minority...
I don't know if this was part of the original story or just another neat little story revision that meant they could cast Keanu, but while the action looks cool the story already seems boring. More

Posted by davidkclark at 20:50 on 24 July 2013 | Report This Post

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