Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
First Look At Dad's Amy
Don't Panic! Walmington-On-Sea's finest is here
New Trailer For Michelle Williams' Suite Française
Love in a controlled climate
Ben Wheatley Taps Luke Evans For Free Fire
'It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare'
Warners Finding Female Director For Wonder Woman
Movie studio seeks F. Must have GSOH (Good Sense Of Helming)
Seth Rogen And More Head For Zeroville
James Franco's latest novel adaptation
Todd Solondz Returning To The Dollhouse
Wiener-Dog will revisit old friends
Podcast #134: Steve Carell, David Ayer
Shipping out
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
14 October 2014
Ewan McGregor Now Rumoured For Doctor Strange
Marvel is still seeking its Sorcerer Supreme
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Railway Man (2014)
Empire Star Rating
47 Ronin (2013)
Empire Star Rating
47 Ronin (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Wolverine (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Pacific Rim (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

47 Ronin Trailer Sweeps In
Keanu goes samurai

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

submit to reddit

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Matt Damon Talks Elysium
And nearly headlining Avatar
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

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

Hmmm...
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

Ah
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

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Empire Podcast: David Ayer Talks Fury
Plus Steve Carell talks Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Reaction
We dive under the hood of Whedon's sequel teaser

10 Of The Most Impressive In-Universe Movie Tie-In Websites
From Blair Witch to Days Of Future Past, expand your cinematic horizons online

The 12 Apps Every Film Fan Needs On Their Smartphone
The handheld essentials to enhance your movie life

Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)