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Keanu Reeves Talks About Samurai Flick '47 Ronin's' Western Story

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April 5, 2011
Source: MTV

Keanu Reeves / 47 Ronin

There's a project in the works that I'm very excited about called 47 Ronin, a stylistic samurai western of sorts. It is the feature debut of commercials/shorts director Carl Erik Rinsch, who also directed The Gift. Starring is Keanu Reeves, along with a fantastic Japanese cast including Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki and Tadanobu Asano. Reeves spoke with MTV recently about the project, which he's in the middle of shooting ("I just finished a sword fight a couple of weeks ago with a great actor named Hiroyuki Sanada - he's fantastic"). It's in 3D, but it actually sounds pretty cool. Read on for more quotes from Reeves!

We've embedded the full video with Reeves below if you wish to watch, as I think that's his samurai hair style in the movie. We already know what 47 Ronin is about, but Reeves puts his own twist on explaining it.

"It's in 3D, it's a kind of western, I call it a story of revenge and impossible love... The samurai become outcast and decide to enact revenge on the person who is responsible for the death of their lord."

"I play an outsider, a kind of half-breed, with a mysterious past... named Kai - who's in love with the princess, and she's in love with me. But we can't be together... But during the course of events, during this journey of revenge, things change."

That sounds pretty cool, and I've got a feeling Rinsch is going to make it badass. Here's what the original synopsis adds: Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi, 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, they embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. The movie has been described previously by screenwriter Chris Morgan (Wanted) "great, Gladiator-esque, 300-like big action movie with samurai and ninja." Awesome!

At the moment, Universal has 47 Ronin scheduled for release on November 21st, 2012, which is a very long time from now. But this is one project that we're always keeping eye on, so stay tuned for any updates!

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  • Cruzer
    Does this guy ever age, wtf is up with that interviewer's voice? it makes me want to punch him in the face! On a serious note this sounds like it could be good, I dunno, everyone knows Keanu's acting skills are limited.
  • Nick S.
    could it possibly compare to "Seven Samurai" and/or the newly released "13 Assassins"???
  • Gray_rid
    reeves is a plank, a plank i say!
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9emWB_rrMt0 Crapola
    That player is crap, pishballs I tell you! I get the area specific ads selling me rubbish computer games and banking but I don't get the goofy interview with Neo. On this, I have decided the film will be terrible.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      Lol a lot of animosity going towards MTV's crappy video player...
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9emWB_rrMt0 Crapola
        Yeah it's weird, the ads play fine, but the video times out. The Yahoo player can also be similar. Don't even get me started on HULU! I suppose you guys can only use what your given and there must be reasons why you use em. Adverts before 'film adverts' is pretty bad but it is sell, sell, sell.
  • Gh
    It was about time anyway. That guy looks japanese so it is the right fit! To "Cruzer" above : it has always been an open truth that Keanu is immortal...get over it!
    • JL
      Yeah, I think he's actually part Hawaiian, so close enough, right? He also has jet black hair and a wispy beard. ;)
  • Lamar
    Except for the hair length and beard, I haven't seen Keanu age for like, seven years. Seriously, one of my favorite actors I don't care how much people give him crap. He's just fun to watch.
  • trollface
    So the Bill & Ted 3 talk was just an April Fool... or for real?
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      I think it's for real...! I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing?

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