Watch: Sleek Animated Prologue to '47 Ronin' About the Samurai Spirit
"Can any man not have a fire inside that no one else can see?" One of the Christmas Day releases this year is the long-awaited samurai action movie 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves as a samurai who leads 46 other ronin to seek revenge. To introduce the story to audiences Universal has made an animated prologue. The short video features a child giving a voiceover talking about the history of Reeves' character Kai, with animated visuals in the "Hyper Motion Cinema" style (similar to HaZ's Fubar Redux). It's a cool video with some sleek visuals, but doesn't really get me more excited. "Samurai are trained in peace, but born in war."
A band of samurai set out to avenge their master's death and dishonor at the hands of a ruthless shogun. 47 Ronin is directed by Carl Rinsch (The Gift) and written by Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) and Hossein Amini (Snow White & the Huntsman). The Story follows a group of 18th century warriors who aim to avenge their master's death. Keanu Reeves leads the film in his first big action role since concluding The Matrix trilogy, and he's surrounded by a Japanese cast including Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano & Rinko Kikuchi. Universal will release 47 Ronin on December 25th. See the full trailer.