Watch: Keanu Reeves Leads Japanese Warriors in '47 Ronin' Trailer

July 24, 2013
Source: Apple

47 Ronin

Hot on the heels of yesterday's posters, the delayed Japanese epic 47 Ronin from Universal Pictures finally has a trailer showing off Keanu Reeves skills with a sword as he gets back in action for the first time in years. This looks like a pretty wild fantasy, but we're not sure it's the kind of film that will fare well at Christmastime, especially against films like Jack Ryan. There's some crazy mythical creatures and mysticism, and the film looks gorgeous, but the dialogue could use some work. Hopefully Universal was able to fix some of the problems that surfaced late last fall, and this can find a decent-sized audience. Watch it?

Here's the first theatrical trailer for Carl Rinsch's 47 Ronin, in high def from Apple:

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 and Rinko Kikuchi. Universal releases the film December 25th this year. Sound good?

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Reader Feedback - 53 Comments


"Mountains of corpses..." This looks like a ton of (dumb) fun. I look forward to seeing this. P.S. Dat Dragon.

DAVIDPD on Jul 24, 2013


i thought, it would be more like dramatic stuff like "the last samurai", this looks cheap and cheesy. 175 million well spent.

truong18 on Jul 24, 2013


Well,you can take it as an overpaid live action kinda reminds me of The Hakkenden anime series.

Neo-san on Jul 24, 2013


Um yeh this looks pretty sweet.

Brian Sleider on Jul 24, 2013


I've never understood why so many people dump on Keanu Reeves, the guy is an undeniable badass.

Astroboy3000 on Jul 24, 2013


There is a reason Astro. He can't act, that's why. He has no presence or charisma onscreen and has the emotional range of a tree.

nef deppard on Jul 24, 2013


I hear that a lot, but I don't agree with it.

Astroboy3000 on Jul 25, 2013


See: A Scanner Darkly. Reeves is capable he made Constantine awesome and was great in Bill and Ted, his stand out role was in A Scanner Darkly though, imo.

Xerxexx on Jul 25, 2013


See: The day the earth stood still. While I think he can act. Just don't think he has that great a range, Which is a shame as I like the guy but I just cringe each time he's miscast. Lets hope he pulls this one off. Agree with Nef on his emotional range.

Pilgrim_UK on Jul 26, 2013


He just needs a proper role.

Xerxexx on Jul 26, 2013


He sure bested the fuck out of Dennis Hopper. (RIP)

grimjob on Jul 24, 2013


Save us, Neo.

Jon Odishaw on Jul 24, 2013


"There are no chopsticks."

Neo-san on Jul 24, 2013


This looks awesome I'm in!!!

N. on Jul 24, 2013


Japanese soldiers: "We need you Keanu..." Keanu: "I know kung-fu" Japanese soldiers: "Sure, worth a shot..."

Mithun Divakaran on Jul 24, 2013


Oh, cool, Voldemort is in this!

Ricardo_PT on Jul 24, 2013


I'm in.

Xerxexx on Jul 24, 2013


I can see Keanu paling in comparison to Sanada.

isawjet on Jul 24, 2013


this looks AWESOME!

dvt on Jul 24, 2013


white man playing samurai? didnt we already do this b4? obviously has nothing to do with the historical 47 ronin.......

logat890 on Jul 24, 2013


Since when was Keanu white ?

Guest on Jul 24, 2013


Reeves aint white. He's sorta Hawaiian, Portugese, Chinese and more. We believe you are the only ONE... again... So this is the Matrix in Japan with dragons instead of Agent Smith. Guess it's worth a buck or two...

Nash on Jul 24, 2013


doesnt matter if he's got mixed ethnicity, he sure as hell comes of as whtebread ordinary anyway. that's like saying Johnny Depp gets a free pass as Tonto for being 1/8 Indian.

logat890 on Jul 25, 2013


So you're saying peoples ethnicity doesn't matter, but their color does? And having a specific skin color disqualifies you for playing fictional characters? Wow, it's a long time ago I heard that point of view...

Nash on Aug 9, 2013


its whitewashing period. we dont see asians or blacks doing whiteface now do we?

logat890 on Aug 9, 2013


Yes, and IMO The last samurai was fuckin amazing so whats your point.

Cody W on Jul 24, 2013


Sure was.

grimjob on Jul 24, 2013


sorry it was not!

logat890 on Jul 25, 2013


It was too.

Xerxexx on Jul 25, 2013


nope it sucked

logat890 on Aug 9, 2013


Nope it rocked.

Xerxexx on Aug 9, 2013


Nope it sucked

logat890 on Aug 9, 2013



dsquare on Jul 24, 2013


They were right when they said that it had lots of production problems...looks just as bad as new wolverine movie...

dawko on Jul 24, 2013


This is great! Carl Rinsch is a very talented director.

Bob on Jul 24, 2013


Should be fun. I'll be checking it out.

Russell Shouse on Jul 24, 2013


And whats this got to do with the 47 Ronin. 😀

Pilgrim_UK on Jul 24, 2013


Looks bloody good to me and Keanu's still got it...phwoar!

Julie Bergin on Jul 24, 2013


So... 300 - 47 = Last Samurai? #badmath It still looks good. Silly, but good.

McWetty on Jul 24, 2013


Lol whooooaaaaa, that looks fuckin cool. If this is rated R, it has action classic written all over it.

Cody W on Jul 24, 2013


Thumbs up for OC.

David Banner on Jul 24, 2013


I like all the Japanese folk tale monsters in this, I'm pretty surprised by how good it looks. Yeehaaaa.

Carpola on Jul 24, 2013


Impression is: Last Samurai as directed by Zack Snyder with a M83/Reznor-ish soundtrack. And that's just fine.

OfficialJab on Jul 24, 2013


I just think it's insensitive that no one mentioned that the video isn't even viewable in 720p or 1080p. pricks. lol

A.B. on Jul 24, 2013


Dig it. Looks damn fun!

grimjob on Jul 24, 2013



David Jarvis on Jul 24, 2013


Looks surprisingly entertaining.

Chris Groves on Jul 24, 2013


Neo reborn as a sumarai. Still looks fun.

Jim Dawkins on Jul 25, 2013


How does this guy keep finding work

Richard A K on Jul 25, 2013


totally my type of movie

Barbara Ruiz on Jul 25, 2013


This is going to lose some money at the US box office.

Fatal Error on Jul 26, 2013


Imho, if that mountain of bull-crap "Sucker Punch" can be called an action movie, then based on the trailer, this will be a bad ass action movie.

Naeem Ahmed Malik on Aug 6, 2013


Samurai weren't known to be especially loquacious or overtly emotional, so Reeves' limited emotional range actually plays well in this character. Anyone who doesn't agree should take a little more in depth look at Japanese history. Looks like an interesting movie that, if I have the money, I'd spend it seeing. Besides... dragons! 😉

nkrempa on Sep 1, 2013

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