Keanu Reeves stars in the action film, which is based on a Japanese legend about samurai who are determined to have revenge on those who killed their leader. Keanu Reeves portrays half-Japanese half-British Kai.
A second international trailer for 47 Ronin dropped a month ago, but it was difficult to properly appreciate the footage – unless you speak Russian, that is. The non-dubbed (read: English) cut of the trailer for UK audiences is now online and… well… okay, there’s not much in the way of new insight to gain from understanding the dialogue (then again, now we can better appreciate Rinko Kikuchi’s deliciously cartoony-evil line delivery as the antagonist, the wicked sorceress Mizuki).
47 Ronin is based on the Japanese legend about a group of leaderless Samurai (a.k.a. Ronin) warriors who set out to avenge their leader after he is unjustly killed. However, rather than unfold as a somewhat-grounded story of honorable men who charge into battle facing near-to-impossible odds (i.e. 300, with Samurai armor instead of six-packs), this version takes place in a fantasy version of ancient Japan – one populated by mystical beasts, a power-hungry witch, and a bi-racial outcast (Keanu Reeves) who must fulfill his destiny and save the day.
Interestingly, 47 Ronin is the second East-meets-West blockbuster – featuring Kikuchi in a pivotal role – that will soon have opened in theaters in 2013, following Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim this past summer. The Oscar-nominated Kikuchi was on the cusp of becoming a fan-favorite even before she played newbie Jaeger pilot Mako Mori in del Toro’s Mecha-genre throwback. Her performance as a villainous (literal) hidden-dragon in Reeves’ fantasy/adventure should only further cement her status as an actress with a proper fan following (even if the actual 47 Ronin movie tanks at the box office).