47 RONIN Trailer Arrives; Keanu Reeves Says, "Come On!"

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Wither 47 Ronin? Word of mouth spread that the production was troubled, but the movie is heading to a Christmas release with a full head of steam, as demonstrated in the colorful, CGI-infused, action-packed first trailer, featuring Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi.

Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor 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 this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

Carl Rinsch directed. We've got the trailer and four character posters below.

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jacklaughingJuly 24, 2013 7:37 PM

Every cynical movie cliche all in one film. It appears the original story behind the 47 Ronin will be the least important part of this piece of shit too.

Juan Andrés ValenciaJuly 24, 2013 9:06 PM

Looks entertaining to say the least.

hutchJuly 24, 2013 9:20 PM

What's so cynical about a part white character that the ethnic girl loves being better at Asian ancient traditions than the Asians are themselves and only he is the savior they've been looking for all along? Oh. Wait...And the CG too... Did someone put John Fusco up to this?

billydakingJuly 25, 2013 12:02 AM

The film looks ridiculous, but the "white character" is a half-breed who is an outcast from Japanese society. Seriously, watch something before you criticize it.

mercyJuly 25, 2013 3:18 AM

Leaving out even more disappointing Keanu and hiring an excellent Japanese actor from the cast of the The Twilight Samurai, maybe Hiroyuki Sanada or his opponent in that film would have been a lot better.

CGI beats the "Keanu value" by miles!

hutchJuly 25, 2013 11:08 AM

Got preceptive skills much? Seriously gets some before you criticize. The point is that Asian's can't do it themselves they always need someone that's (in this case) at least part white. He aint a half breed that part Japanese part Hispanic or any other race. It's the same old, same old.

hutchJuly 25, 2013 11:09 AM

p.s. learn to read. I said "part white" not "white".

billydakingJuly 25, 2013 9:16 PM

Nope....just don't like knee-jerks. While I did miss the "part white", the whole "being better at Asian ancient traditions than the Asians themselves" speaks to a "pure race" attitude on your part that I frankly despise. Reeves' character is half-Japanese and half-British. He was born into that society and continues to live there, so it stands to reason that he knows the traditions just as well as anybody who is born and raised in the same society. He's a mixed-heritage outcast, not an outsider ala The Last Samurai. He's recruited by the ronin because as a slave, he was forced to fight supernatural creatures (as shown in the trailer), and thus has the experience the ronin need to acquire.

He is not the savior because he's "the part-white guy." The narrow perspective is all yours. And damn you for making me defend an absolutely silly-looking movie.

Steve AustinJuly 25, 2013 10:55 PM

I know kung...er, Bushido.

I hope in the outtakes they show him playing his sword like a guitar, a-la- Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure.

hutchJuly 26, 2013 4:50 AM

Whatever you say. You've got some serious blinders on.

hutchJuly 26, 2013 4:51 AM

I'm a half breed.

Todd BrownJuly 26, 2013 9:36 AM

You bastard!

(So am I. Though they're both white breeds'.)

Hiroaki JohnsonJuly 26, 2013 11:49 AM

I think it's coming down to world wide box office draw more than any racial machinations.

hutchJuly 26, 2013 12:34 PM

Ha ha. Does that even count?

hutchJuly 26, 2013 12:35 PM

Dude. the box office draw is about racial machinations!

QinlongJuly 26, 2013 12:53 PM

I bemoan the lack of Asian leading men and women in Hollywood as much as you seem to do, but dishing out the same racial paranoia everytime a white man (or here, half-white) is the star of an American movie set in Asia is getting tired. And your being a half-breed has nothing to do in that argument.

Todd BrownJuly 26, 2013 2:25 PM

Depends how racist my German forefathers were ...

hutchJuly 26, 2013 2:53 PM

Sure it does. He (or she) seemed to be implying that I'm some sort of full breed hating on halfers the way full Koreans look down on half Koreans-as if they can't be just as good at certain things. As if that's the crux of my point of view. Racial paranoia? Seriously dude? Changes don't come from being quiet. I'm fucking bored with that same old shit and I'm gonna rave against every time it gets thrown in my face. You can take it if you want. But ever since Justin Lin came to my school to talk about what producers "insist on" for making compelling movies I've never looked back. (Not that I wasn't bored with it myself). ANd just for the record what Hollywood exports has a DIRECT effect on how non-whites are treated and viewed in foreign countries. But again, kick back and enjoy it if you want.

hutchJuly 26, 2013 2:54 PM

No matter. Bruce Lee was part German.

Hiroaki JohnsonJuly 26, 2013 2:57 PM

Are you seriously being that reductive?

hutchJuly 26, 2013 3:00 PM

So what exactly is the difference between you and me? You bemoan but don't speak up? or do you have a certain scientific ratio of when to speak and when not to in order to hedge your bets and to keep from rocking the boat. Does that give you some sort of higher ground? Give me some tips on what's appropriate and how to over come my "racial paranoia." Because I obviously don't have the right out-look on the situation. Also explain to me why the half-breed is (almost always) half white? You don't see a trend or is that the trend isn't worth speaking about? I mean, hell, when Asian directors venture out side of Asian actors it's always white ones they flock to. I don't see too many other exploration of race out there. It's just "Yeah. Working this white actor will really boost my resume!" 'Flowers of War' made me ill.

hutchJuly 26, 2013 3:08 PM

And finally, just because a POV is tiresome doesn't make it invalid. I'm sure people got tired of hearing about all sorts of struggles that gave people like you and me the ability to lead the lives we lead today (although I know nothing about you, it's probably safe to say you still enjoying the fruits of someone's else labors in some way). I need to zen right about now. You guys are raising my blood pressure.

hutchJuly 26, 2013 3:12 PM

I'll bestow that it counts if the other half is Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other "sub-human" "whites". Funny side note I know some racist Irish, who've no idea of the connection the indentured servants had with blacks or status the Irish had back in the day. I just laugh at Irish white supremacists. I'd like to tell them where the banjo really came from.

QinlongJuly 26, 2013 9:09 PM

I do try and promote Asian talents, albeit with my very limited abilities and connections. And do you really think there were so many black priests in China circa 1937 (same for Brody and Robbins in Back to 1942) ? The casting of a white actor for such a role makes you sick ? That's the racial paranoia I'm talking about. You substitute whiny knee-jerk reactions for actual thinking about the reality of these castings. And those whiny knee-jerk reactions don't rock any boat, sorry to burst your bubble about that. I do agree with you in many ways, I just don't think seeing an evil racial agenda everytime there's something white in an Asian setting makes any sense. In the case of 47 Ronin, can you name one Asian star who could have headlined the film with any sort of bankability ? Jet Li or Jackie Chan maybe, but they're Chinese, so back to square one. Now I agree it's a pity we don't have Asian leading men in Hollywood outside of accasionally the two aforementioned martial artists.

QinlongJuly 26, 2013 9:17 PM

Wait, how is your point of view in this argument about "struggles" for our freedom and people's labor ?

Hiroaki JohnsonJuly 27, 2013 1:24 AM

I hate to say it, but I think with the budget associated with this film even JC or Li would have been considered a little risky.

QinlongJuly 27, 2013 5:04 AM

You're probably right, though it's probably the last mega-budget film starring Keanu Reeves (unless it's an unexpected hit).

KashSeffJuly 27, 2013 11:45 AM

I bet it if was called something else, it might be a movie people would be looking forward to seeing.