’47 Ronin’ UK Trailer: Keanu Reeves Battles Evil Sorceress Rinko Kikuchi

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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).

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Speaking of which: 47 Ronin is just the latest tentpole that was rumored to have gone through some disconcerting rough patches during the filming/post-production processes. Whereas Disney’s Lone Ranger reportedly went over its budgeted cost and time schedule for principal photography – while Paramount’s World War Z ended up having its entire third act reshot before release – there was a time when 47 Ronin director Carl Rinsch (who is making his feature-length debut on the film) was said to have been removed from the project – though, the claims have since been denied (so take them or leave them as you will).

Question is, will 47 Ronin – rumored to have cost between $175 million and $225 million – follow in the footsteps of Lone Ranger (poor reviews, insufficient box office returns), World War Z (solid reviews, excellent box office returns) or a path that lies somewhere between the two? It seems to have potential as decent effects-heavy popcorn entertainment, and the film won’t overlap too much with the other titles during the 2013 Winter Holiday frame (except for a little holdover from earlier in the month called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) – but, as always, we’ll have to wait and see…


47 Ronin arrives in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2013.

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  1. In Cinemas – Boxing Day

    Unmistakingly a UK trailer. Haha I love it!

    • Care to explain what does that mean? I have no clue when and what that is :)

      • Boxing Day is holiday celebrated in England some parts of its commonwealth Usually on the first day (or weekend) day after Christmas. I’m not British, but I used to have a bunch of European friends back in high school. The first time they brought it up, I thought we were gonna enjoy us a post-Christmas fight! I was somewhat disappointed…

        But about this movie, I’ll probably catch it at some point, but I’m with some people in that the story of the Chushingura (47 Ronin) is exciting enough without inserting supernatural elements and a gaijin to lead them to victory. Nevertheless, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to see a samurai(ish) movie. One of my favorite genres.

      • December 26th.

        Traditionally used to involve watching a big boxing match on TV but that disappeared decades ago and has become the day when most British people are either glad of the extra day off or can’t understand why anyone would want their business to open on December 26th.

        It’s when all the leftover turkey from Christmas day gets used in sandwiches and curries and people are already feeling like crap due to the excessive eating they’d done the day before.

  2. This doesnt even look good. Whereas The lone ranger did LOOK good with the trailers. I predict this will do even worse than The lone ranger. at least domestically. It might do well overseas.

    • You thinking the Lone Ranger looked like anything but slapstick comedy tells us everything about you.

      This looks awesome, and imaginative.

      • Where in my quote did I say it DIDN’T look like slapstick comedy? Learn to read. You’ll have to do a lot of that on this site.

        • looks pretty good to me besides the silly looking Alien monk

          • I mean, it looks kind of interesting, but the trailers are not really doing anything to convince me to see it.

  3. This will bomb.

    The story of 47 Ronin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty-seven_Ronin) is thrilling. Why set this in a fantasy world? Looks lame.

    • Eh nothing follows origins anymore in Hollywood…aka Marvel movies

  4. I don’t get the hate. It looks quite bad ass.

    • second that blud

      • Third.

  5. This could go either way for me…

  6. I think it looks pretty cool…been awhile since Keanu been in anything good

    • Check out “Man of Thai Chi” pretty solid movie by Keanu

  7. strange things are afoot at the circle k

  8. Universal next big bomb

  9. Cant be any worse than Man of Tai Chi… then again

  10. Is is going to blow because the film is not shoot in the US? Are we waiting for Grown ups 3?

    • I imagine that would be the correct answer.

      I’m still bitter about that. A lot of movie complaints this year (including the IM3 and MOS “Zod death” complaints) are can be easily dismissed as coming from people who just don’t understand characters and good plot points but the fact that Pacific Rim is considered a bomb because more US viewers decided to watch yet another generic and not very funny Adam Sandler movie is the only valid complaint that can be lodged.

      Easily summed up in one single word when things go horrendously wrong through no fault of the people involved.


  11. Keanu looking surprisingly like Liam Neeson or Christian Bale.

    • lol Keanu shoulda been the next Batman

  12. Keanu Reeves is not a very good actor, but I did enjoy some of his work (NOT The day the earth stood still), but I like what I see on this movie, seems like a cool fight/action flick.

  13. Can that dragon get any more cartoon? So much money is getting pumped into these mediocre films. Your money and lack of standards built this Cinema Dark Age people… enjoy :)

  14. Looks rather entertaining. It will be on my Netflix list.

  15. Looks awesome to me !

  16. IMO it looks awesome!!!
    Another amazing tale of humans overcoming insurmountable odds, told in a visually fun way… Similar to 300… I can’t wait…

    • AND… What is Boxing Day???

  17. It’s a day where you cut peoples arms and legs off and keep them in a box for your amusement, ask Helena

  18. Why are they always trying to cast black actors for white chara…..oooppppssss!! Wrong board ;-)

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