Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin

The trailers for Cark Rinsch‘s samurai epic 47 Ronin have not been short on action or spectacle. But if you were too busy being dazzled by the colorful, fantastical CG effects to pay attention to the story, the new short 47 Ronin: The Way of the Warrior should help set you straight.

The animated prequel delves into who, exactly, the titular 47 Ronin are, and how they got to a place where Keanu Reeves is their only hope. Check it out after the jump.

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The Christmas movie season is almost here and while most of us are getting super excited for The Wolf of Wall Street or Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, there will be plenty of other options at the theater. One example is 47 Ronin, Carl Rinsch‘s big budget samurai fantasy epic starring Keanu Reeves. The film has been in production for what feels like forever with plenty of behind the scenes drama, yet we’re now just a few short weeks away from finding out if Rinsch was able to rise above all that. I will say, after the first few trailers failed to impress, the TV spots showing up during primetime shows have me much more interested.

Now, a slew of behind the scenes footage has come online that will only help get you interested in the film, which also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi. Check it out below. Read More »

Director Carl Erik Rinsch on 47 Ronin set

In June 2011, I traveled to London to visit the set of director Carl Erik Rinsch‘s big screen adaptation of 47 Ronin. (You can watch my video blog about the experience here.) While on set, Rinsch gave us a passionate plea to explain why the 47 Ronin story was an important one to bring to the big screen, and why and how he was trying to make it look and feel like nothing you had ever seen before.

He called it “Kurosawa On Meth,” and explained his choices to shoot the tale in 3D and be more aggressive about the dimensionality than previous Hollywood releases had at the time. He also talked to us about the historical importance of this story in Japan, how he planned to honor the story’s less-than-Hollywood ending, and even about falling asleep watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Read the entire roundtable interview after the jump.

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47 Ronin behind the scenes

In 2011, I traveled to London to visit the set of director Carl Erik Rinsch‘s big screen adaptation of 47 Ronin. The 47 Ronin story is not something I would have expected a Hollywood movie studio to tackle. While Rinsch is bringing a super-stylized fantasy-infused vision to this classic Japanese tale, some of which makes it look more like a studio film, it still stays true to the original story. That may have resulted in marketing challenges, and has likely lead to challenging test screening responses. Reshoots and rumblings of studio unhappiness aside, I have to admit three things:

  1. I still think the trailers for this film look very promising.
  2. I’ve been a fan of Carl Erik Rinsch’s commercial work for years now, and am excited to see what he will do with a feature length movie.
  3. We were very impressed with what we had seen on the set at Shepperton Studios.

Hit the jump to watch a video blog I recorded after the visit, and find out more about what we saw and learned while on set.

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Keanu 47 Ronin

Years have passed. Trials have been endured. Legends made. I’m talking about the journey Carl Rinsch‘s samurai epic 47 Ronin has had coming to the big screen. Finally scheduled for release on Christmas, a final theatrical trailer has just been released with more effects, more story and more Keanu Reeves as he helps 47 samurai get revenge for the death of their master. Check it out below. Read More »

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A second international trailer for Carl Erik Rinsch‘s long delayed 47 Ronin has been released. Where last week’s Japanese trailer focused on the famous international cast (Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi) this new one focuses on creatures, monsters and similarly disgusting bad guys. Or at least, that what it looks like; the dubbing in the trailer means story points are difficult to verify. Check it out below. Read More »

’47 Ronin’ Japanese Trailer: Flash of the Blade

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47 Ronin, a supernaturally-themed remake of a classic Japanese story, seems like a strange Christmas offering. But the film, directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and starring Keanu Reeves (with Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi) will be under the tree as a gift from Universal this holiday season. Well not a gift exactly — you’ll still have to pay to see it.

The first trailer hit a while ago and had to shoulder the weight of months of reports about the film suffering delays and unplanned reshoots. It was seen by some viewers as evidence from an accident scene. “What will this disaster look like?”

Now there’s a Japaneser trailer that boils the whole thing down to a procession of big images and quick swordplay. Without being able to read the brief Japanese text or understand the scant voiceover, it is a pretty pure sales pitch for an action/adventure movie. Take a look below.  Read More »

47 Ronin

Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin has had a long, tough journey to the big screen. The release date was pushed back multiple times, each time amid a flurry of rumors about on-set trouble. But this Christmas 2013 release date is sticking, and the samurai epic is now ready to show off its first bit of footage.

Keanu Reeves leads the fantasy epic as an outcast who joins with a band of warriors seeking to avenge their murdered master. Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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