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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 »

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’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 »

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If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
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  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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One of the best film events of the year is Fantastic Fest, which takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. The first wave of the 2013 fest has been announced, and it has some great stuff. There’s Keanu Reeves, who’ll appear with his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi (trailer); the Cannes weirdness of Borgman (trailer); the excellent SXSW thriller Cheap Thrills; and the restored Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.

The full list of first wave titles is below. Read More »

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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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Well, it looks like Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin is finally coming to screens. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves as man who joins a legendary group of warriors seeking vengeance for the murder of their master, has had a very long and difficult road to the big screen. Rumors of massive production problems have been circulating for some time but, with the release of four impressive character posters, it seems it’s almost time to judge the movie on its own. Read More »

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This new trailer for Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut Man of Tai Chi is quite an improvement over the last look we had at the movie. This is a fight film, pure and simple, but this trailer suggests a lot more story and a more complicated moral path for the main character. The movie looks more polished, and the fights look like they’re hard-hitting but simply-executed setpieces.

Tiger Hu Chen (Kung Fu Hero) plays a martial artist who is targeted by Reeves to take part in a fight competition, but there seems to be more to it than just that. The film also features Karen Mok (Shaolin Soccer) and Iko Uwais (The Raid), with fight choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping.

Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

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Here’s the first footage from Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, and it isn’t quite what I expected to see. This is a fight film through and through, which we knew to expect, but one that seems to have more in common with a film like Bloodsport than the fight-heavy films Reeves is known for as an actor. Which is to say, this isn’t quite The Matrix.

Tiger Hu Chen (Kung Fu Hero) plays a martial artist who seems to be drawn into some sort of organized fighting competition by Reeves, whose aim is really to break down a trained human fighter into a killer. The film also features Karen Mok (Shaolin Soccer) and Iko Uwais (The Raid, and who you won’t see in this teaser), with fight choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping.

Some of the dialogue here is not subtitled, so there are a few story beats that might not be clear. But Reeves’ insistent tagline at the end might be all too clear. Read More »

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