John Wick 4 cast - Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost, Westworld, Mortal Kombat) was originally set to star in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as Zero, Wick’s primary adversary in that film. But an Achilles tendon injury took him out of contention, and he was eventually replaced by Mark Dacascos. Now history is righting itself, because Sanada has reportedly been cast in John Wick 4, reuniting with his old 47 Ronin co-star Keanu Reeves. Read More »

shogun cast

The FX limited series based on James Clavell’s Shogun has added Hiroyuki Sanada and Cosmo Jarvis to its cast. Sanada just appeared in both Mortal Kombat and Army of the Dead, while Jarvis’s credits include Annihilation and Calm With Horses. The story is “set in feudal Japan and charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai.”

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Bullet Train First Look Photos

Production is currently underway on the next big action movie from John Wick and Atomic Blonde filmmaker David Leitch. The movie is called Bullet Train, and it features the simple yet promising premise of a group of deadly assassins who all end up on the same train. Since Murder on the Orient Express was already taken, we get the punny title referencing both a high speed train and the ammunition that will undoubtedly be splattering blood on that very train. In fact, you can see some of that blood being spilled in one of several Bullet Train first look photos revealed by David Leitch himself. Read More »

westworld samurai 2

In case the headline wasn’t enough, we’re pretty much going straight into some pretty insane Westworld spoilers with this news. So act accordingly.

Hiroyuki Sanada has joined the cast of Westworld season 2 and his character will clearly build on on the silliest and most awesome reveal from the first season finale of HBO’s incredible science fiction series. Sanada will play the role Musashi. And all the evidence suggests that Musashi is a robot samurai.

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Life Trailer
Last night during The Walking Dead, Sony Pictures premiered the trailer for Life. No, this isn’t the Anton Corbijn-directed Robert Pattinson biography of the Life Magazine photographer from last year. This is the 2017 science fiction thriller about an international space crew that discovers life on Mars. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool), the film features Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine) and Ryan Reynolds. Watch the Life trailer now embedded after the jump.

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The Railway Man

What would you do if you had the opportunity to face the individual who made your life a living hell, half a lifetime ago? That’s the question Colin Firth faces in The Railway Man, playing a World War II veteran who, decades later, is still haunted by the torment he suffered as a prisoner of war in Japan.

With the help of his loving wife (Nicole Kidman) and a fellow vet (Stellan Skarsgård), Eric manages to track down and have his say with the Japanese soldier (Hiroyuki Sanada) who tortured him. Initially, it looks like he plans to get his revenge — but as the two men face each other, Lomax finds himself reacting in more complicated ways. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Helix-poster-header

Helix, the new show from Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) has been previewed in a series of atmospheric and ominous teasers. But it’s the main print ad (above), also seen around LA on giant billboards, that has really caught my attention. (Nothing like staring at an exploding head while you’re stuck in traffic.) Now, with just under a week to go before the show premieres, SyFy has put the first fifteen minutes online, so you can preview the beginning of the show’s disastrous situation in the Arctic. Read More »

Helix

Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore is returning to Syfy this winter with another tale of people isolated in inhospitable surroundings, as the threat of the end of all humanity looms over them. The specifics, however, are very different this time around.

Helix follows a group of CDC scientists who journey to the Arctic to look into reports of a disease outbreak at a research facility, and then quickly discover that the problem is much more horrifying than they’d feared. Check out the first real trailer after the jump.

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The Railway Man

Almost three years after he nabbed an Oscar for The King’s Speech, Colin Firth is revisiting World War II from a very different perspective. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man), The Railway Man tells the true story of veteran Eric Lomax (Firth), who was held as a prisoner by the Japanese during the war.

Decades later, still haunted by that period of his life, Lomax seeks closure by tracking down the army officer (Hiroyuki Sanada) who once tortured him. Nicole Kidman co-stars as Lomax’s wife, and Stellan Skarsgård as his best friend. Jeremy Irvine and Tanroh Ishida play the younger versions of Lomax and his tormentor. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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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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