47 Ronin Hollywood Style


I’ve seen my fair share of 47 Ronin movies from Japan. And they’ve mostly been decent adaptations of the 18th century story of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) Asano Naganori was compelled to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka (wiki article). However, if this is going to be a samurai movie staring Keanu Reeves, as indicated by the poster, I think I’m going to be sick.

Equally disturbing are some of the other posters being used to advertise the movie.


I really like this one comment from Kotaku:

While there really were forty-seven ronin that lived in the 18th century, the movie’s set “in a world of witches and giants”. According to Variety, it will mix “fantasy elements of the sort seen in The Lord of the Rings pics, with gritty battle scenes akin to those in films such as Gladiator.” Oh. Okay.

Some of the comments from the Japanese so far include:

“This really doesn’t evoke the Forty-seven Ronin,” wrote another. “But whatever, they can do whatever they like.” Others immediately wrote off the movie, while one commenter said, “It seems like it’s mixed with The Avengers.” Another chimed in, “I imagine the story is something like out of Predator.”

More info can be found at the Hollywood Reporter website.

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