Delayed for over a year, and plagued by news of production troubles suggesting that it’s director had been ejected from the editing room, 47 Ronin has finally released its first trailer.
Based on an oft-adapted Japanese folk tale about a band of 47 disgraced Samurai who enter a quest to avenge the death of their master, this new film looks to be using the story as a mere jumping-off point. Keanu Reeves plays a half-Japanese warrior who is enlisted to help the titular Ronin take up arms against witches and monsters and the like.
If we’re being totally honest, this film looks completely bonkers. Off-the-wall cuckoo crazy. But maybe in a good way: it’s less like Kurosawa‘s Seven Samurai and more like Zack Snyder’s 300, which could end up working in its favour.
47 Ronin is scheduled for a Boxing Day release, which is totally weird as well.