What’s better than Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan wielding a samurai sword? Not a whole heck of a lot. It is good to see Keanu Reeves back in the ass kicking business. Here is the story behind the katana:
“After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.
As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.”
If you can believe it, this movie is based on real events. (Granted this is a VERY fantastical take on the original story.) The Forty-seven Ronin were a real group of samurai in the 1700’s. They set out to defend the honor of their fallen leader. That is the gist of a very long and complex story about avenging, revenging and the samurai code of honor or bushido.
Back to the movie. The look and tone of the film seem very well done. It visually looks quite interesting. The story’s solid and looks like it’s well adapted from the original source story. For all his critics, I think Keanu has the chops to pull this off and pull it off well. The man can do action. And from the glimpses in this trailer, it looks as if he can swing a sword with the best of them.
The release of this movie has been a long time coming. It was first set to come out in November of 2012, then it was pushed to February of this year. Now, hopefully, it is set in stone for this Christmas. I am eager to see this one. It’s been a few years since a good samurai movie came out… 10 years in fact. I am of course referring to ‘The Last Samurai’ starring another unlikely sword swinger, Tom Cruise. Great, underrated film.