The upcoming Keanu Reeves action flick 47 Ronin recently dropped yet another international trailer.
If you’re curious to see some of the film’s CGI monsters but can’t wait for the flick to hit theaters, then this trailer was apparently constructed with you in mind. Not only does the clip show off some very large creatures, it also lays the groundwork for the film’s plot.
In a nutshell, 47 Ronin tells the story of a group of samurai led by a half-breed (Keanu Reeves) who vow to avenge the death of their master. They’ll face insurmountable odds to take down their villainous opponents, which include loads of nasty monsters and a witch with magical powers.
Although the movie is based on a famous Japanese legend, director Carl Rinsch and no less than four writers have taken many liberties with the source material. If you’re not a fan of stories getting mangled on their way through the Hollywood machine, then this is a flick you might want to avoid.
47 Ronin finally hits theaters later this year, but the film has been in the works since 2011. Keanu Reeves told the Los Angeles Times back in 2011 that the cast and crew have nothing but the utmost respect for the original story.
“Japanese kids grow up with this story told to them. They hear it from family and they learn it in school, it’s part of the culture. It’s been made into movies many times and on television. It’s like our westerns, the story keeps being told. It’s been reworked in some ways [for this new film] but with great care and respect,” Reeves explained.
The Man of Tai Chi star added, “There’s a sadness about him and I admire the grace he shows in response to other people’s feelings. He doesn’t have anger about the way he is viewed, but there is sadness and I’ve found that an interesting thing to work with.”
Check out the official 47 Ronin synopsis:
“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.”
Here’s the new international trailer for the flick:
47 Ronin stars Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi. The movie opens in theaters on December 25.
[Image via Universal Pictures]