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Where's Agent Smith? 47 Ronin Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | July 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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I’m sure Keanu Reeves has done something worthwhile since the end of The Matrix trilogy, but nothing sticks out on IMDB other than Constantine, which just detonates into an angry black hole and swallows the rest of the list. Reeves is going back to wire-fu sword mastery in the new 47 Ronin, which trade news publications are claiming has been remade 80 different times in Japan.

Here’s the trailer:

Well thank god all those legendary Asian swordsmen found a washed up unkempt white dude to be their Last Samurai. I kid. Mostly. It’s possible for a film to be damned good internally even while externally it’s got meta problems that make you roll your eyes.

The real science fiction/fantasy bent on this film is the simple fact that Keanu Reeves is 48 years old. Now either this is one hell of a triumph of special effects, or the man is simply immortal.

47 Ronin gets a Christmas Day release this year.




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  • Fabius_Maximus

    It seems we're finally getting a big budget D&D movie after all.

  • Yeah, it isn't anywhere near historically accurate, but as it has been said, we have 80 different (and probably much better) films that do cover it. If that was a dealbreaker for me, I wouldn't have seen Django Unchained. And they do at least address the somewhat-bearable whiteness of his being.

    Seeing Keanu getting his martial arts on again between this and Master of Tai Chi is making quite giddy. Plus, much like the joke Lone Ranger review, this just means more people getting jobs and more Keanu being awesome in real life. How can I not support that?

    EDIT: Wait, the trailer has people shooting fire from their hands, a giant deer/boar thing, and a literal dragon lady, and you choose to focus on the unkempt white dude as the problem? Please let's not let this turn into the Loom of Fate ridiculousness.

  • stardust

    Oh, hell. I'll probably watch it with a glass* of wine in hand.

    *3 glasses

  • lowercase_ryan

    Is this going to be good? Probably not.
    Is it going to be done well enough for me to enjoy the hell out of it? Highly likely.

    I'm in.

  • Drake

    Even though it seems like Keanu gets less expressive as he gets older, yeah, I'm in too. Cannot resist the sword/ninja/sorcery.

  • lowercase_ryan

    yup, crack to me.

  • Rick Snee

    Considering that Keanu Reeves *is* part-Asian, this raises a question: how ethnically accurate does casting have to be to not be offensive? Sure, whitewashing a character takes jobs away from marginally represented ethnicities on screen, but what about casting a Korean in a Japanese role? Is it racist if you *don't* notice the difference?

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    How far down that rabbit hole do you want to go? What about Forrest Whitaker playing Idi Amin? Terrific performance, but it's not like he's actually Ugandan. Djimon Hounsou playing a Sierra Leonese man? Lou Diamond Phillips playing Ritchie Valens?

    The reason I ask is because this question gets tossed around a lot when we're talking about Asians who get cast like that, but not as much when it comes to Latinos and Africans. It leads to some interesting questions.

  • Maguita NYC

    Also, it is time to stop the racial talk. No one race is as "pure" as it was a century ago. So no one actor could truly reflect that anymore. What with tearing down the validity of race purity, we have become a constant marriage and merging of race and ethnicity. I believe the notion of being of pure race is dead and gone. No matter how much the Nazi or KKK try to tell you otherwise.

    It shouldn't make a difference which actor plays a role, as long as he owns it and deliver on it beautifully.

  • I would love to agree with that, but here's the thing: Hollywood still has a long ways to go to have it's perception and display of certain races and other minorities equal to that of the dominant demographic. Not to mention the pretty crappy history of having one group of unwanted minorities (Native Americans, Asians, African Americans, etc) portrayed by more "acceptable" minorities (Jews, Italians, etc.).

    Fictional characters also suffer from this, mainly because most minority characters are created with some awareness of their status in mind. This fact, and the question of historical acceptability (rather than accuracy, because race can be tossed right out the window if you research hard enough) is what is going to lead to these kinds of discussion for a good long time.

    Long point short: I would love for nobody to give a crap about race in favor of great performances, but the concept of it is simply too ingrained and unaddressed to be considered a moot point now.

  • Maguita NYC

    I agree with your POV, however, the evolution of homosexuality in movies taught us differently.

    For decades the gay man was portrayed in movies as a loner, a freak, an abuser of men, sometimes a pedophile, and an all-around pathetic being who often kills himself.

    Because of outside pressure, the theme had no choice but change. The people that watch movies made it different.

    If the conversation does not start here, it would never get there. And change would not happen.... Not that I'm saying I'm starting the conversation, I'm quite sure many more before me had brought up the question..

  • I'm not saying there shouldn't be conversation. Far from it. I think we should challenge this kind of thing.

    I'm just saying it won't get fixed overnight. And the only way to fix it is to allow those very same portrayals denied for so long.

    Like I said, I agree with your sentiment, but it is gonna be a while before everyone else does.

  • Maguita NYC

    Like anything gets fixed overnight in Hollywood. It takes decades and yet still. Just look at the situation of women in film: The moment we get the feeling we are going in the right direction, they slap us with the summer of Only-One-Fucking-Movie-Headlining-Women.

  • Don't forget Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li from Street Fighter.

    NEVER FORGET KREUK AS CHUN-LI. THAT MISTAKE SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

  • JJ

    I mean, it worked out for the Lone Ranger, right?

  • Bodhi

    I think it looks ridiculous, but fun as hell

  • Brian Merritt

    I mean, he IS immortal. Have you not discovered that part of the internet yet?

  • stella

    Aww Keanu.... No I wont see this movie, but Im glad hes getting work...

  • ZizoAH

    Keanu Reeves is less inexpressive than a potato.

  • Urm, pretty sure that should just be 'less expressive.' Don't mind me, fixin' you're grammatical over hear.

  • Maguita NYC

    Like many others commenting on this site, Zizo's first language is not English, yet he tries and expresses his sense of humor beautifully.

  • ZizoAH

    As if I didn't like you enough... Now you are my favorite person ever!

  • Way to make me feel like the dickhead I am.

    EDIT: Sorry, Zizo.

  • ZizoAH

    It's ok! English is my fifth language, so that is what happens to me when I translate literally from other languages in my head, they sound good, but then, they are not.

  • FIFTH? No words, my good sir. Just respect.

  • Maguita NYC

    Sorry dude. Came out harsh, did not mean it to.

  • Not at all; like Koko said, it was warranted. Consider my tongue lashed and a little less likely to taste the end of my foot again.

  • koko temur

    as a foreigner, it was hard to master courage to start commenting due to this kind if snark... But i am so, so appreciative of people taking critism constructively and not personaly. Any kind. You rock!

  • hippyherb

    English IS my first language, and I hardly ever get up the courage to comment on this site in case I make a grammatical or spelling error. It is the only problem I have with this site. It can be pretty off putting.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Fuck that! Let 'er rip!

  • Guest

    ..

  • koko temur

    just enough harsh.

  • Yocean

    On one hand I'm glad good Japanese actors/actresses are getting more Hollywox works ( Yeah Rinko Kikuchi and Hiroyuki Sanada!!!) but on the other hand this has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the popular Japanese HISTORICAL tale of 47 samurai. I wish they did not have to share the character names. Seriously.

  • Four Eyes

    Word.

  • Is... is it bad that I'm kind of feeling this? I don't think it'll be a good movie, really, just maybe a visually interesting and entertaining one. I realize that I'm among the few that enjoyed 300 for being what amounts to a camp-fest for straight men (and yet, was so perfect for gay men in almost every possible way) and this movie looks more or less the same so...

    I'm in?

  • meadowdancer

    I want to see it (in small voice)

  • idiosynchronic

    Whisky. Tango. Foxtrot.

  • toblerone

    Wow... Just Wow...

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    What? Was Tom Cruise not available?

  • NateMan

    Looks entertaining to me. I have to wonder, though... Is it important to mention he's a 'half-breed' to excuse the truly terrible facial hair?

  • BWeaves

    Well, he is half-Asian in real life. It beats Sean Connery playing Asian in James Bond, or John Wayne playing Genghis Khan.

  • DataAngel

    "Half" is a bit much. He's English on his mother's side, and Hawaiian, Irish, Portuguese, and Chinese on his father's side. So he's just your average mutt.

  • Maguita NYC

    I thought his father was Lebanese?

  • BWeaves

    OK, agreed. I meant half like when you cut the last piece of pie in half and ask the other person, "Do you want the bigger half or the smaller half?" Drives my Ph.D. hubby nuts. "Half is exactly half," he says. Then I just repeat the "But do you want the bigger half or the smaller half?"

  • NateMan

    I did not know he is. That certainly is an improvement!

  • Renton

    Scanner Darkly was pretty brilliant. He played the man slowly losing his personality so well.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    I think it looks like fun.

    But I also think it looks like 300 Goes To Japan. And 300 was turrrrble.

  • "THIS. IS. CHUSHINGURA!"

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  • Maguita NYC

    Poor Keanu. He now looks as sad in movies as he does in real life.

    He kinda breaks my heart... But still no to the movie.

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