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47 Ronin

Before he could play Kai Keanu Reeves needed to get some hands-on time with a samurai sword

THEY SEE ME RONIN Keanu Reeves takes on Samurai lore in 47 Ronin

THEY SEE ME RONIN Keanu Reeves takes on Samurai lore in 47 Ronin (Universal)

Before he could play Kai — a half-Japanese, half-English tracker who joins a famed band of ronin warriors in 18th-century Japan — Keanu Reeves needed to get some hands-on time with a samurai sword. ”The katana is a two-handed sword, so the style and the basics were all new for me,” Reeves explained on a soggy 2011 shooting day in a U.K. forest. ”For one thing, well, you really do need to hold on with both hands.” 47 Ronin hits theaters one year after its planned release date and north of its $175 million budget. Under debut director Carl Rinsch, the production has endured reshoots, rejiggered F/X, and communication issues — Rinsch needed a translator to talk to his mostly Japanese cast.

Originally posted December 19 2013 — 12:00 AM EST

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