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47 Ronin (2013)

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

Details Release Date: Dec 25, 2013; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Keanu Reeves and Ko Shibasaki; Distributor: Universal Pictures

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 Aug 16, 2013
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