Keanu Reeves is one of the 47 Ronin
Due to some weird difficulties with my net connection I ended up erroneously posting this in the Chit-chat forum. Corrected.
A few years ago I watched 'The Last Samurai' and thought it was a decent film. It cultivated in me an interest in samurai media. Since then I've watched and read Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin and Peacemaker Kurogane. Today, I was just googling around to see if Hollywood was planning any more samurai flicks and saw this. Apparently Keanu Reeves will be starring in a period piece about the '47 Ronin' that plotted to avenge their master. And unlike Tom Cruise, his character is not an American immigrant but one of the actual historical ronin.
Why is a white guy starring in a film about samurai set in the 18th century, you ask? Well, apparently Keanu Reeves is 1/4th Asian(his father is part-Hawaian-part Chinese) and so qualifies for the role by Hollywood standards. Also this is gonna be a 'stylized' adaptation with 'fantasy elements'. Sort of like 'LOTR meets 300'.
What are your opinions? I'm excited.:smt033
PS: In other news I discovered the Weinstein brothers are remaking Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai with Zhang Ziyi and George Clooney. The angry comments all over the net will be fun to read.