47 Ronin (2013 film)

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47 Ronin

Teaser poster
Directed byCarl Erik Rinsch
Produced byScott Stuber
Pamela Abdy
Eric McLeod
Written byChris Morgan
Hossein Amini
StarringKeanu Reeves
Hiroyuki Sanada
Music byJavier Navarrete [1]
CinematographyJohn Mathieson
Editing byCraig Wood
StudioUniversal Pictures
Bluegrass Films
Release date(s)
  • December 25, 2013 (2013-12-25)
CountryUnited States
Japan
Budget$200 million[2]
 
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47 Ronin

Teaser poster
Directed byCarl Erik Rinsch
Produced byScott Stuber
Pamela Abdy
Eric McLeod
Written byChris Morgan
Hossein Amini
StarringKeanu Reeves
Hiroyuki Sanada
Music byJavier Navarrete [1]
CinematographyJohn Mathieson
Editing byCraig Wood
StudioUniversal Pictures
Bluegrass Films
Release date(s)
  • December 25, 2013 (2013-12-25)
CountryUnited States
Japan
Budget$200 million[2]

47 Ronin is an upcoming 2013 fantasy-adventure-action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master (known as a "chūshingura" in Japan). The American studio Universal Pictures is producing the adaptation. The film is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves and an ensemble of Japanese actors. Filming started in Budapest in March 2011; it moved to Shepperton Studios in London and will conclude in Japan. The release date was initially moved from November 21, 2012 to February 8, 2013,[3] then again to Christmas Day 2013.[4]

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Synopsis

The outcast Kai (Reeves) joins a group of Samurai, led by Kuranosuke Oishi (Sanada), who seek vengeance on Lord Kira (Asano), who killed their master and banished the group. The Samurai embark on a journey whose challenges would defeat most warriors.[1]

Cast

Production

47 Ronin is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch based on a screenplay by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini. While the film is based on the true story of the forty-seven Ronin, it is a fantastical take, being set "in a world of witches and giants".[7] The studio Universal Pictures first announced the project in December 2008 with actor Keanu Reeves attached to star. Variety reported, "The film will tell a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements of the sort seen in The Lord of the Rings pics, with gritty battle scenes akin to those in films such as Gladiator." Universal planned to produce the film in 2009 after finding a director.[8] In November 2009, Universal entered talks with Rinsch to direct the film. For Rinsch, who has filmed "visual and stylish" blurbs for brands, the film is his feature film debut.[9]

In December 2010, the studio announced that the film would be produced and released in 3D.[10] Between March[11] and April[12] 2011, five Japanese actors were cast alongside Reeves: Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Akanishi. According to Variety, Universal chose them to make the story more authentic instead of picking actors that would be recognizable in the United States. Universal is providing Rinsch with a production budget of $170 million despite his lack of feature film experience, which The Hollywood Reporter considered to be a "large-scale, downright risky" move. Filming began on March 14, 2011 in Budapest.[13] Production moved to Shepperton Studios in the United Kingdom; additional filming in Japan is also planned.[5] Reeves said that scenes are filmed first in the Japanese language to familiarize the cast, and the scenes are filmed again in the English language.[7] The actors' costumes were designed by Penny Rose, who said, "We decided to base it on the culture and what the shapes should be—i.e., everyone's in a kimono—but we've thrown a kind of fashion twist at it. And we've made it full of color, which is quite unusual for me."[14]

Crew

Release

47 Ronin was originally scheduled to be released on November 21, 2012.,[15] but now it has been postponed to December 25, 2013.[16]

Franchise

The first issue of a tie-in comic series from Dark Horse Comics was released in November, 2012. The adaptation was written by Mike Richardson and drawn by artist Stan Sakai, in consultation with manga writer Kazuo Koike.[17]

See also

Other films also about the forty-seven Ronin include the following:

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Atticus Ross to Score '47 Ronin'". filmmusicreporter.com. April 6, 2012. http://filmmusicreporter.com/2012/04/06/atticus-ross-to-score-47-ronin/. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/universal-pulls-47-ronin-director-budget-swells-225m-exclusive-57111
  3. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/universal-pushes-47-ronin-keanu-reeves-316572
  4. ^ http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Keanu-47-Ronin-Pushed-Again-Christmas-2013-32490.html
  5. ^ a b Blair, Gavin J. (March 2, 2011). "Japanese Cast Announced for Keanu Reeves' '47 Ronin'". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/japanese-cast-announced-keanu-reeves-163291.
  6. ^ Pang, Lauren (April 14, 2011). "Jin Akanishi set to star in 47 Ronin". Asia Pacific Arts (University of Southern California). http://asiapacificarts.usc.edu/w_apa/showarticle.aspx?articleID=16644.
  7. ^ a b Boucher, Geoff (May 24, 2011). "Keanu Reeves and '47 Ronin' search for 'honor, revenge and impossible love'". Los Angeles Times. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/05/24/keanu-reeves-and-47-ronin-search-for-honor-revenge-and-impossible-love/.
  8. ^ Fleming, Michael (December 8, 2008). "Keanu Reeves to lead '47 Ronin'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117997052.
  9. ^ Fleming, Michael (November 17, 2009). "Universal circles Rinsch for '47 Ronin'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118011491.
  10. ^ "47 Ronin Goes 3D". ComingSoon.net. December 9, 2010. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=72233. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 1, 2011). "Four Japanese actors join '47 Ronin'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118033107.
  12. ^ http://www.nipponcinema.com/blog/jin-akanishi-joins-cast-of-carl-erik-rinschs-47-ronin
  13. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (February 20, 2011). "Studios handing big films to untested directors". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/21/us-studios-idUSTRE71K0EM20110221.
  14. ^ Staff (July 28, 2011). "Costume Designers: Below-the-Line Impact Report 2011". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118040494.
  15. ^ McClintock, Pamela (October 29, 2010). "Universal set 2012 schedule". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118026624.
  16. ^ Rich, Katey. "Keanu's 47 Ronin Pushed Again, To Christmas 2013". Cinema Blend. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Keanu-47-Ronin-Pushed-Again-Christmas-2013-32490.html.
  17. ^ http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/15-949/47-Ronin-1

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