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Samurai Warrior Keanu Reeves Was Back In Japan And Looking Good
2013年11月28日
(c)TVGroove.com
It’s been five years since Keanu Reeves came to Tokyo last during which he was promoting his 2008 film "The Day the Earth Stood Still." This time he was here to be with his Japanese co-stars with whom he created "47 Ronin" and played Kai in, one of the 47 samurai who avenge their master’s unjust death.

This true tale of the Forty-seven Ronin is so famous and so popular in Japan that every year in late December, it is made into a TV special. For many, it has become one of those things that symbolize a particular time of year, like back-to-school sales and Christmas trees. It seems like quite a leap for Keanu to take part in something so extremely Japanese, especially when there wasn’t a single non-Japanese samurai in the group of 47 that had made history in the beginning of the 18th century.

But, in the press conference, Keanu said,

"For me to be playing a role in the adaptation that is already an outsider, and then to have the samurai story becoming the ronin and meeting these people who share this journey to reclaim their land, their honor, their way -- was very special to me to be a part of."
(c)TVGroove.com

It is an adaptation all right, even fantastical creatures play the enemy of the ronin sometimes in this version of the originally-nonfictional tale. It is probably the first time Hollywood has portrayed an incident from Japanese history and we are grateful to director Carl Rinsch for giving this too-predictable story a completely different spin. He recalled having a meeting with Keanu long before the filming ever started and discussing how to "take what is such a time honored tradition and do it justice." Carl said that the way they decided to do it was to "make it a Hollywood blockbuster, and see it through that lens."

Somehow associating Keanu with Hollywood is not easy, though. So softspoken and humble, most of Keanu’s speech at the press conference was about his respect for the other cast and crew. In a way, he really was like a samurai. Since "Speed," Keanu is definitely one of the favorite celebs that Japanese women adore. It won’t hurt that he looked really good in a dark grey suit and slick beard, looking a lot younger and healthier than some of the paparazzi shots we’ve seen of him the past few years.

The world premiere of "47 Ronin" took place on November 19 in Tokyo and will be released on December 6 in Japan and December 25 in the US.

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