Keanu Reeves on his comeback film
Can Keanu Reeves really speak Japanese? Well, apparently, our actor takes his job seriously and made an effort to learn the language for his latest, 47 Ronin, which many call his comeback film. The 3D action-adventure is about real-life Japanese samurai who band together to avenge the death of their master. It also features international actors like Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano and Kou Shibasaki. Directed by Carl Rinsch, the movie saw Reeves get out of his comfort zone.
He tells us more:
I loved the themes of honor, revenge and sacrifice in 47 Ronin, as well as the tragic love story. I also liked my character—an outsider trying to regain honor.
I was not familiar with the legend of 47 Ronin, but when I knew about the project, I researched. My character, Kai, yearns to be accepted. He’s honorable but cursed.
I was excited to work with the katana, the Japanese long sword, and trained with the expert, Tsuyoshi Abe. Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays Ôishi, also gave me some tips.
I love shooting action and was very excited to be in a samurai film. As I was working with professionals, I didn’t get beat up much, although I did hit Hiroyuki Sanada a couple of times by mistake.
47 Ronin is scheduled to release in January.
— Team indulge
Ivan Vera Mathiri
Director: M Saravanan
Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Surabhi
The film falls short of the standard the director had set for himself in Engeyum Eppodhum. The gripping screenplay, narration and deft character etching are missing. While it’s appreciable that he stays away from the usual ‘loss-of-a dear-one’ vendetta motive, the alternative he offers is neither convincing nor clear. Less inhibited here, Vikram Prabhu handles his action scenes with expertise. Surabhi is a promising find.
— Malini Mannath