The in-name only sequel to the Keanu Reeves led 47 Ronin is about to see the light of day as new key art and release date has dropped for Blade of the 47 Ronin. The film hails from veteran martial artist, actor, fight choreographer and filmmaker Ron Yuan (The Paper Tigers) who helmed this one which sees the action moving 300 years into the future from the previous movie. Check out the newly launched key art featuring our first look at Mark Dacascos’ character below!
“The action is moved forward by some 300 years to present-day Budapest, which is intended as a metaphor for East-West confluence, and where a meeting of the five Samurai clans is taking place. In addition to the male clan leaders, the meeting is also attended by three Onna Bugeisha (literally ‘Women Warriors’), though their presence is initially resented.
The existence of female Samurai who fought alongside their male colleagues in feudal Japan is well documented. But their stories have rarely been told due to societal pressure and political turmoil. In “Blade” the women lead the campaign to reunite two halves of a mythical sword and keep it out of the hands of a villain who wants power for himself.”
The martial arts infused cast includes:
Anna Akana, a U.S. actor and YouTube creator; U.S. martial artist Teresa Ting; Mike Moh, who played Bruce Lee in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”; veteran Vietnamese-American actor and filmmaker Dustin Nguyen(“Warrior”); Australian Chris Pang (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Crazy Rich Asians”); Japanese actor and model Chikako Fukuyama (“Terrace House: Aloha State”); and seasoned action specialist Mark Dacascos (“John Wick 3,” “Wu Assassins”).
They are joined by Luna Fujimoto (Chinese hit “Monster Hunt 2,” and the upcoming “Wandering Earth 2”) as one of the three female leaders; Koieyama Akira (“Samurai Marathon,” “47 Ronin,” “Sense8”); and Nino Furuhata (“Spaghetti Code Love,” “Tetris,” “The Limit of Sleeping Beauty”).
According to the official Instagram page, Blade of the 47 Ronin, which is “a modern twist on a timeless tale,” will hit Blu-Ray along with Digital and VOD next month on October 25th. The film will also hit Netflix as well.
The original was based on the comic book of the same name while the sequel is its own entity. The new script was penned by John Swetnam and he co-wrote it with comic book writers Aimee Garcia (“Dexter,” “Robocop”) and A.J. Mendez who is WWE wrestler.
With the level of talent involved with this one, it definitely has the opportunity to rise above the rest of the indie fair this year so I’ll be waiting patiently to see what it has to offer in the action set pieces. Modern day Samurai action definitely is right up my alley so bring it on.
I actually had the honor of interviewing Ron Yuan for his indie hit The Paper Tigers along with his co-stars Alain Uy and Mykel Shannon Jenkins when that movie hit back in May of last year and you can see the full YouTube exclusive below!
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