47 Ronin is a costly 3D adventure that takes place in feudal Japan and stars none other than Keanu Reeves as the sole Caucasian face in a Japanese cast that includes Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
The story, based on the ancient tale, follows the titular group of masterless samurai out to avenge the murder of their master before doing to themselves what honor dictates they must. The film updates the familiar story with some event movie trappings, including supernatural shenanigans and ample opportunities for ticket-price-increasing 3D.
The movie was initially meant to arrive in theaters several months ago, as it was scheduled to for a November 2012 release before being delayed to February of this year. Finally, it ended up set for December 25, 2013.
Last September, online scuttlebutt suggested that Carl Rinsch, an accomplished commercial and music video director making his feature debut, recently oversaw reshoots designed to increase the presence of Reeves' character Kai throughout the film, particularly the climax. The same scuttlebutt alleged that the budget bloated from around $175 million to $225 million, prompting Universal to take a more proactive interest in post-production.
With the exception of that first one featuring Reeves himself, these posters make it clear that 47 Ronin isn't quite a cut-and-dried historical epic. The imagery here is all more stylized and fantastical, making the movie's intent pretty clear up front.
Presumably, the release of these posters means we'll be seeing a first 47 Ronin trailer sooner rather than later.