Kai is a warrior of half-American and half-Japanese descent, a warrior who was previously denied rank among the eponymous samurai. With the murder of their daimyo and exile from their home, though, the 47 ronin must kill the man responsible, reclaim their honor, and commit seppuku. In order to defeat their unstoppable enemy, these masterless samurai must seek the help of Kai for reasons that remain mysterious.
The broadest strokes of the story are familiar from the story that's been kicking around since the eighteenth century, but 47 Ronin turns feudal Japan into a world of magic, monsters, and samurai swords that somehow shield people from walls of flame.
While Reeves ensures that there's an internationally identifiable movie star involved, 47 Ronin boasts Japanese actors like Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
See them all in this new trailer, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. The characters take a back seat to spectacle, though, so check out the dragons, beasts, and a guy with a full-body tattoo in HD for the full effect.
Carl Rinsch, a commercial director known for his exceedingly slick visuals, makes his feature debut on 47 Ronin. Scuttlebutt last year suggested that Rinsch struggled with the size of the film, but he oversaw reshoots that beefed up Kai's participation in the climax. Still, word at the time suggested that Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley was taking over post-production on the movie after several postponed release dates and an ever-inflating budget.
With Rinsch at the helm, the screenplay here is credited to Drive scribe Hossein Amini and Chris Morgan, the resident writer of Universal's Fast & Furious franchise. Walter Hamada, meanwhile, receives a story credit.
47 Ronin is set to open nationwide in 2D and 3D on Christmas Day, December 25th.
Here's the latest poster, which doesn't quite convey the monstrous lunacy featured in the trailer: