On Oct. 7, 2013, the U.K. movie trailer for Keanu Reeves' samurai movie "47 Ronin" premiered online. Within the next day, Reeves' name became a Top 10 trending topic on Yahoo.
The release of Universal Pictures' "47 Ronin" has been repeatedly delayed, but the movie now has official release dates. In the U.S., "47 Ronin" arrives in cinemas on Dec. 25, 2013, while the movie's U.K. release date is Dec. 26, 2013.
The first U.S. trailer for "47 Ronin" premiered online in July 2013.
Here is Universal Pictures' description of "47 Ronin."
From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. "47 Ronin" is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch ("The Gift"). Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that's never been seen before.
In 2013, Reeves is starring in two back-to-back movies that prominently feature martial arts.
Before the release of "47 Ronin," Reeves can be seen in the independent film "Man of Tai Chi," which is Reeves' debut as a feature-film director. Set in modern Beijing, “Man of Tai Chi” follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (played by Tiger Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club owned by a sadistic crime lord (played by Reeves). As the fights intensify, so does his will to survive. "Man of Tai Chi" (distributed in the U.S. by RADiUS-TWC) premiered on demand on Sept. 27, 2013. The movie's U.S./Canadian theatrical release date is Nov. 1, 2013.
"47 Ronin" is Reeves' return to making a big-budget action flick from a major movie studio. His most commercially successful movies were Warner Bros. Pictures' "Matrix" trilogy: 1999's "The Matrix" and 2003's "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions."
After starring in 20th Century Fox's 2008 critically panned remake "The Day the Earth Stood Still," Reeves appeared in several low-budget independent films, such as 2009's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," 2011's "Henry's Crime" and 2013's "Generation Um..."
At a 2011 press conference in London to announce the filming of "47 Ronin," Reeves had this to say about the movie: "As a genre, I think of it as a story of revenge but also impossible love. Each character has a struggle and a yearning that they can never fulfill."