A new international trailer for Universal’s upcoming tentpole 47 Ronin has landed online. The Carl Rinsch-directed film stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master. This Japanese trailer is considerably shorter than the domestic cut, but we do see a few bits of new footage and the focus is on Hiroyuki Sanada’s character rather than Reeves’. I’m still not entirely convinced that this isn’t just a bloated samurai riff on 300, but at the very least the film’s near-$200 million budget looks to be all on the screen.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Aksanishi. 47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.
Here’s the official synopsis for 47 Ronin:
Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.
As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.