Saturday, January 11, 2014

not bad for a Keanu comeback

finally, new movies showing in the theaters!

i saw the trailer of this movie and i knew i wanted to see it.  i haven't seen any Keanu movies for a while.

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the movie is based on the legend of the 47 ronins who fought to avenge the death of their leader.  Keanu's character was specially created for this movie.

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set in feudal Japan, Kai, the character played by Keanu is a half-Japanese, half-British outcast who lives in the village of Ako. Lord Asano Naganori, the village ruler, once found a young Kai lost in the woods and accepted him into his domain. despite being rejected by the samurai led by Oishi (yes, that's his name, not the food) due to his ancestry, Kai becomes a skilled warrior and falls in love with Asano's daughter, Mika.  however, Lord Kira, the ruler of the leader of the neighbor tribe, err sorry, village, wanted to have Mika for himself and rule Ako.  so he used the  witch Mizuki to create a spell causing the Lord Asano to attack Kira, thinking the latter was raping Mika.  the Shogun allows Asano to die honorably by committing seppuku (or what we know here commonly as, "harakiri") and brands Oishi and his men Ronin.  shortly thereafter, Kai gets sold into slavery.

amost a year later, Oishi gets released so he reunites with his family and gathers all the Ronin together, including Kai, to avenge Asano and save Mika.  not everyone likes the idea of the half-breed mingling with them but it turns out that Kai not only is a great swordsman, but he is, Neo, The One.  lol.

although the movie panned in the US and in other countries, i appreciated this film.  i had really wanted to see  something different since "my cable got cut" and all the series i've been watching are currently on break.  i thought Keanu did good in this.  maybe it's just me, i mean, Keanu keeps getting crap for supposedly bad acting but i don't seem to care.  i heart Keanu.

of course, for having violated the rule of the Shogun ("i told you not to seek revenge for Asano! i told you not to do that, but you still did that, now look at!"),  all forty-seven Ronin are sentenced to death. the Shogun allows them commit seppuku to preserve their honor. impressed by their bravery, the Shogun allows Chikara, Oishi's son (whom my friend kept on remarking, "he looks gay!  he looks gay!". i thought he looked like a young and skinny Vic Sotto) to live in order to preserve Oishi's bloodline.  i half-expected the Shogun to keep Kai too, after all, he was the brave half-breed who got the Ronin their swords from the magical place, Zion.

the night before seppuku, Kai makes a promise to Mika.  Keanu will search through a thousand worlds and ten thousand lifetimes for you.  it is a love story after all.