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Anna Akana Leads '47 Ronin' Female-Fronted Sequel - Get the Details!

Anna Akana Leads '47 Ronin' Female-Fronted Sequel - Get the Details!

Anna Akana is taking 47 Ronin in a new direction.

The 32-year-old star is wrapping production in Hungary this week on Blade of the 47 Ronin, a sequel to the 2013 Japanese-themed action film, via Variety.

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The movie is being called a “substantial revamp” that emphasizes female characters, and also addresses cultural criticisms of the Keanu Reeves-starring original.

Here’s a plot summary: “The action is moved forward by some 300 years to present-day Budapest, which is intended as a metaphor for East-West confluence, and where a meeting of the five Samurai clans is taking place. In addition to the male clan leaders, the meeting is also attended by three Onna Bugeisha (literally ‘Women Warriors’), though their presence is initially resented…the existence of female Samurai who fought alongside their male colleagues in feudal Japan is well documented. But their stories have rarely been told due to societal pressure and political turmoil. In Blade, the women lead the campaign to reunite two halves of a mythical sword and keep it out of the hands of a villain who wants power for himself.”

U.S. martial artist Teresa Ting, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Mike Moh, Dustin Nguyen, Crazy Rich Asians star Chris Pang, actor and model Fukuyama Chikako and action specialist Mark DacascosLuna Fujimoto, Koieyama Akira and Nino Furuhata.

Mulan‘s Ron Yuan is directing.

“We need people who know the genres, people that know the history, people that can understand how to bring these stories, make it fresh and pop off the screen. Not like those old TV shows where every time there’s an Asian theme, or an Asian character, you hear the gong going ‘ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding dang’…none of that s–t anymore,” he told Variety.

“It was important that this new samurai and Ninja culture could be opened up to different personalities, not just in the Asian world, but all over, making it more international. It is an English-language film. But I purposely have two of our actresses speak to each other in Japanese. It is a homage, but it is also just to let people know, they can speak Japanese, they can speak English, it doesn’t have to be either-or.”

Anna Akana is also set to star alongside a music superstar.

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