Blade of the 47 Ronin set for 2022 Netflix release

Blade of the 47 Ronin is set for a much-anticipated release in 2022. The samurai film will star Anna Akana, Mark Dacascos and Mike Moh and while Universal Pictures is one of several production companies behind the film, it will be distributed as a Netflix Original Film.

The film is the sequel to 47 Ronin, which was distributed by Universal Pictures in 2013, starring Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada and Tadanobu Asano.

The samurai genre enjoys great popularity in other entertainment industries, such as in video games like Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. The adventure and fighting elements of samurai warriors mean they can make an easy transition from film to video games. Another area of the entertainment industry where the samurai genre is popular is the online casino industry. The Rise of Samurai slot, which is available to play via bingo at Paddy Power, reflects the demand for samurai themes. With the genre continuing to be widespread, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see further samurai themed titles in the online gaming industry.

So, we can see that innovations connected to the samurai genre are essential to keep fans interested and introduce new players to the products.

The heyday of Japanese samurai films

Japanese samurai films date back to 1925 with the release of the silent film Orochi, directed by Buntaro Futagawa. The original version of The 47 Ronin was released as a two-part film in 1941. Although the 1950s and 1960s represent the golden years for the samurai genre in Japan, it wasn’t until 1980 that the film Kagemusha was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar.

Plots and storylines from Japanese samurai films have also provided a source of inspiration for popular US films. The Star Wars franchise was influenced by the genre, while The Magnificent Seven, a 1960 American Western, was a remake of the 1954 film Seven Samurai. The Japanese film remains relevant today, with the Guardian reporting the release of the classic samurai film in UK cinemas last year.

Accessibility through Netflix

The upcoming Samurai film Blade of the 47 Ronin is a US-made version of the popular Japanese film genre with Asian-American actors. However, streaming services now make Japanese samurai films accessible to a worldwide audience. This is exemplified by Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, which was distributed by Warner Bros. in Japan and by Netflix worldwide. Netflix has increased its number of Netflix Original films every year since 2015, which gives foreign films an opportunity to succeed abroad.

ScreenRant has reported the reaction of Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal 1440 Entertainment to the film: “We are excited to continue the story of these ancient Japanese samurai warriors with this next chapter of the 47 Ronin film franchise set in modern times. This all-new production features some of today’s most talented international action stars. We think fans worldwide will be thrilled with director Ron Yuan’s vision of diverse and inclusive samurai warriors.”

The samurai theme continues to be popular in the entertainment industry. Countless films and video games use the history of the great warriors to create new and innovative plots that keep fans coming back for more. This is likely to continue in the future as film fans are exposed to samurai films via streaming services.

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