He plays the outcast character Kai in the film based on a classic Japanese tale about 47 Samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master
Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves says while filming 47 Ronin with all-Japanese cast, he felt like an outcast. “Even though everyone was really nice to me and we got along great and it developed great, I still couldn’t hang out and speak Japanese, so in a way I was always Kai. I could say ‘Good morning,’ and ‘Nice to meet you,’ and all that, but I couldn’t hang out,” Reeves said in a statement.
But the language barrier didn’t come in his way of other things like learning to use the Katana, the traditional Japanese long sword. “I’d never worked with a Katana before, that was fun. Even though it’s a fake fight and it’s movie fighting, you still have to have technique. I’m a beginner, but I got to be very specific, so that helped. I’ve always been drawn to eastern culture,” he said.