Tuesday, June 7, 2011

47 Ronin At Shepperton

Saturday, June 04, 2011

"47 Ronin" @ Shepperton and "Dark Shadows" @ Pinewood

The UK's Pinewood and Shepperton Studios complex, reports that filming is now underway @ Shepperton on Universal’s upcoming, 3D fantasy-adventure, "47 Ronin" and "Dark Shadows" has started @ Pinewood.

"47 Ronin", inspired by ancient Japan’s most enduring story about the 'Samurai', stars Keanu Reeves as 'Kai', an outcast who joins 'Oishi' (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the '47 Ronin' :

"...Together they seek vengeance on the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors..."

Production on the film started early in the New Year, building sets on Shepperton’s sound stages and backlot, recreating 18th century Japan in the form of a castle, fortress, tournament arena and village.

"47 Ronin" is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch ("The Gift").

"Pinewood and Shepperton have seen some relatively big productions come through its gates in recent years, although few rival the scale and ambition of '47 Ronin'," said Andrew Smith, Group Corporate Affairs Director at Pinewood.

"The sets are some of the most amazing we’ve seen and it’s so pleasing to have been able to provide the production with the space, infrastructure and support they need to help them achieve their vision..."
 by Michael Stevens


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