The adventure drama directed by Carl Rinisch, Reeves plays Kai, a half-Japanese, half-English outcast who is picked from a forest by the Lord Ruler of Akon. After falling in love with Akon’s daughter he disguises himself to fight in place of one of the daughter’s admirers to win her hand, but he is discovered and punished. Co starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Kou Shibasaki, Tanadobu Asano.
When I first read the script, it had kind of the largesse of a Western…I was drawn to this guy who’s an outsider, who is involved in this culture but is outside of the culture and wants to belong, and who has the chance to fight for it, the way of belonging by fighting for the cause. I found that interesting and a good story.