Half-Bloods and Mythical Creatures
Kai is an outsider in an ethereal 1800s Japan, a world
of intense brutality and undeniable beauty, a time when
history and fantasy meet. When his forbidden love is
stolen from him, he is left broken and lost. Navigating
a breathtaking landscape populated with seductive
witches with nightmarish powers, mythic beasts and a
deadly secret society of demon monks, Kai must join
a brotherhood of outsiders on their shared mission of
revenge. Below is a brief guide to those who play a part
in this fantastic reimagining of an ancient world:
Kai (Keanu Reeves) is an orphan who grew up
in the village of Ako, where he was rejected for
being a half-blood. Trained as a child by supernatural
creatures called the Tengu, Kai fled when he realized
that he did not want to become like them. Rescued from
the forest by Lord Asano, he is an agile fighter who is
secretly in love with Asano's daughter, Mika. When his
master is tricked into an early death, Kai joins Oishi
and the Ronin (masterless samurai) to seek vengeance
upon the treacherous Lord Kira. Little do they know
that their new leader fights with the power of a demon
and holds secrets that will change their destinies.
Lord Asano (MIN TANAKA) is a feudal lord
who rules the Ako province with a strong-yetfair
fist. He and his samurai came upon 13-year-old Kai
in the forest and took Kai in when the half-blood was
but a child. Asano has witnessed the growing attraction
between his daughter and Kai, but tradition dictates
that this union shall never be allowed in this lifetime.
Mika (Ko Shibasaki) is Lord Asano's daughter
and has been in love with Kai ever since they met
as children. She will do anything to protect the stranger
shunned by almost everyone in her village, even if it
means being forced to marry Lord Kira to save Kai's life.
Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada) is Lord Asano's top-ranking
officiant. When Asano
is forced to commit
ritual suicide-after he
is falsely accused of
attacking fellow feudal
Lord Kira-Oishi and
his fellow samurai
are forced to live as
Ronin. Traveling the
countryside for several
years, Oishi gathers the
Ronin to help avenge
their master's death. As he realizes what he must do,
Oishi sees that the last person he wants to join their
ranks is the very warrior who he needs most: Kai.
Lord Kira's (Tadanobu Asano) ancestors
sacrificed their lives to put the Shogun's family
on the throne. While Kira has a place by the Shogun's
side, he is feverishly jealous that his master has chosen
to honor Lord Asano's province of Ako. With the help
of the Witch, Kira plots to bring down Asano, marry
Asano's daughter, Mika, and take control of Ako
provinceâ€¦watching his ill-begotten empire grow piece
The Witch (Rinko Kikuchi) is an evil, shapeshifting
ancient creature who does Lord Kira's
bidding and uses reality as her plaything. Kira commands
the seductive siren to use her powers to transform into
other people and creatures to help him bring down the
house of Lord Asano and achieve his goal to dominate
the country. Her gleaming blue eye remains in any form
that she takes.
Chikara (JIN AKANISHI) is Oishi's 16-yearold
son, a young man who yearns to be an
honorable samurai like his father. Kai secretly trains
Chikara in the ways of the Tengu and teaches him
unconventional fighting techniques that will one day
save him. Young Chikara accompanies his father to
help the Ronin avenge their master's death.
Shogun Tsunayoshi (CARY-HIROYUKI
TAGAWA) is the lord of the provinces and master
of all Japan. Lord Asano welcomes the Shogun, along
with the other daimyos (feudal lords), to Ako and hosts
a gathering to display solidarity between the clans. In
honor of the Shogun's visit, Asano holds a tournament
between the clans' best fighters. Yet, disgrace will come
soon enough to Asano, and a price must be paid.
The armored giant Brute (NEIL FINGLETON)
who fights for Lord Kira is clad in battle gear
inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's most horrific delirium.
This virtually indestructible warrior stands almost
eight-feet tall in his armor, rides a monstrous warhorse
and wields his black sword with lightning speed. It's
thought that no one of this Earth can possibly stop
himâ€¦not even Kai.
Commanded by the Tengu Lord (TOGO
IGAWA), the Tengu monks are supernatural
creatures that live in the Tengu Forest, also known as
the "sea of trees." They raised Kai after his mother
abandoned him as a baby and taught him how to fight
at the speed of light. When the Ronin seek revenge
for their master's death, the Tengu are the creatures
to whom they come for the only weapons that could
possibly take down Kira's massive, unstoppable army.
The tortured Ogre (Neil
Fingleton) makes his home
on a man-made Dutch island, which
is comprised of European vessels
and hosts a trading post that is a
labyrinth of vice and iniquity. This
devil-like demon has a huge red
body and fights helpless prisoners in
an arena on the island. Next up on
his fight-card list? Kai.
Foreman (RICK GENEST)
is the master of the fantasy
freak show whose entire body is
illustrated with gothic body art.
A subversive outlaw who runs
a fight den that pits man against monster for sheer
entertainment, he gets more than he bargained for when
Kai enters the ring against the Ogre.
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