People don’t pay to see people of color in films. 47 Ronin is a popular story from 18th century Japan passed down through word of mouth. The film version starring Keanu Reeves is an updated version of The Last Samurai . Since 2011 there’s been a horrible rumor that Reeves might play Kaneda in a live action remake of Akira. “Gasp.” The Top 9 Things Wrong With the 47 Ronin.