A brief new trailer for 47 Ronin shows off a few slices of new footage.

Keanu Reeves stars in Universals big budget samurai epic directed by Carl Erik Rinsch, retelling the true-story of 47 samurai’s embarking on a quest to avenge the murder of their master.  Like the previous (longer) trailer the film’s striking visual style are just as impressive and there’s a hint of the supernatural foes Reeves and his band of warriors will be up against. 

This has proved a problematic venture for Universal Pictures with numerous on-set problems and additional filming added a hefty sum to an already over budget project. The movie was due out last November which was then changed to February 2013 before changing one final time (fingers crossed) to December. Shortly after the reshoots were completed it was reported that director Carl Erik Rinsch had been removed from the editing process, Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley oversaw the post-production from this point on.

The budget of the film has been speculated to be as much as $225 million but Universal stand by the previously stated $175 million, still not exactly cheap though is it. In order to be considered any kind of success 47 Ronin will need to bring in close to half a billion worldwide, the addition of 3D gives it a fighting chance internationally but domestically audiences are beginning to tire of 3D. 

On the positive side, taking one of Japan’s most well known Samurai tales and making a action packed adventure out of it could be just the ticket for the holiday season. Also starring Tadanobu Asano (Thor: The Dark World), Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim) and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), pending any last minute release changes, 47 Ronin is out December 25.