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John Wick: Chapter 4 Was Inspired By Samurai Movies And Has ‘A Very Japanese Theme’

It’s hard to argue with the sheer enjoyability of the “John Wick” films. In what feels like a short time, Keanu Reeves and stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski have built an original franchise that stands apart from the sea of tried-and-true superhero slugfests. It’d be easy to credit Reeves’ titular rogue killer as the main selling point, but the “John Wick” films also benefit from Stahelski’s own keen eye for both high-octane action and rich worldbuilding.

The world of “John Wick” is a world built on intricate rules. The films prove that even killers have a code, and show the fresh hell that can break loose when that code is broken. It’s the theme that’s driven the franchise from the very beginning — and, as Stahelski recently told Total Film for their 2023 Preview, it’s one that he borrowed from one of his favorite genres of all time.

Every man’s got a code

“I’m a huge fan of Chambara films — sword-fighting films, samurai films — from ‘Harakiri’ to ‘Seven Samurai,'” Chad Stahelski told Total Film. “I can literally name off all 26 episodes of ‘Zatoichi,’ plus the TV shows! So, obviously, that’s a huge influence.”

“John Wick: Chapter 4” in particular takes a lot of influence from samurai cinema. You can see it in the casting choices this go-round — from Japanese-British singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama, to seasoned swordfighters like Hiroyuki Sanada. According to Stahelski, the Japanese influence runs even deeper in the upcoming film: “This one has a very Japanese theme to it,” the filmmaker continued. “It’s about a certain code, whether it’s friendship or the art of living. Even though everyone in the movie is a bad guy, there’s a code.”

With so many seasoned martial artists like Donnie Yen and Scott Adkins looking to join the fray, Stahelski had to ask a bit more of his leading man as well. “I just want Keanu to be better as a martial-art stunt performer by this much,” the director said, pinching his fingers to illustrate. “So he learns the nunchucks, he learns the bow and arrow, he learns all these new tools. Keanu did his part. Keanu got a little better as John Wick.” Reeves is obviously a pretty solid performer as is, but it sounds like “Chapter 4” pushed Reeves to go the extra mile.

Stahelski’s and Reeves’ dedication is pretty serious — but with a franchise that’s already four films deep, can we really blame him for wanting to push the envelope that much further?

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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