Keanu Reeves and ex Sofia Coppola Reveal New Collaboration – Keanu Reeves eagerly joined forces with Sofia Coppola for a fresh project. In honor of The House of Suntory, a renowned Japanese whisky-maker celebrating its 100th anniversary, the brand orchestrated a special collaboration between 58-year-old Reeves and 52-year-old director Coppola.
As part of the promotion for their Suntory Time tribute film, the duo showcased their camaraderie on the red carpet during a New York City event on Tuesday. Taking place in Tokyo, Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation from 2003 included the iconic phrase “For relaxing times, make it Suntory Time,” which is credited by the brand for contributing to its widespread recognition during that period. Additionally, Keanu Reeves had previously appeared in a Suntory advertisement in the 1990s.
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Reeves, who had a romantic relationship with Coppola in the early ’90s after meeting her on the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, revealed to A news outlet that when the Marie Antoinette director approached him for a collaboration, his decision to accept was effortless. “It was,” he says. “It was cool to get a chance to work with Sofia Coppola and to work with her brother Roman Coppola on a kind of short commercial and then a docu-series. It was a really special opportunity.”
About filming the tribute film in Japan, Reeves adds, “It was wonderful, really wonderful. It was extraordinary to have the opportunity to spend time with people from Suntory, in terms of going to the founding distillery Yamazaki, then going and just meeting master blenders and all the craftspeople.” “I got to meet some of the artisans, Kabuki actors, calligraphists, being an outsider and getting to spend time with people and talk about their passion and their craft,” he says.
Earlier this year, Reeves spoke about his passion for Japanese culture and how it influenced his most recent film, John Wick: Chapter 4. “Japanese anime and Japanese filmmaking have definitely been something I’ve loved and have been influenced by,” he told Total Film in February. “And bushido is definitely a theme in our film — you know, the code of the samurai — so, from the outside, it feels like a great fit, the idea of honor and sacrifice. There’s definitely a strong Japanese influence.”
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