The Title For ‘John Wick 4’ Has Seemingly Leaked And It’s Heavily Influenced By Samurai Culture

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  • After finally beginning production in June, filming of John Wick 4 has wrapped.
  • Photos of apparent wrap gifts have seemingly revealed the film’s subtitle.
  • John Wick 4 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2022.

At long last, production on John Wick 4 has wrapped, and with that news came word that the film will reportedly be titled John Wick 4: Hagakure. This title would continue the subtitle trend that began with John Wick 3: Parabellum. 

Hagakure is a term from samurai culture, as it is the “practical and spiritual guide for a warrior” that became known as the “definitive guide of the samurai” during the Pacific War. Here’s a summary of Hagakure, via Amazon:

Hagakure (“In the Shadow of Leaves”‘) is a manual for the samurai classes consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction in the philosophy and code of behavior that fosters the true spirit of Bushido-the Way of the Warrior. It is not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word: it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence.

Content surrounding John Wick 4 has been circulating in recent weeks, as it was revealed that Reeves gifted Rolexes to all of the members of the stunt team. Similarly, a video of the 57-year-old Reeves helping the production crew move equipment also went viral.

At this time, the still-untitled fourth film in the John Wick franchise is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2022. In addition to the returning Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, and Lance Reddick, John Wick 4 will also star Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Scott Adkins, Clancy Brown, and Rina Sawayama.

John Wick 5 is also in the works and will likely begin filming in 2022, although a production-start date has not been confirmed. There’s also the prequel series The Continental in the works at Starz and reports of Ana de Armas starring in a spinoff titled Ballerina.

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