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John Wick 4: Keanu Reeves Details How That Solemn Ending Came About

“Hagakure,” also known as “The Book of the Samurai,” is a collection of teachings for warriors. While the setting of the final film took place partly in Japan as a fitting tribute to their inspiration, the book itself seems to have been a common theme throughout the entirety of the franchise. There are quotes throughout the writing that seem to apply perfectly to the world of the Continental and, of course, the warrior John Wick.

“Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate.” This quote from the book feels as though it is the core center of the entire franchise. What began as a simple quest for revenge for the killing of one dog ballooned into one man fighting an unwinnable battle against an unrelenting force. Through four films, John was never supposed to win, and eventually, he would find his end at the hands of the life he led.

“Even if you are aware that you may be struck down today and are firmly resolved to an inevitable death if you are slain with an unseemly appearance, you will show your lack of previous resolve, will be despised by your enemy, and will appear unclean.” Of course, The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) referenced this quote best when offering up a crisp black suit to John, when he commented that every man should look his best on the day that he is married, and the day that he is buried. John always fought in a suit (likely because it was ballistic and shielded him from the barrage of bullets constantly fired his way), but there is something to be said about looking your best, even when doing your worst.



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