Oregon Trees, Shrubs Get Role In New Action Flick

By Chris Lehman

The makers of the new action flick "47 Ronin" didn't want to film their movie in Oregon. But that doesn't mean the state won't have a starring role. 47 Ronin is a big, loud action movie. Actor Keanu Reeves may be the box-office draw. The trees and shrubs on set probably aren't. But the greenery is the star of the show to some Oregon nursery owners. 

Oregon-grown plants were used to re-create 18th Century Japan in scenes like this one from the movie "47 Ronin."Producers spent thousands on Oregon-grown maples, pines, ferns and other plants. It was an attempt to recreate the look of 18th-century Japan. Theresa Yoshioka is with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. She says nursery owners are hoping for some repeat business from movie-makers.

Theresa Yoshioka: "I think it's a great statement that Hollywood is looking to Oregon for some of these plants."

Yoshioka says even in the age of computer-generated effects, you just can't beat an honest-to-goodness living plant for authenticity.

Photo: Oregon-grown plants were used to re-create 18th Century Japan in scenes like this one from the movie "47 Ronin."

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