‘John Wick 4’ Title Reportedly Leaked, It Has a Special Meaning

Lionsgate planned on John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 filming back-to-back. However, plans ultimately changed. The studio and cast have remained tight-lipped about any details about the action movie. John Wick 4 has an expected May 27, 2022 release date after several coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic-related delays. Now that they have officially wrapped on production, more information is available. The supposed full John Wick 4 title has been leaked. It has a special meaning that could hint at the movie’s direction.

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ was the first in the franchise with a subtitle

'John Wick 4' actor Keanu Reeves from the side in front of a purple background at the 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' Special Screening
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The first two installments are titled John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2, respectively. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was the first installment to include the additional subtitle. However, many audiences simply called it John Wick 3 upon its release. But, the subtitle holds meaning to the movie’s core intent.

“Parabellum” is the second half of the Latin phrase, “Si vis pacem, para bellum.” It roughly translates to, “If you want peace, then prepare for war.” The second half that the movie adopts in its subtitle essentially means, “prepare for war.” John certainly started a war and there isn’t any way of going back. The title further emphasizes the stakes that the action film put in place.

‘John Wick 4: Hagakure’ has a special meaning

One John Wick 4 stunt performer posted a series of photos showing off his special wrap gifts. This includes a black drawstring bag that supposedly has the official leaked title. John Wick 4: Hagakure is the next installment’s full title if the leaked wrap gift is true.

Hagakure isn’t English and it also holds special meaning for the movie. It means “hidden by the leaves” or “hidden leaves.” The name originates from Hagakure Kikigaki, which is a practical and spiritual guide. It contains Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s series of writings. The book outlines the struggle of maintaining a warrior class outside of wartime. It also reminisces a time long before the book’s writings before the writer’s birth.

Hagakure Kikigaki was forgotten for many years. It was rediscovered as the essential samurai guide during the Pacific War. The book explores the concept of accepting death for the sake of one’s lord. Poet Yukio Mishima wrote his own 1967’s commentaries based on Hagakure Kikigaki.

‘John Wick 4: Hagakure’ emphasizes martial arts

John Wick 4: Hagakure seems to place an emphasis on its martial arts. Actor Donnie Yen is a master of a variety of martial arts, including Tai Chi, Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu. He brings a strong understanding of martial arts and action filmmaking from both an acting and a directing perspective.

Fans have taken to social media to express their excitement for the action movie sequel. The wrap gifts are rather nice and potentially leak a bit of information that audiences have been wanting for quite some time. Hopefully, information will continue to come in the near future. The details remain rather limited at this time.

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