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Watch: New Trailer For Japanese Remake Of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' Starring Ken Watanabe

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 15, 2013 at 12:03PM

For every rule, there is an exception, and while we generally approach remakes with severe caution, in this case, we have to admit that we're pretty curious. Granted, topping Clint Eastwood's excellent 1992 western “Unforgiven”—winner of four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director—is not really going to happen, but presenting a fresh spin on the story, with a new setting and few different flavors? Sure, we'd be up for that, particularly if it's going to star Ken Watanabe.
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Unforgiven Ken Watanabe

For every rule, there is an exception, and while we generally approach remakes with severe caution, in this case, we have to admit that we're pretty curious. Granted, topping Clint Eastwood's excellent 1992 western “Unforgiven”—winner of four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director—is not really going to happen, but presenting a fresh spin on the story, with a new setting and few different flavors? Sure, we'd be up for that, particularly if it's going to star Ken Watanabe.

The Japanese actor is leading the foreign language remake of "Unforgiven," from director Sang-il Lee, and a new trailer is here to show off a bit more of what's been done. The story has been relocated to 1880s Japan, on the island of Hokkaido, with Watanabe as poverty stricken samurai, in an era when those traditions are fading, who takes on one last job for a big payday. Koichi Sato and Akira Emoto take on the roles originated by Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman respectively, while Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna round out the cast.

"Unforgiven" hits Japan on September 12th, but no word yet if it will cross the Pacific. [Twitch]

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