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

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 15, 2013 12:03 PM
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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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  • SunPapushi | July 15, 2013 12:14 PMReply

    If you haven't already, watch the director Lee Sang-il's 2010 excellent crime drama Villain.

  • Daniel | July 15, 2013 12:09 PMReply

    I love that this is a reverse echo of "Yojimbo" becoming "A Fistful of Dollars." Excited to see it.

  • Arch | July 15, 2013 12:43 PM

    I'll admit that the situation is interesting.

    Beside, back in those days Hokkaido was Japan's equivalent of the American far west (it still holds something like a frontier mentality as pointed out by Anthony Bourdain when he was in Sapporo), including a rugged land (the whole island was just being taken into account by the Meiji government) and "natives" (though the Ainu problem probably won't be in the movie).

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