Ken Watanabe To Star In Japanese Remake Of Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
With all of the attention - read: ire - paid to the constantly growing trend of American remakes of international films it is easy to forget that America is far from the only country mining other parts of the world for stories. Today's case in point: An upcoming Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven.

Backed by Warner Entertainment Japan, director Lee Sang-Il will be at the controls of the project, which will be set in the same time period as the original with the characters re-envisioned as samurai rather than cowboys. Koichi Sate and Akira Emoto will also star with production scheduled to begin in the fall.
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  • hutch

    p.s.

    I vow never to watch another Spike Lee joint again.

  • hutch

    *is; *resources, *it's-I'll never win a spelling bee.

  • hutch

    What's not easy to overlook it the fact that the US has way more $$$ and recourses than any one else which should more than enable them to take more chances on original ideas than other countries or market the hell out of new IP to garner interest-yet it the other way around.

    There's no real excuse for our plethora of remakes and reboots...although I'm sure you weren't alluding to that anyway. Just sayin'....

  • hiroaki.j

    "Watanabe will play a samurai with a violent past, who lives on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido with his Ainu (the aboriginal people of the island) wife, but is brought out of retirement for one last job."



    That changes the tone a whole lot if the wife is alive and they're not hired by whores. Curious what angle they'll run with.

  • bewarethemoon

    Good news to my ears, Watanabe is very watchable in anything he does, lets hope we get a decent samurai flick... be nice in moody monochrome like the classics, or even the recent(ish) Dead Man by Jarmush, which was mesmerising.

    As long as we get something decent, with an original enough take on the source material ( which in itself is hardly that original!) I'll be there!

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