Lee Sang-il’s UNFORGIVEN (a remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film) is getting a second teaser and with each new scene I see, this moves closer and closer to one of my most anticipated films of the year. Ken Watanabe looks like he is going to deliver a subtle performance as the Samurai tempted out of retirement for a large bounty. Who wouldn’t be excited to see a classic western re-imagined as a jidaigeki. There is more than a little poetic justice with this project though. Directors from around the world have mined Samurai cinema for plots and characters and now the tables have turned and it’s time for the old west to move into the east. Fitting that it’s an Eastwood film considering A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS is a near scene for scene remake of Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO. What comes around goes around. Anxious to get eyeballs on this flick.
In Yurusarezaru Mono (UNFORGIVEN) Ken Watanabe plays a samurai with a fearsome reputation as a swordsman who is living in retirement with his Ainu wife when poverty and a large bounty tempt him into action again. The film also stars Kunimura Jun, Yagira Yuya, Sato Koichi, Emoto Akira, Koike Eiko and Kutsuna Shioli.
LOCKED AND LOADED,
source: nippon cinema
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