Remakes are a way of life in Hollywood. Often Hollywood looks to the foreign films for inspiration or blatant rip offs. Well here is the reverse. Director Lee Sang-il and Ken Watnabe (Letters from Iwo Jima, Batman Begins) have gone and done the unthinkable. They have transformed Clint Eastwood’s 20 year old, Academy Award winning film, Unforgiven, into a Samurai film. All right, unthinkable may have been the wrong expression, because that plot absolutely works for that genre. At first I was apprehensive to the idea. Now I am curious. Check out the trailer below.
Unforgiven is set for release in Japan on September 13th, 2013. If it does arrive here in the states, look for it in the art houses.