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Unforgiven Remake with Samurais?

Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru mono)

By Robert T. Trate     July 16, 2013
Source: Hitfix

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. 


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gumbo82 7/16/2013 10:25:20 AM

This actually looks kind of bad ass.

decepticons2 7/16/2013 10:31:57 AM

Looks like its worth checking out. Wonder if something like this could be nominated for foreign film oscar? If it is actualy good. Wonder if any movie has won 2 oscars for 2 different versions.

mlaforce 7/16/2013 10:55:55 AM

I don't know, it looks great but watching it play out exactly like the orignal Eastwood movie just seems wierd to me...They could have done more to change some things around imo so that way when I watch it I don't feel like I am watching a foreign ripoff of Unforgiven...

Now I know allot of Europeans complain that Hollywood has done this to many of their films but I have not seen allot of the great European films that have been remade into Hollywood movies but I have seen Unforgiven and I just can't seem to wrap my mind around the idea of it being a samurai movie now...

jorson28 7/16/2013 11:46:34 AM

Unforgiven is a western/cowboy movie about an ex-outlaw who sets aside his set of self-imposed moral restrictions to use his skills as a former killer to join two others and essentially bring justice to a rape victim and collect the promised reward.  It makes sense as a samurai movie if only because, like the samurai, the so-called cowboys of the western genre are independent spirits with certain codes that they live by - like Bushido, I think, being a code of the samurai.  I do agree that this remake retains a bit too much of the original movie's aesthetic - for example, it's almost funny to see most of the men dressed like western cowboys while the women seem to be the ones that are mostly in traditional Asian/Japanese clothing - but there's no denying that they have the right and it really does look very well-executed. 

redvector 7/16/2013 11:57:43 AM

 It's hard to believe that Unforgiven was 20 years ago. Damn that makes me feel old.

TheMovieGuy28 7/16/2013 1:31:59 PM

I think this will be worthy because it's not an American remake or homage, like say a Gus Van Zant Psycho or Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. 

Kind of the same way Old Boy is actually looking good with Josh Brolin; it wasn't an American film first. 

Plus, come on, the final scenes alone should be worthy of the ticket price...

axia777 7/16/2013 1:49:13 PM

Any and all Asians have the express right to rip off any and all American movies at anytime they want. We do it to them all the time, usually BADLY.

This also looks AWESOME.

Wiseguy 7/16/2013 2:43:41 PM

It works both ways and I have no problems with it.

Sign me up for this.

creekwoodkid 7/16/2013 3:07:53 PM

 Gun play...boo. Was hoping for an earlier period style with no guns.

BunyonSnipe 7/16/2013 3:09:53 PM

 Clint made his big screen lead debut in A Fistfull of Dollars,  a remake of a Japanese samurai movie. Thiis just sounds like a movie geek's dream...


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