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Ken Watanabe will star in a Japanese samurai remake of Unforgiven

08.20.2012

Bucking the trend of an American remake of a foreign film, Warner Bros. will be financing a remake of Best Picture winner UNFORGIVEN in Japan.

Ken Watanabe will star in YURUSAREZARU MONO (A THING THAT CAN'T BE FORGIVEN) for director Lee Sang-Il. The film will take place in 1880, just like UNFORGIVEN, but the backdrop will shift from cowboys to samurai warriors.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 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.

Clint Eastwood's western was a massive success back in 1992 and nabbed Oscars for picture, director, editing, and supporting actor Gene Hackman. Koichi Sato will play the Hackman role and Akira Emoto will step into Morgan Freeman's part. The film will begin filming this fall for a 2013 release. No word on when/if we will get it here in the US.

I think Ken Watanabe is a badass actor and has a relationship with Clint Eastwood from LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, so hopefully this project has Clint's blessing. What do you think about a samurai western?

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1:51AM on 08/21/2012

The Cut Geisha Killings...

I would totally see this movie.

I actually finally saw Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' for the first time proper last week. I'd say its even with Fistful of Dollars. Great movies both in where they intersect and where they differ (Yojimbo has more of Kurosawa's humor and character development, Dollars has Leone's gorgeous visuals & suspense.)
I would totally see this movie.

I actually finally saw Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' for the first time proper last week. I'd say its even with Fistful of Dollars. Great movies both in where they intersect and where they differ (Yojimbo has more of Kurosawa's humor and character development, Dollars has Leone's gorgeous visuals & suspense.)
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10:54PM on 08/20/2012
I love this idea! Great cast!
I love this idea! Great cast!
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10:40PM on 08/20/2012

Awesome!

This is some Kurosawa/Leone level stuff going on and I'm all for it!
This is some Kurosawa/Leone level stuff going on and I'm all for it!
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10:24PM on 08/20/2012
Sounds badass to me. Westerns and samurai flicks have a long history of influencing each other. Why not keep that going?
Sounds badass to me. Westerns and samurai flicks have a long history of influencing each other. Why not keep that going?
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8:40PM on 08/20/2012
GOOD GOD WHAT A GOOD IDEA
GOOD GOD WHAT A GOOD IDEA
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8:19PM on 08/20/2012

100% behind this.

And if Clint jumps on as executive producer, I'll be over the fucking moon.
And if Clint jumps on as executive producer, I'll be over the fucking moon.
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8:09PM on 08/20/2012
I think this idea is actually pretty damn cool. Although there have been foreign remakes of American films before, it will be interesting to see what a studio backed foreign remake will be like. I also like the idea of the shift from western to samurai.
I think this idea is actually pretty damn cool. Although there have been foreign remakes of American films before, it will be interesting to see what a studio backed foreign remake will be like. I also like the idea of the shift from western to samurai.
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6:41PM on 08/20/2012
I'm down for it.
I'm down for it.
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6:34PM on 08/20/2012
Wicked idea.
"Gun for hire" = Samurai
"Whores" = ...?
Wicked idea.
"Gun for hire" = Samurai
"Whores" = ...?
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1:51AM on 08/21/2012
You are aware of these things called Geishas, right?
You are aware of these things called Geishas, right?
4:11AM on 08/21/2012
Duh...! Stupid me, I was so sleepy last night when I wrote this, didn't remember them.
Duh...! Stupid me, I was so sleepy last night when I wrote this, didn't remember them.
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6:27PM on 08/20/2012
Perhaps the most boss idea in the history of remakes.
Perhaps the most boss idea in the history of remakes.
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