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Ken Watanabe's Unforgiven remake gets a teaser trailer

Dec. 11, 2012by: Alex Maidy

A while back we reported that Ken Watanabe would be starring in a remake of Clint Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN. The plot was going to be transplanted to feudal Japan. Now, we have our first look at the teaser for the film.

The remake, titled YURUSAREZARU MONO, moves the story to the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, [at] a time when Japanese settlers were displacing the native Ainu people. Watanabe is playing the Eastwood role. While we cannot tell much from this video, unless you speak Japanese, we can see that visually it has a dark and serious tone much like the original.

UNFORGIVEN is a movie that I respect but I am definitely okay with this remake. Westerns and samurai movies have a shared history and similar plot devices. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN would not exist without SEVEN SAMURAI. Seeing as Warner Bros. is producing this remake, I would think that Eastwood has signed off on the project.

No word on whether or not we will see a North American theatrical release for the movie, but I am crossing my fingers that we will get an official release here to witness whether or not director Lee Sang-il's film lives up to the original.

Source: IndieWire

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4:51AM on 12/12/2012
I really hope for a north american release, whether it comes to theatres or straight to blu ray, I need to see this movie.
I really hope for a north american release, whether it comes to theatres or straight to blu ray, I need to see this movie.
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12:58PM on 12/11/2012

Yes

Can't wait for the American remake of this!
Can't wait for the American remake of this!
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11:55AM on 12/11/2012

Watanabe is terrific.

I would absolutely watch this. Looks great.
I would absolutely watch this. Looks great.
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11:37AM on 12/11/2012
I doubt Clint would have a problem with this considering his big break was A Fistful of Dollars, a remake of the Japanese film Yojimbo.
I doubt Clint would have a problem with this considering his big break was A Fistful of Dollars, a remake of the Japanese film Yojimbo.
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11:19AM on 12/11/2012
This dude is crazy to make this film, did he not see Gran Torino? Clint don't like asians to much, this my set him off.
This dude is crazy to make this film, did he not see Gran Torino? Clint don't like asians to much, this my set him off.
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3:46PM on 12/11/2012
that is called a *character* and no it wasn't a documentary. Also go watch Letters From Iwo Jima
that is called a *character* and no it wasn't a documentary. Also go watch Letters From Iwo Jima
10:09PM on 12/11/2012
Oh it was a "character"? Oh good! I thought he was really a crazy ass old man! Oh wait Is he really an idiot that talks to empty chairs, or was that just his look at me im bat shit nuts character?
Oh it was a "character"? Oh good! I thought he was really a crazy ass old man! Oh wait Is he really an idiot that talks to empty chairs, or was that just his look at me im bat shit nuts character?
12:47AM on 12/12/2012
well, yet another strikeback troll confirmed.
well, yet another strikeback troll confirmed.
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11:14AM on 12/11/2012

great to see!

can't wait to check this one out, good on them!
can't wait to check this one out, good on them!
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10:55AM on 12/11/2012
Im having a sort of WTF moment at this story, trying to figure out if this is a good idea or not. Unforgiven is one of the best westerns ever and while the genre and setting are different for this version its still technically a remake which disturbs me.
Im having a sort of WTF moment at this story, trying to figure out if this is a good idea or not. Unforgiven is one of the best westerns ever and while the genre and setting are different for this version its still technically a remake which disturbs me.
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