First Quick Teaser for Ken Watanabe's Japanese 'Unforgiven' Remake
by Alex Billington
December 11, 2012
"Who's the fella owns this shithole?" Another day, another remake. But this one doesn't look so bad. Warner Bros recently produced a complete Japanese samurai remake of the 1992 western classic Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood, this time starring the legendary Ken Watanabe as the Will Munny character. Many have been dreading this remake since the moment it was announced, but thanks to a first teaser trailer (via The Film Stage) debuted, I have to say it doesn't look so bad. If they've got to remake a classic like Unforgiven, this is the way to do it. This is only a quick tease but I'm honestly curious to see more from it. Take a look!
Watch the first teaser for Sang-il Lee's Yurusarezaru mono (aka Unforgiven), originally from Twitch:
As standards shift in the late 1800s, Watanabe plays a man—still holding to his samurai code—who takes on bounty hunting work. Yurusarezaru mono, or just Unforgiven, is directed by Japanese filmmaker Sang-il Lee, of Border Line, Scrap Heaven, Hula Girls (winner of two Japanese Academy Awards in 2006) and Villain (Akunin) previously. The screenplay was also written by Sang-il Lee, based on David Webb Peoples' Oscar nominated screenplay. Also starring are Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira, Eiko Koike, Shiori Kutsuna and Koichi Sato. Warner Bros produced this remake and will be releasing Yurusarezaru mono in Japanese theaters starting September 2013. We're not sure when (or if at all) we'll see this in the US. So?
Yeah, I don't know what to make of this; it doesn't show too much. And I don't speak Japanese :). But I look forward to it.
Isildur_of_Numenor on Dec 11, 2012
Hmmm...a little txt would help, maybe in the next trailer
David Banner on Dec 11, 2012
My Japanese is a little rusty, so I can't read all the Kanji, but this is what the voiceover says: The time was 1880. The setting, the wild: Hokkaido. There was one man who decided to never again hold a sword. He was feared by the people and the army. A ruthless man. Here, the people show real anger. "Unforgiven."
Chris Purdy on Dec 11, 2012
Thank you for sharing that info Mr. Purdy. Much appreciated.
Thexn on Dec 12, 2012
Watanabe is all takes for me to want to see this.
DAVIDPD on Dec 11, 2012
I spent part of my teenage years going to Japanese cinema when we lived in Japan (dad was military). I came to love the tales and this reminds me so much of that. I had hoped to see the 47 Ronin too but guess it is on hold now?
Rosalee Adams on Dec 11, 2012
Had no idea what the hell was going on there, but it looked beautiful. Love Unforgiven, love Watanabe. I'll definitely be seeing this.
grimjob on Dec 11, 2012
As one of over 320 million Americans who does not speak Japanese, I would liek to invite the moron that runs this site and heaps praise on everything whether he understands it or not to go fuck himself.
Eric Jones on Dec 11, 2012
Troll hungry. "I have to say it doesn't look so bad." and "I'm honestly curious to see more from it." is hardly heaping praise. There's no reason to be a dick. Dick. Also there are only 311 million people in America, and a few million who speak Japanese.
Chris Purdy on Dec 12, 2012
This looks great! I hope this movie gets a North American release, though if not I'll be interested in looking for it later online. Unforgiven was a brutally beautiful movie, and this remake looks to have a similar tone to it. Can't wait.
Thexn on Dec 12, 2012
With all the classic foreign films hollywood has butchered in their remakes I think it's only fair that other countries get to remake ours.
Kurhein on Dec 13, 2012
I can't wait for the remake of this remake.
circle on Dec 13, 2012
Here's one thing I don't get. When Hollywood remake foreign films, people go up in arms and cause backlash over it. Yet in 2008, Asia (Japan, Korea, and China/HK) has started to remake American films. This isn't Japan's first American film remake. Japan remade Sideways, Ghost, and has plan to remake more American films. Hong Kong has remade several American films, and now Mr & Mrs Smith is going to get a HK remake (with Donny Yen as Brad Pitt's character and Cecllia Cheung as Angelina Jolie's character). How come those same group of people that attack Hollywood for remaking Asian films don't do the same for Asia when they remake American films, this is just hypocrisy (and maybe Asian supremacy).
mikedo2007 on Jan 1, 2013
Looking through the comments, don't see the remake haters that attack Hollywood for remaking Asian films not going after the Japanese remake of Unforgiven (nor any remake of American films Asia has done), this is disturbing and not acceptable. I'm sensing hypocrisy and one-sided-ness.
mikedo2007 on Jan 1, 2013
Because it doesn't happen as often, it isn't as widely known, and American remakes and movies in general are usually garbage.
Geemu on May 3, 2013
That doesn't give people right to bash American remake of Asian films and give Asian remake of American film a free pass and I've seen people bashing the original American film and praising the Asian remake, you know what's that call, Asian supremacy. Asia has been remaking American films for quite a while and the haters don't even attack those remake. See that double standard. Let me ask you this: Are you OK with Japan with remaking The Godfather with Sonny Chiba playing Marlon Brando's character for the remake if that was to happen? Would you fuck Coppola and fuck Brando if the Japanese remake was to happen? What about Hong Kong remaking Heat with Tony Leung and Andy Lau playing Al Pacino and Robert Deniro characters, are you OK with that? Does this mean the original film suck and the remake is better. I've seen people just bashing American remake of Asian films and defending Asian remake of American films like Asia is the new "Aryan race" and it's just stupid and offending to me as a Asian American. Would you like it if somebody attack the original American film and said the Asian remake is better the original American film??
mikedo2007 on May 3, 2013
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