The Japanese branch of Warner Brothers has released a teaser trailer for Lee Sang-il's upcoming remake of Clint Eastwood's western Unforgiven (1992). Yurusarezaru mono stars Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), Jun Kunimura (Ichi the Killer), and KŰichi SatŰ (Gonin). The film is set to open in theaters across Japan on September 13th, 2013.
Note: Blu-ray.com has a review for the U.S. release of Clint Eastwood's film here.
Since the reverse is usually the norm, it'll be interesting to see a Japanese remake of an American film, especially one as well-regarded as Unforgiven. If it pans out, this could be Japan's answer to The Magnificent Seven.
This is hardly the first time a western made film has been remade for asian or even Japanese audiences. I like that the trailer doesn't seem to tip it's hat too early. Of course, I couldn't understand most of what was said without subtitles, but it seemed to have a good balance of intrigue and mystery. The Unforgiven isn't an action film, so it makes sense that an appropriate trailer wouldn't shallowly play up only that side of the film for young audiences like they so often do in the US.
can't read Japanese but isn't the first thing the reference the original movie? 1993? 9 awards? seems odd to reference the original movie in a remake. might be good although i did chuckle a little when i saw the actors in cowboy style hats. seems a little out of place, almost like seeing Tom Cruise in Japanese style clothing.....
well, Japan has been remaking some of our films for quite a while (HK, China, and South Korea has also remake American films for quite a while). At least Hollywood is giving back Asia for all the remakes we did. At least this help me prove that all those hate for Hollywood remaking foreign films are nothing but weeaboo/Asian supremacists promoting their pro-Asian agenda , I've never see these same group of people that bash Hollywood going after Japan or Asian countries for remaking American films. So this proof hypocrisy and bias exist when it comes to remake.