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7:20 pm - 08/20/2012

Ken Watanabe to Star in Japanese Unforgiven Remake

Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, Batman Begins, The Last Samurai) is set to play the Clint Eastwood role in a Japanese remake of Unforgiven.

Warner Entertainment Japan is behind the project, which will be directed by Lee Sang-Il and titled Yurusarezaru Mono ("A Thing That Can’t Be Forgiven").

In the film, set in 1880, "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."

Koichi Sato has been cast in the Gene Hackman role and Akira Emoto is set to play the Morgan Freeman part. Shooting will take place in Hokkaido this fall for a fall 2013 release date.

Eastwood's 1992 original won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hackman), and Best Film Editing.

Can't wait to see!

matchafrapucino 20th-Aug-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
What?! Unforgiven is, like, one of my favorite westerns. Looking forward to seeing this take on it!
edneichon 20th-Aug-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
WOW~~ I wish to see this movie in local theathers in my country *O*
aleksu7 21st-Aug-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
I don't like remakes at all. So, NO.
No to Unforgiven remake, no to Old Boy remake...just please stop.
ar_feiniel_ 21st-Aug-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Given how many Japanese samurai films were remade into westerns (or ripped off by them), I'm curious to see the reverse process. This sounds like it will work.
candream 21st-Aug-2012 06:38 am (UTC)
I can't wait! ♥
stole_away 21st-Aug-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
can't wait for a Japanese remake of a western film :) heheh
kat_desu 22nd-Aug-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
wow! this sounds super interesting!
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