Watch the First Trailer for the Japanese Remake of Clint Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN Starring Ken Watanabe

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The first full-length trailer for the official Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven was just released, receiving lots of positive buzz.  Starring the exceptional Ken Watanabe (Inception) as Eastwood’s character, the trailer looks as if it captures the tone of the original in a beautiful Japanese landscape.  I was a big fan of Eastwood’s Unforgiven, because it was a gritty, violent film in which the actor effectively deconstructed the stylized superficiality present in much of his earlier Western filmography.  The tone was essentially one of guilt for having misled audiences by confusing violence with heroism.  This new trailer seems to show the same emotion and grit, and all with gorgeous cinematography.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Koichi Sato as Gene Hackman’s character and Akira Emoto as Morgan Freeman’s character.  The cast ensemble also includes Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna.  The film is slated for a Japanese release on September 13th, 2013.

Similar to the original, here’s a brief plot synopsis for the remake via Twitch:

The action is now set in late 1800′s Hokkaido with the lead actor Ken Watanabe playing a long retired samurai drawn back into action by the combination of poverty and a large bounty, at a time when Japan largely abandons the old ways to adopt a more modern stance.

 

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  • ED

    I have a question for anybody. IS THIS A REAL FILM OR A FUNNY OR DIE PARODY TRAILER.

    • King of the Desert

      Did we just skip the article? The first sentence clearly states that this is a Japanese Remake of Unforgiven.

    • King of the Desert

      Did we just skip the article? The first sentence clearly states that this is a Japanese Remake of Unforgiven.

  • ED

    I have a question for anybody. IS THIS A REAL FILM OR A FUNNY OR DIE PARODY TRAILER.

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  • Grayden

    Color me intrigued.

  • 80sRobot

    Unforgiven is one of my favorites as well, and it was written by one of the screenwriters of Blade Runner (another favorite of mine). This redeux set in Japan looks like it fits really well.

  • Al Martinez

    Aren’t all these westerns remakes of Japanese Samurai movies?

    • Jason Richards

      No

      • Akira Kurosawa

        “The Magnificent Seven” based on “Seven Samurai”?

      • Jason Richards

        The influence goes both ways…..

      • ok

        I’m just curios. What samurai type movie was based on a western? I might want to check it out

      • Werefon

        And Seven Samurai was based on a Soviet movie called Uncatchable Avengers (Russian title sounds a lot better). It was a Wastern type of film.

    • Jason Richards

      No

  • Al Martinez

    Aren’t all these westerns remakes of Japanese Samurai movies?

  • Jason Richards

    Lets see if the idiots that say Americans shouldn’t remake foreign films have an objection to Foreign filmmakers making remakes to classic American films.

    • DjangoBro

      Thank You! lool I am waiting.

    • DjangoBro

      Thank You! lool I am waiting.

    • DjangoBro

      Thank You! lool I am waiting.

  • Jason Richards

    Lets see if the idiots that say Americans shouldn’t remake foreign films have an objection to Foreign filmmakers making remakes to classic American films.

  • DjangoBro

    LMAOOO wooow, this is so ironic. I really wanna see all those people that dogged Spike Lee for remaking Oldboy come and say something about this. LOOL

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  • Sean

    Hell of a thing, killin a man.

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  • joe

    I’m sorry to say this but why would anybody do a crappy remake that is more look like a AKIRA KUROSAWA RIPOFF FILM.

    • Snarky

      This is the most ridiculous comment I’ve read all weekend.

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  • Akira Kurosawa

    Japanese film YOJIMBO remade as Eastwood film A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Eastwood film UNFORGIVEN remade as Japanese film.

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