A few months ago it was announced that Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winning western Unforgiven was going to get a Japanese samurai remake. Ken Watanabe (Inception) plays a swordsman who takes a job as a bounty killer. This is the same role that Eastwood played in the original film, only he was a retired outlaw gunman.
The story takes place in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in the 1880's, during a time when Japanese settlers were displacing the native Ainu people. Watanabe plays a samurai with a fearsome reputation as a swordsman who is living in retirement with his Ainu wife when poverty and a large bounty tempt him into action again.
The movie is set to be released in Japan on September 13th, 2013. I'm sure one day it will make its way to the States. The movie was directed by Lee Sang-il (Hula Girls), and also stars Kunimura Jun, Yagira Yuya,Sato Koichi, Emoto Akira, Koike Eiko and Kutsuna Shioli.
I loved the original movie, and this looks like it will be a solidly good movie as well. Usually Hollywood remakes the foreign films, so it's very different to see an American film getting a foreign remake.
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