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Paul1957
08-20-12, 05:06 PM
Ken Watanabe will take the Clint Eastwood role in a Japanese remake of Unforgiven to be made by Time Warner's Warner Entertainment Japan.

Korean-Japanese helmer Lee Sang-Il (Hula Girls, Villain), who brought the idea of the project to Warner in May last year, will direct Yurusarezaru Mono (A Thing That Canít Be Forgiven), which like the original, will be set in 1880.

Watanabe will play a samurai with a violent past, who lives on Japanís 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 (The Magic Hour) will play the Gene Hackman role, while veteran Akira Emoto (Villain) will take the part played by Morgan Freeman in the multi-Academy Award-winning original.

The production, due to start shooting in Hokkaido this fall and set for a Japanese release in fall 2013, is the first local remake of an Oscar Best Picture winner.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ken-watanabe-japanese-remake-unforgiven-363976

Hokeyboy
08-20-12, 05:08 PM
Fucking remakes. What, you can't read subtitles?

Solid Snake
08-20-12, 05:15 PM
Goddamnit. you made a thread too. *sigh* This is what happens when I go to take the trash out.

cleaver
08-20-12, 05:21 PM
A samurai movie based on a western how avant garde

Dr Mabuse
08-20-12, 06:06 PM
This could be really terrific.

I have high hopes for this.

Paul1957
08-20-12, 06:29 PM
Goddamnit. you made a thread too. *sigh* This is what happens when I go to take the trash out.

I think it was a tie. :)

Ash Ketchum
08-21-12, 11:30 AM
Listen, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN was a remake of THE SEVEN SAMURAI. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS was a remake of YOJIMBO. I just read an interview with a Japanese star (Jo Shishido) from the 1960s who pointed out that many of his crime films were remakes of Hollywood films, including westerns. I've seen tons of kung fu films that are uncredited remakes of westerns, e.g. SHAOLIN KING BOXER was a remake of FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. Tom Laughlin's THE MASTER GUNFIGHTER was a remake of GOYOKIN.

I only wish this proposed remake of UNFORGIVEN had actually been made as an original in the 1960s or '70s, when Japanese filmmakers knew how to make this stuff, and that Eastwood's film had been a remake of that!

Supermallet
08-21-12, 03:30 PM
Yojimbo was inspired by Dashiell Hammett books.

Solid Snake
12-11-12, 05:28 PM
Looks real purdy.

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Why So Blu?
12-11-12, 05:43 PM
I'm down.

Solid Snake
12-11-12, 05:57 PM
down...to fuck?

RocShemp
12-11-12, 06:58 PM
Lovely.

Why So Blu?
12-11-12, 07:05 PM
down...to fuck?

Show me a full body pic of that film teacher of yours and we'll see.

RocShemp
12-11-12, 07:12 PM
Show me a full body pic of that film teacher of yours and we'll see.

Here's the pic Snake PM'ed me:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/27/Short-haired-Dachshund.jpg/220px-Short-haired-Dachshund.jpg

Why So Blu?
12-11-12, 07:35 PM
Ha!

whoopdido
12-11-12, 07:38 PM
Just a suggestion, but a trailer with subtitles might be better.

Solid Snake
05-01-13, 10:06 AM
Still digging it and really liking the cast. I wouldn't mind a subtitled trailer at some point.

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Shannon Nutt
05-01-13, 03:48 PM
Some of the sets/locations almost look identical.

America remakes Japanese films all the time...but how many times has this happened? I'm not aware of too many Japanese movies that are remakes of American films (now, someone is bound to post a list of hundreds).

emachine12
05-02-13, 01:11 AM
Some of the sets/locations almost look identical.

America remakes Japanese films all the time...but how many times has this happened? I'm not aware of too many Japanese movies that are remakes of American films (now, someone is bound to post a list of hundreds).

Ghost was remade as Ghost: In Your Arms Again. I have the Korean Blu-ray of this one.

Sideways was also remade for the Japanese market.

JumpCutz
05-02-13, 02:29 AM
I dig Ken Watanabe. I first recall him acting Tom Cruise off the screen in The Last Samurai. Loved all his work since. Looking forward to this.

RocShemp
07-18-13, 02:12 AM
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Why So Blu?
08-15-13, 03:14 PM
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Solid Snake
08-15-13, 03:24 PM
Hits most of the beats that Unforgiven had from is shown in there. Which is possibly good or bad, hopefully it really makes it it's own though within a broader context within the film. The cut on the whore looks a lot better than Unforgiven's. That was the only thing that bothered me in that film, her face looked fucking fine aside from some small scarring. This whore has kind of an ugly scar there on her face.

DaveyJoe
08-15-13, 03:44 PM
Why is this not a chanbara film?

EddieMoney
08-15-13, 03:47 PM
This does not look good.

RocShemp
08-15-13, 03:51 PM
Maybe it's the trailer but my only fear is that they make Ken Watanabe too heroic. One of the best things of the original is that, at its core, it's about a man trying to be good who ends up going bad. Basically the reverse of your typical western story arc.