TIFF 2013: Trailer and 3 Clips for Japanese Remake of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven'

Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono) movie trailer
Akira Emoto, Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe in Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono)

Up until now I haven't posted any of the trailer for Lee Sang-il's Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono), remake of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film of the same name. Primarily because the trailers didn't include subtitles and I knew sooner or later we'd get a look that would actually give you something to consider rather than the visuals and action beats. Well, that day is today.

Unforgiven is set to play the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and I have for you a subtitled trailer along with three clips from the film which stars Ken Watanabe (Inception), Koichi Sato (Sukiyaki Western Django) and Akira Emoto (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) that takes the classic Western to Meiji-period Japan.

The Tokugawa shogunate has just collapsed and the Ainu aborigines strive to settle the land alongside the newly established government. Jubei Kamata (Watanabe) is a relic of the Tokugawa shogunate, and during that time his name alone terrorized the whole of Kyoto as he killed countless loyalists in the name of the Shogun. After the fall, he vanished from sight. More than 10 years later, Jubei has fathered children with an Ainu woman and lives in a secluded hamlet, barely making a living. His wife -- who succeeded in transforming him from a man who kills -- had died, leaving him to a quiet life raising his children and tending her grave. However, poverty leads Jubei to abandon his resolve and once again turn to a life of violence.

Check out the trailer and clips below and let me know what you think.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/racquetman/ racquetman

    Looks like a cheap knockoff of the original to me.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris138/ Chris138

    I would pay good money to see a Japanese remake of Gran Torino starring Ken Watanabe. One can only hope...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ghislaine/ ghislaine

    I love Ken Watanabe! I'd like to see the story, countryside, history of this one, but I know it probably won't be to everyone's taste.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I only watched the first trailer so as not to spoil but i think this looks lush, it'll definitely be going on my watch list.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    ...And why is this film being remade?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

    It's quite refreshing to see Japan remaking an American film as opposed to the other way round. This might be something worth watching.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    I'm interested for sure.

  • dslacker

    Question - if a trailer of a remake contains key plot points, are they still spoilers ? I'm looking forward to this one. Ken Watanabe is a wonderful actor.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Unforgiven is one of my favorite films of all time and in my opinion the best western ever made. Despite that I really like this idea, but unfortunately it looks like it's practically a shot-for-shot remake. And yes, the trailer pretty much gives everything away.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheJackal/ The Jackal

    Doesn't look like it'll be able to match the masterpiece that is Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. Shame, I might have enjoyed a new take on the original.

    Thems the facts

  • C J

    How the hell do we watch it?
    Nothing on Amazon, netflix, hulu, itunes, any google searches, and don't even think about checking if it has english subtitles or a website to contact. Seriously, what gives?