After the two short teasers, here’s the full-length trailer, capturing the essence of the Japanese version (entitled Yurusarezaru mono) of the acclaimed Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and stars Ken Watanabe in the lead role.
A number of western movies have re-told the samurai movie in a Western context — Yojimbo and Seven Samurai were remade as A Fistful of Dollars and The Magnificent Seven — but now it’ll go the other direction as David Webb Peoples‘ screenplay, which was originally titled ‘The Cut-Whore Killings’ and ‘The William Munny Killings’ is remade as a Samurai film.
Directed by Lee Sang-il with Watanabe in the Munny role, the film captures a beautiful Japanese landscape. Set in 1880, Munny is now a long retired samurai Jubei Kamata with a violent past, who lives on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido with his Ainu wife, but is brought out of retirement for one last job.
Check out the trailer, which seems to show the same emotional context of the characters/scenes, but with Japanese acting.
Koichi Sato co-stars as Gene Hackman’s character while Akira Emoto plays Morgan Freeman’s character. The ensemble cast also includes Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna.
Unforgiven is slated for a Japanese release on September 13th, 2013.
Check out a poster below.