Today we’ve got a first look at another relationship between the samurai film and the gun-slinging western (The Magnificent Seven – Seven Samurai), only this time foreigners across the Pacific Ocean remaking Hollywood movie.
Warner Brothers Japan has pegged the 1992 Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven to be remade into a Japanese samurai film called Yurusarezaru mono, with Ken Watanabe attached to star.
Set in the same time period of 1880, Lee Sang-Il-directed film follows Watanabe as a samurai with a violent past, who lives on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido with his aboriginal wife, but is brought out of retirement for one last job.
The film also stars Akira Emoto in the Morgan Freeman role, while Koichi Sato will portray Gene Hackman‘s character.
Like Eastwood, Watanabe was even nominated for an Oscar for his role opposite Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. He has made a name for himself worldwide starring in major blockbusters like Batman Begins and Inception.We wouldn’t be surprised to see the samurai remake get a US release.
Unforgiven opens September 13th, 2013 in Japan, co-starring Kunimura Jun, Yagira Yuya, Sato Koichi, Emoto Akira, Koike Eiko and Kutsuna Shioli.
Check out the first teaser and some stills from the upcoming remake.