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Trailer For Japanese Unforgiven Online
Ken Watanabe stars in Yurusarezaru Mono

15 July 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  

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The Internet loves to moan about Asian films getting Hollywood workovers (Spike Lee's Oldboy is bearing the brunt at the moment) but it's worth remembering that the remake traffic goes both ways, and that it's not necessarily a bad thing. Exhibit A: Sang-il Lee's Japanese version of Unforgiven, a trailer for which has recently emerged. There are no subtitles, but if you're even slightly familiar with the Clint Eastwood original, you'll easily pick up the jist.

Elegant-looking stuff, we're sure you'll agree, and proof that, where samurai films have previously made for great westerns - Yojimbo became A Fistful of Dollars; Seven Samurai became The Magnificent Seven - here's a Western that looks to have made a great samurai film. The Japanese title is Yurusarezaru Mono, which Google is singularly failing to translate for us. Anyone?

The film's still set in 1880, but the locale has been switched to Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. The plot, of course, involves a samurai (Watanabe) living down a violent past when he is called out of retirement for one last job. Akira Emoto has the Morgan Freeman role, with Koichi Sato as the antagonist previously played by Gene Hackman.

Warner Bros. Japan is, unsurprisingly, the studio behind the project, and while there's no Western release date (pun intended) in place yet, we'd imagine this will travel before too long. In the meantime, check this out: they even remade the poster!


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Your Comments

Looks like a great translation
"Yurusarezaru Mono" is almost a direct translation from "Unforgiven." As a Japanese, I am looking forward to seeing the film in theatre, since it looks like they have made few changes in stories... More

Posted by yamikuro at 16:29 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post

Looks great
Love me some Watanabe, his hair-piece looks convincing, the sets look like they re-used the sets from Inception and the Batman Begins, has definitely a Wally Pfister-school-of-photography vibe to it, and hey, there Takeshi Miike-regulars involved! Yay! More

Posted by Miikesmama at 15:46 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post

Gonna sound like a hypocrite, but I'm intrigued. At least they did wait longer than 5 minutes, before having a go. More

Posted by LSJShez at 12:17 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post

and more...
At the start someone refers to him as "Hitokiri Jube-da" or something like that. Hitokiri, means "Manslayer" and "Ju" means Gun... And that's all my limited Japanese can help with. On the other hand: HADOKEN, means "Wave Motion Fist" and SHORYUKEN "Rising Dragon Punch" and GOUKEN means "Strong Fist" and that's how Street Fighter improved my language skills More

Posted by Gouken at 10:02 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post

Closest I got is...
My trusty, Webster's New World Compact JAPANESE Dictionary has this much to say: "Mono" > Person, One, People "Forgive" > Yurusu More

Posted by Gouken at 09:37 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post

"The Japanese title is Yurusarezaru Mono, which Google is singularly failing to translate for us. Anyone?" It translates loosely as... Unforgiven. More

Posted by CHRISMOORE1 at 08:54 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post


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