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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Ken Watanabe remakes "Unforgiven"

Something to look forward to. Ken Watanabe and director Lee Song-Il have remade "Unforgiven" into a samurai film, Yurusarezaru mono.

Since WWII a number of Japanese films have been remade by Hollywood. "Seven Samurai" was remade as "The Magnificent Seven". "Yojimbo" was remade as "Fistful of Dollars" and later as "Last Man Standing". This time the remake is going in the opposite direction. Clint Eastwood's film "Unforgiven" has been remade. Watanabe is playing a samurai who is tempted into some bounty work in Japan.

Cinema goers first saw Ken Watanabe in "The Last Samurai" and was nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar. He has had roles in several Hollywood films, such as "Letters from Iwo Jima" and "Inception".

No reviews of the new film yet, but I am watching this with great interest.

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