Warner Japan Giving Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" a Samurai Spin

Remake of 1992 film to be transformed into samurai drama next fall

It seems we're usually just posting about films from the East getting remakes in the West, but this time around it's Warner Japan's turn to put their own spin on an American flick. The movie in question is Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven, which will be remade as a samurai period drama with Ken Watanabe (Tampopo, Inception, The Last Samurai) taking over Eastwood's gunman role.  

 

Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) will also star Akira Emoto (Waterboys, Miike's Phoenix Wright movie) and Koichi Sato (Gonin, Sukiyaki Western Django), and will be directed by Lee Sang-il (Villain, Hula Girls). As Variety reports, the story is set in 1880, when Japanese settlers were displacing the native Ainu people, with a location switch to the island of Hokkaido.

 

The film shoots in Hokkaido from September to November, with a premiere planned for fall 2013. 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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