Magazine article Screen International

Warner Brothers Japan to Remake Unforgiven with Watanabe

Magazine article Screen International

Warner Brothers Japan to Remake Unforgiven with Watanabe

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Warner Brothers Japan has announced it will remake Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven, with Ken Watanabe attached to star.

At the helm will be director Lee Sang-il, whose previous critical and box office successes include 2010's Villain and Hula Girls (2006). Lee spoke of his admiration for the 1992 original. "Unforgiven's underlying theme still has a powerful impact today."

The remake will be set in 1880 on the northern island of Hokkaido after the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate. Watanabe will take on the Eastwood role as a samurai holdout living in poverty who accepts a final job as a bounty killer.

Watanabe also commented on the project. "Eastwood is a Godfather of the film world, so remaking one of his major works is a big challenge. Under director Lee we will do battle in the great outdoors of Hokkaido and create our own take on Unforgiven."

Watanabe will be joined by veteran actors Akira Emoto, playing the Morgan Freeman role, and Koichi Sato as Gene Hackman's character. …

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