Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ken Watanabe Reboots An American Classic In UNFORGIVEN (Yurusarezaru Mono)

Director Sang-Il Lee's latest film, Unforgiven, is out with a new trailer this weekend, featuring actor Ken Watanabe as a 17th century former government assassin who is drawn back with a new assignment after his pursuit of a new life is stricken with tragedy and poverty. The film is a remake of the 1992 Western action drama of the same name, which starred and was directed by Clint Eastwood and won 4 Academy Awards, including Ideal Picture and Greatest Director.

Lee's film, titled Yurusarezaru mono, also stars Koichi Sato, Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna. The film is due out in Japan theaters on September 13th, 2013.

The story is set in Hokkaido in 1880, a time of enhanced pioneering in the location soon after the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate. Ken Watanabe stars as a long-retired samurai named Jubee Kamata who is now living a quiet secluded life with his kids.

Jubee was as soon as a popular assassin in Kyoto who killed at the behest of the Edo government. Right after the decisive Battle of Hakodate, he slipped away and fled to the north to escape the new government. Ten years ago, he gave up his sword for his late wife, but poverty causes him to be lured out of retirement by a especially large bounty.

Ken Watanabe Reboots An American Classic In UNFORGIVEN (Yurusarezaru Mono)
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