The first full-length trailer for the official Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven was just released, receiving lots of positive buzz. Starring the exceptional Ken Watanabe (Inception) as Eastwood’s character, the trailer looks as if it captures the tone of the original in a beautiful Japanese landscape. I was a big fan of Eastwood’s Unforgiven, because it was a gritty, violent film in which the actor effectively deconstructed the stylized superficiality present in much of his earlier Western filmography. The tone was essentially one of guilt for having misled audiences by confusing violence with heroism. This new trailer seems to show the same emotion and grit, and all with gorgeous cinematography.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Koichi Sato as Gene Hackman’s character and Akira Emoto as Morgan Freeman’s character. The cast ensemble also includes Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna. The film is slated for a Japanese release on September 13th, 2013.
Similar to the original, here’s a brief plot synopsis for the remake via Twitch:
The action is now set in late 1800’s Hokkaido with the lead actor Ken Watanabe playing a long retired samurai drawn back into action by the combination of poverty and a large bounty, at a time when Japan largely abandons the old ways to adopt a more modern stance.