Ken Watanabe’s Japanese ‘Unforgiven’ Remake Gets A Trailer

The trailer for the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven starring Ken Watanabe has finally landed online.

Although most of us tend to get a little worked up whenever a studio, director, or actor decides to remake a classic movie, this particular endeavor could be one of those rare exceptions to the rule. In all honesty, the trailer for Yurusarezaru mono doesn’t look that bad.

The film stars Inception alum Ken Watanabe as a samurai warrior who essentially comes out of retirement for one final job.

Indiewire describes the film as follows:

“Set in 1880 Japan, ‘Unforgiven’ follows a samurai with a violent past, who lives on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido with his aboriginal wife, but is brought out of retirement for one last job.”

In addition to Ken Watanabe, the Warner Japan-produced Unforgiven remake stars Jun Kunimura, Koichi Sato, Yuya Yagira, Akira Emoto, and Shioli Kutsuna.

According to the folks at First Showing, it could be another year or so before Yurusarezaru mono arrives in theaters or on home video in the US. While Japanese moviegoers will be able to experience the tale on September 13, 2013, the film isn’t expected to arrive Stateside until either late 2013 or early 2014.

For those unfamiliar with the original movie, Clint Eastwood’s 1992 western found the veteran actor tackling the role of an aging bounty hunter who is trying to live in quiet life in the middle of nowhere. In an effort to make some money, he joins up with a young gunman and his old partner to take down a crooked sheriff.

Although the setting might be a little different, it would seem a lot of the same themes and elements are being utilized for the Japanese remake of Unforgiven. If you’re curious to see what the film has to offer, take a look at the trailer embedded below.

Are you a fan of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven? What do you think about the upcoming remake?

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