unforgiven-japan

Largely, hardcore film fan’s hate remakes and reboots. They argue that there’s no need for American filmmakers to create new films based on concepts which were successful in decades past or in foreign markets. Complaints abound that American audiences should get used to reading subtitles or disregard a film being presented in black and white, or that the special effects aren’t as realistic as what’s available now.

The Seven Samurai begat The Magnificent Seven. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Milenium) trilogy got its first state-side installment. The Departed, The Ring, The Grudge and countless others have foreign counterparts to thank for their content.

Now the tables are turning, and Warner Bros Japan is going to remake UNFORGIVEN, the Clint Eastwood western which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1992.

Taking up Eastwood’s role will be Ken Watanabe, whom American audiences will remember from INCEPTION, The LAST SAMURAI, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA¬†and BATMAN BEGINS.

Though you might not understand what is being said, the following trailer should give you a good idea for what to expect in terms of the quality and tone of the film.

Will you be interested in seeing the remake?

Another question…


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