TIFF 2013: Trailer and 3 Clips for Japanese Remake of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’


Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono) movie trailer

Akira Emoto, Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe in Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono)

Up until now I haven’t posted any of the trailer for Lee Sang-il‘s Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono), remake of Clint Eastwood‘s Oscar-winning film of the same name. Primarily because the trailers didn’t include subtitles and I knew sooner or later we’d get a look that would actually give you something to consider rather than the visuals and action beats. Well, that day is today.

Unforgiven is set to play the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and I have for you a subtitled trailer along with three clips from the film which stars Ken Watanabe (Inception), Koichi Sato (Sukiyaki Western Django) and Akira Emoto (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) that takes the classic Western to Meiji-period Japan.

The Tokugawa shogunate has just collapsed and the Ainu aborigines strive to settle the land alongside the newly established government. Jubei Kamata (Watanabe) is a relic of the Tokugawa shogunate, and during that time his name alone terrorized the whole of Kyoto as he killed countless loyalists in the name of the Shogun. After the fall, he vanished from sight. More than 10 years later, Jubei has fathered children with an Ainu woman and lives in a secluded hamlet, barely making a living. His wife — who succeeded in transforming him from a man who kills — had died, leaving him to a quiet life raising his children and tending her grave. However, poverty leads Jubei to abandon his resolve and once again turn to a life of violence.

Check out the trailer and clips below and let me know what you think.