Japanese Unforgiven

22 Aug

Do you know the 1992 movie “The Unforgiven ” with Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freedman and Gene Hackman?


It’s about a man who was a ruthless killer in the American “old west” (played by Clint Eastwood) who, after having a wife and kids, changes his ways and becomes a farmer.

But his wife dies of smallpox and he finds himself financially struggling to provide for his children..so he takes “one last job” as a hired killer / bounty hunter.

One of my favorite scenes from the movie is when Clint’s character sees his friend’s murdered body displayed in front of a bar as a “message” to all potential bounty hunters…he walks into the bar and shoots the bar’s owner.
At which, the sheriff says “Well, sir, you are a cowardly son of a b***h! You just shot an unarmed man!
And Clint’s character replies “He should have armed himself if he’s going to decorate his saloon with my friend.

Well, I just learned that a Japanese remake of “The Unforgiven ” is being filmed.

It is due to hit theaters in Japan in the autumn of next year (2013) and will be titled 「許されざる者」 which means “The Unforgiven” in Japanese.

It will star the internationally famous Japanese actor 渡辺謙 (Ken Watanabe) who worked with Clint Eastwood when he starred in the movie “Letters From Iwo-jima “.

8 Responses to “Japanese Unforgiven”

  1. Metal Odyssey September 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    A movie classic it is. I love the fact that you keep us all in the know about so many cool happenings in Japan… a trusted & true source you are! I would never know about this Japanese remake if it weren’t for you!

    It’s Labor Day weekend over here… can’t believe Summer is coming to an end soon. Whoa. 😮


    • tokyo5 September 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      I wonder if they’ll show the Japanese remake outside of Japan.

      So, tomorrow (Monday) is a holiday in America?
      It’s been so long since I’ve thought about American holidays, I can’t remember them!
      Tomorrow (September 3) is the first day back to school from summer in Japan … but it’s not the start of a new school year here.


  2. Tom Arrison August 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    How about Beat Takeshi in the Gene Hackman role?


    • tokyo5 August 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      Yeah, he’d be good in that role … but all of the characters in the movie have been cast and Beat Takeshi isn’t in it.


  3. Mb August 27, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    This is one of Dad’s favorite movies, I think.


    • tokyo5 August 27, 2012 at 1:18 am #

      It is an excellent movie. Have you seen it?


  4. Paul (@BlueKutsu) August 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Oh, nice! I will be looking forward to seeing this if I get a chance someday.


    • tokyo5 August 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      Me, too!
      I liked the original … and I’d like to see the Japanese interpretation of the story — with samurai in place of cowboys.


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