While many Samurai movies have been remade as westerns, the tables have been turned by Japanese director Lee Sang-il, who has remade the critically acclaimed 1992 Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven as a samurai film.
In this reimagining, Inception's Ken Watanabe plays the vengeance-seeking anti-hero at the heart of the film's conflict. He begins as a man who has vowed to live a peaceful life after a past of brutal killing, but a confluence of circumstances will place him with a gun, and many times a sword, in his deadly hands.
The 1992 film Unforgiven was directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the picture. It went on to win four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Supporting Actor for a brilliant performance by Gene Hackman.
Lee Sang-il's Unforgiven has been selected by the Toronto International Film Fest for screening in this year's festival. Despite a September release date for Japan, no American release date has yet been announced.