Keswick Film Club - Unforgiven

Sunday 21st December 5:00 PM

Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru Mono)

Director: Sang-il Lee Country: Japan
Cert: 15 Year: 2013 Length: 135 mins Language: Japanese
Unforgiven

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Audience Reaction

Score: 69.07% Attendance: 69

Reviews

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  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database

Synopsis

Almost since Hollywood started making Westerns they have borrowed and remade Japanese classic Samurai films - Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai' becoming 'The Magnificent Seven' for instance. It is very appropriate, then, that there is a Japanese Samurai remake of one of the finest Hollywood Westerns - Clint Eastwood's late classic 'Unforgiven' being given the Samurai treatment here.

The story is the same; Ken Watanabe plays Jubei who has gone into hiding after the close of the Shogun era, but comes out for the reward offered by a group of prostitutes. 'But the plot is just a framework on which director Lee Sang-il and his scriptwriters hang many fascinating ideas: about the country's treatment of its indigenous Ainu people, about the shift from feudalism to 'freedom', and of course – as with any great western – about the rules and ramifications of violence. Unexpectedly brilliant' - Tom Huddleston, Time Out.

Critics

open_quote Lee's version offers enough grand spectacle and historical intrigue to carve its own space close_quote Mark Kermode, The Observer


open_quote An enduring yarn, well told: a rare remake that functions independently, close_quote Mike Mccahill, The Guardian


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