Watanabe to Star in Japanese Remake of Unforgiven

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Ken Watanabe (“Inception,” “Batman Begins”) will play Clint Eastwood’s killer turned family-man main character in a Japanese remake of the 1992 Best Picture-winning “Unforgiven,” the Hollywood Reporter reported Monday. 

Similar to the original, “Yurusarezaru Mono (A Thing That Can’t Be Forgiven)” will be set in 1880, but in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Watanabe’s character is an ex-samurai who is pulled out of retirement, away from his wife, to handle a special job.

Produced by Time Warner’s Warner Entertainment Japan, the film will be directed by Lee Sang-Il (“Hula Girls,” “Villian”) and Koichi Sato (“The Magic Hour”) is slated for Gene Hackman’s role, while Akira Emoto (“Villian”) is set to play Morgan Freeman’s part.

Due to start production this fall in Hokkaido, this film is set for a Japanese release sometime in Fall 2013.

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