The 1992 classic western by Clint Eastwood and with him in the main role will be adapted into a samurai movie by the Japanese branch of Warner Bros. The project will begin with active shooting this September in Hokkaido.”Yurusarezaru mono” will be the name of this flick, which is a translation of the original title.
The original movie is a western about the retired gunslinger Will Munny (Eastwood) who decides to agree on taking one last job as a hired gun. Together with his old partner and a newly discovered acquaintance, Munny is on a final big adventure in the Wild Wild West.
The new samurai adaptation of this story will be realized by Warner Bros. Japan. The Japanese settlers are displacing the native Ainu people in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido (where the shooting will take place). The main character is a loving samurai with a native Ainu wife. He has once been very feared and famous, but all that is left in his life is poverty and huge debts. The large bounty on the head of a certain persona tempt him into taking up the sword once more, even if he is no longer under the wing of his own master.
The main role will be played by the famous Japanese actor Ken Watanabe. He is famous for his roles in Inception, Letters from Iwo Jima and The Last Samurai. Akira Emoto and Koichi Sato are also joining in the cast, though we still don’t know their roles.
Helmer (informal director) will be Sang-il Lee (winner for best director and screenplay at the 2007 Japanese Academy Awards).
The movie will come out in Japan in 2013 (Autumn).
This is a sort of an exchange deal since the Eastwood movie (he played in it) “A Fistful of Dollars” was actually a western-daptation of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. ANother such adaptation is the very famous western “The magnificent Seven” which is a western-remake of “Seven Samurai” by Kurosawa.
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