The UNFORGIVEN Japanese Remake is Cool Entertainment
OK, the original masterpiece remains unreachable in its crepuscular perfection, and Ken Watanabe hasn't got Clint Eastwood's charisma. Still, Lee Sang-il's Unforgiven remake is quite good and enjoyable. The story, excluding a few little changes, is exactly the same as the 1992 version. The set has been relocated in a full Japanese scenery, but the mood is still so western, with more gunshots rather than swords and samurais. The director manages to amplify pathos through an empowerment of the soundtrack and giving more dramatic takes to the scenes, differing from the noir dryness of Eastwood. The 1992 film was an outdated masterpiece with a mournful evocative mood, this one, although done in a more conventional way, is cool epic entertainment with some spectacular scenes in it.
P.S: Watch out for Jun Kunimura's great performance, playing the role that Richard Harris did more than 20 years ago.