Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven)
Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) (2014)

Ken Watanabe stars in this samurai spin on Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven chronicling an aging swordsman who is lured back into action to perform one final job. Lee Sang-Il directs, with Koichi Sato and Akira Emoto co-starring. ~ Jeremy… More

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

This remake of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning epic may lack the austere, classical weight of the original, but it makes up for it in visual splendour. Unexpectedly brilliant.

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David Aldridge
Radio Times

It's a curiosity, perhaps, but it's nicely made, beautifully acted and well worth seeking out.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Lee has made a film so good that it almost equals its namesake, that sour, magnificent western which won the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars in 1993.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Lee's version offers enough grand spectacle and historical intrigue to carve its own space in the international multiplexes.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Clint Eastwood's 1992 western is adored by just about every critic in the world. Except me. Weirdly, I found Sang-il Lee's reverent remake gripping.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Even at his most dogged and dutiful, Korean director Lee Sang-il crafts a retelling that never dips below a certain baseline of handsome competence, making a great case for the Hokkaido landscapes as a rugged frame for the action.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

The film is remarkably faithful to Eastwood's version. It carries on a long tradition of exchange between Westerns and Japanese samurai films that stretches back to Kurosawa and Sergio Leone.

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Mike McCahill
Guardian

It's an enduring yarn, well told: a rare remake that functions independently, even as it reminds you - vividly, in places - of the original's elegiac pleasures.

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Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

There's no shortage of bloodshed, but rare is the film that uses bullets and flashing blades to provoke sadness rather than excitement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Caesar Mendez
Hollywood has a history of remaking Japanese films. "Seven Samurai" became "The Magnificent Seven", "Yojimbo became" "A… More