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Archive - 8th Five Flavours Film Festival


Yurusarezaru mono
Japan 2013, 135’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Lee Sang-il
screenplay: David Webb Peoples, Lee Sang-il
cinematography: Norimichi Kasamatsu
editing: Tsuyoshi Imai
music: Tarō Iwashiro
cast: Ken Watanabe, Jun Kunimura, Shiori Kutsuna
producer: Suguru Kubota, Shinichi Takahashi, Takero Hisamatsu
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Awards of the Japanese Academy – najlepsze zdjęcia / Best Cinematography, reżyseria światła / Best Light Direction

Film description

Does it make sense to shoot an almost scene-to-scene remake of one of the most award-winning, iconic Hollywood films of the 90s? The Japanese "Unforgiven," shot two decades after the premiere of the original, proves that it really does. It is not a copy of Eastwood's film but the author's valuable commentary on the close relationship between the Westerns and Samurai cinema. Eastwood was inspired by Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" – Sang-il takes the plot back to Japan and writes it into the country's history. Great performances, the pervasive melancholy, and the beautiful shots entitle Lee Sang-il's film to be perceived as an entirely autonomous work.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Lee Sang-il

Born 1974. Director and screenwriter of Korean origins born in Japan where he lives and works. He debuted in 2000 with a short feature "Chong" about the third generation of Japanese Koreans. His greatest success are "Hula Girls" (2006), which brought him the Japanese Academy Award and "Unforgiven" (2013).


2000 Chong
2002 Border Line
2004 69
2005 Sukurappu Hebun / Scrap Heaven
2006 Tancerki hula / Hura gyaru / Hula Girls

2008 Za shōto fuirumuzu: Minna, hajime wa kodomo datta (nowela "Tagatame")
2010 Akunin / Villain
2013 Bez Przebaczenia / Yurusarezaru mono / Unforgiven

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