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Archive - 8th Five Flavours Film Festival

Unforgiven

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).

Filmography:

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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