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Yurusarezarumono (Unforgiven)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Lee Sang-il
Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

When Lee Sang-il, responsible for the critically acclaimed hit “Akunin (Villian)” in 2010, remade the 1992 Clint Eastwood Western “Unforgiven” I was expecting a fresh interpretation from this talented director. Instead this drama about a former samurai (Ken Watanabe) reluctantly drawn into a mission of revenge is by-the-numbers slog through familiar territory. Warner Home Video’s Blu-ray comes with English subtitles.