Keswick Film Club - Unforgiven

You are viewing the old version of our website.

Please visit our current website for all the latest information.

Sunday 21st December 5:00 PM

Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru Mono)

Director: Sang-il Lee Country: Japan
Cert: 15 Year: 2013 Length: 135 mins Language: Japanese

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 62KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 69.07% Attendance: 69



  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


Almost since Hollywood started making Westerns they have borrowed and remade Japanese classic Samurai films - Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai' becoming 'The Magnificent Seven' for instance. It is very appropriate, then, that there is a Japanese Samurai remake of one of the finest Hollywood Westerns - Clint Eastwood's late classic 'Unforgiven' being given the Samurai treatment here.

The story is the same; Ken Watanabe plays Jubei who has gone into hiding after the close of the Shogun era, but comes out for the reward offered by a group of prostitutes. 'But the plot is just a framework on which director Lee Sang-il and his scriptwriters hang many fascinating ideas: about the country's treatment of its indigenous Ainu people, about the shift from feudalism to 'freedom', and of course – as with any great western – about the rules and ramifications of violence. Unexpectedly brilliant' - Tom Huddleston, Time Out.


open_quote Lee's version offers enough grand spectacle and historical intrigue to carve its own space close_quote Mark Kermode, The Observer

open_quote An enduring yarn, well told: a rare remake that functions independently, close_quote Mike Mccahill, The Guardian



comments powered by Disqus

Find A Film

Search over 1325 films in the Keswick Film Club archive.

Film Festival

Festival Logo

27 Feb - 1 Mar 2020


KFC is friends with Caldbeck Area Film Society and Brampton Film Club and members share benefits across all organisations


Keswick Film Club won the Best New Film Society at the British Federation Of Film Societies awards in 2000.

Since then, the club has won Film Society Of The Year and awards for Best Programme four times and Best Website twice.

We have also received numerous Distinctions and Commendations in categories including marketing, programming and website.

Talking Pictures Talking Pictures The KFC Newsletter
Links Explore the internet with Keswick Film Club
Find Us On Facebook