Director: Sang-il Lee, 2013, Japan, 135 mins, UK Premiere, ICA, London
Tickets for Unforgiven, our Pan-Asia Film Festival Opening Night Gala event, include admission to our red carpet drinks and food reception starting at 18.30.
The director of the film will be making an introductory speech at 20.30 and the film starts at 20.40.
Award winning director Sang-il Lee (Hula Girls) mounts a handsome, powerful remake of Clint Eastwood’s iconic 1992 Western film of the same name.
Set in post-Meiji Restoration Hokkaido, it stars Ken Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima) as Jubei Kamata, an ageing warrior who has left his crimes under the former Edo shogunate behind him. But poverty, and possibly a chance for redemption, allows a friend to persuade him to come out of retirement. Lavishly recreating its 1880s setting, which includes replacing guns with samurai swords, Lee effortlessly transposes the original film’s themes of vengeance, loyalty and regret to its new setting. Unforgiven has been a major hit at festivals the world over, and the Pan-Asia Film Festival is delighted to be hosting the film’s UK Premiere as its 2014 Opening Night Gala.
Find the festival on Twitter: