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Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) Reviews

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Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

Taken in its own context, it's a solid, if unremarkable samurai picture. But if you're even vaguely familiar with the Eastwood original, it's so familiar that it's hard to see the point.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B-

September 5, 2013
David Aldridge
Radio Times

It's a curiosity, perhaps, but it's nicely made, beautifully acted and well worth seeking out.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2014
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

This "eastern" remake of Clint Eastwood's seminal '90s western boasts a similar sense of rough-shod lyricism.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2014
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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This remake of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning epic may lack the austere, classical weight of the original, but it makes up for it in visual splendour. Unexpectedly brilliant.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2014
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

There's no shortage of bloodshed, but rare is the film that uses bullets and flashing blades to provoke sadness rather than excitement.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2014
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Lee has made a film so good that it almost equals its namesake, that sour, magnificent western which won the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars in 1993.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2014
Mike McCahill
Guardian

It's an enduring yarn, well told: a rare remake that functions independently, even as it reminds you - vividly, in places - of the original's elegiac pleasures.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2014
Jason Gorber
Twitch

Let's be explicit here - much, if not all of the pleasure of this version of Unforgiven is tied directly to the previous film. As a standalone project, it's highly interesting, but it's also hardly definitive.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: C+

September 22, 2013
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Even at his most dogged and dutiful, Korean director Lee Sang-il crafts a retelling that never dips below a certain baseline of handsome competence, making a great case for the Hokkaido landscapes as a rugged frame for the action.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2014
Ali Catterall
Total Film

Not as redundant as it sounds ...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 24, 2014
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Clint Eastwood's 1992 western is adored by just about every critic in the world. Except me. Weirdly, I found Sang-il Lee's reverent remake gripping.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2014
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

The film is remarkably faithful to Eastwood's version. It carries on a long tradition of exchange between Westerns and Japanese samurai films that stretches back to Kurosawa and Sergio Leone.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2014
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Lee's version offers enough grand spectacle and historical intrigue to carve its own space in the international multiplexes.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

March 2, 2014
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

The samurai/Western osmosis is given a terrific new surge by this beautiful-looking, smartly modified translation of the Eastwood classic.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2014
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