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The Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” isn’t a mere cross-cultural adaptation but more a tribute to the universal spirit of great filmmaking for its star Ken Watanabe. “I was convinced from the start that this will be an original Japanese movie in its own right,” said Watanabe, who has become the go-to Japanese actor for Hollywood. Watanabe was happy Eastwood welcomed the idea of the remake, and they kept in touch. But, once the shooting began, he was focused on delivering what director Lee Sang-il wanted in the new movie, not an easy re-interpretation.