July 25, 2006


In all the angst over the whole "Weinstein brothers remake SEVEN SAMURAI with Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi" story, which jumped off the internet and into real life, another Akira Kurosawa remake slipped under the fence. Kadokawa is planning a SANJURO remake starring BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN's Yuji Oda in the Toshiro Mifune role. The cast of SANJURO is currently learning how to hack and slash and shooting is expected to start in September for a 2007 release. Morita Yoshimitsu (THE MAMIYA BROTHERS) will direct.

And Kadokawa also has the remake rights for YOJIMBO.

(Thanks to Ryuganji)

July 25, 2006 at 12:06 PM in News | Permalink


I hate reading news like this. It just makes me sad and angry (sort of like a nonalcoholic sangre if you will).

Just make something new for cripes sake. Does the world really need another Yojimbo/Sanjuro? After Last Man Standing, the answer is a definite no.

Posted by: Simon Abrams | Jul 26, 2006 6:56:07 AM

I thought Kihachi Okamoto's Kill! was a good alternative stab at the same Sanjuro source material, though not as good as Sanjuro, which I have always thought is something of an overshadowed masterpiece. There's a fair amount of play in that material.

Of course, this is different since it's explicitly a remake of the film, instead of another adaptation of the same source. I'm against it on principle, but I liked director Morita's Family Game a lot, so I'm willing to wait and see on this one. For intangible reasons, it will bother me less if they give it a different name also, but they probably won't.

Posted by: David Austin | Jul 26, 2006 7:53:03 AM

They could give it an other name indeed. They could call it Nijuro, and cast nine 12-years old boys in the samurai parts (can't remember whether they're nine or eight or seven.)

Posted by: Owen Cox | Jul 26, 2006 2:06:49 PM

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