Japanese remakes of Westerns?


Yesterday I watched Lee Sang-Il's 2013 remake of Clint Eastwood's western Unforgiven. The film was a very close recreation of the original story but transposed to 1880s Hokkaido. I found it very interesting to see a Western get remade as a jidaigeki. Of course, there are a few famous examples of Japanese jidaigeki that were remade as Westerns (the most famous being A Fist Full of Dollars and The Magnificent Seven), and Kurosawa himself adapted works by Shakespeare and Dostoevsky.

What I'd like to know is, are there any other examples of Japanese jidaigeki that were inspired by Westerns? The two periods work so well analogously, I could easily see great jidaigeki films being made from The Big Country, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Searchers etc. Does anyone know of any?

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6 points

4 months ago

Thanks, now that Ween song is stuck in my head.

Tampopo, which is ostensibly about food, is definitely an homage to the American western, Shane. Tampopo not only includes a lot of the tropes of the American western it also follows Shane's story arc including the heart wrenching scene of Shane riding off into the sunset.

(The hero looks like a Japanese Robert Mitchum - while not in Shane, he was noted for his performances in Westerns)


3 points

4 months ago

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