Two Unforgivens: A Transpacific Story of Traveling Westerns
(Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)
Part of the Asian Studies Center Colloquium on Transnational East Asia
In this presentation Professor Fujitani reads Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il's remake Yurusarezaru mono (2013). Fujitani argues that Lee's film, set in Hokkaido, is in many ways a radical and challenging exploration of key themes taken up by Eastwood. These include violence, law, the outlaw, sovereign power, the right to kill and historical accountability. At the same time, Lee takes up several issues that Eastwood simply leaves as background to his story in particular race, indigeneity and settler colonialism.
Takashi Fujitani is professor of history at the University of Toronto where he is also the Dr. David Chu Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies.
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center
Co-sponsors: Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Japan Council