Times Foreign Cinema tried to scam Hollywood but failed
When Hollywood movies are remade by other cultures, it’s natural for some to complain that they degrade already excellent images. For every brilliant remake, there will undoubtedly be a host of duds. Here’s a look at the times foreign cinema tried but failed to rip off Hollywood:
1. Groundhog Day for stork day
Groundhog Day to Stork Day in Italian is a fearsome remake. Not terrible like a lot of comedies are. It’s horrible in a way that makes you angry and confused as to how anyone could spend time doing it. Groundhog Day has the unique combination of excellent cinematography, clever writing, and the charisma of a well-known comic book. Stork Day’s directing is spotty at best, and the Italian actor replacing Murray is virtually unknown outside of his native country. It all falls into that category of nasty, confusing remakes that make you think you’re missing an inside joke.
2. The good the bad and the ugly for The good, the bad, the weird.
Considered by most to be one of the greatest films of all time, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of the most iconic Western films of all time. Written and directed by Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon, The Good, the Bad, and the Weird is much less of a remake and more of a belated, goofy ode to the Leone classic. In South Korea and overseas, the image was distinct enough to become a box office hit. However, since the original Good, Bad, and Ugly was released so long ago, it should qualify for a big-budget modern release rather than a quirky replica.
3. What women Want for I know a woman’s heart
Despite its chilling tone, Mel Gibson-Helen Hunt‘s comic book What Women Want was a huge box office success in 2000. Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin, or “I Know a Woman’s Heart”, was adapted in China in 2011. The basic principle was the same: after a supernatural accident, a chauvinistic publicist can read the minds of women. As a result, uses him to deceive the ladies in his life until he is finally redeemed by love. The focus shifts slightly into the Chinese translation, which is more concerned with the rise of the consumer society and the middle class in general than the changing gender relations in the workplace.
4. The Godfather for Sarkar
It’s no surprise that a foreign replica of Francis Ford Copolla’s 1972 blockbuster The Godfather was made. Sarkar reinvents the traditional gangster tale by immersing it in the real life politics and crime of Maharashtra, India’s westernmost state. Director Ram Gopal Varma excels at fully owning the film by giving it a local flavor. Despite the fact that Varma’s remake falls short of the mastery of the original, it is widely regarded as a triumph of filmmaking in its own right by American and Indian critics.
5. unforgiven for Yurusarezaru Mono
Unforgiven is one of the best Western movies, so we have no objection to Japan trying it out. The American Unforgiven played an important role in reviving the modern West, especially revisionist westerns. Yurusarezaru Mono, a Japanese remake of the same title, was released in 2013 and quite closely follows the storyline of the American version. It follows a retired samurai as he returns to a violent society. Plus, for those in need of a cinematic reference, it’s set at the same time as The Last Samurai.