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Remakes

As it's Bastille Day and as today's Writer's Bloc question is even more US-centric than usual -- "Subtitles please
What is your favorite foreign film? Do you think there should be an American remake?" --I think it's time to raise our own virtual flags of internet independence and ask you all WhatUS film is your favourite? Do you think there should be a non-US remake (with cultural tropes erased, history altered etc --, no Hollywood, you are still not forgiven for Sommersby?


Mine, I think, would be High Noon, which would make a great martial arts adventure, to be directed by Tsui Hark or Yuen Kwai. In the last days of the Ching dynasty, a retired martial arts' teacher -- Yuen Biao -- on the verge of marriage to the daughter of a local official, is forced out of retirement by his future father-in-law to resist the arrival in town of a group of anti-government rebels, led by Yuen Wah, Chin Kar-Lok and Ngai Sing (the latter of whom is the former fiance of our hero's beloved). Forced to chose between the woman he loves and his own anti-government principles, what choice will our hero make? Li Bing-Bing would play the love interest, the mighty Ti Lung her father, and we'll throw in some evil foreign trouble-makers for good measure, who're trying to trick poor Chinese labourers into indentured service on the US railways (including YB's idealistic brother, played by Daniel Wu Yin-Cho, who was once the best friend of Ngai Sing)...

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hawkwing_lb
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, the Americans. Me, I think The Dark Is Rising needs to be remade as an English film.

And I wonder what Star Wars would look like in Japanese.
birdsedge
Jul. 14th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
You beat me to it. I was going to say Dark is Rising too. The fact that it had the lovely Chris Eccleston and Ian McShane (both woefully miscast) and it was supposedly set in England did NOT make it an English film. Such a disappointment. One of my favourite books done to death.
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chickenfeet2003
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
I think there should be a remake of The Magnificent Seven but set in feudal Japan...
purplecthulhu
Jul. 14th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Curses - you beat me to it!
saare_snowqueen
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I would try to do this but even thinking about Amerian bull-pucky makes me tired.

OK, what about Barefoot in the Park - set in Rome?
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Oh, yes. Though ideally we'd want the late Yves Montand in the lead, with Bardot, maybe?
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inamac
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm with hawkwing on The Dark is Rising (and would also like The Eagle of the Ninth to be taken into account).

Also would like to see historically accurate remakes of Mel Gibson's entire Hollywood oeuvre (except for The Patriot in which the English would win).
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Works for me.
much_of_a
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
I rewatched Dogma over the weekend. I think I'd like to see the Bollywood version (possibly with an appropriate change of religion, but perhaps it would be more fun with a slightly misunderstood version of all the christian arguments it contains).
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
That would be... odd. But intersting.
sartorias
Jul. 14th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
I think my favorite US film is Barbra Streisand's YENTL with its three way, gender bending love affair, and its way-ahead-of-its-time ending. But it is so culture specific . . . yes, it might make an excellent Chinese film, actually.

No, Korean--with that actress who does such marvelous cross-dressing.

Edited at 2011-07-14 02:00 pm (UTC)
saare_snowqueen
Jul. 14th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
You could make it in Czech - the country origin of the stories.
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purplecthulhu
Jul. 14th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
How about The Manchurian Candidate as a film about CIA brainwashing victims infiltrating the Chinese communist party?
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Could work, though it might be better set in 1960s Russia -- more appropriate levels of paranoia about the US.
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la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, that would be excellent.
klwilliams
Jul. 14th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
I want to see "The Breakfast Club" set in an English boarding school.
tj_dragon
Jul. 14th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that most American high school films would be improved by being set in English schools (varied between boarding, public, state and comprehensive). Then I realised that a lot of those are based on Shakespeare and Austen any way, and the others wouldn't make sense in an environment not full of ridiculously OTT cliques.
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woolymonkey
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
I seem to have lost my film brain, but my whole family wants a remake of Buffy where the Hellmouth is in Milton Keynes.

A German Babylon 5 would be good because it would surely explore whether the Rangers end up as a bunch of fascist vigilantes, not to mention what happens to all those telepaths, two themes I felt were skated over somewhat in the original. (However B5 dubbed into German is just confusing: what with the voices and and uniforms, it's like an American war movie without the good guys.)
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Those could be very interesting. And scary.
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cleanskies
Jul. 14th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
it'd have to end with everyone dying of course
I'd like to remake some huge epic disaster movies -- imagine The Day After Tomorrow but focussed around a bunch of kids on holiday in the Costa Del Sol. Could do for extreme weather films what 28 Days Later did for zombies...
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 15th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
Re: it'd have to end with everyone dying of course
Oh, yes!
anna_wing
Jul. 15th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
Star Trek has already been remade as Blake's 7 so I would very much like to see all American high school movies remade as Hong Kong Triad flicks.
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 15th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Hee! It's a shame Andy Lau is now a bit old to play all the bad boy leads.
birdsedge
Jul. 15th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
How about a version of Robin Hood set in actual England with an actual English cast...

Ah, that would be Robin of Sherwood, then...
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 15th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
I love that show.
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