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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)...

Comments

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.
tj_dragon
Jul. 14th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! I couldn't even tell in the first 10 minutes where it was supposed to be set. Did that school bus at the beginning cross the Atlantic?
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't see it: I couldn't face what it might be like.
birdsedge
Jul. 15th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
You were wise!
hawkwing_lb
Jul. 14th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
That film was such a waste of a good book.
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hee!
And yes, a Japanese version of Star Wars would be very cool.

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