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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)...


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)
Jul. 14th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
You could make it in Czech - the country origin of the stories.
Jul. 14th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
That could work: it would be a little like Farewell My Concubine, perhaps.

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