The 15 Worst Western Remakes of Asian Films

Hollywood and the West typically have been remaking among the biggest Asian motion pictures because the 60s, selecting probably the most commercially profitable and probably the most adaptable productions to deliver to each American and worldwide audiences. A variety of them have been of equal or a minimum of comparable high quality, with John Sturges’s “The Magnificent Seven” (primarily based on “Seven Samurai”) and Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of {Dollars}” (primarily based on Yojimbo”) being among the most outstanding samples. On the similar time, nevertheless, and notably after the 90s, the standard of remakes decreased considerably, leading to a collection of remakes that may solely be described as actually terrible, despite the fact that, from time to time, they have been directed by the identical filmmakers who shot the originals. Right here, we’ve included 15 of the worst ones, in random order.

1. Ju-On: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2002) Remake: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, USA, 2004)

Takashi Shimizu, who was additionally the screenwriter, places the occasions in a non-chronological order, attempting to mix the fear with deeper thought. He manages to direct a really horrifying film, whose most distinguishing function is the truth that probably the most suspenseful and terrifying scenes happen within the mild of the day. Though the long-lasting Takako Fuji retained her position as Kayako in each movies, the remainder of the casting was a bit off, with Sarah Michelle Gellar being an unfortunate alternative for the primary position. Moreover, and regardless of the truth that the variation has its scary moments, it didn’t handle to keep up the general horrific ambiance of the unique, as a substitute resorting to abrupt sound and sudden appearances with a purpose to scare.

2. Bangkok Harmful (Pang Brothers, Thailand, 2000) Remake: Bangkok Harmful (Pang Brothers, USA, 2008)

The unique implements a permeating “underground” sense, which is assisted by the rapid-cut montage, the greenish fluorescent lights (much like these in Wong Kar-wai’s movies), and the pervasive violence that appears to exist all over the place in Bangkok. Within the adaptation, the Pang Brothers stored the movie in Bangkok, however tailored the script to a bigger diploma, since Joe, the protagonist, is an American killer for rent who turns into a mentor for Joe, a small-time criminal, solely to disappoint him. The ambiance of the remake is kind of the identical, however the administrators toned down the violence, whereas the script seems considerably incoherent at instances, leading to a movie that’s uninteresting at moments, a flaw that Nicolas Cage’s efficiency doesn’t soothe in any manner.

3. Darkish Water (Hideo Nakata, Japan, 2002) Remake: Darkish Water (Walter Salles, USA, 2005)

Hideo Nakata directs a equally atmospheric movie with “The Ring”, merely changing technophobia with hydrophobia, thus managing to create an equally achieved film. Walter Salles stored the unique movie’s script for probably the most half, and even included an all-star solid together with Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth and Pete Postlethwaite. Nevertheless, he failed to keep up the psychological horror and the permeating disappointment of the Japanese movie, as a substitute specializing in the disturbed world of his protagonist, thus presenting a film that largely seems to be like a psychograph. In the long run, he tried to incorporate the horror factor, in an effort that resulted in an end result that’s too superficial to be a psychological drama, and too hesitant to be a horror movie.

4. The Eye (Pang Brothers, Hong Kong, 2002) Remake: The Eye (David Moreau, 2008)

The most important asset of the unique is its technical fluidity. It has masterful course by the Pang Brothers, stable appearing, spectacular cinematography and enhancing, a superb rating, and horrifying particular results. David Moreau didn’t adapt the overall horror ambiance of the unique, as a substitute resorting to hyperbolic (on account of their frequency) scenes of terror which will scare at moments, however largely find yourself being tedious. The comparability between the 2 protagonists, Angelica Lee and Jessica Alba, positively favors the primary.

5. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001, Japan) Remake: Pulse (Jim Sonzero, 2006)

Whereas the intentions have been by no means gonna match what the unique achieved, that is nonetheless a horridly wretched effort. The ignorance concerning the ghosts is an indication of the weak storyline that permeates the movie, providing up the one time we get any data concerning the technological developments of the ghosts on the remaining ten minutes. Too little too late for something. Tacked on high of that could be a normal lack of motion that wastes plenty of time on unnecessary technical exposition leading to no sort of concern from the ghosts, as they’re not on-screen all that a lot. This might be tolerable if solely the entire manufacturing wasn’t graced with probably the most unappealing, drab, gray tone that sucks the life out of all the pieces right here. All of it combines collectively into a virtually unwatchable style effort.

6. Shall We Dance? (Masayuki Suo, 1996, Japan) Remake: Shall We Dance? (Peter Chelsom, 2004)

Peter Chelsom got here in full weapons blazing with a excessive profile starcast involving Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Jennifer Lopez for his remake of the Japanese “Shall We Dance?”, however that additionally proved detrimental of types because the function wasn’t in a position to recreate the allure that the unique carried so effortlessly. In relocating to America, the cultural references have been additionally misplaced, leading to a lacklustre and really forgettable remaining product.

7. My Sassy Woman (Kwan Jae-yong, 2001, South Korea) Remake: My Sassy Woman (Yann Samuell, 2008)

Nowadays, if somebody mentions a romcom from Korea, it’s nonetheless very prone to be about “My Sassy Woman”. If not, it was in all probability impressed by it not directly, or maybe it paved its manner. Regardless of a few of its jokes having aged poorly, it’s nonetheless value a watch when checked out with context. Purely from a cultural and academic standpoint, for being one of many movies that signified the Korean New Wave of cinema, but additionally simply because it’s a extremely good watch. The remake follows the unique script to the letter from time to time, however is far “tamer” in its presentation, whereas additionally struggling intently from the dearth of chemistry between the 2 protagonists, leading to notably Charlie being completely unconvincing as a personality.

8. Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954, Japan) Remake: Godzilla (Roland Emmerich, 1998)

A colossal misstep practically as massive because the titular creature, “Godzilla” was a doomed movie from the beginning. The thought of the oversimplified monster-on-the-loose format was indebted to the monster motion pictures the unique impressed, as a substitute of matching the originals’ nuclear allegory themes in any manner. As well as, a collection of directorial misfires starting from terrible casting decisions, cringe-worthy performances, dropped plot factors that go nowhere in alternate for concepts which can be clearly ripped off from different movies solely, to probably the most egregious issue within the determination to exchange the trademark suitmation methods for badly-dated CGI, worsened the top consequence much more. Whereas taken purely as popcorn-fodder motion, there’s a way of enjoyable right here however the majority of the issues preserve this intensely down.

9. A Story of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, 2003, South Korea) Remake: The Uninvited (The Guard Brothers, 2009)

A number of the largest sturdy factors of Kim Jee-woon’s seminal k-horror movie “A Story of Two Sisters” have been the ambiance it arrange and the appearing, which might simply be stated to be among the many finest within the style in Korea. The American remake “The Uninvited”, coming six years after the unique, decides to chop out nearly half an hour of the runtime from the unique, shedding out on many of the ambiance and as a substitute counting on jump-scares, taking the sting out of the creepiness of the storyline. Generally, extra actually is best.

10. Loss of life Word (Tetsuro Araki, 2006, Japan) Remake: Loss of life Word (Adam Wingard, 2017)

Oh pricey, the place to start with this one? Netflix’s American remake of the much-loved anime and Japanese live-actions stored taking missteps all alongside the best way, notably when it got here to the characters. A hormonal Gentle (right here with the final title Turner), an emotionally unhinged L and a normal lack of high quality scenes involving Ryuk just about sucked the soul out of the supply materials. This one had a giant “L” written throughout it.

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