Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What would Hollywood do without Asian Movies?

In yet another attempt from Hollywood to mooch off the success of a Asian film, Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are working to produce an American version of the Korean film "Old Boy". This critically acclaimed 2003 Korean movie is based on a Japanese comic book. In the story, the hero (Dae-Su) gets kidnapped and is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, one day he's released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls for an attractive sushi chef. The Korean version of the movie won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes in 2004. What I don't understand is why can't American directors look at these films as inspiration to become more adventurous and experimental with something of their own creation, instead of going "Oh-hey, cool here something else I can rip off!" Click here to read further.

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