Let’s Do It Again

I love a good remake.  Let me say this again: I love a GOOD remake.  I’m not down for “reimagining” somebody else’s film just because you think you can do it better (yeah, Scorsese, I’m talkin’ to you).

So I’m intrigued when hearing about some interesting Asian film remakes on the horizon.

Donnie Yen is supposed to be revising the angry young man theme in his remake of Fist of Fury. I like Donnie, so I’m looking forward to this and I’m particularly intrigued by what he plans to do with all that anti-Japanese sentiment from the original.  When Jet Li when this route, you practically forgot the Japanese were even in this movie.

Then there’s the Dragon Inn remake.  Yes, it’s supposed to star Jet Li but what I’m really interested in is who is going to reprise the roles that made me want to be Bridgette Lin and Maggie Cheung when I grow up.  Any suggestions?  Michelle Yeoh seems like an obvious choice, but I guess we’ll see.  What did Tsui Hark forget to do the first time around?  I hope this is better than his Seven Swords soiree.

But this is the most trippy of all:  the Korean version of John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow.  I found this trailer, and I don’t understand Korean, but I immediately could tell that this was A Better Tomorrow:

Now, just cause you put on a white suit and some shades and roll with a couple of guns doesn’t automatically make you Mark.  But given my penchant for Korean film, I’m willing to give it a shot. And given the tendency for Korean films to be crazy good, this may be one of those remakes I love.

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One thought on “Let’s Do It Again

  1. Yes – this is intriguing. I am a Jet Li fan so I will look forward to seing him in the Dragon Inn remake, but I I must say I really love the Tsui Hark version already. Brigitte Lin and Donnie Yen and the rest of the cast are very good, and Maggie Cheung is amazing. I have never been able to get hold of the King Hu version. The remake would have to be very special to top the Tsui Hark film.

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