I guess the remake virus created in Hollywood’s laboratory has finally caught up with Asia’s producers and directors. At least that’s the way it looks judging from the news reported in the last few days.
First, Japan’s exceptional director Takashi Miike has announced his remake of Eiichi Kudo’s classic Thirteen Assassins (Juusan-nin no Shikaku). The film tells the story of a group of assassins (I’ll let you guess how many…) on a suicide mission to kill the younger brother of a shogun who brutally raped and murdered a girl. Joined by producer Toshiaki Nakazawa (Departures, Sukiyaki Western Django), the shooting is supposed to start in July.
Here’s the trailer for the 1963 original [via Wildgrounds & Screen Daily]:
According to KFC Cinema, Dante Lam has also chosen a film from his home country and plans to remake the Shaw Bros. wuxia classic The Flying Guillotine for a summer 2010 release.
Another, not less classic, title from the Shaw Bros. studios will be recycled by Korean director Kim Sung-su (Musa, Running Wild). His reinterpretation of The One-Armed Swordsman will also hit the screens in 2010.
While I’d love to see more fresh AND good films from Asia, I do prefer this kind of “local reinterpretation” to the 08/15 remake tactic applied by Hollywood studios during the last few years to save audience from those nasty and eye straining subtitles. At least Miike should be able to bring some interesting ideas to his remake.
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