Asian movie invasion of Hollywood
After a couple of years (in recent history) flirting with asian influences (The Matrix, Kill Bill, The last Samurai,...) and some very successful asian films like Hero and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon it seems that the big wave is upon us and will stay here until it's milked for all its worth.
Scary movies seem to get the most attention, The Ring (Ringu) and The Grudge (Ju-On) being good examples.
The reason? Most Americans are a little tired of the lame special effects ridden horror spectacle movies about indestructible killers chasing teenagers.
This also has a flipside: As soon as the audience gets used to the asian style of scaring you (minimalistic imagery, tapping into primal and modern fears, long silent parts etc.)
Remakes Following The Grudge (2004) and Shall We Dance (2004) are:
The Ring II (2005) -Ringu II-,
Dark Water (2005) -Dark Water-,
The Departed *by M. Scorsese* (2005) -Internal Affairs-,
Chaos (2005) -Koasu-,
Antarctica (2006) -Antarctica-,
My Sassy Girl (2006) -My Sassy Girl-,
Il Mare (2006) -Sioware-,
But it gets even better (well, worse actually):
The Eye (2006?) -The Eye-,
A Tale Of Two Sisters (2006?) -A Tale Of Two Sisters-,
OldBoy (2006?) -OldBoy-,
The Mission (2006?) -The Mission-,
My Wife Is A Gangster (2006?) -My Wife Is A Gangster-,
Hi, Dharma (2006?) -Hi, Dharma-,
And last but not least:
The Seven Samurai (2006?) -The Seven Samurai-,
(And not like 'A fistful of dollars' or 'Last Man Standing')
Strategies are as follows:
We buy the rights to the films and make a more western version of it.
We buy the rights and the creator of the film to do it for us with different (western) actors.
A little info on how the most recent wave came into existence:
1) Ringu movie rights bought by DreamWorks (from new big name in Hollywood) Roy Lee)
2) Copy Ringu and make The Ring
3) The Ring was an unexpected success and made $220.000.000+
It didn't take long for the industry to go on a shopping spree in Asia...
(Source: Magazines & the www)