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Denzel is Bittersweet?

08.01.2009

This slipped by me amidst the Comic Con chaos, but Twitch says that Denzel Washington (himself a Con attendee for THE BOOK OF ELI) is planning to star in an American remake of the outstanding South Korean film A BITTERSWEET LIFE.

No director or other info has been revealed, but the project has apparently in development at Fox (*shudder*).

Kim Ji-Woon's original gangster noir starred Lee Byung Hun (soon to be best known to US audiences as G.I. JOE foe Storm Shadow) as a crime lord's chief enforcer, assigned to look after his boss' young mistress. This leads him into trouble, followed by his own dismissal and ultimately just pure bloody revenge.

It's a layered, surprising and darkly poetic film with some masterful orchestration of carnage... and something tells me the US version won't quite achieve the same success, Oscar-winning actor or not. The eventual director could make all the difference.

Extra Tidbit: Between this and Will Smith remaking OLDBOY, is black the new Korean?
Source: Twitch

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4:49AM on 08/03/2009

Hmmm....Dave...

White producers have been remaking (and recasting) Asian movies for years, and because two black actors are doing the same thing it becomes novel?

There is nothing mysterious about it. They (Smith and Washington) found something that appealed to them, so they want to 'reimagine' it. (Last I checked, Martin Scorsese remade a Hong Kong flick that did well, Dragonball Z was 'something' that failed hugely).

Just like any reimagining, we hope that it succeeds rather than fails.
White producers have been remaking (and recasting) Asian movies for years, and because two black actors are doing the same thing it becomes novel?

There is nothing mysterious about it. They (Smith and Washington) found something that appealed to them, so they want to 'reimagine' it. (Last I checked, Martin Scorsese remade a Hong Kong flick that did well, Dragonball Z was 'something' that failed hugely).

Just like any reimagining, we hope that it succeeds rather than fails.
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6:02PM on 08/02/2009
Personally I don't think you should f**k with the Korean or Japanese movies. Seems like the American remakes don't hold up, so I say P A S S !!!
Personally I don't think you should f**k with the Korean or Japanese movies. Seems like the American remakes don't hold up, so I say P A S S !!!
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6:02PM on 08/01/2009
Well, on the plus side, maybe this means the original will finally get an American DVD release.
Well, on the plus side, maybe this means the original will finally get an American DVD release.
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5:08PM on 08/01/2009
I enjoyed this film quite a bit. I'm not a fan of remakes in general, but I'm willing to give it a chance, because Washington is one of my favorite actors.

/also, the kill yourself comments make you sound like Junior high schoolers. Just so you know.
I enjoyed this film quite a bit. I'm not a fan of remakes in general, but I'm willing to give it a chance, because Washington is one of my favorite actors.

/also, the kill yourself comments make you sound like Junior high schoolers. Just so you know.
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3:33PM on 08/01/2009

J. Burton

If you can't handle someone making a comment that involves race without being racist or being an ass kissing PC wanker, then you should go fuck yourself.
If you can't handle someone making a comment that involves race without being racist or being an ass kissing PC wanker, then you should go fuck yourself.
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1:43PM on 08/01/2009

j burton

Is J Burton the new Sean Penn?
RELAX!!
Is J Burton the new Sean Penn?
RELAX!!
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1:11PM on 08/01/2009
Indeed. It merely seemed curious that two of Hollywood's only A-list black actors (and unfortunately it's a short list, like it or not) recently gravitated to remakes of acclaimed Korean movies. No racism intended or implied.
Indeed. It merely seemed curious that two of Hollywood's only A-list black actors (and unfortunately it's a short list, like it or not) recently gravitated to remakes of acclaimed Korean movies. No racism intended or implied.
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1:01PM on 08/01/2009

J. Burton

Whoa, brother...calm down. I'm not even sure what you're so mad about. Dave was just making an observation.
Whoa, brother...calm down. I'm not even sure what you're so mad about. Dave was just making an observation.
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12:18PM on 08/01/2009

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