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John Woo will direct a remake of Yakuza classic, newly titled Day of the Beast

05.16.2012

Director John Woo, the master of balletic slow-mo action, is reloading his guns for a remake of Seijun Suziki's Japanese mafia classic DAY OF THE YOUNG, aptly retitled DAY OF THE BEAST for the remake.

"This remake is my salute to the great films and filmmakers produced by Nikkatsu's 100 years in cinema history. It is exciting for me as well as an honor," said Woo during the announcement at Cannes. 

The story is "set in Tokyo, Day of the Beast follows a Western outsider with a grim past as he becomes embroiled in a global turf war between Yakuza (Japanese mafia) and old-school Cold War Russian mobsters."

Woo has been embroiled in making ancient martial arts sword and sandal pics, so it'll be nice to see him return to the genre that cemented his reputation as an action auteur.  I'm a big fan of Woo and it's been disappointing to see his American films slowly decline to the point of nonexistence. 

I think what Woo needs is control over his projects.  The US studio system did not suit his filming style very well.  Hopefully, DAY OF THE BEAST will be a return to his THE KILLER and HARD BOILED days.  This is officially a project to get stoked for in my book.

More as this develops.  In the meantime, bask in the glory that is John Woo's HARD BOILED:

Extra Tidbit: If you're able to track a copy down, the director's cut of HARD TARGET, Woo's first American film with Van Damme is a beautiful piece of hardcore action excess.

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11:50PM on 05/16/2012

Hard Target DC?

I wasnt aware that a Directors Cut of Hard Target actually existed? Where can I get it?
I wasnt aware that a Directors Cut of Hard Target actually existed? Where can I get it?
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9:03PM on 05/16/2012
I just hope the right John Woo shows up (Hard Boiled not Windtalkers).
I just hope the right John Woo shows up (Hard Boiled not Windtalkers).
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3:36PM on 05/16/2012
I heard that Joss Whedon was going to direct this until the studio told him that he wasn't allowed to kill off the most random background character.
I heard that Joss Whedon was going to direct this until the studio told him that he wasn't allowed to kill off the most random background character.
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2:56PM on 05/16/2012

Fuck yes!

John Woo doing a Seijun Suzuki classic is a dream come true!
John Woo doing a Seijun Suzuki classic is a dream come true!
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1:24PM on 05/16/2012

Fuck I've missed John!

Now while we're at it lets get Paul Verhoeven a comeback as well!
Now while we're at it lets get Paul Verhoeven a comeback as well!
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1:02PM on 05/16/2012
There better be a slow motion gun fight with a shit ton of doves!!
There better be a slow motion gun fight with a shit ton of doves!!
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1:06PM on 05/16/2012
Slow Mo Doves FTW!!!
Slow Mo Doves FTW!!!
12:56PM on 05/16/2012
This sounds intriguing. John Woo needs a major comeback. Something as epic as Hard Boiled or Face/Off.
This sounds intriguing. John Woo needs a major comeback. Something as epic as Hard Boiled or Face/Off.
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1:11PM on 05/16/2012
To be honest, his latest epic RED CLIFF 1-2 were one of the biggest boxoffice smash in Asia ever, won a shitload of awards too. But yeah, i feel you, Gun Fu & Slo-Mo double handgun ballet with doves flying is what we want from him.
To be honest, his latest epic RED CLIFF 1-2 were one of the biggest boxoffice smash in Asia ever, won a shitload of awards too. But yeah, i feel you, Gun Fu & Slo-Mo double handgun ballet with doves flying is what we want from him.
12:47PM on 05/16/2012
Just had a John Woo marathon a day ago with A BETTER TOMORROW 1-2, THE KILLER, HARD BOILED & FACE/OFF. Any new film reuniting the "Heroic Bloodshed" genre with John Woo after this long, I'm so totally there.

Sidenote, Really hope he cast Chow Yun-fat in a key character. They're made for each other.
Just had a John Woo marathon a day ago with A BETTER TOMORROW 1-2, THE KILLER, HARD BOILED & FACE/OFF. Any new film reuniting the "Heroic Bloodshed" genre with John Woo after this long, I'm so totally there.

Sidenote, Really hope he cast Chow Yun-fat in a key character. They're made for each other.
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12:36PM on 05/16/2012
I hope it isn't an update, because that means the hero won't have the cool element of being a WW2 veteran.
I hope it isn't an update, because that means the hero won't have the cool element of being a WW2 veteran.
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