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Lady Vengeance update

03.14.2008

My man Dave Davis hit you guys up with the news that Charlize Theron was planning to produce and star in a remake of Park Chan-Wook's SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE and today there have been new developments. Apparently it was Park who gave her the idea in the first place! “He made an almost perfect film [but] he came to me and said he really wanted us to do this. He wanted to see that story told in an American society".

Does this make us feel a little better about it? Sure, why not. I wasn't as outraged as a lot of you were, but only because I'm kind of numb to these kinds of developments now, regardless of how blasphemous. And if the Hollywood machine is gonna claim one of Park's movies I'd definitely rather it was LADY VENGEANCE than OLDBOY. But knowing it is going along at Park's prompting is definitely comforting. Hopefully we'll get someone like Fincher to direct and not someone like Brett Ratner - that will be key. Either way it'll probably be a while before any of these developments take place, since the project is "still in the very, very early stages of development right now".
Extra Tidbit: What do we do? Pray the movie tanks and puts people off adaptating Park's stuff? Or hope it is awesome, but then have to put up with someone thinking he can do OLDBOY justice?
Source: MTV

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1:26AM on 03/17/2008

Pray?

I pray that I can take Theron's next pic like that!!!!
I pray that I can take Theron's next pic like that!!!!
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10:10PM on 03/16/2008
MMm... well Elessar has a point but I still feel bitter, we've seen that the majority of remakes do not live up to their original counterparts, and that's why, from my part, I cry outrage. But I guess that if it's a done deal, I only hope they give the film the respect it deserves.

So yeah, at least we have Charlize Theron and not Jessica Alba or some generic "hottie"
MMm... well Elessar has a point but I still feel bitter, we've seen that the majority of remakes do not live up to their original counterparts, and that's why, from my part, I cry outrage. But I guess that if it's a done deal, I only hope they give the film the respect it deserves.

So yeah, at least we have Charlize Theron and not Jessica Alba or some generic "hottie"
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7:51PM on 03/15/2008
Lady Vengeance is far superior to Oldboy. I'd actually someone take on the straightforward revenge-actioner than the subtle emotional character drama.
Lady Vengeance is far superior to Oldboy. I'd actually someone take on the straightforward revenge-actioner than the subtle emotional character drama.
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4:33PM on 03/15/2008

I'm Switzerland

I haven't seen Lady Vengeance or Old Boy, so I should probably see them before rendering my judgement. But remember, too, that The Departed started off as a Japanese crime drama called Infernal Affairs, and The Departed was 10 times better. Just proof with the right team, anything can be done, and done well.
I haven't seen Lady Vengeance or Old Boy, so I should probably see them before rendering my judgement. But remember, too, that The Departed started off as a Japanese crime drama called Infernal Affairs, and The Departed was 10 times better. Just proof with the right team, anything can be done, and done well.
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3:51AM on 03/15/2008

GREEN

I want to put more green in this. He actually said he wanted to see this done. The screenwriter/director said he wanted his idea to be redone.

What dictates that you have more say?

DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T WATCH IT.
I want to put more green in this. He actually said he wanted to see this done. The screenwriter/director said he wanted his idea to be redone.

What dictates that you have more say?

DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T WATCH IT.
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1:46AM on 03/15/2008
NO. Just Say NO
NO. Just Say NO
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11:47PM on 03/14/2008
Welll....most of these were done by American producers/directors saying "Let's take this and put Americans in it!" and then involving the original crew to a greater or lesser extent AT BEST, so since this is the other way of doing that...well.

And Puff, not to bicker with you, cuz I get what your saying, but I think the others are saying that the remake ruins the IDEA of the original, not the original. I know this aint always true (KING KONG 2005, Mr. Deeds, Dawn of the Dead, for example),
Welll....most of these were done by American producers/directors saying "Let's take this and put Americans in it!" and then involving the original crew to a greater or lesser extent AT BEST, so since this is the other way of doing that...well.

And Puff, not to bicker with you, cuz I get what your saying, but I think the others are saying that the remake ruins the IDEA of the original, not the original. I know this aint always true (KING KONG 2005, Mr. Deeds, Dawn of the Dead, for example), but it is the case often enough that the remake or Americanized version just....sucks.

I still like to watch Emmerich's GODZILLA though. Not cuz its good, its just fun for a laugh. And THE GRUDGE is still the movie that scared me most, so...yeah.
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10:12PM on 03/14/2008
people gotta calm down, if the movie is remade and you dont like it dont see it, and if it was that great to start with, why would a remake of it make it less good, it should keep being great no matter how great or awful the remake is.
personally, I very rarely watch asian movies because I just dont like to watch asian movies (and no its not because i dont like to read subtitles), so if it is a good remake and more importantly a good film, im down to watch it (you never know, it could be like
people gotta calm down, if the movie is remade and you dont like it dont see it, and if it was that great to start with, why would a remake of it make it less good, it should keep being great no matter how great or awful the remake is.
personally, I very rarely watch asian movies because I just dont like to watch asian movies (and no its not because i dont like to read subtitles), so if it is a good remake and more importantly a good film, im down to watch it (you never know, it could be like the departed: amazing)
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10:03PM on 03/14/2008
well if he gave his blessing and it was his idea im cool with it. theron is cool enough.
well if he gave his blessing and it was his idea im cool with it. theron is cool enough.
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7:38PM on 03/14/2008

Stop complaining...

You guys are forgeting that THE DEPARTED was a kick ass remake of a kick ass asian film. Some even say STAR WARS could be considered a remake of asian cinema.
You guys are forgeting that THE DEPARTED was a kick ass remake of a kick ass asian film. Some even say STAR WARS could be considered a remake of asian cinema.
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6:25PM on 03/14/2008

If it fails...

...cool, you guys have fun flaming it to death. If not, we've got another movie to enjoy.

Win-win situation there.
...cool, you guys have fun flaming it to death. If not, we've got another movie to enjoy.

Win-win situation there.
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5:51PM on 03/14/2008
Park: "You guys should remake the movie
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it will be a good laugh for all of us to see you try"
Park: "You guys should remake the movie
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it will be a good laugh for all of us to see you try"
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3:22PM on 03/14/2008

Actually...

Actually, yes. This made me feel a lot better about this project. Knowing he is the one that set the plans in motion, I'm sure that would mean he could be a standby on the set to make sure they don't screw it up.

I am anticipating this movie to be good. Let's hope it doesn't suck like every other remake out there =)
Actually, yes. This made me feel a lot better about this project. Knowing he is the one that set the plans in motion, I'm sure that would mean he could be a standby on the set to make sure they don't screw it up.

I am anticipating this movie to be good. Let's hope it doesn't suck like every other remake out there =)
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2:25PM on 03/14/2008

BAH

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2:19PM on 03/14/2008

BAH

The real elitism here is believing that all stories must come through a Westernized lens. And, just for the record, in case you missed it: the remake of Psycho? It sucked. Horribly.

Remakes cater to the worst sorts of Hollywood impulses.

Anyone seen The Vanishing? Yeah. See what that remake--made by the same director, no less--says about our culture.



The real elitism here is believing that all stories must come through a Westernized lens. And, just for the record, in case you missed it: the remake of Psycho? It sucked. Horribly.

Remakes cater to the worst sorts of Hollywood impulses.

Anyone seen The Vanishing? Yeah. See what that remake--made by the same director, no less--says about our culture.



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2:11PM on 03/14/2008

If anything...

There should be a remake of Oldboy, considering that--although many fanboys will disagree with my opinion--it was easily the weakest of the three films.

Lady Vengeance, though? Brilliant film that should never have been considered for a remake. Not surprising, though, especially when you think of how the great A Tale of Two Sisters has also received the remake treatment.
There should be a remake of Oldboy, considering that--although many fanboys will disagree with my opinion--it was easily the weakest of the three films.

Lady Vengeance, though? Brilliant film that should never have been considered for a remake. Not surprising, though, especially when you think of how the great A Tale of Two Sisters has also received the remake treatment.
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1:45PM on 03/14/2008

Cricker

I'm suprised you you could read those comments. Must have been a strain, huh? Lotsa words on screen, and you were probably trying to focus on the picture in the article, but all those damned words got in the way. I wish they'd just record the story in audio (in English) so that I could look at the picture, while getting the story. How hard is that? They should make news stories for people who don't like to read.
I'm suprised you you could read those comments. Must have been a strain, huh? Lotsa words on screen, and you were probably trying to focus on the picture in the article, but all those damned words got in the way. I wish they'd just record the story in audio (in English) so that I could look at the picture, while getting the story. How hard is that? They should make news stories for people who don't like to read.
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1:02PM on 03/14/2008

Not to hard

I mean how hard would it be to remake a foreign movie for american audiences? Imean for gods sake they made a remake of Psycho, shot for shot. Thats what they need to do with foreign flicks same script same camera angles just redone for americans who dont like subtitles.
I mean how hard would it be to remake a foreign movie for american audiences? Imean for gods sake they made a remake of Psycho, shot for shot. Thats what they need to do with foreign flicks same script same camera angles just redone for americans who dont like subtitles.
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12:08PM on 03/14/2008

Fuckin' Elitists.

There's this amazing thing about remakes people forget: their existence actually doesn't go out and destroy all the copies of the original version.

If you don't want to see it, don't watch it. If Park Chan-Wook wants to see the remake, well, I don't know anyone else whose say should have more pull.
There's this amazing thing about remakes people forget: their existence actually doesn't go out and destroy all the copies of the original version.

If you don't want to see it, don't watch it. If Park Chan-Wook wants to see the remake, well, I don't know anyone else whose say should have more pull.
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10:53AM on 03/14/2008

This is the worst idea since. . .

You want this story told to an American society, oh genius director who blows me away with images and stories? Well, instead of doing time with Theron, tell Americans to get off their fat, isolationist, Apatow-glutted asses and rent the original--the amazing original.

There can be no proper remake for perfection.



You want this story told to an American society, oh genius director who blows me away with images and stories? Well, instead of doing time with Theron, tell Americans to get off their fat, isolationist, Apatow-glutted asses and rent the original--the amazing original.

There can be no proper remake for perfection.



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10:26AM on 03/14/2008
Someone doing Oldboy justice is kind of hard to imagine. I mean, the thing is that Park Wooks films are damn near perfect, how in the world are they going to make them better or at the very least, not an embarrasment when compared to Wooks films?

It will have to be a great director who does this, one who will treat the films with the respect they deserve. Were not just talking about some crappy little movie here, these movies are masterpieces as far as Im concerned.
Someone doing Oldboy justice is kind of hard to imagine. I mean, the thing is that Park Wooks films are damn near perfect, how in the world are they going to make them better or at the very least, not an embarrasment when compared to Wooks films?

It will have to be a great director who does this, one who will treat the films with the respect they deserve. Were not just talking about some crappy little movie here, these movies are masterpieces as far as Im concerned.
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