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10.29.2008
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Mike Nichols will remake Kurosawa's detective thriller HIGH AND LOW (TENGOKU TO JIGOKU). In the movie a businessman loses his company after he pays the money he needs to buy out his competitors, to kidnappers who have taken his driver's son. David Mamet wrote the script, which Marty Scorsese actually commissioned way back in 1999. Nichols' last film was CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR.

Kurosawa is great but don't get too excited because it's David Mamet again. People lavish praise on his hard-boiled dialogue but I defy you to tell me a movie of his, since the 80s that will get you laid. What's this guy's deal? Wow GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS had some witty verbal back and forths but how many crazy kids got naked after they saw it? HEIST? No one gets hot for Gene Hackman's old ass. That's why Andy Tennant is my favorite director. HITCH got me laid like crazy. I spent more time on my back than a corpse the year that movie came out. And really, I think that's what the love and appreciation of film is about.
Extra Tidbit: In the original film, only one scene is in color (where colored smoke rises from an incinerator).
Source: Variety

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9:31PM on 10/29/2008

Honestly...

...although I think Mamet is overrated by some people, he is a seriously talented writer. Besides Glengarry Glen Ross he also have him to thank for Ronin, State and Main, Redbelt, and of course, Spartan. matt101 is right, that movie is flippin' awesome.

Nichols is a great director as well, which makes me think this will probably be pretty good. Let's remember Kurosawa films actually have a surprisingly good history when it comes to remakes including The Magnificent Seven, The Outrage, and A
...although I think Mamet is overrated by some people, he is a seriously talented writer. Besides Glengarry Glen Ross he also have him to thank for Ronin, State and Main, Redbelt, and of course, Spartan. matt101 is right, that movie is flippin' awesome.

Nichols is a great director as well, which makes me think this will probably be pretty good. Let's remember Kurosawa films actually have a surprisingly good history when it comes to remakes including The Magnificent Seven, The Outrage, and A Fistful of Dollars. Heck, George Lucas has even admitted that "A New Hope" comes very close to a remake of "The Hidden Fortress."

High and Low was also based on an American novel, so story should work well with western audiences.
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3:55PM on 10/29/2008
Let super liberal hippie/hipster girls know that 'Wag the Dog' is your favorite film. The panties peel right off...
Let super liberal hippie/hipster girls know that 'Wag the Dog' is your favorite film. The panties peel right off...
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3:35PM on 10/29/2008
I'm having trouble believing Thoo has ever had sex.

ps- Mamet sucks. and he's responsible for the worst episodes of the Shield. Dutch strangling a cat?! COME ON, DAVID!
I'm having trouble believing Thoo has ever had sex.

ps- Mamet sucks. and he's responsible for the worst episodes of the Shield. Dutch strangling a cat?! COME ON, DAVID!
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3:21PM on 10/29/2008

A note to James Thoo

Normally, I'd agree, Mamet can get sorta iffy. Go watch "Spartan" This movie is gold, and everyone I show it to, loves it.
Normally, I'd agree, Mamet can get sorta iffy. Go watch "Spartan" This movie is gold, and everyone I show it to, loves it.
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