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Rashomon again

09.22.2008

Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece RASHOMON and its twisting multiple perspectives have influenced dozens of movies, some good (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, RESERVOIR DOGS), some not quite so (BASIC, ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL'S).

Why not go right to the source material -- and remake it? That's now the case with an update planned for a 2010 release.

Kurosawa's 1950 original starred Toshiro Mifune and was set in feudal Japan. The mystery involved a rape and murder, and several contradictory accounts of the crime.

Unsurprisingly, the new version will be contemporized and set in America (as opposed to, say, wherever VANTAGE POINT took place) and comes from companies Harbor Light and Lotus, who are also planning an animated version of Kurosawa's unproduced script THE MASQUE OF BLACK DEATH.

Extra Tidbit: Filmmaker Werner Herzog once called RASHOMON "perfect".
Source: Variety

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1:32AM on 09/24/2008

To be directed by....

....BRETT RATNER!!!
....BRETT RATNER!!!
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2:43PM on 09/23/2008

This is proof...

This is once again proof that a creative business is being run by uncreative people.
This is once again proof that a creative business is being run by uncreative people.
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12:26PM on 09/23/2008

Why Destroy a Classic

Hollywood needs to really look for screenwriters if all they're coming up with is remakes. They've already raped asian horror cinema. Making this remake is like hiroshima all over again: disaster.
Hollywood needs to really look for screenwriters if all they're coming up with is remakes. They've already raped asian horror cinema. Making this remake is like hiroshima all over again: disaster.
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10:45AM on 09/23/2008
hollywood's blatant ripoff of everything in existence is pathetic...no good ideas so now their stealing all of Asia's cinema. Why remake a movie that was made by a master? American audiences should be smarter than this. and to add:
DragonBall Z with a white dude as Goku=LAME..especially since everyone else in the film is Asian!!
Akira being remade and produced by lEONARDO Dicaprio=Lame If Akira is set in New York City it will be so ridiculous
hollywood's blatant ripoff of everything in existence is pathetic...no good ideas so now their stealing all of Asia's cinema. Why remake a movie that was made by a master? American audiences should be smarter than this. and to add:
DragonBall Z with a white dude as Goku=LAME..especially since everyone else in the film is Asian!!
Akira being remade and produced by lEONARDO Dicaprio=Lame If Akira is set in New York City it will be so ridiculous
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10:07AM on 09/23/2008
I'm right there with theotherness: I'll take influenced-by's all day long over remakes. I don't see the point of a remake.

And I've said this a thousand times, but I'll say it again: If people refuse to watch "old" movies or foreign movies, then it's just too bad for them that they miss these great stories. DON'T remake Rashomon because "the kids won't get to see it" or "the 50-year-old won't watch a movie from another country." Screw them! If they won't watch old movies, they miss
I'm right there with theotherness: I'll take influenced-by's all day long over remakes. I don't see the point of a remake.

And I've said this a thousand times, but I'll say it again: If people refuse to watch "old" movies or foreign movies, then it's just too bad for them that they miss these great stories. DON'T remake Rashomon because "the kids won't get to see it" or "the 50-year-old won't watch a movie from another country." Screw them! If they won't watch old movies, they miss out, period. Their loss.

(Of course, I guEEEEss it COULD be the money thing that Hollywood is interested in, and not the artistic value of the story... I mean, ya think it could? Nah, not Hollywood. What was I thinking? Sorry, folks. Sorry, everybody.)
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6:22AM on 09/23/2008
Sorry, I'll take a ripoff/influenced-by movie any day over a remake.
Sorry, I'll take a ripoff/influenced-by movie any day over a remake.
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2:10AM on 09/23/2008
Other way around, lalex. The Magnificent Seven was a remake of Seven Samurai.

I've gained a new appreciation for Kurosawa recently. I got to visit the Kurosawa exhibit at the Academy (if any Schmoes live in LA, go check it out - it's free!) and it was amazing. I'm seeing Seven Samurai this week on the big screen.

It's inevitable I guess. Everything's being remade. No one's safe.



Other way around, lalex. The Magnificent Seven was a remake of Seven Samurai.

I've gained a new appreciation for Kurosawa recently. I got to visit the Kurosawa exhibit at the Academy (if any Schmoes live in LA, go check it out - it's free!) and it was amazing. I'm seeing Seven Samurai this week on the big screen.

It's inevitable I guess. Everything's being remade. No one's safe.



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2:06AM on 09/23/2008

OH WELL

To be honest, I always thought that Rashomon would get a remake. It could be a good film but I don't think it should be done anyway.

"Kurosawa remade "The Magnificent Seven""

No he didn't. His was the original made in 1954 and Magnificent was made in 1960.
To be honest, I always thought that Rashomon would get a remake. It could be a good film but I don't think it should be done anyway.

"Kurosawa remade "The Magnificent Seven""

No he didn't. His was the original made in 1954 and Magnificent was made in 1960.
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12:36AM on 09/23/2008
If it's done well I don't see anything wrong with it.

Kurosawa did adaptations for King Lear and remade "The Magnificent Seven"

Why is it so wrong to remake one of his movies?
If it's done well I don't see anything wrong with it.

Kurosawa did adaptations for King Lear and remade "The Magnificent Seven"

Why is it so wrong to remake one of his movies?
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12:04AM on 09/23/2008

Herzog is right

This film is perfect. A remake is shameful so I guess it was time for Hollywood to keep up with its reputation
This film is perfect. A remake is shameful so I guess it was time for Hollywood to keep up with its reputation
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11:21PM on 09/22/2008
i first watched this in a dennys on my ipod...sigh yet another japanese movie be ripped from it japanese roots because we americans cant handle it.the only difference here is they waited 58 years. well like the other ones, they wont get my money
i first watched this in a dennys on my ipod...sigh yet another japanese movie be ripped from it japanese roots because we americans cant handle it.the only difference here is they waited 58 years. well like the other ones, they wont get my money
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