Lost and Gained Subtitles: Films Started in Japan

Lost and Gained Subtitles: Films Started in Japan

(from left) Edge Of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.);  The Ring (Paramount Pictures);  The Magnificent Seven (Warner Bros.).

(from left) edge of tomorrow (Warner Bros.); the ring (maximum pictures); Seven Wonders (Warner Bros.).
picture: Todd Gilchrist/Warner Bros.; paramount images; Warner Bros.

Express train It will definitely be number one – by a bullet – at the box office this weekend. How could it not be, with a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Brian Tyree Henry and Joey King, and with acrobatic entrepreneur/action director David Leach (John Wick, Deadpool 2, Hobbs and Shaw) behind the camera? The film is the latest in a long line of Hollywood productions that have either been inspired by Japanese stories or have been direct adaptations of Japanese features.

Based on Maria Beetlea 2010 novel by famous Japanese author Kōtarō Isaka, Express train She takes her premise – several killers are stuck in a speeding train – and branches off on her territory. While the location is pretty much the same, the cast includes Americans and Brits along with the Japanese cast, with Pete being number one as an unlucky hire pistol named Ladybug.

Notably, Isaka himself approved of Sony Pictures’ changes to its source, indicating that the adaptation should not be entirely indebted to Japanese actors or production. He said, “I have no sense of wanting people to understand Japanese literature or culture.” The New York Times. “It’s not like I understand a lot about Japan either.” However, the film may inspire moviegoers to pick it up Maria Beetle Or one of his other books, the nuances of which have been translated into other languages ​​on the printed page, but not transformed the way Leach does in the film.

Suffice it to say that Express train Not the first Hollywood movie of Japanese origin. AV . Club A look at Tinseltown takes on a handful of other projects – some that started as books, others that first hit the movies in their native language. In each case, the power of these stories (or at least the tests) transcend geographic and cultural boundaries as much as they benefit them.

Seven Wonders (1960)

The Magnificent Seven (1960) | Official Trailer | MGM

It is a little-known but powerful related fact that Akira Kurosawa’s classic 1954 film Seven samurai It has already been released in the United States as Seven Wonders. So, it made sense that John Sturges’ adaptation would bear the same name. Thanks to Sturges and a top-notch cast that included Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, and Eli Wallach as the villain worth hissing, they created a classic—translated into most American genres, the Western—that works on its own merits with its homage. Seven samurai.

a handful of dollars (1964)

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a handful of dollars It is a melting pot of a movie, a thing of miracles, and the subject of much controversy when it comes to Japanese film adaptation. It is a remake of the 1961 samurai drama Akira Kurosawa YojimboOnly Kurosawa and co-writer/producer Ryozo Kikushima received no credit. It is quite understandable, Toho, the production entity behind it Yojimboa lawsuit, which delayed the release of a handful of dollars. naturallya handful of dollars It should never have worked, with an American lead (Clint Eastwood), an Italian director (Sergio Leone) who doesn’t speak English, and Italian, German and Spanish producers. However, it is a masterpiece, and one of the best spaghetti western ever.

pillow book (1996)

The Pillow Book (1996) | Trailer | Vivian Wu | Ewan McGregor | Yoshi Ueda

Peter Greenaway totally goes Peter Greenaway with this exciting drama inspired by pillow book, the centuries-old memoir of a Japanese woman named Sei Shōnagon. The plot is the archetypal Greenaway, with Vivian Wu as Nagiko, a model and poet with a fetish for writing on the human body. She finds a willing partner in Jerome (Ewan McGregor), who calls on Nagiko to “use my body like the pages of a book”. The movie is sexy, disturbing, elegant (Greenaway Boilerplate showcases like superimposed images and an obsession with numbers) — and certainly not for everyone.

Godzilla (1998) and Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (1998) – Godzilla Rise Scene (1/10) | movie clips

The giant, fire-breathing Godzilla has long been synonymous with Japan, although Hollywood has been drawn to the creature’s destructive power almost since the franchise’s inception: Three years after the original release, Raymond Burr was added to the 1956 Japanese film hybrid production called Godzilla, the king of monsters! for the US version. But it wasn’t until 1998 that Hollywood actually decided to make its own Godzilla movie. By then, of course, the paranoia that inspired the Atomic Age—and the powerful sadness that runs out of its story—was long forgotten, leaving behind only an empty spectacle. Roland Emmerich movie It was properly criticized in 1998, but Gareth Edwards got even more correct with his version of the story in 2014, which of course led to a “monster” that introduced other creatures – both friend and foe.

the ring (2002)

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the ring –Where anyone who watches a cursed video dies after seven days – they can claim to exist The The remake created a flood of American iterations of Japanese films, particularly horror. Whether this is a good or bad thing is up for debate, but the ringWritten by Ehren Krueger and directed by Gore Verbinski, it wisely claims to be nothing other than a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film of the same name, which itself was based on Koji Suzuki’s 1991 book. bell was honest with bellAnd the the ring It attempts to capture the spirit of its source material, although some purists have suggested that it fails to do so. The film is atmospheric, and features strong performances from the heroines, Naomi Watts and Davey Chase. Success the ring Horror adaptation portals opened: dark waterBased on dark water (Also based on the Suzuki story); to throbBased on to throb; missed callBased on missed call; And the hateBased on Where were most of the ancient cities built?

Do we dance? (2004)

Do we dance? (2004) | (HD) Official Trailer – Jennifer Lopez & Richard Gere | Miramax

Not every Japanese movie remake of the 2000s was the horror genre. 1996 romantic drama Do we dance? This is followed by an unhappy Japanese man learning ballroom dancing, much to the astonishment of his wife, who believes he is having an affair. He gave us a US remake of Richard Gere as husband, Susan Sarandon as wife, and Jennifer Lopez as dance teacher to Jerry. The movie got great reviews, but it’s a personal favourite, with charming performances, lots of hearts, and an underrated directing by Peter Chelsom.

eight below (2006)

Eight Below (2006) Official Trailer #1 – Paul Walker HD Movie

eight below Follows a rescue mission involving a group of sled dogs in the bitter cold. This is also the basic premise of Antarcticathe 1983 Japanese adventure/survival film on which it was based. Antarctica It is modeled after a real-life incident that happened in 1958. Directed by Frank Marshall, eight below It takes the events back to 1993 and offers a different setting featuring American characters (played by Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, etc.). It’s an intense and engaging ride with heroic and charming dogs, and you can’t help but cheer and cry at the end.

fast racer (2008), ghost in bowl (2017), Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Speed ​​Racer (2008) Emile Hirsch Susan Sarandon movie trailer HD

The Japanese manga and anime series have served as launching pads for many Hollywood productions. Colorful and highly stylized, The Wachowskis hit the box office fast racer was based on Mach GoGoGoThe fast racer The manga and animation series from the 1960s. ghost in bowl, a hugely popular manga, sparked the movie, game and home show industries in Japan and the United States. then there Alita: Battle Angelbased on the manga title johnm. Even an epic team between James Cameron (producer and co-writer) and Robert Rodriguez (director) couldn’t push this visually stunning adaptation into blockbuster territory.

edge of tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow – Official Trailer 1 [HD]

Hit many fans of Tom Cruise edge of tomorrow Don’t realize it’s derived from a Japanese book, a youth science fiction novel All You Need Is Kill Written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, published in 2004. Later, in 2014, the book was made into a manga in Japan, an English-language graphic novel in America, and also director Doug Lyman’s lively film. edge of tomorrowwhich plays as an alien invasion version of hard daywith Cruise’s character, Major William Cage, time passes and he dies so frequently that – with the help of kick-ass Sergeant Rita Fratasky (Emily Blunt) – he saves the day.

Silence (2016)

Film SILENCE (2016)

Martin Scorsese co-wrote and directed Silence, a drama based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. In it, two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) attempt to spread the message of Catholic Christianity in Japan while also trying to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson). The book has already had an adaptive therapy. Japanese writer and director Masahiro Shinoda collaborated with Endo on the script of a popular 1971 movie called Silence. Scorsese’s ambitious, nearly three-hour version garnered mostly positive reviews, but ranks among the director’s least successful titles at the US box office, barely passing the $7 million mark.

2022-08-06 12:00:00

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