Every country has versions of horror, romance, comedy, and sci-fi thriller films. Modern foreign-language classics such as Roma (2018) from Mexico, Portrait of a lady on fire (2019) from France and parasite (2019) from South Korea hold a special place in the hearts of cinema lovers around the world. These films gained popularity due to their originality and won numerous awards.
Some exceptionally popular films have inspired international remakes, some too many to count. These remakes refreshed an existing story to appeal to new audiences and incorporated situations and themes that most people living in their native language country would identify with.
‘Bullet Train’ (2022)
In the United States (US) the thriller fast train hit theaters in August. The main role was played by the film, in which most of the actions (if not all) took place in one go Brad Pitt as a ladybug, joey king as a prince and Aaron Taylor Johnson as a tangerine. In the film, Ladybug had to redeem himself after failing several of his assassination missions. His new job was to get a briefcase on the train.
The US version of fast train was not an original idea. It was adapted from the 1975 Japanese version, Shinkansen Daibakuhawhat was translated fast train. The Japanese version starred Ken Takakura as Tetsuo Okita. Tetsuo, who had previously worked at a manufacturing company, was tasked with finding a bomb planted on a train from Tokyo.
‘Hachi: A Dog Story’ (2009)
fans of Marley & I (2008) and Walk (2019) should be added Hachi: A Tale of a Dog (2009) on their list of must-watch films. The biographical film Hachi: A Tale of a Dog told the story of Hachi(ko), an abandoned Akita puppy who was taken by Professor Wilson (Richard Gere). The film revealed the growing relationship between the man and the pup.
The US version was adapted from the 1987 Japanese version with the title Hachi-ko. In the 1987 version Tatsuya Nakadai starred in the film as Shujiro Ueno, who adopted the Akita puppy in Japan. The film shared the same heartfelt storyline and grief both dogs shared following the death of their owner.
‘No Reservations’ (2007)
Fans who have watched the TV series The bear (2022 -) know that the kitchen in a restaurant is not all that glamorous. It’s fast-paced and stressful for staff to ensure they deliver the perfect dish and No reservations (2007) showed the chaotic kitchen life and how it can spill over into the private life of a chef. The US version of the film No reservations star Catherine Zeta Jones as Kate and Aaron Eckhart as Nicholas. Kate had to balance two of her priorities, raising her niece and running a kitchen at a prestigious Manhattan restaurant.
The US version of this film was a remake of the 1998 film Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) from Germany. The main plot stayed the same; A major difference was the location and the names of the characters. in the Mostly Martha, Martha (Martina Gedeck) was the chef of a German restaurant who gained custody of her niece.
“Eight Below” (2006)
eight below (2006) focused on a team of sled dogs abandoned in Antarctica after their owner, Jerry Shepherd (Paul Walker) intended to return to them after the storm. However, he did not return, leaving the dogs to fight for their own survival. Finding food and avoiding predators were just some of the challenges the dogs had to overcome.
The film was based on a true story, and the story was first adapted into a major film in 1983. The 1983 version, Antarctic (Nankyoku-monogatari), was filmed in Japanese and Ken Takakura starred as Akira Ushioda and Tsunehiko Watase like Kenjirô Ochi, sled dog owners who unfortunately also left their dogs behind in Antarctica.
There seems to be a new one every two years or so godzilla Movie comes to the cinemas. The most recent film premiered in 2021 and is titled Godzilla vs Kong. There have been at least 37 films released about it godzilla, but the first versions of the film were Japanese.
In the 1954 version, the first godzilla, Movie, Godzilla, a sea monster, was awakened after an explosion and began attacking the Japanese cities. Professor Kyohei Yamane (Takashi Shimura) was the expert on the monster and knew its weakness. Released in the US in 2014, the film followed a similar storyline, except this time Godzilla attacked San Francisco.
‘200 Pounds of Beauty’ (2006)
In 2006 South Korea was released 200 pounds of beauty, a drama that dealt with the theme of a female appearance that does not meet the expectations of others. Kim Ah Joong starred in the film as Hanna, a talented singer, but she never stood in front of a live audience and sang as herself because of her looks. Instead, she lent her voice to other artists. Other women would use their recording as their own while performing in front of audiences.
To live up to the expectations of others and earn the attention she was seeking, she underwent plastic surgery. The film’s narrative remained the same and was reshot in Japan in 2006, and in 2009 Vietnam released its version.
“What Women Want” (2000)
What are you thinking right now? This wasn’t a question that Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) had to ask himself because he heard every woman’s thoughts, whether he wanted to hear them or not. After being electrocuted, he gained the ability to hear women’s minds, giving him the advantage of being successful in his job and making women fall in love with him in his personal life.
What women Want was first released in the United States in 2000. In 2011, China adapted the film with the title Wo zhi nv ren xin, which is similar to the US version. In 2004 India released the film titled Aga Bai Arecha! and stars Sanjay Narvekar who acquired the ability to listen to women after wishing he could understand women.
“My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997)
The first version of My best friend’s wedding was released in the US in 1997. The film followed Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts), who is starring Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), and they no longer saw each other as friends. When Michael invited Julianne to his wedding, she felt torn and wanted to stop the wedding.
Until now, My best friend’s wedding was remade twice with the plot remaining the same. The title was just translated into another language. In 2016, China released a remake starring the lead Shu Qi and Feng Shaofeng. In 2019, Mexico released a remake starring the lead role Ana Serradilla and Carlo Ferro.
‘Sudden Twenty’ (2016)
There have been several films that follow the image of an older person wishing to be younger and waking up younger the next day. Suddenly twenty (2016) from Thailand have adapted and slightly modified the trope. In the movie Parn (Davika Horne) was about 70 years old and wanted to reveal her 20s and her wish was soon granted.
In 2017, Indonesia adapted the film. It was titled Sweet twenty and stars Tatyana Saphira. The Philippines adapted and titled the film in 2018 Miss grandma and main role Sarah Geronimo. In 2019, India adapted and dubbed the film oh baby With Samantha Ruth Prabhu as the main actor.
‘Perfect Strangers’ (2016) (Perfetti sconosciuti)
The title may vary from one language to another, but the premise remains relatively the same. A group of close friends met for dinner. To spice up what would have ended up being a casual friendly dinner, one of the hosts suggested that he would share any text or phone call that came through with the rest of the group.
This “game” tested their relationship and revealed information about each other that definitely impacted their night out. Soon the guests hoped that no SMS would get through. Perfect strangers was remade more than 18 times and earned the Guinness World Record for most remakes. The films were released in Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, France, South Korea, India, Hungary, Russia, Germany, Armenia, Poland, Vietnam, Japan, Romania, Israel, the Netherlands, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and Lebanon Norway reshot.
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