I dig this poster for upcoming Korean import The Chaser, mainly for its sly little dig at Hollywood up top:
I'm not one that gets too irritated about remakes. Usually the big horror/action remakes are just products to regenerate income. True, 75% of the time they are inferior to the original, but, for the most part, the integrity of the original is held intact. (Will people really prefer Diane English's The Women to George Cukor's in 30 years??? Doubtful.)
However, remakes of foreign films, specifically those from Japan and Korea, get a different treatment. Because of language barriers and aesthetic differences, U.S. audiences may know that they are seeing a remake, but rarely will they seek out the original (Ask 10 people on the street today if they know that this weekend's Bangkok Dangerous was originally a smash in Korea).
Respectfully, directors like The Pang Brothers and Takeshi Shimizu have been given the chance to remake their own films with Hollywood backing,... but others aren't as lucky.
Finished or upcoming remakes of My Sassy Girl, The Lake House, A Tale of Two Sisters (which is being remade with new title The Uninvited, which happens to be the title of another Korean film on a totally different storyline... do these people check for this stuff???) and cult favorite Old Boy will be helmed by fresh faces.
I guess I just have a major beef to get off my chest. From the "WTF!?!" movies (Bad Guy), to the hilarious (Attack The Gas Station), to the action-packed (Nowhere To Hide), and the cute (My Wife is a Gangster), South Korea has been my favorite foreign film mecca of the last few years. I guess it just burns me to see so much artistic ingenuity possibly get brushed under the rug.