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Wed, Mar 1, 2017 10:29 PM

Live Poll: Best American Remake: Non-English Language Movie

American remakes of great foreign language films are understandable; sharing a great story with as wide an audience as possible is always a good idea. These remakes are often done with the full resources of Hollywood with bigger stars and larger budgets. However, these adaptations face the same issues that most sequels and remakes have when compared to the original.

Which American remake is the most worthy of it's original foreign and non-English language brethren?

See the partial list of American remakes of original foreign and non-English movies: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls033212367/

Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/mefDd4cDqPs/

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4 years ago

FYC:
REC (2007 - Spain) remade as Quarantine
Abre los ojos (1997 - Spain) remade as Vanilla Sky
Yojimbo (1961 - Japan) remade as A Fistful of Dollars
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003 - South Korea) remade as The Uninvited
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994 - Taiwan) remade as Tortilla Soup
Bob le Flambeur (1956 - France) remade as The Good Thief
Nikita (1990 - France) remade as Point of No Return
Le Dernier Tournant (1939 - France) remade as The Postman Always Rings Twice
La Femme infidèle (1968 - France) remade as Unfaithful
Viktor und Viktoria (1933 - Germany) remade as Victor/Victoria
Scandal in Budapest (1933 - Germany) remade as Top Hat
Hachiko Monogatari (1987 - Japan) remade as Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Solaris (1972 - Russia) remade as Solaris

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4 years ago

This is going to sound so weird, but the 1988 film, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking is the only remake I know that feels faithful and comparable to the original, which was made in 1969 - so I think it was a reasonable amount of time to bring out a new Pippi Longstocking film. I don't necessarily dislike the films on the list, but most of them are not as good as the original films and don't remain true to the spirit of the films they're remaking. That sounds pretentious, I know, but I'm still gonna go with my answer.

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Thanks, I agree it is a classic. It has been a while, I think there is a new mini-series or TV series out there currently.

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Sons of Anarchy

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4 years ago

The Departed

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3 years ago

Poll under consideration.

 "most worthy of it's original foreign and non-English language brethren" - should be "its"

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Thanks, corrected.

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3 years ago

'Nice poll! Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a bit redundant but a very good film and equal to its predecessor, I think. I did not see the original Mr. Ripley but the English version was excellent. I'd vote for one of those. I thought Nolan's Insomnia is an embarrassment compared to its Scandinavian partner, which was exquisite. 

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I found it a bit of challenge to make the list for the reasons who mention. I tried to balance popular widely seen options with movies that weren't an embarrassment or an insult to the original. Insomnia is a great example of how tricky this can be. It is a great film with an all-star cast of Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank and impressive on its own with a 78 Metascore. That is is until to see how high the bar could have been set, when you see the original. I found myself feeling the same way about 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', as I was disappointed with American version. I think I would have been more impressed, had I not seen the original first or at all. I hear the same comments from some about Departed, although I have yet to see the original Hong Kong version.

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Thanks

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3 years ago

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