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Wed, Mar 1, 2017 10:31 PM

Live Poll: Worst 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 unworthy of it's original foreign and non-English language brethren?

See the partial list of American remakes of original foreign and non-English movies here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls033097519/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/pAhF5tXJaDg/

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4 years ago

I know it's not on the list, but I've always loathed Juno. It's a remake of South Korean film Jenny, Juno. It was unnecessary to remake in the first place, given that the original was released in 2005 and Juno released only 2 years later. It seems to miss the point of the original altogether and spawned an idiotic fad among young teens to try and get pregnant as soon as possible. Just, no.

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Juno was not an remake of this film. The only things they have in common are teenage pregnancy and the name Juno.

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Thanks, for the comment. I remember reading about the similarties with Jeni, Juno, but never looked into the details of how similar it is to Juno:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny,_Juno#Similarities_to_Juno. However, I think it would be best to avoid listing a title whose origins are in dispute. It is not officially credited as a remake and the picture did win the 2008 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. I am not saying whether it is a remake or not, just that it wouldn't be a good fit for the poll suggestion.

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IT'S NOT A REMAKE!!!

Wiki: The film's screenwriter, Diablo Cody, commented on the coincidence in October 2007, stating that she had been unaware of the existence of Jenny, Juno prior to her own film's release. She said that, although she had not previously watched Jenny, Juno, she is now interested in seeing it.

Totally different! If the Juno character from the Korean movie was named Min-jun or Ji-hu this wouldn't have ever been an issue!

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4 years ago

Secret in Their Eyes, and True Lies

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Oldboy (2013)

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4 years ago

I like both, but the remake did not have the impact of the first. It is hard to separate the shock value the first had.

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3 years ago

Godzilla (2014)

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2 years ago

(updated introduction and list November 2018)

Making an American remake of a great foreign language film into an English spoken version usually is a good idea. After all, sharing a great story with as wide an audience as possible makes a lot of sense. However, despite having bigger stars, larger budgets and the full resources of Hollywood behind them, it is often not enough. These adaptations, more often than not, pale in comparison to the masterwork and magic of the original telling.

Which American remake is the most unworthy of it's original foreign and non-English language brethren? *IMDb rated 6.4- (as of November 2018)

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2 years ago

It doesn't look like Suspiria 2018 | Movie 7.3/10 4,662will make the list but  The Upside 2017 | Movie 4.4 looks to be a prime candidate.


Suspiria 2018 | Movie 7.3/10 4,662
Suspiria (1977) from Italy in Italian | Russian | English | German | Latin
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick

The Upside 2017 | Movie 4.4 (543) Coming Soon 11 January 2019 (USA)
Les Intouchables (2011) from France in French
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.
Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Julianna Margulies

Miss Bala (2019) Movie Coming Soon 1 February 2019 (USA)
Miss Bala (2011) from Mexico  in Spanish | English
Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film.
Director: Catherine Hardwicke Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria | See full cast & crew »

After the Wedding ???? Post-Prod
Efter brylluppet (2006) from Denmark in Danish | Swedish | English | Hindi
A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.
Director: Bart Freundlich Stars: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup |

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2 years ago

Want to clarify - the 6.4 threshold is for the original verion, right?

FYC:
City of Angels/Wings of Desire
Funny Games/Funny Games
Martyrs/Martyrs
Cousins/Cousin Cousine
Swept Away/Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto
One Missed Call/Chakushin ari (original film is 6.2) 
Let Me In/Let the Right One In
Shall We Dance/Shall we dansu?
The Man Who Loved Women/L'homme qui aimait les femmes 
Les diaboliques/Diabolique 
Bangkok Dangerous/Bangkok Dangerous
Down and Out in Beverly Hills/Boudu sauvé des eaux
Oscar/Oscar
And God Created Woman/Et Dieu... créa la femme (original film is Et Dieu... créa la femme)
Vanilla Sky/Abre Los Ojos
Brick Mansions/Banlieue 13
Brothers/Brødre
Three Men and Baby/Tres hommes et un couffin
Insomnia/Insomnia

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Thanks, I will review the list and add any that fit the bill.

My bad, I was unclear as to the requirements: Which American remake* is the most unworthy of it's original foreign and non-English language brethren? * remake is IMDb user rated 6.4 or lower (as of November 2018). I have corrected it and made clear based on your feedback.

I think it fair to assume for the vast majority of movies, the original is going to be decently rated, otherwise why bother remaking it. Even, if the remake is decent it never seems to live up the original. City of Angels and Funny Games are two movies that are rated 6.5 or higher, but still don't live up to the original versions, Wings of Desire and Funny Games.

Ideally, I would like it to be well seen enough to have 50,000+ votes too, but I am not firm on that.

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PS
I added Shall We Dance (2004),Bangkok Dangerous (2008) Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) Diabolique (1996), Martyrs (2015) and Brick Mansions (2014)

I left off The Man Who Loved Women (1983) ( as another remake The Man Who Loved Women is in-development) and And God Created Woman/Et Dieu... créa la femme (original film is Et Dieu... créa la femme) (both are bad), Cousins (low votes), Swept Away (better options)

The others were highly rated enough, it is hard to fault them for not living up to the original. I am questioning  the inclusion  Solaris (2002) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). They both have decent Metacritic scores, 6.2 IMDb ratings and probably biggest knock is comparison to the iconic original.

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2 years ago

bump

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2 years ago

Great idea, but I'd suggest to avoid mixing the remakes and "based on book" in one poll. A remake can be further compared to an original movie. But when both movies are based on the same book, what has to be compared to what and how the audience actually did or did not compare between the three sources? (It stands for no problem in rare cases when a producer tells on public that movie is a remake of another movie which in its turn is based on book, e.g. The Upside (2017) - the best choice for this poll, btw.)

The great example for the above hesitation is Solaris (2002), the vast majority of bad reviews (both critics and others) aimed to "Did they really read the book?". Hey, guys, it is great that we all have an opportunity to compare a movie with the book it is based on, but should it always mean that movie is good and/or better when just a strict retelling?! Sometimes the notable art is in crystallizing and/or improving the original story by wider means of cinematography. Solaris (1971) was one of the greatest classics for some decades of my life, and really is the reteller of Stanislaw Lem original, but now I'm very happy to experience the main idea unchanged in Solaris (2002) which is reasonably better movie and not a remake of the old movie. The practice of balls-to-eggs comparing leaves some perls underrated.

After first look, the based on book in this poll (the current order preserved):
Dark Water (2005)
Solaris (2002)
The Vanishing (1993)
Death Note (2017)
My Sassy Girl (2008)

Please do not regard me as a "destroyer" here ))
I really want to suggest more options for this poll and I could, but some months ago unfortunately lost the very large list of remakes of my own compilation, still working to remake the list of remakes (tautology be the figure of grief and emptiness here ))).