American Applause, Asian Roots

Americans make the best movies, hands down.  A jewel of a movie may pop up once in a while from Hong Kong, Japan, Brazil, or Canada, but when it comes down to it American’s are the ones that make the movies that are seen around the world.  With that said, it is shocking to see how many American movies are made with Asian Influences.  Here are a few of them… Some very obvious and some you would never have guessed. (With bonus add on from yours truly)

The Matrix / GHOST in the SHELL (Japanese)

Who would have thought that The Matrix was based off of a Japanese Idea… actually that makes a lot of sense now…

The Ring (2003) / Ringu (リング) (Japanese)

Yup, as we all know, the reason why everyone exchanged their VHS Decks for DVD Players originated in the Land of the Rising Sun.  Story line in the American version was much better… but be honest… A creepy Japanese boy will always scare the shit out of me way before a creepy white boy.  That kid from “The Shinning” doesn’t stand a chance.

Shall We Dance? (2004) / Shall We Dansu? (シャルウイダンス?)(Japanese)

Don’t blame me, the source that I found this from actually spelt it “Dansu”  To me thats just racist.  If they wanted to be authentic they would have wrote syaru ui dansu?  But I digress, the Richard Gere and J-Lo Movie was really a movie that was made in Japan.  Who knew?

The Grudge (2004) / Ju-On(呪怨)(Japnese)

Even though there are very little similarities between “The Grudge” and “Ju-On,” americans once again took the idea from Japan.  I would recommend seeing both if you’ve only seen one and liked it.  It’s sort of like seeing the same villain in a series of different movies i.e. The Nightmare on Elms Street movies

The Departed (2007) / Infernal Affairs (無間道) (Hong Kong)

Scorsese should kick himself in the ass for accepting the Picture of the Year award for THIS carbon copy job.  If you’ve ever seen Infernal Affairs then you’ve seen everything.  I’m not saying that The Departed was a bad movie, It was great!  It’s just after making movies like “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” Scorsese could have held out for more.
The Eye (2008) / Gin Gwai(見鬼)(Chinese)

Such a great Chinese thriller, If only the American version was as good.  Well at least Jessica Alba is hot.  Word of advice.. Watch the American version on MUTE.  Same goes for Into the Blue and Fantastic Four.

Speed Racer (2008) (Live Action Remake of a Japanese Anime)

Not a Direct copy of an asian film but was inspired non the less.  Based of the Anime Series マッハGoGoGo (translation Mahha555 (play on words)) is an example how americans take a Japanese idea and what they do with it. (IDK, I liked it)

The Magnificent Seven / Seven Samurai (七人の侍) (Japan)

This one took me by surprise.  There is nothing more american than the western and to find out it was inspired by a japanese film.  Just another example that all ideas are universal

So here are few examples I came up with.  Any more out there?

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6 Responses to “American Applause, Asian Roots”

  1. astrangerwithcandy Says:

    “Americans make the best movies hands down”

    *raises hand*

    Let’s take a step back here. Yes, Americans make the films that are seen around the world, but 90% of those are garbage. Plus, I think you should look a little further than Asia, we’ve stolen shit from around the world.

  2. thekingofeurope Says:

    what was it stranger, asiaholic?

  3. astrangerwithcandy Says:

    It’s genetic…

  4. I’m not saying that other places in the world make great films, but nothing can compare to giant like Disney (which is ironic considering most of their best movies are about other countries i.e. Aladdin and Lion King). I suppose I should have rephrased it to “some of the best movies,” but I’m pretty damn sure we’re way up there.
    Oh yeah, this blog was the comparison between american and asian movies. If you want to do some about other countries be my guess. It’ll be interesting to read ^^

  5. herewithnoone Says:

    The Lake House is a remake of the Korean film Il Mare

    Godzilla is the remake of the original Japanese Godzilla movie

    Dragon Ball (2009) is (i guess) a retelling of the last saga of the original Dragon Ball anime.

    Blood: The Last Vampire is an anime movie being remade as a live action film in America.

    Akira is also being remade into a live action movie

    Astro Boy is also being remade in America as a CG movie

    Zinda is a supposed plagiarized version of Oldboy
    Zinda is not an American Remake (Although America is in the process of making one with Will Smith and Steven Speilberg o_O) but I thought it was funny how they changed certain things to make it seem like its not an illegal remake. In oldboy, the main character is held captive for 15 years and is given 5 days to find answers. In zinda, the main character is held captive for 14 years and is given 4 days to find answers.

    The Lion King is also under some controversy of having similar characters, scenes, and situations to the Japanese anime, Kimba the White Lion. Disney has stated that all the similarities are coincidental and that they never heard of Kimba the White Lion until after they released The Lion King. It would not have mattered anyway since the creator of Kimba wouldnt bother suing Disney because Disney’s lawyers would crush his own company.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimba_the_White_Lion#The_Lion_King_controversy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_lion_king#Controversies

    This was fun. I think I might come back if I can think of anymore

  6. herewithnoone Says:

    America also made a Gundam movie…I would say to not watch it…its horrible. well, i didnt like it but i would compare it to the Final Fantasy movie that also failed horribly. But at least America well sometimes show the original, like they did with Hero and Kung-Fu Hustle. they were even kept in their original language. In my opnion I think they do better than the voice dubbed movies.

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