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Hollywood remaking another Park Chan-wook film

With Hollywood remakes planned for Park Chan-wook‘s Cannes prizewinner Oldboy (2003) and the follow-up film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), I suppose it should be no surprise that the precursor to those two, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, is also getting the remake treatment.

Film producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura came to Seoul to promote the release of the action flick GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and said in a press conference on the 29th that they are currently in talks with CJ Entertainment over remake plans for Mr. Vengeance. As they are still in planning stages, they have not yet fixed on a director or actors. He went on to praise the visual aesthetics of Korean films, singling out Taegukgi as a particularly noteworthy achievement.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance was released in 2002 and stars Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, and Bae Doo-na. It’s the first in what is called Park’s “Vengeance Trilogy” and had a short, limited U.S. theatrical run in 2005.

Given the high profile of the other two Park Chan-wook remake participants — Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, Charlize Theron — one wonders what kinds of names may end up attached to this one.

Via My Daily

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I'd say this is great news for the Korean movie/entertainment industry as long as they are being compensated well for the Americans using their works!

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I am fucking raging about this. It's ridiculous.

I think the remake that's pissing me off the most is the remake of the movie 'Let The Right One In'. THERE IS NO NEED TO REMAKE IT, IT JUST CAME OUT LAST YEAR. WHAT THE FUCK?

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Why I like Asian Cinema is because it is not Hollywood ! The " place " it comes from history, values, customs .... a whole different way of looking at life. There is not always a happy ending. .. and sometimes the good guys lose or the ones I like die. . . bummer. . .
I am also a big Hong Kong Cinema fan and loved "Internal Affairs" it broke my heart. . . but "The Departed" not so much...

I guess what I am saying just because Hollywood wants to remake a movie doesn't always mean it will come out well or pull in the numbers. They like a movie but then Americanize it and whoooooo pick the wrong actors !
Disney keeps ruining " Studio Ghibli " movie with "Big" name actors who don't really know how to do voice overs. That is why I always watch subtitled movies.

Hope it works out here though.

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Let Hollywood go ahead and attempt to recreate the Vengeance trilogy. Even though Steven Spielberg is an exceptional director, he doesn't have Park Chan-Wook's flair that made those films cult classics. The remakes won't come close to capturing the allure of the originals.

But I'll tell you that I will go to see these films when they are released. I'll make the comparisons to the originals, and of course, the originals will PWN the remakes. Then I'll go and run a Park Chan-Wook marathon when I get home and revel in his masterfulness.

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Asians are so talented, creative, artistic and damn smart. Asian cinema has its own identity, flavor and I don't think that can ever be copied. I don't want to get in to another discussion on Asian films vs Hollywood but if the writer can make money, so be it. I just won't be seeing it. Remember My Sassy Girl gone Hollywood? Did anyone see it? Hollywood can remake Asian films because nothing can take away from Asian films.

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Last week we got the bad news that they've got round to start casting the remake of A Bittersweet Life and now we're hit with this. What a nightmare.

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if anyone is in the LA area, the director is going to be at MPark4 for the 6:00 showing of Thirst tomorrow. Should be good!

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I am seeing Park's Thirst in Toronto's newspaper. Go Park Go!

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@2, mishane

I could not agree more. Let The Right One In was absolutely brilliant; why mess with perfection? The mind boggles.

I've been meaning to watch Oldboy for some time; I think I'll try and find that one this weekend.

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Another remake on the list? [email protected]#$% Will Smith for Old Boy? [email protected]#$% Hollywood needs to stop with these remakes, it's utterly ridiculous. Only 10% of these remakes actually go somewhere.

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I just saw Oldboy, and ohhh man, it was soooo twisted! And really really good. Just WOW. and not looking forward to remakes. We all know what happened to those. Unless, these can break out from the failures.

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Why another remake??!! I seriously am tired of all this "I make you, you remade me" trend... Hollywood have ya run out of ideas or something?

I eat sleep dream Asian Movies - Hongkong, (Taiwan & China too), Japanese and Korean movies... please excuse my rants...

Departed killed me, not in a good way... its not bad but I was upset at how the story developed. Infernal Affairs brought out thoughtfulness, soul and a time sensitive environment and culture unique to Hongkong because of the handover as the background... the translation to a Boston background just doesn't cut...

And I have not recover from something called the Lakehouse, even with Speed couple Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, the sensitivity and the subtleness just doesn't come... Il Mare is probably one of the most beautiful movie I have ever seen... And I refuse to see my Sassy Girl remade which apparently is well, a straight to video release...

And was there some news or has it already been remade something for "My Wife is a Gangster"...

There is a reason why Quentin Taratino is obsessed with Asian movies and paid homage via his movies, it may not be the best representation but it did piqued interest on what Asia has to offer and Asia has let the world know there is so much more.

And now my one of my favourite movie from the trilogy getting remade... Sympathy for Mr Vengence is one of the first Park Chan Wook movie I've seen apart from JSA, which I love coz there is this indie feel about it... Even though more attention is given to Oldboy which totally pwned me and understandable being a Grand Prix winner at Cannes, and Sympathy for Lady Vengence; which I love coz it's well Dae Jang Geum with red eyeshadow being vengeful, I am sold... but Sympathy for Mr Vengence will always have a special place... and Hollywood I am telling you, don't kill the movie... argghhhhhhhhhhhh...

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Can American cinema not come up with its own damn ideas for epic films such as these? For anyone who has seen Oldboy, you know there is no way they can recreate such a masterpiece, partially due to the material of the film's story. It is just getting disgusting that just because Korean, Chinese, or Japanese movie suddenly becomes high profile and gains a cult following that American cinema feels the need to mold it into its own version. If they truly respected these high profile films, they should leave them alone and if they, themselves, truly loved the film, give it some credit and suggest other people watch these movies.
I don't want to hear "Did you see Will Smith in that Oldboy movie?!?! Oldboy is amazing!!! I heard it was the remake of some stupid Asian one." (Similar to A Tale of Two Sisters. The remake was eye-gougingly appalling.)

In the end, opinions such as this will be left on the boards however, only found by others with my same feelings or some Hollywood movie lover. For those who share my feelings, we are the only ones who will truly appreciate foreign films that create such beutiful stories, versus the rest of the population who just eats whatever Hollywood throws at them without out knowledge that a much better movie is solely the credit of the shitty excuse of a remake of the original title.

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Or better yet make the Follow-Up "My Wife is A Gangster 4". I love this Series.

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