10 Foreign Films that Hollywood should stay clear of and not remake

Below are a list of films that thrived in their chosen country of release, Hollywood recently has ran out of ideas for original films and instead they have either expanded the superhero genre or recycled the same Disney analogy over and over.

The following films should remain untouched by Hollywood or if they are to be remade should be remade correctly and stay true to the craft of the original film, Notable mentions that were made well include “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”  “The Departed” (Infernal Affairs), “Insomnia”, “Vanilla Sky”..

Here are the great ten that should not be remade:

1.    “Hodejegerne” Headhunters (2011)  Country of origin: Norway

headhhdAn intense action thriller featuring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones), it follows a skilled head-hunter who also acts as a thief stealing valuable pieces of art, but when one heist goes wrong he is hunted by a former mercenary in what becomes a thrilling cat & mouse game. If there is an American adaption it shouldn’t steer away from the original storyline but stay true to the action brilliance of this film.

2. “Cidade de Deus” City of God (2002) Country of origin: Brazil

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This masterpiece from Brazil follows the lives of teenagers who grow up in a violent neighbourhood of Rio De Janeiro, what ensues in their coming years is some of the most intense scenarios ever, beautifully shot, this film should remain timeless as it is, I know most of you agree but there is a little curiosity if there is to be a remake, there certainly has been similar films like this but a direct remake should remain off the cards,A masterpiece of modern filmmaking.

3. “Kung-Fu Hustle” (2004) Country of origin: China & Hong Kong

kung-fu-sokagi-izleFeaturing some of the most outlandish and exciting fight sequences, this outrageously entertaining film from Stephen Chow showcases gangsters at wars with residents of small housing complex, highly fantastic, this is one that should remain untouched and if you haven’t seen it already I highly recommend.

4.Amelie” (2001) Country of origin: France

le-fabuleux-destin-d-amelie-poulain-originalIf you have seen Amelie you can argue that this film cannot be remade into any other language, and a Hollywood version should no way be in contention, this brilliant film should remain untouched, it is unique in its own form and an American version should no way be even considered.

5.“Shichinin no samurai” “Seven Samurai” (1954) Country of origin: Japan

Film_2w_SevenSamuraiAlthough a remake has been green lit for next year, it is a very bad move on Hollywood’s part, a sort of remake was made as a western “The Magnificent Seven” but a direct remake should not even be contemplated, considered to be director Akira Kurosawa’s greatest work, if a remake should be made, it should be a tribute and instead of adapting to Hollywood, notable Japanese directors should take the helm if they wish to touch a significant film such as this one.

6.La Haine” (1995) Country of origin: France

la_haine_3Quite possibly one of the most intense French films ever made, it stars a young Vincent Cassel as a youth along with two others that explore Paris in 24 hours, it takes place in riots between citizens and the police. With more recent events taking place around the world, it is easy to see why Hollywood would want to remake this, jumping at the opportunity to adapt it in the modern times during the escalating protests taking place around the world; the whole film takes place in black & white but set during the present time, this does not take away the pure intensity, a classic that has to be seen and felt.

7.“El secreto de sus ojos” “The Secrets in their Eyes” (2009) Country of origin: Argentina

The-Secret-in-Their-Eyes--006A mystery thriller which takes over a number of years in which a detective goes back to solve an unresolved case which brings to light more than he could have anticipated, beautifully shot with an air of mystery & suspense, it would be easy to see why Hollywood would want to tackle a challenge like this one, if done right this could be a great crime remake, the main focus throughout the film are the eyes of each character along with the incredible detail of its brilliant plot.

8. “Ichi The Killer” (2001) Country of origin: Japan

ichi_killer_poster_05[1]Now here is a film that I know for a fact that Hollywood would not even touch due to its extreme graphic nature, Hollywood at best would cut most of the scenes in this brilliant film to even gain an R-Rating (18 UK).

For those who have seen it time and time again, you can argue that you don’t even wish for this film to be remade and also would argue how Hollywood would even tackle this project, Anything outside of United States does not even care if their films are not marketed extensively, some purely rely on word of mouth to reach its cult status, Ichi the Killer is such of a film that has no chance of an English remake.

9.Metropolis” (1927) Country of origin: Germany

metropolis1This sci-fi masterpiece was an absolute landmark when it was released even looking back at it now the pure futuristic setting is one to behold, a massive challenge that was undertaken by Fritz Lang, it would be ridiculous to consider a remake of it because one would take away its significance and would not look modern at all, a Japanese animation of Metropolis was released in 2001 but Hollywood should not go for a remake due to its original importance nearly 90 years ago, a ground-breaking achievement.

10. “Akira” (1988) Country of origin: Japan

Akira-Poster-akira-13827694-1013-1500One of the most important anime films of all time, a lot would argue that this film should not even come close to a Hollywood remake, its sheer complexity in animation should reinforce it as such, some of the scenes witnessed in this film is fantastic to the spectator, although studios have been trying hard to adapt into a live action film, time and time again it has been shut down, maybe even for the greater good, but it is not long before we do see a Hollywood remake whether we like to or not, I for one would not want to.

The enormous size of such of these films should be handled with care, and a remake must stay honest to its originality, in order to do so, studios must take on creative consultants of the original films and they must try their absolute best not to steer far away from their fundamental narrative only then a remake is worthy of the film’s tribute.

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Revolution in Film: The Mayhem, Algiers & Vendettas

Revolutions have existed in our time for a very long period, such revolts occur when higher order becomes too much and its limit is exceeded, the order must be restored but not in a way to suit the higher power but their citizens which reside in their states. Such is three films that have this exponential topic residing within it; we first take a look at “Fight Club”.

David Fincher’s directorial feature is based on Chuck Palahniuk book about consumer revolution where one individual takes the fight back along with several other characters he persuades along the way to follow into his carefully constructed scheme.

The Narrator as he is known in the film along with the iconic & memorable Tyler Durden have enough of the so called “system” but this is all starts at a secret underground club known as “Fight Club” where normal everyday workers meet and fight each other, their meeting offers high adrenaline rushes and they are at such a place where they feel manly and connected, but Tyler Durden the main anarchist has started this club as a beginning for the revolution that is to come….

As the days and months pass more and more individuals join this so called craze known as Fight Club they are persuaded so by the curiosity of their workers coming in to work all bruised and battered but little do they know that this is a recruitment process of what is to come that will slowly come to being as Project Mayhem.

As consumerism takes a grip on the Narrator, Tyler Durden is there to make sure that consumer companies don’t have the last word, through his carefully constructed plan, Tyler Durden argues that television and advertisement have given the wrong message to people, making them believe that one day we’d all be movie stars and rock gods. Tyler though has had enough and along with his army of revolutionaries they aim to take down this message, given to them falsely and create a society of their own, with their main goal to take the credit score to 0.

How they aim to do this is, is a series of cautiously orchestrated attacks one being the destruction of a main coffee chain and the creation of a large smiley face on a large building.  Although these attacks are an account of vandalism they do serve an overall purpose and which slowly countdown to the main event.

The General in this revolution is Tyler Durden he has carefully recruited individuals and given them a purpose to carry out these attacks, these acts are NOT an act of terrorism as Tyler does not target society it targets the plagues of society, the false ideology and message that large corporations give to the citizens.

Through these acts the group gains fame appearing on the news, the people that should be scared are not the consumers but the businesses, the consumers join along in Tyler’s defining message, to liberate consumers so they can be free.

The final scene of the film is one of majestic wonder, as Tyler’s “disciples” have placed explosives on several buildings around the city aiming to implode them, he also said that no-one would be harmed and the buildings are empty reassuring us that Tyler is NOT a terrorist but a liberator, by laying destruction to these financial institutes the credit score of everyone will go to zero, offering people a fresh start and liberation from the corporations which have plagued society.

The Narrator slowly begins to realise Tyler’s message “In Tyler we trusted” that his outlook on life is not one that is shared by most individuals; it’s an outlook that wants to liberate and through this progression unshackle the burden that society has placed on itself.

As the film advances the audience gets drawn in into Tyler’s mastermind thought and begins to understand that not everything is perfect and we ourselves can make a difference how we see things and how we react to certain situations, Tyler’s recruitment process hails a new era and a great fight back to corporations & franchises that give the wrong message to the people. To quote the film “It’s getting exciting now, two and one-half. Think of everything we’ve accomplished, man. Out these windows, we will view the collapse of financial history, one step closer to economic equilibrium.”  The liberation is only the beginning…

An individual revolution heralded by one person is a start but when it exists in separate groups only then it becomes a great marvel, as witnessed in the 1966 classic “The Battle of Algiers” which provides a gritty and unflinching look at the factual revolution which occurred in the Algerian war from 1954 to 1962. The war on colonialism raged on as Algiers wished to seek independence but not all things will go accordingly as soon they would be a clash of cultures in this bloody revolution.

The revolt begins very rapidly in the film as several figures of authority are shown to be murdered by the group National Liberation Front (FLN) aiming to eliminate higher authority and restore independence to Algeria, but as all revolutions go it’s hard to start one and even harder to maintain it.

The assassinations that occur in the film and the documentary black and white feel to it make the film even more astounding than it is, some deaths shown on screen are graphic for a film set in the 60’s, but it’s an unbiased account on what went on during that revolution.

The explosions that happen in the film from both sides spare no shock, both from the police detectives which set up an explosion device in the designated area formed by the French government to restore to order and to maintain the hostile Algerians.

This film spares no punches to deliver an unwavering assault on the visuals, showing us that not all revolutions come without death or casualties; this was a revolution that was driven both political and religious purposes but most importantly independence.

To take in all modern revolutions into account this film is the best account of a contemporary revolution a highly recommended viewing of a true uprising, especially the parts that occur between the National Liberation Front and the paratrooper army, letting us know that if a revolution were to happen the government will be well equipped in handling it, but as the outcome goes that’s the true unpredictability of a rebellion.

To fight a monster, often the heroes become monsters and heroes once again; they take over the original state machinery of propaganda against which they were fighting. Revolutions are never ending; the end of a revolution is the wholesale acceptance of state propaganda.

In this revolution the scenes are sometimes hard to digest knowing that this revolution did take place and realistically portrayed in this feature, The Battle of Algiers is one of the closest account to a modern revolution by far and who knows its actions may echo through the ages, for the revolution in film the accounts of the Algerian war resonate deeply in this brilliant depiction of modern uprising and the true fight of liberation.

As far as modern revolutions go in today’s society we are not far from one, protests are occurring around what would a revolution look like if they were led by an iconic figure?

V for Vendetta pushes this to the limit in absolute spectacular fashion. Hugo Weaving’s character V takes us on a revolutionary journey against the totalitarianism government as depicted in George Orwell’s 1984, the true definition of film rebellion is brilliantly depicted in this 2005 film.

The government has a strong hold on society, executing curfews and designated areas, the citizen’s future is limited and character is calling to save the inhabitants of London set not too distant in the future.

V for vendetta is an engrossment of the revolutionary idea. The main characters are a dictatorial, leader played by John Hurt who runs a police state, amongst the imprisonment of society the hero a masked vigilante with super strength known as V that stands for liberty at the expense of an ordinary life or existence.

Natalie Portman playing Evey becomes the torch bearer and pseudo leader of an anonymous revolution through force of training and innate human courage she is put through by V.

Through this trauma, she undergoes transformation via internal and external revelation.

The film is overtly idealistic, and is no different from a superhero film in terms of the main characters importance. As for the revolution in the film, the climax of it is one that would send shivers across England and the world if such a scene of revolution magnitude ever occurred in real life…

The individuals at the end commit the mass revolution donning the masks, as in all have become the anonymous V, symbol of freedom and take them off at the point of revolution as if to say the job is done, the people have awoken, the destruction of parliament. They regain their identities after acting as a single organic anonymous entity incapable of being overcome by the authorities.

Over these three films we see revolution experienced in many different ways to those who start it, to those who maintain it and to those that reach the absolute goal of defining a nation through this. In Fight Club it took one individual to light a spark into one person’s mind and through that spark would send a ripple to other members of society.

Through this unity the revolution was awakened and sustained by careful and loyal dedication to a cause, a cause that may be a common cause with a main reason behind it. The person has had enough of a consistent forced ideology imposed by higher authorities and thus wishes to start something new and ideal for their fellow revolutionaries.

Together they united and through sustainability and fight for this cause some overcame their goals and got their message across. In Algiers the long war had tragedies and casualties but most revolutions do, portrayed brilliantly by sides, those wishing to fight for the cause and those who oppose to stop their cause.

Through one shared ideology and one common goal the revolutions in these films would not have existed if it weren’t for the one sole person or many shared voices that spoke up, and acted so. They remained true to their cause and in astonishing custom they showed that revolutions are possible in film and perhaps real life…

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.”