I got the new issue of Entertainment Weekly today and there's a two page article in News and Notes about the current Hollywood obsession with buying the rights to Asian films to remake as American productions. Does this practice disturb anyone else? Though the original films may see an R1 dvd release down the line (as in the case of Ringu), the studios buying the rights have little interest in making the original film available to U.S. audiences. I know they believe that American audiences hate subtitles despite the box-office successes of Crouching Tiger or Life Is Beautiful. Maybe there's some truth to this, though those films at least proved that there is a market for a good foreign film if given the right promotional push. I'd just like to say to Hollywood "Newsflash! These movies are already made!" Give a good Asian film the right promotion and it can find success. Perhaps it might not make quite as much as the remakes you are planning to use as vehicles for Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez, and Queen Latifa, among others, but they'll also cost you less and you'll get to help introduce American audiences to a whole nother world of cinema. Just a thought. Anyone else have anything to say about this.