Ikiru remake: finally, a better version of a bad film!

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  1. Nathan V

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    I can't believe this. Dreamworks anounced they're remaking IKIRU, one of Kurosawa's best. No word on who's in it or behind it. This, btw, is just in from www.darkhorizons.com/news.htm, a reliable movie news site. I am not pleased.
    Btw, props to Seth, who inspired me with the thread title, back when Seven Samurai was also anounced for a remake.
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    Nathan
     
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    Well, not a suprise, given that nothing seems to be out of line anymore. I guess there isn't one film that just can't be done better with more money and todays stars. [​IMG]
    Example No. 2-
     
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    I thought it sounded familiar. [​IMG]
    As I have said before, I don't specifically have a problem with remakes because they can be good.
    However, when putting your feet in the shoes of something so great you are just begging for trouble. Where is there to go with this artistically? What chance for improvement exists? In fact, the truth is that such greatness is often the result of a little luck in having everything just click the right way at the right time.
    With Kurosawa I point out that Fistful of Dollars, Magnificent Seven, and even Bug's Life have been film remakes of his work. All worked very well. So it can be done.
    And I can understand why an artist who is inspired by some classic work wants to do something with it themselves (which seems to be the case with Leone's film for example).
    But for every Fistful of Dollars we usually see 10-20 Last Man Standings instead. And that just gets annoying. Why spend so much effort trying to get something right that someone else already did perfectly when you know that you will end up compared, and that comparison will NEVER favor you (at best it might appear equal to the original)?
    BTW, something to note is that most good remakes involve changing the setting so that some reimagining is going on. To me the Ikiru setting is modern enough that any realistic remake (set now or within the last 50 years) will just be retreading the exact same turf.
    The good news, this should get appreciation of Ikiru going all over again, especially since the DVD appears to be on its way sometime in 2003.
    Citizen Kane and Godfather are just a matter of time.
     
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    i wouldn't mind remakes of the star wars prequel trilogy movies...[​IMG]
    of course, lucasfilm probably wouldn't let that happen, at least not for quite a long time...50-100 years. they'd probably have the original trilogy remade as well. maybe they would film them from 1-6, instead of from 4-6 then 1-3...
    but i'll probably be dead by then, so it doesn't really matter. [​IMG]
     
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    Pauline Kael pegged Tony Richardson's THE BORDER (1982), a thoughtful, action-driven piece with Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel, as an unofficial remake (or maybe more accurately, rethink) of some of IKIRU's concepts. It works...but a straight remake seems doomed. THE BORDER I'd like to see on DVD.
     
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    I love Kurosawa. I haven't even seen Ikiru yet, but that isn't necessary to know that this is just a bad idea.
     
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    In any case, I can't wait for the Criterion DVD.
     
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    I thought that American Beauty was a remake of Ikiru thought the eyes of a typically cynical self-centric hipster type.
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, you can never replicate Audrey, but I might be able to actually stomach it again without that horribly racist Chinese caricature. I can forgive that kind of stuff in early Hollywood product, but by the 60's, everyone should have known better.
     

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