Hollywood in its capacity as a leading film producing country has officially remade hundreds of foreign language classics for a wider audience but their success to failure ratio resembles the report card of a rebellious teenager. However when they get it right they really hits the ball out of the park. The list below features some of the best American remakes of foreign language films.
10. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
It takes guts to remake an Akira Kurosawa classic, ‘Seven Samurai’, especially adapting it into the American landscape because the East and the West have completely different souls and sensibilities. But thanks to the efficiency of director John Sturges, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ not only doesn’t ruin the original but also in a way pays tribute to its originality. The strongest aspect of the remake is in its motley group of talented actors – each an institution of acting in American cinema. It stays true to the essence of the Japanese epic and make sure that nothing gets lost in translation. Upon its release it met with disheartening reception but the man behind the original – Akira Kurosawa – was so impressed that he presented the director with a sword as a token of his appreciation. Today ‘The Magnificent Seven’ is remembered as one of the finest Western classics and continues to rule American television sets.
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9. The Ring (2002)
Hollywood is known for making ground breaking horror films but it very rarely happens that an American horror remake does justice to its foreign language counterpart. In such a scenario ‘The Ring’ is an exception of sorts. Not to say that it is as good as its Japanese inspiration ‘Ringu’ but it comes close in many instances. Every movie buff out there knows the plot of the film that revolves around a cursed video tape and anyone who happens to watch it dies within the first seven days. The main reason for the film’s success also lies in staying true to the ‘J- Horror’ elements. The fear in ‘The Ring’ has an Oriental feel to it. It’s very moody, atmospheric and the sepia tinted visuals guarantees that you will have nightmares long after you have done watching the movie.