7 Hollywood Movies Remake of Asian Films, All Fail?


Until now, Hollywood is still considered as the mecca of world cinema. Various kinds of film genres are produced there and are used as a source of inspiration for filmmakers in many countries.

However, did you know that there are Hollywood films adapted from Asian films?

Some of these Asian films are usually iconic and popular films. But there are also some of them that are actually not very successful in the Asian market, but have enough opportunities to sell in America.

Hollywood has often made remakes since the ’60s. There are several successful remakes in the market, there are also some that failed miserably and resulted in public condemnation.

Well, in this article, ApkVenue will discuss 7 Hollywood films that were remakes from Asian films . What are you curious about? Check this out !

1. The Eye (2008)
The Eye , which was released in 2008 in America , is a remake version of the film of the same name which was released in Hong Kong in 2002 .

The storyline is also not much different. The story of a 20-year-old violinist, his life begins to change when he receives an eye transplant and is able to see invisible creatures.

Although this scary horror film was a success in Hong Kong, the remake was said to be a failure . The director, David Moreau provides scenes and effects that are too exaggerated so that it looks cringy and strange.

2. Shall We Dance (2004)
Who would have thought that the film, which was played by actor Richard Gere and singer Jennifer Lopez, was an Asian film adaptation? Yes, this film is a remake of the 1996 film of the same name directed by Masayuki Sun.

In this 2004 film, Gere plays a dance class student named John Clark. Meanwhile, the teacher is played beautifully and gracefully by Jennifer Lopez .

This film tells the story of a successful accountant in Chicago who experiences the saturation behind his almost perfect life.

He also decides to learn dance and meets the instructor, who later takes him into a colorful world as well as complicated infidelity conflicts .

3. Eight Below (2006)
The film, directed by Disney , which was released in 2006 tells the story of an Antarctic road guide who is tasked with accompanying a scientist in searching for meteor rock fragments on Mount Melbourne.

On their way, they were accompanied by a group of well- trained Siberian Husky dogs . A series of tense conflicts arise, especially when a storm comes and almost kills them all.

Eight Below is an adaptation of a Japanese film titled Nankyoku Monogatari. The difference is, Nankyoku, which was released in 1983, is a film based on a true story that took place in 1958.

4. Pulse (2006)
One of the best Japanese horror films was originally adapted from the novel of the same name. Cairo, also known as Pulse, presented a horror film that was anti-mainstream at the time, because the ghost resided on the internet.

The original version of Pulse was directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001. The Hollywood version of Pulse starred Kristen Bell with director Jim Sonzero and was released in 2006.

Unfortunately, this film did not receive a positive response from film critics and audiences. They considered this film less able to represent the emotions of the original film and only added clichéd visual effects.

5. My Sassy Girl (2008)
For fans of K-Movie films, you must be familiar with this one of the best Korean romantic films ?

When it premiered in Korean theaters in 2001, this comedy-drama film, starring Jun Ji-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun , was a huge success and received a positive response from K-drama fans.

So successful, this film was finally made a Hollywood version, starring Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse Bradford and was released in 2008 .

Broadly speaking, this film tells about the love journey of a college student named Charlie who helps a drunk girl named Jordan Roak on the train. Their love story is spiced with various scenes of humor that are fresh and funny.

6. Godzilla (1998)
Godzilla is a monster film that was released in 1998 in America. Written and directed by Roland Emmerich, this film is adapted from the popular Japanese series Toho Godzilla.

Not much different from the Japanese version , this film tells the story of scientists who find a new species of monster that has never appeared before, starting with a disaster that befell civilians.

A series of conflicts in the storyline, plus the amazing Hollywood effects that appear will make you stunned when you watch it.

7. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2006)
One of the best films with animal protagonists, it is adapted from a true story that happened in Japan in the 1930s.

The film tells the story of the loyalty of an Akita dog named Hachiko to his master, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno .

So loyal, Hachiko always took his master to Shibuya Station and would return there just in time for the professor to get off the train.

Although in the end the professor died of a heart attack, Hachiko always faithfully waited for his master at the gates of Shibuya Station until he died in 1935.

This story was filmed in Japan in 1986 entitled Hachiko Monogatari , then adapted in Hollywood in 2006 with veteran actor Richard Gere who plays Professor Ueno.