Hollywood Remakes :: From Asia


This is a list of Hollywood (& Western) movies that were either remade or inspired from Asian Cinema (mostly Japan & Korea).

I am not trying to rebuke Hollywood in any way. My thought is that since Hollywood has chosen these films to remake then they ought to be worthy of watching. So, my intention is just to make a list so that I don't miss out the originals from my own screening.

The movies come in pairs:-
- Odd numbered ones are the Originals.
- Even numbered ones are the Remakes of the ones they follow.

If you are aware of any other pairs that are not listed here please try to give names/links of both the original and the remake.

ThnX.

P.S. I just thought this is funny! I mean this poster! :-D


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1.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ This is from Japan & remade as The Outrage. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
2.
The Outrage (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events. (96 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Remake of Rashômon. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
3.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ This is from Japan & remade as The Magnificent Seven. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
4.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. (128 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Remake of Seven Samurai. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
5.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ This is from Japan & remade as Godzilla. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
6.
Godzilla (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop the monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city. (139 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Remake of Gojira. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
7.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ This is from Japan & remade as A Fistful of Dollars. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
8.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Remake of Yojimbo. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
9.
Kimba the White Lion (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(24 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
“ This is from Japan a.k.a Kimba the White Lion & inspired The Lion King. One of my favorite childhood cartoon series. More details here: http://www.kimbawlion.com/rant2.htm ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
10.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (89 mins.)
“ Inspired from Jungle Emperor a.k.a Kimba the White Lion. More details here: http://www.kimbawlion.com/rant2.htm ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
11.
Hachi-ko (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death. (107 mins.)
“ This is from Japan & remade as Hachi: A Dog's Tale. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
12.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. (93 mins.)
“ Remake of Hachikô monogatari. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
13.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members. (124 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ This is from Taiwan & remade as Tortilla Soup. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
14.
Tortilla Soup (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life. (102 mins.)
Director: Maria Ripoll
“ Remake of Eat Drink Man Woman. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
15.
Shall We Dance? (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. (136 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
“ This is from Japan & remade as Shall We Dance. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
16.
Shall We Dance (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
“ Remake of Shall We Dance?. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
17.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ This is from Japan & remade as The Ring. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
18.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Remake of Ring a.k.a Ringu. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
19.
Bangkok Dangerous (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story is of a deaf-mute hitman and his partner who are based in Bangkok. He is friends with his... (105 mins.)
“ This is from Thailand & remade as Bangkok Dangerous. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
20.
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A hitman who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs violates his personal code when he falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy. (99 mins.)
“ Remake of Bangkok Dangerous a.k.a Rain. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
21.
Il Mare (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Eun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999... (105 mins.)
Director: Hyun-seung Lee
“ This is from Korea & remade as The Lake House. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
22.
The Lake House (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late. (99 mins.)
“ Remake of Il Mare. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
23.
Pulse (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet. (118 mins.)
“ This is from Japan & remade as Pulse. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
24.
Pulse (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world. (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Sonzero
“ Remake of Pulse a.k.a Kairo. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
25.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
“ This is from Korea & remade as My Sassy Girl. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
26.
My Sassy Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A sweet Midwestern guy with his life planned out for himself is wooed, groomed, and ultimately dumped by a complicated, elusive gal. (92 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
“ Remake of My Sassy Girl. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
27.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ This is from Japan & remade as The Grudge. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
28.
The Grudge (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ Remake of Ju-on. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
29.
Dark Water (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. (101 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ This is from Japan & remade as Dark Water. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
30.
Dark Water (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ Remake of Honogurai mizu no soko kara. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
31.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
“ This is from Hong Kong & remade as The Departed. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
32.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Remake of Infernal Affairs. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
33.
The Eye (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts. (99 mins.)
“ This is from Hong Kong & remade as The Eye. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
34.
The Eye (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world. (98 mins.)
“ Remake of The Eye a.k.a Gin gwai. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
35.
Addicted (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two brothers, Ho-jin and Dae-jin, were the only family they had. The older brother Ho-jin married Eun-soo... (110 mins.)
Director: Young-hoon Park
“ This is from Korea & remade as Possession. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
36.
Possession (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A woman's life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas. Thrills arrive after the brother-in-law wakes up, thinking he's his brother. (85 mins.)
“ Remake of Addicted. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
37.
One Missed Call (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. (112 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ This is from Japan & remade as One Missed Call. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
38.
One Missed Call (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves - messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths. (87 mins.)
Director: Eric Valette
“ Remake of Chakushin ari. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
39.
Into the Mirror (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An ex-cop, now working as a security guard in a shopping mall, tries to uncover the secret behind a series of mysterious deaths linked to mirrors. (113 mins.)
Director: Sung-ho Kim
“ This is from Korea & remade as Mirrors. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
40.
Mirrors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. (110 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Remake of Into the Mirror. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
41.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ This is from Korea & remade as The Uninvited. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
42.
The Uninvited (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Anna Ivers returns home to her sister Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother. Her dismay quickly turns to horror when she is visited by ghastly visions of her dead mother. (87 mins.)
“ Remake of A Tale of Two Sisters. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
43.
Shutter (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past. (97 mins.)
“ This is from Thailand & remade as Shutter. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
44.
Shutter (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved. (85 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
“ Remake of Shutter. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
45.
The Echo (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Marvin savors his independence in a newly acquired unit of an old apartment building. He is frequently visited by his girlfriend Pinky... (102 mins.)
Director: Yam Laranas
“ This is from Philippines & remade as The Echo. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
46.
The Echo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An ex-con moves into an old apartment building, where he encounters a domestic problem involving a police officer, his wife, and their daughter. When he tries to intervene, however, a mysterious curse entraps him. (90 mins.)
Director: Yam Laranas
“ Remake of The Echo a.k.a Sigaw. ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
47.
Premonition (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
While stopped at a roadside phone booth for transmitting his work through the Internet to the university... (95 mins.)
Director: Norio Tsuruta
“ probably not remade ... but, Inspired the following? ” - Ghumonto Pothik
 
48.
Premonition (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead. (96 mins.)
Director: Mennan Yapo
“ probably not a remake ... but, Inspired from the above? ” - Ghumonto Pothik