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Shall We Vomit? [Mar. 28th, 2004|12:21 pm]
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Yesterday at the movies, I saw a preview for a "new" movie called Shall We Dance? starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon. It looks vile. And...well, it's been done. Literally.
Shall We Dansu? is a marvelous Japanese movie made in 1996. It's about a bored businessman who, riding the train home one night, looks up and sees a beautiful woman standing in the window of a dance studio and decides to learn ballroom dancing. This is much more cultrually frowned upon in Japan than it is here, men dancing with women not their wives, so right off the bat a whole aspect of the story is surgically removed in its Amercianisation.
The worst part is, in the preview, there are scenes that are identical to scenes in the original...except that they're being acted by Caucasian men and women who have no subtitles marring their lower halves.
And I refuse to believe for a second that Richard Gere is a better actor than Kôji Yakusho.
I think what irks me the most about this is that the original isn't even out on DVD yet; the way things seem to work in this world, the soulless remake will probably be on DVD before the original will be.
I'll see it of course; I'm going to ask to review it, in fact. But I'm not happy about it at all.

[User Picture]From: johnnyg
2004-03-28 06:15 pm (UTC)
I don't have much interest in this except for the fact it was filmed in Winnipeg, where I grew up (moved from Toronto so J.Lo wouldn't get SARS) and was a VERY BIG DEAL in town, according to my folks. The presence of Lo and Gere was a big deal, but then some jewelery (Sarandon's I think) was stolen from the set and turned up in a seedy downtown motel along with a man who had been disembowled and beheaded in some gay sex crime.
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[User Picture]From: eyelevel
2004-03-28 06:28 pm (UTC)
God bless lazy ass Hollywood and their ability to quietly remake foreign films for Americans who can't read and watch at the same time.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-03-28 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ah...but could they not have, at least, remake this one with Japanese actors in Tokyo, perhaps even the same ones? I bet they can speak some English, particuarly since they do in the original film, a little...

I don't know what peeves me more: the fact you can't get the original on DVD, the fact that they've got it starring Richard Gere and J-Lo, or the fact that they're remaking it at all...
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