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Title: Japanese remake a Hollywood movie for a change.
Post by: Alex on October 19, 2021, 06:29:56 AM
I remember the Cube as being one of my favourite movies from that year. I'd be interested in a remake, but not if it turns out to be a shot for shot copy.

1997ís Cube was a fantastic sci-fi, horror ride. The self-contained film trapped a group of people in a interchangeable, booby-trapped, labyrinth. It was a huge home video hit at the time. While most times it is the US remaking films from other countries, this time around Japan is remaking one of the United Statesí.

The Japanese Cube remake very much looks like a shot for shot remake of the 1997 film. They are even using their shoes to check for booby-traps in some cases apparently. It even teases the big scene in which someone gets turned to tiny chunks of meat thanks to one of the traps.

The synopsis for 1997ís Cube goes like this:

Without remembering how they got there, several strangers awaken in a prison of cubic cells, some of them booby-trapped. Thereís onetime cop Quentin (Maurice Dean Wint), scientist Holloway (Nicky Guadagni), young math genius Leaven (Nicole de Boer), master of escapes Rennes (Wayne Robson), autistic savant Kazan (Andrew Miller) and architect Worth (David Hewlett), who might have more information on the maze than he lets on. The prisoners must use their combined skills if they are to escape.

Iím really interested in seeing the Japanese version of the film. Iím curious if they will switch the ending up to surprise audiences.

Cube hits theaters in Japan on Oct 22. There still isnít an international release date, but we will let you know when and if there is.]
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Title: Re: Japanese remake a Hollywood movie for a change.
Post by: Jim H on October 21, 2021, 05:40:49 PM
Hollywood?  You're going to make the Canucks angry with that remark.  Well, slightly miffed, maybe.

That said...  I think this is not a bad film to remake actually.  It's got some visual flair and does a lot with a minimal setup, a very basic concept you can do a lot of different things with - like a new adaptation of a stage play, you know?  Most of the story is created in dialogue and character performance, meaning it's very easy to change up in interesting ways if you're a good writer.

Incidentally, the only other licensed (there's a number of unofficial copies and such, of course) East Asian remake of a Western film I know of off-hand is Connected, which is a Hong Kong remake of Cellular.  I actually think it was a major improvement across the board, well worth checking out - it's on Netflix right now in fact.  I hope Cube can manage the same trick.

Title: Re: Japanese remake a Hollywood movie for a change.
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 21, 2021, 05:50:16 PM
I'd be down with that, in principle, if they'd do something new with the premise. Unfortunately, the trailer does make it look like a shot-for-shot remake with Japanese actors. The director has only made one other movie, which I'm not familiar with.