dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
Two big kdrama hits are getting Chinese remakes and my main reaction is - whyyyyy?

Remake n1 is cdrama version of that (in)famous weepie Autumn in My Heart, otherwise known as the drama where kids who were brought up as siblings meet as adults and fall for each other. It's OK as it turns out they are not related. Ooops, she gets cancer and dies, and he's hit by a truck. Clearly, karma is telling them sibcest is a sin. No, I am not making this up. cdrama decided one go at the hystericathon is not enough and is remaking it with Zhang Han (best known as Mainland Domyouji. Well, at least he'll be making out with a fake sister and not a real one, a la Japanese Domyouji) as tragic hero, Jiang Kaitong as tragic heroine, and Dennis Oh as hero's best friend who falls for heroine to much angst. I find Dennis Oh's inclusion a bit weird, but he probably speaks Mandarin about as well as he speaks Korean :P. He also can't act his way out of a paper bag, but as long as he looks pretty while crying, I don't believe anyone will care.



Don't be fooled by the grins, they are more like death grimaces! I may check this out of sheer trainwreck syndrome.

Remake n2 is of the big romcom hit My Girl with Jimmy Lin in the lead role. My reaction is an even bigger "whyyyyyy?" than it is to AiMH remake. I adore Jimmy Lin to bits but My Girl is my most perfect romcom. I don't even like the genre and I adore MG with a fierce passion. I fail to see the need. No to mention, Jimmy Lin's own My Lucky Star was, in a lot of ways, a take on My Girl if Yoo Rin wanted Jung Woo instead.

Oh well. At least nobody marries his cancerous sister in that one.
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
Two big kdrama hits are getting Chinese remakes and my main reaction is - whyyyyy?

Remake n1 is cdrama version of that (in)famous weepie Autumn in My Heart, otherwise known as the drama where kids who were brought up as siblings meet as adults and fall for each other. It's OK as it turns out they are not related. Ooops, she gets cancer and dies, and he's hit by a truck. Clearly, karma is telling them sibcest is a sin. No, I am not making this up. cdrama decided one go at the hystericathon is not enough and is remaking it with Zhang Han (best known as Mainland Domyouji. Well, at least he'll be making out with a fake sister and not a real one, a la Japanese Domyouji) as tragic hero, Jiang Kaitong as tragic heroine, and Dennis Oh as hero's best friend who falls for heroine to much angst. I find Dennis Oh's inclusion a bit weird, but he probably speaks Mandarin about as well as he speaks Korean :P. He also can't act his way out of a paper bag, but as long as he looks pretty while crying, I don't believe anyone will care.



Don't be fooled by the grins, they are more like death grimaces! I may check this out of sheer trainwreck syndrome.

Remake n2 is of the big romcom hit My Girl with Jimmy Lin in the lead role. My reaction is an even bigger "whyyyyyy?" than it is to AiMH remake. I adore Jimmy Lin to bits but My Girl is my most perfect romcom. I don't even like the genre and I adore MG with a fierce passion. I fail to see the need. No to mention, Jimmy Lin's own My Lucky Star was, in a lot of ways, a take on My Girl if Yoo Rin wanted Jung Woo instead.

Oh well. At least nobody marries his cancerous sister in that one.
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
Two big kdrama hits are getting Chinese remakes and my main reaction is - whyyyyy?

Remake n1 is cdrama version of that (in)famous weepie Autumn in My Heart, otherwise known as the drama where kids who were brought up as siblings meet as adults and fall for each other. It's OK as it turns out they are not related. Ooops, she gets cancer and dies, and he's hit by a truck. Clearly, karma is telling them sibcest is a sin. No, I am not making this up. cdrama decided one go at the hystericathon is not enough and is remaking it with Zhang Han (best known as Mainland Domyouji. Well, at least he'll be making out with a fake sister and not a real one, a la Japanese Domyouji) as tragic hero, Jiang Kaitong as tragic heroine, and Dennis Oh as hero's best friend who falls for heroine to much angst. I find Dennis Oh's inclusion a bit weird, but he probably speaks Mandarin about as well as he speaks Korean :P. He also can't act his way out of a paper bag, but as long as he looks pretty while crying, I don't believe anyone will care.



Don't be fooled by the grins, they are more like death grimaces! I may check this out of sheer trainwreck syndrome.

Remake n2 is of the big romcom hit My Girl with Jimmy Lin in the lead role. My reaction is an even bigger "whyyyyyy?" than it is to AiMH remake. I adore Jimmy Lin to bits but My Girl is my most perfect romcom. I don't even like the genre and I adore MG with a fierce passion. I fail to see the need. No to mention, Jimmy Lin's own My Lucky Star was, in a lot of ways, a take on My Girl if Yoo Rin wanted Jung Woo instead.

Oh well. At least nobody marries his cancerous sister in that one.
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )

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