Charlize Theron is set to appear in a remake of Korean director Park Chan-wook's bloody thriller Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. The upcoming project will be produced by Annapurna Pictures, CJ Entertainment, and the South African actress' company Denver & Delilah Films.
Panorama Media will be the film's international sales agent.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is part of Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy. The other two films in the trilogy are the festival winner Oldboy, starring Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae and Kang Hye-jeong, and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, starring Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun and Doona Bae.
Blu-ray.com has already reviewed all three films in the trilogy here. Reviews for the individual UK and Hong Kong Blu-ray releases of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance are located here and here.
Below is a still from the original film with Lee Yeong-ae as Lady Vengeance.
You guys really consider this a Remake? I'd consider it Localizing. I Love foreign movies, and have never minded subtitles, but if I was Chan-wook, I'd be all over making my story available to everyone. And Don't even mention dubbing lol. I'm looking at this like a New Dragon Tattoo, and with Theron's performances in Young Adult, Snow White, and Prometheus lately...I can't say I'm not excited.
I think what partially annoys people about foreign remakes, is that the general english speaking audiences are going to see this and go "That movie was amazing, Charlize Theron gave a great performance.", ignorant to the fact that it's a remake. Some that do find out its a remake, may not even bother seeing the original, because "Why? I just saw the same movie, and it was in my native language of english." Or, they will trash the original, because the US version is what they saw first and won't like the differences in the original. Sad, but unfortunately people are like this.
@spanky87 Yep. Don't forget the people that see the remake and think it's amazing and when they find out it's actually a remake, they start telling people that they've been big fans of the original trilogy for years before they decided to remake them but it actually turned out PRETTY GOOD, regardless of whether or not they've even bothered to see the original. That is my main issue with remakes of horror/thriller classics. It's especially frustrating with newbie horror fans who actually hate the old originals but still claim to love them so that they look more like horror fans. It's not so much the remakes themselves that I hate, it's a massive percentage of the stupid effing general public who see them just so they can claim to love the originals and have a vague idea of what the original is about so that they can boast or talk down to people who haven't seen or know anything about the origials even though they were in the same boat. It's people like THAT that piss me off and make me angry every time I hear an announcement for a movie I really like.
Remakes aren't inherently terrible. Sometimes, you get Magnificent Seven, Fistfull of Dollars, The Thing, or the Fly. And most of the time you don't. Anything that draws attention to Chan-Wook Park is a good thing, the man has turned in some brilliant films. That said, I think Lady Vengeance is less likely to get a script overhaul than Oldboy.
@Snake in my Boots = You're right. I don't have a problem with a remake, its just that they do it so many now. And they usually put no effort into them. The movie studios don't take chances anymore. They just want to go with a proven formula. Thus we get remakes, sequels, prequels, and reboots. They think the public is too stupid to go see something original.
Remakes of domestic films might be one thing, but I have no problem with Hollywood translating foreign films for the western demographic. I love many asian films, but there's still a lot of cultural disparity that hinders interpretation, even more so with asian films than European ones. You have to have some understanding of the country's history, religious, economic, and political influences to make sense of, and even knowing these things don't always make you appreciate them.
Some of Hollywoods most heralded outings have been remakes of foreign films: The Ring, The Departed, just to name a couple that haven't already been mentioned. The Magnificent Seven is still considered a classic by many, though I regard that one as rather shallow compared to the film it emulates. It seems like Yojimbo has been remade every few years, since the 1970s at least. Though most of the Yojimbo remakes probably wouldn't really support the argument IMO, they do have their fans.