Browsing for asian movies led me to discover that a lot of the suspense-horror themed movies here in Asia were able to cross over to Hollywood. That is great for the asian movie industry. Aside from the amazing flying stunt while doing karate moves from the chinese, we are now exporting the fear that our overactive imagination has created.
Fear is easier to accept. When it steps in, it knows no logical explanation, no race, no culture, no color, no language. No wonder that these kind of movies make money in the box office.
Most of you may still remember Sadako of the Ring movies. It has a Japanese, Korean and American version of the story.
The picture above is one of the most famous moment in the movie. I intentionally placed a smaller pic because it still makes me…grr…why did I ever tackled this topic and at night at that. Anyway, in those films her method of killing with the video curse is not explained, but when someone is killed by it she is seen crawling from the television.
Following the international success of The Ring, another Japanese horror flick came in and it’s called Ju-on, The Grudge. It was well accepted by critics and moviegoers
the director’s minimalist approach was enough to create an eerie atmosphere. A remake was done in the States called The Grudge which top billed Sarah Michelle Gellar (from the Buffy The Vampire Slayer).
It is about a curse that is born when someone dies in the state of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow and is reborn repeatedly, endlessly more like a chain of horror.
Just recently, another remake is on the works. It is a filipino movie called Sigaw. The American version title is “The Echo”. They are currently filming it with Jesse Bradford as the lead actor who was last seen in Clint Eastwood’s World War II epic “Flags of Our Father.” Iza Calzado, a filipino actress will reprise her role as the abused wife of a policeman.
A man just moved in to his own condominium unit. He continues to be awakened by screaming and beating from another unit in his condominium building. Apparently his neighbor, a jealous cop accuses her wife in having an affair with someone and beats her every now and then. He gets drawn to the couple’s frequent quarrels, tried his best to help only to find out a secret that the condonium building manager was keeping from him. If the Hollywood version will keep the whole storyline, I do not know but basically it is what the story is all about.
In Korean Cinema last year, a new box office record was achieved and that was due to the monstrous hit, called The Host, originally titled The Creature. Literally and figuratively it is a monster movie. I am quite hesistant in including this movie in this category because the story is not brought about by supernatural evil or ghostly environment. The creature is a huge mutant beast that is somehow created due to a biological/chemical reaction whatever. It was shown in different countries and there are talks that a remake may be produced.
Anyway, it created havoc in the hearts of many korean moviegoers so I am hoping I get to see a hollywood version of it.
There are more movies out there that is focus in exploiting our imagination. The more illogical it may sound the more we love it. Unanswered questions and unbelievable situations make it more eerie and that is why we all troop to the cinemas.
It is amazing how fear works on all of us…
“Your breathing speeds up.”
“Your heart races.”
” Your muscles tighten.”
…and the funny thing is we pay for this kind of excitement.
Hopefully I will be able to sleep after this. Originally, I planned to use more chilling graphics to put more emphasis on what I’m saying but I was already having a hard time surfing for them in the net, so the less I see them the better. The lights will definitely be on tonight!