I won't surprise anyone if I say that anime is almost always based on the original source. This is usually a manga or light novel. However, in Hollywood, things are even more unusual - Americans really like to make remakes and adaptations of something on the big screen. Quite often, anime is the primary source of films, but many do not know about this basis. Today we'll talk about an anime that was re-filmed in Hollywood.
Death Note [primary source - Death Note]
Yes, I know that this work was filmed by Netflix and played on TV, but due to the enormous popularity of the original source, it is difficult to ignore it. Therefore, let this picture be an exception. How can you characterize the film "Death Note"? Let's just say imagine that the original horrific Japanese adaptations of The Notebook were raped by silly comedies about American high school students from the mid-2000s while William Deffo was watching it hiding in a closet.
Getting into the characters of the characters is zero, the plot is moved, but the oddities of the anime, for example, the pose in which L sits, looked as stupid as possible live. The film disappointed not only fans of the original anime, but also just the people who saw it.
Beginning [primary source - "Paprika"]
Christopher Nalon's "Beginning", which has already gone public thanks to, for example, moments with a whirligig, is actually just a faded shadow of the great anime "Paprika" directed by Satoshi Kon.
Based on the plot of this original anime, a device called DC Mini is being created in the near future, which helps to invade the dreams of other people. It began to be used in the treatment of mentally ill people, changing their consciousness at the level of dreams. In "Paprika" is shown just an insanely surreal visual of the game with dreams. What are the shots from the parade of animated objects, teleportations, visual deceptions, and the scene where people jump from the roof in a row is generally considered one of the most famous in the anime in principle.
In turn, "Inception" has a completely different plot, morality and characters. Therefore, the film is not plagiarized in any way. But it was the presentation, as well as the theme of dreams, that was inspired by the director by “Paprika”. At certain points, the film copies the anime frame by frame, for example, the moment when the heroine touches the mirror and it crumbles.
The film tries to give everything that is happening pretentiously pretentious, which is characteristic of large-budget American films. In turn, Paprika has a more refined taste.
Oldboy [original source - Old Boy]
The 2013 film "Old Boy" is partly a unique phenomenon, as it is a remake of the South Korean adaptation of the manga of the same name. The manga "Old Boy" itself appeared in 1998. In her story, Shinichi Goto spent ten years in solitary confinement, not knowing why. He doesn't even know where his prison is. At one point he is released and Goto is going to find out why he lived these 10 years in prison.
In 2003, the South Korean film "Old Boy" was released based on the manga. He was pretty good, and even won awards at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Despite the fact that largely deviated from the canons of the manga, fans appreciated it and the film even found a place in the American box office. It is for this reason that an American remake of this film from director Spike Lee was released in 2013. It makes no sense to talk about the similarity with the original manga, because this Hollywood anime picture at times deviated from the canons of the 2003 film. In any case, the film turned out to be dynamic and quite bearable.
Ghost in the Shell [original source - Ghost in the Shell anime]
Anime "Ghost in the Shell" is a classic of the world cyberpunk, and besides, at one time this anime was watched in America. So when it was announced that it would be used in a movie with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, fans hoped for the best.
Alas, the film did not reach the level of the original source at all, neither in its content nor in philosophy. Yes, it came out pretty good, but the spirit of the original anime could not be conveyed in the film. Also, the mamma sexites were very unhappy with the lack of a bare chest in the main character, as in the anime. What the adaptation can be praised for is the visual. This is certainly not Blade Runner, but a pretty great cyberpunk.
It's also worth mentioning that the Wachowski brothers were largely inspired by the anime when filming The Matrix.
The Lion King [original source - "Kimba the White Lion"]
If earlier we talked about adaptations, or borrowing, then here we are dealing with plagiarism. The classic Disney cartoon "The Lion King" almost completely repeats the plot and idea of the anime "Kimba the White Lion". The very original source is Osama Tezuka's manga, which was published from 1950 to 1954. An anime series of 1966 and a full-length film in the same 1966 volume was filmed based on it, and later another series was released, but already in 1989.
"The Lion King" will completely repeat the characters, history and even footage from full-length and anime series. Even Simba's voice actor Matthew Broderick, who watched Kimba as a kid, thought he was working on a remake until he was enlightened that The Lion King was actually the original film. Well, well.
And although for many people the Disney story remains a favorite childhood film, this does not interfere with the absurdity of the situation.
Crying Assassin [original source - Crying Freeman]
Of all the films shown here, this one is probably the least known. It is based on the 1988 manga Crying Freeman. Its plot tells about a potter who was taken prisoner by the Chinese mafia and forced to become a contract killer. He got his nickname "Crying Free" for the reason that he always mourns his victims, because he doesn't really want to kill anyone.
The film completely follows the plot of the manga and was quite warmly received by the public, although some portals such as BeyondHollywood.com called it "an empty action movie".
Edge of Tomorrow [original source - All You Need Is Kill Manga]
The 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow is also an adaptation of the light novel All You Need Is Kill. In many ways, the film departs from the canons of the original source. The very first - the scene was moved to Europe, the moments of the plot were also changed. But surprisingly, the original names from the light novel remain unchanged. Is that the name of GG Keiji was slightly corrected in the Western style of Cage.
There are more examples of anime re-filming in Hollywood, but these are the most famous cases.
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