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Mike Nichols Remakes Kurosawa
With a Mamet script for High and Low

29 October 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Y'know, there's "quality pedigree" and then there's this: Mike Nichols has signed on to direct a remake of Akira Kurosawa's High And Low, with Martin Scorsese and Scott Rudin in producing roles and a script by David Mamet. While in principle remakes are not always a good thing, this one's shaping up to be a doozy.

The plot sees a company executive (originally Toshiro Mifune) mortgage all he owns to raise the money for a crucial business deal that will give him control of the National Shoe Company. But at the same time, kidnappers abduct his son and demand a ransom of almost the full amount. He is willing to pay up - but then discovers that the kidnappers snatched his driver's son by mistake, and must decide if that boy's life is still worth his family's future.

While the original film is distinctively Japanese, it's actually based on an Ed McBain novel called King's Ransom, so this is another Seven Samurai-like occasion where Kurosawa took inspiration from Hollywood and Hollywood has taken it right back from him.

Scorsese originally commissioned Mamet to write the script back in 1999, but is now expected simply to executive produce. Still, whatever way you look at it, this has "prestige picture" written all over it.

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Aren't we forgetting......
The Hidden Fortress? Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the remake of that quite successful? If only I could remember what it was bloody called....I DO know some beardy bloke directed it and is apparently worth quite a bit of money these days. On a serious note, I do agree that Kurosawa should be left well alone. He is the greatest director to ever pick up a camera and to run the risk of tarnishing another of his masterpieces would just make me angry. And The Magnificent Seven is overrat More

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Yeah, 'cause the Magnificent Seven just sucked didn't it? And don't mention Last Man Standing as I'll have no comeback... More

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I am! More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 15:07 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

You should not remake anything by Kurosawa, no matter who is involved. Im not liking this one bit. More

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