Friday, February 18, 2005
Drunken Angel remake
Movie Poster for the original Drunken Angel by Akira Kurosawa
Today while surfing, I found out that the Japanese movie Drunken Angel is going to be remade in Hollywood. The original is an Akira Kurosawa film. For those who aren't familiar with Kurosawa, he was the Japanese writer behind many amazing movies, including The Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. The Seven Samurai was the inspiration for the American western The Magnificent Seven with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, etc. Kurosawa's Yojimbo was the partial inspiration for the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone. The anime series Kaze No Yojimbo (which is one of the best, IMO) is also based on Yojimbo.
And now, Drunken Angel is being re-imagined for American audiences. It is scheduled for 2006. Drunken Angel is set in post-war Japan and is the story of a young gangster treated by an alcoholic doctor, who discovers that he has tuberculosis. When the guy's boss gets out of prison, he has to face him.
I am really excited that this movie is being remade and perhaps American audiences will learn to appreciate Kurosawa more. The trio who made The Aviator are going to make Drunken Angel -- Martin Scorsese directing, John Logan writing, and Leonardo DiCaprio starring.