Foreign remakes of famous movies you didn't know exist
It's a common complaint that Hollywood has a tendency to remake foreign films, often losing a lot of the appeal of the original in the translation. It's not surprising from a business standpoint: a successful foreign film is one with a proven formula, and American audiences are notoriously subtitle shy. But when even films from other English-speaking countries get the remake treatment, it's inevitable that some will grumble about Hollywood ruining films that were perfectly good in the first place. For every great remake, like Seven Samurai becoming The Magnificent Seven, you get a host of stinkers, like Spike Lee's lackluster Oldboy, Roland Emmerich's ludicrous Godzilla, and of course The Wicker Man ("The bees! The bees!)
What's less known is the fact sometimes the stream goes in the other direction, and foreign filmmakers take an American property and make a localized take on a Hollywood hit. Sometimes the results are good, or at least an interesting depiction of cultural difference, with the same story manifesting in different ways across borders. Other times, the results are just as ludicrous as the worst Hollywood remakes. These are foreign remakes of famous movies you didn't know exist.