Great movies ideas fall from having a solid script. In a similar manner, the critical and financial success of a live-action film often depends on how film makers make use of its source materials. Be it an anime or manga adaptation.
Manga is a manga genre based on Japan. It''s not difficult to see why many film producers want to capitalize on this lucrative market. Nevertheless, many manga films deserve more recognition than the resentment surrounding the whole genre of live-action adaptations.
''''Ichi The Killer'''' (2001)
Ichi The Killer is directed by Kadanobu Asano, a sadomasochistic yakuza leader who finds Ichi to be capable of achieving his terrible dreams.
Takashi Miike, the filmmaker of the film, is undoubtedly the most famous internationally for his cinematic contributions to the violent and the bizarre. In this bizarre tale of brutality and sadness, Ichi The Killer does not disappoint hardcore fans of the Japanese filmmaker.
''''Lady Snowblood'''' (1973)
The jidaigeki film based in Samurai, un directed by Akira Kurosawa, follows Yuki (Meiko Kaji), a woman who was born in a women''s prison. She becomes a cruel assassin who seeks revenge against three people who brutally assaulted her mother while killing her father and brother.
The film''s success spawns a sequel, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, which is inspired by Quentin Tarantino''s Kill Bill (2003-2004).
''''I Am A Hero'''' (2015)
I Am A Hero is a Japanese zombie apocalypse film about Hideo (Yo Oizumi), a down-on-his-luck manga artist and assistant who must learn how to survive from citizens-turned-flesh-eating-maniacs. In other words, zombies.
As Hideo and his newfound friends struggle to stay alive, the unfavorable situation puts him in a series of moral choices. Although the 2010s are saturated with great South Korean zombie films and shows, I Am A Hero is a breath of fresh air from Japan''s seine manga artist Kengo Hanazawa.
''''Edge of Tomorrow'''' (2014)
Even Hollywood understands the appeal of a Japanese manga. The story focuses on a soldier named Keiji Kiriya, who begins to be trapped in a time-loop after dying in a battle with the extraterrestrials. Kiriya enhances his fight skills with each cycle and desperately finds solutions to his never-ending situation.
Edge of Tomorrow (later retitled Live. Die. Repeat. on home media) follows the source closely but with several minor tweaks. In this science fiction war film, the setting is changed to Western Europe. While Tom Cruise is forced to fight and die over and over again.
''''200 Pounds Beauty'''' (2006)
Kim Ah-Joong, who plays Hanna Kang, a part-time phone sex worker and ghost-singer for pop singer Ammy (Ji Seo-Yun) who lip-syncs her songs rather than singing live.
After being humiliated by Ammy and feeling ashamed by her boss/crush Sang-Jun (Joo Jin-Mo), Hanna becomes Jenny, a stunning and slender woman who has become a new pop sensation with her hit debut film "Maria." The South Korean adaptation of 200 Pounds Beauty has received rave reviews and accolades.
''''Battle Royale'''' (2000)
Battle Royale has kept teenagers busy as a result of Koushun Takami''s 1999 film. The Japanese action-thriller has evolved into a new wave of death games films and television shows. The film tells the story of a group of nine-graders forced to fight each other until death by a totalitarian Japanese government.
Battle Royale isn''t suitable for all generations, but it inspires future films to think outside the box. It reaffirms the need for contemplative youth in the future of a country.
While Spike Lee''s 2013 remake did not impress many movie-goers, the first release of Park Chan-Wook''s 2003 neo-noir more than delights audience members, it shocks everyone to their core.
As a loose adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya''s manga, the narrative of Oldboy ensues, like Oh Dae-Su (Choi Min-Sik), a detested drunkard who was kidnapped, drugged, and tortured in an unknown hotel room for 15 years. After his release, he is determined to identify those who had ruffled him, despite having no clue.
''''Helter Skelter'''' (2012)
How far will anyone go to fame and admiration? Supermodel Liliko knows no limits. Helter Skelter is an essential film that investigates the horrors of being a woman in a competitive society where fame lasts for 15 minutes.
Both the film and its Japanese psychological horror manga by Kyoko Okazaki are aware of the horrifying aftermaths of plastic surgery on Liliko (Erika Sawajiri) both physically and psychologically. Liliko pursues a debauched lifestyle of sex and drugs, often resorting to murder in an attempt to remain the #1 in the supermodel industry.
Zatoichi, a Japanese blind swordsman, has given up decades of film and television adaptations. The iconic character even has a film cross-over with Toshiro Mifune''s Yojimboin the 1970 film Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo.
Takeshi Kitano takes on the lead in the 2003 samurai action drama, where he protects a local area from being caught up in a yakuza gang war. The film is packed with unforgettable action sequences, while owning one of the most unusual ending sequences. There are no spoilers here!
''''Crows Zero'''' (2007)
This is another film from Takashi Miike''s manga. Although less blood and gore are visible in this film than Ichi The Killer, Crows Zero continues Miike''s rhetoric of gang violence and criminal activities. This time, with the students of the fictional Suzuhan All-Boys High School.
Various gang factions fight each other out in pursuit of the "King of Suzuran High," thus resulting in some broken bones and a few friendships. Amidst all the barbarity and competition, the Japanese action film tries to sneak in a few light-hearted scenes, even as many of them are still enjoying high school.
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