The surreal McCoy

Here is a list of Hong Kong movies followed by the films which they were remaking:


Aces Go PlacesGet Charlie Tully.


Eastern CondorsThe Dirty Dozen.


Dragons ForeverNot Just Another Affair.


All About Ah-LongKramer vs. Kramer.


City HunterUnder Siege.


Wild SearchWitness.


The KillerLe Samouraï.


Spider Woman – Basic Instinct.


God of GamblersRain Man.


Black CatNikita.


Bullet in the HeadThe Deer Hunter.


The Bodyguard from Beijing – The Bodyguard.


Full ContactPoint Blank.


MiraclesMy Fair Lady.


Pantyhose HeroPartners.


The Sixty Million Dollar ManThe Mask.


High RiskDie Hard.


Fulltime KillerAssassins.


The Fun, the Luck and the TycoonComing to America.


Of course, there is a difference between a remake and a rip-off e.g. an El Mariachi clone titled Run. It was even filmed in Mexico. There is also a desperate Desperado doppelganger which is titled Killing Skill. Michael Hui’s Happy Din Don ripped off Some Like it Hot. A Gleam of Hope makes U.S. Marshals look less pathetic as a copycat of The Fugitive. Muto Bontie is a rip-off of Ruthless People. Also, The Wrath of Silence is derivative of The Silence of the Lambs to the extent that the poster has a butterfly.


Similarly, the poster of Seven 2 One gives away the intention that it’s the H.K. equivalent to Vantage Point. As for other H.K. movies where the line is blurred between rip-off and remake, there is The Mighty Peking Man (i.e. King Kong), Bloodfight (i.e. Bloodsport), Sex Medusa (i.e. Species), Hunting List (e.g. True Romance), Nightfall (i.e. Orphan), Hero of City (Reservoir Dogs), and Punished (i.e. Taken).

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