The Weinstein Company recently issued a press release about their upcoming plans to start producing more Asian films, both in terms of themes and talent. Among the upcoming titles listed was an intriguing project that still has yet to be formally announced. According to the press release, Quentin Tarantino will be directing a remake of King Hu’s 1966 martial arts epic Come Drink With Me.
Being that I am no expert in Hong Kong cinema, I have never even heard of the film, but the internet is full of rave reviews, with Kung Fu Cinema even calling it “one of, if not the greatest martial arts film of all time”. From the sounds of it, this was a movie that heavily influenced Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I find it interesting, however, that Tarantino would choose to do a remake at this point in his career, particularly when most of his own films are already homages to previous works. Maybe remakes are what he should have been doing all along… this way he won’t have to worry about that pesky issue of plagiarism! If this is true, it is unclear what it would mean for Tarantino’s long gestating war film Inglorious Bastards.
You can check out the trailer for the original Come Drink With Me on YouTube.