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Trailer to ‘Red Dawn’ remake

Looks OK, I guess, but I liked it better when I played it as “Homefront.”

In case you forgot how the Chinese got switched for the North Koreans:

People close to the picture said the changes will cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story’s fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean. It’s impossible to eliminate all references to China, the people said, though the changes will give North Korea a much larger role in the coalition that invades the U.S.

“We were initially very reluctant to make any changes,” said Tripp Vinson, one of the movie’s producers. “But after careful consideration we constructed a way to make a scarier, smarter and more dangerous ‘Red Dawn’ that we believe improves the movie.”

Yes, scarier, smarter and more dangerous. I’m sure that’s what it was.

At least “Tomorrow, When the War Began” had Australia getting invaded by unnamed Asian folk you could pretend were Chinese.

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  • Wangkon936

    Looks like a made for TV TBS special.

  • bumfromkorea

    Hey, I read that in middle school! :D I actually thought the unnamed Asians were Japanese because the book said something about the invading country being desperate for landspace because of natural disasters.

  • AED

    being of asian descent, i have to say i dont like the premise of this film at all. plus, anyone who knows anything about north korea will have trouble suspending disbelief that this is even possible. nevermind that the heroes are a bunch of kids, at least the soviets were a legit superpower in the first film. hope it flops.

  • bumfromkorea

    You can’t have liked playing Homefront, Robert. I liked “Freedom Fighters” a *lot* better, even though it’s much older and hopelessly short.

  • http://www.dayvmattt.com Dayv Mattt

    Homefront was garbage with a capital GARBAGE.

  • Wedge

    I heard secondhand from crew members that this movie is about as anti-American as they come, which is no surprise from Hollywood. The Chinese (ahem, Norks) come in to save us from evil, rapacious capitialists.

  • palladin9479

    The concept behind this is so hilarious.

    Invasions that completely ignore the existence of the Pacific Ocean, PACOM, NORAD and several early warning systems in place. As if you could board an airplane in East Asia and be in the USA in a couple hours. All without tipping off the US Military nor any of the defense forces near the coast line.

    But guess it makes for a good movie.

  • Jonathan Aichele

    One would hope, AED!

  • Wedge

    #7: It’s a fantasy, just like the first one. There’s no basis in reality.

  • pawikirogii

    speaking of movies, might i recommend a fantastic guy movie for all of you? it’s called ‘war of arrows’ and i understand it was one of the most successful korean films of last year. fantastic action scenes! after about 25 minutes, the story kicks into high gear and never seems to take a break. it’s was two hours but i thought it was too short! language buffs might be interested because half of the movie is in the endangered language of manchu. i wonder if the languages of the three kingdoms sounded like manchu…..

  • Busan Ajossi

    Airborne invasion of North America by North Korean troops? Secret super weapon? OK, please explain how this is a “smarter” Red Dawn.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “Invasions that completely ignore the existence of the Pacific Ocean, PACOM, NORAD and several early warning systems in place. As if you could board an airplane in East Asia and be in the USA in a couple hours. All without tipping off the US Military nor any of the defense forces near the coast line.”

    …and all done using North Korea’s rundown 1950′s and 1960′s era military weapons.

  • R. Elgin

    I heard secondhand from crew members that this movie is about as anti-American as they come, which is no surprise from Hollywood. The Chinese (ahem, Norks) come in to save us from evil, rapacious capitalists.

    More like saving us from evil, rapacious Americans that have been gaming the system.

    If the movie has Chinese soldiers buggering and spanking American bankers, then I would call it imported justice and put a tariff on it since it would merely be another case of cheap Chinese goods flooding the American market. Naturally, like too many things, justice is too expensive in America so we have to outsource it to China.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Honestly, I didn’t think Homefront was that bad. GTA IV it wasn’t, but it was playable nonetheless. The pre-release hype did it no favors.

  • doug

    Here’s one of the signs that was posted in an area where they were making this movie:

    [IMG]http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh63/jeep442007/dawn2_016.jpg[/IMG]

  • adeptitus

    Back in the height of Japan bashing in 1980s, the US entertainment industry produced many movies that showed the Japanese as the future economic overlords & US as the fallen victim. Then the Japanese came in and started buying US movie studios such as Columbia-Tristar Pictures, MCA-Universal, and MGM. By the mid 1990s, Japanese bashing had all but dissipated from US cinema, partly contributed by Japan’s economic situation. But it’s not hard to think that Sony Entertainment Group would look down on any movie script that is “anti Japanese”. However the Japanese investors did “buy high” and lost quite a bit of money investing in US.

    Very recently, we’ve started seeing more Chinese investment in US Entertainment industry. In this year, Dalian Wanda Group bought AMC for $2.6 billion. 3D/Animation studios based in Burbank are opening branches in Shanghai, and Hollywood is actively seeking Chinese partners and investors for films. In upcoming years, we should expect to see more Chinese investment in US entertainment industry, and anti-Chinese themed movies will go from being “switched” to anti-NK, to falling off the radar. However, it remains to be seen if Chinese investments in the entertainment sector will be profitable. The Japanese are bad at buying high and selling low, the Chinese is good at buying low but often doesn’t know when to sell high.

  • cm

    So why did they change from Chinese to North Koreans? Did the Chinese company bought up the US movie company? Those North Koreans in the movie seem too well fed. I know the movie has got no basis on reality, but nevertheless it’s probably going to be real to many dumb Americans.

  • Makarov

    Movie reminds me of Homefront.

  • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal ZenKimchi

    “For them, this is just a piece of land. For us, this is our home.” I’m sure looking forward to more Captain Obvious pronouncements spoken in ways that turn them into poignant political sound bites.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    ” In this year, Dalian Wanda Group bought AMC for $2.6 billion. ”

    Ironically, The Walking Dead (and other zombie stories) could be seen as an allegory for how humans are over-consuming resources (as China is now doing).

  • palladin9479

    @17,

    Originally they had no desire to market it in China and thus having the Chinese as the “bad guys” was ok. Since their financial problems and the movie changing hands, the new management wants to sell it in China. Having Chinese soldiers as the “bad guy” would get it banned inside China, so they edited the beginning and the plot to make it sound like it was the DPRK doing the invading.

    The whole premise of the movie is that China developed a super secret EMP bomb and used it to disable US defense systems prior to a massive land invasion. Lots of suspension of disbelief required, it’s a movie so we go along with it.

  • adeptitus

    AMC’s Walking Dead is one of few Hollywood shows where the Asian guy sleeps with the white girl.

    Back when this planet had 6 billion humans, the richest 20% consumed 86% of all the goods and services, 45% of all meat and fish, 58% of all energy produced, and owned 87% of all the vehicles.

    Now that China and India are coming up, they’re consuming more resources, energy, protein, and buying more cars. Last year, China’s car sales exceeded US for the first time.

    American zombies have been consuming vast quantities of the world’s resources for decades. Now Chinese zombies are coming up behind them for a piece of the pie. Behind the Chinese zombies are the Indian zombies, who will out-number the Chinese in population this century.

    As an American zombie, you should expect your future zombie children to consume a smaller share of the world’s resources due to increased competition from other zombies. Currently there are 1.3 billion Chinese zombies and 300 million American zombies. By mid century, there will be an estimated 1.5 billion Chinese zombies (+200 million) and 500 million American zombies (also +200 million).

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    An astute observer pointed out to me that’s PJ O’Rourke in the cop’s uniform.

    Yes, this PJ O’Rourke on the Koreans:

    They don’t like anyone who isn’t Korean, and they don’t like each other all that much, either. They’re hardheaded, hard-drinking, tough little bastards, “the Irish of Asia”.

  • alex

    Liz, Brett Cullen can definitely play PJ O’Rourke
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0191442/

    Pretty good likeness to PJOR.

  • WangKon936

    Well, with a name like “O’Rourke” sounds like he should know something about the Irish.

  • WangKon936

    PJ deserves to have that quote put into context for those who are unfamiliar with him:

    http://tinyurl.com/8wqwykz

  • Feargal Sharkey

    Hey, wait a minute..I’m Irish! From Derry. Ever heard of my band?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    I was going to say, that’s Brett Cullen. Less “Parliament of Whores,” more “Person of Interest.”

  • http://globalasianculture.com Liz

    Isn’t this film more a commentary on the crumbling infrastructure of this country rather than the strength of a fictitious, enemy nation?

  • WangKon936

    Liz,

    If the film makes any money it will speak volumes of America’s edumacation system.

  • Those weren’t bran muffins, Brainiac…

    So when did the Norks develop air-refueling? And since they have a total of like 12 Antonov An-24 aircraft total (including Nork AF and Air Koryo), they could probably land their soccer team and about one well-armed infantry company, without vehicles…

    Assuming they were all reconverted back from surveillance and AEW, none were “hanger queens” and they used magic jet fuel to fly across the Pacific.

    Sorry, it is to laugh.

  • Those weren’t bran muffins, Brainiac…

    The rest of their transport fleet is “less capable”…