Hollywood steals ideas from abroad

Hollywood. We all love it, what with its original film ideas that gross millions at the box office.

What if I told you that some of them were rip-offs of foreign films?

That’s right. Hollywood has ripped off foreign films multiple times in the past few years, and some of the films have been praised so much that the originals have been long forgotten.

Take “Inception,” for example. You know the plot of that movie? A machine that can hack into people’s dreams? Yeah, not an original idea made by Hollywood.

Enter “Paprika,” a Japanese animated film directed by Satoshi Kon. “Inception” came out in 2010. “Paprika” came out in 2006, four years before the “original” “Inception.” There was only a minor difference between “Paprika” and “Inception.” In “Paprika,” the machine was stolen by terrorists, and the dreams were more realistically blended into the movie, so you couldn’t tell the difference between reality and dreams.

This isn’t the only film Hollywood has stolen from foreign films.

“Oldboy,” which came out in 2013, is a rip-off of a South Korean film of the same name.

The original film came out in 2003, directed by Park Chan-wook. Hollywood saw the movie and thought “Oh, hey! This will make a GREAT movie!”

So, they took the movie… And completely butchered it.

The story doesn’t take from the original AT ALL. First off, the title screen has 20 tick marks, instead of 15; the main character of the Korean version was stuck in his “prison” for 15 years, and in the American version, he was stuck for 20; they also made the main character seem like a jerk to his family, though he wasn’t in the original.

Another thing is some of the violence scenes. In the Korean version, there was a one-shot hammer kill scene. It was completely removed in the American version. There was also a scene that involved someone having their tongue cut off. This was removed as well.

The American version of “Oldboy” got what it deserved for ripping off a foreign film; it was a box office bomb. “Inception,” however, didn’t have justice’s hammer slammed on it as hard, scoring big at the box office, unfortunately.

If America keeps on taking slices from the world’s film body and gobbling them up greedily and engorging themselves on stolen ideas, I don’t know if there is any hope left for the future of movie making.