by Chris MaGee
We don't have to tell you how Japanese cinema and anime have been a key influence for some of Hollywood's biggest hits from the last decade or so. Without animated film like "Akira" and "Ghost in the Shell" it's doubtful we would have "The Matrix", and without the influence of films like "Audition" and the infamous "Guinea Pig" series we may never have had such torture porn films as "Hostel" and "Saw" (although there may be more than a few of us who wouldn't have missed this particular genre). This past Anime News Network added another chapter to the saga of cross-pollination between Japanese and Hollywood films with the news that one of the creators of the "Saw" films has hopes of potentially remaking an anime classic.
James Wan (above left), director of, and co-creator along with Leigh Whannell, of the the original "Saw" revealed that he would love to direct a live-action remake of Yoshiaki Kawajiri's "Ninja Scroll". Wan made the remark while promoting the Japanese release of his latest film "Insidious"; but before you getting all knotted up about yet another Japanese film remake read this exact quote from Wan: I love anime and manga. I especially love ninjas. I think I would definitely like to work on a remake of 'Ninja Scroll', which is very popular in America." Wan's project very much seems to be a wish at this point rather than a reality, so file this one under a "what-if" project. Still, what do you think? Would you love or hate seeing a live-action remake of "Ninja Scroll" from the man who brought us "Saw"?