Hollywood seems to like purchasing the rights to remake J-Horror. Examples: Ju-on, The Ring Virus, Dark Water. In every case I can think of, the Hollywood remake has failed to out-do the original. For my money, J-Horror almost always has a higher creepiness factor even though they tend to have much smaller FX budgets.
Are there any cases where Asian studios have bought the rights to remake Hollywood movies?
A sort of related side question: do they have to acknowledge the original? In the case of “The Lake House” I found out later it was a remake of the Korean movie Il Mare (시월애 ), but they never mentioned it on the commercials or the DVD box that I saw.
Hollywood films typically get the same level of exposure in Japan that they do in America: TV commercials, screening in all mainstream theaters, front-and-center placement on the New Release shelf at the video stores, etc. Combined with a population that’s not averse to watching films with subtitles (and that treats subtitle writers as minor celebrities), there’s probably not a huge incentive to remake even remotely recent Hollywood films.
Old Hollywood movies, however, are probably fair game (as they are in Hollywood itself), though I can’t think of any off the top of my head. European and Asian films that don’t get a wide release also get re-made quite a bit.
There was actually a Korean movie called Everyone Has a Secret that I’m pretty sure was based on About Adam. Although, strictly speaking, About Adam was actually made in the UK, so I guess it doesn’t count as a Hollywood movie.
Like Sublight said, we already get all the Hollywood movies, so I don’t think anyone would be really motivated to remake things people have already all seen before.