|Well, there was a successful American remake of Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, not to mention various Seven Samurai remakes...
Well one unfortunate upcoming attraction on the schlock horizon is Steven Spielberg's sure-to-be-dripping and sopping, re-make of "Ikiru."
It will be marketed to the middle as a somber meditation on the brevity of life ad nauseum, marketed "high" as a re-make of "Ikiru" and marketed low as an original idea.
That's one problem with thinking of the many re-makes coming out of hollywood now as utilizing original source as a strategy: Most are made I think, because original ideas are not trusted anymore in h-wood. Even if there's no audience familiarity with the original source, to the backers and the other folks behind the scenes, there's some security in the idea that someone thought it was a good story back in the
good old days.