Based On Vs Inspired By

[Music] hello history buffs my name is Nick Hodges and for this video I thought I would go over a common frustration of mine with mislabeled true story movies horror movies often the worst offenders were those slap on that true events tagline as a cheap marketing gimmick after all in the film claims to be based on true events then people are more likely to go see it as what gets me a star event but by the way when I saw this I’m like no of course it’s not ghosts aren’t real I mean like none of these true events are or will ever be verified they’re only based on eyewitness testimonies who are either mistaken delusional or lying since these witnesses swear they saw a ghost a supernatural horror film can justify calling itself based on true events but it also gives the filmmakers the license to creatively run amok I mean what are you gonna do complain that $1 Nana bail is inaccurate because it looks nothing like the real one the concept of a demonic doll should be ridiculous enough already but you know what these films are relatively harmless and not meant to be taken seriously except what about the movies that want to be the ones that go out of their way to make you believe then it gets a little bit trickier to tell the difference between movies which are based on real events and the ones that aren’t but it should be easy take for example the 2010 film called the wayback set during the Second World War it’s about a group of prisoners who escaped from a Soviet gulag in Siberia on foot they make the incredible journey of walking 4000 miles through Siberia Mongolia China and the Himalayas to seek safe refuge in British India it’s a really good film and I highly recommend it but he should probably know that this epic Trek might not have happened at least not on the way as presented at the movie if you look at the poster for the way back you’ll see that responsibly marketed as inspired by real events that’s the key word there inspired meaning that as disputed as these events may be the filmmakers still felt creatively compelled in telling this story so why is the way back and tested as a true story well the films and facts based on a book called the long walk written by a Polish Army left tenants called Slavonia Ravich in his memoirs he claims that he and six others made this journey in 1941 and reached British India in the winter of 1942 the long walk was published in 1956 and had a successful run but his credibility has often been called into question for example it’s kind of weird how similar his premises to another book published only a year before the book as far as my fetal Karimi is based on the accounts for German soldier called Cornelius Ross who escaped from a Siberian gulag during World War two and walked all the way to Iran but this story has also been disputed the most damning evidence against ravage was from the BBC recovered former Soviet records in 2006 that stated that he had been transferred in 1942 to refugee camp in Iran his presence in Palestine was also recorded shortly afterwards making his escape to India impossible there have also been other people who came forward over the years some claiming that they were the ones who made the long walk and others that they met the real people who had none of these claims have ever been verified but it’s possible that the origins of the long walk might be based on some truth like an urban myth we told countless times by soldiers during the Second World War did the author really take the walk or not this is a book published in 1956 never had a print but this cloud of controversy hung around it I said well I couldn’t really do it if if I didn’t think it was true so we did some more digging researching and found that the walk had taken place we got that I felt comfortable with that was this man on the walk I don’t know so I said I’d like to fictionalize it let’s read title and draw inspiration from the book so that perfectly explains what inspired by real events is supposed to mean when a film adapts an event that may or may not have happened and crafting a mostly fictional story around it often changing the names of characters and their backstories from the historical sources films that are based on real events are entirely different they are meant to be much more heavily influenced by the original source material characters names and deeds often kept the same with creative liberties taken but overall the film should be recognizable to the events in persons they’re based on well at least they’re supposed to unfortunately there’s a lot of films out there that are really influenced by true events but market themselves as based on true events simply because the latter is far more engaging to an audience making it easy for them to sympathize with the film’s characters especially if they believe that everything they’re watching happened let me give another example there’s a South Korean film I watched recently called my way and it’s about a Korean soldier during World War two and his story is it’s one of the craziest you’ve ever heard it begins with this force conscription into the Japanese army then in 1939 he fights in a huge battle against the Soviets then he gets captured and thrown into a brutal Soviet POWs camp but his time in the camp is interrupted when Germany invades the Soviet Union resulting with him being drafted a second time into the Soviet Army to fight the Germans only to be captured again now by the Germans and forced to fight in their army and there were the worst luck in the world he is posted in Normandy resulting in this poor sod having to survive through d-day but incredibly and against all odds he survived this horrific battle and was captured by the Americans only this time he would not be forced to pick up another rifle he would spend the rest of the war in the POWs camp in Britain and eventually freed and that’s all I had to say about that so here’s a picture of the real guy being questioned by an American after d-day the Korean soldiers name was please excuse my poor attempt to Korean yank Yong Yong and everything I said about the armies and battles he fought him are all based on his account no much else is known about him however just that after the war he moved to Illinois and lived there for the remainder of his life before dying in 1992 never speaking about his experiences in the war not even to his family the film takes inspiration from his story but then just goes off and does his own thing all the characters and their personal interactions are fictional including the protagonist who’s not called yank young young but renamed John Sheik John Sheik is an athletic runner living in Japanese occupied Korea and has a vicious rivalry with the Japanese runner called Tatsu o Hasegawa after being unfairly disqualified from a marathon because of John sheeps Korean heritage a riot breaks out blamed for this he has then drafted into the Japanese army but it just so happens that Tatsu o has volunteered and they end up serving together with Tatsu being a superior officer and treating him like crap but when they both get captured by the Soviets and sent to Siberia the roles in their relationship shift and they spent a good chunk of the movie punching each other lots and lots of punching when they aren’t doing that’s they fight together in every battle that the real Yong Kyung Jang did eventually overcoming their differences and becoming comrades resulting in the film that cannot claim it’s based on true events when really it’s just inspired by true events but you know what at least it resembles to what actually happened unlike some other films let’s take a look at the strangers another crappy horror film they’re supposed to be inspired by true events the plot involves a couple who are terrorized by a group of psychopaths who break into their house not exactly outside the realm of plausibility except nothing you see in the film actually happened the strangers isn’t inspired by any one single event but from all over the place like the Manson Family murders of 1969 or the Cadi murders of 1981 neither of which have anything to do with each other the director also stated in interviews that’s when he was a kid he remembered the gang of youths breaking into houses in this neighborhood so yeah apparently The Strangers has it’s inspired by true events tagline because generally sometimes people get murdered by home invaders look writers are inspired by random stuff all the time but that doesn’t justify your crappy movie saying it’s based on or inspired by anything unless it actually is that’s why well-respected movies don’t need to lie to their audiences to sell tickets unless their movie is Fargo yeah that’s a good one yes even the current brothers are guilty of bullshitting their audience now don’t get me wrong this is an awesome movie and well deserving of its Academy Awards especially for Best Original Screenplay because they’re everything I transpires in it comes from their imagination from the very beginning of the film titles appear stating that this is a true story that it took place in Minnesota in 1987 but the survivors requested that their names be changed but Fargo is anything but a true story this movie was not based on an actual crime who says was it yeah it was yeah and this story is completely based on a real event yeah this story is the character is you know we we weren’t interested in making a documentary and the characters are really inventions based on the sort of outline of events then why did you put a disclaimer in the end credits saying that all the events in the film are fictitious like it’s kind of a contradiction there the main similarity Fargo bears two real-life events maybe was the murder of Helle crafts in 1986 when a husband disposed of a body in a wood chipper everything else though is a complete work of fiction the Coen brothers even admitted so in later years in an interview with The New York Times Joel Cohen said it’s completely made-up or as we like to say get anything true about it is that it’s a story which is why during that interview you could see Ethan Coen smirking when asked about their film’s credibility so what was the reason for this whole song and dance what was the point of it all well in another interview with Time Out magazine joel coen said if an audience believes that something’s based on a real event it gives you permission to do things that might otherwise not accept as much as I admire the current brothers I don’t agree with this thinking films shouldn’t feel the need to trick their audiences especially one of Fargo’s caliber personally I feel that this is a cheap tactic and it undermines other true story films that try to make an effort but that’s just my opinion what do you guys think is it okay the film’s to mislead their audiences or should they live up to their marketing should based on xand inspired bys mean exactly that let me know in the comment 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