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Quentin Tarantino Ripped Off The Idea For Reservoir Dogs???

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Quentin Tarantino was highly praised for his debut movie Reservoir Dogs, however, five years before the flick came out, a Hong Kong action movie City on Fire, starring a very young Chow Yun-Fat, had the exact same premise, fight scenes, and "undercover cop" ending.

Did Tarantino use some creative plagiarism or was it just an uncanny resemblance?

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56 comments to “Quentin Tarantino Ripped Off The Idea For Reservoir Dogs???”

  1. 1

    Well..they have probably settled this behind closed doors..that's why the original maker did not make a fuss about it…

  2. 2

    No rippin' at all. He has seen every movie made in the world, so he is bound to mixx and match.

  3. 3

    wow thats crazy, but like i mean i think it was his first really big film that did well and he was pretty young at this time. And its not like hes doing it now, i always gives credit to everything he bases his movies off now. Maybe it was just a foolish mistake he did when he was younger, not saying it should be like forgotten but a lot of people have done shit like this and havent gotten penalized for it.

  4. 4

    Tarantino always does that; he's had scenes in films that were carbon copies of scenes in other films. This isn't that big of a surprise.

  5. 5

    DUDE! This has been known for at LEAST 13 years!!!!!!! Hardly a scoop!

  6. 6

    quentin is a genius and yes he does steal from the best and he even admitted to it. all directors steal to take an original idea and make it their own, quentin lives for films thats why he knows so much about them and why he steals from them.
    long live tarantino!

  7. 7

    Talk about almost 20 years to late. Its already been established and Tarantino has talked about using other films and styles in his own movies. Another slow blog day I guess

  8. 8

    Anyone who's ever studied Tarantino would know that he borrows tons of ideas from other movies… not just ideas, but characters and names like Pai Mei and Hugo Stiglitz, who was actually a Mexican actor. I've never heard of any directors or producers complaining about him borrowing their ideas.

    It's homage, not plagiarism. Don't be stupid, people, research before you jump to conclusions.

  9. 9

    Uhm why is this now just being discussed? These movies are super old.

  10. 10

    hahaha how 90's of you. missed this story by a decade.

  11. 11

    I say homage. Tarantino is notorious for paying homage to asian cinema. He's also notorious for forming is projects as his take on something already done. Case in point; Inglorious Basterds, technically a remake. People who give him shit for the City On Fire/Reservoir Dogs controversy don't see what he did, which was Americanize and improve a decent plot, turning it into a classic movie instead of a so-so movie from Hong Kong. Obviously he wouldn't dare touch Hard Boiled or something like that, but City On Fire is by no means a true classic, while Reservoir Dogs is.

  12. 12

    I thought this was common knowledge when the movie first came out yeeears ago. No?

  13. 13

    The point is that Tarantino doesn't have any original ideas. You can only pay homage so much … but he does it in every movie. Comics, remakes etc.

  14. rev3 says – reply to this


    morally stealing but i don't think you can copyright an idea


  15. 15

    It's a play. There is no stealing, he turned a play into a movie. Didn't you go to school for theatre?

  16. 16

    Is there any equivalent to the first scene with the rotating single shot and the dialogue? The ear-severing torture scene? The music? The pacing? Quentin just swept the skeleton of a movie and fleshed it out more than it ever could've on it's own.

    Now Christina Augilara ripping Gaga, Gaga ripping Roisin Murphy and Grace Jones and Madonna and every one she can get her hands on NOT much better because the end product is a perpetual homage or a narcissistic ego-trip.

  17. 17

    old news.

  18. 18

    So what else is new? There's nothing original in Liberalwood except sequals!

  19. 19

    Quentin Tarantino is a bloody genius. The man doesn't need any shitty secondhand ideas.

  20. 20

    dude, everyone has know that since the movie came out!
    holy crap you are single sighted and annoying…
    now go back to making your sexuality your whole identity and swearing Lady Ka Ka, invented everything Madonna did while you were still sucking dick behind the bleachers

  21. 21

    Tarantino has never made it a secret that he adores and pays homage to Hong Kong action flicks in almost all his movies. He grew up on them. He has been a major backer of bringing so many of them over to the states as well. Im not surprised or disappointed in any way. Im sure it was completely intentional.

  22. 22

    Wow Perez, you are such an investigative journalist. Just now you make a post about something that has been discussed for the last 19 years! You're an idiot who rips off other celebrity gossip sites. Even your "stage name" is a rip off of Paris Hilton.

  23. 23

    This isn't news. There's a whole film about the comparisons….and it came out in 1994.

  24. 24

    You're a fucking idiot. Quentin Tarantino pays homage to many movies, he in no way claims these ideas as his own

  25. 25

    You truly are a dumbass Perez.

  26. 26

    Are you serious?? Tarantino has not shot an original frame of film in his entire career… Period.

  27. 27

    Are people seriously JUST realizing that Tarantino is a hack?

  28. 28

    Okay, I may have to stop reading this blog. I know the caliber of writing has gone down starting about a year and a half ago, but seriously THIS IS NOT NEWS! Which inept idiot thought that it was? THIS HAS BEEN WELL KNOWN FOR YEARS AND YEAR (and I'm only 23! Like Jesus)

  29. 29

    Are you kidding posting this now? This was said OVER AND OVER when the movie came out. Tarantino notoriously steals and calls it homage. Please his only original vision has been the way he MIXES and MATCHES genres together. He basically cuts and pastes, part of a movie here, homage to exploitation or Hong Kong action there. He is a former movie buff video store junkie who just did a shake n bake that made him USA original.

  30. 30

    Lots of film makers are inspired by other movies. Tarantino is well known for this. Shoot even Scorsese took the Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs" and made "The Departed". whoopty-doo! who cares as long as the end result is a good movie.

  31. 31

    This news is SO OLD it's crazy!! EVERYONE even remotely associated with the film industry knew about this about a year or so after Reservoir Dogs came out. It's just it was before the internet, so getting the info to the masses was very difficult. No body cares, honestly. They SHOULD, but they don't.

  32. 32

    quentin never hid the fact that this was a complete homage..he was in all the press at the time of release!

  33. 33

    Re: EliraSTAR1 – Actually if he was a "genius" he wouldn't need to steal. He is an overrated hack he only gets attention because his movies are violent pieces of trash, and so all the idiots think they are avant garde but really theyr are just mindless drivel. He is absolutely one of the most overrated people in entertainment.

  34. 34

    Is this post a joke!?!?! Are you guys seriously that dimwitted that you would re-post a Rotten Tomatoes video and think it's new info? It's practically common knowledge that Tarrantino pay homage in EVERY film he creates. Why in hell are you posting this now when everyone and their mother already knew about City on Fire and how it's the basis for Reservoir Dogs! Seriously Perez and Co., stick the celebrity gossip and leave movies alone, especially when you have no idea what you're talking about.

  35. 35

    Duh ? This is OLD news. I read in FILM THREAT right after the movie came out. And Q has admitted this. he also added his own unique elements, Unlike some bloggers who take old stories from other sites & present them as their own by adding poor English & spelling. REMIND YOU OF ANYONE ?

  36. 36

    this is old news. you must only watch movies with tweens in them. he also ripped off the names of the robbers from the taking of pelham 123. he steals from all movies. hell, kill bill is one huge rip off of every movie ever. hes the andy warhol of film. must be a slow ass news day. too bad beiber took the day off.

  37. elRey says – reply to this


    the word is "homage" Mr. Tarantino has long been a fan of Hong Kong action movies, its no secret. We live in the postmodern world, there is no such thing as originality, only interpretation, ask lady GaGa.

  38. 38

    Do you effing retards know what paying homage means? It means mentioning somthing, or referencing something it does not mean stealing blocks and big chunks of something. It I wrote a poem and I mentioned a raven for example (Edgar Allen Poe) that is homage, if I used paragraphs of it and pawned it off as my own that is plagiarism, get your terms straight fucktards there is a difference between plagiarism and homage. Tarantino is a thief with no original ideas. His fans are second only to Micheal Jackson fans in their mindless devotion and blindness.

  39. 39

    Homage. But even if it wasn't, QT's admitted multiple times to seeing so many movies - the more obscure the better - that he sometimes can't tell whether he's seen something before or whether he's imagining it. He's the kind of guy who's always gone to midnight showings of foreign movies that are only in town for one night, B movies most of which haven't been brought to TV or DVD and are now presumed lost, etc. So even if it was a rip, it was probably an unintentional one.

  40. 40

    It's well known that Tarantino ripped this off. Think he even admits it.

  41. 41

    Quentin has said he used City on Fire for years!!!…What rock are you under Perez?? (probably a big rock)…..

  42. 42

    He is the biggest fucking hack there is. He has no original thought in his pea head. he stole the idea from City on Fire and stole the Mr.Pink,Mr.blue etc from the original Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 movie. I am suprised no one even realized this til now.

  43. Dubld says – reply to this


    Yes, this is pretty well known!

    Check out the seventies flick 'The night of the Wolves' This is a very big reservoir dogs comparison also…in more than just plot. Look it up on wikipedia for further interest.

    So, yeah, this goes back a ways.

  44. 44


  45. 45

    Tarantine stole. He's a useless plagiarist. Hong Kong cinema had original, creative ideas and people. We get a plagiarist zombie like Tarantine. Why do we give these losers our money?

  46. 46

    It's no secret that Tarantino is and was a huge fan of Chinese flicks. Yes, a few of his movies were copies of the originals. Who cares? He's, also, helped make Chinese movies more mainstream here in the U.S. He's been very supportive of chinese films.

  47. 47

    It's more of an adaptation than a steal. Besides, the way Tarantino shot it, the focus was on the events surrounding the heist and not the actual heist. Reservoir Dogs played out like a stage number where the main driving forces of the plot were the characters and their interactions. Homage, Steal, Adaptation? Yeah, but he did a damn fine job.

  48. 48

    Some more scandalous post suggestions for you: Scorsese ripped off some Hong Kong movie when he made the Departed! Showgirls ripped off some old b&w movie from the 50s! Kurosawa ripped off the idea for Ran from some obscure play! And West Side Story was also a ripoff of a foreign play! And the tv show The Office is a ripoff of a British TV show and they even stole the name!

  49. 49

    old news, you fat sack of shit.

  50. 50

    Doesnt Tarantino always "borrow" shit for his own movies? Not only scenes but also Music. He uses whatever was succesfully made by someone else and recreates it or uses as inspiration. Not very original. but super lever and with desent results

  51. 51

    It's by this moment a fact not a rumor that a lot of Hollywood directors "get their inspiration" from asian flicks.

    As stated before there's nothing new about this story.

  52. 52

    This has been known for almost twenty years. This is not news. The plot is a complete rip off. Tarintino is the MASTER of the steal. Whats the saying? "A bad arist copies a good artist steals."

  53. 53

    Uh..this has been a fact forever…
    Sometimes I wonder about this site. You might know what's current…but historically…
    What about Star Wars? Did you know that was copied too?

  54. 54

    i love me some tarantino, but he's ripped off everything he's ever done … including songs!

  55. 55

    They def are very similar.

  56. 56

    Quentin Tarantino's films have nothing to do with plot, it's the style in which they are done that makes them so amazing. Was it ripped off? Probably. Would people care? Definitely not.