Robert Rodriguez ''loved'' an unauthorised Chinese language remake of 'Mariachi'.

The film director was astounded when he realised a film crew had come from Hong Kong to Mexico and remade his first film and even though they didn't approach him for the rights, wasn't angry about it.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I saw somebody do a straight remake of 'El Mariachi', shot for shot. It's called 'Run', they showed a double feature of it in Austin.

''It was from Hong Kong, what are you going to do, sue them? They can do whatever they want. I loved it, it was fantastic to watch!

''It's in Chinese but shot in Mexico, and it's the same, they just remade it without getting the rights, they just went and did it.

''While you're watching it, you see how they re-did each scene, like 'Wow, they had much more money, oh, there's a helicopter shot, great production value'.''

Robert is open to the idea of remakes, but isn't sure who he would trust to re-work one of his own films.

He added: ''I think I could even see something like 'The Avengers' being remade at some point, because they always did that with comics, started again, re-did stories. Constant reinvention for new audiences is sometimes good.

''I'm too hands on, I don't' know if I'd want someone touching my own movies. I'd probably want to remake it myself. It depends on which film it was and how they wanted to do it.''

Robert has recently launched a VISIONary Young Directors Contest to find a new director with technology partner AMD.

Aspiring film makers can submit a short film, and a panel of judges including representatives from AMD and the filmmaking industry will choose one winner based on originality, creativity and the ability to quickly capture attention.

The winner will have the chance to win a trip to Austin City Limits October 12-14, 2012 to meet Robert in person, as well as cutting-edge film editing technology to jump start their movie making careers. To enter and for full contest rules, visit the AMD competition page at