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17 items from 2017


Finecut closes sales on 'House Of The Disappeared'

24 March 2017 4:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales agent also announces deals on One Step, The Age Of Shadows, The Wailing and Operation Chromite.

South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals from the European Film Market (Efm) and Hong Kong Filmart led by Yunjin Kim-starrer House Of The Disappeared pre-selling to major Asian territories including Japan (New Select) and the Philippines (Viva Communications).

Other titles that Finecut has closed sales on include One Step, The Age Of Shadows, The Wailing, Operation Chromite, The Net, Misbehavior and The World Of Us.

Lim Dae-woong’s mystery thriller House Of The Disappeared, which also stars K-pop group 2Pm member Ok Taec-yeon, also pre-sold to Taiwan (Long Shong International), Vietnam (Red Pictures) and Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (mm2 Entertainment). The film is still in post-production with a local release set for April 5.

Directed by Juhn Jai-hong (Poongsan, Beautiful), music drama One Step starring K-pop group 2NE1 member Sandara Park locked deals to Thiland »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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The Age of Shadows review – handsome 1920s double-agent spy drama

24 March 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, Kim Jee-woon’s violent tale delivers bang for its buck in the form of brash action sequences and a chase on a train

Anticipation is high for Park Chan-wook’s forthcoming The Handmaiden, set in the early years of the 20th century, the era of the Japanese occupation of Korea. So, as it happens, is this lavishly produced movie from director Kim Jee-woon: it’s a handsome double-agent spy drama, based on a true story, which was South Korea’s entry for this year’s Oscars. Song Kang-ho (a virtually iconic presence in Korean cinema, with appearances in movies from Memories of Murder to Snowpiercer) is police captain Lee Jung-Chool, a Korean national working for the 1920s Japanese occupier, but with boyhood links to resistance fighters … and lingering sympathies. He infiltrates the insurgents as they travel to China to buy explosives from a European anarchist cell. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The Age of Shadows Review

21 March 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Andy Furlong

The innovative Kim Jee-Woon films have always been characterised by a stylistic blend of film genres. A Tale of Two Sisters is recognised as one of the most influential Korean horrors ever due to its stunning visuals and challenging story, while The Good The Bad and The Weird was not only a widespread hit but also an utterly distinctive contribution to Korean Cinema.

But it was his next film, the complicated revenge drama I Saw The Devil that really elevated Kim to an entirely different level and cemented his reputation as one of the most unique voices in cinema. The Age of Shadows marks Kim’s first Korean Film in six years after his flirtation with Hollywood ended in the disappointingly received The Last Stand. Thankfully, The Age of Shadows is a return to form for the talented director and may just be his best film to date. »

- Andy Furlong

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Netflix to Resurrect One of Cinema’s Lost Treasures: Orson Welles’ ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

15 March 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Plus: Jordan Peele makes history, a couple new trailers, and perfect shots.~

In 1970, renowned auteur and wine lover Orson Welles began production on a film entitled The Other Side of the Wind about a legendary director who’d been in European exile for a number of years but had at last returned stateside to make his masterpiece, which bears the same name as this film. John Huston was cast as the director alongside such talents as Peter Bogdonovich, Susan Strasberg, Lili Palmer, Cameron Crowe, Dennis Hopper, Natalie Wood, and Edmond O’Brien. It was, naturally, meant to be Welles’ own comeback film, a send up of Hollywood, art, and the myriad struggles to unite the two. Shot mockumentary style over a six-year period, the film became more famous for its struggles, and even though principal photography was completed, financial and legal issues resulted in the negatives being impounded; Welles wouldn’t live to get them back.

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Filmart: Studio Head Jay Choi on Warner Bros. Immediate Success in South Korea, the Importance of Localization

14 March 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Last year, South Korean studios watched nervously as Warner Bros. launched local productions in Seoul under the direction of star producer Jay Choi (also known as Choi Jae-won). Their fears came true as the Hollywood giant’s first Korean-language project, The Age of Shadows, a period drama by Kim Jee-woon starring Snowpiercer actor Song Kang-ho, raked in over $57 million to become one of 2016’s biggest films as well as Korea’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar.

The 50-year-old exec believes Warner Bros. Local Productions is bringing “healthy tension” to a market that had long been dominated by four giant investor-distributors, Cj, »

- Lee Hyo-won

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FilMart: South Korea’s 9ers Exits International Sales (Exclusive)

13 March 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of South Korea’s oldest film companies, 9ers Entertainment has closed its international sales business and is giving FilMart a miss.

“We want to focus on Korean productions and picking up foreign titles for distribution in Korea,” a 9ers source told Variety.

The firm has dismantled its international sales team, with several staff moving on to other companies. 9ers says it will remain in the business of developing, financing, acquiring and distributing movies. “My Little Brother,” Walt Disney’s first Korean-language title for local distribution, was developed by 9ers. The film is being represented by Contents Panda, the sales arm of Next Entertainment World.

Other current titles have been taken over by different sales agents. Lee Sang-woo’s “Bittersweet Brew” is now represented by Mirovision; while Cho Jae-min’s “A Stray Goat” is represented by Little Big Pictures, the film’s local distributor.

In business for 20 years, 9ers previously »

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Filmart: Finecut pacts with Bom

12 March 2017 7:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

South Korean sales outfit will represent the production company’s films.

South Korean sales company Finecut has pacted with Oh Jung-wan’s Bom Film Productions to represent their films internationally. 

Oh established Bom Film Productions in 1999, contributing to the renaissance of Korean cinema with acclaimed, commercially successful films from directors such as Kim Jee-woon, E J-yong, Hong Sangsoo, Park Chan-wook and Park Jin-pyo.

Finecut will rep Bom titles such as Hong Sangsoo’s Night And Day (pictured) and Woman On The Beach; Kim Jee-woon’s The Foul King, A Tale Of Two Sisters and A Bittersweet Life; Park Chan-wook’s short film Cut from the Three… Extremes omnibus; and E J-yong’s Untold Scandal. 

Although Bom has no new titles for Filmart, Finecut is here selling films such as Park Hoon-jung’s crime thriller V.I.P., starring Jang Dong-gun, Cho Sun-ho’s mystery drama A Day and Lim Dae-woong’s mystery thriller House Of The »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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FilMart: Finecut Signs Sales Pact With Oh Jung-wan’s Bom Film

12 March 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Finecut has struck a deal to handle international sales of film titles flowing from leading Korean indie producer Bom Film Productions.

Set up in 1999 by producer Oh Jung-wan, one of the country’s first generation producers, Bom is best known for producing early films of Kim Jee-woon, Park Chan-wook, E J-yong and Hong Sang-soo. All now rank among the biggest names in Korean cinema.

Finecut had internationally represented several Bom titles including Hong’s “Night and Day,” “Woman on the Beach,” Kim’s “The Foul King,” “A Tale of Two Sisters,” “A Bittersweet Life,” Park’s short “Cut” from a multinational omnibus film, “Three… Extremes,” and “Untold Scandal” by E.

“The collaboration between the two companies is expected to well-exemplify the greatest cinematic accomplishment in Korean cinema,” said Finecut in a statement.

For this week’s Filmart, Finecut has picked up “New World” director Park Hoon-jung’s crime thriller “V. »

- Sonia Kil

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Finecut Picks Up Warner Bros.’ Korean Thriller ‘V.I.P.’

9 March 2017 1:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leading South Korean sales company, Finecut has picked up Warner Bros.’ latest Korean-language movie production, “V.I.P.

Directed by Park Hoon-jung (“New World”), the crime thriller stars Jang Dong-gun (“My Way”,) Kim Myung-min (“Deranged”,) Park Hee-soon (“The Suspect”,) and Lee Jong-suk (“The Face Reader”.)

“V.I.P.” is the story of a national intelligence agent, a detective, and a North Korean officer who all collide in their attempts to capture a North Korean defector, the son of a key political figure who turns out to be a prime suspect in a serial murder case.

A Warner Bros. Korea release, “V.I.P.” is co-produced by director Park’s production company Gold Moon Film and Peppermint & Company, which also produced “New World” and Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the Devil,” for which Park wrote the screenplay. Currently in post-production, “V.I.P.” is aiming for a 2017 release.

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Finecut picks up Warner Bros Korean thriller 'V.I.P.' starring Jang Dong-gun

7 March 2017 11:51 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Warner Bros’ Korean-language production is directed by Park Hoon-jung (New World).

South Korean sales company Finecut has picked up Warner Brothers’ third Korean-language production, V.I.P., directed by Park Hoon-jung (New World, The Tiger).

The crime thriller stars Jang Dong-gun (My Way), Kim Myung-min (Deranged), Park Hee-soon (The Suspect) and Lee Jong-suk (The Face Reader).  

The story follows a North Korean defector, the son of a key political figure, who turns out to be a prime suspect in a series of murders. A national intelligence agent, a detective and a North Korean officer all collide in their attempts to capture him.

Presented by Warner Bros Pictures, V.I.P. is produced by Park’s own production company Gold Moon Film and co-produced by Peppermint&company, Inc., whose credits include I Saw The Devil – for which Park wrote the screenplay – and New World.

Warner Bros Pictures in Korea previously presented Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadows and Lee »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Movie Review – The Age of Shadows (2016)

27 February 2017 5:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Age of Shadows, 2016.

Directed by Kim Jee-woon.

Starring Lee Jung-chool, Um Tae-goo, Yoo Gong, Byung-hun Lee, and Han Ji-min.

Synopsis:

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.

Kim Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows sees the prolific South Korean director return to his homeland for a brand new action thriller following his brief 2013 excursion to Hollywood for the Arnie comeback vehicle, The Last Stand.  The director – who is legendary among aficionados of Asian genre cinema after a handful of masterpieces »

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Review: A Single Rider Subtly Ponders the Small Regrets of Life

23 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A few months after the explosive period spy thriller The Age of Shadows from genre maestro Kim Jee-woon, Warner Bros is back with its second Korean production, A Single Rider. Though both films share star Lee Byung-hun, who appears as an extended cameo in Kim's work, A Single Rider, from debut filmmaker Lee Zoo-yong, is a far smaller work with only a handful of characters; it's largely concerned with the theme of regret. Lee plays a top fund manager whose life falls to pieces when his company loses all its clients' savings. He decides to take a trip to Australia, where his wife lives with their son, in order for him to learn English. Upon his arrival, the husband discovers that his wife, a former...

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Korea’s Star Directors Are Poised for Their Big 2017 Releases

8 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a strong year for Korean cinema during which diverse genre movies and returning works from top directors enjoyed popularity, 2017 is likely to see another set of blockbusters from big names.

One of South Korea’s best-known international filmmaker, Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer”), is expected to be the first to make a return. Shot in Seoul, New York, and Vancouver, Bong’s latest, “Okja,” is an international production with an investment of $50 million from Netflix. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is involved as a co-producer. With Korean Ahn Seo-hyun in the lead, the picture also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano.

In “Okja,” a Korean girl risks everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a beast called Okja.

The pic will premiere on Netflix in the first half of 2017 and will receive a limited day-and-date theatrical release in the U.S. A theatrical »

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Feature: The Rise of South Korean Horror Cinema

24 January 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Something strange is happening in South Korea. While Hollywood is churning out dismal remakes and teen-friendly jump scare franchise films, South Korea, for the past decade or so, has been producing intelligent, highly-original and truly effective horror films – including monster movies, zombie thrillers and nerve-shattering psychological mysteries.

The latest is The Wailing, a scary and sometimes funny supernatural epic that mixes police procedural with terrifying occult horror to devastating effect. The film features a bumbling cop investigating a spate of killings that may or may not be linked to a strange man living in the woods, and is packed with incredible set pieces and shocking twists – cementing South Korea’s growing reputation for world class horror. Here are some more that will turn you into a SoKo horrorphile…

R-Point (2004)

A Vietnam war film featuring a platoon of ghosts, this is a genuinely creepy and atmospheric horror film directed by Kong Su-chang, »

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'The Handmaiden', 'I Am Not Madame Bovary' lead Asian Film Award noms

11 January 2017 3:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Train To Busan and The Wailing also secured multiple nominations.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s I Am Not Madame Bovary, Korean director Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing and Koji Fukada’s Harmonium from Japan are the frontrunners at the upcoming Asian Film Awards, vying for both best film and best director.

Joining the fray for best film are Chung Mong-hong’s Godspeed, which also nabs a best actor nod for Michael Hui, and Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadows. Soul Mate’s Derek Tsang and The Woman Who Left’s Lav Diaz are also in the race for best director.

This year, 34 films from 12 countries (out of almost 1,600 submissions from 28 countries) are in contention for 15 awards. Korean cinema dominates, with festival favourite The Handmaiden [pictured] receiving the most nominations with six nods, followed by breakout hit Train To Busan with five and The Wailing with four.

I Am Not Madame Bovary receives five nominations, including best actress »

- screenasia@yahoo.com (Silvia Wong)

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What’s in Store for the Korean Box Office for 2017?

10 January 2017 11:08 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The world of Korean cinema saw one of it’s strongest recent years in 2016. Some of the most influential and renowned directors made a comeback with exceptionally strong work; this list includes: Park Chan-wook with his film, “The Handmaiden,” and the very popular Kim Jee-woon, who came out with “The Age of Shadows.” Hollywood was also a major proponent in the overall strength in the 2016 Korean box office results. Films like, “The Age of Shadows,” and “The Wailing,” both had strong backing from Hollywood, which boosted their national, and international, excitement.

The list of upcoming 2017 films looks just as strong:

Battleship Island

One of the first to look out for, and potentially may be one of the biggest blockbusters in 2017, is the star-studded “Battleship Island.” “Battleship Island” casts, Hwang Jung-min, Song Joong-ki, So Ji-sub, and Kim Soo-an, and is directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. Ryoo is known for his 2015 film, »

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Korean Box Office Flat in 2016 Despite Local Hits

2 January 2017 5:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Theatrical box office in South Korea grew by less than 2% in 2016 to KRW1.74 trillion. That was despite the performance by local films which had an outstanding year in critical terms and on international release.

Korean films accounted for eight of the top ten chart places, with the year’s only 10-million admissions title “Train to Busan” on top of the chart. “Train” became the ninth largest film of all time in terms of ticket sales. (“Avatar” is the only foreign film in all time top ten.) That helped Korean-made films cement their leading market share. They finished the year with a 53.7% of box office.

Some 217 million tickets were sold in 2016, which is almost the same as the number that was sold in the previous year. It was the sixth year in a row that admissions have topped 200 million. In dollar terms the value of the total Korean box office was unchanged at $1.44 billion. »

- Sonia Kil

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