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Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing screening on Fantasia International Film Festival

23 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Na Hong-jin's The Wailing screening on Fantasia International Film FestivalSTORY78%DIRECTION80%ACTING82%VISUALS80%POSITIVESGreat firection and script by Na Hong-jinGreat cast performing wonderfullyTechnically masterfulNEGATIVESIt may appear a bit too grotesque for some, not for fans of Korean cinema though2016-07-2380%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (5 Votes)80%

Na Hong-jin is one of those rare cases in S. Korean cinema, which, despite having enormous success with their films, are not exactly eager to follow up. In that fashion, he has shot just three films in eight years, with the previous one (The Yellow Sea) screening six years before. His absence was quite felt in the country’s cinema, but his return fully compensates.

In a seemingly peaceful village, a kind of epidemic suddenly breaks out, with people losing their minds and attacking their relatives and with their skin suffering from a hideous infection. Their attacks have resulted in violent deaths, and the local »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Godzilla: Resurgence Will Stomp Into Us Theaters Before The Year’s End

22 July 2016 8:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

San Diego Comic-Con brings news that Godzilla: Resurgence, Toho’s creature feature that is a mere week away from its debut in Japan, will be released across the Americas before the year’s end.

Bearing the title Shin Godzilla in its native home, the studio considers Resurgence to be a “new chapter” in Gojira’s long-running history, and one that stands as a decidedly old-school tonic to Legendary and Gareth Edwards’ Hollywood blockbuster that stomped onto the scene in 2014. See the most recent trailer for evidence of that.

In anticipation of the international release, Funimation CEO and President Gen Fukunaga noted, “Shin Godzilla [Godzilla: Resurgence] represents a brand new chapter in the 62-year history of this iconic science-fiction monster. We’re excited to bring audiences this new vision of Godzilla from Toho as reimagined by directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.” Helmed by Attack on Titan stalwarts Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, »

- Michael Briers

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Godzilla: Resurgence Trailer Heralds The Return Of Toho’s King Of Monsters

20 July 2016 7:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two years ago, Legendary Pictures and director Gareth Edwards unleashed the King of Monsters onto these shores, effectively reigniting interest on Gojira across the four corners of the world. Case in point: Toho Pictures, having collaborated with Legendary and Edwards on the 2014 creature feature, have circled back to the well in order to create their own, decidedly old-school film. And so, we arrive at the barnstorming new trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence.

Due to open in the Land of the Rising Sun later this month, Resurgence represents the first Godzilla-related feature to come out of the legendary film studio in more than a decade – you’d have to cast your mind all the way back to 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars for the alpha predator’s most recent outing.

Godzilla: Resurgence stomps into Japanese theaters on July 29. There’s currently no mention of a Us release, but we »

- Michael Briers

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New Trailer for the Upcoming Godzilla Film

19 July 2016 9:54 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The 31st film in the franchise is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2016. Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Huguchi (Attack on Titan) will co-direct, with the former also penning the script.

When the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line mysteriously floods and collapses, Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi is convinced that the incident was caused by a living creature. His claims are shrugged off by the Prime Minister who assumes the accident was caused by a natural disaster. However when a long massive tail surfaces from the Bay, the possibility of a giant monster becomes a reality

Hiroki Hasegawa (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Satomi Ishihara (Attack on Titan) and Yutaka Takenouchi(Best Wishes for Tomorrow) will star, while 328 well known actors will appear in supporting and cameo appearances including Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kimiko Yo, Jun Kunimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Pierre Taki, Takumi Saito, »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Must Watch: Awesome New Trailer for Japan's 'Godzilla Resurgence'

19 July 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Holy crap this looks awesome! The third official full-length trailer has debuted for Godzilla: Resurgence, the new Godzilla movie from Toho Company in Japan, co-directed by Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi. We've been posting teasers for this before, but with the film opening in Japanese theaters in just a few weeks, they're finally unleashing the full trailer and it's kind of incredible. There are some seriously badass shots in this, and it looks impressive to see Godzilla standing so tall in the middle of the city. I can't tell if it's actually man-in-suit or CGI or a mix of both, and you know what, it doesn't even matter because it just looks freakin' cool as all hell. The cast includes Jun Kunimura, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Satomi Ishihara and Hiroki Hasegawa. Whether you're a Godzilla fan or not, you do not want to miss this! Watch below. Here's the third official trailer for »

- Alex Billington

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John Woo Begins Manhunt in Osaka

19 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

John Woo, the celebrated Hong Kong director behind such action masterpieces as A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled, has begun prinicpal photography on Manhunt in Osaka, Japan. The Us$40 million Media Asia production is a remake of the 1976 film starring Ken Takakura, which itself was adapted from the novel by Kimi yo Funnu no Kawa o Watare by Juko Nishimura.  Woo's international cast includes mainland star Zhang Hanyu (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), Japanese actors Masaharu Fukuyama (Like Father, Like Son), Jun Kunimura and Tao Okamoto, South Korean actress Ha Ji-won (Duelist) and Mandopop star Qi Wei. The crew behind Manhunt is also an impressive mix of Chinese and Japanese talent, including producer Gordon Chan and cinematographer Takuro Ishizaka.   "Manhunt tells the...

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John Woo’s 'Manhunt' starts shooting in Osaka

19 June 2016 10:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production has started on John Woo’s highly-anticipated action thriller Manhunt, starring Zhang Hanyu and Masaharu Fukuyama, in Osaka, Japan.

Korean actress Ha Ji-won and Chinese actress Qi Wei have also joined the cast of the $40m film, produced by Gordon Chan and Chan Hing-kai and backed by Hong Kong’s Media Asia.

The film’s ensemble cast also includes veteran and upcoming Japanese actors such as Yasuaki Kurata, Jun Kunimura, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Nanami Sakuraba, Naoto Takenaka and Tao Okamoto.

Japanese crew have also been tapped for the film, including art director Yohei Taneda and cinematographer Takuro Ishizaka.

The cast and crew held a traditional Japanese kagami biraki ceremony to mark the start of production, also attended by local government officials. Osaka prefecture and the Japanese rail transit corporation are both supporting the shooting of the film.

Based on a novel by Juko Nishimura, about a lawyer wrongly accused of murder, the project »

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Cannes Horror Hit The Wailing Unleashes Spooky New Trailer

3 June 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s a horror tale six years in the making and today, after spooking those in attendance at Cannes earlier in the year, Na Hong-jin’s South Korean horror thriller The Wailing makes its bow in select theaters nationwide. And what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a nightmarish new trailer?

Situated in a quaint and tranquil town, The Wailing kicks off when a mysterious curse causes all of the villagers to succumb to fits of relentless violence. That’s a descent into anarchy teased brilliantly by the breathless trailer above, and after making a killing at the South Korean box office earlier this year – with critics holding it up as one of the country’s more competent genre pieces alongside The Host and A Tale of Two Sisters – Hong’jin’s is bound for its North American debut.

Rounding out the core cast are Hwang Jung-Min, Chun Woo-Hee, »

- Michael Briers

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New Trailer For Cannes Thriller ‘The Wailing’ Twists Up the Dread-Laced Thrills

2 June 2016 1:39 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While horror features will crowd multiplexes throughout the summer, we can bet there won’t be a freakier, better-directed genre offering than The Wailing. During much of Na Hong-jin‘s horror-thriller — which details a mysterious evil force invading a small village — I kept wondering, “why can’t most mid-budget Hollywood tentpoles execute their story with this level of visual clarity and slickness?” Thankfully, Well Go USA are releasing it quite soon after its Cannes premiere — tomorrow, in fact — and they’ve delivered a new trailer and poster.

We said in our review, “This technical finesse combined with an utter fearlessness to go extreme — which has consistently helped propel Korean genre films to dizzying heights — culminated in a prolonged later scene of dueling cultish rituals that’s mad in all the right ways. Designed and choreographed with stupendous pizzazz, it’s an explosion of colors, noises, and murderous zest that floods the senses, »

- Jordan Raup

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Latest Trailer Hong-jin Na's New Korean Horror Thriller 'The Wailing'

2 June 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"You better brace yourself." Well Go USA has released a final trailer and a new poster for the release of Hong-jin Na's The Wailing, a Korean horror thriller from the same guy who made The Chaser (a fantastic film) and The Yellow Sea previously. This new film is apparently over six years in the making and broke box office records in Korea. It's about an aloof police investigator who investigates a weird murder in a small village and uncovers a creepy ghost story. There's more to it than that, but you have to see it to find out. The cast includes Hwang Jung-Min, Chun Woo-Hee, Kwak Do-Woni, and Jun Kunimura. I recently had the chance to see this and it's pretty damn good, the cinematography in particular is stunning. Have a look. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Hong-jin Na's The Wailing, in high def from Apple: »

- Alex Billington

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The Wailing Review

1 June 2016 11:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Mention a two-hour-plus running time, and Americans automatically think of overstuffed, explode-y, Michael-Bay-esque productions. You know, a three-hour Transformers epic that could’ve easily been wrapped up in half the time. It’s an understandable domestic fear harbored by bad experiences, but journey farther and you’ll find foreign markets where lengthy cinematic durations are easily sustained (maybe even enjoyed?). Korean films especially push far past the two-hour mark, and Na Hong-jin’s recent Cannes thriller, The Wailing, is just the latest example of how international filmmakers can continually accomplish such a daunting task. Whether you’re part of the “Buzzfeed culture” or not, good filmmaking will always triumph – you might just have to import it.

It all starts when a mysterious Japanese man (Jun Kunimura) moves into a small Korean village, and is subsequently blamed for bringing with him a deadly plague. As the bodies begin to pile up, »

- Matt Donato

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[Cannes Review] The Wailing

25 May 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since the early aughts, South Korea has been one of the most prolific and exciting exporters of genre cinema, giving us such indelible gems as Oldboy, The Host, Snowpiercer, to name but a few. The country made its prowess felt again at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with no fewer than three high-profile titles covering historical suspense (The Handmaiden), zombie action (Train to Busan), and, perhaps most memorably, supernatural horror in the form of The Wailing.

Set in a remote, mountain-ringed village pretty much isolated from the outside world, the story revolves around a series of exceptionally gruesome murders where the apparent perpetrators are all found at the crime scene in a state of rabid agitation, letting out inhuman, blood-curdling wails. Detective Jong-goo (Kwak Do-wan) is overwhelmed by the peculiar nature of the case. But it’s when his young daughter starts to show the same symptoms as the »

- Zhuo-Ning Su

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Wailing’

19 May 2016 4:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s nothing scarier than not knowing what you should be scared of. “The Wailing” erupts with a string of gruesome deaths in an insular village, but the investigation unleashes a greater terror — that of the paranoid imagination. The plot, scripted by South Korean genre auteur Na Hong-jin (“The Chaser,” “The Yellow Sea”) makes no logical sense whatsoever, but his masterful use of suspense and gore will have audiences on tenterhooks for the entirety of its 156-minute duration. The film, which opens stateside on May 27, scored the eighth largest Korean opening of all time for a local feature and sold to a host of overseas territories, including China.

Na draws on ancient shamanistic traditions to evoke an obscure, primitive realm where violence lurks in nature and at home, and evil takes human as well as supernatural forms. At the same time, he puts western tropes from “The Exorcist,” “The Evil Dead »

- Maggie Lee

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Fox International Productions Seeks Increase in Korean Movie Making

3 May 2016 7:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox International Productions, the local movie-making arm of 20th Century Fox, plans to expand its film production activity in Korea. From a current rate of one film per year, it could increase the pace to four movies annually.

“We’re increasing production in every market we’re in. From next year on, we probably make not even one film a year in Korea, probably two films to maybe even up to three to four films a year, as we’re doing in China,” said Tomas Jegeus, president of Fip. Jegeus was speaking Tuesday in Seoul at a press event for Fip’s fourth Korean production, Na Hong-jin’s “The Wailing” (a.k.a. “Gokseong”,) which will bow in Cannes out of competition.

In 20 years of development, South Korea has become a film industry powerhouse and the world’s fifth largest box office territory. There are three Korean films in Cannes. »

- Sonia Kil

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Trailer for the upcoming Shin Godzilla film

15 April 2016 12:53 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The 31st film in the franchise is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2016. Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Huguchi (Attack on Titan) will co-direct, with the former also penning the script.

Hiroki Hasegawa (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Satomi Ishihara (Attack on Titan) and Yutaka Takenouchi(Best Wishes for Tomorrow) will star, while 328 well known actors will appear in supporting and cameo appearances including Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kimiko Yo, Jun Kunimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Pierre Taki, Takumi Saito, Keisuke Koide, Arata Furuta, and Atsuko Maeda.



- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Attack on Titan: Part 2 : Is This One of the Worst Live Action Animes Ever?

7 April 2016 1:02 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Attack on Titan: Part 2 : Is This One of the Worst Live Action Animes Ever?STORY45%ACTING45%DIRECTING40%VISUALS65%POSITIVESThe design of the TitansThe end of the filmJun Kunimura is as cult a presence as everNEGATIVESEverything else2016-04-0749%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)31%

The inconceivable has occurred: the second part of the live-action adaptation of the ultra popular manga and anime is even worse than the first part.

The film continues where the previous installment left off, with Eren captured by the forces of General Kuba, with the introductory scene being one of the few in both installments that is properly directed.

This however, does not last for long, since the next scene occurs in an all-white room with a jukebox and Eren and Shikishima dressed in white, while the latter explains the story behind the events. This, sort of surrealistic scene is a clear indication of Shinji Higuchi’s confusion, »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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‘Audition’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

3 March 2016 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Miyuki Matsuda, Toshie Negishi, Ren Ôsugi, Shigeru Saiki, Ken Mitsuishi, Yuriko Hiro’oka | Written by Daisuke Tengan | Directed by Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike’s Audition will always be a special movie to me, because it sparked off my obsession with Takashi Miike. It also put me off the meal I was eating when I first watched it, so it impressed me too. The fact that Arrow Video have given it a special edition should be enough to make it a must buy, but do they do the film justice with their release?

Audition (Ôdishon) is the story of Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) a widower who “auditions” prospective women to date under the rues of a film role. When Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina) is interviewed she catches his eye, and he takes her on a first date. Little does he »

- Paul Metcalf

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Review: Audition (Blu-ray)

29 February 2016 7:59 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There are some films that once seen are never forgotten. Audition is one of these films. Having first seen Takashi Miike’s arguably most famous and notorious movie some fifteen years ago, the memory of how it quite simply stunned me back then has never quite faded, and so returning to it for the first time in a decade and a half it was a pleasant surprise to discover that not only has Audition lost none of its power to shock and horrify in the intervening years, but that it’s actually a much deeper, entertaining and, yes, funnier film that I’d remembered.

For those unfamiliar with the film it works best going into it knowing as little as possible, but the basic plot revolves around widower Shigharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) being persuaded by his son Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki) that seven years of being alone is long enough and »

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Blu-ray Review – Audition (1999)

29 February 2016 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Audition, 1999.

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki and Jun Kunimura.


A widower holds auditions to find a new love, only the woman he chooses isn’t quite what she appears to be.

If you’ve yet to see Takashi Miike’s 1999 movie Audition then you can be damn sure you’ve heard about it somewhere down the line. This is because Audition is one of the landmark horror movies of Asian cinema, cementing Miike’s reputation as a genre filmmaker of note and displaying a level of violence and terror that western cinema was yet to embrace on a mainstream level.

Having been made a widower after his wife dies of an illness, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo IshibashiThe Grudge) is left to raise their young son Shigehiko. A few years later the now teenage Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki – Hush!) is encouraging his father to remarry »

- Amie Cranswick

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Audition Blu-ray review

27 February 2016 12:57 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Takashi Miike

Written by: Daisuke Tengan, Ryu Murakami

Starring: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Were I to list some of the most important films of the last 20 years, I’m sure Takashi Miike’s Audition would hover around the top of the list. Landing during an explosion of Japanese talent including the likes of Ringu, Battle Royale, and the films of Takeshi Kitano, people were once again paying attention to Japanese cinema. However, even as part of a new wave of Japanese film and horror in particular, Audition still stuns and shocks due to the fact that it can hardly be considered an out and out horror.

Playing out as more of a romance/drama for the majority of its runtime, we follow a widowed man, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ishibashi), as he sets about hosting a fake film audition with the actual goal of finding a new wife. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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