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Operation Chromite review – clunky South Korean war thriller

22 December 2016 2:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Liam Neeson’s silly performance is a low point in a spy movie that mars a fascinating real-life story

Here’s a really old-fashioned war film, a recent hit at the South Korean box office, but creaky and clunky, weirdly reminiscent of big-budget prestige movies of years gone by such as The Longest Day, which used to always crop up on bank holiday TV. Yet this has the faintly sepia-digital tint of a modern period blockbuster. It’s set during the Korean war in 1950 and is all about the secret spy mission that preceded General Douglas MacArthur’s high-risk plan to attack North Korean-held territory at the Port of Incheon. CIA-backed South Korean partisans risked (and lost) their lives behind enemy lines posing as military officials, gathering intelligence about mine placements and other fortifications. Lee Jung-jae plays Jang, the undercover operative working for the west; Lee Beom-su is the brutal North Korean colonel Kim, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Movie Review – Operation Chromite (2016)

22 December 2016 5:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Operation Chromite, 2016.

Directed by John H. Lee.

Starring Jun-jae Lee, Bum-soo Lee and Liam Neeson.

Synopsis:

In 1950, the North Koreans have all but overrun the South.  The United Nations puts American General, Douglas MacArthur, in charge of an invasion force stop them in their tracks.  He chooses Incheon, the most difficult place possible, for his fleet of ships to land and has a 5000:1 chance of pulling it off.  But, before anything can happen, it’s down to eight South Korean agents to infiltrate enemy troops and pave the way.  It seems like a hopeless task.  Based on true events.

Operation Chromite isn’t a name that exactly trips off the tongue.  Nor did Anthropoid and, while their respective events took place eight years apart, they do have something in common.  A seemingly hopeless mission.

For the Anthropoid squad, it was killing Heydrich in Czechoslovakia during World War II.  In Operation Chromite, »

- Freda Cooper

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Liam Neeson Terrorizes Christmas in Santa Claus Audition Video

20 December 2016 4:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With just five days left until Christmas, everyone is getting in the holiday spirit, even big-screen bad-ass Liam Neeson. The actor recently stopped by CBS' late night series The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, to promote two new movies hitting theaters in limited release this week, Focus Features' A Monster Calls and Paramount's Silence, both of which could be awards season favorites. The actor even made it clear during his interview that there are no plans for Taken 4, but before the interview, the actor had a little fun with sketch that aired during the talk show.

In case you missed his appearance this week, The Late Show debuted the sketch on their YouTube for all to see, and it may just become a new holiday classic. The two-minute video shows Liam Neeson dressed in a full Santa Claus costume, as he auditions to become the new mall Santa. It's »

- MovieWeb

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Operation Chromite Review

19 December 2016 7:04 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

Vying tirelessly to appease an international market, Operation Chromite compromises its own integrity in the process, making for a generic, overtly cinematic war movie that is so cliched in parts it feels akin to a spoof. A shame, for the opening act makes for suspenseful viewing, deriving from the protagonist being an undercover spy and having somebody fervently on his back and he seeks to avoid exposure. Though once the cat is out of the bag this film loses its way in emphatic fashion.

Based on real events, the aforementioned spy is a South Korean Navy Lieutenant named Jang Hak-soo (Lee Jung-jae), who is deep within enemy territory, undertaking the covert operation ‘X-Ray’ in a bid to provide the Un, and in particular, Douglas MacArthur (Liam Neeson) with vital information about the North Koreans, to ensure that Operation Chromite can be pulled off, and give a »

- Stefan Pape

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Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83

11 November 2016 9:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83.

Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast.

The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons.

It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Robert Vaughn, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Star, Dies at 83

11 November 2016 9:53 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83.

Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast.

The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons.

It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum. Vaughn »

- Carmel Dagan

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Asian World Film Festival Fights Euro Odds in Oscar’s Backyard

20 October 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fed up with Euro dominance of the Oscar foreign-language category, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz and Georges Chamchoum decided to do something about it: They created the Asian World Film Festival and launched it in the industry’s backyard last year.

Now the fest is returning for its second outing in Culver City: It kicks off Oct. 24 with a screening of Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia’s “Ali and Nino,” and concludes Nov. 1 with John H. Lee’s Korean hit “Operation Chromite,” starring Liam Neeson as Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

The festival, sponsored by Variety, will honor pioneering “Bambi” illustrator Tyrus “Ty” Wong with a lifetime achievement award Oct. 24; Pam Tom’s documentary about him will screen on his 106th birthday the following day. Korean-American actor-director Justin Chon, best known for his work in the “Twilight Saga,” will receive the fest’s Rising Star Award. Panels on topics ranging from marketing to women in Hollywood are also on the agenda. »

- Diane Garrett

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The Asian World Film Festival (Awff) Debuts in L.A.

18 October 2016 2:48 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

2nd Annual Asian World Film Festival Opens in Culver City October 24: Best of Asian World CinemaExecutive Director, Georges N. Chamchoum

This is the first festival of its kind to play in the United States, giving audiences the unique opportunity to see films from Japan and Turkey and everywhere in-between. The festival is held at the height of the awards season to give these Asian filmmakers maximum exposure. The festival’s Executive Director, Georges N. Chamchoum is announcing films from 51 countries which are eligible. Greater recognition to the region’s wealth of filmmakers will strengthen ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries.

All films selected by their countries as Oscar® or Golden Globes® contenders are automatically invited. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizes these showings as the required official screenings for their members who vote on the Golden Globes®. At last year’s inaugural event some 30 films from 27 countries participated. »

- Sydney Levine

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Korean Box Office on Track for Another Strong Year

5 October 2016 8:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With some 164 million tickets sold between January and September, the Korean box office looks to stay on course for another strong year, coming off of 2015’s record-breaking entry. Homegrown titles accounted for 88 million tickets sold, which is almost 55% of the total B.O. revenue.

The country’s top four distributors — Cj Entertainment, Lotte Entertainment, Showbox and Next Entertainment World — all had hits: “Operation Chromite” (Cj), “The Last Princess” (Lotte), “Violent Prosecutor” and “Tunnel” (Showbox), and “Train to Busan” (New).

New, which hadn’t seen success since 2015 comedy “Twenty,” bulleted to the top of charts on “Train.” Animation maverick Yeon Sang-ho’s live-action debut “Train” opened in July in South Korea — after a midnight screening berth in Cannes that drew praise for the zombie pic — and became the only 2016 film that has crossed the 10 million admissions mark. It has accumulated $84.4 million revenue since its July 20 release.

“The success of ‘Train’ means a lot, »

- Sonia Kil

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Review: Operation Chromite, A Soulless, Calculated Cashgrab

15 August 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Summer in Korea guarantees a few things, hot humid days, the loud whir of cicadas and the guaranteed release of a jingoistic cashgrab. The last few years have gifted us with Roaring Currents and Northern Limit Line and this season follows suit by treating us to Operation Chromite. Featuring a tacked on performance by global star Liam Neeson, this new Korean War offering might have been more egregious had its clearly venal nature not been so readily apparent the moment the project was announced. Neeson appears, here and there, mostly in the same boardroom, as General Douglas MacArthur, who puts together a crack team of eight Korean soldiers to disguise themselves as an North Korean inspection unit in what was dubbed as Operation Chromite, a...

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[Review] Operation Chromite

12 August 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Handsomely crafted and executed with skillful action sequences, Operation Chromite tells the parallel stories of General Douglas MacArthur’s titular mission, designed to cut off North Korea’s supply line to the South and the formation of South Korean’s X-Ray intelligence unit. Condensing what could have made for a mini-series into a 110 minutes, the film hints at what could have been: further relationships between the X-Ray unit and their estranged families torn apart by an enemy within. Emotional beats, although present (and occasionally on-the-nose), largely take a backseat to the strategy of winning and some longing for a unified home.

Being a Korean production, director John H. Lee provides homegrown stars more screen time than Liam Neeson’s MacArthur, who gives tactical support, directing Un forces to the high seas to take back Incheon in September 1950. Faced with a choice of doubling down on what he views as a »

- John Fink

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Watch: New Us Trailer for Battle of Inchon Film 'Operation Chromite'

22 July 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I am Douglas MacArthur – I win wars." Cj Entertainment has debuted an official Us trailer for the epic Korean war film Operation Chromite, telling the story of the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War in the 1950s. Liam Neeson stars as Douglas MacArthur, the Us military General who lead the campaign to land in the city of Inchon and drive the invading North Korean forces out of South Korea. The full cast includes Lee Jung-jae, Jin Se-yun and Lee Beom-su. We featured a trailer for this earlier in the month, but it was a Korean trailer and showed a bit too much of the big battle scenes. This trailer is edited together much better and actually makes me want to see this film, even if there is only a tiny amount of Neeson in it. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for John H. Lee's Operation Chromite, »

- Alex Billington

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First poster and trailer for Korean War epic Operation Chromite starring Liam Neeson

21 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coming Soon has debuted the first poster and trailer for Operation Chromite, Taewon Entertainment’s upcoming Korean War epic starring Liam Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur. Check them out here…

Operation Chromite is directed by John H. Lee (Into the Fire) and is based upon the real life events of the Battle of Incheon, as a crack team of South Korean Navy Special Forces embark on a covert operation to infiltrate the North Korean army command centre in order to pave the way for an amphibious invasion.

Operation Chromite is already attracting attention in mainstream Hollywood, and is the next great film from John H. Lee,” states Angela Killoren of COO, Cj Entertainment. “We are proud to be the company to bring this true, but often over looked story of unsung heroes and the American hero General MacArthur during a time when South Korea and the United States banded together in war against North Korea. »

- Gary Collinson

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Liam Neeson Barks Orders In First Trailer For Korean War Movie Operation Chromite

21 July 2016 11:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

To say that Liam Neeson, the Northern Irish actor who has starred in everything from Schindler’s List to Taken, has enjoyed an interesting career may read as something of an understatement.

Before reinventing himself as a bona fide action hero in the Pierre Morel’s Parisian thriller, Neeson was synonymous with the industry’s more awards-friendly features, and there are signs that the actor is poised to return to that niche (read: Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-tipped Silence). Then comes something entirely out of left-field, such as Korean war thriller Operation Chromite.

Helmed by Lee Jae-han, the white-knuckle ride sees Neeson barking orders as General Douglas MacArthur, who spearheads a Us-endorsed mission to infiltrate a North Korean commander center. That’s a tactic that involves sending Lee Jung-jae out onto the front lines, who fights for the South Korean forces and, perhaps more importantly, to protect his mother.

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- Michael Briers

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‘Operation Chromite’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Leads Korean War Soldiers As They Fight For Freedom

21 July 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Liam Neeson is back in another action-packed film, this time based on the real-life events of the heroes who sacrificed their lives during the Korean War. Coming Soon released the exclusive trailer and new poster for “Operation Chromite,” where Neeson portrays General Douglas MacArthur, who led the attack against the North Koreans in the Battle of Incheon.

Directed by John H. Lee, the movie follows a team of South Korean Navy Special Forces who, with the help of their U.S. ally General MacArthur, infiltrate a North Korean command center by disguising themselves as North Korean.

Read More: ‘A Tale of Love And Darkness’ Trailer: The Terrors Of War Take A Toll In Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut

The trailer features striking cinematography, violence, blood, sweat and tears. Jung-jae Lee also stars as South Korean Captain Jang Hak-soo who risks it all to protect his mother, Bum-soo Lee portrays North »

- Liz Calvario

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Liam Neeson Wages War Against North Korea in Trailer For ‘Operation Chromite’

21 July 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If there’s one thing Liam Neeson can always do it’s grimace. The new trailer for Lee Jae-han‘s Korean War epic Operation Chromite features Neeson’s slicked-back-hair Douglas MacArthur snarling orders as Lee Jung-jae risks his own neck on the front lines to protect his mother. It’s an action-filled, explosion-heavy bombardment packed into a minute and a half, with teases of some potentially rousing sequences amidst some questionable green screen and CGI.

The titular mission centers on a group of South Korean Navy Special Forces team (including Jung-jae) who had to infiltrate a North Korean commander center with the help of a U.S. ally (Neeson). Ahead of a release next month, see the trailer and poster below, with a nod to Coming Soon.

South Korean Navy Special Forces, Captain Jang Hak-soo and 7 members of the Klo (Korean Liasion Office) unit disguise themselves as a North »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Clips: Skiptrace, Chromite, Wake, Transformers

20 July 2016 9:38 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Skiptrace

The first trailer is out for the action thriller "Skiptrace" starring Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville, and Bingbing Fan. The Renny Harlin-directed film follows a detective from Hong Kong who teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.

Operation Chromite

Cj Entertainment has premiered the U.S. trailer for "Operation Chromite," the Korean War story tale in which Liam Neeson stars as General Douglas MacArthur, who led the attack against the North Koreans in the Battle of Incheon. The film will open in North America on August 12th.

Before I Wake

Relativity Studios has released the new trailer for the supernatural thriller "Before I Wake" which, though shot several years ago, is finally arriving on September 9th.

Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) are parents who adopt an eight-year-old boy, Cody (Jacob Tremblay), who is terrified of falling asleep because his dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. »

- Garth Franklin

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Liam Neeson Fears His New Movie Will Trigger Another North Korean Hack Attack

18 July 2016 4:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in the fall of 2014, Sony Pictures was infiltrated by nefarious hackers, who leaked a number of the studio's upcoming movies, along with a slew of corporate emails that were quite controversial. It was eventually confirmed that North Korea was behind the attack, in response to the studio's comedy The Interview, where North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un (played by Fresh off the Boat star Randall Park) was targeted for assassination. Less than two years after that unprecedented cyber-attack, another hack may be on the horizon, according to star Liam Neeson.

Liam Neeson stars as decorated U.S. General Douglas MacArthur in the new Korean War movie Operation Chromite, which centers on a South Korean spy mission during the U.S.' Incheon Landing Operation in 1950, which is credited for helping turn the tide against this war. During a press conference for this new movie, which hits theaters in South Korea »

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‘Operation Chromite’ Star Liam Neeson Likens General MacArthur to Oskar Schindler

12 July 2016 9:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood star, Liam Neeson said that America’s Korean War hero General Douglas MacArthur shared “supreme confidence” with WWII savior Oskar Schindler, who he previously portrayed in Schindler’s List.

Neeson was speaking in Seoul on Wednesday ahead of the launch of “Operation Chromite,” his debut role in a Korean-made movie.

Inspired by real events in 1950, the first year of the Korean War, “Chromite” focuses on a 24-hour, life-and-death mission ‘X-Ray.’ With eight Korean operatives, MacArthur led the seemingly impossibly marine landing at Incheon.

Directed by John H. Lee (“A Moment to Remember”), the movie stars Neeson as MacArthur and Korea’s Lee Jung-jae as his lieutenant.

The picture releases later this month in Korea (July 27) through Cj Entertainment and on Aug. 12 in the U.S. The $14 million project was produced by Chung Taewon (“Iris,” “71 Into the Fire”) through his production company, Taewon Entertainment. Taewon struck a license »

- Sonia Kil

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Liam Neeson in First Trailer for Korean War Film 'Operation Chromite'

5 July 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"This is the riskiest military operation that I've ever encountered! Why the fixation on Inchon?" An official Korean trailer has debuted for the film Operation Chromite, an epic action thriller about the Korean War, specifically the Battle of Inchon. The film stars Liam Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur, the Us military general who lead the campaign to land in the city of Inchon and drive the invading North Korean forces out of South Korea. There is some epic action in this involving giant battleships as well as explosions on the streets, plus hand-to-hand battles and more. The full cast includes Lee Jung-jae, Jin Se-yun and Lee Beom-su. The Koreans love making epic movies, but I'm not sure if this will be any good. Take a look. Here's the first international trailer (+ poster) for John H. Lee's Operation Chromite, found on YouTube: "Operation Chromite" is the codename for the »

- Alex Billington

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