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Anyone hungering for the sort of Hollywood-produced, period-set adventure stories that once were a mainstay of Saturday matinee cinema will take special delight in “Assassination,” a sensationally entertaining mash-up of historical drama, “Dirty Dozen” style shoot-‘em-up, spaghetti Western-flavored flamboyance, and extended action setpieces that suggest a dream-team collaboration of Sergio Leone, John Woo and Steven Spielberg. Never mind that helmer Choi Dong-hoon (“The Thieves”), working from a script he co-wrote with Lee Ki-cheol, doesn’t always make it crystal-clear just who’s really allied with whom, and why Character A is (or is not) killing, or at least trying to kill, Character B. This propulsively paced and lavishly mounted South Korean production, already a smash hit in its home territory, is sufficiently potent in its overall impact to make profitable incursions into global markets.
To offer any sort of detailed plot synopsis for “Assassination” is to risk spoiling twists — some predictable, »
- Joe Leydon
“Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island” is a disappointing follow-up to the far more sprightly “Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow” (2011), also helmed by Kim Sok-yun. Though not without some zingy segs, this South Korean period action-comedy-adventure — about a brilliant detective with a bumbling streak and his far more entertaining sidekick — is hampered by jarring tonal shifts and undisciplined plotting. The resulting mishmash rises just above the mediocre. Pic has hit paydirt locally with 3.9 million admissions since its Feb. 11 release, while U.S. box office performance, following a limited rollout on March 6, has been modest.
The titular character is Kim Min (Kim Myung-min), a brainy and occasionally inept late-18th-century combo of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes. According to pre-titles text info, the nobleman, inventor and master sleuth works on secret commands given by none other than the (unseen) Joseon dynasty monarch King Jeongjo. This time around, the »
- Richard Kuipers
Korean production and distribution combine Showbox will unwrap a slew of big-budget titles for pre-sale at this week’s Hong Kong FilMart convention and rights market.
“Assassination,” currently in post-production, reunites director Choi Dong-hoon with several members of his team from 2012 megahit “The Thieves.” Returning stars include Gianna Jun (“The Berlin File”) and Lee Jung-jae (“Big Match”), matched with Ha Jung-woo, star of “The Chaser.” They are joined by veteran supporting actors Oh Dal-soo and Cho Jin-woong, who have recently added record breakers “Ode to My Father” and “Roaring Currents,” respectively, to their credits.
Veteran actor Song Kang-ho (“The Attorney”) and young talent Yoo Ah-in (“Thread of Lies”) head the cast of “The Throne,” which also launches at FilMart. Set in the Joseon dynasty, the period drama features crown prince Sado, who is locked up in a rice chest because of his father’s political decision. Period drama specialist »
- Sonia Kil
Exclusive: Adventure period comedy sequel sells to slew of territories, including Japan.
Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has pre-sold adventure period comedy Detective K: Secret Of The Lost Island to a slew of territories, including Twin Co for Japan.
The film, which is scheduled for Korean release on Feb 11 in the run-up to Lunar New Year, has also gone to Lemon Tree for China, Av-jet for Taiwan, Soundspace International for Indonesia/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos, Viva Communications for Philippines and Colourful Garden for Myanmar.
In addition, Full Brief Marketing, a company affiliated to China Lion Entertainment, has acquired the film for Australia & New Zealand and Dreamwest Pictures for North America.
The film is a sequel to Detective K: Secret Of The Virtuous Widow, which was a big hit over Lunar New Year 2011, pulling in 5m admissions. The sequel reunites the team of director Kim Sok-yun and cast Kim Myung-min and Oh Dal-soo. Actress Lee Yeon-hee »
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4 items from 2015
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