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Rotterdam adds How to Survive strand

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Rotterdam adds How to Survive strand
Programme includes David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and Ti West’s The Sacrament.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 22 - Feb 2) has added a programme of films focusing on “contemporary survival” to its thematic Signals section.

How to Survive… will feature 12 independent films from around the world range from Spanish survival horror La cueva (In Darkness We Fall) by Alfredo Montero to Jang Cheol-soo’s Korean spy thriller Secretly Greatly, and from Canadian internet found footage documentary Hoax_canular by Dominic Gagnon to Iranian apocalyptic visions in From Tehran to Heaven by Abolfazl Saffary.

It will also feature David Mackenzie’s British prison drama Starred Up, Us director Ti West’s found footage horror The Sacrament, and White Bear, an episode from Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series that aired in the UK.

In the How to Survive… Clinics, experts will teach visitors forgotten survival skills. In a workshop by Rotterdam-based Wild Vleesch, visitors can learn
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London Korean Ff reveals line-up

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Box office smash Hide and Seek to open festival; Kim Jee-woon to present his favourite short films.

The line-up of the 8th London Korean Film Festival (Nov 7-15) has been announced.

The programme includes contemporary Korean cinema titles, UK and European premieres of box office hits and retrospectives. It will also host several visiting directors and actors.

The festival’s Film Forum at London’s Korean Cultural Centre is also hoped to generate opportunities for filmmakers to meet and help foster links between South Korea and UK to encourage funding investment, co-productions and access to post production.

Screening will take place at major central London locations, such as the Odeon West End, but highlights of the programme will also travel to Oxford, Bradford and St. Andrews from Nov 16-22.

Opening/Closing films

The festival will open on Nov 7 with the European premiere of Hide and Seek.

First time director Huh Jung’s home invasion thriller was an
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‘Confession of Murder’ and ‘Secretly Greatly’: Sordid Cinema Podcast #67

This week on Sordid Cinema, Edgar, Ricky and Simon travel to South Korea to discuss writer/director Jung Byung Gil’s exhilarating cop/serial killer thriller, Confession of Murder, and Jang Cheol-Soo’s espionage actioneer, Secretly Greatly. Among the many topics discussed is South Korea’s knack for producing some of the best revenge films in recent memory, the cult of celebrity, Paul Verhoeven, and the 2008 stuntman documentary Action Boys.

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Fantasia Film Festival 2013: Top 5 favourite movies

As of Thursday morning, August 8th 2013, the most recent edition of the Fantasia Film Festival will be a thing of the past. What began with some major, exciting announcements in late June, a press conference on July 9th and tons of public screenings from July 18th to August 7th is in the history books. With so many films shown (around 120), festival veterans and newcomers alike had a stunning choice of movies to discover, be amazed by, be provoked by or just have a great time with.

Naturally, some films will leave an indelible mark on those privileged to see them, whereas others might have left the bitter taste of disappointment in mouths. Having seen just over 30 movies myself, there are definitely a handful which proved to be exceptional examples of filmmaking and may very well offer serious challenge to other movies hoping to make an end of the year list come late December.
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PiFan 2013: Sightseers, On The Job Win Big + Naff Project Awards

Last night, Korea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped its 17th edition, handing out awards and screening the world premiere of Korean thriller The Terror Live, starring Ha Jung-woo, who was in attendance.The big winners of the night were Ben Wheatley's Sightseers, which won Best Film and Best Actress (Alice Lowe) and Erik Matti's On the Job, which took home Best Actor (Joel Torre) and the Jury's Choice Award. Among the other main competition awards, Indian crime film Ugly picked up Best Director for Anurag Kashyap and Jang Cheol-soo's webcomic hit Secretly Greatly walked away with the Nh Nongyup Citizen's Choice Award.Outside of the Puchon Choice section, the Japanese high school mystery The Kirishima Thing won the Netpac award, Indian thriller Talaash was given...

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Sightseers wins two at PiFan

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Sightseers wins two at PiFan
The 17th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers bagging the top Best of Puchon Award as well as the Best Actress Award for Alice Lowe.

The UK buzz film scooped up the cash prize of $13,500 (KW15m) which comes with the Best of Puchon Award.

Wheatley in a video message to PiFan said, “I want to thank you for supporting my films over the years and it’s really an honour to get an award from such a prestigious film festival. Thank you.”

Held in the city of Bucheon, about an hour’s drive from Seoul, PiFan holds onto the former official Romanized spelling of the city’s name, Puchon.

Singaporean director Eric Khoo, who headed the Puchon Choice: Feature category jury, said, “We’ve watched many interesting films and have been very inspired.”

His jury awarded Anurag Kashyap the Best Director Award (KW10m) for Indian film Ugly.

Joel Torre took the
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Fantasia Film Festival 2013: It’s no secret that ‘Secretly Greatly’ is great

Secretly Greatly

Written by Kim Bang-hyun, Yoo Hong-gee

Directed by Jang Cheol-soo

South Korea, 2013

As with many historically resonant political-military confrontations, the now 63 year old rivalry between South and North Korea has served as inspiration for a bevy of cinematic projects. Among some of the more recent endeavors were Joint Security Area from Park Chan-wook from 2000 and Poonsang from 2011, Jhun Jai-hong. Both were rather serious in tone and tried to engage audiences with gritty, unrelenting drama and action derived from the long standing Cold War tensions. Secretly Greatly, from Jang Cheol-soo, puts a different spin on North-South relations, utilization the spy genre to produce a movie that offers action, character-focused drama and even humour.

Won Ryu-han (Kim Soo-hyun) is a spy for the north, trained at a very young age to become a vicious , ruthlessly effective killer in service of his glorious homeland. Secretly Greatly opens with Ryu-han living in a modest southern town,
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Film Review: ‘Secretly, Greatly’

Despite attaining smash-hit status in its homeland — where its tale of sleeper North Korean agents biding time in a South Korean backwater doubtless has special resonance for local ticketbuyers — “Secretly, Greatly” isn’t likely to find smooth sailing in offshore theatrical markets. Pic actually plays like a self-contained double feature, with an often broadly comical first half gradually giving way to an increasingly more somber and ultimately tragic final hour. The tonal dissonance will be off-putting for many; still, the attractive young male leads may draw femme viewers, and the storyline may intrigue international audiences curious about the contemporary fallout of the decades-old Korean political divide.

Rising young actor Kim Soo-hyun (recently seen in Choi Dong-hoon’s “The Thieves”) evinces impressive range in the lead role of Won Ryu-hwan, a rigorously trained and lethally efficient North Korean agent given a deep-cover assignment in a South Korean hamlet. As the pic begins,
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Nyaff 2013 Interview: Director Jang Cheol-soo Talks Secretly, Greatly

Diva Velez recently sat down with Jang Cheol-soo, the man behind the 2010 horror Bedeviled, to chat about his latest film, Secretly, Greatly, a spy vs. spy, North vs. South film that equally plots itself as a comedy, actioner and drama. A massive hit at home in South Korea, the film had its international premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival before opening in New York and La this past Friday. For readers that have yet to see the film, be warned, major story points are discussed throughout the following interview [ed. Ben Umstead]  Twitch: What inspired you to take on this project? Jang Cheol-soo: This film is based on a webcomic [Covertness by Hun] that is very popular in South Korea. After I read...

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Review: Secretly Greatly, Slick, Manipulative, And Disappointing

When a filmmaker makes a great debut, expectations are bound to be quite high for the follow-up. Such was the case for Jang Cheol-soo, who took the world by storm with his terrific island revenge saga Bedevilled in 2010. When word first surfaced of his next feature, which would see him adapt the popular webcomic Secretly Greatly, the initial buzz was one of excitement. However, as it progressed through casting and then production, it became more and more clear that this would be a completely different kind of film, and certainly not one aimed at the audience that was so enthralled by his debut. Starring a trio of fresh-faced and supremely popular TV stars, Secretly Greatly is a resolutely commercial film that seeks to placate...

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Fantasia 2013′s Second Amazing Wave of Titles Has Been Announced!

Fantasia 2013 has announced the second wave of titles screening this year. If the first wave, along with the announcements of special guests wasn’t enough to get you excited, this surely will.

009 Re: Cyborg

Japan Dir: Kenji Kamiyama

Mechanized mayhem, mysticism and moral ambiguity meet when the influential ’60s manga/anime property 009 Cyborg gets a dark, postmodern makeover care of the mighty Production I.G, in the spirit of the iconic Ghost In The Shell films. Anime fans won’t want to miss this one. North American Premiere.

Animals

Spain Dir: Marçal Forés

Evocative of both Donnie Darko and Leolo with a touch of Charles Burns, Animals taps into a volatile whirlpool of adolescent anxieties and identity issues, addressing complex themes through a wealth of unconventional approaches. A heavy trip, but an entertaining and fantastical one. Winner: Best First Feature, Sant Jordi de Cinematografia 2013, Official Selection: Sitges 2012, Miami International Film Festival 2013. Quebec Premiere.
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Fantasia 2013: Second Wave Titles Announced Including Miike's Shield of Straw, You're Next, Big Ass Spider!, Plus One, Missionary, and More

The full Fantasia 2013 lineup will be announced next Tuesday, July 9th, but in the meantime we have the second wave of titles to share, and per usual, it's a doozy!

From the Press Release:

Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil several additional highlights to warm you up for our July 9th Press Conference, where we’ll be unveiling of our full 120+ film lineup. The festival runs from July 18 to August 6.

Official Opening Night Film – Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw (North American Premiere)

Hot off its screening in official completion at the Cannes Film Festival, Takashi Miike’s riveting crime thriller Shield Of Straw will be kicking off Fantasia’s 2013 edition with its first screening on the North American continent. Shield Of Straw stars Takao Osawa, Nanako Matsushima, and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Fantasia’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the
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Miike’s Shield of Straw to open Fantasia

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Miike’s Shield of Straw to open Fantasia
Marks the second consecutive year a Takashi Miike film has opened Montreal’s genre film festival.

Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw, which screened in competition at Cannes, is to open the 17th edition of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (July 18 - August 6).

Miike’s crime thriller receives its North American premiere at Fantasia and continues the long relationship between the director and festival.

Last year, Fantasia opened with Miike’s For Love’s Sake and the festival’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the first time a film by the director had ever been shown in North America.

The festival will also host the world premiere of 24 Exposures, from mumblecore director Joe Swanberg. The film stars Adam Wingard as a fetish photographer whose models begin to turn up dead while Simon Barrett plays a cop tasked with investigating him.

Wingard and Barrett are the director-screenwriter duo behind You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die. Fantasia
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Korea's Secretly Greatly to get Us release

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South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold box office hit Secretly Greatly to Dreamwest Pictures for North America.

Directed by Jang Cheol-soo (Bedevilled), the action comedy drama about North Korean spies infiltrating a small South Korean village is set to make its international premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival on July 11.

Seoul-based Dreamwest Pictures will then release the film on July 19, starting with Los Angeles and New York City, followed by 10 to 15 cities across the Us. The company will also release the film in Canada on July 26 after screening at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Featuring up-and-coming stars Kim Soo-hyun, Park Ki-woong and Lee Hyun-woo, the film is based on a hit online cartoon with more than 40 million views. The three North Korean spies take on the guises of an idiot, a rock musician and a high school student.

Secretly Greatly broke the local Korean film record for opening day with 498,000 admissions on its
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Secretly Greatly to get Us release

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South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold box office hit Secretly Greatly to Dreamwest Pictures for North America.

Directed by Jang Cheol-soo (Bedevilled), the action comedy drama about North Korean spies infiltrating a small South Korean village is set to make its international premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival on July 11.

Seoul-based Dreamwest Pictures will then release the film on July 19, starting with Los Angeles and New York City, followed by 10 to 15 cities across the Us. The company will also release the film in Canada on July 26 after screening at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Featuring up-and-coming stars Kim Soo-hyun, Park Ki-woong and Lee Hyun-woo, the film is based on a hit online cartoon with more than 40 million views. The three North Korean spies take on the guises of an idiot, a rock musician and a high school student.

Secretly Greatly broke the local Korean film record for opening day with 498,000 admissions on its
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PiFan unveils line-up; Congress to open

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PiFan unveils line-up; Congress to open
The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced its line-up, opening with the Asian premiere of Ari Folman’s The Congress.

The fest will screen a total of 230 films from 44 countries. The selection includes 53 world premieres, 19 international premieres and 47 Asian premieres.

The fest will close with the world premiere of The Terror Live, starring Ha Jung-woo. Directed by Kim Byeong U, the film in its script stage was an award-winner at PiFan’s Network of Fantastic Films (Naff) It Project market in 2009.

The Puchon Choice feature competition includes current local box office hit Secretly Greatly, directed by Jang Cheol-soo, Lee Daniel’s recent Cannes competitor The Paperboy and Erik Matti’s Filipino film On The Job from Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

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PiFan’s Ani Fanta section will screen animated films such as A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman and Shinkai Makoto’s The Garden
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15 Top Horror Films of 2012

Article by Charlie Dunlap

Cheers, my dark and demented kiddies… Looks like we’ve survived another apocalyptic year in no small thanks to a fresh batch of impressively morbid goodies, many of which would have collectively stained your silver screens black and red if theaters could even find the testicular fortitude to show them!

Although most film critics don’t have the balls required to plumb these newfound depths of depravity, those with enough courage will emerge on the other side (albeit after many hot and soapy baths), triumphantly hearkening 2012 as a banner year for the horror genre. While other media publications swamp you with pretentious, so-called “best of 2012″ lists destined to put you into a permanent slumber, your loyal media daemon and macabre sin eater has collected the delectably worst offenders spawned by the film industry’s – very alive and kicking – bastard children.

Rip apart your deceitful newspapers, spit
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Home Is Where The Hate Is: Two Korean Terrors On Blu-ray Hansel & Gretel / Bedevilled

At first glance it may be difficult to make the connection between Yim Pil-sung's dark fantasy, Hansel & Gretel and Jang Cheol-soo's visceral revenge thriller Bedevilled, but a little digging beyond the surface shows that they both stem from the same rotten place, the family.  These two films, and many if not most Korean thrillers and horror films exploit the facade of family as a wholesome thing. They tear down those most comforting walls, the ones which keep you safe inside your home with your family, and instead use those same walls to trap their protagonists in increasingly hostile circumstances. This theme is by now means limited to these two films, however, in watching them one after the other, the similarities began to jump out...
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Contest – Korean Cinema Fans, Win Bedevilled on Blu-Ray!

Do we have any Korean cinema fans in the house? To be quite honest, I personally think some of the best movies being produced these days are coming straight out of Korea. And one in particular intense needs-to-be-seen-to-be-believed film is Bedevilled.

The flick was made a few years back as the directorial debut of Chul-soo Jang and has played the festival circuit, picking up awards for Audience Choice “Best Film” & “Best Actress” at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, as well as picking up the grand prize at the 2011 Gerardmer Film Festival. And I can tell you first hand, it’s one of those classic great slow-burn revenge tales that unleashes some unholy hell for the shocking third act. Nobody does vengeance like the Koreans!

Here’s the good news. Well Go USA Entertainment is finally giving Bedevilled an official Us release on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital platforms on October 9th. Even better?
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Get Bedevilled at Home!

Here's the thing... people need to stop traveling to remote islands. Things just never work out there. Locals are never friendly, and if you're lucky, by the time you leave you may just have most of your pieces intact.

From the Press Release

Yeong-hie Seo (The Chaser) and Seong-won Ji (Harmony) star in director Chul-soo Jang's chilling first feature Bedevilled (review here), debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital October 9th from Well Go USA Entertainment. When her pleas for help are ignored and cause her daughter's death, a woman seeks revenge on the person she blames. Bedevilled won the Audience Award for “Best Film” and Yeong-hie Seo was named “Best Actress” at Austin’s 2010 Fantastic Fest. In addition, the film was awarded the Grand Prize as Best Film at the 2011 Gérardmer Film Festival and Yeong-hie Seo won “Best Actress” at the 2011 Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette.
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