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This weekend, American audiences will be introduced to a filmmaker they most likely have never heard of – South Korean director Kim Jee-woon. A talented, genre-bending filmmaker whose artistic depth is matched only by his technical proficiency, he's making his western debut with "The Last Stand," an old-school action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (read our review here). But for fans of Asian cinema, he's been a director many have been keeping an eye on for a long time now. If anything has distinguished Kim Jee-Woon's career, it has been his ability to shift gears. Just take a look at his last three films: the gonzo western "The Good, The Bad, The Weird"; the thrilling serial killer flick "I Saw The Devil" and a sci-fi short in "Doomsday Book." But, for many it was likely "A Bittersweet Life" that brought the helmer to their attention, with the twisty crime flick putting him on the. »

- Drew Taylor

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