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Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Korean Horror Film ‘The Mimic’

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The first teaser trailer for the Korean horror film The Mimic has just come out. The creature feature stars Yum Jung-ah (A Tale of Two Sisters), Park Hyuk-kwon and Shin Rin-ah, and is directed by Huh Jung (Hide and Seek).

The movie is about a family affected by the unknown titular creature that mimics human voice to enchant people. Yum Jung-ah plays Hee-yeon, a mother who has lost her child. She comes across a young girl in the forest, and takes her in. Soon, the girl starts to mimic Hee-yeon’s lost child, other strange things begin happening around them, and it looks like the film is creeping towards a potentially tragic finale.

(Source: Hancinema.net)

The story has been inspired by the South Korean urban legend of the Jangsan Tiger, or Jangsanbum, named for the Jangsan Mountain near Busan. The man-eating creature with sharp teeth and beautiful white fur is believed to move swiftly through mountains and lure people by making a sound resembling a woman’s wail.

The trailer looks suitably creepy, and will hopefully keep the good run going for Huh Jung, whose debut feature film, 2013’s thriller Hide and Seek, became a surprise hit and was also made into a Chinese film of the same name.

The film is produced by Contents Panda and New Entertainment World, and is expected to be released in August 2017.

(Source: Hancinema, Bloody Disgusting) »

- Arnav Sinha

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“Mrs K” proves that Kara Hui still got it

21 June 2017 10:53 AM, PDT

Yuhang Ho had a very difficult task in his hands from the beginning:  to shoot an action martial arts film where all of his protagonists are (almost) over 50. The result, however, was more than impressive, as he worked over the particular reef by limiting the action and adding many thriller elements.

Mrs K” will screen at Art Film Fest Kosice, that will be on June 16-24

Mrs K is a housewife, happily married with a gynecologist, and mother to a teenage girl who is also a martial artist. However, underneath the calm, happy and motherly figure resides something else, as Mrs K used to be part of a crime ring. As her former comrades are being killed one by one, a rather unpleasant former police officer visits her house and confronts her about the past. Furthermore, another man, who seems to know her quite well, resurfaces, and along with his henchman, kidnaps her daughter. Now, Mrs K has to face all of her ghosts.

The film starts in a rather violent fashion, with the gory deaths of three men (Hk veterans Fruit Chan and Kirk Wong, and Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said). Soon, however, it tones down, with a scene where we are introduced to the housewife/mother/fighter Mrs K and then through the presentation of the life of a family who seems very normal. After the villains enter the story, the film becomes a thriller, as the agony for the fate of the daughter increases, only to transform again into a violent action film in the end. This build up, through the change of genres (action, action comedy, thriller, and action again) works wonders for the film, as it induces it with a depth rarely seen on the genre, through the analysis of the characters, that sets it apart from the plethora of similar productions. Some incoherence in the scenario, however, could not be missing.

Directing a martial arts film with a 57-year-old woman as the protagonist is not an easy task, but Yuhang Ho managed to turn it to his advantage, by highlighting the vulnerability of his main character. In that fashion, Mrs K is beaten unconscious a number of times, and seems to hurt and get more tired by every move she takes in her fights. This tactic induces the film with a reinvigorating sense of realism, rarely seen in this kind of films, although in the end, the Hk style of action takes over.

Evidently, Ho drew from “Kill Bill”, with a number of elements of the story (the ex-criminal turned housewife, the former comrades resurfacing, revenge, etc) and the western style music. Nevertheless, this is not a fault, by any chance, and actually adds to the entertainment offered by the film. Add to the above some comic moments, mainly deriving from the Hk veterans, and you have the backbone of a very interesting narrative.

Despite the aforementioned realism, the action scenes look quite impressive, particularly during the ending sequences, where Adam Chung-Tai Chan’s action choreography finds its apogee. I am not sure how much part Kara Hui actually took in those, but she looks quite good in the ones her face is visible.  In that fashion, Sharon Chong and Mun Thye Soo have done a wonderful job editing the scenes where she is doubled with the ones she is actually there.

The acting is on a very high level for the genre. Ho Yuhang had already revived Kara Hui’s career with the 2009 film “At the End of Daybreak” and seems to capitalize on his chemistry with her in this film. She is great in all the roles she has to play in this film, highlighting an amplitude she rarely had to show before. Not to mention that she looks fit and quite beautiful, still. Simon Yam is also great in the role of the sociopathic villain, and Faizal Hussein plays the role of the silent master of martial arts to perfection, being quite impressive in the action scenes. Wu Bai cannot help acting like a rock star, even in the role of an almost helpless father.

Mrs K” does not provide the relentless action the trailer implies, but is a very entertaining film, as it manages to capitalize on its limitations in wonderful fashion.  On a final, personal and utterly unrealistic note, I would love to see all these protagonists going against each other in their prime, in a combination of “Time and Tide” and Shaw Bros action films (Kara Hui and Simon Yam have acted together, but still). The current alternative though, is not bad at all. »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Watch: New Trailer for the Japanese Live Action Movie Gintama

20 June 2017 10:41 PM, PDT

Gintama, the live-action action comedy film written and directed by Yuichi Fukuda (live action films Hk/Hentai Kamen, miniseries Mr Nietzsche in the Convenience Store), has just released its new trailer. Distributed by Warner Bros. in Japan, the film is based on the samurai science-fiction manga series by Hideaki Sorachi that has sold more than 50 million copies. The manga is more often styled as Gin Tama.

Gintama (2017) is the first live-action film based on the manga, which has also inspired anime films and series

The trailer features Shun Oguri (Terra Formars, Lupin III) as the eccentric samurai Gintoki Sakata, Masaki Suda (Teiichi) as the apprentice Shinpachi Shimura and Kanna Hashimoto as the alien girl Kagura, the three central characters, along with a number of other important members of the cast.

The manga’s story is set in an alternate version of the late-Edo period, with humankind under attack by aliens known as ‘Amanto’. The Shogun betrays the samurai, who are fighting to save humanity, by surrendering to and entering into an unequal contract with the aliens. This intriguing premise sets up the series for many story arcs with a healthy mix of drama and comedy, and a range of widely loved characters.

While the trailer looks quite faithful to the original manga, we will have to wait till its Japan release on July 14, 2017, to know how good the movie is. Docomo’s dTV is also bringing a live-action web-series and a movie comic inspired by the film in July. Enjoy the trailer, and we will keep bringing you more updates!

(Plot Source: Wikipedia) »

- Arnav Sinha

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Korean Thriller ‘Bluebeard’’s UK Premiere at Lkff

20 June 2017 11:08 AM, PDT

The London Korean Film Festival (Lkff) continues the countdown to its 12th edition, scheduled for autumn 2017, with the UK premiere of Lee Soo-youn’s psychological thriller Bluebeard on the 10th of July.

Cho Jin-woong in Bluebeard (Source: London Korean Film Festival)

Bluebeard upholds the rich tradition of gripping thrillers from Korean cinema, while offering a new perspective on narratives featuring psychopaths, with a progressively unreliable narrator.

Trailer

The film features Cho Jin-woong as the neurotic doctor Seung-hoon, who suspects that his patient (Shin Goo) and the patient’s son (Kim Dae-myung), living downstairs in a butcher shop, are involved in a string of unsolved murders in the city. A trail of gruesome hints keeps the truth just out of reach as the director uses the claustrophobic environs of the city and the increasing paranoia of the doctor to crank up the tension, reaching a shocking finale.

Cho Jin-woong and Kim »

- Arnav Sinha

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