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The modern South Korean film industry was born in the mid-’90s when the Busan festival helped push back the cloud of censorship that had prevailed for 10 years after the end of military rule.
Since then, Korean directors have reveled in their freedom to shock, tantalize and blindside their audiences — whether coming from Kim Ki-duk’s sado-masochistically bizarre “The Isle” and fairly explicit sex in Park Chul-soo’s “The Green Chair,” to hints of cannibalism in Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the Devil,” or the unremitting but always stylish ultra-violence of Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser” and “The Yellow Sea.” Choi Min-sik eating a live octopus in Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” is still a high point for some genre fans.
Yet there’s growing concern that censorship is on the increase since the arrival in February of President Park Geun-hye’s deeply conservative government.
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- Patrick Frater
Line-up includes Memories Of The Sword, set to star Lee Byung-hun.
South Korea’s Lotte Entertainment is launching sales on three new additions to its line-up at Busan’s Asian Film Market. The slate is led by Park Heung-shik’s highly anticipated Memories Of The Sword, starring Lee Byung-hun [pictured] from Red 2 and Masqeurade and Jeon Do-youn from The Housemaid and Secret Sunshine.
Set at the turbulent end of the Goryeo dynasty, the martial arts piece also stars Kim Go-eun, the ingenue from Eungyo, and Lee Joon-ho – also known as Junho from the K-pop group 2Pm - who recently featured in surveillance thriller Cold Eyes. The film is set for release in the second half of 2014.
Lotte’s second new addition is The King’s Wrath (working title), a historical action piece about palace intrigues during King Jeong-jo’s reign in the Joseon dynasty. The film is directed by Lee Jae-gyu, well-known for hit »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, the 1953 classic drama Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring).
The film, which follows an aging couple as they leave their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores.
Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu (There Was a Father) and Setsuko Hara (Late Autumn), Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring themes of generational conflict, creating one of the great works of the international cinema.
Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray and DVD of the movie contain the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on »
The first Machete was a whole lot of insane fun, and judging by this trailer, director Robert Rodriguez is upping the ante for the sequel, pitching Danny Trejo's anti-hero as a sort of Mexican James Bond, though with more beheadings and gadgets that just end up being knives. Mel Gibson seems to be hamming it up big time as the cackling super villain (I love that his 60's inspired space suit has a cape), and all of this looks ridiculous, over the top, and most of all, fun!!! via Comic Book Movie Synopsis:Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. Released: October »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses for their directors. I strived to look for collaborations that may not have been as obviously canonical, but whose effects on cinema were no less compelling. Categorizing a film’s lead is potentially tricky, but one of the criteria I always use is Anthony Hopkins’s performance in Silence of the Lambs, a film in which he is considered a lead but appears only briefly; his character is an integral part of the story.
The criteria for this article is as follows: The director & actor team must have worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in a minimum of 2 must-see films.
One of the primary trends for the frequency of collaboration is the »
- John Oursler
The first trailer for Machete Kills has arrived and it pretty much features clips of the entire cast in action from Lady GaGa to Mel Gibson. And yes, if you loved the original, it’s everything you’d expect. That said, we need a red band trailer pretty pronto! Synopsis:Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. Released: September 13th USA / Ireland & UK Late Autumn / Winter »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
6 items from 2013
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