17 items from 2013
• Fast & Furious 7 to go ahead despite death of star Paul Walker
Destiny Bends features the RZA (real name Robert Diggs) beginning "I want to dedicate this song to my friend Paul Walker", with soul artist Will Wells singing the rest of the ballad, co-written by the pair and Diggs's two sons. Diggs starred with Walker in Brick Mansions, an action remake of Luc Besson's District 13 that is set for release in 2014, and the song recalls their bonding on set. "Thanks for the time and the smiles you shared with me", run one passage of the lyrics. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Kwak Kyung-taek directs sequel to his 2001 gangster story Friend.
South Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has announced a trio of sales deals at Afm on Friend: The Great Legacy, director Kwak Kyung-taek’s sequel to his 2001 hit gangster story Friend. The film has sold to Dreamwest for the Us, Nikkatsu for Japan and Av-Jet for Taiwan.
The sequel continues from the original Friend where childhood friends Joon-seok and Dong-soo are members of rival gangs and Dong-soo is killed by a member of Joon-seok’s gang. Although innocent, Joon-seok takes the blame and goes to jail for 18 years. While there, he meets Dong-soo’s son Sung-hoon, who has grown up to become a gangster, too, and upon his release takes him on as a dangerously close right-hand man.[p »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
South Korean sales company Finecut has announced two new additions to their Afm slate, including a foggy thriller set at sea and executive produced by Bong Joon-ho.
The two titles are Haemoo (Sea Fog) and Obsessed, a Vietnam War-era tale of erotic romance starring Song Seung-heon.
Bong will be working for the second time with Shim Sung-bo since they co-wrote the 2003 hit thriller Memories Of Murder.
Shim is making his feature directorial debut with the $6m film based on a theatre production, itself based on true events.
The story is about a ship’s crew of desperate fishermen smuggling illegal migrants who get caught up in tragedy and chaos in the midst of a heavy sea fog.
The youngest crew member Dong-sik - to be played by K-pop group Jyj member Park Yu-chan - tries »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Seoul – Hot from “Snowpiercer,” Korean director Bong Joon-ho (pictured) is to turn executive producer on melodramatic thriller “Haemoo.”
The film is directed by Shim Sung-bo, who was previously Bong’s co-screenwriter on cult detective thriller “Memories of Murder,” and here makes his helming debut.
Based on real events and adapted from a theater production, “Haemoo” tells the story of young crewman who tries to save a female immigrant being smuggled across the border when their fishing boat has an accident. The film’s sales company Finecut pitches it as an “ultimate thriller that penetrates basic human nature with a story of sad romance.”
The picture began production this month with pop idol Park Yu-chun in the lead, pitched against Kim Yoon-sok as the boat’s captain. Made on a production budget of $6 million the film boasts “Snowpiercer” cinematographer Alex Hong, “The Thieves” production designer Lee Ha-jun and “G.I. Joe 2” martial arts coordinator Jung Doo-hong. »
- Nemo Kim
Korean director Song Hae Sung has had a very interesting career which has seen him tackle a variety of social and (often multi) cultural issues in different ways, from his award winning Choi Min Sik and Cecilia Cheung starring “Failan” through to his recent “A Better Tomorrow” remake. Based on a novel by Cheon Myung Gwan, his latest offering “Boomerang Family” is on the surface a lighter and more comic affair, dealing with a group of nearly middle aged siblings who return home to live with their aging mother. Playing the family are a fittingly eclectic and impressive cast, which includes Park Hae Il (“War of the Arrows”), Kong Hyo Jin (“Love Fiction”), Yoon Je Moon (“Dangerously Excited”) and Yoon Yeo Jeong (“The Taste of Money”), joined by young actress Jin Ji Hee (“Moon That Embraces the Sun”). Like most of Song’s works, the film went down well with the critics at home, »
- James Mudge
Ever seen Nightbreed by Clive Barker? Probably not, but as a hymn to monsters it’s worth a watch. One of the grotesque beasts furnishes our innocent, and still human, hero with three fundamental truths: God is an astronaut; Oz is over the rainbow; and Midian is where the monsters live. He could have added: if you go to a Wu Tang Clan concert it’s highly probable that not all of them will bother turning up.
Dependability is not something you can easily attribute to this rap collective. A dream tour with Rage Against The Machine was scuppered when they realised there was a schedule to adhere to. I went to see the RZA a couple of years ago and he was an hour and a half late and then his microphone wasn’t working. I left in disgust after 2 songs. The Wu Tang Clan have visited Manchester a »
- Basil Creese Jr
Following are some supplemental sections featuring notable director & actor teams that did not meet the criteria for the main body of the article. Some will argue that a number of these should have been included in the primary section but keep in mind that film writing on any level, from the casual to the academic, is a game of knowledge and perception filtered through personal taste.
Other Notable Director & Actor Teams
This section is devoted to pairings where the duo worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in 1 must-see film.
Must-See Collaboration: From Russia with Love (1962).
- Terek Puckett
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
Set against the upheavals of revolutionary China in 1949, the film is the story of three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan. The screenplay is by Wang Huiling, who previously co-wrote “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and who adapted “Lust Caution.”
The $40 million two-part movie is backed by rising Chinese studio Beijing Galloping Horse, along with China Film Group and Zhejiang Huace Film & TV, with production by Woo and Terence Chang’s Lion Rock Productions.
“We are not shooting the foreign actors yet. »
- Patrick Frater
Okay, Toronto ... the Twitch presented Swordsmen, Gangsters And Ghosts screening series continues this weekend with tonight's screening of The Story of A Discharged Prisoner and tomorrow's screening of Infernal Affairs. Seldom seen outside of Hong Kong, The Story Of A Discharged Prisoner has proven to be hugely influential given that it was later remade by John Woo as A Better Tomorrow. And while Infernal Affairs needs no introduction to Hong Kong movie fans - it's one of the best Hk crime thrillers ever produced - it will likely forever be known to many as the film later remade by Martin Scorsese as The Departed. You can check out the originals this weekend!As alsways, we've got two pairs of tickets to give away for both...
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Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're spotlighting an interesting independent short film project from the UK called Dog. It's a drama with strong Hong Kong action influences about a gangster-type named Dog who viciously beats people with a wok spoon (!), and they need some help to make their fight sequences even better. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment here with your thoughts, and don't forget to donate if you can spare a few bucks. Check this out! I'm a big fan of films like Police Story, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled and Rumble in the Bronx, so I'm always curious to see what the next generation of international action cinema looks like. Director Robin Schmidt had an opportunity »
- Ben Pearson
Ready for a dose of guns-blazing cool? While the Twitch presented Swordsmen, Gangsters And Ghosts program within the 100 Years Of Chinese Cinema retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox kicks off tonight with a screening of A Chinese Ghost Story the fun doesn't stop there ... Nope, not even remotely.Tomorrow - that'd be Saturday, June 8 - the series comes packing heat with the 1986 remake of little known Hong Kong crime picture The Story Of A Discharged Prisoner. You know this version as A Better Tomorrow and it's the film that vaulted both John Woo and Chow Yun Fat to the top of the international action heap and we'll have producer Nansun Shi on hand to introduce the film.And Monday? Monday we get the...
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Bloated but energetic, entertaining but interminable, tortured but strangely satisfying, “Fists of Legend” spends two-and-a-half hours unraveling the knotty saga of three middle-aged fighters, their shared dark past and their rocky road to redemption. A mixed-martial-arts competition sets in motion this maximalist male melodrama from Korean blockbuster helmer Kang Woo-suk (“Silmido,” the “Public Enemy” trilogy), which careens wildly from brutal bouts to father-daughter angst to reality-tv satire to violent high-school flashbacks, like a wrestler forever teetering on the brink of exhaustion as he shows you one crazy move after another.
The rare Korean production to open Stateside (April 12) almost concurrently with its local release (April 10), this Cj Entertainment pic should pin down some moviegoers Stateside, despite its imposing running time, before a quick transition to home-format play. Given its long, rambling story arc and a hefty ensemble of characters seen in past and present incarnations, “Fists of Legend” may well »
- Justin Chang
Noted editor and director David Wu blasted back into Chinese cinemas in 2011 with “Cold Steel”, a wartime sniper thriller that after enjoying success at international festivals finally lands on DVD. Wu has certainly had an interesting career, having worked with John Woo as editor on several of his classics including “A Better Tomorrow”, “Bullet in the Head” and “Hard Boiled”, as well as directing “The Bride with White Hair 2”, before enjoying success in the Us as a director of genre and television fare. For his return to Asia, Wu assembled an interesting cast, headlined by Peter Ho (“Sophie’s Revenge”) and veteran Tony Leung Ka Fai (“Election”), with support from actress Song Jia (“Once Upon a Time in Tibet”), martial artist Yu Rong Guang (“Iron Monkey”), television star Wilson Guo (“Palace”) and John Woo’s daughter Angeles Woo (“Reign of Assassins”). Based on a popular online novel, the film sees Ho as Mu Liangfeng, »
- James Mudge
Hong Kong — Almost 2 million origami made by fans in memory of singer-actor Leslie Cheung are being displayed in Hong Kong at an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of his death.
The "Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition" at the Times Square shopping mall is one of many memorial events in his hometown.
Many fans discovered Cheung after his passing. "I really miss him, and I regret that I did not get to know him until 2009," said Kang Lizhen, a mainland Chinese who was born in 1990.
Those who discovered him after his death feel like they lost a friend, said one such fan, Marie A. Jost. "There will be no new works, no new events, no news of Leslie ... It really does feel that we've lost a dear, dear friend," said Jost.
Cheung killed himself by jumping off the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in central Hong Kong on April 1, 2003. His death came at »
Following on the success of the BAFTA nominated Shifty, Eran Creevy returns with his much awaited second feature Welcome to the Punch, and ahead of the films theatrical release, we caught up with the rising star.
Creevy talks about his influences, how he managed to attract such a stellar cast of British performers – such as James McAvoy (interview going live tomorrow), Mark Strong (our interview with Mark up here) and Peter Mullan – as well as discussing the invaluable assistance provided to him from his executive producer Ridley Scott. The young filmmaker, who is bound to have a bright future ahead of him, also tells us about his third project Autobahn – though his casting remains a secret for now.
Apparently there was a lot of buzz around the screenplay, which is exceptional as it’s only your second film. How do you create buzz like that?
What it was, after we made my first film Shifty, »
- Stefan Pape
Im Sang Soo’s 2010 dark erotic drama “The Housemaid” caused quite a stir, winning awards at a variety of festivals around the world and being nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes. Still, it’s somewhat of a surprise that for his 7th outing, the acclaimed director chose a follow-up sequel of sorts, featuring one of its characters as a grown up and again exploring the lives of the indecently rich and amoral in Korea. The film boasts a power ensemble cast of top Korean talent, including “Housemaid” veteran Yoon Yeo Jung returning in a different role, joined by Baek Yoon Shik (“Tazza: The High Rollers”), Kim Kang Woo (“A Better Tomorrow”), Kim Hyo Jin (“In My End is My Beginning”) and Ohn Joo Wan (“My Mighty Princess”), joined by Filipina actress Maui Taylor and, rather bizarrely, Us film critic Darcy Parquet. This time, Yoon Yeo Jung plays Heum Ok, »
- James Mudge
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