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AFM: EJ Yong to Remake ‘The Big Picture’ for Korea’s Mirovision

Feted Korean auteur, E J Yong has come on board “The Big Picture.” The film is a Korean remake of 2010 French film “L’Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie,” based on a novel by Douglas Kennedy.

The story involves a big shot lawyer, who kills his wife’s lover and then assumes his identity. E J Yong, who is a favorite on the festival circuit thanks to titles including “The Bacchus Lady,” and “Untold Scandal,” expects to begin shooting in the third quarter of next year. The film will be his next effort as director.

Producer and Mirovision principal Jason Chae, describes the film as the most ambitious film his Mirovision has ever attempted as producer. “‘The Big Picture’ is the biggest and highest profile production budget since (Cannes competition film) ‘Housemaid’,” Chae told Variety. “And next year is our 20th anniversary.”

Mirovision, making a return to the American Film Market after an absence last year, is
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Ha Jung Woo Teams Up with Cha Tae Hyun in “Along with the Gods (Part 1)”

What do Ha Jung Woo and Cha Tae Hyun have in common? Probably nothing. Whereas Ha Jung Woo established himself in the Korean entertainment industry as a serious, dynamic, method actor with explosive movie hits like “Assassination”, ‘The Chaser” and the new biopic film, “1987”, the latter is well-known and loved for his comic roles and feel-good romantic comedy films and dramas like “My Sassy Girl” and “Hello Ghost”.

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With that being said, it is pretty obvious that the two are definitely out of their comfort zones in the upcoming fantasy-action film “Along with the Gods (Part 1)”. The two actors are set to play unconventional characters this time; Ha playing an Angel of Death whose task is to guide souls into the afterlife and Cha taking on the role of a soul who needs to undergo seven trials in 49 days.

The highly-anticipated film adaptation of
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'The Endless' wins top prize at Bifan festival

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Sci-fi by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.

Asia’s largest genre film event, the 21st Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan), awarded its Best Of Bucheon prize to The Endless.

Directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson receive a cash prize of $17,900 (KW20m).

The Us sci-fi horror thriller follows two brothers who return to visit what they believe to be a UFO death cult that they escaped at a younger age.

Benson and Moorhead also star and the innovative team has previously been noted for co-directing genre favorites Resolution and Spring.

The Endless made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been snapping up distribution deals since. Read about those here and here.

The Bucheon Choice: Features jury was made up of Train To Busan actor Kim Eui Sung, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival director Angel Sala, Korean producer Shin Chul (My Sassy Girl), programme director of the Hong
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Watch: Eccentric, Yet Startlingly Beguiling ‘Karaoke Crazies’ – Korean Film

Ahead of its opening tomorrow nationwide, the title has garnered resounding praise on the festival circuit for the startling mixture of drama, thriller, and dark comedy, and the exquisitely crafted mise-en-scène.

Directed by Kim Sang-chan who debuted with 2007’s comedy-drama Highway Star with Cha Tae-hyun (My Sassy Girl), the film features veteran character actor Lee Moon-sik, who is known for comedic roles in films such as Mapado (2005) and Miss Conspirator (2012). Lee shows off a new side of his acting range.

Plot

A karaoke in a rural town called “Karaoke Crazies” is run by Sung-wook (played by Lee Moon-sik). Business is slow and when Sung-wook posts karaoke singing along job to boost sales, a girl in early 20’s, Ha-suk comes along. She’s hopeless game addict and lack of talent but soon she starts to use a special tactic to lure customers in. Then Na-ju, a professional singing along
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Mirovision closes 'My New Sassy Girl' deals

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Mirovision closes 'My New Sassy Girl' deals
Exclusive: Romantic comedy is a sequel to 2001’s My Sassy Girl.

Mirovision has sold Korea-China co-production My New Sassy Girl to a slew of territories including Hong Kong & Macau (Edko), the Philippines (Pioneer), Thailand (Hollywood Thailand), Malaysia (Clover Films) and Vietnam (Bhd).

A sequel to the watershed romantic comedy My Sassy Girl (2001) - which swept through Asia with Gianna Jun (aka Jun Ji-hyun) in the titular lead launching to stardom, My New Sassy Girl stars Cha Tae-hyun from the original opposite Victoria, a Chinese member of K-pop band f(x).

This time, he is trying to come to terms with newly-wed life with an unconventional girl from China.

Directed by Joh Gun-shik, the film is co-production between Korea’s Shincine and China’s Beijing Skywheel Media.

It opened in China April 22 and earned $5.25m after 10 days. Today (May 12), Little Big Pictures is opening it in South Korea and Clover Films in Singapore.
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11 Good Movies to Watch on Hulu in May 2016

That’s right. Hulu.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles that can’t possibly be real, but I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.

Pick of the Month — Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)

South Korean cinema features no shortage of brilliant and brutal action thrillers, but while everyone knows about the likes of I Saw the Devil and Memories of Murder there are more than a few gems that have slipped through the cracks. Jang Joon-hwan’s long overdue follow-up to Save the Green Planet is a fast-moving, creatively violent mix of dark deeds and beautifully choreographed fights and stunts. There’s a wicked sense of humor running through it
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China Box Office: ‘Jungle Book’ Holds Ahead of ‘Huntsman,’ ‘Sassy Girl’

China Box Office: ‘Jungle Book’ Holds Ahead of ‘Huntsman,’ ‘Sassy Girl’
A host of new releases this weekend failed to make any impact on “The Jungle Book”’s comfortable lead at the top of the Chinese box office. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” opened in third spot with a $10.3 million take that was roughly half the size of its debut in North America.

In a slow weekend, “The Jungle Book” topped the chart on every day of the session. It had a narrow lead on Friday, but doubled that score on Saturday and Sunday, confirming its appeal to family audiences. That gave it a $29.8 million weekend and an $99.5 million cumulative after 10 days, according to data from Ent Group.

Youth skewing romantic drama “Yesterday Once More” came second throughout and finished the weekend with $14.7 million after three days.

“My New Sassy Girl,” a Chinese-Korean sequel to decade old Korean hit “My Sassy Girl” was a disappointment. It attracted only $3.81 million in three days.
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Korea Box Office: Kwak Jae-yong’s ‘Time Renegades’ Debuts on Top

Korea Box Office: Kwak Jae-yong’s ‘Time Renegades’ Debuts on Top
My Sassy Girl” director Kwak Jae-yong’s first Korean-language film in 8 years, local thriller “Time Renegades” debuted on top of the Korean box office. The Cj Entertainment release scored $3.94 million from 547,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.

Since 2008’s “My Mighty Princess,” Kwak has made films in China and Japan. “Renegades” is a time-shifting romantic thriller about a high school teacher in 1983 and a detective in 2015 who join forces to change the fate of a woman they both love.

Previous week winner, “Insane” slipped to second, earning $1.43 million between Friday and Sunday. The local thriller has made $5.87 million after two weekends. Long running “Zootopia” took fourth, with $1.18 million for a total of $29.0 million after nine weeks.

Upi’s action adventure “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” opened in third, making $2.13 million from 304,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday. Opening on the same day, Lotte Entertainment’s period drama “Love, Lies” landed in fifth.
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Film Review: ‘Time Renegades’

A high-concept romantic thriller about a cop from 2015 and a teacher from 1983 who connect through dreams and race to save the lives of the women they love, “Time Renegades” has the emotional heft to keep viewers engaged even when its elaborately wired plot suffers the odd short circuit. This pacy and highly imaginative item directed by Korean hitmaker Kwak Jae-yong (“My Sassy Girl,” “Windstruck”) bounced out brightly on April 13 with 200,000 admissions in its first two days of domestic trading. Minus the heavy melodrama of typical Korean love stories aimed squarely at the local market, “Renegades” stands a good chance of attracting auds in a concurrent North American release.

Back on home turf after helming Chinese romcom hit “Meet Miss Anxiety,” Kwak’s first foray into thriller territory sets off at full-speed with exciting parallel action taking place on Dec. 31, 2014, and the same date in 1982. During New Year’s Eve celebrations at Bosingak Belfry in Seoul,
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My Sassy Girl (2001) Director Returns To The Fold With Romantic Thriller ‘Time Renegades’

Director: Kwak Jae-Yong / Distributor: Cj Entertainment

Cast: Im Soo-Jung, Jo Jung-Seok, Lee Jin-Wook

The story moves through two time periods. A high school teacher, Ji-Hwan (Jo Jung-Seok) in 1983 and a homicide detective, Gun-Woo (Lee Jin-Wook) in 2015, who happen to see through each other’s lives in their dreams, soon learn that they exist in different times and that Ji-Hwan’s fiance, Yoon-Jeong (Im Soo-Jung) winds up getting killed shortly afterwards. Taking advantage of the time warp, both men join forces to ferret out the past and change her fate.

Director Kwak is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as My Sassy Girl (2001), The Classic (2003) and Windstruck (2004). He recently directed the Japanese romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist, Cyborg she (2008) and the Chinese romantic comedy, Meet Miss Anxiety (2014).

Im Soo-Jung portrayed a delusional girl who believes she is a cyborg in the high-concept film, I’m a Cyborg,
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5 Upcoming Korean Films We Can’t Wait To Watch

The Great Actor

The ace supporting star in Korean cinema, Oh Dal-Su graces screens as the leading man for the very first time. Directed by Seok Min-Woo, it follows a small-time actor who performs in children’s plays, and concocts a lie about being involved in a big film with a famed director and a major star, his friend 20 years earlier.

Oh Dal-Su, whose name has become synonymous with hits in Korea, has appeared in numerous films, including Old Boy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Thirst, The Thieves, Miracle in Cell No.7, The Attorney, Ode to My Father. He recently featured in Veteran and Assassination that netted almost 40 million admissions, according to Kofic.

Director Seok, who was an assistant director on major films, including Park Chan-Wook’s Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Ok and Thirst, as well as Kim Ji-Woon’s I Saw The Devil,
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FilMart: Kwak Jae-yong’s ‘Time Renegades’ Heads Cj Entertainment’s Slate

FilMart: Kwak Jae-yong’s ‘Time Renegades’ Heads Cj Entertainment’s Slate
My Sassy Girl” director Kwak Jae-yong is returning to Korean film making with “Time Renegades,” after making Chinese romantic comedy “Meet Miss Anxiety.” “Renegades” will be launched by sales agent Cj Entertainment at Hong Kong FilMart.

“Renegades” is a time-shifting romantic thriller about a high school teacher in 1983 and a detective in 2015 who join forces to change the fate of a woman they both love.

Set for an April opening in Korea, the picture stars Lim Soo-jung (“Perfect Proposal”,) Jo Jung-suk (“The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo”) and Lee Jin-uk (“The Target”.)

Cj is also launching two other new titles at FilMart: action noir “Phantom Detective;” and Vietnamese horror “The Housemaid.”

Directed by “A Werewolf Boy” film maker Jo Sung-hee, “Phantom” focuses on a private investigator with outstanding memory and a quirky personality who is entangled in a conspiracy while chasing the only target that he failed to catch.
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My Sassy Girl Writer Delivers Slick Crime Thriller Time Renegade

Korean industry veteran Kwak Jae-young - still best known as the writer of My Sassy Girl, though his resume runs far deeper than that - returns to Korean screens later this year as writer-director of Time Renegade, and it appears that he'll be delivering a slick crime thriller with his latest. The story line here spans two time periods, a 1983 set story revolving around a music teacher and his fiance and a current day piece in which that music teacher pairs with a detective to solve the events of the past. Given that it's Kwak it's safe to expect a healthy dose of melodrama here but, hey, that's pretty much what makes Korean cinema what it is. Check out the trailer below....

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5 Romantic Comedies You Should Watch This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. So, for all you lovebirds out there who just want a staycation date, grab a bowl of popcorn and watch these Asian romantic comedies this weekend that will give you all the feels.

Secret (2007)

Secret stars Jay Chou as piano major student Ye Xianglu and Gwei Lun-mei as time traveling heroine Lu Xiaoyu.

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg aka Cyborg She (2008)

Kwak Jae-yong, director of My Sassy Girl, had a comeback in this mix of romance, comedy, and science fiction. My Girlfriend is a Cyborg stars Keisuke Koide as Jiro Kitamura, a lonely man from Tokyo, while Haruka Ayase plays the Cyborg he falls in love with. The Cyborg was created by an older Jiro after a girl he met in his past and sent her to the past to protect him after a devastating earthquake in Tokyo.

What Women Want (2011)

What Women Want
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Mutual Benefits Propel Korean-Chinese Co-Productions

The cinematic relationship between South Korea and China is flourishing, as evidenced by a series of Korean-Chinese co-productions including “20, Once Again!,” a Chinese-language remake of Korean smash hit “Miss Granny” (pictured) that has become a Sino B.O. hit.

As the film industry reaches saturation point at home, Korean talent has been exploring additional room for growth, most notably in China where the box office hit $4.76 billion in 2014 and became the world’s second-largest film market last year. Since China’s own production infrastructure is unable to keep up with the fast-growing demands of local filmmakers and audience, China has approached South Korea and started bringing in talent and intellectual properties.

The two countries collaborated first in 2001 on “Musa the Warrior” and “Failan,” for which acting talent and locations were shared. But since 2013, a dramatic shift has taken place in the form of Korean-Chinese co-productions, with South Korea-initiated productions starring
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Busan: Mirovision launches sales on ‘Third Way Of Love’

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South Korean sales agent Mirovision has launched sales on Korea-China co-production The Third Way Of Love, directed by Korean filmmaker John H. Lee (A Moment To Remember).

Korea’s Sm Contents Investment is financing the film and it is being produced by China’s Hs Media Investment Co., Ltd. and Pegasus Media.

The tragic love triangle story stars Song Seung-heon as the heir to a huge corporation and Crystal Liu as a woman who has just gotten through a painful divorce.

“We’re concentrating on this and our other Korea-China co-production My New Sassy Girl,” says Mirovision CEO Jason Chae.

Directed by Cho Keun-shik, the sequel to pan-Asian hit My Sassy Girl is currently in post-production and waiting to pass the censorship board in China. It’s aiming for a spring 2016 release.

Mirovision has in production the latest animation from Ahn Jae-hun and Han Hye-jin Han, the directing duo who were in Busan and the Annecy International
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Film Review: ‘Lady of the Dynasty’

Like a Bollywood movie, only with lousy dancing and no songs, “Lady of the Dynasty” — a screen representation of the tragic romance between the Tang Emperor and one of the four greatest beauties in Chinese history — is crammed with garish spectacle and military jingoism, but is so poorly paced and dramatically uninvolving it barely passes muster as entertainment. Businessman-turned-helmer Shiqing, who shares directing credits here with Zhang Yimou and Tian Zhuangzhuang, is bent on conjuring the Tang dynasty’s golden age of internationalism, tolerance and artistic freedom as a mirror of contempo China, but his lack of narrative finesse turns whole chunks of the film into a dry political tract on foreign policy. Domestically, the film was a critical and B.O. flop, but its gaudy aesthetics could have trashy camp appeal for foreign genre buffs.

The project was first announced in 2011 as a Chinese-Japanese co-production with South Korea’s
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‘Assassination’ Strong On Korean Theatrical Debut

‘Assassination’ Strong On Korean Theatrical Debut
Assassination,” the much anticipated period action drama by “Thieves” director Choi Dong-hoon, has got off to a bright start in Korean theaters.

Released on Wednesday (July 22), it has clocked up receipts of $6.20 million in two days, with sales of 927,000 tickets.

Financed and distributed by Showbox, the film opened on 1,330 or 57% of the country’s 2,300 screens. It share of the nationwide theatrical gross in the first two days exceeds that and stands at 69%.

Set in the first half of the 20th century when Korea was under Japanese military rule, “Assassination” is a glossy drama with resistance fighters trying to kill a Japanese general while fighting off informers within their group.

It boasts a starry cash headed by Gianna Jun (“The Thieves,” “My Sassy Girl” and TV’s “My Love From The Stars”), Ha Jung-woo (“The Chaser,” “The Yellow Sea”), and Lee Jung-jae (“The Thieves,” “The Housemaid”).

The film is due
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2015 Fantasia Film Festival Unleashes Very Impressive Lineup; World Premiere of Antisocial 2 Included!

Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).

If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial, Antisocial 2,
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‘Attack on Titan’, Sion Sono, ‘Cop Car’ among full Fantasia ’15 lineup

The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.

This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.

See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.

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Fantasia 2015:

36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films

- Including 22 World Premieres,
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