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As we continue to wait for his battle with The Weinstein Company over the cut of "Snowpiercer" to be resolved, Bong Joon-Ho isn't sitting idly by waiting for Harvey to call. Instead, he's boarded a plane and headed to Argentina where the filmmaker is sitting on the international competition jury of the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, but he isn't just there to watch movies. The director will also have a retrospective program of his films with "Barking Dogs Never Bite," "The Host" and "Memories of Murder" all set to screen, with another one of his movies getting a unique makeover. You'd have to look for it (and thanks to AirseyBenson for the heads up), but in the program for the festival it notes that Bong Joon-Ho's 2009 psychological thriller "Mother" will be presented "in a new black & white version especially prepared by him and his cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo." Festival »
- Kevin Jagernauth
No matter the extent to which director Bong Joon-ho is collaborating with Harvey Weinstein on cutting his sci-fi thriller “Snowpiercer” (our review) for U.S. release (now pushed to 2014), it's clear he's hasn't let the hold-up slow him down for future projects. The start of this month saw Bong discussing his next likely directorial effort “Okja," a U.S. and Korea-set film about “a very unique woman,” and now he's settling into a producer role for a project that brings together some of his former collaborators. Variety reports Bong will executive produce “Haemoo," a $6 million melodramatic thriller to be directed by his former co-screenwriter on “Memories of Murder," Shim Sung-bo. The film will be Shim's feature debut, and focuses a young crewman aboard a fishing boat who attempts to save a female immigrant being smuggled across the border when their vessel sustains heavy damage. Park Yu-chun—a pop idol in »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Few films without a firm release date (in most of the world, at least) have inspired as much chatter of late than Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." The English-language debut of the South Korean mastermind behind "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother," it features an all-star cast and a hefty budget, and was snapped up early on by The Weinstein Company. But after opening in South Korea in August, it's barely been seen in the rest of the world, with Harvey Weinstein holding the release in the territories he controls until he can cut a reported 20 minutes out to make it more palatable to western crowds. But one location in which Harvey Scissorhands doesn't hold the rights is France, and the director's cut opened there this week—appropriate, given that it's based on a French graphic novel called "Le Transperceneige." Eager to see what the fuss is about, we hopped on »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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 »
- email@example.com (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
Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer should have hit sometime this year. But like so many trains, it’s going to arrive late. The film, which is Bong’s English language debut, arrived on time in Bong’s native South Korea back in August. Unfortunately, the Weinstein’s got their hands on it and the film is facing a number of cuts. The film is jam packed with massive names, all queuing up to work with Bong, whose previous projects Memories Of Murder, The Host, and Mother, are all modern classics. The film, based on a French graphic novel, sees a train with the last of humanity travel through a new ice-age.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
When you step off the plane at Busan’s Gimhae airport, Robert De Niro is there to welcome you. Not literally, of course, but everywhere you turn, that familiar mole, those permanently squinted eyes, and that strained, insidious smile entreat you to visit the nearby Paradise Casino, in the kind of ad campaign A-list stars once did clandestinely for foreign markets — and still continue to do, even if in the Internet era nothing stays secret for long. (And really, if De Niro needs the work, better this than more movies like “The Family.”)
Though one doubts that Bobby D has ever actually set foot in the South Korean port city of 4 million residents, his “Jackie Brown” director Quentin Tarantino was among the guests who did pass through for the 18th Busan Intl. Film Festival (Oct. 3-12). Nor was Tarantino, who stopped in Busan after picking up a career achievement prize »
- Scott Foundas
Two of the world’s biggest genre geeks, Quentin Tarantino and Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, discussed Asian cinema, casting and creative independence at the Busan film festival on Friday.
Tarantino said he was at an awards show in Macau when he heard his casting director on Inglourious Basterds, Jenny Jue, was going to hang with Bong in Busan and decided to tag along. The two directors have spent a few days eating, drinking and shooting the breeze and, much to Tarantino’s excitement, went to see the restored version of One-Armed Swordsman, starring Jimmy Wang Yu, at the festival last night. They met the crowds in a special Open Talk session at Busan on Friday afternoon.
“I saw The Host when it was released in Us theatres and was blown away,” said Tarantino, referring to Bong’s 2006 creature feature. “Of all the filmmakers I’ve seen out there, he has that thing that ‘70s Spielberg had – he »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Busan, South Korea – Quentin Tarantino made a surprise visit to the Busan International Film Festival to meet with South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, whom he praised as one of his generation's most visionary directors during a stage interview on Friday. "I came here quite impulsively actually," said Tarantino, who arrived in Busan on Wednesday "to hangout with Bong" after attending an awards ceremony in Macau. He recalled watching the Korean filmmaker's The Host for the first time and being so "blown away" that he later screened it along with Memories of Murder at the retro theater he owns
- Lee Hyo-won
Ja from Mnpp here. I assume you guys been following the burgeoning brouhaha surrounding the new movie Snowpiercer from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho? The film is Bong's first English-language feature (you should definitely seek out some of his previous work like Mother or Memories of Murder, if you are unfamiliar) and stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton amongst others, and is set in a post-apocalyptic future on board a train barreling through the wintry wilderness. The film's gotten some seriously positive reviews at some film festivals (and if any of you have actually seen the movie out there, please do share) over the past few months...
... which apparently means little to The Weinstein Company, who snapped up the distribution rights to the movie for half of the globe only to immediately decide that twenty minutes or so needed to be lopped off of it. There's been some »
Chicago – We’re back. Last month’s list of ten interesting new additions to the Netflix library was a huge success and it’s time for your October edition. Every one of the ten films/shows listed below has been added in the last 30 days, and the emphasis this time is on things you may not have seen.
So, don’t consider these the “best” movies when compared to one another but the best choices for your time. I mean, who hasn’t seen “Evil Dead 2,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Fargo,” all new to Netflix? You should totally watch those masterpieces again and then check out something new…
Netflix Description: This piercing documentary examines the case of five teenagers, all African-American or Latino, who were convicted of the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park in 1989. Years later, the confession of the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Korean writer director Jung Geun Sub makes his debut with “Montage”, another thriller revolving around the perennially popular child kidnap genre. The film was one of the more anticipated domestic releases of the year due to the presence of top actress Uhm Jung Hwa (“Dance Queen”) in the lead, playing a mother trying to solve the mystery of her daughter’s murder before the statute of limitations runs out on the investigation, joined by actors Kim Sang Kyung (“The Tower”, “Memories of Murder”) and Song Young Chang (“Nameless Gangster”) in supporting roles. Despite the familiar sounding plot, the film proved a moderate hit at the box office, notching up an impressive two million admissions during a particularly crowded blockbuster season. Uhm stars as Ha Kyung, who experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her young daughter is kidnapped and killed, the perpetrator never being caught despite the best efforts of »
- James Mudge
South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is acclaimed for his intense attention to detail, so I’m understandably excited to see how he deals with an entire, apocalyptic world in his upcoming new feature, Snowpiercer. Courtesy of French film site CloneWeb, now we have a sneak peek at just how visually exciting the complex sci-fi thriller may actually be as a film.
Check out the international poster below:
Snowpiercer will explore a future reminiscent of the worst ice ages following a failed attempt to curb global warming. After most of humanity succumbs to the relentless cold, the only survivors live on an enormous train named the Snowpiercer, which travels the world thanks to a perpetual-motion engine. Over time, a strict class system is implemented on the Snowpiercer, with elite passengers at the luxurious front and impoverished civilians crammed into the unsanitary back. Tired of the terrible living conditions, the men and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Crime-related dramas usually do one of two things well. They’re either interested solely in the mystery itself, or they’re more focused on the characters and their journey into darkness. In rare cases, like David Fincher’s Zodiac or Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder, a movie can nail both halves with equal skill and effect. Blood takes the second path, eschewing any real mystery or suspense to focus on two brothers, both in blood and in blue, whose investigation into a teenage girl’s murder leads to a crime of their own. They’re soon tasked with solving the very crime they committed, and as the pressure to close the case mounts the fragility of the two men’s lives begins to crack. Unfortunately they crack and crumble in the ways viewers will most likely expect. “When it stops hurting, get out.” Joe Fairburn (Paul Bettany) and his unfortunately named brother Chrissie (Stephen Graham) are »
- Rob Hunter
Maverick Us distributor/producer Harvey Weinstein is so notorious for cutting films that he acquires he earned the soubriquet Harvey Scissorhands.
So it.s not surprising that Weinstein is embroiled in another row, this time with Korean director Bong Joon-ho over his post-Apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer.
The English-language film stars Chris Evans as the leader of a revolt on a train that carries the last survivors of the human race after an experiment to end global warming fails. The cast includes Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Ko Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and. Octavia Spencer.
Bong.s 126 minute film opened in Korea on August 1, selling nearly 3.3 million tickets in the first five days for a gross of Us$21.4 million.
The Weinstein Co. pre-bought the rights for the Us, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It will be released in Oz by Roadshow Films.
The Hollywood Reporter hailed »
- Don Groves
Chicago – Reminiscent of “The Vanishing” and “Memories of Murder,” Baran bo Odar’s “The Silence” is one of the most acclaimed international thrillers of the year. This excellent work focuses more on the people wrapped up in grief and sin than the mystery itself, and heralds the arrival of a great new talent. What I love so much about the Music Box Films Blu-ray release of the film is the way it highlights the talent of the man who made it, including two short films he produced before this full-length debut in their entirety.
Not only is it a Great film on its own (running nearly an hour), what’s so interesting about watching “Unter der Sonne” (which is about the ’80s summer in which a poor kid fell in lust with his cousin) in relation to “The Silence” is the visual commonalities the two films share. As a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Some of you may have already seen this, but I figured I'd share it for two reasons: it's awesome and I'm really looking forward to Snowpiercer. There's been countless post-apocalyptic films, however many of them visually look about the same. Snowpiercer looks different, but that's not the only reason to be pumped for the movie. Bong Joon-ho has done some fantastic work such as Memories Of Murder, Mother and (probably the film he's most famous »
- Jesse Giroux
With still no word on an international release date for Bong Joon Ho’s English language debut, Snowpiercer, we’ll have to settle for this excellent little animated prequel which gives us exposition on the world in which the film is st. Snowpiercer sees a class struggle aboard a train that houses the last of humanity. Survivors share the train as it plows through an ice age, but it soon becomes apparent that those at the front have it considerably better off than those at the back. Bong Joon Ho is known for his classic films Memories Of Murder, The Host, and Mother, and early word suggests that Snowpiercer will certainly join them in terms of quality.
The short animation may be stilted and similar to many PS3 cut scenes, but it captures the dark aesthetic perfectly, as well as beginning to set the scene. It certainly wets the appetite, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The first two reviews have landed for Bong Joon-ho's dystopian sci-fi entry "Snowpiercer," starring a sprawling cast headed by Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer. Variety calls the film "visually stunning and richly satisfying," while Twitch writes that the film's stars "delight and horrify [the viewer] in surprising ways." More below. We'll add reviews as they continue to roll in. The film -- which is set in a futuristic Ice Age where Earth's survivors are imprisoned on a train going nowhere, with passengers segregated by class in different cars -- is currently without a stateside release date. Check out the trailer here. Variety:Two decades into a second Ice Age, a few thousand human survivors live out their days aboard a state-of-the-art luxury train in “Snowpiercer,” an enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic from the gifted Korean genre director Bong Joon-ho (“The Host,” “Memories of Murder”). A rare. »
- Beth Hanna
Two decades into a second Ice Age, a few thousand human survivors live out their days aboard a state-of-the-art luxury train in “Snowpiercer,” an enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic from the gifted Korean genre director Bong Joon-ho (“The Host,” “Memories of Murder”). A rare high-end sci-fi/fantasy pic made completely outside the studio system, and that even rarer case of an acclaimed foreign helmer working in English with no appreciable loss of his distinctive visual and storytelling style, Bong’s adaptation of French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” reps a pricey investment ($40 million) for majority producer Cj Entertainment, but seems a downright bargain compared with the cost of forging such pics on Hollywood turf. A heavy marketing blitz combined with Bong and co-star Song Kang-ho’s considerable fan bases will drive strong biz at home (where the pic opens Aug. 1), if less than the whopping $64 million earned »
- Scott Foundas
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