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Written by Shim Sung-bo and Bong Joon-ho
Directed by Shim Sung-bo
South Korea, 2014
Contemporary Korean films have made a reputation of being the most grim experiences out there, replete with unabashed violence, incest, social inequality, and crime – Haemoo has three of those things! Adapted from a play by Kim Min-jung, it’s about a real life incident that occurred when a Korean fishing crew got mixed up in a botched human trafficking operation. Screenwriter-turned-director Shim Sung-bo’s adaptation is a harrowing film riddled with nail-biting suspense and easily accessible blockbuster conventions.
The film takes place in 1998, when the Imf Crisis made life hard for ordinary South Koreans. The owner and captain of a beat-up boat, Kang Chul-joo accepts a high risk job smuggling ethnic Koreans from China in exchange for enough money to save the ship he’s so desperately attached to. Kang doesn’t bother to reveal »
- So Yun Um
Director: Shim Sung Bo.
Starring: Kim Yun Seok, Park Yoo Chun, Han Ye Ri, Lee Hee Joon, Moon Sung Geun, Kim Sang Ho, Yoo Seung Mok.
Running Time: 111 Minutes
Synopsis: A desperate group of fisherman take on a job of transporting illegal immigrants, but things go from bad to worse during the lengthy voyage.
Shim Sung Bo, who wrote Memories Of Murder over ten years ago, returns to the big screen for his feature film debut as a director. He’s brought Memories Of Murder director and co-writer, Bong Joon Ho, along as co-writer and producer for his first effort, and Bong’s influences can be felt throughout. Fortunately Shim has enough of a voice not to be drowned out by his more familiar counterpart, but this still very much feels as though it takes place in the darkly humorous and bleak world the famous Korean serial killer flick.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director: Jang Joon Hwan.
Starring: Yeo Jin Goo, Kim Yun Seok, Jang Hyun Sung, Cho Jin Woong, Kim Sung Kyun, Park Hae Joon, Park Yong Woo, Lee Kyoung Young, Yoo Yeon Seok.
Running Time: 126 Minutes
Synopsis: Hwayi (Yeo) has been raised by a gang of 5 master criminals, each with their own special trait. Now, at 17, Hwayi is expected to become a lethal killer, but is it possible that 17 years of training is not enough to combat morality and decency?
Jang Joon Hwan has been on a 10 year break from feature length films since his mesmerising and brilliant Save The Green Planet, one of the films that, along with the likes of Memories Of Murder, A Tale Of Two Sisters, and Oldboy, ushered in a new breed of Korean cinema. It is therefore with much trepidation but intrigue that audiences will come to Hwayi: A Monster Boy, as we wait »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Exclusive: South Korean writer and director Bong Joon-ho has signed with Wme, hot off the success of his dystopian science fiction actioner Snowpiercer. I hear this was a competitive signing for the agency, which also recently inked Michelle Williams to its roster. Bong was previously with CAA.
Snowpiercer was a major coup for Bong, who scored unprecedented VOD returns this summer with the Chris Evans/Tilda Swinton futuristic train picture. That came after Bong fought and won a creative battle with Harvey Weinstein over releasing his version of the film, which debuted via Radius-twc and added over $11 million in combined VOD/theatrical to the critical darling’s $82 million overseas take.
The award-winning filmmaker has emerged as one of Korea’s strongest cinematic exports in recent years. His feature debut, the 2000 comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite, toured the film festival circuit and starred Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Cloud Atlas actress »
- Jen Yamato
Turning a real-life human trafficking tragedy into a comment on social inequality and the cost of survival, “Haemoo” dramatizes a stark nautical ordeal fraught with tension. Produced and co-written by internationally recognized Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer,” “The Host,”) this directing debut by helmer-scribe Shim Sung-bo echoes Bong’s trademark cynical vision of human nature, but the characters lack dimensionality and psychological depth. Still, . Bong’s name could be the wind beneath “Haemoo’s” sails where fest play and niche arthouse play are concerned.
The movie’s title translates as “Sea Fog,” a phantom agent of peril that halts the ship from moving homeward and symbolizes the protags’ moral obscurity. Adeptly transferring a stage play to th escreen, Shim (who co-wrote Bong’s “Memories of Murder”) achieves a highly cinematic effect despite the confined mise-en-scene, partly by emphasizing physical drama rather than dialogue, and partly thanks to lenser Hong Kyeong-pyo’s evocative closeups. »
- Maggie Lee
More than any festival outside the Asian region, Toronto serves up the widest range of contemporary Asian cinema each year.
The festival can perhaps thank the city’s multi-cultural makeup: Toronto has significant Indian and East Asian populations. And the festival can be grateful for its large scale, which allows it more room to cover the diversity of the world’s most prolific filmmaking region than smaller events.
of Indian films.
Bailey has been credited with popularizing the term “Hindie,” short for “Hindi indie.” It reflects the trend for internationally aware and financially savvy Indian filmmakers to break ranks with the country’s traditional film financing sources (and some Bollywood stereotypes), and instead use co-productions and private »
- Patrick Frater
The San Sebastian Film Festival, the most prestigious film event in the Spanish-speaking world, unveiled Thursday the first seven international titles that will vie for a Golden Shell in competition.
They are Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bille August’s “Silent Heart,” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” “Phoenix,” by Christian Petzold, Shim Sung-bo’s “Haemoo,” Michael R. Roskam’s “The Drop” and “Casanova Variations,” by Michael Sturminger.
A Golden Shell winner in 2012 with “In the House” and A 2009 Special Jury Awardee with “Hideaway,” Ozon, one of France’s bestselling foreign-language auteurs, returns to San Sebastian with suspense film “The New Girlfriend,” based on a short story by British author Ruth Rendell, about a woman who makes a surprising discovery after visiting her late friend’s husband.
Foreign-language Oscar and Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner Bille August will compete with intimate drama “Silent Heart,” about a family who gathers for one »
- Emiliano De Pablos
The Host director Bong Joon-ho takes the producer's chair with Sea Fog (Haemoo), the based- on-a-true-story Korean thriller directed by his Memories Of Murder writer Shim Sung-bo. The first teaser for the film arrived back in late June but with the film hitting Korean screens in August that has now been followed by a full trailer.Based on true events, the 69-ton stow net fishing boat's crew attempt to smuggle in illegal migrants in order to keep their fishing jobs. But their plan goes wrong when they meet a tragic accident while transporting the thirty or so illegal migrants on the ship through the heavy sea fog. And amid the chaos, the youngest crewman Dong-sik tries to protect a female migrant who he falls in love...
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In addition to still-life model at MoMA and dance leader at Ebertfest, Tilda Swinton has now added “Redditeer” to her resume. She was on hand Monday for an Ama to promote Snowpiercer and put on her signature arty charm, earning a few nicknames (T-Swinny), declaring her love of Alt-j and revealing she’s actually a clone of David Bowie in the process. Here’s a few of some her best answers:
Have you ever considered changing your name (or at least how it appears in print) to the tilde symbol “~” a la Prince?
Frankly no, but since you mention it.. ~ xo
(Reddit also had some fun with this, calling her “~Swinton”, “Approximately Swinton”, “On the Order of Swinton”, “Deviantart user Swinton” and “Not Swinton”)
The Grand Budapest Hotel and Only Lovers Left Alive both seem like they must have been very fun movies to work on, was that the case? »
- Brian Welk
The Host director Bong Joon-ho slides into the producer's chair for his Memories Of Murder co-writer Shim Sung-bo's directorial debut, Sea Fog (HaeMoo), the based-on-a-true-story tale of a fishing vessel whose attempt to transport illegal immigrants ends very badly, indeed.With Bong's latest directorial effort, Snowpiercer, hitting Us screens this week the first teaser for this new producing effort has arrived in Korea and it's not hard to feel the pedigree. Kim Yoon-seok, Park Yu-chun and Han Ye-ri anchor the cast. Check out the teaser below....
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After some protracted disagreements with the Weinstein Company, Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer will finally hit theaters this weekend in the form that Bong intended. I’ve been a huge fan of Bong Joon-Ho since I saw Memories of Murder on DVD years ago. I find that he’s able to deftly balance wildly divergent tones in his films, from the zany […]
The post Bong Joon-Ho Talks About Using Violence, Writing an English Script, and Getting Final Cut for ‘Snowpiercer’ appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
What would happen if, thanks to an attempt to stop global warming that went awry, our big blue marble were plunged into a new ice age? The result would be pretty much what you would expect: Humanity's survivors would find themselves trapped on a perpetually moving supertrain divided by strict us-vs.-them barriers (plebians in the back, patricians in the front), and the huddled masses would have to fight their way to the front, one bloody siege at a time.
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That's the central idea behind Snowpiercer, »
A few months after he played Captain America for the second time in The Avengers, and a few months before he’d play Captain America for the third time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans went to Prague in the spring of 2012 to film Snowpiercer (rated R, out now). For Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean phenom shooting his first English-language feature, this presented a supersize challenge. You see, Evans’ character, who leads a ragtag, rag-wearing lower-class community in a full-blown revolt against their decadent overseers, is supposed to be malnourished. “The only difficult aspect of shooting Chris was hiding all his muscle mass, »
- Darren Franich
Chris Evans plays a man with a tortured past who must lead a gang of underdogs on their quest through a harrowing vision of the future aboard a train that circles the frozen, postapocalyptic wasteland that has become Earth. That sounds like the plot of a $150-million studio movie, and it is opening in select cities this Friday against Transformers 4, but we're not talking about a major Hollywood movie. We're talking about Snowpiercer, the first English-language movie from famed Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host). It may star Captain America, but this is the kind of small-scale, high-concept sci-fi movie that Hollywood doesn't really make anymore. If it did, it would no doubt feature a mandatory romance plot for Chris Evans, and probably some...
- Peter Hall
This is a reprint of our review from the international release last fall. The Weinstein Company will be releasing "Snowpiercer" on June 27th with the director's cut intact. 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, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Where Hollywood appears to have largely abandoned the thriller genre in favour of ever bigger action adventures and sequels, indie filmmakers have stepped in to fill the breach. Earlier this year saw the release of Jeremy Saulnier's quirky low-budget genre piece Blue Ruin - a satisfyingly grisly thriller with a great everyman performance from Macon Blair.
This Friday sees the UK release of Cold In July, the latest film from director Jim Mickle. It stars Dexter's Michael C Hall as Richard, an ordinary family man thrown into a wild and unpredictable criminal underworld after shooting a mysterious intruder in his living room one night.
Adapted from Joe Landsdale's novel of the same name, Cold In July initially slips into the southern neo-noir subgenre, »
He’s been an astronaut, a figment of John Nash’s imagination, and even Jackson Pollock, but in his new movie Snowpiercer, Ed Harris plays Wilford, the man at the head of the train, making sure things run smoothly aboard his eternal machine. I caught up with Harris to talk about his new film, which hits theaters later this week, on June 27th. Together, we chatted about what drew him to the script, what it’s like working with Chris Evans, if and when Harris will be making a return to the director’s chair, and his advice for up-and-coming actors.
Could you talk about, in working with such an international crew, and especially the director, and the two other main characters are Korean, so what was like a big discovery for you?
Ed Harris: Well you know, the most interesting thing was the style of filming, you know? »
- Kalyn Corrigan
One of the things that has been fascinating during the last 15 years of writing about films has been watching the way various genres or movements or international scenes have had their moment. One of the most exciting of those was the emergence of the new Korean cinema, and there were so many good movies and so many exciting filmmakers working all at once that it felt like something very special. I have a particular fondness for the work of Bong Joon-ho, and I think he's managed to avoid being pigeonholed because of the way he's never really repeated himself as a filmmaker. My first exposure to his work was at the Fantasia Film Festival, where I saw "Barking Dogs Never Bite." Right away, I was drawn in by his kinetic sense and by the very human weaknesses of his characters. "Memories Of Murder," his next film, positively destroyed me. It's »
- Drew McWeeny
Over the course of his career, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has garnered accolades and fans in the international cinema community for a filmography that includes The Host, Mother, and Memories of Murder. Many were excited to learn that the filmmaker was set to make a non-Korean language feature with his next effort. Titled Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho takes on directing duties alongside co-writing the screenplay with Kelly Masterson, and working with a cast that includes Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill, Jamie Bell, and Octavia Spencer. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
The post ‘Snowpiercer’, from filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, releases a new trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Directed by Jim Mickle
Indie auteur Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are) has said that his newest effort Cold in July is a combination of Bong Joon-Ho’s serial-murder thriller Memories of Murder and the Patrick Swayze action film Road House. That’s an eye-catching pairing, for certain, but it’s unfortunate that Cold in July doesn’t live up to the promise of such a wild mash-up.
Dexter’s Michael C. Hall plays Richard Dane, who encounters an intruder in his house late one night in 1989 and shoots him dead. Almost everyone, from the law to Dane’s neighbors, thinks this a clear case of a good guy successfully drawing down on a bad guy. The only exception is the father of the deceased, an ex-con played by an appropriately terrifying Sam Shepard, who is soon making threats against the Dane family. »
- Mark Young
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