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(Laughs) Thanks mate. The first few years after [Snowtown] I kind of feared the work because of the expectation that I put on myself, and I had led myself to believe that everyone was thinking that. I didn.t want to mess with that performance. It was seen as something — maybe a significant contribution to film in recent years, or whatever. And I was so afraid that I wouldn.t get close to that ever again. So I didn.t work a lot the first couple of years. Prior to Snowtown, I.d usually been cast as the likable loser. So in the beginning it was hard for people to place me or know what to do with me, and [that] probably went »
- Harry Windsor
Box-office king and critically acclaimed thespian Song Kang-Ho is slated to star in the upcoming Korean period thriller, “Drug King”. Song plays a drug lord building his illegal empire in 1970s Busan.
Expectations are high, as Song Kang-Ho is known for delivering award-winning performances. He frequently works with the best Korean filmmakers. He starred in Chan-Wook Park’s “J.S.A.: Joint Security Area” (2000), “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (2002), and “Thirst” (2009), as well as Joon-Ho Bong’s “Memories of Murder” (2003), “The Host” (2006), and “Snowpiercer” (2013). Recently, Song came out in Kim Jee-woon’s smash hit “The Age of Shadows” (2016), Korea’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards. “Drug King” pairs Song with writer-director Woo Min-Ho, who recently helmed the 2015 gangster film “Inside Men”—Korea’s top grossing R-rated movie of all-time.
Filming for “Drug King” is set for 2017. No »
- Ella Palileo
A mainstay of both Cinema Scope and Reverse Shot (not to mention plenty of other publications), Adam Nayman is one of our sharpest film critics. This is evidenced in his previous book, It Doesn’t Suck, a thorough defense of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls that only solidified the film maudit as something of a modern classic. He’s now turned his attention to another divisive figure with Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage. While Nayman has shown in much of his writing a skepticism towards the lionization of certain genre directors in Internet circles, he makes a compelling case for the still yet-to-quite-breakthrough Wheatley as a wholly intelligent filmmaker whose ideas transcend Tumblr screencaps. He sat down with us to discuss his new book, Wheatley, and other issues within film culture.
The Film Stage: In comparison to your last book, It Doesn’t Suck, do you think this was a bigger or smaller task? »
- Ethan Vestby
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Rape, murder and the turmoils of puberty are all part of the same package in What’s in the Darkness (Hei chu you shen me?), an ambitious feature debut from distaff writer-director Wang Yichun that combines a serial killer mystery with a coming-of-age tale set in 1990's rural China.
Taking several cues from Bong Joon-Ho’s Memories of Murder, but not always mixing its disparate parts into a convincing whole, this polished if overlong effort offers lots to chew on in its portrait of a shy teenage girl whose growing pains are made all the worse by the bodies that keep piling »
- Jordan Mintzer
Korean director Na Hong-jin delivers a supreme evocation of evil in this intense rural-horror
Korean cinema has a new genre maestro to succeed Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho. His The Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010) flagged up a natural instinct for propulsive narratives – but Na Hong-jin lets this intensity drag him over the brink of an abyss of fear and superstition in his new rural-horror The Wailing. As Kwak Do-won’s slapdash country police sergeant cop investigates a series of violent murders apparently linked to a strange sickness, Na carefully blindsides with the kind of bungling police procedural familiar from Bong’s Memories of Murder; the comedy, though, quickly steepens into a calamitous atmosphere in which anything could be unleashed. The village’s suspicions fall on a Japanese vagrant rumoured to have malevolent powers, and efforts to rid the area of him reach frenzy pitch in one astonishing scene. Then, »
- Phil Hoad
When “Train to Busan” smashed box office records in South Korea, the local film industry was surprised that a zombie pic could be such a success. The Next Entertainment World release has been seen by 11.56 million Koreans — technically a fifth of the population — after two months in release, becoming the biggest hit of the year.
“The film’s social message, its brilliant visual treat, and quick pace that are perfect for a summer blockbuster, as well as its fun and originality in fine balance, have all together contributed to its success,” says June Park, director of New’s film business. “It is the first Korean blockbuster that tells a zombie story with such a great amusement.”
Indeed, one can count Korean zombie films on the fingers of one hand with ease. It wasn’t too long ago that disaster movies with monstrous creatures were considered guaranteed box office failure.
- Sonia Kil
It wouldn’t be right to refer to “The Age of Shadows” as a “yarn.” Very loosely based on an explosive footnote in the history of Japanese-Korean relations, the latest full-bodied epic from “I Saw the Devil” director Kim Jee-woon sprouts such a labyrinthine story from a single incident that this chic (if convoluted) spy thriller would be more accurately described as a magical beanstalk. The cloak-and-dagger adventure is far too sprawling for its own good, and the air only grows thinner as the film propellers towards its underwhelming finale, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more lavishly staged staged chunk of pulp nonsense.
Not that fans of the filmmaker should be expecting anything else. A grind-house gore-hound who’s capable of elevating filth to the level of Hieronymus Bosch (or, depending on your perspective, lowering maximalist art straight into the sewers), Kim has always been attracted to »
- David Ehrlich
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Science-fiction films don’t get much more immersive than Cloverfield, Matt Reeves‘ thrilling feature debut, putting us directly into the shoes of an alien invasion. One of the rare cases in which intriguing, tight-lipped marketing actually delivered on its promise, this sci-fi found-footage thriller has memorable setpieces at every turn, complete with a sense of genuine panic, a feeling that other post-9/11 films often render as exploitative. »
- The Film Stage
Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.
Read an extensive profile on Mike Mills and the making of 20th Century Women at Semi Permanent:
When it came to shooting 20th Century Women, he actually welcomed the chance to revisit his adolescence, and commune with the spirit of his mother who, he says, was a bit too thorny for that when she was alive. »
- The Film Stage
The sixteenth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Mubi will be showing Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder (2003) from July 30 to August 28, 2016 in the United States.Imitation. Serial killer movies have always been obsessed with the patterns formed by the act of imitation. The mysterious killers imitate their own previous murders, and the way they stage the ‘scene of the crime,’ forming a ‘signature.’ Copycats eagerly join in the imitation game, making the case exponentially harder for investigators to sort out and solve. In Bong Joon-ho’s second feature, Memories of Murder, imitation, or mimicry, extends in every possible direction. A child imitates the words and gestures of a cop; a mentally disabled man mimics the gestures of the crime; a guy out for a vicarious sexual thrill wears the colored underwear found on the victims.Contamination. Early in Bong’s film, »
Bong Joon-Ho’s latest film “Okja” follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who risks everything to try to stop a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. The film also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Lily Collins, and more. Check out a first look at the image above featuring Swinton and Esposito on location in New York, courtesy of Netflix.
Bong’s previous films have been widely acclaimed by audiences and critics. His first film “Barking Dogs Never Bite” follows an out-of-work college professor who abuses and kidnaps the barking dogs in his apartment building because he’s irritated by the noise and the young woman who investigates their disappearance. His next film “Memories of Murder” is based on Korea’s first serial murder in »
- Vikram Murthi
South Korean filmmaking in the modern era owes a great debt to Bong Joon-ho, who has struck international fame through The Host, Memories of Murder and, above all, icy post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer. He’ll return at some point in 2017 with Okja, a sci-fi monster movie with an all-star cast to match.
Another South Korean director that has made a breakthrough on these shores is Kim Jee-woon, who offered the inimitable Arnold Schwarzenegger a route back to the movie scene some years ago with The Last Stand. He’s back behind the lens again, this time for a 1920s-set thriller called The Age of Shadows.
Above, you’ll find the movie’s inaugural trailer – replete with English subtitles – revealing a tense cat-and-mouse thriller spanning from Shanghai to Seoul, South Korea’s capital. Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong and Ji-min Han are among the cast list.
Set in the late 1920s, The Age »
- Michael Briers
Originally released back in 2014 on the festival circuit where it was a huge success, Sea Fog aka ‘Haemoo’ is finally coming to Blu Ray and On Demand from August 2nd 2016 .
The award winning film is also notable for being the Korean selection for the 2014 Oscars (Best Foreign Film ) .
Kang, a long time captain of the Junjin, is disheartened to learn that his ship has been sold by its owner, leaving Kang’s entire crew in danger of losing their livelihood. Swallowing his pride, Kang pays a visit to Yeo, a human trafficking broker, and decides to take on the dangerous job of smuggling illegal migrants into South Korea. When the Junjin arrives at the pickup point, a violent storm forces the boat to stall in the open waters, inevitably pitting Kang’s crew against the migrants. As tension and unrest spread throughout the Junjin, a dense sea fog envelops the boat, »
- The Tiger
Interview talks to Viggo Mortensen (audio interview)
MTV Teo on how musicals got their groove back
Variety Emmy breakdown by studio. HBO is still dominating the Emmys but not by the margins they use to.
Playbill Live Musicals did well at the Emmys with Grease: Live and The Wiz Live! scoring big
EW TV's best comedies are... tearjerkers!
/Film the terribleness of Batman v Superman is not stopping excitement for Suicide Squad which is tracking for a spectacular August opening weekend
Mnpp on the poster for Disorder (which is »
- NATHANIEL R
Though its moniker leaves much to be desired, Film Movement has today premiered the first Us trailer for Sea Fog, Shim Sung-bo’s dark and brooding maritime thriller that first made waves at Toronto International Film Festival two years ago.
Much like all notable movies to emerge from the South Korean film industry of late, the esteemed Bong Joon-ho – The Host, Memories of Murder, Barking Dogs Don’t Bite, and Snowpiercer – holds a credit on Sea Fog, having helped pen the screenplay and produce alongside Sung-bo.
Following up on their collaboration on Memories of Murder, Sung-bo and Joon-ho’s next creative venture chronicles the story of Captain Kang, a helmer who turns to illegal smuggling in his desperation, accepting a questionable job that involves the safe passage of immigrants from China to Korea.
Tense and nail-biting from the off, the official synopsis for Sea Fog reveals a ominous thriller:
- Michael Briers
For some, the name Bong Joon-ho is enough to garner interest, whether he is directing, producing, or scripting. He has handled the latter two in Sung-bo Shim‘s (who co-penned Bong’s Memories of Murder), which has now been given its first U.S. trailer ahead of a domestic release. The trailer shows a fisherman down on his luck who once again engages in human smuggling between China and Korea. An official selection at Tiff back in 2014 and now finally landing in the U.S. this summer, the trailer promises a taut, beautifully shot thriller.
We said in our review: “Both atmospheric and claustrophobic, the thriller is expertly lensed by cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo (Mother, Snowpiercer) and tensely paced by editors Kim Sang-bum and Kim Jae-bum. The influence of Bong is apparent throughout the film, yet Shim’s direction is top notch and a text book example of misdirection. While the »
- Mike Mazzanti
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 »
- Rob Hunter
Director: Jo Sung-Hee (A Werewolf Boy)
Distributor: Cj Entertainment
Cast: Lee Je-Hoon (Architecture 101), Kim Sung-Kyun (Nameless Gangster, The Neighbor), Go A-Ra (The Magician)
Phantom Detective, its Korean title literally means ‘Detective Hong Gil-Dong: The Missing Village’. (Small trivia: Hong Gil-Dong is a popular fictional character, who can be best described as the Joseon dynasty’s version of Robin Hood.)
In the film, Hong Gil-Dong (played by Lee Je-Hoon) is a ruthless private detective with a quirky personality.
Synopsis: Hong Gil-Dong, after witnessing the murder of his mother as a child, seeks revenge and is on the trail of the killer for 2 decades. While uncovering the identity of the killer, he gets entangled in a much bigger conspiracy than he bargained for.
Director Jo made his first commercial feature debut with the 2012 fantasy romance A Werewolf Boy, which depicts two young misfits finding companionship with each other. It became the most »
- Lady Jane
Bong Joon-ho's Memories of MurderSTORY85%ACTING85%DIRECTION85%VISUALS85%Positivesa masterpiece in all of its aspectsNEGATIVESNone2016-04-2985%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (4 Votes)94%
Based on the true, unsolved case of the first serial killer ever to appear in South Korea, the film begins in October 1986, when the deceased body of a raped woman is discovered in a ditch next to a field. A little later, another similar body is discovered. Two local detectives, Park Doo-man and Cho Yong-koo, are responsible for the investigation, but are obviously out of their depth, since it is the first time incidents of that magnitude have occurred in the area. The rest of the local police department is also equally incompetent, since the officers that arrive at the crime scene cannot even prevent the citizens from stepping into the crime scene until the arrival of the coroner, a fact that ruins any possible evidence.
Detective Tae »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
The Asian Cinema 100 list was released last year at the Biff (Busan International Film Festival), which marked its 20th anniversary with a poll of prominent Asian filmmakers and international critics of Asian film, who were all asked for their top ten of all time.
Japan accounted for 26 films on the list, followed by Iran (19) and Korea (15).
The 15 Korean films are listed below in rank order: Did your favorite make the cut?
1. The Housemaid (1960), joint #10
Directed by Kim Ki-Young, The 1960 version of the erotic thriller The Housemaid is widely considered to be one of the best Korean films of all time.
Featuring a powerful femme fatale character, it was remade in 2010 by Im Sang-Soo.
2. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003), joint #12
“The tranquil beauty of a Korean Buddhist monastery is no match for human cruelty in the stunning Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring.” — New York Magazine.
Directed by Kim Ki-Duk, »
- Lady Jane
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