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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
Director: Ryohei Watanabe. Review: Adam Wing Included in the Third Window Films release of Ryohei Watanabe's impressive debut is a brief but insightful interview with the young director. In the closing moments of the interview, Watanabe admits that he isn't entirely happy with every aspect of his debut feature, but he hopes that audiences will appreciate and forgive the first film from a young director. He needn't worry. Shady is a stunning debut from a promising talent, made at the tender age of 24 with a budget of £10,000. It's the kind of movie that grabs a hold right from the outset, a captivating study of friendship that blows you away as the darkness sets in. Watanabe chose the title of his debut before he started writing, and he can't explain what it is that appealed to him about the word, but in truth, he couldn't have picked a better title for this bewitching thriller, »
Korea’s most bankable star, Kim Yoon-seok made his stage debut in 1988 with A Streetcar Named Desire. His theater background led him to be cast in minor roles on film and television. One of the first of which was a supporting part as a rural cop chasing down a scammer in director Choi Dong-hoon’s 2004 film The Big Swindle. After several years of minor roles, his breakthrough role came as a ruthless gambler with a scarred face and charismatic swagger in Tazza: The High Rollers (2006). He then played as a pimp and ex-cop on the trail of a prostitute murdering serial killer—played by Ha Jung-woo—in The Chaser (2008) directed by Na Hong-jin that brought him stardom and acting awards.
He has since become an acclaimed leading actor in Korean cinema, in films such as Running Turtle (2009), The Yellow Sea (2010), Punch (2011), and The Thieves (2012).
He played a toothless detective who »
- Jane Youm
One of most anticipated films of last year was "Snowpiercer," the ambitious adaptation of an obscure French comic book by supremely talented South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, who was responsible for genuine masterpieces "Memories of Murder," "The Host," and "Mother." Then... things stalled. The movie, which had a largely English-speaking cast (including Chris Evans, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, and Tilda Swinton), was deemed "too long" by Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein, and the two worked to cut 20 minutes from the movie. Things stalled again. But now it seems like some kind of peace accord has been struck. It's not a perfect arrangement, but film fans will be very happy.
According to Deadline (this has yet to be confirmed by the Weinstein Company), under the "Snowpiercer" armistice, the film will be released uncut in the United States (and, presumably, all other English-speaking territories that the Weinsteins control the rights »
- Drew Taylor
South Korean sales agent also sells Red Family to Japan and Rough Play to Japan and Malaysia.
South Korean sales agent Finecut has announced a raft of deals led by thriller Haemoo (a.k.a. Sea Fog) [pictured], executive produced by Bong Joon Ho, which has pre-sold to Wild Side Films for French-speaking Europe and Twin for Japan.
Bong’s Memories Of Murder co-writer Shim Sung-bo is making a feature directorial debut with Haemoo, starring K-pop boy group Jyj member Park Yu-chun and top actor Kim Yoon-seok from The Chaser. Currently in production, the film is scheduled for a late summer release in Korea.
Russian Novel director Shin Yeon-shick’s action thriller Rough Play, written and produced by Kim Ki-duk, sold to Klockworx for Japan and Hwa Yea Multimedia for Malaysia. The film stars Lee Jun from Ninja Assassin.
Another film written and produced by Kim, Red Family - Lee Ju-hyung’s feature directorial debut which won the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
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