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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 »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Interview Louisa Mellor 7 Feb 2014 - 07:00
Warning: contains a major spoiler for Skins series four.
Luke Pasqualino arrived on our screens in 2009 as Freddie McClair, beautiful stoner teen and doomed paramour of Kaya Scodelario's Effy Stonem in E4's Skins. Since then, he's dipped into his Italian heritage in The Borgias, played a young Bill Adama in now-defunct Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood and Chrome, and can currently be seen on BBC One on Sunday nights as impetuous young swordsman D'Artagnan in adventure series, The Musketeers.
We chatted to Pasqualino about his role in the new BBC series, his forthcoming part in the much-anticipated Snowpiercer from director Joon Ho Bong, and how one sets about measuring up to Edward James Olmos. What's more, we made it through the entire interview »
We’ve been waiting for a ridiculous amount of time for Bong Joon Ho’s English language debut Snowpiercer. It’s such a shame as reviews have been strong and every trailer had made it look more and more exciting. Over rumours of cuts, and then not cutting the film, you’d think a film with such strong stars would be easy to market. Even though there’s still no Us or UK release date, we can take a look at the latest trailer that comes courtesy of Japan. There’s a lot of new footage here, and it also hints at some kind of twist ending.
The film follows some of the last of humanity who have survived a new ice age by living on a never stopping train. As the train travels across the lands, unrest between the poor and rich who inhabit the train turns into all out war. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Revenge is often a dish best served cold, but while rifling through collections of revenge thrillers from different countries, you definitely get the feeling that different nations have added spices and flavors. Some like their revenge with a happy ending, others like it bleak and nasty, but no matter how you swing it, the overall concept of revenge is a theme that any person can understand. We’ve seen American revenge films, Korean versions, Japanese versions – but are you ready for the Israeli interpretation of revenge?
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the lunatics behind Rabies, are being awarded some pretty serious acclaim for their second feature Big Bad Wolves, a revenge thriller with an Israeli twist. Is it safe? Does it play by the rules? Well, these two are responsible for creating the first Israeli horror film in Rabies, and for their second genre release, our filmmakers feel perfectly comfortable delivering double the genre insanity. »
- Matt Donato
A new Japanese trailer for Snowpiercer has been released, featuring some previously unseen footage. The latest film from director Bong Joon-ho (Mother, The Host, Memories Of Murder) stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-Ho, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and Octavia Spencer, and unfortunately it still doesn't have a U.S. release date. Hopefully the Weinsteins get off of their asses soon and release this sucker, because I know I'm not the only one that is dying to see »
- Jesse Giroux
Hong Kong – South Korean hit film “The Attorney” will get its market premiere next month in Berlin having been picked up by Seoul-based sales company Finecut.
The company also acquired rights to “Han Gong-Ju,” the debut feature which was last month named as Golden Star winner of the Marrakech International Film Festival.
Released on Dec. 19 by Next Entertainment World, “Attorney” has headed the Korean B.O. charts for three successive weeks, amassing 8.03 million ticket sales, worth a gross $55.2 million (KRW58.4 billion).
Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of a self-centred tax lawyer whose life is changed for the better when he takes on the case of a college student who is falsely accused by the South Korean government of being a North Korean spy. The ‘Burim Case’ involving the late president Roh Moo-hyun, was one of the most notorious conspiracy scandals of the early 1980s in Korea. »
- Patrick Frater
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