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Busan – Prizes at the Busan festival’s Asian Project Market were largely kept close to Korean home turf.
Announced on Thursday evening, the top prize, The Busan Award, went to “Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade” by top local director Kim Jee-woon (pictured). Kim recently directed Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback vehicle “The Last Stand” and previously made “A Bittersweet Life,” “Two Sisters” and last year’s black hit “I Saw The Devil.” Jin Roh is understood to be fully funded by local Korean major Cj Entertainment.
Three of the other eight prizes also went to Korean projects. A fourth, the Kocca Award went to Australia’s Eron Sheean for “End of Animal,” an English-language remake of a Korean drama.
European cultural TV channel Arte gave its prize to Indonesian director Edwin for his raunchy “Exotic Pictures.”
U.S.-based Wayne Wang claimed the ‘Creative Director’ award for his mystery about honeymoon »
- Patrick Frater
South Korean director Kim Jee-woon, who made his English-language and Hollywood debut on the Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback vehicle “The Last Stand”, will be following up with a movie adaptation of “Coward”, based on the Award winning comic book by “Captain America” writer Ed Brubaker. “Coward” will feature a script by Brubaker, and “centers on a second-generation heist planner who can be relied on to have a bulletproof exit plan.” David Slade (“30 Days of Night”) was originally slated to direct, but he’s apparently bailed. Enter Kim Jee-woon, whose “The Last Stand” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, though I thought it was a very decent debut for the director, who is probably most well-known for his domestic films “I Saw the Devil”, “A Bittersweet Life”, and “A Tale of Two Sisters”. Granted, “The Last Stand” didn’t exactly show off the full extent of Jee-woon’s skills behind the camera, »
Ed Brubaker’s classic Criminal series of graphic novels is gradually making its way to the big screen. The first of those books, Coward, has been in development for quite some time, with previous reports suggesting that Hard Candy director, David Slade, was in a position to helm. Now, and very exciting news it is for me, we’re hearing that Korean director Kim Jee Woon is up to helm the crime thriller. Kim made his English language debut at the beginning of this year with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fun return to action, The Last Stand. Although the film didn’t do too well in financial terms it looks as though Kim’s past work is suited perfectly for the source material.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
by Alex Zalben
Good news, "Criminal" fans! Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' first volume of the hit comic book series, "Coward," may have previously been heading slowly to movie theaters, but as of yesterday it made a big leap forward: acclaimed director Kim Jee-Woon has joined the production.
"My first reaction was shock," Brubaker told us over e-mail, "Because I love his work, and when [producers] Jamie [Patricof] and Lynette [Howell] sent me a short list of directors and I saw his name on it, I had to double-check he was really interested. Anyone who saw 'A Bittersweet Life' will know exactly why he's right for this movie."
The South Korean Director has helmed six features in his home country since 1998, and only recently made the breakthrough to Us Cinema with the Arnold Schwarzenegger starring "The Last Stand." And despite the language barrier, Jee-Woon is working hard with Brubaker (who »
- Splash Page Team
Variety has revealed that Kim Jee-woon is set to helm the big screen adaptation of Criminal: Coward. As well as The Last Stand, Kim is responsible for acclaimed Korean movies such as I Saw the Devil and A Bittersweet Life. Writer Ed Brubaker has himself adapted the screenplay in story that starts when, "pickpocket Leo - a man who always leaves himself a way out - finds himself in over his head when he's dragged into a dangerous heist, and winds up getting too close to a burnt-out former junkie. Torn between his instinct to run and his emotions, can he stay out of harm's way?" Producer Jamie Patricof (The Place Beyond The Pines) said: "Kim Jee-Woon is exactly the type of filmmaker with which we are looking to collaborate. His previous work consists of elevated genre films, set in interesting worlds, with three-dimensional characters, which makes him a very »
The attachment comes on the eve of the premiere of Kim’s latest film, “The X,” at the Busan Intl. Film Festival. His best-known Korean titles are “I Saw the Devil” and “A Bittersweet Life”; he made his English-language debut earlier this year on Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner “The Last Stand.”
“Coward” is the first book in Brubaker’s Criminal graphic novel series written and an Eisner Award winner for best new series.
Brubaker adapted the screenplay, which takes place in a universe of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and other lowlifes. The story centers on a second-generation heist planner who can be relied on »
- Dave McNary
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Comic book movies have gotten a bit too serious of late. Dark. Brooding. Po-faced. Sure, we all loved Christopher Nolan’s tortured Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder delivered the year’s most intelligent blockbuster (so far) with his gap year Superman slowly finding himself while bumming around being a crab fisherman in Man Of Steel. But does anyone really care if Tony Stark’s having nightmares and panic attacks in Iron Man 3? We just wanna see someone get punched through a building. And yeah, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine may be bad-ass but really he’s just Victor Meldrew with muttonchops and a bad manicure – a grumpy old codger whose memory ain’t what it used to be.
- David Watson
Byung-hun Lee is certainly making an impression on worldwide audiences. The actor, previously known almost solely in Asia for his impressive turns in films like A Bittersweet Life, The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw The Devil, is in the process of solidifying his place as an international movie star thanks to his portrayal of Storm Shadow in the G.I. Joe movies. And now this, Red 2, in which he plays master assassin Han Cho Bai, a man who is looking to cancel Bruce Willis' Frank's »
- Eric Walkuski
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
The 55th issue of Cinema Scope has arrived and it's a juicy one featuring a spotlight on Cannes as well as feature articles on Jess Franco, Paul Schrader, and Archer, among others. Mark Peranson abandons his usual annual vitriolic festival report in favor of a piece on three films, one he loves, one he gives mild praise, and a certain Palme d'Or winner that isn't so lucky. That piece is available to read online, as are a few others—the rest you'll find (including a piece on James Gray's The Immigrant by yours truly) in the magazine. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has conducted a poll with over fifty film critics to find out what the best film (released in Us cinemas) is at the halfway point of 2013. The results found Richard Linklater's Before Midnight as a landslide favorite. You can browse the complete list of critics and their votes here. »
- Adam Cook
★★☆☆☆ Over the past few years, a trend has emerged that's seen action stars of yesteryear tooling up once more to riddle bad guys with bullet holes and quip to their heart's content. Spearheaded by The Expendables (2010), this new sub-genre isn't interested in papering over the multiplying creases in the foreheads of its leading men, but wholeheartedly embraces them. After all, they not only allow for, but positively encourage all manner of jovial wise-cracking about being "too old for this shit". The latest star to step back into the breach is ex-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kim Jee-woon's The Last Stand (2013).
Already admired for his balls-to-the-wall action and stylish set pieces, the Korean director's first English language feature sets up small-town sheriff Ray (Schwarzenegger) as the last line of defence against a dangerous gangster on the run. Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) has escaped from the Federal custody of Agent John Bannister »
- CineVue UK
Earlier this year, Korean director Kim Jee-woon released his English-language debut, the Arnie vehicle The Last Stand. Though the film had decent reviews, it nevertheless tanked at the box office. Kim is now back on home soil and his first project was a short film commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the outdoor clothing manufacturer Kolon. You would think that the cineaste would return to his strong suit, namely hyper-stylized and violent genre films (A Bittersweet Life, I Saw the Devil) but then you'd be surprised to discover that his latest is actually a romcom. Kim's One Perfect Day was recently released on YouTube and is now available to watch for free with English subtitles in the embed below. The film follows a hapless young man...
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The Last Stand is famous for being former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.s big return to film as a leading man. Although we did catch Schwarzenegger in The Expendables and The Expendables 2, in The Last Stand, the focus is mostly on the veteran action hero. However, Schwarzenegger is not the hero of this exclusive Blu-ray bonus clip. Instead, director Kim Ji-Woon is. The South Korean director has found success with films like A Tale of Two Sisters and A Bittersweet Life, but his first film in the Us.and in English.is The Last Stand. In the clip, the actors and Ji-Woon both speak about the language barrier that was present during filming, as well as how the actors were usually able to understand the director.s intent, even if he wasn.t speaking in English. It seems wild to think an entire movie could be accomplished with a language barrier, »
G.I. Joe: Retaliation will finally be knocking down our doors with manliness come the end of March. In order to prepare us for the brilliance of it all, we have a new feature looking at surprise survivor Storm Shadow, portrayed by Korean sensation Lee Byung Hun, famous for his roles in I Saw The Devil, A Bittersweet Life, Jsa, and The Good The Bad The Weird. Despite apparently being dead at the end of the last chapter, Storm Shadow is back and ready to fight against his old friend Snake Eyes (Ray Park). Their big fight looks fantastic, and it’s clear a lot of thought has gone into the progression of this character.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
.My apologies for my tardiness, the previous journalist kept me on the phone too long,. he says, before adding, .It.s not all their fault though. Once you get me going I don.t stop..
The film follows ex-cop, now private-detective Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) who is hired by corrupt New York mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Crowe), to investigate his seemingly-unfaithful wife (Zeta-Jones). But as the mayoral election campaign takes off and Taggart becomes more deeply involved in the case, he begins to suspect Hostetler.s motives may not be as straight forward as they originally seemed.
Hughes says the script, written by Brian Tucker, originally came to him via his agent, »
- Emily Blatchford
Kim Jee-woon recently signed his Hollywood debut with the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand and his next feature project will be a live-action adaptation of the anime Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, but it looks like we'll be getting another new work from him very soon. Following his work on the omnibus Doomsday Book, Kim is returning to the short film format with Hide & Seek, a new experimental short commissioned by Cgv, Korea's largest exhibitor.Starring Gang Dong-won (Duelist, Haunters) and Shin Mina (A Bittersweet Life), Hide & Seek involves a character known as X who becomes involved in a chase as he seeks to deliver an unknown object.Previously responsible for 4Dx technology (I'm not a fan), Cgv is hoping to demonstrate the value...
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Allen Hughes will assume directing duties on the new Fox drama pilot Gang Related, which follows a gang member who's "sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department who rises through its ranks but must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the Sfpd’s Gang Task Force," says Deadline. The project comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, is written by Chris Morgan (Fast Five), with Scott Rosenbaum serving as showrunner. Allen Hughes most recently helmed Broken City with Mark Wahlberg starring, released last month. On his upcoming slate is a remake of the 2005 South Korean gangster film, A Bittersweet Life, which was directed and written by Kim Ji-woon, which premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and went on to receive rave reviews from critics across the globe (currently at a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Denzel. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: In his broadcast pilot directing debut, Allen Hughes just signed on to direct the Fox drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Written by feature scribe Chris Morgan (Fast Five), Gang Related centers on a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department who rises through its ranks but must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the Sfpd’s Gang Task Force. Scott Rosenbaum serves as showrunner on the pilot, which he and Morgan exec produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Hughes started off as half of the Hughes brothers directing duo, working with his twin brother Albert on such movies as Book Of Eli, From Hell and Menace II Society. He recently released his first solo-directing feature Broken City starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
18 items from 2013
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