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Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm “Bittersweet Life” Remake

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As we previously reported, “Kung Fu Panda 2” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has begun to direct live-action work alongside her already-prestigious animation career. Now, per Deadline, Nelson will join forces with “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan, Fox, and production company 21 Laps to remake “A Bittersweet Life.”

Originally a Korean cult action flick, “The Bittersweet Life” follows a longtime mobster who becomes emotionally torn between his boss and the mistress he’s been ordered to kill. The newly Americanized version, which will star Jordan, will be a “high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential.”

Nelson’s background is predominantly in animation as both a storyboard artist and director. Her directorial debut, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and its successor, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” received Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Picture.

Alongside “Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee, Nelson is one of very few women directors in animation. Even though women make up roughly 60 percent of college animation programs, they represent only about 20 percent of the creative workforce.

Nelson’s live-action adaptation of “The Darkest Minds” is still in production. Featuring Mandy Moore (“This is Us,” “Tangled”), Amandla Stenberg (“Everything, Everything”), and Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), the sci-fi thriller follows a group of supernatural children on the run from the government. It is expected to hit theaters in 2018.

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Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct Michael B. Jordan in A Bittersweet Life remake

Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, The Darkest Minds) is set to direct Michael B. Jordan in a remake of the 2005 Korean film A Bittersweet Life.

The action-thriller will see Jordan playing a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps are producing the film, which they view as a high-concept, character-driven piece with franchise potential.

Jordan will next be seen in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 and Marvel’s Black Panther, while he is also set to reprise the role of Adonis Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in the sequel to 2015’s Creed.
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Film & TV Casting: Son Of Shaft, A Bittersweet Life, Justin Theroux In Maniac

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Son Of Shaft, A Bittersweet Life, Maniac, And Other Film And TV Casting News Son of Shaft, A Bittersweet Life, Maniac, and other films and TV shows have made recent casting news. These productions come from studios based primarily in the United States. The castings are subject to change. Maniac Justin Theroux has signed onto Netflix’s upcoming [...]

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Movie News: Michael B. Jordan to Star in 'A Bittersweet Life'; Glenn Close Touted for 'Sunset Boulevard' Musical

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A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994 and recently starred again in a revival of the musical (above). It's inspired by Billy Wilder's 1950 classic drama about a faded silent film star who develops a strange relationship with a young screenwriter. [The Wrap]   Mary, Queen of Scots: Our first look at Saoirse Ronan in...

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Movie News: Michael B. Jordan to Star in 'A Bittersweet Life'

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A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994...

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Michael B. Jordan To Star In ‘A Bittersweet Life’ Remake

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There haven’t been a whole lot of American remakes of South Korean films, but the most high profile was easily Spike Lee‘s “Oldboy.” His take on Park Chan-wook‘s audacious thriller missed the mark, for a variety of reason, but primarily because Lee just couldn’t put his own stamp on the material the way the South Korean filmmaker did. Now, another cult favorite is gearing up for a Hollywood redo, and if history is any indication, caution is advisable.

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Michael B Jordan to star in A Bittersweet Life remake

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Creed and Blank Panther star Michael B Jordan will lead the remake of A Bittersweet Life...

The 2005 Korean action-thriller A Bittersweet Life is getting an American remake courtesy of Fox, and Micheal B Jordan is attached to lead the picture. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) will direct.

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The original version of the gangster film centers on a mob enforcer who is ordered to kill the mistress of his boss. After he develops for an affinity for her, he decides to spare the mistress’ life, causing dire complications in his relationship with his dangerous employer. The remake is being described as “high-concept,” “character-driven,” and having “franchise potential.” Jordan will star as the conflicted enforcer.

After directing the animated blockbusters Kung Fu Panda 2 and its sequel,
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Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Play Mobster in ‘A Bittersweet Life’

Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Play Mobster in ‘A Bittersweet Life’
Michael B. Jordan is circling Fox’s remake of the South Korean action-thriller “A Bittersweet Life.”

If Jordan’s deal closes, he will portray a mobster in the movie. “Kung Fu Panda” helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson will direct.

Producers are 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen, along with Korea’s Cj Entertainment, which made the original film. Jason Young will oversee the movie for Fox.

In the 2005 film, Lee Byung-hun played a loyal enforcer for a crime boss, who assigned him to kill his young mistress if she turned out to be having an affair with another man.

Jordan is starring with Michael Shannon in “Fahrenheit 451” for HBO. He will be seen next in Disney-Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther,” in which he re-teamed with “Creed” director Ryan Coogler.

Nelson, who directed “Kung Fu Panda 2” and co-directed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” is making her live-action directorial debut with “Darkest Minds” — a potential franchise starter
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Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Circling Mobster Thriller 'A Bittersweet Life'

Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Circling Mobster Thriller 'A Bittersweet Life'
Michael B. Jordan and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson are circling A Bittersweet Life, a remake of a 2005 Korean film.

The project is an action-thriller that follows a mobster who is ordered by his boss to kill one of his mistresses, but the man grows close to the woman and finds himself conflicted. Lee Byung-hun starred in the original film.

The Fox project will be produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen in conjunction with Cj Entertainment. Jason Young will oversee the project for Fox.

Nelson is known for her work in animation, having directed Kung...
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Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Plot ‘A Bittersweet Life’ For Fox & 21 Laps

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Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Plot ‘A Bittersweet Life’ For Fox & 21 Laps
Exclusive: Fox is taking a fresh start on A Bittersweet Life, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct the action-thriller remake of the cult classic 2005 Korean film. Jordan will play a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. The filmmakers see this as a high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential. 21 Laps’ Shawn Lev…
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Filmart: Finecut pacts with Bom

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Filmart: Finecut pacts with Bom
South Korean sales outfit will represent the production company’s films.

South Korean sales company Finecut has pacted with Oh Jung-wan’s Bom Film Productions to represent their films internationally.

Oh established Bom Film Productions in 1999, contributing to the renaissance of Korean cinema with acclaimed, commercially successful films from directors such as Kim Jee-woon, E J-yong, Hong Sangsoo, Park Chan-wook and Park Jin-pyo.

Finecut will rep Bom titles such as Hong Sangsoo’s Night And Day (pictured) and Woman On The Beach; Kim Jee-woon’s The Foul King, A Tale Of Two Sisters and A Bittersweet Life; Park Chan-wook’s short film Cut from the Three… Extremes omnibus; and E J-yong’s Untold Scandal.

Although Bom has no new titles for Filmart, Finecut is here selling films such as Park Hoon-jung’s crime thriller V.I.P., starring Jang Dong-gun, Cho Sun-ho’s mystery drama A Day and Lim Dae-woong’s mystery thriller House Of The
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FilMart: Finecut Signs Sales Pact With Oh Jung-wan’s Bom Film

FilMart: Finecut Signs Sales Pact With Oh Jung-wan’s Bom Film
Finecut has struck a deal to handle international sales of film titles flowing from leading Korean indie producer Bom Film Productions.

Set up in 1999 by producer Oh Jung-wan, one of the country’s first generation producers, Bom is best known for producing early films of Kim Jee-woon, Park Chan-wook, E J-yong and Hong Sang-soo. All now rank among the biggest names in Korean cinema.

Finecut had internationally represented several Bom titles including Hong’s “Night and Day,” “Woman on the Beach,” Kim’s “The Foul King,” “A Tale of Two Sisters,” “A Bittersweet Life,” Park’s short “Cut” from a multinational omnibus film, “Three… Extremes,” and “Untold Scandal” by E.

“The collaboration between the two companies is expected to well-exemplify the greatest cinematic accomplishment in Korean cinema,” said Finecut in a statement.

For this week’s Filmart, Finecut has picked up “New World” director Park Hoon-jung’s crime thriller “V.
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Movie Review – The Age of Shadows (2016)

The Age of Shadows, 2016.

Directed by Kim Jee-woon.

Starring Lee Jung-chool, Um Tae-goo, Yoo Gong, Byung-hun Lee, and Han Ji-min.

Synopsis:

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.

Kim Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows sees the prolific South Korean director return to his homeland for a brand new action thriller following his brief 2013 excursion to Hollywood for the Arnie comeback vehicle, The Last Stand. The director – who is legendary among aficionados of Asian genre cinema after a handful of masterpieces
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Feature: The Rise of South Korean Horror Cinema

Something strange is happening in South Korea. While Hollywood is churning out dismal remakes and teen-friendly jump scare franchise films, South Korea, for the past decade or so, has been producing intelligent, highly-original and truly effective horror films – including monster movies, zombie thrillers and nerve-shattering psychological mysteries.

The latest is The Wailing, a scary and sometimes funny supernatural epic that mixes police procedural with terrifying occult horror to devastating effect. The film features a bumbling cop investigating a spate of killings that may or may not be linked to a strange man living in the woods, and is packed with incredible set pieces and shocking twists – cementing South Korea’s growing reputation for world class horror. Here are some more that will turn you into a SoKo horrorphile…

R-Point (2004)

A Vietnam war film featuring a platoon of ghosts, this is a genuinely creepy and atmospheric horror film directed by Kong Su-chang,
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South Korea selects 'The Age Of Shadows' as Oscars entry

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South Korea selects 'The Age Of Shadows' as Oscars entry
Kim Jee-woon’s period thriller stars Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo.

Warner Bros Korea’s first Korean-language production, Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadows, has been chosen as South Korea’s submission to the 89th Academy Awards best foreign-language film category.

The news was announced today by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Set in Seoul and Shanghai during the Japanese occupation, the film stars Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer) with Gong Yoo, who is currently starring in record-breaking local hit Train To Busan, which premiered in Cannes earlier this year.

Song is also one of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)’s new members as of last year.

He plays a former member of the Korean resistance who has joined the Japanese colonial forces as a police officer, tasked to infiltrate the notorious resistance group called Uiyeoldan.

Gong plays a resistance fighter trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai while Japanese agents close in on them
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South Korea selects 'Age Of Shadows' as Oscars entry

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South Korea selects 'Age Of Shadows' as Oscars entry
Kim Jee-woon’s period thriller stars Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo.

Warner Bros Korea’s first Korean-language production, Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadows, has been chosen as South Korea’s submission to the 89th Academy Awards best foreign-language film category.

The news was announced today by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Set in Seoul and Shanghai during the Japanese occupation, the film stars Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer) with Gong Yoo, who is currently starring in record-breaking local hit Train To Busan, which premiered in Cannes earlier this year.

Song is also one of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)’s new members as of last year.

He plays a former member of the Korean resistance who has joined the Japanese colonial forces as a police officer, tasked to infiltrate the notorious resistance group called Uiyeoldan.

Gong plays a resistance fighter trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai while Japanese agents close in on them
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First Trailer For ‘I Saw The Devil’ Director Kim Jee-woon’s ‘The Age Of Shadows’

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South Korean director Kim Jee-woon has produced a trifecta of back-to-back successes with “A Bittersweet Life,” “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” and the deliciously dark “I Saw The Devil,” probably his finest accomplishment. Then something happened —he went Hollywood. The filmmaker tried to cross over with “The Last Stand” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which didn’t quite […]

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Kim Jee-woon's The Age Of Shadows Gets Gorgeous, Brooding Trailer

Back for his first Korean film since 2010's brutal I Saw the Devil, filmmaker Kim Jee-woon recently shot the violent 1930s resistance fighter action drama The Age of Shadows (previously known as Secret Agent). Along for the ride are ace star Song Kang-ho and pretty boy Gong Yoo, who's also making waves this summer in the zombie thriller Train to Busan. Set for a Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) release in September, The Age of Shadows features Gong as the leader of a violent Korean group seeking independence from Japan. Song plays a Korean character who works for the Japanese, trying to stamp out the insurrection. Beatifully shot by A Bittersweet Life Dp Kim Ji-yong, The Age of Shadows invokes a brooding and tense period atmosphere and many hope this will...

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New York Asian 2016 Interview: Superstar Lee Byung-hun Talks Inside Men, Fatherhood and the Hollywood Balancing Act

With a career that has included some of South Korea’s biggest hits, including Joint Security Area, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad and the Weird and his latest record-breaker, Inside Man, Lee Byung-hun is simultaneously carving a place for himself in Hollywood with appearances in GI Joe and the upcoming Magnificent Seven. Before receiving the New York Asian Film Festival’s Star Asia award for his lifetime of work, Lee chatted with me about walking the balance between South Korea and Hollywood. The Lady Miz Diva: I loved the character of Ahn Sang-goo in Inside Men… Lee Byung-hun: You even know the name! {Laughs} Lmd: He is a study of contradictions; he’s very flamboyant, but he’s very closed. He’s very wild and off the cuff,...

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