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Channeling “La femme Nikita,” “Kill Bill,” Nikkatsu’s ’70s female exploitation films and a gazillion Hong Kong martial arts heroines, “The Villainess” nonetheless succeeds in being one-of-a-kind for its delirious action choreography and overall narrative dementia. Writer-director Jung Byung-gil indulges in all the excesses of South Korean screen violence, punishing his avenging angel played by Kim Ok-vin as much as she does her foes, the cumulative effect of which is a brain-melting daze for the audience.
Although the film premiered in the midnight section of the Cannes film festival and promptly sold U.S. rights to Well Go USA, sales company Contents Panda may find it hard to generate as much critical and commercial buzz as they did for “Train to Busan” when it bowed in the same section last year. Still, “The Villainess” is a must-have for genre and fantastic fests.
The opening sequence, which serves up seven minutes of nonstop carnage from a subjective Pov »
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Exclusive: Cannes title directed by Jung Byung-gil.
Directed by Jung Byung-gil (Confession Of Murder), the film follows a mysterious woman who has been raised as a killer and is recruited to be a secret agent. The cast is headed by Kim Ok-vin and Shin Ha-kyun, who both starred in Park Chan-wook’s 2009 Cannes title Thirst, along with Bang Sung-jun.
Arrow Films acquisitions director Tom Stewart said: “We’re so thrilled to be beginning a strong relationship with all the team from Contents Panda and to be bringing this exceptional action roller-coaster to the UK/Eire audiences.”
Danny Lee, Contents Panda international business team leader, said: “We’re excited to work with Arrow Films on The Villainess. We hope the film will be loved by as many people as Train To Busan was last year.”
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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28) has unveiled the jury for its main competition.
The jury also features:
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Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced jurors Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar, who will preside over the panel. Rounding out the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or are French actress Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French composer Gabriel Yared.
Spanish helmer Almodovar, who won the festival’s best director prize in 1999 for “All About My Mother” and best screenplay for 2006’s “Volver,” was named as jury president in January. The festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, revealed that two-time Oscar nominee Chastain would serve on the official competition jury during an interview with French radio earlier this month. The actress’ breakout role came in Terrence Malick’s »
- Robert Mitchell
Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance.
Powered by remarkable performances from Kim Min-hee (Right Now, Wrong Then) as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) as the conman who calls himself the Count and sensational debut actress Kim Tae-ri as the maid Sookee, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision and energy to create an unforgettable viewing experience. »
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Oldboy director Park Chan-wook returns with The Handmaiden - an erotic thriller that is downright unmissable...
There’s a lush, operatic quality to Park Chan-wook’s movies, whether they’re dealing with vampires (2009's Thirst) or bitter tales of revenge (Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, Oldboy). The director brings his unwavering eye for minute detail to The Handmaiden, a deliciously lurid thriller which takes Sarah Waters' British novel, Fingersmith, and moves it to 1940s Korea.
At first, it looks as though we’re in for an intimate little chamber piece about a demure handmaiden, her wealthy young Japanese mistress and the latter’s suitor, a handsome nobleman who teaches her how to draw and paint. A passionate love triangle develops between them; Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) and Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo) are engaged to marry, yet a frisson of sexual chemistry »
One of the very best films of last year, Park Chan-wook‘s erotic thriller The Handmaiden, arrives on DVD this week. We’ve teamed with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give it away five copies to our readers. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Tuesday, January 31st.
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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…
A Vietnam war film featuring a platoon of ghosts, this is a genuinely creepy and atmospheric horror film directed by Kong Su-chang, »
- Phil Wheat
One of The Playlist’s Best Films of 2016, celebrated director Park Chan-Wook’s (“Oldboy,” “Lady Vengeance,” “Thirst”) ravishing crime drama “The Handmaiden,” is gorgeous and multilayered con man movie and erotic thriller. The film debuts on DVD and digital tomorrow, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and we want some of our lucky readers to snag a copy.
Continue reading Contest: Win Park Chan-Wook’s Ravishing Crime Drama ‘The Handmaiden’ On DVD at The Playlist. »
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