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Film Review: ‘Memories of the Sword’

Film Review: ‘Memories of the Sword’
An archetypal tale of love, betrayal and revenge among swordplayers of South Korea’s Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), “Memories of the Sword” is a visually arresting but vacuous, instantly forgettable period martial-arts romance. Helmer Park Heung-sik aspires to the vibrant color schemes and multiple twists of Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers,” but his underdeveloped screenplay (co-penned with Choi A-reum) and overwrought narrative makes for plodding viewing, squandering the clout of its A-list stars Jeon Do-yeon (“Secret Sunshine”) and Lee Byung-hun (“I Saw the Devil”). The pic took a beating at the domestic B.O. but will have a good stab at overseas ancillary following its U.S. bow.

The Korean title “Hyubnyeo: Kal ui ki-eok,” which roughly translates as “Martial Arts Heroine: Memories of the Sword,” alludes to King Hu’s “A Touch of Zen” (“hyubnyeo” being the Korean Hanja pronunciation of “Xia Nu,” the Chinese title
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Fantasia 2013: Final Wave Titles Include Curse of Chucky, Frankenstein's Army, Raze, Hatchet III, Nakata's The Complex, Hell Baby, Shorts, Docs, and More

The full Fantasia 2013 lineup has now been revealed, and we have here the third and final wave of titles to share. Prepare to drool!

From the Press Release:

The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the rest of our 120-feature lineup that comprises our 2013 event, along with a string of additional details that mark our 17th edition as a standout. Fantasia will engulf the city of Montreal from July 18-August 6, 2013. Be sure to visit the Fantasia Film Festival website for detailed essays on every title announced here, as well as all films previously disclosed over the last weeks.

Before we get started on titles... Meet Our 2013 Juries

Main Competition For The Cheval Noir Award For Best Film

Jury President: Laura Kern (Critic, Curator, managing editor, Film Comment)

Jean-Pierre Bergeron (Actor, Director, Screenwriter)

Samuel Jamier (Co-Director of the New York Asian Film Festival, Programmer at Japan Society)

Jarod Neece (Senior Programmer and Operations Manager,
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Full Fantasia 2013 Lineup Announced, Includes Curse of Chucky, The World’s End, You’re Next

The Fantasia Film Festival is taking place from July 18th to August 6th in Montreal and will feature over 100 films from around the world. We gave you a look at the initial lineup last month and now have an additional list of Fantasia 2013 films that will be screening, including Curse of Chucky, You’re Next, and Frankenstein’s Army:

Horror Is Child’S Play – Don Mancini’S Curse Of Chucky (World Premiere)

A rarity among genre franchises, the Child’S Play series (begun in 1988) has retained the sure-handed guidance of original screenwriter/creator Don Mancini throughout killer doll Chucky’s decades’-long reign of horror. Mancini, who will be hosting our “scar-studded” world premiere, graduated to the director’s chair with 2004’s Seed Of Chucky, after having co-written or written every entry in the series. His longevity with the project is, of course, matched by the fiendish voiceover work by
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CJ Entertainment Remakes 'Castaway On The Moon' For Mark Waters To Direct

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Exclusive: The Lee Hae-joon-directed Korean drama Castaway On The Moon will be remade by CJ Entertainment. Mark Waters is attached to direct and Michael Goldbach will write the screenplay. Cj is financing development. A man jumps off a bridge, only to wake to find himself lying on a deserted beach on an uninhabited island. In an apartment that overlooks the river, a reclusive girl who hasn't ventured out of her room for years catches sight of the man through her telescope. She becomes fixated on him as he leads his lonely but apparently contented life, and it compels her to step outside again. Cj Entertainment's Jiwon Park, Francis Chung, Mike Suh and Patricia Chun will produce with Waters and his Watermark Pictures' cohorts Jessica Tuchinsky and Veronica Brooks, along with Annie Marter. Cj is the production arm of the Korea-based Cj Group, the biggest studio in Asia. This is
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