14 items from 2016
In the middle of summer, when moviegoing options are slim, it’s hard to visualize the sheer scope of films that will screen this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. No single film commands all the buzz, nor can one lineup, and so the first big announcement — featuring the Galas and Special Presentations — can only begin to provide some insight into the titles worthy of anticipation.
Still, there’s a lot to dig through: Oscar hopefuls looking to gain momentum (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Loving” and more detailed here); big-budget studio efforts hoping to earn some upscale cred (Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi “Arrival”); veteran filmmakers still pursuing the kind of topics that put them on the map (Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe”).
Beyond these obvious standouts, however, several titles from these programs hold a lot of potential for »
- Eric Kohn
A few years ago, South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon‘s sojourn in Hollywood came to an abrupt end when The Last Stand was a box office bomb. And while I have a soft spot for that goofy, endearingly odd movie, a late-period Arnold Schwarzenegger shoot ’em up was probably not the best use of the man who […]
The post ‘The Age of Shadows’ Trailer: The Latest From the Great Kim Jee-woon Looks Like a Return to Form appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
South Korean filmmaking in the modern era owes a great debt to Bong Joon-ho, who has struck international fame through The Host, Memories of Murder and, above all, icy post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer. He’ll return at some point in 2017 with Okja, a sci-fi monster movie with an all-star cast to match.
Another South Korean director that has made a breakthrough on these shores is Kim Jee-woon, who offered the inimitable Arnold Schwarzenegger a route back to the movie scene some years ago with The Last Stand. He’s back behind the lens again, this time for a 1920s-set thriller called The Age of Shadows.
Above, you’ll find the movie’s inaugural trailer – replete with English subtitles – revealing a tense cat-and-mouse thriller spanning from Shanghai to Seoul, South Korea’s capital. Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong and Ji-min Han are among the cast list.
Set in the late 1920s, The Age »
- Michael Briers
It has been a few years since that film and he's now finally taking another shot at a feature, this time he's gone back home and has done a late 1920s set tale about Korean resistance fighters squaring off against Japanese police as they try to halt the independence movement.
Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo star in the story about a cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between the fighters, trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy Japanese facilities in Seoul, and the Japanese agents trying to stop them. The film opens in South Korea in September, check out the new trailer below.
- Garth Franklin
The first trailer has debuted for the new film from Korean director Kim Ji-woon, who most recently made the action film The Last Stand featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger (though the rest of his filmography is much better). His latest film is a thriller titled The Age of Shadows and is set during the 1920s in Korea, telling a story about the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that fought back against the Japanese occupation of Korea. The cast features Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, and Han Ji-min. This first trailer does have English subtitles, but it also highlights the stunning set design and sleek cinematography, which is standard for Kim Ji-woon's films. I'm already looking forward to seeing this, whenever that will be. Here's the teaser trailer (+ poster) for Kim Ji-woon's The Age of Shadows, found on YouTube (via Tfs): Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the »
- Alex Billington
The first trailer for Kim Jee-woon’s first Korean film in six years, “The Age of Shadows,” has just been released.
A dark period action flick, the movie is set in the late 1920s and stars Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo and Han Ji-min. The story follows the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that fought back against the Japanese occupation of Korea. Song plays a Korean-born Japanese police officer who was previously in the independence movement himself and is torn between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause. Gong Yoo stars as the leader of the Korean resistance group.
While the trailer has no English subtitles, the video highlights the stunning visuals and the film’s dark and suspenseful moments.
The movie is the first produced and presented in Korea by Warner Bros. »
- Liz Calvario
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 […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Returning to South Korea after his foray into Hollywood action with the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led The Last Stand, Kim Ji-woon‘s next feature is The Age of Shadows, which marks Warner Bros.’ first-ever produced feature in the country. Led by Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host), the 1920’s-set thriller follow the activities of the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that existed under the Japanese colonial period in South Korea.
Ahead of a release later this year in South Korea, the first trailer has now arrived and it looks to be an intense thriller with gorgeous production design. Check it out below in two versions: the first without subtitles but better quality, and the latter with an annoying introduction and outro, but with English subtitles.
Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters led by Gong’s character, »
- Jordan Raup
It’s safe to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a rough go of things since his incumbency as the governor of California. “The Expendables” franchise has seen diminishing returns (both critically and commercially), working with interesting filmmakers Kim Jee-woon (“The Last Stand”) and David Ayer (“Sabotage”) didn’t quite pan out, his zombie drama “Maggie” barely […]
The post Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Explain ‘Why We’re Killing Gunther’ appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Ryan Oliver
Korean sales company Finecut has picked up Kim Jee-woon’s highly-anticipated The Age Of Shadows, which marks Warner Bros Korea’s first local-language production.
Set in the late 1920s, The Age Of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters led by Gong’s character, trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them.
Song plays a talented Korean-born Japanese police officer who was previously in the independence movement himself and is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Leading independent sales house, Finecut has picked up international rights to “The Age of Shadows,” the new period action film by top Korean director Kim Jee-woon. The film is the first produced and presented in Korea by Warner Bros.
Previously known only by its Korean title “Mil-Jung,” the film is a 1920s set story of secret agents attempting to smuggle explosives in order to destroy facilities controlled by occupying Japanese forces. It stars Song Kang-ho as a Korean-born Japanese officer who has divided loyalties and Gong Yoo as the leader of the Korean resistance group.
The film is now in post-production ahead of a release later this year. Finecut will show footage of the incomplete movie in the Cannes Market next month. Song, star of “The Host” and “Snowpiercer,” also appears in “Train to Busan,” which plays in Cannes Midnight Screening section.
Kim previously directed “I Saw The Devil,” and “The Good, »
- Patrick Frater
“Map of Bones,” published in 2005, is the second of a dozen novels Rollins’ best-selling Sigma Force series, which combines historical figures and events and creates fictional thrillers that are centered around Sigma Force — an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department made up of former Special Forces officers trained as experts in various scientific fields.
The “Map of Bones” story centers on the bones of the three Magi who paid homage to the newborn Jesus Christ. The story starts at a crowded service at a »
- Dave McNary
One of the things I enjoyed most from my entire time at Ain't It Cool News was when we reached story #10,000 and I decided to do something special. I wrote a piece about what was at that point my most anticipated potential project, a collaboration between the Wachowskis and John Milius, King Conan: Crown Of Iron, a sequel to what I still consider one of the best films Arnold Schwarzenegger ever made. That was still before Schwarzenegger disappeared into political office for a while, and well before his comeback. So far, I've enjoyed some of the original films he's done since his return like The Last Stand and Sabotage, but I can't say I'm enjoying his sequel work. I thought Terminator Genisys was genuinely dire, and I don't like any of the Expendables movies. I hate the idea of Triplets, which Josh Gad is writing and which sounds like it's still in development. »
- Drew McWeeny
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Kim Jee-woon returns to South Korea following his 2013 Arnold Schwarzeneggar English language debut The Last Stand. He reunites with his The Good, the Bad, and the Weird star Song Kang-ho (one of the country’s most recognizable faces abroad) for the 1930s period drama Secret Agent, set during the Japanese colonial era. Notable, it’s the first South Korean feature to be financed by Warner Bros. (the second Us studio to do so after Twentieth Century Fox). We can expect a visually extravagant and potentially violent venture from the provocative director, best known for native genre items like I Saw the Devil (tipped for a Us remake) and A Tale of Two Sisters.
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo
Production Co./Producer(s): Grimm Pictures, Warner Bros.
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros. (international)
Release Date: Given the project’s studio backing, »
- Nicholas Bell
14 items from 2016
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