17 items from 2016
Netflix can save itself by going old school.Image Credit
BoJack Horseman’s third season debuts this Friday, and while the animated comedy is just one of many fan favorites, it is important to note that, originally, Netflix started as a movie provider. Streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon, and Apple took over the customers that browsed video store aisles, but the heart of what those stores represented has gone unreplaced. For all the items Netflix has at its disposal, and no-need-to-leave-home convenience, they can still do better.
My favorite day of the week when I was a child was Friday. Not because the school week was over, or that it dawned the beginning of a weekend, but because Friday was when my Dad would take my sister and me to the video rental place. The store itself was nothing special. It appeared to be a repurposed law office, but the mere sight of it was the highlight »
- Colin Biggs
Johnnie To’s Three Should Be Subtitled ‘Out of Ten’Fantasia Film Festival 2016
Great directors sometimes make mediocre or downright awful films. It happens to the best, and with the release of Johnnie To’s Three the director of Election, Mad Detective, Drug War, and countless other action gems has joined the club.
Shun (Wallace Chung) is a master criminal whose most recent clash with the law leaves him rushed to a hospital with a bullet in his brain. Inspector Chan (Louis Koo) has been after the thief and his violent gang for a while, and now that he has him he wants Shun to spill details of their next target. Dr. Tong (Vicki Zhao) couldn’t care less about Chan’s needs though as Shun’s condition requires »
- Rob Hunter
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 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
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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For as long as cinema have been around, so too has horror. As a gut instinct, as a notion of fear, and as a form of expression, horror has been deeply embedded in the zeitgeist for centuries. Because of this, there has always been the urge to attempt an examination and possible exorcising of horror. Through ruminations on the uncanny and the violence, dread, and awe it creates, filmmakers are constantly trying to understand why things go bump in the night. These attempts have resulted in some of the most shocking, tantalizing, polarizing, and thought-provoking pieces of work ever put on screen.
A new video compilation, assembled by Diego Carrera, examines the cinematic origins of horror, spanning the globe in addition to 122 years of cinema. From lesser-known gems to widely loved favorites, many cornerstones and building blocks of horror are covered from 1895 through 2016. Examples include The Shining, Nosferatu, The Exorcist, »
- Mike Mazzanti
That’s right. Hulu.
I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles that can’t possibly be real, but I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.
Pick of the Month — Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)
South Korean cinema features no shortage of brilliant and brutal action thrillers, but while everyone knows about the likes of I Saw the Devil and Memories of Murder there are more than a few gems that have slipped through the cracks. Jang Joon-hwan’s long overdue follow-up to Save the Green Planet is a fast-moving, creatively violent mix of dark deeds and beautifully choreographed fights and stunts. There’s a wicked sense of humor running through it »
- Rob Hunter
The film broke box office records during it’s original Korean release in November 2015. It was also later re-released as ‘Inside Men : The Original’ , with 50 minutes additional footage.
The film was recently shown at the Hong Kong Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival
Lee Kang-hee, an editor at an influential conservative newspaper raises congressman Jang Pil-woo to the position of a leading candidate for President using the power of the press. Behind this, there was his secret deal with the paper’s biggest sponsor. Ahn Sang-goo, a political henchman who supported Lee and Jang, gets his hand cut when he is caught pocketing the record of the sponsor’s slush fund…
An official release to Western markets it yet to be announced, »
- The Tiger
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
IFC Midnight recently released one of the more unforgettable foreign horror films of the year, Baskin, a nightmarish shocker that follows a group of Turkish police officers who encounter a hellish cult with some gruesomely abhorrent plans for the unsuspecting lawkeepers.
What inspired the story of Baskin?
Your approach to this film is grotesquely beautiful and I loved the use of color in many of the scenes (the red/blue imagery was very striking)—can you discuss your approach to the look of Baskin?
- Heather Wixson
The Great Actor
The ace supporting star in Korean cinema, Oh Dal-Su graces screens as the leading man for the very first time. Directed by Seok Min-Woo, it follows a small-time actor who performs in children’s plays, and concocts a lie about being involved in a big film with a famed director and a major star, his friend 20 years earlier.
Oh Dal-Su, whose name has become synonymous with hits in Korea, has appeared in numerous films, including Old Boy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Thirst, The Thieves, Miracle in Cell No.7, The Attorney, Ode to My Father. He recently featured in Veteran and Assassination that netted almost 40 million admissions, according to Kofic.
Director Seok, who was an assistant director on major films, including Park Chan-Wook’s Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Ok and Thirst, as well as Kim Ji-Woon’s I Saw The Devil, »
- Lady Jane
The Rules of The Game (1994)
Scripted by Kang Je-Gyu, director of My Way (2011) and Shiri (1999), The Rules of The Game refers to swindlers, prostitutes and gangsters.
Yong-Dae (played by Park Joong-Hoon), is a punk who aspires to rise up through the ranks and acquire power and wealth.
“In the 1983 film Scarface, Tony Montana (portrayed by Al Pacino) influenced me during the making of the film,” Park told.
Green Fish (1997)
Mak-Dong (played by Han Suk-Kyu), becomes embroiled in a fight with a trio of young thugs who harass Mi-Ae. He, having just been discharged from the military, is on the train home. While looking for work, Mak-Dong comes across Mi-Ae again, who is a nightclub singer and also girlfriend of a gang boss Bae Tae-Gon. Mak-Dong becomes entangled in the gang and his infatuation with Mi-Ae leads him to his downfall.
After Bae Tae-Gon elevating Mak-Dong to a full-fledged member of the gang, »
- Lady Jane
The Man From Nowhere ( 2010 ) Korean Movie ReviewAction86%Story84%Acting79%2016-01-3083%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (3 Votes)90% What is it about?
An ex-special agent Tae-sik Cha’s only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl, So-mi, who lives nearby. Her mother, Hyo-jeong smuggles drugs from a drug trafficking organization and entrusts Tae-sik with the product, without letting him know. The traffickers find out about her smuggling and kidnap both Hyo-jeong and So-mi.
The gang promises to release them if Tae-sik makes a delivery for them, however it is actually a larger plot to eliminate a rival drug ring leader. When Hyo-jeong’s disemboweled body is discovered, Tae-sik realizes that So-mi’s life may also be in danger.
Tae-sik becomes enraged at the prospect that So-mi may already be dead and prepares for a battle, putting his own life at risk.
Is it any good?
So in truth there »
Lee Byung-hun, one of the country’s most celebrated actors with roles in films like “The Good, the Bad, The Weird”, “I Saw the Devil”, “Masquerade”, etc, will be the first Korean to present an award in this year’s ceremony, which takes place on February 28, accorfing to his agency, Bh Entertainment.
Lee has been appearing in Hollywood films since 2009, when he netted the role of Storm Shadow in the film G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, and has appeared since in blockbusters as “Red 2”, “Terminator Genisys” and recently in “Misconduct”.
Probably due to the recent accusations towards the Academy for overpresentation of white artists, the organization had to take some measures towards diversity, and Lee, with his career and overall popularity in Asian audiences was an obvious choice.
It has not been revealed yet which award he will be presenting.
- Panos Kotzathanasis
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
17 items from 2016
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