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Supposedly not a film for the faint at heart, The Devil's Path starts with a series of disturbing Yakuza psychopath activities that excitedly recall the manic darkness of I Saw The Devil or, closer to home, Miike's Lessons Of The Evil. This prelude into hardcore crime is abruptly cut by an elongated, tedious procedural before veering into a plot that is unsure what to do with itself.Charmless protagonist Fujii (Yamada Takayuki) is a reporter drawn to a letter of confession from Suda, a murderer on death row. Suda claims there are other sinister acts he and his boss and mentor Kimura (Lily Franky) committed and gives Fujii a series of painfully slow cookie crumbs to pursue. Between convincing his editor and ignoring his demented mother...
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Revenge, like octopus, is a dish best served cold, but Spike Lee’s disappointingly straight remake of “Oldboy” is a lukewarm meal at best. Granted, with its hammered heads and severed tongues, Park Chan-wook’s gleefully sadistic 2003 thriller was itself little more than a grotesque adolescent wallow, but it certainly didn’t want for novelty or style — neither of which, alas, factors much into this Westernized and depersonalized genre outing. Serving up the original’s baroque twists and equally baroque violence with a studied competence verging on boredom, the FilmDistrict release will be appreciated primarily by viewers unfamiliar with the material, though with minimal anticipation and likely poor word of mouth, it’s unlikely to wrap its tentacles around the box office for long.
It’s been 10 years since Park unleashed the second and most famous installment in his “Vengeance Trilogy” with “Oldboy,” an arresting if dubious hybrid of grindhouse »
- Justin Chang
Korean director Kim Jee-woon may not be a household name in the UK, but if you haven't come across his excellent supernatural yarn A Tale of Two Sisters, you’ll definitely have heard of his Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie The Last Stand. A suspense filmmaker in the same league as David Fincher or Brian De Palma, Kim’s movies peer into the darker corners of the human mind to stunning effect. His 2010 film I Saw the Devil is a serial killer classic in waiting, while The Good, The Bad, The Weird (left) is an action movie with brains as well as brawn. »
The modern South Korean film industry was born in the mid-’90s when the Busan festival helped push back the cloud of censorship that had prevailed for 10 years after the end of military rule.
Since then, Korean directors have reveled in their freedom to shock, tantalize and blindside their audiences — whether coming from Kim Ki-duk’s sado-masochistically bizarre “The Isle” and fairly explicit sex in Park Chul-soo’s “The Green Chair,” to hints of cannibalism in Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the Devil,” or the unremitting but always stylish ultra-violence of Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser” and “The Yellow Sea.” Choi Min-sik eating a live octopus in Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” is still a high point for some genre fans.
Yet there’s growing concern that censorship is on the increase since the arrival in February of President Park Geun-hye’s deeply conservative government.
Some see the Korea Media Ratings »
- Patrick Frater
South Korean sales company Finecut has announced two new additions to their Afm slate, including a foggy thriller set at sea and executive produced by Bong Joon-ho.
The two titles are Haemoo (Sea Fog) and Obsessed, a Vietnam War-era tale of erotic romance starring Song Seung-heon.
Bong will be working for the second time with Shim Sung-bo since they co-wrote the 2003 hit thriller Memories Of Murder.
Shim is making his feature directorial debut with the $6m film based on a theatre production, itself based on true events.
The story is about a ship’s crew of desperate fishermen smuggling illegal migrants who get caught up in tragedy and chaos in the midst of a heavy sea fog.
The youngest crew member Dong-sik - to be played by K-pop group Jyj member Park Yu-chan - tries »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
A 30-minute spy thriller helmed by South Korean hitmaker Kim Jee-woon (“The Last Stand,” “I Saw the Devil”) “The X” is not so much a narrative film as a string of action showpieces designed to explore the visual potential of ScreenX, a new exhibition system that provides a U-shaped, 270-degree field of vision. The result is like a roller-coaster ride that goes through its loops so fast, one needs to try it a few more times to register its sensations. With its dynamic sense of motion, the format at this relatively crude stage of development is ideal for actioners; horror and fantasy films also could make use of the additional dimensions to implement certain shock effects.
For one-and-a-half years, Korean cinema chain Cgv has partnered with Cj E&M to create a more immersive experience for viewers. The resulting design projects a triptych of moving images on the central screen »
- Maggie Lee
"What's your favorite scary movie?"
This is the question echoed by the freaky, ghost-faced killer in Wes Craven's "Scream" franchise (there are four of them, as of now, with an MTV series in the early planning stages). And, truth be told, "Scream" was pretty scary. But it was also funny. And now feels sort of dated. In fact, the amount of honest-to-god scary movies that you could probably name, if confronted by a sinister phone call, is probably pretty small.
In the spirit of Halloween, however, we wanted to single out those movies that really are scary, the ones that still give us trouble sleeping. And we've gone for mostly off-the-beaten path movies, although a few classics have snuck in there (even if it would have been nice to include more, Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" I'm looking at you). It goes without saying that this isn't intended »
- Drew Taylor
When not just absolutely adoring Korean films, or loving the way their domestic releases contain English subtitles, I also give credit to the fact their trailers are often very short and come out not long before the film’s release date. It makes for a much better atmosphere when viewing the film for the first time. Here we have the trailer for Blood And Ties, the directorial debut of Guk Dong Suk. Guk has previously worked as an assistant director on a number of films, including the similarly themed Voice Of A Murderer.
Blood And Ties looks at the relationship between father and daughter, after the daughter suspects her father of having been involved in a horrific kidnapping and murder case. An unsettling tale of suspicion, the film seems to have two very strong performances from its leads Son Ye Jin, who plays the suspicious daughter, and Kim Kap Soo. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Busan – Prizes at the Busan festival’s Asian Project Market were largely kept close to Korean home turf.
Announced on Thursday evening, the top prize, The Busan Award, went to “Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade” by top local director Kim Jee-woon (pictured). Kim recently directed Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback vehicle “The Last Stand” and previously made “A Bittersweet Life,” “Two Sisters” and last year’s black hit “I Saw The Devil.” Jin Roh is understood to be fully funded by local Korean major Cj Entertainment.
Three of the other eight prizes also went to Korean projects. A fourth, the Kocca Award went to Australia’s Eron Sheean for “End of Animal,” an English-language remake of a Korean drama.
European cultural TV channel Arte gave its prize to Indonesian director Edwin for his raunchy “Exotic Pictures.”
U.S.-based Wayne Wang claimed the ‘Creative Director’ award for his mystery about honeymoon »
- Patrick Frater
Big news this week for comics lovers. Three graphic novel adaptations have found their top international directors. David Fincher is attached to direct the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Charles Burns' "Black Hole," a '70s-set sci-fi about the spread of a horrifying Std among a group of teens in Seattle, for Brad Pitt's Plan B. Fincher is one of several directors who orbited the project, in talks since the mid-2000s. Also on the genre front, Korean director Kim Jee-woon (the brutal "I Saw the Devil") will direct "Coward," an adaptation of Ed Brubaker's underworld crime graphic novel, and "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates is slated to direct "Who Is Jake Ellis?" for Fox, from Nathan Edmonson's espionage comic series. While Brubaker adapted "Coward" himself, screenwriters for "Jake Ellis" and "Black Hole" are yet unknown, though Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman were once attached to pen "Black Hole. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
South Korean director Kim Jee-woon, who made his English-language and Hollywood debut on the Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback vehicle “The Last Stand”, will be following up with a movie adaptation of “Coward”, based on the Award winning comic book by “Captain America” writer Ed Brubaker. “Coward” will feature a script by Brubaker, and “centers on a second-generation heist planner who can be relied on to have a bulletproof exit plan.” David Slade (“30 Days of Night”) was originally slated to direct, but he’s apparently bailed. Enter Kim Jee-woon, whose “The Last Stand” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, though I thought it was a very decent debut for the director, who is probably most well-known for his domestic films “I Saw the Devil”, “A Bittersweet Life”, and “A Tale of Two Sisters”. Granted, “The Last Stand” didn’t exactly show off the full extent of Jee-woon’s skills behind the camera, »
I Saw the Devil director Kim Jee-woon is set to develop a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel crime series, Criminal, created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. The film will be called Coward and will focus on the same-titled first book of the series.
Brubaker wrote the screenplay for the film as well. The story takes place in a universe of "hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and other lowlifes. The story centers on a second-generation heist planner who can be relied on to have a bulletproof exit plan." It starts off when "pickpocket Leo - a man who always leaves himself a way out - finds himself in over his head when he's dragged into a dangerous heist, and winds up getting too close to a burnt-out former junkie. Torn between his instinct to run and his emotions, can he stay out of harm's way?"
Jee-woon has also directed »
- Joey Paur
Ed Brubaker’s classic Criminal series of graphic novels is gradually making its way to the big screen. The first of those books, Coward, has been in development for quite some time, with previous reports suggesting that Hard Candy director, David Slade, was in a position to helm. Now, and very exciting news it is for me, we’re hearing that Korean director Kim Jee Woon is up to helm the crime thriller. Kim made his English language debut at the beginning of this year with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fun return to action, The Last Stand. Although the film didn’t do too well in financial terms it looks as though Kim’s past work is suited perfectly for the source material.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Kim Jee-woon, the South Korean director of genre fare who captured the world’s attention with films like The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil, and then went on to make a fun and probably underappreciated English-language debut that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this year called The Last Stand, has his next crime story lined up, and not only is it a great one, it’s one that already has a cult audience of devoted fans. Variety is reporting that he’s been hired to direct an adaptation of the first story arc in comic book writer Ed Brubaker’s crime story compilation “Criminal,” which goes by the title Coward. Brubaker is one of the best and most respected writers in comic books today. Not only have ‘Coward’ and other stories that have appeared in his “Criminal” title won prestigious awards, but he’s also the same guy who wrote the storyline being »
- Nathan Adams
The English-language debut of South Korean director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird) didn’t land with much impact. But the piffle of a reception given The Last Stand hasn’t frightened the director off making films outside his native country. And now Kim has latched on to a project that perhaps suits his [...] »
- Russ Fischer
Variety has revealed that Kim Jee-woon is set to helm the big screen adaptation of Criminal: Coward. As well as The Last Stand, Kim is responsible for acclaimed Korean movies such as I Saw the Devil and A Bittersweet Life. Writer Ed Brubaker has himself adapted the screenplay in story that starts when, "pickpocket Leo - a man who always leaves himself a way out - finds himself in over his head when he's dragged into a dangerous heist, and winds up getting too close to a burnt-out former junkie. Torn between his instinct to run and his emotions, can he stay out of harm's way?" Producer Jamie Patricof (The Place Beyond The Pines) said: "Kim Jee-Woon is exactly the type of filmmaker with which we are looking to collaborate. His previous work consists of elevated genre films, set in interesting worlds, with three-dimensional characters, which makes him a very »
The film is an adaptation of the first novel in Ed Brubaker's graphic novel series which recently won an Eisner Award for best new series.
Set in a world of hustlers, crooked cops and lowlifes, the story centers on a second-generation heist planner who always has a bulletproof exit plan.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Kim Je-Woon has been appointed as director on graphic novel adaptation Coward.
"His previous work consists of elevated genre films, set in interesting worlds, with three-dimensional characters, which makes him a very strong and exciting partner for Coward."
Coward follows a second-generation heist expert who has risen to the upper echelons of the criminal world, but is struggling with his personal demons.
Je-Woon, who made a name for himself in his native South Korea with films like A Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw the Devil, made his English-language debut on Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand this year.
Watch a trailer for The Last Stand below: »
Variety is reporting that Korean director Kim Jee-Woon ( I Saw the Devil, The Last Stand ) will be adapting "Coward," the first in Ed Brubaker's Criminal comic series, for the big screen. Brubaker has written the screenplay for the film which was previously headed for an adaptation in 2011 with 30 Days of Night director David Slade. Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell will produce the film. Here's the official description for the comic: "Coward is the story of Leo, a professional pickpocket who is also a legendary heist-planner and thief. But there's a catch with Leo, he won't work any job that he doesn't call all the shots on, he won't allow guns, and the minute things turn south, he's looking for any exit that won't land him in prison. But when »
His first stab at English language filmmaking might not have been the biggest success, but The Last Stand director Kim Je-Woon isn’t letting one Arnie-flavoured disappointment curtail his ambitions. He’s now attached to direct the adaptation of Ed Brubaker’s graphic novel Coward.Brubaker wrote the screenplay himself from the first book in his Eisner Award-winning series. Coward focuses on a second-generation heist expert whose plans have scored him a place within a world of hustlers, criminals, crooked cops and pickpockets, but he’s constantly fighting his personal demons.“Kim Jee-Woon is exactly the type of filmmaker with which we are looking to collaborate,” producer Jamie Patricof tells Variety. “His previous work consists of elevated genre films, set in interesting worlds, with three-dimensional characters, which makes him a very strong and exciting partner for Coward.” Kim, let's not forget, is also the man behind I Saw The Devil »
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