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The awards will be announced on December 15 in Macau. The Asia-Pacific Film Festival (Apff) is an annual event hosted by the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific (Fpa).
“The Grandmaster” (Hong Kong)
“Like Father Like Son” (Tokyo)
“The Lunchbox” (Mumbai)
“Stray Dogs” (Taipei)
“Ilo Ilo” (Singapore)
“In Bloom” (Tbilisi)
Tsai Ming-liang, “Stray Dogs” (Taipei)
Bong Joon-ho, “Snowpiercer” (Seoul)
Jafar Panahi and Kamboziya Partovi, “Closed Curtain” (Tehran)
Nick Cheung, »
South Korea's cinema boom continues to echo through Hollywood, with the country's acting talent heading Stateside and Korean stories regularly remade. Yet these Americanised versions often end up drained of the weirdness that made them so bracing. It's like trying to make coleslaw out of kimchi. Here are five things that Korean cinema does better.
Inventive murder weapons
There's no right to bear arms in the South Korean constitution, but it doesn't say anything about hammers. In Hollywood you can simply spray the bad guy with bullets; in Korea, you've got to think out of the box. The toolbox, most often. Oldboy and The Chaser said it with hammers; The Isle deployed fish hooks (many viewers are still recovering); other novel weaponry has included pliers, golf clubs, dumbbells, or simply bare hands. All »
- Steve Rose
Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster has scored the highest number of nominations for the upcoming Asia Pacific Film Festival (Apff) awards, which are being held in Macau for the second consecutive year (Dec 13-15).
The Grandmaster scooped nine nods, including best film, best director, best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and best actress (Zhang Ziyi). It was followed by Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer with seven nominations, including best director, best supporting actor (Song Kang-ho) and best supporting actress (Tilda Swinton).
Also scoring multiple nominations are Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox with six nods, Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son with five apiece, and Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo with four.
Best Short Film and Outstanding Achievement awards will also be announced at the ceremony to be held at the Venetian Macau.
Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, who was recently awarded France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, will head this »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Filth, a pitch black comedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting). Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Last King of Scotland) leads a stellar ensemble cast, including Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac, Snowpiercer), Imogen Poots (A Late Quartet), Eddie Marsan ("Ray Donovan"), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina, Trainspotting) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, The Iron Lady). Filth was written and directed by Jon S. Baird, who also produced through his Logie Pictures banner with Ken Marshall for Steel Mill Pictures, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, James McAvoy, Christian Angermayer and Jens Meurer for Film House Germany, Mark Amin and Will Clarke.
Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Filth , a black comedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh ( Trainspotting ). Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy ( X-Men: First Class , The Last King of Scotland ) leads an ensemble cast that also includes Jamie Bell ( Nymphomaniac , Snowpiercer ), Imogen Poots ( A Late Quartet ), Eddie Marsan (.Ray Donovan.), Shirley Henderson ( Anna Karenina , Trainspotting ) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent ( Cloud Atlas , The Iron Lady ). Filth currently ranks as the year's second highest-grossing R-rated film in the UK and it has garnered British Independent Film Award nominations for James McAvoy (Best Actor), Jon S. Baird (Best Director), Shirley Henderson (Best Supporting Actress), Eddie Marsan (Best »
Would you like the meet Chris Evans ("Snowpiercer") and Scarlett Johansson ("Lucy")? Would you like to attend the premiere of Marvel's next blockbuster, Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Of course you would. Well, here is your chance to make that a reality. Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have partnered with global charity auction site Charitybuzz to auction off an experience fit for a superhero… and the most heroic part? It’s all for a good cause. The lucky winner and a friend will attend the March 2014 premiere of Captain America: The Winter Solider, the sequel to the 2011 hit film, and get an exclusive look at their favorite characters before the film hits the screen. Plus, they'll get to meet Captain America and the Black Widow in person! Who knows what other superheroes and villains of the Marvel universe the winner might run into at the premiere? Bidding is currently open, »
If you’ve been paying attention to the troubled post-production period of Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer, you’re likely aware that there has been a considerable amount of conflict between the director and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein over cuts to the post-apocalyptic thriller. Now, however, Bong seems more optimistic about the possibility that his version of Snowpiercer may end up in U.S. theaters after all.
While presenting a black-and-white version of his film Mother at the Mar del Plata Film Festival earlier this week, Bong made the follow statement about the current status of edits to Snowpiercer:
I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter. And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be »
- Isaac Feldberg
For over a month now we've been talking about the edits Harvey Weinstein made for the Us release of Bong Joo-ho's Snowpiercer. Yep, no matter how you slice it they suck, but there may be light at the end of this tunnel.
THR reports that Joon-ho said, in a press conference Wednesday at the Mar del Plata Film Fest, that his talks with the Weinstein Company are now more about releasing the original cut of Snowpiercer instead of a shorter and faster version made by the distributor.
“I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter,” said the director. “And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been »
- Uncle Creepy
Snowpiercer could arrive in an uncut version.
Director Bong Joon-ho has said that he "has faith" that Harvey Weinstein will abandon his plans for a severe edit of the Korean film, reports The Playlist.
"I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter, and the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been talking a lot about keeping the original cut for the Us release, so what I can say is... have faith," the director said at the Mar del Plata Film Festival this week.
It is set in a »
We predicted Snowpiercer would break into Cannes of 2013. That didn’t happen. We began to think about Toronto….and nope. Normally we would never associate Park City with a film that had a production budget that tallies up to the production budget of say….ten year’s worth of Next film selections combined, but seeing that there has been loads of positive press, and there is a badly needed window of opportunity left for a North American premiere this might be great timing for South Korea’s box-office favorite to unveil on U.S soil, plus there might be a chance that the final edit would have finally been approved by both parties. Bong Joon-ho might not have been at the fest as a director, but he has a connection with the fest as the writer on Park Ki-Yong’s Motel Cactus (’98) and was invited as a jury member for the 2011 edition. »
- Eric Lavallee
Is Harvey Weinstein finally getting the message? Over the past few months, mostly internet based fury has centered around Bong Joon-ho's apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer," and Harvey Weinstein's wishes to take his cinematic switchblade to it. The director himself was said to be privately "furious" about having to cut his film, while Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and screenwriter Kelly Masterson have all expressed their varying degrees of dismay at the movie being potentially chopped up. But it seems this whole saga may have a happy ending. Speaking at the Mar del Plata Film Festival this week (where he's unveiling a black-and-white version of "Mother"), Bong Joon-ho addressed the controversy around "Snowpiercer" by peppering it with hints that stateside fans won't have anything to worry about. “I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter,” the helmer explained. “And the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director of the much delayed Snowpiercer, Bong Joon Ho, has faith that Us audiences will see his original cut, as opposed to the distributor’s cut at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. News broke months ago about 20 minutes being cut from the Us release, and a few weeks back it was announced that the Director’s cut was receiving better scores from test audiences. At the Mal del Plata Film Festival, Bong was able to discuss certain aspects of the upcoming release, and some future project ideas:
I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter. And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been talking a lot »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired Us and Canadian rights to Frontera, starring Ed Harris (Snowpiercer, Pain & Gain, Phantom, Pollock, Apollo 13), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives, The Heartbreak Kid, The Sentinel), Michael Peña (American Hustle, End of Watch, The Lincoln Lawyer), Aden Young (Killer Elite) and Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone, Field of Dreams). The film was directed by Michael Berry, from a script he co-wrote with Juan Luis Moulinett III, and produced by Ocean Blue Entertainment and executive producer Eric Austin Williams.
In the vein of Traffic and Babel, Frontera is set in the dangerous area between the United States and Mexico. After crossing the border illegally for work, Miguel (Michael Peña), a hard-working father and devoted husband, finds himself wrongfully accused of murdering a former sheriff's (Ed Harris) wife. After learning of his imprisonment, Miguel's pregnant wife (Eva Longoria) tries »
Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi hit "Snowpiercer" swept the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards on November 18, scoring not only Best Picture, but also Best Director and Cinematography. The dystopian thriller set aboard a train is one of Korea's most expensive films to date, and has been an international success, selling to a record 167 countries and earning one of the highest box office grosses of the year. It stars Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, among many others in a sprawling cast. (Check out the film's trailer here; character posters here.) Han Jae-rim's costume drama about a fortune teller, "The Face Reader," also took home multiple awards, including Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Music. That film recently did well at the 50th Dae Jong Film Awards, Korea's equivalent to the Oscars. No stateside release date has been set yet for "Snowpiercer," though it has distribution with the Weinstein Company. Word is, Harvey »
- Beth Hanna
Since the Weinsteins have still not yet seen fit to announce a release date in either the U.S or UK we’ve been on the hunt for alternate source and although Taiwan came out as a possible back in August, it looks like good ol Hong Kong will save the day once again. It Arrived there Nov 28, which should almost guarantee a DVD release around January. Finally! Synopsis: Directed by Bong Joon-ho(The Host), starring Chris Evans(Captain America: The First Avenger), Song Kang-ho(The Host), Tilda Swinton(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Jamie Bell(Billy Elliot), Ko Asung(The Host). “Snowpiercer” is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. »
It's no secret that filmmaker Bong Joo-ho is quite unhappy about the edits that Harvey Weinstein has made for the Us release of his film Snowpiercer, an unhappiness that he's expressed on several occasions now.
Twenty minutes of footage have apparently been cut from the film for its release here in the States, yet another victim of ole Harvey Scissorhands.
But why? Why did Weinstein feel the need to butcher a film that is getting rave reviews in South Korea and France? Bong Joon-ho opened up in an interview with website Vulture. At the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit last Tuesday night, they pressed the Korean filmmaker for details about the cuts. "It's a matter of tempo," Joon-ho told Vulture. "They think of the movie as a[n] R-rated movie, so it's not a matter of violence, some carnage or something. It's just a matter of duration and tempo and speed. »
- John Squires
Rome - The 8th Rome Film Festival kicked off Friday with a home crowd pleaser, Rome-set social comedy “The Fifth Wheel,” by frequent Italo hitmaker Giovanni Veronesi, bowing positively, albeit in somewhat subdued mode, prior to plenty of upcoming high-profile Hollywood and international pics, and a panoply of stars expected in coming days.
Produced by Warner Bros. Italia and Fandango, “Wheel” toplines thesp Elio Germano in a potent perf as a Roman proletarian through whose eyes the past four decades of Italian life – including terrorism, corruption scandals, and Silvio Berlusconi’s rise to political power – unfold. Germano won a Cannes best actor nod in 2010 for Daniele Luchetti’s “Our Life.” Warner Bros. is releasing “Wheel” in Italy on November 14.
Germano, his co-star Alessandra Mastronardi and the film’s main cast (pictured), producer Domenico Procacci, Italo pop star Elisa, jury prexy James Gray, John Hurt, fest artistic topper Marco Mueller, and opening-night master of ceremonies, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Titan Comics has previewed Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape.
The graphic novel is the first part of a two-volume translation of the book which inspired Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi film.
It is set in a future in which a failed experiment to halt global warming has plunged Earth into a new ice age.
The last survivors of the human race live on a train which continuously circumnavigates the globe.
Unhappy with the classist society in which they find themselves, the residents plot revenge against their brutal dictator.
Released to rave reviews in South Korea and Europe, the filmmakers have been unhappy with proposed changes to the upcoming North American release.
Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape »
Last week, Twitch was gifted the opportunity to spend an hour talking to South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho about his hugely-anticipated science-fiction thriller Snowpiercer. The film opened in Bong's homeland back in August, where it quickly became his most succesful film to-date, selling upwards of 10 million tickets. While the specifics of the film's release in the rest of the world are still being ironed out, and were discussed in part one of this interview, we also talked about the incredible cast Bong has assembled for his first English language production. Impressive for a $100 million Hollywood studio flick, how did Bong get Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris, alongside his Korean regulars Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-sung, together for his $40 million production, shot...
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Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer, is a hit in South Korea and France, where it's already been released, and it's getting beyond-rave reviews. So why does Harvey Weinstein want to release a different version in the U.S. and beyond? (The Weinstein Company has distribution rights in North America, U.K., South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.) Good question. Ever since word got out that Weinstein wasn't supporting the director's cut — and had tested a version with twenty minutes chopped out — fans as well as the filmmakers have expressed dismay. As one reviewer noted, "To alter [the film] would be something close to vandalism."Since both Bong and Harvey were out celebrating Tilda Swinton at the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit Tuesday night — her 53rd birthday, coincidentally — we thought it high time to find out what was going on. As Bong Joon-Ho walked »
- Jennifer Vineyard
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