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Lee has become Hollywood's go-to Asian actor for its big action movies. In addition to Antoine Fuqua's Western remake in 2016, he also appeared in Terminator Genisys, Red 2 and the G.I. Joe franchise, where he got his stateside break as Storm Shadow.
- Rebecca Sun
The world of Korean cinema saw one of it’s strongest recent years in 2016. Some of the most influential and renowned directors made a comeback with exceptionally strong work; this list includes: Park Chan-wook with his film, “The Handmaiden,” and the very popular Kim Jee-woon, who came out with “The Age of Shadows.” Hollywood was also a major proponent in the overall strength in the 2016 Korean box office results. Films like, “The Age of Shadows,” and “The Wailing,” both had strong backing from Hollywood, which boosted their national, and international, excitement.
The list of upcoming 2017 films looks just as strong:
One of the first to look out for, and potentially may be one of the biggest blockbusters in 2017, is the star-studded “Battleship Island.” “Battleship Island” casts, Hwang Jung-min, Song Joong-ki, So Ji-sub, and Kim Soo-an, and is directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. Ryoo is known for his 2015 film, »
- Lydia Spanier
The 52nd ceremony was held on December 27, 2016 at Sejong University’s Convention Center and hosted by Kim Byung-chan, Kong Seo-young, Lee Tae-im.
Lee Byung-hun, who won the “Best Male Actor”, decided to speak about the still-existing controversy surrounding the awards ceremony, during his acceptance speech:
“I’m happy to receive this award, but my heavy heart takes precedence. There’s been a lot of talk about and problems with the Grand Bell Awards, and I feel like these problems have still not been addressed,” he said. He called for action to be taken, and hopes that the industry will eventually come to an understanding.
The ceremony has been criticized for its fee-based voting system, poor accounting practices, and was supposedly boycotted last year for announcing -but later retracted- that only attendees could win awards. Similar to last year, many of the nominees and subsequent winners were not in attendance.
Source: Soompi. »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
2016 was another great year for Asian cinema, although S. Korean films were the ones that, once more, stood at the epicenter of international interest, particularly due to Park Chan-wook’s comeback and the box office success of films like “The Wailing” and “Train to Busan.” Japan followed with a number of box office successes of its own, headed by “Your Name” and the new Godzilla film, although indie cinema had a very interesting year also.
Chinese language films also had a very interesting year, with “Ten Years” spawning enormous amount of controversy. Slowly though, filmmakers from other Asian countries, not as well known as the aforementioned, seem to present masterpieces of their own.
With a focus on diversity, here are the best Asian films of 2016, in random order. (Some of the films premiered in 2015, but I took the liberty to include them, since they mostly circulated in 2016).
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Master features superstars Lee Byung-Hun , Kang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin. The film is helmed by acclaimed writer-director Cho Ui-seok (Make it Big (2002), The World of Silence (2006), and Cold Eyes (2013))
Veteran actor and international megastar Lee Byung-hun (Inside Men (2015), The Age of Shadows (2016), and Single Rider (2017)) plays Jin Hyun—the charismatic conman and chairman of Won Network. Kang Dong-won is the feisty cop, Kim, assigned to hunt down Jin. Kim Woo Bin takes on the role of Park-Jang-gun, the tech expert who plays the two protagonists off against each other. Master is an electrifying battle among the three men as they chase each other after over 40,000 victims are scammed out of trillions of won.
- The Tiger
5 items from 2017
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