11 items from 2017
Bluebeard, the sophomore effort from Writer/Director Lee Soo-youn (The Uninvited), debuts on digital and Blu-ray Combo Pack August 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment. A psychological thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock, the film stars Cho Jin-woong (The Handmaiden), Kim Dae-myung (Inside Men) and Shin Gu (No Blood No Tears). In Bluebeard, Dr. Seung-hoon (Cho) sedates his landlord before a medical check-up and the old man begins telling him a convincing murder confession.
When a doctor learns a murderous secret from a sedated patient, he finds himself in the middle of an unsolved serial murder case. As dismembered bodies start showing up close to home, the doctor realizes he must solve the riddle before the killer realizes what he may know.
Bluebeard has a runtime of approximately 117 minutes and is not rated.
- Tom Stockman
It’s finally out! A few images and bits of information had been trickling out from the sets of this much-anticipated period epic, but the makers have finally decided to unveil the first trailer of Namhansanseong Fortress. And it looks spectacular.
The film is directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, who makes his foray into yet another new genre after 2011’s dark and challenging The Crucible (Silenced) and 2013’s comedy Miss Granny. Starring in key roles are Lee Byung-hun (Inside Men, I Saw the Devil), Kim Yoon-seok (The Priests), Park Hae-il (The Last Princess), Go Soo, Park Hee-soon and Jo Woo-jin.
Lee Byung-hun in Namhansanseong Fortress (2017)
The film is set during the Second Manchu invasion of Korea of 1636, when the newly established Manchu Qing dynasty invaded Korea’s Joseon kingdom. During the invasion, King Injo, the 16th Joseon king, and his retainers were forced to seek refuge in the fortress located in the mountain city of Namhansanseong. »
- Arnav Sinha
Armed to the hilt with double-, triple- and quadruple-crossings between gangsters, moles and cops, “The Merciless” tries to be the whole “Infernal Affairs” trilogy rolled into one movie. A largely generic crime thriller in which a ruthless gangster and his protege fight for dominance in and out of prison, the third film by South Korean director Byung Sung-hyun barrels forth with riotous energy, but two-thirds into the picture, the switcheroos get so ridiculous one eventually stops caring about any character. This is a shame, as the two leads, Sul Kang-gul and Yim Si-wan, are flamboyantly compelling.
Still, the stylized production and stomach-churning violence are tailor-made for Asian genre fans, making the film an easy sell abroad. Although a controversy surrounding the helmer’s provocative tweets has hurt domestic box office, the movie has already presold to more than 110 territories worldwide.
A prologue introduces the formidable protagonist, Jae-ho (Sul, “Oasis,” “Silmido »
- Maggie Lee
Directed by Woo Min-ho, the film is based on the true story of an infamous drug dealer in Busan in the 1970s. Song plays the drug lord, while Jo Jung-suk (The Face Reader) and Doona Bae (Sense8, Cloud Atlas) have also joined the cast.
Woo’s credits include political thriller Inside Men, which grossed $50.4m in Korea in 2015. Song also stars in Showbox’s A Taxi Driver, also starring Thomas Kretschmann and directed by Jang Hoon, which is being lined up for a summer 2017 release. »
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The ever-reliable thespian Song Kang-ho, after a big 2013, in which he featured in Snowpiercer, The Face Reader and The Attorney, had a quiet 2014 before appearing in Lee Joon-ik’s smash hit period drama The Throne and Kim Jee-woon’s Colonial Era action-thriller The Age of Shadows. This year, Song seems to be hitting his stride with the following films.
Sure to stir up many memories and much debate, it depicts the story of a taxi driver and the late Jürgen Hinzpeter (played by Thomas Kretschmann), a German journalist who reported on 1980 Gwangju Uprising, when the Korean military invoked martial law and slaughtered citizen in Gwangju. The film is to be directed by Jang Hoon of Secret Reunion (2010) and stars Song as the titular character.
In 2003, Hinzpeter was awarded with the Song Kun-ho Journalism Prize in Korea and made a thank you speech that he was grateful for a courageous taxi driver, »
- Lady J.
The run of corruption thrillers that have proven so popular at the Korean box office of late shows no signs of abating with The Prison, which takes the same themes that have populated works such as Inside Men and Veteran, and applies them to the more intimate setting of a jail, which serves as a stand-in for society at large.In this debut work by new director Na Hyun, a former cop winds up on the wrong side of the law and is handed a jail sentence. In prison, he soon finds his way into the entourage of a criminal mastermind who controls everyone within the walls, even the guards and the warden, routinely sending convicts outside on missions.Convicts stepping out for brief missions is hardly...
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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
11 items from 2017
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