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Film Review: ‘A Taxi Driver’

16 August 2017 1:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Revisiting the 1980 Gwangju Massacre, a landmark historical event in South Korea’s march towards democracy, director Jang Hoon brings a sappy, feel-good touch to a tragic subject by focusing on the bond between a German reporter (Thomas Kretschmann) and the taxi driver (Song Kang-ho) who helped him get the news out to the world.

Jang, who’s established himself as a hit-maker with features like “Secret Reunion” (also starring Song) and “The Front Line,” again worked B.O. miracles, earning the third highest domestic opening score of all time with “A Taxi Driver.” While the film clearly taps into the national zeitgeist, buoyed by a sweeping show of people’s power that ousted the president, international audiences should also appreciate the actors’ feisty turns. (It opened in the U.S. on Aug. 11.)

“A Taxi Driver” is the first major production to tackle the Gwangju Uprising head-on since the 2007 blockbuster “May 18.” Having less pretensions to epic grandeur than »

- Maggie Lee

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Netflix boards Korean zombie series 'Kingdom'

6 March 2017 1:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kim Seong-hun, director of 2016 hit Tunnel, will direct the period zombie action thriller series, scripted by Signal writer Kim Eun-hee.

Netflix is launching Korean period zombie action thriller Kingdom, an original TV series directed by Kim Seong-hun.

Kim’s sophomore feature film Tunnel [pictured], starring Ha Jung-woo, ranked fifth at the local box office last year, after clocking up $49.7m. Kim made his feature directorial debut with thriller A Hard Day, which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2014.

Set in the Joseon dynasty, the eight-episode series follows a crown prince who is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak, which turns out to threaten the kingdom.

Kim Eun-hee, writer on the hit series Signal, has been working on the script since 2011. Local TV drama production company Astory, which has credits including Signal, Cinderella’s Stepsister, Lee SoonShin and Scent Of a Woman, is producing.

“I am thrilled about partnering with an eminent writer like Kim Eun-hee. Kingdom »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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"Les hautes solitudes": A Film at Wit’s End

22 February 2017 7:34 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jean Seberg in Les hautes solitudes. Courtesy of The Film Desk.It is a raw experience. No title, no credits of any sort. No soundtrack—although I defy anyone to watch it in absolute silence and not “hear” something, at some point, in their head. Just a series of “moving images” (for once the currently fashionable artworld term is correct), portraits in black-and-white, mostly trained on faces, or the upper parts of several bodies. There is no make-up, only minimal lighting and staging, and no post-production effects or clean-up whatsoever. The on-screen participants include Nico, Tina Aumont, Laurent Terzieff. And, most extensively, Jean Seberg—which may come as a shock to viewers not entirely au fait with the biography of the film’s director, Philippe Garrel. “Garrel’s camera sees Seberg honestly,” wrote David Ehrenstein in his book Film: The Front Line 1984, “as if discovering her for the first time, »

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