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The Traffickers (2012) Movie Review

The gruesome subject of organ theft has long been popular in Korean cinema, ripped from the headlines style tales of unfortunate people having their vitals forcibly removed having made for a number of very effective chillers over the years. Though the theme might not be new, with “Traffickers” debut writer director Kim Hong Sun definitely offers a different spin, playing out the story with one of the smugglers as his protagonist. The criminal in question is played by Lim Chang Jung, in a massive departure from the goofy comedy roles in “Sex is Zero”, “Shotgun Love” and others that he made his name in, joined by up and coming actor Choi Daniel (Cyrano Agency) as a man whose wife is snatched for harvesting, with Oh Dal Soo (“The Thieves”), Jo Yoon Hee (“Doomsday Book”) and Lee Young Hoon, (“No Regret”) in supporting roles. Lim plays Young Gyu, the former head
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Kim Jee-woon Takes on Multi-Projection Experimental Short Hide & Seek

Kim Jee-woon recently signed his Hollywood debut with the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand and his next feature project will be a live-action adaptation of the anime Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, but it looks like we'll be getting another new work from him very soon. Following his work on the omnibus Doomsday Book, Kim is returning to the short film format with Hide & Seek, a new experimental short commissioned by Cgv, Korea's largest exhibitor.Starring Gang Dong-won (Duelist, Haunters) and Shin Mina (A Bittersweet Life), Hide & Seek involves a character known as X who becomes involved in a chase as he seeks to deliver an unknown object.Previously responsible for 4Dx technology (I'm not a fan), Cgv is hoping to demonstrate the value...

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Now on Blu-ray: Well Go USA Delivers Doomsday Book, The Assassins, Tai Chi Zero, Dangerous Liaisons, And The Thieves

You'll be seeing several of these cram sessions from me as I catch up from a particularly eventful winter during which I was unable to maintain my preferred review schedule. Hopefully these wrap-ups will be useful as I can help you decide what is worth your money and what isn't. Well Go USA is one of the more prolific labels with whom I deal on a regular basis. In the last two months, they've dropped some major releases on us, including their theatrical/Blu-ray release of Stephen Fung's steampunk kung-fu epic, Tai Chi Zero; and Korean box office explosion, The Thieves, among others. Here are a few words about each of their recent releases from our archival reviews:Doomsday Book:This apocalyptic triptych is the joint work of...

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Kim Jee-Woon (part one)

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There is no greater time to kick this article into life for 2013 than with the release of the year’s first English language debut from a Korean director. That director is Kim Jee Woon and that film in question is the Last Stand, his English language debut and even more inexplicably Arnie’s return to action cinema (ignore the inert expendables 2). As part of our look at Kim Jee Woon, we shall be breaking his catalogue into three parts. This is the first part in which I will be covering his two breakout films, action thriller a bittersweet life, and the vastly superior (to its genre kin) a tale of two sisters. After that, it’s the stabby violence of I saw a devil and the western cool of the good, the bad and the weird. After which we close out with the quiet family (later ‘remade’ by Takashi Miike
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First Teaser For Korean Mma Actioner Fist Of Legend

Following the baseball drama GLove, director Kang Woo-suk of the Public Enemy trilogy has set his sights on another sport, mixed-martial arts, in Fist of Legend (no relationship to the Jet Li film of the same name). Based on a webcomic series written by Lee Jong-kyoo and illustrated by Lee Yoon-gyun, it centers on a group of middle-aged men who were once hailed as legends during their teenage years, participating in a fight tournament to win the grand prize money.The cast include Hwang Jung-min (New World), Lee Yo-won (May 18), Yoo Jun-sang (R2B: Return To Base) and Yoon Je-moon (Doomsday Book).A moment of bad luck derailed Deok-kyu's Olympic dreams and led him and his friends to jail. Jin-ho got out of jail quickly because of...

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Asian Movie Awards Nominees Announced

The announcement of the Asian Movie Awards has just been released with some big films and actors going against against each other to win the big awards. Some of these include Drug War (Louis Koo), Outrage Beyond, actors such as Choi Min-sik and Tony Leung Ka-fai, to Directors such as Takeshi Kitano and Lou Ye.

I do have a few favorites in this list and i feel best movie could go to Drug War and best actor should fall to Choi Min-sik (just brilliant in every movie).

Here is the list of nominations below, feel free to write your favorites in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

Best Film

“Drug War” (Mainland China)

Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2″ (India)

Mystery” (Mainland China)

“Outrage Beyond” (Japan)

Pieta” (South Korea)

Best Director

Anurag Kashyap, “Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2″ (India)

Abbas Kiarostami, “Like Someone in Love” (Japan/France/Iran)

Kim Ki-duk,
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Anurag Kashyap, Anand Gandhi nominated for Asian Film Awards

Anurag Kashyap, Anand Gandhi nominated for Asian Film Awards
Four Indian films have been nominated for the 7th Asian Film Awards with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur leading the pack with four nominations: Best Film, Anurag Kashyap for Best Director, Wasiq Khan for Best Production Designer and Rajeev Ravi for Best Cinematographer.

In other nominations, Nawazuddin Siddiqui will compete for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Talaash, Anand Gandhi contends for Best Screenwriter for his debut film Ship of Theseus and Pritam Chakraborty vies for Best Composer Award for his melodies in Barfi!.

Andy Lau, a noted actor of Hong Kong will head the judging panel. A total of 30 films from nine countries will compete under 14 categories at the award function to be held on 18th March, 3013. The annual event is organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.

Full List of Nominations:

Best Film

Drug War (Mainland China)

Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2 (India)

Mystery (Mainland
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DVD Playhouse--Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

By Allen Gardner

Killer Joe (Lionsgate) William Friedkin’s film of Tracy Letts’ off-Broadway hit about a family of Texas trailer park cretins (Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon) who hire a cop-cum-hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to take out their troublesome mother, then foolishly cross him, is a stinging satire, given double-barreled audacity by Friedkin’s sure, and fearless, directorial hand. Earning its Nc-17 rating in spades, “Killer Joe” reminds us that daring, frank material like this is why movies exist in the first place. McConaughey gives the performance of his career, hopefully redefined after this. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes; Commentary by Friendkin; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) Christopher Nolan’s coda to his “Batman” trilogy finds Christian Bale returning as a brooding Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader, this time faced with a hulking villain (Tom Hardy) with respiratory
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Writer & Release Date Announced For ‘The Host 2′

I am of course talking about the sensational Korean movie, and not the adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer book. The Host 2 has been discussed and talked about ever since the 2006 film became the highest grossing film in Korea’s history (it has since lost that crown). Recently we saw some footage, which has now been revealed as test footage put together some time ago, and heard that first time director Park Myeong Chan would be taking over directorial duties from Bong Joon Ho. Now it can be revealed that the film is actually yet to start shooting but is aiming for a summer 2014 release date. It will be written by Im Pil Sung, the writer and director of the criminally underrated fairy tale horror Hansel & Gretel, and co-writer/director of Doomsday Book. There’s not much else to report in terms of story, other than it is being reported that
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Leather Face Goes For A Ride In Horror Bites!

Leather Face Goes For A Ride In Horror Bites!
Our recent Movie Trailers of 2013 roundup should be seared into your brain by now, but in case you need a gory reminder, we have a few new images from one of the movies mentioned: "Texas Chainsaw 3D." Entertainment Weekly featured some photos of the chainsaw-wielding baddie from the horror series, Leatherface.

It looks like he's stalking his prey at a local carnival. The film takes place decades after the original 1974 storyline introduced us to the famed killer and his demented family. When a young woman learns she's inherited a Texas estate, she hits the road with friends to collect her namesake. Her family reunion takes a turn for the bloody. See what happens when Bill Moseley, Alexandra Daddario, Gunnar Hansen, Trey Songz, Marilyn Burns, and the rest of the cast return to Texas on January 4.

David S. Goyer is Not Directing a Live-Action 'Hellsing' Movie

Fans of the "Hellsing" manga
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More Host 2 Sequel News Hits the Interwebs

Curious about who will be writing the sequel to Bong Joon-Ho's Korean monsterpiece The Host? How about who'll be directing and when you'll be able to see it? We've got all that and more for you right here.

According to Twitch Film, director Im Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel, Doomsday Book) recently finished a script which will be helmed by debut filmmaker Park Myung-chun. While no word has surfaced on the plot yet, it has been revealed that The Host 2 will feature two different monsters this time around. An early summer 2014 release date is being eyed for the hotly anticipated monster movie.

The Host 2's CG effects were produced domestically by Macrograph, and in their 2012 showreel you'll find some good old fashioned monster mayhem. The footage hits 27 seconds in and, later, at the three-minute mark. Check it out!

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The Host 2 Gearing Up for Early Summer 2014 Bow

A few weeks ago Al Young gave us a glimpse of Macrograph's test footage for the long-awaited follow-up to Bong Joon-ho's enormously popular creature feature The Host. The impressive clip, which actually dates back a few years, got a lot of people excited as it made its way around the net but now the silence has been broken on the sequel as producer Choi Yong-bae has shed light on the production's status.Director Im Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel, Doomsday Book) recently finished a script which will be helmed by debut filmmaker Park Myung-chun. While no word has surfaced on the plot yet, it has been revealed that The Host 2 will feature two different monsters this time around. An early summer 2014 release date is being...

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Interpreting What the Doomsday Book Means: A Movie Review

Directors: Pil-Sung Yim, Jee-woon Kim. Writers: Jee-woon Kim, Pil-Sung Yim. Cast: Doona Bae, Joon-ho Bong and Ji-hee Jin. For some people, December is Doomsday month. The obsession may have some film buffs exploring creative ways cinema has for how the Earth can stand still, or simply go boom. A well-made anthology titled Doomsday Book (인류멸망보고서) fits the bill. Quite literally, the movie's original title means, "Report on the Destruction of Mankind." Instead of the Earth rebelling against civilization, the onus is on what humanity can do unto itself. That can make for some great storytelling. Each tale is unique in relating how one solitary act can doom an entire world, or nation in the first short, "Brave New World (멋진 신세계)." This amusing tale looks at how a nerdy research scientist, Yoon Seok-woo (Ryo Seung-beom) unwittingly unleashes the zombie apocalypse by discarding a rotten apple. He is set up by
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20 Best Horror Films of 2012

It’s no big secret I love horror films, but 2012 hasn’t been a great year. In my top ten, three films carry over from 2011, two won’t be released until 2013, two are animated and another isn’t much of a horror film. With that said, 2012 gave us Berberian Sound Studio and Cabin In The Woods, and for that, I am forever grateful. Here is a list of the 21 horror films from 2012 I liked best.

****

#1: Berberian Sound Studio

Directed by Peter Strickland

Written by Peter Strickland

UK, 2012

Berberian Sound Studio reminds us of the power of sound over the visual image, and can surely join the ranks of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and Brian DePalma’s Blow Out as an absorbing appreciation of sound design. But both thematically and visually, Berberian is more of a descendant of the school of David Lynch and Roman Polanski. As things get increasingly,
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Doomsday Book (2012) Review

Doomsday Book from the South Korean director of I Saw the Devil (2010) A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) and 3 Extremes II (2002) takes on the theme of the end of the world through three vignettes that present different ways the apocalypse may occur. Whether the end of days arrives in the form of a zombie outbreak Man vs. Machine or a meteor from outterspace Jeewoon Kim and PilSung Yim tackle the subject matter with humor camp and tremendous thoughtfulness.
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The Trieste Science+Fiction Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Not just one of the world's leading science fiction festivals, the Trieste Science+Fiction festival is one of the finest genre events in the world regardless of the genre in question and it kicks off tomorrow with a sterling program that includes Looper, Holy Motors, Resolution, Errors Of The Human Body, Antiviral, Doomsday Book, classic Italian titles and a whole lot more.Trieste Science + Fiction / International Festival of Science-Fiction is a multidisciplinary event that explores the many worlds of the fantasy and science fiction genres, focusing on the experimental languages and new technologies of cinema, television, visual arts and entertainment.The festival as we know it today is the natural progression of The International Film Festival of Science Fiction that started in the 1960s. Every November,...
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Doomsday Book debuts on Bd & DVD December 11

Two architects of Cinematography. Three Prophetical Visions of Humanity’s Future

Breaking a Paradigm

Doomsday Book

Kim Ji-woon and Yim Pil-sung’s combination for the creation of an Epic Sci-Fi Anthology

Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital December 11th

Internationally-acclaimed Directors Kim Ji-woon (I saw the Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and Yim Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel) deliver us three visions on an apocalyptic theme in the anthology film Doomsday Book, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital December 11th.

In the first story, Director Yim Pil opens with Brave New World, Ryoo Seung-bum (The Servant) starring as a young man fighting for survival in a world infected by biological toxins. A recurring theme in the modern Sci-Fi that dares to explore the depths of

the unconscious, exploiting humanity’s collective fear on the misuse of technologies and hazards that mortals are yet to understand completely.

The core of the film,
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Toronto After Dark 2012 Announces Winners; Cockneys vs. Zombies Wins Gold; American Mary Continues to Dominate

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With one of the longest lists of award winners we've ever seen, the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival has announced who brought home the gold, silver, bronze, and more from this year's event.

From the Press Release:

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to announce the Award Winners of its 7th Annual Edition! As is tradition at Toronto After Dark, the Jury were the fans themselves with over 4,000 votes cast this year by festival-goers to determine the best new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies from around the world!

Genre comedies won audiences over at Toronto After Dark 2012 with the crowd-pleasing British gangsters meets zombies action comedy Cockneys Vs Zombies winning the festival’s Top Prize, the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film, Gold. Close behind, Dead Sushi the latest splatter comedy from Japanese cult director Noboru Iguchi, gobbled up the Silver, while A Fantastic Fear Of Everything,
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Tadff 2012: Audience Awards and Justin’s Five Festival Favourites

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Toronto – With twenty horror, sci-fi, action, and cult movies crammed into nine nights, and an eclectic mix of short films thrown in between, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012 gave the Toronto genre fan a multitude of reasons to be sleep-deprived. Before going into a sustained state of hibernation, audiences cast their ballot for which film they liked the best; the results are as follows:

Audience Choice Awards, Best Feature Film

1. Gold: Cockneys vs Zombies

2. Silver: Dead Sushi

3. Bronze: A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Audience Choice Awards, Best International Short Film

1. Gold: Henri

2. Silver: Vicki

3. Bronze: Numbers

Audience Choice Awards, Best Canadian Short Film

1. Gold: Bio-Cop

2. Silver: A Pretty Funny Story

3. Bronze: Frost

Audience Choice Awards, Best Independent Video Game

1. Gold: Hotline Miami

2 Silver: Tales from Space: Mutant Blob Attacks

3. Bronze: Mcpixel

Fans Choice Awards

Best Horror Film: Citadel

Best Sci-Fi Film: Doomsday Book

Best Candian Feature Film: American Mary
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Toronto After Dark: “Doomsday Book” (2012)

Toronto After Dark: “Doomsday Book” (2012)
Three shorts comprise distinct glimpses into the end of the world in the Korean film Doomsday Book. The end of the world has always been a popular subject with filmmakers of all ilks and in Doomsday Book we’re treating to three possible ways the world will end; by zombie outbreak, robot takeover, and a huge Magic 8 Ball plummeting from the sky. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, except each ending is long and exasperating.
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