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Movie Review – Operation Chromite (2016)

Operation Chromite, 2016.

Directed by John H. Lee.

Starring Jun-jae Lee, Bum-soo Lee and Liam Neeson.

Synopsis:

In 1950, the North Koreans have all but overrun the South. The United Nations puts American General, Douglas MacArthur, in charge of an invasion force stop them in their tracks. He chooses Incheon, the most difficult place possible, for his fleet of ships to land and has a 5000:1 chance of pulling it off. But, before anything can happen, it’s down to eight South Korean agents to infiltrate enemy troops and pave the way. It seems like a hopeless task. Based on true events.

Operation Chromite isn’t a name that exactly trips off the tongue. Nor did Anthropoid and, while their respective events took place eight years apart, they do have something in common. A seemingly hopeless mission.

For the Anthropoid squad, it was killing Heydrich in Czechoslovakia during World War II. In Operation Chromite,
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‘Operation Chromite’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Leads Korean War Soldiers As They Fight For Freedom

‘Operation Chromite’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Leads Korean War Soldiers As They Fight For Freedom
Liam Neeson is back in another action-packed film, this time based on the real-life events of the heroes who sacrificed their lives during the Korean War. Coming Soon released the exclusive trailer and new poster for “Operation Chromite,” where Neeson portrays General Douglas MacArthur, who led the attack against the North Koreans in the Battle of Incheon.

Directed by John H. Lee, the movie follows a team of South Korean Navy Special Forces who, with the help of their U.S. ally General MacArthur, infiltrate a North Korean command center by disguising themselves as North Korean.

Read More: ‘A Tale of Love And Darkness’ Trailer: The Terrors Of War Take A Toll In Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut

The trailer features striking cinematography, violence, blood, sweat and tears. Jung-jae Lee also stars as South Korean Captain Jang Hak-soo who risks it all to protect his mother, Bum-soo Lee portrays North
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Liam Neeson-Stars In Korean War Blockbuster ‘Operation Chromite’ Poised To Premiere

Directed by Lee Jae-Han of A Moment to Remember (2004), Korean war action film Operation Chromite rounds out its cast with Hollywood star Liam Neeson, who plays the role of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur.

Set during the 1950s Korean War, the plot concentrates on heroic Korean troopers who, commanded by General MacArthur, carry out a covert mission X-ray that leads the code-named Operation Chromite, and contribute to wrest control of the Korean War and liberate South Korea from the North Korean invaders.

The film also features Korean-Japanese Mma fighter Choo Sung-Hoon as a North Korean soldier, Korean heart-throb Lee Jung-Jae (Assassination, 2015 and New World, 2013) as a South Korean navy lieutenant and Lee Beom-Soo (The Divine Move, 2014) as an elite Soviet-trained North Korean officer.

Lee Jung-Jae and Lee Beom-Soo previously worked together on Oh! Brothers (2003) and City of the Rising Sun (1999).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has notched
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Finecut sells 'Chromite' to Germany, Taiwan

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Finecut sells 'Chromite' to Germany, Taiwan
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has closed the first raft of deals on John H. Lee’s Operation Chromite, starring Liam Neeson, which has gone to Splendid Film for Germany, Austria and Benelux.

The film, which also stars Lee Jung-jae, has also gone to Discovery Film for Ex-Yugoslavia and Moviecloud for Taiwan.

Neeson plays General MacArthur in the film, which tells the story of the Incheon Landing Operation during the Korean War.

The film is produced by Chung Tae-won (Three Kingdoms), through his production outfit Taewon Entertainment. It started shooting last December and is scheduled to wrap by the end of March for a wide release in Korea through Cj E&M in July 2016.

Liam Neeson looks great in Operation Chromite and has an important role in this Korean film, with John H Lee as director, whom we know for his talent for making good movies,” said Splendid acquisition executive Marko Moellers.

Cj E&M is
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Finecut closes deals on 'Operation Chromite'

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Finecut closes deals on 'Operation Chromite'
Liam Neeson-starrer goes to multiple territories including Germany and Taiwan.

Seoul-based sales company Finecut has closed the first raft of deals on John H. Lee’s Operation Chromite, starring Liam Neeson, which has gone to Splendid Film for Germany, Austria and Benelux.

The film, which also stars Lee Jung-jae, has also gone to Discovery Film for Ex-Yugoslavia and Moviecloud for Taiwan.

Neeson plays General MacArthur in the film, which tells the story of the Incheon Landing Operation during the Korean War.

The film is produced by Chung Tae-won (Three Kingdoms) through his production outfit Taewon Entertainment. It started shooting last December and is scheduled to wrap by the end of March for a wide release in Korea through Cj E&M in July 2016.

Liam Neeson looks great in Operation Chromite and has an important role in this Korean film, with John H Lee as director, whom we know for his talent for making good movies,” said
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News Shorts: February 18th 2013

The first behind-the-scenes photo of Josh Brolin filming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and stills from Jack the Giant Slayer, Dead Man Down, and concept art from Pacific Rim.

Posters for Mud, Fast and Furious 6, Dark Skies, Toy's House, Passion, 6 Souls, Breathe In, Night Train to Lisbon, The Company You Keep, If I Were You, The Frankenstein Theory, Jigsaw Puzzle, The Last Road, The Numbers Station.

"New release dates include: "Spring Breakers" and "The Kill Hole" on March 15th, "Antiviral" on April 12th, "Sightseers" on May 10th, "The East" on May 31st, and in 2014 we'll see "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" on February 14th…" (full details)

"Walt Disney Home Entertainment has confirmed a May 21st release for new Blu-ray editions of Studio Ghibli classics 'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle'…" (full details)

"With Brad Pitt agreeing and then turning it down, Channing Tatum has
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Well Go USA Acquires Korean Thriller 'New World' in Berlin

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Well Go USA Acquires Korean Thriller 'New World' in Berlin
Well Go USA has acquired North American rights to Hoon-jung Park's action thriller, "New World," the company announced on Thursday. The distributor plans to open the movie in theaters in March in 15 North American markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas. Park's film stars Jung-jae Lee as a detective who goes undercover to infiltrate a massive Korean gang but becomes close with a member of the organization. He must decide between his boss and his new associate. "New World is one of those rare gangster movies that keep you
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Philadelphia Film Festival 2012: ‘The Thieves’ is a fast-paced heist film

The Thieves

Directed by Dong-Hoon Choi

South Korea, 2012

Philadelphia Film Festival

The second-highest grossing film in South Korean film history, Dong-Hoon Choi’s The Thieves is a fast-paced heist film in the recent American ensemble tradition of Ocean’s 11.

A group of Korean thieves led by Popeye (Jung-Jae Lee) are brought alongside a group of Chinese thieves with Chen (Simon Yam) at their helm to steal the famous “Tear of the Sun” diamond. Macau Park (Yun-seok Kim) is the mastermind behind it all, but he, Popeye, and Pepsi (Hye-su Kim), recently released from prison, have a history that will be sorted out.

The Thieves has a huge cast and nearly each individual crook receives his or her own share of screentime. Yenicall (Gianna Jun), Chewingum (Hae-suk Kim), and Zampano (Soo Hyun Kim) round out Popeye’s gang, playing the beautiful acrobat, the seasoned impersonator, and the handy technician respectively. On
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"The Thieves" Get Caught with Melodrama and No Substance

The Thieves is a pleasant diversion that heaps on the twists, reaching a crescendo by the middle, but eventually crashes in a pileup of threadbare plot resolutions and sappy melodrama. Crashes of course can prove irresistible to look at, and such is the case with The Thieves. Director and co-writer Choi Dong-hun manages the feat of making even a ludicrous ending look rather sleek.

The movie opens on a heist squad led by Popeye (Jung-Jae Lee), who boosts an artifact from a tycoon smitten by conwoman Anycall (the gorgeous and capably comedic Gianna Jun, also of My Sassy Girl). The beginning sequence functions as the typical sort of hook that establishes how edgy and cool this movie will be – and there are enough antics with grappling hooks and a skintight uniform (set to a brassy, swinging soundtrack) to convince the audience. The main plot develops once Popeye unveils the next
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The Thieves Trailer

The Thieves Trailer
Well Go USA has debuted the first trailer and poster for The Thieves, director Dong-hun Choi's Korean blockbuster that debuts stateside this weekend. Jung-Jae Lee, Hye-su Kim, Gianna Jun, Soo Hyun Kim, and Hae-suk Kim star as five master thieves who attempt to pull of their biggest score yet: the theft of a 318-karat diamond. Take a look at the one-sheet and footage from the highest-grossing Korean movie of all time.

The Thieves - Trailer

It's the score of their lives - if they can pull it off. Five thieves at the top of their game, and the crew is assembling for their biggest job yet. Popie (Jung-Jae Lee) is the muscle and brains; Pepsee (Hye-su Kim) is the safecracker. Yenicall (Gianna Jun) climbs walls, Zampano (Soo Hyun Kim) is the strategy man, and Chewingum (Hae-suk Kim) is the master of disguise.

But this new score - it's hot. Maybe too hot.
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Trailer and Poster for South Korean Heist Flick The Thieves

A casino heist film The Thieves, basically South Korea’s version of Ocean’s Eleven, with edge-of-your-seat moments has become the highest-grossing South Korean film in history.

With U.S. debut right around the corner we’re getting a look at the trailer and poster. The most successful South Korean filmmaker Choi Dong-hun’s (The Big Swindle) latest blockbuster, The Thieves features a ton of exotic locations, huge set pieces, and also a lot of double-dealing.

A gang of 10 thieves panning a heist to steal a precious necklace is played by the likes of Yun-seok Kim, Hye-soo Kim, Hye-su Kim, Gianna Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Simon Yam, Hae-sook Kim, Dal-soo Oh, Kwok Cheung Tsang and Soo Hyun Kim.

A U.S. release is scheduled in limited theaters for this week, October 12th, 2012.

Let’s see if The Thieves can break into America’s imagination as well as it done into Korea’s.
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The Thieves movie poster and trailer

Watch the trailer and see the poster for Dong-hoo Choi's The Thieves, starring Yun-seok Kim, Hye-soo Kim and Gianna Jun The Dong-hoo Choi film (Woochi, The Big Swindle, Tazza: The High Rollers) film is making Korean box office history; selling half a million ticktes on the first day, and over 10 million within the first three weeks.The film had the best opening day ever amd is the highest-grossing movie in Korea to date. Also in the cast of the Well Go USA release which opens in theaters on October 12, 2012, are Jung-jae Lee, Simon Yam, Hae-sook Kim, Dal-soo Oh and Angelica Lee.
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The Thieves movie poster and trailer

Watch the trailer and see the poster for Dong-hoo Choi's The Thieves, starring Yun-seok Kim, Hye-soo Kim and Gianna Jun The Dong-hoo Choi film (Woochi, The Big Swindle, Tazza: The High Rollers) film is making Korean box office history; selling half a million ticktes on the first day, and over 10 million within the first three weeks.The film had the best opening day ever amd is the highest-grossing movie in Korea to date. Also in the cast of the Well Go USA release which opens in theaters on October 12, 2012, are Jung-jae Lee, Simon Yam, Hae-sook Kim, Dal-soo Oh and Angelica Lee.
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Indie Trailer Sunday: South Korean Diamond Heist Film 'The Thieves'

Every thief for himself. Today's trailer comes from South Korea, a heist film called The Thieves, basically South Korea's version of Ocean's Eleven, with some fun little modern character twists. This one is set mostly in Macau, another casino city, and involves one big diamond and a gang of 10 thieves, played by the likes of Yun-seok Kim, Hye-soo Kim, Hye-su Kim, Gianna Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Simon Yam, Hae-sook Kim, Dal-soo Oh, Kwok Cheung Tsang and Soo Hyun Kim. This looks kind of fun, and interesting, but not necessarily to the levels of Ocean's Eleven. Nonetheless, it's still worth watching today - take a look! Watch the official Us trailer for Dong-Hoon Choi's The Thieves, in high def from Apple: It's the score of their lives--if they can pull it off. Five thieves at the top of their game, and the crew is assembling for their biggest job yet. Popie's
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South Korean box office record breaker 'The Thieves' heads to the U.S. -- Exclusive Poster

South Korea has a population of 48 million people*, and clearly, many of them are movie lovers.

Fans have been packing Korean theaters to see The Thieves, an action heist by director Dong-hoo Choi, making it the highest-grossing film in South Korea’s history, beating out Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 monster fable The Host. The Thieves, which premiered in North America last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, hits American theaters on Oct. 12, distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment.

Check out this exclusive poster, below, featuring nine key players in the movie, including South Korean known names Gianna Jun and Jung-jae Lee,
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The Housemaid Korean Movie Review

“The Housemaid” or “Hanyo” is a 2010 South Korean erotic thriller directed by Sang-Soo Im and is a remake of the 1960 classic by the same name, that one directed by the late Ki-Young Kim (1919–1998).

It opens with a very distinct shot of a woman dressed in black perched on the edge of a balcony, overlooking the bustling street market below. In obvious distress, she takes one last look before leaping to a certain death.

Having lost the family housemaid, Byung-Sik (Yeo-Jong Yun) hires the young and beautiful Eun-Yi Li (Do-Yeon Jeon) as a replacement. Her duties will include watching over the pregnant Hae-Ra (Seo Woo), becoming a friend and confidant to elementary student Nami (Seo-Hyeon Ahn) and keeping Hoon Goh’s (Jung-Jae Lee) household in order. And thus, she is offered a place to stay within their manor-esque residence.

Unfortunately, Hoon is a hard man to please and as he
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Fantastic Fest Opens iTunes Store, Plus Highlights from Last Year’s Festival

Since I’m heading down to Austin for Fantastic Fest in less than a week, I thought I would write up a post with some of my recommendations from last year’s festival. Bonus-Fantastic Fest announced over the weekend that it has opened up an official shop on iTunes, making it even easier to access some of the best offerings from past festivals. The new shop features selections from 2005-2010, and you can rent or buy the titles. Film offerings include Sin City, Wolf Creek, Bug, The Host, Pan’s Labyrinth, There Will Be Blood, Trick ‘R Treat, The Human Centipede, 13 Assassins, Monsters and many more. Visit the Fantastic Fest iTunes page to browse the full selection. Many of the films from last year’s festival are also now available via Netflix or DVD, so you can watch them now. Keep in mind that most of these are very low budget,
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The Housemaid Review | The Discreet Harm of the Bourgeoisie

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Accepting the caveat that we get only the really, really good stuff on our shores, it's hard not to feel like the foreign film market is just doing it better. Anything remotely horrifying or dramatic, Australia and the Asian markets have just been knocking it out of the fucking park. Almost every Korean film I've seen over the last few years has been devastatingly good. Sang-soo Im's The Housemaid is no exception. If you want to see a great example in the vein of Bunuel of the excesses of the upper class, you need look no further than this film. It's an exceedingly well-trod and simple plot: a wealthy executive begins nailing the new nanny and the rest of the family reacts with scheming and manipulation. However, this reaction takes on Machiavellian levels of awfulness. It's like a page plucked straight from the Borgia playbook -- even scrawled with
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Movie Trailer: The Housemaid

The Housemaid is Directed by and stars Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-Jae Lee, Seo Woo and Yeo-Jong Yun.

About The Housemaid:

A favorite at this year’s Cannes, Toronto and Fantastic Fest film festivals, The Housemaid is a stylish, sexy thriller about an innocent young woman caught in the twisted web of a rich family’s games. Eun-yi (Cannes Best Actress winner Jeon Do-youn of Secret Sunshine) is hired as a nanny in an lavish mansion by businessman Hoon (Lee Jung-jae) and his very pregnant wife, Hae-ra (Seo Woo). When Eun-yi is seduced by the father of the house, she becomes the unwitting victim in a series of traps laid by the women of the house-Hae-ra, her villainous mother (Park Ji-young), and their seemingly loyal but increasingly bitter housekeeper (Yun Yeo-jong). Intensely erotic and fiendishly entertaining, The Housemaid builds to an unforgettable climax as Eun-yi must outwit them and escape their schemes
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The Housemaid Trailer Debut

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IFC Films, via Apple, have released the official theatrical trailer for The Housemaid.

Directed by Sang-soo Im, the South Korean erotic thriller stars Sang-soo Im he Housemaid stars Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-Jae Lee, Seo-Hyeon Ahn, Seo Woo and Yeo-Jong Yun.

The Housemaid will open in the Us on January 21. You can read our review here.

Eun-yi (Do-yeon Jeon) is hired as a nanny in an impossibly lavish mansion by businessman Hoon (Jung-Jae Lee) and his very pregnant wife, Hae-ra (Seo Woo). When Hoon callously seduces the young maid, she becomes the unwitting victim in a battle of wills between him and the scheming women of the house-Hae-ra, her villainous mother, and their seemingly loyal but increasingly bitter housekeeper. Intensely erotic and fiendishly entertaining, The Housemaid builds to an unforgettable climax as Eun-yi tries to maintain her cunning to protect her sanity-and her life-from the ruthless vipers around her.
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