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June 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Us, The Monolith Monsters, Thirst, Universal Horror Collection Volume 1

June 18th is shaping up to be a killer day for genre fans, as two of my favorite movies of 2019 are making their way home: Jordan Peele’s Us and Lords of Chaos (on DVD) from Jonas Åkerlund. Kino Lorber is showing Chan-wook Park some love this week with their Blu-ray release of Thirst, and Scream Factory has put together the impressive-looking Universal Horror Collection: Volume 1 set as well.

Other home entertainment releases for this Tuesday include Under the Silver Lake, The Monolith Monsters, Crypto, The Nightmare Gallery, Derangement, and Disappearance.

Lords of Chaos

The story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners: a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: Mayhem. Oslo, 1987. Seventeen-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create "true Norwegian black metal" with his band, Mayhem. He's joined by equally fanatical youths - Dead and Varg.
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Song Kang-ho to receive the Excellence Award at the 72nd Locarno International Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival have announced that South Korean superstar Song Kang-ho will be honoured with the Excellence Award at the 72nd edition of the Swiss festival in August this year, making him the first person from Asia to receive the award.

Song Kang-ho is an eclectic, versatile, graceful actor, who has been able to conquer South Korean cinema and then access the world of international stardom, and to whom the Locarno Film Festival will bestow the Excellence Award. His artistic birth can be traced back to the late 1990s, in Hong Sang-soo’s “The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well”, and his career path was laid down in the early 2000s. After “The Quiet Family”, he reteamed with Kim Jee-woon for “The Foul King”, causing audiences to stare in amazement at performances based on versatility and physical skill. This has been the case for twenty years’ worth of film sets,
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Hands on with Divinity: Fallen Heroes at Egx Rezzed

Patrick Nolan gets hands on with Divinity: Fallen Heroes at Egx Rezzed…

Larian Studios recently announced title, Divinity: Fallen Heroes, has appeared with a playable demo at Egx Rezzed in London this week where I got a chance to play it.

The demo seemed to begin at the start of the game where a short introductory cutscene plays and introduces you to the plot. From what I could gather from playing the demo and talking to a writer at the event, the story of Fallen Heroes is a sequel to Divinity: Original Sin 2 but does not directly follow any of the several endings presented in the former game. I’m not going to spoil the endings to Original Sin 2 here but from what I could understand the ending was retconned in ‘a wizard did it’ manner to ensure that as many characters from the previous Divinity title could return in Fallen Heroes.
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Divinity: Fallen Heroes - Trailer and Release Date

Matthew Byrd Mar 27, 2019

Divinity: Fallen heroes turns the Original Sin series into a tactical gameplay experience.

The Divinity series will live on in an unexpected way with the upcoming release of Divinity: Fallen Heroes. 

Fallen Heroes is not Divinity: Original Sin 3, but it will take place sometime after the events of Divinity: Original Sin 2. It will also feature some of the same characters, areas, enemies, character classes, and other familiar elements seen in that incredible 2017 RPG. 

The big difference between Fallen Heroes and the rest of the series is that Fallen Heroes is a tactical strategy game that is already being compared to Xcom. However, that comparison isn't entirely accurate. It is true that Fallen Heroes sees you select missions (there are 60 missions overall) and depart from a home base, in order to complete various objectives. It also seems that you will assign characters skills (of which there are over
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Shadow Play: Park Chan-Wook's "The Little Drummer Girl"

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That South Korean director Park Chan-wook is interested in revenge should come as no surprise to anyone with even a passing familiarity with his work. After the box-office smash Joint Security Area (2000), he proceeded to make what is now collectively known as “The Vengeance Trilogy": Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002); Oldboy (2003), the most well-known entry; and Lady Vengeance (2005). For a while, though, it would seem to explain why The Little Drummer Girl (1983), of all of John le Carré’s spy novels—and not, say, A Perfect Spy, the masterpiece that directly followed it—captured Park’s long-standing interest, eventually culminating in a lavish, six-episode mini-series.Set in 1979 against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the series opens with a terrorist attack on a Jewish diplomatic residence in Bad Godesberg, West Germany. In a sinuous, ticking-clock set-piece, a leather briefcase—seen in the opening shot, as well at the close of
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The Little Drummer Girl Trailer Showcases AMC John le Carre TV Adaptation

Tony Sokol Joseph Baxter Oct 8, 2018

AMC's adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel, The Little Drummer Girl, has an impressive main cast.

The Little Drummer Girl will likely evoke excitement from viewers who enjoyed the joint AMC/BBC intercontinental TV miniseries, The Night Manager, since it’s also a miniseries adaption of a spy novel by John le Carré.

Similar to The Night Manager (which appears to be returning), The Little Drummer Girl will brandish an impressive cast, headlined by the trio of Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon and Florence Pugh. Emmy-winning partners The Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC will reteam and Korean director Park Chan-wook will make his TV debut at the helm for the series.

The Little Drummer Girl Trailer

The Little Drummer Girl trailer has arrived.

Video of The Little Drummer Girl | First Look - BBC

The clip is teeming with the kind of espionage-imbued
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Park Chan-Wook

Park Chan-Wook is the most famous film director in South Korea. He is known both nationally and internationally for his 2002-05 Vengeance trilogy of films. This was comprised of ‘Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance’, ‘Oldboy’, and ‘Lady Vengeance’. He has even been credited with bringing Korean cinema to the world stage. In 2016, he released ‘The Handmaiden’; a film that has been hailed an erotic masterpiece. This film has built a large community of fans in Korea. Since 1992, he has directed ten feature films. Despite his success, he leads a humble life. He takes the bus into Seoul and feeds

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Park Chan-Wook
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ is Now Available on Amazon Prime Video

From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel ‘Fingersmith’ by British author Sarah Waters.

Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance.

Powered by remarkable performances from Kim Min-hee (Right Now, Wrong Then) as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) as the conman who calls himself the Count and sensational debut actress Kim Tae-ri as the maid Sookee, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision and energy to create an unforgettable viewing experience.
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The Age of Shadows Review

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Author: Andy Furlong

The innovative Kim Jee-Woon films have always been characterised by a stylistic blend of film genres. A Tale of Two Sisters is recognised as one of the most influential Korean horrors ever due to its stunning visuals and challenging story, while The Good The Bad and The Weird was not only a widespread hit but also an utterly distinctive contribution to Korean Cinema.

But it was his next film, the complicated revenge drama I Saw The Devil that really elevated Kim to an entirely different level and cemented his reputation as one of the most unique voices in cinema. The Age of Shadows marks Kim’s first Korean Film in six years after his flirtation with Hollywood ended in the disappointingly received The Last Stand. Thankfully, The Age of Shadows is a return to form for the talented director and may just be his best film to date.
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Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden Blu-ray Release Date

Here is some exciting news if you weren't able to see Park Chan-Wook's latest film during its many festivals runs last year: The Handmaiden is coming to Blu-ray on March 28th!

Blu-ray.com reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Park Chan-Wook's The Handmaiden on Blu-ray on March 28th. No special features have been announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are revealed.

Synopsis: "From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women - a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance.

Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden
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Giveaway: Win Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ on DVD

One of the very best films of last year, Park Chan-wook‘s erotic thriller The Handmaiden, arrives on DVD this week. We’ve teamed with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give it away five copies to our readers. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Tuesday, January 31st.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

2. Follow The Film Stage on Twitter

Follow @TheFilmStage

3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite South Korean film.

4. Retweet the following tweet:

We're giving away Park Chan-wook's #TheHandmaiden on DVD! Rt this & follow us to enter. See more details: https://t.co/7H6ITBF7Gt pic.twitter.com/lHdPKeFysO

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Feature: The Rise of South Korean Horror Cinema

  • Nerdly
Something strange is happening in South Korea. While Hollywood is churning out dismal remakes and teen-friendly jump scare franchise films, South Korea, for the past decade or so, has been producing intelligent, highly-original and truly effective horror films – including monster movies, zombie thrillers and nerve-shattering psychological mysteries.

The latest is The Wailing, a scary and sometimes funny supernatural epic that mixes police procedural with terrifying occult horror to devastating effect. The film features a bumbling cop investigating a spate of killings that may or may not be linked to a strange man living in the woods, and is packed with incredible set pieces and shocking twists – cementing South Korea’s growing reputation for world class horror. Here are some more that will turn you into a SoKo horrorphile…

R-Point (2004)

A Vietnam war film featuring a platoon of ghosts, this is a genuinely creepy and atmospheric horror film directed by Kong Su-chang,
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Contest: Win Park Chan-Wook’s Ravishing Crime Drama ‘The Handmaiden’ On DVD

One of The Playlist’s Best Films of 2016, celebrated director Park Chan-Wook’s (“Oldboy,” “Lady Vengeance,” “Thirst”) ravishing crime drama “The Handmaiden,” is gorgeous and multilayered con man movie and erotic thriller. The film debuts on DVD and digital tomorrow, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and we want some of our lucky readers to snag a copy.

Continue reading Contest: Win Park Chan-Wook’s Ravishing Crime Drama ‘The Handmaiden’ On DVD at The Playlist.
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Park Chan-wook Talks Remakes, Sci-Fi and His Twisted New Movie 'The Handmaiden'

The Handmaiden isn't quite like any movie South Korean director Park Chan-wook has made to date, and yet it contains the signature tastes of his most beloved movies. It's got the hidden agendas and violent ends of his vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance). It's got the forbidden romance of Thirst. It's got the twisty, unpredictable dynamics of Stoker. And that's just scratching the surface. Park Chan-wook's latest starts off with a simple plan. A slick con-man, Count Fujiwara, hires a petty thief, Sook-Hee, to help him win the affections of Lady Hideko, a Japanese heiress. Sook-Hee is hired as Hideko's personal handmaiden, a position she'll use to help manipulate the Japanese heiress to fall in love...

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How Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ Reveals His Ongoing Passion For Strong Women

How Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ Reveals His Ongoing Passion For Strong Women
“Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook’s well-reviewed Cannes competition entry “The Handmaiden” (Magnolia, October 21) marks the filmmaker’s return to South Korea after his 2013 English-language debut “Stoker.” His goal these days is to do one Korean-language film for every English-language film, taking advantage of varied stories and world-class actors.

Park’s deliciously twisted and kinky adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 2002 British novel “Fingersmith,” relocated set to the Japanese occupation of ’30s Korea, is a gorgeous and erotic portrait of two women, a con artist Korean servant (newcomer Kim Tae-ri) and her powerful Japanese mistress (Korean star Kim Min-hie, “Right Now, Wrong Then”), who band together to rise up against their male oppressors.

Or do they? Park keeps us guessing as he parcels out surprising tidbits of information in satisfying ways. As we watch the complex plot unfold, we realize that we cannot rely on our unreliable narrators, who often don’t
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How Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ Reveals His Ongoing Passion For Strong Women

How Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ Reveals His Ongoing Passion For Strong Women
“Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook’s well-reviewed Cannes competition entry “The Handmaiden” (Magnolia, October 21) marks the filmmaker’s return to South Korea after his 2013 English-language debut “Stoker.” His goal these days is to do one Korean-language film for every English-language film, taking advantage of varied stories and world-class actors.

Park’s deliciously twisted and kinky adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 2002 British novel “Fingersmith,” relocated set to the Japanese occupation of ’30s Korea, is a gorgeous and erotic portrait of two women, a con artist Korean servant (newcomer Kim Tae-ri) and her powerful Japanese mistress (Korean star Kim Min-hie, “Right Now, Wrong Then”), who band together to rise up against their male oppressors.

Or do they? Park keeps us guessing as he parcels out surprising tidbits of information in satisfying ways. As we watch the complex plot unfold, we realize that we cannot rely on our unreliable narrators, who often don’t
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Interview: Co-Writer/Director Park Chan-Wook on The Handmaiden

  • DailyDead
Throughout his career, filmmaker Park Chan-Wook has crafted some of the most visceral and evocative films of the last 15 years of cinema, and his latest movie, The Handmaiden, is yet another exquisitely unforgettable experience that feels like nothing we’ve seen from him before, and yet, his adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith still has all his trademark directorial touches and wicked sense of humor firmly entrenched throughout.

While at Fantastic Fest 2016, Daily Dead was honored to participate in the press day for The Handmaiden, where we heard more from Park about his approaches to the film’s sublimely nuanced storytelling, his thoughts on the response to The Handmaiden thus far, why it was important at this point in his career to do a film that was very much about celebrating female characters, and much more.

Look for The Handmaiden in theaters on October 21st courtesy of Magnolia Pictures and Amazon Studios.
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The 2016 London Korean Film Festival Line Up Is Awesome

The London Korean Film Festival (Lkff) have unveiled the line-up for its 11th edition, which will be it’s longest run to date.

The festival this year will run from the 3rd – 27th November. This years selection could very well be it’s best line up ever.

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Lee Kyoung-mi’s The Truth Beneath will kick off the event on the 3rd November

The show kicks off with the UK Premiere of director Lee Kyoung-mi’s The Truth Beneath on the evening of 3 November. Tying in with this year’s Special Focus on Women, this is the first time a female director’s film will open the Lkff.

After working as scripter and assistant director under Park Chan-wook on Lady Vengeance, Lee made her debut with acclaimed comedy-drama Crush and Blush (2008) before making us wait 8-years for this spectacular second feature. Mixing the personal with the political,
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Facebook Live With The Handmaiden director Park Chan-wook Tonight @ 8:45pm Pst

Facebook Live chat with filmmaker Park Chan-wook

As part of Fantastic Fest, acclaimed South Korean Director Park Chan-wook will be taking part in a Facebook Live session.

The session should be kicking off at about 8.45Pm Pst tonight. Park will be discussing his latest film ‘The Handmaiden’ ( trailer below ) which will be getting it’s U.S premiere at Fantastic Fest a little earlier at 8.30Pm.

Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures will release The Handmaiden in theaters October 21st

Where: https://www.facebook.com/fantasticfest

When: Tonight! Thursday, September 22nd at 8:45Pm Pst

About The Handmaiden

Directed by Park Chan-wook

Starring Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri and Cho Jin-woong

From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel ‘Fingersmith’ by British author Sarah Waters.

Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan,
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »
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