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Film Review: V.I.P. (2017) by Park Hoon-jung

Park Hoon-jung is better known for writing the screenplays for “I Saw the Devil” & “The Unjust”. Although his directional debut “The Showdown” in 2011 was overlooked, he bounced back with “New World” in 2013 and “The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale” in 2015. Both movies starred Chio Min-shik and were commercially successful. Now he returns with another crime thriller, which is also the third co-production of Warner Brothers and South Korea.

V.I.P.” is a complete crime thriller concerning a North Korean serial killer who defected to the South and consequently was hunted by not only a North Korean agent, the local police and the National Intelligence Service but also the CIA. This killer is also the son of a high-ranking general from the North, accordingly making him untouchable since he can do whatever he pleases. With the help of his goons, they rape, torture their victims, drug them, taking photos and video of their acts,
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Giveaway – Win New World on Dual Format

Eureka Entertainment’s Montage Pictures releases New World, a slick edge-of-your-seat thriller, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition this coming Monday, January 15th 2018, and we have three copies to give away. Read on for details of how to enter…

After receiving much acclaim for his screenplays for both Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil and Ryoo Seung-wan’s The Unjust, Park Hoon-jung made the transition to directing and with New World, established himself as one of South Korea’s finest directors.

When the chairman of South Korea’s largest crime syndicate is killed in mysterious circumstances, a complex and violent struggle for power takes place between the three most powerful figures in the Korean underworld. Meanwhile the police, led by section chief Kang (Choi Min-sik, Oldboy), have established operation “New World”, in an attempt to weaken the syndicate even further. However, Kang’s inside man, Ja-sung (played by
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St. Louis: Win Passes to an Advance Screening of ‘The Shape Of Water’

Guillermo del Toro is one of my favorite modern directors. He won me over when I saw The Devil’s Backbone at the St. Louis International Film Festival in the early 2000’s. Guillermo’s latest film, The Shape of Water, will be released on December 15th and we have some passes to giveaway to our readers to check it out early.

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape Of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Screening is on Monday, December 11th at 7Pm.

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Giveaway – Win The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale

Eureka Entertainment releases The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale, a singular, epic story of loss and redemption from director Park Hoon-jung, on DVD & Blu-ray from 6 November 2017, and we have three copies to give away on Blu-ray!

Following a tragic accident involving the loss of his beloved wife, renowned hunter Man-duk (Choi Min-sik, Oldboy, Lucy) has retired his rifle and become a humble herb gatherer limping amongst his cherished mountains with his son. But with the arrival of Japanese soldiers determined to find a legendary great tiger, Man-duk finds himself pulled into one final hunt for his own personal redemption and closure.

Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, a period when Korean tigers are being hunted to extinction, The Tiger is a breathtaking action adventure from one of Korea’s finest writer-directors, Park Hoon-jung (New World, I Saw the Devil).

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Korea’s Lee Byung-hun Sets Deal With Sony Television

Bh Entertainment, the talent agency established by top Korean star Lee Byung-hun (“Red,” “G.I. Joe”), has struck a development deal with Sony Pictures Television International Production. The deal is intended to lead to Korean and U.S. adaptations, remakes and original shows for both the Korean and North American markets.

Lee, who is both a critical and commercial star within Korea, has credits that include “Masquerade,” “I Saw the Devil,” “Joint Security Area” and “Inside Men” He will earn a producer credit on all joint Bh Entertainment and Spt projects.

“Together with Sony we look forward to making innovative projects that will further the exchange of creativity not only with talented writers, directors, and producers but also serve as a platform for actors to be able to work on a global level,” said Lee in a prepared statement.

“South Korean drama is of increasing interest to Sony’s International Production team. Given the quality
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Terrifying New Trailer for The Film Ghost House Kept Me Awake at Night

Let me paint you a story. I'm a writer for Geektyrant.com. It's late, but I know I want to get some articles written and help contribute. I find a trailer for a new movie called Ghost House. Cool! I like scary movies! How bad can it be? Well, Since watching the trailer, I have turned on all my lights and have moved to a place where I can run out of my house quickly if needs be, and no, I don't plan on going to sleep anytime soon. Like Ever.

The movie looks terrifying. Maybe because it's late, maybe because the monster in this has a thing for jump scares, maybe it's this new anti-stress medicine I'm on. Maybe it's you. But this thing has given me the hebejebes.

It starts kinda scary with girl running through a street. Fine. Creepy lady comes for her and it's creepy, but
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Review: Memoir Of A Murderer Forgets to Untangle Its Intriguing Premise

Just two weeks after V.I.P., Korean cinemas are getting another twist on the serial killer story with Won Shin-yeon's new work Memoir of a Murderer, based on a 2013 novel by celebrated writer Kim Young-ha. Its name evokes the greatest Korean serial killer thriller of them all (though the Korean title actually translates to A Murderer's Guide to Memorization), but this cat-and-mouse murder mystery and Alzheimer's drama combo shares more in common with Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil. From a young age, Byeong-soo channeled his murderous desires by mostly targeting bad people but he's hasn't killed in over a decade. Recently he's begun to suffer from Alzheimer's, which has led him to start writing a diary of his life before he forgets. He lives...

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Watch: Teaser Trailer For Lee Byung-hun’s ‘Namhansanseong Fortress’

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.
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Crime Action Film V.I.P. To Open In August, Releases First Poster & Trailer

Warner Brothers Korea has just announced that the new film V.I.P. will hit theaters in August 2017. Fans have been waiting for some news on this crime action flick starring Jang Dong-gun, Kim Myung-min, Park Hee-soon and Lee Jong-suk ever since shooting for the film ended in January after schedules at multiple locations including South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Updated on 12th July to add trailer

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V.I.P. is the latest offering from director Park Hoon-jung, who is known for his films New World (2013) and The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale (2015), and for the screenplays of I Saw The Devil (2010) and The Unjust (2010).

The makers also released the first official poster for the film along with the announcement. The striking minimal image shows all four lead actors with very tense expressions, including Lee Jong-suk, who plays the titular V.I.P.

Poster
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Arp to release Cannes Midnight title 'The Merciless' in France

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Cj strikes French deal for South Korean action film.

South Korea’s Cj Entertainment has sold Cannes Midnight Screenings title The Merciless to French distributor Arp, which will release the film throughout France on June 28.

Directed by Byun Sung-hyun (Whatcha Wearin’), The Merciless stars Seol Gyeong-gu (a.k.a. Sul Kyung-gu, Cold Eyes) as a gangster plotting to take over a criminal organisation who teams up with a fearless newbie in prison, played by boy band Ze:a member Yim Si-wan (The Attorney).

“The Merciless is a very tense thriller, a very clever script, expertly directed, with strong characters, great gunfights and many unexpected twists. We hope that in France, fans of thriller, action and pure entertainment will be as thrilled as we were watching the film,” said Michèle Halberstadt, Arp head of acquisitions.

Arp previously distributed other Korean titles such as Kim Jee-woon’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw The Devil, as well as
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Filmart: South Korea's Finecut Inks Deals for 'House of the Disappeared'

Filmart: South Korea's Finecut Inks Deals for 'House of the Disappeared'
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has inked a slew of deals at this year's European Film Market and Hong Kong Filmart for House of the Disappeared, One Step and Operation Chromite, among other titles.

House of the Disappeared, a mystery thriller directed by Lim Dae-woong (Horror Stories) starring Lost/Mistresses star Yunjin Kim and K-pop star Ok Taec-yeon has been pre-sold to major Asian territories including Japan (New Select), the Philippines (Viva Communications), Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (mm2 Entertainment), Taiwan (Long Shong International) and Vietnam (Red Pictures). The film presented by Peppermint&company (I Saw the Devil, New World) is currently in postproduction...
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'Magnificent Seven' Star Byung-hun Lee Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

'Magnificent Seven' Star Byung-hun Lee Signs With UTA (Exclusive)
The Magnificent Seven star Byung-hun Lee has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He was previously with CAA.

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.

In his native South Korea, Lee's many starring credits include Single Rider, Master, The Age of Shadows, Inside Men, I Saw the Devil and The Good the Bad and the Weird,...
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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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Finecut Picks Up Warner Bros.’ Korean Thriller ‘V.I.P.’

Leading South Korean sales company, Finecut has picked up Warner Bros.’ latest Korean-language movie production, “V.I.P.

Directed by Park Hoon-jung (“New World”), the crime thriller stars Jang Dong-gun (“My Way”,) Kim Myung-min (“Deranged”,) Park Hee-soon (“The Suspect”,) and Lee Jong-suk (“The Face Reader”.)

“V.I.P.” is the story of a national intelligence agent, a detective, and a North Korean officer who all collide in their attempts to capture a North Korean defector, the son of a key political figure who turns out to be a prime suspect in a serial murder case.

A Warner Bros. Korea release, “V.I.P.” is co-produced by director Park’s production company Gold Moon Film and Peppermint & Company, which also produced “New World” and Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the Devil,” for which Park wrote the screenplay. Currently in post-production, “V.I.P.” is aiming for a 2017 release.

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Finecut picks up Warner Bros Korean thriller 'V.I.P.' starring Jang Dong-gun

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Warner Bros’ Korean-language production is directed by Park Hoon-jung (New World).

South Korean sales company Finecut has picked up Warner Brothers’ third Korean-language production, V.I.P., directed by Park Hoon-jung (New World, The Tiger).

The crime thriller stars Jang Dong-gun (My Way), Kim Myung-min (Deranged), Park Hee-soon (The Suspect) and Lee Jong-suk (The Face Reader).

The story follows a North Korean defector, the son of a key political figure, who turns out to be a prime suspect in a series of murders. A national intelligence agent, a detective and a North Korean officer all collide in their attempts to capture him.

Presented by Warner Bros Pictures, V.I.P. is produced by Park’s own production company Gold Moon Film and co-produced by Peppermint&company, Inc., whose credits include I Saw The Devil – for which Park wrote the screenplay – and New World.

Warner Bros Pictures in Korea previously presented Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadows and Lee
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Movie Review – The Age of Shadows (2016)

The Age of Shadows, 2016.

Directed by Kim Jee-woon.

Starring Lee Jung-chool, Um Tae-goo, Yoo Gong, Byung-hun Lee, and Han Ji-min.

Synopsis:

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.

Kim Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows sees the prolific South Korean director return to his homeland for a brand new action thriller following his brief 2013 excursion to Hollywood for the Arnie comeback vehicle, The Last Stand. The director – who is legendary among aficionados of Asian genre cinema after a handful of masterpieces
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Berlin: Finecut Adds ‘Glass Garden,’ ‘True Fiction’

Berlin: Finecut Adds ‘Glass Garden,’ ‘True Fiction’
Finecut, Korea’s leading indie sales firm, is giving market premieres in Berlin’s European Film Market to two titles with strong festival potential for later this year.

The company is launching “Glass Garden” a mystery fantasy directed by Shin Su-won. She previously gained festival credibility with Pluto” which appeared in Berlin’s Generation 14 Plus section in 2013, and 2015 effort “Madonna,” which debuted in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

The film is the story of an oddball bioenergetics researcher who is befriended by a novelist who uncovers the woman’s secret while writing and story about her. Currently in post-production, the film stars Moon Geun-young (“The Throne,” “A Tale of Two Sisters”) as the scientist and Kim Tae-hun (“Roaring Currents,” “The Man From Nowhere”) as the writer.

Finecut has also boarded suspense thriller “True Fiction.” The film is presented by Peppermint&company, the production company behind “I Saw The Devil” and “New World.
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Finecut adds 'Glass Garden', 'True Fiction' to sales slate

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Finecut adds 'Glass Garden', 'True Fiction' to sales slate
South Korean sales company picks up fantasy mystery by Shin Su-won and suspense thriller by Kim Jin-mook.

South Korea’s Finecut has added two new titles to its Berlin Europeam Film Market (Efm) slate – fantasy mystery Glass Garden, from Pluto director Shin Su-won, and Kim Jin-mook’s suspense thriller True Fiction.

Glass Garden [pictured] tells the story of a bioenergetics researcher who can communicate with trees and retreats into the forest following a romantic disappointment. Moon Geun-young (A Tale Of Two Sisters) plays the researcher, while Kim Tae-hoon (The Man From Nowhere) plays an author who is inspired to write a novel about her.

Shin’s Pluto premiered at Berlin in Generation 14 plus in 2013, while another of her films Madonna premiered at Cannes in 2015.

Debut director Kim Jin-mook’s True Fiction follows an illicit relationship between a powerful female politician and her son-in-law.

Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Peppermint & Company, which has credits
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Horror Highlights: Q&A with Dead West Director Jeff Ferrell, Rings, The Burningmoore Deaths

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“Revenge never dies” in Dead West, the new film from writer/director Jeff Ferrell. And with the road trip revenge thriller coming out on DVD via Rlj Entertainment this Tuesday, we caught up with Ferrell for our latest Q&A feature. In today’s Horror Highlights, we also have photos from last week’s Los Angeles fan screening of Rings and the trailer and release details for The Burningmoore Deaths.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Jeff. How and when did you first come up with the idea for Dead West?

Jeff Ferrell: The idea for Dead West was born during the shooting of my first movie, Ghostlight. One night after filming, I was with the lead actor, Brian Sutherland, in his hotel room. We were drinking beers and throwing ideas around, when he suddenly said, “I really wanna play a serial killer. Write
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