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‘Svaha: The Sixth Finger’ Review (Netflix)

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Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Ji-tae Yu, Min Tanaka, Jin-young Jung, Sang-woo Lee, Lee Jae-in, Jung-min Park, Seung-chul Baek, Seon-kyu Jin, Jung-min Hwang, Hong-pa Kim, Suk Mun, Ji-hwan Park, Ji Seung-Hyun | Written and Directed by Jang Jae-hyun

Svaha: The Sixth Finger, brought to Netflix as part of their commitment to Korean programming, is directed by Jang Jae-hyun and stars Jung-jae Lee as Pastor Park. A spiritual occultist who investigates documented religious sectors to decipher their intentions for either good or for evil. Park is hired, along with his understudy, played by Ji-tae yu, to look into the cult group Deer Mount. Unbeknownst to the two, Chief Hwang (Jin-young Jung) begins to investigate a murder that has links to the group. Both sides collide in unearthing a haunting conspiracy and are fully thrown into a horrifying investigation that is filled with secrets.

Jang Jae-hyun’s film is cocktail of Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate
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Firangi and The Swindlers are International Cinema titles opening this weekend!

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Firangi and The Swindlers are International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Firangi and The Swindlers are International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Adriana Floridia12/1/2017 10:46:00 AMEvery week, select Cineplex theatres feature some of the most popular and exciting films from all around the world, from countries like China, India, Korea, The Philippines and more. If you want to try something different at the movies, or simply celebrate your own or a new culture on the big screen, we’re highlighting the International Cinema titles out this weekend that you’ll surely enjoy!

Firangi (Hindi w/ English subtitles)

It's 1920 and India's freedom movement is beginning to gain momentum. However, one man firmly believed that the Britishers were not as bad as they were being made out to be. The film stars Indian comedian Kapil Sharma. Firangi opens on December 1st at select Cineplex locations.

For showtimes, click here! The Swindlers
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Review: The Swindlers Cons Viewers Out of Their Time

Stars Hyun Bin and Yoo Ji-tae go toe-to-toe in this month's The Swindlers, a loose and jazzy caper thriller that mines Korea's abundant fascination with grifters. Or at least that's what it attempts to do, as this blatant ripoff of the work of director Choi Dong-hoon (Tazza: The High Rollers, The Thieves) is a grating star vehicle that smacks of smug ineptitude and a whole lot of cut corners. After swindling countless unsuspecting victims, a master con man disappears with a huge fortune and when the prosecution fails to track him down they write him off as dead. Later, ambitious prosecutor Hee-su catches wind that the man has resurfaced and he engages the help of three tricksters he shadily harbors on his payroll. Together they...

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Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Midwest Premiere of ‘Split’ on Nov. 1, 2017

Chicago – The Fall Season Five continues for the Asian Pop-Up Cinema series in Chicago as they roll down the alley for “Split,” Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, at the AMC River East 21 Theatre. This South Korean bowling comedy is directed by Choi Kook-hee. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com will make an appearance as “the bowler,” with Ron Falzone of Columbia College moderating. For complete details and to purchase tickets, click here.

Split,’ Directed by Choi Kook-hee, Presented by Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Series

Photo credit: AsianPopUpCinema.org

Cheoi-Jong (Yoo Ji-Tae) was once a legendary professional bowler, but a devastating accident ends his promising career. Now, he feebly bowls in underground matches organized by Hee-jin (Lee-Jung Hyun), an owner of a bowling alley deep in debt. Fortune alludes both men, despite their high-stakes betting, until they discover an autistic-savant named Yung-Hoon (David Lee). His bizarre zen-like method of bowling makes him the
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Watch: Atypical Korean Gambling Film ‘Split’ Starring Yoo Ji-Tae (Old Boy)

Director: Choi Kook-hee

Distributor: Opus Pictures

Cast: Yoo Ji-tae, Lee Jung-hyun, Lee David, Chug Sung-wha

Runtime: 121 min.

Yoo Ji-tae, who is primarily famous for his role as the villain in Park Chan-wook’s Old Boy, was last seen in the Korea-Japan co-production The Tenor Lirico Spinto (2014). In recent years, he has also turned to directing, debuting the melodrama Mai Ratima at the Busan International Film Festival in 2012.

Plot:

Cheol-jong used to be a promising bowler, but he ends up wandering around the betting world of bowling. In order to pay back the debt he owes to his enemy, Cheol-jong and his gambling broker Hee-jin struggle on the bowling lanes. That’s when they run into an autistic boy named Young-hoon, a born genius in bowling.

In order to recruit Young-hoon, Cheol-jong sneaks him out from the residential care and starts to teach him bowling. Young-hoon also warms up to Cheol-jong,
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Afm: United Pictures closes 'Split' deals

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Afm: United Pictures closes 'Split' deals
Exclusive: Bowling drama stars Yoo Ji-tae.

Korean sales agent United Pictures has sold sports action drama Split, starring Yoo Ji-tae, to Lemon Tree Media for China and Associated Euromedia for Turkey.

The film, which is scheduled for Korean release later this month, has also been sold to Matv for pan-Asian TV and Encore for in-flight rights. Yoo’s credits include Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy and Kim Seong-soo’s Running Wild.

Directed by Choi Kook-hee, Split follows a bowler struggling to pay off his gambling debts who comes across an autistic boy who appears to be a born genius in the sport.

The film is produced by Opus Pictures, one of the three partners in United Pictures, along with Bk Pictures and Zip Cinema.

United Pictures is also selling Kim Tae-yun’s legal drama New Trial, starring Jung Woo and Kang Ha-neul, and Kim Bong-han’s crime thriller Ordinary Person, starring Son Hyun-joo and Jang Hyeok. Both films are
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Former Busan chief given suspended jail sentence

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Lee Yong-kwan and three other former festival executives given suspended jail sentences by Busan District Court.

Former Busan International Film Festival (Biff) director Lee Yong-kwan was given a suspended sentence of six months jail time with two years probation for embezzlement of funds by Busan District Court today (October 26).

Prosecutors indicted Lee in May, saying that although he had not pocketed any money personally, he had issued, along with then secretary general Yang Heon-gyu, a brokerage fee of approximately $23,000 to a partner company that had seen losses while working with Biff trying to start a TV channel for festival films.

Yang was also sentenced to six months jail time, suspended with one year of probation. Both claimed that Lee was unaware of the brokerage fee being issued until after the fact.

Lee expressed surprise at the heavy sentencing and briefly told reporters after the ruling that he would appeal the judgement.

With senior
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Busan: United Pictures sells 'One Day', 'Life Risking Romance'

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Busan: United Pictures sells 'One Day', 'Life Risking Romance'
Exclusive: Sales company also launches sports drama Split starring Yoo Ji-tae.

Ahead of their world premieres, Korean sales company United Pictures (Up) has signed a raft of deals on Lee Yoon-ki’s fantasy drama One Day and romantic comedy/thriller Life Risking Romance, starring Korea’s Ha Ji-won (Haeundae) and Taiwan’s Chen Bolin (20 Once Again).

One Day, starring Kim Nam-gil (The Shameless) and Chun Woo-hee (The Wailing), has sold to Japan (Fine Films) and China (Lemon Tree). The film is about an insurance agent working on the case of a blind woman in a coma whose apparent spirit visits him in the hospital for help.

The film is set to have its world premiere at the Tiffcom market.

Directed by Song Joy, Life Risking Romance, which also features Chun Jung-myung (Queen Of The Night), has sold to Japan (Takeshobo), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Hong Kong (i-Cable Entertainment), the Philippines: (Mvp Viva) and in-flight rights (Emphasis).

The
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Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy

Park Chan-wook's OldboySTORY90%DIRECTION90%ACTING85%VISUALS85%POSITIVESEvery aspectNEGATIVESA little too grotesque at times2016-07-0888%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (3 Votes)94%

This second installment of Park Chan Wook’s “Vengeance Trilogy” is the film that turned the global interest toward Korean cinema.

Based on the homonymous Japanese manga, the film focuses on Dae-su, a businessman who is arrested for drunkenness, missing his daughter’s fourth birthday. The same night, and for no apparent reason, he is abducted and forced to live in the same room for 15 years. When he is unexpectedly released, he is set on exacting revenge, although the sole evidence in his possession is the fact that he must accomplish this revenge in five days. A girl he meets at a sushi restaurant, where she works as a chef, decides to help him, once more with no apparent reason.

Although “Oldboy” has revenge as its central theme, Park directs
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Korean industry threaten Busan boycott

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Korean industry threaten Busan boycott
Committee of nine major film organisations has issued a set of demands to ensure the festival’s independence.

Key members of South Korea’s film community have announced today that they will boycott the Busan International Film Festival (Biff) if Busan City does not stop interfering with the festival.

Today (March 21), the Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for Defending Biff’s Independence, a gathering of nine major film organisations including the Korean Film Producers’ Association, the Directors’ Guild of Korea and the Federation of Korea Movie Workers’ Union, held a press conference in Seoul to make the following demands to ensure the festival’s autonomy and independence:

Busan City mayor Suh Byung-soo should step down as Biff organizing committee chairman and agree to revise the festival’s articles of association.The city government must stop unjust interference in Biff and withdraw the legal application for injunction against the 68 new committee advisors.Suh should
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Sharlto Copley to Headline Open Grave, Oldboy Details

Sharlto Copley is always an interesting actor. I thought he was the best thing about “The A-Team”, but then, I actually liked that movie. I grew up on the show, and I thought it had enough homage and newness in it to be entertaining. And Copley’s Murdock was a hoot. Copley was previously rumored to have been offered the villain in Spike Lee’s remake of “Oldboy” (I still think they’re going to change the title sooner or later), and it looks like he’s officially on the team. The plot sounds like it will remain pretty faithful to the original, with Josh Brolin playing a wrongly imprisoned man name Joe Douchett, who is freed after 15 years in captivity. He goes in search of his tormentors, led by Adrian Pryce (Copley), a billionaire with a grudge against Joe. Ji-tae Yu played the villain in the South Korean original.
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Akira vs Oldboy Remakes – Which Is The Lesser Of Two Evils?

There is no such thing as ‘sacred’ anymore. To suggest that any film is inviolable in the modern era is unfortunately not the case, remakes are omnipresent. I completely understand why studios endure the ‘lack of creativity’ insults thrown at them and Hollywood as a whole. Money. A big budget film failing can deal a killer blow to any studio; turning to a ready made fanbase enables them to pretty much ensure a success. Even the fans who are so disgusted at the idea of a remake buy a ticket just to confirm they were right. I know this because I bought a ticket to Let Me In. It is the exact same reason that every half decent young-adult novel with good sales is being adapted.

OldBoy and Akira respectively are held in extremely high regard, both with very niche fan bases and a penchant for extreme violence, at first
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Oldboy (2012): Josh Brolin cast in Spike Lee’s Remake

Josh Brolin has been cast as the lead in Spike Lee‘s Oldboy (2012) remake. The original (Oldeuboi) was directed by Chan-wook Park in 2003 and starred Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, and Hye-jeong Kang. Oldboy‘s plot synopsis: “The story centers on a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life.”

I was against this being remade the moment I heard it was happening. As soon as I finished watching Oldboy for the first time in 2003, I knew it was a classic from the excellent camera work, the script, and the acting. In addition, th film’s ending was a hammer to the senses. I was not the only person that felt that way. Oldboy is probably one of the best revenge films
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Teaser Trailer for Creepy Korean Flick Late-Night FM

When it comes to delivering intense, well-crafted thrillers, South Korea is at the very top of the proverbial pile. “Chaser”, “Oldboy”, and “Memories of Murder” are among my absolute favorites, and rank as some of the most satisfying suspense flicks I’ve ever encountered. “Late-Night FM”, which stars Choi Song Hyun and Ji-tae Yu, promises to continue in the footsteps of its lofty predecessors, though I’m going to keep my excitement properly restrained until further investigation can be implemented. Fair enough, right? A plot synopsis, courtesy of Film Smash: Sun-young is a popular radio DJ with a big fan base for a cinema music midnight program that is aired live. She is a perfectionist who has built a successful career for the past 7 years, but when her daughter is in need of an operation overseas, she decides to quit. She prepares for her final show from song selections and
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Sutherland & Aja Make Horror Funny in 'Mirrors' Trailer

  • A few weeks back I finally had the opportunity to catch the Spanish horror flick [Rec] and was totally blown away. My buddies and I quickly got into a debate on the state of horror cinema over the last few years. I contended that truly horrifying movies have been superseded for jump scares and gritty violence (or torture porn). Case in point: Alexandre AjaAlexandre Aja
[/link], who made a splash in the horror community with Haute Tension -- a film that despite its glossy look, is almost offensively bad and completely overrated. He followed that up with the remake for Wes Craven’s classic The Hills Have Eyes, another stylistic blood bath without bite. The man has certainly found a niche, so when I saw the trailer for Fox’s Mirrors yesterday I couldn’t even tell it was from the same filmmaker. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a downtrodden mall security guard
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