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Trailer for Upcoming Film “Kim Ji-young: Born 1982” by Kim Da-young

South Korean heartthrob Gong Yoo and actress Jung Yu-mi and have had a successful professional relationship, having featured in hits films “Silenced” and “Train to Busan” together previously. While the former hasn’t been on the big screen since Kim Jee-woon’s 2016 film “The Age of Shadows”, Jung Yu-mi was last seen in her “Train to Busan” director’s follow-up film “Psychokinesis”. The two team up once again for Kim Da-young’s directorial debut “Kim Ji-young: Born 1982” (translated title).

Synopsis

Kim Ji-young has one of the most common female names for people her age. She works at a PR agency. She gets married and has a daughter. So she can raise her daughter, Kim Ji-young quits her job. She leads an ordinary life up to this point. Suddenly, Kim Ji-young begins to talk like her mother, her older sister and other people. She seems possessed by other people. What happened to her?
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Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun Korean Stars Reteam for ‘Emergency Declaration’

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Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun Korean Stars Reteam for ‘Emergency Declaration’
South Korea’s two top actors, Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”) and Lee Byung-hun (“The Magnificent Seven”) have confirmed that they are joining new project “Emergency Declaration.” C-Jes Entertainment, one of the film’s co-production houses, announced on Thursday (Aug. 29).

Han Jae-rim, who previously directed “The Show Must Go On,” “The Face Reader” and “The King” will direct the film. According to C-Jes’ statement, “Emergency Declaration” is a disaster drama set in a plane and will boast suspenseful plot and colorful characteristics. Production budget and distributor have not yet been confirmed.

Song and Lee starred together in three previous films: Park Chan-wook’s “Joint Security Area,” Kim Jee-woon’s “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” and “The Age of Shadows,” which is also directed by Kim.

“Emergency Declaration” aims to wrap pre-production in 2019, and start production in the first half of 2020.
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Film Review: The Swindlers (2017) by Jang Chang-won

From the “Oceans’ Eleven” series and it’s many spinoffs over the years, it’s obvious how the multi-star driven heist caper film has become a big aspect of big-budget Hollywood. Traveling to South Korea for their own spin on the formula, this energetic offering from director Jang Chang-won comes July 30th on digital and Blu-Ray from WellGo USA.

After being one of many victims in a legendary con, scam artist Hwang Ji-sung finds that the man responsible for pulling off the caper, Jang Doo-chil didn’t commit suicide as was reported but is still very much alive. Learning that the political ramifications of the event won’t bring Doo-chil to justice, he decides to come together with police officer Park Hee-su and his off-the-books team Kwak Seung-geon Ko Suk-dong, and Choon-ja (Nana) in order to finally bring the man to justice. Moving to various other members of Do-chil’s criminal empire,
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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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Film Review: ‘The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil’

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Korea has dominated the midnight-movie/genre slots at international festivals so thoroughly of late that it’s hard not to view Lee Won-tae’s “The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil” in terms of its shortcomings in comparison to the likes of “Train to Busan,” “The Age of Shadows,” “The Wailing” and so on. But what this fun, slick but slightly forgettable hardboiled actioner lacks in terms of the energy, originality and inventiveness of a true Korean genre classic, it almost makes up for as a showcase for the burly charisma of star Don Lee, aka Ma Dong-Seok. Playing the criminal element of the title’s triptych Lee is a one-man weather system, so much so that he throws off the three-way balance a bit. The movie might as well be called “The Gangster…and Some Other Guys, Too, I Guess.”

The imbalance isn’t helped by the rather old-hat characterization of “the cop,
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “Long Live the King” by Kang Yoon-sung

2017’s smash hit “The Outlaws” propelled its lead Ma Dong-seok into superstardom and established its debutant director Kang Yoon-sung as a talent to watch out for. While he is already signed on to direct a sequel to his debut feature, his sophomore film “Long Live the King” is set to release soon.

Synopsis

Jang Se-chool is a gangster boss. He has been in love with Kang So-hyun for the past 3 years, even though she tries to push him away. One day, in order to make him give up on her, Kang So-hyun tells him that she wants to be a first lady. Jang Se-chool is confused by her comment. Meanwhile, his friend Jung Choon-taek is a death row convict. His friends tells him that his execution date has been set. Nobody can save him except, possibly, the South Korean president. To marry Kang So-hyun and to save his friend, Jang
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “A Resistance” by Jo Min-ho

Another year, another film about the Japanese occupation of Korea. A very delicate subject for a lot of people, most films that are based on it are met with mixed reactions. Director Jo Min-ho’s film “A Resistance” focuses on the female prisoners of war.

Synopsis

17-year-old Yu Gwan-sun participates in the Korean independence movement. The country is under the rule of Japan, which annexed the country in 1910. Yu Gwan-Sun is arrested and sent to Seodaemun Prison. There, she is tortured, but she does not yield her will to her oppressors.

The film stars Ko Ah-sung in the central role of Yu Gwan-sun as well as Kim Sae-byuk and Jeong Ha-dam is supporting roles. It releases in South Korea on February 27th, 2019.
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Movie “Money” by Park Noo-ri

The rise of Ryu Jun-yeol as an actor has been an interesting one to watch. Starting his film career in the excellent 2015 social thriller “Socialphobia”, he really exploded on the scene in 2017 with three important and appreciated supporting roles in hit films “The King”, “A Taxi Driver” and “Heart Blackened”. These were followed by equally lauded roles in “Little Forest” and “Believer” in 2018. Only two months into the new year, we have the trailer for his second film of 2019, and his first leading role, in director Park Noo-ri’s “Money” (literal title).

Synopsis

Il-Hyun begins to work as a stock broker. His dream is to become rich. Il-Hyun meets a stock market scammer known as “Ticket Man”. He asks Il-Hyun to help in a stock market scam. Meanwhile, Han Ji-Cheol works for Financial Supervisory Service and has chased “Ticket Man” for a long time. He senses something suspicious with Il-Hyun.
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “The Drug King” by Woo Min-ho

A new Song Kang-ho film is quite the event in South Korean cinema. Possibly the country’s biggest superstar, and one of the best known South Korean actors around the world, Song Kang-ho is known to star in massive hits and his films are often South Korea’s official entries to the Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language category. So when he teams up with “Inside Men” director Woo Min-ho and Bae Doona, one of South Korea’s best actresses and Song Kang-ho’s co-star from “The Host”, big things are expected from the resulting collaboration “The Drug King”.

Synopsis

Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970’s, Lee Doo-Sam builds an empire as a drug smuggler in the Busan underworld, while public prosecutor Kim In-goo attempts to take down Lee Doo-Sam.

Joining Song Kang-ho and Bae Donna is a strong supporting cast of Jo Jung-suk, who also starred
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Big Movies Saturate Korean Cinemas Over Holiday, Damaging the Box Office

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The outlook for South Korea’s film box office business is decidedly guarded. Over Chuseok holiday period, overall sales increased but business ended up being a zero-sum game.

According to the Korean Film Council’s report, box office managed to sell almost 32% more tickets in September, compared to the same month a year ago. That’s partly because of the holiday, which fell in October in 2017.

Kofic’s box office tracking service Kobis showed that the number of admissions in local theaters was up about 4 million to 16.81 million in September, with revenues up by 42% to $127 million. The number of admissions for homegrown titles grew by 5.78 million to 11.76 million, with revenues increased by 113.6% to $88.23 million.

Big homegrown films release during the holiday week in all likelihood contributed to the hike. Over the past few years, the Chuseok holiday season has grown to one of the peak seasons for the South Korean box office,
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Korea Box Office: ‘Dark Figure of Crime’ Overcomes ‘Venom,’ ‘Star is Born’

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Korea Box Office: ‘Dark Figure of Crime’ Overcomes ‘Venom,’ ‘Star is Born’
Local crime drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” jumped to top spot at the South Korean box office, toppling the previous week’s winner, “Venom.” The Showbox release earned $4.42 million from 553,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $22.0 million from 2.83 million admissions after two weekends.

Venom,” incurred a week-on-week drop of 58% and slipped to second place. The Sony release earned $3.93 million between Friday and Sunday for a two-week total of $25.4 million.

Opening on Thursday, Korean drama “Miss Baek” landed in third. The Little Big Pictures release earned $1.5 million over its opening four days. Starring Han Ji-min the drama is Lee Ji-won’s directorial debut feature. It sees the story of an ex-convict woman who meets a girl that reminds her of her own childhood. The woman decides to save the youngster from domestic violence.

Musical drama, “A Star is Born” opened on Tuesday and landed in fourth. The Warner Bors.
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Director Kim Jee-woon Honored by French Government

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Director Kim Jee-woon Honored by French Government
South Korean director Kim Jee-woon received the Arts and Letters Officer’s decoration for his contribution to the arts at the French Night party on Oct. 6, during the Busan International Film Festival.

Best-known for his Korean Western “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, Kim launched his career with 1998 feature “The Quiet Family,” and continued with 2000’s “The Foul King,” 2003 horror drama “A Tale of Two Sisters,” 2005’s “A Bittersweet Life” and two Warner Bros. Korea releases — 2016’s “The Age of Shadows” and 2018’s “Illang: The Wolf Brigade.” “Illang” is screening at Busan’t Korean Cinema Today — Panorama section. In 2013, Kim made his U.S. directorial debut with Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring “The Last Stand.”

While much has been written about Kim, here are some things that might have been overlooked:

Kim started his career as a stage director and actor. He had a
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Trailer for Korean Film “After My Death” by Kim Ui-seok

South Korea does some of the best dark high school dramas. Films like “Bleak Night”, “Han Gong-ju”, “Thread of Lies” and even “Silenced” are incredibly hard to sit through yet exceptionally engaging and very relevant even today. Director Kim Ui-seok takes on another high school tragedy and its aftermath in his debut feature “After My Death”, which received universal praise when it premiered at the 2017 edition of the Busan Film Festival.

Synopsis

A missing high-school girl is suspected of committing suicide. When it is discovered that somber Yeong-hee was the last to see her, troubling questions arise. Yeong-hee is quickly thrown into a maelstrom of accusations, leading to a witch hunt encouraged by the missing girl’s mother and her quick-to-condemn classmates. While Yeong-hee searches for the truth, she must solve her own existential crisis before spiraling out of control. “After My Death” wraps its drama in a mantle of
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Film Review: Man of Will (2017) by Lee Won-tae

With a history as rich and vast as the peninsula of Korea’s, it is no surprise that films based on the lives of revered national figures are made in South Korea in plenty. It is, however, baffling that no film that focused specifically on the very eventful life of activist, freedom fighter and the last Premier of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, Kim Koo, had been made so far. He is finally given his just dues in Lee Won-tae’s biopic “Man of Will”, starring Cho Jin-woong and Song Seung-heon, which focuses on his early days when he was still called Kim Chang-soo.

The film starts with the fight that would change the course of Kim Chang-soo’s life, where he ends up killing a Japanese man. As it turns out, Kim Chang-soo killed the man because he suspects him of having assassinated the beloved Empress Myeongseong,
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Netflix Picks up Kim Jee-woon’s ‘Wolf Brigade’ (Exclusive)

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Netflix has acquired nearly global rights to “Illang: The Wolf Brigade,” a new action thriller from leading South Korean director Kim Jee-woon.

The film, previously also known as “Inrang” is a live action adaptation of 1999 Japanese-made animation “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.” Set in 2029, it follows the actions of a special forces squad set up to quell a terrorist sect which opposes the formation of a joint government between North and South Korea.

Kim, whose credits include “The Age of Shadows,” and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird,” has assembled a star cast that includes Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo, and Gang Dong-won.

The streaming giant is understood to have picked up all rights outside Korea, but it has not yet revealed a release date. Its holdback is likely to take into account both the Korean theatrical release, through Warner Bros. starting on July 25, and the film’s recent selection to play
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South Korean film industry forges closer ties with North Korea

Initiatives include new Kofic committee, Peace film festival and line-up of North Korean films at Bifan fest.

South Korea’s film industry is moving towards forging closer ties with North Korea, following the groundbreaking Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula announced April 27.

The Korean Film Council (Kofic) has set up a special committee for North-South Korean film exchange, which was launched on July 5. Following in the footsteps of a similar committee that Kofic operated 2003-2008, before the advent of previous conservative administrations, this new committee is expected to develop exchange projects and symposiums, and is
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Awesome Full Trailer for Kim Jee-woon's Live-Action 'Jin-Roh' Movie

Finally! Warner Bros Korea has debuted the first full-length international trailer for In-rang, a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. This is the latest film made by talented filmmaker Kim Jee-woon adapting a very popular, very awesome anime into a live-action film. They've adapted the story to be set in Korea in the future, in a time where North and South Korea are about to merge. The South Korean police launch a special unit known as "The Wolf Brigade" to stop an anti-reunification terrorist group. The original anime is known as one of the best animes ever, up there with Akira, and this looks like an exciting live-action version that's very close to the original. The cast is lead by Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, with Kim Mu-yeol, Choi Min-ho, Han Ye-ri, Shin Eun-soo, and Choi Jin-ho. ...
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Full International Trailer for Kim Jee-woon’s ‘Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade’ Remake ‘In-rang’

After an all-too-brief tease last month, the full-length international trailer has arrived for Kim Jee-woon’s next feature, the futuristic crime thriller In-rang, a remake of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. An adaptation of the popular Mamoru Oshii manga, which had a few prior feature-length iterations, the director looks to be working on a large scale here after his more modestly-budgeted The Age of Shadows.

Taking place sometime in the future, In-rang follows the story of the special police unit that has been created to contain the tumultuous activity between North and South Korea, after the countries agree to create a joint government. Ten years after their first collaboration on The Good the Bad the Weird, Kim Jee-woon and Jung Woo-sung team back up for Jin-Roh. Alongside Woo-sung the film stars Han Hyo-Joo, Gang Dong-won, and Han Ye-ri.

While Warner Bros. has no plans for domestic distribution yet, In-rang will be
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Warner’s Korean ‘Witch’ Picked up by Finecut

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South Korean independent sales house, Finecut has picked up international sales rights to “The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion.”

Warner Bros. Korea’s fifth local language production, “The Witch” is directed by Park Hoon-jung, who is best known for his 2013 crime drama “New World.” Finecut previously distributed Park’s two other films, “New World,” and “V.I.P.

The revenge thriller with supernatural elements revolves around a school-girl-turned-tv-star who lost her memory when she broke out of a government facility ten years previously.

Starring Kim Da-mi in the heroine role along with high profile talents including Cho Min-soo (“Pieta”), Park Hee-soon (“The Age of Shadows”) and Choi Woo-shik (“Okja”), the film is set for a Jun. 27 release in South Korea and will receive an international premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in its competition section.
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Finecut picks up international rights to Park Hoon-jung’s 'The Witch'

Finecut picks up international rights to Park Hoon-jung’s 'The Witch'
The company previously handled Park’s crime drama ‘V.I.P.’.

South Korean sales company Finecut has picked up international sales rights to New World director Park Hoon-jung’s latest film The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion.

The company previously handled Park’s crime drama V.I.P. (2017) and action noir New World (2013). The films respectively clocked up $9.8m and $31.2m at the local box office, according to the Korean Film Council (Kofic), in addition to selling strongly worldwide.

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion stars up-and-coming actress Kim Da-mi, who Finecut say, “landed the main role of the young heroine following a highly selective audition process.
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