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Well Go USA Reveals TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA 4K Ultra Key Art Ahead Of Digital And Disc Releases
Yeon Sang-ho’s sprawling hit zombie franchise, Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula, was a fashionable and entertaining road thriller in the action horror millieu following his 2016 predecessors, Train To Busan and Seoul Station.
PENINSULA Review: Starring Gang Dong-Won, Yeon Sang-Ho’s Zombie Franchise Reassures With A Pulsating Sequel
2020 seems to be the year for optimism when it comes to sequels (see Bad Boys For Life and The Debt Collectors). Not all movie fans have a flexible take on a particular kind of story, and directors like Yeon Sang-ho have invariably made note of this fact, and so went the sounds of many a mind blown when news of a sequel to his 2016 film, Train To Busan, was well under way.
TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA, As Gang Dong-Won Battles In The Badlands In The First Epic Trailer
We’re living in some pretty damn surreal times right now, so it’s understandable to be perplexed about the current state of things, especially cinema. Well Go USA’s arrival on Wednesday evening with an official trailer for Yeon Sang-ho’s Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula, comes a moment that seems almost providential as it is coincidental, but don’t read to much into it. I’m not really into stirring another facetious conspiracy theory, especially since we’re not fighting zombies.
PENINSULA: Yeon Sang-Ho’s ‘Train To Busan’ Successor Lands At Well Go USA Amid Massive Sales In Berlin
Psychokinesis helmer Yeon Sang-ho’s forthcoming zombie follow-up, Peninsula, was acquired in Berlin by Well Go USA according to Screendaily‘s EFM coverage. The film, currently in post-production, serves as a shared-universe successor to his 2016 hit zombie opus, Train To Busan, and its corresponding animated Cannes trailblazer, Seoul Station.
Terrific things are happening already ahead of the upcoming release of Kim Jee-Woon’s Illang: The Wolf Brigade. The film is set to open in Korea on July 25 while efforts toward a prequel are officially in motion according to a KoBiz report by Pierce Conran last Tuesday.
Kim Jee-Woon’s new film, Inrang, is doing a pretty ample job with the hype this week after rolling out a 22-second teaser the other day. My guess is that was only announcement with Warner Bros. Korea applying the Hollywood formula in kind these days with a full teaser now online ahead of an official trailer to possibly come between now and its July 25 release.
As for the film, Okiura Hiroyuki’s animated 1999 hit, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade – adapted from Oshii Mamoru’s Kerberos Saga at the time – serves as the basis seen in Kim’s iteration; Transplanting from alt-1950s Germany, Inrang settles for dystopian future tale in the year 2029 following seven years of peace talks in lieu of a truce between North and South Korea, and the warring extremist factions from both sides.
Terrorist attacks arise and thus, a new specialized military force is implemented to counter the upheaval. That’s largely what the footage as of late has offered whilst VERY lightly hinting at the crux of the tale: the tragic love story that ensues for an elite member of the anti-terror unit and his peculiar connection with a mysterious woman.
However this plays out, I’m sure Kim will have a treat for fans this summer and I sure hope to attain some expedient U.S. acquisition news in due time.
Inrang stars actors Gang Dong-Won and Jung Woo-Sung, and actress Han Hyo-Joo star. Watch the teaser now!
INRANG: The Wolfpack Arrives In The First Teaser For Kim Jee-Woon’s Live Action ‘Jin-Roh’ Adaptation
Kim Jee-woon is back. He’s totally, absolutely back. He’s got Inrang, a live-action adaptation of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade opening late July from Warner Bros. Korea and what’s more, he’s got us a teaser worth every bit of our drool.
I’m almost instantly fascinated by any piece of film put out from I Saw The Devil helmer Kim Jee-Woon. His recent release, The Age Of Shadows, further showcased his strength in harnessing the full breadth and scope of a period war epic which pretty much holds firm enough in describing Okiura Hiroyuki’s 1999 animated thriller, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. The relevancy here, though, is that Kim has taken the mantle for a live-action adaptation of Oshii Mamoru’s beloved Kerberbos saga-based sci-fi anime classic.
Inrang is the name and from a script by none other than the venerable Oshii who does away with the alt-1950’s German-conquered Japan setting for a dystopian futuristic Korea where the North and South are seven years in their negotiations become a united country. At the crux of the tale is the beleagured member of a troubled special counterterrorism unit following a deadly incident with a suicide bomber, and a beautiful woman claiming to be her sister, ensuing a dangerous romance as overlapping duplicity threatens the government’s most elite military police forces.
Gang Dong-won leads the cast and rejoins with fellow Golden Slumber remake actress Han Hyo-joo. Also starring are Asura star Jung Woo-Sung, Kim Moo-Yul of Forgotten and Champion actress Han Ye-Ri among the cast. Any teaser and trailer content are otherwise forthcoming but with two months left, I’m guessing the wait won’t be long and so the two new teaser posters now online are more than enough to signal fans that the aforementioned director isn’t going away yet.
Check them out below!
Nakamura Yoshihiro’s 2010 adaptation of Isaka Kotato’s 2007 thriller novel, Golden Slumber may come to mind this week with a remake now in tow. Actor Gang Dong-Won now succeeds that of Sakai Masato’s iteration of a delivery man who gets swept into an assassination conspiracy, framed and forced on the run to clear his name.
Gang is currently in production with director Kim Jee-Woon for Inrang, an adaptation of Jin-Roh, the 1999 animated feature succession of Oshii’s Kerberos saga manga and live action feature films of the 1980s. Production is expected to wrap in February according to Variety with Gang set to join West’s Tsunami L.A. in Spring to shoot in the U.K. with Gurkin Asia overseeing his next career transition.
A friend of mine named Takai got on my case for not remembering an action scene from the film, Kundo which featured actor Gang Dong-Won as the main villain. She’s an avowed fan of his and that being said, she sort of put me in the doghouse (jokingly) even though I hadn’t seen the film in a couple of years.
Still though, I give her credit for following up on Gang and his activity with his most recent film, director Chi Ui-Seok’s Master, in which he leads the tale of a intellectual crime unit led by a detective as they take on a massive fraud case. Also starring principally are Lee Byung-Hun and Kim Woo-Bin as the respective president and brains of the very corporation now in Gang’s sights and clearly our villains are trying to hide something, considering the conniving, scheming and explosive chaos occuring as a result.
The film opens on December 21 in South Korea while we undoubtedly wait for further releases in other territories. Check out the latest trailer!