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Well Go USA’s ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU Releases This Week, So Here Are Eight More Hit Ryoo Seung-Wan Movies To Check Out Now!
Well Go USA is proudly releasing Ryoo Seung-wan’s latest period espionage thriller, Escape From Mogadishu this week wherever movies are sold. The film, which based on real life events surrounding the Somali Civil War in 1991, marks yet another level in artistic and creative growth for Ryoo who made his feature debut more than twenty years ago starring alongside his brother in gritty crime noir, Die Bad, and diving further into a variety slate of action titles like 2002’s No Blood No Tears, martial arts comedy Arahan, 2008 spy romp Dachimawa Lee and revenge thriller The City Of Violence to name a few.
ASHFALL: Lee Byung-Hun And Ha Jung-Woo Star In South Korean Disaster Thriller Releasing October 6 on U.S. Blu-Ray And DVD
MPI Home Video is proudly releasing Korean blockbuster epic, Ashfall, on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. beginning October 6. The film previously opened in South Korea from CJ Entertainment last December, scoring in the top 20 markets, earning a total of $61 million internationally.
ASHFALL: Korea Battles Fire Down Below In The Official Teaser
With five directing credits between them, Lee Hae-jun and Kim Byeong-seo had their work cut out for them with their latest disaster epic, Ashfall – internationally titled for market appeal and for western audiences, particuarly in the U.S. where CJ Entertainment will eventually signal its own release stateside.
Kim Byung-woo’s TAKE POINT Opens In Select U.S. Cities Through January!
The Terror, Live helmer Kim Byung-woo’s new tactical action thriller, Take Point, is officially rolling out its U.S. campaign one week before releasing in South Korea as PMC: The Bunker. The film, starring actors Ha Jung-woo, Lee Sun-kyun and actress Jennifer Ehle, is poised for a strategic theater rollout across select cities beginning in Los Angeles ans Buena Park on December 27, and in New York, Texas, Hawaii, Colorado and Georgia on January 4.
TAKE POINT: Ha Jung-Woo Is On The Brink In The Official Trailer
CJ Entertainment proudly unveiled its official trailer this week for PMC: The Bunker – otherwise opening as Take Point outside South Korea. This film definitely aimed for international appeal in its production and packaging with Ha Jung-woo (Kundo) and Lee Sun Kyun (A Hard Day) as the film’s principle key Korean talents, and with Ha taking center stage in both Korean and English.
TAKE POINT: Don’t Miss The First Teaser For Ha Jung-Woo’s New Thriller
Nearly a year since popping up on our radar at the HK FilMart, Kim Byung-Woo’s Take Point is finally poised for release with a date to be set this December. There’s no exact date but an official teaser is now up and running host to the latest from Ha Jung-Woo who happens to be one of my favorite actors working in film.
Na Hong-Jin’s THE YELLOW SEA Is A Heart-Breaking, Soul-Searching Post-Mortem In Four Acts
To date, Na Hong-Jin has only ever helmed three films – his most recent being 2016 mystery thriller, The Wailing. Six years earlier, Na sat in for his second film after 2008’s The Chaser with The Yellow Sea, reuniting with actor Ha Jung-Woo two years later. Ha happens to be one of my favorite actors as of 2014 when I first saw him in Yoon Jong-Bin’s Kundo. The Yellow Sea retroactively reaffirms this in one of the rawest performances you’ll see amidst an epic crime drama that almost never lets up in its intensity or bleakness.
Don’t Miss The Final Trailer For ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE LAST 49 DAYS
The reviews are already out for Kim Yong-Hwa’s upcoming afterlife fantasy webtoon adaptation, Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days. You can read our here while just a few days out from its release in South Korea and North America, Well Go USA is out to remind the masses with an official trailer.
Review: ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE LAST 49 DAYS Maintains Epic Fantasy Deliberation With Unfolding Drama
Director Kim Yong-Hwa made a major hit for himself late last year adapting Korean fantasy webtoon, Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds. The film even took me by surprise thinking it would be one straightforward film at one point and not knowing right away there would be an almost immediate back-to-back sequel, and even learning recently that more developments for the big and small screen were in bound.
South Korean Action Thriller TAKE POINT Spawns New Sales Art At HK Filmart
The film is produced by Choi Won-Ki (The Chronicles Of Evil, A Single Rider) and reunites The Terror, Live helmer Kim Byung-Woo with actor Ha Jung-Woo (Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds). Also starring are Lee Sun-Kyun of A Hard Day fame with BAFTA TV award winning actress Jennifer Ehle, and Garm Wars: The Last Druid co-star, actor Kevin Durand.
Jang Joon-Hwan’s 1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES Lands An Official Trailer
In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.
Well Go USA’s ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS, Bows On December 22
200 Pounds Beauty and Mr. Go helmer Kim Yong-Hwa’s sweeping new fantasy adventure, Along With The Gods, aims to cover a lot of ground through next year. Its inspiration from a popular webcomic hopes to be the seed that sprouts a two-part epic that is now being confirmed for an official North American release date on December 22 from Well Go USA two days after its Korean bow.
ALONG WITH THE GODS: Kim Yong-Hwa’s Two-Part Epic Takes To North America For Well Go USA
Kim’s ambitious blockbuster comes from the online pages of Ju Ho-min’s webcomic and was produced with a budget totaling in the vicinity $35.5 million dollars (KRW 40 billion), and made quite the noise last week among the film fest crowd in Busan. The film opens in South Korea on December 20 with its sequel being dated for next summer.
Review: THE TUNNEL (2016) Digs Into A Place In Humanity Where The Sun Rarely Shines
Indeed, The Tunnel was one of the most compelling (and sometimes gutting) films I’ve seen. It grips you in some ways you least expect while making the most out of its actors, using its perilous moments as the inertia it needs, and not as “characters” themselves as other directors may try to, which feels pretentious to a certain degree depending on the film. With Ha, Bae and Oh anchoring this fine dramatic venture, the film is also very much a mark of continued sharpness and career progress from a filmmaker I wish I paid attention to a year sooner. If there is one thing Kim knows how to do at the director’s chair, it is tell great stories that focus on people more than spectacle, and flesh out the best of what they can offer in the moments scenes call for in a film, and The Tunnel, much to his credit, is no exception.
Watch The Full Trailer For Choi's Espionage Thriller, ASSASSINATION
No subtitles are available, but the new trailer is jam-packed with action, drama and moments of pure intensity that should keep your hype going. Check it out just below!
Gianna Jun To Star In ASSASSINATION
So far, 2014 has tuned out to be another landmark year for Korean action cinema, and Woochi (2009) and The Thieves (2012) writer and director Choi Dong-Hoon is looking to help continue that trend next summer.
Set between China and Korea during the 1930’s, Assassination reunites Choi with actress Gianna Jun whose prior role in the less-than-impressive 2006 live-action adaptation, Blood: The Last Vampire, followed with two big theatrical hits, including The Thieves, and the 2013 flick, The Berlin File. This time, Assassination will have her leading a group of assassins charged by the Korean resistance to target key supporters of the Japanaese occupation.
Joining Jun are her fellow The Thieves co-stars Lee Jung-Jae and Oh Dal-su, along with Kundo (2014) stars Ha Jung-Woo, Cho Jin-woong and Lee Kyoung-young. Choi will produce the film along with partner Ahn Soo-hyun for Caper Films with Showbox financing and distributing the film for its 2015 release.
Stay tuned for more info!
H/T: Modern Korean Cinema
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