In the wake of the international success of Squid Game on Netflix, Apple has decided to make it’s own foray into the Korean film market. New drama Dr. Brain is headed to the giant’s streaming service, Apple TV+, in November.
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It was in 2010 that director Kim Jee-Woon spawned a sensational response with fans drawn from his winning suspenseful action horror thriller, I Saw The Devil. Adi Shankar’s own 1984 Private Defense Contractors acquired the English language remake rights three years later prior to possibly attaching Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett of You’re Next and The Guest fame.
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.
If you’re not at at all familiar with the animated Kerberos feature, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, just know that it comes highly recommended from pretty much anyone who has seen it, or basically anyone who watches anime. For this, you’d have a pretty good window to make use of between now and the July 25 release of Kim Jee-Woon’s adaptation, Inrang, which now comes full throated with an official trailer.
Oshii Mamoru’s original story serves as the basis for this take which replaces the alternative 1950’s Japan setting with that of Korea in the year 2029 wherein both neighboring countries are seemingly at the tail end of a seven-year effort toward peace. And at the forefront of our story in which an elite unit emerges to suppress the radical attacks on both sides, one of its members falls into a dangerous romance with a mysterious woman.
If you’ve seen the anime, you pretty much see the connection. All else lies in much of the look and interpretation of the source material from costumes and characters. History will be the judge later this month while Kim himself has been known to impress.
Gang Dong-Won, Jung Woo-Sung and Joo Ji-Hoon star. Check out the trailer below!
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!
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!
Big things are happening this week over at Warner Bros. with the studio now looking to ramp up its Korean-language debut for I Saw The Devil helmer, director Kim Jee-woon‘s new Korean period film, Secret Agent. The report comes as the studio has come to see Korea as a lucrative market for investing in film due to the country’s successes in recent years, in addition to Fox’s latest slew of Korean titles, including Intimate Enemies starring Ryoo Seung-Bum.
Secret Agent was reportedly pitched to the studio by Harbin production CEO Lee Jin-sook, and is currently being described as a co-production venture between Warner Bros. and Grimm Pictures, with Warner Bros. fully financing the film, according to Variety. Actor Song Kang-Ho is set to reunite with the director following the 2008 flick, The Good, The Bad And The Weird and there is currently is no plot for the film said to be set early 20th century Korea during Japan’s colonial rule, although principal photography is scheduled to commence in October with locations to include Korea and China.
One might suppose the fact that Warner Bros. venturing into its first-ever Korean-language movie would be another great move for actor Song as well; The first movie I had seen him in was in the 1999 assassin thriller, Shiri, so it’s a real treat to see him come this far with an illustrious resume including films like Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Bong Joon-ho’s recent sci-fi epic success story, Snowpiercer, for which the director honorably fought tooth and nail to keep in its original iteration for North America.
Song is currently poised to appear in director Lee Joon-Ik’s upcoming period drama, The Throne in September. Stay tuned for more info!