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HUNT Trailer And Clip: Lee-Jung Jae And Jung Woo-Sung Are Caught In A Deadly Assassination Plot In Lee’s Feature Directing Debut!
Back in the fray is celebrated Deliver Us From Evil and Typhoon star, actor Lee Jung-jae, freshly on the prowl with representation both at home in Korea and in the states following the successful run of hit Netflix series, Squid Game, and only growing his career having also directed his first feature film with political thriller, Hunt.
HUNT Gets First Look At Lee Jung-Jae’s Directorial Debut
We now have our latest first look this week at actor Lee Jung-jae’s feature directing debut, Hunt. Megabox Plus M is repping world sales on the pic while at Cannes this season as the film leads the Midnight Screenings section and readies for a possible Camera d’Or win.
HUNT: ‘City Of The Rising Sun’ Stars To Reunite For Lee Jung-Jae’s Directorial Debut
Poster for “City Of The Rising Sun” (1999)
DELIVER US FROM EVIL: Mano-A-Mano Action Drama With Hwang Jung-Min And Lee Jung-Jae In The Official Trailer
Director Hong Won-chan (The Yellow Sea, The Chaser) is back, and at best I would love nothing more than for my own instincts to suggest that his latest, Deliver Us From Evil, will hit the festival ground running soon.
DELIVER US FROM EVIL Trailer Sees Hwang Jung-Min On The Run From Assassins
The Yellow Sea? The Chaser? Office? Hopefully one of these among writer and director Hong Won-chan’s filmography has gotten your attention in the past decade or so, and if you know your trivia, you know Indonesian action star Iko Uwais is a fan of the man’s work.
ROUND SIX: Lee Jung-Jae And Park Hae-Soo To Lead New Netflix Survival Drama
(l) ARTISTCOMPANY, (r) BH Entertainment
DELIVER US FROM EVIL: New Action Drama Underway From ‘Office’ Helmer
Prime Finds: BIG MATCH (2014)
Back in the halcyon days of video
stores, I always made it a habit to forego the latest Hollywood
releases and would scour the shelves for obscure and odd films that
struck my fancy. Now, in the days of streaming, I’ve rediscovered my
passion for diamonds in the rough on Amazon Prime; a service that is
turning into a goldmine of oddities to dive into.
And now, on the first of many editions
of this column, I give you Big Match (2014).
Why did I watch it?
Big Match wound up on my radar back in
2014 when I stumbled across its trailer online. This stylish,
fast-paced glimpse checked all of my boxes in regard to movies I
needed to see. And then I waited. And waited. The film, for
whatever reason, never materialized on US shores. I never lost hope
in the film, despite my frustration with the film’s lack of domestic
release. Then, long after I’d given up on seeing it without
importing a Bluray, the film just magically SHOWED UP on Amazon. Way
to go Amazon!
Why did it take so long to show up here???
What is it?
Big Match is a 2014 South Korean action
movie directed by Ho Choi and starring Lee Jeong-Jai. It’s
fast-paced from start to finish and the characters are surprisingly
likable. What’s even more surprising is its wicked sense of humor
that keeps the movie interesting between (and even during) the film’s
many action scenes.
What’s it About?
Choi Ik-ho is a South Korean soccer
player who turns to the world of MMA after he is permanently banned
from the sport over assault charges (he beat up most of the opposing
team). With his brother / trainer by his side, he quickly rises
through the ranks and is poised to become champion… Until his
brother goes missing and he finds himself the prime
suspect in his disappearance. His brother’s disappearance is just the setup for a sick
game that Choi is now forced to play. A game that will put his
physicality and resourcefulness to the test.
The brotherly relationship (dysfunctional as it is) makes the movie
ten times better!
How’s the Action?
Craziness! Pure Craziness! The film’s
premise lends itself to some genuinely insane action setups that the
movie delivers upon beautifully. The cinematography and editing is
aggressive but almost always clear. From a daring escape from an
entire precinct’s worth of police to a human game of pac-man where
the “ghosts” are murderous triads, Big Match frequently delivers
the goods in fun and creative ways.
Choi is a physically dominant man of average intelligence; something
that makes the Big Match all the more challenging (and funny).
Who’s This Movie For?
People who love fun action movies with
a wicked sense of humor. One thing that none of the promotional
material prepared me for was the film’s wickedly dark sense of humor.
If Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) directed a movie in South
Korea, it would probably look and feel a lot like this. For me, this
is what put the film above other films of its type and puts it at the
top of the mountain of entertaining yet disposable action movies.
The best part is that Choi is NOT a
Jason Bourne-type. He’s not hyper competent, he’s just a very
talented fighter who happens to be in way over his head. His (mostly
understandable) mistakes add a lot to the film’s sense of urgency and
makes him infinitely endearing as a cinematic hero; kind of the
Korean John McClane.
One of many instances where the cops fail their way to victory.
It’s a blast! But don’t be fooled by
its lack of a Prime tag. The film is “Free with Ads” where they
seem to have forgotten to place the ads. Double win!
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.
WARRIORS OF THE DAWN: Catch The Latest Full Trailer For Jeong Yoon-Chul’s New War Epic
Nearly a decade after A Man who was Superman, filmmaker Jeong Yoon-Chul’s new period war epic, Warriors Of The Dawn has a release set for May 31. The film is one of several working under 20th Century Fox Korea’s banner as it undertakes more Asian titles with this one serving up nicely thusfar with headliners Lee Jung-Jae (Assassination) and Yeo Jin-Goo (Hwayi).
WARRIORS OF THE DAWN Sets The Stage For Battle In The First Trailer
To avoid invading Japanese forces, King Seonjo leaves for the Ming dynasty and abandons his people in the process. In his place, Prince Gwanghae leads the royal court. Meanwhile, To-Woo leads the Daerib forces that consist of those who are paid to serve in the military on behalf of others.
Lee Jung-Jae To Lead THE PROXY SOLDIERS For Fox International This Weekend
Actor Lee Jung-Jae just recently joined the cast of the Orlando Bloom-led actioner, Smart Chase: Fire & Earth for which Night Fare helmer Julien Seri is directing. In the meantime, the Operation Chromite co-star will have his hands full with Marathon helmer Chung Yoon-Chul for this weekend’s production of the new period action adventure, The Proxy Soldiers, for Fox International.
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