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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CROSS: Son Ye-Jin, Lee Sun-Kyun, Sam Worthington To Star In New Dystopian Class Warfare Sci-Fi From ‘In Time’ Director
According to Pierce Conran at Kobiz, actress Son Ye-jin (The Pirates, The Negotiation) and Lee Sun-kyun (Parasite, Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage), will headline the film with actor Sam Worthington (Avatar franchise).
Ready or not, filmmaker Lee Jeong-beom is coming back with a vengeance for his return at the helm, The Bad Lieutenant. It’s been five years since directing No Tears For The Dead but the celebrated helmer of The Man From Nowhere seems ready to turn the page somewhat thematically in his creative stride.
It was back in 2016 that Warner Bros. Korea would be ramping up its production slate and it’s doled out quite a few treats since then, save for Kim Jee-woon’s Ilang adaptation which I still enjoy. This year, the banner will look to rectify things with its latest offering, Bad Police, opening March 21 and starring Take Point actor Lee Sun-kyun with a logline that cites “A story about a bad cop standing up to an even worse society.”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A SPECIAL LADY: Kim Hye-Soo Sets Out To Protect Something Special In The Latest Trailer For Lee An-Gyu’s Debut Crime Noir
Further indicating no shortage of female led South Korean action thrillers, Lee An-Gyu’s directorial debut, A Special Lady does come a bit challenged but has its merits. Reviews and reactions out of Sitges are just now rolling out with a mix of responses while the film itself is a recipient of a Best Picture award from the festival ahead of its theatrical release on November 9.
As One helmer Moon Hyun-Sung’s directing career has only gotten started with the director well on his way with his latest sophomore offering, The King’s Case Note, opening in the U.S. in early May. For this, we get a cast headlined by Lee Sun-Kyun in the role of a Joseon Dynasty king who enacts his investigatorial practices underneath his veneer of royalty to solve crimes.
King Yejong (Lee Sun-Kyun) is smart. Even though he is a king, he tries to expose cases by himself. He has Yi-Seo (Ahn Jae-Hong) who is in charge of of historical records. King Yejong gives him a hard time due to Yi-Seo doing stupid things.
A strange rumor spreads in Hanyang. King Yejong senses that there is something to the rumor. King Yejong and Yi-Seo try to uncover the truth of the strange rumor.
The film is reportedly premiering in the U.S. in Los Angeles and Buena Park in California on April 28 before branching out to other cities on May 5. Catch the trailer below!
Just for a bit of perspective if you haven’t already, check out Korean titles A Hard Day and A Man From Nowhere. Both lend two of the most enthralling performances you will ever see in Korean cimema with actor Lee Sun-kyun in the former, and the latter from heralded filmmaker Lee Jeong-beom for which I recommend you have a few tissues handy, because that’s how real it gets.
See these films and you’ll get a good sense of what’s abound now with word that Warner Bros. Pictures Korea is well on the way for its latest South Korean endeavor, Bad Police. Plot details are currently under wraps though it is said the story will involve a courrpt cop pitted against an even more vicious society – something that will undoubtedly appeal to fans of actor Lee who has a few more titles lined up, including Lee An-Gyu’s upcoming crime noir, A Special Lady.
Lee will be joined by Fourth Place star, actor Park Hae-jung who will be seen later this year in Fox International’s latest production, The Proxy Soldiers which wrapped photography last month. To boot, director Lee’s is a body of work anyone would be wise to catch onto, specifically if there’s an ample mixture of high drama and pulsating action involved, including the 2014 hitman thriller, No Tears For The Dead.
Bad Police is one of several on the slate for Warner Bros. Pictures Korea after expanding last year with Kim Jee-Woon’s period thriller, The Age Of Shadows, New World and The Tiger helmer Park Hoon-Jung’s VIP and Lee Zoo-young’s high-powered drama, A Single Rider – the latter which opened in Korean cinemas last week. Bad Police rolls cameras on March 15.
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South Korean director Kim Sung-Hyun has a riveting new suspense thriller coming this summer that centers around a cop whose life takes a destructive plot twist following a fatal car accident. Simply titled, A Hard Day, the film stars Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Jin-woong, and is currently nominated to be part of the Directors’ Fortnight line-up which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 15.
This week, we have a new full trailer following the release of a first trailer for the film earlier this month, both of which you can check out below. A Hard Day opens in South Korean cinemas on May 29.
On the way back from his mother’s funeral, special crimes detective Gun-su gets into an accident, killing a man instantly. In order to cover up his crime, he hides the body inside his mother’s coffin, with her inside. A few days later, Gun-su’s crime pops up on the police database and his partner is heading up the case. Gun-su feels distressed as his partner slowly uncovers more details of the accident. To make things worse, a witness to the accident approaches Gun-su by threatening his life.