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Details for the 19th installment of the New York Asian Film Festival remain pending, but the organization is still upkeeping with its commitment to entertain the masses…
Director Johnnie To’s 2012 film, Drug War, was a staunch and stark crime thriller with a compelling story, riveting characters and haunting finale. The film won a raft of awards and nominations around the world through 2014 next to its rave reviews at the time, now begging to see if its remake value stands with equal merit.
That litmus test is now being applied through the lens of Arahan: Jangpung Daejakjeon (2004) scribe, The Silenced (2015) helmer Lee Hae-young with production underway as his fourth feature film set for next year. Actors Cho Jin-woong (A Hard Day) and Ryu Jun-yeol (The King) will reimagine the respective roles as such, per To’s film, intially centered on a Hong Kong drug enforcement whose lead detective successfully captures a key witness – an elusive, conniving drug lord now forced to work with the police to infiltrate a bigger criminal empire or face the death penalty.
Also starring will be actors Cha Seung-won (Man On High Heels) and Kim Joo-hyuk (Confidential Assignment). Yong Film Inc. (The Handmaiden) is producing the film with Kidari Ent. (The Deal, The Chosen: Forbidden Cave), financing and distributing the film in South Korea. (KoBiz)
A brand new teaser is now circulating with swords at the ready! Check it out below!
Writer and director Park Heung-sik‘s latest period actioner, Memories Of The Sword, is gearing up for a theatrical release on August 13, which is less than a month away as of this write-up. The film had been in limbo late last year but with things picking up since then, trailers are now circulating and we now have a first full trailer for fans and those interested to sample Park‘s enchanting vision for a story of vengeance and catastrophic fate.
Three warriors, Poong-chun, Wol-so, and Yu-baek pleadge to fight against the incompetent king. However, the betrayal of Yu-baek leads to Poong-chun’s death, and Wol-so disappears with Poong-chun’s young daughter – Hong-yi – as stricken by guilt. 18 years later, Hong-yi leaves Wol-so and plans to get revenge on both Yu-baek and Wol-so.
It’s a story of one young woman’s destiny written in blood, headlined by a stellar cast with a look that will surely bode well with the wuxia fanbase. International star Lee Byung-hun joins lead actresses Kim Go-Eun and Jeon Do-yeon. Watch the trailer now.
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A rebirth of Korean traditional martial arts. The battle between action masters is about to begin!
Its been thirteen years since anyone watching the news witnessed the unfolding events taking place between warring vessels on the Yellow Sea. It’s an event in human history well noted in director Kim Hak-Soon‘s latest return to the director’s chair, Northern Limit Line, which released in South Korea last month on June 24 commemorating the lives of those lost in the unfortunate tragedy that ensued as a South Korean patrol ship was ambushed by the North along the disputed demarcation line.
This is a story of three swordsmen, Jongul, Sullang, and Dukgi, who led an uprising during the era of the Koryo Dynasty.
Director Choi Dong-hoon‘s new period espionage thriller, Assassination, is getting a leg up this week with new character posters which you may view at the bottom of the page. The film is poised for a release in South Korea this July while the promotional campaign rolls on with its fair share of the usual trailers and featurettes, and other gems pertaining to the new movie which reunites Choi with a handful of notable actors.
As for the film’s exposure elsewhere, it is only a matter of time before audiences abroad get to check out the film for themselves, especially for North America and Canada where Well Go USA continues to provide a sure service for Asian movie fans stateside. And as such, Assassination is getting a limited theatrical release on August 7, 2015 with locations pending.
Early 1900s Korea was under Japanese occupation and many Korean resistance activists were based in China, hiding from the Japanese authorities.The year 1933 in Shanghai, a command to covertly assassinate the Japanese Army’s commander is given to AHN Ok-yun, a top-notch sniper sentenced to death. For this task, YEM Sek-jin, an agent of the interim government extricates AHN Ok-yun and her comrades from the prison. But the grand plan is exposed to Japan by an internal spy and a hit man, Hawaii-Pistol is being hired to get rid of AHN. The assassination squad arrives in Korea without knowing hit-man’s chase. Can she make the impossible mission completed?
Actress Gianna Jun leads the cast with fellow The Thieves co-stars Lee Jung-Jae and Oh Dal-su, along with Kundo stars Ha Jung-Woo, Cho Jin-woong and Lee Kyoung-young.
Check out the latest character posters below along with a recent featurette (no English subs). And, in case you missed the latest trailer, it’s right here.