I Saw the Devil

Spike Lee’s Oldboy wasn’t really a success in any sense when it opened last month. Critics met the film with a shrug, audiences failed to meet it at all, and fans who were against it to begin with got to crow “I told you so.”

But Oldboy‘s failure isn’t keeping producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna from trying to remake a different Korean revenge thriller starring Choi Min-sik. The pair have just picked up the English-language rights to I Saw the Devil, released in 2010 by Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird). Hit the jump for more details on the new project.

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Kim Jee-woon Directing Ed Brubaker’s ‘Coward’

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The English-language debut of South Korean director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird) didn’t land with much impact. But the piffle of a reception given The Last Stand hasn’t frightened the director off making films outside his native country. And now Kim has latched on to a project that perhaps suits his own proclivities much better than did the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film.

Kim will next make Coward, based on the first storyline from the much-praised comic book series Criminal written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Sean Phillips. Brubaker also adapted the script. Coward is a lean and very mean story of robbery big and small, of double-crosses, and best intentions that are blown all to hell. Read More »

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After much anticipation, neither Kim Ji-woon’s The Last Stand nor Park Chan-wook’s Stoker set Western audiences on fire when they opened earlier this year. But the third English-language debut by a South Korean director this year, Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, seems poised to blow the other two out of the water.

Following very early screenings for the highly anticipated sci-fi film, the very first reviews have begun trickling out. And the critics seem to agree on a few points: 1) that Snowpiercer is very, very dark, 2) that it’s so dark it could turn off movie ticket buyers, and 3) that it’s freakin’ fantastic. Hit the jump to read their comments.

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If the two Expendables movies were Arnold Schwarzenegger dipping his toe back into the acting pool, Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand is him taking a cannonball dive back in. The former governor of California soaks in the spotlight as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff who becomes the last guy standing between a ruthless cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) and the Mexican border.

This being Arnold, of course that involves heavy-duty weaponry and some cheesy one-liners. The latest (and probably last) trailer earns a red-band rating for some gleeful violence and some naughty words. Watch it after the jump.

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The final theatrical poster for Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to action star status, The Last Stand, has just been revealed and with it comes a big promise. Arnold will be handling a big-ass gun in an image reminiscent of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

In The Last Stand, the English language debut of Kim-Jee Woon, Schwarzenegger plays a small-town sheriff who is forced to defend his borders against an escaping crime boss. It co-stars Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare, Eduardo Noriega, Zach Gilford, Jaimie Alexander and opens January 18. Check out the poster below. Read More »

‘The Last Stand’ Trailer: Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!

The first big film in Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s star comeback was The Expendables 2, which expanded on his appearance in The Expendables, but didn’t give Arnie a movie of his own to play with. He takes center stage, however, in The Last Stand, with South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird; I Saw the Devil) making his English-language debut.

The film casts Arnie as an LA cop sent out to pasture as a small-town sheriff, who ends up being the last guy who can stop a cartel boss intent on fleeing south across the border. One trailer already played up the star’s age and the film’s action. Now a new trailer explains the setup in more detail, and shows off some of the moments in Schwarzenegger’s small-town life before the shit really starts to hit the fan. It also hints at a lot of action and thrills. There better be some payoff with that sword, is all I have to say.

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To hell with The Expendables, let’s move on to The Last Stand. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) makes his English-language debut directing Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to marquee-heading status. The straightforward action film features Arnie as a disgraced cop currently holding a small-town Sheriff post, who has to prevent a powerful drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping across the US-Mexico border.

Peter Stormare is the bad guy’s chief enforcer, but that’s OK; Arnie has Genesis Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, and, uh, Johnny Knoxville on his side. Read More »

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