It’s been a rollercoaster year for Arnold Schwarzenegger. After finishing his term as Governor of California, the icon announced his return to acting, helped create awful-looking animated series The Governator, and waffled between a few projects including Kim Ji-woon‘s English-language debut The Last Stand and another film, Cry Macho, before settling on the latter as his first major post-political film role.

But then his paternity scandal caused him to put all media activities on hold for an indefinite period. That period has evidently now come to a close as there is a report that the actor will star in The Last Stand, which will shoot this September. Read More »

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If you read our exclusive interview with Olly Moss, you know that even the artists are aware how difficult it is to acquire a Mondo print these days. It’s especially difficult when there are only 185 of the things but that’s the print run of Kevin Tong‘s poster for Kim Ji-Woon‘s bloody revenge film I Saw The Devil, which is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. We’ve been buzzing about the film for months but, unfortunately, it didn’t fair too well at the box office. Hence the small print run. Still, once you see the movie, you are going to want this poster. Check out the full image, courtesy of JoBlo, after the break. Read More »

While rumors have been circulating for months about a whole slew of projects that Arnold Schwarzenegger was considering for his return to live action film, /Film has exclusively learned that The Governator has almost locked a deal to star in Lionsgate’s The Last Stand, Kim Ji-Woon‘s English language directorial debut written by first-time screenwriter Andrew Knauer. The film is about a lone border sheriff tasked with stopping an escaped drug dealer from crossing into Mexico in a super car. Liam Neeson was previously cast in the part but left the film a few months back. Read more after the jump. Read More »

March 4th finally sees the limited release of director Kim Ji-Woon‘s revenge film I Saw the Devil, which Peter loved at Fantastic Fest and I loved at Sundance. With that and Ji-Woon’s other awesome South Korean cross-over, the western The Good, The Bad and The Weird, his stock just continues to rise. A few months ago, we reported that Ji-Woon parlayed that buzz into his first English language directorial gig, the fast-paced action movie called The Last Stand written by Andrew Knauer. Liam Neeson was rumored to star as a sheriff near the U.S. border tasked with stopping a Mexican drug cartel leader from speeding home at 200 mph but we can exclusively tell you that Neeson has taken himself out of the running. Still, Kim is confident that the film will begin shooting this Fall. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

The new red band trailer for I Saw the Devil is one of the best I’ve seen in ages. It’s certainly a marked improvement over the earlier, non-domestic trailer for the film, which featured much of the same footage, but little of the rhyme or rhythm that makes this trailer so deliriously, propulsively malicious. If you’re looking to get amped for what promises to be the latest must-see contribution to an already long list of must-see Korean films, here’s your starting point.

Not that anyone with an appetite for Korean cinema should be in need of convincing that this is a film worth watching, what with the knockout trifecta at the center of it. To start there’s director Kim Ji-woon, whose track record — A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, the Weird — has already solidified him as one of the leading voices in Asian cinema. Then there’s the cast, which brings together two of Korea’s most prominent stars: Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) and Lee Byung-hun (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Good, the Bad, the Weird). They’re the opposing forces laying waste to each others’ sanity in this brutal tale of violence and revenge, which finds an elite special agent taking the law into his own hands when a serial killer murders his pregnant fiancée. Watch the red band trailer after the break. Read More »

Kim Ji-woon‘s bloody, intense thriller I Saw the Devil (Korean trailer here) is playing Sundance later this month, and through the magic of Magnolia’s genre arm Magnet will also hit US theaters on March 4. It is a serial killer story that has drawn comparisons to Seven and endured criticism in South Korea for the level of violence depicted. After seeing the film at Fantastic Fest, Peter said, “the movie is a brutal experience, and while I highly recommend it, I don’t ever see myself watching it again.”

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Kim Ji-Woon Reportedly Set to Direct ‘The Last Stand’

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Korean director Kim Ji-woon may be poised to reach a more mainstream audience than ever before. You can get his tremendously fun The Good, the Bad and the Weird on DVD now, and Magnolia/Magnet just picked up his new thriller I Saw the Devil for North American release in the wake of a successful showing in Toronto.(Check out the trailer.)

Now the director is reportedly set to helm The Last Stand, based on the Andrew Knauer script that landed on the 2009 Black List. Read More »

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It’s been a big Toronto Film Festival for Harvey Weinstein, as The Weinstein Company picked up films like Dirty Girl, Sarah’s Key and the surprise hit of the fest, Submarine. But there’s another Harvey-related buy that might not make him as happy: IFC has picked up Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, a documentary about the industry titan.

The Barry Avrich-directed and produced film is said by IFC to be “a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein’s path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar, and breaking the bank with his first $100 million film.” Avrich previously claimed the film would be balanced, rather than a hatchet job.

The film isn’t yet finished, and a release date hasn’t been reported.[Deadline]

After the break, sales deals for John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, the Korean thriller I Saw the Devil, and pre-sales for Almodovar’s next and Dredd. Read More »

UPDATE: Thanks to a couple comments and emails, we now know that the first reports about alterations to the film were exaggerated: I Saw the Devil has been trimmed via seven cuts, not minutes. So things aren’t as severe as first reported, which is excellent. Original article follows.

A few weeks ago I showed you the trailer for I Saw the Devil, a crime thriller from The Good, the Bad, the Weird director Kim Ji-Woon. The trailer is loaded with atmosphere and visually impressive. And the film has a great cast: Lee Byung-hyun of The Good, the Bad, the Weird and Choi Min-sik from Oldboy.

But earlier this week the film ran into trouble: it was given a harsh rating in Korea, effectively banning it from most Korean cinemas. Cuts have now been made and the film will be given a general release. But how much was lost? Read More »

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