Hirokazu Kore-eda has been diligently crafting award-winning fare in Japan for nearly 30 years, culminating with his recent heart-wrenching Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters. Lately, he’s begun to test the waters with international productions, first making the French co-production The Truth, a drama starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke, which marked his first project not in the Japanese language. And now he’s expanding to Korea, bringing Parasite star Song Kang-ho and his The Host co-star Bae Doona on board his first Korean-language film, Baby, Box, Broker.
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Since Parasite is not only one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2019, but also won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it’s likely to be commemorated by plenty of pop culture artists in the coming months and years. But the film’s distributor NEON is already ahead of the game with two Parasite poster prints by artist Greg Ruth that you can get your hands on for a limited time. The prints depict the rich Park family and the poor Kim family, using Mrs. Park (Cho Yeo Jeong) and Mr. Kim (Song Kang Ho) as the focal points. Read More »
The most recent feature from South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (above right) was The Last Stand, but now the director of I Saw the Devil and The Good, the Bad, and the Weird is moving forward on a new movie, with backing from Warner Bros. Secret Agent is Kim’s next feature, and also the first South Korean movie that Warner Bros. has backed.
The 1930s-set picture, which is set during Korea’s efforts to throw off Japanese colonialism, will be led by a couple of South Korean stars, and hopefully the WB backing means we’ll see it sooner rather than later in the US. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
After several months, the battle between Bong Joon-ho and The Weinstein Company over the U.S. release of Snowpiercer remains unresolved. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess when Stateside audiences will finally get to see the film, or what shape it’ll be in when it gets there. But folks in other countries have been luckier, and today we have a new trailer from Japan that shows a bit of new footage. Check it out after the jump.
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We’ve seen Tilda Swinton play many different roles, with an eclectic variety of looks over the years. But we’ve never seen her in a getup quite like what she sports for Bong Joon-ho‘s new film Snowpiercer. If you can imagine a halfway point between an aged Princess Leia and a stern schoolmistress, you’re close to nailing her look.
Nine character posters for the film have arrived today, and they show Swinton and eight of her co-stars (Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Ko Ah-sung, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner) in their fairly grimy garb.
Why the downtrodden appearance for all? Well, Snowpiercer takes place on a train that carries some of the last remnants of humanity as it speeds across an icy landscape. The film, directed by the man who made Mother and The Host, produced by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) and based on French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, could be the big genre film at Cannes this year.
Until we get a chance to see some footage, check out the character sheets below. Cross-reference them with these character bios for more info. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Snowpiercer is Korean director Bong Joon-ho‘s first English-language outing, but he’s managed to assemble a cast even the most experienced Hollywood directors would kill for, including Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Chris Evans, and Song Kangho.
We’ve seen little of those stars so far, aside from a poster here and a still image there, but today we have much better looks at all of them thanks to a series of character “passports.” Hit the jump to check them out.
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This year marks a big event for some movie fans, as three of South Korea’s biggest directors make their English-language film debuts. And the conversion is off to a rocky start, as The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil director Kim Ji-woon stumbled with The Last Stand a couple weeks ago. That film is already fading from theaters. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has Stoker coming up, and the film’s Sundance debut drew “love it or hate it” responses. I hated it, but there were some who felt quite differently.
Bong Joon-ho, director of Mother and The Host, will be the last to hit with Snowpiercer, an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. In the story, the few human survivors in a post-apocalyptic future take shelter in a train, on which a revolt between classes begins to ferment.
The film stars an impressive cast, including Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner. We’ve seen a few images and some concept art that sells the train’s grimy, unpleasant conditions. Now a poster for the film gives us another look, and reveals John Hurt’s appearance. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
2013 is going to be a great year for American fans of Korean cinema. No fewer than three revered Korean filmmakers are making their English-language debuts in the coming months. Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) gets the party started with The Last Stand later this week, followed by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) and his Stoker in March. And then, sometime this summer, Joon-ho Bong‘s Snowpiercer will ride into theaters.
Bong’s collected a truly impressive cast for his first American movie, including Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt, and Ed Harris, but it’s his old favorite Kang-ho Song (The Host) that appears in the first still. See it, along with some more concept art, after the jump.
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My “most anticipated” list for 2013 is almost done, and it’s a huge thing that takes into account more than just the ten movies I’ve chosen to highlight as the ones I most want to see.
One of the movies that didn’t make that core ten, but will be reflected in the piece, is Snowpiercer, aka the English-language debut from The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho. The movie features a great cast (Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho) and adapts a French graphic novel that tells of humanity’s last remnants as they journey across a snowy landscape in a train.
We don’t have any real footage yet, but we can present some great concept art, along with an early teaser poster and a bit of Marco Beltrami’s score. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Snow Piercer may mark South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho‘s first English-language picture, but his casting choices so far suggest he’s already got damn great taste in English-speaking stars. Octavia Spencer has become the latest addition to the cast of his post-apocalyptic thriller, joining Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, and Song Kang-ho (The Host). The script, from Bong and Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, is an adaptation of a French graphic novel titled Le Transperceneige. More details after the jump.
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