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August 25, 2017


Michael B. Jordan Tapped for A BITTERSWEET LIFE Remake
KUNG FU PANDA Helmer Fills Director’s Chair


by Pierce Conran / KoBiz




Hollywood is taking another crack at remaking KIM Jee-woon’s modern classic A Bittersweet Life (2005), with studio 20th Century Fox reviving the project with a new director and lead star. Animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has been tapped to direct and Michael B. Jordan will take on the role made famous by LEE Byung-hun.


A Bittersweet Life follows a gang boss’ trusted number two who is charged with disposing of his employer’s mistress, but when he falls for the girl he finds himself on the wrong side of his organization. The film was a major critical and commercial success, cementing both KIM and LEE as leading lights of Korean cinema. They have since collaborated together on The Good, the Bad and the Weird (2008), I Saw The Devil (2010) and last year’s The Age of Shadows.


Michael B. Jordan is most well known to viewers for starring in Creed, the latest installment of the Rocky franchise, as Apollo Creed’s son, but he has been impressing viewers for 15 years, starting with an early role in the acclaimed HBO TV series The Wire. He will next be seen opposite Chadwick Boseman in the Marvel title Black Panther.


Known for directing Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, Nelson is currently working on her live action debut, an adaptation of the young adult thriller novel Dark Materials, which is due for release next year.


Director KIM is currently working on In-rang, a big-budget live-action remake of Japanese animation Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) while LEE is one of the leads of next month’s period war thriller The Fortress.


The project will be produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen, while the studio behind the original, CJ Entertainment, is also involved.

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April 6, 2018


6 Korean Gangster Movies You Need In Your Life


Source: Soompi by mizwest




Sashimi knives and bloodied faces are pretty much the status quo in Korean gangster movies. They’re graphically violent, full of bad language and scrupulous behavior, but damn are they cool! Below are just a few recommendations from the plethora of great movies you should totally check out!


“Friend” (2001)


“A Bittersweet Life” (2005)

Sun Woo (played by the beautiful Lee Byung Hun) is the right-hand man of Mr. Kang, a mob boss (played by Kim Young Chul) who suspects his much younger girlfriend is cheating on him. Sun Woo is asked to watch the girlfriend — Hee Soo (played by Shin Min Ah) — and report back and even kill her if Mr. Kang’s suspicions are true, but she smiles at Sun Woo once and it’s all over. I mean, who can blame him, but he is a little quick off the mark to risk it all for those dimples. Though Mr. Kang assumes Sun Woo has fallen for her and orders him killed, the job fails, starting a roller-coaster of extreme violence, unpredictability, and revenge!


Lee Byung Hun is superb in the role, filling quiet, tense moments with glances that speak volumes. He isn’t the macho protagonist you would typically see in these kinds of roles; instead he’s nervous, jumpy, and seems genuinely hurt by his boss’s decision to beat and bury him alive, which again… understandable.


“A Bittersweet Life” is laugh-out-loud funny if you’re into twisted humor and at times very aesthetically pleasing, but it’s the outlandish fight scenes that make this film worth the watch and truly iconic.

“Coin Locker Girl” (2015)

“Breathless” (2009)


“A Dirty Carnival” (2006)

“My Wife Is A Gangster” (2001)

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June 16, 2018


[Guest's Post] Artists' Choice:

Director Eom Tae-hwa lists his 10 Favorite Korean Movies

Source: HanCinema.net




Eom Tae-hwa (born 1980) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His directorial feature debut "Ingtoogi" (2013) - a graduation project for the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) - was nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best New Director at the 1st Wildflower Film Awards and Best New Director (Film) at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2014. His second film, "Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned" was even more successful, netting him the Best New Director Award at the 54th Grand Bell Awards.


Here are his 10 favorite Korean films, in random order


1. "Old Boy" (Park Chan-wook, 2003)


2. "Memories of Murder" (Bong Joon-ho, 2003)


3. "The Host" (Bong Joon-ho, 2006)


4. "The Wailing" (Na Hong-jin, 2016)


5. "Christmas in August" (Heo Jin-ho, 1998)


6. "Peppermint Candy" (Lee Chang-dong, 1999)


7. "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (Park Chan-wook, 2002)


8. "Mother - 2009" (Bong Joon-ho, 2009)


9. "A Bittersweet Life" ( Kim Jee-woon, 2005)




10. "1987: When the Day Comes" (Jang Joon-hwan, 2017)

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 L'OrdreDesArtsOfficier.jpgOrdre des Arts et des Lettres. Congratulations!


September 28, 2018


Director Kim Jee-woon to receive French honor

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean director Kim Jee-woon will be decorated with a cultural medal by the French government for his contribution to the arts, the country's embassy in Seoul said Friday.


Kim will be made an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters at a dinner to be hosted by the French Embassy during the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in the southern port city of Busan on Oct. 6.


Kim is best known to French viewers for the postmodern spaghetti western "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," which was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.


His filmography also includes "The Quiet Family" (1998), "The Foul King" (2000), "A Tale Of Two Sisters" (2003), "Bittersweet Life" (2005), "The Age of Shadows" (2016) and "Illang: The Wolf Brigade" (2018), as well as the Hollywood movie "The Last Stand" (2013).


The other Korean film icons previously honored by the French government are former BIFF chairman Kim Dong-ho, directors Hong Sang-soo and Bong Joon-ho and actress Jeon Do-yeon.


This file photo shows director Kim Jee-woon. (Yonhap)

This file photo shows director Kim Jee-woon. (Yonhap)

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Published on January 5, 2018 by 다시보기명장면


Director's Cut feat. the deleted scenes 



Deleted scene: Sunwoo & the Russian Dolls.



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3/12 Lee Byung Hun posted on his IG the pics from the filming of A Bittersweet Life -- for the buried alive scene. An extremely dangerous and highly risky scene that was  realistically filmed by the actor and the production team.


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