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March 14, 2017

 

Florence Korean Film Fest Pulls Out All the Stops for 15th Edition
PARK Chan-wook Masterclass and Retrospective in Italy

 

by Pierce Conran / KoBiz

 

Later this month, the world’s longest running celebration of Korean film, the Florence Korea Film Fest, will return with a program boasting 44 feature-length and short Korean films. For its 15th edition, the festival will open on March 23rd with KIM Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows, which had its world premiere in neighboring Venice last fall and for which the director will be in attendance. One week later, this year’s event will come to a close with a screening of KIM Ki-duk’s THE NET, which also debuted at Venice last year.

 

Most notable this year is the PARK Chan-wook retrospective and masterclass. All of PARK films from Joint Security Area /JSA (2000) to last year’s The Handmaiden will screen, as well as a number of his shorts and the documentary MANSHIN: Ten Thousand Spirits (2014) which he produced and was directed by his brother PARK Chan-kyong.

 

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Other films which will screen with their directors present include KIM Seong-hun’s Tunnel, LEE Gae-byok’s LUCK-KEY and E J-yong's The Bacchus Lady. The rest of the lineup features notable works such as NA Hong-jin’s THE WAILING, Hong sangsoo’s Yourself and Yours, LEE Joon-ik’s DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet, LEE Kyoung-mi’s The Truth Beneath, KIM Tae-yong’s MISBEHAVIOR, PARK Hong-min’s Alone, LEE Yoon-ki’s A Man and A Woman, KIM Jong-kwan’s Worst Woman, Jero YUN’s Mrs.B., A North Korean Woman and PARK Heung-sik’s Twenty Again, which largely takes place in Italy, during the Torino Film Festival. 

 

Also screening will be both of YEON Sang-ho’s zombie films last year, the live action TRAIN TO BUSAN and its animated prequel Seoul Station. Other guests in Florence in 2017 will include Busan International Film Festival founder and executive chairman KIM Dong-ho and Korean film critic JEON Chan-il. 

 

 

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May 27, 2017

 

Park Chan Wook Talks About The Future Of Korean Film In Cannes Interview

 

Source: Soompi by C. Hong

 

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Renowned director Park Chan Wook, who is currently attending the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, recently spoke up in an interview on what he thinks about the future of Korean cinema.

 

In the interview, Park Chan Wook mentioned a new generation of Korean directors such as Yeon Sang Ho, who directed “Train to Busan.” “Directors who are on the rise as well as directors from my generation are being discovered through film festivals. When I see their development and creativity through their films, I get very emotional. I think it’s proof that we have something to be proud of.”

 

When asked about his unique way of shooting violent scenes, Park Chan Wook said, “I don’t like to use violence just to create thrills in the movie. I want to show that violence hurts and is frightening. I don’t want to make violence look attractive or use it as a method of achieving catharsis.”

 

He picked Kim Ki Young, director of “The Housemaid,” as the director who had given him the most inspiration. “The Housemaid” was also the inspiration for his film “The Handmaiden,” which was submitted for competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

 

Park Chan Wook is currently acting as a judge for the competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Korean films such as “The Villainess” and “The Merciless” were shown at the festival as midnight screenings on May 22 and 24 respectively.

 

Meanwhile, Park Chan Wook is known for films such as “Oldboy,” which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, “Joint Security Area,” and “Thirst,” which won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2009. He has also directed English-speaking Korean films such as “Stoker” and was a producer on the critically-acclaimed film “Snowpiercer.”

 

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May 27, 2017

 

History of the Korean wave in Japan

 

Source: The DongA Ilbo

 

It is known that the word Hallyu (the Korean wave) began to appear in the late 1990s and the early 2000s from Taiwan, China, and Korea. Hallyu first appeared when the Korean drama Winter Sonata was aired on NHK satellite channel in 2003.

 

NHK first considered that the drama was for passing the time. However, the public broadcaster aired it again on the company’s terrestrial TV channel next year as the drama gained the unexpected popularity. It was the beginning of the Hallyu boom in Japan. Private networks rushed to import Korean dramas as they witnessed the great success of Winter Sonata. These period is called as the first wave of Hallyu.

 

Before the success of Winter Sonata, Korean movies such as Swiri Shiri and Joint Security Area topped the Japanese box office in 2000, serving as an opportunity for Japanese to rethink the enhanced quality of Korean contents. In addition, the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan made a favorable impression on Korea. Korean singer BOA, who released her debut album in Japan in 2001, and boy band TVXQ (debuted in 2005) were Korea pop stars tailored to the local market and they contributed to increase the Korean fever in Japan.

 

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The second wave of Hallyu blew hard as girl group Kara and Girls’ Generation made their debut in August 2010. They ranked first and second on Japanese CD and DVD sales rankings for rookies of the year, beating Japanese artists.

 

Mr. Furuya explained that the reason why they were popular was because they were new types of idols who were rarely seen in the Japanese music industry. Most Japanese idols were easy to meet and grown up with support from their fans as in the case of AKB48 at that time. Korean idols, who were already professional singers trained for a long time, were stars for wonder.

 

Hallyu was disappeared in terrestrial TV channels since 2012 but the fans still calmly support the Korean wave under the surface. For instance, about 1,600 fans attended a fan meeting of Han Seung-yeon, a former member of Kara, on May 13 although the ticket was priced at about 100,000 won.

 

Some Japanese, who watched the Korea-Japan relation for a long time, said that old Korean singers who were active in Japan during 1970s and 1980s contributed a lot to enhance the understanding between the two countries. Lee Sung-ae, who debuted in 1976, is the first Korea singer succeeded in Japan. She appeared on TV dressed in Hanbok, Korean traditional clothes, and sang "Heartbroken" and "Come back to Busan Port" in both Japanese and Korean.

 

Young-A Soh sya@donga.com

 

 

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July 23, 2017

 

Special Park Chan-wook screenings to take place at theater dedicated to him

 

From the chilling revenge story in 2003 neo-noir “Oldboy” to last year’s erotic thriller “The Handmaiden,” cinephiles will be able to revisit the works of Korean director Park Chan-wook from July 27 to Aug. 23 at the newly opened Park Chan-wook theater at CGV Yongsan, Seoul. 

Opened July 18, it is the third screen that CGV has dedicated to a significant figure in Korean cinema, following the Im Kwon-taek theater in Busan and the Ahn Sung-ki theater at CGV Arthouse Apgujeong. 

 

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Park Chan-wook’s special exhibition (CJ CGV)

 

A wide range of Park’s works will be screened, including “Joint Security Area” (2000), “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (2002), “Lady Vengeance” (2005), “I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK” (2006), “Thirst” (2009) and “Stoker” (2013).

 

The special program will also screen seven foreign films curated and recommended by Park -- Luis Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972), Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Army of Shadows” (1969), John Ford’s “Stagecoach” (1939), Jean Renoir’s “La Chienne” (1931), Michelangelo Antonioni’s “L’Eclisse” (1962), Luchino Visconti’s “Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights)” (1965) and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” (2017). 

 

Park, 53, came to international acclaim after “Oldboy” nabbed the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The director debuted in 1992 with crime drama “The Moon is What the Sun Dreams Of,” a box office flop. But in 2000, war flick “Joint Security Area” proved a massive commercial hit for the director. Since then, Park has showcased his own brand of dark drama, in what has been described as an art house-meets-mainstream style. 

 

A gallery at CGV Yongsan will showcase the film posters of “The Handmaiden” reinterpreted in eight different artistic styles. 

 

A portion of ticket sales will go toward supporting the production of Korean independent films. 

 

Park will hold two classes at CGV Yongsan. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, the director will discuss his cinematic world and direction philosophy. At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10, Park will speak on the seven foreign films he selected for the program.

 

By Rumy Doo (doo@heraldcorp.com)

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November 15, 2017

 

VOX POPULI: Korea inspires movie thrillers, but reality of its split is a tragedy

 

Vox Populi, Vox Dei is a daily column that runs on Page 1 of The Asahi Shimbun.
 

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

 

Of many movies about the North-South split on the Korean Peninsula, one unforgettable work is "JSA," a South Korean mystery thriller released in Japan in 2001.

 

Set in the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom, the film depicts the inner feelings of North and South Korean soldiers and their tension-filled interactions across the Military Demarcation Line (DML).

 

A South Korean soldier, played by Lee Byung-hun, wanders into the North by mistake, almost trips a landmine and becomes immobilized. He is saved by a North Korean soldier, played by Song Kang-ho, who defuses the mine and frees him.

 

The two soldiers return to their respective posts, going in opposite directions across the Bridge of No Return--so called because once anyone crosses it, there will be no going back. However, they continue to nurture their friendship behind their superior officers' backs.

 

In the real world, a North Korean soldier defected on Nov. 13, jumping out of his car and dashing across the heavily guarded border. He was seen by four North Korean soldiers, who fired more than 40 shots. Although seriously injured, the defector made it across the border into the South and was rushed to hospital in a helicopter.

 

Panmunjom is a tourist spot mentioned in any travel guidebook. When I visited, there was an overwhelming atmosphere of tension, unlike anywhere else. And I recall being surprised by all the things my tour guide warned me against--"Do not try to talk to any North Korean soldier," "Do not wave at anyone" and "Do not wear camouflage-colored clothes or any outfit that resembles a military uniform."

 

I saw the Bridge of No Return that was featured in the film "JSA." Obviously, I was not allowed to cross it. This was the bridge where prisoners of war were exchanged upon the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953. Freed prisoners walked across the bridge to go home.

 

There are many unknowns about the latest case of defection from the North to the South. Why did this soldier defect? What preparations did he make, and what paths and bridges did he take to execute his plan?

 

A bridge of division still exists after half a century, forcing anyone who crosses it to live with the finality of their decision. This is a cruel and sobering reality.

 

--The Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 15

 

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Vox Populi, Vox Dei is a popular daily column that takes up a wide range of topics, including culture, arts and social trends and developments. Written by veteran Asahi Shimbun writers, the column provides useful perspectives on and insights into contemporary Japan and its culture.

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November 16, 2017

 

Rules of engagement at JSA in dispute


By Yi Whan-woo The Korea Times

 

Controversy is growing over the failure of South Korean soldiers at the Joint Security Area to return fire when North Korean sentinels opened fire at their comrade fleeing to the South, Monday. 

 

This was in line with the authority over the use of force at the JSA, which is jointly overseen by the United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea. 

 

In 2004, the South Korean Army took over the duty of keeping security at the JSA from the U.S. , which is located inside the Demilitarized Zone. 

 

But authority over the use of force still falls under the UNC commander, U.S. Forces Korea chief Gen. Brooks. 

 

South Korean soldiers are not allowed to use military force unless their action is justified under UNC rules of engagement applied to the JSA. 

 

It remains uncertain whether the North Koreans shot at the defector even after he crossed the Military Demarcation Line and entered the South Korean zone. 

 

The South Korean and U.S. soldiers recovered the defector without using any military force only a few minutes after he was shot and fatally wounded. 

 

Against this backdrop, President Moon Jae-in asked to consider revising the rules of engagement at the JSA, Thursday, although he noted UNC's positive assessment on the South's measure over the incident. 

 

"The issues on the rules of engagement at the JSA are something that should be discussed, although it is under the UNC's control," he said during a meeting with presidential secretaries. "It is yet to be determined whether the North Korean sentinels aimed at our soldiers. But even so, the people would generally think of a rule of engagement as something that permits our soldiers to at least fire warning shots if a bullet from the North Korean is fired at us." 

 

A South Korean military official said the military is "seriously considering" measures to apply the country's own rules of engagement at the JSA. 

 

"There is a general consensus that the JSA should be managed under our rules of engagement considering our soldiers are in charge of keeping security there," the official said on condition of anonymity. 

 

"We'll discuss with the UNC that the South Korean officer to assume the authority for the use of military force in a flexible manner so that our soldiers can return fire immediately if the North Koreans fire at us." 

 

The dispute over the rules of engagement was also heated as it was found that the North Koreans shot at the defectors using hand guns and AK-47s. 

 

Some military officials said being armed with an AK-47, a semi-automatic rifle, is in violation of the Korean Armistice Agreement, under which the JSA guards are allowed to be only armed with manual weapons. 

 

But other officials argued AK-47s can be carried at the JSA as long as they are not used in an assault. 


yistory@ktimes.com 

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December 12, 2017

 

Defected North Korean soldier to have free Choco Pies for life 

 

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Korea Times file

 

By Bahk Eun-ji The Korea Times

 

If the North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea through Panmunjum last month wants to eat Choco Pie, Orion will provide the snack free for life.

 

The confectionary company told The Korea Times on Tuesday that it would gladly provide its mega-hit snack to the soldier.

 

The soldier, surname Oh, 25, is said to have mentioned Choco Pie to the medical team at Ajou University Hospital when he woke after surgery. 

 

Asked how he knew about the snack, he said some North Koreans got it from workers at the now-closed Gaeseong Industrial Complex.

 

After the news reports, Orion sent 100 boxes of Choco Pie to Ajou University Hospital.

 

"We heard the soldier has not recovered enough yet to eat food. In a sense, we sent Choco Pie boxes to the employees in the hospital," an Orion official said. 

 

ejb@ktimes.com 

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Source: Hawon Jung @allyjung

Wanna shake hands across the inter-Korea border like Moon & Kim? This movie set near Seoul- which recreated the border truce village of Panmonjum for the 2000 hit "Joint Security Area"- is drawing tourists hoping to re-enact the historic handshake themselves. From @joongangilbo

 

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May 8, 2018

 

Nearly 9,300 individuals or groups victimized by 'artist blacklists'

 

By Shim Sun-ah

 

SEOUL, May 8 (Yonhap) -- Nearly 9,300 artists or groups were unjustly excluded from state support or even illegally inspected under the past two conservative administrations for political reasons, a civilian-government fact-finding committee said Tuesday.

 

After about a 10-month probe into nine sorts of so-called artists blacklists written by relevant authorities under the reigns of President Lee Myung-bak and his successor President Park Geun-hye from 2008 to 2016, the committee tasked with finding the truth about the blacklists said 8,931 individuals and 342 groups were confirmed to have been subject to mistreatment.

 

A total of 21,362 names were originally included on the lists, and the total was slimmed down to 9,273 to remove overlapping, according to the committee.

 

By sector, film had the largest number of victims with 2,468, followed by literature (1,707), performing arts (1,593), visual arts (824), traditional arts (762), music (574) and broadcasting (313).

 

Many of the artists were put on the blacklists simply for expressing their support for joint statements criticizing the governments over contentious social issues.

 

Some of the most popular Korean films -- such as "The Host" and "Snowpiercer" by director Bong Joon-ho; "Joint Security Area" by Park Chan-wook; and "Factory Complex," the winner of the 2015 Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale, by media artist and film director Im Heung-soon -- were barred from being shown in overseas Korean film festivals for highlighting government mismanagement and for various other reasons.

 

The Lee Myung-bak government mainly used the method of inspecting, censoring and excluding from state support famous artists deemed critical of the government based on information from the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

 

Under President Park Geun-hye, her presidential office made extensive use of the blacklists in close cooperation with the NIS and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the committee said.

 

It said it will recommend that the incumbent government request criminal investigations and take disciplinary measures against all civil servants found to have been involved in the process of illegally discriminating against blacklisted artists.

 

The committee also unveiled its plan to recommend that the government enact laws for punishing crimes of violating "freedom of expression" and set up an independent state committee that will take over the culture ministry's work of supporting artists.

 

The fact-finding committee is scheduled to finish its activities at the end of next month and release a white paper on its ongoing probe in July.

 

"Arts does not belong to the real world but to the world of imagination. We need to ensure freedom of artistic expression to make arts productive," Shin Hak-cheol, a painter who co-chairs the committee with culture minister Do Jong-whan, said during a press conference to announce the probe result. "I hope the government will accept our recommendation plans well."

   

sshim@yna.co.kr

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May 8, 2018

 

Movie set recreates Panmunjom zone where Kim Jong Un met Moon Jae-in

Korea 'peace village' movie set commemorates historic summit

 

By JOOHEE CHO ABC News

 

NAMYANGJU, South Korea — May 8, 2018, 1:48 PM ET


Tech-savvy, social network users are flocking to a popular filming site on the outskirts of Seoul to take photos at a replica of the border spot where North and South Korean leaders shook hands last month.

 

Just 30 miles southeast from the real truce village of Panmunjom, KOFIC Namyangju Studio has built a replica of the joint security area, complete with the iconic blue container structures and the demarcation line, for film-making purposes in 1998.

 

More than 30 percent of Korean movies are shot at this outdoor film studio built on 330 acres of land in Gyeonggi province. In addition to the Panmunjom set, replicas of numerous other historic assets are offered for the film industry.

 

The award-winning mystery thriller movie "J.S.A: Joint Security Area" was also made here, starring Lee Byung-hun and directed by Park Chan-wook, a story of an investigation into a fatal shooting incident inside the heavily fortified border's demilitarized zone or DMZ.

 

"It looks exactly the same as the real Panmunjom. It looks so identical that I even asked my teacher if we were at Panmunjom," Kang Ju Hee, a 16-year-old student on a school trip, told ABC news.


Visitors stand before a mock military demarcation line as they pose for photos at a replica of the DMZ border truce village of Panmunjom, built as a film set, near Namyangju, east of Seoul on May 5, 2018.more

 

“The moment of the two leaders shaking hands touched my heart. I hope the peace mood will last long,” another student, James Jang, told ABC News.

 

The real Panmunjom at the border allows tourists, but only once or twice per week and there is a maximum quota of visitors. The official tour is fully booked for the next six months, showing a surge after the inter-Korean summit. The procedure to visit is complicated and heavily restricted.


A general view shows a replica of the DMZ border truce village of Panmunjom, built as a film set, near Namyangju, east of Seoul on May 5, 2018.more +

 

Visitors pose for photos at a replica of the DMZ border truce village of Panmunjom, built as a film set, near Namyangju, east of Seoul on May 5, 2018.more +

 

But the Namyangju Studio's Panmunjom movie set gives tourists an opportunity for Instagram-worthy photos and social media posts, unlike the actual Panmunjom where tourists can only get a glimpse of the handshake area from afar or from inside the blue huddles looking out the window. Visitors to the KOFIC Namyangju Studio could physically stand between the demarcation line, just like Moon and Kim did, and freely take photos.

 

"Before the inter-Korean summit I thought Kim Jong Un was a rude, authoritarian ruler, but after the summit he broke my prejudices making me think that he is a person like us who at time smiles," said a high school student Hwang Song Joon who was playing the role of South Korean President for photos while his chubbier school friend pretended to be Kim Jong Un.

 

A recent poll from South Korea's MBC TV, asking whether Kim is trustworthy, showed 78 percent of South Koreans responded positively.

 

Visitors pose for photos at a replica of the DMZ border truce village of Panmunjom, built as a film set, near Namyangju, east of Seoul on May 5, 2018.more +


Visitors take pictures at a replica of the DMZ border truce village of Panmunjom, built as a film set, near Namyangju, east of Seoul on May 5, 2018.more +

 

The studio is open to the public to commemorate the historic summit throughout the month of May, before closing down at the end of the month. Admission is free.

 

Additional tour sites include the Film Culture Museum where students can learn about the development of films as well as the basic principles of films, the cinema theater that shows a Korean film monthly for free and also a miniature exhibition hall showing a 3D animation movie and the process of filming.

 

ABC News' Jiweon Park and Jaesang Lee contributed to this report.

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August 1, 2018

 

Seoul hosts film festival under bridges

 

By Kang Seung-woo The Korea Times

 

Four bridges across the Han River are transforming into outdoor movie theaters, showing diverse genres of film and helping citizens fight deadly heat waves. 

 

The Hangang Under the Bridge Film Festival, one of the major programs of the Hangang Summer Festival, is screening movies every Saturday at 8 p.m. in four designated riverside areas. 

 

They are the Cheonho Bridge in Gwangnaru, Cheongdam Bridge in Ttukseom, Wonhyo Bridge on Yeouido and Seoul Battleship Park in Mangwon-dong. Battleship Park is standing in for Seongsan Bridge, currently under construction. 

 

The five-week event raised the curtain on July 21 and will run through Aug. 18 under five themes: hope, love, fantasy, reconciliation and happiness. The movies are available free of charge.

 

The event has annually screened different types of movies, from family-friendly classics and animations to award-winning Korean and international movies, raising awareness of diversity in film in partnership with the nation's leading film festivals.

 

"We encourage as many citizens as possible to visit the Hangang Under the Bridge Film Festival and enjoy movies, while escaping the tropical nights," said an official of the Hangang Project Headquarters of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the organizer of the Hangang Summer Festival.

 

"I recommend people make a plan with their family members, friends and loved ones to visit the event this weekend."

 

For this weekend on Aug. 4, fantasy-themed movies are being shown, including ― last year's box-office smash "Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds" at Cheonho, Japanese animation "Space" at Cheongdam, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" at Wonhyo and "The Little Prince" at Mangwon-dong.

 

The following weekend, Aug. 11, will feature reconciliation-focused films: Korean movie "As One," a true story of the unified Korean table tennis team, at Cheonho, "I can Speak" at Cheongdam, "Joint Security Area" at Wonhyo and another sports film "Run-off" at Mangwon-dong.

 

On the final weekend, Aug. 18, the film festival will screen movies about food in cooperation with the Seoul International Food Film Festival.

 

The lineup will be "The Crow's Egg" at Cheonho, "Hana's Miso Soup" at Cheongdam, "Cook Up a Storm" at Wonhyo and "Notebook from My Mother" at Mangwon-dong.

 

Along with the movies, there will be a variety of additional events for visitors.

 

Founded in 2013, the Hangang Summer Festival has established itself as the capital's flagship summer event, drawing more than 10 million people every year thanks to its wide range of entertainment. 

 

The 80-program fete will run through Aug. 19.


ksw@ktimes.com 

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February 9, 2019

 

GLADIATOR Scribe Pens JOINT SECURITY AREA Remake

Ana de Armas and Demián Bichir Cast in Update of PARK Chan-wook Classic

 

by Pierce Conran KOFIC

 

14 years after news first surfaced that writer/producer David FRANZONI had acquired the remake rights of PARK Chan-wook’s classic film Joint Security Area /JSA (2000), the project is finally approaching a production start with FRANZONI set to direct and Ana DE ARMAS and Demián BICHIR attached to star. 

 

News originally surfaced that FRANZONI, who is known for penning Steven SPIELBERG’s Amistad and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, had picked up the rights for Joint Security Area /JSA (2000) in the spring of 2005, when it was reported that in an unusual move he had reached out to the film’s production and sales company MK Pictures directly to purchase the rights of the film.

 

The film was intended to be FRANZONI’s directorial debut and that remains the case 14 years later, only now the script is complete and Blade Runner 2049 stars Ana DE ARMAS and Demián BICHIR of The Hateful Eight are joining him for the project.

 

Sales agent Saboteur Media, which has brought the project to the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin for presales, described the update’s storyline as “A thriller, and a love story between a US Marine and a female Spanish infantry lawyer, who is sent by The Hague to investigate a shoot-out between US Marines and Mexican Special Forces at the border.”

 

Terry BOTWICK, Paul YI, Marcus ENGLEFIELD, and George LEE are on board to produce, while Nick QUESTED, David KENNEDY and Mark LINDSAY of Saboteur Media will serve as executive producers. The film is expected to enter production in the fall.

 

PARK’s original starred SONG Kang-ho, LEE Byung-hun, LEE Young-ae, SHIN Ha-kyun and KIM Tae-woo and became the highest grossing Korean film of all time at the time of its release, launching PARK’s career in the process.

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