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Filming is almost starting for this highly, intensely anticipated movie of 2008! :D

April 21, 2007

"The Good, The Bad and The Weird" Starts Shooting Wednesday


Filming begins Wednesday of The Good, the Bad and the Weird [좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈], Kim Ji-woon's (A Bittersweet Life, 2005) "Korean-style Western" starring Lee Byeong-heon ("the good"), Jeong Woo-seong ("the bad") and Song Kang-ho ("the weird). Inspired by Segio Leone's 1966 spaghetti-Western "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", Kim's film, set in 1930s Japanese occupied Manchuria, tells the story of three Joseon mounted bandits who get their hands on a treasure map, only to be pursued by the army of national independence, who believe that the outlaws have a map for a new railway to be built by the Japanese army. There will be much humor along the way -- in one scene, the character played by Song goes into an opium den in search of the map and, talking away in quite a jovial and relaxed fashion, he becomes light-headed because of the opium smoke, and gradually starts talking gibberish. Filming is to take place mostly in China (around six months), the rest being shot in Hollywood and Korea, with an expected release date sometime in 2008.

Director: Kim Ji-Woon [김지운]

Cast: Song Kang-Ho [송강호], Lee Byeong-Heon [이병헌], Jeong Woo-Seong [정우성]

Source: Darcy Paquet (KOFIC), JoongAng Ilbo, Cine21, credit » Jon Pais at TwitchFilm

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^Woohoo!!! Filming kickstarts!!! I'm sure Kim Ji Woon is going to make sure this piece comes out special- & it kinda helps when you have 3 faaabulous actors ^____^ CAN'T wait!!!

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Apr 24 2007

KIM Jee-woon Starts Shooting Western


Filming started April 25th on director KIM Jee-woon's Oriental western adventure The Good, The Bad, and the Weird. The film will showcase an ensemble of stars in the central roles with LEE Byung-hun, ("the good"), JUNG Woo-sung ("the bad") and SONG Kang-ho ("the weird"). The film is set in Japanese-occupied Manchuria during the 1930's.

It will mark the first time the top three Korean stars have acted together. Director KIM, in an interview with the Chosun Ilbo, described his experience of handling the needs of the three celebrities. KIM called LEE the "most particular actor in Korea" – the one most often asking questions about his role. SONG, he called "Korea's super-actor" and JUNG, the actor "ambitious to be director."

The film tells the story of three Chosun dynasty horse-riding bandits who discover a treasure map and are pursued by an army of national independence soldiers who believe it is a map of Japanese plans to build a railway. Obvious inspiration came from Sergio Leone classic, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly but KIM insists this western will be of a distinctly Korean flavor.

The main production will be filmed on location in China over six months with additional shooting in Korea and Hollywood. A release date is expected by summer 2008.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

Source: http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/KOFIC/Channel?...Gesimul_SNO=650

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What kind of movie is “The Good, the Bad and the Weird”


The genre of the movie ' The Good, the Bad and the Weird' is defined as "Continental action film" by director Kim Ji-woon. It is a light action movie set in China Manchurian plain, in which Song Gang Ho would portray a train robber, Lee Byung Hun a killer, and Jung Woo-Sung a reward hunter. The three horse riding gang will embark on various adventures after obtaining a treasure map.

The title is adapted in part from Segio Leone's 1966 spaghetti western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. It is not important which of these three stars would be a good fellow. The roles can change according to situations as the plot develops.

The movie is scheduled to be opened to the public on the New Year of next year after Chinese location shooting is finished.

Director Kim Jee-woon who has created popular hits such as “The Quiet Family" (1998 comedy horror), The Foul King (2000 comedy), A Tale of Two Sisters(2003 horror) and A Bittersweet Life(2005 noir). A western genre movie by Dir. Kim Jee-Woon is highly expected.

Chosun Ilbo/Chosun Ilbo JNS

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im excited bout this film ... Lee Byung Hun and Jung Woo Sung in one movie -- this is definitely a must-see film :D

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Thanks to TY_KSW at the News thread


2007 Most Important Figures in Korea Film Industry

Cine21 movie magazine in its 24th April edition (No. 600) reported its annually Power 50 – 50 most influential people in South Korea movie industry. The participants of this survey are 121 important people in the industry.

2007 South Korea Movie Industry’s Power 50

1. Cha Seung-Jae – President of Sidus FNH (2004 - 3, 2005 - 3, 2006 - 1)

2. Kim Ju-Seong – President of CJ Entertainment (2006 – 4)

3. Kang Woo-Suk – Director – ‘Silmido’, ‘Hanbando’ (2004 – 1, 2005 – 2, 2006 – 2)

4. Kim Woo-Taek – President of Showbox/Megabox (2004 – 5, 2005 – 4, 2006 – 3)

5. Bong Joon-Ho – Director – ‘The Host’ (2004 – 13, 2005 – 17, 2006 – 17)

6. Jung Hoon-Tak – President of IHQ (2004 – 10, 2005 – 7, 2006 - 6)

7. Park Chan-Wook – Director – ‘I'm a Cyborg, That's OK’ (2004 – 8, 2005 – 5, 2006 – 5)

8. Kim Gwang-Seop – President of Lotte Cinema (2004 – 31, 2005 – 11, 2006 – 10)

9. Song Kang-Ho – Actor – ‘The Host’ (2004 – 6, 2005 – 14, 2006 – 33)

10. Lee Joon-Ik - Director, President of Cineworld, ‘The King and the Clown’, ‘Radio Star’ (2006 – 11)

11. Kim Dong-Ho – Chairman of PIFF (2004 – 14, 2005 – 9, 2006 –

12. Choi Yong-Bae – President of Chungeorahm (2004 – 18, 2005 – 25, 2006 – 45)

13. Ahn Jung-Sook – Chairman of KOFIC – (2006 – 21)

14. Shim Jae-Myung - MK Pictures Film Production Director (2004 – 9, 2005 – 10, 2006 – 7)

15. Kim Il-Chun – President of CJ CGV (new)

16. Jung Tae-Sung - Showbox Film Marketing Director (2004 – 49, 2005 – 19, 2006 – 22)

17. Ahn Sung-Gi – Actor – ‘Hanbando’ (2004 – 47, 2005 – 32, 2006 – 1

18. Im Kwon-Taek - Director - ‘Thousand Year Crane’ - (2004 – 22, 2005 – 24, 2006 – 26)

19. Jung Tae-Won – President of Taewon Entertainment (2004 – 36, 2005 – 44, 2006 – 23)

20. Kim Mi-Hee - Associate President of Sidus FNH - (2004 – 21, 2005 – 41, 2006 – 2

21. Kang Je-Gyu - Director – ‘Taegukgi’ - (2004 – 2, 2005 – 6, 2006 – 13)

22. Choi Wan – President of IM Pictures - (2004 – 27, 2005 – 20, 2006 – 20)

23. Jang Dong-Gun - Actor – ‘Typhoon’ (2004 – 17, 2005 – 30, 2006 – 12)

24. Kim Myung-Gon - Former Actor, Current Minister of Culture – (2006 –32)

25. Choi Jin-wook – Chairman of South Korea Film Industry labour union – (new)

26. Park Moo-Seung – President of KM Culture (2004 – 40)

27. Kim In-Soo – President of Cinema Service – (2006 – 24)

28. Kim Ji-Woon - Director – ‘A Bittersweet Life’ (2006 – 24)

29. Oh Gi-Min - President of Masulpiri/Ifilm, (2004 – 42, 2006 – 47)

30. Lee Chang-Dong - Director, Former Minister of Culture – ‘Secret Sunshine’ (2004 –7, 2005 – 28, 2006 – 47)

31. Choi Dong-Hoon – Director – ‘Tazza’ (new)

32. Lee Eun – President of MK Pictures (2004 – 20, 2005 – 13, 2006 – 14)

33. Lee Yoo-Jin – President of Zip Cinema (new)

34. Oh Jung-Wan – President of Bom Films (2004 – 12, 2005 – 18, 2006 – 16)

35. Lee Choon-Yeon – President of Cine2000 (2004 – 29, 2005 – 35, 2006 – 36)

36. Roh Mu-Hyeon – President of Republic of Korea (2006 – 42)

37. Jo Seong-gyoo – President of Sponge (new)

38. Choi Jae-Won – President of Barunson Film (2004 –35)

39. Lee Hyeon-Seung – Director, Vice Chairman of KOFIC (new)

40. Lee Yong-Gwan – Chung-Ang University Professor, Associate chairman of PIFF (new)

41. Yang Gi-Hwan - Screen Quota Movement (2005 – 40, 2006 – 49)

42. Jo Seong-Woo – President of M&FC (new)

43. Kim Jong-Do – President of Namu Actors (2006 – 49)

44. Choi Geon-Yong – Lotte Entertainment Executive Director (new)

45. Shin Cheol – President of ShinCine (2004 – 26, 2005 – 47, 2006 – 50)

46. Kim Sang-Il – President of Prime Entertainment (new)

47. Kim Ki-Duk (2004 – 24, 2005 – 33, 2006 – 26)

48. Lee Joo-Ik – President of Boram Film – ‘Laundry Warrior’ (new)

49. Kwon Hyeok-Jo – President of Korea Sony Pictures Releasing & Buena Vista Film (new)

50. Jang Jin – Director – ‘Countdown’ (2006 – 25)

Note: This year only 3 actors made in to the list, Song Kang-ho (9), Ahn Sung-ki (17) and JDG (23), while last year there were 8 actors: JDG (12), Bae Yong joon (19), Lee Young-ae (29), Moon Geun-young (30), Hwang Jung-min (31), Song Kang-ho (33), Lee Byung-hun (40) and Choi Min-shik (41)

Credit and translated by YoonEe for Jang-donggun.com

Source: http://blog.naver.com/hkyung7256/60036928467



May 2, 2007

Tcha tops Korea power list again

'Host' director Bong hits number 5


SEOUL -- For the second year in a row, producer Tcha Seung-jai of Sidus FNH has been voted the most powerful figure in the Korean film industry.

The annual "Power 50" list compiled over the past 12 years by leading film weekly Cine21 singled out Tcha for his role as South Korea's most active producer and for his new position as head of the Korea Film Producers Assn.

Among the 12 titles his company released in 2006 are megahit "Tazza: The High Rollers" and gangster epic "A Dirty Carnival."

Coming in at No. 2 was CJ Entertainment prexy Kim Joo-sung, followed by Cinema Service founder and director Kang Woo-suk at No. 3; Showbox CEO Kim Woo-taek at No. 4; and Bong Joon-ho, director of record-breaking hit "The Host," at No. 5.

Rounding out the top 10 were iHQ prexy Teddy Jung Hoon-tack, "Oldboy" helmer Park Chan-wook, Lotte Entertainment CEO Kim Kwang-seop, actor Song Kang-ho ("The Host") and "King and the Clown" helmer and producer Lee Joon-ik.

For the first time, the magazine also polled industry figures on the box office pull and acting talent of local thesps, with actor Song Kang-ho ultimately topping both lists. Song is shooting Manchuria-set Western "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird," directed by Kim Jee-woon.

Source: Variety.com


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2007 South Korea Movie Industry’s Power 50

1. Cha Seung-Jae – President of Sidus FNH (2004 - 3, 2005 - 3, 2006 - 1)

2. Kim Ju-Seong – President of CJ Entertainment (2006 – 4)

3. Kang Woo-Suk – Director – ‘Silmido’, ‘Hanbando’ (2004 – 1, 2005 – 2, 2006 – 2)

4. Kim Woo-Taek – President of Showbox/Megabox (2004 – 5, 2005 – 4, 2006 – 3)

5. Bong Joon-Ho – Director – ‘The Host’ (2004 – 13, 2005 – 17, 2006 – 17)

6. Jung Hoon-Tak – President of IHQ (2004 – 10, 2005 – 7, 2006 - 6)

7. Park Chan-Wook – Director – ‘I'm a Cyborg, That's OK’ (2004 – 8, 2005 – 5, 2006 – 5)

8. Kim Gwang-Seop – President of Lotte Cinema (2004 – 31, 2005 – 11, 2006 – 10)

9. Song Kang-Ho – Actor – ‘The Host’ (2004 – 6, 2005 – 14, 2006 – 33)

10. Lee Joon-Ik - Director, President of Cineworld, ‘The King and the Clown’, ‘Radio Star’ (2006 – 11)

28. Kim Ji-Woon - Director – ‘A Bittersweet Life’ (2006 – 24)

Rubie, thank you for the precious info!

Wow! SKH is the only actor on the top 10 list!!..

Whenever I watch his movies, It seems like he's not acting in the films.. just being the character itself!! he is born to act!!

I think KJW will be on the top 5 list next year. I'm sure his movie going to be blast!!! :)

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JWS's official fanclub was accepting donations to send him +staff lunchboxes.

it was the lunchbox+ cha on drinks(the tea drink JWS has been doing CF's for) + gum & chupachups(candy) + fan messages


JWS eating


its exciting seeing that they've actually started filming

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Hi curuma11, good to see you here! :D The movie has been getting a lot of positive buzz, still garnering & building up anticipation now that filming has started. SKH is indeed a super-talented actor. No doubt about it. When he's on the roll, he's simply the bomb! I first saw him in JSA which I initially watched for LBH and SKH totally blew me away. You know just how good he is & will always be.

Who knows, not only SKH & Dir. KJW's positions in the CINE21 Power 50 list will be in higher ranking, most-likely LBH & JWS will be reinstate & included as well. :)

suejinners, what a great movie-tidbit sharing, really appreciate it! The fans are really excited about the movie, too. It's wonderful that they can see the cast & crew while they're still filming in Korea, it's a good time to visit before all the foreign-location shooting starts.

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White Dragon to perform in Director Kim Ji-woon’s new movie


Japanese actor White Dragon (Hakuryu) would be added to the cast of Director Kim Ji-woon’s movie “The Good, the Bad and the Weird”.

White dragon that has shown individuality in his acting in movie Violent Cop, 'HANA-BI' etc., and also known to the Koreans, receives an offer from Director Kim Ji-woon to appear in his movie.

The production company is anticipating White Dragon’s role in the movie as a leader of strong charisma against the background of full state prewar days.

The western style film has top stars such as Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun and Jung Woo-sung in the cast and movie crank in has started recently. It is expected to be released early next year.



About Hakuryu





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May 18, 2007

South Korean producers team for shingle

By Jonathan Landreth

CANNES -- South Korean producers -- including Park Bong-soo, whose hit "The Host" has traveled well -- have teamed up in a new production services unit at Barunson Co.'s film division to attract co-productions from Hollywood.

Lewis Kim, Barunson producer and a line producer on "Host," said Thursday that the new division of the film arm of Korea's biggest stationery company hopes to give producers such as Park and Lee Sung-hoon, whose war epic "Taegukgi" sold more than 13 million tickets in Korea, a chance to work with international partners.

"We're forming a two-way clearing house for the next generation of Korean filmmakers, producers whose expertise can make sure that co-productions coming into Korea come out looking really, really good," he said

The new production service division, formed in April, is in talks with three American film producers, including one whose independent film project would need to be shot almost entirely in Seoul.

"Our main target is Hollywood," Kim said, adding that he's also looking for production services partners elsewhere in Asia.

The idea for advising overseas producers who wish to cast or shoot films in Korea has the support of the Seoul Film Commission and the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), according to Kim, who added that Barunson has at least one potential competitor in the space: MK Pictures.

Will the Film Commission and KOFIC subsidize what Barunson is doing?

"They're government agencies and they're not changing what they do," which is, in part, to advise overseas filmmakers on government incentives, Kim said. "But they happened to have a few projects going when I went to them for advice about this idea, and they really liked what they heard."

Also among the group of all under-40 producers -- freelancers who've worked closely with Barunson on a few projects since its start in 2005 -- are Lim Hee-chul, producer of "Antarctic Journal," which was shot in New Zealand, and Han Jae-duk, the producer of the hit "Old Boy."

"Each of these producers has an expertise," Kim said. "It's not about just selling and buying. The next generation of Korean film producers should be more aggressive and real about working with international partners."

Kim says that his three years working on "The Host," sourcing overseas help with its computer-generated animation from the Orphanage in San Francisco and getting other technical assistance from Richard Taylor's WETA Workshop in New Zealand, taught him how to work in the global economy.

"I was up and on a live video conference before 9 a.m. all the time," he said.

Kim admitted he was hard-pressed to name an overseas film production company that recently had chosen Korea as a location. But he's sure that the quality of Korea's producers will spark interest in the country as a filmmaking destination since more Korean films are making a splash overseas.

"Taeguki" was shot on a budget of about $13 million but it looks a lot bigger, and "The Host" got rave reviews around the world, Kim said.

Elsewhere in the East, co-productions in New Zealand and even China are popular for their locations, something Barunson will itself take advantage of when director Kim Jee-woon begins to shoot his Korean spaghetti western, "The Good the Bad and the Weird," in China in July. Korea's got beautiful locations, too, added Kim, noting that producer Lim's "Hansel & Gretel," is now shooting on Cheju, the volcanic resort island that's a one-hour flight from Seoul.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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Monday, 21 May 2007

Kim Ki-duk's "Breath" is hot

Written by Patrick Frater

CANNES -- Kim Ki-duk's competition film "Breath" scored a bunch more sales through Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia. Company sealed deals with SPI for Poland, Festive Films for Singapore and Lietuvos Kinas for the Baltic region. Pic was a hot seller on the eve of the market with pre-sales inked in France, Benelux, Spain, Italy, Mexico, the former CIS, Argentine, Brazil, Turkey and Greece.

Cineclick also scored a high six-figure pre-sale deal with France's ARP Selection for "The Good, the Bad and the Weird," the Korean spaghetti Western now being made by in-demand helmer Kim Jee-woon. The $11 million "Weird" started lensing last month and seller is trailing pic with an 13- minute showreel. ARP also has French right to "Breath."

Afghan-set drugs and politics drama "Opium War," by Siddiq Barmak was sold to Aztec Intl. for Australia and New Zealand, Shanni Films for Israel, ArtFree for Greece, Maywin for the former CIS states and Film House for Mexico.

Source: VarietyAsiaOnline.com


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