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[celebrating my 2000th post haha!)

this is definitely one of the highly anticipated movies of the year :w00t:

The Good, The Bad and The Weird

Genre: Oriental Western

Format: 35mm

Estimated Running Time: 120 min.

Budget: US$10,000,000 (HK$78,000,000)

Funds Secured: US$8,000,000 (HK$62,400,000)

Producer: CHOI Jae-won

Writing Credits: KIM Jee-woon (screenplay), KIM Min-suk (screenplay)

Production Company: Barunson Co. Ltd. / Grimm Pictures

Partner Attached: Showbox, South Korea


Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon has created box office hits in Asia with The Foul King (2000), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) and A Bittersweet Life (2005). This time he would take on the challenge of a new genre: an “Oriental Western". Set in Manchuria in 1930s, the story deals with three Korean men and their entanglement with the Japanese army, Chinese and Russian bandits, accompanied with many exciting action scenes.


In the 1930s, the world is in chaos. In Northeast Asia, the Korean Peninsula has fallen into the hands of the Japanese Imperialists. Many Koreans have flocked to Manchuria, the vast terrain of horses and wilderness bordering their homeland and China. Some of them, inevitably, have turned into mounted bandits to earn their living in this barren


Tae-gu (The Weird) is a thief. He robs a train of Japanese military officers, but the incident is not as simple as it first seems. In the middle of this fierce gun battle against the Japanese, he obtains a mysterious map that leads to a treasure from the Qing Dynasty, buried somewhere in Manchuria.

Yet, the map is also sought by Chang-yi, the cold blooded hitman (The Bad). Tae-gu must fight not only the Japanese but also Chang-yi and his fellow thugs, who happen to attack the train at the same time. At the end of this intense gunfight, a mysterious man jumps into the center of the battle from nowhere and rescues Tae-gu with astonishing gunplay.

Having survived the battle, Tae-gu thanks the man for saving his life. Yet, he does not know that this stranger is Do-won, the bounty hunter (The Good), who has been chasing Tae-gu to turn him in for a reward.

These three men - Do-won (The Good), Chang-yi (The Bad) and Tae-gu (The Weird) - will soon discover that the map they are battling for is also a magnet that attracts others as diverse as the Korean resistance, Chinese/Russian/Korean mountain bandits and the Japanese army. The blazing gun battle in the train proves to be merely the beginning of the

rollercoaster ride to the final showdown to come.

Director's Statement

The broad plains of Manchuria offer a seemingly boundless landscape of earth and sky, long ruled by wild men and their horses. It became a battle field for great powers in 1930s. And it also became a land of exile for Koreans wandering there.

Do-won, the bounty hunter, Chang-yi, the cold-blooded hitman and Tae gu, the train bandit, are players in an epic story staged against Manchuria’s striking, exotic landscape. I would like to express the overflowing emotion filling the

endless landscape with a matter of life and death, but I also want to do it in a rather humorous way. On yet another level, I want to show the audience the faces of Koreans of that era who had been abandoned by their homeland and by the insurmountable tide of history.

Personally, this film also represents a genre that I have envisioned during my previous filmmaking endeavors. With this never-before-seen genre of the “Oriental Western”, I want to create cinematic excitement and the sensation of wild action staged on a vast and exotic landscape.


Kim Jee-woon began his career as a stage actor, then stage director, and finally has become one of the most popular and acclaimed figures among modern Korean directors/screenwriters. His second screenplay, The Quiet Family (1998), won him the Best Screenplay prize in a local contest, and Kim went on to make his directorial debut with this screenplay. The film was invited to many film festivals. Kim’s films, from The Quiet Family (1998) to last year’s A Bittersweet Life, have been hailed by critics and audiences alike for his unique style and storytelling. His second feature, The Foul King (2000), drew more than 2 million spectators, while his astounding horror film of true visual elegance, A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), reached 3.5 million viewers nation-wide. It went on to be remade by Dreamworks in the US.

Kim is now working on his next project, The Good, The Bad and The Weird, an oriental western that will surprise

the film world once again.


Choi Jae-won founded I Pictures Inc. in 2000 and has executive produced globally-acclaimed films such as Memories of Murder (2003) by Bong Joon-ho; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring (2003) by Kim Ki-duk; A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) by Kim Jee-woon; Chihwaseon (2002); Volcano High (2001); My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002) and Take Care of My Cat (2001), to name a few.

Since changing the company name to Barunson Co. Ltd. in 2005, Choi has taken the initiative to produce a number of projects by world-renowned directors such as Kim Jee-woon (A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters), Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder), Yim Phil-sung (Antarctic Journal) and others.

In addition to these projects, Choi is seeking to expand project development with other producers abroad with efforts focused mainly on family-oriented animation and feature films.

Production Company

Though Barunson film division is a newcomer in the film industry, its founders have been involved in producing for

the last decade, with various kinds of films, including The Host (2006) and Memories of Murder (2003), by Bong

Joon-ho; A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) by Kim Jee-woon; The President’s Barber (2004) and Volcano High (2001).

Employing a system of "Synergetic Producer Groups" that unites producers of different backgrounds and specialties to maximise productivity, Barunson Film Division’s primary objective is to make films that convey Asian originality while meeting world-class production standards. This ambitious vision has resonated deeply among the directors currently preparing their next projects with Barunson – Bong Joon-ho, Kim Jee-woon, Yim Phil-sung and others – and they represent the rare filmmakers who can make this vision come true. The ability to attract these talents to the banner is testimony to Barunson’s goals and visions.

source: http://www.hkiff.org.hk/

Wow.. chula-babe, this is one precious sharing (we'll definitely post this at page 1 for easier future reference)... the synopsis & director's statement really explains the storyline and what makes it interesting is that the 3 men (Good, Bad & Weird) will or may eventually come together to fight a bigger enemy.

GBW is really about the 3 men, despite their rather different background, all shared the same goal and in the process would have to rely on each other to survive. It'll be an awesome treat seeing SKH, LBH and JWS fighting each other, too. :lol:

Btw, the teaser posters for Cannes previously may be the real thing (not mere PS?)... for the time being before the official ones are out since Cine21 is also hosting the same images at their site.

Large posters from CINE21

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can't wait for this movie... cos there's my fav actor - Jung Woo-sung and the other 2 actors which i liked their acting also - Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun...

wooo... sparks rose among them...

It will be

The Big - the biggest ancipation of all the movie lovers

the Best - best of all the movie hits,

the Bang - bang and crash all the movie records viewership

Story set in Manchuria in 1930s, the story deals with three Korean men and their entanglement with the Japanese army, Chinese and Russian bandits, accompanied with many exciting action scenes.

hmmm... but the official posters look abit westernised....

not used to it...

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Thurs., June 7, 2007

'Breath'-taking sales for Cineclick

Poland, Singapore among other territories sold


SEOUL -- Korean seller Cineclick Asia signed a bevy of deals at the recent Cannes market, with Tartan picking up competition entry "Breath" by Kim Ki-duk for the U.S. and U.K. Other territories sold on the film during the market include Poland (SPI Intl.), Singapore (Festive Films), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), the Czech Republic (Film Distribution Artcam), and the Baltic states (Lietuvos Kinas), in addition to 20 deals signed previously.

Tartan also pre-bought Kim Jee-woon's Manchuria-set Western "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" for the U.K. High profile pic, which also sold to France's ARP during the market, is expected to be delivered in early 2008.

Meanwhile, Chinese pic "Tuya's Marriage," which won this year's Golden Bear, was bought by Southport Music Box for the U.S., as well as by Independenta Film for Romania. "Opium War" by Afghan director Siddiq Barmaq ("Osama"), which started production in April, found a new investor in France's Haut et Court, which also took French rights.

Other deals include Korean comedy "BA:BO" to Thailand (J-Bics), Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" to South Africa (Gala Entertainment), melodrama "Love Me Not" to Japan's SPO, and library title "A Tale of Two Sisters" to Greece (CDK).

Meanwhile, new title "Misencounter" by Argentine director Pablo Trapero has brought on Brazilian Walter Salles as a co-producer. Pic, which ranks as first co-production between South Korea and a South American country, will start lensing in September.

The busy Cannes by Cineclick, which is the first Korean sales company to represent a large number of non-Korean titles, came as many other Korean sellers reported a steep drop in business (Variety Show Daily, May 28).

Source: Variety.com


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June 8, 2007

Tartan picks up rights to Cannes films

By Mimi Turner

LONDON -- Hamish McAlpine's Tartan films has picked up U.K. and Eire rights to eight titles from last month's Festival de Cannes, including Summit Entertainment's horror title "P2," starring Wes Bentley, the company said Thursday.

Tartan also acquired Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light," joint winner of the Jury Prize, and Gus Van Sant's 60th anniversary prize-winning title "Paranoid Park," about a teenager who accidentally kills a security guard.

To complement the "Paranoid Park" acquisition, Tartan also has picked up "Mala Noche," Van Sant's long-unavailable and now fully restored first feature film, a gay love story about a man who falls in love with an illegal Mexican immigrant.

Tartan has extended its relationship with Korean director Kim Ki-duk by picking up the death row love story "Breath" as well as the helmer's earlier movie "Time," an obsessive love story about a woman who undergoes extensive plastic surgery to save her relationship.

Tartan previously released Kim's "The Isle," "Bad Guy" and "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ... and Spring."

Tartan also prebought "The Good, the Bad and the Weird," Kim Jee-Woon's epic and action-packed oriental Western set in 1930s Manchuria. The film is in production.

With the final acquisition, "I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK," Tartan has extended its relationship with Chan Wook Park after their earlier collaborations on "Lady Vengeance," "Oldboy," "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "JSA." The film centers on a girl who thinks she is a cyborg and her love affair with a fellow inmate at a psychiatric hospital.

The slate of acquisitions was completed by Tartan acquisitions boss Jane Giles and managing director Laura DeCasto.

"I'm thrilled that we've acquired eight films at this year's Cannes film festival, and particularly with the mix of titles, which I think perfectly demonstrates Tartan's range and ambition," DeCasto said.

Source: HollywoodReporter.com


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Not exactly the real movie updates to post :sweatingbullets: but something... quite... related to the actors... while waiting... The Good, The Bad, The Weird, The Beautiful... :blush:

Thanks to Shirley - News thread


June 11, 2007

2007 25 Most Beautiful People by Movieweek

List of 25 Most Beautiful People organised by Movieweek , it has sort of become an annual list . The panel of judge is make up of 81 professional renowned photographers.

Male Actor Category

1. Jo In Sung

2. Jang Dong Gun

3. Song Kang Ho


4. Jung Woo Sung


5. Lee Byung Hun


6. Hwang Jung Min

7. Kang Dong Won

8. Park Hae Il

9. Rain

10. Cho Seung Woo

11 Lee Jung Jae

12. Gam Woo Sung

13. Daniel Henney




Female Actress Category

1. Jeon Do Yeon

2. Kim Hye Soo

3. Song Hye Kyo

4. Kim Tae Hee

5. Lee Na Young

6. Kim Ah Jung

7. Im Soo Jung

8. Lee Young Ae

9. Bae Do Na

10. Kang Hye Jung

11. Jang Jin Young

12. Kim Min Hee


Thanks to ylin at LBH thread

Briefly translated by ylin from Chinese article from yule/sohu.com

source: mydaily

June 13, 2007

Lee Byung Hun is going to launch Photobook and celebrate Birthday with Japanese Fans

Lee Byung Hun’s management company is planning a birthday party for him on 12th July and at the same time launching his new Photobook.

Although there are lots of Hanllyu stars going to Japan, but to be able to enter the hub of the Japanese entertainment industry and also having a birthday party there, this is a first time ever.

The strong request from the Japanese fans and company (I guess it’s the Management company) has resulted in the organizing of this birthday party. As there are a lot of preparation work and a lot of fans are expected to turn up for the party, it was planned to have 2 sessions of the party.

The meeting of fans on that day would be broadcasted via the Television. At the birthday party, there will also be an introduction session on his new photobook “a monochrome man in a monochrome city”, and photos from the photobook are made into DVD.

On that day, there will be promotion of Lee Byung Hun’s new movie, “The Good, The Bad & The Weird” which is directed by Director Kim Ji-woon.

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^ Thanks Ching for this wonderful sharing and glimpses of the movie from the magazine. From the looks of it, the teaser posters are indeed real, huh... SKH looks just like he was on the poster. Both he & LBH doesn't really resemble any 'cowboys' don't they.. more like bandits of the 1930s. Wonder if there's any English gist for the article, somewhere...

Can't wait for more GBW tidbits, the actors will definitely rock this KJW epic! :D

The LBH scene with Eng-subs... probably the clip they brought to Cannes previously?

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD. Director Kim Jee-woon has been trying out virtually every genre there is, from comedy (The Foul King) to horror (A Tale of Two Sisters), to action-noir (A Bittersweet Life) and sci-fi (his segment in an upcoming omnibus film Inryu-yeolmang Bogoseo). So why not a Western? Inspired by the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone, The Good, the Bad, the Weird is set in Manchuria during the 1930s, when Korea was a colony of Japan. Kim has assembled a stunning cast of Lee Byung-heon ("the good"), Jung Woo-sung ("the bad"), and Song Kang-ho ("the weird"), for a film that promises a mixture of comedy, action and epic adventure. The film started shooting in April 2007, and is likely to be ready for release in early 2008.

by Tom Giammarco and Darcy Paquet, image from empas.com


ps: seems there's a little bit on the Good & the Bad (casting) not quite updated...

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June 19, 2007

Korean film stars cutting own fees

By Chang May Choon

THE going may be tough, but the kimchi spirit prevails.

Enough alarm has been raised about the Korean Wave entering crisis zone due to shrinking film exports and rising costs, and Korean stars are now united in tackling the problem - at their own expense.


Instead of continuing to demand sky-high acting fees, an increasing number of Korea's A-listers have slashed their own fees to help film-makers cope with the rough times, reported The Chosun Ilbo last week.

The trend is for them to accept a lower fee initially, but to ask for a share in the profits if the film makes a killing at the box office.

Lee Byung Hun, for one, settled for less than his usual 500 to 600 million won ($800,000 to $960,000) fee for his new movie, the 'oriental Western' action flick The Good The Bad The Weird.

He and his co-stars including Jung Woo Sung and Song Kang Ho reportedly channelled a substantial part of their fees back into the cowboy film in the form of investments.

Exact figures were not given, but the producers revealed this would help to lower the original budget of 10 billion won by 'at least 1.5 billion won'.

More recently, the crew and cast of the new action movie Modern Boy, led by director Jeong Ji Woo, veteran actress Kim Hye Soo (The Red Shoes) and award-winning Park Hae Il (The Host), also announced they would cut their fees.

They have settled for a 10 to 30 per cent reduction, which adds up total savings of 2 billion won. The original budget was 8 million won.

The film's producer Kwak Shin Ae said: 'We're very grateful for the actors' decision to stick it out with the rest of us. If the production company profits (from the movie), we will definitely reward the actors well.'

For his new period film Shingijeon (Rocket Arrows), actor Jeong Jae Yeong (Welcome To Dongmakgol) reportedly invested half of his fees in the movie to help offset the 10 billion won production fee.

Also cutting fees are actresses Kim Jung Eun and Moon So Ri in the sports film The Most Glorious Moment Of Our Life, as well as Kim Sun Ah for the film Girl Scout.

Perhaps the only unhappy ones are the artiste management companies that will suffer diminished profits.

Source: The Electric New Paper


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^ Aw.. thanks suejinners for the latest update on GBW. Appreciate it very much!

Bit by bit... we get a little out of the production in progress. UJW looks really lovely, one of the prettier Korean actresses too. Can't wait in which scene and for which guy ... she's making the cameo for. :rolleyes: :blush:

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i love that pic of LBH in that poster..he's always good with pointing guns and looking dangerously sexy..hehe..right rubie?..

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i love that pic of LBH in that poster..he's always good with pointing guns and looking dangerously sexy..hehe..right rubie?..

Yup Yup Yup, very sexy Hunnie-baddie! :wub:

He can shoot me anytime... oops... I mean in the movies, onscreen. :sweatingbullets: :blush: :lol:

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From the BabelFish, sounds like a serious article about the movie. Anyone with related gist or something to share?

The translation posted below

‘책임감 결여’ 쇼박스, ‘놈, 놈, 놈’ 왜 넘기나

영화투자·배급권 이전 파문… CJ엔터테인먼트와 계약 앞둬

송강호·이병헌·정우성이 주연을 맡은 영화 ‘좋은놈,나쁜놈,이상한놈’(이하 ‘놈, 놈, 놈’, 김지운 감독, 바른손 제작)이 국내 굴지의 투자·배급사인 쇼박스의 손을 떠나 표류중인 것으로 확인됐다. 26일 영화계에 따르면 ‘놈, 놈, 놈’과 바른손 영화사업본부가 제작하는 또 다른 영화 ‘헨젤과 그레텔’(임필성 감독)의 메인 투자와 배급권이 쇼박스에서 CJ엔터테인먼트로 넘어가는 계약이 곧 체결될 예정이다. ‘놈,놈,놈’은 ‘장화, 홍련’ ‘달콤한 인생’의 김지운 감독이 메가폰을 잡은 작품으로 순제작비만 100억원을 넘어서는 블록버스터급 작품이다.

쇼박스가 올해 영화 기대작중 하나인 ‘놈,놈,놈’의 메인 투자와 배급권을 다른 회사로 넘기는 배경에 영화계의 관심이 집중되고 있다. 특히 영화가 한창 제작중인 상황에서 쇼박스가 메인 투자와 배급권을 포기하고 이를 다시 CJ엔터테인먼트가 사들이는 모양새는 지금과 같은 어려운 영화계 현실에서는 이해가 잘 가지 않는 부분으로 여겨지고 있다. CJ엔터테인먼트도 지난해 ‘태풍’ ‘중천’ ‘국경의 남쪽’ 등의 대작 영화들이 줄줄이 실패하며 긴축재정을 펼치고 있던 터라 100억원이 넘게 들어가는 영화의 메인투자와 배급권을 선뜻 결정한 것에 대해 의문을 제기하고 있다.

CJ엔터테인먼트의 한 관계자는 26일 “현재 바른손이 제작중인 두 영화를 인수하는 조건을 검토중이다. 2주 내로 결론이 날 것 같다”며 긍정적인 결론을 예측했다. 이 계약에 관해서는 CJ엔터테인먼트와 쇼박스, 바른손 측 핵심인사 5∼6명 만이 극비리에 참여해 진행한 것으로 알려졌다. 직원들조차 협상이 진행중이었던 것을 잘 모를 정도였다.

영화계에서는 이를 두고 여러가지 소문이 무성하다. 영화 ‘디 워’의 한미 동시개봉을 추진하고 있는 쇼박스에게 추가 예산을 집행할 자금이 없다는 것. 이미 영화계에서는 ‘헨젤과 그레텔’이 제작비와 제작 기한을 초과한 것으로 알려져 있고 다음달 중순 중국으로 해외 로케 촬영을 떠나는 ‘놈, 놈, 놈’ 역시 제작비를 넘어설 것이라는 관측이 나오고 있다.

이와 관련해 한 영화계 관계자는 지금 영화계에 책임감 없는 투자·배급사에 대한 비난의 목소리가 높다고 말했다. 그는 “이 영화에 매달려 오랫동안 준비해온 스태프들의 의욕 상실은 둘째로 치더라도, 쇼박스라는 거대 회사가 영화를 무책임하게 놓아버리면 다른 영화들에까지 영향을 줄 수 있을 것”이라고 우려의 목소리를 높였다.

스포츠월드 홍동희 기자 mystar@sportsworldi.com

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Friday, 29 June 2007

Showbox pulls out of high profile "The Good, The Bad and the Weird"

Written by Darcy Paquet


SEOUL -- Korean helmer Kim Jee-woon's epic Western "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" is changing horses in mid-production, with distributor/investor Showbox pulling out to be replaced by rival studio CJ Entertainment.

CJ is reportedly nearing a deal to finance and distribute both Kim's big-budget pic and grisly horror title "Hansel and Gretel", which is also currently in production. Both films are produced by Barunson Co. and sold internationally by Cineclick Asia.

The unusual development has the local industry buzzing, with some questioning whether level of financing has become an issue for Showbox.

"The Good" checks in at close to an $11 million budget, considered a high risk especially given a slacking of interest in Korean films in Japan. The $4.5 million "Hansel and Gretel", meanwhile, has seen its production schedule lengthen since opening shooting.

Nonetheless, with three major stars in the lead roles (Lee Byung-hun as The Good, Jung Woo-sung as The Bad, and "The Host" star Song Kang-ho as The Weird), Kim's pic ranks as one of the most anticipated Korean films of the coming year.

CJ had originally been in talks to finance "The Good" in the development stage, but declined due to its high budget.

Change of heart (and, perhaps, terms of investment) will give CJ two of the most high-profile Korean pics on the horizon, together with Park Chan-wook's vampire film "Evil Live", currently in the script stage.

Souce: VarietyAsiaOnline.com


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CJ Takes Over Reins of The Good, The Bad and the Weird

Aside from Bong Joon-ho's proposed science-fiction film based on the French comic book "La Transperceneige", no other big-budget Korean film interests me quite as much as does Kim Ji-woon's Sergio Leone-inspired The Good, the Bad and the Weird [좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈]. Shooting had hardly begun on the $11 million "Korean spaghetti western", which stars Lee Byeong-heon, Jeong Woo-seong, and Song Kang-ho, when news broke that Showbox was pulling out of the deal. CJ Entertainment will take over the financing and distribution. There is speculation that the soft market for Korean films, particularly in Japan, is the reason for Showbox's last-minute withdrawal. The picture pre-sold to French outfit ARP Selection for a six-figure sum at the Cannes market in May.

[source: Variety] » Posted by Jon Pais


July 1, 2007

'놈놈놈' 투자배급사 쇼박스서 CJ로 교체

[스포츠조선 2007-07-01 12:23:02]

美 영화지 버라이어티 보도


◇김지운 감독

 미국의 유명 영화지 버라이어티가 "'놈놈놈'이 말을 갈아 탔다"며 투자배급사 교체를 보도했다.

 버라이어티는 충무로의 거대 투자배급사 쇼박스가 김지운 감독의 대작 영화 '좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈'(이하 놈놈놈ㆍ제작 영화사그림-바른손)에서 철수하고 그자리를 경쟁업체인 CJ엔터테인먼트(이하 CJ)가 대신한다고 밝혔다. 또한 현재 작업이 진행중인 공포영화 '헨젤과 그레텔'(감독 임필성, 제작 바른손)의 투자배급도 쇼박스 손을 떠나 CJ에 넘어갔다고 덧붙였다.

 한편 CJ는 김주성 대표가 최근 언론에서 "될 만한 영화에 투자하겠다"고 밝힌 것에 맞춰 적극적인 투자의 자세를 보이고 있다.

 이달 25일 개봉하는 대작 영화 '화려한 휴가'(감독 김지훈, 제작 기획시대)에 이어 제작비 40억원이 들어간 '헨젤과 그레텔', 조선시대 로켓포를 그리는 100억원짜리 영화 '신기전'(감독 김유진, 제작 케이앤제이엔터테인먼트), 1930년대 경성을 배경으로 하는 '모던보이'(감독 정지우, 제작 케이앤제이엔터테인먼트), 현재 시나리오 작업중인 박찬욱 감독의 차기작 '박쥐' 등 CJ는 한국 블록버스터 영화들 대부분에 투자하고 있다.

 게다가 총제작비 100억원의 '놈놈놈'까지 투자하는 여력을 보여 쇼박스와는 다른 행보를 걷고있어 눈길을 끈다.

 송강호 정우성 이병헌 등 간판배우가 주연을 맡은 '놈놈놈'은 이미 칸 국제영화제 필름마켓에서 프랑스와 영국에 한국영화 중 최고대우를 받으며 선판매됐다. < 박종권 기자 jkp@sportschosun.com>

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Source: http://news.empas.com/show.tsp/cp_sc/20070...E7+%B8%B6%0B%7D

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July 1, 2007

Pop Diva Tops Internet News


By Park Chung-a

Staff Reporter

American pop diva Christina Aguilera topped the nation's No.1 search engine Naver's most searched keyword list last week. She wowed Korean audiences during her two concerts in Seoul, living up to her reputation as one of best talents in the pop music world.

Chris Benoit, one of the best professional wrestlers of his time, was found dead in his home on Wednesday along with his wife Nancy and their son, placing him in second place on the list. Subsequent investigations have since confirmed the suspicion that the Canadian wrestler Benoit strangled his wife and 7-year-old son, placing Bibles next to their bodies, before hanging himself using cable from a weight machine in his home.

Six-member boy dance group Battle’s broadcasting accident took third place. While they were singing live on a music show on cable television June 21, the music accompaniment machine suddenly went out of order, producing the wrong rhythms and melodies. The group seemed embarrassed at first but soon recovered their composure and sang to the end of the song, which drew a big round of applause from the audience.

Fourth on the list was Japanese television personality Junko Sagawa, who revealed her experience of being subject to sexual harassment. The 22-year-old student from Japan on Monday said on the local TV show "The Beauties' Chatterbox," that her university instructor called her and said that he would give her a full grade if she slept with him. The instructor was dismissed.

Cambodia came in fifth after 22 passengers and crew, including 13 Korean tourists, on PMT Air flight U4-241 that crashed in southern Cambodia on Monday, were found dead. Officials said the plane had been flying at too low an altitude after changing course in bad weather.

Sixth place was taken by FT Island, a five-member boy band who have been emerging as idols since their debut. As their title song was embroiled in a plagiarism controversy, and some of the members’ photos taken in a bar were spread on the Internet, public attention escalated even more last week.

"War of Money." a popular television drama focusing on the nation’s private money lending market, came in the seventh place as its hero and heroine had their first kiss _ while eating cucumbers in a truck. They previously had a hostile moneylender-debtor relationship.

Pop stars Kim Hee-chul and Ivy took eighth place together as news broke out that the two were romantically linked. Both denied the report.

A killer crocodile took ninth place as the movie "Primeval," inspired by the true story of a real man-eating crocodile named Gustave, who has killed up to 300 people over the last century or so in Burundi, was previewed on a television show.


Actress Eom Ji-won came in tenth after being cast in renowned director Kim Ji-woon’s new film "The Good, the Bad and the Weird."



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July 03 2007

CJ Ent. to Back Kim’s Epic Western

Director KIM Jee-woon’s big budget ‘oriental western’, The Good, the Bad and the Weird witnessed a weird change of financial hands while in the midst of production. Investor and distributor Showbox made a strange last-minute decision to pull out of the almost US$11 million project, while powerhouse competitor CJ Entertainment seems quite content to fill its place.

A new deal is currently underway for CJ to takeover chief financing and distribution of both KIM’s film and the US$4.5 million fairy-tale-horror Hansel and Gretel by director YIM Pil-sung, known for his previous film Antarctic Journal. Barunson Co. is producing both films while Cineclick Asia is handling international sales. KIM’s western has already pre-sold to France’s ARP Selection during the Cannes Market last May.

Many were perplexed by Showbox’s withdrawal, speculating on whether the major local player was running short on investment capital. KIM’s western is one of the most anticipated Korean films on the horizon and will allow the already dominant CJ a greater edge. With a shortage of local blockbusters this year and a strong line-up from Hollywood, investors have recognized the need to take risks and back films that can hold their own against moneyed US productions.

CJ had initially declined the project it’s developmental stage due to its high budget, but in the light of the increasing hype and expectation the project has generated, along with new investment terms, the move is less surprising than Showbox’s withdrawal.

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 and tells the story of three Chosun dynasty horse-riding bandits who discover a treasure map. They 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 the western will be of a distinctly Korean flavor.

Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)


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Thanks to ylin at LBH thread, movie related update from sina.com :)

Korean star, Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun and Jung Woo Sung will be flying to Jiayuguan in mid July for shooting of their new movie "The Good, the Bad & the Weird". They will be staying there for 50 days.

Some information on Jiayuguan - http://www.jygcc.com.cn/english/web/lswh/jyggc.htm


Jiayuguan, Gansu, China

Alternative Name: Jiayuguan

Name Type: Native

Area / State: Gansu

Coordinates & Location type

Area Type: Populated place

Location Type: Populated Place

Latitude: 39.81667

Longitude: 98.3

(Decimal degrees)

Latitude (DMS): 39° 49' 0 N

Longitude (DMS): 98° 17' 60 E

(Degrees, minutes and seconds)

Location modified: 2/5/1994

Maps & Location database updated: 2004-02-27




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