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Hal Hartley To Close Off 'Henry Fool' Trilogy With 'Ned Rifle,' Louis Leterrier Reteaming With Luc Besson For 'Sea At War'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 16, 2013 12:40 PM
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Hal Hartley’s recent work hasn’t been as high profile as his films back in the ‘90s, but it looks like the director is back in action yet again, with a continuation of one of his best known pictures. This time, the project is “Ned Rifle,” which is a follow-up to his previous films “Henry Fool” and “Fay Grim.” Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, and Thomas J. Ryan are all returning to reprise their characters, starring alongside Gemma Arterton. Production on the film is slated to begin later this year with Fortissimo Films taking on sales rights in Cannes.

John Woo's WWII Epic 'Flying Tigers' To Arrive As Feature Film & Extended, 6-Hour Miniseries

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 23, 2013 11:37 AM
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John Woo ("Face/Off," "Mission: Impossible II") might have long ago left Hollywood in the dust, but his recent projects have been more epic in scope than any of the films he’s made in the past. His last solo directorial effort, "Red Cliff," had an $80 million budget, and the Chinese version was 280 minutes long. But his next project, the long-gestating "Flying Tigers," is shaping up to be his most ambitious effort yet.

Watch: Alex Cox's 1999 Documentary 'Kurosawa: The Last Emperor' With Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Verhoeven & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 11:25 AM
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When you're one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, your life is likely to be thoroughly documented by others, and that's certainly the case for Akira Kurosawa. The director behind "Seven Samurai," "Rashomon," "Ran" and many, many more seminal works has been boxed, written about, discussed at and more, all at length, but his work is so rich and influential, there is always more to discover. And for those looking for a bit of a film class to start of their week, you can perhaps spend your lunch hour on this.

5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 28, 2013 11:01 AM
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This Friday sees the release of the much-anticipated "Stoker." The melodrama would probably be of note just because it stars Mia Wasikowksa and Nicole Kidman, but it's even more so because it marks the English-language debut of acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook, the man behind "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy" and "Thirst," among others. The film lands hot on the heels of "The Last Stand," from Park's countryman Kim Ji-Woon, and a few months from the English-language debut of another Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer." The three are only the latest international filmmakers to seek wider audiences and acclaim by making a film in the English language.

John Woo's Remake Of Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Le Samourai' Still In The Works, Will Be Set In Berlin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2013 12:40 PM
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It seems that John Woo just can't leave the films of Jean-Pierre Melville alone. Back in 2004, he was attached to remake "Le Cercle Rouge," and that didn't happen with the movie bouncing around a few more directors until James Mangold was the latest name linked last year. And then a few years ago, he was talking up remaking "Le Samourai," and it seems it's something he's not only still planning on doing, he's even got a location figured out.
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John Woo To Return To English Language Movies For Yakuza Remake 'Day Of The Beast'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 17, 2012 2:30 PM
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It’s been three years since John Woo’s last film, the sweeping historical epic “Red Cliff,” and after various flirtations, it looks he’s found his next project.

John Woo's Next Is Romantic Epic 'Love And Let Love,' Korean Star Song Hye-Kyo, Zhang Ziyi And Chang Chen In Cast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2011 10:00 AM
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The path of John Woo's Hollywood career was a sad and rather depressing one; the acclaimed action filmmaker made his first inroads into English language with "Hard Target," "Broken Arrow" and "Face/Off" but the dumb-but-fun feel of those films soon gave way to the dumb-and-boring vibe of "Mission Impossible II," "Windtalkers" and "Paycheck," and the filmmaker has, for the most part, returned to Asia, where he's rediscovered his mojo thanks to his acclaimed two-part epic "Red Cliff" and period actioner "Reign of Assassins," which he co-directed.

English Language Remake Of John Woo's 'The Killer' Back On, This Time In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 9:51 AM
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For reasons we're still trying to understand, John Woo has been trying to get an English-language remake of his cult classic "The Killer" off the ground for years -- he was still talking it up last summer. A number of directors have circled and been rumored to be interested in helming the pic but so far no one's driven the project far enough to get it in front of cameras. But it appears that has changed as a cast and a director have now been set and of course, this time, the reboot is being eyed for 3D.

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