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Primer: 10 Essential Films Of The Korean New Wave

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 26, 2014 2:44 PM
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Korean Essentials Primer
This weekend, after what seems like roughly a decade of delays, rumors, teases, announcements, retractions and general bloviating, Bong Joon-ho’s anxiously awaited “Snowpiercer” hits screens. Of course it seems like years, but it was in fact “only” last October, after its South Korean August bow, that the film snuck out in France (from where we reviewed it), after which it rolled out in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and you know, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan before finally coming to the U.S., marking one of the stranger international release strategies for a genre picture starring a recognisable American action star in recent memory. Might it be the only Chris Evans film ever to open in Mongolia three months before the U.S.?

Marc Forster Won't Direct 'World War Z' Sequel, Kim Jee-Woon Lines Up New Project & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 3, 2013 9:38 AM
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World War Z
By now, we all pretty much know about the struggles the filmmakers had while making “World War Z.” In spite of the fact that the film actually turned out to be a major success, initial reports of its “inevitable failure” hit everyone involved with the film pretty hard. The Hollywood Reporter has a very interesting piece about Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B (who made the film). The article goes into how criticism of the production of "World War Z" affected the producers involved, mentally, and they delve into how the surprise success of the film, along with the positive festival response of “12 Years a Slave” has left the company feeling pretty good about themselves.

Retrospective: The Films Of 'The Last Stand' Director Kim Jee-Woon

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 17, 2013 11:57 AM
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This weekend, American audiences will be introduced to a filmmaker they most likely have never heard of – South Korean director Kim Jee-woon. A talented, genre-bending filmmaker whose artistic depth is matched only by his technical proficiency, he's making his western debut with "The Last Stand," an old-school action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (read our review here). But for fans of Asian cinema, he's been a director many have been keeping an eye on for a long time now.

Review: 'The Last Stand' Heralds The Return Of Arnold Schwarzenegger In A Big, Brash & Ultimately Overlong Slog

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • January 17, 2013 10:40 AM
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Arnold Schwarzenegger casts a giant shadow in his first full-fledged return to the big screen, and Korean auteur Kim Jee-woon kowtows in turn, churning out the stylishly anonymous "The Last Stand," a hopefully-timeless throwback to the iron-jawed heroes of Arnie's yesteryear. The film that ends up on screen zigs and zags in fits and starts, only to come alive during a frenetic half hour that features a small-town showdown nearly worth the price of admission alone. It's the remaining hour and thirty minutes that drags the fireworks down -- the leaden dialogue and morsels of character development do the film no favors, and when the pacing halts so that Forest Whitaker's Agent Bannister can deliver another bit of shameless exposition, "The Last Stand" begins to sag and sigh, not unlike the superstar at the heart of it.

'Another Earth' Director Mike Cahill Digs Into 'iOrigins'; Kim Jee-Woon Preps Live Action 'Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2012 2:24 PM
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Alright, time for a bit of genre break. Two filmmakers who have both made their names on some pretty ambitious projects are lining up some gigs, so let's dive right in...

First Look Photos Of Arnold Schwarzenegger & Forest Whitaker in 'The Last Stand'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 3, 2012 12:45 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Ever since his run as the governor of California ended, people have speculated about the future of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career. There were rumors of a return to the “Terminator” franchise as well as the long-gestating World War II film “With Wings As Eagles.” But while he’s set to return later this month in the sequel “The Expendables 2,” we’re more excited by his role in the new film from “I Saw The Devil” and “The Good The Bad The Weird” director Kim Jee-woon, “The Last Stand.”

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