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TAG, RE:BORN, LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN and More Coming Soon from Eureka Entertainment

British distributor Eureka! Entertainment has announced their latest slew of acquisitions and releases, which proves a typically eclectic mix of classic and contemporary cinema.   New 4K restorations of James Whale’s horror classic The Old Dark House and Philippe de...

Review: THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND, Impressive Action Torpedoed by Nationalism

Following a pair of blockbusters, action maestro Ryoo Seung-wan aims to outdo his past successes with The Battleship Island, the biggest Korean release of the year. Set on a Japanese labor camp island, this star-driven, big-budget period escape drama strives...

Toronto 2016 Review: ASURA: THE CITY OF MADNESS Unleashes Unbridled Machismo in Brooding Noir

It's a man's world in Asura: The City of Madness, and a rotten one at that. Cops, prosecutors and politicians jostle about with unbridled machismo in a noirish caricature of corruption in the latest thriller to balk at the irresponsible...

Opening: THE WAILING Cranks Up Tension To Unbearable Levels

After turning the Korean thriller on its head with The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, director Na Hong-jin has reinvented himself again, aggressively pushing against the boundaries of genre cinema with The Wailing. A deafening descent into hell, it may...

Cannes 2016 Review: THE WAILING, A Bone-Chilling, Thunderous Descent Into Hell

After turning the Korean thriller on its head with The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, director Na Hong-jin has reinvented himself again, aggressively pushing against the boundaries of genre cinema with The Wailing. A deafening descent into hell, it may...

Na Hong-jin's Blistering Thriller THE WAILING Gets US Trailer And Release Date

Ahead of its premiere this month at the Cannes Film Festival, Na Hong-jin's The Wailing, his follow-up to The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, has been picked up for North American distribution by Well Go USA, which just launched the...

Review: THE HIMALAYAS Swaps Snowflakes For Tears

For those looking for an expedition drama, be warned that despite its title, The Himalayas is first and foremost a melodrama. One concerning brotherhood, family and, above all, coping with grief. Himalayan expedition films seem to be in vogue at...

Ryoo Seung-wan Plots WWII Escape Drama In SKYFALL Lair

Now that Veteran is firmly planted in the record books, with the third best haul for a Korean film of all time (13.4 million admissions), director Ryoo Seung-wan is ready to get going on his next feature. There's been talk...

Interview: VETERAN Director Ryoo Seung-wan On Action Challenges And Hollywood Influences

Following his internationally acclaimed actioner The Berlin File, director Ryoo Seung-wan's newest film, Veteran, has already broken box-office records in South Korea within weeks of its release. On the day of Veteran's US red carpet premiere, I had a telephone reunion...

Review: VETERAN Deals A Knockout Blow

Korean action maestro Ryoo Seung-wan goes back to basics with his latest film Veteran, a breathless and hilarious crime thriller featuring a knockout performance from Hwang Jung-min. With fluid action choreography, punchy pacing and sharp editing, this infectious summer offering...

VETERAN: Watch The Teaser For Ryoo Seung-wan's Latest Blast Of Entertainment

He's been doing it for so long now that it seems a misnomer to continue referring to director Ryoo Seung-wan as Korea's 'action kid', the title he earned in his early days. And yet, despite now being deep into his...

Review: ODE TO MY FATHER Puts Blockbuster Spin On Melodrama

Family takes centre stage in Ode to My Father, a new Korean melodrama that is every bit as bombastic as this year's naval battle hit Roaring Currents. Directed by JK Youn (Youn Je-kyun), whose last film Haeundae sauntered over the...

Review: WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Loses Focus In Tearful Finale

The Lunar New Year (Seollal) holiday is just around the corner and that means that studios are looking to draw in large crowds, particular families, during one of the peak theatergoing periods of the year. Making a film that can...

First Teaser For Korean MMA Actioner FIST OF LEGEND

Following the baseball drama GLove, director Kang Woo-suk of the Public Enemy trilogy has set his sights on another sport, mixed-martial arts, in Fist of Legend (no relationship to the Jet Li film of the same name). Based on a...

Watch Choi Min-sik In Full Trailer For THE NEW WORLD

2013 will not see a finer cast assembled in Korea than director Park Hoon-jeong has gathered for upcoming crime drama The New World. How do I feel confident saying this of a film that releases in February, with most of...

Choi Min-sik And Hwang Jung-min Star In Korean Thriller NEW WORLD. Watch The First Teaser!

What's this? An upcoming Korean thriller featuring a pair of the country's most talentable and reliable performers in the lead? Yes, please.Choi Min-sik, the star of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, should need no introduction around these parts as is work has...