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10 Best South Korean Thrillers From The Past Decade

10 Best South Korean Thrillers From The Past Decade
Aside from the excellent directors out of Mexico - Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Inarritu, and Gullermo del Toro, etc. - the filmmakers of South Korea are among the best in the world. We saw the great Bong Joon-ho make history by not only winning Best International Film for Parasite but Best Picture as well, something that has never happened before.

Related: Parasite: Every Character Ranked By Intelligence

But Bong is not alone. His Korean contemporaries like Kim-jee Woon, Chan-wook Park, and others have been turning in great work for years and may follow Bong's footsteps at the Oscars one day. To give you an idea of the high caliber of their work, check out the 10 best South Korean thrillers from the past decade!
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Greece Offers Incentives, Diverse Locations for International Productions

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Greece Offers Incentives, Diverse Locations for International Productions
As they began preparing “The Trip to Greece,” the fourth installment in Michael Winterbottom’s acclaimed comedy franchise starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the creative team returned to the time-tested formula that made the previous three chapters so successful: a combination of food, wanderlust and the comedians’ impeccable improv skills.

But with Winterbottom insisting this will be the franchise’s final installment, producer Melissa Parmenter, of Revolution Films, says the decision to re-create the epic journey of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca in modern-day Greece gave the project added poignancy.

“Steve is continuing his journey back home, like Odysseus,” she says. “Being the last one for this idea of an epic journey is quite special.”

Nearly a decade after the “Trip” franchise launched, the long-time collaborators were on familiar ground in more ways than one. Last year Winterbottom, Parmenter and Coogan traveled to Greece to film “Greed,” a satire
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June 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Us, The Monolith Monsters, Thirst, Universal Horror Collection Volume 1

June 18th is shaping up to be a killer day for genre fans, as two of my favorite movies of 2019 are making their way home: Jordan Peele’s Us and Lords of Chaos (on DVD) from Jonas Åkerlund. Kino Lorber is showing Chan-wook Park some love this week with their Blu-ray release of Thirst, and Scream Factory has put together the impressive-looking Universal Horror Collection: Volume 1 set as well.

Other home entertainment releases for this Tuesday include Under the Silver Lake, The Monolith Monsters, Crypto, The Nightmare Gallery, Derangement, and Disappearance.

Lords of Chaos

The story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners: a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: Mayhem. Oslo, 1987. Seventeen-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create "true Norwegian black metal" with his band, Mayhem. He's joined by equally fanatical youths - Dead and Varg.
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Netflix's The Perfection Trailer Sends Allison Williams Down a Sinister Path

Netflix has released the first trailer for The Perfection and it looks tweaked. Allison Williams stars and seems to be channeling a bit of her Rose Armitage character from Jordan Peele's Get Out in the upcoming horror movie. The project was directed by Richard Shepard, from a screenplay by Shepard, Nicole Snyder and Eric C. Charmelo. Shephard directed several episodes of Girls, so he and Williams already had a good working relationship before heading into The Perfection.

The Perfection premiered at last year's Fantastic Fest and was one of the most talked about movies to debut at the event. The movie is an elegant and terrifying suspense ride filled with unexpected twists and turns. When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences. The trailer teases
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Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer

Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer
The pairing of Park Chan-wook and Matthew McConaughey sounds too weird, but at the same time incredible, to pass up, right? One is the acclaimed director from South Korea, who has amazed fans with works like “Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden,” and most recently, his TV series “The Little Drummer Girl.” And the other is an Oscar-winning actor that continues to take interesting roles, albeit with his Southern charm positioned front and center.
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What Is the Biggest Remake Bomb of All-Time?

What Is the Biggest Remake Bomb of All-Time?
Remakes are almost as old as the medium of film itself, and throughout the last couple of decades there have been too many to count. But in the late 90s and early 2000s, Hollywood literally went remake crazy, and the trend has continued ever since. We're almost twenty years out, and there are already remakes being planned for 2020. But why? More often than not, remakes are big bombs that shame the original and fail to connect with audiences on any level. It would be hard to pinpoint the worst of the worst, because there are so many. Thankfully, a new research study has been completed, and it reveals the biggest remake bombs of all time, offset by how much they have lost at the box office. Not just by how much they managed to aggressively squeeze out from weary ticket buyers. They also look at which remakes have been the most profitable.
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Trailer: A New British Spy Series to Obsess Over

A couple of years ago, BBC One and AMC made waves with The Night Manager, an adaptation of author John le Carré‘s spy novel. Those networks saw the success of that show and jumped in on another le Carré adaptation, a 1970s-set thriller called The Little Drummer Girl. Oldboy director Chan-Wook Park marks his first entry […]

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Film Review: Last Child (2017) by Dong-seok Shin

Dong-seok Shin’s debut feature “Last Child” fits alongside much South Korean cinema in being a gritty, emotionally-charged drama set in an environment of urban alienation. But with this the case, can a novice director bring enough new material to tried and tested formulas to keep the audience interested; or is he last to the party?

Last Child is screening at the BFI London Film Festival

Jin (Moo-seong Choi) and his wife Mi-sook (Yeo-jin Kim) are still mourning their son Eun-chan who died saving the life of his classmate. Jin keeps himself busy with work, while Mi-sook tries to connect with her son’s best friend – naturally uneasy around his dead friend’s mother. Seeking out the boy whose life Eun-chan saved, Ki-hyun (Yu-bin Seong), Jin finds a boy whose parents have abandoned him at seventeen, working as a delivery boy to pay his rent.

Taking pity on the young man,
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ previews first two episodes at London Film Festival

‘The Little Drummer Girl’ previews first two episodes at London Film Festival
The London Film Festival isn’t strictly all about films, apparently. In between the slew of movies, Lff managed to sneak in two episodes of a brand new television series: “The Little Drummer Girl.” At the helm is Chan-wook Park, the acclaimed South Korean filmmaker who did well with various critics groups with “The Handmaiden” several awards seasons ago.

This BBC/AMC miniseries is described in the official program thus: In 1979, Charlie Ross (Florence Pugh), an idealistic young actress meets a mysterious stranger called Becker (Alexander Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece. She is offered a role in the ‘theatre of the real’, quickly becoming dangerously immersed in a complex plot masterminded by Kurtz (Michael Shannon), an Israeli spymaster.

This follows on the success of “The Night Manager,” another spy thriller adapted from a John Le Carre novel. That show, which was also a BBC/AMC co-production, extremely well with
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‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ With Claire Foy to Premiere at Rome Film Festival

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Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” starring Claire Foy as avenging heroine Lisbeth Salander, is set to world-premiere at the Rome Film Festival, which announced a strong lineup Friday mixing crowd-pleasers with esoteric titles. The festival also boasts an impressive roster of speakers who will hold onstage conversations, including Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver and Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux.

Foy, who takes over the role previously played by Noomi Rapace in the “Millennium” saga by late author Stieg Larsson, is expected to make an appearance on Rome’s red carpet, along with several key cast members, including Sverrir Gudnason, Sylvia Hoeks, and director Fede Alvarez. The movie is based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, who continued Larsson’s “Millennium” series.

Sony has set a Nov. 9 U.S. release date for “Spider’s Web,” preceded by an international roll-out beginning this month. The date of the Rome
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‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Added to London Film Festival Lineup

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‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Added to London Film Festival Lineup
The BFI London Film Festival has added a trio of new movies to its lineup, and Maggie Gyllenhaal to its roster of industry speakers.

Venice Silver Lion Winner “The Sisters Brothers,” from two-time London festival competition winner Jacques Audiard, has been added, as have Boots Riley’s satirical movie “Sorry to Bother You” and S. Craig Zahler’s “Dragged Across Concrete.”

“Sorry to Bother you” is “deliriously creative and ambitious to a fault,” Variety said in its Sundance review.

“S. Craig Zahler continues to test the limits of B-movie form in this outsize bad-cop drama, to alternately exhilarating and unpleasant effect,” Variety said of “Dragged Across Concrete.”

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival runs Oct. 10-21. It will open with the European premiere of Steve McQueen’s “Widows” and close with the world premiere of Laurel and Hardy biopic “Stan & Ollie.” Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo” will also have its U.
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AMC’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Sets World Premiere at London Film Festival; Full Lineup Unveiled

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AMC’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Sets World Premiere at London Film Festival; Full Lineup Unveiled
The world premiere of Chan-wook Park’s first television series, “The Little Drummer Girl,” will take place at the BFI London Film Festival, alongside U.K. premieres for the latest films from acclaimed filmmakers Luca Guadagnino, Alfonso Cuaron and the Coen brothers. The festival will also feature an increased representation of female filmmakers, with three of its competition strands achieving gender parity.

Announcing the full program for the festival’s 62nd edition Thursday, artistic director Tricia Tuttle said: “We’re always very keen and conscious to represent the global diversity of cinema. London is a global city, and we think the audiences reflect that.”

The festival will feature a world premiere special presentation of the first two episodes of Korean filmmaker Park’s “The Little Drummer Girl.” The six-part drama (pictured) is the BBC and AMC’s latest John Le Carre adaptation following their Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning “The Night Manager.
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Han Solo Star Alden Ehrenreich on Why Getting Paid Less for Films Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

Han Solo Star Alden Ehrenreich on Why Getting Paid Less for Films Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing
Money isn’t everything for the star of Star Wars most expensive film ever.

Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Han Solo in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, recently spoke with Wealthsimple’s recurring series Money Diaries about why getting paid less on films isn’t always a bad thing.

“Over the past few years, I’ve worked with some incredible, legendary directors — Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Chan-wook Park, Warren Beatty, Ron Howard, and the Coen Brothers — and I’ve discovered something fascinating: The better the director you’re working with, the less you get paid,” he explained.

“For me,
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The 10 Best Cinematographers of 2017, Ranked

The 10 Best Cinematographers of 2017, Ranked
There were so many incredibly shot films this year that narrowing it down to 10 wasn’t easy. What follows is not an attempt the highlight the best-looking movies of the year, but the ones that used cinematography most effectively in building expressive, cinematic worlds. This list embraces exploration of form, creative use of limitations, and overcoming challenges with craft and innovation. Often, the awards-season narrative for below-the-line talent is scale and the most obvious use of craft; here, the focus is how form can be used to elicit emotion and tell a story. These are 10 films that do that exceeding well.

10. “A Ghost Story

A movie made with a small group of friends, shot in small house over a small number of days, is not supposed to be this visually big. But just like David Lowery’s film itself, cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo finds incredible depth and beauty in the simplicity of “A Ghost Story.
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The 50 top films of 2017 in the UK: No 6 The Handmaiden

Continuing our countdown of the year’s finest films, Peter Bradshaw praises Park Chan-wook’s dazzling film about a lesbian love affair in 1930s Korea

See the Us cut of this listSee the rest of the UK countdownMore on the best culture of 2017

Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith has had a lavish, almost operatically spectacular adaptation by the Korean auteur Park Chan-wook, which isolates and intensifies the keynote of eroticism. The sexuality drenches the superbly designed fixtures, fittings and fabrics of this film and perfumes the intoxicating air that all the characters breathe.

This is, arguably, disproportionate to the more nuanced effect intended and achieved by Waters, but it makes for a luxurious movie, and Park handles with aplomb the story’s whiplash narrative twist and resulting Pov shift.

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Mark Kermode’s best films of 2017

Cannibalism in France, a latterday Our Gang in Florida, three women in Tel Aviv, and – at last! – a Blade Runner sequel are among the year’s must-sees

• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in full

To get a sense of how many great movies played UK cinemas in 2017, just look at some of the outstanding titles that didn’t make my top 10 list. From Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (brilliantly adapted from Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith) to Anocha Suwichakornpong’s dazzling By the Time It Gets Dark, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (featuring an Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert) and Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius (with Sônia Braga in breathtaking form), there was a dizzying array of delights on offer. Even so-called mainstream cinema seemed particularly adventurous this year, ranging from Patty Jenkins’s rip-roaring Wonder Woman to Christopher Nolan’s overwhelming Dunkirk, Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping Detroit, Edgar Wright’s pulse-racing
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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich

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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich
Over the last 12 months, the world seemed to be changing faster than ever, and not for the better. At a time when every day felt like a week, and every week felt like a year, watching a movie felt like a dangerous proposition; you had no idea what the world was going to look like when you walked out of the theater two hours later. Even the most immersive films couldn’t always keep that anxiety at bay, these dark thoughts seeping into even darker rooms and transforming these sacred spaces into elaborate Rorschach tests that tricked us into seeing whatever was scaring us most at that particular moment, or whatever might be needed to give us hope. It was a heightened stretch unlike any in recent memory, but the best films ultimately did what the best films always do: They brought the world into focus, showed it from a fresh sonspective,
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Matthew Orton to write season 2 of The Night Manager

AMC and production company The Ink Factory are one step closer towards a second season of the hit miniseries, The Night Manager, based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré. According to Deadline, British screenwriter Matthew Orton has been hired to pen the second season.

After The Night Manager‘s success, AMC and BBC have been looking for ways to continue the show despite being based on only one book. Earlier this year Simon Cornwall, who is the president of Ink Factory and son of David Cornwall, le Carré’s real name, expressed interest in doing another season of Night Manager to the Royal Television Society, stating that: “There’s no book and there’s never been a Le Carré story that has been extended beyond the confines of the novel. It would be interesting to try that.”

Tom Hiddleston, the lead star of the series,
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Alexander Skarsgard Joins The Cast of Park Chan-wook’s The Little Drummer Girl

Emmy Award winner Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies, Tarzan) is joining Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), in Park Chan-wook’s (Old Boy, The Handmaiden, Stoker) television debut The Little Drummer Girl. The series based on the best-selling novel by John le Carré. reports that production on the six-part mini-series is expected to begin early next year.

In The Little Drummer Girl, young actress Charlie strikes up an friendship with an interesting stranger while vacationing in Greece, but it quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer, who drags her into a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she is forced to take on the role of a lifetime in the scheme. The story is set in the late 1970s, The Little Drummer Girl weaves a dynamic and exciting story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal.
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Alexander Skarsgård joins AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl adaptation

AMC has found its male lead for its upcoming miniseries The Little Drummer Girl, the adaptation of John leCarré ‘s spy novel of the same name from director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård will be joining Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) for the six-episode series.

Skarsgård will portray Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer, who ropes Pugh’s Charlie into a high-risk espionage plot. Unlike The Night Manager, AMC will keep the series set in the 1970s, the time period that the book is set in. The miniseries is being produced and financed by The Ink Factory, once again working with AMC after The Night Manager. Production on the miniseries will begin early next year

“To play an enigmatic man who hides his true feelings deep inside, I couldn’t think of a more fitting actor,” Chan-wook said of Skarsgård’s casting. “I believe Skarsgård’s growing depth as
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