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March 5th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Standoff At Sparrow Creek, Dead Ant, Burning, The Clovehitch Killer

Happy March, everyone! Now that we’re into a brand new month, it means we have tons of great horror and sci-fi films hitting Blu-ray and DVD in the coming weeks that fans should keep an eye out for. This Tuesday, we have a few indie thrillers hitting both formats that are definitely worth your time: The Clovehitch Killer, Burning and The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, and if you’re into horror comedies, be sure to check out Dead Ant as well.

Other notable home media releases for March 5th include Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season, Kalifornia Collector’s Edition, The Church, The House and 30 Miles From Nowhere.

Burning

Based on a story by international best-selling author Haruki Murakami, Burning is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu, a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first,
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Game of Thrones Merchandise ramps up

  • Comicmix
Winter has arrived and now the merchandising bonanza is not far behind.

HBO is definitely working on milking every last coin from your pocket, hoping to fill the Iron Bank of Bravos with coiange as their mega-hit series prepares to bid farewell in mid-April.

Not only will there be a series of Got-themed Oreo cookies coming, but blended bobbleheads, too.

Foco is introducing its newest bobblehead series featuring a collaboration between the worlds of Major League Baseball and HBO’s original series Game of Thrones®.

This brand-new cross licensed series features fan favorite Mlb players and mascots as well as Game of Thrones characters and settings from the award-winning HBO series. All 30 Mlb teams are represented in the first series which launches online today at Foco.com for pre-order.

The first series includes three distinct bobblehead styles merging the two worlds and features: The Iron Throne, the Ice Dragonand the Night King.
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15 Highly Anticipated South Korean Films of 2019

2018 was, by most accounts, a mixed bag of a year for South Korean cinema. Where critics darling Lee Chang-dong returned to the scene after an eight-year hiatus to much fanfare and applause with “Burning”, small films like “Little Forest” and “Intimate Strangers” ended up being more well received than tentpole blockbusters like Kim Jee-woon’s “Illang: The Wolf Brigade”, for example. 2019 has begun very strongly, with “Extreme Job” going on to become the 2nd highest grossing South Korean film of all time on the domestic box-office. Here’s a list of some films we can look forward to with much anticipation in the remainder of the year.

Bad Police (Lee Jeong-beom)

It’s Lee Sun-kyun vs the world in “Bad Police”

Six years after the action packed “No Tears for the Dead”, the director of the iconic “The Man from Nowhere” is back with “Bad Police”. Telling the story of
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “The Drug King” by Woo Min-ho

A new Song Kang-ho film is quite the event in South Korean cinema. Possibly the country’s biggest superstar, and one of the best known South Korean actors around the world, Song Kang-ho is known to star in massive hits and his films are often South Korea’s official entries to the Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language category. So when he teams up with “Inside Men” director Woo Min-ho and Bae Doona, one of South Korea’s best actresses and Song Kang-ho’s co-star from “The Host”, big things are expected from the resulting collaboration “The Drug King”.

Synopsis

Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970’s, Lee Doo-Sam builds an empire as a drug smuggler in the Busan underworld, while public prosecutor Kim In-goo attempts to take down Lee Doo-Sam.

Joining Song Kang-ho and Bae Donna is a strong supporting cast of Jo Jung-suk, who also starred
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Big Movies Saturate Korean Cinemas Over Holiday, Damaging the Box Office

  • Variety
The outlook for South Korea’s film box office business is decidedly guarded. Over Chuseok holiday period, overall sales increased but business ended up being a zero-sum game.

According to the Korean Film Council’s report, box office managed to sell almost 32% more tickets in September, compared to the same month a year ago. That’s partly because of the holiday, which fell in October in 2017.

Kofic’s box office tracking service Kobis showed that the number of admissions in local theaters was up about 4 million to 16.81 million in September, with revenues up by 42% to $127 million. The number of admissions for homegrown titles grew by 5.78 million to 11.76 million, with revenues increased by 113.6% to $88.23 million.

Big homegrown films release during the holiday week in all likelihood contributed to the hike. Over the past few years, the Chuseok holiday season has grown to one of the peak seasons for the South Korean box office,
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “Ode to the Goose” by Zhang Lü

Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lü (“A Quiet Dream”) is back working with Park Hae-il and Moon So-ri with his latest film “Ode to the Goose”. The film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival this month.

Synopsis

Yoon-yeong has been harboring feelings for Song-hyeon, a friend’s wife. When he finds out that she is divorced, Yoon-yeong and Song-hyeon take a trip to Gunsan on a whim. They find lodging at an inn where the middle-aged owner lives with his autistic daughter who does not leave her room. The four become star crossed lovers in the city of Gunsan. The film could be named “Gunsan,” as it is a film about a specific place, which also explores the world’s hidden, unspoken elements.

“Ode to the Goose” features an all-star cast including Park Hae-il, Moon So-ri as well as Jung Jin-young and Park So-dam as the owner of the inn and his daughter respectively.
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‘Watch The Throne 2’ is on the Way, According to One Half of the Throne

‘Watch The Throne 2’ is on the Way, According to One Half of the Throne
After a summer of blockbuster albums (often to diminishing returns), Kanye West and Jay-z are supposedly adding to the release schedule. On Saturday, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce: “throne2 coming soon.” However, it is unclear if both halves of the duo got the memo.

The succinct and mysterious announcement didn’t give any additional context or details of Jay’s potential involvement. Not long ago, Kanye proclaimed there wouldn’t be a follow-up to the seminal album with his longtime mentor. “There will never be a Watch The
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Trailer for Korean Film “Sunset in My Hometown”

Director Lee Joon-ik is perhaps best known for historical dramas like “The King and The Clown” and “The Throne”. After “Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet” and “Anarchist From the Colony”, he is back with his latest film “Sunset in My Hometown”, which is marketed as the third film in his “Youth Trilogy”.

Synopsis

Underground rapper Hak-soo has challenged TV audition programmes for 6 years but never gets into the finalist. On the day that he fails his 7th audition, he receives a call from his hometown that his father is in the hospital. He rushes to his hometown Byeonsan, which he has left since high school only to find it is his father’s plot to bring him back to Byeonsan. He immediately heads back to Seoul, but circumstances lead him back to Byeonsan, the small, boring suburb where he meets his school friend Seon-mi.

After “Dongju: The Portrait of
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South Korean film industry forges closer ties with North Korea

Initiatives include new Kofic committee, Peace film festival and line-up of North Korean films at Bifan fest.

South Korea’s film industry is moving towards forging closer ties with North Korea, following the groundbreaking Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula announced April 27.

The Korean Film Council (Kofic) has set up a special committee for North-South Korean film exchange, which was launched on July 5. Following in the footsteps of a similar committee that Kofic operated 2003-2008, before the advent of previous conservative administrations, this new committee is expected to develop exchange projects and symposiums, and is
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What Will Camilla's Title Be When Prince Charles Takes the Throne?

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What Will Camilla's Title Be When Prince Charles Takes the Throne?
Prince Charles will be the oldest heir to accede to the British throne when Queen Elizabeth II dies, at which time his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, will transition into the role of queen. But what will her official title be? When she wed Prince Charles in 2005, Camilla was officially given an Hrh and earned the title Duchess of Cornwall. While she is legally also the Princess of Wales, she has never formally used the distinction out of respect for its previous holder, Princess Diana; after Charles and Diana divorced, Diana became known as Diana, Princess of Wales, and the title is so strongly associated with her that Camilla instead chose to take the feminine form of her husband's Duke of Cornwall.

Related: The Royal Titles Crash Course You've Been Waiting For

When Charles takes the throne, he will very likely go by the regnal name King George VII. The wife
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Film Review: ‘Believer’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Believer’
Johnnie To’s gritty mainland crime epic “Drug War” (2012) is given a slick and mostly effective South Korean re-tooling in “Believer.” Centered on a dogged cop obsessed with flushing out a mysterious drug kingpin, this pacy outing is loaded with colorful characters but fails to deliver the emotional intensity it promises. The first feature by director and co-writer Lee Hae-young since his classy period thriller “The Silenced” (2015), “Believer” has notched two million admissions since its May 22 local release. An entertaining action-thriller accessible for non-Korean viewers, “Believer” ought to perform well when it opens June 8 on 23 North American screens.

Action-packed but free of the extreme brutality that sometimes hinders the commercial prospects of Korean genre films in offshore markets, “Believer” borrows just the basics of To’s film. While faithfully recreating some of the original’s most famous sequences, Lee and female co-writer Chung Seo-kyung have significantly altered plot and character details elsewhere.
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A first glance at the Asian entries in Cannes Official Selection 2018

Cannes Film Festival has finally revealed the full programme of its 71st edition and the small Asian selection is very promising and includes few regular participants along with some talented new newbies.

Let’s have a first look at the list.

Competition

“Burning” by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea)

This much anticipated adaptation of “Barn Burning”, a short story by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, is a tale of three young adults and – in full Murakami’s style – a mysterious accident. Back after a 7-year break, director Lee Chang-dong has summoned Yoo Ah-in (“The Throne” and “Veteran”), Steven Yuen (“Okja”) and pretty new actress Jeon Jong-seo for the roles.

“Ash is Purest White” by Jia Zhangke (China)

Jia Zhangke returns to Cannes with this big-budget and ambitious film; a love story set on the backdrop of China criminal world in the industrial town of Datong, spanning from 2001 to 2017. Within the cast the
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The Poet And The Boy: Us Theatrical Trailer Premiere For Korean Dramady

Kim Yang-hee's debut feature film, The Poet and the Boy (시인의 사랑), will have its Us premiere at Cinequest Film and Vr Film Festival, which starts on Tuesday, February 27th. Screen Anarchy has been asked to debut the theatrical trailer for the film, which you will find below, along with a selection of images procurred from our friends at HanCinema.net. After a warmly received World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto Intl. Film Festival, the acclaimed South Korean dramedy The Poet And The Boy will have its U.S. Premiere in competition at the world renowned 2018 Cinequest Film and Vr Film Festival, running February 27 -March 11th. The debut feature from filmmaker Kim Yang-hee, stars actor/director Yang Ik-June (Breathless), actress Jeon Hye-Jin (The Throne)...

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Osaka Asian Film Festival 2018: Watch The Trailer For Opening Film Anarchist From Colony

Gearing up for it's 13th edition, Osaka Asian Film Festival today announced it will kick off proceedings on March 9th with the Japanese Premiere of Korean film Anarchist from Colony. A sizeable hit in its native country when released last year, the film comes courtesy of director Lee Joon-ik whose knack for period historical dramas led to earlier success with Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet and The Throne. The festival opener stars Lee Je-hoon (The Phantom Detective, Architecture 101) and Choi Hee-seo, who worked with the director on Dongju. Osaka Asian Film Festival 2018 will take place from 9th - 18th March and feature a diverse selection of titles chosen from across Asia. Watch the trailer for their opening feature below. Synopsis: In 1923,...

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Arthouse Audit: 'Steve Jobs' Sets Awards Smash Standard

Arthouse Audit: 'Steve Jobs' Sets Awards Smash Standard
Top-ranked studio Universal led the way—by far—among specialized releases this weekend with "Steve Jobs"' superb initial New York/Los Angeles debut. This sets a standard that is unlikely to be topped by any upcoming awards contender, because there's less intense competition for now). The other strong opener, at a single Los Angeles screen, is the South Korean Oscar entry "The Throne," which based on reliable sources looks to gross over $20,000 this weekend. The top grosser among second-week films is "He Named Me Malala" (Fox Searchlight), which fell short of director Davis Guggenheim's previous attention-grabbing docs. Several other well-reviewed festival highlights also debuted, many on VOD (and one on Netflix), without gaining significant traction. The Orchard's Doc NYC-selected documentary "Cartel Land," which went theatrical in July to a $700,000 total, has taken in a reported $550,000 in two weeks of VOD release, an upbeat...
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