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Mama drama – Pieta review

By Simon Miraudo December 3, 2013 A vicious, torture-happy debt collector with some severe sexual peccadilloes is, erm, softened by the return of his estranged mother in Kim Ki-duk’s deeply unsettling Pieta (as we’re reminded by the opening credits, his eighteenth effort).Whether or not she’s actually of any relation to him is the pivot on […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: Oldboy

The first official poster for Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy has arrived online. It’s a striking image that replicates the dream-like tone of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 original. Josh Brolin stars here as a man kidnapped and imprisoned – without explanation – for 20 years, before eventually being released back into the world (the scene depicted […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Stoker review

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2013 Stoker. Finally, a family name that can be worn as proudly as Bates, Lecter, Torrance, and Lohan. An odd bunch, they are. Even the non-murderers. Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut introduces us to this curious clan, and hopefully it will, in turn, introduce the acclaimed Korean director to those who […]

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New York Stories – Stoker / Upstream Color / Stories We Tell

By Glenn Dunks April 9, 2013  There’s a wide world of cinema out there, and Quickflix’s Glenn Dunks is on the ground in New York City bringing you the titles that will soon be seen in Australian cinemas, and eventually available on home entertainment. The Manhattan Report: With the New Directors/New Films festival having just concluded […]

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Theron, Monahan set for Sympathy for Lady Vengeance remake

Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy is currently in production, and it seems to have reignited the long-gestating do-over of director Park Chan-wook‘s sort-of-sequel Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. According to Deadline, billionairess Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures will now produce the flick along with Charlize Theron‘s shingle. William Monahan (Oscar winning scribe of The Departed) will write and direct, while Theron […]

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Poster Debut: Stoker

The poster for Park Chan-wook’s English language debut Stoker has been released and it’s officially the most gorgeous film poster I’ve seen in quite some time. Cinephiles around the world have eagerly been awaiting the release of Stoker, which stars Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. Park has been a trailblazing Korean filmmaker over the last […]

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Trailer Debut: Stoker

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook makes his English-language debut with Stoker, a creepy tale of a demented family starring Aussies Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Jacki Weaver. Here’s the official plot synopsis: “After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally […]

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Park Chan-wook takes on Corsica 72

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook will make his English language debut with the upcoming Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, but he doesn’t seem to be keen on returning to his native Korean tongue anytime soon. According to Variety, Park will direct crime drama Corsica 72, from Skyfall screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The picture concerns two best friends who take vastly different paths in life; […]

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District 9 star offered Oldboy villain

It’s the part Spike Lee just can’t fill: that of the villain in his upcoming remake of Oldboy. Christian Bale, Colin Firth, and Clive Owen have all passed on the role, though, as anyone who has seen Park Chan-wook‘s South Korean original knows, it’s a juicy one. Variety now reports that an offer has gone out to District […]

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Elizabeth Olsen offered role in Oldboy remake

Well, if Rooney Mara won’t take on the lead female role in Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake, Elizabeth Olsen will do just fine! According to Twitch, the Martha Marcy May Marlene star has reportedly been offered a key part opposite Josh Brolin in the project. Mara previously passed, as did Australian Mia Wasikowska. Though anyone who has seen Park Chan-wook‘s supreme […]

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Clive Owen, Mia Wasikowska offered Oldboy roles

Clive Owen and Mia Wasikowska have been targeted to star opposite Josh Brolin in Spike Lee‘s upcoming Oldboy remake. According to Twitch, Owen has been offered the role of primary antagonist. Colin Firth and Christian Bale both turned down the part prior. Meanwhile, Aussie Wasikowska is being courted to take on the lead female role. Rooney Mara was originally suggested to be a contender, but passed […]

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Colin Firth passes on Oldboy

Colin Firth has passed on the role of the lead villain in Spike Lee‘s upcoming Oldboy remake, Twitch reports. Christian Bale similarly turned down the part several months ago. Josh Brolin remains set to star in the role originally played by Choi Min-sik in Park Chan-wook‘s 2003 original. He plays a man kidnapped and imprisoned without explanation, and released […]

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Spike Lee’s Oldboy will have “darker” ending than the original

That’s a big call. Producer Roy Lee has told Collider the ending of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake will be darker than that seen (and that which can never be unseen) in Park Chan-wook‘s South Korean original. When asked if screenwriter Mark Protosevich would maintain the ending of Park’s flick or if he had returned to […]

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Colin Firth offered villainous role in Oldboy

Colin Firth has been offered the part of the villain in Spike Lee‘s upcoming remake of Oldboy, Twitch reports. Though Christian Bale was once said to be considering the role, it seems Oscar winner Firth is now the lead contender. Twitch must have a decent source close to the production, having previously broken the news […]

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Rooney Mara wanted for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake

After years in development hell, that English-language remake of the South Korean revenge thriller Oldboy is picking up some steam. Last month it was confirmed Josh Brolin would star and Spike Lee would direct, while Christian Bale is still rumoured to appear as the villain. Twitch now reports The Social Network and The Girl With The […]

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Jacki Weaver joining Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook?

Oscar nominated Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver is in negotiations to join David O. Russell‘s follow-up to The Fighter, The Silver Linings Playbook. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weaver would play the mother of star Bradley Cooper in the offbeat romantic comedy. Cooper’s character is a former high school teacher who has recently been released […]

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Josh Brolin confirmed to star in Oldboy

Last month it was revealed that Josh Brolin was Mandate Pictures’ first choice to star in Spike Lee‘s remake of the South Korean revenge flick Oldboy. Deadline reports: it’s official! Brolin will star in the role originally played by Choi Min-sik in Park Chan-wook‘s 2003 original. He plays a man kidnapped and imprisoned without explanation, […]

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Christian Bale considers Oldboy, A Star is Born after Dark Knight

Christian Bale’s biggest role of the last decade is about to come to an end. With filming nearing conclusion on The Dark Knight Rises, Batman will be looking for new employment. Bale will have plenty of roles to choose from according to Variety, who list the Spike Lee remake of Oldboy at the top of […]

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Josh Brolin to star in Spike Lee’s Oldboy?

Josh Brolin is said to top Mandate Pictures’ wishlist for the lead in their upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook‘s Oldboy. According to Twitchfilm (who broke the news of Spike Lee nabbing the director’s job), no formal offer has been made to Brolin. It is also unknown if he is Lee’s lead choice, or merely the […]

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Spike Lee definitely remaking Oldboy

Last week, it was revealed that Spike Lee was in talks to direct the English language remake of South Korean revenge thriller Oldboy. Well, consider it confirmed! Mandate Pictures has issued a press release stating that Lee will indeed helm the film, and that screenwriter Mark Protosevich has adapted the screenplay from Park Chan-wook‘s original […]

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Spike Lee might remake Oldboy

At first, we lamented the idea of director Steven Spielberg remaking Park Chan-wook‘s blood-soaked Oldboy with Will Smith in the lead. But it’s been almost three years since that news broke, and we’ve made our peace. Thus, this new development is downright exciting! According to Twitch, Spike Lee is in talks to direct the English […]

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Interview: Jungyeob Ji; program director of Korean Film Festival in Australia

Interview: Jungyeob Ji; program director of Korean Film Festival in Australia. By Simon Miraudo. Korean cinema has undergone something of a renaissance in the past ten years. After decades of political turbulence and stifling governmental censorship, a batch of exciting filmmakers have emerged eager to share their occasionally-shocking, often-hilarious, and always-passionate art. Some of the […]

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I drink your bloodshake – Thirst DVD review

Thirst – Starring Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-bin and Shin Ha-kyun. Directed by Park Chan-wook. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It must be difficult for a filmmaker to make their mark in the vampire genre these days. I had assumed that surely every possible angle had already been covered by directors as diverse as Murnau, Herzog, […]

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Thirst – a vampire flick to send Twilight fans screaming!

source: traileraddict.com The English-language trailer for Park Chan-wook‘s South Korean flick Thirst has finally debuted online, and it promises to be a bloodier affair than perhaps any other vampire film we’ve ever seen. The film follows a priest who transforms into a vampire following an experimental vaccination. He begins an illicit affair with the wife […]

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And the Cannes winners are…

source: guardian.co.uk Austrian director and frequent Palme D’or bridesmaid Michael Haneke claimed the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his black-and-white World War One film The White Ribbon. Michael Haneke, director of Palme D’or winner The White Ribbon. Australian director Warwick Thornton claimed the prestigious Camera D’or for his debut feature Samson […]

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Oldboy director cuts his teeth on vampires in Thirst

source: twitchfilm.com The first images from Park Chan Wook‘s upcoming vampire flick Thirst have been released by the Korean media. Most people will remember 2008 as the year of the vampire thanks to Let the Right One In, Alan Ball‘s television show True Blood and shudder Twilight. However, anyone who has seen Park Chan Wook’s […]

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