With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, February 26, 2010

ACF 484: Korean Movie Night Series Two: The Remakes

Just got official word about the next Korean Movie Night film series. Sponsored by Korean Cultural Service (NY) and again free, the series will focus on three Korean movies slated to be remade by Hollywood. Whether or not the remakes will be even decent remains to be seen, but the Korean originals are fine, fine, and fine!

All films are scheduled to be shown at Tribeca Cinema, 54 Varick Street on Canal. KCS is continuing with the policy they adopted for the last film in the first series, namely free admission on a first-come, first-serve policy. Theater doors will open at 6:30 PM and showtimes will be at 7:00.

Die Bad
Directed by Ryu Seung-Wan
South Korea, 2000, 98 min
NY Premiere

This was the first film from director Ryu, whose subsequent work includes City of Violence. Die Bad is an amazing action movie that was shot on the sly for $55,000!!! Marc Foster (Quantum of Solace, Monster's Ball) came onboard in 2008 to do the Hollywood remake.

Ryu's original will be shown Tuesday, March 9th, 2010.

SHIN Ha-Kyun (left), SONG Kang-Ho (center), BAE Doona (right)
© Tartan Films 2005

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance
Directed by Park Chan-Wook
South Korea, 2002, 129 min

This was the first film in Director Park's "Vengeance Trilogy." It was followed by Oldboy (2003) and then Lady Vengeance (2005). A kick-ass movie with a fantastic cast.

Remake rights were purchased by Warner Bros in January, 2010. The Hollywood version is being produced by the people who brought audiences GI Joe, Transformers, and Doom. (Yikes! Can you guess why I'm not the least bit hopeful about this remake.)

Catch the real deal from Park on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010.

EUN Seo-Woo in Phone
© Tartan Films 2005

Directed by Ahn Byung-Ki
South Korea, 2002, 109 min

Director Ahn will be remaking his own horror film for the production company behind the Twilight movies.

His original will screen Tuesday, April 6th, 2010.

I'll be posting reminders close to each screening and hope to have at least some reviews up as well.

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