With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

GIRLS VS. GANGSTERS coming to digital on October 2nd and to DVD on November 6th

Well Go USA
Girls vs. Gangsters / Gui mi 2
Directed by Chun-Chun Wong
China, 2018, 138 minutes

Here's the low down on this comedy coming to digital on October 2nd and to DVD on November 6th from Well Go USA Entertainment:

After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits at an out-of-control bachelorette party, five friends wake up naked on a beach to discover one of them is handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before in Girls vs. Gangsters, the fun-filled sequel to the over-the-top 2014 romp Girls. They soon become the target of local gangsters as they try to retrace their drunken steps and make it back home and to the alter on time.

Directed by Barbara Wong (Break Up Club, Girls), the film stars Fiona Sit (The Midnight After), Yihan Chen (Spider Lilies) and Ning Chang (Black & White: The Dawn of Justice), with a special appearance from Mike Tyson (Ip Man 3, Kickboxer: Retaliation).

A wild bachelorette weekend in a foreign city spins hilariously out of control in this over-the-top sequel to the box office smash Girls. After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits, three friends wake up naked on a beach to discover two are handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before. When they soon find themselves pursued by local gangsters, their only shot at making it home - and to the altar - is to piece together the previous night’s events while on the run.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

CURE coming to Japan Society NY on October 26th

Japan Society NY

Cure © 1997 KADOKAWA
Cure / Kyua
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
With Koji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa
Japan, 1997, 11 minutes 
35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, October 26th at 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets- $14/$11 seniors & students / $5 members

An international breakout hit that firmly established director Kiyoshi Kurosawa as a master of fear, Cure follows detective Takabe (the great Koji Yakusho) as he investigates a series of gruesome Tokyo murders in which a large X is found carved into the base of each victim's throat. When Takabe confronts the only link to every crime scene, a mysterious drifter who possibly possesses hypnotic powers, he is pulled into an unsettling mind game that risks his own sanity. Utilizing an ingenious visual style that evokes horror in every frame, Kurosawa's deeply unnerving twist on the police procedural suggests modern society's unknowing capacity for unspeakable evil.
18+ This film is unrated, but is not recommended for persons younger than 18 years of age due to violent imagery.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LIVING DEAD will debut on digital on September 25th

Well Go USA
(Jo-seon-myeong-tamjeong: Heupyeolgoemaui bimil) 
Directed by KIM Suk-Yoon
South Korea, 2018, 119 minutes

DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LIVING DEAD, the third film in the popular action-mystery franchise, debuts on digital only on September 25th from Well Go USA Entertainment. KIM Myung-min and OH dal-su reprise their roles as bumbling sleuths investigating a string of strange murders that suggest the work of vampires.

This hilarious outing follows the hugely popular Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow (2011) and Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015) and also stars Kim Ji-won (Horror Stories), Lee Min-ki (Tidal Wave) and Kim Bum (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon).

When a series of unusual murders occurs, Detective K (KIM Myung-min) and his partner (OH Dal-soo) are once again called upon to solve the case. Along the way, he teams up with a beautiful woman (KIM Ji-won) with amnesia and together they discover Vampire bite marks on all of the bodies. As they investigate further, they begin to realize that the woman is somehow closely connected to the deaths.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

South Korean Crime Thriller THE NEGOTIATION opens September 20th in L.A. and Buena Park; wide release to follow on September 28th

CJ Entertainment
The Negotiation
Directed by LEE Jong-suk
South Korea, 2018, 114 minutes

South Korean crime thriller, The Negotiation, hits the big screens this Fall in Los Angeles and Buena Park on September 20th, followed by a wider release in cities across the U.S. and Canada on September 28. Starring the biggest hit-makers of Korean films, SON Ye-jin and HYUN Bin go head-to-head in this nail-biting movie surrounding a hostage crisis.

HA Chae-youn (SON Ye-jin) is the top police negotiator who keeps a cool head in any situation. However, she spirals into shock when a hostage situation she responded to ends in disaster as she witnesses the hostages getting killed in front of her eyes. Just 10 days after the incident, MIN Tae-gu (HYUN Bin), a notorious arms dealer wanted by the police, kidnaps a Korean reporter and police officer and picks Chae-youn as the negotiator. Tae-gu creates an unprecedented hostage situation for unknown reasons and Chae-youn cannot back down.

The Negotiation is Director LEE Jong-suk’s directorial debut. He previously worked as an assistant director on Ode to My Father, and took part in the screenwriting of The Himalayas. The film is presented by CJ Entertainment and produced by JK Film.

For more information and a list of theaters, click here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM coming September 18th, 2018

Well Go USA
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum / Gon-ji-am
Directed by Jung Bum-Shik
South Korea, 2018, 93 minutes

Here's the info I have about this upcoming offering from Well Go USA:

The crew of a horror web series travels to an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast. They soon encounter much more than expected as they move deeper inside the nightmarish old building in the horror thriller Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum, terrorizing on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD September 18th from Well Go USA Entertainment. An updated take on the “found footage” genre of thrillers, Director Jung Bum-Shik (Epitaph, Horror Stories) assembled a cast of mostly newcomers for Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum, including Wi Ha-Jun, Park Sung-Hun, Lee Seung-Wook, Oh Ah-Yeon, Park Ji-Hyun, Yoo Je-Yoon and Mun Ye-Won.

Based on the local legends and stories of people who’ve visited the real-life abandoned hospital, GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show’s host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected.