February Movie Watch: the Sageuk Edition

New year, new movies of course! Although there’s not much changes except for changing number in years and age (when you’re old like me LOL), there’s something we can be sure of: new movies in production will come out. I’m ecstatic to see not one. but THREE sageuk movies making it into the list of premiering titles in February 2018: one is the ‘Joseon Sherlock Holmes’ 조선명탐정 Joseon Detective 3; the other one is the much anticipated 흥부 Heungbu; last but not least is the second part of the Korean Confucian ‘mechanics’ series, 궁합 Gunghap.

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Park Yeol, the Anarchist from Colony

Director Lee Joon-ik delivers the first teaser for his anticipated movie Park Yeol earlier today, with a lighter tone as compared to the heavy premise everyone expected it to be based on the subjects alone. With its English title Anarchist from Colony, the movie’s first teaser is considerably campier compared to Sado’s breathless and Dongju’s subdued teasers, the two most recent productions from the director. At least the wait won’t be that long, since Park Yeol will be gracing the Korean big screens in June.

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Kim Rae Won for W

It looks like the magazine heard my prayers for Kim Rae-won to have more pictorials, because he’s being featured in W’s April issue. I am guessing this is in anticipation of his upcoming movie, The Prison which will hit Korean theatres tomorrow, March 23. The film also stars Han Suk-kyu, Jo Jae-yoon, Jung Woong-in, Shin Sung-rok, Lee Kyung-young and Kim Sung-kyun. It will tell a story of a group of prisoners escaping to commit crimes. Check out the pictures and movie trailer below!

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Train to Busan: Beneath the Zombies

Happy September everyone! Let’s hope that it will be good for all of you in dramaland~ Here I’ll be welcoming the new month with my take on 부산행 (Busan-haeng), the latest zombie film that swept the box offices of its native South Korea and countries in the world!

I had the opportunity the catch this much-anticipated film at the theatres – it was like a beautiful painting with many eye-catching elements. Then you know sometimes when we appreciate such artwork for instance and become too engrossed with the prettiness on the surface, we forget that there is also much substance within. Whatever that is inside tells us what the painter wants to portray, the story as well as feelings that he wants to tell and show. That pretty much sums up my experience with Train to Busan: with the issues explored and questions posed throughout, it was definitely more than just the zombie horror.

[This is a spoiler-free review]

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Cha Seung Won Becomes the Hidden Mountain Man in Breathtaking Movie Posters

These set of teaser movie posters have got to be one of the finest this year, because the gorgeous colours and the eye-catching details incorporated into the posters will surely catch people’s attention. The four posters are the first promo material released for the movie Gosanja: Daedongyeojido (고산자: 대동여지도), translated as Man of the Old Mountain: The Great Map of the East Land, and they are like playing a game of Finding Cha Seung-won in the posters. Once you have recovered from the visual shock, you will realize that he is there in every poster, finding his way throughout the land of 19th century Joseon.

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First Look at The Last Princess

I am lucky to have chanced upon the first trailer released for the movie The Last Princess (native title Princess Deokhye/덕혜옹주) yesterday, considering the anticipation I had ever since the project was first announced. ‘The forgotten history, hidden by the country; the last princess of Korean Empire’. Starring Son Ye-jin as the titular Princess Deokhye, the film will follow the events in her lifetime, from her happy childhood to the nightmare that was her life away from her home country.

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Teaser Posters and Trailers for Phantom Detective Hong Gil Dong

It sure feels like forever waiting for the movie to be out, but the wait is almost over for Phantom Detective (formerly known as Detective Hong Gil-dong). The movie is finally set for May release, after a year of post-production since the filming wrapped up in April last year. All eyes are on the project after Lee Je-hoon’s successful drama Signal aired earlier this year, and this will be his first movie after his completion of military service.

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Detectives on the Go (and for ELLE)

Mystery crime movie Detective: The Beginning is finally set to open in South Korean cinemas on 24th September. Starring Kwon Sang-woo and Sung Dong-il, it tells the story of family-oriented man Kang Dae-man (Kwon Sang-woo) who runs a comic book store and has a great interest in mystery novels. He gets on Detective No’s (Sung Dong-il) nerves when he pokes his nose into police affairs…until one day when Dae-man’s detective friend, Joon-soo (Park Hae-joon) gets arrested for murder. Detective No and Dae-man end up working together to solve the case. I really like action movies so I am looking forward to this one! The posters, stills and press pictures have been released. Check them out 🙂

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Ji Sung Becomes the Vampire Next Door

Yeah, you read that right. Ji Sung turns into a vampire for his secret project, a short film feature by Director Im Sang-soo for 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2015 this October. The 20-min feature, entitled The Vampire Lives Next Door, is a part of Color of Asia – Masters, a joint project of BIFF, Youku, and Heyi Pictures, Inc, which showcases the short features by Asian filmmakers, namely Im Sang-soo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Kawase, and Wang Xiaoshuai.

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More Teasers for Sado/The Throne

August is coming to an end soon, which means September will be here with lots of new offerings! Although it will be another long wait for the movie to be subbed, the thought of getting to watch Sado/The Throne alone makes me so, so excited. The main trailer has been released yesterday following the first teaser and character teaser before, and the production conference was held last week, with Director Lee Joon-ik and actors Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in in attendance. But the reason I’m posting the teasers in a separate post? Moon Geun-young.

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