Showing posts with label miss conspirator. Show all posts
Showing posts with label miss conspirator. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Miss Conspirator (미쓰 GO, Misseu Go) 2012

By Rex Baylon

Being an avid fan of anything, be it a film, a band, or an author’s work, comes at a price; a gnawing hunger to consume our drug regardless of the social, mental, and financial toll it might take. Aside from that overwhelming desire there is also a parallel drive to feel something new for a work that we have poured our heads and hearts wholeheartedly into. This soon breeds insular personalities who operate in a fantasy world where in our mind’s eye we hear Philip Glass's score from the Qatsi trilogy being played as we engage in the most banal of rituals like writing an e-mail or waiting for the bus.

For agoraphobic Chun Soo-roo (Ko Hyeon-jeong) her world is the heightened reality of the crime genre. A dual world of cops and robbers, heists, capers, and double and triple crosses, where money switches hands faster than henchmen switch sides. A farewell goodbye to a friend at the airport becomes the elaborate setup for a great story. However menacing serial killers and rabid gangsters do not populate these dark alleyways. Instead, director Park Chul-kwan borrows more from Ocean's Eleven (The original Sinatra version as well as the Soderbergh remakes) and Catch Me If You Can (2002) than from gritty crime dramas like The Yellow Sea (2010) or Nameless Gangster (2012). From the inspired faux-retro Saul Bass-inspired title sequences to the klezmer heavy score Miss Conspirator (2012) is a movie built firmly on the clichés of suspense pictures. Of course as any student of the genre knows there is no better master of suspense then Alfred Hitchcock, who invented the grammar of suspense for film.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Korean Box Office Update (06/22-06/24, 2012)

Miss Go Goes Straight to the Top

Title Release Date Market Share Weekend Total Screens
1 Miss GO 6/21/12 17.70% 268,277 331,169 439
2 The Emperor's Concubine 6/6/12 14.90% 224,090 2,187,575 427
3 Madascar 3 (us) 6/6/12 14.70% 219,150 1,275,303 449
4 King of XXX-Kissing 6/21/12 13.60% 213,630 270,293 424
5 All About My Wife 5/17/12 12.00% 179,158 4,144,011 325
6 Lockout (us) 6/14/12 5.70% 87,409 411,636 284
7 Runway Cop 5/30/12 5.30% 81,741 1,258,758 226
8 Men in Black 3 (us) 5/24/12 4.00% 60,379 3,346,609 221
9 Prometheus (us) 6/6/12 4.50% 58,567 929,723 211
10 Faces In the Crowd (us) 6/21/12 2.80% 40,950 52,982 173

Friday, June 8, 2012

June 2012 Korean Releases

This monthly features previews the coming month's attractions in Korean cinema.  All of these monthly posts are available in an archive on the Upcoming Releases page.

June 6

The Emperor's Concubine

June 7


June 21

2 Doors
Miss Conspirator
The Heaven Is Only Open to the Single
The King of XXX-Kissing
Two Weddings and a Funeral

June TBC

A Company Man
Boys, Dreams and Sansevieria
I Am

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Korean Cinema News (05/10-05/16, 2012)

Not a huge news week, the main item being that Snow Piercer is finally underway but some interesting features and tidbits nonetheless, including and a couple of trailers with English subtitles.

In other news I have become the Twitchfilm's Korea correspondent, a position I'm thrilled to take on but no need to worry as nothing will change regarding the day-to-day running of MKC.


Production Begins on Bong Joon-ho's Snow Piercer
Likely the most anticipated project on the horizon from a Korean cineaste, Bong Joon-ho's Snow Piercer has finally begun production, having first been floated as a project back in 2007.  New additions to the cast have been made, which now features Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-sung, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Kenny Doughty and Emma Levie.

Some location photography on a glacier in Austria has already wrapped and no they are underway with the main segment of filming which is happening at the Barrandov studios in Prague, Czech Republic.  It's wonderful to see this exciting project finally coming to life and hopefully the production will be smooth sailing from here on in.  (Modern Korean Cinema, May 16, 2012)

Friday, March 30, 2012

April 2012 Korean Releases

This monthly features previews the coming month's attractions in Korean cinema.  All of these monthly posts are available in an archive on the Upcoming Releases page.

April 5


April 11

Doomsday Book
The Scent

April 19


April 26

Eungyo (A Muse)
Rain and Rain
Red Maria
Spring, Snow

April TBC

The Peach Tree


Director:  Tae Jun-seek
Release date:  April 5

A documentary about an elderly woman and her impact on the people with difficult lives.  Mother has screened at a number of documentary festivals including the DMZ International Documentary Festival.

Doomsday Book

Director:  Yim Pil-seong, Kim Jee-woon
Cast:  Kim Kang-woo, Kim Gyoo-Ri, Ryoo Seung-beom, Song Sae-byeok
Synopsis:  Three unique stories of human self-destruction in the modern high-tech era.  In a hope to restore the humane compassion in the insusceptible modern age, the film displays an alternative form of genuine humanity.  And thus you are stepping into the world of future, where a series of unexpected stories awaits you.  All these stories originate from the earth. From the very earth you live on. 
Release date:  April 11

An eagerly anticipated omnibus film which initially went into production in 2006 but halted due to financing problems, recently the project was put back on track.  and will sate us as we await Kim Jee-woon's debut American feature in 2013.  This will be Yim Pil-seong (Antarctic Journal, 2005; Hansel and Gretel, 2007) first work in 5 years.  Han Jae-rim was initially to directed a segment before the production shut down.  The final segment was recently completed with Yim Pil-seong directing and Kim Jee-woon in a supporting role.  I am not certain about the release date, since no trailer has appeared to date the film may be pushed back.

The Scent

Director:  Kim Hyung-jun
Cast:  Park Hee-soon, Park Si-yeon, Joo Sang-wook, Cha Soo-yeon
Synopsis:  A woman asks a detective, who does some PI work on the side, to investigate her husband whom she suspects is having an affair.  When the husband winds up dead it's the detective who becomes a suspect.
Release date:  April 11

Kim Hyung-jun's second feature following 2010's No Mercy.


Director:  Lee Sang-bin
Writer:  Lee Sang-bin
Cast:  Ko Ah-sung, James Page
Synopsis:  Nanye is a young musician who takes a 15-day trip to England and meets James who becomes her guide.
Release date:  April 19


Director:  Jeong Ji-woo
Cast:  Lee Paul, Yeom Hyeon-joon, Kim Sae-byeok
Synopsis:  Lee Juk-Yo, a respected poet, is an old man who cares fondly for his younger disciple Seo Ji-Woo.  When a teenage 17-year-old enters their lives, their lives are turned upside down.
Release date:  April 26

Jeong Ji-woo, the director of Happy End is back with an adaptation of popular novel Eungyo starring Park Hae-il, hot off his multiple Best Actor wins for War of the Arrows, who will portray a 70-year old man.  This vaguely reminds me of 2010's Moss which featured Jeong Jae-yeong under layers of makeup and also starred Park.

Spring, Snow

Director:  Kim Tae-gyoon
Cast:  Yoon Seok-hwa, Lim Ji-gyoo, Lee Kyeong-yeong, Kim Ha-jin
Synopsis:  A drama about a typical mother Soon-ok and her family's process of getting ready to say goodbye.
Release date: April 26

Red Maria

Director:  Kyung-soon
Cast:  Yoon Seok-hwa, Lim Ji-gyoo, Lee Kyeong-yeong, Kim Ha-jin
Synopsis:  A documentary that follows suffering women across Asia who work in the sex trade, as immigrants, are homeless and more.
Release date: April 26

Rain and Rain

Director:  Kim Nam-kyung
Cast:  Im Chang-jeong, Yu In-young, Lee Kyeong-jin
Synopsis:  A romance story between musicians Soo-Hyun and Ji-eun.
Release date:  April 26

The Peach Tree

Director:  Ku Hye-sun
Cast:  Nam Sang-mi, Ryu Deok-hwan, Cho Seung-woo
Synopsis:  A complicated love triangle of siamese twins who fall for the same girl.
Release date:  April

The Peach Tree bowed at the Busan International Film Festival last October.


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