CJ expands Cannes slate by eight
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 12 May 2011, 13:00 PM (HKT)
The company, South Korea's largest entertainment conglomerate, heads its Cannes additions with Howling 하울링 (2011), an action crime thriller by YOO Ha 유하 | 庾河, director of hits A Frozen Flower 쌍화점 (2008) and A Dirty Carnival 비열한 거리 (2006). Starring SONG Gang-ho 송강호 | 宋康昊 and LEE Na-yeong 이나영 | 李娜英, the tale of serial killers and wolf-dogs is now in production through Opus Pictures Co Ltd 오퍼스 픽처스 and is set for a release this winter.
CJ is co-producing The Tower 타워, a 3-D disaster movie set in an apartment tower block. The film is directed by KIM Ji-hoon 김지훈 | 金志勳 who is also making Sector 7 ７광구 (2011) for the group. It stars SEOL Gyeong-gu 설경구 | 薛景求, SON Ye-jin 손예진 | 孫兿珍 and KIM Sang-gyeong 김상경 | 金相慶.
CJ's biggest event this week in Cannes is a junket for My Way 마이 웨이 (2011), the in-production war drama directed by KANG Je-gyu 강제규 | 姜帝圭. Its stars JANG Dong-geon 장동건 | 張東健, ODAGIRI Joe オダギリジョー and China's FAN Bingbing 范冰冰 are expected to be in Cannes.
OTHER NEW TITLES INCLUDE:
Spellbound 오싹한 연애 (2011), a romantic horror title about a street magician and a young woman who is being followed by the ghost of her best friend. Directed by HWANG In-ho 황인호, it is produced by SangSang Film 상상필름.
The Clockwork Girl, an animated sci-fi fantasy about a robot girl who runs off with the son of her inventor's chief rival. Produced by Luximation, and part-financed by CJ, the film has an English-language voice track that includes Carrie-Anne Moss, Alexa Vega, Brad Garrett and Jesse McCartney.
Just days before the festival CJ confirmed that it would also pick up Late Autumn 만추 (2010), the TANG Wei 湯唯 and HYEON Bin 현빈-starring drama about two convicts that has played the festival circuit since Toronto last year.
Action-drama-romance Hindsight 푸른소금 (2011) starring Song Kang-ho as a retired mob boss who falls in love with a mysterious girl in his cooking class. Directed by LEE Hyeon-seung 이현승 | 李鉉昇, who previously directed romantic hit Il Mare 시월애 (2000), the film is set for Korean release this summer.
Love story between an assassin and her older mark fatally lacks a strong directorial hand.
Poorly constructed crime thriller, with a miscast female lead and unconvincing plot.
Lifeless cross-national romance set in the US is a pointless remake of a South Korean classic.
| 마이 웨이
Unengaging, nationalist war epic, devoid of genuine emotion or real characters.
Offbeat treatment of formulaic elements makes this troubled-teen movie very likeable.
R2B: Return to Base
| Ｒ２Ｂ: 리턴투 베이스
Gung-ho airforce drama with K-popster Rain is most memorable for its visual effects.
A B-grade monster movie wrapped up in an A-grade budget.
Fact-based drama of sexual abuse at a deaf kids' school is still powerful despite melodramatic moments.
Superbly packaged disaster drama is weakened by thin characters and repetitive action.
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