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.
Hot Asian genre films at EFM
Profiles of The Complex, Saving General Yang and The Tower
South Korean BO has bumper Jan
New Year, new record for local films
Berlin files strong opening in S. Korea
Berlin-set film among absentees from Berlin festival
Showbox has Edge at home and abroad
Thieves sets opening record for South Korean film in China
Thieves crosses 10m admissions
South Korean heist movie joins club of six
HK Summer fest makes living easy
Line-up unveiled for popular spin-off event
Jeong anointed in CJ management reshuffle
Kim sidelined in latest putsch at Korean giant
Yeoh stirred by CJ's Recipe
Korean giant also backs Ratner franchise
Busan moves closer to French bodies
Agreements reached with UniFrance and Marché du Film
Karakara goes to Bitters End
Okinawa road movie locks local distributors
Asia to have subtle market influence
Economic trends flow in region's favour; yet to be reflected in market
Goddess rises to Cannes marketing occasion
Feel good Oz picture sold by Ealing Metro
Odin's get a bite on Crocodile
Chinese CGI movie heads for Cannes market
Silenced is golden in Udine
Far East Film Festival also rewards Kora and The Front Line
Unspoiled Brats and Fresh Wave define Udine
To, Pang and Zhang return for 14th edition of Italian festival
Late Autumn enjoys Chinese Spring
Belated China outing outperforms local release
Terracotta does things own Way
London Asian festival unveils lineup, acquires rights
5 Points to do Right by CJ
Korean films finds North American home
Asian buyers busy at EFM
Pickups include teen fantasy, paranormal thriller, spoof horror
My Way on target with buyers
Early Berlin sales news
Local revenues boom for South Korean films
KOFIC data: BO climbs, NEW is No 3 distributor
Panorama picks Asian five
Asian films represent 25% of initial selection
Trio head for Berlin Generations
Films from South Korea, Philippines and Indonesia
CJ adds in the pipeline trio
Korean major expands AFM slate with starry pictures
Grand Bell out in Front
Korean awards show splits prizes
CJ strikes Netflix deal
Korean films to screen online in US
CJ launches direct distribution in Vietnam
Korean giant has theatrical capacity in five territories
Local heroes heed the call
An interesting final quarter awaits the South Korean industry
Online smiles for Sunny
Revenue growth points to improving ancillaries outlook
Toronto deals trickle continues
Gaga, Madman acquire festival titles
Always and Mother bookend Busan
Boxing romance to open South Korean festival
Seoul keeps DMZ project on course
Thriller set up with Transformers producer
CJ backs Cohen for war epic
Picture to be most expensive in Korean movie history
Sunny rises against the machines
Director's cut of Korean drama released today
Sector 7 to launch in digital IMAX
Korean monster movie is 3-D giant screen pioneer
Korea BO shows resilience
First half gain for local films, but Hollywood takes cash prize
Executive shuffles at CJ and Clover
Kim and Mak take new responsibilities
CJ does things My Way in Cannes
Festivals is marketing platform for Asian super-production
Mural adorns Golden Network lineup
Gordon Chan fantasy action epic launches sales
CJ falls for Autumn
Remake finds new sales home
CJ Entertainment in group reorganisation
New E&M structure sets ambitious growth targets
CJ Japan unveils distribution dozen
Extensive slate underlines ambitions outside Korea
Toei announces 2011 lineup
Japanese distributor picks up high profile Korean films
Kang does things My Way
Big budget war movie gets joint distribution in Japan
Wealth of Asian titles in Berlin Forum
Sidebar includes retrospective tribute to Japanese director
Toronto adds Asian dozen
Further top titles added to World Cinema section
Chen Zhen is hit with buyers
Strong sales confirm Yen as star performer
Singapore ups Cannes presence
Emphasis on commercial films and co-prods, says Chia
Autumn wraps in Seattle
Korean remake with Chinese star reaches a happy conclusion
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 YU 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.