After graduating from the prestigious Korean Academy of Film Arts, CHOI Dong-hoon makes his feature film debut with "The Big Swindle." He worked as first assistant director for Director IM Sang-soo's acclaimed film "Tears," and has earned the reputation as an innovative and excellent screenwriting filmmaker. Producer CHA Seung-jae praised him as a "genius storyteller" for his spectacular ability to develop elaborate stories.
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Assassination" 2015/08/15,
South Korean media doesn't deal much with the Japanese Occupation. The main reason for this is historical awkwardness. The resistance wasn't all that effective. And after the war most major figures involved in it either joined North Korea, or they ended up in a losing political battle with the US-backed South Korean dictatorship, which was managed almost entirely by Koreans who had collaborated with the Japanese. "The Assassination", amazingly enough, actually addresses this directly. The framing device is in 1949 and the main villain in 1933 isn't a hardened Japanese soldier, but a Korean collaborator,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.07.31 ~ 2015.08.02 2015/08/03,
Cruise disrupts "The Assassination" on entry…
After a recording-breaking performance by a local hit last week, Tom Cruise qua Ethan Hunt has come in and immediately upped the ante and put pressure on a home hero. Last weekend Choi Dong-hoon's "The Assassination" attracted over 2.4 million admissions ($16 million) during its opening weekend out; it was a stunning start that finally put a Korean film firmly back on top. Choi's high-stakes drama may have conceded the lead, but in just over a week it's managed moved its total tally to 6.5 million admissions (that's $43.8 million since July, 22), 1.5 million of which came from this past weekend,...More
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