K-film Remade 2013/05/10, Source, "Old Boy". If you've seen just one Korean film, chances are this is it. It's a cult classic, critically acclaimed, and universally loved. Which begs the question: why on earth does it need or deserve to be remade? Regardless of the answer, Spike Lee's Hollywood redoing (starring Josh Brolin, Sharto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen) is highly anticipated by all. Of course, this isn't the first Korean smash to have a USA makeover. Here's a snippet of K- to- Hollywood remakes, with numbers from IMDB and more in-depth opinions from London-based friends as well as K-film experts that were kind enough to reply to our post on a K-cinema forum:,...More
Korean Directors in Hollywood 2013/03/20, Source,
Written by Korean Class Massive
With late 2012 and 2013 seeing Hollywood releases by three of South Korea's biggest directors, does this mark a certain turning point for Korean film makers? Can Korean directors work well within the Hollywood film industry and will these moves into Hollywood encourage international audiences to discover more Korean cinema? Will the overall success of Park Chan-wook's Stoker, Kim Ji-woon's The Last Stand and Bong Joon-ho's still to be released "Snowpiercer" be the deciding factor for Korean directors considering crossing over to Hollywood?
For some years now Hollywood has been remaking original Korean films. The Uninvited (Kim Ji-woon's "A Tale of Two Sisters"), Mirrors (Kim Seong-ho's "Into The Mirror") and The Lake House (Lee Hyeon-seung's "Il Mare") are some examples of remakes which the general public may not have known were based on original Korean films. With Spike Lee set to put his spin on the much loved "Old Boy" (remember all those terrifying Colin Firth as Lee Woo-jin rumours?), Hollywood obviously loves a good Korean film….but is it only when it's been re-done by themselves? This year marks the moment when Korean directors call on Hollywood first hand and Hollywood stops the remakes for a while,...More
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