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Sliff 2017 Interview – Matt Stuertz: Writer and Director of Tonight She Comes

Tonight She Comes screens Wednesday, November 8th at 9:30pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here.

When a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. As events unfold, they will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love — and most of them will die. This mid-Missouri-shot horror film was directed by St. Charles native Matt Stuertz, lensed by St. Louis’ go-to cinematographer Chris Benson, and features a cast of primarily local actors. Stephen Tronicek here at We Are Movies Geeks hails the film as “one of the funniest and most engaging pieces of exploitation to be crafted in the past few years” and describes Tonight She Comes as “the best
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The 20 Best Foreign-Language Horror Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Trouble Every Day’ to ‘Let the Right One In’

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The 20 Best Foreign-Language Horror Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Trouble Every Day’ to ‘Let the Right One In’
Fear doesn’t need subtitles, but some of the best horror films do. J-horror, the New French Extremity, and other foreign-language scary-movie movements have provided much in the way of terrified shrieks and heightened pulses. Although dialogue may get lost in translation, blood-curdling screams never do. Horror is an especially visual genre, and one of the most universal.

The world is dark and full of terrors, especially where the movies on this list are concerned. Here are our favorite foreign language horror flicks made since the year 2000.

20. “We Are What We Are” (2010)

Horror filmmakers ruthlessly mine for metaphor, often at the expense of credibility. The tricky balance in the Mexican cannibal drama “We Are What We Are” (“Somos lo que hay”) pairs a conventional family unit with the ludicrously grotesque to chilling and absurd effect. Writer-director Jorge Michel Grau’s feature debut has the goriest signifier for underclass strife this
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Review: Memoir Of A Murderer Forgets to Untangle Its Intriguing Premise

Just two weeks after V.I.P., Korean cinemas are getting another twist on the serial killer story with Won Shin-yeon's new work Memoir of a Murderer, based on a 2013 novel by celebrated writer Kim Young-ha. Its name evokes the greatest Korean serial killer thriller of them all (though the Korean title actually translates to A Murderer's Guide to Memorization), but this cat-and-mouse murder mystery and Alzheimer's drama combo shares more in common with Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil. From a young age, Byeong-soo channeled his murderous desires by mostly targeting bad people but he's hasn't killed in over a decade. Recently he's begun to suffer from Alzheimer's, which has led him to start writing a diary of his life before he forgets. He lives...

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New York Asian 2017 Interview: Superstar Gang Dong-won on Vanishing Time, Upcoming Jin-roh and 1987

At the moment, in Korea, there aren’t many stars that shine brighter or hotter than Gang Dong-won. The leading man of more than 20 features creates frenzies everywhere he goes, as proven by his appearance to receive the Star Asia award at the New York Asian Film Festival. Gang spoke with me about his featured film, Vanishing Time, and his upcoming films, director Kim Jee-woon’s Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and director Jang Joon-hwan’s 1987. The Lady Miz Diva: Vanishing Time is a very interesting film with fairytale-like qualities. What was your sense of the projects when you first read the script? Gang Dong-won: The first time I read the script, I was making a movie called A Violent Prosecutor. When...

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Star-studded Cast Announced For Next Kim Jee-woon Film

After the 2016 blockbuster The Age of Shadows, director Kim Jee-woon has assembled another top flight cast for his next film, a sci-fi action film based on a 1999 Japanese anime.

The film’s production company, Louis Pictures, has announced that the casting for the film, tentatively titled ‘Inrang’ has been completed, with Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Moo-yeol, Han Ye-ri and Huh Joon-ho set to take up important roles.

The film is based on the acclaimed animated thriller from 1999, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, an adaptation of the Kerberos saga manga by Japanese master Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell). The original story, set in an alternate Post-wwii Japan, will be adapted to a Korean context.

Set in the near future, where North and South Korea have announced their reunification after a preparation period of seven years, the film will feature an anti-reunification terrorist sect, a counter-terrorism
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'The Good, The Bad, The Weird' director Kim Jee-woon sets cast, shoot date for new sci-fi

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Exclusive: Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo and Jung Woo-sung confirmed to star in sci-fi actioner.

Hit Korean director Kim Jee-woon - who has been a regular at top festivals like Venice and Cannes with titles such as The Age Of Shadows and The Good, The Bad, The Weird - has locked a top flight cast and is set to start production next month on sci-fi action thriller In-Rang (tentative title).

Based on the Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade franchise’s original written by animation master Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell), Kim’s live action Korean version will star Gang Dong-won (Master), Han Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes) and Jung Woo-sung (Asura: The City Of Madness).

Taking place in the near future where North and South Korea have announced they will reunify after a preparation period of seven years, an anti-reunification terrorist sect, a special police forces unit set up to counter them, and a powerful
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Slfs Interview – Matt Stuertz: Writer and Director of Tonight She Comes

Tonight She Comes screens Sunday, July 16 at 9:30pm at the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.

Ticket information can be found Here

After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love — and most of them will die.

Matt Stuertz, writer and director of Tonight She Comes, took the time to answer questions about his film for We Are Movie Geeks in advance of it’s screening at the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman

Tom Stockman: What was your filmmaking experience before Tonight She Comes? Matt Stuertz: Before Tonight She Comes I had written and directed many short films (including quite
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Beyond ‘Baby Driver’: 4 Action Genres Every Diehard Fan Must Know

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Beyond ‘Baby Driver’: 4 Action Genres Every Diehard Fan Must Know
When Anthony Bourdain took issue with “Baby Driver” in a blunt tweet a few days after the movie’s release, the celebrity chef was advocating for another kind of action movie experience. He followed up his initial outburst by singling out “The Raid,” the bloody Indonesian martial arts film, as a superior movie. Whether or not the comparison is fair, Bourdain did hit on two crucial factors with respect to the action genre — it is big, and it is global. No discerning viewer can truly claim complete knowledge of the genre before at least getting familiar with the range of possibilities around the world.

Here are the four essential subgenres every diehard fan should know. If Bourdain traveled the world going to film festivals in search of authentic regional action films, instead of food, these are the sorts of kickass flavors likely to entice him.

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8 Great Foreign Action Films Streaming on Netflix

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8 Great Foreign Action Films Streaming on Netflix
Subscription streaming services require digging to discover their full value. For example, while I’ve been prepping for IndieWire’s Best Action Films of the 21st Century (coming later this week), I was pleasantly surprised to find how many quality action films were available on Netflix — including works by a number of non-American auteurs. From martial arts to gangster shoot ’em ups to comedy-action films, here are eight highly original, well crafted, director-driven pieces of entertainment that could serve as a welcome alternative this summer when your local cineplex feels like a boring rerun.

Shaolin Soccer” (2001)

Stephen Chow’s films (“Kung Fu Hustle”) are a wonderful and loony mix of comedy and action that have an infectious spirit. For this film the actor/writer/director adds a sports movie to the mix, which might sound bizarre, but once seeing it you’ll wonder why no one has made a martial arts soccer film before.
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Spend Wisely or Pay For It: How to Choose the Right Streaming Platform in 4 Easy Steps

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Spend Wisely or Pay For It: How to Choose the Right Streaming Platform in 4 Easy Steps
Subscription video services like Netflix and HBO Go are quickly becoming the dominant way that people consume movies and TV shows. The good news is that there’s plenty of quality to be found in these places. Whether you’re addicted to “Veep” or keen on watching the latest genre excursion from Bong Joon Ho, you’re best bet is a home subscription.

But even as these platforms provide audiences with a wider array of options, many people are struggling to get the most out this abundance of choice. Here are some tips for spending wisely and getting the home entertainment setup that suits your needs.

Don’t Try To Replace What You Had

One of the disadvantages of cable was that you ended paying for junk you didn’t want. The most classic example was $5 of a basic cable bill going for Espn and its expensive live sports broadcast
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‘Okja’s Bong Joon-Ho: Why Creative Control Is A Director’s Best Protection – Deadline Disruptors

‘Okja’s Bong Joon-Ho: Why Creative Control Is A Director’s Best Protection – Deadline Disruptors
In 2013, three of South Korea's most famous and influential directors went to work for Hollywood. Park Chan-wook made the stylized Gothic thriller Stoker at Fox, Kim Jee-woon went to Lionsgate for the Arnold Schwarzenegger shoot-'em-up The Last Stand, and, in the most publicized instance of them all, Bong Joon-ho teamed up with The Weinstein Company for his sci-fi graphic novel adaptation Snowpiercer. They were all in for a shock; treated as royalty in their homeland, the…
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Take a Lesson, Trump: Why South Korea’s New President Could Save Korean Cinema

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Take a Lesson, Trump: Why South Korea’s New President Could Save Korean Cinema
Donald Trump could learn a lot from new South Korean President Moon Jae-in. As the U.S. artistic community braces for the Trump administration’s proposed elimination of organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, South Korea is celebrating Moon’s plan to bolster government support of the arts. That includes the country’s vibrant film production industry, which is the sixth-largest film industry in the world.

Read More: Robert De Niro Calls Out Donald Trump’s ‘Bullsh*t’ While Receiving Chaplin Award

On top of stating his willingness to reestablish communication with Kim Jong Un’s regime to help address the North Korean nuclear crisis, Moon has pledged to reverse a number of cultural policies held by former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who now faces criminal corruption charges following her impeachment. Rolling back Park’s
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Top Filmmakers Share Prizes at Korea’s Baeksang Awards

Top Filmmakers Share Prizes at Korea’s Baeksang Awards
Awards heat at the Baeksang Arts awards was shared between the trio of Korean films which appeared last year at Cannes, as well as 2016 Oscars contender “The Age of the Shadows.” Park Chan-wook’s lesbian drama “The Handmaiden” won the grand prize.

“As this prize is for ‘Handmaiden,’ (which features two women in love), I hope to live in a society where no one is discriminated because of their gender, sexual orientation or identity. I recommend you consider this when voting,” said Park in his acceptance speech. South Korea goes to the polls next week (May 9) to elect a new president, after the last was impeached. Another lesbian romance drama, “Our Love Story” won best debut actress for Lee Sang-hee.

Launched in 1964, Baeksang is currently the country’s only awards covering both film and TV. Hit fantasy romance series “Goblin” won the grand prize for TV, as well as best TV actor for Gong Yoo.
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘The Salesman,’ ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’ & More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand turns out to be a worthy choice that makes
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Upcoming Song Kang-ho Films

The ever-reliable thespian Song Kang-ho, after a big 2013, in which he featured in Snowpiercer, The Face Reader and The Attorney, had a quiet 2014 before appearing in Lee Joon-ik’s smash hit period drama The Throne and Kim Jee-woon’s Colonial Era action-thriller The Age of Shadows. This year, Song seems to be hitting his stride with the following films.

Taxi Driver

Sure to stir up many memories and much debate, it depicts the story of a taxi driver and the late Jürgen Hinzpeter (played by Thomas Kretschmann), a German journalist who reported on 1980 Gwangju Uprising, when the Korean military invoked martial law and slaughtered citizen in Gwangju. The film is to be directed by Jang Hoon of Secret Reunion (2010) and stars Song as the titular character.

In 2003, Hinzpeter was awarded with the Song Kun-ho Journalism Prize in Korea and made a thank you speech that he was grateful for a courageous taxi driver,
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Arp to release Cannes Midnight title 'The Merciless' in France

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Cj strikes French deal for South Korean action film.

South Korea’s Cj Entertainment has sold Cannes Midnight Screenings title The Merciless to French distributor Arp, which will release the film throughout France on June 28.

Directed by Byun Sung-hyun (Whatcha Wearin’), The Merciless stars Seol Gyeong-gu (a.k.a. Sul Kyung-gu, Cold Eyes) as a gangster plotting to take over a criminal organisation who teams up with a fearless newbie in prison, played by boy band Ze:a member Yim Si-wan (The Attorney).

“The Merciless is a very tense thriller, a very clever script, expertly directed, with strong characters, great gunfights and many unexpected twists. We hope that in France, fans of thriller, action and pure entertainment will be as thrilled as we were watching the film,” said Michèle Halberstadt, Arp head of acquisitions.

Arp previously distributed other Korean titles such as Kim Jee-woon’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw The Devil, as well as
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New to Streaming: ‘The Age of Shadows,’ ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Small Crimes,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand
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Finecut closes sales on 'House Of The Disappeared'

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Finecut closes sales on 'House Of The Disappeared'
Sales agent also announces deals on One Step, The Age Of Shadows, The Wailing and Operation Chromite.

South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals from the European Film Market (Efm) and Hong Kong Filmart led by Yunjin Kim-starrer House Of The Disappeared pre-selling to major Asian territories including Japan (New Select) and the Philippines (Viva Communications).

Other titles that Finecut has closed sales on include One Step, The Age Of Shadows, The Wailing, Operation Chromite, The Net, Misbehavior and The World Of Us.

Lim Dae-woong’s mystery thriller House Of The Disappeared, which also stars K-pop group 2Pm member Ok Taec-yeon, also pre-sold to Taiwan (Long Shong International), Vietnam (Red Pictures) and Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (mm2 Entertainment). The film is still in post-production with a local release set for April 5.

Directed by Juhn Jai-hong (Poongsan, Beautiful), music drama One Step starring K-pop group 2NE1 member Sandara Park locked deals to Thiland
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The Age of Shadows review – handsome 1920s double-agent spy drama

Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, Kim Jee-woon’s violent tale delivers bang for its buck in the form of brash action sequences and a chase on a train

Anticipation is high for Park Chan-wook’s forthcoming The Handmaiden, set in the early years of the 20th century, the era of the Japanese occupation of Korea. So, as it happens, is this lavishly produced movie from director Kim Jee-woon: it’s a handsome double-agent spy drama, based on a true story, which was South Korea’s entry for this year’s Oscars. Song Kang-ho (a virtually iconic presence in Korean cinema, with appearances in movies from Memories of Murder to Snowpiercer) is police captain Lee Jung-Chool, a Korean national working for the 1920s Japanese occupier, but with boyhood links to resistance fighters … and lingering sympathies. He infiltrates the insurgents as they travel to China to buy explosives from a European anarchist cell.
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The Age of Shadows Review

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Author: Andy Furlong

The innovative Kim Jee-Woon films have always been characterised by a stylistic blend of film genres. A Tale of Two Sisters is recognised as one of the most influential Korean horrors ever due to its stunning visuals and challenging story, while The Good The Bad and The Weird was not only a widespread hit but also an utterly distinctive contribution to Korean Cinema.

But it was his next film, the complicated revenge drama I Saw The Devil that really elevated Kim to an entirely different level and cemented his reputation as one of the most unique voices in cinema. The Age of Shadows marks Kim’s first Korean Film in six years after his flirtation with Hollywood ended in the disappointingly received The Last Stand. Thankfully, The Age of Shadows is a return to form for the talented director and may just be his best film to date.
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