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GREAT FOREIGN THRILLERS RELEASING SOON

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1: A HARD DAY
OFFICIAL PLOT (asian wiki)
Detective Gun-Soo (Lee Sun-Kyun) is involved in a car accident which he attempts to cover up. He then falls into an unexpected situation with the only witness Chang-Min (Cho Jin-Woong) threatening him. Chang-Min hides his true purpose and identity from Gun-Soo.

MY THOUGHTS
This looks like it can be another huge hit from South Korea. The description above doesn’t really give you any clues to how he covers up the hit & run accident.

When he accidentally kills this man, he tries to dispose of the body in his recently deceased mothers coffin. I think the coffin is in a funeral parlour and he has to open up the coffin and throw this body on top of his dead mother. Now that sounds a little bit unsettling, doesn’t it?

Obviously the shit hits the fan and things spiral out of control when he receives a phone call from a stranger who claims to have seen him cover up the accident.

So, I’ve absolutely no idea where the film will go, but one thing is for sure, Korea sure does know how to bring us a good fast paced and original thriller.

2: ICE POISON

NO OFFICIAL PLOT

MY THOUGHTS

It’s not very often (actually never) that I’ve  sat down to write about a film from Burma.  The only man I’ve known to be man enough to enter Burma was a certain man called john Rambo, and even he was hesitant. I couple years back I watched an astonishing, yet heartbreaking documentary called “Burma Vj” which I just thought I should mention because it really is something that everyone should see.

“Ice poison” follows two main characters in what looks like a documentary style film. The two characters are poor and struggling to make ends meet, and are left with no other choice but to go into the drug trade and start selling crystal meth. So, we can only imagine how things will turn out. With the style of filming involved I thinks it’s safe to say that it’s gonna be very realistic, dirty, and gritty as hell.

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3: NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD

OFFICIAL P,OT (asian wiki)
A love story between a professional hitman and his next target.

MY THOUGHTS
OK, I could be doing without the love story side of of things, but I’m pretty sure this is destined for greatness as it’s the new film from “Man from nowhere” director Lee jeong-Beom. The trailer looks great, but I’m sorry man, I just can’t dig the epic asian pop songs that are sometimes played in these trailers. Im sure it’s huge in Korea and everyone loves that type of music. I honestly think that it leaves a really cool trailer dripping with cheese and I’d even go as far as saying that I have my head in my hands every time I hear one. Just as well they make some of the finest films on the the planet, so I can forgive them for their love of pop music.

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DELETED GANG WAR SCENE FROM THE RAID 2 GIVES US A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT

Start your morning off in style. Watch a deleted scene from the raid 2.

When scenes are deleted from a film, it’s usually
For a good reason. That reason 99.9% of the time is plain and simple. The scene wasn’t great and will be removed from the picture in the final cut.

This scene is breathtaking and was deleted for its violence and nothing else.

I can’t help but think for some reason every time I watch Evans do violence on-screen (gun fights), it’s almost like watching an extreme manga film. I can’t fault that, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before and in my eyes, this is the finest eye candy currently on the market.

The raid 2 opens tomorrow in New York and L.A and if you’re in those cities and don’t go to one of these viewings. I would make an appointment with the doctor the next morning to get your head checked..

I just hope we all get to see the uncut version and get to witness it’s brutality and genius in its entirety.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE RAID REMAKE

I remember reading about the first installment of The Expendables and thinking “this is the best action ensemble that’s ever been created, there is no possibility that’s this could ever be bad”.
Then Stallone made me feel more at ease by saying “you can expect rivers of gore, necks snapping like bread sticks”.
THEN HE WENT AND RATED THE THING 15, SO YOU COULD TAKE YOUR KIDS TO THE CINEMA. I mean, that’s not very action packed is it?.

I feel very strongly about this, If you claim to have the best action movie of all time, do you not think it would disappoint nearly everyone if that movie was rated so you could take your kids with you to the cinema to watch it?.
Then we got inevitable sequels which were no improvement on the first instalment.

So now we have Patrick Hughes of the expendable 3 whowill be directing the raid remake with a guy called Brad Ingelsby writing the screenplay

(Ingelsby will also write the screenplay for English remake for superior action french thriller “point blank”).

The raid delivered so well because of its simplicity. The story-line was so simple yet executed in a such a way that it would be impossible for it not to grab your attention. The talented Gareth Evans has found himself an all new action hero in leading man Iko Uwais. The fight scenes were choreographed beautifully and it looked and felt like what an action movie should be.
There is no point in a remake. How can you improve on perfection?

 As for Gareth Evans involvement with the project. He will serve as executive producer and has been quoted saying that he has some creative input if needs be. He seems to have a lot of faith in screenwriter Brad Ingelsby, so we’re just gonna have to wait and see what its going to turn out like. maybe they will take the action out of the building and give it a new lease of life. Replacing fine choreographed fight scenes with muscle and ego. the bottom line is, its too early to pass any sort of judgement.

SECRECTLY GREATLY REVIEW

 

SECRETLY GREATLY
when I was looking at the korean box office a few months ago I noticed that there was this film titled “secretly greatly” that was number one and was beating big blockbusters such as “man of steel” etc.
So I have been constantly on the hunt for it since I had found out about it and I had watched the trailer and finally had the pleasure of viewing it last week.

The story of three spies who are trained from birth in North Korea to become ruthless killing machines. They are deployed into South Korea and have to live completely different lives until they receive instructions from the North on a mission they’ll have to carry out. One is the village idiot who lives in an apartment above a shop. He goes about his day pretending to have the mind of a child. The other is a wannabe rock star who can’t even play an instrument and the other is a school boy who looks about 10.

I wasn’t really expecting it but it’s more of a comedy than anything else. The acting is very good from the main character but the others play their roles just as well. I think playing a mentally challenged character who is secretly a ruthless killing machine was quite a task but he nailed it.

There is also a nice blend of action in it although it does take some time to kick off but when it does it does not disappoint. Also there is a constant stream of tension flowing through the whole film, as they don’t even know what the order is going to be. You grow quite fond of the characters they are playing and it’s brilliantly written and directed seeing them transform from their everyday and boring identities into the ruthless killing machines they have been trained to be.

 

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SECRETLY GREATLY

I accidentally stumbled across this film a couple of days ago. It was number one last week at the Korean box office, beating “man of steel” and all the other summer blockbusters. I had never heard of it, and after watching the trailer and reading up on it, I can’t get it out of my mind.
The premise of this film sounds original, and I can already tell from the trailer that this one is probably gonna be better than any film to be released in cinemas this year (I just hope we get it here in Ireland).
The story of three spies who are trained in North Korea and then deployed to South Korea.
The main character takes the identity of a harmless mentally challenged young adult and befriends a shop owner, who allows him to live in a small apartment above the shop. He lends a helping hand at the shop and has become really popular with all the other residents in the village.
He is unaware that 2 other spies have been sent to the same area and have both taken different and unrecognisable identities.
They all must live amongst each other with their new identities until they receive orders from the north to carry out the mission.
We all know that the Koreans can make brilliant thrillers. They gave us masterpieces like, “man from nowhere”, “the Yellow Sea”, “I saw the devil”, “chaser “. The list goes on and on. So, I have no doubt in my mind that this film will be up there with all the other Korean greats.
I’m a little excited about this one.

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MAN FROM NOWHERE

This film is very straight forward. A guy who owns a local pawnshop befriends his next door neighbour who happens to be a 8yr old girl. He goes through each day not saying a word and ignoring every attempt that the little girl makes to try and get him to talk..
When the little girl is kidnapped by a group of men who wanna harvest her organs, he takes on the whole crime syndicate by himself, leaving countless amounts of corpses along the way.
I thought this film was unreal. I am not a huge fan of action movies, but this movie reminded me of “Leon” with a little bit of “man on fire”, and to top it all off that, its fucking Korean, and it kicks serious ass.

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ELYSIUM

“District 9” was one of those films that everyone enjoyed. It’s was even suitable for kids (well I think so anyways) I made my girlfriend watch it, and the Lord knows that she be very hesitant when it comes to watching my films. Anyways she watched it , she fucking loved it, and I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t enjoyed it. Adapted from a short but genius film that “Neil Blomkamp” posted on youtube called “alive in joburg”. Peter Jackson caught a glimpse and immediately seen the potential and flew Neil blomkamp to the shire m New Zealand where they apparently sat up all night and played call of duty zombies and talked about how they could adapt his short film into a full length feature.
Blomkamp was also working for free in a production company and in return he would be allowed to use their equipment. The production company was owned by “sharlto Copley” who played “wickus van der meere”” in district 9. Blomkamp and Copley had a pact that if blomkamp ever got the chance to make a full length feature then Copley would play the leading role. I have to say that for a first feature “sharlto Copley” was fucking unreal. I found it very difficult to believe that this was his first ever role he done a great job and so did blomkamp.
So 4 years later we have “Elysium”, the brand new feature from “Neil Blomkamp” which also stars an almost unrecognisable “sharlto Copley”, and by the look of it he looks pretty evil. So for his second feature “blomkamp” has managed to get some of the biggest names in Hollywood on board. I am not surprised that when “Matt Damon” read the script he immediately wanted to be part of “Elysium” as did “Jodie foster”.
So the year 2154 and earth has been destroyed and left in ruins, but still remains populated by the less fortunate and poor . The rich and powerful have packed up their suitcases and moved house to “Elysium” a superior space station run by “Jodie Foster”, where everyone lives the life of luxury and no one can ever get sick as they have some sort of machine that scans your and cures you of all illnesses.
So meanwhile back on earth, poor old Matt Damon” is dying (of what I dunno) and has no other choice but to infiltrate “Elysium”, use the no more disease machine, maybe save humanity,and return to earth to do whatever he does.
The official trailer was just released a few days ago on YouTube and it looks absolutely fantastic. Matt Damon undergoes some serious transformation using weaponry that is custom built and bolted into the back of his head and can only be activated using his DNA so I don’t even know what to expect from that but I know that its gonna be epic.
As for Sharlto Copley”, I don’t know what to expect. I have heard rumours that he will be playing some sort of bounty hunter but we will have to wait and see.
I know for a fact that no film in this genre will even come close to the brilliance and intelligence of the script, the originality of the way that’s its shot and just like DIstrict 9 people will be able to relate to the storyline, even though the year is 2154. I wouldn’t be surprised If this movie breaks some serious records in movie history when its released.
Bring it on

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