Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are planning to collaborate on a remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, according to Variety. The pair, who have been looking for a project to work on together for some time, are said to be in early discussions about reworking the acclaimed Korean thriller, which centres on a man who is kidnapped and held in a dirty cell for 15 years without explanation.
Smith would play the imprisoned man - Choi Min-sik in the 2003 original - who is freed just as he is about to put an escape plan into practice. He is given money, clothes and a mobile phone and sets out to discover who stole his life from him in order to take revenge.
A direct remake would seem to be particularly dark territory for both Spielberg and Smith, as the original contains a number of family-unfriendly themes and sequences, such as the famous live octopus sushi scene. Spielberg is currently said to be searching for a writer.
The original Oldboy was a huge favourite of Quentin Tarantino, who tried to persuade his fellow Cannes jurists to award it the Palme d'Or in 2004. In the end they plumped for the safer territory of Fahrenheit 9/11. It remains to be seen whether Smith and Spielberg will end up making a similar decision.
the vox merger's "reasons" Sunday - January 04, 2009 02:10pm
South Korean pop star BoA will be coming to NYC Dec 3rd 2008 for her first-ever U.S. performance.
For those who didn't know, South Korean pop star BoA is plan an American debut album "Look Who's Talking ". There have already released the first track online. You can view it here - "Eat You Up Music Video"
Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino Thursday - November 27, 2008 11:36pm
Walt Kowalski is a widower, grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1973 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them form the gangs that foul their neighborhood.
Big Phony session at groupee Thursday - November 27, 2008 09:44pm
This is some funny stuff. It seem like Rain accepted Colbert's challenge for an dance-off. Not on the actual show, but after-hours. Funny thing is neither of them won this year TIME's annual online poll of world's most influential person. Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is this year winner.
Asia Society: What does being asian american mean to you? Wednesday - May 07, 2008 01:44am
This is some funny stuff. For those who watch Stephen Colbert on the comedy channel, you'll know about the feud for the #1 spot on the Time's online readers' poll of the most influential people of the year. Last year Rain beat out Stephen Colbert. This year, it's on again.
American Remake of My Sassy Girl Tuesday - April 01, 2008 02:56pm
My Sassy Girl became a Korean classic when it was release in 2001. This South Korean romantic comedy became a mega blockbuster throughtout Asian and also became popular among Asian Americans in he United States.
An American remake, starring Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert, and directed by Yann Samuell is scheduled to be released in 2008. You can watch the leaked trailer on youtube here.
I really had my doubts about them doing an American version of this film since a lot of the comedy in this film fits into the social scene in Korea. Adapting it to an American environment will be a totally different movie. If you haven't seen this film, I suggest you check it out. You can buy it here at amazon.
Planet B-Boy in Theaters Monday - March 24, 2008 09:26pm
I'm a little late on posting this, but here it is for those who haven't heard about it. Planet B-Boy opened March 21th in NYC and LA. It is directed and produced by Benson Lee and released by Elephant Eye Films. The films travels around the world to Osaka, Paris, Seoul and Las Vegas featuring individuals who will ultimately meet together in Germany where their skills will be put to the test in the "Battle of the Year" finals. It is an international competition where crews from 18 nations battle it out for the title of World Champion.
SCREENING DATES & LOCATIONS
NYC - Landmark Sunshine
LA - Landmark Nuart
SF - Landmark Lumiere
Berkeley - Landmark Shattuck
San Diego - Landmark Ken
DC - Landmark E Street
Boston - Landmark Kendall Square
Austin - Landmark Dobie
Chicago - Landmark Century Centre