UK label 88 Films has revealed plans to release a handful of Korean movies to its catalogue in the last quarter of 2017 : Yim Pil-sung’s Hansel & Gretel (2007), Bong Joon-ho’s Sea Fog (2014), Juhn’s Jai-hong’s Gifted (2014), and the motion picture adaptation of the South Korean television series IRIS (2009).
Hansel & Gretel (Special Edition)
What if Hansel and Gretel decide to stay in the gingerbread house and look for new parents who would love them forever? When Eun-soo gets lost in a country road, he meets a mysterious girl and is led to her fairytale-like house in the middle of the forest. Trapped with the girl and her ageless siblings, he soon learns that all adult visitors met mysterious yet terrible ends there. More shockingly, their cruel deaths are drawn in detail in the pages of a fairy-tale books. With no way out, will Eun-Soo be able to find a happily ever after before his gruesome end is chronicled in a fable?
Sea Fog is one of the Korean wave’s most potent stories and visually arresting efforts. Telling of an illegal immigrant operation in South Korea, focused on bringing 30 mainland Chinese star-watchers to the hustle and bustle of Busan and Seoul, which ends in terrifying tragedy, Sea Fog is a tense thriller and a blistering viewing experience. Produced by the legendary Bong Joon-ho (The Host) and with a cast that includes the great Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser) and K-pop icon Park Yoo-chun (formerly of TVXQ).
Director Juhn Jai-hong (who reached critical acclaim and feminist approval with 2008’s shattering Beautiful) produced another instant classic with 2014’s riveting and shocking Gifted. In this tense thriller an everyday Joe, laid off from his job, finds a freelance gig that involves nothing in the way of pay but plenty in the way of murderous pleasure! A tense and twisted tale of life and death in modern South Korea – 88 Films is proud to give this underseen (at least in the West) story of shock and awe an HD British debut.
IRIS: The Movie
A whole continent was glued to the small screen when the hit South Korean television series IRIS made its prime time premiere! And now British viewers can experience the 2010 motion picture adaptation of this balls-to-the-wall action thriller in beautiful HD. Featuring performances from Seoul superstars Lee Byung-hun (A Bittersweet Life), Jung Joon-ho (Another Public Enemy) and T. O. P, this rough edged tale of North vs. South military stand offs and a secret agency of bad ass license-to-kill fighters who have Kim Jong-un quaking is timely and terrific.