Song Kang-Ho is one of the most recognizable faces of emerging Korean cinema. The actor became known worldwide for his leading role in 2019 left, which was the first foreign language film to be awarded an Oscar for best film. For one of Korea’s most famous actors, however, this was far from the beginning of the career, as fans of foreign cinema likely knew Song ahead of time left.
The actor has starred in several films that have made significant appearances among Western audiences and has worked with some of the country’s most renowned directors, including Park Chan-Wook, Kim Jee-Woon, and left Director Bong Joon-Ho. Song counts Compassion for Mr. Vengeance, the host and The good, the bad, and the weird taking his credits as well Snow piercer which was later adapted into a Netflix original series.
Song will team up with Kim Jee-Woon again on a very promising upcoming feature Spider web. The couple worked together on the above The good, the bad, and the weird and three other films, including Kim’s directorial debut The silent family. This latest feature will also be the first to come from Anthology Studios, a new production house founded by Kim and Song along with former Warner Bros. Korea Production Director Jay Choi.
Anthology Studios aims to focus on emerging talent in the Korean film industry and provide them with a platform to start their careers. Korean film and television have recently seen a great renaissance among Western audiences, which continues into this year with Squid gamewho broke records for Netflix. Anthology Studios hopes to capitalize on this momentum and continue to enable its industry to grow as a major cultural export that can rival Bollywood and Japan.
Attaching the big names behind the studio to the first project could be a great way to build prestige for the brand, given Spider web is an international success. Not much is known about the project beyond the project so far, just Kim’s previous announcements that the film will be “experimental” and meta. The filming will take place entirely on a sound stage and the narration will include a film in a film gimmick.
When done well, these types of projects can be very provocative and impactful, such as: Synekdoche, New York from the master of meta-cinema Charlie Kaufman. But there are plenty of pitfalls to fall into, and it remains to be seen how Kim’s normally bombastic and quirky style fits in with this type of narrative. Spider web conjures up a lot of intrigue, however, and the Korean media moguls seem to be throwing confidence into it, as Anthology Studios was bought by JTCB Studios for allegedly £ 18 million prior to the release of their first film.
Kim, meanwhile, has been working on recently. closed Dr. Brain Used in conjunction with Apple TV Plus, the series was used as part of the showcase that marked the recent launch of Apple TV in Korea. It’s also Kim’s biggest release through a Western media company since his 2013 film The last battle, his only Hollywood project to date. Song will be back on the big screen soon Emergency declaration, which premiered in Cannes this year and is slated to be released in early 2022.
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