THE LAST STAND
KIM JEE-WOON (Director) is South Korea's most versatile filmmaker, often called the 'Genre master' for his body of works that has shown his mastery of different genres and his inventive take on them. He has consistently accumulated critical acclaims and commercial success in Korea and overseas. His films have become representatives of their respective genres in Korean cinema.
Kim's filmmaking starts with a singular theme that he cascades down to extreme details of all aspects of filmmaking congruently. For this, he often writes his own script. He is known for his strong visual storytelling, beautiful mise-en-scenes, and sense of humor that has enabled the global audience to enjoy his films with little translation. With his background in theater acting and directing, he has shaped careers of Korea's best actors, including Lee Byung-hun in the G.I. JOE series.
After Kim made a splash on the scene with his directorial debut black comedy, THE QUIET FAMILY, he followed up with a box office hit sports comedy, THE FOUL KING, about a meek office worker-by-day who transforms into a villainous masked wrestler-by-night. His third feature-length film, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, a subtle mystery/-horror picture, immediately drew the attention from Hollywood and the international film community alike and was later adapted into DreamWorks' 2008 film THE UNINVITED. His next feature, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, an elegant crime noir, is often cited as his masterpiece for exploring in depth an eclectic mix of characters and innovative action scenes. In 2008, he ventured into making an Oriental Western, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD, with horse mounted bandits and steam engine trains set in Manchuria in the 1930s. This became the biggest film of the year in Korea and was screened as an official selection for Out of Competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He then, followed up with the unsettling thriller I SAW THE DEVIL, a stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge with Choi Min-sik from OLDBOY and Lee Byung-hun from A BITTERSWEET LIFE.
THE LAST STAND marks KIM's English language directorial debut.
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