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Kim Jee-woon In-rang: The Wolf Brigade

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2018: #72. Kim Jee-woon’s In-rang: The Wolf Brigade

In-rang: The Wolf Brigade

South Korean auteur Kim Jee-woon has been circling and developing a live-action adaptation of Mamuro Oshii’s (Ghost in the Shell) anime Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade since before his 2013 English language debut The Last Stand (which was headlined by Arnold Schwarzeneggar). Jee-woon assembled a high-profile cast in July of 2017 with production to begin later in the summer on the apocalyptic sci-fi which takes place in the near future after a seven year reunification period between North and South Korea runs amuck. Expect a title change (it’s also been referred to domestically as In-rang: The Wolf Brigade).

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Release Date/Prediction: Jee-woon’s films have yet to be programmed within the competitions at the major festivals where he often premieres. In Cannes (which often sticks South Korean directors in their Midnight and Out-of-comp sections) programmed A Bittersweet Life (2005) and The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008), while Venice did the same with 2016’s The Age of Shadows. We’re assuming Jee-woon’s latest, which is touted as being ready for a summer 2018 release domestically, may go the route of 2010’s I See the Devil and make a North American premiere out of TIFF.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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