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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #94. Kim Jee-woon’s Secret Agent

Secret Agent

Director: Kim Jee-woon
Writer(s): TBA.

Kim Jee-woon returns to South Korea following his 2013 Arnold Schwarzeneggar English language debut The Last Stand. He reunites with his The Good, the Bad, and the Weird star Song Kang-ho (one of the country’s most recognizable faces abroad) for the 1930s period drama Secret Agent, set during the Japanese colonial era. Notable, it’s the first South Korean feature to be financed by Warner Bros. (the second US studio to do so after Twentieth Century Fox). We can expect a visually extravagant and potentially violent venture from the provocative director, best known for native genre items like I Saw the Devil (tipped for a US remake) and A Tale of Two Sisters.

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo

Production Co./Producer(s): Grimm Pictures, Warner Bros.

U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros. (international)

Release Date: Given the project’s studio backing, this will potentially open in South Korea first before snagging a premiere at a genre festival or perhaps a lucrative spot in TIFF’s Midnight Madness or Vanguard program.

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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