Teaser Trailer for Korean Action Film 'The Merciless' Playing in Cannes
"The moral of this story is don't trust people. Trust the circumstances." A slick teaser trailer has launched recently for a new Korean action thriller film playing at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Titled The Merciless, the film tells the story of two people who try to work their way up to the top of a major crime organization in Korea. They initially partner while in prison, but discover there's more going on with each of them once they get out. Starring Seol Gyeong-gu and Yim Si-wan. This is playing the midnight category at Cannes, which is where a few good Korean films first show up before making their way to America. Enjoy.
Jae-ho, who aims to become the number one in a crime organization, gets to build up trust with Hyun-su, an ambitious newbie in the prison. While they try to take over the organization after the prison release, their ulterior motives starts to emerge. The Merciless is directed by Korean filmmaker Byun Sung-hyun, of the films The Beat Goes On and Whatcha Wearin'? previously. The film will premiere out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival this month, with a release date in France this June. The film opens this week in South Korea. No official US release date is set yet, so stay tuned for more updates and reviews from Cannes.
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Han strong. Han Strong. HAN STRONG.
DAVIDPD on May 17, 2017
I'm not saying these violent films from Asia don't get to be good, They definitely tend to deliver interesting perspective. But, at least, if they are not something close as Handmaiden, they are becoming a bit of cliche...
shiboleth on May 18, 2017
Some of them yes, some of the no. Hong Jin-na (The Chaser, The Wailing), Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil), and Chan-wook's other work (besides The Handmaiden) are contemporaries that delivered some violent masterpieces in the last few years.
Terry Craig on May 18, 2017
A few posts above, I praised new film from Takashi Miike. So, I can be good, only if I stumble on something recognizable and very good. Don't get me wrong, I thank you for your correction. And I think that films you mentioned are very seriously on my list (especially The Wailing, for example; about that film I heard so many good things). In short, I accept your recommendations and advise ... Stay cool, sir ...
shiboleth on May 19, 2017
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