Korean Horror Film ‘Gangnam Zombie’ Due on Digital and Disc Sept. 26 From Well Go

Well Go USA Entertainment will release the Korean horror film Gangnam Zombie on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 26.

In the wealthy Gangnam district in the heart of Seoul, mass chaos ensues when previously normal people suddenly begin viciously attacking other citizens. The zombie population grows exponentially and spreads throughout the region. Long after injuries forced him to quit the national taekwondo team, an elite former athlete is given one more opportunity to use his talent on behalf of his country as he takes on one final match — this time, against terrifying hordes of the undead.

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Directed by Lee Su-seong (Memories, House with a Good View), the film stars Ji Il-ju (Blades of Blood), Park Ji-yeon (Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp) from the chart-topping girl group T-Ara, and CHO Kyung-hoon (North Korean Guys). 

 

Korean Horror Flick ‘Seire’ Due on DVD Aug. 15 From Film Movement

The Korean horror film Seire will be released on DVD Aug. 15 from Film Movement. It has been available digitally since June 16.

In Korean folk traditions, “seire” is the 21 days after a baby is born in which they’re uniquely vulnerable to bad luck, curses — even evil spirits. Many superstitions surround these first three weeks in a baby’s life, and, in Seire new mother Hae-mi carefully follows every one of them. Father Woo-jin is reluctantly willing to play along, but when he attends an ex-girlfriend’s funeral, he unwittingly opens the door to dark supernatural dangers. Plagued by terrible nightmares, the skeptical Woo-jin gradually begins to understand the seire custom, as he is forced to unravel the mystery of what is haunting him and his family.
 
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Seire, writer-director Park Kang’s horror film debut, was an Official Selection in the Fantasia New Flesh Competition, was nominated for Best Film and captured the New Currents FIPRESCI Prize at the Busan International Film Festival, and received a nomination for a Golden Eye Best International Feature at the 2022 Zurich Film Festival.

 

Korean Drama ‘Aloners’ Due on DVD Aug. 15 From Film Movement

Film Movement will release the Korean drama Aloners on DVD Aug. 15. It is available now digitally.

In the film, Jina (Gong Seung-yeon) is the top employee at a call center, but despite talking to customers all day, she has shut out the world beyond her headset; she lives alone, eats alone, sleeps alone, and her cell phone is her constant companion. When one day she’s tasked with training a friendly and naive new hire (Jung Da-eun), her icy armor is threatened. At the same time, she must navigate an incessantly ingratiating new neighbor, and increasingly urgent phone calls from her father, leaving Jina teetering on the edge of an existential crisis, forcing her to confront why she has isolated herself all these years. Riffing on the Korean ‘honjok’ — a phenomenon of young people who live alone and skirt social interaction — the film examines the personal traumas of loss and alienation.

A New York Times Critic’s Pick, Aloners also captured critical acclaim at festivals around the globe, including the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the 2021 Golden Horse Film Festival and the Jury Award for Best Film at the CinemAsia Film Festival in 2022. Additionally, Gong Seung-Yeon was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2021 Asian Film Awards and won the Best Actress Award at the 2021 Torino Film Festival.

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The release includes a bonus short film, the Australian The Moths Will Eat Them Up, directed by Luisa Martiri and Tanya Modini. It follows a woman’s normal night train ride home that turns into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a stranger until an unforeseen force emerges.

 

‘Men of Plastic’ Digital Release Slated for June 6

MPI Media Group and Capelight Pictures will release the South Korean comedy Men of Plastic via VOD and digital sellthrough June 6.

Set in South Korea in 2007, the film stars Don Lee as a business networker in the posh district of Apgujeong, Seoul. After hearing about the growing popularity of the plastic surgery business, he tries to partner with a young and brilliant plastic surgeon (Jung Kyung Ho). Their grand vision is build the largest and best plastic surgery business in South Korea.

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Korean Crime Drama ‘Broker’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 21 From Distribution Solutions and Decal

The Korean comedic crime drama Broker is headed to Blu-ray Disc Feb. 21 from Decal Releasing, Neon and Distribution Solutions.

In the film, two brokers who sell orphaned infants circumvent the bureaucracy of legal adoption. After an infant’s mother surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, the three embark on a journey to find the right couple.

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Broker stars Song Kang-ho (Parasite, Snowpiercer, The King’s Letters), Dong-won Gang (Peninsula, Master, Golden Slumber), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas, “The Silent Sea”  TV series, “Stranger” TV series) and Lee Ji-eun (Hotel Del Luna, Dream, “Shades of My Heart” TV series).

South Korean Actioner ‘Project Wolf Hunting’ Due on Digital and Disc Feb. 14 From Well Go

The South Korean action thriller Project Wolf Hunting debuts on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 14 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

From director Kim Hong-Sun (“Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area”), the film stars Seo In-guk (The Master’s Sun, Hello Monster), Jang Dong-yoon (Search, Mr. Sunshine), Choi Guy-hwa (Train to Busan, The Wailing), Sung Dong-il (The Cursed, The Great Battle), Park Ho-san (The Call, Prison Playbook) and Jung So-min (Alchemy of Souls).  

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In the film, while under heavily armed guard, the dangerous convicts aboard a cargo ship unite in a coordinated escape attempt that soon escalates into a bloody, all-out riot. But as the fugitives continue their brutal campaign of terror, they soon discover that not even the most vicious among them is safe from the horror they unknowingly unleashed from the darkness below deck.

The release features an all-new English dub, along with bonus content, including behind-the-scenes and “Making the Alpha” featurettes.

 

Netflix Says Subscribers Love Korean Content

Netflix on Dec. 12 disclosed that 60% of its 223 million global subscribers (134 million) regularly watch original South Korean content, including recent hits “All of Us Are Dead,” “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” and season one of “Squid Game,” the latter the streamer’s most-viewed series ever.

Netflix announced the statistic in conjunction with news of its new original romance series “Doona!,” starring former K-pop star Bae Suzy and Yang Se-jong, and directed by Lee Jung-hyo.

Specifically, the streamer’s Korean content has regularly made Netflix’s top 10 series list across 90 countries this year, with “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” viewed for 657 million hours over 20 weeks. “Squid Game” holds the record with 2.3 billion hours viewed across 20 weeks. “All of Us Are Dead” generated around 660 million hours in 10 weeks.

The Asian market continues to generate the majority of Netflix’s subscriber growth. The region added 1.43 million net new subs in the most-recent fiscal period. That compares with 570,000 new subs in Europe/Middle East, 310,000 additional subs in Latin America and 100,000 subs in North America.

Korean Sci-fi Actioner ‘Alienoid’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 6 From Well Go

The Korean sci-fi actioner Alienoid will be released on digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 6 by Well Go USA Entertainment.

It will land on the martial arts action streaming channel Hi-Yah! on Dec. 23.

Directed by Choi Dong-hoon and starring Ryu Jun-Yeol, Kim Woo-bin and Kim Tae-ri, the feature is the first in a planned series of two epic sci-fi action time-warpers. A tale of two eras, Alienoid follows two Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) gurus seeking a legendary time-bending blade as they unexpectedly cross paths with modern-era people hunting down a dangerous alien concealed inside a human’s body.

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Korean Epic War Drama ‘Hansan: Rising Dragon’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 From Well Go

The Korean epic war drama Hansan: Rising Dragon will sail onto digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Writer/director Kim Han-min creates a prequel to his breakout hit The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the most-watched film in Korean cinema history — with this film based on the historical Battle of Hansando. The film stars Park Hae-il (Decision to Leave, War of the Arrows), Byun Yo-Han (The Book of Fish) and Ahn Sung-ki (The Divine Fury, The Hunt).​

In the film set in 1592, Admiral Yi and his fleet face off against the might of the invading Japanese navy and its formidable warships. As the Korean forces fall into crisis, the admiral resorts to using his secret weapon, the dragon head ships known as geobukseon, in order to change the tide of this epic battle at sea.

Bonus content includes “Character Highlights,” “Secrets of Makeup,” staff commentary and an optional English dub.

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Korean Horror Fantasy Sequel ‘The Witch 2: The Other One’ Due on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 8 From Well Go

The Korean horror fantasy sequel The Witch 2: The Other One will be released on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In this sequel to the popular Korean sci-fi action thriller The Witch: Part 1 — Subversion, the story moves away from a confined secret lab and out into the real world. After a mysterious girl emerges as the sole survivor of a bloody raid on the research facility behind the top-secret Witch Program, she is rescued by a pair of civilians who soon realize the girl is both very powerful and in very grave danger. However, as the assassins tasked with locating and silencing the girl move ever closer, the lives of everyone around her fall under increasingly great peril.

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 The action-packed drama from director Park Hoon-jung (The Witch: Part 1 — The Subversion) stars newcomer Shin Si-ah, Jo Min-su (The Witch: Part 1 — The Subversion) and Park Eun-bin (“The Ghost Detective”).