After finally turning enough heads in the U.S. and getting a little recognition from Hollywood by making things like The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw the Devil, director Kim Ji-woon finally got the chance to direct an English-language film, one starring no less than Arnold Schwarzenegger, called Last Stand. Though the film has not come out yet, I’m really anticipating it, because I Saw the Devil was one of the only ultra-violent revenge type flicks that I’ve ever really liked and, you know…Schwarzenegger.
But this begs the question, now that Kim has his foot in the Hollywood door, is it going to be studio-produced English-language films from here on out? Will we next hear his name attached to some sort of big budget remake or an adaptation of an old TV show? Not quite, at least not yet.
Now that things have wrapped up on Last Stand, Kim is actually heading back to South Korea to make a movie called The Fall of Humanity, which will be a collaboration with Antarctic Journal and New Generation director Lim Pil-seong. Not much is known about this project yet, or what Kim’s plans will be after he finishes work on it. Was working in the States on Last Stand just a one-time deal and now it’s back to Korean cinema full-time, or will he be moving back-and-forth between the two countries from here on out?
Basically, when he returned to South Korea and said goodbye to Schwarzenegger, did he finish it up by saying, “I’ll be back?” I’ll be keeping my eye open for answers to these questions and looking for more details on The Fall of Humanity from here on out, because Kim Ji-woon is definitely a director who has gotten himself on my radar. [via A bunch of Korean reports /Film hunted down]