2006, June 09

Director LEE Myung-se’s next project is a horror melodrama titled M. The production was part of the Film Market at the Cannes Film Festival. The story is about a man struggling to remember something important, a woman who is unrecognized by the man she’s in love with and death.

Another LEE film, his 1988 debut film Gagman – is going to be released on DVD as part of Taehung Pictures Collection later this month June. Gagman is easily recognizable as a LEE Myung-se film and the film is acclaimed for its creativeness.

LEE Myung-se is the director of last year’s Duelist. The film polarized its viewers from people who thought the film was utterly bad to people who judged it as a brilliant film. The film starring GANG Dong-won, HA Ji-won and AHN Seong-gi was recently released in French cinemas and was earlier released in Japan.

Director LEE focuses on choreographing movement and visual esthetics. His stories don’t follow the general rules of story-telling. Another factor that deviates from the norm is the acting in LEE’s films. Therefore, his films often praised by critics – have not reached wide audiences.

LEE’s 1999 film Nowhere to Hide gained him international recognition. The film was a fusion of genres. The style, visuals and movement impressed the brothers Ridley and Tony Scott and they invited him to America to collaborate. LEE returned to Korea to make Duelist.

Yi Ch’ang-ho (KOFIC)

Source: http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/news/news_view.asp?kor_news_num=404&page=1&p_part=1&p_item=&tmp_cnt=404