1. A BITTERSWEET LIFE
Summary: A mob enforcer seeks revenge on his former employer when he's condemned to death over a misunderstanding (because of a girl, like always).
First of many Korean films on the list. It's a self-described "noir action" film from Ji-woon Kim, who last directed A Tale of Two Sisters. It's a simple premise, but I've heard very good things about this movie.
Summary: A high school student searches for answers when his ex-girlfriend mysteriously disappears.
I've already expressed my interests in this film -- a hard-boiled noir mystery in a modern day high school setting -- so let's move on.
3. CRYING FIST
Summary: Two very different men, both at the lowest point of their lives, fight in an amateur boxing match to finally turn their life around.
Most boxing films deal with an underdog fighting against the big bad villain. In Million Dollar Baby it was that German lesbian. In Rocky IV it was Ivan Drago, the souped up Russian commie. The audience knows who to cheer for. So what happens when you have two underdogs fighting each other? Who do you cheer for? Oh, and the two leads are played by Min-sik Choi (best Korean actor, period) and Seong-bum Ryu (supposedly the best young Korean actor).
4. CYBORG GIRL
(No picture of this movie because it's so early in development.)
Summary: A girl in a mental institution believes she's an incredibly powerful cyborg living in a war between humans and machines.
This sounds totally different from anything Chan-wook Park has made so far. And I will see anything he makes. And the girl is supposedly played by Hye-jeong Kang, the girl from Oldboy.
5. THE DEPARTED
Summary: A cop goes undercover as a gangster to bring down a powerful mob boss. That same mob boss places a gangster undercover as a cop to act as a mole. When those two meet, the universe will explode. (kidding about the last part)
This is a remake of Infernal Affairs, a Hong Kong film that was popular enough to get two more sequels (actually one was a prequel). Usually remakes tend to suck, but I'm betting this one won't. Why? Because of some guy named Scorsese. And three guys named Nicholson, Damon, and... DiCaprio. Okay, forget about DiCrapio.
6. THE FOUNTAIN
Summary: A story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence this world. It spans over one thousand years and three separate stories.
From Darren Aronofsky, the same guy that brought us Pi and Requiem for a Dream.
7. GRIND HOUSE
(No picture due to early development.)
Summary: Two 60-minute horror movies written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.
Need I say more?
8. LADY VENGEANCE
Summary: A woman is wrongfully accused of murder and sent to prison for 13 years. She plans an elaborate revenge against those responsible when she's finally released.
The final chapter in Chan-wook Park's "revenge" trilogy. Ya'll know how much I love Oldboy, so this is a no brainer. March can't come soon enough.
9. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Summary: Further mis-adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his companions.
The first movie was damn fun and earned Johnny Depp an Oscar nomination and mainstream popularity. This one looks like it's more of the same good stuff.
10. THE PRESIDENT'S LAST BANG
Summary: A look at the life of President Chun-hee Park and the events leading up to his assassination.
This film caused a lot of controvery in Korea when it was released last year, and it's easy to see why. Koreans are uptight about "political" movies. Where's your sense of humor? And I always enjoy watching Yun-shik Baek, who cracked me up in Save the Green Planet!.
Okay I just realized this is getting pretty long so I'll end this one here and post the second half of the list another day.