Me and My Nine Iron

January 12, 2011

The Warrior’s Way preview

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 1:40 pm

I never got a chance to preview this movie, but I just wanted to rep a Korean-made movie in The Warrior’s Way. Released last month, it marked the writing-directorial debut of Sngmoo Lee, who cast Dong-gun Jang in the lead role alongside Kate Bosworth (21, Superman Returns, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!). Jang is one of the hottest Korean actors (His stock, not his looks. Well, his looks too.), having starred in two must-see Korean films, Friend (2001) and Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004). Both movies became the highest-grossing Korean movie of all-time, and Tae Guk Gi even became the 75th highest-grossing movie in the world that year, making more than Garden State and Hotel Rwanda combined.

Unfortunately, little promotion, little appeal for this Western fantasy and most importantly, a weak cast led to a non-existent audience, debuting at No. 9 in the box office with $3 million. That was the only week it spent in the top 10 against a generous $42 million budget for a first-time director. Whoopsie. I’ll probably go see it at my local dollar theater if it even comes out there for the sake of seeing a Korean-made American movie, but here’s to hoping Cowboys & Aliens doesn’t follow down the same box office path as this one.

For an inside scoop of Lee and Jang at work, check out these photos provided by IMDb.




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