Me and My Nine Iron

January 12, 2011

The Warrior’s Way preview

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

Lee
Jang

BJ

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