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Oscar Winner Youn Yuh-jung Continues Her Comeback in Restored ‘Woman of Fire’

Youn Yuhjung, the veteran Korean actor who won an Oscar for her endearing performance in “Minari,” is not finished making a comeback. Her 50yearold debut film “Woman of Fire” is to be rereleased after being heavily restored.“Woman of Fire” (aka “Hwanyeo”) was directed by one of Korea’s most influential helmersKim Kiyoung, who had a lifelong fascination for female psychology and melodrama.At the Oscars ceremony in April, Youn paid tribute to Kim in her acceptance speech. She dedicated her trophy to Kima and called him “a very genius director.”Released in 1971, “Woman” was the second film in Kim’s socalled Housemaid trilogy. It followed the atmospheric 1960 film “The Housemaid” which is widely considered to be one of Korea’s best movies and was remade by Im Sangsoo in 2010. The plot involves a musician and his wife whose lives are thrown into turmoil when a femme fatale comes to live with them.After releasing Koreanlanguage copies in May, the restored film is being released in international markets by NEW ID, an aggregator and distribution company that is part of Korean miniconglomerate Next Entertainment World.NEW ID is now completing localization for international markets. It said that the film has been licensed to streaming platforms including TUBI, IMDb TV, Amazon Prime Video and The Roku Channel. The actual release dates have yet to be determined.The original negatives of the film had been lost and restoration work instead relied on a 1971 release print that had burnedin Frenchlanguage subtitles. Restoration involved not only usual work of removing scratches, stains and tears, but also recreating the images in place of the subtitles. The technical services were provided by NEW ID, an inhouse postproduction unit.“Growing demand for postproduction solutions needed to prepare local content for export to global platforms has rapidly increased. That’s why NEW ID has developed a postproduction platform with AI technology to easily flag and edit content to meet global distribution standards. More audiences can enjoy movies — old and new – all over the world,” NEW toldVariety.Other companies are also getting in on the Youn YuhjungKim Kiyoung trend.Korean distributor Blue Film Works says that it will give a theatrical release to a 4K remastered version of “An Experience to Die For.” The 1990 picture was the third and final collaboration between Youn and Kim. It was given a screening at the 1998 edition of the Busan International Film Festival, but it did not receive a commercial theatrical outing.“Experience” is a suspenserevenge drama that involces two women who feel betrayed by their husband, albeit for different reasons, and who agree to kill the other woman’s man.Youn made history as only the second Asian woman and first Korean to win an acting prize at the Oscars. Her other credits over a 50year career include Im’s “Housemaid” remake which appeared in competition in Cannes, and “The Bacchus Lady” which tackled the subject of oldage prostitution and played at the 2016 Berlin festival.ByPatrick Frater, June 15, 2021Plus Icon

06.18.2021

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Russell Crowe Launches Pacific Bay Studios in Australia

Leading Australian actorRussell Crowehas announced concrete plans to fulfil his longheld dream of operating a movie studio in northern New South Wales, close to where he has lived for the past 25 years.Crowe unveiled details of a new facility at Coffs Harbour and toldVariety: ”I want the East Coast of Australia to be synonymous with the film industry, globally.” He estimates that the complex could open in three to five years.The region, which includes picturesque Byron Bay, has been getting a lot of Hollywood attention lately as Australia continues to be a COVIDsafe production magnet. It has recently hosted the Amazon Prime and Hulu drama series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, the Netflix comedy “Gods Favorite Idiot,” and the controversial Netflix reality series, “Byron Baes.”The area boasts pristine coastal and hinterland locations, but it has lacked major studio and post production facilities.The proposedPacific BayResort Studios and Village aims to change that by building four sound stages, a water tank, animation and postproduction facilities. The package would create skills, jobs and educational opportunities.The development is a partnership between Crowe, as the major investor, and Peter Montgomery, owneroperator of the 100acre Pacific Bay Resort, a former banana plantation that is now a hotel and leisure complex.“We don’t plan to compete with Disney or Warner Bros. We are looking at making this a bespoke production facility to ensure the small to medium films, and the $10 to $100 million projects, will have a space in the film infrastructure xframework of Australia going forward,” said Crowe.A regional studio in Coffs Harbour could supplement soundstages in Queensland (Gold Coast and Brisbane) and New South Wales. Fox Studios in Sydney has been fully booked for more than a year by the Marvel movies “ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Gold Coast Studios, where Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives” is currently shooting, is also heavily booked.With 100 hotel rooms and leisure facilities, the Pacific Bay studio would enable cast and crew to stay onsite. “It’s not a new idea. If you go back to old Hollywood studios and bungalows – they also offered accommodation to suit the precarious hours of shooting,” says Crowe.Crowe says he will keep a “close design eye” on all aspects of the facility, which also includes tourism functions.“All the boxes are ticked in terms of what we need to complete the facility, now we just need to keep the momentum going,” said Crowe.ByKatherine Tulich June 16, 2021Plus Icon

06.18.2021

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