The Warrior's Way (formerly Laundry Warrior) Part 5 News by Jang Dong Gun, Kate Bosworth
Thanks to juju for uploading the trailer. OMG, I'm going to faint all over again. He looks so good in the movie. So much skinnier back then when he was filming. I don't really like his straight shoulder length hair style but when they took a long shot of him in the garden - what a laugh - JDG tending to flowers - what do these directors have in mind? Something to tease female fans like us? That we could imagine finding a gardener like him? Hahahaha....I think I'll hire him full time if it's him.....that hairstyle is still bearable. But not when he was fighting. It reminded me of the long hair in The Promise when he was meeting his parents. He doesn't look good with straight hair. But any Jang Dong Gun is better than no Jang Dong Gun! OMG, there is a kiss in the movie. Geez, lucky Kate Bosworth. I wonder if JDG would charm the rest of America. Would they find him handsome? I'm really very curious as to the response. Rain in Ninja Assassin might not dazzle since he was very boyish and Lee Byung Hun in GI Joe had his face hidden half the time. Oh, I can't wait to see how America will receive him. It's so cute to see that they called him "international star Jang Dung Gun". I wonder if the other actors were jealous of that. Didn't like the hairstyle on the boat too. In general, the opening scene is very corny. No one wield a sword straight like that. Who choreographed the action scene on this one? Even more corny are all these high flying figures out of water and along the buildings. Aiya, even my kids wouldn't like that stuff anymore. They want much more realistic martial art and kung fun. I will have to grit my teeth when it comes to choreography and paper thin plot but I'll probably be starry eyed to see a larger than life sized JDG on the big screen. This will only be the second time only. Watching it on the big screen is a totally different experience than watching him on the small screen. He consumes you a bit more totally. Could you not tell I'm really anticipating this movie quite a bit no matter how bad it might be? Just to see him in his bachelor state back then? Would American girls fall for him and then find out that he's married and put on a bit of weight recently and aged a bit and then lose interest at once? Questions, questions, questions. But here are some screencaps to officiate the first burst of promotion. I hope he would be interviewed more but then wouldn't he be filming My Way? How would he deal with promotion? It'd be a pity if he couldn't attend promotions.
Absolutely love this shot, not only because of the magical colors but his hanger styled shoulders. OMG, it made him so skinny and so handsome, so manga like. And he's taller than the female lead. I might use this as my desktop now.
I can't believe it, after a fight, they kissed. Roll eyes.
But I'd rather see him kiss a Caucasian than his present wife. It's more romantic this way. I just can't accept the wife.
Goddarn awful hair.
I really like this look with facial hair. To me, JDG has to be gritty with facial hair or he wouldn't be manly enough. That's why I like Typhoon so much.
Oh god, how much do they have to massacre our idol's hair? Another nincompute artistic director.
I can't fathom someone carrying a baby with such a huge stick. It got to be very heavy to start off with not to mention the weight of the baby of at least 25 lbs.
I got a bit of goosebumps when I heard him spoke English at the end. Oh dear, it's as slow as Jet Li's in his first English movie.
Nevertheless, a very handsome guy.
Posted September 21, 2010:
Thanks to juju for posting these posters. Geez, he's all bloody in this scene. I guess it's one of those unfortunate endings. But yearh, I like this JDG much better already. I wonder if the US would like this movie or not.
Posted September 15, 2010:
According to this news, JDG is getting a new short haircut soon and would focus on the movie and put advertising jobs on hold for now. No one really wants a short haired endorser. LOL. Then the news said that the movie will premiere at the Pusan Film Festival which may clash with the delivery which is also around October 9 or 10 and JDG might miss the delivery. I doubt it. He would be there since it's the first one. Source These days, after watching Comrades with Choi Su Jong, I think I'm ready to watch Taegukgi all over again. And of course, I would love to review Won Bin's acting skills back then.
Posted August 13, 2010:
Finally, the US release has been announced. It's FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3!!!!! I'm going to take my whole family there to watch. Hope they will show it in my little town. Here's the news!!
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun's first Hollywood debut film "The Warrior's Way" will open in theaters in North America on December 3, according to the film's investor Wellmade Star M on Friday.
"The Warrior's Way," helmed and written by Lee Seung-moo, is a Western fantasy film based on a swordsman named Yang, played by Jang, who flees to a forgotten American town in the west to escape his bloody past but gets caught up in a battle with a local group of bandits.
The movie cast also includes some of Hollywood's biggest names including Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush.
American firm Relativity Media, co-producers of Hollywood blockbusters "Salt" (2010) starring Angelina Jolie and "Public Enemies" (2009) starring Johnny Depp, had bought the distribution rights for "The Warrior's Way" in the U.S. in July.
Wellmade Star M is a Korea-based talent management agency in charge of the careers of actors Ha Ji-won and Kim Nam-joo but the firm ventured into television and movie production starting 2007 through "The Warrior's Way," where they have invested 10 million dollars.
Posted July 30, 2010:
Thanks to just a lady for pointing to a review of someone who went to the screening of the movie here. I'm not going to read it. I don't want to know the story or the pleasure of it being lowered. But thanks for the link anyway. I just hope it will come out soon!
Posted July 1, 2010:
Thanks to juju for mentioning it. It is now scheduled for November release in both Australia and New Zealand. I wonder when would the US get it. See IMBD here.
Posted April 21, 2010:
According to the Korean news, the trailer of The Warrior's Way has finally been shown at the press conference of Blades of Blood on April 19. According to the production company, the movie will be shown in the summer this year with a worldwide release and in the US, it will have 2000 screens. Accordingly, the action scenes are those that even Rain would crave after and JDG spoke English in the movie. This is the second Korean movie that would land in the US, the first being D-War which opened with 2200 screens. See, they bill it as a Korean film. That's quite a move. Source here and here. Here is a short blurb about the production costs in New Zealand as $14 million.
Posted December 20, 2009:
Still not much news yet except that it would be shown in 2010. Here is a brief article lauding the beautiufl landscape of New Zealand that many top films were shot in, including Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, X-men and most recently Avatar!! I'm going to take my kids to watch Avatar this week! And of course it mentioned The Warrior's Way coming up in 2010.
Posted July 16, 2009:
This news here was comparing Jeon Ji Hyun's Blood : The Last Vampire movie to other Korean releases in Hollywood. It said that her movie was released in Japan, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other countries and had disappointing results. In Japan, it only got US$470,000. In Korea, only US$540,000. Well, this is a French/Korean/Japanese co-production and it didn't really have much worldwide release. In the US, it had only 20 screens in the US and only 3 days. What does the writer expect? He wrote that the last time that a Korean movie was aired, D-War/Dragon Wars, it had 2200 screens.
To be exact, Dragon Wars opened in 2277 US theatres and raked in US$10 million in the US for 5 weeks and worldwide box office was US$75 million. Jang Dong Gun's new movie which was supposed to come out in August 2009 is now pushed back to 2010. Of course it will do better than Blood: The Last Vampire because it has more screens showing. But no, of course you don't want to compete with Iron Man 2 or Transformers 2. No distribution channel would risk taking an Asian movie when there are mega block busters around in the summer. Let's do some comparisons here of movies of similar nature - sword wielding dudes with some Asian blokes since there is not much news.
See table below.
|Movie||US box office in US$ (millions)||Weeks released||No. of screens|| Worldwide box office in US$
|Jet Li's Fearless||24||8||1800||68||44 (note, for a Chinese film, it's very high already)|
|Jet Li's The Mummy 3||102||9||3778||401||145|
|Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai||111||18||2938||456||140|
|Jet Li's Forbidden Kingdom||52||9||3151||127||55|
|Jang Dong Gun's Warrior's Way||2000||40|
|Rain's Ninja Assassin (Nov 09)||50|
|Lee Byung Hun's G.I. Joe (Aug 09)||170|
Thanks to a Filipino fan for pointing out that the budget for Warrior's Way is US$40 million and Star M contributed US$10 million of that. Compare US$170 million production budget of G.I. Joe, this is called medium sized project .
Posted July 15, 2009:
According to juju's blog, The Warrior's Way has signed a contract with a US distributor and it will be on 2000 plus screens at release. Thank goodness. Perhaps I will get to see it in my small town afterall. The shares of StarM (Wellmade Star M) has risen 14.96% yesterday after the news was announced through StarM on July 13. I assume this was negotiated under the previous agency so the profits go to them also. The shares are now 845 Korean won each. The movie's budget was US$10 million. Not very high to be honest. It's called a low to medium budget film over here. Edit: Thanks to a Filipino fan for pointing out that it's US$40 million by budget and Star M contributed US$10 million of that. Compare US$170 million production budget of G.I. Joe. This is called a low to medium sized project still.
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