3:41 pm - 12/19/2012

The Wachowskis Want to Make a Film in S. Korea

12-14-21-02(0)

By Rachel Lee (rachel@koreatimes.co.kr)

For world-famous movie-making team the Wachowskis, shooting their recent science fiction film was like a game.

Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski known for their worldwide hit trilogy “The Matrix” came to Korea Thursday for the first time with German director Tom Tykwer and English actor Jim Sturgess to promote their new film “Cloud Atlas.” Korean actress Bae Doo-na, who stars in the film as one of the six main characters, also attended Thursday the press conference with them.

“We were actually going to cancel the press conference so that we can get out and see this beautiful city,” said Andy jokingly during the press conference held Thursday in Seoul.

Their new drama and science fiction film, written and directed in collaboration with Tykwer, was adapted from the 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitche-ll. World-famous movie stars appear in the film including Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks, Ha-lle Berry and Ben Whishaw.

The film explores how the actions of individuals affect others throughout the past, present and future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is transformed from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.

“It was quite easy (for me to make the film), because the book was wonderfully constructed. We had a lot of fun finding all the connections. It was a process that continued all the way through the creation of the film, even in editing. Even after watching the film, we still found a connection we hadn’t made. It was like a game,” said Andy.

During the conference, Lana, who described her wife as a big fan of Korean food, said she first got to know Bae when she watched “Take Care of My Cat” (2001).

“I kept watching her films (after I watched ‘Take Care of My Cat.’ I watched almost all her movies,” Lana said.

The director spoke highly of the Korean actress Bae for her superb portrayal of the role Sonmi-451, a genetically-engineered clone. The director said that Bae is capable of expressing “pure emotional vulnerability” and underneath this there is “toughness and strength that lead to a revolution” an effect similar to that caused by Sonmi-451 in the film.

Lana also expressed a positive view about the Korean film industry, actors and actresses. She also shared the desire to make a film in Seoul.

“We think the Korean film industry is very exciting. There are many great films being made out of here,” Lana said. “We want to make a movie in Seoul so if you have a good book or good ideas, send them to us,” said Lana. She previously worked with Korean singer Rain for “Ninja Assassin” (2009) and said working with him was like a “dream.” She described him a “physical genius like Mozart,” adding that when he asks him to perform something, he does it instantly.

Andy Wachowski, 44, teamed up with his older sibling Lana Wachowski, 47, and began working on films. Their first script was optioned, and formed the basis for the film “Assassins” (1995). The Wachowski's went on to make their directorial debut with the self-written “Bound” (1996), which was well received. They followed this with the smash-hit “The Matrix” (1999) and went on to produce two successful sequels, “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003) and “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003).

Other projects include scripting and producing the cult hit “V for Vendetta” (2005), a live action version of a Japanese anime series, “Speed Racer” (2008) and the ambitious epic “Cloud Atlas” (2012).

“Cloud Atlas” will be released on Jan. 10, 2013 in theaters nationwide. Rated 18 and over. Runs for 172 minutes. Distributed by NEW.

Source: Korea Times via dkpopnews

still with that hair? gurl, you seriously need to stop. 
love_allure 19th-Dec-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
lip... service?
consequences 19th-Dec-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
wait i feel stupid- but movies aren't released around the world at the same time? :O
froggster 19th-Dec-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Nope. Depends on the movie.
consequences 19th-Dec-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
ahh ok. thanks
asnindie 19th-Dec-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Depends on the distributor, in their infinite wisdom they decided to release Cloud Atlas at strange times, we UK people aren't getting it till March.
yesungholic 20th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
how is that possible? Portugal is usually the country who gets the movies later and we already have Cloud Atlas...
mjspice 21st-Dec-2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Not really. I'll give an example like The Hobbit was released 2 days earlier where I live. :S
honeebs 19th-Dec-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
wtf
Ninja Assassin too.
Damn everyone is fucking shadin' Rain lately.
yesungholic 20th-Dec-2012 12:17 am (UTC)
why is that?
trickshowpuppet 20th-Dec-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I think they only produced Ninja Assassin.

But then V for Vendetta isn't directed by them either but they were the writers on it.........?
askbask 19th-Dec-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
“Take Care of My Cat” is the greatest movie.
iamsupernova 19th-Dec-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
SHOULDA THOUGHT OF THAT

WHEN YOU WERE CASTING WHITE GUY

AS KOREAN CHARACTER
uledy 19th-Dec-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Basically.

I don't keep up with them, but did they ever address the concerns people raised about their use of yellow face?
___varying 19th-Dec-2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/9636660/Cloud-Atlas-criticised-for-badly-done-yellowface.html

Andy Wachowski has defended the decision not to use Asian actors, saying: "The intention is to talk about things that are beyond race. The character of this film is humanity."

He asked that "people give us a chance and at least see the movie before they start casting judgment."


Idk, I get the sentiment behind wanting to use the same actors throughout given the book's themes, but I wonder if the threads could have been connected some other way. And the way in which they executed the transformations wasn't exactly respectful either. D:
loverboy 19th-Dec-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Exaaaaactly.
last_thread 19th-Dec-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
urg glad im not the only one that feels uncomfortable with that. posted about it on tumblr twenty minutes ago. have so far received 7 anons telling me to read the book because i'm missing the point. i'm just like, thanks anon, but i get what they were going for with the whole reincarnation-y stuff. i do. but i'd be upset if it were blackface, and i'm upset about this.
45s 20th-Dec-2012 12:07 am (UTC)
It's infuriating bc I see the same bs on tumblr. it's a fantasy book! Imagination is like, a key factor, but I guess those anons don't want to even imagine poc in their fantasy world.

Casting multiple actors to play the same part isn't the most far out concept and works more than the offensive (and horribly distracting) yellow face.

Like, it's hunger games all over again.
last_thread 20th-Dec-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
i know right? i'm so tired of people trying to justify it. it's racist, even if the filmmakers didn't intend it to be so. i wish they had found a more creative way to make the reincarnation thing clear without being offensive. fjksalghjlas. frustration.
palebluedot09 20th-Dec-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
YES!
love_allure 20th-Dec-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
excluding even that, the set of "future korea" is just so... fucking stupid.

take traditional japanese room add color and sakura tree, it is now a futuristic korean room obviously.
a_perfect_shade 20th-Dec-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
you mean asia isn't just one big culture????
love_allure 20th-Dec-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
i thought asia was in china!!!!! :O
tsuyoi_hikari 20th-Dec-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
They could ask for a Korean's designer input (or Bae Doo-na herself) but I guess it's too much and it will make the movie even more expensive. >.>??

Their movie's target will be the Asians so they should be more sensitive about this issue tbh...
modestgoddess79 20th-Dec-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
THIS! So much race fail.
luvey 21st-Dec-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
this
mjspice 21st-Dec-2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Yeeeeeeeeeeeep.
lee_chikin 19th-Dec-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Oh God gracious I'm so out of the loop. I still knew them them as Andy and Larry and now BAM, wikipedia tell me why her name is now Lana.
The two Matrix sequels successfull? I thought everyone agreed that we must forget their existence because they ruined the perfection that was the first one.
pepper 19th-Dec-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Wow I agree with you OP. Her hair is hideous.
dippz 19th-Dec-2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
So she does know that actual Koreans exist?!!! I'm shocked
iamsupernova 20th-Dec-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
ikr

I mean, clearly she's happy to use a Korean actress to express “pure emotional vulnerability” but I guess it would be too much to ask for an actual Korean to play the actual main character. . . .
muhnaplusmuhna 20th-Dec-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
This fanservice cannot sugarcoat the discombobulating shitfest this was. I'm still pissed at myself for watching it.
tsuyoi_hikari 20th-Dec-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Why? Aside from the yellow face thingie (which I know is a great deal), did they make anything else that is offensive? Or the movie is just bad in general?
muhnaplusmuhna 20th-Dec-2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Apparently, Africans look exactly like Pacific Islanders?

Apart from the racial bending situations, the problem with the film was execution. The story seemed like vignettes rather than pieces to a bigger picture.
The movie was about interconnectedness yet I had a difficult time seeing the links and the significance of their impacts. I could only see three. Also, the regurgitation of actors confused me.

I'm just disappointed on the missed opportunities. It could have been a really thought-provoking piece :(
tsuyoi_hikari 20th-Dec-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
How is Cloud Atlas? I heard so far from reading that the movie is brilliant but is a flop in the US. :/ Some ppl are saying that ppl who lack 'intelligent' wouldn't be able to enjoy it or understand the complexity of the film?

I'm still waiting for the DVD to come out. Well, I hope it did well when the movie hit the worldwide theaters since having a 100 millions budget but only grossed around 26 millions (in the US) so far is not a good sign. >.>
windygables 20th-Dec-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
The movie's plot was great though the yellowface did put a damper on it. It's probably not the complexity since the movie had alot of subtext but even a younger audience member would've been able to understand the overlaying themes and plots. It's more that the promotion of the film was very flawed and never actually even hinted what the film was about so many people weren't interested in seeing it.
It's probably going to recoup the rest of its budget when released in Asia because the book was the biggest hit in Asia where its theme of reincarnation made it popular
tsuyoi_hikari 20th-Dec-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Ah thank you so much! I love movies that makes me think (& have many layers & complexities. Too bad the yellow face thingie overshadowed the potential the movie might have -_-) so I actually really anticipate it.
windygables 20th-Dec-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
(omg kevin~ <3)

Np! If the yellowface of the movie is too offputting the book is still very good. I hadn't known of the yellowface issue before I went to see it so I was taken by surprise
superjesster 20th-Dec-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
OT but your icon is perfect.
tsuyoi_hikari 20th-Dec-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, he IS perfect. T__T

He should act in big movies so many ppl will actually know how super talented he is as an actor.
superjesster 20th-Dec-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Yessss, I'm hoping Christopher Nolan's infatuation with him will lead to casting him in more of his films.
tsuyoi_hikari 20th-Dec-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
That's exactly my dream tbh haha. I hope Chris Nolan put him as a lead in his next films. I mean, with his brilliant minds and Cillian's stunning abilities to portray different characters, the movie will surely become a hit.

Well, apparently he was supposed to play Bruce Wayne in Batman Begin (I know, if the original castings went though, we got ourselves a skinny Batman! XD;;). But Bale came in and the rest is history but since Chris loved his audition, he casted him as Scarecrow instead in his Batman trilogy & Inception. :D
superjesster 20th-Dec-2012 05:14 am (UTC)
I heard that apparently Nolan let Cillian choose any part he wanted in Inception (I dunno if this included Cobb or not), though I don't know how true this rumor is. It seems like he doesn't really like choosing big, blockbuster roles?

And yeah, I heard that too! But they passed him over for Batman actually (he auditioned because he's a big fan and wanted to be near the Batmobile) but was so impressed with him, that they called him back for Scarecrow.
mjspice 21st-Dec-2012 10:33 am (UTC)
UGH! THESE TWO JERKS!

Also Ha-lle Berry? I didn't know she was Korean. XDDDD
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