3:41 pm - 12/19/2012

The Wachowskis Want to Make a Film in S. Korea


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.
honeebs 19th-Dec-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ninja Assassin too.
Damn everyone is fucking shadin' Rain lately.
yesungholic 20th-Dec-2012 12:17 am (UTC)
why is that?
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)


uledy 19th-Dec-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)

I don't keep up with them, but did they ever address the concerns people raised about their use of yellow face?
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)

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?
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
mjspice 21st-Dec-2012 10:33 am (UTC)

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