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Jan. 16, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.

‘Last Stand': Kim Jee-Woon on Hollywood, Arnold’s action comeback

Kim Jee-Woon is the South Korean director of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick "The Last Stand, " his first American movie. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
On the set of the shoot-’em-up thriller “The Last Stand,” South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon and Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered from what we shall term a certain failure to communicate. They literally could not speak each other’s language, relying on translators to trade ideas thanks to Kim’s negligible English and Schwarzenegger’s heavy Teutonic accent. Nonetheless, according to Kim, the inability to find common parlance with one’s star — or any cast member, for that matter — was hardly a stumbling block. Over lunch in Hollywood, the director went so far as to extend an inspirational message to other international moviemakers deficient in English-speaking skills. “Overseas directors who want to work in Hollywood, the language barrier is not a problem,” Kim said through a translator. “With the right talent, any director can be successful.” In his case, that talent pool includes none […]
Nov. 12, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Citadel': Real attack, agoraphobia inspired Irish horror film

'Citadel' (featured image)
When Irish director Ciarán Foy was 18 years old, a gang of kids in hoodies beat him with a hammer and held a dirty syringe to his throat. “The scariest thing about it was the fact that they didn’t want anything,” Foy said. “They didn’t take anything. I never knew the ‘why.’” Though Foy survived, the brutal attack left him with agoraphobia, which he battled through his 20s. It also left him with an idea for his first feature film; in “Citadel,” a horror movie due out Friday, a young father suffering from debilitating agoraphobia tries to protect his infant daughter from a mysterious brood of children wearing hooded clothing. “I basically fused my struggles with agoraphobia, along with my nightmares and the paranoid way I saw the world as a frightened 18-year-old, and married it with my love of genre […]
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