2011/07 Sector 7 Poster
3D film out to compete with Hollywood
2011/07/07 The Korea Times
By Lee Hyo-won
Makers of the 3D action film “Sector 7,” of which distribution rights have already been sold to 46 countries, call it a ruthless venture that is out to compete with Hollywood.
“It’s not about trying to catch up with post-‘Avatar’ Hollywood but trying to compete with it, and someone has to keep on trying,” director Kim Ji-hoon, who has helmed action-packed works such as “May 18,” told the press in Seoul, Thursday.
“Before I’ve always been concerned about the integrity of a movie but here I focused more on the value of a film ... I wanted to make a movie that I wanted to watch as a member of the audience.”
The much anticipated summer blockbuster, slated for release next month, is the first homegrown project to open in IMAX theaters. “Sector 7” is considered the country’s first in the medium, even though it was preceded by the forgettable erotic drama “Natalie” and Shin Terra’s polished “11 a.m.,” which, though having won awards overseas, is a short film and thus unavailable outside the festival circuit.
“It was a reckless endeavor to say the least,” said VFX supervisor Jang Seong-ho, head of the Seoul-based MoFac Studio.
“‘Avatar’ totally went extreme; it realized something that should have come out 10 to 20 years later. But of course James Cameron is a genius and has massive resources. I’m not a genius, but I have tried a lot of unprecedented things in my 18-year career for this film.”
Though Korea has seen underwater monsters like the one in Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host,” Ha designed a creature that transforms throughout the film. “I went asking for trouble, but I really wanted to do something different.”
The story is about the crew of an isolated oil rig off the southern coast of Jeju Island that, while trying to drill for oil, procures something much more unlikely — a sea monster. With communications cut off from the mainland, the team must fight to survive.
Producer Yoon Je-kyun said he planned the film to be in 3D since the beginning, even though the audience size for 3D movies is actually decreasing.
“It’s important to ask whether 3D is the dominant trend or a fleeting fad. But I think it’s neither; there is a genre that is befitting for 3D, that utilizes the medium in an efficient and effective way,” said Yoon, who directed the 2010 smash hit “Haeundae.”
“I consider ‘Sector 7’ a ‘realization movie,’ meaning that it invites the audience into the limited space of an oil rig, allowing viewers to feel things firsthand.”
The film was not shot with a camera rig (a device that holds together two cameras that capture the subject from two different angles or stereoscopic vision), but instead achieved stereoscopic visual effects through CG and converting it from 2D to 3D. Actors shot most of the scenes in front of a green screen while 1,748 scenes out of 1,802 were rendered in CG.
“Some people called ‘Sector 7’ a ‘fake 3D’ movie since it wasn’t shot with a camera rig. But since a CG monster stars in about 70 percent of the film it wasn’t necessary to use the rig,” said Ha.
For the actors, it was challenging to fight with an imaginary creature.
“When the director would say, ‘look here,’ the actors would all look in different directions. There was also a scene where an elevator crashed, and we would react differently. But over time the cast members were able to develop teamwork like no other, acting with one heart and mind,” said Ahn Sung-ki.
But the makers say that some of the most impressive scenes in the film were achieved by the talented cast. In particular, actress Ha Ji-won, who plays tough heroine Hae-ju, pulled off most of the stunts herself, from wire action sequences to speedy runs on a motorcycle.
“We wouldn’t have been able to make the movie without Ha Ji-won,” said the director, after the actress began tearing up.
In theaters Aug. 8. Distributed by CJ E&M Pictures.
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Oh Ji Ho talks about his kiss scene with Ha Ji Won
Actor Oh Ji Ho recently talked about acting alongside actress Ha Ji Won for the first time in his career.
On July 26th, the actor attended a press conference for the movie ‘Sector 7‘ and stated, “This was a movie in which the harmony between all the actors was the best.”
‘Sector 7′ captures the struggles aboard the Eclipse, which is an oil drill ship floating over Sector 7, an underwater oil field located south of Jeju Island. An unknown creature attacks the crew of the ship as they try to survive. Oh Ji Ho plays ‘Kim Dong Soo’, an oil analyst for the ship.
The actor also opened up about his kiss scene with actress Ha Ji Won, saying, “I had a kiss scene with Ha Ji Won in the movie, but it was a little disappointing. It was portrayed very lightly in the movie, so I hope I’ll get to have another kiss scene with her in another movie.”
He also stated about the actress, “She laughs very easily so it was easy pairing up with her.”
Oh Ji Ho showed his excitement for the release of the movie and revealed, “When I was filming for the movie last year, my friends joked at my appearance and asked if I was playing a miner. I’m glad that it’s finally being unveiled.”
‘Sector 7′ is the first Korean movie to be shown in 3D and will open in theaters on August 4th.
Source: SPN via Nate
The premiere of Sector 7 where Ha Ji Won acts in is delayed… Why?
August 04, 2011
The premiere of Sector 7 where Ha Ji Won acts in is delayed.
The representative of CJ E&M said, “After holding a preview of the film, the production crew decided to work on it a little more. We decided to delay the premiere date because the process is expected to take longer than we thought.” During a phone call interview.
He continued, “We are going to try our best to finish all the work overnight. We probably won’t be able to release it in the morning of the 4th, but we will be releasing it on the 6:00 p.m”
Sector 7 was to be released in the morning of the 4th. But the theater announced that the movie will be postponed due to the production company’s inquiry. It is unprecedented that a movie delayed its premiere after the reservation.
The representative of CJ E&M said, “We will be giving refunds or free movie tickets for those who already reserved the tickets. Of course, we’ll be suffering a loss, but we’re willing to bear it, and show you the best movie possible.”
Ha Ji Won, An Sung Ki, and Oh Ji Ho appears in the movie Sector 7. It portrays the battle between the ship crews and the extraterrestrial beings. Yoon Je Gyun, the director of the movie Haeundae produced the movie. It will premier in the afternoon of the 4th.
Source: Daily Sports from Nate
Congratulations Oh Ji-ho, Ha Ji-won, Ahn Sung-ki, cast & crew "Sector 7" opens at No. 1 spot on local box office
Korean sci-fi pic "Sector 7" opened on a high note, becoming the country's most-watched film over the weekend.
Numbers by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday showed that "Sector 7," starring Ha Ji-won. Ahn Sung-ki and Oh Ji-ho, attracted 1,154,158 moviegoers during the weekend of August 5 to 7.
"Sector 7," which opened in local theaters on August 4, tells the story of people fighting against a monster on board an oil prospecting ship. The movie, helmed by Kim Ji-hoon, was sold to 46 countries including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
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'Sector 7' is coming to the U.S & Canada
Here's something that was unexpected. Korea's big summer monster flick Sector 7 is getting a U.S. release this month. I thought for sure we'd be waiting a bit longer than this to see the film.
The film's official site says it began an American run September 9 in Los Angeles. I did a quick theater search, however, and found its run in L.A. begins tomorrow night. Other cities include Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Dallas, New York, Chicago and more.
CGV Cinemas LA (Los Angeles)
621 South Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA
AMC Cherry Hill 24 (Philadelphia)
2121 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ
AMC Metreon (San Francisco)
101 4th Street, San Francisco, CA
AMC Cupertino Square 16 (Cupertino)
10123 N Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA
AMC South Center (Seattle)
3600 South Center Mall Tukwila, WA
AMC Hoffman 22 (Washington D.C.)
206 Swamp Fox Rd., Alexandria, VA
AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18 (Washington D.C.)
9811 Washingtonian Ctr. Gaithersburg, MD
AMC Grapevine Mills (Dallas)
3150 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, TX
AMC Empire (New York)
234 West 42nd St. New York, NY
AMC Bay Terrace (New York)
21101 26th Ave., Flushing, NY
AMC Ridgefield Park (New York)
75 Challenger Road Ridgefield Park, NJ
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard (Toronto)
4861 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M2N 5X2
Cineplex Coquitlam (Vancouver)
170 Schoolhouse Street Coquitlam, BC V3K 4X0, Canada
AMC Colonial 18 (Atlanta)
825 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd. Lawrenceville, GA
AMC Showplace Niles 12 (Chicago)
301 Golf Mill Center Niles, IL
Consolidated Theatres Ward (Honolulu)
1044 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI
...More Locations Coming Soon!
Sector 7 and five other Korean films to screen at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival (2011.10.22 Sat - 30 Sun)