‘Train to Busan’ star Don Lee returns to PH cinemas via sports comedy ‘Champion’

You’ve seen him as the brawny dad-to-be in Philippines’ highest grossing foreign-language film “Train to Busan.” Now, Ma Dong-Seok, also known as Don Lee returns to Philippine cinemas in the South Korean sports comedy Champion. Watch the trailer below.

The film tells the story of Mark (Ma Dong-Seok), a disgraced arm-wrestling champion who was adopted by an American family when he was a boy. He’s working as a bouncer at a club when he meets Jin-ki, a Korean student who has a knack for schemes to make money from any situation he’s in. Jin-ki convinced Mark to return to Korea after 30 years to join an arm-wrestling tournament. Upon arriving, Jin-ki gives him his biological mother’s address. Hesitant at first, he visits the address and gets united with a sister he didn’t know existed. Max, while embracing the new family he has, prepares to make a mark in the arm wrestling tournament.

The film also stars Kwon Yul, Han Ye-ri, Choi Seung-hoon-I, Ok Ye-rin, Yang Hyun-min, Nam Yeon-woo, Kang Shin-hyo and Lee Kyu-ho. Written and directed by Kim Yong-won (Quick).

Champion opens in Philippine cinemas May 30, 2018 from Warner Bros. Korea as distributed by Rafaella Films International.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ opens early in PH cinemas, over two weeks ahead of US

Don’t look now, but Philippine moviegoers are in for special treat as Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in cinemas nationwide on June 6 — sixteen days earlier than most territories around the world, including North America.

This only demonstrates that the Philippines is a highly regarded market by Hollywood studios. In particular, the early bow of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Manila is Universal Pictures’ way of thanking local fans for their overwhelming support for the first Jurassic World in 2015, one of the biggest-grossing films of all-time in Philippine history.

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pratt and Howard are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Pratt) and Claire (Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

While Jurassic World took the park that was only a promise and brought it to awe-striking, terrifying life, Trevorrow knew the next chapter could and should tackle much darker themes. “These dinosaurs were of this Earth 65 million years ago, and now they’re in a place that is completely foreign to them,” he says. “I thought there was a way we could tell a story that would identify the human angle. How would you feel if you were brought into a world that you didn’t belong to…just for the satisfaction of others? That was a realm we hadn’t gone to before, and it was something we knew these movies would benefit from.”

As the writing partners designed this second act, they strategized where they could take the audience. Through the greediness of investors playing God and park guests throwing caution and cash toward reason, Jurassic World had been unceremoniously obliterated. The writers knew there was fertile ground to explore off island, and they’d been quietly planting the seeds for years. “What would be the result of that destruction; what would be the step beyond it?” asks Trevorrow. “Fortunately, there were a lot of clues we planted in the first movie; in the film itself, on maps and on the website—in places people wouldn’t think to look for hints about the next two movies—there’s information embedded in all of them.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.