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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Some Journey - A Citizen Created Musical"

2015/05/16 | | Permalink

If there's anything I dislike about film, it's that the format is too perfect. Countless editing and extra takes are such that movies are never really real so much as they are deliberately calculated to seem real. Modern theater, with its own brand of flash, goes along the same lines. But there is one genre of performance that manages to remain genuine, simply because of the lack of pretensions- community theater. All the people that happen to live in a nearby area get together to put on a show and generally have a fun time. And that's the story that's documented by "Some Journey - A Citizen Created Musical", the story of an Incheon community theater group and their efforts to put on a play...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pororo, The Racing Adventure"

2015/05/16 | | Permalink

"Let's make a feature length movie about Pororo" is kind of a weird hypothetical idea. Pororo cartoons are, by design, very simple and easily understood, with inoffensive moral lessons that shouldn't require a whole lot of effort to explain. How exactly do you make a feature length cartoon about Pororo? As "Pororo, The Racing Adventure" demonstrates, this task can be accomplished mainly by adding in a lot of fun racing scenes, and a bunch of one-off characters who are not likely to ever feature in the main cartoon...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/05/16 | | Permalink

What Korea films are on at Cannes this year? Chris Horn reviews the heartbreaking "Taegukgi" for Modern Korean Cinema, actor Cha Seung-won to play famous geographer in Kang Woo-seok's first period film, and be sure to visit Korean film critic and journalist Darcy Paquet's website for quality news and reviews...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lover's Lane

2015/05/16 | | Permalink

Sue releases her first free e-book on Korean BBQ for My Korean Kitchen, Holly shares her recipe for a mouth-watering stir-fry, Hyosun hits ribs right, and there's some fine Korean pottery on display that will suit all your serving needs...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2015/05/16 | | Permalink

KoreAm celebrates 25 years, The Korean Ministry of Culutre, Sports, and Tourism calls for "Korean DNA" in art contest, Is Seoul really going green?, and how Yi Kwang-su's daughter keeps his words alive...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography

2015/05/16 | | Permalink

A single stunner from Robert Koehler of Cheonggyecheon's cityscape, explore the photography of Ben Weller and Manchul, and Alphonse captures the Lotus Lantern Parade...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episodes 1-2

2015/05/15 | | Permalink

Ma-ri (played by Seolhyun) is a teenage girl who also happens to be a vampire. People in "Orange Marmalade" tend to not like vampires, what with the whole blood sucking thing and war against humanity and all that. Trying to grow up in that environment, poor Ma-ri can't even be bothered to worry about normal hassles like perverts on the...tram? Subway? What exactly is that thing they keep riding on? In an alternate vampire universe, Seoul's public transportation developed in a slightly different way?...More

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