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[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★★ "Roaring Currents": A historical epic that depicts the legendary exploits of one of the world's greatest navel strategists, Admiral Yi Sun-Shin. (07/30)

★★★★ "HARU": A psychiatrists whose marriage is waning has to treat his wife's daughter and begins to fantasise about about their relationship. (07/31)

★★★★ "The Suffered": A woman visiting her sick father gets to close to a mysterious man with dangerous consequences. (07/31)...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Gabdong - The Serial Killer"

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

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There is a definite lack of variety in the topics Korean drama explores. There is also the issue of conforming, when some series attempt to break the mold only to be smacked back into it. While 'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' is not a perfect drama or one of the most exciting ones out there, it is to the creators' credit that they maintain its focus and tone throughout, resulting in a not brilliant, but good and most welcome attempt to be different and do it right.

'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' tells the story of a serial murder case the statute of limitations for which has expired. Ha Moo-yeom's (Yoon Sang-hyeon) father was a suspect for the murders and after his death, Moo-yeom became obsessed with clearing his father's name. Along with his team and their new chief, Yang Cheol-gon (Seong Dong-il), who was convinced Moo-yeom's father was the murderer, they are trying to stop a new series of murders and find the killer, but also possibly the original Gap Dong...More

[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Foul King": Masks, Masculinity, and Might

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

In the Spotlight this Week: Kim Jee-won's "The Foul King"...

Falling squarely within South Korea's 'New Wave', Kim Jee-won's sophomore feature "The Foul King" (2000) was a welcomed spur that helped revitalise South Korea's film industry. The film was not only a box office hit (being the fourth highest-grossing film of its year) but a regional one as well that tailed the likes of "Missions Impossible 2", "Gladiator", and the year's number one film: "JSA - Joint Security Area". It was also the film when Song Kang-ho, according to Korean film journalist and critic Darcy Paquet, "first displayed the emotional depth that would characterise his later roles"...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "The Foul King"

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

A selection of shots from Kim Jee-won's "The Foul King"...

Featuring the prolific Song Kang-ho as a pathetic banker turned professional wrestler, "The Foul King" is a telling drama about personal conviction and masculinity in modern Korean. This, Kim's second feature, become a box office hit back in 2000, but was also a regional hit as the world was being introduced to a new wave of Korean cinema. It's a funny, unforgettable, and, most of all, a dramatically inspiring event that is not to be missed. Enjoy! [Spoilers]...More

Rom-Com Queen Lee Ha-na Returns to Airwaves

Source | 2014/07/26 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Ha-na has returned to television in a new romantic comedy after a five-year absence. The 32-year-old plays a clumsy office worker in the tvN drama "The King of High School Manners".

The Chosun Ilbo met Lee on set in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, on Monday.

"I cannot deny that I'm good at playing bubbly roles in rom coms", she said confidently, adding that she reevaluated her career during her time off. "I thought a lot about what fans want to see from me during the break"...More

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