AHN graduated from Dongguk University and the Korean National University of Arts (M.F.A. degree). He was the assistant director for < ...ing> (2003, directed by LEE Un-hee). His short feature, " Pass Over ", won the Director's award at the Korea Visual Art Festival. < Arang > is his feature-length directorial debut.
Census Shows Rapidly Aging Society 2016/09/25, Source,
The latest census published by Statistics Korea early this month shows a rapidly aging society.
Senior citizens accounted for 13.2 percent of the population last year, which places Korea on the doorstep of becoming an aged society where they make up 14 to 20 percent,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Witness" 2016/09/17,
Shaoxing (played by Yang Mi) is studying to be a police officer. A disastrous accident involving family disables Shaoxing to an extent that people constantly underestimate her. But ultimately Shaoxing really just underestimates herself. A chance encounter with evil, however, makes Shaoxing into "The Witness" with all the information necessary to bring down a notorious criminal. Assuming she can survive that long anyway,...More
Seoul City Plans Cash Handouts for Young Jobseekers 2015/11/08, Source,
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to provide W500,000 per month to 3,0000 young jobseekers from next year until 2020 (US$1=W1,140). The measure is part of Mayor Park Won-soon's (pictured above) efforts to come up with citizen-friendly policies. The city government said beneficiaries will be jobseekers aged 19 to 29 from low-income families. Some 3,000 of them will be chosen based on applications they submit detailing how they plan to contribute to society,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.06 ~ 2015.03.08 2015/03/09, "The Kingsman"'s reign continues unchallenged… Last weekend British spy flicks "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "The Imitiation Game" ruled at as the country's number one and two, claiming just under a million admission between them. The later lost its footing and fell to third, but Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman" managed to retain its place as Korea's film of choice despite the arrival of Ahn Sang-hoon's period drama, "Empire of Lust",...More
Empire of Lust (2015) 2015/03/07, Source, "Empire of Lust"
Genres: Drama and Epics
Running Time: 113 min.
Directed by: Ahn Sang-hoon
Starring: Sin Ha-gyoon, Jang Hyeok, Kang Ha-neul, Kang Han-na
Synopsis: During the volatile period of the Chosun Dynasty's founding, army commander Kim Min-jae keeps careful watch on the ambitious Prince YI Bang-won, who is not satisfied with his title as the fifth in line to the throne. Min-jae's life becomes entwined with that of Ga-hee, a beautiful gisaeng, when he spends a bewitching night with her and soon takes her as his concubine. But there is more to Ga-hee than what meets the eye. Beneath her noble exterior lies a woman who insinuated herself into Min-jae's life with a heartbent on vengeance,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2015/02/28, K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★ "Dog Eat Dog": Two vigilantes get bitten back by a gang that targets Koreans abroad. (03/05) ★★★ "Barracks": A group of friends are lured into a private camp with a mad instructor who's out to get them. (03/05) ★★ "Granny's Got Talent": A foul-mouthed granny takes part in a national cussing contest. (03/05) ★★★★ "Empire of Lust": A Joseon commander has to mind a scorned prince as well as a conniving gisaeng during a volatile time in the Kingdom's founding. (03/05),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Blind" 2012/04/07,
Following in the footsteps of Terence Young's 1967 thriller "Wait Until Dark", Korean writer/director Ahn Sang-hoon's "Blind" is a suspenseful thriller that dapples in brilliance but ultimately falls victim to some of the ill short-comings of the Korean thriller genre.
Perhaps it was the fantastical premise of a blind women (Min Soo-ah played stoically by Kim Ha-neul) using her remaining senses to ultimately prevail over a malicious and sadistic serial rapist/murderer that caused me to hesitate on this one. Ahn Sang-hoon does have a number of tricks up his sleave that managed to, at least periodically, suspend my disbelief on the unlikelihood of all,...More
[Movie Review] The Blind Witness 2011/11/26, Source,
By Jason Yu from Green Tea Graffiti (guest posting)
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A serial rapist is loose on the streets of Seoul. Kidnapping young females, this perpetrator brutally rapes them before putting them out of their misery. As police issue a massive search for this sick criminal, a female witness is soon found. She unknowingly entered the killer's car one night, remembered exactly how the car smelt, felt the texture of the car seat, and even heard the killer's voice. Luckily, she escapes the rapist's grasp before she became his next victim. This witness is too good to be true. This sicko will be caught in no time. But there is only one problem: the witness is blind,...More
'Blind' sees promising potential 2011/08/18, Source,
Actress Kim Ha-neul appears as a visually impaired woman who witnesses a hit-and-run in the thriller "Blind". / Courtesy of NEW
By Lee Hyo-won
Physical disabilities craft the most interesting protagonists and the edgiest thrillers. Characters readily fall into dangerous traps, simple cat-and-mouse chases become complicated, and viewers sigh with a greater sense of relief when they manage to escape despite the odds.
There have been films such as "Mute Witness", "Wait Until Dark" and "Julia's Eyes", and Korean cinema finally sees new possibilities for the genre in Ahn Sang-hoon's "Blind", in which a visually impaired young woman must deal with a serial rapist-killer,...More
Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Seung-ho will act together in the movie 'Blind' 2010/11/01, Source,
The movie that stimulates all five senses, "Blind" will feature Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Seung-ho as the main characters; the reason for this selection is because both of them have acting skill and star quality.
The movie "Blind" is a human thriller that has a unique setting, the only witness of a horrible murder is a person who is visually impaired. Last year, the scenario of this movie won the best prize and top popularity prize in '2009 Hit By Pitch' held by Producer Guild of Korea, due to it's top quality story line and the degree of completion.,...More
While film is an old Western tradition, Koreans have long relied on horror flicks to cool the summer heat. And as the summer season lurks just around the corner, serial killers, freaks and ghosts are out in full force to chill moviegoers.
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