After ups and downs, cinema in golden age 2013/10/14, Source,
Actor Ahn Seong-gi has been in the movie business so long, he can barely remember his first role. He was just 5 years old when director Kim Ki-young cast him to play an orphan in a couple of scenes in "Twilight Train" in 1957. "It was just a couple of scenes", Ahn said in a phone interview. "I don't remember much. But I did a good job, so he offered me another role. I guess there were not many child actors in those days, so soon I was a regular actor". Like the rest of the country, South Korea's movie industry was rebuilding after the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War, which means Ahn's career has been nearly as long as the Korean film business. Today, Ahn has starred in more than 70 movies, many made by Korea's top directors, and now is one of the country's most visible ambassadors for cinema,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] KOFA's YouTube Channel goes Live and Yoon Jung Lee's "Remember O Goddess" crosses the line! 2012/05/12,
UPDATE: Earlier this year the Korean Film Archive announced that it had plans to launch a YouTube channel where people could watch classical Korean films online for free. This fantastic initiative has finally come to true as their channel is now live and offers a wide range of films for free viewing.
I am also pleased to announce that director Yoon Jung Lee's managed to gather the required funding for the film "Remember O Goddess". The goal of $30,000 was reach (actually surpassed) through the support of some 272 backers from around the world,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Korean Cinephiles Rejoice! Korean Film Channel planned for YouTube 2012/02/18, Source,
In case some of you missed it, there was some pretty exciting news that came out from KOFA this past week. The Korean Film Archive, in partnership with Google, will launch a YouTube channel in May that will showcase 70 classic Korean films. This is fantastic news for Korean cinephiles that would not otherwise have access to some of these rare and classic pieces of Korean film literature,...More
[Portrait] Koo Bohnchang: seizing the moment 2011/11/25, Source,
Fine art photographer Koo Bohnchang looks out the window of his studio, which doubles as his home, in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, on Oct. 1. / Photography by Jesse Chun for The Korea Times
By Lee Hyo-won
BUNDANG, Gyeonggi Province - A single phone call can sometimes make all the difference.
Koo Bohnchang, much too humble about his credentials, had initially refused to be included in this series via email, but gave in after some persuasion over the phone - perhaps it was because the 56-year-old photographer never forgot what it is like to ring up a seasoned artist.
"One phone call altered my fate", Koo said, recounting his student days in Germany some 30 years ago when he decided to ask esteemed photographer Andre Gelpke to critique his work,...More
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