[Orion's Drama News] Science Fiction Hype 2016/12/24,
I hope you are feeling jolly today and that you have ridiculous amounts of holiday food. Ori-santa may not have Christmas-related content, but I ho-ho-hope my drama news will do. Today I talk science fiction in Dramaland that is not gimmicky aliens in love with actresses. I also take a look at exciting drama news from tvN and share more despair from "Missing 9",...More
'Tunnel' Continues Box Office Reign 2016/09/07, Source,
The disaster flick "Tunnel" hit the 7 million mark in cinema attendance on Tuesday, according to the film's distributor Showbox. The film has maintained the top spot at the box office since its release on Aug. 10, the longest record this year,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.08.12 ~ 2016.08.14 2016/08/15, "Tunnel" dethrones "The Last Princess" and takes the crown...
Kim Seong-hoon's action thriller "Tunnel" arrived last week and managed to capture 40% of box office pie and dislodge "The Last Princess" at the top of the pile. Last weekend Heo Jin-ho's historical melodrama (aka "Princess Deokhye") attracted 1.1 million filmgoers across 964 screens to take pole position; despite following that good opening with another 966,862 admissions here (21%), which moved its total tally now to 3.5 million ($25.6 million), Heo's latest was forced into second place after the "Tunnel" arrived on the scene and attracted 1.8 million admissions ($13.8 million) from 1,091 screens,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tunnel" 2016/08/13,
Jeong-soo (played by Ha Jeong-woo) is a normal husband and father who briefly gets waylaid by bad service at a gas station. Little does Jeong-soo realize that he is in a movie called "Tunnel", and that irony of ironies, bad service at the gas station probably ended up saving Jeong-soo's life in the form of an extra free bottle of water. Once trapped in the "Tunnel", all of a sudden every random object that happened to be in Jeong-soo's car takes on disproportionate importance,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2016/01/30,
Check out what one of Korea's cutest stores has to offer, Vogue looks at Bae Doona's success on and offscreen, there are rehabilitation camps in Korea for those battling internet addiction, and get an insiders take on Korea's work culture,...More
Bae Doona participates in Louis Vuitton commercial campaign 2016/01/04, Source,
Actress Bae Doona has become the first Korean to participate in the commercial campaign of the luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton has unveiled their global commercial campaign, Series 4 starring Bae Doona on January 4th. This campaign is based on the inspiration of the the last 16 years of Spring and Summer collection by Louis Vuitton and the campaign is targeted at the global patrons worldwide,...More
Bae Doona Collaborates with Brother to Make Biographic Film 2015/09/24, Source,
Actress Bae Doona made a web-based film in collaboration with her brother who is a commercial director. Dedicated to the annual Busan International Film Festival which marks its 20th anniversary this year, the film called "Red Carpet Dream" unveiled on a Facebook site and is running on a cable channel until the opening of the film fest in Busan which starts Oct. 1,...More
The 9th Asian Film Awards to be held on the 25th 2015/03/24, Source,
Korean movies have gone beyond Korea and all over to Asia.
The 9th Asian Film Awards is being held at the Venesian Theater in Macao, China. Every category has the name of a Korean star or film, increasing anticipation for the number of trophies won by one of them,...More
Bae Doona breaks up with Jim Sturgess 2015/03/12, Source, Actress Bae Doona and English star Jim Sturgess are no longer a couple. Her management announced, "Please understand that we can't reveal more of her personal life".
The two of them met with the release of the movie "Cloud Atlas". They were lovers in the movie who developed into real lovers,...More
[Photos] Bae Doona covers her breasts 2015/02/04, Source, Actress Bae Doona took off her clothes for a photo shoot.
Bae Doona exposed her sexiness in the magazine High Cut. She took off her top and revealed white skin. She looked like an innocent girl in a one-piece dress and sexy in just a pair of jeans alone. Her body is so fair it doesn't need refinement and in the cut of her covering her breasts with a shoe, her tiny waist and fine stomach line is impressive,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Girl At My Door" 2014/05/17,
Police Chief Yeong-nam (played by Bae Doona) has been transferred out of her comfortable city life to a rural job in the middle of nowhere. Her new livelihood is less than exciting. A memorable scene details a trip to the grocery store where Yeong-nam tries to wring what feeble entertainment she can out of this miserable nowhere town. Yeong-nam's boredom comes to an end when she meets Do-hee (played by Kim Sae-ron), a girl who's having a much worse time of it than Yeong-nam is.
There's a very unnerving quality to Kim Sae-ron's performance here. She's legitimately totally unbalanced, yet at the same time gives a very deliberate portrayal of a girl who really just wants to be loved, and since Do-hee has no coherent sense of personal boundaries, she's often desperate and clingy,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/17, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "One on One": After a female high school student is brutally murdered, seven members from the terror 'Shadow' group enact their own violent brand of justice. (05/22)
★★★★ "Mizo": After being abandoned by her parents and sexually abused by her fosters, Mizo sets out to track down herbiological father with revengeful intent. (05/22)
★★★★ "A Girl at My Door": A little girl is a victim of family violence and gets support from her step-father and the chief of police, but she's also holding back a secret that may change everything. (05/22),...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] January 2013/02/02,
It was a hard month for foreign films here in Korea as January favoured three local films that, between them, held a tight grip on the ticket sales. Lee Hwan-gyeong's "Miracle in Cell No.7" may have stolen the show in the last weekend of the month, but it was Kim Ji-hoon's fiery epic "The Tower" and Jo Jin-kyoo's 5th comedy "Man on the Edge" that held that top position until then. In the foreign corner, two adaptations stood out in the form of the musical drama "Les Misérables" and "Life of Pi". The former has grossed $38.6 million over its six week run in Korean theatres, with "The Tower" close behind on $34.4 million,...More
'Cloud Atlas' Star Can't Help Falling in Love with Filmmaking 2013/02/02, Source,
"Cloud Atlas" star Bae Doona has received positive reviews from foreign media for her role in the Hollywood blockbuster alongside big names like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. But she remains dejected at the film's polarizing effect on audiences and failure to make a strong impression at the box office, as she hopes to cement her star power on the silver screen,...More
[HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13 2013/01/13, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13)
Jo Jun-kyoo's "Man on the Edge" has entered the chart sporting tops honours with 796,000 admissions. This is Jo's sixth film since his 2001 debut "My Wife Is a Gangster", and now Jo returns to the comedy-gangster genre and has been welcomed by the Korean public and fans. This meant that last week's number one, Kim Ji-hoon's "The Tower", had to take a step back but in the process still moved passed the 4 million admissions mark. Two new Korean films also entered the top ten, as well as the fantasy epic "Cloud Atlas",...More
Wachowski Siblings on Promo Tour in Seoul for 'Cloud Atlas' 2012/12/14, Source,
From left, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings, Lana and Andy
The Wachowski siblings, Lana (47) and Andy (45), who shot to stardom after directing "The Matrix" trilogy, visited Korea ahead of the release of their latest movie "Cloud Atlas", which is due to be released at local theaters on Jan. 10. They were accompanied by co-director Tom Tykwer (47) and stars including Korea's own Bae Doona.
During the press conference held at a hotel in Seoul on Thursday, Lana Wachowski said that Bae Doona's talent and uniqueness shines even in the presence of more established stars like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry,...More
Posters for Bae Doona's Hollywood Debut Film Unveiled 2012/11/29, Source,
More attention is fastening on actress Bae Doona as a series of newly released promotional posters for her Hollywood debut film "Cloud Atlas" start doing the rounds. The highly anticipated blockbuster directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer consists of six interwoven stories set in different time periods dating from the 19th century to over 200 years in the future,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Facing the future in Cloud Atlas's 'Neo-Seoul' 2012/11/17,
"Cloud Atlas" received a 10-minute standing ovation at its premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, but unfortunately also only managed to gross $10,000,000 during its opening weekend in the U.S. However, sharper analysts are cautioning calling this one a flop too soon, as the results from foreign markets are not yet in. Transnational funding (around a majestic $100,000,000 in fact) has ensured that the film's success is spread over (and given the appropriate level of attention in) international markets. It opened in Russian with 1500 screens (remember that Korea's highest grossing film "The Thieves" opened with 1,073 and went on to claim almost 13 million admissions) and will be released in China close to their New Year.
Korea, particularly Seoul, should feel quite invested in the film for a number of reasons. "Cloud Atlas" marks the international debut of the popular Korean actress Bae Doona (who recently starred in "As One" - 2012), and her storyline in "Neo-Seoul" was especially fantastical, as much of the film's budget must have been burned in creating the gorgeous futuristic cityscape of the Korean capital. Indeed "Cloud Atlas" certainly does have the potential for success in Korea, but it is not a sealed deal. Although the film paints a flattering portrait of Korea's iconic mother city, and has a A-list Korean actress on the payroll, criticisms have emerged that threaten the quality of love Koreans may have for the film, and perhaps even the actress herself,...More
The Seoul of 'Cloud Atlas' 2012/11/07, Source,
Photo Credit: http://tinyurl.com/d32h96rBae Doona, one of Korea's A-list actresses, has been getting high marks for her performance in the new sci-fi movie Cloud Atlas. But, she isn't the only Korean star in the film.
Seoul itself gets a mega re-imagination as a dystopian city in the year 2144, called Neo-Seoul, that was built on top of the crumbling, original city. Here's a little preview of Cloud Atlas' futuristic portrayal of Seoul and how it compares to the city today.
The film's concept art (below) shows where Bae's character, Sonmi-451, takes part in action scenes in a city full of flying cars and blocks of glitzy skyscrapers. Today's Seoulites complain about modern development seemingly gobbling up green spaces and historic neighborhoods,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/26, Source, It's finally Friday and we have our Michelle Kim here with us for our last arts and culture segment of the week. Today, she'll tell us about the premiere of an American movie featuring a Korean actress and . Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young Let's start with the film. Which film is it and who is the Korean actress in it[Reporter : ] The film is "Cloud Atlas" and the actress is Bae Doona, who was in Los Angeles for the premiere on Wednesday,...More
Actress Bae Doona attracts attention with 'nudistic'costume 2012/09/11, Source,
Actress Bae Doona did it again, this time with a striking 'nudistic' dress at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. Before the premier of "Cloud Atlas", directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and starring Tom Hanks, Hal Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon, among other prominent personalities, Bae walked the red carpet among them,...More
KBS "'School' to be made into a drama" 2012/08/23, Source,
KBS drama "School", also known as the gateway to becoming a star is coming out soon.
A KBS spokesperson explained, "We are currently talking about the drama with the thought of airing on television. Meetings have been going on but nothing official has been confirmed yet",...More
Park Ji-sung Begs Media to Stop Scaring Away Potential Love Interests 2012/07/23, Source,
Park Ji-sung of Queens Park Rangers has asked the media to refrain from stirring up groundless rumors about his love life out of respect for him and those with whom he is being romantically linked. Park, who is currently on an Asian Tour with the English Premier League club, met with Korean reporters on Saturday at a hotel in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, and brought up the issue of his reported fling with actress Bae Doona,...More
CJ ENTERTAINMENT Goes for the Gold with "AS ONE" 2012/05/24,
Sports film based on a true story hits North American theatres on June 1, 2012
CJ Entertainment brings "As One" (aka Korea, original title) to North American theatres this summer on June 1, 2012. The film, based on a true story about the first ever united North and South Korean sports team, will be releasing in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles (L.A. release on June 8, 2012).
A touching true story about the historic first Team Korea
"As One" recounts the dramatic tale of the first unified Korean team that competed at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan. South Korea's ping-pong star Hyeon Jeong-hwa and North Korea's LI Bun-hee have each suffered humbling defeats at the hands of China's formidable "Ping-Pong Witch" every time they reach the tournament's final rounds. Forced by politicians to suddenly team up as the first united team Korea, HYEON and LI experience only conflict and mistrust, and face the loss of their championship dreams. But game-by-game, the two begin to build teamwork and find a budding friendship. When political winds change again and just as suddenly an announcement is made to disband team Korea, the two young women must prove to their people and the world that teamwork can outshine the dark shadows of a painful history,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.05.04 ~ 2012.05.06 2012/05/06, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.05.04 ~ 2012.05.06)
Marvel's "The Avengers" was just released in the U.S and broke the U.S opening weekend admissions record in the process. Here in Korea the film continued to dominate proceedings with 1,430,613 admissions, placing it now as the third highest grossing film on the 2012 Korean box office with 4,001,878 total admissions. Marvel's superhero flick snatched 53.50% of the ticket sales and left the fighting for the scraps,...More
Art and Culture 2012/04/12, Source, After a period of rainy and gloomy weather, the sun is shining once again and we have our Michelle Kim to help us make weekend plans to go out and enjoy the sun, learn about art and the Korean culture. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young
What do you have for us today ?
[Reporter : ] For those of you who are interested in sculptures and are curious on the evolution and change of Korean sculptures, you're probably going to enjoy this exhibition. You can see the more traditional types of carvings as well as more modernized pieces. Take a look,...More
Sports flick 'As One' targets patriots 2012/04/10, Source,
Actresses Bae Doona, left, and Ha Ji-won in a scene from the new movie "As One" (Courtesy of CJ Entertainment)
It was the beginning of 1991, when the South and North Korean governments made an unprecedented attempt to warm relations by fusing their national sports teams together. After a couple of months, the unified Korean table tennis team broke the Chinese stranglehold on the highest podium of the world championships,...More
Ha Ji-won: 'I Want to Share Feeling of Reunification' 2012/04/06, Source,
The movie "As One" held a production presentation.
Actress Ha Ji-won revealed her feelings about playing the real life table tennis player Hyeon Jeong-wwa of the unified table tennis team in the movie "As One" at the production presentation held at Apgujeong CGV on April 4, saying, "I have not been interested in reunification or inter-Korea relations before, but I seem to have had a little change inside me while filming "As One".
I want to share those feelings with friends". She continued, "When I read the script, I cried after finishing reading it. The power of the script was huge enough to make me feel like playing the current table tennis coach Hyeon Jeong-wwa". She explained how she decided to appear in the movie,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source, With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byeong-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
Bae Doona: 'I Taught Korean Language to Wachowski' 2011/12/28, Source,
Actress Bae Doona, who has debuted in a Hollywood movie with her appearance in the movie "Cloud Atlas", said, "I once taught the director, Wachoswki, the Korean phrase 'Dae Bak' (meaning excellent), and then the director always said 'Dae Bak' when we filmed the movie",...More
Bae Doona Ice Cool Ahead of Hollywood Debut 2011/09/26, Source,
All it took was a video call and a short home movie, and the Wachowski brothers -- the brains behind "The Matrix" trilogy -- were sold on actress Bae Doona.
The Wachowskis had been looking around for someone to fill a role in their upcoming movie, "Cloud Atlas", which has a star-studded cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving.
They sent Bae a script at the end of March. One week later, the young actress was talking with them on a video-link and they asked her to send her some clips of her acting out a couple of the scenes from the script,...More
Bae Doona to join Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas' 2011/09/15, Source,
Actress Bae Doona will star in the Wachowski Brothers' next project based on a 2004 novel by award-winning writer David Mitchell.
Bae has joined the screen adaptation of centuries-spanning novel "Cloud Atlas", which starts filming this week,...More
Bae Doona to Play Clone in Wachowskis New Sci-Fi Flick 2011/09/14,
Actress Bae Doona will star in a new film by the Wachowski brothers, makers of "The Matrix" trilogy. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Bae has been cast in the sci-fi flick "Cloud Atlas", which will be co-directed by the Wachowskis and German director Tom Tykwer, best known for his 1998 film "Run Lola Run".
Based on the eponymous novel written by David Mitchell in 2004, the US$100-million blockbuster boasts a star-studded cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving. It will be produced in Germany and the U.S. and will be released in October next year,...More
Bae Doona In Talks With Hollywood 2011/07/18, Source,
Actress Bae Doona may just be making her debut in Tinseltown.
According to Starplux Entertainment on July 18th, Bae has been in talks for taking on a role in Hollywood film "Cloud Atlas" for about a month. The final decision will be made around September,...More
Actors get sick while working out, 'why?' 2011/04/17, Source,
It's confusing if they are an athlete or an actor. Actors and actresses work hard to master a specific sport in a given amount of time for their roles in movies and dramas, beyond working out for their health,...More
San Diego Fest selects 7 Korean films 2010/10/08, Source, A total of seven Korean features will be showcased to California audiences at the upcoming 11th San Diego Asian Film Festival, set to run Oct. 21 – 28. The fest will screen 140 films from 20 countries with a line-up of both commercial and art house favorites.
Two Korean film prize at Fantasia 2010/08/06, Source, Korean films captured 2 prizes in the main competition section of the Fantasia International Film Festival which took place July 8 – 28, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. Winning the second-place Special Jury Prize was Lee Hae-joon's comedy ",...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Gloria" - Premiere episode 2010/08/02, Source,
Korean actress Bae Doona in a scene from new TV series "Gloria" [MBC]
"Gloria" - First and second episodes (MBC TV, 7:55 PM)
The child of a concubine in a conglomerate family who has deep wounds in his heart and the poor woman who has to struggle desperately to survive and provide for her burdening family. The plot of TV series "Gloria" is openly cliche. The characters are familiarly placed in the drama like standardized options -- from the friend of the female lead who is too caring that it is hard to tell whether he is a friend or a brother, to the young child who is smarter than adults and the conglomerate family members who act indifferent and arrogant,...More
Bae Doona was "worried over bad singing" 2010/07/28, Source,
Korean actor Seo Ji-seok, director Kim Min-sik, actress So I-hyeon, actor Lee Cheon-hee, actress Bae Doona, actress Oh Hyun-kyeong and actor Lee Jong-won at the press conference for upcoming weekend drama "Gloria" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on July 28, 2010. [10Asia/Lee Jin-hyuk]
'Family' is the core of weekend dramas. The typical family drama is about an extended family with various characters that fight, reconcile and live happily ever after. However, upcoming MBC weekend drama "Gloria" is more about relationships among people who share the same lifestyle rather than family ties. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for new drama "Gloria" attended by its cast, director and scenarist. Q: Unlike typical weekend dramas, in which an extended family usually appears, it seems that "Gloria" focuses on the dreams of characters who are in their thirties. Director Kim Min-sik (Kim): I wanted to create a light and cheerful weekend drama,...More
Stars light up opening day of Puchon film fest 2010/07/16, Source,
Actor Kong Hyeong-jin and actress Choi Jeong-won host the opening ceremony of the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival held in the city of Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 15, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"Only humans can enjoy festivals and films are at the center of those festivals". The opening ceremony for the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) took place at Bucheon Citizen's Hall on Thursday evening. But the atmosphere, which had been dampened by the approach of the rainy season, lightened up as an array of stars, from near and far, took to the red carpet of the 11-day event,...More
Model-turned actress Bae Doona is returning to the small screen through a new drama series,...More
Bae Doona to play lead in new weekend drama "Gloria" 2010/06/22, Source,
Korean actress Bae Doona [Barunson Entertainment]
Korean actress Bae Doona has been cast as the female lead in a new weekend drama, according to the series' producer MBC on Tuesday.
MBC announced in a press release that Bae will be playing the female lead role for an upcoming weekend drama titled "Gloria", based on the lives of people who work at a nightclub,...More
Koreeda wants to work with Song Kang-ho, Seol Kyeong-gu 2010/03/26, Source,
Japanese filmmaker Koreeda Hirokazu at a press conference for his film "Air Doll", starring Korean actress Bae Doona, held in Seoul on March 25, 2010 [Asia Economic Daily]
Japanese filmmaker Koreeda Hirokazu of "Air Doll" has said that he wants to shoot a movie with top Korean actors Song Kang-ho and Sul Kyung-gu.
Speaking at a press conference for the film held Thursday at a CGV Multiplex in Seoul, the noted director named the two actors in reply to a question asking if there were any Korean actors that he would like to work with next, after having directed Korean actress Bae Doona in his recent film "Air Doll",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Bae Doona is like a life size doll 2010/03/25, Source,
Actress Bae Doona is at CGV for the press release for the film, "Air Doll", a Japanese film. Bae is at the meeting in front of cameras smiling!
Doesn't she look like a real doll? Her skirt makes her look like a flower petal. Her see through white blouse also looks like a flower petal floating.,...More
Bae Doona says "Air Doll" nude scene filming was "surprising" 2010/03/25, Source,
Korean actress Bae Doona [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Bae Doona said she was surprised by the number of staff who were present for the filming of her skin-baring scenes in Japanese movie "Air Doll".
Present at a press conference for the film held Thursday at a CGV Multiplex in Seoul, the actress made the remark in response to a question asking what the main difference on set was between shooting a Korean versus Japanese film,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Bae Doona in a Japanese film 2010/03/07, Source, Bae Doona's Japanese film, "Air Doll" will be released in Korea on the 8th!
It is by a Japanese director which Bae actes as Nozomi. Nozomi is an air doll that is live size and has emotions one day! She has many episodes with people she meets and starts to love a boy Junichi who works at a local DVD store.
This is a fantazy melodrama genre showing the pains of love.
Bae is great in her expressions and has been nominated in m,...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Master of Study" 2010/02/24, Source,
The cast of TV series "Master of Study" [KBS2]
"Master of Study" - Final episode (KBS2 TV, 9:55 PM)
TV series "Master of Study" was never a well-made drama, not even at the end. Out of respect to its target viewers perhaps, the story may have been overly one-dimensional and moved forward without creating much trouble, but it created occasional moments of boredom and the students' teacher and heroic human rights lawyer Kang Seok-ho (played by Kim Soo-ro) ended up remaining on a predictable path. The parting scene between Hahn Soo-jung (played by Bae Doona) and Kang Seok-ho even displayed soap-opera qualities while providing no rationale.,...More
"Mother - 2009" nominated in 6 categories at Asian Film Awards 2010/01/22, Source, "Mother - 2009" movie poster [CJ Entertainment]
Director Bong Joon-ho's film "Mother - 2009" has been nominated in six categories for the Asian Film Awards in March.
A representative from the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) announced that the film has been nominated for best picture, best director, best actress, best supporting actor, best screenplay and best editor. It will be competing up against Hong Kong film "Bodyguards and Assassins" in some of the categories.,...More
Actress Bae Doona wins third award in Japan 2010/01/21, Source,
Actress Bae Doona in Air Doll [AIR DOLL Production Committee]
Korean actress Bae Doona will win her third best actress award in Japan for her role in film "Air Doll", according to her agency Barunson Entertainment on Thursday.
"Bae received an overwhelming number of the votes amongst the nominees for best actress", director Takeshi Kitano was quoted as saying of the 30-year-old actress who will claim her prize at the Tokyo Sports Movie Awards to be held February 28.,...More
Bae Doona wins best actress award at Japanese film fest 2010/01/14, Source,
Korean actress Bae Doona [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Bae Doona has been named Best Actress at the 23rd Takasaki Film Festival in Japan, according to the festival's official website on Thursday.
The actress won the award for her role in Japanese film "Air Doll", claiming her second win for the part at a film event. She will be receiving another acting title at the Japan Academy Awards on March 5.,...More
CJ Ent. Partners with Fortissimo 2009/11/13, Source, South Korean studio major, CJ Entertainment, has signed a pact with art house and indie specialists, Fortissimo Films – a multi-national sales and financing company known for representing and often producing top-tier quality Asian films such as WONG Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love.
PIFF's Record Ticket Sales 2009/10/01, Source, With the opening of Pusan International Film Festival's box office on Sept. 23, nearly half the general screenings have sold out. Of the record 355 films in the program, 159 sold out in less than an hour. Quickest to go was the Guest Visit screening of "I Come With the Rain", starring Korea's top,...More
KOFIC's Quartely "Korea Cinema Today" just Published 2009/07/24, Source, The Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(PiFan) edition of KOFIC's quarterly Korean Cinema Today magazine, has just been published. With the title 'Expand the Market Expand the Views' this edition focuses on international co productions and international Korean film business.
[ChanMi's star news] Bae Doona meets friends 2009/04/04, Source, The actress is enjoying her time with her friends!
She cut her hair short and it looks so good on her. Bae Doona looks like a doll with her small and cute face!
It seems as though she is aging backwards. It's good to see her having fun working as an adult.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Bae Doona in photoshoot with Japanese star 2009/01/23, Source, Actress Bae Doona has taken a photoshoot with the hot Japanese star, Aoi Yu.
In the magazine, Nylon for the February edition, the two were united.
The two would have been in the same film in 2006 for "Linda Linda Linda" but Aoi had to back out because of personal reasons.The two have become friends last November for the filming even through the language barriers.
They are cute girls!,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Bae Doona in U.S magazine 'Nylon' 2008/11/18, Source, Actress, stage producer, and photographer Bae Doona will be in the New York style culture magazine, "Nylon" for the December through January edition.
Last October, she has met with Marvin Scott Jarret, the 'Nylon' editor in chief and discussed about her modeling for this edition.
Bae Doona has always had interest in photography and freely decided to pose for the camera without any specific concept!,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Bae Doona and her mother, look alike! 2008/09/16, Source, Actress Bae Doona's mother Kim Hwa-yeong is a play actress! Kim is will be taking the lead role in the play, "She is Back".
And the play's producer is... Bae Doona herself! The two are well known for looking very much alike and working together for this play.
Bae's father is also a play actor who has now retired acting for business.
This play will be Bae Doona's third play which she is producing.,...More
Cinema Old Boy Dreaming Another Big Hit 2007/10/20, Source, He was imprinted on my mind when I read a review of "Dress to Kill" quite some time ago. Though I didn't master Lamaze breathing, he and I have many things in common: we have loving daughters, we once,...More
Perhaps a reflection of the growing awareness of an increasingly multiracial Korea, a growing number of foreign faces are appearing on Korean television. More and more Korean dramas are casting foreign-born actors and actresses, although in supporting roles,...More
Chungeorahm Announces The Host Sequel 2007/06/19, Source, Production company Chungeorahm Films plans to revive their record-smashing monster and to let it roam the cinema again next year. Shooting for "The Host 2" should commence in the fall of this year. Wr,...More
[MOVIE REVIEW] Bong's film reveals monster in all of us 2006/07/27, Source, Sometimes, horror is best created by staring at something very familiar from a slightly different angle. Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, was the one who understood this simple truth very well. He didn't try to bring life back to zombies or create hideous space creatures, but as far as horr,...More
For starters, The Host, the first Korean science fiction movie ever with a production cost of 11 billion won, is fun. The natural "acting" of the monster host in the movie imbues one with renewed confidence in the technic,...More
Summer of Horror 2006/06/12, Source, With the summer season approaching, local movie-goers can look forward to a host of new horror films, a Korean cinema staple during the hot and humid months of July and August. Film companies bank on the Korean tradition of beating-the-heat by going to a bone-chilling horror movie in an ultra-air-co,...More
CANNEs - "The Host" is a real masterpiece and Bong Joon-ho is one of the greatest directors in the world. That is how Olivier Père, the director of the Cannes Film Festival selection Quinzaine des Real,...More
The Seoul Collection on Sunday ended its 11-day agenda. Designers and brands showcased their lines of clothing, which they hope will mesmerize people this fall and winter.
Artistic garments dazzled in 62 shows at SETEC in southern Seoul, forecasting romantic ret,...More
Bae Doona: Acting Without a Pretty Face On 2006/04/10, Source, At the age of 27, most actresses want to be recognized for their craft as well as their looks, but Bae Doona stands out by having never cared much about the latter. Away from the limelight for a while, Bae is now back with a new movie made in Jap,...More
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