[Guest Film Review] "301, 302" 2016/09/24,
Winner of the 1995 Grand Bell Awards for Best Film, S. Korea's official selection for the Academy Awards for Foreign Film, screenings at Sundance and Berlin are only some of the indications of the importance of "301, 302", one of the films that paved the way for the international acknowledgement of the country's cinema,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Address Unknown" 2014/08/22,
The year is 1970, the location a small Korean town on the southern side of the demilitarized zone. A bunch of bleak looking fields abound in the area, and they look equally dreary in all seasons. The main sources of economic activity are the American military base and the dog meat butchery. Adults ruminate about how wonderful it was back when the war was going on, and their lives had some sort of actual purpose. American soldiers constantly practice their army crawls in anticipation of a northern invasion. The last bit comes off as particularly absurd. Why would the North Koreans want to invade a miserable place like this? And why would the Americans care if they did?,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Way Back Home" 2013/12/27,
Husband Jong-Bae (played by Ko Soo), wife Jeong-Yeon (played by Jeon Do-yeon), and daughter Hye-Rin (played by Kang Ji-woo) are for the most part a normal family with typical modest ambitions. They're thrust into a rather awful situation when a good deed for a friend is swiftly unexpectedly punished. Left with no other apparent way to preserve the family, Jeong-Yeon decides to steal a piece of bread.
Not literally, of course. But that's very much the tone "Way Back Home" sets, as the punishment the family receives first for a good deed, then a bad one, is horribly disproportionate to the provoking action,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/12/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "The Secret Studio": Star-crossed lovers find each other again years later but don't recognise each other in their new roles.(12/11)
★★★★ "The Way Home": A woman gets deceived and caught with drugs in France and is sent to an island prison. Her husband then fights to bring her safely back home with him. (12/12)
★★★★ "Cats and Dogs": A cute love story of a young couple and the pets they each have that playfully mirror their own innocent ups and downs.(12/12)
★★★ "Campus S Couple": Campus romances, hook-ups, and crushes complicate life for a few young-blooded students.(12/12)
★★★★ "Over There": Zhang Lu's first documentary that sheds light on the lives of those living in the borderlands. (12/12),...More
"Way Back Home", based on a true story 2013/11/12, Source,
The movie "Way Back Home" is based on a true story about a regular Korean couple who were misunderstood as drug smugglers in the year 2004 at the Orly Airport in France and was imprisoned in the prison of Martinique Island.
The husband had been asked a favor by a friend of his to deliver a bag with gems. However, the contents of the bag weren't gems but drugs and they were caught and sent to prison,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Suspect X" (aka "Perfect Number") 2013/06/22,
It's hard to cast a sympathetic light on a psychopathic killer, let alone keep it lit. In Bang Eun-jin's "Suspect X" (2012, aka "Perfect Number") Ryoo Seung-beom was the subject of that searchlight, playing a mild-mannered analytical genius/creepy stalker. The film was adapted from the Japanese novel "The Devotion of Suspect X" (2005), and marks the third instalment in Keigo Higashino's "Detective Galileo" series. In it Seung-beom plays Seok-go, a cunning voyeur who is infatuated with his beautiful neighbour Hwa-seon (Lee Yo-won). That fantasy of love quickly twists into a calculated invention when he hears murder through the walls one night,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.09 ~ 2012.11.11 2012/11/12, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.09 ~ 2012.11.11)Jo Sung-hee's "A Werewolf Boy" enjoyed its second week at the top of the pile as it swiftly overtook "Unbowed" (3,434,694) as the ninth highest grossing Korean film of 2012. Not since "Masquerade"'s opening weekend has a film captured this much of the ticket sales. Its 51.6% (1,333,842) more than doubled its closest rival as Sung-hee's latest pushed on to 3,603,946 admissions. In general the Korea films were slightly in the minority this week, with a few new foreign flicks making their play for the Korean public's interest,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.10.26 ~ 2012.10.28
2012/10/29, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.10.26 ~ 2012.10.28)
After six weeks as Korea's number one film and nearly eleven million admissions, Choo Chang-min's "Masquerade" is finally overthrown by Britian's favourite secret agent. "Skyfall" is 007's latest adventure that sees Daniel Craig star along side Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem as Bond's loyalties are put the test as M16 comes under attack. The film opened in Korea this past weekend and claimed 871,819 (45.6%) admissions with the help of some 749 screens around the country,...More
'Cold War' to Open Busan Film Fest Next Month 2012/09/20, Source,
The 17th Busan International Film Festival will be held for 10 days from Oct. 4 to 13. A total of 304 films from 75 countries will be screened at 37 screens at Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae and seven theaters in downtown Busan,...More
For its sixth omnibus feature film "If You Were Me 4", the National Human Rights Commission of Kore,...More
Korean Films Premiering at 9th JIFF 2008/04/16, Source, Ten Korean features will have their World Premiere at the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) this spring. Now in it's 9th edition the festival will run May 1st – 9th in the attractive and historical city of Jeonju, in North Jeolla province.
Korean highlights include documentary director,...More
9th JIFF Announces Stellar Line-up 2008/04/09, Source, The 9th edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), second only to Pusan among Korea's top movie-going events, will take place May 1 – 9, 2008 in its picturesque namesake city, in North Jeolla province. At a press conference held in Seoul last week, JIFF announced an impressive line-u,...More
Female cast of "Offside", an uplifting Iranian movie about soccer and the divide between the sexes, won cheers at the Berlin Film Festival as one of two features from the Islamic republic vying for the top prizes.
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