[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Birth of a Family" 2014/09/12,
Technically it's probably most accurate to call "The Birth of a Family" an omnibus. The first two are non-connected stories which share only a general theme- that some people in the world are horribly impulsive and selfish, and it's the responsibility of their more level-headed family members to take charge for the mistakes of their more childish blood relatives. And this is true even if the entire part of the story right up until the end has been about said level-headed family members trying to avoid this eventuality and follow their dreams instead,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Happiness for Sale" 2013/05/17,
What really makes "Happiness for Sale" stand out is the excellent camerawork and set design. From the very beginning, we're treated to a lovely artistic rendition of what the titular stationary shop looks like. But even before we get there, the camera has informed us about the bedraggled nature of Mi-Na's life nearly as much as actress Choi Kang-hee's own acting has. The sets are packed with interesting background details that go by just too fast for us to appreciate them- just as Mi-Na is too bedraggled to notice anything except what, at that particular moment, gets her the most disproportionately angry,...More
[Weekender] Summer musical treats 2011/07/07, Source,
"Romance of their Own"
From Broadway classics to K-pop jukebox musical
By Kwon Mee-yoo
The summer is usually considered a slow season for musicals but a wide variety of hot shows are here this season. From Broadway classics to jukebox musicals featuring K-pop, offering spectacles to tempt people to spend their vacations in theaters.
Classics with modern touch
Broadway classics "Guys and Dolls" will raise its curtain at LG Arts Center in southern Seoul on Aug. 2,...More
[ChanMi's star news] 30th birthday for Bong Tae-gyu and Lee Eun 2010/05/25, Source,
The star couple Bong Tae-gyu and Lee Eun have revealed their couple ring!
The two celebrated the 20th birthday for Bong Tae-gyu and they posted pictures of themselves.
Lee Eun said "My love, by best friend's 30th birthday! A birthday party for two of us, met at 20 and celebrated the beginning of 30s together this year. My love's birthday celebrated with me is such a thankful and happy event. I'm so happy to have this precious person to be by my side. Love and love ag,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 2 2010/04/19, Source, 6. Work and Love, Love and Work: The story for all three stories are set at the workplace
"Prosecutor Princess": It is impossible to perfectly reenact the process of investigation that prosecutors carry out unless the program is a reality documentary. However, "Prosecutor Princess" adds an abundance of detail into depicting the daily life of a civil servant. The show has received reviews that even regular office workers can relate to the portrayal of the job description of a rookie prosecutor. "Princess" could become a good example of an office drama if it lays out the process of investigations with common sense.
"Personal Taste": One can't really say it is specialized. The drama does not explain through what process a house is designed, how to trim the different kinds of wood in order to make furniture, or what the necessary preparations are in carrying out a bidding. The scenes where Park Gae-in takes part in a furniture exhibition and has Jun Jin-ho cut the acrylic from a blind in order to avoid an emergency situation adds onto the sense of reality in telling the difficulties one struggles as an employee.
"Cinderella's Sister": Everyone gathers together at the makgeolli brewery called "Daesungdoga". However, this Goo Dae-sung's world of abundance and is one of the things that Song Gang-sook wants, but it does not display any characteristics as a work place. One might forget that it is a brewery, if it did not show the scene of Goo Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) drinking the residue left after rice liquor is drained before going to school. As a whole, the story of the self righteous self-made owner, the femme fatale-like new lady of the house, and the naive yet talkative workers and large family all seem like trite set-ups,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Bong Tae-gyu becomes a psychotic killer? 2010/01/12, Source, Bong Tae-gyu's unique acting is back through the new thriller film, "Survival".
"Survival" is a psychological thriller film where Bong is a character, Park Jeong-hwan who murders viciously with no emotion because of video games.
Park Jeong-hwan is the serial killer who faces chaos because of the reporter Han Ji-won who specializes in family murder cases. Many characters are trapped in a pension,...More
New SBS drama looks at working moms 2008/07/29, Source, With the 2008 Beijing Olympics on the horizon, television networks are hard pressed to churn out dramas that can draw sports-hungry viewers away from the games.
Body Exposure of Actors – how much? 2008/04/10, Source, The exposure of actresses in Korean movies has been a hot issue. Everyone wondered how much women expose themselves and if they acted without fear according to their role.
Now, the interest is to the exposure of actors. As much as the female body is beautiful, the male body is too. In promotions,...More
Movie Releases This Week 2007/09/21, Source, Time now to check movies in cinemas.
There are two Korean movies getting attention this week: a drama and a romantic comedy.
There is also a Hollywood action thriller based on a novel.
Lee Jeewon has details.
The first love and its tragic consequence.
This theme has been dealt with for ages in,...More
Korean films line up for Chuseok holiday 2007/07/20, Source, The summer season has been dominated by Hollywood blockbusters, but a wide collection of Korean films are lining up for a release during the Chuseok holiday in September.
The holiday, which will effectively last from September 22 to 26, is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year at th,...More
Korean Int. Premiers Compete in Toronto 2006/08/14, Source, Two Korean films have been added to the Discovery Section of the 31st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) running this September 7th to 16th. TIFF ranks alongside Cannes, Berlin and Venice as one of the world's top film events. Korea's extremely successful local hit King and the Clown and the,...More
Film sees love, not blood ties, key for family 2006/05/22, Source, It's interesting to compare how Korean and English dictionaries define the word "family". While the former defines "family" as a group of people related to each other through marriage, in the latter (there can be exceptions, mind you) the "marriage" part is gone.
UDINE, Italy ㅡ With 13 recent films mostly unreeled in their international and European premiere, Korean cinema is once again under media spotlight at the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) taking place in Udine, a North East Italian city.
CHINAN, North Cholla Province - An upcoming film "Ssunday Seoul" tells of a series of strange and mysterious stories. However, for the makers of the movie, the strangeness is all in a day's work - lite,...More
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