[HanCinema's Film Review] "Flying Boys" + DVD Giveaway 2017/01/14,
Min-jae (played by Yoon Kye-sang), Chang-seob (played by On Joo-wan), and Dong-wan (played by Lee Joon-ki) are three high school students who struggle with normal high school problems, like the desire not to get beat up every day, get into a good school, and have fun in general. As movie protagonists go they're actually relatively nebbish. Min-jae in particular is a giant weenie, yet he is also the main character, always struggling to find the courage to talk to local cool girl Soo-jin (played by Kim Min-jeong),...More
[Guest Film Review] "Ardor" 2016/11/26,
Mi-heun is a devoted homemaker and mother of an eight-year-old daughter, happily married to Hyo-gyeong. However, her whole world shutters when her husband's mistress attacks her in her home, during Christmas. More than physically, this event hurts her psychologically,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/11, Source,
And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today she has news on the British Film Institute's annual film festival that opened in London yesterday and an update on the world premiere of a film starring Salma Hayek and Kevin James.
Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So, what will you start us off with[Reporter : ] The BFI London Film Festival, the largest film event in the UK, kicked off yesterday with some of the best films from established and emerging filmmakers, including 6 from Korea, and enough red carpet glamour to keep the paparazzi happy. Take a look. The 56th BFI London Film Festival opened yesterday as A-list stars from all over the world, including Tim Burton, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irvine, hit the red carpet for a bit of glitz and glamour before the opening film got started,...More
Ha Jeong-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars 2012/05/21, Source, Ha Jeong-woo and Ha Ji-won have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the nation's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie.
Some 25,784 people voted from April 18 to May 5. The two drew 10.1 and 13.7 percent of the votes respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best -- as opposed to most popular -- actor and actress, with 18 and 23.3 percent.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
Little women of Korean cinema 2012/05/17, Source, Isabelle Huppert, left, and Jung Yu-mi in "In Another Country", a film by Hong Sang-soo. It is one of 22 entires for the competion category at the Cannes Film Festival. It opens in theaters nationawide on May 31. / Courtesy of Jeonwonsa
Cannes publicity ignores chronic lack of interesting roles for actresses By Kwaak Je-yup No one can dispute that the Korean film industry is flourishing. Investment and return are both on the upside. The sheer number of productions is rising, spawning hits and, of course, misses. This year, the local press is abuzz about two homegrown works vying for awards at the world's most prestigious cinema showcase, the Cannes Film Festival, namely "In Another Country" by Hong Sang-soo and "The Taste of Money" by Lim Sang-soo,...More
CJ Entertainment America Presents "Helpless" 2012/04/10, Source,
Dark Horse Korean Hit at the Gate in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America is launching the moody Korean thriller "Helpless" on April 20, 2012 as an exclusive engagement for Los Angeles at the CGV Cinemas, with national dates expected for early May. The film was a critical darling and unexpected box office champion for two consecutive weeks when it was released in Korea earlier this year.
- Russell Edwards, Variety
"...The film never ceases to compel. As the layers of deceit are peeled back, Byeon seems in complete command of her material. A key demonstration of her narrative dexterity is the way she flaunts an audacious 'Chinatown'-like clue to the missing woman's whereabouts without pre-empting the climax",...More
Arts and Culture 2012/03/13, Source,
It's that time of day when you might be wondering what there is to do around the country. Our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim is here to satisfy that curiosity. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young and hello to you all.
What exciting updates do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Well, as you know Conn-young, 2012 has been a great year for Korean movies, with movies like "Dancing Queen", and "Love Fiction" being hits at the Korean box office,...More
'Helpless': director's oversight drags film down 2012/03/08, Source, Lee Seon-gyoon in a scene from "Helpless"
By Kwaak Je-yup
Regardless of a director's competence, poorly adapted screenplays can kill a movie.
"Helpless" (local title: "Hwacha"), Byeon Yeong-joo's newest work in seven years, epitomizes this unfortunate truth, and she only has herself to blame because she also wrote it.
Best known for her acclaimed documentary triptych on comfort women, or the Korean sex slaves during the World War II ("The Murmuring",1995, "Habitual Sadness", 1997 and "My Own Breathing", 1999), Byeon now presents a thriller feature based on best-seller 1992 novel "Kasha" by Japanese novelist Miyuki Miyabe. (The title refers to a train to hell from the country's folklore. Passengers can only board but not get off.),...More
Kim Min-hee Anything But 'Helpless' in New Movie Role 2012/03/03, Source,
Actress Kim Min-hee, who stars in the film "Helpless", which is scheduled to be released next Thursday, fell in love with the movie as soon as she read the script.
"I love films about characters with checkered lives, so I thought this role would give me a chance to show what I am capable of as an actress because it fits my style", she said. Not that portraying a character with a complicated life story is an easy task. "The key was being able to express the detailed emotions the protagonist was going through, so I needed to be really focused and communicate my ideas clearly to the director Byeon Yeong-joo", she said,...More
Women's Film Festival in Seoul Turns 10 2008/03/13, Source, The Women's Film Festival in Seoul (WFFIS) celebrates its 10th edition this year with a kick-off ceremony April 10th featuring an HD omnibus as its opener. Called Ten Ten, the movie features six 15 minute short films from five Korean female filmmakers (,...More
According to the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) secretariat on Apr. 15, 10 Korean films have been invited to the main division of this festival and two others invit,...More
Two English-subtitled film festivals for expats in Korea 2004/11/01, Source, Korean movies are riding a wave of popularity, with noticible artistic and commercial appeal brought on by a new generation of stylish directors grabbing prizes in major international film festivals. For foreign residents in Korea, two events provide a chance to enjoy some quality offerings - with E,...More
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