[HanCinema's Film Review] "Seoul Searching" 2016/07/24, "Seoul Searching" is a John Hughes-esque teenage romcom that evolves through its one hour and forty-five minute runtime. Director and writer Benson Lee, who based the story on his own experiences in a 1986 Korean summer camp, serves up characters in the forms of teenage stereotypes that gradually take on individual personalities. The cast is made up of fresh-faced ethnic Korean actors from all over the world such as Korean-German Teo Yoo as Klaus and Korean-Spanish Esteban Ahn as Sergio. Joining them are Korean-American Justin Chon (Twilight, "Dramaworld"), Korean veteran actor Cha In-pyo, budding actress Kang Byeol ("God's Gift - 14 Days", "The Rooftop Prince"), and Korean-American Jessika Van (MTV's Awkward). The disparate cast, although all of Korean heritage, reflects the core theme of the film, which is self-discovery. It is their mutual Korean heritage that brings them together, but their experiences that keep them that way. Welcome a film that sends a universal message of teenage loneliness via culture clash that results in human growth and understanding,...More
[Orion's Drama News] The Weight of Representation 2016/07/02,
It is time for some much hyped dramas to make an entrance and two of them are premiering this week. Before getting to that, however I will take a first look at "Incarnation of Jealousy" and its fresh material. I will also give my two cents on an upcoming series and its potential casting which I find highly problematic. Closing this piece are the usual upcoming drama goodies and followed shows,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Boy" 2014/04/26,
I-cheon (played by Lee Seok-cheol) is a fairly typical surly teenager. He's rude to everyone, including his younger brother Yoo-cheon (played by Jo Wang-byeol). The opening portion of "My Boy" immerses the viewer in this adolescent environment. I-cheon isn't a particularly likable young man. He doesn't even have any kind of rebellious charm. The older boy's just a jerk in the making, and there's no apparent impetus to help him change his attitude. Just the awkwardness of everyday life.
Then Yoo-cheon gets sick, and I-cheon's angry, disaffected attitude takes a troubling turn. His life is no less purposeless. There's still no hope on the horizon to change I-cheon's attitude,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/04/05, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "My Boy": A brother with an impulse disorder dreams of visiting and playing with his brother in hospital while his mother struggles to pay the medical bills. (04/10)
★★★★★ "Godsend": A woman who desperately wants a child tries to convince a pregnant woman not to have an abortion and allow her to raise the child. (04/10)
★★★★ "Guardian": A former firefighter is caught between a rock and a hard place when one of his children is kidnapped and he has to capture another child in exchange. (04/10)
★★★ "Girls, Girls, Girls": Three friends approaching thirty get together at a hotel and agree on a sexy challenge they must then prove. (04/10)
★★★★ "Thorn": A popular PE teacher has to deal with a fearless student who has confessed her love for him. (04/10)
★★★★ "Broken": A single father takes the law into his own hands after discovering the identity of his daughter's murders. (04/10),...More
Are Korea billboard ads effective? 2012/07/14, Source,
An advertisement for "Arirang", a traditional Korean folk song, covers the largest electronic display board in Times Square at the center of New York City. The 30-second advertisement titled "Do you hear?" started airing on July 3 and will be aired 50 times a day for one month. / Yonhap
By Jane Han NEW YORK ― Times Square's glittering spectacle of lights, neon signs and a chaotic bustle make it one of the busiest places on earth. And starting last Wednesday, in the heart of this glitzy spot, a giant digital billboard began playing an advertisement promoting Korea's traditional folksong "Arirang". Interesting ― but how many of the 500,000 people who go through Times Square every day care, or better yet, understand what the 30-second ad is trying to say? The commercial, titled "Do You Hear?" features fast-moving still-cut images of Korean men and women wearing traditional hanbok, followed by the faces of celebrities Cha In-pyo, Park Chan-ho and Ahn Sung-ki, and ends with the caption "Arirang. It is the folk anthem of Korea,...More
Actress Shin Ae-ra starts podcast against school violence 2012/04/26, Source,
By Alexander Tehoon Ahn
Actress Shin Ae-ra has launched a podcast to help address school violence in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
On Monday, she aired the first broadcast titled, "Pencil Case School with Shin Ae-ra". She held a discussion with Moon Jae-hyun, an expert on school gangs and violence. Moon is head of a community education research center,...More
Concert Demonstrates Solidarity with N.Korean Defectors 2012/03/05, Source,
The 1,000-capacity hall at Yonsei University in Seoul had been already full hours before the concert for North Korean defectors was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Titled "Cry With Us", it was held to urge the Chinese government not to repatriate North Korean refugees arrested there.
For the hour, many in the audience and on stage did cry or struggled to hold back tears,...More
Actor Cha In-pyo Campaigns for N.Korean Defectors 2012/02/24, Source,
Actor Cha In-pyo has stepped forward in a campaign to stop Beijing repatriating North Korean defectors who were arrested in China. "This is a matter of life and death", he says. "It involves helping our own people, and ideological differences are not important. Saving lives transcends politics or diplomacy".
Cha took part in press conferences in front of the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Saturday and Tuesday along with 20 other celebrities and called on the international community to prevent Beijing from repatriating North Korean defectors,...More
Actor lends voice to save NK detainees 2012/02/23, Source,
Actors Cha In-pyo, right, and Ricky Kim attend a rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Seoul Tuesday to call on Beijing to end its policy of repatriating North Korean refugees to their Stalinist homeland. / Yonhap
By Kim Young-jin
Having played the part of a North Korean defector on the big screen, actor Cha In-pyo is now raising his voice to press China to end its policy of repatriating refugees attempting to flee their Stalinist homeland,...More
Films probe experimentalism, human rights 2011/11/04, Source,
Korea has its fair share of thematic film festivals but a couple of upcoming events will offer moviegoers a unique opportunity to reflect on human rights in North Korea and the spirit of experimentalism in filmmaking.
The Off and Free International Film Festival (OAF) will hold its third edition from Nov. 17 to 23 in Seoul, offering fans zany alternatives to mainstream franchises,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "PRESIDENT" 2010/12/10, Source,
From left, KBS TV series "President" cast members Jay, Ha Hee-ra, Wang Ji-hye, Ha Hee-ra, Sungmin, Choi Soo-jong. [KBS]
"SBS TV series 'Daemul - Big Thing' bothers you, right?" This was the first question the production team for KBS drama "President" received at a press conference held ahead of the drama's premiere on December 15. It was not that hard to guess that question would come up sooner or later. After all, both dramas are about politics with both main characters striving to become presidents and to top it off, they will air on same day and time slot. This practically stole attention to the fact that it will be the first time in 19 years that actor Choi Soo-jong and actress Ha Hee-ra, married in real life, have come together as couple in the upcoming show as well, as president and the first lady, to be more precise. But Choi, who will play the role of Jang Il-joon assures that the two dramas "are entirely different dramas". So how will the two differ? "Daemul - Big Thing" versus "President" and President Seo Hye-rim (Ko Hyun-jung) versus President Jang Il-joon. Which candidate gets chosen will be up to the voters, no, the TV viewers,...More
Daemul failed again to pass the 30% wall 2010/11/24, Source, Ko Hyun-jung, Kwan Sang-woo Cha In-pyo's SBS 'Daemul – Big Thing' is experiencing constant decreasing, making it hard to enter the 30's.
According to AGB Nilson Media Research, 15th episode of 'Daemul – Big Thing' recorded 25.7%, which is 0.5% less than 14th episode's 26.2%. This is also 2.5% less than 1st episode's 28.3%. 'Daemul – Big Thing' had to delay breaking 30%.,...More
The year 2010 may be slowly coming to an end, but the local drama scene is hotter than ever. With KBS featuring the Rain-led ",...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" 2010/09/30, Source,
From left, actors Cha In-pyo, kwon Sang-woo, Ko Hyun-jung and Lee Soo-kyeong pose during a photocall of a press conference for SBS TV series "Daemul - Big Thing" held at the Lotte Hotel in Jamsil of Seoul, South Korea on September 29, 2010. [SBS] Anchorwoman Seo Hye-rim (played by Ko Hyun-jung), who gets fired while protesting about her husband's undeserved death, enters politics by proposal of Kang Tae-san (played by Cha In-pyo) who is a member of the ruling party and a strong candidate for the next presidential elections. With the help of Ha Doya (played by kwon Sang-woo) he had known since her childhood days, Seo Hye-rim eyes the position of president as well and Kang Tae-san, who has no thoughts of yielding to Seo, become rivals and clash against each other,...More
Mourning Over Andre Kim's Death 2010/08/16, Source,
The late Andre Kim is talking with the actress Kim Hee-seon at the fashion show held in Seoul in 2001.
People in the entertainment industry were mourning over the news of Andre Kim's death while saying, "A great star in Korea has fallen".
The late Kim had been involved in the entertainment industry and formed close family-like relationships with many stars during his life. In particular, actors such as Kim Hee-seon, Cha In-pyo, Jang Seo-hee, Choi Ji-woo, Ryoo Si-won, and Cha Seung-won had shared special affection for Kim and each other for a long time, and they had been loved by fans for appearing on the catwalk at Kim's fashion shows, and they looked deeply shocked by the news that Kim had passed away on August 12,...More
Created in 2006, the award comes from the Pony Chung Scholarship Foundation, which,...More
The Luxury Properties Owned by Korean Stars 2010/03/18, Source, Sports, TV and movie stars are the envy of many, and that has if anything increased with the revelations of their vast real estate holdings. Although such cases are limited to only the highest-paid st,...More
The Winter Olympic Games are over, but that doesn't mean the excitement of television is over as well. MBC and KBS are preparing big budget dramas featuring heroes for this weekend, ushering viewers to another competitive race between top stars and strong scripts.,...More
This year's lineup of dramas proved to be interesting. There were young, handsome characters attracting female fans ("Boys over Flowers", KBS), smart housewives took over households and offices (",...More
Convergence of movie and TV drama continues to evolve 2009/11/05, Source, Simultaneous production of drama and its theatrical version increases efficiency
Generalization of digital shooting breaks down barriers of human resources & technology
Respect of different ways of producing broadcast programs and movies brings higher efficiency
Korean Movie & Canadian Circus for Families to Enjoy 2008/06/27, Source, South Korea's first film on North Korean defectors has debuted on silver screens nationwide.
The production, which is based on a true story, is securing critical acclaim.
In this week's cultural report, our Lee Jeewon has more on this movie as well as news of a circus group from Canada here in Seo,...More
A story that thousands of North Korean defectors share -- one of hunger, desperation and tiptoeing the fine line between life and death -- makes its way to screens t,...More
Korean movies leap into box-office fray 2008/05/29, Source, In late April, Iron Man arrived in the Korean cinema, smashing the box office into very profitable pieces. In mid-May, Prince Caspian took the baton and kept up the pressure on Korean competitors. Last weekend, whip-wielding Indy joined the Hollywood-only party, roped in plenty of movie tickets sale,...More
A documentary depicting the relationship between a top Korean actor and a young Ethiopian girl is expected to warm the hearts of viewers this Saturday. "MBC Special,...More
Producer on Long Gestation of N.Korean Refugee Film 2008/05/07, Source, A film depicting the misery faced by North Korean defectors struck a chord with the audience gathered for a screening at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. last month. Scheduled for release on June 5 here in Korea, the movie starring actor,...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
Revealing of stars who are different inside and out 2008/03/27, Source, It is not an exaggeration when we say stars live on their "image". It is because the public image they portray can determine their success or failure. Controlling one's image is that important. This sometimes becomes a double-edge sword to stars. If there are stars who are met with public favor thro,...More
Couple Clinic 2006/11/30, Source, "Divorces? I've had about 50 of them", says Lee Si-eun, who appears on the KBS 2TV program 'Couple Clinic-Love and War' (airs Fridays at 11:05 p.m.) which shows conflicts and solutions between married couples. Since 1999, when the program starte,...More
Drama success relies on expression of emotions 2006/10/30, Source, JINJU, South Gyeongsang Province - There is no question that Korean TV drama led "Hallyu", or the Korean Wave, that swept the whole of Asia. When talking about how this was possible, a Korean TV drama producer says it is the delicate expressions of emotions that made success in the Asian entertainme,...More
Korea drama fest kicks off today 2006/10/26, Source, The first Korea Drama Festival kicks off its four-day run today in the southern city of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, with a number of Korean TV stars attending the event.
A throng gathered yesterday afternoon in front of Seoul Cinema, located in Jongno, Seoul, where the first screening of the movie "Hanbando" was held. There had been a long hiatus before a single screening had garnered su,...More
In a country whose draft laws stipulate all adult males must serve and protect his country, evading conscription is a deeply rooted social problem. Every few years, the public watches as actors, singers and athletes are thrown into the spotlight upon being found gu,...More
A domestic comedy about a detective who goes undercover to infiltrate a possible drug ring has won the grand prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2004 in Hokkaido, Japan, on Sunday.
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