[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heart to Heart" 2015/03/21,
For all the variety and expansion of genres that the last few years have developed in Korean drama, romantic comedy is one which has suffered due to those changes. What used to be stereotypical, but also simple stories has given way to convoluted plots and dwindling comedy. "Heart to Heart", however, stands out as an old-school rom-com with a modern approach. Sadly, it is also a reminder that trends usually have their way by the end,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/15, K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★★ "Late Spring": A sculptor loses his zest for life after being diagnosed with a progressive disorder, but with the help of those around him he finds new meaning and purpose. (11/20) ★★★★ "He Who Loves the World": A documentary detailing reverend Son Yang-won (1902-1950, known as 'the Saint with the heart of Jesus') and his selfless caring of patients during the Korean War. (11/20) ★★★ "Mot": A group of teenagers celebrating their last winter vacation leaves one of them dead and the other missing, years later they reunite to discover the truth. (11/20) ★★★★ "Dad for Rent": A lazy, unemployed dad, supported by his wife, gets outed by his daughter when she puts him up for rent online. (11/20),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "He Who Loves the World" 2014/11/14,
Son Yang-won was born in 1902- auspicious circumstances to be sure, for anyone familiar with Korean history. From the very beggining, "He Who Loves the World" makes it clear that there was no shortage of people in Son Yang-won's time who needed help and ministering. Even today it would seem that director Kwon Hyeok-man had no trouble finding poor and downtrodden people who needed a helping hand from Son Yang-won. This is all the more remarkable considering that the man died in 1950. The testimonies here are almost exclusively from octogenarians, or older,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Kdrama Fandom - Accepting Creative Decisions 2013/12/07,
The persistence and aversion to change of the majority of kdrama fans is nothing new. Neither is our overall preference for romance, handsome young men and the less challenging sides of entertainment. However, where one would think there are limits to how strong and forceful that behavior can get, we are often surprised to find out it gets worse,...More
Korean actresses no longer pretend to be pretty, weak, ingenuous 2013/11/11, Source,
Korean actresses have changed. They are giving up pretending to be pretty, weak and ingenuous.
Kim Seon-ah, model-turned actress who is 170 centimeters (near six feet) tall plays the role of a woman paralyzed from waist down in the movie "The Five" that will be released Thursday. Instead of showing off her slim legs, she rides an electric wheelchair with both legs tied up. A woman who lost her husband and daughter by a murderer, she is a vengeful person. To show such emotions, Kim has disheveled hair, and her face is bruised since she fights with the murderer.
Jeon Do-yeon in "Way Back Home" plays a woman who is falsely accused of carrying drugs and is locked up in a jail in a foreign country. She doesn`t give off charm of a femme fatal. Ha Ji-won performs a swordsmanship action at "Chosun`s Angels" that will be released in early next year,...More
Who is the queen of the year? 2013/10/02, Source,
What's the exposure code at BIFF this year?
The 18th Busan International Film Festival is opening its festival door with the movie "The Blessing" on the 3rd of October.
The highlight of all openings is the relay of female stars' dresses. Domestic and foreign actresses alike will be decorating the red carpet with sexy to abstruse fashion,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.05.17 ~ 2013.05.19 2013/05/20,
It was a tightly contested tango and the top this past weekend, but it was once again "Iron Man 3" that came out on top. Marvel's blockbuster took first with 696,310 (27%), which moves its total admissions count in Korea to just under 8.5M. Tony Stark's latest adventure was almost toppled though, with both Jeong Geun-seop's "Montage" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" cracking more than 500,000 admissions in their first weekend. In addition to these two new entries, Jeong Ik-hwan comedy drama "Happiness for Sale" and Ken Loach's "The Angels' Share" also made their way into Korean cinemas,...More
Acting Serves as Window to 'Normal' Life for Choi Kang-hee 2013/05/18, Source, Choi Kang-hee plays a single woman in her thirties in her new movie "Happiness for Sale", and many women who attended high school in Korea prior to 1996 will probably be able to relate to her character. In the film, Choi takes on the role of a civil servant at a district office who returns to her hometown to sell the stationery shop that her father used to run before he was incapacitated by a sudden illness. The film is full of nostalgic images, such as those of children entertaining themselves with rubber bands and marbles, as opposed to the latest smartphones, and it ends with a cathartic reconciliation between father and daughter,...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
Kim Ha-neul VS Tang Wei 2011/11/24, Source,
Who will be the flower of this years Cheongryong?
The 32nd Cheongryong Movie Awards will be held on the 25th at the Kyeonghee University in the Peace Hall. The competition for the Best Actress seems to be more special and intense than usual.,...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Stars to unite for new global management 2011/04/08, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Hallyu stars will join forces to establish a collaborative agency to target the Asian market.
Keyeast, Bae Yong-joon's management agency, said Friday that six management agencies, AM Ent, Star J, SM, YG, JYP and Keyeast, will combine to launch UAM (United Asia Management) this month,...More
[Press Release] 3rd ANNUAL TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL 2011/03/30, Source,
5th - 8th May 2011 Prince Charles Cinema, London
Premiere Asian movie festival in the UK, the Terracotta Far East Film Festival is back in London to present its third roundup of choice hand-picked films from the Far East,...More
Top Actresses Join Charity Drive 2011/02/16, Source,
Some of Korea's most glamorous actresses gathered on Tuesday to help youngsters who are the main support of their household. The 2nd Pink Wings Campaign is hosted by fashion magazine Vogue Girl and Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store,...More
Actor Joo Ji-hoon signs with Bae Yong-joon agency 2011/01/05, Source,
Actor Joo Ji-hoon [KEYEAST]
Actor Joo Ji-hoon has signed with top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon-owned entertainment firm KEYEAST, according to the agency on Wednesday.
According to a press release by KEYEAST, Joo, who is currently serving in the army to fulfill Korea's two-year mandatory military duties, finalized a contract with the firm early this month ahead of resuming his acting career in November when he is set to be discharged,...More
Stars Born in Year of Rabbit 2010/12/23, Source,
As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
"Harry Potter" leads Korean box office 2010/12/20, Source,
U.S./ U.K. film "Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1"
Warner Bros' latest installment of the "Harry Potter" franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1", arrived on top of Korea's box office over the weekend, according to data by Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) on Monday.
"Harry Potter" starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson attracted,...More
Korean Movies – Petty Romance 2010/12/20, Source,
"Petty Romance", released theatrically December 1 in Korea, has ranked in first place at the Korean box office. It is a funny chick flick that will make you laugh for the entire time.
Chick flicks usually have very similar storylines and that applies to this movie as well. One of typical stories of chick flick is: two characters meet coincidently, they find themselves either very similar or opposites. If the latter, they think of each other as very annoying and start arguing constantly,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Seon-gyoon - Part 1 2010/12/09, Source,
Actor Lee Seon-gyoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"I think all guys are the same when they become dads, in the sense that we think that we need to take care of our family as the breadwinner of the house rather than wanting to become a certain kind of actor", actor Lee Seon-gyoon said in his mellow ringing voice. This man, who viewers thought would wait eternally for the main female character in his movies and dramas with his mild voice and gaze, has become a real man who now has a wife and son. And it may be coincidence but with his more recent roles -- from film "Paju" and "Oki's Movie" to MBC TV series "Pasta" -- Lee at times became violent and sometimes even a loser instead of the angelic romantic guy he was most often regarded as. The reason that romantic comedy pic "Petty Romance" comes as a pleasant surprise to fans is that he has gone back to working on a romantic story but has managed to play a character with a sharp temper. Some viewers may think he has merely made a change, while others may think he has matured. Maybe the interview below will help you make a clearer judgement. 10: Your moustache is what stands out to me the most about you from the very start. Lee Seon-gyoon: It was my look in film "Petty Romance". The script for it had originally said my character is not well off financially but still looks amazing on the outside, looking like a model and dressing nicely as well. But this didn't seem to go with the circumstances he is in,...More
[PREVIEW] Film "Petty Romance" 2010/12/01, Source,
Film "Petty Romance" [Lotte Entertainment]
Cartoonist Jeong-bae (Lee Seon-gyoon) whose work constantly gets turned down because of their lousy storylines is desperately in need of 50 million won to protect a portrait which he treasures as his own mother. Da-rim (Choi Kang-hee) who writes sex columns by summarizing contents from theses and surveys gets fired after insisting she wants to try her hand at writing a sex column of her own when she has no experience when it comes to men,...More
This year's box office was unusually crowded with hard-boiled thrillers and action films, with bubbly 3D animation providing some comic relief. While the temperature may be dropping,...More
[PIFF] Interview - Actor Lee Seon-gyoon 2010/10/14, Source, Lee Seon-gyoon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Lee Seon-gyoon is an actor who stands out more in casual wear than formal clothes and at comfortable and easy-going settings than solemn ones. In that sense, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is the best place to meet this actor. The first encounter with Lee Seon-gyoon came at a sashimi restaurant in Haeundae, the second at the Lotte Cinema party, and the third at a small get-together celebrating film "Cyrano Agency" having attracted over two million moviegoers,...More
KEYEAST to 2011 eco-friendly calendar next month 2010/09/28, Source,
Talents of KEYEAST for the 2011 eco calendar [KEYEAST]
Top Korean talenthouse KEYEAST will release an eco-friendly calendar featuring their stars, according to the agency on Tuesday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that the calendar for the year 2011, including photographs and messages regarding the environment from KEYEAST stars such as Bae Yong-joon, Lee Na-young, Lee Ji-ah, Kim Hyun-joon and Choi Kang-hee, will go on sale in early October,...More
Uhm Jung-hwa says "want a husband like Ryoo Seung-ryong" 2010/04/01, Source,
(From left) Actors Ryoo Seung-ryong, Uhm Jung-hwa and director Lee Jeong-ho of film "Bestseller" [Echo Film] Press conference for film "Bestseller" The film is scary, sad yet cruel. Many emotions were felt in the film "Bestseller" which was revealed at a press screening held March 30. And it was because the many incidents surrounding and swallowing up bestselling writer Baek Hee-soo (played by Uhm Jung-hwa) stretched into various genres such as thriller, mystery and action. Baek Hee-soo, who is being suspected of plagiarism, overcomes a slump and publishes a new book. But it too winds up in a plagiarism controversy and a strange vibe hangs in the air of the country house where she wrote the book. Despite being a horror movie, the film hangs on to elements of mystery and at the same time, does not give up on being a drama either, just like the director said he "wanted to pour various genres such as a house horror, mystery and thriller into a single film and make it flow like water". The film also unravels its story without attempting to squeeze in a shocking twist -- a mistake commonly made in Korean thriller and horror films. Actress Uhm Jung-hwa, who maintains her realistic touch while going back and forth between schizophrenia and hysteria, does well in pulling off her part as the film's sole lead. And the balanced and seasoned acting by every main and supporting actor is impressive as well. Below are excerpts from the Q&A session held after the screening,...More
Bae Yong-joon's Keyeast profits up three-fold 2010/02/16, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon's company Keyeast Co., Ltd. saw its profits surge three-fold last year, proving it is a strong player in the entertainment industry which has been hit hard by the economic downturn.
Keyeast, a provider of Korean cultural content of which Bae is a major stockholder, announced through a press release Friday that the firm posted profits worth 10.5 billion won in 2009, a 303.5 percent increase compared to the previous year.
An official at Keyeast explained that the reappraisal value of Digital Adventure (DA), worth about 10 billion won, accounted for a majority of the gain. DA, a Japanese digital contents distribution company, had merged with BOF Entertainment, another subsidiary of Keyeast in May.,...More
[FOCUS] The 16 stars of 2009 - Part 2 2009/12/31, Source, Kim Mi-SookKim Mi-Sook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"You lived in the same neighborhood as me? So was that why you became interested in me? (laugh)" I lived in the same neighborhood as Kim Mi-Sook when I was young and thanks to that, my mother would often tell me anecdotes about the 'high schooler Kim Mi-Sook' when she pops up on TV. From that point on, Kim became my first 'goddess' and my heart raced during my interview with her, much faster than it had with any other younger actress I had interviewed. And then there is her elegant voice and calm hand gestures. I knew my parents did not like it but I was right to stay up late nights when I was 10 years old to watch her dramas.
Kim BeomKim Beom [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The Kim Beom I met in "High Kick!" three years ago was a high school student with a strong spirit. Different from his young looks, he said "I don't show that I'm sick, even if I am because it makes me feel like I'm losing". The Kim we met later -- who had appeared in TV series "East of Eden", "Boys over Flowers" and then achieved his long-lived dream by starring in SBS TV series "Dream - Drama" -- no longer spoke of winning or losing but it was proof of how much at ease he was at. "It may seem like I make up my mind quickly in choosing which role to play next but I do think and worry about it a lot.,...More
[ChanMi's take] Choi Kang-hee VS. Park Ye-jin! 2009/10/28, Source, The colorful outfits are difficult to pinpoint as best dressers, mostly, they are not wise choices. A lot of accessories or items make the look uncoordinated and messy rather than sophisticated and modern.
The detail and patterns should not be adorned with a lot of jewleries and should be minimal.
Choi Kang-hee and Park Ye-jin have worn the colorful dresses in different places.
Choi wore it for the film meeting, "Ae-ja" and Park Ye-jin wore it for the press meeting for the film, "Fortune Salon".
Who do you think looks better in this Marc by MARC JACOBS 2009 FALL/WINTER dress?,...More
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Kang-hee doesn't look 33! 2009/05/19, Source, Actress Choi Kang-hee is back with her mysterious Bohemian look!
She has been in the photoshoot with concept of "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the st.a casual brand's s ummer collection.
Choi cut her hair short for the movie character and put on a lot of stylish accessories to express her femininity.
Her color and the orange lipstick make her trademark of her pale face even more emphasized.
Choi is in the new film, "Ae-ja" taking the character Ae-ja costarring with Kim Yeong-ae.
The photoshoot will be on VOGUE GIRL magazine.,...More
Celebrity Stand Collapses at Audi Launch 2008/11/14, Source, The launch ceremony of the new Audi A4, held on Thursday afternoon at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, was marred by the collapse of VIP stands near the stage. According to witnesses, the VIP seating stand collapsed at 8:10 p.m. when crowds swarmed towards the new Audi car as it appeared center stage.
Hollywood Adventure & Korean Romantic Movies 2007/12/21, Source, Time now to check on the week's new movies.
From Hollywood comes a fantasy based on a bestselling novel and as for domestic fare we have a cheeky story about a very confident woman.
Here is Lee Jeewon.
We begin this week with "The Golden Compass", based on a bestselling and award-winning book of,...More
"My Love" is a montage film that weaves together four different love stories like the popular romantic comedy "Love Actually". If the British flick is like a mosaic,...More
[MOVIE REVIEW] 'My Love' nowhere near 'Love Actually' 2007/12/13, Source, "My Love" attempts to mimic the famous romantic comedy formula set by "Love Actually" (2003), and the effort itself deserves some attention because the Christmas holiday season is just around the corner, and young Korean couples are keen to watch sweet, feel-good films with the snow falling.
The winter holiday season is here, with decorative lights warming up the nippy evenings and carol tunes flowing out from record shops ― and of course, colorful movie posters adorning the faces of movie theaters. Here are several films to complete the year-end,...More
Celebrities at adidas fashion show 2007/12/07, Source, A slew of celebrities filled aA Design Museum near Hongik University in Seoul where adidas Originals presented its 2008 spring/summer collection on Wednesday.
The list of Korean stars included model-turned-actress and fashion icon,...More
The Korea Marrow Donor Program (KMDP) said Monday that entertainer Choi Kang-hee performed an act of charity,...More
Trends 2006: Starlets Turn to Fashion 2006/12/28, Source, In an unlikely development, the fading pop starlet Justin Timberlake heated up L.A. Fashion Week not long ago. Along with his friend Trace Ayala, the former teen idol launched the William Rast brand with the 2007 spring/summer fashion line Street Sexy. In an era of celebrity for celebrity's sake, an,...More
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
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