Chung Ji-young was born in Cheongju and studied film at Dongguk University and later at Korea University. He has been an active within the industry on issue such as censorship and the Korean screen quota. His filmography includes "Mist Whispers Like Women" (1982), "North Korean Partisan in South Korea" (1989), "White Badge" (1992), and "Life of Hollywood Kid" (1994).
Myung Films Institute welcomes talented students for movie making 2015/05/02, Source,
Myung Films Art Center and Myung Films Institute opened on April 30 at the Myung Films HQ building in Paju City of Gyeonggi Province, which are spaces designated for complex video art and culture with a medium of movie. Myung Films, a Korean film production that marks the 20th anniversary of its foundation this year, provides various entertainment to the public under the motto of Movie City in the Paju Book City,...More
[New York] Press Conference with Korean directors 2013/08/01, Source, ContemporAsian: Focus on Korea @ MoMA Thursday, August 8, 2013
From Monday, August 5th though Sunday, 11th, The Korea Society and MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) co-presents 'Focus on Korea' as part of 'ContemporAsian' film series which presents many contemporary Asian films from pan-Asian countries. The series selects critically lauded Korean films, highlighting current social issues, injustice and human nature. The films maximize distinctive narrative skills from some of Korea's insightful and penetrative renegade filmmakers,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] The Torturous "National Security" 2013/06/01,
In "Unbowed", director Chung Ji-young dramatized the 2007 "Crossbow Terror Incident" and in "National Security" (literal translation: "Namyeong-dong 1985"), he once again returns to the fuzzy realm of creative nonfiction as filmic fodder. The film takes a long and gruelling look into the torture and trails of Kim Jong-tae (Park Won-sang), an ex-advisor to the Democratic United Party who is condemned to 22 days of pain, humiliation, and psychological suffering. The film takes place in 1985, a time when Korea was under the military dictatorship of Chun Doo-hwan. Kim, as an activist against the current government, is held at a special interrogation facility in Namyeong-dong and forced to 'confess' that he is a communist from North Korea and was involved, if not led, an anti-government movement. This much of the story is quickly revealed, and Chung wastes no time in getting to the meat of his second film, the torture,...More
Military Wants to Ban Controversial Cheonan Documentary 2013/05/08, Source,
The South Korean military wants to ban a documentary that casts doubt on whether North Korea really sank the Navy corvette Cheonan. The families of the sailors who died aboard the Cheonan are joining the military in filing an injunction against the screening of the film. Earlier this week, the Defense Ministry discussed possible legal steps and decided to involve the families for fear of causing a public outcry,...More
14th Jeonju International Film Festival Final Report 2013/05/07,
- Cinema Street crowded with various guests and filmmakers visiting from all around the world! - Tickets of all sections including FOCUS ON and STRANER THAN CINEMA had evenly sold out, organizing film programs was conservative - 5th Jeonju Project Market brought huge success within steady managements! -Special Attraction in JIFF 2013! On stage talk show and live performances had set on fire! On 25 Apr (Thu), 14th Jeonju International Film Festival that commenced at Sori Arts Center closed on 3 May (Fri) with visitors' attentions and involvements,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "National Security" 2012/12/07,
For most of this film, a man is imprisoned and tortured. Who this man is, and why he is being tortured...really aren't that important. For nearly two hours, we watch him be brutalized and humiliated by his accusers. At one point an "interrogation expert" appears who astonishes everyone by apparently killing the victimized man by filling up the lungs with water, and continuing to do so long after his prisoner has lost consciousness. When it is discovered that the prisoner is not dead, despite appearances to the contrary, the other police give the expert a round of hearty applause. And all the while, the expert sings a happy working tune.
"National Security" is a truly painful film to watch. Having grown up in Bush-era America, I'm all too familiar with the sort of enhanced interrogation that this film displays in abundance,...More
Pieta Wins Top Prize at 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards 2012/12/01, Source,
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the award for best film of the year at the 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul on Friday night. While accepting the grand prix at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Kim described his film as a reflection of extreme capitalism where money rules over all. He also expressed his hopes that the South Korean society would become one that's centered around people and not money,...More
Art and Culture 2012/11/30, Source,
It's finally Friday and our Michelle Kim is here for our final arts and culture segment of the week. And today, she has an exhibition preview and a movie update for us. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul So what will you start us off with[Reporter : ] Today, I'll tell you about the new exhibition by artist Kim Jung-wook. I had an opportunity to sit down with her earlier this week and talk with her about her work. Take a look at this to see images from both the exhibition and the interview,...More
Art and Culture 2012/11/26, Source, It's Monday and to start the new week with our regular arts and culture segment, we have Michelle Kim here with us now. Today I hear she has a few movie previews for us and a sneak peek at a new magic show. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul So, tell us about the movie previews you have for us today. [Reporter : ] Well, Korean theaters are flooded with films based on true stories. These films show the sad past and harsh reality of Korean society in order to raise questions about the era we live in now. Democracy activist Kim Geun-tae is the subject of the new film "National Security", which is based on the memoir he wrote before his death in 2011,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25 2012/11/25, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25)
"Breaking Dawn: Part 2" once again struggle to surpass Jo Sung-hee's popular fantasy drama "A Werewolf Boy" as the battle for supernatural supremacy continued at the box office. "A Werewolf Boy" claimed some 550 880 admissions, and only narrowly dodged the big Hollywood hit which itself claimed 468, 965. Still admissions were lower this week with both these two powerhouses attracting half of what the weekend of the 24th bestowed upon them. Jo Sung-hee's film is also on the verge of overtaking "The Dark Knight Rises" as the fourth highest grossing film released in Korea this year. The latest Batman scored 6,396,528 admissions and currently "A Werewolf Boy" has stormed to 6,015,700 since its release at the end of last month,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Unbowed": A Man, a Cause, and a Crossbow. 2012/11/25, Film: "Unbowed"
Director:Chung Ji-youngStars:Ahn Sung-ki, Park Won-sang, Na Young-hee & Kim Ji-hoReview Score: 4 / 5
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The Korean justice system has long endured a painful portrait when it comes being represented on the big screen. Korean cinema has generally targeted public authority figures such as corrupt cops and public prosecutors, self-preserving judges and politicians, as well as other devious public authority figures. Chung Ji-young's "Unbowed" follows a determined civilian as he fights his way through Korea's judicial system; only to eventually pick up his crossbow, point an arrow and the nearest judge, and let loose.
Ahn Sung-ki plays the accused, the stubborn, self-sacrificing and brilliant professor Kim Kyeong-ho. After diligently pointing out a critical error in his university's math exam, Seong-gi's trys to do the honourable thing in revealing the mistake to the students. However, his efforts are rejected and the faculty decides on keeping the error to themselves. Kim's impeccable character and unquestioning honour does not allow himself to accept their decision, and his defiance ultimately results in legal action against him,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.27 ~ 2012.01.29 2012/01/30, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.27 ~ 2012.01.29)
After just week at the top Lee Seok-hoon's "Dancing Queen" has given way to Chung Ji-young's interesting new film "Unbowed". This week's number one has created some controversy in the news as it is based on a true story of math professor who was accused of shooting a judge with a crossbow in 2007. It's a fifty-fifty split this week with both local Korean films and international releases find a place in the top ten. However the top three are local hits that have grabbed the lion's share of public interest,...More
Movie sheds light on distrust in judiciary 2012/01/20, Source,
The release of a new movie that is based on a "crossbow terror" case in 2007, in which a judge was attacked by a professor, is causing controversy among the general public and the judiciary here.
"Unbowed", directed by Chung Ji-young, is showing signs of becoming a box office hit, drawing some 50,000 viewers on the first day of its release Wednesday. This reflects keen public interest in the case as well as the movie, in which a judge is depicted as being arrogant and biased, while the defendant is seen as innocent, analysts say,...More
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