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  • [HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

    What Korea films are on at Cannes this year? Chris Horn reviews the heartbreaking "Taegukgi" for Modern Korean Cinema, actor Cha Seung-won to play famous geographer in Kang Woo-seok's first period film, and be sure to visit Korean film critic and journalist Darcy Paquet's website for quality news and reviews,...More
  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Foul King": Masks, Masculinity, and Might

    In the Spotlight this Week: Kim Jee-won's "The Foul King"... Falling squarely within South Korea's 'New Wave', Kim Jee-won's sophomore feature "The Foul King" (2000) was a welcomed spur that helped revitalise South Korea's film industry. The film was not only a box office hit (being the fourth highest-grossing film of its year) but a regional one as well that tailed the likes of "Missions Impossible 2", "Gladiator", and the year's number one film: "JSA - Joint Security Area". It was also the film when Song Kang-ho, according to Korean film journalist and critic Darcy Paquet, "first displayed the emotional depth that would characterise his later roles",...More
  • [HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 5

    In this Episode: Pierce has a chat with film critic Jason Bechervaise about six period films coming in 2014… KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry. In episode 5 Pierce has Korean film critic, journalist and academic Jason Bechervaise in studio to discuss the host of period films coming our way in 2014,...More
  • [HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 4

    In this Episode: Pierce gives us a news roundup and has a chat to independent film actress Kim Kkobbi… KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry. This episode of KOFIC's Korean Cinema Today was divided into two segments, the first has Pierce discussing some Korean film news, and the second features an interview with actress Kim Kkobbi ("Breathless", "Pluto"). The first segment seems to be from last year and mentions the box office figures from the last week of December; but Pierce also highlights a few Korean news items that are worth mentioning again,...More
  • [HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Special Episode

    In this Episode: Korean Cinema in 2013…  KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry. In this special episode, Pierce has Darcy Paquet in studio to talk about the past year's big features, their top 5 films of the year, industry trends, as well as mention some of the big period films coming our way in 2014. "Korean Cinema Today" is only four episodes in, and so while they are still finding their feet, the show is shaping up to be another fantastic new initiative by KOFIC. The show is hosted by Pierce Conran (editor of Modern Korean Cinema, Twitch Korean film correspondent, and writer for the Korean Film Council) and thus far he has already had interviews with Kwak Gyeong-taek ("Friend 2"), Lee Cheol-ha ("Hello Orchestra"), and has Darcy Paquet (one of Korea's leading and dedicated film critics) on the show to talk about 2003 (a landmark year for Korean cinema). In this special episode Darcy joins Pierce once again to discuss the incredible year that was 2013,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Taste of Money" : Tasty Money

    Film: " The Taste of Money" 돈의 맛 (Don-eui Mat) Director:  Lim Sang-soo Stars:    Kim Kang-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Yoon Yeo-jeong & Kim Hyo-jin Review Score: 2.5 / 5 Lim Sang-soo came back from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival bitter and dispirited as "The Taste of Money" received the lowest average rating from their panel of internal critics. This, Lim's fifth film, also struggled at the Korean box office with a mere 1,162,699 admissions as this 'spirited' sequel to his 2010 remake "The Housemaid - 2010" failed to perform both local and abroad. Last year the Korean box office was smothered with sexy thrillers and dramas, some more successful than others, leaving many cinephiles and critics to question the significance and scope of such provocative films. Lim's 2010 remake of "The Housemaid" was also met with scepticism and received a lot of public attention due to its uninhibited portrayal of the salacious and disturbing world of Korea's wealthy elite. Those who caught Lim's modern interpretation of Kim Ki-young's 1960s classic will instantly recognise the film's grand and opulent veneer as the fantastically rich play with power, money, sex, and, of course, fire.,...More
  • [Guest Post] Daniel Tudor on Korean cinema

    2012/11/09, Source,
    I'm not a true cinephile by any stretch of the imagination. I've always been the archetypal casual fan, who knows what he likes, but doesn't really like it enough to remember every line of the script. People ask, "have you seen [insert name of genius film here]?" and I honestly reply "yeah, I saw it a few years back, it was great". But then I'll be unable to back that up with any enlightened commentary on that scene with the uninterrupted shot that goes all the way around the bar and back again when all the mobsters are being introduced. Or even who was in it, sometimes. But when I first moved to Seoul in 2004, Korean cinema got to me. In some way it was a stroke of luck to be here while a golden era was still in swing,...More
  • Masculine Icon of Korean Cinema Shin Young-kyun at Busan Int'l Film Festival

    2012/10/12, Source,
    Before the flower boys the tough guys and the gangsters in Korean cinema Shin Young-kyun reigned as the quientessential male icon. Born in North Korea in 1928 the young Shin started as a stage actor and graduated from Seoul National University in dentistry on his way to an explosive film career in the 1960s and 1970s. [Reporter : ] "At this year's Busan International Film Festival visitors will get to see 8 of Shin Young-kyun's over 300 films to see what makes him the classic Korean male icon,...More
  • Interview with Darcy Paquet on "Pieta" by Kim Ki-duk

    2012/09/12, Source,
    Fans of Korean films rejoiced over the weekend when director Kim Ki-duk's movie "Pieta" won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival. His dark critique of capitalism became the first-ever Korean film to win the top prize from a major international film jury. To delve deeper into the director his latest work and the Korean film industry's prospects film critic and expert Darcy Paquet joins us in the studio now. Good evening,...More
  • [HanCinema Korea's Diary] Classical Korean Cinema at KOFA: Im Kwon-taek's "Gilsodeum"

    2012/03/17, Source,
    Every month at Korean Film Archive in Seoul Darcy Paquet, a respected Korean film critic and journalist, will be presenting a number of classic Korean films. The first of these was held last weekend and Im Kwon-taek's hidden masterpiece "Gilsodeum" (1985) was screened. After which, Darcy shared some facts on the piece as well as his thoughts on the film, the director and the actors involved. Hancinema was there for the screening and recorded the Q & A session (English and Korean),...More
  • [HanCinema Korea's Diary] Korean Cinephiles Rejoice! Korean Film Channel planned for YouTube

    2012/02/18, Source,
    In case some of you missed it, there was some pretty exciting news that came out from KOFA this past week. The Korean Film Archive, in partnership with Google, will launch a YouTube channel in May that will showcase 70 classic Korean films. This is fantastic news for Korean cinephiles that would not otherwise have access to some of these rare and classic pieces of Korean film literature,...More
  • Box office analysis, Jan. 18 - 31

    2012/02/03, Source,
    BY Darcy Paquet Two Korean films emerged as major hits in 2012's Lunar New Year holiday season - "Dancing Queen" and "Unbowed". The success of "Dancing Queen", which sold 2.26 million tickets in its first two weeks on release, was not entirely unexpected. The comic drama by director Lee Seok-hoon ("See You After School") stars Hwang Jeong-min and Uhm Jung-hwa in an unusual story about a struggling human rights lawyer who is picked by a major political party to run in the elections for Seoul Mayor,...More
  • Udine plans 70s Korean film showcase

    2012/01/20, Source,
    The 14th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy has announced a retrospective of South Korean cinema entitled "The Darkest Decade: Korean Filmmakers in the 1970s". Curated by Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet (who is also a frequent writer on the KoBiz site and Contributing Editor to Korean Cinema Today), the retrospective will feature ten films that have yet to be screened in the West,...More
  •'s Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet

    2012/01/14, Source,
    Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
  • South Korean Box Office in 2011

    2012/01/14, Source,
    Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle. Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
  • Korean Cinema Today app for Dec. is out

    2011/12/29, Source,
    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has launched the iPad applicationfor Korean Cinema Today's December issue. The governmental organization is also planning to launch an upgraded Korean Film Biz Zone (KoBiz) app for the iPhone and Android early next year. Korean Cinema Today's December lead story examines the top issues of 2011 in the Korean film industry. These includesurprise box office phenomena with and , updates onleading directors such as Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk,and industry changes including CJ E&M's emergence,...More
  • [HanCinema Korea's Diary] "New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves" review

    When attempting to familiarise yourself with Korean cinema, it is critical to develop an understanding of the country's turbulent and trying socio-political history and its effect on cultural industry. Thankfully, Darcy Paquet, a respected and influential film journalist in Korea, sheds light on the matter with his 2009 publication "New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves".,...More
  • An American Shares His Passion for Korean Cinema with the World

    2011/03/22, Source,
    American Darcy Paquet is on a mission: he wants to inform the world about the greatness of Korean films. The 39-year-old writer and editor hosts a program called "Highlights of 20th Century Korean Cinema" by the Korean Film Archive. The bimonthly event, which started in February, screens a classic Korean film with English subtitles followed by a commentary and Q&A session with Paquet,...More
  • [HanCinema Korea's Diary] The Korean Film Archive (KOFA)

    2011/02/26, Source,
    The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) was founded in 1974 (then called "Korean Film Depository") and gained full membership into the FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) in 1985. It serves to preserve, catalogue and showcase Korea's national cinema heritage. I recently visited them at their DMC Complex in Sangam-dong and will definitely be returning for another trip to learn about Korea's fascinating cinema history.,...More
  • Top Korean Movies to Look Out for in 2011
    2011/01/12, Source,
    Since 2001, the overall market share of Korean movies has been on the rise in the country reaching its peak in 2006 at 64 percent but falling to 46 last year.
    But experts say that the number is only going to decrease slightly this year to around 44 percent.
    This is mainly due to large Hollywood co,...
  • This Week's Cultural News1
    2010/12/29, Source,
    In 2010, the audience met with a swarm of great Korean movies of every genre and style that was able to satisfy moviegoers of all types! Let's take a look at the characteristics of the popular Korean films of 2010.

    [Interview : ] "I liked 2010 because more movies came out than in 2009".

  • This week's cultural news2
    2010/12/29, Source,
    A pleasant surprise was , directed by Lee Chang-dong, which took home Best Screenplay from the Cannes Festival.

    tells the story of a 60 something woman who rediscovers the world through poetry. Actress Yun Jeong-hui moved hearts young and,...
  • KOFIC's Quartely "Korea Cinema Today" just Published
    2009/07/24, Source,
    The Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(PiFan) edition of KOFIC's quarterly Korean Cinema Today magazine, has just been published. With the title 'Expand the Market Expand the Views' this edition focuses on international co productions and international Korean film business.

    The title,...
  • Women in Film Korea (WIFK) honor LIM and GONG
    2008/12/19, Source,
    The members of Women in Film Korea, an organization of filmmakers, critics, professors, and technicians devoted to representing women professionals in the Korean film industry, held its annual awards ceremony on December 17 at the Art Sonje Center in Seoul.

    The recipient of the Woman Filmmaker o,...
  • Generation Blue Films holds 10th anniversary festival
    2008/11/27, Source,
    Generation Blue Films, a small production house founded in 1998 with the goal of producing films in a manner different from the mainstream commercial system, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a special film festival.

    Over the years, the company has helped to introduce many important,...
  • KOFIC announces recipients of HD production support
    2008/11/13, Source,
    The Korean Film Council has selected five feature films to receive support under the 2008 HD Film Production Support Program.

    Each film, to be shot in HD format, will receive 300 million won (~$230,000) to help offset production costs. Only those features with a production budget of less than on,...
  • Overseas sales for KIM Ki-duk's Dream

    2008/11/04, Source,
    "Dream", the 15th film by well-known Korean director Kim Ki-duk, has recently concluded,...More
  • 35% of Korean films lost to history
    2008/10/17, Source,
    Of the 5901 Korean films produced since the 1910s, a total of 2039 films are no longer in possession, according to a report by the Korean Film Archive.

    The figures were cited by majority lawmaker Lee Jeong-hyun in a call for more funding to support efforts to locate lost Korean films. Currently,,...
  • 4th Asian Film Academy announces faculty
    2008/09/11, Source,
    The Asian Film Academy (AFA), held annually during the Pusan International Film Festival, has selected Taiwanese auteur HOU Hsiao-hsien (City of Sadness, Three Times) to serve as its fourth principal.

    This marks the second time that HOU will hold the position, after being selected for the inaugur,...
  • Taewon Entertainment leaves stock market
    2008/08/29, Source,
    Jeong Tae-won's long-lived production company Taewon Entertainment, which has made such diverse films as "Nowhere To Hide" (1999), "Marrying the Mafi"a (2002), and ",...More
  • KOFIC Announces New Commissioners
    2008/07/17, Source,
    The Korean Film Council has announced the appointment of eight new commissioners who, together with KOFIC chair KANG Han-sup, will oversee the drafting and implementation of film policy.

    The commissioners were selected in an intensive open registration process held by the Ministry of Culture, Sp,...
  • "Beautiful" wins top prize at Fukuoka

    2008/07/17, Source,
    "Beautiful", the feature debut by director Juhn Jai-hong, has won the Grand Prix a,...More
  • Complete KIM Ki-young Retrospective to Screen in Seoul
    2008/06/13, Source,
    A complete retrospective of the late director Kim Ki-young, nicknamed "Mr. Monster" for his eccentric genius, will be held at the Korean Film Archive from June 20-29.

    Although retrospectives of KIM'swork have been held before in Pusan, Pari,...
  • Seoul and Gyeonggi Province promoted to Japanese filmmakers
    2008/06/06, Source,
    The third annual Seoul Gyeonggi FAM Tour, intended to promote the capital region as a shooting location for international filmmakers, will take place from June 7-12.

    Organized by the Seoul Film Commission, the Gyeonggi Film Commission, and the Korea National Tourism Organization, the tour will be,...
  • KOFIC to promote Korean films at Cannes
    2008/05/15, Source,
    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) will be engaged in diverse efforts to promote Korean cinema at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

    With five titles screening in various sections of the festival including Kim Jee-woon's ",...
  • Classic Korean films re-released in Seoul
    2008/05/15, Source,
    Several decades-old films from Korea will be re-released in Seoul this spring, as two of Korea's older movie theaters try to attract new audiences.

    Hollywood Theater, located alongside the popular Insa-dong traditional shopping district, has recently devoted one of its screens to re-releases of c,...
  • Art Film Showcase 2008 to screen in Japan
    2008/03/06, Source,
    For the second year in a row, four Korean arthouse films will be presented to audiences in Japan through the Art Film Showcase in Tokyo. The eight-week series of screenings is sponsored by KOFIC and the Image Forum arthouse theater in Tokyo.

    The showcase is an effort to introduce Japanese viewe,...
  • Sequel to "200 Pounds Beauty" planned

    2008/03/06, Source,
    Korean production company KM Culture has announced plans to make a sequel to the popular romantic comedy "200 Pounds Beauty".

    A s,...
  • Jeonju festival receives record number of submissions
    2008/02/21, Source,
    The ninth edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival, scheduled to be held from May 1-9, has received a record total of 1,204 film submissions.

    The figure is a 16% increase over last year's 1,035 submissions, indicating the expanding level of interest in the festival, both locally and int,...
  • KOFIC issues new books on JANG Sun-woo and leading producers/investors in Korean cinema

    2008/02/14, Source,
    The Korean Film Council is pleased to announce the publication of two new books this month.

    First, a new volume on director Jang Sun-woo ha,...
  • Four Korean films to screen at Berlin Film Fest
    2008/01/29, Source,
    Acclaimed director Hong Sang-soo will return to the Berlin International Film Festival with his eighth film "Night and Day", which screens in the festival's competition section.,...More
  • Rotterdam fest to highlight various Korean films
    2008/01/18, Source,
    The 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam, scheduled to run from January 23 to February 3, will present a broad selection of Korean films in its line-up.

    Although no Korean films will compete in the festival's main competition section for first and second films, the short film Waiting will p,...
  • 7th Gwangju Int'l Film Festival opens November 29
    2007/11/30, Source,
    The seventh edition of the Gwangju International Film Festival opened on November 29 with a screening of Chinese film Western Trunk Line by LI Jixian.

    A total of 40 films from 8 countries will be shown at the event, which has downsized in recent years after a reduction in public funding. The cl,...
  • Seong Hyeon-ah Wins Best Actress at Malaga Festival

    2007/11/22, Source,
    Korean actress Seong Hyeon-ah has been presented with a Best Actress award from the 10th Malaga International Fantastic Film Festival in Spai,...More
  • "Seven Days" to be remade in Hollywood

    2007/11/15, Source,
    Korean distributor Prime Entertainment has sold remake rights to the new suspense thriller Seven Days to Hollywood company Summit Entertainment.

    The film, directed by,...
  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird wraps up China shoot

    2007/10/26, Source,
    The cast and crew of Kim Jee-woon's hotly anticipated western ",...More
  • Never Forever wins jury prize at Deauville

    2007/09/13, Source,
    Gina Kim's US-Korean co-production "Never Forever" has won the Jury Prize at the 33,...More
  • Three Korean films invited to San Sebastian fest
    2007/09/10, Source,
    The San Sebastian International Film Festival, one of Europe's top festivals and the leading film event of the Spanish-speaking world, has invited three Korean films to screen at its 55th edition.

    "Shadows in the Palace", a m,...
  • Sidus FNH to produce mobile games based on its films
    2007/08/10, Source,
    Major production house Sidus FNH has joined hands with mobile contents firm MO2 Communications to produce mobile games based on Sidus FNH's feature films.

    After producing their first game based on comedy "Small Town Rivals" in Ma,...
  • New HONG Sang-soo film starts shooting in Paris

    2007/08/03, Source,
    Well-known director Hong Sang-soo has opened shooting on his eighth film, which will be 80% set in Paris.

    Titled Bam-gwa nat in Korean, wh,...
  • IM Kwon-taek and JEON Soo-il invited to Venice
    2007/07/27, Source,
    Two Korean films have been invited to screen at the 64th Venice International Film Festival.

    "Beyond the Years", the 100th film by veteran director Im Kwon-taek, will be pr,...
  • 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,...
  • Asian Film Academy selects participants
    2007/07/12, Source,
    The Asian Film Academy (AFA), an annual initiative co-sponsored by the Pusan International Film Festival, Dongseo University, and the Korean Academy of Film Arts (a division of KOFIC), has selected 24 students to participate in its 2007 program.

    The students were selected from a field of 117 cand,...
  • KOFA releases SHIN Sang-ok DVD box set
    2007/07/06, Source,
    Five feature films by Korean master director SHIN Sang-ok have been released in a special DVD box set by the Korean Film Archive(,...More
  • SK Telecom considering move into film industry
    2007/06/14, Source,
    SK Telecom, one of Korea's leading telecoms firms, is strongly considering a move into the Korean film industry.

    The company announced on June 14 that it is considering setting up a film investment and distribution arm in 2008. Although SKT has already participated in film investment funds and o,...
  • Korean Film Archive expands, moves to new building
    2007/06/07, Source,
    The Korean Film Archive (KOFA), which is the primary body for collecting and preserving prints and other materials from Korea's film history, has moved into a new building as of June 1.

    Formerly located in Seocho-dong in the Seoul Arts Center, KOFA's 18 billion won ($19 million) new center is loc,...
  • Hwangjin-y - Movie - 2007 screens in North Korea

    2007/06/01, Source,
    The big-budget period drama "Hwangjin-y - Movie - 2007" has received a special screening in North Korea ahead of its local r,...More
  • A Tribute to Jeon Do-yeon

    2007/05/31, Source,
    Hearty congratulations to Korea's most ambitious and talented actress

    Kyu Hyun Kim (qhyunkim)

    On May 27, Jeon Do-yeon won the Best Actre,...
  • "200 Pounds Beauty" proves a hit in Singapore

    2007/05/10, Source,
    Comedy "200 Pounds Beauty" is enjoying a highly successful release in Singapore, having set a new record for Korean films in the cit,...More
  • LEE Mi-sook, KIM Min-hee cast in new film
    2007/04/12, Source,
    Acclaimed actress Lee Mi-sook has signed on to her first new project since the 2003 drama "".

    LEE first emerged as a star in the 1980s in films such as,...
  • KIM Hye-soo and PARK Hae-il cast in Modern Boy
    2007/04/05, Source,
    Top stars Kim Hye-soo ("Tazza: The High Rollers" - ("The War Of Flower")) and Park Hae-il (",...More
  • The Host and actor HA Jeong-woo awarded at Fantasporto
    2007/03/09, Source,
    The Oporto International Film Festival, better known as Fantasporto, presented two awards to Korean cinema in its closing ceremony on March 3.

    Bong Joon-ho's acclaimed third feature,...
  • KIM Ki-duk's Breath pre-sold to 10 countries

    2007/02/22, Source,
    "Breath", the fourteenth film by well-known Korean director Kim Ki-duk, has been sold to,...More
  • Three top stars join director Kim Jee-woon

    2007/02/15, Source,
    Top actors Lee Byung-hun, Jeong Woo-seong and,...More
  • Korean netizens choose Radio Star
    2007/01/18, Source,
    Online film reservations site Maxmovie and Channel CGV have announced the results of their 4th annual Best Film Awards selections based on voting by internet users. With a total of 425,613 votes cast, the surprise winner for Best Picture was,...More
  • The Host and King and the Clown named hit products of 2006
    2006/12/26, Source,
    Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" and Lee Joon-ik's ",...More
  • KOFIC awards marketing support for arthouse/digital films
    2006/11/29, Source,
    The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the second phase of its 2006 Marketing Support for Arthouse and Digital Films fund. The fund provides financial support to arthouse works or digital features to promote diversity on the nation's screens and to help such films compete in a marke,...More
  • KIM Ki-duk's Time sold to North America

    2006/11/21, Source,
    The thirteenth film by director Kim Ki-duk, "Time", was recently sold to North American di,...More
  • Varied new Korean films on display at PIFF
    2006/11/03, Source,
    The 11th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival drew attention for its various industry sidebars and other events, but those festival attendees who focused on the program itself declared it to be a good year for new Korean films.

    Independent filmmakers in particular turned out a large n,...
  • 'Hallyu' Not Enough for Korean Films

    2006/10/31, Source,
    Systematic Approaches Are Necessary to Tap Foreign Market

    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    It has been an ordinary scene in recent years for a Korean movie star to be surrounded by thousands of,...
  • Documentary 'Between' enjoys strong opening
    2006/09/21, Source,
    The Korean documentary Between by Lee Chang-jae is winning over strong interest from audiences during its commercial release.

    The film, which details the experiences of a Korean shaman, is being distributed in CGV multiplexes after being s,...
  • King and the Clown chosen as Korea's Oscar entry
    2006/09/21, Source,
    KOFIC has announced that Lee Joon-ik's King and the Clown will be Korea's submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 79th Academy Awards.

    The film was selected by a KOFIC-appointed committee after considering factors such as th,...
  • KIM Ki-duk's Time to screen in Seoul with English subtitles

    2006/09/06, Source,
    "Time", the 13th film by director Kim Ki-duk, will screen with English subtitles in Seoul,...More
  • KOFIC names recipients of subtitle support fund
    2006/09/05, Source,
    The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the second round of its 2006 Subtitle Translation and Print Production support program. Seven feature films and three short films were selected out of 18 total submissions (15 feature films, 3 short films).

    The program provides funding for t,...
  • Production companies to form new hub outside of Seoul
    2006/08/25, Source,
    A group of Korean film companies has committed to move to the city of Paju, outside of Seoul. A total of 18 production companies will move to a 170-acre stretch of land being developed in Paju, located 20 miles northwest of Seoul. The city, located close to the North Korean border, has been branded,...More
  • Two films to share KOFIC co-production support
    2006/08/14, Source,
    Upcoming films by Bae Hyeong-joon "Once Upon a Time in Seoul", and Jeon Soo-il ("Le regard des ombres") will,...More
  • Korean Films Left Out of Global Power Games
    2006/08/13, Source,
    By Paolo Bertolin
    Contributing Writer

    While Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" was effortlessly munching one record after another at the domestic box office, the Korean film world has been,...
  • KOFIC announces recipients of indie DVD support fund
    2006/08/07, Source,
    The Korean Film Council has selected ten works to be released on DVD as part of the 2006 DVD Production/Distribution Support for Independent Films. The recipients were selected out of 24 submissions, and will be made available for sale to the general public in special DVD box sets.

    The following,...
  • The Host opens on a record 620 screens
    2006/07/28, Source,
    Just prior to its theatrical release, Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" is already setting records.

    The film is scheduled to open on an all-time high of 620 screens, which easily surpasses,...
  • Lee Joon-ik's Radio Star wraps up shooting
    2006/07/14, Source,
    Director Lee Joon-ik, who made Korean cinematic history with his record-breaking hit film "The King and the Clown", has recently wrapped up shooting for his next film.

  • New line of HD-shot action films planned
    2006/07/10, Source,
    Production company Nabi Pictures and the Seoul Action School are teaming up to launch a new "brand" of low-budget action pics shot on HD.

    The films will be targeted at both domestic and international audiences, given worldwide interest in the Asian action genre, and will be budgeted at 1 billion,...
  • KOFIC awards marketing support for arthouse/digital films
    2006/06/16, Source,
    The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the first phase of its 2006 Marketing Support for Arthouse and Digital Films fund. The fund provides financial support to arthouse works or digital features to promote diversity on the nation's screens and to help such films compete in a market,...More
  • KOFIC announces recipients of Art Film Support
    2006/06/16, Source,
    The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the 2006 Production Support for Art Films fund. Applications were submitted for 32 live-action feature films and 2 animated feature films, and separate juries selected 4 live-action features and 1 animated feature to receive 400 million won ($4,...More
  • KOFIC supports release of Korean films in Japan
    2006/06/12, Source,
    Korean films "Grain in Ear" (co-produced with China) and Possible Changes have been selected to received a release in Japan under a special agreement between KOFIC and th,...More
  • 'Untold Scandal'

    2006/06/06, Source,
    Notable example of fashioning a blockbuster from a completely unexpected set of ingredients

    Darcy Paquet (internews)

  • Chihwaseon - Strokes of Fire

    2006/06/05, Source,
    Im Kwon-taek's visually stunning portrait of a troubled Korean painter

    Darcy Paquet,...
  • Korean cinema at Cannes 2006
    2006/06/02, Source,
    The year 2006 saw Korean cinema enjoy less of a spotlight at Cannes than in 2005 -- when a record seven films screened at the event -- or in 2004, when Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy" was,...More
  • Welcome To Dongmakgol wins Audience Award at Udine
    2006/05/12, Source,
    Park Kwang-hyeon's debut feature "Welcome to Dongmakgol", which sold more than 8 million tickets in its Korean release last August, was voted the most popular film at,...More
  • Documentary "Between" to receive theatrical release

    2006/05/12, Source,
    "Between", a documentary about Korean shamanism by Lee Chang-jae, has been selected,...More
  • ArtPlus Network adds six more screens
    2006/05/09, Source,
    KOFIC has announced an additional six theaters that will take part in the Art Plus Cinema Network, bringing the total number of screens in the nationwide chain to 18.

    The theaters participating in ArtPlus agree to screen arthouse films for 146 days per year, in return for financial support from K,...
  • KOFIC announces theaters in 2006 ArtPlus Cinema Network
    2006/04/14, Source,
    A KOFIC-appointed jury has selected 12 screens that will make up the ArtPlus Cinema Network in 2006/7.

    ArtPlus is a nationwide collection of screens that agree to show local and international arthouse films for at least 60% of the year. The creation of this network has worked to provide a more st,...
  • First round of KOFIC 2006 subtitling support
    2006/04/10, Source,
    KOFIC has announced the recipients of the first round of the 2006 Subtitle Translation and Print Production support program. Six feature films and five short films were selected out of 27 total submissions (15 feature films, 12 short and independent films). The program provides funding for the produ,...More
  • 'Take Care of My Cat'

    2006/04/08, Source,
    A fitting symbol for the vitality of Korea's young women

    Darcy Paquet (internews)

    "Koreans don't like cats", says director,...
  • Sin Min-ah cast in new Kwak Jae-yong film
    2006/04/05, Source,
    Korean actress Sin Min-ah, well known for her roles in films such as "A Bittersweet Life" and ",...More
  • Korean student films win multiple awards in Poitiers
    2006/03/28, Source,
    Three shorts by Korean film students picked up four awards at the 29th Rencontres Internationales Henri Langlois, held from March 20-26 in Poitiers, France.

    The official jury, which considered 60 short and medium-length student films from around the world, presented its Grand Prize ex aequo to tw,...
  • 'The King and the Clown'

    2006/03/21, Source,
    This blockbuster features period setting, traditional arts and a gay subtext

    Darcy Paquet (internews)

    The closing days of 2005 saw th,...
  • 'Friend'

    2006/03/21, Source,
    A touching tale of four high school friends from the southern port city of Busan

    Darcy Paquet (internews)

    You could hear the rumbling,...
  • 'Art Museum by the Zoo'
    2006/03/21, Source,
    Though a 'small' film, it's one that deserves attention

    Darcy Paquet (internews)

    Yet another film by a first-time director/screenwriter, "Art Museum By The Zoo",...
  • Korean Films Bookend Udine Film Fest
    2004/04/27, Source,
    By Paolo Bertolin
    Special Correspondent
    UDINE, Italy - Udine, a small town in North Eastern Italy, has fast become the capital of East Asian cinema in the West. The sixth Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the biggest film festival promoting knowledge and appreciation of Asian popular cinema outside,...

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