[HanCinema's Film Review] Tasty Money 2013/01/19, Film: "The Taste of Money" 돈의 맛 (Don-eui Mat)Director: Lim Sang-sooStars: Kim Kang-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Yoon Yeo-jeong & Kim Hyo-jinReview 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
Independent film houses budding across Seoul 2012/11/02, Source,
The Korean Film Archive, located in the Digital Media City in northwestern Seoul, is a home to independent films in Korea. It has three theaters including one focused on independent films. At the library, bottom right, the visitors can see DVDs and read books and scenarios. Provided by the KOFA
Director Kim Ki-duk, winner of the Venice Film Festival's Gold Lion award for "Pieta", deplored the domination of commercial films in Korea. With growing interest in non-commercial films, however, independent film houses are slowly sprouting across Seoul. At first, the trend began due to government investment, but citizens are also joining in on the efforts to build more indie cinemas. The Korea JoongAng Daily introduces some of the most well-known and well-run indie film houses in Seoul,...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
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