[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Little Brother" 2017/02/18,
Seong-ho (played by Jeong Man-sik), Soo-kyeong (played by Lee Yo-won), Joo-mi (played by Esom) and Nak-i (played by Jeong Joon-won) are the brothers and sisters of a rural family that spans several decades. They all live in the city now, plying their various trades- Seong-ho is a daycare driver, Soo-kyeong works in journalism, and Joo-mi struggles with various forms of retail work. Nak-i has no profession, being a late-born child, and upon the death of their father the other siblings awkwardly work together to figure out what to do with him,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/02/04,
Disney to distribute its first Korean film, Film Journal International reviews "The King", KoBiz's latest infographic looks at Lunar New Year winners past and present, and Marvel's "Black Panther" set to shoot a massive chase scene in "the city of film",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Queen of Crime" 2016/09/03,
Mi-kyeong (played by Park Ji-yeong) is a meddling mother. She's able to mind her own business now that her son Ik-soo (played by Kim Dae-hyeon-I) is safely away in Seoul studying for exams, but a strange incident at Mi-kyeong's own residence soon sends Mi-kyeong packing off to find out what Ik-soo is up to. No matter how much Ik-soo resists her presence, Mi-kyeong is unwilling to leave until she finds someone who can be brought up on criminal charges for something. She is "The Queen of Crime" after all,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Like for Likes" 2016/02/27,
If you're looking for a cute, feel-good film then look no further than "Like for Likes", a film directed by Park Hyeon-jin ("Lovers of 6 Years") and starring an incredibly gifted cast. It focuses on dating in the internet age where activity on social media can make and break relationships. The film released in South Korea February 17 and will open in New York February 25. In Korea, its first week resulted in fourth place at 12.2% on box office charts with 320,000 moviegoers. Afterwards, the film will screen in 17 major locations in North America,...More
[Interview #2] "Like For Likes" How Choi Ji-woo deals with criticism 2016/02/15, Source, Choi Ji-woo was recently interviewed in a café for the movie "Like for Likes" and she said, "I don't get hurt easily. I forget things quickly. Although, I think about what happened at night when I go to bed, but it doesn't last very long".
We asked if that was her character or did she develop this habit as an actress and she responded, "Most of it developed during my career. I just found a way to protect myself and experienced helped me",...More
Zion.T - Esom, deny the romance rumors... "No truth to the rumors" 2015/07/24, Source,
Zion.T and Esom denied the romance rumors.
According to an insider at Zion.T's management firm, Amoeba Culture, who talked to TV Report, "according to Zion.T himself, the two are just friends. The romance rumors are false" and "it is true that they had traveled to Jeju Island but they were with other friends and not alone with each other",...More
Scarlet Innocence (2014) 2014/10/03, Source,
Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 112 min.
Directed by: Lim Pil-seong
Starring: Jung Woo-sung, Esom
Synopsis: Deok-yi, a 20-year-old woman working at an old amusement park, gets to know Hak-kyu, a university professor who has moved to her small town from Seoul because of a scandal. Mutual attraction leads the pair into a lusty affair but when the fall semester begins, Hak-kyu returns to his family in the city. Deok-yi refuses to let the relationship die, and a confrontation between them turns tragic when Hak-kyu's wife commits suicide. Eight years later, Hak-kyu, now blind and estranged from his daughter, befriends a new neighbor, Se-jeong. He gladly accepts her help without realizing that she is in fact Deok-yi and that she is on a quest to destroy his life,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/09/27, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Slow Video": A boy struggles to face the world due to his extreme visual acuity, but after 20 years of staying home watching dramas he finally decides to give the world another chance. (10/02)
★★★★ "Jungle Shuffle": A collaborative animation between Korea and Mexico that follows two best friends in the Lacedon jungle as they try to save a princess. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Scarlet Innocence": A married university professor is seduced then harassed by a fatale femme who threatens to derail his whole life. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Mizo": A sexually abused girl is dumped by her foster parents and then tracks down her biological father to punish him for abandoning her. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Whistle Blower": A journalist uncovers and blows the whistle on the illegal and deceitful happenings around Dr. Lee's stem-cell research. (10/02),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Santa Barbara" 2014/09/05,
Jeong-woo (played by Lee Sang-yoon) works as an independent freelance music writer. Conventionally speaking this would make him cool, except that we see what work is actually like for Jeong-woo and, well, it's kind of dorky. It involves lots of phone calls, moving around boring local areas and arguing over the ridiculous motivations that need to be discussed ad nauseum with his clients. He doesn't have much of a social life, either, so naturally Jeong-woo soon takes an interest in the attractive Soo-kyeong (played by Yoon Jin-seo), who he meets, like everyone else Jeong-woo meets, through work meetings,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Man on High Heels" 2014/07/11,
Ji-wook (played by Cha Seung-won) is a very sad police detective. He does typical violent action movie stuff, confronting large numbers of gangsters, fighting them openly in huge combative setpieces. But that's not why he's sad. Ji-wook is sad because deep down he knows that he's really a woman, and he wishes ever so much that he could do all those things that women do. Like wear women's clothes. And...uh,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Unconventional Korean Dramas 2014/02/01,
Being a movie fan making a jump to dramas can be a daunting experience. The two are very different in many ways. From budget to tropes, from acting to directing, they are worlds apart. While there are genres even Korean films do not often touch, Korean drama is much more limited in its diversity. Sageuk, melodrama, dailies, romantic comedies, the types and formats of series are limited,...More
Actors help 'Hindsight' keep focus 2011/08/25,
Actors Song Kang-ho, left, and Sin Se-kyeong appear in a scene from "Hindsight", the latest film by Lee Hyeon-seung. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
In the 1990s, Lee Hyeon-seung shot to stardom with the visually lush "Blue In You" (1992) and became a household name with another striking film, "Il Mare" (2000), which went on to become the first local flick to be remade in Hollywood (into "The Lake House", a 2006 piece starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock).
"Hindsight" takes the director's art-school pedigree to new heights, by featuring even more breathtaking, color-coded visuals set to signature soundtracks from his previous two films,...More
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