[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Special Episode 2014/01/04, 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
Song Kang-ho, Jeon Do-yeon Named Most Memorable Actors of 2013 2013/12/23, Source, Song Kang-ho (left) and Jeon Do-yeon
A record 227.8 million people had watched the 623 films screened in Korean theaters this year as of Saturday. Multiplex chain CGV says data from U.K. media research firm Screen Digest show that every Korean watched on average 4.12 films in cinema this year, beating the U.S'. 3.88 films per person to top the world for the first time. Some films were good, others a way of killing time. The Chosun Ilbo and booking site Maxmovie asked 2,622 people who were the most memorable actors and what the most memorable films of the year,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miracle in Cell No.7" 2013/06/15, Lee Hwan-gyeong's colossal hit "Miracle in Cell No.7" boasts an impressive cast, captivating cinematography, and a touching tale that Korean cinema will struggle to forget. Released late in January, this heart-felt drama managed to keep itself in Korea's top ten all the way to April! Its eleven weeks in that list saw it ease past the 12 million admissions mark, making it the fifth Korean film to do so since Lee Joon-ik 2005 drama "The King and the Clown". Standing proud as the third highest grossing Korean film, "Miracle in Cell No. 7" is definitely a must-see for all Korean cinephiles, but it's by no means perfect,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miracle in Cell No.7" 2013/01/25,
The main characters are retarded father Yong-goo (played by Ryoo Seung-ryong) and his adorable seven year old daughter Ye-seung (played by Kal So-won). Circumstances conspire to keep them apart, but through sheer determination and the help of other prison inmates, they're able to find time to be happy together. This family changes the hardened people around them for better. But inevitably, for all these attempts at happiness, tragedy strikes and people left my theater crying. "Miracle in Cell No.7" is an extremely manipulative movie emotionally, and oftentimes feel like it's cheating by forcing the audience to identify with these overwrought situations,...More
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