[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/29, K-Films Coming Soon:★★★ "Highway Stars": A documentary that follows the world's first Buddhist jazz band, the "Udambara", during the 1970s. (12/04)
★★★ "Five Eagle Brothers": A comedy about five brothers in the village of Duksoori who are famous for their sibling rivalry. (12/04)
★★★★ "Seasons Romance": A chapterized drama that depicts the lives of men, woman, and then their romantic synthesis. (12/04)
★★★★ "My Sister": A music student visiting his sister in Seoul finds her dead. It looks like suicide, but the more he and the detective dig, the more shocking and heartbreaking her death becomes. (12/04)
★★★ "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life": The K-pop group "Infinite" share their experiences on tour, as well as the things they've kept bottled up during their rise to fame. (12/04)
★★★ "The Hospice": A chilling documentary that reveals how the patients, their family, and staff members of a hospice handle death and the void it creates. (12/04),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Sister" 2014/11/28,
Yeon-seo (played by Yang Ha-eun) is a music student and orphan. She has to rely on money sent by Jin-seo (played by Hwang Geum-hee) in order to get by. Note that Yeon-seo doesn't really question where the money is coming from- "My Sister" barely even references it save for a few scenes where Yeon-seo is clearly shown to have plenty of cash on hand. This is the film's central theme- as obviously important as all this stuff is, the characters put surprisingly little thought into the proceedings,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "An American Friend" 2014/07/04,
This movie is the brooding intellectual story of international art intrigue and danger. You might be wondering, aren't such stories, by design, not really brooding and intellectual since art in this context is just a plot device designed to get the characters to do stuff? Well, "An American Friend" is no different. We in fact learn very little about what any of these people actually want. Except to brood about, stewing in their own wide-shot mysteries,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/06/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Stone": Min-su, an extremely talented Go player, is recruited by a local gang boss to be his personal tutor, but matters soon become serious when the game starts to have real-world consequences. (06/12)
★★★★ "You Are My Vampire": A struggling young writer wants to pen a vampire novel and in the process finds some strange real-world inspiration to fuel her curiosity. (06/12)
★★★★ "An American Friend": A Korean-American secret agent tries to sell high-priced artwork, and as he's being chased around encounters an intriguing woman interested in making a deal. (06/12)
★★★★ "Gyeongju": A man nostalgically travels back to the city of Gyeongju and finds new adventure in old places with fresh faces. (06/12)
★★★ "For The Emperor": A disgraced baseball player losses everything and then enters a crime ring that comes cloaked in both pleasure and pain. (06/12),...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Bedevilled": A Gorgeously Grotesque Revenge Rampage 2014/02/15, In the Spotlight this Week:Jang Cheol-soo's "Bedevilled"...
Jang Cheol-soo has an incredible cine-clock ticking within, a marvellous metronome that I like to imagine he has swinging and tocking above his desk as he writes and plans his work. This constant ticking then harmonises with whatever creative genius takes hold of him as puts pen to paper. A film like Jang's debut film "Bedevilled" is the result of such a ritual; a gorgeously grotesque genre film that hypnotises and horrifies with the percussive precision of a mad watchmaker come autistic composer. The film ebbs and flows like a daring dream; one that's sweet and surreal, but whose intent is deranged and two-faced, mixing together melodrama, horror, and revenge into a compelling cinematic concoction that bubbles and boils over in the most spectacle fashion imaginable,...More
[HanCinema Feature] Yin-Yang Jang: "Secretly and Greatly" Vs. "Bedevilled" 2014/01/10, Jang Cheol-soo's yin-yang recipe for monster success... Something strange happened while I was watching Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly"; a stark shift that threw me away from Ryoo-hwan's light-hearted comedy antics, and then dumped me in a rain-slapped realm of abandoned apartments, blood, and bullets. The film had switched genres on me, transformed itself from a lurid and laughable land into a dark and depressing action-orientated abyss.
This re-creation of the world, from a goofy K-comedy to action noir, was not entirely a surprise, and I began to think back to Jang's debut film, the gorgeously grotesque "Bedevilled", and realised that a very similar narrative pattern exists there too. Both films seem to be noticeably split, fractured really, into two distinct halves: two genres, not smoothly mixed, but loosely overlapped and singed on either end,...More
Who is the queen of the year? 2013/10/02, Source,
What's the exposure code at BIFF this year?
The 18th Busan International Film Festival is opening its festival door with the movie "The Blessing" on the 3rd of October.
The highlight of all openings is the relay of female stars' dresses. Domestic and foreign actresses alike will be decorating the red carpet with sexy to abstruse fashion,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] "Bedevilled" @ 24fps 2013/06/22, Jang Cheol-soo's second feature "Secretly and Greatly" is currently closing in on 6 million admissions at the box office, but before it goes any higher I wanted to zoom-in on my perhaps my favourite scene in modern Korean cinema. The above image is taken from "Bedevilled" (2010), Jang's debut film after having assisted Kim Ki-duk with "Samaria" (2004) as well as "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" (2003). "Bedevilled" was one of earlier Korean films I watched, and it set the bar high in terms of its stunning cinematography and visual story telling. Jang's psychological horror made its premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and won a string of awards from Korean organisations (including four 'Best New Director' awards), but sadly only sold a little over 160,000 tickets during its run in theatres. The film was a critical success, and if you're talking about Korean revenge films, "Bedevilled" is one of the most hellishly satisfying thrills out there,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Bedevilled 2011/01/29,
"Bedevilled" (2010, Jang Cheol-soo) is a cinematically captivating film that tells its horrific story of torment with narrative flare. It's a tricky film to perfectly place within a particular genre but I believe it best fits into a drama-thriller category rather than strictly horror. As one of my favourite Korean films of the past year, Bedevilled is as intense as it is fascinating.,...More
The 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards 2010/12/16, Source, The 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards took place at the International Convention Hall in Seoul's 63 Building on December 15th. The awards show first started in 1992, aiming to improve the quality of Korean culture and art and to further advance Korea's cultural content.
The following is a list of this year's winners!,...More
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