Director Hwang initially stepped in to the Korean film industry as a screenwriter for critically acclaimed films 2 Faces of My Girlfriend (2007) and Sisily 2km (2004). Since then, Hwang has been known as a storyteller capable of taking on any genre and building a solid story. In 2011, his first directorial debut with Chilling Romance has earned him the status of next-generation directors to watch in Korea. Hwang now moves on from the romantic comedy genre (Chilling Romance) and returns to the big screen with action-thriller Monster (2014).
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.03.21 ~ 2014.03.23 2014/03/24, "Noah" floats to the top with a torrent of tickets...
It was a spirited beginning for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" as the crowds flooded the theatres for this biblical epic. Aronofsky's powerful, but controversial, account of Noah's Ark opened its account in first, claiming 950,864 admissions (54.2%) over 951 screens to secure the top spot. The Korean box office has been unstable these past six weeks as no film has been able to hold the highest honour for more than a weekend; with the latest dethronement being Lee Sook-yeon's "Elegant Lies" which sunk to second here with just 333,544 (17.9%). However "Noah" enjoyed the highest first place haul since early February and will hope its glory will be more than just a flash in the pan,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.03.14 ~ 2014.03.16 2014/03/17, "300" falls to "Elegant Lies"…
"300: Rise of an Empire" fell from grace this past weekend as "Elegant Lies" opened strong with 447,454 admissions (26.5%). Lee Han's last film, "Punch", attracted over 5 million filmgoers back in 2011, and now his latest has made the most of its 555 allocated screens to claim the top spot in week one. Last week the fantasy war epic "300: Rise of an Empire" took gold with over 6K admissions, however after that initial excitement the adaptation fell one place with just 303,280 (20.4%) to its name. Murro's hyper-stylised retelling of the Battle of Salamis now sits on an admissions stack 1.3 million high after two weeks in the chart,...More
Monster - Movie 2014/03/15, Source,
"Monster - Movie"
Running Time: 114 min.
Directed by: Hwang In-ho
Starring: Lee Min-ki, Kim Go-eun-I, Yoon Jin-ha
Synopsis: Bok-soon is slightly lacking in intelligence, but is a brave and bright young woman. She has one younger sister whom she loves more than life itself. One day, her sister gets killed by Tae-soo, a heartless murderer. Later, Bok-soon joins Na-ri, another girl who is being chased by the killer, and goes after Tae-soo for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Monster - Movie" 2014/03/08,
Bok-soon (played by Kim Go-eun-I) is mentally challenged. She's intelligent enough to make a living as a street peddler, but that's the full extent of her abilities. The young woman has trouble keeping track of anything but the most simple short-term reasoning, although she does easily understand the concept of love. Ironically, the titular monster of this film, Tae-soo (played by Lee Min-ki) shares almost the exact same basic personality traits. It's just that where a bad day for Bok-soon means screaming like a crazy person and conking people on the head, a bad day for Tae-soo means brutally and violently murdering everyone in the room,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Spellbound": Overcome your Fears one Date at a Time... 2012/12/01, Film:"Spellbound"Director:Hwang In-hoStars:Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-ki, Park Chul-min & Kim Hyeon-sookReview Score: 3.5 / 5
Also Try: "Love Fiction", "You Pet" or "Penny Pinchers"
Hwang In-ho's 2011 romantic comedy "Spellbound" (Formerly known as "Chilling Romance" on HanCinema) had a tough time when it was released late last year. This quirky, and curiously attractive, little romantic comedy had to wrestle the likes of "Mission Impossible 4", which claimed more the 7.5 million admissions during its marathon run at the box office. Credit then has to be given to Hwang's playful and quaint twist on the romantic comedy genre and the film's ability to convince more than 3 million people in Korea that it was worth the price of admission.
Like any memorable love story worth renting, "Spellbound" comes down to science, specifically chemistry and, here, a twist of physics. Son Ye-jin plays the nervous and introverted Yeo-ri, who just so happens to be a living in a nexus between our world and the next. Ghosts often haunt her as well as those around her, forcing her into a loveless self-seclusion,...More
CJ CGV opens two more Vietnam multiplexes 2012/01/17, Source,
Leading South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has opened two more multiplexes in Vietnam, bringing their total to nine cinemas with 69 screens in the country. The two multiplexes are in the center of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi with two 3D screens each. The Ho Chi Minh City cinema has eight screens while the Hanoi cinema has seven.
In July of last year, CJ CGV acquired Vietnam's top exhibitor Megastar Media Company and has been opening multiplexes under the Megastar chain's brand name. CGV has plans to have 24 cinemas with 198 screens by 2016,...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
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.30 ~ 2012.01.01 2012/01/02, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.30 ~ 2012.01.01)
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is enjoying its third week at the top, and has added 1,013,668 to its total of 5,386,797 admissions. Tom Cruise's latest has silenced any doubts about the series becoming stale as his efforts here have been well received and continue to captivate audiences. The film is looking to pass "Kung Fu Panda 2" and even "Punch" in the top grossing films released in 2011,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.23 ~ 2011.12.25 2011/12/26, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.23 ~ 2011.12.25)
The Christmas weekend in Korea placed "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" at the top with 1,230,676 admissions, holding 34.6% of the total tickets sales with 881 screenings. Tom Cruise's latest film has blasted its way into number nine of the highest grossing films in Korea for 2011 with a total of 3,677,069 admissions. The blockbusters battled it out this weekend but the kids had their say to with a spew of foreign films catching their fancy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.16 ~ 2011.12.18 2011/12/18, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.16 ~ 2011.12.18)
It's just under a week to go now until Christmas is upon us and without a great Christmas film to capture the spirit Brad Birds "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" has stolen the show. This is the latest film in the "Mission Impossible" series and it opened in Korea with a bang, standing head and shoulders above all with 1,079,510 admissions,...More
Lee Min-ki: 'I Would Like to Come Closer to My Fans' 2011/12/05, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ki held a fan meeting in Japan, and he had a conversation with his fans while holding a live performance during the fan meeting.
Lee Min-ki, who has been spotlighted as a character actor up to now, held his fan meeting entitled "Minki's Forest" at Omiya Sonic City Hall in Saitama, Japan on December 4. He presented a short video containing the edited images of his movies "Quick" (directed by Jo Beom-goo) and "Spellbound" (directed by Hwang In-ho) and shared his recent stories. In addition, he explained his first photo album with nine different themes including rock, romance, and memory by saying, "I wanted to leave my appearance in my twenties and I wanted to contain my thoughts and my present time in the photo album",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.02 ~ 2011.12.04 2011/12/04, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.02 ~ 2011.12.04)
The holiday season is in full swing here in Korea and the numbers for December's first week are in. With a healthy 482,384 admissions, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is standing tall as fans of the popular series gather to get their latest fix of the vampire and werewolf action. It's probably not going to win any Oscars but its popularity cannot be denied as the series marches forward,...More
Son Ye-jin: 'I Do Not Like Similar Appearance' 2011/11/28, Source,
Actress Son Ye-jin, who will play the female protagonist named Kang Ye Ri in the movie "Spellbound", said, "I would like to act after abandoning myself. I am more attracted to new genre, new character and new story. I think that when I can enjoy, the audience can enjoy. I hate my similar facial expressions. I want to break the boundary of my acting"
Son Ye-jin has appeared in the movie at least once a year since she appeared in the movie "Lover's Concerto" in 2002 when she was in her early twenties. She usually appears in melodrama and romantic comedy movies such as "April Snow" (2005, directed by Heo Jin-ho) and "Crazy First Love" (2003). "Spellbound" (directed by Hwang In-ho) that will be released on December 1 is not so much different from her previous works, but it has difference of adding an atmosphere of horror in the movie,...More
Romance lost between spooks and laughs 2011/11/24, Source, Son Ye-jin, front, and Lee Min-ki appear in a scene from the horror romantic comedy "Spellbound". / Courtesy of CJ Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
It starts out promising: a young man falls for a beautiful woman, who turns out to not only be able to see ghosts but causes them to haunt those around her. Creepy lost souls keep interrupting the consummation of what should have been a heart fluttering rather than heart attack-inducing first kiss,...More
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