[HanCinema's Film Review] "Perfect Proposal" 2015/06/13,
Ji-yeon (played by Im Soo-jeong) is a woman in her thirties who's been drifting around aimlessly on the international circuit. After an interview with Seong-yeol (played by Yoo Yeon-seok) an intriguing possibility is floated. Does Ji-yeon continue with her dead-end lifestyle, or agree to the risky and convolunted scheme? You can probably guess the answer to that question. What kind of boring movie would prevent its characters from doing anything interesting? Well I can think of several actually but "Perfect Proposal" isn't one of them,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.05 ~ 2015.06.07 2015/06/08, Korean filmgoers trade dystopia for disaster as "San Andreas" disrupts…
Brad Peyton's epic disaster film "San Andreas" hit South Korea last Wednesday and now sits atop the box office. The $110M film attracted 724K admissions over 847 screens to end the first weekend of June comfortably on top with 48.3% of the box office pie going its way. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film has attracted fans locally and internationally and has already banked over $150M worldwide,...More
Perfect Proposal (2015) 2015/06/06, Source, "Perfect Proposal"
Genres: Crime and Romance
Running Time: 110 min.
Directed by: Yoon Jae-goo
Starring: Im Soo-jeong, Yoo Yeon-seok
Synopsis: Kicking off in Macau, a young woman running a travel agency is swindled by her business partner but with despair looming on the horizon, a chance comes in the form of a mysterious man who offers her a well-compensated job to reside on a luxury yacht and assist a wealthy CEO. She takes the job and finds herself torn between two men with very different agendas as tensions rise between the trio,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "JEON WOO CHI: The Taoist Wizard" + Giveaway 2014/04/28,
Jeon Woo-chi (played by Kang Dong-won) is a taoist wizard who's a bit of a rascal. He uses his magical powers mostly just so mess around with people in the Joseon era, until he gets stuck with the task of recovering one half of some sort of epic pipe. He battles goblins for awhile in the Joseon era, until finally the man is thrust into the modern day, where he proceeds to do tricky wacky magical maneuvers in a modern backdrop,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" 2014/04/12, A selection of shots from Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK"...
It was not one of Park's most profitable, but "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" possesses an invigorating type of magic only this master could muster. It tells the tale of a troubled young girl (Yeong-goon played by Im Soo-jeong) who is recently admitted to a mental institution after nearly electrocuting herself to death. There she serendipitously stumbles into an odd relationship with an anti-social schizophrenic (Rain as Il-soon) obsessed with oral hygiene and thievery, and shares with him her secret of being cyborg. The film is padded with magical-realism, lovable characters, attractive compositions, and at its core is a heart-warming story of the love we'd all like to get lost in/struck by. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sad Movie" 2013/12/21,
Foreboding title notwithstanding, the first thing that really stands out about "Sad Movie" are the comedic elements. Between the four vaguely related love-centered plotlines, there's this strong undertone of dark humor. There's a somewhat hostile relationship between mother and son, a threatened break-up over unchanging circumstances, a threatened marriage over unchanging circumstances, and a romance where one of the participants is neither seen or heard. It's all as bizarre as it sounds, yet to anyone who's been in these kinds of situations the emotions ring quite true.
What unites all these disparate stories is the overhanging dread of inevitability,...More
Pieta Wins Top Prize at 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards 2012/12/01, Source,
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the award for best film of the year at the 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul on Friday night. While accepting the grand prix at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Kim described his film as a reflection of extreme capitalism where money rules over all. He also expressed his hopes that the South Korean society would become one that's centered around people and not money,...More
[Guest Review] "Everything about my Wife" 2012/10/26,
"Everything about my Wife". is about Doo-Hyun (Lee Seon-gyoon), a man who wants to divorce his wife, Jung-In (Im Soo-jeong) who he feels has become overbearing. However, he doesn't have the courage to do it himself, so he gets a local Casanova, Sung-Ki (Ryoo Seung-ryong) to try and seduce her so that she'll want to divorce him. "Everything about my Wife" features three major actors as its leads and has done very well at the local box office. It has all the right basic elements for a crowd-pleaser- three popular lead actors and a very zany plot that gives them a chance to mug for the camera. As far as laughs go, it does not disappoint,...More
Lee Dong-geon parts ways with agency 2012/10/08, Source,
Actor Lee Dong-geon closed contracts with his current agency and is looking forward to coming back as a free man.
Lee Dong-geon and his current agency Mask Entertainment are discussing contract cancellation matters right now. An entertainment spokesperson revealed, "The two decided to end it here for their future. All the contract procedures will be taken care of within this week",...More
Laughter and tears in 'Brothers Were Brave' 2012/07/05, Source,
A scene from the musical "Brothers Were Brave", which revolves around two brothers fighting over a winning lottery ticket and a woman during their father's funeral with songs ranging from tango to rap. / Courtesy of PMC Production
By Kwon Mee-yoo Chang You-jeong, 35, was already a star director in 2008 with such hits as "Finding Kim Jong-wook" and "Oh While You Were Sleeping". The two works are staged as open-ended runs in Daehangno, and Yeongdeungpo, in Seoul, respectively. But in 2008, she put forth a musical of two sons' conflicting relationship with their father, "Brothers Were Brave". Interestingly, she infused elements of Korea's rituals such as a traditional funeral with a variety of music from tango to rap and matching choreography,...More
CJ Entertainment Reveals Everything about my Wife 2012/06/12, Source,
Sexy romantic comedy opens in North America on June 22, 2012 LOS ANGELES, CA (June 11, 2012) – CJ Entertainment brings the unconventional romantic comedy "Everything about my Wife" to North American screens on June 22, 2012, just weeks after it's South Korean debut where it swept to the top of the box office with over 2 million audience admissions in its first 2 weeks. Mr. Casanova… Please Seduce My Wife!
After seven years of marriage, Doo-hyun (Lee Seon-gyoon) is at the end of his rope. Jung-in (Im Soo-jeong), his wife, is beautiful, sexy, and a fantastic cook, but drives her husband crazy with her endless nagging and complaining,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.05.25 ~ 2012.05.27 2012/05/27, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.05.25 ~ 2012.05.27)Min Gyoo-dong's comedy drama "Everything about my Wife" wasn't able to enjoy the number one position for very long. After claiming first position last week from Marvel's blockbuster "The Avengers", the film was once again outplayed by "Men in Black III", another hugely popular series out of the U.S. "Men in Black III" earned 1,063,774 admissions in its first weekend in Korea, marking a successful start to its efforts here in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.05.11 ~ 2012.05.13 2012/05/13, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.05.11 ~ 2012.05.13)
It was another moneymaking weekend for "The Avengers" as the crowds continued to stream in for Marvel's record-breaking blockbuster. The long awaited comic book film raked in another 995,156 admissions and now sits as the highest grossing film released in Korea for 2012 with 5,447,728 admissions. That's almost a million more than the Korean film "Nameless Gangster", which it dislodged at the top,...More
Nagging Wife Role Lets Im Soo-jeong Explore Hidden Side 2012/05/12, Source,
In her latest movie "Everything about my Wife", which will be released next Thursday, actress Im Soo-jeong ditches her innocent image as she takes on the role of a middle-aged woman with a sharp tongue well versed in the art of nagging.
Asked about gambling on such a dramatically new role, Im said, "I wasn't sure at first. I had so many lines... But whenever I hesitated, the director gave me a lot of reassurance, and said the other co-stars really wanted to work with me,...More
KoreanFilm.org's Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet 2012/01/14, Source,
Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
[User Review] Finding Mr. Destiny 2011/11/12, Source,
Did I say I love colors in Korean movies? I do. "Finding Mr. Destiny" has similar color palette to that of "Antique", but without such cold blue hues as the latter. The literal title is "Finding Mr. Kim Jongwuk" (김종욱 찾기) and basically it's about it. But it would be very hard to describe this movie in one sentence.
This movie was based on the musical play under the same title and done by the same director Jang Yoo-jeong. After the musical, she directed the movie as well. Perhaps this is why little me was happy seeing musical performance inside the movie, ohohoho!,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.04~2011.03.06) 2011/03/07, Source, Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.04~2011.03.06)
The foreign film "Black Swan" dislodges "Children…" at the top this week. Natalie Portman stars in this dark mystery thriller that is causing a stir in Korea at the moment. Darren Aronofsky directs this week's number one and is appreciating the films international success thus far.,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2011/03/03, Source, Spring has come to the galleries of Seoul. The National Art Studio has opened an exhibition titled "INTRO" which features the works of resident artists recently accepted to the studio.
[Interview : Sim Gyu-hwan, Program manager] "A feature of this exhibition is that the works are of a variety of,...More
Korean shorts win awards 2011/02/21, Source,
Director Park Chan-kyong poses with his Golden Bear award of the International Short Film Jury for his film "Night Fishing", co-directed by Park Chan-wook, during the awards ceremony at the 61st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Feb. 19. / Reuters-Yonhap
By Chung Ah-young
Korean film director Park Chan-wook's latest short film "Paranmanjang (Night Fishing)" in collaboration with his brother Chan-kyong, won the Gold Bear for Best Short Film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday,...More
Hyeon Bin: 'I Will Fully Enjoy Berlin International Film Festival' 2011/02/18, Source,
Two main actors of the movie "Come Rain Come Shine"Press conference for "Come Rain Come Shine"
Actor Hyeon Bin expressed his feeling about his participation in the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which began February 10, during the press conference for the "Come Rain Come Shine" held at the Wangsibri CGV on February 14. He said, "It has been a privilege for me that I have been invited to the festival, and more honorably, I am visiting there with my two movies. I am taking a rest at this moment when I completed the first stage of my acting career. It is very meaningful that I can see and feel something very good at the Berlin International Film Festival. Even though the schedule in Berlin is so tight, I will fully enjoy the moment. Whether I can win any award or not will be decided by the plan of Nature",...More
Weekly star scene 1 2011/02/02, Source,
We've got a great new treat for you guys out there now. We know you've been hungry for the latest in entertainment news here in Korea so every Wednesday is our Weekly Star Scene corner. Hyeon Bin, Gong Li, Yoon Si-yoon updates on these stars and more are all up next. We're joined by Lee Dami here in the studio to tell us more,...More
Hyeon Bin to grace Berlinale red carpet 2011/02/01, Source,
By Ines Min
Actor Hyeon Bin, 29, will be able to make the red carpet of the Berlin International Film Festival, ahead of entering the Marine Corps. March 7, it was announced Monday.
Hyeon received permission from the authorities to leave the country from Feb. 15 to 23. The festival, commonly known as Berlinale, runs from Feb. 10 to 20,...More
Gong Yoo, Jeong Yu-mi cast in new film 2011/01/07, Source,
Actor Gong Yoo (left) and actress Jeong Yu-mi [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Actor Gong Yoo and actress Jeong Yu-mi have been cast together in a new film, announced their agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Friday.
According to a press release by N.O.A., film "The Crucible" ("Dogani"), whose title can be translated into 'a scene', is based on the 2009 best-seller of the same name written by Korean writer Gong Ji-young who looked into a sexual violence case committed in one of the schools for hearing-impaired people in Gwangju,...More
Actor Gong Yoo's song picks 2010/12/24, Source,
Actor Gong Yoo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"It's not easy to pick just a few", actor Gong Yoo remarked with a sigh as he unfolded the A4 paper filled with numerous names of musicians and albums. "Lucid Fall's 'Night At The Border' is good but all of his albums are actually good and 'Greetings (Feat. Kim Yeon-woo)' in TOY's 6th album "Thank You" is the song I promised to sing on KBS music show 'Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook'. Oh, and E Z yung's 'Spring Miracle' is great, too. These days I'm also listening to a lot of No Reply and."..
It was quite refreshing to see this side to the tall and handsome Gong Yoo who is fit to be more of an outdoor man -- as a matter of fact, he did appear as a popular baseball player Park Chul-soon in the film "Superstar Mr. Gam" (2004) -- so hung up with music. Perhaps this side of him is closer to the most recent character he played in the film "Finding Mr. Destiny" (2010), a meticulous man of principle named Han Ki-joon, who travels all the way to India in search of his client Ji-woo's (Im Soo-jeong) first love whom she met there without a clue to what his age is, his hometown, school nor anything else,...More
"Harry Potter" leads Korean box office 2010/12/20, Source,
U.S./ U.K. film "Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1"
Warner Bros' latest installment of the "Harry Potter" franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1", arrived on top of Korea's box office over the weekend, according to data by Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) on Monday.
"Harry Potter" starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson attracted,...More
Actor Gong Yoo to hold fan meeting in Japan 2010/12/02, Source,
Actor Gong Yoo [Mind Bridge]
Actor Gong Yoo plans to hold a fan meeting in Japan this week, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Thursday.
N.O.A announced today that Gong will meet with fans through a meet-and-greet titled "Love Song for You" in Osaka and Yokohama on December 3 and December 5, respectively,...More
'Destiny' sweetly reminisces first loves 2010/12/02, Source, Im Soo-jeong, left, and Gong Yoo appear in a scene from the romantic comedy "Finding Mr. Destiny", which opens in theaters on Dec. 9. / Courtesy of CJ Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
First loves last forever, and a new romantic comedy delightfully captures that tingly, fuzzy, and oftentimes heartrending, experience and how it tends to map out the blue print for people's romantic patterns.
"Finding Mr. Destiny" offers the audience precisely what is expected of the genre — charming oddball characters, plenty of good laughs and a touch of poignant drama,...More
"Mr. Destiny" director says Gong Yoo has Hugh Grant image 2010/11/11, Source,
Korean actor Gong Yoo speaks at the press conference for upcoming romantic comedy "Finding Mr. Destiny" held at the CGV movie theater in Apgujeong of Seoul, South Korea on November 11, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Director Jang Yoo-jeong of upcoming romantic comedy "Finding Mr. Destiny" has said that the film's male lead Gong Yoo has the image of British actor Huge Grant.
At a press conference held Thursday at a CGV movie theater in Apgujeong, Jang made the remark while explaining why she chose to cast Gong Yoo for the role of Han Ki-jun, a timid and clean-cut guy who after getting fired from his job as a travel agent, sets up an office that helps people find their first love,...More
Rain highly likely to star in remake film 2010/08/11, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain is highly likely to play the main character of film "Red Scarf", a remake of the Korean movie of the same name from 1964.
"The details have yet to be set but there is a very high possibility", an official with the film remarked regarding Rain's casting which would mark the singer and actor's second local big screen role,...More
N.O.A Entertainment signs M.O.U. with Chinese company 2010/06/07, Source,
M.O.U signing between Korean agency N.O.A. Entertainment and China Guoan Culture & Media Investment Co., Ltd. [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean entertainment agency N.O.A Entertainment, which represents top actors Ha Jeong-woo and Jeon Do-yeon, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Guoan Culture & Media Investment Co., Ltd.
According to an official at N.O.A., the agency signed with the Chinese company on Sunday, establishing a strategic partnership through which both parties will cooperate in producing various cultural contents such as films and television dramas, as well as managing entertainment businesses in Korea and China,...More
[10LINE] Actress Moon Geun-young 2010/05/06, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Im Soo-jeong, actor Kim Rae-won, actor Park Geon-hyeong, actor Kim Joo-hyeok and actress Lee Mi-sook [10Asia]
Moon Geun-young Star. Icon. Nation's little sister. Now we call her by her name "Geun-yeong".
Shin Ae-dukMoon Geun-young's grandmother. As a child, Moon began her day watching morning dramas with her grandmother and at nights would fall asleep while talking with her grandmother on what happened during the day with her parents being busy working. Her grandmother told her, "In life, people go through various ups and downs but I don't want you to think about that too much and rather work on refining yourself and grow up to become an intelligent actress". Moon Geun-young's mother told her that the money she makes "is not our money" and suggested in donating it as "a way of investing your love to society". One of the biggest reasons that Moon was able to act from a young age until now without faltering is because of the unconditional support she received from her family,...More
Rain says "Im Soo-jeong is my ideal woman" 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain appears on talk show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed that actress Im Soo-jeong is his ideal type of woman.
The 27-year-old singer and actor made the remark while appearing as a guest on popular SBS talk show "Steel Heart" which aired on April 4.
On the show, Rain was offered to take part in a segment called "Surprise Ideal Woman World Cup", selecting Im as his ideal woman among many female celebrities including,...More
Im Soo-jeong attends Calvin Klein show in Shanghai 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean actress Im Soo-jeong attends Calvin Klein fashion show held in Shanghai, China on April 16, 2010. [apr agency]
Korean actress Im Soo-jeong recently attended a Calvin Klein fashion show in China where she mingled with other international stars including Hollywood bombshell Eva Mendes, according to PR firm apr agency on Thursday.
As a representative of Korea, the actress was invited to the event titled "World of Calvin Klein in Asia", the designer brand's first runway show in the region,...More
Im Soo-jeong to attend Calvin Klein show in Shanghai 2010/04/14, Source,
Korean actress Im Soo-jeong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Im Soo-jeong will be attending designer brand Calvin Klein's fashion show in China as a representative of Korea, according to her agency on Wednesday.
The actress was invited to the event "World of Calvin Klein in Shanghai", the brand's first runway show in Asia, which will be attended by numerous actors and celebrities in the region,...More
[PREVIEW] Film "WOOCHI" 2010/01/05, Source,
A scene from film "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist WizardWOOCHI" [Zip Cinema]
"JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" is the sole Korean movie on the local box office which will be up to par for competition against the recent rush of some of Hollywood's most anticipated films. The collaboration between director Choi Dong-hoon of hit films "The Big Swindle" and "Tazza: The High Rollers" ("The War Of Flower") and the cast composed of Kang Dong-won, Kim Yoon-seok and Im Soo-jeong is already enough to catch the eye of the moviegoers. But the plot in which character Woochi (played by Kang Dong-won) comes to life in modern day Korea for the first time in 500 years to fight off his opponent Hwadam (played by Kim Yoon-suk) and other monsters, clearly reveals what "WOOCHI" is aiming for. This 'Korean superhero flick' is a Korean-style blockbuster which creates buzz with its sheer scale, ahead of having to judge how well it has been made. Of course, its size may seem relatively small compared to its competitors but it will be interesting to see how well this movie -- made by a director who has a firm understanding on Korean stars and the mentality of the Korean public -- will fare amongst the crowd of Hollywood blockbusters.,...More
Heo Jin-ho, the director known for films about fading romance, brings something brighter in ",...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Im Soo-jeong in a short film! 2009/09/07, Source, Im Soo-jeong is in a Thai short film, "Phuket" as the main character. This film is starring Im along with Thai stars Aditya Assarat and Sorapong Chatree.
This film is about a young Korean film and middle aged hotel limosine driver who share friendship.
Im's character is of a girl who has been in the spotlight in Korea through her acting. She is tired and wants so go to Phuket where she has her childhood memories. She find refuge through her old friend sorting,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] The 45th Daejong Film Festival 2008/06/26, Source, One of the masterpiece films "The Chaser" has been nominated for 11 different awards for the 45th annual Daejong Film Festival that will be on the 27th at Seoul Samsungdong Coex Convention Hall. The festival will be aired in the SBS channel live.
Last year, actress Kim Ah-joong and announcer Choi Ki-hwan received the highest award. Wondergirls who's "So Hot" song is a big hit performed "Tell Me" and Ock Ju-hyun performed a song from the musical "Chicago". We anticipate which performers will be performing in the festival this year.,...More
Kim Tae-hee 'Eyes', Han Ga-in 'Nose', Song Hye-kyo 'Mouth' 2008/06/26, Source, It's a world full of beauties. If you turn on the television, the screen is vividly filled with well-defined faces. The internet is full of regular people who are known for their beautiful faces or bodies. Beauty marketing is everywhere, and it has been a long time since beauty has become a way to j,...More
New Movies for 1st Week of October 2007/10/05, Source, Time now to check on this week's new movies.
A Korean drama is sure to cater to those ready for a Sad Love Story.
And there're also two Hollywood movies starring some big names.
Lee Jeewon has our preview.
'Tis the season to be sen,...More
Korean Films Recover at the Box Office 2007/09/19, Source, Korean cinema is showing signs of recovery in the domestic market after a slow first half of 2007. Korea's leading cinema chain CGV announced that last month August recorded the highest monthly cinema attendance number, mainly because of the Korean films,...More
The number of films produced last year was 108, the most ever in Korean cinematic history, and many of them were feature debut works by emerging directors. But more familiar names will be seen at the box office this year as many renowned directors are preparing to,...More
'I'm a Cyborg But That's OK' and 'Seducing Mr. Perfect' 2006/12/08, Source, Time to check on what's new at movie theaters nationwide.
The big releases this week are three romantic comedies from Korea and the US.
First up is director Park Chanwook's latest production, his first since COMPLETING his revenge trilogy.
Here's Son Heekyung.
The Season's Great Movie Kisses 2006/11/16, Source, Fall is closing in, and with it comes the time for bittersweet melodrama in the movie theaters. Lovers meet like ships passing in the night, unforgettable memories are born, tear-moistened hankies fre,...More
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I'am Niki from Australia...
Im Soo-Jeong is soo adorable! everyone agrees with that...she looks so cute in " Sorry I love You". and she and So Ji-sub were the best coupe. they won the 2004 best couple awards. So Ji-sub had the same hair style lyk he did in the movie were his hair was a spiked up! ..
All the Best....
From your Australian friend..Niki.!
i am sorry i love you if not the best is one of the best korean tv drama, well as for me, its next to jewel in the palace but its great!!! makes you feel you are lucky you have parents who have taken good care of you and who have loved you since you were a kid... i love it!!! recommended!!!
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