[Guest Film Review] "Secret Reunion" 2017/01/07, Jang Hoon, who started his career as an assistant to Kim Ki-duk, has only directed three feature films: "Rough Cut" in 2008, "Secret Reunion" in 2010, and "The Front Line", in 2011. However, all of them are considered masterpieces, with Hoon managing to combine commercial success with acclaimed reviews. This particular one holds the 47th place in the List of highest-grossing films in South Korea, while it also netted the Best Film Award from the Blue Dragon,...More
[Guest Film Review] "ARIRANG - Movie" 2016/12/24,
Following an incident in "Dream", where the lead protagonist, Lee Na-young almost died during a hanging scene, and after his long-time assistant, Jang Hoon and the producer of the film "Poongsan" abandoned him during the film's shootings the same year (2011), Kim Ki-duk retreated to a secluded mountain house. Eventually he decided to shoot a documentary of shorts while there, entirely by himself, that came to be "ARIRANG - Movie". It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and won the top award for best film,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Rough Cut" 2016/05/21,
This film proved that Kim Ki-duk's presence in a movie is a pledge of success by its own self. This time, the Korean auteur penned the script, with Jang Hoon, the director, being one of the many assistants Kim had in his films, learning "the art" in "The Bow". The combination proved very successful, with "Rough Cut" recording more admissions than all of the previous Kim's films combined,...More
The Korean Film Festival comes to Montreal 2013/06/26, Source, In celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea, a selection of 10 outstanding Korean films will be showcased in Montreal from July 4th to 10th, 2013.
Ciné-Asie, along with the major support of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, presents the first edition of the Korean Film Festival in Canada – KFF – which will be launched in five Canadian cities, highlighting Montreal in partnership with the Cineplex Odeon Forum and Mosaicultures Internationales Montréal at the Montreal Botanical Garden (an event that expects nearly two million visitors this summer), the KFF anticipates to receive a large number of visitors for its first edition. For the first time, the KFF website is composed in three different languages: English, French, and Korean.
The KFF will present ten full length feature films and five short films.
The feature films are either the highest grossing movies in recent years, totalling 7 to 13 million admissions in South Korea, or have gained international critical acclaims, winning significant awards. Among them include Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" (Le grand prix at Venice 2012), "Miracle in Cell No.7" (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2013), and "Masquerade" starring actor Lee Byung-hun (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2012),...More
Palm Springs fest to screen The Front Line 2011/12/26, Source,
The upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen South Korea's Oscar submission"The Front Line" in its Awards Buzz section. The section will feature 40 of the 63 official submissions the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. The 40 films were selected by festival programmers as the strongest entries in this year's race. The 2012 PSIFF will run Jan. 5 – 16,...More
[Giveaway] "The Front Line" DVD First Press Limited Edition 2011/12/01, Source,
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Check for the red ribbons on HanCinema and sign in with Facebook, share, like, tweet, plus pages, post comments or just browse on HanCinema and you will earn points, the winner will be the first to obtain 5000 points, no time limit,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011 2011/11/26, Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011
2011 has produced a range of successful Korean films that have captured the public's imagination, tugged at their heartstrings, caused a few laughs, and asked some serious questions. Although the year is not quite done, the big films of the year have largely had their say at the box office. This week I wanted to take a look at the top domestic films of 2011 and see just what type of films captured the public's interest in 2011,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Front Line": Making a Mountain out of a Mole Hill 2011/11/26, Jang Hoon's "The Front Line" has achieved much since its release in July. The war drama snatched up four awards from KAFC (Korean Association of Film Critics), another four from the Daejong Film Awards, two technical awards from the Blue Dragon Film Awards, had some 2,949,198 viewers watch it while on the circuit, and it was selected as South Korea's official submission to the Academy Awards. The film was also screened at a number of film festivals around the world but what is it about "The Front Line" that lets it stand tall among other, possibly more substantial and intimate, Korean War films?,...More
User Review - Secret Reunion 2011/11/26, Source,
Some things to know about my review:
- My reviews are subjective and my opinions based on my own general likes and dislikes, unclouded by obsessions.
- They usually don't have major or ending spoilers, but if they do, they will come with a warning.
- If I like a movie enough to write about it, I write a lot about it. My reviews are huge.
- I don't take myself too seriously so my reviews reflect that. It's light reading. A lot of it, but light.
"Secret Reunion" starts, Gang Dong-won speaks and the rest is awesome, due to the fact that his voice has thrown me into a fangirl coma. Ok, I'm kidding. But the movie does start as you would expect a movie like this to. We have rain, a small bleak apartment and a sad-face North Korean agent who is bidding his pregnant wife and unborn kid goodnight, before getting prepped for his next mission after which "he will definitely come home",...More
The Front Line wins big at Korean Critics Awards 2011/11/14, Source,
Director JANG Hun's "The Front Line" was the big winner at the 31st Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards. The ceremony was held at the Seoul Press Center on the evening of Friday, Nov. 11.
South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film nominations, The Front Line snapped up a total of four KAFC awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best New Actor,...More
"The Front Line" screenings in LA and Santa Monica 2011/11/11, Source,
After holding special screenings in support of "The Front Line", South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film category nominations, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it saw a strong turnout and positive reactions. About 500 industry professionals including members of the press from LA Times, Variety and the Hollywood Foreign Press attended the screenings,...More
Jeonju to meet increased demand with new soundstage 2011/11/11, Source,
Yonhap News Agency reports that the home city of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is planning to build more special studio space in the Jeonju Cinema Studio by July 2012.
The new space will be comprised of a 795㎡ soundstage along with 560㎡ of attached facilities including a make-up room. The soundstage will be house special sets such as hospital and police station interiors, for which demand has been on the rise. Jeonju City stated that they found a need for more facilities to meet the increasing numbers of filmmakers choosing to shoot there,...More
Historic War Drama Tops Nominations at Blue Dragon Awards 2011/11/10, Source, "The Front Line" has been nominated for 11 categories including Best Film at the 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards, a leading annual awards ceremony organized by the Sports Chosun that focuses on new blockbusters.
Directed by Jang Hoon, the movie revolves around a final battle fought in the early stages of the 1950-53 Korean War after the 1951 ceasefire is announced, showing how soldiers can lose their humanity in the insanity of war. It stars Sin Ha-gyoon and Ko Soo, among others,...More
BUSAN WEST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2011 LINE-UP 2011/11/01, Source,
Feng Xiaogang's "AfterShock" Named Closing Night Film
Festival Welcomes the North American Premieres of Oh Seong-yoon's "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" and Loy Arcenas‚ "Niño"
Orange, CA (October 31, 2011) - Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia's largest film festival, today announced the official program for the upcoming Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 in Orange, Calif,...More
Well Go USA picks up "The Front Line" 2011/10/28, Source,
Screendaily.com has reported that Well Go USA has picked up South Korea's Oscar Best Foreign Language Film category submission.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the Korean War drama from director Jang Hoon.
The UK-based international trade magazine reported that Well Go negotiated rights from major Korean distributor Showbox / Mediaplex and plans a January 2012 theatrical release,...More
KOFFIA 2011 Film Line-up announced! 2011/07/27, Source,
KOFFIA 2011 is coming! HOLD ON TIGHT! For immediate release The KOFFIA Korean Film Festival is back in Sydney for the second time this August, bigger and better than ever, and it all begins here! KOFFIA 2011 will present 13 feature films and 7 shorts that showcase the great diversity of Korean cinema today, as well as providing a true Korean cultural experience with industry forums, cultural performances, food tastings and so much more. HOLD ON TIGHT!
The festival will take place from 24th – 29th August at Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay, Sydney. In this Australia-Korea Year of Friendship, we are very excited to announce that KOFFIA will also travel down to the beautiful city of Melbourne! The festival will run from 10th – 13th September at ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. This is an extra special date, as 12th September marks the important Korean Thanksgiving Holiday of Chuseok, join us in this celebration,...More
Korea's total box office dips 2.3%, but local films go up 9.9% 2011/07/08, Source, By KOFIC
Korea's box office in the first half of 2011 has dipped 2.3%. From January to June, theaters took in 68.3 million admissions and KW536.4bn (US$507.2m), down from the 69.76 million admissions and KW549.3bn (US$519.4m) in the same period of time in 2010.
Last year, 3D films with higher ticket prices led by "Avatar" brought about an increase in box office gross despite a decrease in admissions. This year's 3D tentpoles such as "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" did well at the box office but were not enough to make up for decreasing admissions,...More
Ko Chang-seok "Quick" and "The Front Line" released a day apart 2011/07/06, Source,
Actor Ko Chang-seok is in a tight spot with the two 10 billion won movies with him in it are being released only a day apart. He is in "The Front Line" releasing on the 20th and "Quick" coming out on the 21st.
The two movies started shooting almost at the same time since the end of last year until the beginning of this year but they were set to be released in the summer and in Chuseok. Primarily meant for Chuseok, "Quick" has been reset to be released this summer as the materials of the movie like the action was judged to be more fit for the summer by the production. As well, "The Front Line" was to be released in time for the June 25th War Memorial day but was delayed in filming, therefore only being released in the summer.,...More
'The Front Line' spotlights the Forgotten War 2011/06/16, Source,
By Park Sung-hee
Jang Hoon, who directed the hit inter-Korean drama "Secret Reunion", has returned with another film involving the two Koreas.
"The Front Line" takes viewers back to the Korean War (1950-53), which is largely known as the Forgotten War, and looks into parts of the conflict that have slipped into oblivion. Jang teamed up with a seasoned scriptwriter Park Sang-yeon for the 10 billion-won project.
"Even Koreans remember only about six months of the Korean War", scriptwriter Park told reporters Tuesday in Seoul. "But the actual conflict went on for another 30 months. We wanted to tell the forgotten parts of the Forgotten War",...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
Top Korean Movies to Look Out for in 2011 2011/01/12, Source, Since 2001, the overall market share of Korean movies has been on the rise in the country reaching its peak in 2006 at 64 percent but falling to 46 last year.
But experts say that the number is only going to decrease slightly this year to around 44 percent.
This is mainly due to large Hollywood co,...More
Stars Born in Year of Rabbit 2010/12/23, Source,
As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
Fantasia presents 14 Korean features 2010/07/20, Source, Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, running July 8 – 28 in Canada's second-largest city, presents a total of 14 Korean features this year. The festival which highlights fantasy and strong genre-oriented films from Asia will screen the Canadian premiere of,...More
NYAFF screens wide selection of Korean films 2010/07/20, Source, The ninth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) wrapped on Thursday, July 8, after presenting 45 films from across Asia including seven Korean features and a collection of eight Korean standout shorts from Seoul's 2009 Mise-en-Scéne Short Film Festival.
Director Jang Hoon's Movie Picks 2010/03/16, Source,
Director Jang Hoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
There are two men. Whether they have their backs turned or are facing each other, they are enemies. They stand together only because they need to, and the distance between them fails to narrow. Gang-pae (played by So Ji-sub) and Soo-ta (Kang Ji-hwan) met in "Rough Cut" to shoot a film and Han-gyu (Song Kang-ho) and Ji-won (Gang Dong-won) meet in "Secret Reunion" to find what they have lost. Yet while Gang-pae and Soo-ta end up scarring each other deeply, Han-gyu and Ji-won find peace.
The man who made these men meet, made them fight and then reconcile, is director Jang Hoon. He has returned with his second directorial feature "Secret Reunion", again telling the story of two male characters as he did with "Rough Cut" but things are different this time,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 1 2010/03/04, Source,
Korean actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck: Una/10Asia]
Song Kang-ho interviewed and photographed by Beck: Una
Song Kang-ho is not a funny person. He is an entertaining actor. Song Kang-ho is not a friendly person. He is a familiar actor. Song Kang-ho is not a diligent person. He is an actor who always works. Song Kang-ho is not a successful/proud person. But he is an extraordinary actor. As the third object of "Interview 100", actor Song Kang-ho stood waiting with a cigarette in his mouth and looking more relaxed and comfortable than ever. And rather than giving a fussy greeting or a friendly hug, he simply waved a moderately warm hello with his hand.
Beck Una (Beck): When I saw you at the Pusan International Film Festival last year, you said not to expect much from "Secret Reunion" and joked that it was just a movie where you rode on actor Gang Dong-won's popularity from film "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard". But "Secret Reunion" turned out to be much more commercial. Song Kang-ho (Song): I needed it to vent my spite from "Thirst". It was for the film! Hahahahaha!
Beck: You are usually very critical of your own films compared to other actors. What is your take on your film "Secret Reunion"?,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2 2010/03/04, Source,
Actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck: What did you find likeable and entertaining about the script for "Secret Reunion"? Song: Ten years ago, I did the films "Shiri" and "JSA - Joint Security Area" which are both about South Korea, North Korea and men. So, "Secret Reunion" was similar to them in a way, a similar story, but the overall outline of the movie is completely different from the previous films. The film doesn't treat the South-North division as its theme but rather takes an incredibly soft, light and sophisticated approach to it. I thought that was closer to how the audience currently feels about the division and there was something lovely about a North Korean spy and a former South Korean intelligence service agent living together. I don't think I would have done the movie if it dealt seriously about the division at times like now.
Beck:But didn't you choose to do the film because of the character or the role you would get to take on?,...More
Kang and Song say bonded like brothers in "Secret Reunion" 2010/01/21, Source,
Director Jang Hoon (center) poses with his lead actors Song Kang-ho (left) and Gang Dong-won attend a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the COEX Megabox Multiplex theater in Seoul, South Korea on January 19, 2010. [Creative Film Marketing]
Press conference for film "Secret Reunion"Song Kang-ho keeps throwing verbal jabs which makes the audience burst out in laughter. Gang Dong-won wears a complex, multi-layered look in his eyes that has not been seen in any of his previous films. From what has been revealed at the press conference for "Secret Reunion", held at Seoul's Megabox Multiplex on Tuesday, "Secret Reunion""Secret Reunion" not only maximized the strengths of the two actors but also took an unexpected turn. The character Han-gyu, a former NIS (National Intelligence Service) agent who now runs a detective agency, appears to be a mixture of Song's two previous characters -- the NIS agent in "Shiri" and the middle-aged mobster in "The Show Must Go on". But his remarks in the movie go far beyond just being funny lines spoken by a character -- it's as if the actor and the character have become one. And one can see in the close-up shots that Gang Dong-won -- who looks as slick as a deer even when he's wearing suits that have long gone out of fashion -- carries in his eyes the intensity of a North Korean spy who is immensely conflicted between his ideology and his emotions.,...More
A story about North and South Korean spies called "Secret Reunion" may initially seem like mawkish c,...More
Song Kang-ho's New Movie 'Secret Reunion' 2010/01/17, Source,
In an interview at a hotel in Sokong-dong, actor Song Kang-ho said, "First of all, I could easily identify my own personality with the character I played in the movie ‘Secret Reunion' better than in any of my other movies. The character of Han-kyu in Secret Reunion seems to me to be a mix of previous characters I played before, including Doo-man ("Memories of Murder") and Kyung-pil ("JSA - Joint Security Area"). I think that my character Han-kyu is a unique character, but I also used several of my previous characters from my other movies to influence the character 'Han-kyu'. I see my role as Han-kyu to be an assorted gift of my acting experiences for my fans. I tried to show the essence of my acting through Han-kyu and to express him as a father and a husband in his daily life, even though Han-kyu is an agent of the National Intelligence Service (laughing)".
Song, who has gained growing popularity and recognition for his acting credentials, plays Han-kyu, a former agent of the NIS in the movie "Secret Reunion", which is the second movie by director Jang Hoon, whose first project as the main director was "A Movie is a Movie". "Secret Reunion" will be released on February 4.,...More
Gang Dong-won says envies Song Kang-ho's animal instincts 2010/01/06, Source,
From left, actor Song Kang-ho, director Jang Hoon and actor Kang Dong-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 5, 2009. [Lee Ji-hyuk/10Asia] A former South Korean intelligence agency official and a North Korean spy sent to South Korea. In most films, such a setting would end as a tragedy or result in a clash of ideologies as was the case in films "Shiri" or "JSA - Joint Security Area". These characters, who have been trained for the good of their country, will confront each other brutally or will have to face numerous conspiracies as was the case with the NSS agents in KBS TV series "IRIS". But "Secret Reunion" is a film which seems to be set on providing a new form of enjoyment through its characters. Unlike its poster showing a resolutely determined Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won, a preview video revealed at a press conference for the film on Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel drew frequent bursts of laughter from the audience. Lee Han-gyu (played by Song) who looks better as the owner of a detective agency than the national intelligence service from which he has been expelled, and North Korean spy Song Ji-won (played by Kang) who still flaunts his outstanding looks on screen despite the director's efforts to do his best to "make him not look like a model", start living together for different purposes. Lee employes Song to win a prize money given for catching spies and Song starts working at Lee's agency to make money to return to the North. Each character, both of whom have been ousted by their organizations, will try to use the other as a tool to reclaim their original positions but the wall between them starts collapsing. "Secret Reunion", which focused on the individual changes the two characters go through regardless of their different ideologies, is set for release on February 4. Below are excerpts from the press conference attended by Song, Kang and director Jang.
Actor Song Kang-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: What sort of film is "Secret Reunion"? Jang Hun (Jang): A South Korean man in the National Intelligence Service meets with a North Korean man sent to the South as a spy. The film is about the two men who start out as enemies but change after seeing the humane sides to each other while living together.,...More
Korean Presence 12th Shanghai Int'l Fest 2009/06/12, Source, The 12th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is underway June 13 -21 with Korean presence strong throughout including 2 films in competition, and a retrospective on veteran director Im Kwon-taek who will also preside ove,...More
Korean Master and 12 Features in Hong Kong 2009/03/06, Source, One of Korean cinema's early masters and one of the most important directors of the 60s and 70s, YU Hyun-mok, 84, will receive a retrospective at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The event, which opens March 22, will feature four of the director's finest films under the title,...More
2008 packed surprises 2008/12/11, Source, Data released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on December 2, revealed a number of modest budgeted films in the top five of most successful films in 2008. However, the list is lead by the big budget blockbuster ",...More
Action movies show the human body twisting in unimaginable ways and engage the audience in the art of primal combat. Here come two films, one about the making of an unconventional action movie, and the other which documents the stuntmen who help make such films pos,...More
11th PiFan Wraps With Awards 2007/07/20, Source, The 11th Puchon International Film Festival drew to a close Thursday, after a successful 9-day run. Curtains closed with Indonesian director Joko ANWAR's Kala, a noir-ish crime thriller that was a huge hit in its homeland. PiFan's top prize, the Puchon Choice Best Film award went to Thai psycholog,...More
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