Born in 1972. JEON received his B.A. in philosophy at Sogang University. With passion for staged musical and dance, he had produced and written several plays. He worked as the assistant director for "Singles" (2003. directed by KWON Chil-In). "The Ghost Theater", an odd poignant cult musical is his feature debut.
Korean Directors in Hollywood 2013/03/20, Source,
Written by Korean Class Massive
With late 2012 and 2013 seeing Hollywood releases by three of South Korea's biggest directors, does this mark a certain turning point for Korean film makers? Can Korean directors work well within the Hollywood film industry and will these moves into Hollywood encourage international audiences to discover more Korean cinema? Will the overall success of Park Chan-wook's Stoker, Kim Ji-woon's The Last Stand and Bong Joon-ho's still to be released "Snowpiercer" be the deciding factor for Korean directors considering crossing over to Hollywood?
For some years now Hollywood has been remaking original Korean films. The Uninvited (Kim Ji-woon's "A Tale of Two Sisters"), Mirrors (Kim Seong-ho's "Into The Mirror") and The Lake House (Lee Hyeon-seung's "Il Mare") are some examples of remakes which the general public may not have known were based on original Korean films. With Spike Lee set to put his spin on the much loved "Old Boy" (remember all those terrifying Colin Firth as Lee Woo-jin rumours?), Hollywood obviously loves a good Korean film….but is it only when it's been re-done by themselves? This year marks the moment when Korean directors call on Hollywood first hand and Hollywood stops the remakes for a while,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Love Fiction": Like Armpit Hair on a Gorgeous Woman... 2012/10/13, Film: "Love Fiction"
Director/Writer:Jeon Gye-sooStars:Ha Jeong-woo & Kong Hyo-jinReview Score: 3.5 / 5
Also Try:"Characters" and "Shotgun Love"
Admittedly I find myself drawn to dramas and romantic comedies that dabble in the self-reflexivity of characters and their fates. What's the conflict? Where is the drama? What would these characters do in a particular situation? And "Love Fiction" just happens to be one of those films as director Jeon Gye-soo gives us a front row seat into a struggling novelists personal journey into life, love, and story's that run crooked between them.
Let me just say that I am writing this review with fat and slow fingers. I found the film to be rather a mixed bag of well-polished moments and scenes, but was also reeked of clichés and, ironically, rather poor character development. I caught myself taking a deep breath before I pressed start on this one, dreading another plain, yet palatable, Korean romantic comedy. I was surprised, at intially, to find the humour sharp, original, and very well captured on screen. That said, much of laughs I enjoy while watching the film weren't, perhaps, the regular Korean slapstick and screwball affairs. Which I honestly don't mind as much as it might sound, but still the prospect of 'more of the same' warranted some more oxygen,...More
'Project 577' wraps truth in laughter 2012/08/30, Source,
Actors Ha Jeong-woo, front left, and Kong Hyo-jin, front right, star in "Project 577", an uncategorizable film masterminded by Ha and directed by Yi Keun-Woo. While these two bare just their feet and not much else personally, the film delivers a critique of the state of Korea's film industry. / Courtesy of Dasepo Club
By Kwaak Je-yup Categorizing this film is a perplexing job; the promoters are describing it as a "real variety movie", which does not help. "Project 577", masterminded by Korea's most in-demand actor Ha Jeong-woo and directed by relative newcomer Lee Keun-woo, claims to be a documentary about Ha and his friend trekking for 577 kilometers, from Seoul to Haenam, South Jeolla Province, the peninsula's southernmost point,...More
Little women of Korean cinema 2012/05/17, Source, Isabelle Huppert, left, and Jeong Yu-mi in "In Another Country", a film by Hong Sang-soo. It is one of 22 entires for the competion category at the Cannes Film Festival. It opens in theaters nationawide on May 31. / Courtesy of Jeonwonsa
Cannes publicity ignores chronic lack of interesting roles for actresses By Kwaak Je-yup No one can dispute that the Korean film industry is flourishing. Investment and return are both on the upside. The sheer number of productions is rising, spawning hits and, of course, misses. This year, the local press is abuzz about two homegrown works vying for awards at the world's most prestigious cinema showcase, the Cannes Film Festival, namely "In Another Country" by Hong Sang-soo and "The Taste of Money" by Lim Sang-soo,...More
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