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.
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Ghost Theater" 2013/10/26,
Korea is no stranger to the genre of horror. But a horror musical film is not something you come across. Maybe because musicals are part of Korea's entertainment scene, musical movies have not managed to entice audiences. Film and theater offer very different experiences, after all. Jeon Gye-soo ('Love Fiction') and 'The Ghost Theater' bring horror musicals to the big screen, with enjoyable results,...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
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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
'Love Fiction' rises above all hype 2012/03/02, Source, Ha Jeong-woo, left photo, shines as the lovesick writer Goo Joo-wol. Best-known for his ruthless killer roles, Ha proves his versatility in Jeon Gye-soo's genre-bending film "Love Fiction", currently in theaters nationwide.
The marketing drive for "Love Fiction" was systematic and fierce. Backed by four of today's hottest stars in the credits and inflating for more than a month, the hype was ripe. And it was effective, attracting more than 450,000 moviegoers in two days, since its release Wednesday,...More
Chuseok: prime time for couch potatoes 2010/09/14, Source, Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for couch potatos and film buffs, the perfect chance to camp out in front of the screen. A couple of date movies open the autumn lineup for the box,...More
That special time of the year has come around, when South Korea's top filmmakers and actors turn into film festival programmers. The 4th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival will take place Jan. 29-March 1 in Seoul, and director,...More
Korean Films Premiering at 9th JIFF 2008/04/16, Source, Ten Korean features will have their World Premiere at the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) this spring. Now in it's 9th edition the festival will run May 1st – 9th in the attractive and historical city of Jeonju, in North Jeolla province.
Korean highlights include documentary director,...More
10th PiFan Attempts a New Start 2006/07/12, Source, The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) is set to launch its 10th edition July 13th 22nd in Bucheon City, a suburb west of Seoul. The festival is said to be rejuvenating itself after a dispute last year with the local city government resulted in the firing of then festival director,...More
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