After BA in Drama and Film at Kyungsung University, he got master degree at the Paris 7th University. "Wind Echoing in My Being" (1996) won Woonpa Award at Busan, then invited to Un Certain regard of 1997 Cannes Film Festival. His works include Time "Between Dog and Wolf" (2007), "With a Girl of Black Soil" (2007), "Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells" (2008), and "Pink" (2011).
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Korean in Paris" 2016/04/09,
Sang-ho (played by Jo Jae-hyeon) is a South Korean man trawling around Paris meekly asking random prostitutes if they've seen the woman in a photo he carries around. When Sang-ho's motivations are explained in flashback, we get to see a more well-shaven yet still socially maladjusted man not really enjoy Paris's more touristy attractions so much as reluctantly acquiesce to his wife's desire to give him blow jobs. Which I consider to be an accurate description of "A Korean in Paris" overall- it makes blow jobs look awkward and unpleasant,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "With a Girl of Black Soil" + DVD Giveaway 2016/03/12,
The village of Kanwon is slowly dying. Once energized by the mining industry, those jobs are drying up, and its employees are getting old. Yet for all this, life isn't necessarily all that bad. An early scene depicts a family playing with snow. Does the backdrop look generally bleak and desolate? Sure, but it's kids playing in the snow. What kind of a heartless person can't see the joy in that? Although that's easy for me to say. I don't have to live in Kanwon after all,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/01/02,
Discover what South Korean directors had to say about the new "Star Wars", Variety's Justin Chang reviews "A Korean in Paris", Modern Korean Cinema presents their top ten films of the year, and KOBIZ wonders if webtoons are better than their cinematics counterparts,...More
[New York] Press Conference with Korean directors 2013/08/01, Source, ContemporAsian: Focus on Korea @ MoMA Thursday, August 8, 2013
From Monday, August 5th though Sunday, 11th, The Korea Society and MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) co-presents 'Focus on Korea' as part of 'ContemporAsian' film series which presents many contemporary Asian films from pan-Asian countries. The series selects critically lauded Korean films, highlighting current social issues, injustice and human nature. The films maximize distinctive narrative skills from some of Korea's insightful and penetrative renegade filmmakers,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] The Power of "Pink" 2013/04/06,
With its intriguing naturalistic style and strong psychological veneer, Jeon Soo-il's "Pink" is art-house film of note. The film made its world debut at the 16th Busan International Film festival and stars Lee Seung-yeon-I as the troubled and traumatised young woman Soo-jin. It's what one would consider a women's film that follows this young woman journey's as she moves to overcome her disturbing past in this forgotten, and soon to be demolished, little river-side town.
Soo-jin arrives in a shabby town to work at a hole-in-the-wall bar run by Ok-ryeon (Seo Kap-sook), an elderly woman who lives with her mentally challenged son Sang-gook (Park Hyeon-woo). Ok-ryeon is a peculiar character herself who, when she's not protesting the re-development plans of a big corporation, runs this tiny bar-outside of which hangs a broken pink neon sign,...More
Korean indie films beckon fans 2012/03/12, Source,
A scene from "Pink", a psychosexual drama by award-winning arthouse auteur Jeon Soo-il
Local independent cinema has not seen many blockbuster hits like 2009's "Old Partner" lately but smaller films have slowly yet surely been receiving wider exposure. This month sees a particularly strong lineup of low-budget movies in theaters across the country, including international film fest-verified pictures,...More
KOFIC and Korean companies at HK Filmart 2012/03/05, Source,
(March 19 – 22, 2012) with sales companies such as 9ers and Mirovision.
The Korean booth will also play host to production companies Film Factory Nu:n, Inc. and P.A.M. Korea Media as well as technical services companies Studio SH, Moneff and Studioraon, Inc,...More
Korean films at Deauville Asian Film Festival 2012/02/17, Source,
The 14th Deauville Asian Film Festival in France has unveiled their line-up this year to include JANG Hui-cheol's "Beautiful Miss Jin" and Jeon Soo-il's "Pink" from the Republic of Korea.
A drama/comedy set around Busan's busy Dong-rae station, director Jang Hui-cheol's "Beautiful Miss Jin" previously debutedat last year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in theKorean Cinema Today– Vision section. "Beautiful Miss Jin" will screen in Deauville Asian Film Festival's official Competition section with nine other films.These include WANG Xiaoshuai's "11 Flowers" from China, SONO Sion's "Himizu" from Japan, Tongpong CHANTARANGKUL's "I Carried You Home" from Thailand and Amir Hossein SAGHAFI's "Death Is My Profession" from Iran,...More
Three Korean projects selected to HAF 2012/01/10, Source,
Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this March with a record 32 selections, including three from South Korea. These are director Jeon Soo-il's "Another Country", KIM Baek-jun's "Monsters" and Lee Hae-joon's "My Dictator". The festival chose these from more than 200 submissions from over 45 countries and regions.The final selection represents 20 different territories including Australia, China, India, Japan, and Malaysia,...More
Jeon explores psychosexuality in 'Pink' 2011/10/20, Source, Lee Seung-yeon-I, left, and rocker Kang San-eh appear in a scene from "Pink", the latest film by art house auteur Jeon Soo-il. / Courtesy of Mountain Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
Art house favorite Jeon Soo-il brings yet another slow, stark drama that reveals the grit and beauty of ruins.
Having premiered earlier this month at the 16th Busan International Film Festival, "Pink" incisively examines the nature of implosive violence and psychosexuality through the squalor of a desolate port town.
It is destined for hotwire the international film festival circuit and art houses, while the big screen comeback of seasoned actress Seo Kap-sook and acting debut of rocker Kang San-eh may attract niche audiences here,...More
KOFIC NEWS 2011/10/06, Source,
Aiming to promote and develop international co-productions, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is planning two upcoming KO-Production events in Tokyo and in Paris.
Ko-Production in Tokyo will be held in conjunction with TIFFCOM, the market that runs parallel to the Tokyo International Film Festival. As part of TIFFCOM's revamped Tokyo Project Gathering, which has a new focus on co-productions, KOFIC will be sending five Korea-Japan co-production projects to participate. Ko-Pro Tokyo will run Oct. 25 – 27 at the Ropponggi Hills complex with mentoring and one-on-one business meetings,...More
Esteemed director Jeon Soo-il rarely watches movies showing in theaters but always tunes into experimental wor,...More
44 Korean Films at the 2009 Marrakech International Film Festival 2009/11/19, Source, In a celebration of Korean film, a record 44 will screen at this year's 2009 International Film Festival of Marrakech. In addition, representatives from Korean government organizations, the Korean film industry: producers, directors, actors and film festival delegates will be in attendance. The fes,...More
CJ to Expand Art House Film Screenings 2009/06/05, Source, Korea's exhibition major CJ-CGV will expand the number of screens its multiplex franchise has devoted to art house and independent films from seven to ten. Under a program entitled Movie Collage, CJ-CGV's specialty films team plans to expand the base for diversity films and support the discovery of,...More
According to the Pusan International Film Festival, Jeon Soo-il's ',...More
Fajr Film Fest Hosts Korean Retrospective
2009/01/14, Source, Iran's major annual film event, the 27th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF), held in Tehran, will showcase a retrospective of contemporary Korean films. 13 features produced from the years 2000 through 2008 will screen in the Persian capital, January 30 to February 10, 2009.
Korean World Premieres at PIFF 2008 2008/09/30, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is putting its weight behind local films this year, and, under the catch-phrase 'Way to Go, Korea!' will host the World Premier of 15 Korean features. Headlining is closing film "I Am Happy" by,...More
Seoul-Stockholm Korean Film Festival 2008/09/11, Source, Following the success of its previous edition, the Seoul-Stockholm Korean Film Festival will showcase recent artistic and commercial hits from South Korea. Running September 17 – 21 at the Zita theater in Stockholm, the event will screen 8 Korean features, up from 5 shown in 2007.4 Korean directors,...More
New York Korean Film Festival this August 2008/07/18, Source, The seventh edition of the New York Korean Film Festival is set to run August 22 – 31. Sponsored by KOFIC and The Korea Society, the event will screen more than 15 recent Korean features, of which 14 have been finalized for the line-up.
Highlights include one of the top-grossing Korean films of,...More
Korean Films At Karlovy Vary 2008 2008/06/24, Source, Three South Korean features were invited to screen at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). The festival is one of the oldest in the world and has become the most prominent film event in Eastern Europe. It runs July 4 – 12 in the picturesque city of its namesake, also known as,...More
Deauville Asian Film Festival Awards 2008/03/17, Source, Patrice Chéreau, president, and the jury members Mélanie Doutey, Irène Jacob, Anne-Louise Trividic,
Jean-Hugues Anglade, Lucas Belvaux, Enki Bilal and William Sheller, have awarded the following films:
LOTUS DU MEILLEUR FILM – Grand Prix/Best Film:
Art Film Showcase 2008 to screen in Japan 2008/03/06, Source, For the second year in a row, four Korean arthouse films will be presented to audiences in Japan through the Art Film Showcase in Tokyo. The eight-week series of screenings is sponsored by KOFIC and the Image Forum arthouse theater in Tokyo.
The showcase is an effort to introduce Japanese viewe,...More
12th PIFF Wraps with Awards 2007/10/16, Source, The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) came to a close October 12 th after a 9 day run that drew a record-breaking attendance. An official tally of 198,603 admissions were taken during the event, up nearly 6000 from last year, while overall occupancy for screenings reached 75.8%. Both ope,...More
PIFF Asian Cinema Fund 2007 2007/08/23, Source, The newly created Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) will launch this year as part of the 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), providing financial support 27 film projects in an effort to further bolster the region's filmmaking talent. The support program will bring a cash total of US$ 840,000 to pr,...More
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