[Guest Film Review] "Split" - New York Asian Film Festival 2017/07/08,
I have to admit, sometimes I forget the appeal a good mainstream movie can have and the entertainment it can offer. "Split" does exactly that, through a Korean version of "Rain Man".
Cheol-jong used to be the best professional bowler in the country, but a tragic car accident destroyed his leg, his career, and even his family. Now, he plays in underground bowling matches that are organized by Hee-jin, an owner of a bowling alley who is in deep debt,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.25 ~ 2016.11.27 2016/11/28,
"Fantastic Beasts" holds out against "My Annoying Brother"...
The British-American fantasy flick "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" narrowly maintained pole position over Kwon Soo-kyeong's incoming family comedy, "My Annoying Brother". Last weekend J.K. Rowling's adaptation of her own work appeared and captured 68% of the sales (1.4 million admissions), and during its second week out this Harry Potter spin-off added another 895,990 stubs (45%) to bring its bottom line now to $24.7 million (3.4 million admissions). Worldwide, this week's number one has grossed $473.7 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.11 ~ 2016.11.13 2016/11/21,
J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut summons the masses with magic...
David Yates's fantasy flick "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" arrived in Korea last Wednesday and dethroned a weary "Doctor Strange" at the top of the pile. For the past three weeks, Marvel's mind-bending spectacle has been riding high in the Land of the Morning Calm, but this new magical storm from Warner Bros. Pictures has sent the doctor down a few notches by summoning plenty fresh feet to Korea's big screens,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.11 ~ 2016.11.13 2016/11/14,
"Doctor Strange" becomes the second-highest grossing foreign film of the year...
Marvel's latest blockbuster "Doctor Strange" retained pole position and claimed its third weekend at the top of Korea's box office. Director Scott Derrickson's cinematic wizardry (riding Marvel's marvellous momentum) added another 548,520 admissions (38.9%) to its Korean cause to become the tenth highest-grossing film of the year with 4.8 million admissions ($36.3 million),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Phantom Detective" 2016/05/21,
Director Jo Sung-hee's "Phantom Detective" is a play on the crime noir complete with anti-hero Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon), a decrepit town, deranged villains, and stylized filming that brings the world of the comic book to life. There are also two unlikely sidekicks, two little girls who rework Gil-dong's damaged psyche over the course of the film. "Phantom Detective" was released in Korea May 4, 2016 and 508,000 filmgoers (19.9%) sat down to watch a modern take of the classic Korean tale of "Hong Gil Dong,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Long Way Home" 2015/10/31,
The time is July, 1953, and the place the western front of the Korean War. Yes, the war is still going on...for some reason. As the opening subtitles note, the Korean War could have ended a few months after it started back in 1950. Not that it's the place of soldiers to question such matters. North Korean soldier Yeong-gwang (played by Yeo Jin-goo) is a teenager with little comprehension of what North Korea even is. Then one random errand leaves Yeong-gwang in a fumbling scramble to do right by the country he barely understands,...More
Musical festival to be held in downtown Seoul 2015/08/15, Source,
Musical festival is to be held at the center of Seoul. Seoul Musical Festival, Koreas first-ever festival for home-grown musicals, is slated to be held in Chungmu Art Hall and Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) from Aug. 17 to Aug. 24. This year marks the fourth year to hold the event. So far, the festival gave a birth to various creative musicals such as "The Goddess is Watching", "Dwarves" and "Fly, Mrs. Park", which drew great popularity from the public.
The festival consists of the Yegreen Awards, the Yegreen Encore, a gala show to celebrate the opening and a concert performed by musical stars, the Seoul Musical Market, the General Assembly of the Federation for Asian Culture Promotion (FACP) in Seoul and academic programs,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.29 - 2013.12.01 2013/12/02,
It's not too often that a Korean sci-fi is able to come out ahead, and although Kim Hyun-seok's "11 AM" did so with the second lowest first-place total this year, it was still able to topple some big events in the process. "11 AM" claimed 377,165 (21.3%) over 512 screens to outplay last week's number one – Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" – as well as the not-so-hot "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire". Times are tough at the moment at the Korean box office, and so while the world (the U.S. in particular) is burning up over the Susan Collins's second novel adaptation, the hermit kingdom has withdrawn and spread it limited wealth over just a few worthy features,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/23, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Tumbleweed": A social loner who does prison time for others finds new meaning in his life through a chance encounter.(11/28)
★★★★ "11 AM": A deep-sea laboratory tests its newly developed time machine, but the world of tomorrow is not as welcoming as its first pilots had hoped for. (11/28)
★★★ "Hello Orchestra": A documentary that follows violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill as he overcomes the stigma of having a multicultural background through music. (11/28)
★★★★"Lazy Hitchhikers' Tour de Europe": Could you travel around Europe by simply bartering your way around? These 'surplus people' show you how. (11/28)
★★★ "Beautiful Child": A story about a Korean missionary who charges through the rupture of natives and white people. (11/28),...More
'Les Miserables' comes to Korea, at last 2012/08/25, Source, Jeong Seong-hwa, left, who is billed to play the role of Jean Valjean in the premiere of "Les Miserables" in Korea, poses during a press conference at Shinsegae Department Store in central Seoul, Monday. Cho Jung-eun, center, will play Fantine and Moon Jong-won will perform Javert in the much-anticipated Korean production. / Courtesy of KCMI
Jeong Seong-hwa to play Valjean With plans to raise the curtain in November, "Les Miserables" unveiled its Korean cast Monday. There have been a few productions before, but it is the first-ever licensed Korean version of the legendary musical,...More
Seoul Musical Festival celebrates homegrown shows 2012/08/18, Source, Actors perform in a scene of "The Goddess Is Watching" on Wednesday. / Courtesy of Seoul Musical Festival
The Seoul Musical Festival (SMF), Korea's first-ever for musical theater people, wrapped up the eight-day event with a gala performance, Monday.
Held at various venues of Chungmu Art Hall in central Seoul, the festival began on Aug. 6 with a variety of exhibits and lectures. The "Korean Musical History" exhibition is taking place on the first floor at Chungmu Gallery. Featuring selected costumes and photographs of homegrown works from famous "The Last Empress" to recent "Moby Dick", it runs through Aug. 19,...More
Kim's Jacob spices up Korean 'La Cage' 2012/08/05, Source, Chung Sung-hwa plays Albin, or Zaza, in the Korean version of "La Cage aux Folles" currently at the LG Arts Center in southern Seoul. / Courtesy of Aga Company
It took some 30 years for the Tony Award-winning musical "La Cage aux Folles" to come to Korea. The musical, shortened to "La Cage" here, has been warmly welcomed by audiences here, who are captivated by the show's spectacle.
Premiering on Broadway in 1983, the musical comedy is set in a Saint-Tropez drag nightclub, owned by Georges. His partner Albin is the star of the club with the stage name of Zaza. The middle-aged gay couple's satisfied life takes an unexpected turn when Georges' son (from a one-night stand) wants to marry the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician. The musical won the Best Production Tony Award (Best Musical or Best Revival of a Musical) three times,...More
Rain, Girls' Generation win Seoul Art Awards 2011/02/15, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
Pop singers Rain and Girls' Generation, and actress Jeon Do-yeon, among other high-profile stars have been chosen as grand prize winners of the 2nd Seoul Art and Culture Award.
The awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Seoul City, features 11 categories and recipients were revealed Monday ahead of the ceremony later this month, in Seoul,...More
'Kiss of Spider Woman' ready to lure audience 2011/02/01, Source,
Actors pose at a press conference for the play "Kiss of the Spider Woman", which will be staged from Feb. 11 to April 24 at Art One Theater in Daehangno. / Courtesy of Aga Company
By Jeong Ah-young
A Korean version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman", a theatrical adaptation of Argentine playwright Manuel Puig's novel, will take to the stage from Feb. 11 to April 24,...More
Son Ye-jin Celebrates Birthday With Fans 2011/01/24, Source, Actress Son Ye-jin rang in her 29th birthday with 100 of her fans from all over the world. We're talking from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Australia, and America, just to name a few. They all gathered on January 23rd-- although Son's birthday is on January 11th -- at the Musical House in Yaksu-dong of Seoul,...More
Jeong portrays patriot Ahn's humanity on stage 2010/12/24, Source,
A scene from the musical " Hero ", which portrays patriotic icon Ahn Jung-geun (played by Jeong Seong-hwa, center) in a humanistic light. The production will travel to the United States next year. / Courtesy of Acom International
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Jeong Seong-hwa has independence activisit Ahn Jung-geun down pat - down to the trademark moustache. The 35-year-old portrays the national icon in the homegrown musical " Hero ", which seeks to share the patriot's life with an international audience next year,...More
Lee Min-ho sets up official Twitter account 2010/07/02, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Lee's official Twitter page]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has set up an official Twitter account after falling victim to a Twitter impersonator last March.
The actor announced on his Cyworld mini-hompy board Thursday afternoon that he had created his own account (http://twitter.com/actorleeminho) on Twitter, a popular social networking and micro-blogging service.
Lee made his first Twitter entry, saying "I want to ride a bike" along with a photo of himself riding a bicycle in a commercial,...More
"Personal Taste" will gain flavor, says Son Ye-jin - Part 1 2010/04/16, Source,
From left, actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin pose during a press conference for MBC TV series "Personal Preference" at the public network's outdoor set in the city of Yongin of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on April 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Personal Taste", about a man pretending to be a homosexual in order to become roommates with a woman who wants to live with a gay male friend, was like welcomed rain on dry ground -- a light romantic comedy amidst the flood of grand historical dramas family destruction stories. News of the main cast amplified viewers anticipation for the show; Lee Min-ho was taking on a role for the first time since appearing in the hit show "Boys over Flowers" early last year and Son Ye-jin was to play the most comical character she had ever taken on since her debut. A press conference held Tuesday on the set of "Personal Taste" revealed that the actors' expectations for the show ran as high as their fans'. Below are excerpts from the event attended by Lee and Son,...More
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