After graduating from the department of Theater and Film of Dankook University in 1997, JO has made some short films. One of his short films, < The Rainy Season > (1996) won the Best Film Award at the 14th Busan Short Film Festival and < The Travel > (2000) won the top prize at the 2000 Busan Asian Short Film Festival. < The Bad Utterances > is his first feature film. His second feature is "Dtukbang-Jeonseol".
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Hard Day": Honest Pay for an Honest Day?
2014/11/15, In the spotlight this week: Kim Seong-hoon's "A Hard Day"…"A Hard Day" had a tough, but rewarding, time at the local box office. After a positive premiere at Cannes (where it screened as part of the independent "Directors' Fortnight" section), this intense and dogged thriller clung onto its top ten ticket for an impressive eight weeks; a solid stint that required battling million-dollar titans like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (4.3M), "Edge of Tomorrow" (4.6M), "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (5.2M), as well a local dagger in Jo Beom-goo's "The Divine Move" (3.5M)-all of which can claim to be among the year's highest-grossing hits,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.18 ~ 2014.07.20 2014/07/21, Koreans continue to go ape for Reeves' revolutionary rendition...
Matt Reeves' apes enjoyed a second term at the top as it continued its dominance as Korea's film of choice. Last weekend "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", entered the Korean market and captured 47% of box office pie to take gold. Week two for the blockbuster was just as successful as it added another 1M stubs (48.5%) to bring its total tally now to 3.1M ($24.3M). The only local representatives in this weekend's top ten came in the form of "The Divine Move", "Confession", as well as Kim Seong-hoon's action drama "A Hard Day",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Divine Move" 2014/07/19,
Tae-seok (played by Jeong Woo-seong) may be a high level Go player but the guy's also a bit of a wimp. His limitations become all too clear when an important play by proxy game with a gangster ends in disaster. Tae-seok, left for dead and eventually imprisoned, only has one path available to him. He leverages his Go skills to learn how to fight like a gangster, finally coming up with a plan and a team to emasculate the gang boss both by beating him at Go and also in a fistfight,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13 2014/07/14, Prime gives way to primates as a new king is crowned... "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", recently hit Korean shores and dislodged Bay's "Transformers" at the top of the pile. Matt Reeves' film captured more than 47% of the box office pie (1.3M admissions) over 919 screens to break the hat-trick "Transformers" was eyeing. Still, Bay's bombastic blockbuster held firm in third, while Jo Beom-goo's drama "The Divine Move" stayed umoved in second place with 925K (23%),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.04 ~ 2014.07.06 2014/07/07, "Divine" intervention almost topples Bay's beast…
Micheal Bay's blockbusting "Transformers: Age of Extinction" managed to hold onto the top spot despite some serious local protest. Bay's latest was the sole star last weekend where it opened its Korean account with over 1.8M admissions, but the mech-monster was challenged here by a new entry in the form of Jo Beom-goo's "The Divine Move",...More
The Divine Move (2014) 2014/07/04, Source,
"The Divine Move"
Genres: Action and Crime
Running Time: 118 min.
Directed by: Jo Beom-goo
Starring: Jeong Woo-seong, Ahn Seong-gi, Lee Beom-soo, Lee Si-yeong
Synopsis: Professional Go player Tae-suk loses his brother to infamous underground gambler Sal-su after losing a high-stake game. He is framed for the murder of his own brother and is locked up in prison. He vows for revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his seven-year sentence, he gets in touch with his brother's former associates to get back at Sal-su and his men,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/06/28, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Divine Move": Tae-suk is framed for his brother's murder after losing a high-stakes game of Go and vows revenge. (07/03)
★★★ "One Night Only": Two short dramas ("Night Bug" and "One Night") by directors Kim Jho Kwang-soo and Kim Tae-yong-I. (07/03)
★★★★★ "Mourning Grave": A boy able to see ghosts is stigmatised for it. He moves to rural school and befriends a female ghost but soon his classmates start disappearing around him. (07/03)
★★★ "BLACKDEAL": A documentary by Lee Hoon-kyu about public service and privatization in the developed world. (07/03)
★★★★ "Navigation": Three members of movie club take a trip to an isolated village and get lost. They witness a terrible accident and then follow a mysterious navigation device they find. (07/03),...More
10th NEW YORK KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYKFF) @ BAM Rose Cinema 2012/02/08, Source, Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26
The Korea Society presents the 10th New York Korean Film Festival with new releases showcasing the popular and prolific in Korean film. In cooperation with partners BAM Cinématek and CJ Entertainment, this 10th festival features blockbusters, cutting-edge action, drama, and comedy at BAM Rose Cinema.
New York Korean Film Festival will present the following films,...More
Lee Min-ki: 'I Would Like to Come Closer to My Fans' 2011/12/05, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ki held a fan meeting in Japan, and he had a conversation with his fans while holding a live performance during the fan meeting.
Lee Min-ki, who has been spotlighted as a character actor up to now, held his fan meeting entitled "Minki's Forest" at Omiya Sonic City Hall in Saitama, Japan on December 4. He presented a short video containing the edited images of his movies "Quick" (directed by Jo Beom-goo) and "Spellbound" (directed by Hwang In-ho) and shared his recent stories. In addition, he explained his first photo album with nine different themes including rock, romance, and memory by saying, "I wanted to leave my appearance in my twenties and I wanted to contain my thoughts and my present time in the photo album",...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
"Quick" is Speeding Its Way to the United States and Canada! +Win FREE Tickets! 2011/08/12, Source, "Quick" redefines the Korean blockbuster and blasts away the summer heat! The speed maniac and motorcycle messenger Gi-su receives a mysterious call when he is about to take Arom, his ex-girlfriend and a member of a girl band, to a live broadcast. Suddenly, a mysterious voice on the phone warns that there is a bomb wire to Arom's helmet and that a package must be delivered to a designated address within 30 minutes. "Remove the helmet or fail to complete the mission and the bomb goes off". ...As the clock is ticking, the two begin a race against time to stay alive,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Quick 2011/08/06, Jo Beom-goo's latest action comedy film "Quick" is currently occupying the number two slot in Korea's weekly box office. There was a significant amount of hype encasing the film but ultimately it's a joy ride you would struggle to recommend as well as recall.
The film's opening scene takes place on Korea's Independence Day as we follow a biker gang spreading chaos and mayhem in the streets of Seoul. The pack cruises through the city streets following their smooth leader Han Gi-soo (Lee Min-ki),...More
'Quick' offers fast, forgetful entertainment 2011/07/12, Source,
Left, Kim In-kwon, center, in a scene from "Quick". Right, Lee Min-ki and Kang Ye-won run for their lives in the film. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
Let's begin with the end.
The anticipated summer blockbuster "Quick" had Korean viewers, who can be usually seen impatiently darting toward exits before the end, glued to their seats until well after the credits stopped rolling.
It wasn't so much that it was a particularly mind-blowing experience. Certainly some 70 secondhand cars and 30 motorcycles were sacrificed for a string of blast scenes, but it was because filmmakers decided to show how much pain the stuntmen and women had to endure for the project,...More
Film director Yoon goes from humor to high tech in approach 2011/06/28, Source,
The Seoul district of Chungmuro, which is dubbed Korea`s Hollywood, has had a moviemaker showcase two blockbusters budgeted at 10 billion won (9.2 million U.S. dollars) each two weeks apart in an unprecedented move. To save time, director Yoon Je-kyoon a Dong-A Ilbo reporter to hold an interview in a car on his way from Seoul`s Yeouido district to his office in the city`s Gangnam area. With the 2009 blockbuster "Haeundae", Yoon joined the ranks of directors who have attracted more than 10 million viewers for one film. The reporter poked at him by saying the director had a trace of "ssammai", or Japanese movie jargon referring to a third-rate movie, in "My Boss, My Hero" (2001), and "Sex Is Zero" (2002), two films that were full of dirty jokes,...More
'Quick' promises fastest Korean blockbuster ever 2011/06/21, Source,
From left, actors Lee Min-ki, Kang Ye-won, Kim In-kwon and director Jo Beom-goo pose at a promotional event for their new movie "Quick" at CGV Apgujeong, southern Seoul, Monday. / Yonhap
By Kwaak Je-yup
You've seen them on the streets of Seoul. They zip past your car, driving in the narrowest of spaces with the most unimaginable speed. These "quick service" delivery motorcycles, the most frightening presence on the road, are about to make their deadliest turn yet in a new blockbuster,...More
What are the best days of your life? For the high school friends in Riverbank Legends it's when they hang out at night on their territory, a bare riverbank; a hard-won place they fought over side by side. For the friends in,...More
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