JO Min-Soo first debuted in 1986 on KBS TV Cultural Center, then appeared first on the big screen in Chung: Blue Sketch. She is best known for her TV series roles in Sandglass (1995), Piano (2001), and Will it Snow for Christmas (2009). 2012 proved to be the veteran actress’s breakthrough year when she starred in controversial auteur’s latest Venice Golden Lion recipient film Pieta (2012).
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Venus Talk" 2014/10/10,
The three leading ladies of "Venus Talk" are friends with one common interest that I can suss out- they all enjoy sex, but are ambivalent on the subject of men. It's a sympathetic enough topic with no particularly impressive solution, so they deal with the problem the best way any of us can- with jokes. And sure enough, "Venus Talk" gets quite a bit of mileage just out of sheer novelty value. Take Sin-hye (played by Uhm Jung-hwa). She's disgusted at the piggish behavior of the director with whom she has a secret romantic workplace relationship, and vents out her frustration by demanding he do a better job with close up bikini shots,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.14 - 2014.02.16 2014/02/17, "Frozen" still chilling in first after five weeks…
Walt Disney's "Frozen" recently won the Best Animation award at this year's BAFTA, but Korean fans have known about its magic for weeks now. After five weeks the film is still running hot at the top of Korea's box office and, despite ticket sales falling somewhat, the film has now raced to more than 8.9 million admissions and is still going strong.
After regaining the crown last week from Hwang Dong-hyeok's "Miss Granny", "Frozen" has managed to remain Korea's movie of choice having racked up 747,416 admissions (29.9%) over the weekend. In fact, both Disney's latest and Dong-hyeok's drama remained unmoved at the top of the pile, and that's despite the release of the must-anticipated "Robocop" and two new local entries in the form of "Venus Talk" and "Apostle",...More
Venus Talk 2014/02/14, Source,
Genres: Drama and Comedy
Running Time: 109 min.
Directed by: Kwon Chil-in
Starring: Moon So-ri, Uhm Jung-hwa, Jo Min-soo
Synopsis: Shin-hye is a capable, successful TV producer who is still single in her forties. Her longtime boyfriend, the current chief of their TV network, just left her for a younger woman who also happens to be Shin-hye's junior colleague,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound…. 2014/02/08, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Apostle": A true story of North Korean churchgoers who are persecuted for their faith and then attempt to head South. (02/13)
★★★★ "Venus Talk": A 'sex in the city' stylecomedy drama that follows three woman in their 40s. (02/13)
★★★★ "Ordinary Days - 2014": A drama about two friends dealing with suicide, jealousy, and betrayal. (02/13)
★★ "Secret Tutor": An erotic melodrama about a student who gets more than he hoped for from his new tutor. (02/13),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pieta" 2013/03/09, Film:"Pieta"Director/Writer:Kim Ki-dukStars: Jo Min-soo & Lee Jeong-jinReview Score: 4.5 / 5
I remember walking through the streets of Cheonggyecheon, the claustrophobic and sun-starved alleys seemed like a grubby labyrinth forgotten in time. Although the area was bombarded with a $900 million urban renewal project, the grit and significance of the district will not as quickly be forgotten. If you care to venture a little further in, past the new statues, restaurants, up the stream as far as your legs will take you, you will slowly begin to hear the sound of metal, machines, and the madness that still haunts Korea's capital.
It is here where Kim Ki-duk has dragged us in his 18th film "Pieta", a savagely visceral experience with morals as twisted as metal being shaped. In Kim's film it is home to the desperate and needy, the forgotten and helpless, families and broken men,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pieta" 2013/01/18,
A general rule of movies is that no matter how violent, sociopathic, or outright hostile to other human beings our masculine hero is, the fact that he's very good at beating people up always guarantees that he has some friends somewhere. Sure, he might need to soften up a little. Maybe get a love interest to show how he's really sweet on the inside. Besides, his ability to beat people up is pretty cool. Even villains are often viewed in a positive light by the audience thanks to this,...More
Paju Prepares for Annual Documentary Film Festival 2012/09/23, Source,
An international documentary film festival will begin its seven-day run in the demilitarized zone on Friday. In its fourth year, "DMZ Docs" is being co-hosted by Gyeonggi Province and Paju city. The opening ceremony will be held in Dorasan Station in the civilian control zone. It will be attended by Governor Kim Moon-su, also head of the organizing committee, actor Cho Jae-hyun, executive committee chair, and the boy band 2AM, who are serving as promotional ambassadors,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/20, Source,
And now it's time for our daily arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. In the Thursday edition, she brings us the latest on new and upcoming movies from Korea and abroad. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what movies do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, today I'll tell you about three new movies starring three of Korea's most respected vetran actresses -- Jo Min-soo, Yeom Jeong-ah and Lee Mi-yeon. Take a look. Older actresses don't always get the most exciting roles, but this fall, three veteran actresses are front and center as the stars of some of the season's most highly anticipated films,...More
Golden Lion Winner Explains 'Shabby' Venice Outfit 2012/09/13, Source,
Film director Kim Ki-duk, who won the Golden Lion award for best picture at the 69th Venice International Film Festival with his latest film "Pieta", held a press conference upon his return to Korea along with starring actors Jo Min-soo and Lee Jeong-jin on Tuesday. "Perhaps those cinema fans who have silently lent me their support over the years would be the most delighted" that he won the award, he said. "When I go abroad, I'm often told that my films are popular in Europe, but not in Korea. But I always stress that this is not the case, and that there are also fans who love my films in Korea". Jo added, "I heard that "Pieta" isn't being screened in many theaters in Korea, but people can only understand why it won the Golden Lion by watching it,...More
From eccentric to darling of Venice 2012/09/09, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk, second from left, and actress Jo Min-soo, third from left, pose after winning the Golden Lion for Best Film for his film "Pieta"at the awarding ceremony of the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday. / Xinhua-Yonhap
By Rachel Lee While the world more readily acknowledged and embraced Kim Ki-duk as an auteur director, he has been received in a mixed fashion in Korea. But with his 18th feature film "Pieta" having grabbed the Golden Lion Prize at the 69th Venice Film Festival, the 51-year-old Kim has reaffirmed his art to the world and the Korean public as a first-rate director who has won the top prize at three international film festivals of Venice, Cannes and Berlin,...More
Director Kim Ki-duk takes Venice 2012/09/09, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk shows the Golden Lion he won for his movie "Pieta" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Italy, Saturday. Kim's bleak-morality tale became the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the three major international film festivals. He surprised the audience at the awards ceremony by singing the traditional Korean folk song "Arirang" on stage to thank the jury. AP-Yonhap
"Pieta" becomes first Korean movie to win Golden Lion award By Kim Ji-soo Maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", a brutal mother-and-son drama, won the Golden Lion for best movie at the 69th Venice Film Festival, Saturday,...More
'Pieta' filled with bloody revenge 2012/09/06, Source, Jo Min-soo, left, and Lee Jeong-jin star in a scene from director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", which is a strong contender for the Golden Lion prize at the 69th Venice film fest.
By Kwaak Je-yup What can wash our sins away? In Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", it is our own blood. Having premiered at the Venice Film Festival and opened in selected theaters in Seoul this week, the latest work by Korean cinema's enfant terrible may draw reference from Christian art's depiction of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus but nobody in the film abides by the religious values. They go directly against them, in fact. A debt collector goes around the dilapidated industrial area around Cheonggye Stream, downtown Seoul, to cripple the debtors for insurance money. The impoverished victims and their family members resort to suicide and vengeance. There is no room for pity or mercy. If Mary were to star in the film, she would go hang the sons of Jerusalem's leaders and then kill herself to repent,...More
Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' in competition at Venice 2012/08/29, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk, left, speaks at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. Kim's latest work "Pieta", starring actress Jo Min-soo, center, and actor Lee Jeong-jin, will vie for the top prize Golden Lion at the 69th Venice Film Festival which kicked off Wednesday. / Yonhap
By Rachel Lee, Kwaak Je-yup It's the time of the year again when the world's finest film directors and stars flock to an island in north eastern Italy. The Venice Film Festival, the oldest event of its kind in the world, opened Wednesday on the island of Lido, and veteran director Kim Ki-duk will represent Korea for the main competition. "I would like to see and learn how other directors look at today's society", said Kim at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. "It will provide new perspectives".,...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Will it Snow for Christmas?" 2010/01/14, Source,
From left, actor Ko Soo and actress Han Ye-seul pose during a photo session of a press conference for SBS TV series "Will It Snow for Christmas??" held at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 25, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Written by Kang Myoung-seok Not once in his life has he not been the smartest in his class. He is also good-looking and can fight well. He still misses the girl he loved when he was in his teens. And he is a man of integrity who will be straightforward to the daughter of his company's chairman. Kang-jin (played by Ko Soo) in SBS TV series "Will It Snow for Christmas??" is not a man. He is a mythical character in existence for the women and the drama is the alter for that myth. When Kang-jin reveals the muscles on his forearms to execute the miracle of driving a nail into Ji-wan's (played by Han Ye-seul) wall, people around him will give their testimony on their sighting. Even Tae-joon (played by Song Jong-ho), the top elite in the Bumseo Group, commits an irregularity out of fear of Kang-jin, the chairman's daughter Woo-sun (played by Sun Woo-sun) praises Kang-jin for his honesty and sturdiness while the owner of the cafe at which Ji-wan works says he would want Kang-jin to be his nephew-in-law.
Hence, it seems it will start snowing if Kang-jin says so, and everyone who exists within the world of "Will It Snow for Christmas??" is in love with him. It would not be an overstatement to say that Ji-wan and Kang-jin's role in the drama is to show that they have to break up although they love each other and Tae-jun is considered a cowardly man the moment he starts competing with Kang-jin. The balance between the characters crumble and when Kang-jin disappears from the screen, the remaining characters are busy confessing their emotions about him rather than moving the drama forward with their own stories.,...More
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