[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 Box Office Review] 2016.05.06 ~ 2016.05.08 2016/05/09,
"Civil War" continues to dominate despite a host of new challengers...
Marvel's latest outing continued to reign supreme atop the Korea box office, but a string of new releases shuffled the rest of the pack considerably. This latest superhero flick was released in Korea late last month and topped the charts its frist weekend out by capturing over 90% of the box office pie. Over the weekend, Marvel's mighty movie added another 1.5 million admissions (64.8%) to bring it total tally now to 7.3 million ($52.7 million). Worldwide, "Captain America: Civil War" has, to date, banked an incredible $678.4 million,...More
Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" + DVD Giveaway [US Only] 2013/08/22, Source,
Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" (2012) + DVD Giveaway [US Only] Directed by Jo Sung-hee With Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-yeong, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jang Young-nam, Kim Hyang-ki, Lee Yeong-ran,... Synopsis Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits a cottage the way she used to when she was a young girl. She remembers a boy she knew half a century before. Moving to a peaceful village when she was a girl she discovered a "wolf boy", hiding his large, contorted body in the darkness. The girl, now a woman, has never been able to purge the images of his wild eyes and animal-like behavior from her mind. She recalls teaching the boy how to wait patiently before a meal, how to wear clothes, how to speak, how to write and other human behaviors so that he could one day live like a normal man,...More
The Korean Film Festival comes to Montreal 2013/06/26, Source, In celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea, a selection of 10 outstanding Korean films will be showcased in Montreal from July 4th to 10th, 2013.
Ciné-Asie, along with the major support of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, presents the first edition of the Korean Film Festival in Canada – KFF – which will be launched in five Canadian cities, highlighting Montreal in partnership with the Cineplex Odeon Forum and Mosaicultures Internationales Montréal at the Montreal Botanical Garden (an event that expects nearly two million visitors this summer), the KFF anticipates to receive a large number of visitors for its first edition. For the first time, the KFF website is composed in three different languages: English, French, and Korean.
The KFF will present ten full length feature films and five short films.
The feature films are either the highest grossing movies in recent years, totalling 7 to 13 million admissions in South Korea, or have gained international critical acclaims, winning significant awards. Among them include Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" (Le grand prix at Venice 2012), "Miracle in Cell No.7" (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2013), and "Masquerade" starring actor Lee Byung-hun (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2012),...More
[UK] 5th Terracotta Festival 2013 Full Line-up Announcement 2013/05/08, Source,
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth edition of the annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival. Over the years the festival has seen the event go from strength to strength. This year is set to be the biggest yet, expanding to 27 films spread over 4 sections and 2 venues from 06 - 15 June 2013. The core of the festival will remain a hand-picked selection of the best CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA at The Prince Charles Cinema. This all UK Premieresectionreflects the vibrancy and energy in Asian filmmaking today. Ranging from realist dramas to romance, light comedies to spy action thrillers, swordfighting epics to gothic fairytales, the festival aims to balance the representation of Asian countries.
Terracotta Festival 2013 (TFEFF13) will open with Hong Kong action COLD WAR on Thursday 06 June 2013,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] End of Animal 2013/03/30, Jo Sung-hee received much praise for his 2010 directorial debut "End of Animal" which made its international debut at the 29th Vancouver International Film Festival. Critics and viewers alike lauded this gritty post-apocalyptic fantasy horror both locally and abroad - marking the young filmmaker's successful entry into the competitive Korean film market. His second feature, the fantasy romance film "Werewolf Boy" (2012), was a box office hit, clawing in almost seven million admissions at the end of last year.
"End of Animal" has been on my list of films to watch since its eerie poster cross my path. Perhaps it was my own personal taste in the darker side of the screen, as I enjoy the more cynical and shadowy dimension of cinema. It is for this reason that I can say that Jo Sung-hee's "End of Animal" pleased me greatly,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.12.07 ~ 2012.12.09 2012/12/10, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.12.07 ~ 2012.12.09)Jo Geun-hyeon's drama "26 Years" managed to hold onto another first place position at the box office this past weekend. Heun-hyeon's latest entered the chart at the end of last month where it was the choice film with almost 700,000 admissions. Its second week almost matched that performance with 606,882, putting it on a total admission count of 1,815,882. In addition to Geun-hyeon's "26 Years", the romantic comedy "My P.S Partner" was released along with the new and improved "Dredd 3D",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Werewolf Boy" 2012/11/30,
Until I actually saw "A Werewolf Boy" by Jo Sung-hee on screen, it wasn't at all clear to me whether this was a movie about a werewolf or just a feral teenager (in Korean, the title is simply "Wolf Boy"). Granted, usually a movie studio only thinks it can make money if it has a cool concept like a werewolf (feral children just aren't as flashy), and yet looking into the movie's press poster, all I can see are the blank eyes of a boy who has no concept of civilized life. They're the eyes of an animal,...More
CJ Entertainment to release exclusive alternate ending for 'A Werewolf Boy' 2012/11/28, Source, Exclusive clip added to film will make hearts race even faster!
Fantasy romance becomes 3rd highest box office film of 2012 in South Korea
Director Jo Sung-hee reveals during an audience Q&A session that he shot an alternate ending for the film
"A Werewolf Boy" at #1 in box office for 5 consecutive weeks
Coming to North America on November 30!
See below for a full list of theaters
""A Werewolf Boy" is continually fascinating" – Maggie Lee, Variety
"It will fulfill and dazzle you to the very end" – Anderson Le, HIFF
South Korean box office champion "A Werewolf Boy" has truly captured the hearts of females young and old, surpassing 6 million in admissions within 26 days of release and becoming the film with the 3rd highest box office in 2012. With its captivating storyline and lead actor Song Joong-ki bringing audiences to the theater for second and third doses of the movie, the film's distributor, CJ Entertainment, announced that they would be releasing an exclusive alternate ending version of "A Werewolf Boy" in December 2012,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25 2012/11/25, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25)
"Breaking Dawn: Part 2" once again struggle to surpass Jo Sung-hee's popular fantasy drama "A Werewolf Boy" as the battle for supernatural supremacy continued at the box office. "A Werewolf Boy" claimed some 550 880 admissions, and only narrowly dodged the big Hollywood hit which itself claimed 468, 965. Still admissions were lower this week with both these two powerhouses attracting half of what the weekend of the 24th bestowed upon them. Jo Sung-hee's film is also on the verge of overtaking "The Dark Knight Rises" as the fourth highest grossing film released in Korea this year. The latest Batman scored 6,396,528 admissions and currently "A Werewolf Boy" has stormed to 6,015,700 since its release at the end of last month,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.16 ~ 2012.11.18
2012/11/18, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.16 ~ 2012.11.18)
Despite its fanatical global following the much anticipated "Breaking Dawn: Part II" was not able to outdo Jo Sung-hee's "A Werewolf Boy" as the top seed this past weekend. An extremely tight race saw Sung-hee earn its third weekend at the top with 901,841 admissions (34.4%), helped along with 678 screenings around the country. Bill Condon's vampire and werewolf sensation was tantalizingly close to jumping straight to the top, but was forced to settle for second as it entered the chart with 880,696 (34.6%) admissions. In addition to this clash of mythological love tales, this week saw the start of another Korean film in the form of Bae Hyeong-joon's "Jackal is Coming", as well as an interesting new horror called "Sinister" by the American director Scott Derrickson,...More
Werewolf craze hits South Korea - and it's not for Twilight. 2012/11/14, Source,
"A Werewolf Boy" surpasses 4 million in admissions and still tops the box office Fantasy romance film holds #1 in advance sales even with the upcoming release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Coming soon to North American theaters! Full list of theaters below. ""A Werewolf Boy" is continually fascinating" – Maggie Lee, Variety "It will fulfill and dazzle you to the very end" – Anderson Le, HIFF Despite the upcoming international release of billion dollar franchise and supernatural counterpart Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, CJ Entertainment's latest film "A Werewolf Boy" shows little sign of slowing down in the box office. The enchanting fantasy romance still remains at #1 in the box office and #1 in advance sales, with 28.91% of all advances sales in the box office,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.09 ~ 2012.11.11 2012/11/12, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.09 ~ 2012.11.11)Jo Sung-hee's "A Werewolf Boy" enjoyed its second week at the top of the pile as it swiftly overtook "Unbowed" (3,434,694) as the ninth highest grossing Korean film of 2012. Not since "Masquerade"'s opening weekend has a film captured this much of the ticket sales. Its 51.6% (1,333,842) more than doubled its closest rival as Sung-hee's latest pushed on to 3,603,946 admissions. In general the Korea films were slightly in the minority this week, with a few new foreign flicks making their play for the Korean public's interest,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] September and the Aftermath of the Summer Hits
2012/10/06, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.09)
It took ten long weeks at the weekend box office to see off Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves", a monumental run that earned the film a recording-breaking 13 million admissions during that time. August was indeed the month its sales caught fire, and the month of September was just a glory lap as it gracefully bows out of the limelight and into the history books.
In addition to the re-writing of the history books, September showed a wavering level of enthusiasm for some of this month's foreign inclusions. Although, "The Bourne Legacy" was able to enter the second weekend on top, snatching 29.3% of the ticket sales in the process. This was the first time a foreign film had held the weekend number one since "The Dark Knight Rises" some seven weeks earlier. In fact, the shelf life for foreign films was on average 2~3 weeks in the top ten,...More
Korean Film Festival DC Marks 8th Year with Film, Video Art, and Director Na Hong-jin 2012/03/14, Source,
The Korean Film Festival DC, one of the largest showcases of Korean cinema in the United States, kicks off this week at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The 2012 edition of the festival, running throughout March, April, and into May, is spread over two months and combines 12 films, four video art exhibitions, two lecture events, and four post-film discussions with Korean director Na Hong-jin,...More
Korean Cinema 2011: The View from Here 2012/01/14, Source,
US-based author and curator of film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC, Tom VICK shares his views on recent trends he has noticed programming their Korean film festival.
How do you introduce new Korean films to an American audience? Since 2004, when I began programming the Korean Film Festival DC, the answer to this question has become more difficult to answer. This is not to say that it's harder to find good films. Quite the opposite. The problem (if it can be called a problem) is that there are so many films to choose from.The explosion of digital production and distribution in the last decade or so has made it easier than ever to make a film, but harder than ever find an audience for it,...More
SIFF's top award won by director Kwon Woo-jung 2009/12/24, Source, Director KWON WOO-jung's documentary about female farmers "Earth's Women" received Seoul Independent Film Festival's (SIFF) grand prize. The award and the accompanying cash prize of KRW 15 million were awarded on 18 December in Northern Seoul.
First prize award and KRW 1 million went to director,...More
10th JIFF Draws to Close 2009/05/18, Source, A Whole Host of Winners at JIFF 2009
Jeonju Film Festival Closes with Great Expectations
By Matthew Love
Associate Editor & Writer
Sherad Anthony Sanchez's "Imbrunal" winner of this years JIFF Woosuk Award for International Film
The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) ended its nine day,...More
A total of 10 Korean movies will be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival from May 13-24, marking the highest number of local films ever to be included in the prestigious event's roster.
The first local film ever to be invited to the event was Lee Doo,...More
62nd Cannes Selects 9 Korean Films 2009/05/08, Source, A total of 9 Korean films including 5 features have been invited to the official line-up of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 13 – 24 in the famed coastal city of southern France. Headlining the robust range of Korean films this year is,...More
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