[Guest Film Review] "Taegukgi" 2016/06/04,
The fourth-in-a-row blockbuster regarding the relations between North and South Korea (after "Shiri", "JSA - Joint Security Area" and "Silmido"), broke the records of both budget, with $12,8 millions, and admissions, with 11.74 million spectators in the country's cinemas, while its earnings bordered on $70 million. Furthermore, it was a success in Japan earning $9,7 million, and it was also released in the United Stated, earning $1,1 million. Testament to the scale of the production are the years of research spent to ensure historic validity, the huge sets, and the number of supernumeraries used, who exceeded 25,000, in order to achieve absolute realism in the war scenes,...More
[France] Seoul Hypnotique, Cycle de Cinema Coreen au Forum des images a Paris 2015/09/12, Source,
Du 15 septembre au 1 novembre 2015
Des pionniers d'hier à la génération d'aujourd'hui, Séoul hypnotique reflète, à travers près de 80 films inédits ou rarement présentés en France, une cinématographie entre tradition et modernité, entre Asie et Occident. Films intimistes et films de genre, mélodrames et thrillers percutants : le cinéma coréen n'a pas fini de nous surprendre !,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.08 ~ 2015.05.10 2015/05/11,
Marvel's massively successful "Avengers: Age of Ultron" continued its reign at the top of the pile over this past weekend. The $280 billion film added an additional 804 admissions (52%) to its cause, bringing its total tally in South Korea now to 9.3 million admissions (or $73 million). Currently, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" has grossed over $875 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.01 ~ 2015.05.03 2015/05/04, Marvel's might continues while newcomers stake their claim… There was some serious jostling for position going on at the box office this past weekend. Last weekend Marvel's latest "Avengers" film entered the fray and (righteously) dominated proceedings by capturing a mammoth 90% of the box office pie. And while this left little else for the rest of the pack to pounce on, a week later we find a string of new entries trying to make a move on Marvel's monster,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Salut D'Amour" 2015/05/02,
Seong-chil (played by Park Geun-hyung) is a grumpy old man who's stubbornly standing in the way of a redevelopment scheme for his local neighborhood. The other characters decide, somewhat elaborately, that the best way to get Seong-chil to fold is to develop a convoluted romantic storyline involving Geum-nim (played by Youn Yuh-jung). And so, we get a love story involving Seong-chil and Geum-nim,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.24 ~ 2015.04.26 2015/04/27, Mind the Gap: The "Avengers" return to ruin… Crumbs. That's what Marvel's monster left for the rest of the pack over the weekend, crumbs. Its pre-sales were brilliant, over a million, and a million more stormed cinemas across the country to catch the heroes' phenomenal return (as well as to catch South Korean model-turned-actress Claudia Kim make her movie debut as a support character). The hype building up to its release made the weekend's landslide no surprise, but the furiosity of the frenzy was still a sight to behold as "Avengers: Age of Ultron" affected a perfect cinematic storm,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.17 ~ 2015.04.19 2015/04/20, "Furious 7" stays ahead of the pack… "Furious 7" remained the South's favourite flick over the weekend by capturing 41% of the box office pie. James Wan's action outing attracted an additional 472K admissions over 813 screens to move its total tally now to 2.8M ($21.7M). Globally, the film has amassed over $1.1B, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, just ahead of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and behind "Iron Man 3",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.10 ~ 2015.04.12 2015/04/13, "Furious 7" retains pole position… James Wan's "Furious 7" managed to stay in pole position over this past weekend by capturing 42.6% of the box office pie. The frantic action flick added 585K admissions over 818 screens to bring its total tally in Korea to 2.1M ($15.8M). The film, which stars the late Paul Walker alongside a host of Hollywood heroes such as Vin Deiesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez, has thus far amasses over $800 million worldwide,...More
Youn Yuh-jung, "Being an actress is selfish" 2015/03/30, Source, "A drama features everything I do because we have no time and everyone is in a hurry. But movies go through editing. It's something known as the producer's work of art. Editing cuts out some parts of my acting. I guess that's to intensify the story. I asked producer Kang Je-gyu why he cut out good parts of my acting. I almost held him by the collars (laughs)".
Actress Youn Yuh-jung said this when we asked her how she liked the movie. She played the role of Geum-nim in the movie "Salut D'Amour". She falls in late romance with the bad-tempered Seong-chil (Park Geun-hyung) living next door to her. There's a reason why she sees him and that's the twist. Youn Yuh-jung has a problem with Kang Je-gyu for cutting out her acting to intensify the twist,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/12/13,
K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Ode to My Father": A wartime drama the depicts the lives of citizens living from the Korean War to the present day. (12/17)
★★★ "Change Zoororing Showcase": The Zoororing Investigators have to save the animals when they mysterious go missing from the peaceful village of Arumdrissy. (12/18)
★★★★ "Awaiting": A heartfelt tale about a woman who waits years for her man to return. (12/18)
★★★ "A Rented Room In Heaven": A romantic drama that involves sensual consolation for two young adults. (12/18)
★★★ "Ensemble": A documentary about a group of talented and passion musicians and their collective love for classical music. (12/18),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pororo, The Snow Fairy Village Adventure" and "Awaiting" 2014/12/05,
This holiday season marks the release of two unusually short films in Korean theaters. Both are worth your time, albeit for very different reasons. First up is "Pororo, The Snow Fairy Village Adventure". As the titles implies, the lovable penguin goes off with his friends to a snow fairy village to have an adventure. Yes, this is obviously a cartoon intended for children. If you're one of those humorless folks who hates anything not intended to directly please superior adult brains only just skip the next couple of paragraphs,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Shiri" 2013/10/19, In the Spotlight this Week: "Shiri" (1999) by Kang Je-gyuKang Je-gyu's "Shiri" was a landmark feature that stands as Korea's first real blockbuster. The film sold over 6.2 million admissions during its run in 1999, an astonishing feat that broke the shackles on big-budget Korean films and represents a critical moment in Korea's film history. Kang made his debut three years before "Shiri" with "The Gingko Bed" (1996), a fantasy romantic epic that was heralded for its special effects and was also one of country's most successful films at the time. Since "Shiri", Kang has chosen to remain in the filmic fog of war, directing both the acclaimed "Taegukgi" (2004 - 11.7 million admissions) as well as the less successful "My Way" (2011 – 2.1 million). Kang may have fallen from grace somewhat with his last film "My Way" (which failed to make a profit on its $24 million production costs; the film made only $16M) and with this year's fantastical flop "Mr. Go" (which he produced), however Kang's filmography still remains an impressive one that has helped challenge and re-define the conditions and profitable potential of the once illusive Korean blockbuster,...More
Film Audiences Favor Grown-Up Experience 2013/04/30, Source, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Hye-soo have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in a poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the country's biggest ticketing site Maxmovie. But Hwang Jung-min and Jeon Do-yeon were named as the best actor and actress. ◆ Mature Actors, Mature Audiences Remarkably, most of the top 10 most popular actors and actresses are in their 30s to 50s, the only exception being Han Hyo-joo, who is in her 20s. The average age for male and female actors is 42.7 and 34.1. Of the actors, only four are in their 30s, including Ha, Gang Dong-won and Won Bin. A large proportion of the entrants on the popularity list starred in hit movies over the past two years, but Won, Kang, Lee Na-young and Kim Tae-hee managed to stay popular by only appearing in commercials,...More
Star Power Wanes at Box Office 2013/03/23, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand", which was released in Korea on Feb. 21, has tanked at the box office and dropped off the list after attracting only 66,698 spectators in just under a month. The film is directed by Kim Jee-woon, who shot to fame with "The Good, the Bad and the Weird", but the combination of top director and star was unable to attract viewers. This appears to be part of a wider trend where star power is fading in favor of strong storylines. Film booking site Maxmovie asked 2,754 members of its website from Feb. 26 to March 6 what they consider when choosing a movie and found that a massive 74.2 percent said the plot is the most important factor,...More
[Guest Review] "My Way" 2013/03/08, Source,
Tatsuo and Jun-Shik
"My Way" is a poignant, dramatic account of two men, one Korean (Jun-Shik) and the other Japanese (Tatsuo), who forge a bond in their favorite activity, running. Early on in life, it's clear that the Koreans living in Japan, during the days of the Japanese Empire were looked down upon. Even Tatsuo projects this attitude towards his friend. One day at a party, when both the boys were young adults, a package arrives at a party, where Tatsuo's grandfather, a high ranking military man, was greeting party-goers,...More
(42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens 2012/07/04, Source,
Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
New York Special Screening, Old Boy on July 1st 2012/06/25, Source,
The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik, one of Korea's most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of our ongoing "Korean Cinema Now" program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image).
Choi Min-sik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in "Shiri" (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea's finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma,...More
Retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik 2012/05/31, Source, The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik, one of Korea's most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of our ongoing "Korean Cinema Now" program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image). Choi Min-sik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in "Shiri" (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea's finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma,...More
Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars 2012/05/21, Source, Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the nation's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie.
Some 25,784 people voted from April 18 to May 5. The two drew 10.1 and 13.7 percent of the votes respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best -- as opposed to most popular -- actor and actress, with 18 and 23.3 percent.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
Four films and two shorts from South Korea showcased at Terracotta festival 2012/04/14, Source,
The Terracotta Far East Film Festival, London's premier festival celebrating Asian film, returns to the Prince Charles Cinema and will run from 12th-15th April 2012. Terracotta Far East Film Festival is an annual event which aim is to widen the audience for Far Eastern film in the UK and to further promote this genre to existing film fans. For this year's 4th edition, the festival aimed to emphasize the leading position and diversity of Korean cinema and will feature a panel of 4 films from different genre including blockbuster "My Way, Kim Ki-duk's "ARIRANG - Movie" and a Double Bill of Korean hit comedies,...More
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source,
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
Terracotta Far East Film Festival opening and closing film 2012/02/21, Source,
Terracotta is London's premier celebration of the film and culture of the Far East. With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, an unbeatable programme of exclusive cast and crew Q&As, intro's and masterclasses and fabulous public parties the Terracotta Far East Film Festival really does have something for everybody,...More
Interview with critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian 2012/02/20, Source,
Film critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian has written and talked about what he considers the little-known, real start of the Korean Wave in China. At the International Film Festival Rotterdam while serving on the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award jury, he spoke to Jean NOH about it and his thoughts on Korea-China cooperation.
KOBIZ: You've written and talked about how you think a certain Korean film festival at the Beijing Film Academy was really what started the popularity of Korean films in China. Tell us about that festival,...More
Feature profile - My Way 2012/02/10, Source, Headed for the Berlinale Panorama section, director Kang Je-gyu's "My Way"is a historic film is more ways than one. KANG Byeong-jin goes over the details.
World War II film "My Way" is Kang Je-gyu's fourth film as a director, following "The Gingko Bed", "Shiri" and "Taegukgi". "Shiri" was the first Korean film to bring in over 2 million admissions in Seoul (back when nationwide figures were unavailable and the capital's statistics were used as rule-of thumb). On its release, "Taegukgi" along with "Silmido" opened the era of Korean films with admissions of 10 million and more.
Even from the outside, "My Way" seems like an extension of the challenges Kang's work took on before. The film's stage spans Korea to China through the former Soviet Union to Normandy, and it stars Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri, the top stars of Korea and Japan respectively. More than anything, the film's budget of about KW28 billion (US$24.8 million) is the highest ever in Korean cinema history,...More
Korean Films in the Berlinale 2012/02/10, Source,
This month, Korean films will have a strong showing in the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Of these, "Korean Cinema Today" profiles five titles - Jeon Kyu-hwan's re-edited melodrama "From Seoul to Varanasi",...More
'Anesthesia' invited to Berlin Film Festival 2012/02/02, Source,
A poster of film "Anesthesia"
By Ko Tae-young
The second film by 28-year-old Kim Souk-young, a student at the Korea National University of Arts, has been invited to this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the university announced Tuesday.
"Anesthesia" was made last year during the filmmaking department's intermediate-level workshop and received a positive response from the audience at the 16th Busan International Film Festival last October. It entered the Korean Short Film Competition 2 in the Wide Angle category as well as at the 37th Seoul Independent Film Festival last December,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Way" or The High Way? 2012/01/14,
With a production budget of about KRW 28 billion (US$24 million), Kang Je-gyu's "My Way" marks not only his first in seven years but it is most expensive Korean film ever made. The film was originally going to be Kang's first foreign feature film but Kang decline Warner Brothers' investment proposal and, instead, accepted the support of SK Telecom and CJ E&M's film business division to put up the bulk of capital required. With its international cast and wildly epic scope, "My Way" is a shell shocking thrill ride that examines the futility of war through the relationship of two unlikely friends,...More
South Korean Box Office in 2011 2012/01/14, Source, Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle.
Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
[Interview] Director KANG Je-gyu 2012/01/14, Source,
After shooting Korea's most expensive film in history, director Kang Je-gyu talks to KANG Byeong-jin about shooting on location with multi-national cast and crew, and his thoughts for the future.
KCT: Why were you so captivated by this true story?
Kang: I was shocked to find that such an unfortunate and dynamic tale could exist in real life. If our ancestors survived the turmoil of history, I wanted to know what drew them to be so tenacious and passionate about life. Those thoughts gave me a thrill. I also wondered if this kind of opportunity would ever come to me again. As a film director, it was a meaningful challenge to create a film out of this kind of story,...More
Actor JANG Dong-gun 2012/01/14, Source, After starring in Korea's biggest budget war movie of all time, actor Jang Dong-gun met with Korean Cinema Today's LEE Hwa-jung to talk about his work.
Based on a true story, "My Way" is about the unbelievable journey of a Korean man who was drafted by the Japanese army during World War II. He was captured by the Russians and put in a labor camp, then became a soldier in the German army, and finally was captured by the US army in Normandy. A record of the spectacular struggle of an individual in history, director Kang Je-gyu's latest action dramastars Jang Dong-gun in the role of Jun-shik, a young marathoner who just wants to get back home,...More
Going My Way with KANG Je-gyu 2012/01/14, Source,
The dramatization of a true war-time story that spans years, continents, and changing friendships and enmities, "My Way" is director Kang Je-gyu's comeback after seven years. KANG Byeong-jin looks at what went into the making of the film.
"My Way" deals with a true story that is practically legend. In the late 1930s, a man from Joseon ends up going to China and the Soviet Union towards Germany and finally ends up on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Amongst the US National Archives' records of the invasion of Normandy was found a photograph of an Asian man in a German uniform at Normandy. American historian Stephen Ambrose wrote in his book "D-Day", "At the beach called Utah on the day of the invasion, Lt. Robert Brewer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, captured four Asians in Wehrmacht uniforms. No one could speak their language; eventually it was learned that they were Koreans",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.30 ~ 2012.01.01 2012/01/02, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.30 ~ 2012.01.01)
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is enjoying its third week at the top, and has added 1,013,668 to its total of 5,386,797 admissions. Tom Cruise's latest has silenced any doubts about the series becoming stale as his efforts here have been well received and continue to captivate audiences. The film is looking to pass "Kung Fu Panda 2" and even "Punch" in the top grossing films released in 2011,...More
K-celebrities now VCR2 2011/12/29, Source,
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Just keep running behind me!"
"My Way" opened in the theaters on December 22nd, and in just five days reached over one million viewers! Meet the stars of Korea's big box office hit.
These days, movies from both Korea and abroad are fighting to attract the largest crowds during the holiday rush. "My Way", starring Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun, seems to be leading the pack,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.23 ~ 2011.12.25 2011/12/26, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.23 ~ 2011.12.25)
The Christmas weekend in Korea placed "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" at the top with 1,230,676 admissions, holding 34.6% of the total tickets sales with 881 screenings. Tom Cruise's latest film has blasted its way into number nine of the highest grossing films in Korea for 2011 with a total of 3,677,069 admissions. The blockbusters battled it out this weekend but the kids had their say to with a spew of foreign films catching their fancy,...More
Kang Je-gyu: 'I Devoted My Passion to 'My Way" 2011/12/16, Source,
The director Kang Je-gyu who has written the history of Korean movies, said during the interview with News Y (news channel by Yonhap News) on December 15, "I gave my best effort and passion that I have spared for the past seven years while taking a break to produce the movie "My Way"." He led the boom of Korean movies with his hit movies such as "The Gingko Bed" (1996) and "Shiri" (1998), and his previous movie "Taegukgi" (2004) recorded the largest number of audience members, which was 11.7 million,...More
Korean Mega War Movie Targets Pan-Asian Audience 2011/12/15, Source, Kang Je-gyu's new pan-Asian movie "My Way" premieres on Dec. 22. Kang, who drew over 10 million spectators with the clunking history epic "Taegukgi" in 2004, is now hoping for Asia-wide success with the biggest budget and the most ambitious scale in many years.
The movie portrays the tragic destiny of two young men, one from Korea and the other from Japan, who are drafted into the Japanese Army during World War II and later have to fight in Soviet and German uniform. The movie is very loosely based on a true story,...More
Jeonju to meet increased demand with new soundstage 2011/11/11, Source,
Yonhap News Agency reports that the home city of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is planning to build more special studio space in the Jeonju Cinema Studio by July 2012.
The new space will be comprised of a 795㎡ soundstage along with 560㎡ of attached facilities including a make-up room. The soundstage will be house special sets such as hospital and police station interiors, for which demand has been on the rise. Jeonju City stated that they found a need for more facilities to meet the increasing numbers of filmmakers choosing to shoot there,...More
Hallyu stars behind the scenes seen at BIFF 2011/10/09, Source,
The night in Busan was heated up this year again. Movie fans and crowds gathered here and there in Busan catching up and enjoying themselves. The stars were no exception and many were spotted with drinks in their hands all over the city.
"My Way"'s Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and director Kang Je-gyu found the street vendor area after the opening ceremony on October 6th. The three drank soju all night and talked endlessly. Fans and citizens who were surprised by the bodyguards that appeared out of nowhere, were surprised again by Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri,...More
Kwak Jae-yong to shoot Yang Gui Fei in China 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director kwak Jae-Yong was present at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) todaywith Chinese stars Fan Bingbing, Leehom WANG and Korean actor On Joo-wan to announce his next film "Yang Gui Fei". The project is based on the life and love of the famous Tang Dynasty consort who was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.
Kwak announced the film will be a Korea-China co-production. "It's on the scale of a US$15 million budget but preparing it in China, I've found that's not a lot of money. It costs a lot to shoot in China, and there are a lot of locations", he said,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
Korea's total box office dips 2.3%, but local films go up 9.9% 2011/07/08, Source, By KOFIC
Korea's box office in the first half of 2011 has dipped 2.3%. From January to June, theaters took in 68.3 million admissions and KW536.4bn (US$507.2m), down from the 69.76 million admissions and KW549.3bn (US$519.4m) in the same period of time in 2010.
Last year, 3D films with higher ticket prices led by "Avatar" brought about an increase in box office gross despite a decrease in admissions. This year's 3D tentpoles such as "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" did well at the box office but were not enough to make up for decreasing admissions,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
Kim Eui-suk, New Chairman of Korean Film Council 2011/05/08, Source, By HAN Sunhee
KCT: You have previously been to Cannes as a director, when your film "Sword in the Moon" was invited to 'Un Certain Regard' section. Your shoulders must feel much heavier returning to Cannes this time.Kim Eui-suk:Going to the Cannes for "Sword in the Moon" in 2003 was my first time at the festival, and this will be my second visit. It's been about 8 years and it is still the best to be at a film festival as a director. Back then Korea cinema was on the rise with "Old Boy" and "Woman is the Future of Man" competing, so I was relatively out of the spotlight. As a director I had nothing to worry about, but since I am going as a different position it feels quite different. In all, I must introduce Korean cinema and make many formal exchanges with the industry people from around the world,...More
Won Bin, Ha Ji-won Sweep Popularity Stakes in Movie Poll 2011/04/15, Source, Won Bin (left) and Ha Ji-wonWon Bin and Ha Ji-won were voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and Korea's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie. Some 22,362 people voted from March 30 to April 5.
The two drew 16.2 and 10.9 percent of the votes, respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best as opposed to most popular actor and actress, with 17.7 and 21.8 percent of the votes.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
Myung Films, MK Pictures to merge into one brand 2010/07/14, Source,
Korean film production company Myung Films [Myung Films]
Myung Films and MK Pictures, the latter from the 2004 merger of Myung Films and Kang Je-gyu Films, will become a single company brand next month.
Myung Films announced in a press release on Wednesday that the two brands, who integrated their film-making businesses six years ago, will be working under the name 'Myung Films' starting August 7, also the fifteenth anniversary of the company,...More
Son Ye-jin pulls out from Kang Je-gyu Hollywood debut pic 2010/07/05, Source,
Actress Son Ye-jin [Barunson Entertainment]
Actress Son Ye-jin has taken back her decision to play the lead female role in South Korean director Kang Je-gyu's Hollywood debut pic, according to her agency Barunson Entertainment and the film's producer on Monday.
Son was set to star in the film opposite top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun in the war film tentatively titled "My Way", but decided to pull out over a drastic reduction of her character's weight in the film after modifications were made to the scenario,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Jang Dong-gun in "My Way" 2010/06/04, Jang Dong-gun had been enjoying his married life but will soon working on a new film starting in October!
He has been casted as the main character for the movie titled "My Way". This movie was supposed to be filmed starting in July but Jang Dong-gun wanted to spend time with his new family and his new son before getting busy for a new film.
This is directed by director Kang Je-gyu and it is set on the time of World War 2's Normandy invasion. A soldier who becomes a Nazi will be the main story.,...More
Jang Dong-gun returns from charity work in Laos 2010/04/05, Source,
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun has returned from doing charity work in Laos last week, according to his agency AM Entertainment.
AM explained that the actor spent a week in Laos shooting a promotional antipoverty documentary as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and returned to Korea on April 1.
"Many people were worried because he was going to a remote area where it is easy to catch an epidemic", an official at AM was quoted as saying. "But Jang Dong-gun was very determined [to go]",...More
Jang Dong-gun officially announces May 2 wedding 2010/03/08, Source,
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun at his fan meeting held at COEX Auditorium in Seoul, Korea on March 6, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun announced at his fan meeting over the weekend that he will wed his actress girlfriend Ko So-young on May 2.
The Hallyu star gave the much-awaited confirmation in front of some 1,000 local and overseas fans at Seoul's COEX Auditorium on Saturday, keeping his promise that they would be the first to hear about any news regarding his marriage.,...More
Jang Dong-gun to announce May 2 wedding at fan meeting 2010/03/04, Source,
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun will reveal during his fan meeting this weekend that he will tie the knot with his actress girlfriend Ko So-young on May 2, according to multiple sources.
Although the couple have yet to make an official announcement, sources close to both actors said the two will hold a private wedding at The Shilla hotel in Seoul which will be attended only by family and close friends.
An official at Jang's agency AM Entertainment did not deny news of their marriage, saying that "an official statement will be made in an appropriate way to the media too" around the time of his fan meeting to be held at Seoul's COEX Auditorium on March 6.,...More
Jang Dong-gun to reveal wedding plans at fan meeting 2010/03/03, Source,
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun will be revealing his plans to get married in May during an upcoming fan meeting set for the weekend, according to an entertainment industry source.
The source explained that the parents of the Hallyu star and his actress girlfriend Ko So-young recently met and settled on a date for a wedding in May. Jang is expected to tell fans about the news at his fan meeting on March 6.
Another source said the two stars, making preparations for the marriage, are in the process of closing a deal on their new house in Seoul's Heukseuk-dong where they will move into immediately after holding their nuptials.,...More
Son Ye-jin hops aboard new Kang Je-gyu pic 2010/02/18, Source,
Actress Son Ye-jin [Barunson Entertainment]
Actress Son Ye-jin has joined the cast of top South Korean director Kang Je-gyu's Hollywood debut pic, according to the film's producer on Thursday.
The critically acclaimed actress will play the main female role opposite Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun in the film tentatively titled "My Way", based on the Invasion of Normandy during World War II.
Son will play the role of a woman who agonizes over her love for a Korean man and a Japanese man who both fight in the war.,...More
Jang Dong-gun to undergo knee surgery this week 2010/01/13, Source,
Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun is scheduled to undergo knee surgery this week, according to his agency on Wednesday.
An official at AM Entertainment explained that the actor was admitted into a hospital yesterday to receive surgery for his left knee, which he injured while shooting the 2004 blockbuster film "Taegukgi ". The actor will reportedly stay in the hospital for about a week and continue physical therapy for about a month afterwards.,...More
The past year represented hope and revitalization for Korean cinema. While problems such as piracy linger on, the forecast for 2010 cinema appears promising with diverse projects in the making.
Cineastes are finding inspiration from the past and are bringing rem,...More
Jang Dong-gun to undergo knee surgery next year 2009/12/24, Source,
Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun is scheduled to undergo knee surgery early next year, according to his agency on Thursday.
An official at AM Entertainment explained that the actor will have surgery "sometime around January or February" on his left knee, which he injured while shooting the 2004 blockbuster film "Taegukgi ".
The actor reportedly complained of being in pain while shooting action scenes or doing high-intensity workouts although he does not have much problem with daily activities. He had reportedly been planning to have the surgery since wrapping up "Good Morning President" and his Hollywood debut film "Warrior's Way".,...More
Is hallyu, or Korean Wave, waning or still booming? There has been lots of talk about the sustainability of hallyu among industry insiders as the overseas success of some of Korea's TV dramas and movies seemed to have declined in recent years.
Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...More
PUSAN _ China's first ever "blockbuster" war epic "Assembly" made its world premiere at the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) Thursday _ and its opening here is all the more meaningful, according to director Feng Xiaogang, because it was modeled,...More
Takeover of Korea's MK Pictures 2007/07/12, Source, The founders of major Korean film industry player MK Pictures, director Kang Je-gyu, CEO LEE Eun and president SHIM Jae-myeong, announced that they have sold their shares, worth 29% of the company, to a group of five investors. The group, head,...More
The Top Korean Movies by Box Office Takings 2007/06/08, Source, As big Hollywood blockbusters start flooding our screens this summer, with every one claiming some box office record or other, the Chosun Ilbo for the first time rates the ticket sales of Korean movies, as opposed to audience numbers. The numbers come from movie distributors like CJ Entertainment, S,...More
U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures said on it,...More
Positive Effect of South Korean Media Claimed in North Korea 2007/02/14, Source, A survey was conducted among 30 North Korean defectors who are currently living in South Korea. According to them, the North Korean government is trying to improve people's lives to anticipate possible social unrest which they suspect could be ignited by what people see in South Korean popular cultu,...More
'Korean Wave' now testing U.S. waters 2006/11/09, Source, There is no question that a Korean Wave is sweeping Asia. Sophisticated and trendy Korean movies, television dramas and music are widely loved throughout the region. But skeptics have long doubted the regional wave would ever cross the Pacific Ocean to hit North America, much less become significant,...More
The cable movie channel OCN, along with the portal site Naver and cable music channel MTV Korea, surveyed 18,366 people from June 7 to 30 to compile a list of,...More
"Taegugki" Ranks 20th in France 2005/05/20, Source, The movie "Taegugki" by director Kang Je-gyu ranked 20th in French theaters a week since its opening on May 11. According to French box office statistics on May 18, "Taegeugki" (French title "Freres de Sang") drew 18,708 viewers in the week of,...More
Lee Byung-hun to Join Same Agency as Tom Cruise 2005/05/18, Source, The Korean showbiz firm Web has signed a contract with the U.S. entertainment agency CAA, which manages actors Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz as well as movie director Steven Spielberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The contract paves the way for Korean actors and movies to enter the gl,...More
Local Entertainment Agency Heads to US 2005/05/17, Source, Korean entertainment agency WEB has signed a business deal with U.S. promotion firm CAA on Monday, which is expected to pave the way for Korean entertainers to make inroads into the U.S. market.
Yonhap News Agency reported yesterday that WEB, a partner firm of Player Entertainment that manages su,...More
"The Center of Korean Films: Directors" consists of interviews with top directors, including Park Chan-wook of "Old Boy",,...More
Local Short Animation Makes Oscars List 2005/01/26, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) - An animated short film by a South Korean director was among those on this year's Academy Award nominations list announced Tuesday night in California.
Park Assassination Movie Preview Draws Lawmakers 2005/01/25, Source, A preview of a controversial movie about the assassination of former president Park Chung-hee drew crowds of lawmakers, but the late president's daughter and main opposition party leader was not among them.
Two English-subtitled film festivals for expats in Korea 2004/11/01, Source, Korean movies are riding a wave of popularity, with noticible artistic and commercial appeal brought on by a new generation of stylish directors grabbing prizes in major international film festivals. For foreign residents in Korea, two events provide a chance to enjoy some quality offerings - with E,...More
The Story of One City 9404 ("Han Dosi Iyagi 9404"), which gathers together photographs, video footage, and sounds recorded on June 9,,...More
Far East Film Fest Closes 2004/05/06, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy _ The sixth edition of Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the Italian event that takes place in the town of Udine and is renowned as the biggest showcase for East Asian popular cinema in the West, came to a close last Friday evening, with the anno,...More
Korean Films Bookend Udine Film Fest 2004/04/27, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy - Udine, a small town in North Eastern Italy, has fast become the capital of East Asian cinema in the West. The sixth Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the biggest film festival promoting knowledge and appreciation of Asian popular cinema outside,...More
'Brotherhood' Showcases in Tokyo to Loud Applause 2004/04/07, Source, Japanese audiences stood up and gave a big round of applause for the Korean movie "Brotherhood". Before the first public screening, which is scheduled for June 25 in Japan, a premiere showcase was held at Sukarajwa Movie Theater in Tokyo on Tuesday.
About 350 people filled the theater and througho,...More
In the movie "Waving Taeguek Flag", which is scheduled to be released on February 6, the largest ever amount of production cost, 14.7 billion won, has been pitched in, the two top stars of the Korean movie world,,...More
Merger unites makers of 'Shiri', 'JSA' movies 2004/01/28, Source, Two of the biggest names in Korean film production are set to combine forces with a major corporation to launch a new entertainment company likely to emerge as a key player in the local film industry.
"The Korean Flag Waves", scheduled for release on Feb. 6, boasts the potential to be the country's biggest blockbuster yet. The fact that it's directed by proven box-office master Kang Je-gyu is enough to draw attention, but,...More
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