Film Audiences Favor Grown-Up Experience 2013/04/30, Source, Ha Jeong-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 Jeong-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, Kang 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
Mise-en-scenes break barrier between film and stills 2013/03/31, Source,
From the top: Jung Yeondoo's photo "The Bird B-Camera", Adad Hannah's video installation "Half a Second", and a still from Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation's film "89 Seconds at Alcazar" are part of the "Mise-En-Scene" exhibition that starts tomorrow at Leeum. Provided by the museum
All kinds of dramas and films take visual inspiration from famous paintings depicting dramatic or meaningful moments, though some are more faithful to the original than others. In the 20th century, Avant-Garde artists took liberal creative license, but the post-modern era has seen a return to the original figurative forms of older masters and a closer relationship with mise-en-scene from films,...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 Ji-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
In tiring of how safe Hollywood has
become since The Pawnbroker or The
Bedford Incident and exploring the rest
of the world, I found that rare gem in
Taegukgi which can still make me cry in
just describing the film to a friend.
Hollywood has lost the
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