[Interview] Kim Nam-gil, "My current interest is the Blue House" 2016/12/12, Source,
Pandora's Box is open. "Pandora" was released on the 7th and an estimated audience of 1.5 million went to see the movie over the weekend. In the middle of it all is actor Kim Nam-gil. He plays Jae-hyeok who throws himself in the middle of a nuclear explosion to save his family. He's no Hollywood hero. He's just an ordinary man.
As we met Kim Nam-gil for an interview, he didn't look sophisticated or comical. He just wore a black shirt with a cap and we listened to what he had to say about the movie,...More
[USA] 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival begins November 11 2016/11/06, Source,
The 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Announces Lineup for November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image The Korea Society's New York Korean Film Festival returns to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image on November 11 to 13 for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Map Against the World" 2016/09/10,
The time is the nineteenth century. Jeong-ho (played by Cha Seung-won) is obsessed with the abstract concept of maps. This is a very necessary personality attribute considering the time in which he lived. Back before satellites the only way to make a halfway decent map was by traveling in person to whatever physical location you want to make a map of and taking detailed notes. Even in a small country like Korea, this is a very time-consuming task. Lucky thing there's so much beautiful scenery to keep the task engaging,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Silmido" 2016/06/11, Silmido was the first Korean film to attract more than 10 million viewers in the country's cinemas. What is more impressive, though, is that it's amazing story is actually based on true events,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Stray Dogs": A Cold, and Thrill-less, Misogynistic Mess 2014/08/22, In the spotlight this week: Ha Won-joon's "Stray Dogs"...
Having recently returned to Kang Woo-seok's stunning adaptation "Moss", I was eager to catch "Stray Dogs" (2014) and see how this debutant tackled this popular thriller setting and to what effect. Watching Ryoo dodge and decrypt Cheon's almost watertight grip on his small rural village was, indeed, thrilling, because we never really felt comfortable that our hero would escape with his life or the answer he sought. "Stray Dogs", however, is no "Moss", and despite its sound premise and sneaky set-ups, the film flopped (attracting less than 1.2K admissions earlier this year) and failed to fully adrenalize much of its plot as dreary exposition, manic misogyny, and poor character convictions put this dejected dog down before we even suspected it was sick,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Moss" + DVD Giveaway 2014/07/19, A selection of shots from Kang Woo-seok's "Moss"...Kang Woo-seok's 2010 film "Moss" is a captivating thriller about a son's quest to uncover the truth behind his estranged father's death. The film takes place in a remote rural village; a quiet and rustic site led by a sinister chief/feudal lord and his three sinful cohorts. The film is pleasing character-driven, eerily atmospheric, and well-paced (this last point being particularly important in order to usher viewers willingly through its epic 163 minutes of mystery). Despite the cute-sounding Korean title ("Iggi"), Kang's film is menacing and intense, and after this rural rush you'll be wanting to add this quality Korean adaptation to the likes of "Snowpiercer" and "Old Boy". Enjoy! [Spoilers],...More
[HanCinema Feature] Historical Hysteria: Korean period films coming in 2014 2014/01/11, Joseon pirates, legends, swordsmen, angels and more coming our way in 2014...
Cinematic journeys back to Joseon and beyond have rewarded the Korean film industry with a string of profitable historical yarns, a trend that has got producers drooling with the prospect of tapping deeper into this regenerative cash cow. Recently, it's been Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" (9.1M admissions) that has had locals flustered and, in 2005, it was Lee Joon-ik's "The King and the Clown" that became the first Joseon-era flick to pass the 10 million admissions mark. It's big business with a cultural twist that locals enjoy supporting, international audiences love lapping up, and a trend that 2014 is keen to take advance of as a host of new retrospectives are getting raring to go,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.05.10 ~ 2013.05.12 2013/05/13,
"Iron Man 3" once again defended its place at the top of the Korean box office, but this time there were a few new entries to help spread the wealth around. Marvel's metal magician added 1,039,876 (58.22%) admissions to its reign, moving it onto a total ticket count of 7.5M and to second in the list of Korea's highest grossing films of the year. Song Hae-seong sixth feature "Boomerang Family" and the new DreamWorks animation "The Croods" were among the some of more successful new releases that hit Korean cinemas this past weekend,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Iron Man, Iron Curtain, and Christmas Cake. 2013/05/11,
Marvel's metal magician is in its third week in Korea and fans are still throwing money at the screen to catch Tony Stark's latest outing. The previous "Iron Man" films performed admirably at the Korean box office (each claiming around 4.5 million admissions), and this latest instalment is fast approaching 7 million admissions and has yet to see any challengers to its iron crown. It's no real surprise that the film has dominated proceedings, especially considering the massive success of "The Avengers" last year, which snatched 7 million tickets itself in Korea alone. "Iron Man 3" has also been heavily marketing and promoted in Korea. Its lone star, Robert Downey Jr., did some serious PR in Korea, the cinema houses have allocated an extremely large number of screenings to the film, even Korean franchises such as Paris Baguette have been getting in on the action with themed cakes and packaging!,...More
14th Jeonju International Film Festival Final Report 2013/05/07,
- Cinema Street crowded with various guests and filmmakers visiting from all around the world! - Tickets of all sections including FOCUS ON and STRANER THAN CINEMA had evenly sold out, organizing film programs was conservative - 5th Jeonju Project Market brought huge success within steady managements! -Special Attraction in JIFF 2013! On stage talk show and live performances had set on fire! On 25 Apr (Thu), 14th Jeonju International Film Festival that commenced at Sori Arts Center closed on 3 May (Fri) with visitors' attentions and involvements,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.05.03 ~ 2013.05.05 2013/05/06,
Tony Stark may be under some psychological pressure in his third outing but his Korean fans continued to storm the cinemas in support. "Iron Man 3" once again dominated proceedings over this past weekend, adding 1,865,121 (75%) admissions and bringing its total tally now to almost six million. That places Marvel's blockbuster as the third highest grossing release in Korea for 2013; just behind "The Berlin File" (7.1 Million), which it will surely surpass in the coming week. There were only three new entries that made the top grade this past weekend: Lee Jong-pil's "The Singing Contest, a re-release of "Finding Nemo 3D", and the Japanese animation "One Stormy Night",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] April 2013 2013/05/04,
April proved to be a slow month at the box office as local films gave way to foreign favourites. It wasn't until last weekend that things were given a shot in the arm as Marvel's blockbuster "Iron Man 3" sounded the horn that cause more than 2 million fans to stream in. Tom Cruise's latest efforts in "Oblivion" held down the top spot during the middle weeks, leaving Jo Dong-oh's "Running Man" to be the only Korean film to taste gold in week one. The release of both "Oblivion" and "Iron Man 3" denied Kang Woo-seok's eighth film "Fist of Legend" any traction, leaving to sit in second place spinning its tyres for much of the month,...More
14th Jeonju International Film Festival Interim Report 2013/04/30,
- Increased seat occupancy of weekends and sold-out rate (comparing to the last year)
- Reached high scores of seat occupancy, especially in 'COMPETITION', 'FOCUS ON' and 'STRANGER THAN CINEMA'.
- Rapturous reaction on 'JIFF TALK' and 'JIFF CLASS'.
- Successful outdoor performances and stage greetings in a rainy day!,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.26 ~ 2013.04.28 2013/04/29,
Marvel's "Iron Man 3" has jolted Korean cinephiles into action after a lethargic month at the movies. The popular comic book franchise opened with 2,202,252 admissions, taking in more than 80% of all tickets sold over the weekend. That's more than the combined admissions count of the top films in the last four weeks! It was also given a fair bit of support from the cinema houses, opening to an incredible 1,380 screenings around the country ("The Berlin File" was only other film this year to enjoy such a release, and it opened with just 894). It's an impressive response from both the industry and the Korean public, but such a top-heavy weekend resulted in a dismal performance by everyone else in the chart,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.19 ~ 2013.04.21 2013/04/22,
The science fiction action flick "Oblivion" managed to hold onto first place in what was one of the year's quietest weekends at the box office. Tom Cruise's latest held down first with only 367,022 (30%), the lowest admissions count for first this year. Tom Cruise is a popular figure in Korea and, despite some close competition from Kang Woo-seok's "Fist of Legend", his latest representation was able to cling onto gold. "Oblivion" had 563 screens around the country from which to pool admissions from, and this past weekend saw it advance its total tally to 1,204,448,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.12 - 2013.04.14 2013/04/15,
Korea's love for all things Tom Cruise proves itself once again this week as the Hollywood actor's new film "Oblivion" takes the top spot. The film is based off an unpublished graphic novel from the director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy") and Arvid Nelson. Mr. Kosiniski said that the film pays homage to the 1970s and the science fiction films of that era. 530,069 (34%) admissions were enough for the film to hold first position over 638 screenings around the country. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The sci-fi genre seems to fit Cruise's acting persona well and the thousands of Korean cinephiles that came out over the weekend to see him in action would not disagree,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Public Enemy" 2013/04/13,
Cops and robbers are often defined in terms of absolute good and evil. Granted, there's such a thing as a bad cop or a good criminal- but the crimes themselves are a clearly set line. Bad cops only become truly bad when they break a law, and good criminals only become truly good when they stop breaking laws. Mind, only "important" laws count for these distinctions. Technicalities and noble law-breaking are perfectly fine,...More
Meet Legendary Korean Director Kang Woo-Seok in Los Angeles 2013/04/05, Source,
Legendary Korean Director Kang Woo-seok will be in Los Angeles for a special presentation of his highly anticipated upcoming release "Fist of Legend". This film will be the first Korean film to have a same weekend theatrical release in Korea and N. America! Director Kang is in Los Angeles for just 2 days, before rushing back just in time to see the film open in Seoul on April 10! "Fist of Legend" will open in 20 cities across N. America on April 12.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Dir. Kang will be participating in 2 special screening events both taking place at CGV Cinemas during his short Los Angeles visit,...More
What Does 2013 Hold for Korean Film? 2013/01/04, Source,
Korean films drew more than 100 million viewers over the past year, but there are a number of concerns if they are to sustain their momentum. Here are five of the top issues for this year that have insiders speculating about the future of the movie industry. ◆ Can Korean Movies Break the 100 Million Mark Again,...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
Lee Yo-won cast for "Fist of Legend" 2012/05/15, Source,
Actress Lee Yo-won has been cast for "Fist of Legend", according to her agency, T Entertainment.
She will be taking on the role of he main producer of the real action fighting program "Fist of Legend" which will also be the main stage of the movie. She is the head of a tough production team and a strong career woman who has the 'legendary team' eating out of her hands,...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
CJ films to stream on Netflix 2011/10/22, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Major Korean entertainment company CJ E&M has announced a deal to stream 20 of its films on Netflix, leading internet subscription service for films and TV shows. Netflix members in the US will be able to watch these CJ films on multiple platforms including televisions, computer, tablets, gaming consoles, and mobile phones.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time", said Joon CHOI, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to a rich selection of films. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company",...More
Netflix expanding asian movie selection in deal with korea's top studio CJ E&M 2011/10/07, Source,
LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2011 – CJ E&M today announced an agreement to feature twenty of its acclaimed Asian movies on Netflix, the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. Beginning in October 2011, Netflix members in the US will be able to instantly watch the twenty titles multiple platforms, including TVs, popular tablets, key gaming consoles, computers and mobile phones. All the titles will be available from October 1.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time". said Joon Choi, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to movies from around the globe. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company, CJ E&M",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "GLove": A Tried and Trusted Tale of Hope 2011/09/24, Kang Woo-seok's "GLove" does little and less to challenge the formula of a feel-good sports drama. The film was well received in Korea but international audiences will be less impressed by Kang Woo-seok's cookie-cutter approach to this true story. But despite its formulaic shortcomings, of which there are a plenty, "GLove" was still able to get its heart-warming message across the endless fields of sports clichés it had to traverse. I know I shouldn't, but I like it,...More
Moss - Review 2011/09/03, Source,
""Moss" can broadly be categorised as obviously South Korean".
Director Kang Woo-seok takes on the fans of Yun Tae-ho's much lauded digital comic "Moss" in a gamble to fit a big story with big themes into a feature length film. Whether or not fans of the source material are satisfied with the final product, Woo-seok has delivered a thriller in the film noir tradition where the atmosphere lies heavy with buried secrets threatening to resurface.
At Samdeok prayer house,...More
Toronto film festival takes Countdown 2011/07/27, Source, by KOFIC staff
The 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the first 50 films to be added to its line-up include the Korean film "Countdown", starring Jeong Jae-yeong and Jeon Do-yeon. Written and directed by newcomer Heo Jong-ho, the film will screen in TIFF's Special Presentations section.
One of the world's most prestigious film festivals and a noted gateway to the North American market, TIFF this year will be held Sept. 8 – 18. In the festival's Special Presentations section, Heo Jong-ho's "Countdown" will be in the company of other films such as Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty, Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, and Wang XiaoShuai's 11 Flowers,...More
Youth film festival opens in Seoul Thursday 2011/07/06, Source, Lineup includes local and Asian premieres, adult-themed films
By Lee Hyo-won
Forget the preconception that a film festival for children only features fuzzy family movies and animations. The Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) aims to demonstrate its educational initiative by showcasing a lineup of carefully selected works that includes local premieres and R-rated movies,...More
Korean Film Night lights up Cannes 2011/05/18, Source, by KOFIC
The Korean Film Council in joint with the Busan International Film Festival, Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism opened a "Korean Film Night" on May 16 at 9pm during the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
The three-hour event was much more vibrant than previous years, with a total 540 guests including directors, actors, programmers of major international film festivals and film distributors, including director Bong Joon-ho, the president of Camera d'Or jury and director Lee Chang-dong, the co-president of Critic's Week jury at Cannes this year,...More
Kim Ui-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 Ui-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
Bride of May Yoo Sun, who's the groom? 2011/03/27, Source,
Actress Yoo Sun is becoming the 'bride of May' and who the husband may be is in question.
Yoo Sun will ring wedding bells in Sheraton Grand Walker Hill Hotel on May 4th, with boyfriend of ten years. He is three years older than her and is a distinguished looking businessman. He is a resource who has been working in the entertainment and advertisement for a long time.,...More
Korean Movies market share 70%, why? 2011/02/14, Source,
Comedy, thriller and human...it's the fun of choosing!
The start is good. According to the Korean Film Commission Movie Theater Tickets Computer Network, the customer share for Korean movies is 66.8%. That means 2 out of 3 people chose to watch Korean movies. This is thanks to the fact that there are varieties of movies to choose from.,...More
Seollal Holidays or Lunar New Year Celebrations! 2011/02/05, Source,
Lunar New Year, or "Seollal" in Korea, is being celebrated in Korean American communities throughout North America, while many Korean associations and other groups from California to New York have introduced Seollal programs to promote the holiday to non-Koreans.As television personality Kelly Choi recently told Gothamist in an interview, "(Lunar) New Year's day is really about being with family and having that meal, the tteok, the rice cakes, hanging out, and playing games,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2011/01/20, Source, In Chungmuro, the cultural hub of Korea, Drawing: Show [Hero] has come to meet the audience. The show is a continuous experience of artistic fantasy. Art is created live on stage to leave audience members delighted and amazed. The heroes that live inside every person's heart comes to life through ar,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Moss 2011/01/11,
As one of the top grossing Korean films of 2010, "Moss" (directed by Kang Woo-seok) is a rural thriller that is sure to have you engrossed from start to finish. Based on the popular 2007 internet comic, Moss balances a number of cinematic elements beautifully as it weaves a truly character-driven narrative to its satisfying and thought provoking climax. It's a long film (pushing on three hours), but it never failed to keep me engaged in the mystery with its vivid characters, atmospheric visuals, and praise-worthy acting.,...More
Five Korean films invited to Tokyo 2010/10/08, Source, This year a total of 5 Korean films will get the green carpet treatmentat the environmentally friendly 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival. Not to be confused with Toronto, the other 'TIFF', Tokyo is one of the biggest international film festivals in Asia, vying for attention with Pusan and Hong,...More
18th Icheon Chunsa Film Festival 2010/09/19, Source,
18th Icheon Chunsa film festival finally started the award ceremony on September 18th after five days of festival.
Huge number of people who attended for this festival reflects its reputation as one of the main film festivals in Korea.
The honorable Best Picture award went to,...More
Korean actresses should be enjoying a nice long vacation on exotic beaches this summer — as male stars unabashedly show off their macho side onscreen there seems to be little room for the ladies.
The alpha male, as depicted through recent Korean cinema, has been reverting to a,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Park Hae-il - Part 1 2010/07/19, Source, Park Hae-il [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
When told he had not changed much appearance-wise from the days of his debut film "Waikiki Brothers", Park Hae-il responded, "Because I'm still immature.".. But the caution he showed in explaining his role as Yoo Hae-gook in film "Moss" which he had won support for by fans of the original comic even while casting was in process, and using as minimal conclusive expressions about working with director Kang Woo-seok for the film, revealed that Park was far from being the boy in "Waikiki Brothers" who out of drunkeness, handed the score for a self-composed song to the girl he likes. It has already been nine years since then, during which he has enjoyed success from movies such as "Memories of Murder" or "The Host", as well as leave short yet long-lasting impressions in unique productions such as "Shim's Family". In short, he has constantly grown as an actor. And that is why we predicted he has grown yet again while working on "Moss". 10: When fans of original comic "Moss" simulated casting for the movie adaptation, you were the actor that was chosen the most for the role of Yoo Hae-gook.Park Hae-il: I think that's just in terms of my image,...More
Park Hae-il: I Want to Become Good Actor Completely Immersed in Movie' 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor Park Hae-il had been a rising star actor on the theater stage and debuted as a movie actor by appearing in director Lim Soon-rye's movie "Waikiki Brothers" in 2001.
As he has already acted for ten years, he has become a star actor popular enough to be cast as the main lead of the Korean movie industry's powerful director Kang Woo-seok's ambitious new film "Moss". In the movie "Moss", which will be released on July 14, Park Hae-il will play Yoo Hae Kook, who has to confront remote village people to find out the truth regarding his father's death. He successfully heads the cast of the movie without faltering while acting competitively with other great experienced actors,...More
Kang Woo-seok says film 'Moss' was "no show-off" 2010/07/01, Source,
The cast of film "Moss" - (From left) Actors Jeong Jae-yeong, Park Hae-il, Yoo Sun, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Sang-ho, Yoo Joon-sang and Kim Joon-bae. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia] Press conference for film "Moss"- Director Kang Woo-seok says "didn't make "Moss" to show off" The film "Moss" is based on a popular online comic series that heated up the web in 2009 and recorded a total of 36 million hits during its run. That is why the film must face and compete against the original story of "Moss", known for its many tight plots, before facing moviegoers. The code of humor inserted into the film is certainly the style of a Kang Woo-seok film, but the biggest difference between the film and the original series is the plot twist in the ending. How will the creative ambition of director Kang Woo-seok, who says "If I can't make my story better [than the original], I might as well not make the movie", be evaluated in the future? Below is a summary of what director Kang Woo-seok and the film's lead actors talked about at the film's press conference, held June 29 at Seoul's Wangshimri CGV multiplex,...More
Youth festival urges teens to express creativity 2010/06/29, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
When Kim Jong-hyun, a 48-year-old teacher at YoungPa Girls' Middle School in Pungnam-dong, was a teenager, he used to sneak into R-rated films wearing his father's suit. He would also take part in poetry readings while dreaming of becoming a man of letters.
What concerns Kim is the local education system's lack of concentration on fostering children's imagination and providing an outlet through which they can channel their interests and talent creatively,...More
The 12th Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2010/06/25, Source, The 12 Seoul International Youth Film Festival is back with a wide selection of international films aimed at the youth market. The event, along with allowing youths to share their unique culture via cinema, also acts as a means to promote broader exchanges and networks and act as a stepping stone fo,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 3 2010/03/04, Source,
Korean actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck: That's actually what I wanted to ask you. Do you think it's possible to become an artist, or an actor, by pure effort and no natural talent? Song: The concept behind the word 'effort' is a bit vague. There is no such thing as putting in an effort to act well. Effort could be another word for your determination to work hard but not the secret to good acting. If you are shooting an action scene, you can make effort at improving on your physique and working better with your co-stars. And I put in an effort to play the recorder in "Thirst". But I don't think one can act based solely on effort. 90 percent of it comes from natural talent and 10 percent from experience. The experience that you gain from countless acting roles.
Beck:You've already been an actor for very long -- ten years since the public recognized you as 'actor Song Kang-ho' and even much longer counting your career in theater. Don't you go through a slump or have less fun having to repeat the same job over and over again?,...More
Yoo Sun becomes new face of Japanese cosmetics brand 2010/03/02, Source,
Korean actress Yoo Sun [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actress Yoo Sun has been tapped as the new face of Japanese skin care brand Grace Aiko, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment.
"We picked Yoo Sun because fits our brand image with her clear skin despite being in her 30s...... We expect her to be effective in both promoting our brand and increasing sales", a representative from Grace Aiko said.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 2) 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una (Beck): And that is when you decided to take the civil service examination. Sul Kyung-gu (Seol): Haha. Let me explain that to you. I was dying to leave the Hanyang Repertory. I'd already graduated but that place was an extension of school while I wanted to meet a larger variety of people. I didn't think they'd let me go for no reason so I lied that I'm going to take the civil service exam. (laugh) But what's so spontaneous about me is that although I had left because I didn't like it, I didn't have anything to do right away. And I needed money but I didn't want to ask my parents for it so I ended up asking a senior of mine to give me a part-time job putting up posters. The interesting thing is that I ended up staying in the industry. Of course, if I had really taken off, I might have ended up becoming human trash. (laugh) Anyway, I had been at the job for about a month and a half? I was suddenly asked if I would want to take part in the musical "Line 1". Mr. Kim Min-ki had seen me about, putting up the posters and asked me if I would want to take part thinking that I'm hardworking. That had been my audition for it. Me and actors from all walks of life with all sorts of experience rehearsed for three months and wow, it was so much fun. That was the start of "Line 1". It also did very well. Before I took on film "Girls' Night Out", I was making two million won per month and drove a Sephia. (laugh) But after "Line 1", I had no work at all. That's when scenarist Lee Seon-mi, who used to do plays, recommended me to writer Jeong Seong-joo. And that is how I got to become part of the cast for morning TV series "Sisters". I think I'm a very person when it comes to human relationships. Beck: Did you not think of taking on dramas after "Sisters"? Seol: Why wouldn't I have? I was also asked to quite a lot. Not official auditions but one-on-one. But you know how you get glanced at from head to toe? I really hated the look they gave me when they do that. So after "Girls' Night Out" and then "Rainbow Trout", a man called Lee Chang-dong called me. Beck: After he watched "Girls' Night Out"?,...More
CJ Ent. Makes Waves at HK FILMART 2009/04/16, Source, The film sales arm of Korean major CJ Entertainment did brisk business at the Hong Kong FIILMART, closing deals on a slew of titles including pre-sales for its big-budget disaster film "Haeundae" going to Indonesia's VSG for rights over Mala,...More
2008 packed surprises 2008/12/11, Source, Data released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on December 2, revealed a number of modest budgeted films in the top five of most successful films in 2008. However, the list is lead by the big budget blockbuster ",...More
Korean movies leap into box-office fray 2008/05/29, Source, In late April, Iron Man arrived in the Korean cinema, smashing the box office into very profitable pieces. In mid-May, Prince Caspian took the baton and kept up the pressure on Korean competitors. Last weekend, whip-wielding Indy joined the Hollywood-only party, roped in plenty of movie tickets sale,...More
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
Cine 21 Names CJ's KIM Joo-seong Most Influential 2008/04/22, Source, Local film weekly magazine, Cine 21, provided its annual list of the most powerful players in the Korean film industry, with CJ Entertainment president KIM Joo-seong at the top for the first time. With the industry taking a downturn last year, CJ Ent. has grown to become the key investor and distri,...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
Korean movies thrive on nationalism as five of the 10 recent box-office local movies deal with nationalistic themes.
Heavy on anti-Japanese sentiment or rather on,...More
Domestic Film Tops Box Office 2006/07/18, Source, A domestic movie "Hanbando" meaning "Korean Peninsula" has topped the nation's box office which has been dominated by Hollywood films since the release of the Tom Cruise studded "Mission Impossible 3" in early May.
Successful First Half for Korean Film Industry 2006/07/14, Source, CJ CGV, one of Korea's leading exhibitors, reported a 59.5% market share for Korean films in the domestic market during the first six months of 2006. This amounts to a growth of 3.7% compared to last year. Seven of the ten best performing films were Korean.
If giving out a message is what filmmaking is all about, school teachers, pastors or even politicians could have made wonderful,...More
Hanbando Expected to Reel in Summer Filmgoers 2006/06/28, Source, The Korean film industry is going through a low unseen in recent years, with movie theatres no longer required to guarantee a screening quota for domestic productions starting from July.
But there are hopes that things will look up, with the release of one of the summer's most anticipated Korean fi,...More
A throng gathered yesterday afternoon in front of Seoul Cinema, located in Jongno, Seoul, where the first screening of the movie "Hanbando" was held. There had been a long hiatus before a single screening had garnered su,...More
Gag Concert 2006/05/18, Source, The prosecutor's words seem nimble, yet they carry weight. The suspect just sits quiet and still. It seems that the truth might come out at any second. However, the situation just spins out control in a single moment.
"Hey, fess up! Everything will come up when investigated", says prosecutor Hwan,...More
"Sorum ("soreum" in Korean means "goosebumps")" will make an excellent departure point for debating the definition of "film noir". Is film noir predominantly a style, with cameras prowling dark corridors and sini,...More
Kang Woo-seok, Park Chan-wook and Choi Min-sik to Appear on TV 2005/08/08, Source, Prominent Korean actors, film directors and producers will appear on TV to discuss the past, present and future of Korean movies. Entitled "60 Years of Korean Movies through the Eyes of 60 Culture Figures", the program was prepared by KBS TV1's "TV Culture Zone" to mark the 60th anniversary of the n,...More
Fifty-nine relatives of Unit 684, also known as the ",...More
Media Market Barriers Breaking Down 2005/07/08, Source, By Kim Ki-tae
The fast changing media contents market is destroying longstanding barriers between filmmakers, broadcasters, talent management firms and mobile carriers.
Film companies are beginning to make television dramas, while broadcasters are producing films. Talent manageme,...More
Film industry suffers from stars' fee dispute 2005/07/05, Source, A dramatic dispute between film directors and film stars highlights how soaring guaranteed payments for actors could cripple Korea's film industry -already struggling with a shrinking share of the domestic market - and taint the image of the Korean Wave, an Asia-wide surge in the popularity of Korea,...More
In the original "Public Enemy" released in 2002, actor Sul Kyung-gu played an aimless corrupt detective chasing the serial killer who murdered his parents. In the sequel, he portrays a prosecutor of spotle,...More
It is commonly said that film sequels are rarely better than the original, which has been true for all the local sequels in recently years except for such movies as "Hi Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul (Talmaya Seoul-kaja)", a sequel for gangster comedy ",...More
'Silmido' Sells Distribution Rights to Japan 2004/02/19, Source, Having already broken local box-office records, the blockbuster "Silmido" will be exported to Japan at a record price.
The film, which is expected to reach the 10-million-viewer mark tomorrow, will have its Japanese distribution rights sold,...More
Baek Dong-ho, 49, who has been convicted eight times and is known as one of the most skilled safe-crackers around, is the author of "Silmido", the original book that the recent hit movie was based on. He began nvestigating,...More
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