Born in 1967, he worked as assistant director for almost 10 years under Im Kwontaek and worked on films like "Sopyonje" (1993) and "Chunhyang" (2000). He made his directorial debut with the melodrama, "Bungee Jumping of Their Own" (2000). He also directed the historical thriller "Blood Rain" (2005). His third film, "Trace of Love", was the opening film for the 11th PIFF.
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Joseon Magician" 2016/01/09,
Hwanhee (played by Yoo Seung-ho) does stage magic. Not just any old stage magic- the slick kind. There really is something delightful about watching Hwanhee pulls balls out of nowhere, pull off convincing disappearance acts, manipulating pulley systems, and faking his death. Yoo Seung-ho really charms in this role, so it's little surprise that Hwanhee is able to catch the attention of Cheong-myeong (played by Go Ara). She's an incognito princess who resents her mandated destiny,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Blood Rain" 2013/12/06,
There's a fair degree of medieval brutality in "Blood Rain". This is a movie in which we watch multiple people viciously murdered in about the most uncomfortable way possible. What really enhances the misery of these scenes is that they're just long enough that some slight thread of hope comes up that maybe, just maybe, this won't end as horribly as it looks. Of course, that's not how grisly death by torture works. Anyone who puts that much effort into a death trap is smart enough to build one that won't screw up.
What really enhances the discomfort in these scenes is that all the characters, whether they be the investigators, the criminals, or just the random townspeople, show themselves to be fully capable of this brutality without so much as flinching about the aftermath,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Is Korean Cinema Soft on Sex? 2012/10/20,
I don't know what it was exactly about the sex scene in Kim Dae-woo's 2010 remake of the "The Servant" that captivated my interest and senses. Perhaps it was the enchanting realisation/sexual release of the film's own internal eroticisms and sexual pressures or, admittedly, the 'cinematic purity' of the act itself as expressed through both the Choon-hyang's erotised body. Indeed, Jo Yeo-jung's physical facets, and willingness, have contributed to her popularity as an actress both in Korea and abroad. I am not, however, so brave as to say that she might have inadvertently typecasted herself as Korea's own cinematic exhibitionist, but her recent role in Kim Dae-seung's "The Concubine" seemed to play off that image as an 'erotic icon' as her sexual agency was, once again, commodified through another historical Korean drama that taunted and teases its way through the prickly plane of sexual representation.
"The Concubine" did not, however, managed to encapsulate the culture depth and erotic significance of Kim Dae-woo's modernised enactment of the Korean myth of Chann-hyang. In fact, the representation of sexual acts in recent years has seemed to be unable to transgress from Korea's own modern conservatism,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.06.29 ~ 2012.07.01 2012/07/01, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.06.29~ 2012.07.01)
"The Amazing Spider-Man" has once again proven its popularity here in Korea, claiming the top spot in its first weekend with a whopping 1,421,163 admissions. Marc Webb is the director behind this Spider-Man origins reboot, as he attempts to add a slightly darker edge to what has otherwise been a candy-coated series so far. American superhero films general go down well with Korean audiences and "The Amazing Spider-Man" is no exception. Despite Mr. Webb's latest blowing away the competition, snatching a commanding 71.4%, there are still six local productions that, between them, held around 17.4% of the ticket sales for this past weekend,...More
'No one can act against self-interest' 2012/06/05, Source, Kim Dae-seung, director of the film "The Emperor's Concubine ", opening today in theaters nationwide, says the characters' self-serving pursuits mirror the social ills of today. / Korea Times photo by Kwaak Je-yup
Its characters may don the royal garb of centuries ago, but "The Emperor's Concubine ", released today, is a thinly-veiled critique of modern Korean society, according to director Kim Dae-seung. Much has been said in the local media about the ample nudity and the theme of carnal desire in the film, but Kim asks the audience to look beyond the libido,...More
How erotic? Beyond adult rated 2012/03/27, Source,
The screens are bound to become much heated up. Various movies with shocking exposure scenes are continuously being released. The message behind the movies by Jeong Ji-woo, Kim Dae-seung and Lim Sang-soo are very much looked forward to as much as the exposure levels.
"The Scent" which is being released on the 11th of April is a multi genre movie which will fulfill the five sense of the audience. Based on a story about an adultery-specialist detective (Park Hee-soon) who gets involved with a murder case at a scene and is framed for it, meets a widow with extreme appeal and Park Si-yeon is compared with Sharon Stone here,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source, With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byeong-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
Korean Crossover Band: Oriental Express 2011/01/13, Source,
Have you tried to listen to Korean traditional music? For many of you, K-pop may sound familiar, but it may be the opposite for Korean traditional music. Now, people are increasingly paying attention to new pop music, but as a result, traditional music is almost ignored. There is a Korean group that is trying to break this wall and attract people to listen to Korean traditional music,...More
The film opens in 19th century Korea, the late Joseon period. A small island off the coast of Seoul, known for the production of high,...More
The 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival Opens this Week 2009/06/26, Source, This year's Mise-en-scene Short Film festival will showcase a total of 120 films. The film festival whose focus is genre short films will feature films genres normally associated with feature length films. These genres include horror, fantasy, love and even action. It features 57 films in the offi,...More
6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival 2007/06/26, Source, Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.
Though running as briefly as six minutes, short films show that size is not a factor for capturing the limitless power of imagination. Andre Bazin, film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future".
Korean Films in NY Asian Film Fest 2007/06/22, Source, This year's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) features a spate of prominent Korean films and runs from June 22nd to July 8th. Now in its 6th year, the festival selects 30 top Asian films to screen along with three programs of award winning shorts taken from Korea's very own Mise-en-Scene's Genre,...More
Korean cinema will take a big bite of the Big Apple as the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) begins Friday. The festival will feature more than 30 works from the East, of which almost a third are Korean. The event will take place at the IFC Center until July,...More
The number of films produced last year was 108, the most ever in Korean cinematic history, and many of them were feature debut works by emerging directors. But more familiar names will be seen at the box office this year as many renowned directors are preparing to,...More
Playing Monopoly With Park Yong-woo 2007/01/06, Source, "I want to concentrate on playing Monopoly like a little child. I don't want to confine myself to one single image but want to evolve into an actor who can play a whole variety of characters". After a,...More
Varied new Korean films on display at PIFF 2006/11/03, Source, The 11th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival drew attention for its various industry sidebars and other events, but those festival attendees who focused on the program itself declared it to be a good year for new Korean films.
Independent filmmakers in particular turned out a large n,...More
This Week's New Movies 2006/10/27, Source, Let's get a check of what's playing in movie theatres across Korea this week.
We have two domestic productions both of them touching dramas.
There's also a comedy from the U.S, and a real-life thriller from Australia.
Here's Son Heekyung.
Two heartwarming Korean films, perfect for the autumn s,...More
Malaysian director Chui Mui Tan's debut film "Love Will Conquer All" and Chinese director Yang Heng's "Betelnut" won the New Currents award, the top prize in the sole competition sec,...More
Pusan film festival wraps up 9-day run 2006/10/19, Source, The 11th Pusan International Film Festival wraps up its nine-day schedule today with the closing film "Crazy Stone", a low-budget black comedy by Chinese director Ning Hao.
The film involves the comedic adventures of a gang of thieves plotting a jewel theft - a box office hit in both Hong Kong an,...More
PIFF Shines Spotlight on Emerging Asian Directors 2006/10/16, Source, Now, let's turn south to Korea's port city of Busan where the 11th Pusan International Film Festival is in full swing.
Our Son Heekyung had an opportunity to sit down with some up-and-coming Asian directors to hear their views on the most important aspect of film making.
Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) at the Yachting Center in Haeundae, southeastern port city of Pusan, Thursday. More than 6,000 festivalgoers and celebrities packed the venue. The nine,...More
Celebrations Mark Eve of PIFF Kickoff 2006/10/11, Source, It is the eve of one of Asia's biggest film events -- the annual Pusan International Film Festival.
We go live now to Busan, where our Son Heekyung is standing by to tell us about what's happening down there.
AHN CHAK-HEE, ANCHOR: Hello Heekyung.
SON HEEKYUNG, REPORTER: Hello Chakhee.
Leaner Busan Film Fest to Open Thursday 2006/10/11, Source, The 11th Pusan International Film Festival will kick off its nine-day journey on Thursday amid heated enthusiasm that saw tickets for the opening film sold out in no more than two minutes and 45 seconds. A total of 245 works from 63 countries will be shown during the festival, 64 of them having thei,...More
PIFF Unveils the Main Guest Listing 2006/10/01, Source, Busan — PIFF unveiled the main guest listing for its 11th edition that includes numerous internationally renowned names in film industry. The award-winning director Istavan SZABO and Bruno DUMONT are coming to the fest as president and jury of New Currents, respectively.
11th PIFF Announces Line-Up 2006/09/21, Source, Last week in Seoul at an unusually crowded press conference, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) director Kim Dong-ho and his team, presented an impressive line-up of premieres, programs, and celebrity events, all to take place during its,...More
The ship will set sail once again in the nation's biggest port city.
Since its maiden voyage in 1996, the ship of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has taken moviegoers to the continent of movies. The nine-day journey this year from Oct. 12 to Oct.,...More
PIFF to continue growing with film market 2006/09/14, Source, An Asian Film Market, a four-day full-scale market covering financing, production, post-production and sales of Asian films, will be launched at this year's Pusan International Film Festival.
The festival's organizing committee hosted a press conference at the Convention and Exhibition Center of,...More
Director Park Kwang-hyeon, 'Welcome to my movies' 2005/12/07, Source, The 2005 award ceremony of the Blue Dragon Awards was held at the KBS Hall in Yeouido on November 29. It was truly a festival of high flying stars. Every movie star and director representing Korea gathered together at the event. Although the award ceremony lasted for only a short while, viewers had,...More
Directed by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon, the 2004 documentary tells a story of two female North Korean gymnasts who dedicate themselves to the Mass Games. Gordon, the first foreigner to shoot a documentary in Pyon,...More
Movie for DMB to be produced 2005/07/27, Source, The nation's first feature film for digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) service will go into production later this year.
Ahn Dong-gyu, CEO of the film production company Ahn's World and 10 filmmakers including Kim Dae-seung,,...More
With his good looks and warm smile, Park Yong-woo is known for portraying the "good guys" in television dramas and films. But as an actor, Park says he finds himself often limited by this image and constantl,...More
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