[TALK OF THE TOWN: KOREA] Six awarded Culture Art Award 2011/11/08, Source, Music producer and SM Entertainment head Lee Soo-man and actor Shin Young-kyun, among others, have been chosen to receive Korea Culture Art Award medals by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Lee Soo-man, Shin Young-kyun, singer Ha Chun-hwa (photo below), musician Shin Jung-hyun, TV writer Yu Ho and voice-over actor Oh Seung-ryong, will also be recipients of the award this year,...More
Korean Movies Go Global 2011/10/28, Source, On October 21st, a meaningful gathering among members of the Korean movie industry took place.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "I hereby declare the launch of the Council for Development of Korean Movies, which will create ideal conditions needed to develop Korean cinema".
High-ranking officials from the government and the industry gathered to launch a council to further promote Korean movies around the world,...More
A new era for Asia's biggest film festival 2011/10/20, Source,
'We want to be able to strike that delicate balance between showing something new and being accessible'. -Kim Ji-seok
The opening ceremony for the 16th annual Busan International Film Festival was held in the outdoor venue in front of the new Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae District, Busan. [YONHAP]
BUSAN - When a small film festival opened at an outdoor market in Nampo-dong, Busan, during the mid-90s, few expected it to make a mark in the industry amid more prominent competition in Asia. Back then, the Asian festival circuit was based mostly on two strongholds - the Tokyo International Film Festival, located in the second-biggest film market on the globe, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, located in the world's fastest-growing film market. Coming almost 10 years after Tokyo and 20 years after Hong Kong, the Busan festival was challenged not only because of these bigger events but also because of the insignificant size of the Korean film industry. Back then, Korean films made up less than a quarter of screenings, even at the local box office,...More
The gown, the grit and the gifts 2011/10/20, Source, Every year, the Busan International Film Festival brings with it a bag full of gossip and controversy. This year's star-studded, nine-day event was no exception. Here are some of the hottest topics from this year's festival.
Oh, that dress
The dress that everyone was talking about this year belonged to little-known actress Oh In-hye. When Oh arrived at the opening ceremony on Oct. 6 wearing a revealing orange dress that left much of her cleavage exposed, the collective expressions of shock nationwide were audible. Her attire was even more of an issue because many Koreans were wearing black that day to commemorate the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs. The dress made Oh the most searched name online in Korea that week,...More
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