[HanCinema's Hall of Fame] Bong Joon-ho's "Mother - 2009" 2013/10/26, In the Spotlight this Week:"Mother - 2009" by Bong Joon-ho
The mother-image invokes particularly powerful emotions within us all; they are the protecting and nurturing figures that we imagine to be compassionately eternal and lovingly steadfast. In "Mother - 2009" that ideal is given a cruel existence, a scratched filmind born from the collision of untouchable family values and modern Korea's fumbling with justice and reliability. How would a widowed mother react if her only son (of 28 years) were accused of cold-blooded murder? An interesting enough thought experiment, but all-star director Bong Joon-ho challenges us further by thinking the son as mentally handicapped, another cruel test of faith for his mother-image. 'Unconditional love' seems an appropriate tool from which to start from here, it's the romantic weapon that tells us all that a mother's love is always forthcoming - like the rise and fall of the sun. "Mother - 2009" is the tragic story of that unconditional love gone awry, lost somewhere in the vast and unforgiving social space that Bong places between mother and son, between their love and shared madness,...More
2012.12.26 ticket 2012/12/29, Source, MUSIC THE EURO-ASIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall Tomorrow: The Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra will hold a concert under the baton of Gum Nan-se in Seoul. The orchestra will play Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from the opera "Eugene Onegin" and Symphony No. 4 in F minor; Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor; Bizet's Symphony No. 1 in C and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8,...More
Ha Jeong-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars 2012/05/21, Source, Ha Jeong-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
In with the old, out with the new 2012/04/18, Source,
Actresses in their 20s, who once dominated K-dramas, are hard to come by on the small screen, as of late. Experienced actresses in their 30s, 40s and even 50s have held on to the spotlight, reversing a trend that dictated casting for decades. Above left, Kim Hee-ae, 45, plays a lead role in JTBC's "A Wife's Credentials" and above right, Kim Nam-joo, 41, plays a lead role in KBS2's "My Husband Got a Family". [JoongAng Ilbo]
Back in the 1980s and '90s, Korean dramas adopted the principle "the younger, the better" when casting heroines. Heartthrob actors in their 40s were often coupled with youthful beauties in their early 20s, at the expense of more experienced actresses,...More
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