[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 24 (final) 2015/05/25,
This drama didn't quite end how I expected it would. I wanted fewer bow tied endings and a little more realism. It's not like I wasn't happy with how things turned it. It was all sweet and full of fuzzy warm feelings that were enjoyable to feel and enjoy. However, these sentiments didn't quite fit with the overall tone of the drama. "Unkind Women" was about these women findings themselves and learning to overcome their pasts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 23 2015/05/24,
The penultimate episode of "Unkind Women" was undeniably fantastic. There was so much resolved and the reactions to those resolutions were emotion-packed. At the same time, there are still a few issues that will linger into the finale and tide us over to the end. This show is about overcoming the past and this episode really proved that point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 22 2015/05/23,
Twenty-four episodes may be too long for this show. It is just getting around to introducing the climax: a cooking showdown that will involve every main character in the drama in some form or another. The tensions in the show are more contrived than ever save for a select few. One of those tensions is that between Hyeon-jeong and her father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 21 2015/05/22,
This episode was as disjointed as the last episode was cohesive - it jumped around all over the place! It was a desperate attempt to heighten excitement that ended in a mishmash of badly intercut scenes. There were some good moments, but the sloppy editing detracted from the juicier character beats. There was a montage of scenes that cut from Hyeon-jeong and Moon-hak to Mo-ran and Soon-ok that were so poorly planned that it severed the flow of the story and instead seemed spastic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 20 2015/05/21,
Episode 20 was a turning point for "Unkind Women". It highlights the changes that have gradually worked themselves into the story and into the characters. With four episodes left, the story is really about how the characters will come together and learn to overcome and appreciate life after all the hardships they have suffered. Soon-ok embodies this concept best,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 19 2015/05/20,
There is a lovely dynamic shift between our characters as they learn and grow. Also, it shifts as those who are too insecure and selfish continue to interfere in the lives of others. As time passes all of these unkind, supposedly unhappy women finally gain insight into themselves and their lives. They see they are content despite all of the trials that they must walk through because they have each other. The first example of this is the peculiar friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 18 2015/05/13,
I'm not a fan of the relationship between Mo-ran and Soon-ok's family. A lot of excuses are made in order for friendships to be had. The truth of her involvement with the family shakes them to the core and the way the situation is resolved is extremely unsatisfactory. I don't get the friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 17 2015/05/12,
The juxtaposition of the past and present continues as bitter memories fuel revenge in the present and interfere with the newest relationships. This is also the point in the drama where those who have done wrong begin to atone for their sins - most of them anyway. Wounds from the past have hardened Hyeon-ae and have negatively affected all of her relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 16 2015/05/10,
The first major showdown between Hyeon-ae and Hyeon-sook was fantastic. These two women are so powerful on screen and their rivalry is fraught with such delicious tension. It's the most engaging conflict in a show full of what are now all engaging conflicts. Some of them started out lukewarm, but they have all turned up the heat. Hyeon-ae seems to have had a past that is quite similar to Hyeon-sook's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 14 2015/05/08, "Unkind Women" is one complicated show. Relationships are tangled into knots that can only be undone by major ego crushing - this will almost definitely take another ten episodes to resolve. What saves this episode from being too melodramatic are the family moments. Hyeon-sook and Hyeon-jeong finally have their father back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 13 2015/05/08,
I'm not a fan of some of the twists and turns in this week's episode of "Unkind Women". They were overly dramatic. The construction of the web of relationships in the drama is already a bit difficult to believe, so turning Mo-ran into a desperate woman in the twilight of her life is too dramatic a move. There are enough coincidental and unbelievable events to fill a lifetime without the addition of her dramatics. Mo-ran has been seeking forgiveness from Soon-ok so that she can die in peace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 12 2015/05/06,
And the cat is out of the bag. Everyone knows that Cheol-hee is alive. It wreaks havoc on Soon-ok's family as each person struggles to digest the information was best they can. On top of that world shattering revelation, relationships hit turning points. This is all to be expected at this point in the drama - we are halfway through and that's where things begin to change. The first major change we see is between Roo-oh and Ma-ri,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 11 2015/05/04,
This was the strongest episode by far. For all the annoying interconnections between people that can be a weakness, this show timed its reveals so well that those interconnections ended up becoming strengths. Along with the reveals came many insights into a rich past that brought viewers closer to the characters on screen Perhaps the strongest story was that of Hyeon-jeong's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 10 2015/05/04, "Unkind Women" is plugging along at a decent clip. Relationships are in full bloom and conflicts have been exposed. We see deeper into characters that were only two-dimensional. The ante has been raised and the going is good. The major turn of the episode is that many conflicts come to a head and are exposed, whether to the characters themselves or just to the audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 9 2015/05/03,
Each unkind woman has begun to forge a new path in life. Their lives did not go the way they expected, but that doesn't mean that life is over. In fact, even the oldest woman is finding new life in friendship. As they try to take control of their lives, the past comes back to haunt them - whether or not is succeeds is a matter left to be seen. Soon-ok and Mo-ran have found a comfortable ground upon which they can stand and relate to each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 8 2015/04/25,
Relationships that are too intertwined in dramas can be annoying. They are too convenient and make a world rather insular. However, when an anticipated revelation or meeting occurs, that insular world magnifies the effect - that is what "Unkind Women" has done. We've been waiting for Doo-jin to find out what sort of woman his beloved stepmother and for the worlds of the women in Soon-ok's household to collide with Hyeon-ae's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 7 2015/04/25,
For the most part, "Unkind Women" is an engaging show. The relationships are fulfilling, the acting is relaxed, and most of the story, despite relying on the past, moves forward. There is one relationship triangle that drags the rest of it down: the relationship between Soon-ok, Mo-ran, and Cheol-hee. The entire situation is awkward and lacks the conviction of the other relationships and their situations. Perhaps I'm just not sure how to interpret the situation between Mo-ran and Soon-ok,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 6 2015/04/24,
The pacing of the different storylines is "Unkind Women"'s strong suit. This is a large cast and the slow introduction during the first few episodes allows for all of them to develop individually. Where it weakens is how interconnected all of the characters are. It's easier to build an insulated world, but that becomes quite cliche. At this point, we know the women of "Unkind Women" pretty well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 4 2015/04/14,
The setup stage of "Unkind Women" is winding down and we're getting to the meat and potatoes of the story. We're seeing behind the curtain and discovering what makes these women tick: the pain, the stories, the relationships. First, I'll lay down what doesn't please me in order to get it out of the way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 3 2015/04/13, "Unkind Women" is a story about overcoming the past and the heavy emotional burden it can place on a human soul. All of the women in Soon-ok's family have challenges to face that are caused by wounds long since healed and scarred that have reopened to cause more pain. These women have to learn to lead their lives again. And on the way, we get some beautiful moments. Chae Si-ra as Hyeon-sook is a grounding force of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 2 2015/04/05, "Unkind Women" is zipping right along, feeding us backstory and humor and relationships that are full of heart. Although the story is a tad jumpy, the characters and their situations are easy to relate to and fun to watch. Hyeon-sook continues to be the most engaging character with her quirkiness, fiery-temper and significant background information,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" 2015/01/10,
From a literal perspective, "A Perfect Way to Steal a Dog" is just a kid's heist movie. What's surprising and particularly joyful about the product is the way it works very serious personal and societal issues into this simple concept, creating a complex tapestry that puts most similarly minded adult films to shame. Usually the ragtag band of thieves is just interested in using their ill-gotten cash to buy shiny baubles. By contrast, Ji-so (played by Lee Re) wants a home, so she doesn't have to live in her mom's car like a homeless person,...More
[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
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
Pop diva Patty Kim ends 54-year career 2012/02/15, Source,
Renowned pop singer Patty Kim announced her retirement from the stage Wednesday, ending an illustrious career that has spanned 54 years.
Since her 1958 debut at local U.S. military bases, she established herself as one of the nation's first generation of pop icons. The 74-year-old is recognized for numerous hits that display a multi-tonal range and for impassioned live performances here and abroad,...More
Kim Hye-ja, The 1st Beautiful Artist Award, a hundred million won prize 2011/12/19, Source,
Actress Kim Hye-ja has been awarded the 1st Beautiful Artist Award.
The Sin Yeong Gyoon Arts and Culture Foundation (Chairman Ahn Seong-gi) chose Kim Hye-ja as the winner of the 1st Beautiful Artist Award and revealed that the award giving ceremony will take place on the 26th at the Seoul Press Center. The Beautiful Artist Award goes to those who have been active in public culture and therefore made society that much warmer along with a hundred million won is prize money,...More
Conductor Gum Nanse gets Sejong Culture Award 2011/10/12, Source, By Do Je-hae
Conductor Gum Nanse received the Sejong Culture Award for his contribution to society, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced Thursday.
The former music director of the KBS Symphony Orchestra was recognized for his efforts to introduce Western classical music to the underprivileged and rural audiences,...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
[INTERVIEW] Kim Tae-hee - Part 2 2010/09/13, Source, Kim Tae-hee [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: In "Grand Prix", the woman who always seeks victory first goes through the hardship of losing the horse she loves in order to discover the joy of spending time with her horse. Ultimately, nothing that is precious comes free. What have you probably lost from the point you started acting to now where you have just started to feel the joy in acting?Kim Tae-hee: What you've lost is probably ultimately what you've gained. I wouldn't know as much as I do now or be as strong if I had been hurt less and led an easy life. What I have lost is... privacy? (laugh) Beck: Well it's true that as much as your life has become abundant, it has become tiresome as well.Kim Tae-hee: I'm not the type that regrets easily. I think I'd take this road again, even if I could go back into my past. Should I call it fate? Always. I like how I've gotten where I am right now. I really don't have moments where I regret wishing I had done something in the past or reminisce that a certain point in my past was great. I'm the type that forgets everything and my memory isn't that great either,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Won Bin - Part 2 2010/08/04, Source, Won Bin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: How did you feel about there being almost no change to his expression? And him saying very few lines. He shows most of his emotions through his eyes.Won Bin: I think it's inevitable that he has become quiet because he hasn't gone outsid efor three years. He hadn't spoken to anyone and must've held great grief in his heart. I thought that it was only natural that there would be little change to his expression because of the character he is. 10: Wasn't it difficult trying to express your emotions through the slightest expression or look?Won Bin: It was but it was rather more appealing. I think that the sadness he feels in his heart was delievered more effectively because he pushed down useless talk rather than expressing himself overly or shouting out loudly,...More
Won Bin: 'I Dreamed of Becoming Actor After Watching Action Movie' 2010/08/04, Source,
The movie "The Man From Nowhere", which will be released on August 4, is a very violent movie with realistic action scenes. The fight scene in which Tae Sik, who is the former member of a special forces unit, devastates a criminal organization that kidnapped a neighbor girl contains violent scenes such as splattered blood and broken bones, but the scene is also filled with resolute and well-made action sequences.
An interviewer met actor Won Bin, who has been "reborn" as an action hero, at a café located in Samcheong-dong, Jongno on August 2. He had previously filmed battle scenes in the movie "Taegukgi" and he had carried a gun when he filmed the movie "Guns and talks", but he mentioned that this is the first time for him to film a legitimate action movie,...More
Festival of beginnings ending well 2010/05/06, Amid the fresh green of a long-awaited spring in the small city of Jeonju, North Jeolla, moviegoers old but mostly young were standing in line Sunday as early as 8:30 a.m., waiting for ticketing to be,...More
Korean film Mother continues its stay on U.S. box office 2010/04/13, Source,
Official U.S. poster of Korean film "Mother - 2009" [Magnolia Pictures]
Korean dramatic pic "Mother - 2009" continued to perform within the top 50 films on the United States box office into its fifth week of release.
According to statistics by the U.S. movie chart of Box Office Mojo on Tuesday, the film grossed 34,405 dollars at 27 theaters to rank at No. 49 over the weekend, raising its accumulate total to 375,536 dollars since its release overseas March 12,...More
Korean pic "Mother - 2009", stars win big at Green Planet Movie Awards 2010/03/25, Source,
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho wins Best International Director award at Green Planet Movie Awards held in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2010 [Korea Green Foundation]
Korean film "Mother - 2009" and a handful of Korean actors picked up multiple awards including the prize for Best Foreign Culture Film of the Year at the 2nd Green Planet Movie Awards held in California, according to event sponsor Korea Green Foundation (KGF) on Thursday.
KGF announced in a press release that film "Mother - 2009" and Korean movie stars were handed a total of 12 awards in nine different categories at the event, which took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on March 23 (local time),...More
Korean film "Mother - 2009" ranked No. 41 among U.S. films 2010/03/23, Source,
Official U.S. movie poster of "Mother - 2009" [Magnolia Pictures]
Korean drama "Mother - 2009" has been climbing up the ranks of the box office charts in the United States since its release in the country two weeks ago. According to statistics on the weekend U.S. movie chart of Box Office Mojo, "Mother - 2009", which bowed at No. 50 during the weekend of March 12 to 14, rose nine spots to place 41st during its second overseas session to rank 41st and gross a total 53,195 dollars. Its 10-day tally stands at 106,772 dollars,...More
Mother to open in select U.S. theaters today 2010/03/12, Source,
Movie poster for Korean film "Mother - 2009" [CJ Entertainment]
Korean film "Mother - 2009" will open in five U.S. cities today including Los Angeles and New York and expand its showing next week throughout the country.
The thriller film, directed by noted Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, will start with a limited theatrical release and gradually increase its number of screens; the film will open in 15 cities including Berkeley and Dallas on March 19, and in 18 cities including Honolulu and New Haven the following weekend.,...More
"Old Partner" wins Best Picture at Max Movie Awards 2010/02/10, Source, "Old Partner" director Lee Chung-ryoul (left) and producer Ko Young-jae at the 7th Max Movie Awards on February 9, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean documentary "Old Partner" won the trophy for best picture at the 7th Max Movie Awards on Tuesday.
"Partner" also took the prize for best movie poster at the annual event, which hands out its awards based on a survey on movie fans. A total 753,277 people participated in the survey conducted from January 5 through February 2 this year.
The acclaimed indie film -- which attracted over three million viewers in Korea during its limited theatrical release -- is about an old farmer couple and their lifelong friendship with an old partner, a 40-year-old ox.,...More
62nd Cannes Selects 9 Korean Films 2009/05/08, Source, A total of 9 Korean films including 5 features have been invited to the official line-up of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 13 – 24 in the famed coastal city of southern France. Headlining the robust range of Korean films this year is,...More
There may be a possibility for two big name Korean film directors to compete in the Cannes International Film Festival, to be held in May 13 to 24. Park Chan-wook's newest release,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Movie stills of new movie " Mother " 2008/11/14, Source, Won Bin and Kim Hye-ja are starred in the new film " Mother " for which still cut photos have been released.
This film is being promoted to the American Film Market and thse stills have been sent there.
The still pictures are of Kim Hye-ja the mother with the worried face and Won Bin, as the son who is looking outside the car.
" Mother " is about a son who is mitakenly taken to prisen and falsely accused of being a murderer.
This film has been filmed only 20% and will be released to the Japanese market as well as other countries.,...More
Bong Joon-ho "Won Bin is youthful country style" 2008/07/03, Source, Director Bong Joon-ho of the movie "Mother - 2009" revealed an episode involving the two leading characters. In a meeting with his acquaintances, he said, "Won Bin was far from his image of a refined city-dweller. He is from Kang-won, so I sensed more of a country style". Before debuting in 1996, Won Bin worked in a auto service center in Kang-won. Director Bong said, "There is still a pure innocent image left in his face. He seems more human, for he likes tennis and soccer more than he likes working out or golf". As a director, he was glad that Won Bin still had an innocent image left in him. Won Bin plays a youth who is falsely accused of being a murderer.,...More
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