Born in Daegu, KIM majored in film production at Hanyang University. His first feature film < Mokpo, Gangster's Paradise > was developed from this very first impression of a completely different world – in the film’s case, the rural city of Mokpo. He dares to utilize the locally tabooed theme of a true incident, the 5.18 massacre in which the military government brutally murdered the citizens of Gwangju in his newest feature film, < May 18 >
[HanCinema's Film Review] "May 18" + DVD Giveaway 2016/01/30,
Jin-woo (played by Lee Joon-gi) is a high school student in Gwangju, circa 1980. Sin-ae (played by Lee Yo-won) is a local nurse who goes to his church. Min-woo (played by Kim Sang-kyung) is his older working brother. Heung-soo (played by Ahn Sung-ki) is her father, a former military officer. They all live fairly normal lives. But a meeting with history ruptures this destiny, as a military crackdown provokes a full-scale resistance movement lasting for a full week,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Tower" 2014/10/18,
Disaster movies are not really a huge genre in Korea. With budget and scale being an issue for those more into the action than the human element and those focusing on the human element limiting their destruction, it is a tricky type of film to pull off. "The Tower" is definitely in the former category of going for big visuals, big dangers, big everything. At the end of the day though, it offers more style than substance,...More
Park Shin-hye's growth process 2013/03/17, Source,
"I want to be sexy now"
Actress Park Shin-hye mentioned 'sexy'. The want to be sexy can, in other words, mean the end of landing as a grown up actress. Many younger actresses were highlighted back then but not everyone grew into a real actor or actress. Park Shin-hye was different. She is big enough to lead a romantic comedy drama herself.
We met the actress from tvN drama "Flower Boy Next Door". "I've been acting long but I'm only twenty-four years old". The way she laughed as she said that showed that she was true. However, she's not carelessly bright all the time. She said, "I was able to mature through Go Dok-mi",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] January 2013/02/02,
It was a hard month for foreign films here in Korea as January favoured three local films that, between them, held a tight grip on the ticket sales. Lee Hwan-gyeong's "Miracle in Cell No.7" may have stolen the show in the last weekend of the month, but it was Kim Ji-hoon's fiery epic "The Tower" and Jo Jin-kyoo's 5th comedy "Man on the Edge" that held that top position until then. In the foreign corner, two adaptations stood out in the form of the musical drama "Les Misérables" and "Life of Pi". The former has grossed $38.6 million over its six week run in Korean theatres, with "The Tower" close behind on $34.4 million,...More
[HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13 2013/01/13, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13)
Jo Jun-kyoo's "Man on the Edge" has entered the chart sporting tops honours with 796,000 admissions. This is Jo's sixth film since his 2001 debut "My Wife Is a Gangster", and now Jo returns to the comedy-gangster genre and has been welcomed by the Korean public and fans. This meant that last week's number one, Kim Ji-hoon's "The Tower", had to take a step back but in the process still moved passed the 4 million admissions mark. Two new Korean films also entered the top ten, as well as the fantasy epic "Cloud Atlas",...More
Ha Ji-won to Coach Aspiring Chinese Moviemakers 2012/08/08, Source,
Actress Ha Ji-won and director Kim Ji-hoon will serve as mentors for China's future filmmakers by participating in a cultural education program called Toto's Workroom organized by CJ CGV in Beijing from Aug. 13 to 17, the cinema company said on Tuesday. The event, which is in its second year, is a cultural exchange program that sees 40 students from Korea and China make eight films over a period of five days,...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 Byung-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
Sector 7 hits box office record in China 2011/12/21, Source,
Leading South Korean investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has announced that sci-fi thriller "Sector 7" has become the highest grossing Korean film in China. Released Dec. 6 on approximately 4,000 screens, the sea creature feature took in CNY20 million (US$3.1 million) by Dec. 14.
The film opened at no. 2 in its first week. Amongst foreign film releases, it was no. 1 at the box office. Released in China with the title "Shen Hai Zhi Zhan", the film is the first large-scale 3D film from Korea to open in the country,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sector 7": A Host of Issues 2011/10/29, Korea's first big budget 3D feature failed. The extreme hype and mass marketing served only to raise the film to a height from which it was destined to fall from. The success it received in its opening week was a good start to Kim Ji-hoon's monster flick but once word got out of the film's many failings, its numbers dropped sharply as a result of the scorn it received from critics and the public alike. "Sector 7" was a huge disappointment and the degree to which it fell short of glory is staggering.
Before I dive into the criticism, let's first look at an area where the film did well, or at least showed the most potential. "Sector 7" had a number of things going for it, the most exciting of which was its premise. Sector 7 is an actual Joint Development Zone (JDZ) involving both Korea and Japan respectfully. Japan has shown little interest in it but the area has represented the hopes of Korea to become energy independent. Oil is the desire in the film and it carries not only the characters' hopes but the nation's as well. The oilrig tasked in finding the black gold is manned with individuals who strive to make a success out the exploration project. But, when a mysterious creature starts terrorising the rig, the needs of the crew suddenly become much simpler,...More
Interview: Ha Ji-won and Korea's first 3D movie 2011/08/08, Source, Korea's biggest action star says she misses melodramas and romantic comedies
By Hyo-won Lee 8 August, 2011
Despite her new tomboyish image, Ha Ji-won is still a girly girl inside. Groundbreaking 3D IMAX visuals, successful international sales and highly criticized story aside, action flick "Sector 7" -- which opened on August 4 and broke this year's domestic box office records with 1.4 million viewers in four days-- has quickly become the film du jour for creating a new archetype for Korean female screen personas.
To date, Korean cinema has remained largely conservative in terms of female leads, largely in the manner of 1950s Hollywood. Women are usually portrayed as either an asexual Audrey Hepburn or a sultry Marilyn Monroe, with a small gray zone for a few quirky, intelligent Katharine Hepburn types,...More
'Sector 7': groundbreaking tech, groundless drama 2011/07/28, Source,
Actress Ha Ji-won, center, in a scene from "Sector 7". Korea's first 3D IMAX creature feature opens in theaters on Aug. 4. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
The late legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn once said that Hollywood filmmakers "remain little more than glassblowers, huffing and puffing and blowing up slender ideas - their own or others - into some sort of shape for the screen. What has happened to fresh, honest, vital, original writing for the screen?",...More
No Secret Ingredient for Success, Says Sunny Director Kang 2011/07/25, Source, Kang Hyeong-cheol has set a new record in the domestic film industry as the first Korean director to make two films that have each attracted audiences of more than 7 million.
Kang's latest film "Sunny - 2010" lured 7.08 million viewers as of Sunday to rank 11th in cinema attendance among all Korean films, while his debut work "Scandal Makers" (2008) attracted 8.31 million to become the 8th most popular Korean film,...More
3D film out to compete with Hollywood 2011/07/07, Source,
From left, actors Ahn Sung-ki, Ha Ji-won, Oh Ji-ho, Song Sae-byeok and Park Chul-min appear in a scene from the upcoming 3D monster movie "Sector 7". / Courtesy of CJ E&M
By Lee Hyo-won
Makers of the 3D action film "Sector 7", of which distribution rights have already been sold to 46 countries, call it a ruthless venture that is out to compete with Hollywood.
"It's not about trying to catch up with post-'Avatar' Hollywood but trying to compete with it, and someone has to keep on trying", director Kim Ji-hoon, who has helmed action-packed works such as "May 18", told the press in Seoul, Thursday,...More
Top Korean Movies to Look Out for in 2011 2011/01/12, Source, Since 2001, the overall market share of Korean movies has been on the rise in the country reaching its peak in 2006 at 64 percent but falling to 46 last year.
But experts say that the number is only going to decrease slightly this year to around 44 percent.
This is mainly due to large Hollywood co,...More
In conclusion, the interrelationship is inverse proportion according to the trend in 2007 box-office success in Korean film industry. Among the 100 movies released this year, only 4 movies had more than,...More
Director Lee Jang-ho invited to the 2005 Yubari Film Festival 2005/01/06, Source, Film Director and Executive Committee Director of Jeonju International Film Festival Lee Jang-ho has been invited to the 16th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival to head the screening committee that will judge entries submitted to its Young Competition division. The festival is to be held f,...More
It's still not quite mainstream, but Seoul Net & Film Festival (SeNef) is certainly trying. An annual event celebrating the experimental in film and video, this year's festival will make digital media accessible and fun for the general public. At the same time, it wi,...More
A domestic comedy about a detective who goes undercover to infiltrate a possible drug ring has won the grand prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2004 in Hokkaido, Japan, on Sunday.
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