[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Servant": A Romantic Rendition with a Classic Twist 2014/05/24, In the Spotlight this Week:Kim Dae-woo's "The Servant"…
Kim Dae-woo's third feature "Obsessed" was recently released in Korea, and despite having to square off against the American monstrosity "Godzilla" his latest is still hijacking hearts and putting plenty of bums on seats. Like the gargantuan ghost currently conquering the West, Kim enjoys re-imagining the past and twisting the record for our modern amusement. In 2010 Kim took on the challenge of re-telling Chunhyangjeon, one of Korea's most beloved folktales; a pansori-inspiring piece that's been adapted to the big screen before, most notably by the prolific Im Kwon-taek. Kim, however, has a particular flair for romantic distortion, and his version delightfully deviates from the classic narrative to splendorous effect,...More
Kim Ji-soo Draws on Personal Heartache in Adultery-Themed Soap 2014/01/21, Source,
Actress Kim Ji-soo is drawing female viewers from their 30s to 60s to the SBS drama "Kind Words", which airs twice a week. As the soap approaches its halfway point, it is rising in popularity due to its in-depth portrayal of extramarital affairs in a way that is mature and subtle rather than exploitative. "It does not simply deal with affairs, but also the rehabilitation of wounded hearts in times of tension when such affairs happen. It deals with their psychological struggles and emotional changes in quite a sophisticated way", said drama critic Yoon Seok-jin,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Returning to the Sunny side of Love. 2013/07/27,
Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jeong) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyeok). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010",...More
Choi Kyoo-hwan joins "God of War" 2012/07/05, Source,
Talented actor Choi Kyoo-hwan joins MBC TV drama "God of War" as Yoo Jeong-yeok, a general who resists the military regime.
According to Staran Entertainment, Choi will take on the role of General Yoo Jeong-yeok, a young and ebullient young man with beliefs and isn't afraid of the military regime and dreams of coup de tat,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Couples": Destined Love for Better or Worse... 2012/02/11,
Now, I am not usually the type to gorge myself on such things, but when I came across Jeong Yong-ki's 2011 film "Couples" I just had to see what he had in store in the romantic comedy department. I am happy to report that I enjoyed Yong-ki's offering and it is definitely worth a watch for anyone looking for a light-romantic comedy that, while still playing on a tried and tested structure, manages to feel fresh and enduring. With Valentines Day just around the corner, this might just be the romantically inclined cinematic candy to mark the occasion,...More
10th NEW YORK KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYKFF) @ BAM Rose Cinema 2012/02/08, Source, Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26
The Korea Society presents the 10th New York Korean Film Festival with new releases showcasing the popular and prolific in Korean film. In cooperation with partners BAM Cinématek and CJ Entertainment, this 10th festival features blockbusters, cutting-edge action, drama, and comedy at BAM Rose Cinema.
New York Korean Film Festival will present the following films,...More
'Live from Seoul, It's Saturday Night!' 2011/11/28, Source,
Legendary American sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL) has entertained the world with its pointed political satire and priceless skits for the past 37 years.
Channel tvN is taking on the formidable task of producing a Korean version. Famed director and writer Jang Jin, who will be directing the program, called it a dream come true at a press conference in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul, Thursday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "In Love and the War": Cross-border Love and an Elephant. 2011/11/19,
I remember looking at the film poster for "Hello Ghost" and seeing the stamp on it that read: "2010 Happy Comedy". A comedy is was, but it was also a deeply saddening tale that tickled the tear ducts. Happy tears, for sure, but it was not the emotion I was expecting to feel. Having had that experience, I now view Korean film posters with a pinch of salt in terms of how accurately they capture a film's emotive essence. "In Love and War" looks to be all cheers and chuckles but the filmmakers are definitely aiming for a specific emotional reaction from their audience outside of the it's silliness and comedic posturing,...More
Oh Jeong-se gets married to childhood friend after 19 years 2011/10/17, Source,
Actor Oh Jeong-se is getting married to his childhood partner after 19 years of being in a relationship.
He made an appearance on MBC's "Nollowa" on the 17th and was asked if he was still single to which he replied, "I have been married for 5 years. I married by partner from grade 6 after 19 years of being in a relationship".,...More
Kim Seon-ah sends Hyeon Bin a video message 2011/09/28, Source,
Actress Kim Seon-ah sent Hyeon Bin in the Marines, a video message on SBS "TV News At Night" on the 28th.
She said, "Are you watching this from the Marines?" Then she added a twist and said, "Did you see the drama? I thought you were going to buy me dinner, why did you just leave? Sam-sik, you owe me dinner".,...More
The best combination of a couple? 2011/04/17, Source,
This year started off with human drama ("Late Blossom") or comedy dramas ("Suicidal Forecast"). It's not easy to see a heart trembling mellow flick. Which couple from the mellow flicks that are due this later half of this year, are audiences looking forward to see the most?
■ "Always" Se Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo,...More
Sappy drama muddles Korean War comedy 2011/04/14, Source,
Actor Kim Joo-hyeok, right, plays the role of a North Korean military officer that becomes fond of a remote South Korean village his troops captured. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won
Not too long ago one would have been charged with treason for portraying a North Korean in a sympathetic light onscreen, let alone having characters "sleep with the enemy",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Servant" 2011/02/03, "The Servant" (2011, Kim Dae-woo) is a modern take on the Korean pansori folktale of Chunhyangjeon, a story about star-crossed lovers and how circumstances and predispositions hinder love. "The Servant" presents an erotic-drama that is charged with passion as we explore this classic tale from the perspective of the simple and passionate servant.,...More
"71-Into the Fire" enters box office at No. 1 2010/06/21, Source,
Official movie poster for "Into Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean war epic "71-Into the Fire" successfully bowed into the top spot on the local box office over the weekend, pushing back two-week winner "A Story of Bangja" down the chart.
Figures by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday revealed that the newly released picture, which opened in theaters on June 16, attracted 809,229 moviegoers during the weekend of June 18 to 20,...More
"The Servant" claims top spot on Korean box The Servant 2010/06/06, Source,
Movie poster of "The Servant" [CJ Entertainment]
Korean drama tentatively titled "The Servant" made its debut onto the No. 1 spot on the local box office over the weekend, pushing former winner "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" down the chart.
Figures by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday showed that the new flick, released on June 2, attracted 591,687 moviegoers during the weekend of June 4 to 6,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Ryoo Seung-beom in W Korea 2010/05/18, Source, "The Servant" stars Ryoo Seung-beom as the main character, Lee Mong-ryong who will be the star of this ancient setting Romance (Movie)movie Ryoo is also in the fashion magazine, W Korea's June issue in a photoshoot.
He is in this black and white picture showing his charisma topless!
The actor is a true fashionista wearing suspenders with the white sleeveless top, black baggy pants, and other items that look so great on him.
His six pack abs are eight p,...More
[10LINE] Actress Moon Geun-young 2010/05/06, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Im Soo-jeong, actor Kim Rae-won, actor Park Geon-hyeong, actor Kim Joo-hyeok and actress Lee Mi-sook [10Asia]
Moon Geun-young Star. Icon. Nation's little sister. Now we call her by her name "Geun-yeong".
Shin Ae-dukMoon Geun-young's grandmother. As a child, Moon began her day watching morning dramas with her grandmother and at nights would fall asleep while talking with her grandmother on what happened during the day with her parents being busy working. Her grandmother told her, "In life, people go through various ups and downs but I don't want you to think about that too much and rather work on refining yourself and grow up to become an intelligent actress". Moon Geun-young's mother told her that the money she makes "is not our money" and suggested in donating it as "a way of investing your love to society". One of the biggest reasons that Moon was able to act from a young age until now without faltering is because of the unconditional support she received from her family,...More
That special time of the year has come around, when South Korea's top filmmakers and actors turn into film festival programmers. The 4th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival will take place Jan. 29-March 1 in Seoul, and director,...More
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
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I love him. I think he is so great and much different from other actors. He is ordinary looking but is so much better than that. I think he is handsome more than good looking actors. I'm sadly to say but I wish him the very best b/c I know somedays he's unhappy b/c his father died the veteran actor Kim Mu Sang.
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