After ups and downs, cinema in golden age 2013/10/14, Source,
Actor Ahn Seong-gi has been in the movie business so long, he can barely remember his first role. He was just 5 years old when director Kim Ki-young cast him to play an orphan in a couple of scenes in "Twilight Train" in 1957. "It was just a couple of scenes", Ahn said in a phone interview. "I don't remember much. But I did a good job, so he offered me another role. I guess there were not many child actors in those days, so soon I was a regular actor". Like the rest of the country, South Korea's movie industry was rebuilding after the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War, which means Ahn's career has been nearly as long as the Korean film business. Today, Ahn has starred in more than 70 movies, many made by Korea's top directors, and now is one of the country's most visible ambassadors for cinema,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Taste of Money" : Tasty Money 2013/01/19, Film: "The Taste of Money" 돈의 맛 (Don-eui Mat)Director: Lim Sang-sooStars: Kim Kang-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Yoon Yeo-jeong & Kim Hyo-jinReview Score: 2.5 / 5
Lim Sang-soo came back from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival bitter and dispirited as "The Taste of Money" received the lowest average rating from their panel of internal critics. This, Lim's fifth film, also struggled at the Korean box office with a mere 1,162,699 admissions as this 'spirited' sequel to his 2010 remake "The Housemaid - 2010" failed to perform both local and abroad. Last year the Korean box office was smothered with sexy thrillers and dramas, some more successful than others, leaving many cinephiles and critics to question the significance and scope of such provocative films.
Lim's 2010 remake of "The Housemaid" was also met with scepticism and received a lot of public attention due to its uninhibited portrayal of the salacious and disturbing world of Korea's wealthy elite. Those who caught Lim's modern interpretation of Kim Ki-young's 1960s classic will instantly recognise the film's grand and opulent veneer as the fantastically rich play with power, money, sex, and, of course, fire.,...More
Commedia dell'arte - with a Korean twist 2012/12/16, Source,
Truffaldino, center, played by Baek Won-gil, is embarrassed when his two masters, Beatrice, right, and Florindo meet. Provided by the theater
Hundreds of years ago, when Korea was a strict hierarchical society, the word "servant" was not used as often as it was in the West; those in the low rungs of the horizontal Confucian class structure were taken for granted to the extent that they were not even referred to by their vocation. Such a lack of identity and individuality has provided fodder for the imaginative minds of writers, with the servant-master relationship featured prominently in Korean works like Kim Ki-young's "Housemaid" (1960) and the 2010 remake by Im Sang-soo,...More
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