[HanCinema's Film Review] "Makgeolli Girls" 2015/06/06,
Cho-rong (played by Hong Ah-reum) is a high school student who regularly comes to class obviously and completely drunk. She does have good cause- Cho-rong laboriously works at her family's ancestral rice wine brewery. Her father dedicated his life to brewing rice wine, so Cho-rong wants to honor his memory by doing a good job producing as much rice wine as she can. And this process inevitably involves drinking rice wine, so as to test it. Hence the whole drunkenness problem,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Housemaid - 1960" 2014/12/13,
A rather average-looking family discusses the prospect of whether or not they should hire a housemaid. Suddenly, frightening musical chords strike as credited names appear in bloody font. At last, the camera ominously settles over two children playing cat's cradle. The implications are obvious. Indeed, something terrible and horrifying will happen if this family does anything so maddening as to hire a housemaid,...More
[HanCinema's Classics] "Woman of Fire" (1971): Infestations of the Heart and Home 2014/01/10,
Riddled with rats, reds, and psychosexual perversions, Kim Ki-young's "Woman of Fire" (1971) is disturbing classic of note. If home is where the heart is, the castle from which a man rules, then untested kings beware; for no walls are higher enough and no moat too toxic to prevent Kim's black-blooded and blackmailing femme fatales from scurrying in and chewing on the phallic foundations.
"Woman of Fire" is the second motion picture in Kim Ki-young's 'housemaid trilogy', an adulterous series of misfortunate sexapades that started with Kim's masterly "The Housemaid - 1960", was further fuelled by "Woman of Fire", and rekindled once more with "Woman of Fire '82" (1982). These incendiary time capsules are all variants and remakes of the same disastrous domestic scenario, celluloided celebrations of fantastical femme fatales that enter Korea's strawman's mansions and gnaw at the hibernating hamartia that resides. In these Trojan tropes, corruptible morality is explored through psychosexual themes of fantasy and desire, threats to the hearth brought about by the welcoming of a dormant sexual reactor into the nuclear family,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Woman of Fire" (1971) 2014/01/10, A selection of shots from Kim Ki-young's 1971 classic: "Woman of Fire"Kim Ki-young is one of Korea's most iconic director and created what many critics believe to be Korea's greatest film: "The Housemaid - 1960". Kim would later return to the themes and images found in that masterly film, and produced two other very similar movies that would later be called his 'Housemaid trilogy'.
The following gallery contains a selection of shots and comments from his second film in that trilogy: "Woman of Fire" (1971) - To Remember, Share, and Enjoy! [spoiler],...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: Im Sang-sooStars: Kim Kang-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Yoon Yeo-jeong & Kim Hyo-jinReview Score: 2.5 / 5
Im 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
Director Im Sang-soo captures recipe of failure at Cannes 2012/05/30, Source,
The Cannes Film Festival appears to be particularly cruel for one Korean director. Perhaps Im Sang-soo's tirade for his failure to win means a gap the Korean film industry has to fill to be a producer of movies that truly live up to global standards.
Before and after the closing ceremony, Lim, who directed, "The Taste of Money", said to various Korean media that his failure to win was a personal "tragedy" and his participation a mistake because he was telling a "very Korean story" that foreigners can't understand,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] KOFA's YouTube Channel goes Live and Yoon Jung Lee's "Remember O Goddess" crosses the line! 2012/05/12,
UPDATE: Earlier this year the Korean Film Archive announced that it had plans to launch a YouTube channel where people could watch classical Korean films online for free. This fantastic initiative has finally come to true as their channel is now live and offers a wide range of films for free viewing.
I am also pleased to announce that director Yoon Jung Lee's managed to gather the required funding for the film "Remember O Goddess". The goal of $30,000 was reach (actually surpassed) through the support of some 272 backers from around the world,...More
[Weekender] Restoring classics 2012/03/15, Source,
A strip of 35-millimeter celluloid film, which has mostly been replaced by digital cinema / Korea Times file
Early works return to life at Korean Film Archive By Lee Hyo-won Moviegoers today are accustomed to glossy, high-definition images that indiscriminately reveal slight skin blemishes of actors known for flawless complexions. Bass-heavy, surround-sound audio has also become the norm. The cinematic experience is more than about whether the plotline is appealing. The technical aspects of the audiovisuals often determine the overall aesthetics, of how one perceives the content. Sometimes the film itself is deliberately produced to capture the nostalgia of the past. Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" (2011) pays direct homage to early 20th-century silent movies while Quentin Tarantino's signature visual style displays an adoration of old, dust-streaked images. In 2008, Ryoo Seung-wan experimented with old-fashioned dubbing for his retro action flick "Dachimawa Lee",...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Korean Cinephiles Rejoice! Korean Film Channel planned for YouTube 2012/02/18, Source,
In case some of you missed it, there was some pretty exciting news that came out from KOFA this past week. The Korean Film Archive, in partnership with Google, will launch a YouTube channel in May that will showcase 70 classic Korean films. This is fantastic news for Korean cinephiles that would not otherwise have access to some of these rare and classic pieces of Korean film literature,...More
Film Archives releases Kim Soo-yong DVD collection 2011/12/22, Source, The Korean Film Archives (KOFA) has released a four-disc DVD box set of master director KIM Soo-yong's works. In addition to commentary on the films, the box set includes a documentary, a booklet by renowned critic KIM Young-jin, and other supplements. The DVDs come with English, Korean and Japanese subtitles,...More
Archive spotlights '60s literary films 2011/12/19, Source,
(Above picture: Actress Yun Jeong-hie and Shin Sung-il in a scene from Kim Soo-yong's "Night Journey")
Cinephiles will have a rare chance to look at some of Korea's hallmark 1960s "literature films". The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) has released a DVD collection of masterworks by Kim Soo-yong, a leading filmmaker of the Golden Age.
Kim is renowned for adapting literary works to depict various aspects of contemporary life, adding to the richness of one of the most productive, artistically experimental decades in Korean cinema history,...More
Asiana International Short Film Festival closes with Promise 2011/11/09, Source,
The 9th Asiana International Short Film Festival closed Monday, Nov. 7 after a six-day run with Jero YUN's fiction short "Promise" winning the best film award.
At the Closing ceremony, Festival Director Ahn Sung-ki and jury head Kang Soo-yeon, both veteran Korean actors, were joined by jury members director INUDO Isshin from Japan, director Kim Tae-yong from Korea, Sarah Hoch DELONG, founder and Executive Director of the Guanajuato International Film Festival, and Tono Seigo, Festival Director of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia,...More
Festivals News 2011/10/06, Source, Tokyo IFF invites "Sector 7" and five other Korean films 3D sea creature film Sector 7 will have a Special Screening while KONG Quee-hyun's mystery "U.F.O". and Na Hong-jin's thriller The Yellow Sea will be in the Winds of Asia section. A restoration of master filmmaker Kim Ki-young's 1961 "Hyeon-hae-tan Knows" (a.k.a. "The Sea Knows") will have a screening in the Discovering Asian Cinema: Film History á La Carte section. One Shining Day and Two Rabbits in Osaka will both screen in the SUGINO Kiki: Muse of the Asian Indie Cinema section,...More
The 5th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival to open with "The Day He Arrives" 2011/07/21, Source, by KOFIC
The 5th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi) has announced it will open with Hong Sang-soo's "The Day He Arrives", which screened in Cannes Un Certain Regard earlier this year.
The festival will screen 98 films from 32 countries including 15 in the Asian Competition of films from up-and-coming filmmakers. (See below for full line-up)
CinDi traditionally has a six main awards given out by different juries. This year's jury members include Singaporean director Eric KHOO, Korean director Lee Yoon-ki, Thai director Pen-ek RATANARUANG, and Korean actress Ye Ji-won,...More
Kim Ki-young's debut film unveiled 2011/05/27, Source, 1955 'anti-communist' film retrieved from US archive
By Lee Hyo-won
Kim Ki-young's directorial debut "The Boxes of Death" found its way back to the big screen in Seoul, Thursday, after being lost for more than a half-century.
The film was discovered in a U.S. archive two years ago, and its screening marks a historic moment in Korean cinema since most 1950s-'60s debut works by veteran filmmakers have yet to be found,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jung-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Youn Yuh-jung, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
An American Shares His Passion for Korean Cinema with the World 2011/03/22, Source,
American Darcy Paquet is on a mission: he wants to inform the world about the greatness of Korean films. The 39-year-old writer and editor hosts a program called "Highlights of 20th Century Korean Cinema" by the Korean Film Archive. The bimonthly event, which started in February, screens a classic Korean film with English subtitles followed by a commentary and Q&A session with Paquet,...More
Hyun Bin: 'I Feel No Fear About Joining Marines' 2011/02/14, Source, Hyun Bin enthusiastically played the male protagonist named Hoon in the movie "Late Autumn - 2010".
Actor Hyun Bin, who appeared in "Late Autumn - 2010" with Chinese actress Tang Wei, said, "I hope that I can become a more mature and strong person in the military". This year, Hyun Bin has been enjoying the most success since his debut. The SBS drama "Secret Garden", in which he appeared, recorded high viewer ratings of around 30 percent, and his movies "Late Autumn - 2010" and "Come Rain Come Shine" were officially invited to the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. He has been spending the busiest time by holding promotional activities for his movies and filming various TV commercials, but he will join the Marine Corps on March 7. He will leave the screen at the time he has received the greatest love by people. During an interview with Hyun Bin held at the Wangsibri CGV, he said, "I have no fear about joining the military",...More
25-Year-Old Femme Director Headed to Berlinale 2011/02/10, Source,
Filmmaker Yang Hyo-joo is to make her first trip to Berlinale. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)
Leaving Korea today, Feb. 10, for the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, is 25-year-old director Yang Hyo-joo, whose short film "Broken Night" has been invited to the competition. "Broken Night" is Yang's third film, already a prize-winner at last Fall's Pusan Festival, and was a graduation project for her final year at Korea National University of Arts,...More
Classic Korean Movies, Just in Time for the Holidays 2010/12/09, Source,
By Mark Russell
With Christmas fast approaching, I am always sure to have some DVDs on my gift list. And with more and more classic Korean movies being issued on DVD, the selection keeps getting better for classic Korean movie fans.
These days, when I go to film festivals, whether in Korea or any part of the world, I find myself increasingly drawn toward the retrospectives. Sure, it is fun discovering the latest and hippest new movies being made. But for me, I really enjoy re-discovering older movies, from 40 or 50 or more years ago,...More
Busan in autumn blooms with a joie de vivre like no other. This Cannes of Asia hosts a film festival that never sleeps, as moviegoers,...More
PIFF retrospective to focus on Kim Jimi 2010/09/07, Source, Each year the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) holds a Korean Cinema Retrospective, offering local and overseas audiences a glimpse into the glories of Korean film history. This year's spotlight is on actress KIM Jimi, considered a goddess of the golden age, appearing in more than 700 films,...More
"The Housemaid" invited to film festival in Chicago 2010/08/27, Source,
Posters of Korean erotic thriller "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus F&H]
Korean director Im Sang-soo's modern adaptation of "The Housemaid" has been invited to this year's Chicago International Film Festival, according to the official website of the fest on Friday.
"The Housemaid - 2010", about a young woman who is hired to work for a wealthy family and begins to have an affair with the man of the household, will be screened at the 46th Chicago film fest alongside other international movies from October 7 to 21,...More
Youn Yuh-jung's Movie Picks 2010/06/07, Source,
Actress Youn Yuh-jung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
To some generations, Youn Yuh-jung may be just another elderly actress whom they cannot quite tell apart from the late Yeo Woon-gye or Jeon Yang-ja. But to most viewers or moviegoers, Yoon is an irreplaceable actress. And with such a coarse voice too! "Many people have unique voices these days but back in the days, [my voice] was considered very bizarre. I heard this later on but people had said I won't make it because of my voice. Now that I think of it, I've overcome quite a lot of obstacles. (laugh)" But Yoon is an actress who has proved that what an actor needs is not perfect eyesight but the tentacles to sense even the drop of a needle, and not a clear and ringing voice but even if it is a single line that is spoken, a sound which will sound alive and move people's hearts,...More
Im Sang-soo says Jeon Do-yeon is "full-fledged artist" 2010/05/04, Source,
From left, "The Housemaid - 2010" cast Lee Jeong-jae, Seo Woo, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Jeon Do-yeon and director Im Sang-soo pose during a press screening held at the COEX Megabox Multiplex theater in Seoul, South Korea on May 3, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
What opened film "The Housemaid - 2010" was not the majestic mansion nor the elegant trail of a noblewoman's skirt we had seen through the still images or previews of the film revealed up till now. The film rather draws on women in a hurriedly-set up food alley in a new city who are cooking meat or handing out flyers to passers-by. And the moment the camera focuses on Eun-yi (played by Jeon Do-yeon), the only character who is seen smiling, one starts to feel an anticipation mixed with anxiety to see how this seemingly innocent female will change once she wears the clothes of a housemaid. Like director Im Sang-soo said -- "I believe it isn't a remake of the original film" -- the new version of "The Housemaid - 1960" revealed at a press screening on Monday was quite different from the original production helmed by the late director Kim Ki-young. The 2010 version of "The Housemaid - 1960", which adopts its characters from its original film from 50 years ago, strongly poses the question of what it means to live like a human being by depicting on Eun-yi's struggles. Below are excerpts from the press screening of the film which is set for release on May 13,...More
Two Korean Classics to be Remade 2009/11/13, Source, Two Korean classic films from 2 prolific Korean directors whose films were part of and contributed to the famous Golden Age of Korean cinema are about to be remade. This period between the 1960's and 1970's helped lay the ground work for many of today's modern directors. The original ",...More
New Korean Films at PiFan
2009/07/16, Source, The 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off July 16 – 26 with an exciting range of new Korean independent genre films, commercial hits and rare classics. Among the 12 films vying for the Puchon Choice competition section's top prizes are Korean low-budget omnibus feature,...More
Veteran Master YU Hyun-mok Dies at 83 2009/07/06, Source, One of Korea's greatest director's in the first golden age of Korean cinema, YU Hyun-mok passed away June 28, days away from his 84th birthday. The director is perhaps known best for his early milestone "The Aimless Bullet" (1961), often hailed by local critics as the best Korean film of all time. ,...More
A total of 10 Korean movies will be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival from May 13-24, marking the highest number of local films ever to be included in the prestigious event's roster.
The first local film ever to be invited to the event was Lee Doo,...More
Jeonju Int'l Film Fest Announces Line-up 2009/04/09, Source, One of Korea's top three annual cinema events, the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), is celebrating its tenth edition this month. Running April 30 – May 9, JIFF will screen 200 films from 42 countries. Among them are 12 feature film World Premieres mainly from the Korean Feature Competiti,...More
8th Gwangju Int'l Film Festival Kicks Off 2008/12/09, Source, The 8th edition of the Gwangju International Film Festival (GIFF) opens Dec. 4 with curtain-raiser "The Code" by Japan's Kaizo Hayashi. The fest distinguishes itself from such heavyweights as Pusan and Jeonju by being a non-competitive five-day event that highlights emerging directors of recent yea,...More
BUSAN ― The star-studded jury of New Currents, the unique competition section of the 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), met with the press Friday to discuss the competition's aim to promote Asian cinema and in particular rising young direc,...More
The 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) ― South Korea's most reputable and Asia's largest cinema event ― will take place in the southern port city Oct. 2-10. "The Gift to Stalin" from Kazakhstan opens the festival while,...More
Korean Retrospective at PIFF 2008 2008/09/11, Source, This year's Korean Cinema Retrospective, a program held annually at the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) presents two categories, one highlighting the films of HAN Hyung-mo, a master of popular comedies and dramasduring the 50s and 60s, and a special spotlight on two films by the weird geniu,...More
The 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) will open Oct. 2 with "The Gift to Stalin" by Rustem Abdrashev (Kazakhstan/Russia/Israel/Poland, 2008). Asia's largest and South Korea's foremost cinema event will run for 10 days, showcasing the longest lin,...More
PIFF Names Recipient of 2008 Korean Cinema Award 2008/08/22, Source, The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will present Richard Peñawith its 2008 Korean Cinema Award. The award has been handed out annually since the first PIFF, recognizing individuals who have made notable efforts in introducing Korean films to the global film industry.
2nd CinDi Brings Digital Diversity to Seoul 2008/08/22, Source, The Cinema Digital Seoul festival, (CinDi), now in its second year, kicked off August 20th with a weeklong supply of diverse digital films to Seoul's trendy Apgujeong district. The 2nd CinDi screens 71 films from 18 countries, including an impressive opening title, 24 City, the latest by China's aw,...More
The Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi), a weeklong celebration of digital films, opens Wednesday. Now in its second year, the event features 71 movies from 18 countries, including a competition for up and coming Asian directors, through Tuesday at CGV Apgujeong.
Korean Films at the 12th PiFan 2008/07/18, Source, The 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off this July 18 – 27 with the biggest line-up of genre films in Asia. Best of all are the return of high-profile Korean films to the fest and a warmer interaction with the local film industry after setbacks in previous years. KOF,...More
Every summer, Bucheon, the small city sandwiched between Seoul and Incheon, turns into Asia's ultimate paradise for fantastic cinema. From July 18 to 27, the 12th Puchon (Bucheon) International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) invites 205 fantasy flicks from 35 coun,...More
With five titles screening in various sections of the festival including Kim Jee-woon's ",...More
Five Korean films join Cannes fest 2008/05/15, Source, The 61st Cannes Film Festival has kicked off with fanfare, spicing up the festive mood for moviegoers all around the world. The ebullient mood remains largely the same here in Korea, but one thing is palpably different: There's no chance for a Korean movie or actor grabbing an award in the competiti,...More
1st Chungmuro Fest Announces Line-Up 2007/09/18, Source, Scheduled to launch October 25 to November 2, the first Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHIFFS) will present a line-up of 150 titles from 32 countries. Located in the historical hub of the Korean film industry, the event will distinguish itself from a myriad of other film festivals,...More
A Korean Master Rediscovered 2007/07/24, Source, While YU Hyun-mok, SHIN Sang-ok and Kim Ki-young are among the most venerated directors of the Golden Age of Korean cinema (mid 1950's to late '60's), new retrospectives and restoration projects are adding the names of other worthy directors t,...More
Korean Film Directors series published by KOFIC 2006/04/04, Source, To increase the international standing of Korean film directors and to promote the international circulation of Korean films, KOFIC announces the publication of the first three books in the Korean Film Directors series. By publishing this series, KOFIC aims to help Korean films and Korean film direc,...More
PUSAN - Serving as a window to Asian cinema for the past decade, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) marks its 10th anniversary and kicks off this year's edition at the Yachting Center in Haeundae Thursday.
The fete is to present 307 works from 73 nations,...More
Kang Woo-seok, Park Chan-wook and Choi Min-sik to Appear on TV 2005/08/08, Source, Prominent Korean actors, film directors and producers will appear on TV to discuss the past, present and future of Korean movies. Entitled "60 Years of Korean Movies through the Eyes of 60 Culture Figures", the program was prepared by KBS TV1's "TV Culture Zone" to mark the 60th anniversary of the n,...More
50 years of Korean cinema at a glance 2004/01/01, Source, A large-scale retrospective will give cinephiles a rare chance to see the best of Korean cinema over the past 50 years. "Panorama: 50 Years of Korean Cinema" will present 54 films for 15 days at Hollywood Cinema in Seoul. The program will kick off the New Year today and continue through Jan. 15.
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