[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/11/12,
Korea's top entertainment companies expand their reach as local markets saturate, KoBiz tracks how foreign sequels fared compared to their originals in a new infographic, Netflix claims the distribution rights to Jang Hang-jun's new film "Forgotten", and find out what Korea's 'thriller season' is all about with Pierce Conran,...More
[Videos] Three scintillating character trailers for "Bad Guys: City of Evil" 2017/11/07, Source,
Three teasers and three very different men with very different strengths are show through these trailers. One is a brilliant man with nothing but his intelligence; one is not quite the purest detective on the block; the third is a wild card of a man. The characterizations are intriguing and are making this look as sleek as the first while retaining its own flavor,...More
[Video + Photos] New trailer, stills, and posters for the Kang Ha-neul's "Forgotten" 2017/10/26, Source,
Holy smokes, folks. "Forgotten" is shaping up to be quite thrilling. This trailer had me completly captivated. But let's start with the stills and posters: both brothers look as though there is something they are hiding from the imagery. However, in the trailer, it seems to be Kim Moo-yeol's character who has returned a different, dangerous person after his kidnapping and Kang Ha-neul's character who seems to be going to extreme lengths to discover what happened even though no one seems to believe him. Whatever the truth may be, I am sure getting ready to catch this bad boy in theaters. Are you?,...More
[Photo] Intense new poster for Kang Ha-neul's Korean thriller "Forgotten" 2017/09/26, Source,
This poster for "Forgotten" is utterly crippling. The caption reads "I wasn't not crazy" and it shows a young man huddling in a chair, presumbly trying to remember the days his memory lost. This looks more like old friend artwork and photography than a film poster and it's gorgeous. I love the vertical text and the use of lighting. It gives a feeling of internal desperation that most definitely is key to the plot presented,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Warriors of the Dawn" 2017/06/10,
In 1592, the Japanese invaded Korea. King Seonjo (played by Park Ho-san) decides that he needs to stick close to China in anticipation of reenforcements. Meanwhile, his son, the Crown Prince and later King Hwanghae (played by Yeo Jin-goo) is sent to the front lines to carry the royal banner in King Seonjo's stead. The effect of this is...not good on morale. Still, Hwanghae's personal guard Yang-sa (played Bae Soo-bin) tries to put on a good face even as he's forced to rely on help from the lower-class To-woo (played by Lee Jung-jae) and his band of professional hunters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Beautiful Bride" 2015/08/15,
A big part of what often keeps dramas or certain concepts in dramas superficial is the refusal to get real and get dirty. From romance to violence, everything is too black and white and too idealistic. Style and substance are not mutually exclusive, which is frequently overlooked in fiction and especially genres like action. "My Beautiful Bride" is a series which presents a grand romance in a suspense show, successfully combining genres others have failed to,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Northern Limit Line" 2015/07/04,
I have a lot of respect for soldiers. This isn't because of any ridiculous nonsense like how they're stoic invincible highly trained heroes protecting our freedoms from the barbarian hordes. No, I respect the troops because they have lousy jobs. It's either do nothing, or do something really quickly. Plus, the punishment for pretty much everything is infinite push-ups. "Northern Limit Line" is, first and foremost, a story about these down-to-earth soldiers,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.26 ~ 2015.06.28 2015/06/29,
A rush of fresh blood dislodges "Jurassic World"...
A string of new flicks, both foreign and domestic, flooded Korea cinemas last week, and in the aftermath of the weekend a new championed emerged. For the past few weeks the gigantically successful "Jurassic World" (which has, to date, banked over $1.2B worldwide) has dominated Korean screens with its ferocious abominations, but this past weekend saw a new favourite rise to the top, a local flick that's based on a true story of war and young courage,...More
Northern Limit Line (2015) 2015/06/28, Source, "Northern Limit Line"
Running Time: 130 min.
Directed by: Kim Hak-soon
Starring: Jin Goo, Kim Moo-yeol, Lee Hyun-woo
Synopsis: In 2002 during the frenzy of the World Cup in South Korea, a South Korean battleship prepares for its usual duties. The North Korean Navy, noticing its southern nation is caught up in soccer fever, deploys several battleships of their own towards the Northern Limit Line, resulting in a tragic conflict with the South,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "My Beautiful Bride" 2015/06/13,
Doing one thing and doing it well is just fine, but with channel OCN having successfully established its own style of series for a while now, branching out into different things is inevitable. "My Beautiful Bride" is an upcoming drama which adopts more of a regular drama programming form and focuses on a main plot, something the station's series have already attempted a few times. Done well, this might just be a milestone for the provider,...More
Kim Moo-yeol returns to base on the 21st 2014/04/22, Source,
It appears that actor Kim Moo-yeol returned to base on the 21st.
He was discharged from the army due to illness but he insists on fulfilling his duties to his country and submitted verification forms to the Ministry of National Defense. It is unknown how much he has recovered but there's significance in his passion to complete his national service no matter what inconvenience he may experience,...More
Kim Moo-yeol's "All Bark No Bite" ruled '19 and above' 2012/09/10, Source,
"All Bark No Bite", starring actor Kim Moo-yeol who is currently having problems with his obligations to military service, was ruled as adult rated.
The Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB) stated on the 6th, "The image includes repetitive group violence, foul language, physical injuring and other violent scenes such as vulgar cussing and rough lines as well as raunchy scenes. Therefore we rule that it affects teenagers",...More
"Avengers" in first place of the box office and "A Muse" in 2nd 2012/04/25, Source,
Hollywood Marvel hero movie "Avengers" took over first place of the box office on the first day of its release.
According to the Korean Films Comission on the 26th, "Avengers" which was released on the 25th gathered 72,936 audiences in a day. This is ten thousand more than "A Muse" which was released on the same day.,...More
Park Si-yeon and Kim Go-eun-I, who reveals more? 2012/04/19, Source,
▶ Newly wed Park Si-yeon, Exposure ★★★☆☆. Stimulation ★★★★★
Park Si-yeon's exposure in "The Scent" was shocking indeed. She took on the role of a mysterious beauty who seduces a detective in charge of a murder case.
She exposed her chest and important parts as well as her whole entire body with nothing to cover it in a shower scene, although it was her back only. Her well known beauty body seduced the audience,...More
Lotte announces new Jeong Ji-woo film 2012/02/13, Source,
Major Korean investor and distributor Lotte Entertainment has announced "Happy End" director Jeong Ji-woo's upcoming film "A Muse" (working title) at the European Film Market (EFM). The film is currently in post-production.
Based on PARK Bum-shin's bestselling novel of the same title, "A Muse" follows a 70-year-old poet who has an affair with a high school student and is inspired to write a book about her. However, his best student, jealous of the relationship, steals this work,...More
'Arrow' aims for new horizons 2011/08/04, Source,
Actor Park Hae-il appears in a scene from Kim Han-min's epic archery action film "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon". / Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
Finally, a film that ties enduring soul-searching themes with exhilarating action and dashes of tasteful comedy, all set in a familiar yet exotic backdrop.
"Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon", a well-directed and craftily edited "kill all with a single arrow" period piece, could have consulted a better VFX supervisor. Still, it offers thrilling, multi-textured entertainment that makes modern snipers seem boring. Strong box office sales are highly probable along with ancillary potential overseas as distribution rights have been sold to 13 countries,...More
[Weekender] Summer musical treats 2011/07/07, Source,
"Romance of their Own"
From Broadway classics to K-pop jukebox musical
By Kwon Mee-yoo
The summer is usually considered a slow season for musicals but a wide variety of hot shows are here this season. From Broadway classics to jukebox musicals featuring K-pop, offering spectacles to tempt people to spend their vacations in theaters.
Classics with modern touch
Broadway classics "Guys and Dolls" will raise its curtain at LG Arts Center in southern Seoul on Aug. 2,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Joo Won 2010/09/29, Source,
Korean actor Joo Won [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name isJoo Won. My given name is Moon Joon-won. My father came up the name Joo Won for me after I made it into college. It means 'what the Lord wants and what I should do for the Lord'. I was born in Seoul on September 30, 1987 but I currently reside in Yong-in. My family is composed of my parents and my brother who is five years older than me. My brother and I are the type of siblings that if we don't talk outside of the house you wouldn't think we were related. One can say that my brother is a 'real man' because he is well-built and has a tough personality, whereas I am thinner and the soft type,...More
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
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