[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 12 2015/11/29,
Try as it might with the expanded eighty-minute runtime, the final episode of "Awl" can't really overcome the fact that the most potentially interesting part of the entire drama (the strike) ends up being condensed into a single episode. What's more, most of this runtime is just Soo-in sulking about his apparent failure after he refuses to use the main dynamic storyline event to press for an advantage against management,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 11 2015/11/28,
Manager Ko makes a big general mess of employee relations. I guess because...management is trying to provoke a strike? I really don't know anymore. Ever since Go-sin stopped giving lectures about the underlying causes behind labor disputes I've had a lot of difficulty figuring out what exactly the plan at corporate even is. They just seem to be stubbornly stamping their feet and refusing to acknowledge that a problem exists. Even if management could somehow win this is obviously a completely new labor environment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 10 2015/11/22,
Once again, don't watch the preview for this episode if you can help it. There's a spoiler for the cliffhanger. For "Awl" to do this twice in a row, I think, points to a bigger problem in the drama than just a bad preview editor. The reason the previews keep spoiling the cliffhangers here is that lately, in any given episode of "Awl" there has been very little in the way of dynamic action. At this point the union is in a waiting game, and corporate management can't really do anything active anymore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 9 2015/11/21,
First off, don't watch the preview for this episode if it can be avoided. The episode nine preview spoils the cliffhanger. I really hate it when dramas do that. I want some idea what's coming up next with the preview, but spoiling the cliffhangers just makes me want to give up on previews altogether, because it makes me feel like I wasted my time watching the episode. Although even on merits "Awl" does struggle in that department,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 8 2015/11/15,
The fight between the union and the company finally goes public. Why it was necessary for this fight to go public is not especially clear. As of yet the union hasn't really made any demands. What ends up sending management over the edge is, of all things, a dispute over uniforms. It's a battle that's entirely symbolic in nature because, as "Awl" notes, customers don't pay attention to stuff like what's actually written on the uniforms just so long as they can tell who's an employee and who's not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 7 2015/11/14,
Director Kim Seok-yoon makes the smart decision this time of putting the character building before the action this episode. Unfortunately the character building isn't all that relevant to the usual labor struggles, which at this point I think we just have to accept as "Awl"s main permanent problem. This isn't a story about characters so much as it is about labor movements. Which is appropriate because labor movements by definition aren't individual action, but mass collective actions mobilized due to a system of mass production which treats people like objects rather than people. To be honest I'm getting kind of sick of repeating that defense all the time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 6 2015/11/08,
It turns out that Go-sin is all right after all, and starts the episode off with another elucidating metaphorical speech on worker's rights. This time he posits that the modern workplace is in itself an attack on a person's humanity. It's an interesting concept actually. You don't have to go too far to find articles, especially South Korean articles, that discuss work-related depression. I've suffered from that myself in fact. There's little room in conformist systems for acknowledging individuality, even as some cultures laud that as a virtue,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 5 2015/11/07,
The first portion of this episode deals with the quasi-legal Kafkaesque nightmare that is directed arbitration. Basically, most corporations (and these days, universities) have a system in place to insure proper cause for dismissal. Such arbitration vaguely resembles a legal system but it is not actually a legal system. Lawyers can't help you there. Joon-cheol (played by Yesung) actually has a slight advantage compared to most in that. He at least had some idea ahead of time what the charges were going to be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 4 2015/11/01,
As it turns out, "Awl" is still in the preparation phase. I'm trying to be patient here but there's definitely times when the drama feels more like a lecture on the nature of labor markets than it does an actual story in its own right. Which is part of the point. Labor markets are a complicated subject so of course Go-sin has to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining how these issues work. As has been noted frequently, workers are very ignorant about these issues even though it's literally a matter of their livelihood,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 3 2015/10/31,
To date So-jin (played by Kim Ga-eun-I) has not had that much to do in "Awl" except hang around Goo-sin's office. This episode it's revealed that she in fact has a very important role to play- as Soo-in's love interest. This initially seems kind of silly given that "Awl" is literally a drama about labor relations and unions. About the last incentive I'd expect to hear is that you can meet pretty girls while labor organizing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 2 2015/10/25,
Soo-in continues to wait with mounting dread for the situation to finally culminate in disaster. The constantly recurring analogy of the animal trapped in the headlights is an appropriate one. The paradoxical aspect of all this is that the episode practically happens in slow-motion, and yet Soo-in is constantly incapable of taking any sort of decisive action to just try and resolve the situation himself. It goes against all Soo-in's training- but not his instincts, ironically enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 1 2015/10/24,
The time is summer, 2003. At a grocery store, the employees all have a good mutual working environment. A visit by a bunch of men in suits seems to confirm that the employees are, in fact, doing their job correctly and that there's nothing to worry about. Then there's the manager Soo-jin (played by Ji Hyeon-woo). He seems unnecessarily gloomy. Then we get the flashbacks explaining just why it is that Soo-jin has such a pessimistic outlook- and realize that his overall estimation of the true situation is almost certainly correct,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Awl" 2015/10/18,
Arriving soon to JTBC and adding yet another genre to the channel's output is "Awl". "Awl" is so far marketed as a type of office drama and while it has not generated much international buzz, it seems there is some good talent and a popular work behind it with a faithful fan following. Whether this almost obscure series will gain more attention after it stars airing remains to be seen,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.06 ~ 2015.03.08 2015/03/09, "The Kingsman"'s reign continues unchallenged… Last weekend British spy flicks "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "The Imitiation Game" ruled at as the country's number one and two, claiming just under a million admission between them. The later lost its footing and fell to third, but Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman" managed to retain its place as Korea's film of choice despite the arrival of Ahn Sang-hoon's period drama, "Empire of Lust",...More
Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2014) 2015/02/14, Source,
"Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island"
Genres: Comedy and Epics
Running Time: 125 min.
Directed by: Kim Seok-yoon
Starring: Kim Myeong-min, Lee Yeon-hee, Oh Dal-soo
Synopsis: In 1795, the nineteenth year of King Jeongjo's reign, a large amount of fake silver is slipped into circulation creating a substantial threat to the economy. Detective Kim Min is assigned the task of investigating the crime ring behind the scheme. He goes undercover in a rural village with his best friend and sidekick, Seok-pil. In the village, the pair meet a girl called Da-hae who asks them to help her find her missing sister. Soon, Da-hae goes missing too, and discolored, bluish corpses of village girls begin to wash up on the shore. Kim Min discovers that these deaths are directly related to the manufacturing operation of counterfeit silver,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011 2011/11/26, Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011
2011 has produced a range of successful Korean films that have captured the public's imagination, tugged at their heartstrings, caused a few laughs, and asked some serious questions. Although the year is not quite done, the big films of the year have largely had their say at the box office. This week I wanted to take a look at the top domestic films of 2011 and see just what type of films captured the public's interest in 2011,...More
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
"Detective K" sold to France, Vietnam at the Hong Kong FILMART 2011/04/05, Source,
France and Vietnam are the latest additions to the list of countries that will show Korean blockbuster film, "Detective K". The deals were sealed at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (FILMART) that took place from March 21 to 24, 2011.
According to Showbox, the film's international distributor and financier, France has acquired full distribution rights while Vietnam acquired theatrical rights,...More
"Detective K" gets DVD release date 2011/04/05, Source,
It looks like Kim Myeong-min fans will soon be able to to watch "Detective K" in the comfort of their own homes!
Showbox, the movie's distributor and financier revealed to MyungMin International that the DVD of the hit movie will be available for purchase in Korea on April 27. The set will come with English subtitles, and is produced and released by KD Media. Other details will be announced soon.,...More
"Detective K" screens at the Hong Kong FILMART 2011/03/21, Source, "Detective K" will be shown at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (FILMART). International distributor Showbox will screen the movie to prospective buyers and distributors on Tuesday, March 22.
The mystery-comedy film that tells about a great detective who solves the secret behind the biggest political scandal in the Joseon dynasty, is South Korea's highest-grossing movie in 2011,...More
"Detective K"'s scores multiple deals at Berlin's film market 2011/03/16, Source, "Detective K" advertisement in Screen Daily at the Berlin Film Festival, Issued on Feb 10, 2011
South Korean comedy-mystery film "Detective K" is generating good business in North America, Europe and Asia.
Showbox, the film's international distributor confirmed that the Kim Seok-yoon - helmed movie closed multiple deals after its market debut at the European Film Market held alongside the Berlin International Film Festival in February this year.Distribution rights have been sold to Germany, which include the movie's release in German-speaking Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Negotiations are underway for other European countries,...More
"Detective K" at the Hawaii International Film Festival 2011/03/09, Source,
South Korea's hit movie "Detective K" will be screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival's 2011 Spring Showcase, which runs from April 1 to 7 in Honolulu.
The comedy-mystery filmed helmed by veteran comedy director Kim Seok-yoon will be shown on April 2 and 7, at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX. "Detective K" is one of the four Korean films at the festival, that will feature 30 films from over 10 countries.The final movie line-up can be viewed here,...More
"Detective K" invades the United States 2011/03/02, Source,
Korean hit movie "Detective K" will invade the shores of America! According to Showbox, the film's international distributor, the comedy-mystery movie will premiere in Los Angeles on March 4. On March 11, it will be screened in selected CGV and AMC theaters in the following cities: San Francisco, New Jersey, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, North Wales, Dallas and Hawaii,...More
"Detective K" gets its first international screening in Germany 2011/02/15, Source,
Official international poster released by Showbox at the European Film Marlet 2011
While enjoying its highly successful run at domestic box office, Korean blockbuster, "Detective K" also gets its first international screening. The movie was recently released at the European Film Market (EFM) which runs from February 10 to 18, 2011 in Berlin.
The EFM is one of the most important affairs in the international film industry where film producers, distributors, buyers, financiers, and other industry players gather every year,...More
Korean Movies market share 70%, why? 2011/02/14, Source,
Comedy, thriller and human...it's the fun of choosing!
The start is good. According to the Korean Film Commission Movie Theater Tickets Computer Network, the customer share for Korean movies is 66.8%. That means 2 out of 3 people chose to watch Korean movies. This is thanks to the fact that there are varieties of movies to choose from.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.02.11~2011.02.13) 2011/02/14, Source, Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.02.11~2011.02.13)"Detective K" isn't going anywhere; Kim Seok-yoon's period comedy has even broken into the international box office top ten in its second week. An impressive accomplishment indeed seeing as it is only showing in Korea at the moment. The film will begin its international showing in March in the US. Detective K has almost double the earnings of its closest rival "Tangled". Keep an eye on this one as it continues to draw in the masses.,...More
"Detective K" entertains 3 million viewers in 2 weeks 2011/02/11, Source,
Korean blockbuster "Detective K" has crossed the 3 million viewer mark just two weeks after its domestic debut.
According to statistics released by the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS), the fusion movie garnered a total of 3,081,533 moviegoers as of February 10th with ticket sales amounting to more than 23 billion won. "Detective K" has been enjoying the top spot in Korean box office since its release on January 27,...More
Actors enliven uncanny period adventure 2011/01/20, Source,
Actors Oh Dal-soo, left, and Kim Myeong-min in a scene from the Joseon-era crime adventure "Detective K"
By Lee Hyo-won
Equipped with an eagle eye and undyingly loyal sidekick, he's something of a Sherlock Holmes storming through 18th-century Korea. But Kim Myeong-min's "Detective K" in the namesake film is often mistaken for a quack - even his mustache serves not so much for stroking gracefully while perusing keen insights, but rather to highlight his offhanded quirks (and perhaps a comical resemblance to Salvator Dali),...More
Taiwan, brace yourself for "Detective K"! 2011/01/11, Source,
Upcoming Korean movie "Detective K" has been sold to Taiwan!
Judy Ahn, Showbox's Head of International Business Department, told MyungMin International that Taiwan's Catchplay has bought the rights to screen the latest Kim Myeong-min flick. However, since the movie is currently in post-production and has not yet been released in Korea, it is still not known when the movie will be shown in Taiwan,...More
Kim Myeong-min promotes "Detective K" 2011/01/02, Source, Kim Myeong-min is all set to start his promotional activities for his new movie, "Detective K".
The activities will kickoff on January 3rd with a Movieweek photoshoot and interview together with Han Ji-min. Other magazines scheduled for the week are Allure (with Han Ji-min) and Bazaar. In addition to the magazine shoots and interviews, he will meet with reporters from online and print media starting January 10th,...More
'Detective K' mixes wit and tradition 2010/12/21, Source,
By Han Sang-hee
Detective mysteries can be compelling in any period, and the new film "Detective K" hopes that adding a bit of "hanbok", Korean dress, and a traditional flair from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) will win the hearts of viewers.
Starring Kim Myeong-min ("Beethoven Virus", MBC, 2008) and Han Ji-min ("Yi San", MBC, 2008), the period piece brings to screen the smart yet wacky detective Tam-jeong, who is on a special mission for King Jeongjo. He befriends a dog seller played by the talented Oh Dal-soo ("Thirst", 2009) and starts to expose a plot that revolves around the beautiful femme fatale Gaek-ju, played by Han,...More
The Cyber Cultural Content Academy (http://contents.connect.or.kr), operated by the Korea Culture and Content Agency, has invited three well-known producers of Korean sitcom,...More
44th Grand Bell Award Nominations 2007/06/05, Source, One of South Korea's top two annual film awards ceremonies will take place June 8th in the city of Daejeon. The 44th Grand Bell Awards, which is televised nationally, will be accompanied by the week long Daejeon Film Festival which will showcase 66 domestic films including last year's sensational <,...More
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