In 1980, KIM went to study in Japan while he was a student at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, Department of Film. He completed his courses at the Japan Academy of Moving Images in 1986, and went on to produce commercials and TV programs in Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. He made his big screen debut as assistant director in < Kazoku Cinema > (1998, directed by PARK Chul-soo). His short film, “32nd DEC.: Where is Mr. President?” (2002), was invited to the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival. < Driving with My Wife’s Lover > is KIM’s feature film directorial debut
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Heartbreak Hotel" 2015/03/14,
One of the more uncomfortable parts of Korean culture for me is the way it tends to fetishize how Wonderful Life would be if people could just go to America. I'm not sure what many Korean people think American life is actually like, but we tend to treat each other like garbage, and the immigrants even worse than that. So it goes for John (played by Kang Ji-hwan). He's a young Korean man living in America who looks and acts, well, kind of like a petty low-class bum. His only really selling point is youth, and even that's not going to stick around for much longer,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/09, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Friends 2": A young gangster unknowingly befriends his father's killer but starts to suspect the connection.(11/14)
★★★★ "Dead End": A shamed producer heads out to film ginseng diggers but gets more than he bargained for.(11/14)
★★★ "Ingtoogi": After getting humiliated online, Tae-goo learns to fight in order to get revenge in the real world. (11/14)
★★ "Black Gospel": Korea's only gospel choir heads to Harlem to see if they have what it takes. (11/14)
★★★★ "Red Vacance Black Wedding 2": An obsessed creep refuses to take a hint when his love interest turns him down. (11/14)
★★★★ "The Five": A woman goes to extreme measures to enact revenge against her family's killer. (11/14)
★★★ "Beautiful Child": A story about a Korean missionary who charges through the rupture of natives and white people. (11/14)
★★★ "Kid Cast Away 2013": A young girl gets stranded on a South Pacific Island with her dog, but the two are not alone for long. (11/14),...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/05, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "The Hero": A single dad who plays a super hero on T.V. decides to really become "Thunder Man" for his son after his show gets cancelled. (10/08)
★★★★★ "Hwayi : A Monster Boy": A young boy is raised by five talented fathers into a life of violent crime, but begins to question his past when he is forced to pull the trigger on their latest job. (10/09)
★★★ "Red Vacance Black Wedding 2": An unmarried woman is harassed by a persistent suitor, a dangerous man who doesn't take no for answer. (10/10),...More
Korean Film Festival DC Marks 8th Year with Film, Video Art, and Director Na Hong-jin 2012/03/14, Source,
The Korean Film Festival DC, one of the largest showcases of Korean cinema in the United States, kicks off this week at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The 2012 edition of the festival, running throughout March, April, and into May, is spread over two months and combines 12 films, four video art exhibitions, two lecture events, and four post-film discussions with Korean director Na Hong-jin,...More
Korean Cinema 2011: The View from Here 2012/01/14, Source,
US-based author and curator of film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC, Tom VICK shares his views on recent trends he has noticed programming their Korean film festival.
How do you introduce new Korean films to an American audience? Since 2004, when I began programming the Korean Film Festival DC, the answer to this question has become more difficult to answer. This is not to say that it's harder to find good films. Quite the opposite. The problem (if it can be called a problem) is that there are so many films to choose from.The explosion of digital production and distribution in the last decade or so has made it easier than ever to make a film, but harder than ever find an audience for it,...More
[Twitch] Busan 2011: "Red Vacance Black Wedding" Review 2011/10/16, Source,
by Padrhig A. Harney, October 16, 2011 2:59 PM
Working together in the past as assistant director and director this team of teacher and student brings us two films in one. They share the same lead and Some qualities that one can only assume were planted into Kim Tae-sik by his teacher Park Chul-Soo. These films seem to only fit together only in the minds of our directors. The documentaries at the start give us a bit of insight into the overall theme, but in the end they are separate works that must be looked at separately,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
It will be held on the biggest scale ever this year, featuring 355 films from 70 nations. With a budget expansion of nearly one billion won bringing the total up to 9.95 billion, the coa,...More
Manilla's Korean Film Festival Kicks Off 2009/10/01, Source, Manilla's 2009 Korean Film Festival opened Sept 23, offering free screenings to the public during its one week run. Sponsored by the Korean Embassy and held at Shangri-La Plaza, the fest showcases seven Korean features and celebrates the "Philippines-Republic of Korea Friendship Year".
Art Film Showcase 2008 to screen in Japan 2008/03/06, Source, For the second year in a row, four Korean arthouse films will be presented to audiences in Japan through the Art Film Showcase in Tokyo. The eight-week series of screenings is sponsored by KOFIC and the Image Forum arthouse theater in Tokyo.
The showcase is an effort to introduce Japanese viewe,...More
Osaka Korean Film Week Begins Dec. 8 2007/11/30, Source, The Osaka Korean Cultural Center will hold the Korean Film Week festival again this year (Dec.8-14). Korean films introduced to the Kansai region for the first time will be screened at downtown Shinsaibashi theaters.
The event also marks the center's reopening and will feature the latest film More
Events to promote Korean Films held in the US 2007/11/13, Source, While many new Korean films are premiering in Korea this fall, spicing up domestic theaters, several events introducing Korean films to US audiences are being held across the United States, drawing attention from many.
At the top of the list is the Korean Film Festival in Los Angeles (KOFFLA), t,...More
Hosted by KOFIC's Los Angeles office in partnership with the Korean Cinematheque, the festival will take place at the Fairfax 3 Theaters.,...More
PPP Announces 2007 Film Projects 2007/08/20, Source, This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), a project-support market that has been pivotal in the completion of award-winning films from major Asian directors. Now under the umbrella of the Asian Film Market, PPP will take place October 8th –11th, alongside the 12th Pusa,...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
Art House Venue in Seoul Tempts Foreigners 2007/05/08, Source, Korean film distribution company Mirovision has built an intimate state of the art theater that will run Korean independent and artistically oriented foreign films. The 10 year old film company says it is dedicated to bringing the best of alternative cinema to Seoul audiences, and its 120 seat venu,...More
Varied new Korean films on display at PIFF 2006/11/03, Source, The 11th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival drew attention for its various industry sidebars and other events, but those festival attendees who focused on the program itself declared it to be a good year for new Korean films.
Independent filmmakers in particular turned out a large n,...More
PIFF's New Currents Delivers Two Winners 2006/11/03, Source, The jury of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival's New Currents section appointed two winners this year: Malaysian feature Love Conquers All and the Chinese film Betelnut. Director TAN Chui Mui's Love Conquers All was regarded as a strong contender for the award, while Betelnut - directed by Y,...More
Tonight the curtain will fall over the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). Right before the screening of the closing film, the Chinese hit comedy "Crazy Stone", by Ning Hao, the awards ceremony will disclose the recipient of the 11th New Currents,...More
Pusan Film Fest to Have 64 World Premieres 2006/10/04, Source, Now for some news from the cultural scene -- The Pusan International Film Festival is preparing to show off a long list of movies premiering at the annual event this year.
Here's Son Heekyung with a preview.
The eleventh Pusan International Film Festival is approaching fast.
With little time be,...More
11th PIFF Announces Line-Up 2006/09/21, Source, Last week in Seoul at an unusually crowded press conference, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) director Kim Dong-ho and his team, presented an impressive line-up of premieres, programs, and celebrity events, all to take place during its,...More
Programmers' Choice at Pusan Film Festival 2006/09/20, Source, This year's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) shows a total of 245 movies from 63 different countries, with 64 movies being shown for the first time at the festival. For those who will have difficult time deciding what to see, here are some movies that the festival's four programmers say you,...More
KOFIC awards marketing support for arthouse/digital films 2006/06/16, Source, The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the first phase of its 2006 Marketing Support for Arthouse and Digital Films fund. The fund provides financial support to arthouse works or digital features to promote diversity on the nation's screens and to help such films compete in a market,...More
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