Supreme Court upholds life sentence against Sewol captain 2015/11/15, Source, On Thursday when the national college entrance exam of in Korea took place, the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence to Lee Jun-seok (70), the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off the southwest coast in April last year, on the ground of homicide. In fact, had the second graders of Danwon High School (250 students including four missing), the victims of the tragic sinking, been alive, it would have been the big test day that they would have been much looking forward to,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "City of Fathers" + DVD Giveaway 2015/10/10,
Kang-soo (played by Ko Chang-seok) used to have a decent job. Then he became kind of a hopeless screw-up. The catalyst for this was Jong-cheol (played by Yoo Seung-ho)- or more specifically the awkward circumstances regarding the poor teenager's birth. In the present day Jong-cheol tries, mostly ineffectively, to try and prevent Kang-soo from spiraling too hopelessly into oblivion but there's not that much to be done. Kang-soo is a fairly lousy parent, and he has to be brought down pretty low to finally do the right thing,...More
"Empress Qi" close to 30% 2014/03/11, Source,
MBC drama "Empress Qi" is close to 30%.
According to Nielsen Korea, the thirty-seventh episode of the drama rated 29.2%. This is 2.3% higher than the previous episode and the best record yet,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Night and Day" 2013/03/08,
Paris is, supposedly, the most cultured city in the entire world. For an artist, it would seem like the most natural possible place to hang out indefinitely while trying to outwait a drug bust. But Seong-nam (played by Kim Young-ho) quickly discovers that without a guide or any meaningful connection to the local environment, Paris is pretty indistinguishable from any other random place he could be hanging out,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Perfect Partner": Sexual Taboos that Playfully Please. 2012/03/31,
Director Park Heon-soo has constructed a watertight film that shines where any good film should. He tastefully and playfully handles the film's numerous sex scenes as he teases and pleases till the lights come on. This raunchy sex comedy caught me off guard, but aside from the scrupulously edited sex scenes, of which there are a plenty, this provocative piece offers a well constructed story jammed with plenty of good humour within a solid and entertaining narrative,...More
Hong Sang-soo Film Retrospective @Museum of the Moving Image March 17, 18, and 23, 2012 2012/03/05, Source,
The Korea Society film fans celebrate Asia Week with a screening of works by celebrated director Hong Sang-soo ("The Day He Arrives", "Ha Ha Ha"). Since he debuted with 'The Day a Pig into the Well' in 1996, all of his films were invited by prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, and New York Film Festivals, and began to receive worldwide attention. We present highly acclaimed 5 films and they will be shown at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image, home to New York City's finest, state-of-the-art screen. This retrospective is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,...More
Hong Sang-soo's jolliness peaks in "Ha Ha Ha" - Part 1 2010/04/26, Source,
From left, film "Ha Ha Ha" director Hong Sang-soo and cast members Yoon Yeo-jeong, Yoo Joon-sang, Moon So-ri, Ye Ji-won, Kim Young-ho and Kim Sang-kyeong pose during a press screening held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on April 22, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
If one had to come up with a subtitle for director Hong Sang-soo's tenth film "Ha Ha Ha", it could be "Cute". The movie is guided by the memories that movie critic Joong-sik (played by Yoo Joon-sang) and aspiring movie director Moon-gyeong (played by Kim Sang-kyung) have about their summer trip to Tongyeong. And just like any other film by director Hong, these men go to an unfamiliar place where they chase after women, drink, lie and talk both nonsense and of their dreams. But no matter how pathetic or loser-like they act, one cannot hate them,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 2) 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una (Beck): And that is when you decided to take the civil service examination. Sul Kyung-gu (Seol): Haha. Let me explain that to you. I was dying to leave the Hanyang Repertory. I'd already graduated but that place was an extension of school while I wanted to meet a larger variety of people. I didn't think they'd let me go for no reason so I lied that I'm going to take the civil service exam. (laugh) But what's so spontaneous about me is that although I had left because I didn't like it, I didn't have anything to do right away. And I needed money but I didn't want to ask my parents for it so I ended up asking a senior of mine to give me a part-time job putting up posters. The interesting thing is that I ended up staying in the industry. Of course, if I had really taken off, I might have ended up becoming human trash. (laugh) Anyway, I had been at the job for about a month and a half? I was suddenly asked if I would want to take part in the musical "Line 1". Mr. Kim Min-ki had seen me about, putting up the posters and asked me if I would want to take part thinking that I'm hardworking. That had been my audition for it. Me and actors from all walks of life with all sorts of experience rehearsed for three months and wow, it was so much fun. That was the start of "Line 1". It also did very well. Before I took on film "Girls' Night Out", I was making two million won per month and drove a Sephia. (laugh) But after "Line 1", I had no work at all. That's when scenarist Lee Seon-mi, who used to do plays, recommended me to writer Jeong Seong-joo. And that is how I got to become part of the cast for morning TV series "Sisters". I think I'm a very person when it comes to human relationships. Beck: Did you not think of taking on dramas after "Sisters"? Seol: Why wouldn't I have? I was also asked to quite a lot. Not official auditions but one-on-one. But you know how you get glanced at from head to toe? I really hated the look they gave me when they do that. So after "Girls' Night Out" and then "Rainbow Trout", a man called Lee Chang-dong called me. Beck: After he watched "Girls' Night Out"?,...More
Legendary painter Hyewon hits silver screen 2008/10/13, Source, Shin Yun-bok, better known as Hyewon, is hitting the silver screen next month, adding to the growing trend in celebrating and rediscovering the legendary painter of the Joseon period.
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