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
HAF feature interview with KIM Baek-jun, "Monsters" 2012/03/11, Source,
Director KIM Baek-jun (born in 1970) is preparing his third film "Monsters" with production company JK Film ("Haeundae". The project's budget is set at about KW 800 million (US$711,000). He graduated from the Department of Theater and Film at Kyungsung University in Busan and worked as assistant director on films such as "Crazy First Love" (2003) and "Way To Go, Rose" (2005). He made his directorial debut with "My Dear Diary", which was invited to the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) competition. His second feature "Farewell - 2011" was in the Butterfly competition at the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi). "Monsters" will be taking part in the 10th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) this month,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Jesus Hospital": A Family in Crisis 2012/03/10,
Films with blinding religious themes don't always capture my interest, especially when Christianity is being portrayed. Luckily though, Lee Sang-cheol and Shin A-ga's "Jesus Hospital" is in no way intrusive or preachy. It is a tale of family, more specifically; it's a generational story that makes uses of religion as an intangible thread between family members as one family struggles to re-stitch the divide between them. It's highly emotive, thematically driven, and memorable.
"Jesus Hospital" had its world premier at the 16th Busan International Film Festival and its two leading ladies (Hwang Jeong-min-I and Han Song-hee) claimed the festival's "DGK Award" for their efforts. It was also a crowd pleaser, walking away with the "Citizen Reviewers' Awards", which is shared with Park Hong-min's "A Fish" and "Romance Joe" by Lee Kwang-kuk. A couple months latter, the film was honoured at the 37th Seoul Independent Film Festival and was awarded the competitions Grand Prize,...More
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