Lee Jae-gyoo first garnered recognition for Damo (2003), a Korean drama which cultivated an unprecedented fanbase. For the drama’s excellence and his directorial skills, LEE received a Baeksang Arts Award for Best New Director
Following Damo, he directed the hit dramas Beethoven Virus (2008) and The King 2 Hearts (2012), which drew accolades for their cinematic quality.
[HanCinema's Feature] Korea's Top Five Favorite Films of 2014 2014/12/20,
2015 is nigh upon us, a fresh year with its own host of hits waiting to entertain and be enjoyed. There is still a little time before 2014 passes us by, and before it does I wanted to glance back and take stock of this year's most successful spectacles and see what rose to top in terms of ticket tallies.
Last year Korean cinephiles were treated to an array of awesome attractions ("The Face Reader", "Snowpiercer", "The Attorney", "Miracle in Cell No.7"), but still Bong Joon-ho's 2003 hit "The Host" remained the nation's cash king with over 13M admissions. It would take something supremely special (historic) to rally such record-breaking support and slay this iconic stub-guzzler,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fatal Encounter": K-King in a Cage + Watch movie [USA & Canada] 2014/11/08,
There were numerous 'fatal encounters' around King Jeong-jo's first year in office; his reign (1776-1800) was riddled with factional rot and close-quarters corruption, and his accession was both immediate and threatening. It was a transitional period twisted by royal bloodshed and unruliness, the perfect personal and political storm for a visionary leader to stand steadfast and serve, or else risk becoming a feeble footnote to fortitude in Joseon's journals.
Lee Jae-gyoo's "The Fatal Encounter" recounts the chaotic genesis of the 'King of Misfortune', and depicts a resolute (real-world dreamy) ruler determined to settle the sins and debts of his father(s). In particular, the film centres on one assassination attempt, that of Jeongyuyeokbyeon, and starts its story hours before a preordained bloodshed occurs under ominously stormy skies,...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "The Fatal Encounter" 2014/10/11,
From the film's very bleak, poorly lit opening, the tone is very clearly set that "The Fatal Encounter" has no intention of being a happy uplifting movie about the triumph of good over evil during a very dark time in Korea's history. Without ruining too much of the ending, it's really more of a triumph of general disgust over evil, because why would anyone need that much evil can we at least not murder children. Is that too much to ask? King Jeongjo (played by Hyeon Bin) is less a beacon of hope so much as he is the only guy in the movie with a more noble motivation than just bolstering the people who like him,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.26 ~ 2014.09.28 2014/09/29, "The Maze Runner" remains unchallenged at the top…
Wes Ball's science fiction film "The Maze Runner" managed to remain Korea's top showing over the last week of September. Ball's adaptation has been a huge success, and has already grossed over $148m worldwide. The film's second weekend in Korea was less than stellar, but the 572K admissions (43%) it claimed was enough to secure its place at the top of pile,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.30 ~ 2014.06.01 2014/06/02, Marvel's mutants hold strong for now…
Marvel's mutants secured a second straight week at the top over the weekend by adding another 834K (37.8%) to its cause. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" entered the chart on the 22nd, where it managed to dislodge Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed", and has since remained Korea's film of choice. Last week the film claimed 1.4M, but the wealth was spread more evenly this time around as Kim Seong-hoon's "A Hard Day" and Angelina Jolie's latest "Maleficent" entered the fray and sapped some of its steam,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.23 ~ 2014.05.25 2014/05/26, Marvel's mutants dominate and send "Godzilla" packing…
Last weekend Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed" and the latest "Godzilla" flick slugged it out at the top as Korean cinephiles were torn between a local delight and a potentially impressive alien invasion. This week, however, saw the release of the much anticipated "X-Men: Days of Future Past", a comic-inspired event that promptly settled last week's tussle by snatching over 64% of the box office pie. Marvel's mutants mounted an all-out assault and forced the rest of the pack to scramble for stubs, resulting in a landslide victory as it pooled support from over a 1,000 screens nationwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.16 ~ 2014.05.18 2014/05/19, Korean's torn between romance and rampage...
There was an intense tussle at the top over the weekend as the American giant "Godzilla" took on Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed". While Gareth Edward's monster remake seized the lion's share of the pie (23.8% from 438,487 admissions), it was Kim's third feature that seduced the majority of filmgoers into the cinemas with over 445K tickets sold (23.5%). It was relatively fair game as both films opened their accounts with over 600 screens to pool from, but the local talent teased out a narrow victory over the gargantuan ghost and ultimately put more bums on seats,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.02 ~ 2014.05.04 2014/05/05, All hail the new King!
The box office came alive over the weekend as a string of features stamped their authority and invigorated sales at the top of order. Lee Jae-gyoo's "The Fatal Encounter" (previously known as "The King's Wrath") soared into pole position with over a million tickets to its name; a healthy haul that was no doubt spurred by Hyeon Bin's role as the discerning (and now historically handsome) King Jeongjo. The film opened to over a thousand screens and made the most of them by capturing over 38% of box office pie. Other films that made an impact included last week's number one "The Amazing Spiderman 2", Director Chang's "The Target", and the foreign animation "Rio 2",...More
The Fatal Encounter (2014) 2014/05/03, Source,
Genres: Epics and Drama
Running Time: 136 min.
Directed by: Lee Jae-gyoo
Starring: Hyeon Bin, Jeong Jae-yeong, Han Ji-min
Synopsis: In 1777, King Jeong-jo bears a perilous palace life with his dedicated court servant, Gap-soo, amidst opposition and threats from those around with political ambitions. Eul-soo, a member of a secret assassin group, receives orders to kill Jeong-jo. Gap-soo, who had also been in the same secret assassin ring as Eul-soo, later confesses to Jeong-jo about his dark past and his motive for coming into the palace. To Gap-soo's surprise, Jeong-jo orders him to just leave the palace. However, Gap-soo finds out that there is another assassin besides him and frantically returns to the court,...More
"The Fatal Encounter" attitude towards mass media 2014/04/27, Source,
A staff member of "The Fatal Encounter" crew said, "Lee Jae-gyoo? He drinks beers at home all day". The criticism from mass media have put the director and cast in a sense of shame. The unexpected reviews of the movie have been made public for the past 3~4 days.
The movie was nicknamed, "Hyeon Bin's comeback" and "Lee Jae-gyoo's meaningful movie" but everyone's reaction towards the movie was cold. 'Too much has been put into the movie', 'Complicated stories and organization of characters' and such are parts of the reviews,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/04/26, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Target": An ex-mercenary killer is framed for the murder of a renowned corporate leader. He is accompanied by an ordinary doctor who is desperate to save his abducted pregnant wife and together they embark on a dangerous 36-hour pursuit. (04/30)
★★★★★ "The Fatal Encounter": King Jeong-jo attempts to protect his royal powers from the conflict of two factions: Noron and Soron. (04/30),...More
[HanCinema Feature] Historical Hysteria: Korean period films coming in 2014 2014/01/11, Joseon pirates, legends, swordsmen, angels and more coming our way in 2014...
Cinematic journeys back to Joseon and beyond have rewarded the Korean film industry with a string of profitable historical yarns, a trend that has got producers drooling with the prospect of tapping deeper into this regenerative cash cow. Recently, it's been Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" (9.1M admissions) that has had locals flustered and, in 2005, it was Lee Joon-ik's "The King and the Clown" that became the first Joseon-era flick to pass the 10 million admissions mark. It's big business with a cultural twist that locals enjoy supporting, international audiences love lapping up, and a trend that 2014 is keen to take advance of as a host of new retrospectives are getting raring to go,...More
"The King" Ha Ji-won studies the North Korean language 2012/02/05, Source,
Actress Ha Ji-won is currently deeply engrossed in studying the North Korean language. This is because she has currently landed herself the role of North Korean Special Forces Sergeant Kim Hang-ah in the upcoming MBC drama "The King". Ha Ji-won has started learning the North Korean language along with further comprehending her character. Given that it is her specialty to learn something new every time she starts a role, this time it is very important that she learns the North Korean dialect,...More
Han Chae-young to join Lee Byung-hun for "The Influence" 2010/01/21, Source,
Actress Han Chae-young [Chae ki-won/10Asia]
Korean actress Han Chae-young is set to join the cast of online mystery movie "The Influence", announced the film's producer Realize Pictures in a press release on Thursday.
Han will play the love interest of Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun who share a love that transcends time and space but eventually fail to see a happy ending. Lee will be one of the main characters who will have to make a choice on his path to fulfilling a long-kept promise in the film spanning from 1907 to 2010.,...More
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