[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.10.07 ~ 2016.10.09 2016/10/10,
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine" and "Breathe" trump "The City of Madness"...
It's been weeks since a foreign film topped the charts in Korea, but after entering the fray in second place last week, Tim Burton's dark fantasy drama, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (starring Eva Green), managed to top the charts with 660,702 admissions (35.3%). Last weekend, Burton's latest, which is based on Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel of the same name, entered in second place with 23.5% of the sales from 810 screens, but an increase in screens to just under 900 helped propel the film to the top as its total tally in Korea moves to 1.9 million ($14.6 million),...More
[Guest Film Review] "The Bacchus Lady" 2016/09/17,
The title refers to a rather sad aspect of S. Korean society, the "Bacchus Ladies", elderly Korean prostitutes who solicit in parks and plazas in Seoul for sex in nearby motels. Their name derives from the popular Bacchus energy drink that they are selling in parks where elderly men gather. The women are in their 50s, 60, even their 80s.The price of selling sex is about 20,000 to 30,000 won ($18-26) or even less if the man is a regular client. In a testimony, about 400 women work in Jongmyo Park in Seoul. The younger men in their 20s to 40s are also becoming their clients,...More
[Guest Film Review] "An Affair" 2016/08/27,
Another entry in the vast category of romantic films, "An Affair" stands on a level above the majority of contemporary ones, despite the fact that it was screened in 1998.
Seo-hyeon is an ordinary, big bourgeoisie housewife, almost 40 years old, wife to a very successful architect, Joon-il, and mother of a10-year-old boy,...More
More Koreans Make Their Own Millions 2016/05/08, Source,
There are a growing number of self-made millionaires on Forbes magazine's list of Korea's 50 richest people released last week.
Some 40 percent of the wealthiest Koreans are self-made, compared to only 18 percent a decade ago,...More
None of the Richest Koreans Are Self-Made 2016/01/10, Source,
None of the richest Koreans are self-made billionaires, according to Bloomberg's list of the world's 400 richest people. All five Koreans on the list inherited their wealth, whereas 28 out of the 29 Chinese entrants and all five Japanese tycoons on the list are self-made,...More
Korean movie of the week "My Brilliant Life" 2015/11/05, Source,
Korean movie of the week "My Brilliant Life" (2014) Directed by Lee Jae-yong With Kang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo, Jo Seong-mok, Baek Il-seob, Heo Joon-seok, Kim So-jin,... Formerly known as "My Palpitating Life"
Synopsis Based on an original by Kim Ae-ran, a story about a boy with progeria disease and his parents.
It is the story of the youngest parents and oldest child in the world... 16 year old boy, Ahreum has Progeria Syndrome, a rare genetic defect that will cause the baby to show rapid aging from an early age. Although Ahreum has struggled with the disease, he was raised as a brilliant young child more than anyone else. Young parents, Mi-ra (Song Hye-kyo) and Dae-soo (Kang Dong-won) are still in their early 30s who had Ahreum when they both were 17 years old, sometimes act immature but they never expressed their sorrow,...More
Actor Lee Jeong-jae reported to be in a relationship with Daesang heiress 2015/01/02, Source,
On the first day of 2015, the relationship between a star actor and the eldest daughter of a conglomerate has been reported.
Actor Lee Jeong-jae, 42, on Thursday de facto owned up to a romantic relationship with Lim Se-ryeong, 38, the eldest daughter of Daesang Group honorary Chairman Lim Chang-wook. Lees agency C-JeS Entertainment said in a news release on that day, It has not been a long time since they have cautiously become more than friends,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Brilliant Life" 2014/09/19,
Ah-reum (played by Jo Seong-mok with some excellent make-up work) is dying of old age even though he's only sixteen years old. Ah-reum has progeria, his days are numbered and, well, that's the movie. Also of relevance- his parents Dae-soo (played by Kang Dong-won) and Mi-ra (played by Song Hye-kyo) are both fairly young. Both of them are in their early thirties, having had Ah-reum when they were still high school students,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untold Scandal" 2014/09/19,
It's extremely tempting to view the crazy sumptuous games at play in "Untold Scandal" here as some sort of commentary on repressed Joseon sexuality. Director Lee Jae-yong certainly has enough fun with it from a cinematographic point of view. The sex is is hot and sensuous. If you're going into this movie expecting Bae Yong-joon to have lots of erotic fun times with many ample bosoms on display, you will not be disappointed. The film is exactly as advertised,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.12 ~ 2014.09.14 2014/09/15,
"Tazza 2" keeps its roll going…
"Tazza: The Hidden Card" had a fantastic week and managed to extend its lead at the top of pile. Kang Hyeong-cheol's comedy drama attracted over 540K filmgoers (26.7%) over the weekend to move its total tally now to 3.1M ($24.6M), which makes it the ninth highest-grossing Korean film of 2014 having just overtaken Director Chang's "The Target". Kang's closest competition came in the form of the American musical drama "Begin Again" and its 351K (17.1%), but otherwise the top ten remained largely unchanged except for Frank Miller's neo-noir "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" creeping in at ten,...More
My Brilliant Life (2014) 2014/09/05, Source,
"My Brilliant Life"
Genres: Drama Running Time: 119 min.
Directed by: Lee Jae-yong
Starring: Kang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo, Jo Seong-mok
Synopsis: A young couple, both of whom are 17-years-old, learns that they will have a baby. The couple feels uneasy and with their heart beating faster than ever, they wait for the birth of their first child. Their baby is named Ah-reum and the couple learns that he has Progeria syndrome, a rare genetic defect that will cause their baby to show advanced aging from an early age,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/08/30, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "My Brilliant Life": A young couple struggle with their son who has Progeria syndrome, a rare genetic defect that causes him to age rapidly. (09/03)
★★★★ "Tazza: The Hidden Card": A skilled player enters the underground gambling world and puts his life at stake.. (09/03)
★★★★★ "Hill of Freedom": A Japanese man arrives in Korea to find his old lover. While he stays at a guesthouse, he encounters various people. (09/04)
★★★★★ "Golden Chariot in the Sky": Ppong-Ddol dreams of joining a band and gets inspired to start neighbourhood band that's in need of money.. (09/04),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 2 2013/11/03,
All major players are on the board now with the formal introduction of the banished Yuan prince, Ta-hwan. An array of important Yuan figures appear such as the General El Temur and the General Bayan to eliminate Ta-hwan and seize complete control over Goryeo. Wang Yoo is crowned king over his uncle and it is his responsibility to deal with this strife,...More
Global interest grows in Korean-style biz management 2012/05/26, Source,
Five CEOs and executives from a company dedicated to corporate education in China visited Korea in March. The purpose of their trip was to introduce to China corporate education programs that reflect the success stories of Korean companies.
Han Cheol-hwan, director of the Institute of Global Management's corporate value institute who met the Chinese executives, said, "They had keen interest in education methods to transfer Korean conglomerates' management systems and global strategies to Chinese companies".
Global enterprises struggling amid the economic slump are seeking to learn from Korean conglomerates their future course of action. Not only companies in emerging markets including China and India, but also those in advanced economies including Japan and the U.S. are seeking to benchmark Korean companies,...More
Wieland SPECK, head of the Berlin film festival's Panorama 2011/12/07, Source,
After 30 years at the Berlin International Film Festival, Wieland Speck will be celebrating his 20th year as head of the festival's Panorama section next year. While he was in Seoul on his annual film hunting trip around the region, Jean NOH met with him to talk about his thoughts on Korean cinema, the Berlinale audiences and how he programs for them.
KCT: How important for you is this annual trip around Asia, after the American Film Market (AFM)?
Speck: For me, the trips to Asia and South America are very important trips because there are so many amazing filmmakers and they are inspiring the Western filmmaking a lot. The European view on the world, especially the Western European view on the world, is a little bit like simmering in the same broth for many years now. And then, yes, we already have the most interesting film countries in the world [in Asia].So having our eyes out for where inspiration lurks, this is what we definitely need for our culture in general, but also for the filmmaking,...More
Who Grabbed the Spotlight in 2010? 2010/12/31, Source,
From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Chung-yong, Ji So-yun, Jeong Da-rae, and Son Yeon-jae
Sporting events were a big source of energy and pleasure for Koreans this year as young rising athletes shone in major world competitions.
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na secured her leading status in February by winning the gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics with the highest score ever by a female figure skater at 228.56 points. AP spoke of "a women's figure skating performance that likely will be remembered as one of the best of all time",...More
Jeon Ji-hyeon considering new movie role 2010/10/21, Source,
Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyeon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyeon is considering a role in an upcoming movie by famed director Lee Jae-yong.
"Jeon is currently in talks to appear in a movie titled 'Falling in Love'," an official from her agency J&Co. Entertainment told Sports Today over the phone on Thursday, adding that the actress is looking at her role in a positive light but nothing has been confirmed as of yet with many adjustments having to be made,...More
San Diego Fest selects 7 Korean films 2010/10/08, Source, A total of seven Korean features will be showcased to California audiences at the upcoming 11th San Diego Asian Film Festival, set to run Oct. 21 28. The fest will screen 140 films from 20 countries with a line-up of both commercial and art house favorites.
The projects to be introduced to potential co-producers, financers and investors include Oxide Pang's "The Psycho Virus", Tsai Min,...More
NYAFF screens wide selection of Korean films 2010/07/20, Source, The ninth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) wrapped on Thursday, July 8, after presenting 45 films from across Asia including seven Korean features and a collection of eight Korean standout shorts from Seoul's 2009 Mise-en-Scéne Short Film Festival.
Yoon Yeo-jeong's Movie Picks 2010/06/07, Source,
Actress Yoon Yeo-jeong [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
To some generations, Yoon Yeo-jeong may be just another elderly actress whom they cannot quite tell apart from the late Yeo Woon-gye or Jeon Yang-ja. But to most viewers or moviegoers, Yoon is an irreplaceable actress. And with such a coarse voice too! "Many people have unique voices these days but back in the days, [my voice] was considered very bizarre. I heard this later on but people had said I won't make it because of my voice. Now that I think of it, I've overcome quite a lot of obstacles. (laugh)" But Yoon is an actress who has proved that what an actor needs is not perfect eyesight but the tentacles to sense even the drop of a needle, and not a clear and ringing voice but even if it is a single line that is spoken, a sound which will sound alive and move people's hearts,...More
Kim Dae-woo, who made his directorial debut with the period sex comedy ",...More
60th Berlinale Invites 9 Korean Films 2010/02/18, Source, Asian films will highlight the 60th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival, both bookending the main program and dominating the Forum section of the top-tier fest. While films from China and Japan open and close the fest (Feb 11 20), Korean films show a strong presence throughout w,...More
Eight Korean films to show at Berlin film fest 2010/02/10, Source,
Korean films "Actresses" (left) and "The Naked Kitchen" (Right)
Eight Korean films -- including "Actresses", "The Naked Kitchen" and "A Brand New Life" -- are up for presentation at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, which kicks off in Germany on Thursday.
This year, the film festival -- which is considered one of the most prestigious film events in Europe alongside Cannes, Venice and Rotterdam -- will show more than 400 films from around the world.
In addition to the following Korean movies invited to the film fest, two Asian productions have also been selected for the opening and closing films; "Apart Together", directed by Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan'an to open the event while Japanese film "Younger Brother" by Yoji Yamada will close the festival on February 21.,...More
The 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival Opens this Week 2009/06/26, Source, This year's Mise-en-scene Short Film festival will showcase a total of 120 films. The film festival whose focus is genre short films will feature films genres normally associated with feature length films. These genres include horror, fantasy, love and even action. It features 57 films in the offi,...More
Jecheon Fest Highlights Music-themed Films 2007/08/03, Source, Between last summer and this summer, a number of musical and music-driven Korean films were released, defining an important new trend towards the genre for local audiences. This month the 3rd Jecheon International Music and Film Festival (JIMFF) showcases that trend, bringing 7 music-themed Korean,...More
Imagine good-looking boys reigning at the top of a kingdom called high school: Choose your favorite among lace-clad Little Prince types to tough, sexy guys or clean-cut charmers.
S.M. Pictures of S.M. Entertainment, the production company that pumped out K-pop ic,...More
6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival 2007/06/26, Source, Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.
Though running as briefly as six minutes, short films show that size is not a factor for capturing the limitless power of imagination. Andre Bazin, film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future".
Korean Films in NY Asian Film Fest 2007/06/22, Source, This year's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) features a spate of prominent Korean films and runs from June 22nd to July 8th. Now in its 6th year, the festival selects 30 top Asian films to screen along with three programs of award winning shorts taken from Korea's very own Mise-en-Scene's Genre,...More
Korean cinema will take a big bite of the Big Apple as the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) begins Friday. The festival will feature more than 30 works from the East, of which almost a third are Korean. The event will take place at the IFC Center until July,...More
New York film festival showcases Korean shorts 2007/06/12, Source, Award-winning short films of various genres from Korea's Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will be invited to the 6th annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) from June 22 to July 8 in New York City.
Launched by the Subway Cinema in 2002, the New York Asian Film Festival is a widely a,...More
14 Korean Films go to Italy's Far East Fest 2007/04/17, Source, The 9th Udine Far East Film Festival boasts one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in Europe. This year around 60 titles from across Asia were selected to screen at the event which runs April 20th to 28th in the picturesque northern Italian city. This year 14 top Korean films were invited, o,...More
Strong Korean Showing at Berlin Film Fest 2007/02/08, Source, The 57th Berlin Film Festival -- one of the world's three major film events along with those in Cannes and Venice -- opens Thursday and runs to Feb. 18. A total of 373 movies from around the world will be screened during the 10 day run.
ROME _ After a year when they were excluded from the three main international competitions _ Cannes, Venice, Berlin _ Korean films are set for a dramatic comeback on the international festival circuit in 2007. While new efforts by directors,...More
2nd Chance to See The Magicians, Host & Guest and More 2006/12/26, Source, Hypertech Nada's annual Nada's Final Proposal (Nada Majimak Peropojeu) aims to re-introduce to the audience films that in general only enjoyed a short cinema run, but arguably - deserve greater exposure. This year the line-up includes the independent Korean films: ",...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
Acting Range 2006/07/20, Source, "I have never chosen the drama I would act, but the right cast and script in that drama", said Lee Seong-jae, who this time will star in a drama about honest lawyer Roh Yoon-jae, who was adopted to Canada. Roh Yoon-jae will be involved in an,...More
'Untold Scandal' 2006/06/06, Source, Notable example of fashioning a blockbuster from a completely unexpected set of ingredients
The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies of the top U.S. university began the "Korean Cinema" course in the spring semester this y,...More
Untold Scandal to close Edinburgh festival 2004/08/17, Source, Untold Scandal, a film adaptation of French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses set in 18th-century Korea, has been selected as the closing film of the 2004 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
One of Great Britain's most prominent festivals, Edinburgh was originally scheduled to screen Hong Kong d,...More
"Noble Affair" Appeals to Audience 2003/10/14, Source, "Untold Scandal" premiered on October 2 and sold two million tickets in 11 days, remaining the top box office hit for two consecutive weeks. The long-term box-office record is expected as it claimed more than 60 percent of total online,...More
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