Before making his feature debut with "Cruel Winter Blues", LEE worked on "Sunshine" (2002, directed by LEE Mo-gae) as a cast member, and he was an assistant director for the short film “Stakeout: 29th “ (2001, directed by YOON Jong-seok).
[HanCinema's Film Review] "No Tears For The Dead" 2014/06/20,
It's pretty telling that the film's main effective emotional moments make a lot more sense without any kind of context. Take Mo-kyeong (played by Kim Min-hee). She's in pain because of the death of her daughter and husband- especially the former, because Mo-kyeong feels guilty about not being a better parent. This is some strong melodrama here- being a good parent is really hard.
Then we flash back to the main plot, and oh yeah, this is a story about assassins and brotherhood and laundered stock money and battles of honor and techno wizardry and, really, melodrama aside, the action here just gets increasingly and absurdly silly,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.13 ~ 2014.06.15 2014/06/16, "Edge of Tomorrow" pushes past 3 million to top the table once more…
Last weekend Doug Liman's science fiction adaptation "Edge of Tomorrow" snatched over 1.5M admissions to take gold, and while its haul was significantly less this time around, the 679K (40%) it pulled over the weekend was enough to secure a second reign. Cruise and his sci-fi flicks go down like a treat in Korea, and paired with the tale's Japanese origin, Liman's futuristic frenzy has thus far managed to amass over 3M admissions ($25M). And while Cruise and his co-star Emily Blunt were blazing at the top, two new local films made their entry into the top ten in the form of "Gyeongju" and "For The Emperor",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.06 ~ 2014.06.08 2014/06/09, "Edge of Tomorrow" dislodges Marvel's mutants and cruises into first…
Tom Cruise's latest, "Edge of Tomorrow", opened its Korean account over the weekend and was welcomed by some 1.2 million cinephiles. Based off of the military science fiction novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film sees Cruise star alongside Emily Blunt in an action-packed outing that has already amassed $140M worldwide. Cruise has long been a popular personality in Korea and helped the film dislodge Marvel's mutants by capturing 42.2% of the sales in week one,...More
No Tears for the Dead (2014) 2014/06/06, Source, "No Tears for the Dead"
Genres: Action and Drama
Running Time: 116 min.
Directed by: Lee Jeong-beom
Starring: Jang Dong-gun, Kim Min-hee
Synopsis: After immigrating to America and being abandoned by his own mother, Kon is raised to become a hit man. One day during a job, Kon accidentally kills a young girl and is plagued by guilt over killing an innocent child. His boss gives the despondent hit man a new job -- to kill the young girl's mother. His new target works as a risk manager at an investment firm. The grief-stricken mother buries herself in her work without knowing that she is in the heart of a dangerous conspiracy,...More
Legendary S. Korean Director of "The Man from Nowhere" Returns with the Highly Anticipated Film "No Tears for the Dead" 2014/06/04, Source,
South Korea's highly anticipated film "No Tears for the Dead" (directed by Lee Jeong-beom) is set to be released in North American theaters June 20th!
PROLOGUE Veteran hitman Gon (Jang Dong-gun) receives a mission, which is to target Mogyeong (Kim Min-hee). The trouble is, he falls in love with her.
SYNOPSIS Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hitman. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible mistake of killing an innocent young girl. A flood of guilt takes over his life and the situation becomes worse when his boss assigns him the job of killing the young girl's mother. Gon's new target, Mogyeong, is a risk manager at an investment firm and has buried herself in work to bury her grief. She is completely unaware of her role at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy. Finally, she meets the man who wants to tell her the truth behind the death of her child,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "The Man From Nowhere" 2014/05/31, A selection of shots from Lee Jeong-beom's "The Man From Nowhere""No Tears for the Dead" is coming soon to Korean theatres, a film that looks to be running in a very similar vein to Lee's previous blockbuster: "The Man From Nowhere". Lee's 2010 hit become the highest grossing Korean film of its year, attracting over 6 million filmgoers and enjoyed an undisturbed five week run as the country's number one. The film's success was unashamedly boosted by the presence of one of Korea's most popular stars Won Bin, but it also acted as a catalyst for the career of his talented co-star, the young actresses Kim Sae-ron, and publically proclaimed Lee's own storytelling skills and made his name one to remember...Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
Shin Min-a and Kim Min-hee, on the big screen 2014/04/30, Source,
Two actresses are taking a leap onto the big screen.
Best friends and most standing out actresses in their 30s, Kim Min-hee and Shin Min-a are coming out with new movies this June. They went through the course of cover models in their teens, youth stars in their 20s and now they're attempting at something new in their 30s,...More
Blockbusters coming soon this spring 2014/03/10, Source,
The formality of Korean blockbuster movies is breaking up.
It starts off with Hyeon Bin. With the release of "The King's Wrath" in April, other movies such as Son Ye-jin's "Pirates" and other blockbusters fill up the line. These blockbusters cost more than 10 billion won each and the atmosphere seems completely different from that of movies that usually come out into the open in July ~ August,...More
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Thrillers of All-Time 2014/01/17,
One of the most popular trends we saw in 2013 was the rampant release of action-packed thrillers! It's a genre that Korean cinema favours and continues to return to, but in 2013 the industry really did pump out a number of successful hits that contributed to the record-breaking tickets sales last year enjoyed.
It's tricky to pinpoint films that are 'pure' thrillers because Korean films often blend and bend their genres in unique and creative ways. That being said, here is a quick look at the top 5 Korean thrillers that have stormed their way to box office glory,...More
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source,
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
Korean Cinema Series: The Man from Nowhere (Jan. 12 & 27, 2012) 2012/01/16, Source,
Amid the darkness of drugs, gangs, and human exploitation, young and bubbly So-mi (Kim Sae-ron) is a ray of light. Her single mother, a dancer and heroin user, warns So-mi to stay away from their quiet, reclusive neighbor, Tae-sik (Won Bin), but to no avail; the two seem to share a special bond, both being ostracized, troubled, and judged in their own ways. When So-mi's mother becomes wrapped up in a drug deal gone wrong, she and her daughter are taken captive by a vicious gang that trades in harvested organs,...More
Won Bin, Ha Ji-won Sweep Popularity Stakes in Movie Poll 2011/04/15, Source, Won Bin (left) and Ha Ji-wonWon Bin and Ha Ji-won were voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and Korea's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie. Some 22,362 people voted from March 30 to April 5.
The two drew 16.2 and 10.9 percent of the votes, respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best as opposed to most popular actor and actress, with 17.7 and 21.8 percent of the votes.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] The Man From Nowhere 2011/01/08,
Having been nominated for and winning numerous awards, "The Man From Nowhere" (2010, directed by Lee Jeong-beom) is definitely one to see, but not for the reasons you might think. This dark action flick seduces you with its delivery of gritty violence and dynamic action scenes, but at its core this is a story of identity, the meaning in one's life and rekindling the passion for that which we hold dear.,...More
[PIFF] Hoping that moment will be about Busan 2010/10/08, Source,
Actor Won Bin, actress Kim Sae-ron and director Lee Jeong-beom of film "The Man From Nowhere" walk the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan, South Korea on October 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Second visit to Busan and first time covering the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). It is experience that is embarrassing to even be considered short. But instead feeling discouraged by the Busan natives and reporters who cover PIFF every year, the fireworks which went off at the start of the festival were watched with ease and excitement. It was probably from the anticipation felt from getting to meet directly with actors and directors who turned up at the show with their films as precious as their own child, and the satisfaction felt from being amongst the huge crowd seated at the venue,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Won Bin - Part 1 2010/08/04, Source, Won Bin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: I heard that when you debuted, you had wanted to become an actor after watching Choi Min-soo starrer "Terrorist". "The Man From Nowhere" also revolves around the action sequences of one man. How did it feel?Won Bin: For me, "Terrorist" was the greatest movie at the time. I dreamt of becoming an actor after watching that film. The time I spent working on "The Man From Nowhere" was a lot of fun for me. It was a new genre for me and I liked it even more because my character communicated with a child. 10: You must've been excited. (laugh)Won Bin: It was fun. Many people worried that I might get hurts since there was so much action in it but I like moving around and sweating. I felt like I was playing a game doing the action scenes. I hadn't done this sort of action movie before so it was tough physically but it was new so it felt like I was learning something,...More
Won Bin: 'I Dreamed of Becoming Actor After Watching Action Movie' 2010/08/04, Source,
The movie "The Man From Nowhere", which will be released on August 4, is a very violent movie with realistic action scenes. The fight scene in which Tae Sik, who is the former member of a special forces unit, devastates a criminal organization that kidnapped a neighbor girl contains violent scenes such as splattered blood and broken bones, but the scene is also filled with resolute and well-made action sequences.
An interviewer met actor Won Bin, who has been "reborn" as an action hero, at a café located in Samcheong-dong, Jongno on August 2. He had previously filmed battle scenes in the movie "Taegukgi" and he had carried a gun when he filmed the movie "Guns and talks", but he mentioned that this is the first time for him to film a legitimate action movie,...More
Won Bin speaks with action in new film "The Man From Nowhere" 2010/07/08, Source,
Korean actor Won Bin at a press conference for film "The Man From Nowhere" held at Seoul's Apkujung CGV multiplex on July 8, 2010. [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The saying 'actions speak louder than words' could work as a tagline for Korean actor Won Bin, who used frequent and fancy action movements to deliver the emotions of his title character Tae-shik in the film "The Man From Nowhere".
At the film's press conference held Thursday morning at Seoul's Apkujung CGV multiplex, several promotional videos as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews revealed that the lanky actor spent a considerable amount of time on the screen running, jumping, punching, firing gunshots and throwing axes at bad guys,...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
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
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