Lee played his first TV leading roles in the 2005 sports drama Taereung National Village, followed by the romantic comedies Really Really Like You (2006), Dal-ja's Spring (2007), and Shut Up Flower Boy Band (2012). The actor is best known for his role in box office hit Haeundae (2009), Quick (2011), and Chilling Romance (2011).
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Haeundae" + DVD Giveaway 2015/09/19,
I first saw "Haeundae", not from start to finish, but beginning midway through on cable television. There were, as to be exected, a lot of special effects about a giant tidal wave destroying everything. Given that the press materials have always pretty explicitly tried to sell the product as a disaster film, this should come as little surprise. Then I tried watching the movie from the very beginning and made a shocking discovery. "Haeundae" is, in fact, a romantic comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Shoot Me in the Heart" 2015/02/14,
Soo-myeong (played by Yeo Jin-goo) is a sad, disturbed young man who's being sent to a mental institution for his own protection. Seung-min (played by Lee Min-ki)...well, it's some time into "Shoot Me in the Heart" before it's made completely clear whether Seung-min is actually crazy. Seung-min claims to be the victim of some sort of elaborate conspiracy. A single phone call is all Seung-min needs to produce someone who can vouch for his sanity. Of course, that's just what a crazy person would say, and we can't listen to crazy people. It's not like a sane person would react violently if they were forcibly restrained in a mental institution,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.02.06-2015.02.08 2015/02/10,
Nostalgic Romcom Rules, while "Ode" crosses 13M...
Box office newcomer "C'est Si Bon" entered the fray last week and captured 29.5% of the pie over the weekend, comfortably claiming the top spot and dislodging last week's winner: "Big Hero 6". Kim Hyeon-seok's romantic comedy attracted 534K filmgoers ($3.9M) over 829 screens to outperform Disney's Oscar contender as the South's favourite flick.
Last weekend "Big Hero 6" trumped Yoon Je-kyoon's latest for first, but the musical might of Kim's fifth feature proved too much for Disney's awesome animation,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.01.30 ~ 2015.02.01 2015/02/02, Disney's Oscar delight comes right… Last week Yoo Ha's "Gangnam Blues" entered the fray and scored a narrow victory during a highly competitive weekend. "Gangnam Blues", "Big Hero 6", and Yoon Je-kyoon's "Ode to My Father" were all in the running for gold, but its was Yoo's action noir that the public championed. This weekend, however, saw Walt Disney's "Big Hero 6" gain momentum and claim the week's top spot with over 611K admissions going its way (29%), bumping its total tally in Korea now to 1.7M ($12M). To date, Disney's, Marvel-inspired, Oscar nominee has already banked $484M worldwide, more than double its production budget of around $165M,...More
Shoot Me in the Heart (2014) 2015/01/31, Source, "Shoot Me in the Heart"
Running Time: 102 min.
Directed by: Mun Je-yong
Starring: Lee Min-ki, Yeo Jin-goo
Synopsis: Two 25-year old Su-myeong and Seung-min meet for the first time at an asylum. They are both trapped in private mental hospital of abusive staff and noisy patients. Su-myeong has been in mental hospitals ever since he was nineteen after his mother's death while Seung-min is a sane guy with a prospect as a world champion class paraglider but forced to be locked up by his half-brother who's after his inheritance. Su-myeong passively takes his fate but somehow gets involved in Seung-min's continuous escape schemes. Everyone in the hospital believes Seung-min will soon become one of them but his reckless yet brave shot at life ties bind with Su-myeong and fellow patients,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13 2014/07/14, Prime gives way to primates as a new king is crowned... "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", recently hit Korean shores and dislodged Bay's "Transformers" at the top of the pile. Matt Reeves' film captured more than 47% of the box office pie (1.3M admissions) over 919 screens to break the hat-trick "Transformers" was eyeing. Still, Bay's bombastic blockbuster held firm in third, while Jo Beom-goo's drama "The Divine Move" stayed umoved in second place with 925K (23%),...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
For the Emperor (2014) 2014/06/14, Source, "For The Emperor"
Genres: Action and Crime
Running Time: 102 min.
Directed by: Park Sang-joon
Starring: Lee Min-ki, Park Seong-woong, Lee Tae-im
Synopsis: A cold-blooded detective Ji-wook brutally assaults and stops at nothing to catch crimHwan is a former professional baseball player who had to quit the sport after being involved in fixing games. He gets recruited by a private loan ring and gets fascinated by their money and power. He has nothing on him but expands his territory with confidence and malice. Sang-ha, a cold-blooded boss of a crime takes Hwan under his wing. But when Yun-su, with whom he falls in love, disappears, Hwan suspects that Sang-ha is deeply involved and starts to rebel against him to win his love and authority,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "For The Emperor" 2014/06/13,
Lee Hwan (played by Lee Min-ki) is a man who, as far as I can tell, has four goals in life. First, he wants to engage in gruesome violence. It doesn't really matter against who. Second, he wants to run a shady gambling enterprise. Third, he wants to have sex. Fourth, he wants to do drugs. Lee Hwan for the most part succeeds in all these goals. Except to the extent these are probably bad goals in life. In that sense he's probably failing.
"For The Emperor" doesn't really concern itself with the finer subtleties of these plot points though,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/06/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Stone": Min-su, an extremely talented Go player, is recruited by a local gang boss to be his personal tutor, but matters soon become serious when the game starts to have real-world consequences. (06/12)
★★★★ "You Are My Vampire": A struggling young writer wants to pen a vampire novel and in the process finds some strange real-world inspiration to fuel her curiosity. (06/12)
★★★★ "An American Friend": A Korean-American secret agent tries to sell high-priced artwork, and as he's being chased around encounters an intriguing woman interested in making a deal. (06/12)
★★★★ "Gyeongju": A man nostalgically travels back to the city of Gyeongju and finds new adventure in old places with fresh faces. (06/12)
★★★ "For The Emperor": A disgraced baseball player losses everything and then enters a crime ring that comes cloaked in both pleasure and pain. (06/12),...More
"Monster - Movie" at home! 2014/04/09, Source,
The movie "Monster - Movie" is being released at home, at the same time as its theater release date.
Internet media Gom TV is broadcasting the movie on the 9th through IPTV service. For a cost of 10,000 Won, one can download or stream the movie,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.03.21 ~ 2014.03.23 2014/03/24, "Noah" floats to the top with a torrent of tickets...
It was a spirited beginning for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" as the crowds flooded the theatres for this biblical epic. Aronofsky's powerful, but controversial, account of Noah's Ark opened its account in first, claiming 950,864 admissions (54.2%) over 951 screens to secure the top spot. The Korean box office has been unstable these past six weeks as no film has been able to hold the highest honour for more than a weekend; with the latest dethronement being Lee Sook-yeon's "Elegant Lies" which sunk to second here with just 333,544 (17.9%). However "Noah" enjoyed the highest first place haul since early February and will hope its glory will be more than just a flash in the pan,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.03.14 ~ 2014.03.16 2014/03/17, "300" falls to "Elegant Lies"…
"300: Rise of an Empire" fell from grace this past weekend as "Elegant Lies" opened strong with 447,454 admissions (26.5%). Lee Han's last film, "Punch", attracted over 5 million filmgoers back in 2011, and now his latest has made the most of its 555 allocated screens to claim the top spot in week one. Last week the fantasy war epic "300: Rise of an Empire" took gold with over 6K admissions, however after that initial excitement the adaptation fell one place with just 303,280 (20.4%) to its name. Murro's hyper-stylised retelling of the Battle of Salamis now sits on an admissions stack 1.3 million high after two weeks in the chart,...More
Monster - Movie 2014/03/15, Source,
"Monster - Movie"
Running Time: 114 min.
Directed by: Hwang In-ho
Starring: Lee Min-ki, Kim Go-eun-I, Yoon Jin-ha
Synopsis: Bok-soon is slightly lacking in intelligence, but is a brave and bright young woman. She has one younger sister whom she loves more than life itself. One day, her sister gets killed by Tae-soo, a heartless murderer. Later, Bok-soon joins Na-ri, another girl who is being chased by the killer, and goes after Tae-soo for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Monster - Movie" 2014/03/08,
Bok-soon (played by Kim Go-eun-I) is mentally challenged. She's intelligent enough to make a living as a street peddler, but that's the full extent of her abilities. The young woman has trouble keeping track of anything but the most simple short-term reasoning, although she does easily understand the concept of love. Ironically, the titular monster of this film, Tae-soo (played by Lee Min-ki) shares almost the exact same basic personality traits. It's just that where a bad day for Bok-soon means screaming like a crazy person and conking people on the head, a bad day for Tae-soo means brutally and violently murdering everyone in the room,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Unconventional Korean Dramas 2014/02/01,
Being a movie fan making a jump to dramas can be a daunting experience. The two are very different in many ways. From budget to tropes, from acting to directing, they are worlds apart. While there are genres even Korean films do not often touch, Korean drama is much more limited in its diversity. Sageuk, melodrama, dailies, romantic comedies, the types and formats of series are limited,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.12 - 2013.04.14 2013/04/15,
Korea's love for all things Tom Cruise proves itself once again this week as the Hollywood actor's new film "Oblivion" takes the top spot. The film is based off an unpublished graphic novel from the director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy") and Arvid Nelson. Mr. Kosiniski said that the film pays homage to the 1970s and the science fiction films of that era. 530,069 (34%) admissions were enough for the film to hold first position over 638 screenings around the country. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The sci-fi genre seems to fit Cruise's acting persona well and the thousands of Korean cinephiles that came out over the weekend to see him in action would not disagree,...More
[Hancinema's Box Office Review] 2013.03.22 ~ 2013.03.24 2013/03/25, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.03.08 ~ 2013.03.10)Roh Deok debut film "Very Ordinary Couple" landed in first place with 538,875 (31.9%) this past weekend. Roh's romantic melodrama draws on her own personal experiences of life and love in what is expected to be a fresh take on the Korea's romance genre. The film stars Lee Min-ki ("Spellbound") and Kim Min-hee ("Helpless") as they battle the probability of getting back together after their breakup. In addition to Roh Deok first effort, this past week also saw the release of number of new films that managed to keep things interesting during this period of relatively low admissions,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Spellbound": Overcome your Fears one Date at a Time... 2012/12/01, Film:"Spellbound"Director:Hwang In-hoStars:Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-ki, Park Cheol-min & Kim Hyeon-sookReview Score: 3.5 / 5
Also Try: "Love Fiction", "You Pet" or "Penny Pinchers"
Hwang In-ho's 2011 romantic comedy "Spellbound" (Formerly known as "Chilling Romance" on HanCinema) had a tough time when it was released late last year. This quirky, and curiously attractive, little romantic comedy had to wrestle the likes of "Mission Impossible 4", which claimed more the 7.5 million admissions during its marathon run at the box office. Credit then has to be given to Hwang's playful and quaint twist on the romantic comedy genre and the film's ability to convince more than 3 million people in Korea that it was worth the price of admission.
Like any memorable love story worth renting, "Spellbound" comes down to science, specifically chemistry and, here, a twist of physics. Son Ye-jin plays the nervous and introverted Yeo-ri, who just so happens to be a living in a nexus between our world and the next. Ghosts often haunt her as well as those around her, forcing her into a loveless self-seclusion,...More
K-drama leads 'hallyu' 2012/08/21, Source, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, top right, embraces his onscreen love interest Han Ga-in in a scene from "The Sun and the Moon" ,a popular MBC drama. / Courtesy of Pan Entertainment
This is the 10th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwon Mee-yoo, Rachel Lee A variety of soap operas, from trendy shows to epic series, grace the small screen from morning till night. The popularity of Korean TV dramas has spilled over the nation's borders since the late 1990s, igniting "hallyu", or the Korean wave,...More
Lee Min-ki in "Only You - 2012" 2012/06/07, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ki is attempting at another mellow movie this time.
He is currently negotiating detailed terms with movie "Only You - 2012". This movie is about the mingled feelings of love between a robber and a policeman,...More
10th NEW YORK KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYKFF) @ BAM Rose Cinema 2012/02/08, Source, Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26
The Korea Society presents the 10th New York Korean Film Festival with new releases showcasing the popular and prolific in Korean film. In cooperation with partners BAM Cinématek and CJ Entertainment, this 10th festival features blockbusters, cutting-edge action, drama, and comedy at BAM Rose Cinema.
New York Korean Film Festival will present the following films,...More
Drama made to promote struggling singers 2012/01/30, Source,
Acting is a serious endeavor that doesn't just come with good looks. It definitely isn't a default occupation for those who didn't make it as singers. Yet producers of "Shut Up: Flower Boy Band", a new drama on tvN about rebellious rock star wannabes, seem to think otherwise.
The 16-episode series that starts airing at 11 p.m. today tells the story of six middle school students who form a rock band called "Ahn-gu-jeong-wha", which translates to eye candy,...More
Lee Min-ki: 'I Would Like to Come Closer to My Fans' 2011/12/05, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ki held a fan meeting in Japan, and he had a conversation with his fans while holding a live performance during the fan meeting.
Lee Min-ki, who has been spotlighted as a character actor up to now, held his fan meeting entitled "Minki's Forest" at Omiya Sonic City Hall in Saitama, Japan on December 4. He presented a short video containing the edited images of his movies "Quick" (directed by Jo Beom-goo) and "Spellbound" (directed by Hwang In-ho) and shared his recent stories. In addition, he explained his first photo album with nine different themes including rock, romance, and memory by saying, "I wanted to leave my appearance in my twenties and I wanted to contain my thoughts and my present time in the photo album",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.02 ~ 2011.12.04 2011/12/04, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.02 ~ 2011.12.04)
The holiday season is in full swing here in Korea and the numbers for December's first week are in. With a healthy 482,384 admissions, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is standing tall as fans of the popular series gather to get their latest fix of the vampire and werewolf action. It's probably not going to win any Oscars but its popularity cannot be denied as the series marches forward,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2011/12/02, Source, Two teenage boys are bewildered and on the verge of panic. They look horrified. What's going on here
[Interview : Lee Hu-rim, Audience member] "I don't think it's right to drop the problems all on teenagers".
[Interview : Song Jae-yeong, Audience member] "I hope he doesn't call the police".
[Interview : Oh Jong-u, Audience member] "I hope he can try to understand everything, since he's still young",...More
Son Ye-jin: 'I Do Not Like Similar Appearance' 2011/11/28, Source,
Actress Son Ye-jin, who will play the female protagonist named Kang Ye Ri in the movie "Spellbound", said, "I would like to act after abandoning myself. I am more attracted to new genre, new character and new story. I think that when I can enjoy, the audience can enjoy. I hate my similar facial expressions. I want to break the boundary of my acting"
Son Ye-jin has appeared in the movie at least once a year since she appeared in the movie "Lover's Concerto" in 2002 when she was in her early twenties. She usually appears in melodrama and romantic comedy movies such as "April Snow" (2005, directed by Heo Jin-ho) and "Crazy First Love" (2003). "Spellbound" (directed by Hwang In-ho) that will be released on December 1 is not so much different from her previous works, but it has difference of adding an atmosphere of horror in the movie,...More
Romance lost between spooks and laughs 2011/11/24, Source, Son Ye-jin, front, and Lee Min-ki appear in a scene from the horror romantic comedy "Spellbound". / Courtesy of CJ Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
It starts out promising: a young man falls for a beautiful woman, who turns out to not only be able to see ghosts but causes them to haunt those around her. Creepy lost souls keep interrupting the consummation of what should have been a heart fluttering rather than heart attack-inducing first kiss,...More
Drama of the week Really Really Like You 2011/10/27, Source,
Drama of the week Really Really Like You (2006) Directed by Kim Jin-man Written by Bae Yoo-mi Network : MBC With Yoo Jin, Ryoo Jin, Lee Min-ki, Yoon Seung-won, Yoo Tae-joon, Yoon Ji-hoo,... 34 episodes - Sat, Sun 19:50 Synopsis There's no 'nobody'. Everybody is once an important person to somebody. The Life Story of Beautiful-minded People; 'The true meaning and hope of life can be learned from ordinary people'. What makes Love Truly different from other stories is its characters; those who work in the Blue House (Korean presidential residence). This drama introduces the viewers the place considered mysterious and tabooed in TV dramas. It also features the people working inside the most unknown place in the country,...More
"Quick" is Speeding Its Way to the United States and Canada! +Win FREE Tickets! 2011/08/12, Source, "Quick" redefines the Korean blockbuster and blasts away the summer heat! The speed maniac and motorcycle messenger Gi-su receives a mysterious call when he is about to take Arom, his ex-girlfriend and a member of a girl band, to a live broadcast. Suddenly, a mysterious voice on the phone warns that there is a bomb wire to Arom's helmet and that a package must be delivered to a designated address within 30 minutes. "Remove the helmet or fail to complete the mission and the bomb goes off". ...As the clock is ticking, the two begin a race against time to stay alive,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Quick" 2011/08/06, Jo Beom-goo's latest action comedy film "Quick" is currently occupying the number two slot in Korea's weekly box office. There was a significant amount of hype encasing the film but ultimately it's a joy ride you would struggle to recommend as well as recall.
The film's opening scene takes place on Korea's Independence Day as we follow a biker gang spreading chaos and mayhem in the streets of Seoul. The pack cruises through the city streets following their smooth leader Han Gi-soo (Lee Min-ki),...More
'Quick' offers fast, forgetful entertainment 2011/07/12, Source,
Left, Kim In-kwon, center, in a scene from "Quick". Right, Lee Min-ki and Kang Ye-won run for their lives in the film. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
Let's begin with the end.
The anticipated summer blockbuster "Quick" had Korean viewers, who can be usually seen impatiently darting toward exits before the end, glued to their seats until well after the credits stopped rolling.
It wasn't so much that it was a particularly mind-blowing experience. Certainly some 70 secondhand cars and 30 motorcycles were sacrificed for a string of blast scenes, but it was because filmmakers decided to show how much pain the stuntmen and women had to endure for the project,...More
Film director Yoon goes from humor to high tech in approach 2011/06/28, Source,
The Seoul district of Chungmuro, which is dubbed Korea`s Hollywood, has had a moviemaker showcase two blockbusters budgeted at 10 billion won (9.2 million U.S. dollars) each two weeks apart in an unprecedented move. To save time, director Yoon Je-kyoon a Dong-A Ilbo reporter to hold an interview in a car on his way from Seoul`s Yeouido district to his office in the city`s Gangnam area. With the 2009 blockbuster "Haeundae", Yoon joined the ranks of directors who have attracted more than 10 million viewers for one film. The reporter poked at him by saying the director had a trace of "ssammai", or Japanese movie jargon referring to a third-rate movie, in "My Boss, My Hero" (2001), and "Sex Is Zero" (2002), two films that were full of dirty jokes,...More
'Quick' promises fastest Korean blockbuster ever 2011/06/21, Source,
From left, actors Lee Min-ki, Kang Ye-won, Kim In-kwon and director Jo Beom-goo pose at a promotional event for their new movie "Quick" at CGV Apgujeong, southern Seoul, Monday. / Yonhap
By Kwaak Je-yup
You've seen them on the streets of Seoul. They zip past your car, driving in the narrowest of spaces with the most unimaginable speed. These "quick service" delivery motorcycles, the most frightening presence on the road, are about to make their deadliest turn yet in a new blockbuster,...More
One of the best ways to enjoy the festivity of the year-end would be watching a great movie with friends and family with buckets full of popcorn. Here are some of the movies, both local and from Hollywood, that will catch the eyes of movie-lovers during the holida,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Stars show up at Lee Eon's funeral 2008/08/23, Source, Many stars who have worked with him in dramas have showed up at the funeral on his way to be burried. Fans and coworkers show much sadness at this tragic event.
Lee Eon has been in a motorcycle accident on the 21st and did not survive it. He was only 27 years old. This tragedy is talked about everywhere.,...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source, Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
"Dalja's Spring" Off to Good Start 2007/01/04, Source, KBS 2TV's new drama "Dalja's Spring" has been receiving positive responses since its first episode was aired on Wednesday. The comic melodrama revolves around the life of a 33-year-old single woman, Oh Dal-ja, to show the reality she,...More
Modern Love 2006/12/21, Source, I interviewed Chae Rim , who is returning to TV after her divorce from singer Lee Seung-hwan in March, at the new drama press conference held at 63,...More
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My vote is for Dal-ja's Spring, when they ducked into the allyway and they we're standing all close ^_^ I had to go lie down, he was so hot! If I could do a movie with any actor, it would definatly be him, I know my Justin would forgive me for enjoying any romance scenes too much... *Sigh*
min gi oppa i really really really LOVE u& your drama.
dont everyone ?? xD
u are so kyute^hot^sweet^funny. even in xman.
haha so funny.and ur singing is just fine^good xD
so just hope u'll hv a wonderful life.
tk care xxx.
I just thought that his acting skills are great... he can make you laugh and cry... he's game aint boring... he's looks are definitely not boring.. charming and cute... he'll be the next big thing in korea...
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