As a first-time feature film director, LEE received critical acclaim and numerous festival invites and awards with his short film “For the Peace of All Mankind” (1999). A witty and heartwarming portrayal of humanism during a life-threatening crisis, the film tells the story of a soldier set against a little girl on the enemy’s side during a war. In addition, his presentation of a street vendor who sells super glue in the short film “Super Glue” (2001) was noted for its seamless direction and comic touches
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pirates" 2014/09/08,
The main characters in "Pirates" don't follow the rules. This is the very first thing we learn about them. We're introduced to Sa-jeong (played by Kim Nam-gil) as a mess ensues from his refusing to obey orders without question. Yeo-wol (played by Son Ye-jin) is a little better about falling into line, but even she has limits. From the very beginning our leads are well-established and sympathetic as characters, even as they're obviously cutthroats who make a living through violent thievery,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.08.29 ~ 2014.08.31 2014/09/01, Lee's "Pirates" still rule the roost while "The Admiral" spies 17M…
The last few weeks have seen Korea's box office figures soar thanks to two seafaring delights: Kim Han-min's epic "Admiral" and Lee Seok-hoon's "Pirates". The last weekend of August, however, saw a slight return to normalcy as ticket sales sunk in the wake of Kim and Lee's period powerhouses coming down from their profitable reigns at the top.
Last weekend Lee's "Pirates" stole first from "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" with 951K, with Kim's naval strategist following close behind it with 802K. "Pirates" second term at the top, however, yielded just 620K (25.5%) while "The Admiral" was bumped down to third with 333K (13.7%). Together these two action attractions have amassed nearly 24M admissions and are still going around scooping up survivors as the new season is ushered in,...More
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