Min Gyoo-dong is the brother of Min Jin-soo.
MIN was educated at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. Initially starting with short films, he made his breakthrough in 1997 when he was invited to the Pusan International Film Festival with his short "Free to Fly". After directing another short film, "Pale Blue Dot" (1998), he made his successful debut as a feature-length film director with < Memento Mori > (1999), co-directed with KIM Tae-yong.
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Horror Stories 3" 2016/06/18,
Am ominous opening titles informs us that in the distant future, the world is in ruins. Cut to a space elevator, which quickly escapes the planetary surface, arriving in celestial orbit with a terrifying and beautiful view of what lies beneath. This the cinematic power of the mere framing device of "Horror Stories"- The Girl from Mars. Director Min Gyoo-dong takes the throwaway portion of an anthology and turns it into something genuinely otherworldly and creepy. And the individual stories are just as good,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.06.03 ~ 2016.06.05 2016/06/06, Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" suppresses Marvel's mutants...
Park Chan-wook's latest film, "The Handmaiden", starring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, and Ha Jeong-woo, was officially released last Wednesday and dislodged Marvel's "X-Men: Apocalypse" at the top of the pile. Last weekend the latest "X-Men" film entered the chart and occupied first place with 1.1 million admissions going its way (51%). Park's much-anticipated thriller, however, shot to the top in its first weekend out by capturing 47% of the box office pie. From 1,167 screens, and fresh after its successful run at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received favourable reviews from critics and filmgoers alike, "The Handmaiden" attracted 1.2 million admissions to top the chart during its first weekend out on home soil,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/03/12,
Lotte and Busan City create a multi-million dollar fund to help support commercial and independent films, learn more about Shin Sang-ok from the "What's Korean Cinema?" podcast, film critic and journalist Pierce Conran reviews a horror from the late 90s, and see how KOFIC is ensuring that art films get the airtime they deserve,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.19 ~ 2015.06.21 2015/06/22,
"Jurassic World" still rules, but under pressure from two new local entries... Two films (one foreign, one local) dominated at the top of the pile over the weekend. "Jurassic World" and "The Classified File" were the nation's films of choice, and together constituted over 80% of the sales with just over 2 million admissions between them. Last weekend, "Jurassic World" came and conquered, and week two for this record-breaking thrill ride saw it retain the top stop with over a million in attendance (45%). Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World" has already broken the record for the all-time opening weekend in North America, and in South Korea that support has continued as the film, the fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series, now moves onto $27M (3.4M admissions),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.12 - 2015.06.14 2015/06/15, "Jurassic World" fever hits…
Over the weekend, the globe gave Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World" the biggest opening of all time. The much-anticipated "Jurassic World" banked more than $511M worldwide, making it the first film to ever gross more than $500M in a single weekend. In South Korea, the film opened in first with 1.5M admissions (71%) going its way, adding around $16M to that gross record,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Treacherous" 2015/06/13,
The time is the early sixteenth century, and Korea is under the reign of King Yeongsan (played by Kim Kang-woo). His retainers are in a bit of an awkward position, what with King Yeongsan being a depraved maniac. The man's got delusions of being attacked by ninja assassins, personal grudges against horses, an obsession with uncomfortable nude model painting, and the occassional tendency toward violent graphic murder,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.05 ~ 2015.06.07 2015/06/08, Korean filmgoers trade dystopia for disaster as "San Andreas" disrupts…
Brad Peyton's epic disaster film "San Andreas" hit South Korea last Wednesday and now sits atop the box office. The $110M film attracted 724K admissions over 847 screens to end the first weekend of June comfortably on top with 48.3% of the box office pie going its way. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film has attracted fans locally and internationally and has already banked over $150M worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.22 ~ 2015.05.24 2015/05/25, "Mad Max" retains pole position...
The fourth film in the "Mad Max" series continued its reign atop the Korean box office, claiming additional 310K (31%) across 714 screens to move its total tally now to 1.8M ($15M). "Mad Max: Fury Road" has been peppered with praise from critics and filmgoers worldwide, and is quickly closing in on the estimated $150M it took to produce. Last weekend "Mad Max" (along with Spy) entered and dislodged Marvel's "Avengers" as the country's favourite flick; week two for George Miller's dusty dystopia saw that success continue as fans flocked to theatres to catch Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in action,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Horror Stories 2" 2013/06/14,
In "Horror Stories 2" we're treated to a small collection of horror movies. They don't really have anything to do with each other, thematically or otherwise. There's not much point getting attached to any of the characters, since relatively few of them survive beyond their original thirty-minute runtimes. And even the ones that do we never see them again. So, all that's left is to judge this movie as the sum of its parts.
The first story, The Cliff, brings horror to a rather mundane level as two friends run into trouble on a mountain. The prominent use of a Snickers bar is troublesome,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.05 ~ 2013.04.07 2013/04/08, Jo Dong-oh's action thriller "Running Man" is off to a good start as it snatched the top spot in its first weekend out. The film claimed 501,908 (30.89%) admissions over 568 screens, only just pushing outs its closest rival "G.I. Joe 2" which came close itself with 464,619 (30.49%). "Running Man" stars Sin Ha-gyoon as Cha Jong-woo, a young man who accidentally gets caught up in a murder case and soon finds himself on the run because of it. This week's chart saw a number of new entries both local and foreign, in addition to some regular faces that have made the top ten their own the last few months. But overall admissions were low, with only the top two films seeing much action in this quieter week at the movies,...More
Horror takes stage as PiFan opens 2012/07/18, Source,
A scene from "Horror Stories", opening film at PiFan 2012 / Courtesy of PiFan
Horror films used to be the staple of the summer cinema season, with local fans rushing to theaters for a chilling experience. But that trend has waned considerably. As the curtain rises on the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) today, the genre takes the limelight, thanks to the opener "Horror Stories",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.06.29 ~ 2012.07.01 2012/07/01, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.06.29~ 2012.07.01)
"The Amazing Spider-Man" has once again proven its popularity here in Korea, claiming the top spot in its first weekend with a whopping 1,421,163 admissions. Marc Webb is the director behind this Spider-Man origins reboot, as he attempts to add a slightly darker edge to what has otherwise been a candy-coated series so far. American superhero films general go down well with Korean audiences and "The Amazing Spider-Man" is no exception. Despite Mr. Webb's latest blowing away the competition, snatching a commanding 71.4%, there are still six local productions that, between them, held around 17.4% of the ticket sales for this past weekend,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.06.01 ~ 2012.06.03 2012/06/03, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.06.01 ~ 2012.06.03)
"Men in Black III" still tops the charts but had three local flicks biting at its heels, making this past weekend a close race for the top spot. The sci-fi comedy is the third film in the series and sees the return of the popular duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with Josh Brolin stepping in to share the limelight. The film added 533,134 to its admission count, putting it on 2,454,900 in just two weeks,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.05.25 ~ 2012.05.27 2012/05/27, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.05.25 ~ 2012.05.27)Min Gyoo-dong's comedy drama "Everything about my Wife" wasn't able to enjoy the number one position for very long. After claiming first position last week from Marvel's blockbuster "The Avengers", the film was once again outplayed by "Men in Black III", another hugely popular series out of the U.S. "Men in Black III" earned 1,063,774 admissions in its first weekend in Korea, marking a successful start to its efforts here in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.05.11 ~ 2012.05.13 2012/05/13, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.05.11 ~ 2012.05.13)
It was another moneymaking weekend for "The Avengers" as the crowds continued to stream in for Marvel's record-breaking blockbuster. The long awaited comic book film raked in another 995,156 admissions and now sits as the highest grossing film released in Korea for 2012 with 5,447,728 admissions. That's almost a million more than the Korean film "Nameless Gangster", which it dislodged at the top,...More
6 of the most distinguished and extraordinary movies to be expected in 2012 2012/03/22, Source,
Art theater Cinecube has carefully selected movies that are to be expected this year in 2012 and is presenting fans with a mega-exhibition called "Cinecubes Choice: Movies To Be Expected In 2012". This mega-exhibition will open on the 22nd until the 29th for 8 days with 6 movies that will brightly decorate 2012 with their significant qualities and shocking topics.
Movies with armed productions will be presented here such as; known for his previous works of art, director Min Gyoo-dong's "In My End Is My Beginning", man of issue at the last Busan International Film Festival Lee Sang-woo-IV's "Barbie", Ruslan Park's "Hanaan", Kong Quee-hyun's "U.F.O". and many other movies with various topics and original productions,...More
[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 1 2010/08/20, Source, Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"I don't know where he went. Whether he went to the countryside by himself, whether he went to meet his mother, or he might've been on his way to commit suicide". This was Kim Jae-wook's explanation of his character Hong Jae-wook from SBS TV series "Bad Man" who left alone, leaving everything behind. This man who had always been the first to take on the most 'hot' and trendy roles as proven in MBC drama "Coffee Prince" and film "Antique", always turned his back on the spotlight headed towards him. And he then showed a new side to him through "Bad Man" by playing an heir of a conglomerate who is temperamental and acts the way he pleases, yet on the inside is actually craving for affection. But despite his jobs as being a model, actor and musician, the most attractive aspect to Kim is Kim Jae-wook himself. 10Asia took a peak into the interesting world that this 27-year-old man lives in. 10: It's been about two weeks since shooting for "Bad Man" has ended. How have you been since then?Kim Jae-wook: It feels like it's been more than a month. I did nothing but sleep. I'm tired no matter how much I sleep and the fatigue won't go away,...More
Korean Master and 12 Features in Hong Kong 2009/03/06, Source, One of Korean cinema's early masters and one of the most important directors of the 60s and 70s, YU Hyun-mok, 84, will receive a retrospective at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The event, which opens March 22, will feature four of the director's finest films under the title,...More
Korean Films sell well at Berlin's EFM 2009/02/11, Source, Korean company Fine Cut as well as CJ Entertainment can both claim success at this years EFM in the Berlin Film Festival. Fine Cut leads the pack selling 11 films alone to one company, Scandinavia's Non Stop Television. It also sold gay themed,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Lee Si-yeong in a new film! 2009/02/08, Source, New rising actress, Lee Si-yeong will be the main character for the new omnibus film, "Five Senses of Eros".
It is about 5 different characters who have different personalities and traits and share their most intimate lives.
Lee is one of the female high school students who takes on a challenge in a game of changing their boyfriend or girlfriend.
It would be only for a day that these 3 couples would change their partners which reveal,...More
Based on a bestselling manga of the same title, the film will be shown o,...More
Berlinale Invites Seven Korean Films 2009/01/23, Source, A total of seven Korean films are selected to screen at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, running February 5 -15 in the German capital. Korean films will dominate this year's Forum section. The sidebar consists of five Korean titles: ",...More
KOFIC names recipients of subtitle support fund 2006/09/05, Source, The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the second round of its 2006 Subtitle Translation and Print Production support program. Seven feature films and three short films were selected out of 18 total submissions (15 feature films, 3 short films).
UDINE, Italy ㅡ With 13 recent films mostly unreeled in their international and European premiere, Korean cinema is once again under media spotlight at the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) taking place in Udine, a North East Italian city.
Seven Korean Films to Air on American Cable 2006/03/09, Source, Seven Korean films, including "Old Boy" and "Samaria", will be shown on the Sundance Movie Channel, an American cable TV network.
Kim Jee-suk, programmer of the Pusan International Film Festival, recently stated, "SunDance Movie Channel, a leading movie cable channel in the United States, has bough,...More
"Let's make a Korean version of 'Love Actually. What sort of love stories should we bring together? Wouldn't it be fun to have a man and a woman who are mutual enemies end up falling in love? Since the economy is so bad these days, a story about a couple keeping,...More
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