[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Grand Heist": Catch it When you Can! 2013/01/12, Film: "The Grand Heist"" 바람과 함께 사라지다 (Ba-lam-gwa Ham-gge Sa-ra-ji-da)
Director: Kim Joo-hoStars:Cha Tae-hyeon, Oh Ji-ho, Min Hyo-rin & Lee Chae-yeongReview Score: 4 / 5
Kim Joo-ho's first major feature "The Grand Heist" came into the charts last year when "The Thieves" had just hit its stride. Despite coming up against the likes Choi Dong-hoon's record-breaking hit, along with a few other money-makers both foreign and domestic, the film pulled together 4,909,937 admissions without ever being number one. That's a tally worthy of forth place in the list of highest grossing Korea films of 2012. A list led by "The Thieves" (12,983,182), followed by "Masquerade" (12,319,390), and that places Kim's heist flick almost two million behind "A Werewolf Boy" (6,654,390).
The film is set during Korea's favoured Chosun period, and here the royal family have control over the production and distribution of ice. In Kim's telling ice becomes a highly sought-after commodity that represents the indulgence and decadence of the rich and powerful, as well as the hopes and needs of the weak and in need. Jo Myung-soo, a royal nobleman played by Nam Kyeong-eup, decides to put in motion plans that would give him exclusive rights and power of the ice trade. However, to do this he needs to take care of the resourceful and reckless Deok-moo (Cha Tae-hyeon), and his dutiful father, as well Dong-soo (Oh Ji-ho), a skilled and incorruptible public office who watches over the ice warehouse and its workers,...More
Min Hyo-rin wins suit against cosmetic surgeon 2012/10/25, Source, Min Hyo-rin has won a law suit against a cosmetic surgeon who used her name in an advertisement to draw business. The court sided with Min and slapped a 3 million won ($2,724) fine on the surgeon after Min claimed that the doctor's use of her name "resulted in financial losses" for the star. Originally Min asked for 8 million won as compensation, but the court didn't exactly see eye-to-eye with Min's reasoning,...More
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