(42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens 2012/07/04, Source,
Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
Korean and Irish film festivals team up 2012/06/01, Source,
Grainne Humphreys met with Jeon Yoon-hyung from KOFIC (left) and Lee Hyae-kyoung from WFFIS (right).
Korea was not quite like Grainne Humphreys first expected, and that's a good thing. Humphreys, the program director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) in Ireland, was introduced to Korea through cinema, particularly the films Oldboy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. "I had an expectation that it would be like a gangster film", she admitted, "but that would be like going to New York and Chicago and expecting to see the same genre. It's not like that at all",...More
'Kimchi, Drinks, and a Movie' Celebrates Korean Film and Food in DC 2012/04/25, Source,
Ambassador Choi Young-jin, acclaimed Korean director Na Hong-jin, and nearly 400 members of the public gathered at the Freer Gallery of Art to celebrate the screening of Na's film "The Chaser" during the Korean Film Festival DC on Friday, April 20.
"We are gathered here as friends of Korea, but also as friends of arts and film", said Ambassador Choi in his remarks before the film. "In that respect, you are witnessing the coming of age of the Republic of Korea",...More
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