(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
'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
Kimchi, Drinks, and a Movie with Na Hong-jin 2012/04/04, Source,
Join director Na Hong-jin for a special Korean wine and appetizer reception before the screening of his blockbuster film "The Chaser" during the Korean Film Festival DC!
Hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, Kimchi, Drinks, and a Movie will welcome Na to Washington DC in style: enjoy Korean makgeolli rice wine and savory jeon pancakes while mingling with the director, immersed in the culture and elegance of the Smithsonian's Freer Galley of Art,...More
Korean Film Festival DC Marks 8th Year with Film, Video Art, and Director Na Hong-jin 2012/03/14, Source,
The Korean Film Festival DC, one of the largest showcases of Korean cinema in the United States, kicks off this week at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The 2012 edition of the festival, running throughout March, April, and into May, is spread over two months and combines 12 films, four video art exhibitions, two lecture events, and four post-film discussions with Korean director Na Hong-jin,...More
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