[HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "The Chaser" 2013/11/09, In the Spotlight this Week:"The Chaser" by Na Hong-jin
In 2005, self-confessed cannibal and serial killer Yoo Young-chul was sentenced to death for twenty counts of murder by the Seoul Central District Court. His victims included mostly prostitutes and the wealthy, stating, in front of the cameras, that: "Women shouldn't be sluts, and the rich should know what they've done". Three years after his sentences was carried out, Na Hong-jin made his directing debut with the intense and disturbing "The Chaser", a psychological thriller that drew inspiration from Yoo's grizzly and blood-soaked story and remains one of the most gripping and spell-binding entries into the genre. Over five million local filmgoers gorged themselves on Na's terrifying cinematic imagining at the time, and it wasn't just the real-world horrors that lured them in. The film employed the prestigious acting talents of both Ha Jeong-woo ("The Terror Live", "The Berlin File") and Kim Yoon-seok ("Hwayi : A Monster Boy", "Haemoo"), both of whom were recalled by Na for his sophomore feature "The Yellow Sea" in 2010. These two silver screen stars at the heart of Na's urban thriller, bringing to life Na's cruel and unusual collision of an ex-cop pimp and his cannibalistic counter,...More
(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
Interview with Fox International Production Creative Executive Paul HUH 2012/03/06, Source,
Will this be a source of new energy for the Korean film industry, or a new era in which it will have to compete with Hollywood's studio system in making Korean-language films? Fox International Production (FIP), part of the 20th Century Fox Entertainment group, has declared it is officially entering the Korean film production market. FIP was established in 2008 to invest in, produce and distribute local language films in major territories around the world. Simply put, this means that a major Hollywood film company will be making Korean-language films in Korea. Dohoon KIM met with FIP's Korean Creative Executive Paul HUH to talk about their plans. After studying finance in New York, Huh started working in the Korean film industry first at MK Pictures's international sales team and later became a producer,...More
CINEMA ON THE PARK Season 2 Announced! 2012/01/22, Source,
The Korean Cultural Office in Sydney has just announced another exciting Season of Cinema on the Park, the film night that delighted audiences in 2011 will return once again in 2012. A surprise hit with more than 1,000 people attending, Thursday nights are now etched firmly on the Sydney cinema calendar as Korean night and will see 21 feature films and 14 guest speakers in the first half of the year alone, surely enough to satisfy anyone's appetite for Korean cinema!,...More
Cinemart selects JANG Cheol-soo's Service for People 2011/12/26, Source,
The Rotterdam film festival's co-production market CineMart has selected Korean director Jang Cheol-soo's "Service for People" (인민을 위해 복무하라) project for its upcoming 29th edition. CineMart ultimately chose a total of 36 projects from 465 entries. The finalists will be presented to 850 potential co-financiers, Jan. 29 – Feb 1.
Director Jang Cheol-soo made his feature debut with the much-lauded thriller "Bedevilled" in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week. The film won the Puchon Choice Award at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) as well as the Audience Award and the Best Actress Award at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas,...More
The Front Line wins big at Korean Critics Awards 2011/11/14, Source,
Director JANG Hun's "The Front Line" was the big winner at the 31st Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards. The ceremony was held at the Seoul Press Center on the evening of Friday, Nov. 11.
South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film nominations, The Front Line snapped up a total of four KAFC awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best New Actor,...More
Festivals News 2011/10/06, Source, Tokyo IFF invites "Sector 7" and five other Korean films 3D sea creature film Sector 7 will have a Special Screening while KONG Quee-hyun's mystery "U.F.O". and Na Hong-jin's thriller The Yellow Sea will be in the Winds of Asia section. A restoration of master filmmaker Kim Ki-young's 1961 "Hyeon-hae-tan Knows" (a.k.a. "The Sea Knows") will have a screening in the Discovering Asian Cinema: Film History á La Carte section. One Shining Day and Two Rabbits in Osaka will both screen in the SUGINO Kiki: Muse of the Asian Indie Cinema section,...More
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival to sail with "The Yellow Sea" 2011/07/07, Source,
One of the world's leading genre film festivals, the 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia has made an early selection announcement which includes Korean director Na Hong-jin's action thriller "The Yellow Sea".
The Sitges festival previously screened Na's debut feature The Chaser in 2008. The serial killer thriller was a much-lauded film that made Na's second feature, "The Yellow Sea "(a.k.a. The Murderer), one of the most highly anticipated films of 2010,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Revenge: Korean Style! 2011/06/11,
Alfred Hitchcock once said "Revenge is sweet and not fattening", a stance shared in Korea as the suspense thriller genre has become synonymous with their film industry.
Along with the melodrama, revenge films and themes have become all too easy to identify in some of the most famous films to come out of Korea in the last ten years. This apparent sweet tooth has indeed been affected by Korea's turbulent socio-political history and perhaps a social consciousness persists that past injustices have not been adequately addressed both globally and locally,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
Korean Film Night lights up Cannes 2011/05/18, Source, by KOFIC
The Korean Film Council in joint with the Busan International Film Festival, Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism opened a "Korean Film Night" on May 16 at 9pm during the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
The three-hour event was much more vibrant than previous years, with a total 540 guests including directors, actors, programmers of major international film festivals and film distributors, including director Bong Joon-ho, the president of Camera d'Or jury and director Lee Chang-dong, the co-president of Critic's Week jury at Cannes this year,...More
Bong Joon-ho, appointed judge for Cannes, Golden Camera Award 2011/04/07, Source,
Director Bong Joon-ho has been appointed as a judge for the Golden Camera Award at the Cannes Movie Festival.
The movie executive office revealed on the 7th that director Bong was chosen to be the judge for the Golden Camera Award category at the 64th Cannes International Movie Festival. The Golden Camera Award goes to a rookie director for a feature film amongst the couple invited to the Awards this year.,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jeong-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Yoon Yeo-jeong, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
Korean Movies market share 70%, why? 2011/02/14, Source,
Comedy, thriller and human...it's the fun of choosing!
The start is good. According to the Korean Film Commission Movie Theater Tickets Computer Network, the customer share for Korean movies is 66.8%. That means 2 out of 3 people chose to watch Korean movies. This is thanks to the fact that there are varieties of movies to choose from.,...More
Cinema rides yuletide wave 2010/12/27, Source,
A scene from the new thriller "The Yellow Sea"
By Lee Hyo-won
Thousands of movie-goers filled theaters across the country last weekend for a rather noir Christmas treat, to see the dark thriller "The Yellow Sea" instead of the much anticipated, latest Harry Potter film.
The film featuring the hit-making cast and crew of "The Chaser" - director Na Hong-jin and acting duo Ha Jeong-woo and Kim Yoon-seok - hit the 1 million audience mark as of Monday after a five-day run in theaters since opening Dec. 22. Despite being limited to viewers aged 18 and over, it sold a whopping number of,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2010/12/23, Source, Christmas is a time of fluttering hearts! For those who are planning to spend this year's Christmas with someone they love, these great performances will surely catch the eye.
[REVIEW] "The Yellow Sea" 2010/12/22, Source,
A scene from the film "The Yellow Sea"
Goo-nam (Ha Jeong-woo) is heavy in debt yet he can't get his hands off mah-jong. He is then approached by Myun-ga (Kim Yoon-seok) who tells him he can start everything anew if he does her the favor of killing a certain person in Seoul. So that is how he takes off from Yanbian to the capital city of Korea, all to just accomplish that task. Meanwhile Tae-won (Jo Seong-ha) feels uneasy over the murder he requested as it did not end quite as clean-cut as he expected,...More
Ha Jeong-woo's paintings shown at Seoul art fair 2010/04/27, Source,
Painting by Korean actor Ha Jeong-woo [Seoul Open Art Fair]
Korean actor Ha Jeong-woo is currently showing three of his paintings at the Seoul Open Art Fair 2010 (SOAF), the biggest art event in Korea.
The actor, who held his first individual art exhibition last month, is featured in a special exhibit titled "With ☆ Invitation" along with several Korean celebrities such as actors Eom Tae-woong, Ko Ah-seong, pop artist Nancy Lang and singer Bbaek Ga of K-pop group Koyote,...More
HAF selects two Korean projects 2010/03/12, Source, The eighth edition of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) 2010 has selected two Korean projects among 25 Asian projects for its upcoming edition, March 22 24. Award-winning auteur Lee Yoon-ki and commercially successful director JE,...More
Na Hong-jin pic "The Yellow Sea" signs investment deal with Fox 2010/01/19, Source, "The Yellow Sea" director Na Hong-jin
Korean film "The Yellow Sea" has signed on major Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox as one of its co-investors, according to the film's distributor Showbox Mediaplex Co. on Tuesday.
Showbox announced in a press release that the Na Hong-jin helmed pic -- which already has Korean entertainment agency Wellmade Star M as its main investor -- will receive additional funding from Fox, making "The Yellow Sea" the first Korean movie to receive direct investment from the Hollywood studio.
The new business partnership, Showbox explained, will further expand into diverse business opportunities. Fox -- which is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation -- will reportedly take part in producing sequels and remakes of the film. In case of a Hollywood remake, Na will be contractually guaranteed to direct the film with original Korean producer Popcorn Films on board as well.,...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
Korean Hits on U.S. International Watch List 2008/12/31, Source, Two of South Korea's top box office winners for 2008 have made it into the International Watch List, a survey of the American film industry's favorite foreign films from the past year. The list is put together based on votes from over 50 US film executives. Director,...More
Korean directors picked actor Ha Jeong-woo and actress Kong Hyo-jin as the Best Actor and Best Actress for the 11th Director's CUT Awards 2008.,...More
2008 packed surprises 2008/12/11, Source, Data released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on December 2, revealed a number of modest budgeted films in the top five of most successful films in 2008. However, the list is lead by the big budget blockbuster ",...More
Korea Film Awards Honor Year's Bests 2008/12/04, Source, The 7th Korea Film Awards honored the year's top filmmakers Thursday night. In a ceremony held at Sejong Cultural Center and aired on MBC this year's hit "The Chaser" came away with the most number of awards. A chilling story about a merci,...More
PiFan adventure closes with prizes 2008/08/01, Source, The 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) came to a close Sunday Jul. 27 after a thrilling 10-day run. This year's fest brought 1978 official guests to the city of Bucheon, a record number for PiFan, helped along by the addition of its first project market called Network of Asian,...More
Korean Films at the 12th PiFan 2008/07/18, Source, The 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off this July 18 27 with the biggest line-up of genre films in Asia. Best of all are the return of high-profile Korean films to the fest and a warmer interaction with the local film industry after setbacks in previous years. KOF,...More
Every summer, Bucheon, the small city sandwiched between Seoul and Incheon, turns into Asia's ultimate paradise for fantastic cinema. From July 18 to 27, the 12th Puchon (Bucheon) International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) invites 205 fantasy flicks from 35 coun,...More
South Korea's esteemed 45th Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Festival held in southern Seoul, showcased the latest local box office trends, with its stronghold of original thrillers, stylistic period pieces and experimental projects. While superstars grabbed the limelight,...More
With five titles screening in various sections of the festival including Kim Jee-woon's ",...More
Five Korean films join Cannes fest 2008/05/15, Source, The 61st Cannes Film Festival has kicked off with fanfare, spicing up the festive mood for moviegoers all around the world. The ebullient mood remains largely the same here in Korea, but one thing is palpably different: There's no chance for a Korean movie or actor grabbing an award in the competiti,...More
The world's premier film event, Festival de Cannes, will open for the 61st time May 14-25 in the southern French port city. While there are no Korean entrees this yea,...More
The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Sparkles with Stars 2008/04/24, Source, Korean TV and film stars gathered together for The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Thursday evening in Seoul. The Awards honors filmmakers, TV actors and actresses, producers and programs that made distinguishing marks in the field of visual media arts.
In the film category, the grand prize went to More
Not another serial killer story ― and for St. Valentine's Day? You've got to be kidding. But,...More
11th PiFan Wraps With Awards 2007/07/20, Source, The 11th Puchon International Film Festival drew to a close Thursday, after a successful 9-day run. Curtains closed with Indonesian director Joko ANWAR's Kala, a noir-ish crime thriller that was a huge hit in its homeland. PiFan's top prize, the Puchon Choice Best Film award went to Thai psycholog,...More
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