[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2016/01/30,
Check out what one of Korea's cutest stores has to offer, Vogue looks at Bae Doona's success on and offscreen, there are rehabilitation camps in Korea for those battling internet addiction, and get an insiders take on Korea's work culture,...More
Ha Jeong-woo Says He Can't Keep Away from Painting 2016/01/29, Source,
Actor Ha Jeong-woo has been holding an exhibition of his paintings at a gallery in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul since last week. The exhibition, which runs until the end of this month, displays his latest works including some 50 drawings he sketched while staying in Hawaii in October and November last year. At his previous exhibition in Los Angles in February last year, he said he wouldn't have time to paint for a while, because he would be busy working on films for the next three years,...More
[France] Seoul Hypnotique, Cycle de Cinema Coreen au Forum des images a Paris 2015/09/12, Source,
Du 15 septembre au 1 novembre 2015
Des pionniers d'hier à la génération d'aujourd'hui, Séoul hypnotique reflète, à travers près de 80 films inédits ou rarement présentés en France, une cinématographie entre tradition et modernité, entre Asie et Occident. Films intimistes et films de genre, mélodrames et thrillers percutants : le cinéma coréen n'a pas fini de nous surprendre !,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2015/08/30,
Find out what South Korean film made Taste of Cinema's list of "metaphysical films", BIFF 2015 announces its 2015 lineup, R-rated directorial debut has the makings of a cult hit, and learn about modern South Korean cinema with Jinhee Choi's "The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs",...More
[HanCinema's Videography] "King of Pigs": Violence 2015/07/19,
There are many ways to comment on and cite literature, but moving images are harder to handled and quote. The history of cinematic thinking has long been tied to the shadow of literary concerns, taking its terms, theories and filtering them through audiovisual cues back to typographical symbols. Is there a way to articulate the themes, motifs, moments and magic found within films without relying on the power of the written word?,...More
Korean Wins Golden Bear for Best Short Film 2015/02/17, Source,
Na Young-kil shows off his Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. /AP-Newsis
Na Young-kil won the Golden Bear for the best short film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. He won for "Hosanna", his graduation project at the Korea National University of Arts,...More
Park Chan-wook Makes Short Film for Zegna 2014/10/25, Source,
The 20-minute short film "A Rose Reborn" directed by Park Chan-wook was unveiled at the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Fashion Week on Wednesday. The film, having three episodes plus the finale, is a global collaboration between Park and the Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna. British actor Jack Huston and California-born Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu starred in the film, wearing costumes made by the luxury label,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Hide and Seek": A lost and lacklustre lemming. 2014/05/10, In the Spotlight this Week:Huh Jung's "Hide and Seek"...
2013 was an epically successful year for Korean cinema. Box office admissions skyrocketed, top-tier directors like Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, and Kim Jee-woon made their 'English-language' debuts, a number of indie films and animations received praise, and there were a few notable newcomers that made their mark. Among the successful debutants was Huh Jung with his low-budget thriller "Hide and Seek"; an atmospheric entry that attracted over 5.6 million filmgoers during its five-week run in the top ten, and also scored its writer/director the Best New Director honour at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. Impressive accolades, to be sure, but did Jung's opening really find what it was looking for?,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Thirst": A Vampiric Delight 2014/05/03, In the Spotlight this Week: Park Chan-wook's "Thirst"...
In recent times supernatural/mythological beings have infested the public's consciousness. Studly werewolves and sparkling vampires have flickered past our eyes in various formats and flavours, over-sexualised pulp fiction that has sandblasted the original terror in favour of teenage wet dreams and candy-coated characters. Park Chan-wook's "Thirst", however, is not a combobulation of kitsch clichés or pop cultural pleasures, but a compelling examination into psychosexual desire, body horror, and blood-lots and lots of blood,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" 2014/04/12, A selection of shots from Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK"...
It was not one of Park's most profitable, but "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" possesses an invigorating type of magic only this master could muster. It tells the tale of a troubled young girl (Yeong-goon played by Im Soo-jeong) who is recently admitted to a mental institution after nearly electrocuting herself to death. There she serendipitously stumbles into an odd relationship with an anti-social schizophrenic (Rain as Il-soon) obsessed with oral hygiene and thievery, and shares with him her secret of being cyborg. The film is padded with magical-realism, lovable characters, attractive compositions, and at its core is a heart-warming story of the love we'd all like to get lost in/struck by. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Snowpiercer": Dreaming of a Wicked Wonderland 2014/04/05, In the Spotlight this Week: Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer"...
2013 was a frantic and fascinating year for Korean cinema. In addition to the recording-breaking figures the domestic box office reported, it was a year that saw three of Korea's top directing talents venture into English-language films. First it was Kim Jee-woon that enticed Arnold Schwarzenegger to get back to bullets in "The Last Stand", Park Chan-wook took Wentworth Miller's sizzling debut script and summoned "Stoker", and then Bong Joon-ho adapted the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" and ran with it all the way to the bank. The results were three highly polished and enticing features that displayed the cinematic craftsmanship of three of Korea's most progressive and celebrated moviemakers. Within this talented trio, however, it was Bong Joon-ho's futuristic extravaganza "Snowpiercer" that gathered the most momentum, attracting more than 9.3 million viewers to its epically fantastical imagining of a not-so-distance dystopia,...More
Korean Indie Flick Sweeps Awards at French Film Festival 2014/03/12, Source,
Director Lee Su-jin hoists his trophy after receiving the jury prize award at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France on Monday. /Courtesy of Movie Collage
Director Lee Su-jin's "Han Gong-ju" picked up three prestigious prizes at the recently ended Deauville Asian Film Festival in France.
It won the jury prize, popular choice and international critique awards at the event, which ran from Wednesday to Sunday, the film's distributor Movie Collage said on Monday,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Spike Lee's "Oldboy" (2013) 2014/03/01, A selection of shots from Spike Lee's "Oldboy" (2013):
When news broke that Spike Lee was to direct a remake of Park Chan-wook's award-winning classic "Old Boy" many were skeptical as to the why, exactly, a remake was even considered. Lee's version hit theatres last year and struggled, ultimately grossing just a fraction of its $30 million budget and recieved poor reviews across the board. The film pays homage to Park's version in a number of interesting ways, and also contains a number slight tweaks on Park's 2003 film to keep things interesting. Still, fans have been dismissive of Lee's attempt to stand atop the titanic shoulders of Korea's unmissable masterpiece. Take a look, judge for yourself, and enjoy! [spoiler],...More
Filmmaker Brothers Assemble Bittersweet Homage to Seoul 2014/02/23, Source, Park Chan-kyong (left) and Park Chan-wook
If a city is like food, what could Seoul taste like? To film director brothers Park Chan-wook and Chan-kyong, Seoul is bittersweet. Out of 11,852 video clips of Seoul, the brothers chose 154 cuts and edited them into a 65-minute film promoting the city. The Seoul Metropolitan Government called for video images of Seoul for 100 days from Aug. 20 to Nov. 25 last year, and 6,523 video clips were submitted by Koreans and 5,329 by foreigners. The resulting montage the Park brothers edited and created was unveiled on YouTube last week,...More
[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 5 2014/01/25, In this Episode: Pierce has a chat withfilm critic Jason Bechervaise about six period films coming in 2014…
KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry.
In episode 5 Pierce has Korean film critic, journalist and academic Jason Bechervaise in studio to discuss the host of period films coming our way in 2014,...More
[Guest Post] Old Boy: How Korean Cinema has Begun to Influence Hollywood 2014/01/24,
Mainstream Hollywood movie making is constantly reinventing itself. With influences ebbing and flowing, certain styles become apparent to the wider attention of the industry before being assimilated into the greater cinematic language of box office film making. Following a fairly familiar pattern, this cycle appears to have moved towards Korean cinema, and a growing influence is starting to become apparent. With Korean films and directors receiving wider distribution deals, being hired to direct American films and having their own films remade for an American audience, the Korean film industry's ability to affect and influence the wider world of cinema is increasing. Perhaps the most interesting manner in which to examine this growing influence is the parallel between the Korean film industry and the Blaxploitation cinema of the 1980s,...More
[HanCinema's Classics] "Woman of Fire" (1971): Infestations of the Heart and Home 2014/01/10,
Riddled with rats, reds, and psychosexual perversions, Kim Ki-young's "Woman of Fire" (1971) is disturbing classic of note. If home is where the heart is, the castle from which a man rules, then untested kings beware; for no walls are higher enough and no moat too toxic to prevent Kim's black-blooded and blackmailing femme fatales from scurrying in and chewing on the phallic foundations.
"Woman of Fire" is the second motion picture in Kim Ki-young's 'housemaid trilogy', an adulterous series of misfortunate sexapades that started with Kim's masterly "The Housemaid - 1960", was further fuelled by "Woman of Fire", and rekindled once more with "Woman of Fire '82" (1982). These incendiary time capsules are all variants and remakes of the same disastrous domestic scenario, celluloided celebrations of fantastical femme fatales that enter Korea's strawman's mansions and gnaw at the hibernating hamartia that resides. In these Trojan tropes, corruptible morality is explored through psychosexual themes of fantasy and desire, threats to the hearth brought about by the welcoming of a dormant sexual reactor into the nuclear family,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" 2013/11/16, In the Spotlight this Week: "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" by Park Chan-wook
Revenge is a deeply personal affliction, a stubborn demon that relentlessly haunts and hinders until it is suitably exorcised from our fleshly casings. Usually such a drive has just one corrupted driver, a single soul who sets out to rebalance the scales against those who infected their world. In Park Chan-wook's award-winning "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005), that model of revenge was given an edgy feminine salting as Park mused over mob justice in the most intimate fashion imaginable. The film forms the final bloody act in Park's, critically acclaimed and labelled, 'Vengeance Trilogy'. It's a gut-wrenching cinematic series of revengeful events that pushed the boundaries of the thriller genre – the unofficial pirate ship of modern Korean cinema,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Stoker" and the Bloodline Boiling Point 2013/08/17, In the Spotlight this Week: "Stoker" (2013) by Park Chan-wook...
Earlier this year we saw Kim Jee-woon shoot Arnold in the desert in "The Last Stand", an outsourced mercy killing that was so self-reflexive it was virtually suicide. Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has only been out in Korea for a couple weeks now, but already it is in the black and has the international community drooling in anticipation. In the spotlight this week, however, is Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" – a sharply crafted psychological thriller that hates the smell of pastiche on its clothes, and prefers not to leave the house if at all possible. If these three English-language debuts were family, Park's creation would be a disturbing and twitchy introvert, the bad-blooded black sheep that keeps little secrets and sins silently. Made with less than a third of the budget its contemporaries enjoyed, "Stoker" is a modestly priced masterpiece that runs disturbingly deep,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Day Trip" and "One Perfect Day" 2013/08/01, "Day Trip" is a sad, melancholy romp through nature as a dispirited girl prepares to practice for traditional Korean ballads. Of the two films in the Kolon Sport set, "Day Trip' is by far the most evocative of the appeal of nature. Most of the film is little more than loving, panoramic views of the Korean mountainside punctuated by the girl's singing. There's very little set-up, but what little there is is interesting thematically. The girl is upset because she has failed in the human world of competitive singing. She openly laments how practicing in an empty mountain doesn't prepare her for the realities of competition in front of people. But all these worries just sort of fade away when she actually gets into the singing,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.26 ~ 2013.07.28 2013/07/29,
Despite the release of DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" and the latest comic book film "The Wolverine", it was "Red 2" that managed to remain Korea's film of choice. Director Dean Parisot's "Red 2" claimed 666,048 admissions (25.9%) in its second weekend out, holding off a host of challengers to round out the month of July in good condition. In addition to these two Hollywood features getting stuck in, this week will also see two mammoth Korean films go head-to-head for the summer crowds and crown.
Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" and Kim Byeong-woo's "The Terror Live" are both officially released on August 1st, with the latter having already scored a sneaky 122,762 (4.9%) admissions. "The Terror Live" stars the popular Korean actor Ha Jeong-woo ("The Berlin File", "Nameless Gangster", "The Client") as a T.V. anchor that has to get back into the game when a bomb-blasting terrorist threatens Korea's capital city,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Returning to the Sunny side of Love. 2013/07/27,
Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jeong) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyeok). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010",...More
'Old Boy' Remake to Premiere in October 2013/07/10, Source,
A poster for the U.S. remake of "Old Boy" featuring lead actor Josh Brolin was unveiled on Monday. Spike Lee has stepped into the director's chair to show audiences his take on Park Chan-wook's 2003 thriller. As Lee suggested his remake will be "even darker" than Park's version, the poster shows Brolin, who assumes the starring role previously inhabited by Choi Min-sik, emerging from a traveling chest -- after spending 20 years locked in a private cell for reasons unknown to him,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Siblings in Cinema: The RYOO Brothers 2013/07/06,
Siblings don't always get along. Even when working within the same field family members often choose to keep their personal and professional lives separate to keep the peace. Personal histories, grudges, and just knowing one another as well as they do can cause friction and frustration in the workplace. Not so though with renowned South Korean actor Ryoo Seung-beom and his moviemaking brother Ryoo Seung-wan. The brothers' most recent effort, "The Berlin File" (2013), marks another successful family collaboration that rocked Korean cinemas earlier this year.
The brothers both came into the spotlight with their 2000 début feature "Die Bad"; a collection of four hard-boiled short stories that follows two teenagers and their descent into the violent world of organised crime. The film was written and directed by Seung-wan and stars himself and his younger brother Seung-beom. Seung-wan has sometimes been described as the Korean Tarantino, while his talent younger brother has been likened too the American-Canadian comedy actor Jim Carrey,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] SNOWPIERCER @ 24fps 2013/06/29, Bong Joon-ho's futuristic action epic "Snowpiercer" recently released a spectacular trailer to keep the saliva thick and wanting before the film's Korean release on August 1st. Here I'm going to take you through three sequences from that amazing trailer, and share some thoughts on what to expect from one of the most antcipated films of the year.
In 2004, Bong reportedly came across the French comic book Le Transperceneige and read the entire series right there in the store. He shared his enthusiasm with fellow Korean director Park Chan-wook ("Old Boy", "Stoker") whose production company Moho Films secured the rights to it the following year. The film is a transnational exhibition that boasts a number of international talents in front of and behind the camera. Korean cinematographer Hong Kyeong-pyo ("Taegukgi", "Mother - 2009", "The Good, the Bad, the Weird") and all-star Korean actor Song Kang-ho ("The Host", "Memories of Murder", "Secret Sunshine") are among an orchestra of creative personalities who brought their impressive cinematic talents into the mix,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" 2013/05/18,
After the mysterious death of her father on her 18th birthday, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is introduced to the uncle she never knew existed. The funeral comes and goes; yet her mother (Evelyn played by Nicole Kidman) is still adamant in keeping Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) around for emotional support at their large country estate. India herself is a creepy young woman who wouldn't look out of place in the Adam's Family. She regards her handsome and chivalrous uncle with strong suspicion and silently contemplates his motives and timely appearance in her life. The young teenager's relationship with her father was strong (mostly remembered through flashbacks of their hunting trips together) and overshadowed/marginalised her connection to her mother. As India watches Charlie and Evelyn's relationship become increasingly inappropriately, the dark echoes of her family history take hold and develops into a frightening new chapter for her and her kin,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Is Spike Lee out of his depth with "Old Boy"? 2013/04/27,
Although its official release date is still a long way off (early October 2013), Spike Lee's "Oldboy" has finally given us something to look at. A poster teaser was recently released that shows little more that twenty red scratches, along with the controversial titling: "A Spike Lee joint" (whatever that means). Indeed, since it was announced that Park Chan-wook's award winning film was to be given the Hollywood 'bump', fans and critics alike have been very vocal in asking the very simple and obvious question-Why?,...More
'Stoker' Moves to More Theaters 2013/03/21, Source,
"Stoker", Park Chan-wook's Hollywood directorial debut, is enjoying growing popularity in the United States as the number of theaters screening the film increased to 94 as of last weekend, according to Box Office Mojo on Monday. The movie opened in seven locations in its first week before increasing to 17 in the second week and 77 in the third,...More
[Hancinema's Box Office Review] 2013.03.08 ~ 2013.03.10 2013/03/11, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.03.08 ~ 2013.03.10)Park Hoon-jeong-I's "The New World" enjoyed its third successive weekend as Korea's number one film. Park's action thriller added 508,889 (30.9%) stubs to move its total admissions count to 3.3 million. Park's second feature withstood the continuous pressure from Lee Hwan-gyeong's silver bullet hit "Miracle in Cell No.7", which itself is now standing in its eighth week. "Miracle in Cell No.7" has never slipped past second place, and its numbers continue to swell to record-breaking heights. Three other films came into the charts this past weekend that, although weren't able to cause much distress at the top of pile, did cause a shuffle in the upper echelons of Korea's top ten,...More
'Stoker' Scores Best US Weekend Debut 2013/03/05, Source,
Anchor: South Korean director Park Chan-wook's Hollywood debut movie "Stoker" had a solid debut weekend in U.S. theaters, topping the box office in average sales per screen. Jang Souie has more on the high-profile new release. Report: Box office reporting service Box Office Mojo said Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" grossed 160-thousand-547 dollars during its weekend debut in seven U.S. theaters from Los Angeles to New York,...More
[HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.03.01 ~ 2013.03.03
2013/03/04, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.03.01 ~ 2013.03.03)
Leading us into it the month of March was Park Hoon-jeong-I's "The New World" as it stretched its lead on Lee Hwan-hyeong's golden child "Miracle in Cell No.7". The two films were separated by just 5,000 admissions last weekend, but it was Park's latest that managed to pull ahead this time around. This cops and robbers action film scored 849,378 (29.43%) admissions, moving its total to 2.5 million since its release two weeks ago. In addition to the top local films slugging it out there were a number of new inclusions that came into the fray this week, including Park Chan-wook's first English-language film "Stoker",...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Who is Park Chan-wook?: "Stoker" and the Re-birth of a Master. 2013/02/23,
"Stoker" will be coming to Korean audiences next week Thursday. The film is a British-American psychological thriller distributed by the Fox Entertainment Group's "Fox Searchlight Pictures" division. It's an American-based film studio that focuses on independent and British films. The company's biggest success came in the form of the 2008 Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire", which grossed more than $377 million worldwide.
"Slumdog Millionaire" was directed by Danny Boyle, who is also the chairman of the U.S-based Danaher Corporation; and his own studio Indian Paintbrush was involved in the production of "Stoker", along with director Ridley Scott's own production house Scott Free Productions,...More
Park Chan-wook star in "Bae Cheol-soo's Music Camp" 2013/02/21, Source,
Director Park Chan-wook who is back with the movie "Stalker" starred in the MBC radio program, "Bae Cheol-soo's Music Camp".
He made this appearance because of the musician Emily Wells he discovered. She sang the OST of his movie and also appeared in "Bae Cheol-soo's Music Camp" during her first visit to Korea,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
Korean Filmmaker Serves Up a Schwarzenegger-style Action Film 2013/01/18, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger finished his stint as Governator of California and is back in film! His action movie "The Last Stand" is opening in the US this week and it's his first leading role in a decade since Terminator 3. It's also a milestone film for director Kim Jee-woon. While Kim is well-known in Korea, this is his very first English language and Hollywood movie.
Official movie poster for "The Last Stand". Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/12kxDhc
Schwarzenegger plays Ray Owens, the resigned sheriff of a small town on the US-Mexican border where there's not much crime to fight. But when notorious drug cartel leader Gabriel Cortez escapes FBI custody and speeds towards Mexico with a hostage, Sheriff Owens is forced to stop him. Owens' sleepy little town is straight in the path of Cortez's escape and the scene is set for a fierce, no-holds-barred showdown,...More
What Does 2013 Hold for Korean Film? 2013/01/04, Source,
Korean films drew more than 100 million viewers over the past year, but there are a number of concerns if they are to sustain their momentum. Here are five of the top issues for this year that have insiders speculating about the future of the movie industry. ◆ Can Korean Movies Break the 100 Million Mark Again,...More
THN's Korean Cinema Style Week 4: Kim Jee-woon - A Bittersweet Life 2012/12/15, Source,
With Gangnam Style destroying the charts the world over, we will soon see a second wave of the Korean invasion taking place. Three of South Koreas most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors have their English language debuts set for next year. Kim Jee-woon ("THE LAST STAND"), Park Chan-wook ("STOKER"), and Bong Joon-ho ("Snowpiercer") have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at THN we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Starting with the films of Kim Jee-woon, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.Director:Kim Jee-woonYear: 2005
Cast: Lee Byeong-hyeon, Kim Young-cheol, Sin Min-ah, Hwang Jeong-min, Jin Goo,
Plot: Sun Woo is an enforcer at a top hotel. He must also run errands for his gangland boss, one of which is to spy on his boss' young lover. When Sun Woo listens to his heart and doesn't follow orders, his world falls apart around him.
Yet another genre hop for Kim Jee-woon, sees the director applying his talents to the gangster genre. As you can imagine, "A Bittersweet Life" is often lost in the sea of Korean revenge dramas, but stands out due to the way Kim crafts each individual frame with the care of an artist truly enjoying his craft. There are also those snippets of unexpected humour that may seem absurd upon reflection, but create an aura of realism at the time,...More
[Guest Post] Daniel Tudor on Korean cinema 2012/11/09, Source,
I'm not a true cinephile by any stretch of the imagination. I've always been the archetypal casual fan, who knows what he likes, but doesn't really like it enough to remember every line of the script. People ask, "have you seen [insert name of genius film here]?" and I honestly reply "yeah, I saw it a few years back, it was great". But then I'll be unable to back that up with any enlightened commentary on that scene with the uninterrupted shot that goes all the way around the bar and back again when all the mobsters are being introduced. Or even who was in it, sometimes.
But when I first moved to Seoul in 2004, Korean cinema got to me. In some way it was a stroke of luck to be here while a golden era was still in swing,...More
Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' in competition at Venice 2012/08/29, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk, left, speaks at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. Kim's latest work "Pieta", starring actress Jo Min-soo, center, and actor Lee Jeong-jin, will vie for the top prize Golden Lion at the 69th Venice Film Festival which kicked off Wednesday. / Yonhap
By Rachel Lee, Kwaak Je-yup It's the time of the year again when the world's finest film directors and stars flock to an island in north eastern Italy. The Venice Film Festival, the oldest event of its kind in the world, opened Wednesday on the island of Lido, and veteran director Kim Ki-duk will represent Korea for the main competition. "I would like to see and learn how other directors look at today's society", said Kim at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. "It will provide new perspectives".,...More
[HanCinema Report] Packed house for opening of KOFFIA in Sydney 2012/08/28,
KOFFIA 2012 - 22-28 August, 2012
The 3rd annual Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) kicked off last week on 22 August at picturesque Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia. It was a packed house at Dendy Cinema for the Opening Ceremony which began with an official welcome and a brief run through of this year's festival by KOFFIA 2012 Artistic Director Kieran Tully. Guests were then treated with a delightful performance of a traditional Korean Fan Dance (Buchaechum) by Hyun Kim before the official opening of the festival by Consul-General of the Republic of Korea (Sydney) Mr Jin-Soo Kim. The night concluded with a well-received screening of the highest grossing Korean film of 2011, Kim Han-min's spectacular "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon",...More
Kim Ki-duk's new film up for competition in Venice fest 2012/07/31, Source, Korean director Kim Ki-duk's latest film "Pieta" has been invited to a competitive section of this year's Venice International Film Festival, the movie's local distributor said. "Pieta" was among the 18 films chosen to compete for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 69th Venice film festival, which runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, NEW, the distributor, said in a release Thursday,...More
KOFFIA 2012 Film Line-up Revealed! 2012/07/20, Source,
The 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia, KOFFIA, is pleased to announce its film line-up for 2012.
KOFFIA will showcase 20 of the best and latest Korean feature films as well as a few past classics, in a diverse program that will allow audiences to discover their connection to Korean cinema and culture. Audiences will once again be treated to a feast of Korean festivities taking place at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney and ACMI Cinemas Federation Square in Melbourne. While for the first time selected titles will also screen at Tribal Theatre in Brisbane, as August and September sees 16 days of screenings across the Australian east coast,...More
'Lost' Star Daniel Dae Kim Meets Fans in Yeosu 2012/07/05, Source,
Daniel Dae Kim
Star of the hit TV series "Lost" on ABC, Daniel Dae Kim visited Korea as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Pavilion at the Yeosu Expo. Even though he claims to speak Korean poorly, Kim greeted his fans with a fluent accent, unlike the character he portrayed in the TV series that ran from 2004 to 2010. Kim was born in the southern port city of Busan and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two. He debuted in Hollywood playing a bit part in the 1991 movie "American Shaolin" and went on to play minor roles in other movies and TV dramas,...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
New York Special Screening, Old Boy on July 1st 2012/06/25, Source,
The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik, one of Korea's most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of our ongoing "Korean Cinema Now" program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image).
Choi Min-sik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in "Shiri" (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea's finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma,...More
ANNOUNCING THE 1ST TORONTO KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 22 TO JULY 1, 2012 2012/06/12, Source,
Toronto - The 1st Toronto Korean Film Festival will be held at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) from June 22nd to July 1st. This year's film listing was announced at the May 26th press conference. Confirmed films and highlights include:
June 22nd Opening:
The festival kick-starts with "Secret Sunshine" (2007). The leading actress of the film, Jeon Do-yeon, won Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. There will an opening party following the screening,...More
CJ ENTERTAINMENT Goes for the Gold with "AS ONE" 2012/05/24,
Sports film based on a true story hits North American theatres on June 1, 2012
CJ Entertainment brings "As One" (aka Korea, original title) to North American theatres this summer on June 1, 2012. The film, based on a true story about the first ever united North and South Korean sports team, will be releasing in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles (L.A. release on June 8, 2012).
A touching true story about the historic first Team Korea
"As One" recounts the dramatic tale of the first unified Korean team that competed at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan. South Korea's ping-pong star Hyeon Jeong-hwa and North Korea's LI Bun-hee have each suffered humbling defeats at the hands of China's formidable "Ping-Pong Witch" every time they reach the tournament's final rounds. Forced by politicians to suddenly team up as the first united team Korea, HYEON and LI experience only conflict and mistrust, and face the loss of their championship dreams. But game-by-game, the two begin to build teamwork and find a budding friendship. When political winds change again and just as suddenly an announcement is made to disband team Korea, the two young women must prove to their people and the world that teamwork can outshine the dark shadows of a painful history,...More
Ha Jeong-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars 2012/05/21, Source, Ha Jeong-woo and Ha Ji-won have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the nation's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie.
Some 25,784 people voted from April 18 to May 5. The two drew 10.1 and 13.7 percent of the votes respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best -- as opposed to most popular -- actor and actress, with 18 and 23.3 percent.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns - and this year we're bringing crazy back! 2012/05/09, Source,
The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung's astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, The Sex Film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a "...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy". Pang himself, Hong Kong's hottest young director, will be a guest of the festival and we'll be presenting his new romantic comedy, LOVE IN THE BUFF, about a couple who meet in the smoke break alley outside their office building and try to make their romance work despite cell phones dropped in toilets, friends who have the death touch, and corporate moves to Beijing,...More
Will Smith Premieres 'MIB 3' in Korea 2012/05/08, Source,
Director Barry Sonnenfeld and actors Will Smith and Josh Brolin (from left) pose at a press conference in Seoul on Monday. /AP-Newsis
Hollywood stars Will Smith and Josh Brolin and director Barry Sonnenfeld gave a press conference in Seoul on Monday morning to promote their film "Men in Black 3", which has its world premiere in Korea. Smith said Korea, as a growing market for U.S. films, "seems like the perfect place to begin",...More
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' bests original 2012/04/25, Source, Lee Byung-hun, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look
Lee Byung-hun reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country's biggest stars, Lee Byung-hun was surprisingly - even excessively - modest,...More
Cannes category list exposed including Hong Sang-soo and Park Chan-wook 2012/04/03, Source,
It seems as though the Cannes category list has been exposed on the internet.
24 parts of the list belonging to the 65th Cannes International film Festival which starts on the 16th of May was uploaded then deleted from its official website. This list is being expanded to various websites. The official release date of the list is this coming 19th,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Where did it all start for you? 2012/03/10,
If you had asked me five years ago about Korean cinema I would not have been able to name a single film, let alone any actors, directors, or anything close to the mark. Korean cinema in all its richness and fluidity was unknown to me and its riveting array of melodramas, thrillers, and comedies were well clear of my cinematic radar. Then, in 2007, I had my first taste of it when I came to Seoul on a brief two-week trip. In a dark and crowded apartment, I took up the chance to watch an unknown Korean horror titled "Red Eye", and that marked my first step towards becoming a true Korean cinephile,...More
Witherspoon Enchanted by Korean Temple Food, Handicrafts 2012/02/28, Source,
Above picture: Actress Reese Witherspoon enjoys snack and shopping in Insa-dong, Seoul on Friday. (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Korea)
Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon, who visited Korea to promote her new film "This Means War" last week, reportedly got swept away by the country's traditional culture on her first trip to the capital. During her three-day trip, she was photographed looking at handicrafts in the famous tourist spot of Insa-dong in the downtown area and trying local delicacies,...More
Florence Korea Film Fest to open with Always 2012/02/27, Source,
The 10th Florence Korea Film Fest in Italy has announced it will open with Song Il-gon's "Always", last year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Opening Film. The festival will screen 32 feature films and 24 shorts during its nine-day run, and close with Kim Ki-duk's "ARIRANG - Movie", which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Set to run March 23 – 31 at the Cinema Odeon (Piazza Strozzi, 1) in Florence, the festival is organized by the Tae gukgi – Toscana Korea Association. Sponsors include Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the region of Tuscany (Toscana), the city of Florence and the Film Institutions of Tuscany Region,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Incoming! Korean Blogathon 2012 almost here... 2012/02/25,
Last year "New Korean Cinema" and "cineAWESOME!" took a leaf out of "WildGrounds"' Japanese Blogathon and kicked off the first Korean Blogathon. Their efforts paid off as the "2011 Korean Blogathon" generated one hundred and fifty posts from the fifty blogs that got involved and shared their thoughts on Korea's film industry. This year, the popular metablog is back and is hoping to build on the success and support of last year's stellar turnout,...More
Reese Witherspoon Visits Korea to Promote New Film 2012/02/24, Source,
Actress Reese Witherspoon made her first visit to Korea on Thursday ahead of the release of her movie "This Means War" here next week. The film revolves around the story of two CIA agents who fall in love with the same girl and wrestle for her affections.
Witherspoon, who has been hailed as the "queen of the romantic comedy", or the "Meg Ryan of the 2000s", appeared at the press conference in Seoul in a stylish cocktail dress,...More
The Era of Smartphone Directors 2012/02/20, Source,
Nowadays, anybody can make a movie, become a cultural artist, and turn his or her imagination into reality.
This indispensable communication device has ushered in the era of smartphone directors.
In Korea, the global IT powerhouse, smartphones mean so much more than just a tool for communication. They play a central role in reinventing culture, as attested by today's smartphone movies,...More
Song Kang-ho's son joins U-16 squad 2012/02/01, Source,
Actor Song Kang-ho's son Song Jun-pyung has been called up to the national Under-16 football squad. The 15-year-old joined a training camp at the Mokpo International Football Center, South Jeolla Province, on Wednesday.
The camp is to end on Feb. 14 and is headed by Chunnam Dragons coach Choi Moon-sik, who was chosen to head the U-16 team on Jan. 6. A total of 33 youths, including 19 from last year's roster, are participating in the two-week training,...More
Korean Cinema 2011: The View from Here 2012/01/14, Source,
US-based author and curator of film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC, Tom VICK shares his views on recent trends he has noticed programming their Korean film festival.
How do you introduce new Korean films to an American audience? Since 2004, when I began programming the Korean Film Festival DC, the answer to this question has become more difficult to answer. This is not to say that it's harder to find good films. Quite the opposite. The problem (if it can be called a problem) is that there are so many films to choose from.The explosion of digital production and distribution in the last decade or so has made it easier than ever to make a film, but harder than ever find an audience for it,...More
Three Korean projects selected to HAF 2012/01/10, Source,
Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this March with a record 32 selections, including three from South Korea. These are director Jeon Soo-il's "Another Country", KIM Baek-jun's "Monsters" and Lee Hae-joon's "My Dictator". The festival chose these from more than 200 submissions from over 45 countries and regions.The final selection represents 20 different territories including Australia, China, India, Japan, and Malaysia,...More
Korean Cinema Today app for Dec. is out 2011/12/29, Source,
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has launched the iPad applicationfor Korean Cinema Today's December issue. The governmental organization is also planning to launch an upgraded Korean Film Biz Zone (KoBiz) app for the iPhone and Android early next year.
Korean Cinema Today's December lead story examines the top issues of 2011 in the Korean film industry. These includesurprise box office phenomena with and , updates onleading directors such as Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk,and industry changes including CJ E&M's emergence,...More
Bittersweet Life: Korean cinema's secret popularity in the UK 2011/12/07, Source,
International distribution expert and analyst and former Screen International journalist Robert Mitchell looks at the gulf between artistic and business successes of Korean cinema in the UK.
Ask any cine-literate film-goer, critic, blogger or tweeter in the UK about Korean cinema and you'll be greeted with an enthusiastic response. They will talk of the Hallyu period of the past decade, a wealth of some of the most creative and interesting film-making in the world. They will speak with passion about Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Bong Joon-ho.
International festivals like Cannes play a major role in building this awareness. "The route to the international market is through festivals", says Danny PERKINS, CEO of StudioCanal UK, which released Bong's "The Host" and Kim's "3-Iron" amongst other Korean titles. "If a director's film features in one of the bigger festivals it can put them and their work permanently on the map",...More
Four leading Korean directors working on overseas projects 2011/11/21, Source, By JU Sung Chul
With leading Korean directors Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Kim Jee-woon and Ryoo Seung-wan all working on overseas productions, journalist JU Sung Chul examines the details of their projects for "Korean Cinema Today"
The year 2012 looks like it will see an unprecedented rush of Korean directors working onforeign projects. This phenomenon seems similar to the situation back in the late 1990s when Hong Kong directors John WOO, Ringo LAM, TSUI Hark, Kirk WONG and Ronny YU all directed films produced in Hollywood.What's different is that whereas they were inclined to make films only in Hong Kong's specialty genre - the action film, their Korean counterparts are expected to make films that will retains the directors' varyingstyles and sensibilities. Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" and Kim Jee-woon's "The Last Stand" are produced by Hollywood-based companies while Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" and Ryoo Seung-wan's "In Berlin" (working title) are to be co-productions,...More
Yunjeong KIM, Director of International Sales, Finecut 2011/11/18, Source,
It's been 11 years since Yunjeong KIM at Finecut, a Seoul-based film company specializing in overseas sales and financing, has joined the Korean film industry. From her earlier days at Cineclick Asia to her current title as the Director of International Sales, Kim still enjoys every bit of her job discovering new films. KOBIZ caught up with Kim after her recent trip to the American Film Market (AFM),...More
Bong Joon-ho Gives Lecture at Chapman University 2011/11/15, Source,
Film director Bong Joon-ho appeared at Chapman University in Orange County, California on Saturday (local time) to give a master class as part of the Busan West Asian Film Festival hosted by the university's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
The festival screens a selection of films featured at the Busan International Film Festival that are likely to interest an American audience. Last year, directors Park Chan-wook and Kim Jee-woon were invited,...More
"The Front Line" screenings in LA and Santa Monica 2011/11/11, Source,
After holding special screenings in support of "The Front Line", South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film category nominations, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it saw a strong turnout and positive reactions. About 500 industry professionals including members of the press from LA Times, Variety and the Hollywood Foreign Press attended the screenings,...More
CJ films to stream on Netflix 2011/10/22, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Major Korean entertainment company CJ E&M has announced a deal to stream 20 of its films on Netflix, leading internet subscription service for films and TV shows. Netflix members in the US will be able to watch these CJ films on multiple platforms including televisions, computer, tablets, gaming consoles, and mobile phones.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time", said Joon CHOI, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to a rich selection of films. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company",...More
Yellow Sea and other Korean films win at Sitges 2011/10/19, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director NA Hong-Jin Won the Best Director award for "The Yellow Sea" at the recently wrapped Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. One of the world's leading fantastic (i.e., genre) film festivals, the 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia ran Oct. 6 – 16 this year. The festival awarded Best Motion Picture to Red State, directed by Kevin Smith,...More
Finecut does a raft of sales in Busan, Mipcom 2011/10/13, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced its recent deals done at the Asian Film Market and Mipcom which include the animation "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" selling to Portugal, Russia and Indonesia.
Korea's top-grossing domestic feature animation ever, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" took in 2.2 million admissions at the nationwide box office. The film received special attention at Mipcom where it was selected for a premiere screening at Mipjunior,...More
Netflix expanding asian movie selection in deal with korea's top studio CJ E&M 2011/10/07, Source,
LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2011 – CJ E&M today announced an agreement to feature twenty of its acclaimed Asian movies on Netflix, the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. Beginning in October 2011, Netflix members in the US will be able to instantly watch the twenty titles multiple platforms, including TVs, popular tablets, key gaming consoles, computers and mobile phones. All the titles will be available from October 1.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time". said Joon Choi, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to movies from around the globe. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company, CJ E&M",...More
CO-PRODUCTIONS & LOCATIONS 2011/10/06, Source, "My Wife Is a Gangster" to get Chinese remake LEE Soon-yeol, original producer of the 2001 smash hit, and ZENG Hui, head of the Chinese Yunyunnan Culture Investment Co., inked the deal last month during a KOFIC-hosted conference. The remake film will have a budget of roughly CNY40m (US$6.2), all coming from China. The cast and crew will be from both China and Korea, with post-production to be done in Korea,...More
Bae Doona Ice Cool Ahead of Hollywood Debut 2011/09/26, Source,
All it took was a video call and a short home movie, and the Wachowski brothers -- the brains behind "The Matrix" trilogy -- were sold on actress Bae Doona.
The Wachowskis had been looking around for someone to fill a role in their upcoming movie, "Cloud Atlas", which has a star-studded cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving.
They sent Bae a script at the end of March. One week later, the young actress was talking with them on a video-link and they asked her to send her some clips of her acting out a couple of the scenes from the script,...More
DMZ Docs 2011 opens with After the Apocalypse 2011/09/22, Source,
The 3rd DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs 2011) starts today in Paju, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), with the opening film After the Apocalypse. Showcasing 100 films from 30 countries this year, the festival highlights documentaries that deal with the concepts of peace, life and communication,...More
Finecut sells Arirang and others at Toronto 2011/09/15, Source,
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced several deals from the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, led by Kim Ki-duk's documentary "ARIRANG - Movie", which is screening in the Real to Reel section.
The maverick director's self-focused documentary "ARIRANG - Movie" sold to Italy (Punto Zero), German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies), and Poland (New Horizons), following sales to Japan and Taiwan. ARIRANG - Movie previously won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes this May,...More
Actors help 'Hindsight' keep focus 2011/08/25,
Actors Song Kang-ho, left, and Sin Se-kyeong appear in a scene from "Hindsight", the latest film by Lee Hyeon-seung. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
In the 1990s, Lee Hyeon-seung shot to stardom with the visually lush "Blue In You" (1992) and became a household name with another striking film, "Il Mare" (2000), which went on to become the first local flick to be remade in Hollywood (into "The Lake House", a 2006 piece starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock).
"Hindsight" takes the director's art-school pedigree to new heights, by featuring even more breathtaking, color-coded visuals set to signature soundtracks from his previous two films,...More
[Weekender] Filmmaking in the palm of your hand 2011/07/28, Source,
A girl records a video using a smartphone at the Olleh Media Studio in Mok-dong, Seoul, on July 18. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul Learn how to make movies using smartphones By Lee Hyo-won Filmmaking is a costly, time-consuming endeavor involving massive teamwork. But now it is possible to make surprisingly high-quality projects alone in a matter of days with just a few hundred dollars - using smartphones equipped with not only HD cameras but also editing applications,...More
KOFFIA 2011 Film Line-up announced! 2011/07/27, Source, KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA 2011
KOFFIA 2011 is coming! HOLD ON TIGHT! For immediate release The KOFFIA Korean Film Festival is back in Sydney for the second time this August, bigger and better than ever, and it all begins here! KOFFIA 2011 will present 13 feature films and 7 shorts that showcase the great diversity of Korean cinema today, as well as providing a true Korean cultural experience with industry forums, cultural performances, food tastings and so much more. HOLD ON TIGHT!
The festival will take place from 24th – 29th August at Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay, Sydney. In this Australia-Korea Year of Friendship, we are very excited to announce that KOFFIA will also travel down to the beautiful city of Melbourne! The festival will run from 10th – 13th September at ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. This is an extra special date, as 12th September marks the important Korean Thanksgiving Holiday of Chuseok, join us in this celebration,...More
After winning the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Fe,...More
Spike Lee to direct Old Boy remake 2011/07/13, Source, by KOFIC
Mandate Pictures has announced that Spike Lee will direct "Oldboy", an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook's 2004 Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning film, a.k.a. "Old Boy".
American director Spike Lee's credits include films such as Malcolm X, Inside Man, Mo' Better Blues, Do The Right Thing, and the documentary If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise,...More
The 2nd Korean Film SpotLight at FanTasia 2011 2011/07/08, Source,
This year, Fantasia's Korean spotlight section welcomes five feature films by talented, promising first-time directors. "Bleak Night" (North American premiere) (Rotterdam competition, FIPRESCI), by promising next-generation director Yoon Sung hyun, is a potent and troubling coming-of-age tale reflecting on contemporary adolescence in Korea,...More
Isabelle Huppert "I want to work with Director Hong Sang-soo" 2011/07/07, Source,
Attention is focused on famous French actress Isabelle Huppert's possibility of starring in a movie by director Hong Sang-soo and her statement that she wanted to be in one when she visited Korea last May.
When she was asked which director she wanted to work with from Korea at a press conference during her visit to Korea in May, she replied, "That's a question I've been waiting for. There is one person I would really like to work with".,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Eatyourkimchi.com: Korea through the eyes of Simon and Martina 2011/06/18,
Meet Simon and Martina. This young Canadian couple started making videos about Korea back in May 2008 and since then, their website (www.eatyourkimchi.com) has gathered serious momentum. Their videos were originally made for putting their friends and families at ease with their decision to travel to Korea, but now their aims for their site have skyrocketed as viewers from around the world log on to catch up on their weekly dose of hilarity and Korean culture.,...More
'The Front Line' spotlights the Forgotten War 2011/06/16, Source,
By Park Sung-hee
Jang Hoon, who directed the hit inter-Korean drama "Secret Reunion", has returned with another film involving the two Koreas.
"The Front Line" takes viewers back to the Korean War (1950-53), which is largely known as the Forgotten War, and looks into parts of the conflict that have slipped into oblivion. Jang teamed up with a seasoned scriptwriter Park Sang-yeon for the 10 billion-won project.
"Even Koreans remember only about six months of the Korean War", scriptwriter Park told reporters Tuesday in Seoul. "But the actual conflict went on for another 30 months. We wanted to tell the forgotten parts of the Forgotten War",...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
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.18~2011.03.20) 2011/03/21, Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.18~2011.03.20)
With low admissions and a bombardment of foreign films, this weeks list sees only three Korean films hang in there. Still at number one is the loud and proud "World Invasion". With all its special effects and stunning presentation the American hit manages to secure 253,942 admissions in a relatively quiet week for moviegoers.,...More
29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2011/03/12, Source, I wish I were there, oh so badly!
By Daniel Matthews
The 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) – March 10-20 – is officially underway and I couldn't be more excited. Opening night for SFIAAFF usually rings in the beginning of the Pan Asian film season for the upcoming year. Many other film festivals, movie enthusiasts and pop culture fans have their eyes on the SFIAAFF programming to see what the big hits of the year are going to be. Not only does SFIAAFF have usually exemplary programs, they also do a great job at feeding the inner Asian Pop Cultural geek with different seminars, workshops, concerts, and events,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "JSA - Joint Security Area" 2011/02/26, Park Chan-wook's "JSA - Joint Security Area" made huge waves at the Korean box office during the early weeks of its release. The film became the highest grossing film at the time with a million eager moviegoers flocking to see it in its second week. A DVD of the film was even presented to Kim-Jong-Il during the 2007 Korea Summit, an interesting political gesture that resonates with the filmmaker's attempt to humanise the Korean conflict.,...More
[KoreaToday] Smartphones democratize cinema 2011/02/23, Source,
Director Lee Joon-ik poses for his iPhone camera at Lotte Cinema Konkuk University, Seoul, Monday. The cineaste met with The Korea Times to speak about chairing the jury for the Olleh Lotte Smartphone Film Festival, the country's first event inviting non-filmmakers to submit short films shot with cellular phones. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
Filmmaking in the palm of your hand
By Lee Hyo-won
On Saturday, the Park brothers, Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong, picked up the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for a 30-minute movie shot with an iPhone 4. On Monday, a local film festival handed out prizes to 14-year-olds for their smartphone creations. On Tuesday, the Jeonju International Film Festival announced that it will release a new selection for cell phone-produced works,...More
Park brothers' Short Film Wins Golden Award at Berlinale 2011/02/22, by Berlin/KIM Hong-chun (KOFIC International Promotion Center – East Europe Manager) / Feb 20, 2011
Brother-directors Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong - or the 'Parking Chance' collaboration – posed with their Golden Bear Award of the International Short Film Jury for their film "Night Fishing" during the awards ceremony of the Berlin International Film Festival, February 19, 2011. In addition the Silver Bear in the Shorts section also went to a Korean film, "Broken Night" from emerging film director Yang Hyo-Joo,...More
The 40-year-old gave natural birth to a girl and boy, around 10:30,...More
Korean shorts win awards 2011/02/21, Source,
Director Park Chan-kyong poses with his Golden Bear award of the International Short Film Jury for his film "Night Fishing", co-directed by Park Chan-wook, during the awards ceremony at the 61st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Feb. 19. / Reuters-Yonhap
By Chung Ah-young
Korean film director Park Chan-wook's latest short film "Paranmanjang (Night Fishing)" in collaboration with his brother Chan-kyong, won the Gold Bear for Best Short Film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Thirst" 2011/02/19,
As I am sure most people did, I went into this film with high expectations of another gripping masterpiece by the critically acclaimed Park Chan-wook. Vampires? I was sceptical if Park's cinematic vision could transfer to the vampire genre to produce another deeply satisfying thrill ride.
Park's previous films offer fairly enigmatic storylines that ask the viewer to engage in his work actively. He likes to grab his audience early on and encourage them to be attentive spectators, engaging them in the celluloid spectacle like detectives. His dreamscape is one that draws on the darker side of humanity; he captures, exposes and expresses sensitive issues and taboos of society,...More
Berlin "Korean Film Night": Record-breaking number of people attend 2011/02/16, Source,
by Berlin = KIM Hong-chun (KOFIC International Promotion Center, East Europe Manager)
On the night of Valentine's Day – when the 61st Berlin International Film Festival began – the 'Korean Film Night' hosted by the Korea Cultural Center in Berlin, was in full swing. The 'Korean Film Night', co-hosted by the Korean Film Council, Pusan International Film Festival, and Women's Film Festival in Seoul, actively supported the promotion of Korean films as this year's Berlin International Film Festival was the first to feature ten Korean films with the night's other function being to promote substantial exchange between Korea and overseas' film businesses. 300 participants were expected at this event, but almost 500 movie movers-and-shakers attended, making it absolutely clear that there was a higher-than-expected interest and very welcome response towards Korean film,...More
Korean Movies Coming to International Film Festival 2011/02/03, Source,
By Mark Russell
The full Academy Awards nominations have been announced, and while it was disappointing that Korea wasn't included in the Best Foreign Language film category (or, indeed, in any category), I'm sure we'll be seeing a Korean film or two in the nominations in future years.
Much more interesting to me is the resurgence that Korean movies are having at international film festivals. Festivals, especially the top ones like Berlin, Cannes, and Venice, give you a much better idea about international trends and hot topics, where reputations are built, laying the groundwork for more mainstream success,...More
'Theater makes me feel alive' 2011/02/01, Source,
Actor Oh Dal-soo is set to return to his theater roots in the original "Sunset, Moon Dance" this month in Daehangno, central Seoul. / Courtesy of Eda Entertainment
Oh Dal-soo to portray fatherhood in return to roots
By Chung Ah-young
When actor Oh Dal-soo played a private jail owner who detains the male protagonist in Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy", he left his impression on one of the film's most memorable scenes,...More
Stars Born in Year of Rabbit 2010/12/23, Source,
As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jeong - Part 2 2010/12/22, Source,
Actress Kim Yoo-jeong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: You recently played a middle school student in "Happy Maker Soonjung". How was that? Kim Yoo-jeong: It was fun because I got to wear a uniform but I don't think there's much difference in terms of the acting. 10: What do you think it'll be like when you go to middle school? Kim Yoo-jeong: I think I'll have a lot of fun. People say it's when you have the most fun. Oh, except for the studying. (laugh) Middle schools these days have snack bars, right? But not in Ilsan! And they study more than kids do in Seoul. Elementary schools in Seoul only test you in Korean language, math, social studies and science, and although it may differ depending on your principal, in the city of Goyang you get tested in English and the arts and physical education as well,...More
Book on Korean Wave adopted as textbook for universities abroad 2010/12/09, Source,
Cover of "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption:Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" [Hong Kong University Press]
A new book on the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, has been adopted as a textbook for universities abroad.
The English book titled "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" was selected as one of the main textbooks for the media classes at Goldsmiths, University of London in England and the University of Melbourne in Australia,...More
Han Ji-hye chosen PR ambassador for French event at PIFF 2010/10/06, Source,
Korean actress Han Ji-hye [Trophy Entertainment]
Top Korean actress Han Ji-hye has been chosen as a PR ambassador for France's themed night event during Asia's largest film fest Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).
On Thursday, Trophy Entertainment announced that Han will be the publicity ambassador for Cinefrance, part of the 12th annual Soiree Francaise, to be held at the Emerald Hall in the Haeundae Grand Hotel on October 9,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Min-jeong - Part 1 2010/09/28, Source, Lee Min-jeong [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: "Cyrano Agency" is a movie which contains elements of humor throughout. You seem to have said many times that you had fun reading the script so where was it that you broke out into laughter?Lee Min-jeong: The scene where Sang-yong (played by Choi Daniel) objects to the pastor's sermon? I thought it was really funny while reading the script when he asked for a deal, demanding the pastor end his sermon in an hour "Including the sermon, singing hymns and the words of guidance!" and the pastor responds "You win". 10: But I think the script must've been different from the completed movie.Lee Min-jeong: Because there are parts of the script which have been expressed down to every detail while some things did not manage to make it into the movie. And there are parts which were changed on set as well,...More
Rain military entrance date deferred to next year 2010/09/03, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean superstar Rain will be able to pursue his singing and acting career for several more months following the deferral of his military entrance date to next year.
The Military Manpower Administration (MMA) said late on Thursday that it will push back Rain's military entry to an unspecified date next year from the originally set September 28 of this year,...More
Rain highly likely to star in remake film 2010/08/11, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain is highly likely to play the main character of film "Red Scarf", a remake of the Korean movie of the same name from 1964.
"The details have yet to be set but there is a very high possibility", an official with the film remarked regarding Rain's casting which would mark the singer and actor's second local big screen role,...More
[INTERVIEW] Hollywood's "Remake King" Roy Lee 2010/08/03, Source,
Roy Lee [Seoul Digital Forum]
For years, Korean-American producer Roy Lee of Beverly Hills-based Vertigo Entertainment has well maintained his reputation as Hollywood's "Remake King". It first started with "The Ring", where Lee gained his first onscreen credit as executive producer after selling the remake right of Japanese horror flick "Ringu" on behalf of its Asian distributor to DreamWorks, which became a surprise hit in the United States in 2002, grossing over 129 million dollars on the box office,...More
Lee Young-ae, one of Korea's top acting stars, is pregnant with her first child, management associates said Frid,...More
Taiwan-Korea filmmakers share ageeing views 2010/07/22, Source,
From left, Screen International Deputy Asia Editor Jean Noh, Taiwanese director Chu Yen-ping, Taiwanese producer Yeh Jufeng, Taiwanese actress-turned-producer Lieh Lee, Korean Film Council official Daniel Park, bom Film Productions producer Ellen Kim and Dyne Film producer Jonathan H. Kim attend a forum on "Korea-Taiwan Cinema Exchange: Its Present and Future" held at Koryo Hotel in the city of Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 19, 2010, during the ongoing Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. [PiFan]
"I think we are taking elementary steps, that we are in the process of getting to know each other", said producer Ellen Kim on her views on exchange between the Korean and Taiwanese film industry,...More
Lee Byung-hun's ex-girlfriend resumes lawsuit last minute 2010/06/22, Source, Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun's former girlfriend has requested for a new date of pleading to be set last minute, resuming a half-year long legal battle against the actor which was thought to have been withdrawn.
"In the afternoon, we received a mail from her containing an application for a third trial regarding the compensation suit she filed against Lee", Judge Jung Hyun-myung at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office said late on Monday, adding a new date of hearing would be set the following day,...More
Lee Byung-hun lawsuit withdrawn 2010/06/21, Source,
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun's legal woes surrounding a former girlfriend have been settled, his agency said on Monday.
According to BH Entertainment, the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office concluded that a civil suit, filed against Lee last December by a Canadian-American woman identified only by her last name Kwon, has been withdrawn,...More
Rain to fly into LA next week for MTV awards 2010/05/28, Source,
Asia's most celebrated star Rain will fly off to Los Angeles next week to attend this year's MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency on Friday.
An official at J. Tune Entertainment said Rain will depart from Korea on June 3 to attend the 2010 MTV Movie Awards for which he has received an invitation from MTV's headquarters,...More
Free Screenings of Korean Films in NY 2010/05/25, Source, In the run up to the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival the Korean Cultural Service is currently showing free screenings of Korean films. This is the third series of free screenings that the Cultural Service has held and this year focuses on some traditional Korean summer blockbusters. The series k,...More
Rain to hold encore concerts in Japan in July 2010/05/18, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain will be holding encore concerts in Japan this summer at the request of his fans, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Tuesday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer is set to perform at the Saitama Super Arena on July 17 and 18 as part of his tour titled "Rain, LOVE TOUR 2010",...More
Rain scores first nom for MTV Movie Awards 2010/05/13, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Vote for Rain on MTV Movie Awards Website
Asian superstar Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a nomination for the MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Thursday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer was named one of the five nominees in the "Biggest Badass Star" category alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Chris Pine and Sam Worthington.
The nominee line-up was selected by fans, who cast online votes on MTV's website to pick their favorite "badass" actor out of 22 potential nominees,...More
Rain to hold autograph signing sessions in Seoul tomorrow 2010/05/11, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain will be meeting his fans at an autograph signing session in Seoul tomorrow, according to his agency on Tuesday.
J. Tune Entertainment announced in a press release that the singer will show up at three major record stores -- Music Korea in Myung-dong district, I-Park Shinara in Yongsan and Kyobo Hottracks in Gangnam area -- on Wednesday and sign autographs for fans,...More
Rain says "Im Soo-jeong is my ideal woman" 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain appears on talk show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed that actress Im Soo-jeong is his ideal type of woman.
The 27-year-old singer and actor made the remark while appearing as a guest on popular SBS talk show "Steel Heart" which aired on April 4.
On the show, Rain was offered to take part in a segment called "Surprise Ideal Woman World Cup", selecting Im as his ideal woman among many female celebrities including,...More
Korean star Lee Byung-hun cleared of gambling charges 2010/03/22, Source,
Actor Lee Byeong-heon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has been cleared of illegal gambling charges filed against him last year by his former girlfriend. The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office ruled Friday that "there is no evidence" Lee had been involved in habitual gambling overseas, an allegation made early December by the Korean-Canadian woman identified only by her last name Kwon. A legal dispute between the two fired up when Kwon lodged a complaint to court saying she was allured into having a sexual relationship with the actor on his false promises of marriage and demanded she be compensated for physical and psychological damage she suffered,...More
Florence Korean Film Fest opens in Italy 2010/03/18, Source, The city of Florence in Italy is currently playing host to 30 Korean films. The eighth edition of the Florence Korean Film Festival takes place this year from March 12-20. The festival, supported by various local groups, KOFIC and the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, shows mostly European an,...More
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[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2 2010/03/04, Source,
Actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck: What did you find likeable and entertaining about the script for "Secret Reunion"? Song: Ten years ago, I did the films "Shiri" and "JSA - Joint Security Area" which are both about South Korea, North Korea and men. So, "Secret Reunion" was similar to them in a way, a similar story, but the overall outline of the movie is completely different from the previous films. The film doesn't treat the South-North division as its theme but rather takes an incredibly soft, light and sophisticated approach to it. I thought that was closer to how the audience currently feels about the division and there was something lovely about a North Korean spy and a former South Korean intelligence service agent living together. I don't think I would have done the movie if it dealt seriously about the division at times like now.
Beck:But didn't you choose to do the film because of the character or the role you would get to take on?,...More
"Mother - 2009" nominated in 6 categories at Asian Film Awards 2010/01/22, Source, "Mother - 2009" movie poster [CJ Entertainment]
Director Bong Joon-ho's film "Mother - 2009" has been nominated in six categories for the Asian Film Awards in March.
A representative from the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) announced that the film has been nominated for best picture, best director, best actress, best supporting actor, best screenplay and best editor. It will be competing up against Hong Kong film "Bodyguards and Assassins" in some of the categories.,...More
Song Kang-ho's New Movie 'Secret Reunion' 2010/01/17, Source,
In an interview at a hotel in Sokong-dong, actor Song Kang-ho said, "First of all, I could easily identify my own personality with the character I played in the movie ‘Secret Reunion' better than in any of my other movies. The character of Han-kyu in Secret Reunion seems to me to be a mix of previous characters I played before, including Doo-man ("Memories of Murder") and Kyung-pil ("JSA - Joint Security Area"). I think that my character Han-kyu is a unique character, but I also used several of my previous characters from my other movies to influence the character 'Han-kyu'. I see my role as Han-kyu to be an assorted gift of my acting experiences for my fans. I tried to show the essence of my acting through Han-kyu and to express him as a father and a husband in his daily life, even though Han-kyu is an agent of the National Intelligence Service (laughing)".
Song, who has gained growing popularity and recognition for his acting credentials, plays Han-kyu, a former agent of the NIS in the movie "Secret Reunion", which is the second movie by director Jang Hoon, whose first project as the main director was "A Movie is a Movie". "Secret Reunion" will be released on February 4.,...More
The past year represented hope and revitalization for Korean cinema. While problems such as piracy linger on, the forecast for 2010 cinema appears promising with diverse projects in the making.
Cineastes are finding inspiration from the past and are bringing rem,...More
2009 Year in Review: Sports & Culture 2009/12/24, Source, The reigning queen of figure skating Kim Yu-na kicked off the year, winning her first senior-level gold medal at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in February.
The 19-year-old superstar then continued on a roll becoming the world's first female skater to surpass a combined score of 2,...More
It's hard to believe that she only turns 23 in December. Kim Ok-bin, like many actresses her age, debuted as a,...More
44 Korean Films at the 2009 Marrakech International Film Festival 2009/11/19, Source, In a celebration of Korean film, a record 44 will screen at this year's 2009 International Film Festival of Marrakech. In addition, representatives from Korean government organizations, the Korean film industry: producers, directors, actors and film festival delegates will be in attendance. The fes,...More
It was no red carpet event but cameras flashed without cease as some of the country's highest-profile actresses appeared at a theater in southern Seoul, Tuesday morn,...More
The Busan Film Festival Visits the U.S. 2009/11/13, Source, The Busan Film Festival and the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts have formed a partnership to screen Korean films at the U.S. campus. The university, located in Orange California, will screen a select number of contemporary and classic films designed to introduce U.S. audienc,...More
CJ Entertainment, the distributor of South Korea's hit vampire film "Thirst", moved quickly to control the damage after the movie was leaked online earlier this week. But by publicizing the illegal activity, the,...More
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
It will be held on the biggest scale ever this year, featuring 355 films from 70 nations. With a budget expansion of nearly one billion won bringing the total up to 9.95 billion, the coa,...More
Manilla's Korean Film Festival Kicks Off 2009/10/01, Source, Manilla's 2009 Korean Film Festival opened Sept 23, offering free screenings to the public during its one week run. Sponsored by the Korean Embassy and held at Shangri-La Plaza, the fest showcases seven Korean features and celebrates the "Philippines-Republic of Korea Friendship Year".
Singapore to Co-Produce Host 2 2009/07/31, Source, Chungeoram Film, the production company behind Korea's all-time box office champion "The Host", has secured a deal with Singapore's Boku Films that will inject US $5 million into its sequel, "Host 2". The deal follows on a similar injection,...More
New Korean Films at PiFan
2009/07/16, Source, The 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off July 16 – 26 with an exciting range of new Korean independent genre films, commercial hits and rare classics. Among the 12 films vying for the Puchon Choice competition section's top prizes are Korean low-budget omnibus feature,...More
PiFan Launches 2 New Awards 2009/07/09, Source, The 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, taking place July 16 – 26, has announced the launch of 2 new awards this year, the NETPAC and the Fujifilm Eterna award. Both awards will be presided over by juries, with the former going to an Asian film and the latter to a Korean film.
Every summer, big budget Hollywood movies flow in, and many worry about the potential threat to homegrown films. Recent trends, however, suggest that competition is healthy.
"The fact that such a comparison (between national and international franchises) is even,...More
Fantastic Puchon fest 2009/06/26, Source, This year's annual Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) will thrill and chill from 16 July. Until the curtains will be drawn on 26 July, 13th PiFan will be exploring the themes love, fantasy, and adventure.
Puchon, only just outside of west Seoul and connected by subway and buses,...More
The 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival Opens this Week 2009/06/26, Source, This year's Mise-en-scene Short Film festival will showcase a total of 120 films. The film festival whose focus is genre short films will feature films genres normally associated with feature length films. These genres include horror, fantasy, love and even action. It features 57 films in the offi,...More
Korean films strongly recovered in May 2009/06/12, Source, CJ/CGV, Korea's leading cinema chain, announced a 49.1% domestic market share for Korean films in May. Of the 16,322,551 million visitors, 8,018,465 people bought tickets to a Korean film. It is the highest May record for Korean cinema since 2005.
Since 2005, the highest percentage for Korean fil,...More
A total of 10 Korean movies will be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival from May 13-24, marking the highest number of local films ever to be included in the prestigious event's roster.
The first local film ever to be invited to the event was Lee Doo,...More
62nd Cannes Selects 9 Korean Films 2009/05/08, Source, A total of 9 Korean films including 5 features have been invited to the official line-up of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 13 – 24 in the famed coastal city of southern France. Headlining the robust range of Korean films this year is,...More
AZ Works Opens Post-Production Complex in Busan 2009/03/19, Source, South Korea's leading post-production company AZ Works has opened a new 4-story complex in the southern port city of Busan, home to the Pusan Int'l Film Festival. Called 'AZ Works on the Beach' the building is fully-equipped for film processing, editing, graphics and other digital post-production w,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Thirst" teaser poster! 2009/03/17, Source, New Park Chan-wook movie has hit the public!
The new film is greatly awaited by fans of the director. This poster has Song Kang-ho wearing a priest's costume and Kim Ok-bin is hanging onto him upside down as if she were a bat!
However, as soon as this poster hit the public it has been banned for being too provocative and disturbing. This made it even more popular!
The teaser trailer is also released online!,...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
That special time of the year has come around, when South Korea's top filmmakers and actors turn into film festival programmers. The 4th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival will take place Jan. 29-March 1 in Seoul, and director,...More
Fajr Film Fest Hosts Korean Retrospective
2009/01/14, Source, Iran's major annual film event, the 27th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF), held in Tehran, will showcase a retrospective of contemporary Korean films. 13 features produced from the years 2000 through 2008 will screen in the Persian capital, January 30 to February 10, 2009.
[ChanMi's movie news] "Thirst" stars Song Kang-ho as a vampire 2008/10/14, Source, Movie star Song Kang-ho is starring as a vampire in the new movie "Thirst".
This movie has been filmed in Australia last month and finished in Korea for a total of 5 months.
Song is the repected priest, "Sang-hyeon" who volunteered a secret non-profit vaccine research organization in Africa where he was given an unidentifiable blood sample and became a vampire.
The African desert in the movie where the research center is is actually in Australia!,...More
BUSAN ― The star-studded jury of New Currents, the unique competition section of the 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), met with the press Friday to discuss the competition's aim to promote Asian cinema and in particular rising young direc,...More
Korean World Premieres at PIFF 2008 2008/09/30, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is putting its weight behind local films this year, and, under the catch-phrase 'Way to Go, Korea!' will host the World Premier of 15 Korean features. Headlining is closing film "I Am Happy" by,...More
Rain turns into a Hollywood romantic lead 2008/09/05, Source, JUNG Ji-hoon seems likely to turn into a global star through cinema. The pan-Asian pop sensation Bi (Korean word for rain) revealed in a television interview that he is contemplating two Hollywood roles as his next project. One is a romantic comedy and the other is an action film.,...More
The 12th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, the only one of its kind in Korea, wrapped up Sunday after five days of festivity. Cartoon and animation buffs were able to mingle with world premier artists and take part in other fun events.
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
Cine 21 Names CJ's KIM Joo-seong Most Influential 2008/04/22, Source, Local film weekly magazine, Cine 21, provided its annual list of the most powerful players in the Korean film industry, with CJ Entertainment president KIM Joo-seong at the top for the first time. With the industry taking a downturn last year, CJ Ent. has grown to become the key investor and distri,...More
Before Busan welcomes Asia's largest film event Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) each fall, Jeonju, the traditional arts hub of the nation, becomes a cinephile's paradise in the spring.
Korean Films Win Recognition in Europe 2008/03/14, Source, Now, there appears to be growing interest in Korean films overseas.
Domestic productions are winning critical acclaim at major film festivals in particular, in Europe.
Jeong Soyun explains.
Korean films are gaining increasing recognition on the international stage, winning numerous awards and h,...More
In conclusion, the interrelationship is inverse proportion according to the trend in 2007 box-office success in Korean film industry. Among the 100 movies released this year, only 4 movies had more than,...More
The New Year will dawn with a special treat for local cinephiles. It marks "Year Zero", or a fresh new start for Seoul Art Cinema, with the Third Cinematheque Friends Film Festival due Jan. 9-Feb. 3, as well as big plans to revamp Korea's one and only cinematheque,...More
2nd London Korean Film Festival Starts 2007/11/01, Source, 15 Korean films are being showcased this November at the 2nd annual London Korean Film Festival, screening at the Barbican in London's financial district. Opening the weeklong festival, which runs the 2nd to the 8th, is Kim Ki-duk's 2007 Canne,...More
Cinema Old Boy Dreaming Another Big Hit 2007/10/20, Source, He was imprinted on my mind when I read a review of "Dress to Kill" quite some time ago. Though I didn't master Lamaze breathing, he and I have many things in common: we have loving daughters, we once,...More
KOFIC and UK Film Council Announce Deal 2007/10/17, Source, In an important pact between the two countries, the UK Film Council and its Korean counterpart KOFIC signed a Co-Distribution Agreement during this year's Pusan International Film Festival. Beginning in November 2007, distributors of UK and Korean films will be eligible for print and advertising su,...More
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
BUSAN _ The Korean Peninsula is sizzling up with not one but two hot spots. Deep south in Korea's largest port city, the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) turned into a cinephile's playground as the festive opening event unrolled Thursday night.,...More
Korean Flicks Win Hearts of Filmgoers in Russia 2007/08/26, Source, Russia not only welcomes the two Korean astronaut trainees, but also a grand showcase of Korean culture.
A ten-day Korean festival underway in Moscow is winning the hearts of Russians with the traditional music and dance while attracting many moviegoers to Korean cinema.
Chang Yeojeong has this st,...More
Japanese "manga" or comic books have long inspired real-life renditions, such as Park Chan-wook's award-winning film "Old Boy" (2003) and recently re,...More
Jecheon Fest Highlights Music-themed Films 2007/08/03, Source, Between last summer and this summer, a number of musical and music-driven Korean films were released, defining an important new trend towards the genre for local audiences. This month the 3rd Jecheon International Music and Film Festival (JIMFF) showcases that trend, bringing 7 music-themed Korean,...More
Korea's first digital film festival Cinema Digital Seoul 2007 (CinDi) finally came to a close after its weeklong debut July 20-27. The event marked a humble beginning with much potential growth in the future _ especially given its unique focus on digital films, the,...More
An explosive kinetic force will boost the dynamics of Seoul, as some 40 art films mix with digital technology in Cinema Digital Seoul 2007 (CinDi), July 20-27 at multiplex theater CGV Apgujeong in southern Seoul. Amid the high tide of summer film festivals, the even,...More
Takeover of Korea's MK Pictures 2007/07/12, Source, The founders of major Korean film industry player MK Pictures, director Kang Je-gyu, CEO LEE Eun and president SHIM Jae-myeong, announced that they have sold their shares, worth 29% of the company, to a group of five investors. The group, head,...More
New Digital Festival Announces Line-Up 2007/07/03, Source, The inaugural Cinema Digital Seoul festival (CinDi) has announced a line-up of 40 titles, kicking off with David Lynch's DV epic, The Inland Empire on July 20th. The festival, sponsored by the CJ Culture Foundation and the Arts Council Korea, runs until July 27th at the CGV Apgujeong in Seoul.
6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival 2007/06/26, Source, Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.
Though running as briefly as six minutes, short films show that size is not a factor for capturing the limitless power of imagination. Andre Bazin, film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future".
Korean Films in NY Asian Film Fest 2007/06/22, Source, This year's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) features a spate of prominent Korean films and runs from June 22nd to July 8th. Now in its 6th year, the festival selects 30 top Asian films to screen along with three programs of award winning shorts taken from Korea's very own Mise-en-Scene's Genre,...More
Korean cinema will take a big bite of the Big Apple as the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) begins Friday. The festival will feature more than 30 works from the East, of which almost a third are Korean. The event will take place at the IFC Center until July,...More
New York film festival showcases Korean shorts 2007/06/12, Source, Award-winning short films of various genres from Korea's Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will be invited to the 6th annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) from June 22 to July 8 in New York City.
Launched by the Subway Cinema in 2002, the New York Asian Film Festival is a widely a,...More
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio is a French writer whose name often appears on pundits' lists of candidates for the Nobel Prize for Literature along with South Korean poet Ko Un. He is also one of the French writers who have a peculiar hold on the Korean literary cir,...More
Positive Effect of South Korean Media Claimed in North Korea 2007/02/14, Source, A survey was conducted among 30 North Korean defectors who are currently living in South Korea. According to them, the North Korean government is trying to improve people's lives to anticipate possible social unrest which they suspect could be ignited by what people see in South Korean popular cultu,...More
Strong Korean Showing at Berlin Film Fest 2007/02/08, Source, The 57th Berlin Film Festival -- one of the world's three major film events along with those in Cannes and Venice -- opens Thursday and runs to Feb. 18. A total of 373 movies from around the world will be screened during the 10 day run.
ROME _ After a year when they were excluded from the three main international competitions _ Cannes, Venice, Berlin _ Korean films are set for a dramatic comeback on the international festival circuit in 2007. While new efforts by directors,...More
The number of films produced last year was 108, the most ever in Korean cinematic history, and many of them were feature debut works by emerging directors. But more familiar names will be seen at the box office this year as many renowned directors are preparing to,...More
Korea's 30 Most Influential Pop Culture Figures Released 2006/12/28, Source, CJ Entertainment Vice Chairwoman Lee Mi-kyeong has been cited as the most influential figure in Korean popular culture, according to the results of the Herald Business Daily's survey of the country's top 30 pop icons released on Thursday.
The business daily said that the survey was conducted on a,...More
One of the most conspicuous phenomena of 2006 was the "going-solo" trend among former boy band and girl band members. In fact, this year's K-pop scene has been crowded with what seems like an endless procession of "first solo albums".
'I'm a Cyborg But That's OK' and 'Seducing Mr. Perfect' 2006/12/08, Source, Time to check on what's new at movie theaters nationwide.
The big releases this week are three romantic comedies from Korea and the US.
First up is director Park Chanwook's latest production, his first since COMPLETING his revenge trilogy.
Here's Son Heekyung.
Record Yearly Market Share Expected 2006/11/21, Source, A report by Korea's leading cinema chain CJ CGV predicts a 60% plus market share of Korean films in the domestic market this year. After the first ten months of 2006 a market share of 61.9% is recorded by CJ CGV.
Even if the admissions will turn out lower than the prospect during the remaining mo,...More
The Season's Great Movie Kisses 2006/11/16, Source, Fall is closing in, and with it comes the time for bittersweet melodrama in the movie theaters. Lovers meet like ships passing in the night, unforgettable memories are born, tear-moistened hankies fre,...More
Actor Rain 2006/11/16, Source, In his latest film, director Park Chan-wook has chosen love as his subject matter instead of his usual theme of revenge. The main actor of th,...More
Promising Asian Film Market Debut at PIFF 2006/11/03, Source, The first edition of the Asian Film Market (AFM) at the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) closed last Thursday evening with a party at the Grand Hotel in Busan. The AFM announced several reasons to celebrate. Over 3,500 professionals from the film industry participated in the AFM, repres,...More
South Korea's Rain or "Bi"embarks on a world premiere tour this Friday.
Rain, known as Bi in Korean, is und,...More
"Rain" Vows to Take the World by Storm 2006/10/04, Source, It looks like at any moment the pink T-shirt holding in his bulging muscles will be able to contain him no more: shoulders that look as if they have spread another 10 cm in the last year from a new an,...More
Korean films 06 in London 2006/10/02, Source, London will host the free Korean film 06 from September 27 till October 1. The programmed films range from animations for children to comedies to dramas. The venue is the Odeon Covent Garden at Shaftsbury Avenue in the heart of London.
Among the selected films are popular films like the feel-good,...More
The festival will feature films in various genres by South Korean and Korean-American filmmakers, including short films, documentaries and anime films. The film "Run,...More
Korean filmfest kicks off in L.A. 2006/09/28, Source, The Los Angeles Korean International Film Festival kicks off its one-week run Friday at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood, featuring an array of contemporary Korean and Korean-American films.
The third annual festival starts with an opening night presentation of director,...More
Organized by the Korean Culture Center in the U.K. and the Korea Culture & Content Agency, this year's festival will mark the year of mutual visits to South Korea and the U.K. The festival will screen eight domestic hit movies and fou,...More
Ziyi Zhang speaks during a conference in Seoul for her latest movie.
Ziyi Zhang, China's top actress came to town yesterday to promote her latest movie, "The Banquet". The epic film, which also stars Daniel Wu and is directed by Feng Xiagang, was recentl,...More
Production companies to form new hub outside of Seoul 2006/08/25, Source, A group of Korean film companies has committed to move to the city of Paju, outside of Seoul. A total of 18 production companies will move to a 170-acre stretch of land being developed in Paju, located 20 miles northwest of Seoul. The city, located close to the North Korean border, has been branded,...More
The festival's organizing committee selects film for special screenings based on strict c,...More
43rd Crowns King and the Clown 2006/07/26, Source, The 43rd annual Grand Bell Awards ceremony, held July 21st at the COEX Convention Hall in southern Seoul, presented its top prize for Best Film to The King and the Clown as indeed almost everyone expected. The film grew into a colossal local hit when it was released in December of last year, attract,...More
Successful First Half for Korean Film Industry 2006/07/14, Source, CJ CGV, one of Korea's leading exhibitors, reported a 59.5% market share for Korean films in the domestic market during the first six months of 2006. This amounts to a growth of 3.7% compared to last year. Seven of the ten best performing films were Korean.
Time and The Host Compete in Spain 2006/07/12, Source, Two Korean films have been invited to competition sections of the 39th Sitges International Film Festival, one of the top three fantasy film festivals in the world, held annually in Catalonia, Spain. Running October 6th to the 15th, Sitges recently announced the selection of two films by South Korea,...More
Screen Quota Cut in Effect July 1st 2006/07/03, Source, The controversial reduction of South Korea's screen quota system goes into effect Saturday July 1st, halving the mandatory days for the screening of domestic movies in theaters from 146 to 73. The quota had been a sticking-point in concluding a Free Trade Agreement with the United States.
Weekend Screenings Korean War Films at KOFA 2006/06/09, Source, The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) programmed Korean films dealing with the Korean War and the division of Korea with English subtitles. The films will be screened on weekend afternoons in the month June. The program is titled "War and Society: 1950-2000" ( http://www.koreafilm.org/theatre/screening_mai,...More
Top star invests in domestic films 2006/05/25, Source, Keyeast, a media contents investor co-established by actor Bae Yong-joon, recently signed a contract with CJ Entertainment to invest 700 million won ($730,000) in four movies produced by one of the most established movie producer/distributors,...More
Three Korean Names Make This Year's 'Time 100' 2006/05/01, Source, K-Pop superstar Rain, teenage pro-golfer Michelle Wie, and Professor at Harvard Medical School Jim Yong Kim are the three Koreans who made it into a list of the 100 "people who shape our world" by the U.S. current affairs weekly Time. The list is to b,...More
Singer and actor Rain has been selected one of the 100 most influential people in the world by American magazine TIME.
Rain is the first Korean entertainer to make the annual list, announced on Sunday morning, loc,...More
Yale Starts Korean Cinema Course 2006/04/25, Source, The spring 2006 semester will see the first Korean cinema course at Yale University. The course titled 'Korean Cinema after 1961' - will be an "exploration of Korean national cinema" by analyzing the selected films in the context of history, nationhood, gender, identity, and traditional culture.
Bae Doona: Acting Without a Pretty Face On 2006/04/10, Source, At the age of 27, most actresses want to be recognized for their craft as well as their looks, but Bae Doona stands out by having never cared much about the latter. Away from the limelight for a while, Bae is now back with a new movie made in Jap,...More
NHK, Japan's state-run network, has conducted a poll on its Web site ( http://www.nhk.or.jp/bscinema/ ), asking Web users "What are your fav,...More
Korean Film Directors series published by KOFIC 2006/04/04, Source, To increase the international standing of Korean film directors and to promote the international circulation of Korean films, KOFIC announces the publication of the first three books in the Korean Film Directors series. By publishing this series, KOFIC aims to help Korean films and Korean film direc,...More
Lee has recently agreed to act in the new melodramatic picture to be directed by Cho Geun-sik, the director of the film "No Manners" (2002), and produced by KM Cult,...More
What nude scenes mean for actresses 2006/03/27, Source, Just two decades ago, it was rare for movie fans to see actresses do nude scenes because of strict censorship and most stars were hesitant about undressing for the camera.
But as the domestic moviemaking trend took an innovative turn towards liberal expression, nude scenes no longer made much new,...More
Korean Wave Crosses the Pacific 2006/03/22, Source, The Korean Wave is hitting hard the shores of American West coast. Many cities such as Los Angeles have shown that Korean movies and dramas are currently receiving more attention from not only ethnic minorities, but also Americans.
As a result of the growing interest in the Korean culture shown b,...More
This charity movie session will screen the 2004 black comedy "The President's Barber". Starring Song Kang-ho and,...More
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
The Berlin International Film Festival wrapped February 18th with several prizes awarded to ethnic Koreans. Composer Peter KAM received the Silver Bear for Best Film Music for his score in the Hong Kong made Isabella.
No Korean wave star seems to have achieved more than multi-talented Rain in 2005. All across Asia, Rain gained unprecedented popularity through his live performances and TV drama ap,...More
The Five (Plus One) Best Movie Scenes of 2005 2005/12/23, Source, Over 100 Korean films hit the screen this year. The Chosun Ilbo asked movie critics Kim Young-jin and Shim Young-seop to select the best five movie scenes of 2005. They had just finished selecting them when on Dec. 21 director Yun Jong-chan's "Blue Swallow" premiered. We all agreed that drama and sp,...More
Director Park Kwang-hyeon, 'Welcome to my movies' 2005/12/07, Source, The 2005 award ceremony of the Blue Dragon Awards was held at the KBS Hall in Yeouido on November 29. It was truly a festival of high flying stars. Every movie star and director representing Korea gathered together at the event. Although the award ceremony lasted for only a short while, viewers had,...More
KOFIC to attend South African film market 2005/11/16, Source, The Korean Film Council, in partnership with the Korean Embassy of South Africa, will for the first time operate a promotion center at the Sithengi Film & Television Market in Cape Town, South Africa.
Held fromNovember 15-18 at the same time as the Cape Town World Cinema Festival, the Sithengi ma,...More
Film 'Antarctic Journal' Wins Award in Spain 2005/10/19, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ South Korean movie "Antarctic Journal" won the best Asian film award at this year's Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain, film producers in Seoul said Wednesday.
The movie, which was written and directed by,...More
In its 10th year, the festival has been hailed as a commercial success, selling out 112 out of a total 307 presented films as of yesterday. A total audience of 170,300, t,...More
'If You Were Me' Makes Animated Plea for Tolerance 2005/09/23, Source, Even for those who avoid animated movies like the plague, "If You Were Me : Anima Vision" might be worth making an exception for. The six animated shorts bundled together here each offer a lively, spirited and unique take on the theme of discrimination and the experience of being different.
According to the Korean Film Council on Sept. 21, the movies to be screened at this year's Tokyo festival are "Colors Of The Rainy Day", one of the early wor,...More
Park Chan-wook leads Korean films' worldwide advancement 2005/09/21, Source, There is a term called "ticket power". Actors and actresses with ticket power are name brands in and of themselves. Moviegoers flock to watch a film simply because a specific actor with ticket power appears in the film.
Until recently, people with ticket power were almost always actors and actresse,...More
'Dongmakgol' Seen by Over 3 Mil. Viewers 2005/08/16, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ A new homegrown film about Korean War enemies who combine forces to defend a peaceful mountain village from bombing has been seen by more than 3 million moviegoers nationwide, its distributor said Monday.
"Welcome to Dongmakgol" drew 3,057,889 people to cinemas across the nation,...More
The film was seen by 247,000 people in Seoul over Saturday and Sunday.
In the four days since its opening on Friday, "Dongmakgol" beat out la,...More
Kang Woo-seok, Park Chan-wook and Choi Min-sik to Appear on TV 2005/08/08, Source, Prominent Korean actors, film directors and producers will appear on TV to discuss the past, present and future of Korean movies. Entitled "60 Years of Korean Movies through the Eyes of 60 Culture Figures", the program was prepared by KBS TV1's "TV Culture Zone" to mark the 60th anniversary of the n,...More
A Month for Movie Fans 2005/08/04, Source, August will be a month for movie fans, with well-made Korean films of various hues dominating the big screen. Two weeks after its debut, Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" remains unstoppable, attracting 2.1 million filmgoers as,...More
In November 1950, when the war was at its peak, a U.S. pilot named Smith crashes in Dongmakgol,,...More
`Vengeance' Is Sweet at Box Office 2005/08/01, Source, The feature film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" was seen by some 1.45 million people in the first four days of its theatrical release, the best opening weekend for a film this year.
The film, which is the third installment of,...More
The character Keum-ja that she plays in "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (to be released on July 29) is a vicious woman who plans revenge for 13 years on the man who betrayed her. There was a time,...More
Director Park Chan-wook has been acclaimed for his previous films about revenge, but he says he believes revenge is meaningless and his coming film, the last in his revenge trilogy, takes a new look at the,...More
When Bruce Lee first fought on the silver screen in the 1970s, Chinese martial arts movies made their mark on America. They continue to inspire today, with recent films such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon",,...More
Film industry suffers from stars' fee dispute 2005/07/05, Source, A dramatic dispute between film directors and film stars highlights how soaring guaranteed payments for actors could cripple Korea's film industry -already struggling with a shrinking share of the domestic market - and taint the image of the Korean Wave, an Asia-wide surge in the popularity of Korea,...More
Rival film fests compete for fantasy buffs 2005/07/01, Source, Two film festivals dedicated to the fantasy genre - the Puchon International Film Festival and the Real Fantastic Film Festival - will take place on July 14-23 in Seoul and Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, and online ticket sales for both events start today.
Fantasy films, which embrace bizarre, unrea,...More
"Night Watch", the opening film for the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Two rival film festivals specializing in unusual and bizarre films announced the detailed descriptions of their events. Now it is up to audiences to judge which is more fantastic.,...More
The Incredible Self-Duplicating Film Fest 2005/06/23, Source, Korea will see two competing fantasy film festivals next month, each presumably more fantastic than the other, after a spat with management drove the original organizer of one of them away. The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) will last for 10 days from July 14 to July 23, but th,...More
CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.
David H. Franzoni, the producer and screenwriter of the Academy Award-winning epic blockbuster "Gladiator", will make his film directorial debut with a remake of the hit 2000 Korean movie "JSA - Joint Security Area".
According to Thursday's issue of the Hollywo,...More
Lee Young-ae Attempts Striking Makeover 2005/05/03, Source, Actress Lee Young-ae showed off a totally new image in her latest movie "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". So far, Lee's image as commonly portrayed in her movie posters has been one of a naive-looking woman with long straight hair and no makeup w,...More
Former staff members of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) said Wednesday that holding their own film festival at the same time as PiFan is a move not against PiFan, but against the fundamental problems it has.
Earning director Park Chan-wook the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival last year, "Old Boy", a story about a man who was kidna,...More
Movie Theme Park Opens in Seoul 2005/02/23, Source, There's a new tourist hot spot smack in the heart of Seoul. It's a mock studio where visitors can experience scenes from some of Korea's recently acclaimed films and TV dramas.
It began with the hit 1998 action film "Shiri". "JSA - Joint Security Area", followed two years later, delving into new,...More
Korea Crowds out Hollywood in Japan's Top 10 of Foreign Movies 2005/01/07, Source, Four of the Top 10 foreign films in Japan for 2004 came from Korea, according to a list compiled by the nation's leading movie magazine "Kinema Junbo".
The magazine's annual roundup of the cream of the foreign film crop is selected by film critics and viewer's votes. It is one of the most prestigi,...More
The organizing committee of one of the major domestic film festivals on Thursday decided to dismiss its festival director despite strong opposition from the event's programmers and threats from members of the film industry to boycott next year's event.
2004 good for movies, gloomy in performing arts 2004/12/29, Source, The year 2004 has been good for movies and musicals, but other culture areas like performing arts and K-pop suffered due to the long drawn-out economic slump that forced consumers to trim budgets for entertainment activities. Here are the sector-by-sector summaries of what happened this year.
With a mix of gangster thrillers, cold war morality tales, quirky comedies and art house flicks, South Korean films are garnering critical acclaim and commercial success at home, across Asia and, increasingly, around the world.
'Old Boy' Wins Stockholm Film Fest's Viewers' Choice Award 2004/11/28, Source, Local film "Old Boy" was honored with the viewers' choice award at the 15th Stockholm International Film Festival. The Star! Audience Award is given to the film screened at the event that the audience votes to be most popular.
This is not the first time that director,...More
Tenth place on first weekend box office
According to Japan's movie-special site eiga.com (www.eiga.com), Director Park Chan-wook's 'Old Boy' took tenth place on its fi,...More
Up close and personal with directors 2004/11/06, Source, At the world's most prestigious film festival in Cannes, only the media has access to ask questions to such brilliant directors as Quinton Tarantino and Michael Moore.
But at Seoul's new and perhaps smallest film event which debuted this week, the audience had the opportunity to pick the brain of,...More
Two English-subtitled film festivals for expats in Korea 2004/11/01, Source, Korean movies are riding a wave of popularity, with noticible artistic and commercial appeal brought on by a new generation of stylish directors grabbing prizes in major international film festivals. For foreign residents in Korea, two events provide a chance to enjoy some quality offerings - with E,...More
Fruit Chan, once a symbol of the independent cinema scene in Hong Kong after starting with his much acclaimed film "Made in Hong Kong", is back at PIFF for the seventh time. This year, however, he has come more as a member of the jury for "New Currents", PIFF's on,...More
Korean film "TaeGukgi" popular in U.S. 2004/10/10, Source, The Korean film, "TaeGukgi" (The Brotherhood of War), which is competing in the race for the U.S. Academy Awards' nomination for best foreign film for the first time among Korean movies, earned $1 million in ticket sales at box offices in the United States. The record was made in just four weeks aft,...More
9th PIFF Kicks Off on Oct. 7th 2004/10/07, Source, One of Asia's biggest film festivals is set to kick off in Korea's port city of Busan. Celebrities will be out in force and the annual event will feature more than 260 movies, including some award-winning Korean and other Asian films.
The curtains will go up on the annual international film festiv,...More
In terms of both commercial success and artistic recognition, 2004 has been year of highs for the Korean film industry.
The big news throughout the first third of the year was the record-breaking success of two films. Though their takes on the subject was quite diff,...More
266 Films from 63 Nations Await Fans at PIFF 2004/09/14, Source, The invited films, guest people and official program of the Pusan (also spelled Busan) International Film Festival were revealed to the public Monday. The festival is known as the most dynamic film festival in Asia.
This year's PIFF will be the largest festival ever and 266 films from 63 different,...More
Wearing an elegant black velvet coatdress and husband Warren Beatty, scene diva Annette Bening stepped onto the red carpet and officially kicked off the 29th year of the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday.
This year's gala opening was Bening's "Being Julia,...More
The films include veteran director IM Kwon-taek's Low Life (formerly titled Raging Years) in the "Master,...More
Human Rights Commission to Produce Second Omnibus Film 2004/08/25, Source, Following the critical success of the 2003 film 'If You Were Me', Korea's Human Rights Commission has confirmed the production of a second omnibus film on the topic of discrimination, to be shot by five established Korean directors.
The directors will be Ryu Seung-wan (Arahan),,...More
Film unmasks monsters inside man 2004/08/24, Source, Horror movies usually deal with anti-heros, whose monstrosity is so evident that the audiences readily distance themselves from the negative images fleshed out on the silver screen. But "Three, Monster", released on Friday, goes the opposite way.
The film has attracted media limelight because of i,...More
"Three, Monster", a compilation of short films by East Asian directors, is probably the most aesthetic of horror films to open in theaters this year. The three directors who participated in this project _,...More
Untold Scandal to close Edinburgh festival 2004/08/17, Source, Untold Scandal, a film adaptation of French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses set in 18th-century Korea, has been selected as the closing film of the 2004 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
One of Great Britain's most prominent festivals, Edinburgh was originally scheduled to screen Hong Kong d,...More
Korean movies are poised to attract German audiences 2004/08/11, Source, In general, Germans show two widely different responses to Korean food. Owing to preconceptions concerning the smell of garlic, some Germans are disgusted by Korean food even before tasting it. Others, though, are fascinated by "bulgogi (roast meat)" and "kimchi (pickled vegetables)", and often visi,...More
Would you be able to kill an innocent child to save your wife's life? Although it sounds like a really bizarre or even ridiculous question, "Old Boy" director Park Chan-wook uses it to explore the dark side,...More
This marks the first trip to Venice by director IM since 1987, when h,...More
Korean Film Export Results from the first half of 2004 2004/08/02, Source, As can be witnessed from the Korean film export results of the first half of 2004, exports are in the ascension, continuing on from 2003. According to the Korean Film Council(KOFIC)'s accumulated statistics based on data from international sales companies, 111 Korean films were exported to 39 countr,...More
Government to decorate 'Old Boy' makers 2004/07/26, Source, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said yesterday it will bestow decorations on the director, lead actor and producer of "Old Boy", a hit movie that grabbed the runner-up Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The local film "Old Boy" won the grand prize of the jury at the 57th Cannes Film Festival in May. Now, the makers behind the film are set to be honored by the government for their achievement.
Chung Dong-chae, minister of Culture and Tourism, will present,...More
Dramatic impact of 'Old Boy' 2004/07/01, Source, With the media frenzy over "Old Boy"'s Grand Prize of the Jury triumph at the Cannes Film Festival finally beginning to die down, it should come as no surprise that this week's DVD review features - yes, you guessed it - "Old Boy" (2003). After all, how often does a psychological drama as good as More
Actors, Directors to Record Song About Screen Quota 2004/06/27, Source, Members of the local film industry will get together and record a song in support of the screen quota system.
Film People for Alternative Measures, a civic group in support of maintaining the quota system, will record "Screen Quota Yondaega", a song written by musical composer Park Chon-hui, in a,...More
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/06/25, Source, ▣ Miso (A Smile) (2003)
Seoul Selection Bookstore
Saturday at noon
This film shows the significance of a smile after a tragedy has been experienced. So-jong (Chu Sang-mi) is one day diagnosed with pigmentary degeneration of the retina, which doctors say will eventually lead to a total los,...More
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/06/17, Source, ▣ Kunyo-rul Mitji Maseyo (Too Beautiful to Lie) (2004)
Saturday at noon
Seoul Selection Bookstore
Even in this world of distrust, it would be difficult for any man to resist the charms and superb beauty that Yong-ju (played by,...More
Rotten Dumplings Inspire 'Oldboy' Parody Pictures 2004/06/08, Source, As the "garbage dumpling" scandal sends shockwaves throughout our society, parody pictures based on the movie "Oldboy" have been rapidly making their way around the Internet, and Korean Internet users have been making their fury known on the dumpling companies' homepages.
Police booked on Sunday f,...More
Encore screening of 'Old Boy' 2004/05/25, Source, Seoul Selection bookshop said yesterday that it would screen director Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy" to celebrate the hit film's success at the 57th Cannes Film Festival, where it won the runner-up Grand Prize.
Korean-made Films Gain Growing Int'l Recognition 2004/05/24, Source, The latest honor of "Old Boy" winning the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival highlights how far Korean movies have come since the country's first moving pictures were produced more than 80 years ago. It also shows that Korea, which remains one of the few countries in the world where,...More
Cannes Warms to Int'l Productions 2004/05/16, Source, A movie fan holds a banner seeking a ticket for Director Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy", ahead of the screening of the Korean blockbuster, at the 57th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, Saturday. /Yonhap
'Old Boy', 'Woman' Get Ready to Vie at Cannes 2004/05/13, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
CANNES, France - The gala opening of the 57th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which took place on Wednesday, put the spotlight for the first time on a Spanish film, Pedro Almodà³var's already controversial "La Mala Educacià³n (Bad Education)", a semi-a,...More
Korean movies are winning global recognition from international film festivals. As a telltale sign, two films, 'Old Boy' and 'Woman,...More
Korean Films Strike Cannes 2004/05/11, Source, Will Korean movies strike the 2004 Cannes Film Festival with a new wave?
Opening the festival with Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education" on Wednesday, the event announces this year's award winning films and directors at its close on May 23. A distinguishing fact of this year's 57th Cannes Film Festiva,...More
"Cinema Paradise", a television program about movies that first went to air in 1994, is celebrating its 500th episode on Friday.
Broadcast at 10:20 a.m. on Fridays on EBS, the program has shown a variety of movies including documentaries, independent productions,...More
Far East Film Fest Closes 2004/05/06, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy _ The sixth edition of Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the Italian event that takes place in the town of Udine and is renowned as the biggest showcase for East Asian popular cinema in the West, came to a close last Friday evening, with the anno,...More
Korean Films Bookend Udine Film Fest 2004/04/27, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy - Udine, a small town in North Eastern Italy, has fast become the capital of East Asian cinema in the West. The sixth Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the biggest film festival promoting knowledge and appreciation of Asian popular cinema outside,...More
`Old Boy' Joins `Woman' at Cannes Film Festival 2004/04/21, Source, By Joon Soh
"Old Boy", a film about an ordinary man who gets kidnapped and placed in a cell for no reason will be screening in the competition section of the 57th Cannes Film Festival, the second local film to be invited this year.
'Old Boy' Remake to Hit Hollywood 2004/03/11, Source, The Park Chan-wook film "Old boy" will be reborn as a Hollywood movie. Cineclick Asia, the overseas marketer for the film, announced Tuesday that in the American Film Festival, it concluded a deal with the U.S movie company Universal Picture,...More
In the Korean movie industry, dominated by comedies, Kim Dong-joo, the CEO of Showist and the executive producer of a movie "Old boy", is making waves.
Kim thought that "Old boy", a 1997 series of comic books by Nobuaki,...More
Surprise winner for best picture 2003/12/13, Source, Director Kim Ki-duk's "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring", a quiet meditation on a Buddhist monk's quest for truth, was named the best picture of the year at the Blue Dragon Film Awards on Thursday.
Korean films sell well at MIFED 2003/11/21, Source, Korean international sales companies saw strong business at the recent MIFED film market in Milan, Italy. A large number of Korean films were sold to other territories, with strong interest being shown in titles Old Boy, Untold Scandal, Legend of the Evil Lake and others.
'Oldboy' shows off new tricks 2003/11/19, Source, In director Park Chan-wook's latest brooding opus, the theme of vengeance is back with ... well, a vengeance. In a departure from his hauntingly restrained "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance", his new film "Oldboy" opening this Friday thrashes wild,...More
Six degrees of discrimination in one film 2003/11/12, Source, When the new film "If You Were Me" debuted at the Jeonju International Film Festival in April, some strange noises could be heard from the theater. First came the laughs. Was it a comedy? Then came the sighs. Was it a melodrama? Then came the shrieks. Was it a horror?
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