[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.04.29 ~ 2016.05.01 2016/05/02,
Marvel's "Civil War" takes no prisoners...
Marvel Studios' much-anticipated "Captain America: Civil War" arrived in Korea last Wednesday and over the weekend this blockbuster was the only game in town. The film was allocated an incredible 1,990 screens and attracted 2.7 million filmgoers for a whopping 90.5% of the box office pie. Already "Civil War" has amassed 3.9 million admissions in Korea alone ($28.7 million), and globally Marvel's latest superhero flick has banked over $200 million. Western superhero films are very popular the world over, and Korea is no exception, and its dominance over the weekend left very little for the rest of fray to fight over,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Love, Lies" 2016/04/23,
During the Japanese Occupation of Korea, So-yool (played by Han Hyo-joo) and Yeon-hee (played by Cheon Woo-hee) are friends raised together as proper gisaengs, inheritors to Korea's traditional musical culture. The prospects of the young women take a radical turn in 1943, when they meet Yoon-woo (played by Yoo Yeon-seok), an aspiring songwriter who wishes to break the yoke of Japanese oppression by using music, as a weapon,...More
Memories of the Sword (2015) 2015/08/14, Source,
Genres: Action and Epics
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Park Heung-sik
Starring: Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Go-eun-I, Lee Byung-hun
Synopsis: Three warriors from the Koryo Dynasty lead a riot. Due to the betrayal of Deok-gi, Pung-cheon dies. Deok-gi then tries to persuade Seol-rang to join his side, but she refuses. She then flees with Pung-cheon's sword and his infant daughter. Some 18 years later, Seol-rang is now blind and she trains Pung-cheon's daughter to use the sword for revenge,...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
[HanCinema Feature] Historical Hysteria: Korean period films coming in 2014 2014/01/11, Joseon pirates, legends, swordsmen, angels and more coming our way in 2014...
Cinematic journeys back to Joseon and beyond have rewarded the Korean film industry with a string of profitable historical yarns, a trend that has got producers drooling with the prospect of tapping deeper into this regenerative cash cow. Recently, it's been Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" (9.1M admissions) that has had locals flustered and, in 2005, it was Lee Joon-ik's "The King and the Clown" that became the first Joseon-era flick to pass the 10 million admissions mark. It's big business with a cultural twist that locals enjoy supporting, international audiences love lapping up, and a trend that 2014 is keen to take advance of as a host of new retrospectives are getting raring to go,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sorry, Thanks": Human Relationships, with Animals. 2012/04/28, Animal rights may not be on top of Korea's list of social issues, as many people in Korea are not fully educated about domestic animals or have experience with pets in general. Perhaps it stems from the fact that a large percentage of Korea's population lives in cities and places that are generally ill suited to owning a dog or cat. "Sorry, Thanks" is an omnibus film that contains four short stories about animals (more specifically dogs and cats) and their relationship with Korean society. The film highlights a number of existing social issues surrounding these animals, but the film mainly speaks of animal abandonment, social neglect, and the lack of appreciation and experience people have with of animals,...More
Omnibus film on pets is poignant, profound 2011/05/19, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
It was with a certain relief this reporter saw the omnibus film "Sorry, Thanks". Among the few dramas featuring animals in Korean cinema, this seasonal movie targeting family audiences does not stop short of being cute and cuddly or featuring amazing tricks by pets.
Four acclaimed directors bring their own style and perspective to depict profound connections people establish with cats and dogs, all the while providing an incisive observation of the dynamics that mark various human and cross-species relationships,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 1 2010/12/09, Source,
Actor Lee Sun-kyun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"I think all guys are the same when they become dads, in the sense that we think that we need to take care of our family as the breadwinner of the house rather than wanting to become a certain kind of actor", actor Lee Sun-kyun said in his mellow ringing voice. This man, who viewers thought would wait eternally for the main female character in his movies and dramas with his mild voice and gaze, has become a real man who now has a wife and son. And it may be coincidence but with his more recent roles -- from film "Paju" and "Oki's Movie" to MBC TV series "Pasta" -- Lee at times became violent and sometimes even a loser instead of the angelic romantic guy he was most often regarded as. The reason that romantic comedy pic "Petty Romance" comes as a pleasant surprise to fans is that he has gone back to working on a romantic story but has managed to play a character with a sharp temper. Some viewers may think he has merely made a change, while others may think he has matured. Maybe the interview below will help you make a clearer judgement. 10: Your moustache is what stands out to me the most about you from the very start. Lee Sun-kyun: It was my look in film "Petty Romance". The script for it had originally said my character is not well off financially but still looks amazing on the outside, looking like a model and dressing nicely as well. But this didn't seem to go with the circumstances he is in,...More
PIFF's New Currents Delivers Two Winners 2006/11/03, Source, The jury of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival's New Currents section appointed two winners this year: Malaysian feature Love Conquers All and the Chinese film Betelnut. Director TAN Chui Mui's Love Conquers All was regarded as a strong contender for the award, while Betelnut - directed by Y,...More
11th PIFF Announces Line-Up 2006/09/21, Source, Last week in Seoul at an unusually crowded press conference, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) director Kim Dong-ho and his team, presented an impressive line-up of premieres, programs, and celebrity events, all to take place during its,...More
KOFIC announces recipients of Art Film Support 2006/06/16, Source, The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the 2006 Production Support for Art Films fund. Applications were submitted for 32 live-action feature films and 2 animated feature films, and separate juries selected 4 live-action features and 1 animated feature to receive 400 million won ($4,...More
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