Director PARK Jeong-woo began his career as a scriptwriter for box office hits such as < Attack The Gas Station >, < Break Out >, < Kick the Moon >, and < Jail Breakers >. His sharp-witted and socially expressive scripts impressed audiences and their financial success allowed him to work on ever larger projects. His upcoming project < Big Bang > is about the deviation from an established and stifling social rule, and has his characteristic wit and biting depiction of society. Like all his previous works, < Big Bang > is one of the finest social satires and one of the most spectacular films ever.
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/08/13,
KOBIZ tracks the historical characters actor Hwang Jung-min has brought to life over the years, Jason Bechervaise reviews the record-breaking "A Taxi Driver" for Screen Daily, see how urban legends are being realized on Korea's big screen, and America gets its first remake of a Korean drama,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/16,
A trio of K-noirs find support in Japan, Kyu Hyun Kim reviews Park Jeong-woo's apocalyptic thriller "Pandora", KoBiz reveals the films that will be competing during the upcoming peak season, and Variety has all the winners from the recent WildFlower Film Awards,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.06 ~ 2017.01.08 2017/01/09, Japanese anime "Your Name" enters in pole position...
For the first time in over a decade, a Japanese anime has entered at the top of the South Korean box office. Makoto Shinkai's fantasy romance anime "Your Name" (based on Shinkai's own novel of the same name) officially opened on Wednesday after becoming the second-highest grossing anime film in Japan late last year where it banked over $288 million (Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away", the highest-grossing anime, sits on $289 million). From 944 screens, "Your Name" captured 31.3% of the sales (832,040 admissions) to dislodge last weekend's number one, Jo Eui-seok's crime flick "Master",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.12.16 ~ 2016.12.18 2016/12/19, "Pandora" retains pole position in the aftermath of political unrest...
Park Jeong-woo's thriller "Pandora" retained pole position during its second weekend out by capturing 42.8% of the sales; the film, Park's fourth after "Dance With The Wind", "Big Bang", and "Deranged", added a million admissions to move its total tally now to 3.1 million, or $20.9 million. The film's release is timely given the recent political unrest in the country, which led Maggie Lee, Variety's Chief Asia Film Critic, to write that, "Korean audiences will surely wonder how the lines between parody, fiction, and reality are blurred".,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Big Bang" + DVD Giveaway 2016/12/17,
An ordinary man by the name of Man-su (played by Kam Woo-sung) makes his living as an office worker and even in free time has a very extreme aversion to risk. Alas, the modern world does not look kindly upon people who play it safe. Few social crimes are worse than being a person who does not have fun. After his initial outburst of civil disobedience Man-su meets ne'er do well Cheul-gone (played by Kim Soo-ro) and then, well, things just get progressively worse and worse,...More
[Interview] Kim Nam-gil, "My current interest is the Blue House" 2016/12/12, Source,
Pandora's Box is open. "Pandora" was released on the 7th and an estimated audience of 1.5 million went to see the movie over the weekend. In the middle of it all is actor Kim Nam-gil. He plays Jae-hyeok who throws himself in the middle of a nuclear explosion to save his family. He's no Hollywood hero. He's just an ordinary man.
As we met Kim Nam-gil for an interview, he didn't look sophisticated or comical. He just wore a black shirt with a cap and we listened to what he had to say about the movie,...More
Sneak peak at nuclear disaster movie "Pandora" 2016/12/01, Source,
Korea is the country with the highest concentration of nuclear power plants in the world. As of 2016, a total of 24 nuclear reactors are in operation at four nuclear power plants. Nine metropolitan municipalities and 28 municipalities are in close proximity within a radius of the entire nuclear power plant complex. After the Fukushima nuclear accident, many countries have decided to implement the enactment, although South Korea is currently in the process of constructing six and adding four.
What will the audience think when the ending credits roll in the disaster blockbuster "Pandora", which is the first movie in Korea to tell a story about a nuclear accident? "Pandora" which opens on December 7 is a production that conveys the message of exposing the truth, leaving the fun out of cinema. The disaster portrayed in the movie is so heavy, vivid, and it surpasses the audience beyond imagination,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/11/19,
Kobiz highlights films with leading ladies in their new infographic, Netflix scoops up the distribution rights for the disaster film "Pandora", hear what production designer Jang Geun-young has to say about his latest work after returning to the industry, and Paul Quinn talks about a Korean classic on his podcast,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Descendants of Hong Gil-dong" 2014/12/13,
Family is very important in South Korea, but also in its entertainment. It often plays a big role in many genres. 'Descendants of Hong Gil-dong' combines a family comedy with action and adds to it an ensemble cast capable of handling both. The trick to making such combinations work is making each one matter in the progression of the other. The end result here is pretty satisfying,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] JULY 2012: Homecourt advantage plays in a hotly contested showdown for the summer crowds 2012/08/04, The month of July started out well for Korean films, as Korean audiences were treated to Park Jeong-woo's "Deranged" early on. The film cleared over a million admissions in its opening weekend and is currently challenging "Nameless Gangster" as the highest grossing Korean film of the year. Although that might sound like a great plan, the much anticipated crime thriller "The Thieves", from director/screenwriter Choi Dong-hoon, proved to be a massive game changer as it racked up over two millions admissions in its opening weekend; all the while stirring up a buzz about how far the film will be able to climb in the charts.
There was an equal mix of local and foreign releases this past month, with "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Thieves" leading their respected parties. Along with the final film in the "Dark Knight" trilogy, Marvel's "The Amazing Spiderman" was the other top foreign feature of the month. It was released during the last week of June and is closing in on a cool five million admissions,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.07.20 ~ 2012.07.22 2012/07/23, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review
The third film in Christopher Nolan's Batman series has arrived in Korea and was welcomed by a massive reception of 1,992,257 admissions! "The Dark Knight Rises" was flagged to challenge the likes of Marvel's "The Avengers" for the 2012 crown; But despite this amazing admissions count, can "The Dark Knight Rises" continue with this first weekend momentum all the way to the top? In the face of Mr. Nolan's much anticipated blockbuster, Park Jeong-woo's "Deranged" was convincingly shoved off the podium; claiming just 15.70% (494,866) of the total tickets sales at the weekend,...More
CJ ENTERTAINMENT Brings Sci-fi Thriller DERANGED to North America 2012/07/13, Source,
Korean box office hit to release on July 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 12, 2012) – CJ Entertainment brings the highly anticipated science fiction thriller "Deranged" to North America on July 27, 2012. Upon its release in South Korea, "Deranged" quickly beat out Hollywood blockbuster Amazing Spiderman in the box office and sold more than 1.3 million tickets in 4 days.
There must be something in the water.
Just before dawn, skeletal bodies surface on the Han River in Seoul, Korea,...More
"Deranged" premieres sooner than expected 2012/06/06, Source,
Looks like we are going to see "Deranged" very soon! CJ Entertainment, the production company of the disaster-horror movie confirmed that "Deranged" will premiere in South Korean cinemas on 5 July. The new date is one week ahead of its original release date of 12 July, which was earlier confirmed by Ozone Film. The advanced release will also avoid the clash with Hollywood movies "The Amazing Spiderman" and "Cabin in the Woods" due to hit theaters on 12 July.,...More
A first glimpse at "Deranged" 2012/05/23, Source,
Be prepared for a big disaster this summer.
CJ Entertainment has released the teaser trailer of Korea's first ever viral-disaster movie, "Deranged", which opens in South Korean theaters nationwide on 12 July. Official synopsis follows after the video,...More
Disaster film "Deranged" comes to the Cannes! 2012/05/18, Source,
Upcoming disaster flick "Deranged" will be screened at the Cannes!
CJ Entertainment, international distributor of "Deranged" will present the promo reel of the blockbuster film at Cannes' Marché du Film, the film market held parallel to the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival that runs from 16 to 27 May 2012 in Cannes, France.,...More
"Yeongasi" is "Deranged" 2012/04/27, Source,
"Yeongasi", the summer movie offering of CJ Entertainment and Ozone Films Co., Ltd. finally gets its official international title - "Deranged". By definition, "derange" relates to insanity, craziness or psychological disturbance.
The title "Deranged" describes the mental state of a victim of the strange and rapidly spreading infection. The disease, which is transmitted by mutated parasitic horsehair worms called "yeongasi", is caused by a virus that takes control of the human brain,...More
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