[HanCinema's Film Review] "Haeundae" + DVD Giveaway 2015/09/19,
I first saw "Haeundae", not from start to finish, but beginning midway through on cable television. There were, as to be exected, a lot of special effects about a giant tidal wave destroying everything. Given that the press materials have always pretty explicitly tried to sell the product as a disaster film, this should come as little surprise. Then I tried watching the movie from the very beginning and made a shocking discovery. "Haeundae" is, in fact, a romantic comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Heaven's Soldiers" 2015/03/07,
In the modern day (technically ten years ago, since that was when the movie was made) North and South Korea are at a diplomatic impasse regarding nuclear weapons, and an ill-advised mission results in a small group of armed combatants from both countries meeting on hostile terms. Then something weird happens, and the whole motley crew is forced to admit that in the new situation, they have something more in common with each other than anybody else they can find. And that something is mostly their ability to stubbornly insist on arbitrary rules,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.01 ~ 2013.11.03 2013/11/04,
The God of Thunder has struck the Korean peninsula and taken charge atop its box office. "Thor: The Dark World" hammered home 827,625 admissions to deny "Blood and Ties" a second weekend title as Korea's choice flick. Last week Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and "Blood and Ties" partook in a photo finish whereby the local effort pulled through on ticket stubs, while the big budget blockbuster claimed the cash prize due to its 3D splendour. This past weekend's results, however, put a sharp stop to the squabbling, as a new king was crown in the form of the Marvel's "Thor" and his second eventful arrival on our petty planet,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Top Star" 2013/11/02,
The immediate sparkle "Top Star" brings to the surface is just how glamorous everything looks. The life of a screen star is a shiny, fabulous, fun place to be. Just in terms of sheer attractiveness the actors in this movie look great, in perfectly made-up form, and for once the narrative actually justifies why we get to look at so many beautiful people. This is the film industry, where appearances are everything. Even Mina (played by So I-hyeon) looks fabulous, and her job is to work behind the scenes.
But underneath this beautiful appearance lies...well, nothing all that serious actually. Anybody who wants to see a takedown on the more grotesque warped aspects of screen acting, "Rough Play" is your film,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/19, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Blood and Ties": A daughter starts to question her father's involvement in a series of killings that devastated their family. (10/24)
★★★★★ "Rough Play": An upcoming movie star gets absorbed into the corrupt underworld of fame and fortune. (10/24)
★★★★ "Koala": Three young adults pool their efforts to try and keep their new burger business alive. (10/24),...More
'Top Stars' Discuss Switch Over to Directing at BIFF 2013/10/07, Source, Ha Jeong-woo (left) and Park Joong-hoon
Two Korean actors made their directorial debuts at the 18th Busan International Film Festival, which opened last Thursday -- Park Joong-hoon with "Top Star" and Ha Jeong-woo with "Fasten Your Seatbelt". At an open talk session for his film held at Haeundae Beach in the southern port city on Saturday, Park said, "I've been an actor for 28 years, having started out at the age of 20. In that time I received a lot of love and attention from movie fans, and I suppose in a way it made me more of a narcissist". He added that he has seen many actors lose their way and turn into different people after starting to believe their own hype, which is an issue he wanted to deal with in his first film as director,...More
Ahn So-hee of Wonder Girls 2012/02/23, Source, Ahn So-hee (Hangul: 안소희; Hanja: 安昭熙; born June 27, 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, model and MC. She is a member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007,...More
Fashion festival to light up Gangnam 2011/09/28, Source,
Models stand on a red carpet during a fashion show in Gangnam, southern Seoul, last year. The district will hold this year's show between Oct. 1 and 9 with, markets, costume contests and cultural events. / Courtesy of Gangnam District Office By Kim Rahn
In early October, the affluent Gangnam District in southern Seoul will transform into a huge festival venue as it hosts the 2011 Gangnam Fashion Festival with no extravagance spared.
From Oct. 1 through 9 centered at COEX the celebrations will not only include fashion and shopping but also various sports and cultural events, including a concert featuring hallyu star Rain,...More
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today at the MoMA 2011/09/16, Source, Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today will start on Sept. 22 and last through Oct. 2.
This year, we are pleased to welcome back Lim Soon-rye, South Korea's most highly regarded female filmmaker, to The Korea Society for the Opening Night's screening of "Rolling Home with a Bull" (2010), which follows a young man's forlorn life as a failed poet and unemployed bachelor who winds up taking an unexpected journey throughout the country with his father's cvherished bull and making a series of peculiar run-ins.
This year's Yeonghwa series will also have a special focus on director Jeon Kyu-hwan, whose Town Trilogy films--"Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010)-examines various human lives that exist in Seoul's urban landscape, including those of an African laborer, a Russian exchange student, a reformed pedophile, a North Korean defector, and a dejected print-shop owner. Jeon's Town Trilogy critiques the "town" of Seoul from a sociological auteur's perspective,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Apprehenders" 2011/08/27, Lim Chan-ik's 2011 film "The Apprehenders" plays with regionalism within the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) and scores a big plus with frequent laughter and surprisingly entertaining cast chemistry. This action comedy delves into several superficial social norms within Korea culture, accenting most beats with a satirical sensibility and hyperbole serving to heighten the fun and blur the mirror on Korea's social reality.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Hanji 2011/05/21,
The veteran Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-taek's 101st film "Hanji" (also know as "Scooping Up the Moonlight") blurs the line between narrative fiction and documentary filmmaking. It's educational and delicate, but is it at times a victim of its own intentions?,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2011/05/12, Source, Park Joong-hoon [박중훈], a master of exaggerated comical acting, meets Lee Seon-gyoon [이선균], whose charm springs from his sense of seriousness. This odd-couple's spectacular acting presents itself in the movie, "The Apprehenders".
The Mapo police department leader Hwang Jae-sung [황재성], and the Seodaemun police department leader Jeong Eui-chan [정의찬] always fight over higher policing records since their jurisdictional regions are in close proximity. Then the two rivals begin a knock-down competition. for the title of the "Apprehender",...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Catchy works at Jeonju Film Fest 2011/04/21, Source,
A scene from "Nader and Simin, a Separation". The Iranian family drama, directed by the 2009 Berlinale Silver Bear winner Asghar Farhadi, will open the 12th Jeonju International Film Festival on April 28. / Courtesy of JIFF
By Lee Hyo-won
Like its iconic dish of mixed rice and vegetables, Jeonju becomes a "bibimbap" of indie films each year. The 12th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will open April 28 for a nine-day run, ending May 6,...More
Corrupt detective vs dumb detective vs incapable detective 2011/04/18, Source, * Screen
Detectives are a regular subject in movies. They are the same jobs but they play a variation in movies and the most loved subject matter by directors. This springtime brings many movies with the subject of detectives.
# "I Am a Dad" – the relationship between a dad and a detective
"I Am a Dad" (directed by Jeon Man-bae and produced by Cicada in Memory) lead character is detective Jong-sik (Kim Seung-woo). He is the best at connecting puzzles and doesn't hesitate to hold hands with the bad,...More
Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News' 2011/03/15, Source,
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
Im Kwon-taek: directing beyond his years 2011/03/15, Source, Im Kwon-taek poses for the camera in Seoul, Monday, before sitting down for an interview to speak about "Hanji". In his 101st film, the 75-year-old director captures the beauty of Korean traditional paper, "Hanji", and also poses questions about protecting artistic heritage. / Korea Times photos by Shim Hyun-chul
Im's 101st film explores madness in the mundane. "Why do people have to become crazy about preserving (things just because they're old)? But I wanted to show that we are losing something valuable right here, right now",...More
Weekly star scene 1 2011/02/02, Source,
We've got a great new treat for you guys out there now. We know you've been hungry for the latest in entertainment news here in Korea so every Wednesday is our Weekly Star Scene corner. Hyeon Bin, Gong Li, Yoon Si-yoon updates on these stars and more are all up next. We're joined by Lee Dami here in the studio to tell us more,...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] Actor Lee Seon-gyoon - Part 2 2010/12/09, Source,
Actor Lee Seon-gyoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]10: We talked about your wife just now but it doesn't seem weird when we see you dating women in dramas. At the same time, such acting could start to come off as weird if the fact that you're married and have a child gets too well-known. Lee Seon-gyoon: That's what people say but it's the truth even if I don't talk about it. And everybody knows anyway. There's no need to go around asking people not to talk about it nor any need for me to bring it up on purpose. I'll just answer questions on them when people ask about them. But I do think it's unfair when an article on me focuses solely on them -- when I've been talking for an hour about my movie but the article will turn out to be about my family which I talked about on the side. I sometimes wonder what's the use talking about my movies for four days and six hours each day, until I'm practically burnt out, (laugh) when that's what ends up getting written about me. I understand that reporters need to draw attention but I wish they would write about my family on the side. 10: It could be because you're a star. They're curious to know what you the real Lee Seon-gyoon is like, outside the person we see on screen. Lee Seon-gyoon: And of course I should be thankful about that. It's great but… Even right now, we're talking about so many things… (laugh),...More
18th Icheon Chunsa Film Festival 2010/09/19, Source,
18th Icheon Chunsa film festival finally started the award ceremony on September 18th after five days of festival.
Huge number of people who attended for this festival reflects its reputation as one of the main film festivals in Korea.
The honorable Best Picture award went to,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wed on May 2 2010/05/02, Source,
Actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young at their wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young got married in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, ending months of media frenzy over their 18-year friendship and romance.
The star couple, dubbed Korea's equivalent of Brangelina, held a photo and Q&A session several hours prior to the ceremony, answering questions by reporters about the wedding and their baby -- Ko is four months pregnant,...More
"My Dear Desperado" is not a romantic comedy or comedy 2010/04/29, Source,
Actor Park Joong-hoon, actress Jeong Yu-mi and director Kim Kwang-sik-I at the press conference for "My Dear Desperado" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The smell of shellfish soup cooking fills the room and a red light shines on the stack of soju and beer bottles in the refrigerator. However, it is not a bar rather it is the set for the briefing for the movie. The briefing for the movie "My Dear Desperado" was held at a cart bar near Apgujeong because actor Park Joong-hoon wanted to "have a shot of soju while introducing the movie". The brave yet jobless Se-jin (played by Jeong Yu-mi) and Dong-chul (played by Park Joong-hoon) the neighborhood gangster who lacks bravery and always gets beaten up are semi-basement one room neighbors. The two people who look like they would never get along, come together at a nearby snack shop to eat ramen and become close after having a drink together in their room. The audience can see the two people come together when the movie "My Dear Desperado" opens in theaters on May 20. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for the film "My Dear Desperado" attended by director Kim Kwang-sik-I, actor Park Joong-hoon and actress Jeong Yu-mi,...More
Jeonju Int'l Film Festival kicks off today 2010/04/29, Source,
Official poster for the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival [JIFF]
The 11th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) officially kicks off this evening, opening with South Korean film "Should've Kissed" by critically acclaimed director Park Jin-oh.
The film fest set a new record this year by showing a total of 209 films (131 features and 78 short films) from 49 countries that have been categorized into the following sections; Competition, JIFF Project, Cinemascape, Stranger Than Cinema, Cinemafest and Focus On,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young pre-wedding photos unveiled 2010/04/21, Source,
Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young [AM Entertainment]
The pre-wedding photographs of top Korean stars Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young have been revealed.
Jang's agency AM Entertainment released an official statement late on Wednesday containing two black-and-white photos of the groom-to-be sporting a tuxedo and his fiancee donning a different wedding gown in each picture.
The photo shoot, which took place in private last Saturday, had been helmed by renowned wedding photographer Hong Hye-jeon,...More
Ko So-young to wear Oscar de la Renta at May wedding 2010/04/20, Source,
Korean actress Ko So-young in a fashion spread for January issue of ELLE Korea magazine [ELLE Korea]
Korean actress Ko So-young will be wearing U.S. designer Oscar de la Renta's gown at her wedding to Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun next month, according to her stylist Jung Yoon-ki.
Jung said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Monday that the actress has "made the final decision to wear Oscar de la Renta" at the wedding ceremony, to be held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2,...More
Han Chae-young's Song Picks 2010/03/09, Source,
Actress Han Chae-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
There are many beautiful women in this world. But not everyone is called 'Barbie doll'. After making herself first known through KBS TV series "Autumn in my Heart", Han Chae-young has always been recognized for her unrivaled beauty. Yet at the same time, her 'goddess-like' appearance was also what created a distance between her and the audience.
So could it be that she herself sensed the disharmony that although she has a beauty which people cannot easily take their eyes off, it also makes it hard for people to approach her? Because for a while, Han appeared on the small screen playing roles far from her long-known image. Yet the popularity she gained from playing a lively high school girl in KBS TV series "Sassy Girl, Chun-hyang" or the impassioned acting she showed as an ordinary girl looking for employment in MBC's "Fireworks - 2006" did not help this star descend to the real world. She continued to remain a 'pretty' actress who was suited better for the role of a characters with haughty personalities or from wealthy backgrounds.,...More
Movies to Watch in 2010 2009/12/07, Source, The film industry is already preparing for next year. Many renowned filmmakers have returned to Korea to produce movies about war and sequels to hit movies.
CJ Ent. Makes Waves at HK FILMART 2009/04/16, Source, The film sales arm of Korean major CJ Entertainment did brisk business at the Hong Kong FIILMART, closing deals on a slew of titles including pre-sales for its big-budget disaster film "Haeundae" going to Indonesia's VSG for rights over Mala,...More
The late actress Choi Jin-sil, 40, was a quintessential star whose girl-next-door image had once elevated h,...More
Chungmuro Film Festival Invites Top Stars 2008/09/01, Source, Korea's top film stars will grace the 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul, which is slated to open on September 3rd. The opening ceremony will be held at the Korea National Theater Wedn,...More
Korean-American actor John Cho, 35, has become a household name in the United States, especially for playing parts that don't have to be played by an Asian. Yet, there remains a challenging upward climb for Asian,...More
Asian Actors Form Regional Association 2007/10/02, Source, "It's just a small gathering, for Asian actors to become friends. This was an idea we had while drinking at a snack bar during the Pusan Film Festival ten years ago, and it's just coming true now. I know we shouldn't expect too much at first, but I think it's significant that we actors are coming to,...More
PIFF's Promising Line-up Sets Records 2007/09/04, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will continue its progress with 275 films and a record number of 193 premieres and the inauguration of new programs. PIFF's flagship New Currents competition boasts a complete selection of eleven world and international premieres. The 12th edition of Asia,...More
The two will host the opening ceremony to be held at the,...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
Korean Films Enter Fukuoka Asian Film Festival 2007/06/28, Source, The 21st Fukuoka Asian Film Festival opens June 29th and will run through July 8th in Fukuoka, Japan. This film festival started in 1987 to discover and nurture new filmmakers from all over Asia. This year, 14 films from nine nations will be introduced at the festival.
Music Occupies Chungmuro Productions 2007/03/07, Source, It is now music that Chungmuro, Korea's "Hollywood", is taking up as the new trend in subject matter after it previously sought after the "gangster" film theme. The latest trend began with "Radio Star", which deals with the friendship betw,...More
KBS Marks 80th Anniversary 2007/02/23, Source, Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) will celebrate its 80th anniversary with various special programs ranging from documentaries to movies.
On Feb. 26, KBS 1TV will air a concert by legendary trot singer Lee Mi-ja, who will perform some 30 songs that set milestones in the 80-year history of Korea's o,...More
SHIN Sang-ok Youth Film Festival 2007/02/22, Source, A film festival named after late Korean master director SHIN Sang-ok will hold its inaugural edition this year. The Shin Sang-ok Youth Festival held a special reception February 15th to announce the launch, agenda, and awards program for the event which will take place August 10th to 14th in Gongju,...More
HAN, who last year served as head programmer, has also worked as a professor at ChungAng University and as a programmer for the Pusan International Film Festival,...More
Reception Held for Youth Film Festival 2007/02/15, Source, A reception was held today in Seoul for a forthcoming youth film festival named after the late Korean director Shin Sang-ok.
The first Shin Sang-ok Youth Film Festival will run for five days from August 10th in South Chungcheong Province.
Mr. Shin was at the forefront of the domestic film industry,...More
Korean Stars in Hollywood 2007/01/16, Source, As Hollywood remakes of Korean films gained attention in 2006, the year 2007 is gearing up to showcase the growing visibility of Korean acting talent in American productions. Most notably, actor Park Joong-hoon (",...More
Eclectic performances for 2007 2007/01/02, Source, Although this year's local performing arts market revolved around musicals, critics say that 2006 was a success with growth recorded in market size as well as the fan base ranging from teens to middle-aged groups. On the back of continuing interest in the cultural sector, performing arts productions,...More
Healing Movies 2006/12/30, Source, It happened once again. People tear apart my heart countless times all throughout the year and I also unconsciously hurt others. And they are mostly someone very close to me.
It is now time to heal these wounds and to prepare for a new year. So, how about wrapping up the year while watching movie,...More
Pusan Film Fest Going Strong on 3rd Day 2006/10/14, Source, Let's go south to the scenic port city of Busan for one of the most prestigious film events in Asia.
The eleventh Pusan International Film Festival is offering plenty of cultural events in addition to screening more than 200 films including dozens of world premieres.
Haeundae Beach, the city's hot,...More
Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) at the Yachting Center in Haeundae, southeastern port city of Pusan, Thursday. More than 6,000 festivalgoers and celebrities packed the venue. The nine,...More
To celebrate the Chusok holiday, millions of people are expected to hit the roads to their hometowns enduring severe traffic congestion. But with longer leaves from work this year, many people will also be spending the holiday at theaters.
What are the best days of your life? For the high school friends in Riverbank Legends it's when they hang out at night on their territory, a bare riverbank; a hard-won place they fought over side by side. For the friends in,...More
"Radio Star" photo exhibit 2006/09/15, Source, The production team of the film, Radio Star, is holding a photo exhibit showcasing the film's production process and the breathtaking landscape of Yeongwol, the film's backdrop. The exhibit will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 8 at the KTF Galle,...More
Like physical ability, talent is apparently something that runs in the family, too. This passing on of the gift for acting or singing can be seen this fall in the ru,...More
Live to Busan: Pusan International Film Festival 2005/10/06, Source, One of Asia's largest film events, the Pusan International Film Festival, which is simply known as PIFF, kicked off this evening in the southeastern city of Busan.
We are going to go live to Busan where our Sohn Hee-kyung is standing by.
Good girls seem to always fall for bad boys. But in the case of "Duelist", which is expected to make a stylish splash in theaters everywhere, Choson Kingdom policewomen seem to fall for the bedroom charms of hired assassins dressed in black.
You may consider giving a second thought, if you have been following the two expectations of "Heaven's Soldiers", a movie scheduled to be released on July 14. The two expectations are: "This movie is funny" and ",...More
The actor Park Joong-hoon has turned forty this year. Despite his youthful vigor, he's now over the hill. In the virtual history movie "Heaven's Soldiers" set to premiere on July 15, he will play Admiral Yi Sun-shin. More
Funny Moments Don't Add Up in `Two Guys' 2004/07/08, Source, By Joon Soh
For a film that has two of the top local comic talents sharing the screen and the writer for one of last year's top comedies at the helm, "Two Guys" isn't the laugh riot that one might expect. The film has a nu,...More
They are the two "incorrigible" leads in the upcoming movie "Two Guys", set to open nationwide on July 9. Despite the ten-year difference in age, the two actors are bonded together under the inescapable "shadow" of comedy.,...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
The money is flowing in, but there is no one to act.
This is the current atmosphere at Choong Moo Ro (film district). According to the Bank of Korea, the movie industry's 2003 sales were some 3.7780 trillion won. This is a rapid growth with sales more than triple 1997's 1.257,...More
Style over substance in 'Nowhere to Hide' 2003/12/26, Source, In "Kill Bill", Uma Thurman slashes her way through Japan in a yellow "Game of Death" jumpsuit, appending 1970s girl power and Tarantino violence to the director's video-geek worship of the samurai/kung fu genres.
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