[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/07/30,
KoBiz reports on the new 'golden age' of Korean film exports, Seoul now has the largest IMAX cinema in the world, Movie Pilot examines three American shows with Korean remakes, and The Verge reviews Park Kwang-hyeon's 'sleeper hit',...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/05/21,
Movie Pilot lists their top 6 Korean tearjerkers, KOFIC chairman Kim Sae-hoon resigns, a few filmmakers are making comebacks over a decade later, and will local films prevail at the 'box office wars' this summer?,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.03 - 2017.03.05 2017/03/06,
New arrivals "Logan" and "Bluebeard" capture 64% of the sales...
The tenth instalment in the "X-Men" film series, James Mangold's "Logan" (Hugh Jackman), dislodged last weekend's number one, Split, by capturing 632,997 admissions (38.55%). Marvel's latest had its premiere back in February at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently arrived in Korea to 954 screens around the country. Critics have praised the film for its acting and general handling of perhaps the series's most beloved superhero, Wolverine, and it's already surpassed its production costs of $97 million; currently, the film has grossed $104.7 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.02.24 ~ 2017.02.26 2017/02/27,
M. Night Shyamalan's Split breaks local films' reign...
For the first time this year since "Your Name", a foreign film has stepped up and claimed pole position in Korea's box office. Local delights have been dominating since mid-January ("Confidential Assignment", "The King", and "Fabricated City"), but M. Night Shyamalan's new film, Split (starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley), arrived last Wednesday and came out on top during its first weekend out,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fabricated City" 2017/02/25,
Watching "Fabricated City" is like watching a "Hackers" and "The Fast and The Furious" mash up studded with the biggest names in Korean entertainment. Director Park Kwang-hyeon ("Welcome to Dongmakgol", "No Comment") and his team create a world that mimics an fast-paced game, geared towards action and adventure more than depicting reality. Headlining this tale is Ji Chang-wook of "The K2" and "Healer". Ji is known for his work in action-packed dramas and that experience serves him well as Kwon Yoo, a genius gamer, a taekwondo master, and a man falsely accused of a grotesque murder,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017/02/13,
"Fabricated City" ends "Confidential Assignment"'s three-week run at the top...
After three weeks as Korea's number, Kim Seong-hoon-III's action film "Confidential Assignment" was supplanted at the top of the chart by a new local entry over the second weekend of February; Kim's sophomore feature added 543,401 admissions (22.9%) during its fourth week out, moving its total tally now to 7.2 million ($51.6 million), but it was not enough for country's highest-grossing film of the year to secure a fourth-straight weekend at the top of the pile,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/01/28,
KoBiz's latest infographic shows directors who have returned after a lengthy hiatus, the Korean press select "The Wailing" as the best film of 2016, Na Hong-jin's latest to be adapted by Scott Free Productions, and Movie Pilot has ten films to introduce you to Korean cinema,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jang Hyeok and Jo In-sung are coming 2012/02/22, Source, "Snowpiercer", "The Flu", "Kwon Bob" great masterpieces
Top stars and veteran directors attempt at another leap hand in hand
Blockbusters are still in depression ever since 2009 movie "Haeundae". A failure in a large scale blockbuster can sometimes lead to a change in the investing environment. Still, the challenge continues. Top stars and veteran directors dream of another rebirth in Korean blockbusters,...More
Toronto film festival takes Countdown 2011/07/27, Source, by KOFIC staff
The 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the first 50 films to be added to its line-up include the Korean film "Countdown", starring Jung Jae-young and Jeon Do-yeon. Written and directed by newcomer Heo Jong-ho, the film will screen in TIFF's Special Presentations section.
One of the world's most prestigious film festivals and a noted gateway to the North American market, TIFF this year will be held Sept. 8 – 18. In the festival's Special Presentations section, Heo Jong-ho's "Countdown" will be in the company of other films such as Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty, Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, and Wang XiaoShuai's 11 Flowers,...More
Out Goes Hyun Bin, In Comes Jo In-sung 2011/05/05, Source,
The great thing about entertainment is that there's always a plethora of stars waiting to fill up every empty spot a star may leave behind. Take Hyun Bin's departure to join the marine corps which is almost timed perfectly with Jo In-sung's release from his military services,...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
UDINE, Italy ㅡ With 13 recent films mostly unreeled in their international and European premiere, Korean cinema is once again under media spotlight at the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) taking place in Udine, a North East Italian city.
This year began on an upbeat note for Korea's movie industry. "Running Boy" (Marathon), directed by Chung Yoon-chul, feat,...More
Domestic Film Market Share Exceeds 50 % for 3rd Consecutive Year 2005/12/14, Source, The public is continuing to lend their support to domestic films. According to a survey conducted by CJ CGV from Jan. 1 to Dec. 11 this year, the market share of domestic films was found to have exceeded 50 percent for the third year in a row. The number of moviegoers has also exceeded 100 million n,...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
Sunday Q&A - Korean Movie Industry 2005/09/26, Source, The Korean film industry has been growing every year. Korean movies have earned global recognition by winning awards at prestigious film festivals. Yet some criticize Korean movies for lacking variety. Reporter Sung Tae-kyung joins me now to discuss the growing Korean movie industry, and where it's,...More
'Welcome to Dongmakgol' Draws 5 Million Viewers 2005/08/26, Source, A fantasy movie about the Korean War is not only setting box office records for the year but also accomplishing the difficult task of reaching out to all age groups. Between its release on Aug. 4 and Friday, ",...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 movie "Welcome to Dongmakgol" has two magical aspects. One is the magic of time and the other is of language. These two magical aspects converge into a point quietly and skillfully. That point is a moment,...More
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