SHIM was born in 1958. He made his debut as a comedian in 1982 with the Korea Broadcasting Service and won the KBS Best Comedian of the Year Award in 1988. In 1990, he received the KBS Performer of the Year Award, with over 90 motion picture appearances and as a producer. In 1993, he established Younggu Art(Zeronine Entertainment) and released < Younggu and Dinosaur ZuZu > as director and lead actor. he directed eight films from 1994 to 1999 and starred in most of them. He was given the New Intellectual Award for being 'a model for the new millenium' in 1999, and the same year Asiaweek selected him as a Leader of the Millenium Society and Culture.
Comedian's Hollywood Dream Goes Bust 2013/02/07, Source, Shim Hyung-rae, who began his entertainment career decades ago in slapstick and later produced a comedy that went on limited release in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy. Shim, who invested a lot of money into his production company Younggu Art to make several movies, apparently suffered financial difficulties after they flopped,...More
Korean Mega War Movie Targets Pan-Asian Audience 2011/12/15, Source, Kang Je-gyu's new pan-Asian movie "My Way" premieres on Dec. 22. Kang, who drew over 10 million spectators with the clunking history epic "Taegukgi" in 2004, is now hoping for Asia-wide success with the biggest budget and the most ambitious scale in many years.
The movie portrays the tragic destiny of two young men, one from Korea and the other from Japan, who are drafted into the Japanese Army during World War II and later have to fight in Soviet and German uniform. The movie is very loosely based on a true story,...More
Bankrupt Comedian Faces Embezzlement Charges 2011/11/01, Source,
The movie production center owned by comedian-turned-director Shim Hyung-rae sold for W4 billion at auction, a district court in southern Seoul said on Monday (US$1=W1,106). Shim is broke after his latest films failed to make money.
The building that housed the production company, Younggu Art, was appraised at W3.72 billion and bought by a property developer, the only bidder. The money will be used to pay the back wages of 43 staff at Younggu Art and their W891 million severance pay. The rest will go to repaying Shim's bank debts. A 244 sq. m luxury condominium owned by Shim has also been put up for auction,...More
'The Last Godfather" director under probe for unpaid wages 2011/10/20, Source, By Kim Rahn
Shim Hyung-rae, a well-known comedian-turned-film director, is being investigated over allegations involving unpaid wages.
The probe came after the Seoul Southern District Employment and Labor Office referred the case to the prosecution Tuesday.
Shim has been accused of having delayed paying 850 million won (~US$850,000) in wages to the employees of Younggu Art, a production firm he founded.
The company went under in July due to debt problems,...More
Comedian-Turned-Director Is Broke 2011/09/01, Source, Comedian-turned-director Shim Hyung-rae, who began his entertainment career decades ago in slapstick comedy and later produced a comedy that went on limited release in the to the U.S., is broke after his latest films failed to make money. His production company Younggu Art faces closure eight years after he founded it,...More
Huge debt stifles 'Last Godfather' director Shim 2011/08/31, Source, By Kim Tae-jong
Shim Hyung-rae, the director of "The Last Godfather" (2010) and "D-War" (2007), is drowning in enormous debt. Industry insiders say his production firm Younggu-Art Entertainment is on the verge of going under.
Rumors about the company's financial difficulties were sparked by a petition by 43 employees protesting the overdue payment of salaries. Shim, a comedian-turned-filmmaker, was summoned on Aug. 19 by a regional labor office to be questioned over the unpaid wages,...More
'Sector 7': groundbreaking tech, groundless drama 2011/07/28, Source,
Actress Ha Ji-won, center, in a scene from "Sector 7". Korea's first 3D IMAX creature feature opens in theaters on Aug. 4. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
The late legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn once said that Hollywood filmmakers "remain little more than glassblowers, huffing and puffing and blowing up slender ideas - their own or others - into some sort of shape for the screen. What has happened to fresh, honest, vital, original writing for the screen?",...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
Is Hollywood Ready for Korean Comedies? 2011/03/08, Source,
From left, scenes from "Detective K", "Hello Ghost" and "The Last Godfather"
Several Korean comedy films have made their way to Hollywood recently, either as remakes or in the original Korean version. Either way, it will be interesting to see how much Korean-style comedy can impress American audiences.
"Detective K", which attracted 4.58 million viewers in the month since its release in Korea, will hit screens in the U.S. and Canada this month. Distributor Showbox said Thursday the film will be released in 10 cities in North America starting with Los Angeles on Friday, and in San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii and Vancouver a week later,...More
Never-ending quest for Hollywood 2011/02/11, Source,
By Park Si-soo Comedian-turned-filmmaker Shim Hyung-rae is a dreamer. He has pursued his dream to make a No.1 box office film in Hollywood for decades against all odds. Many critics call this dream "impractical" or "unrealistic". Of course, he knows he has a long way to go, but he is confident that he will make his dream come true someday,...More
Coming Soon to the CGV Cinema in Los Angeles 2011/01/20, Source,
By Lukas Schwarzacher
Hollywood kicked off its awards season with the Golden Globes on January 16 and is now headed to the Oscars on February 27. It's a time of red carpets, glamour, celebrities and a fevered pitch as movie fans and industry leaders alike speculate about the winners. The Best Foreign Language Film category helps to promote international movies to hundreds of millions who tune in to watch the Academy Awards telecast every year, but – for the most part – they can be overshadowed by all the buzz about Hollywood stars and movies at this time of year,...More
'Godfather' goes dumb and dumber 2010/12/30, Source,
Director-actor Shim Hyung-rae stars in a scene from "The Last Godfather", a parody of the Francis Ford Coppola film that is now shwoing in theaters. /Courtesy of CJ Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
Shim Hyung-rae puts aside his CG dragons for a trip down memory lane, resurrecting his trademark screen persona Younggu in his latest Hollywood endeavor. Since debuting in 1989, Shim's Younggu has featured in 19 comedy films, becoming a sort of "godfather" to borderline simpleton characters here. The director seems to have made a lifelong dream come true, starring opposite the likes of Harvey Keitel in "The Last Godfather",...More
'Gag Concert' Goes on Provincial Tour 2010/12/27, Source, Shim Hyung-rae in the feature "Expert"
The comedy program "Gag Concert" was filmed in Kwangju as a year-end special episode, and produced big laughter in 4,500 audience members.
The gymnasium of Chosun University in Kwangji was filled with more than 4,500 audience members on December 22. Too many audience members came to the gymnasium and some of them even had to stand up behind the audience seating. The filming of the special episode of the KBS 2TV "Gag Concert" had begun with loud applause from the audience at 7:00pm. The program "Gag Concert" had been filmed in KBS hall in Yeouido up until now, and filming in the other location took place after a long interval, since it had last been filmed in Andong in July, 2006,...More
Shim Hyung-rae: 'I Made Comedy that Can Be Accepted Worldwide' 2010/12/20, Source, Shim Hyung-rae has directed the movie "The Last Godfather" and also played the protagonist.
Shim Hyung-rae, who had enjoyed the highest level of popularity as the best comedian from 1980s to 1990s and then made science fiction movies such as "Yonggari" and "D-War" aimed at the world movie industry, has come back to his specialty of comedies. The movie "The Last Godfather", which Shim had written, directed, and in which he played the protagonist, is a comedy movie about the mafia, and the released teaser video on the internet has generated huge anticipation about the movie. The movie is about a long-lost son of the mafia's godfather Don Carini (Harvey Keitel). The son named Younggu (Shim Hyung-rae) comes to New York to become the successor of the mafia boss,...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.
Korean filmmakers bet on large-scale projects 2008/01/03, Source, Many local movie productions suffered setbacks last year, due to increased costs and the strengthened position of Hollywood blockbusters. In 2008, leading filmmakers are betting on large-scale projects to turn things around for the embattled local film industry.
Korean blockbuster movie "D-War" was still the most searched word among netizens.
According to Naver, the nation's most popular Internet portal, the monster movie, which was released on Aug. 1, has attract,...More
DICON 2007 to focus on cultural content, technology 2007/09/06, Source, International Digital Content Conference (DICON) will start its two-day run on Sept. 10 at COEX in southern Seoul, with an emphasis on technology that integrates its content with other media, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said yesterday.
Under the theme of "Converging Media: Content Busines,...More
The blockbuster film "D-War" topped the nation's No. 1 search engine Naver's most searched keyword list again last week, showing that people are still interested in the monster movie 26 days after its release. ,...More
Since completing the monster movie "Yongari" in 1999,,...More
Leading Actress Admits Faking Educational Background 2007/08/16, Source, The list of prominent people who lied about their educational background is growing by the day, now including former Dongguk University asst. professor Shin Jeong-ah, KBS radio host Lee Jiyoung, Dankook University professor and head of Dongsoong Art Center Kim Ock-rang, cartoonist,...More
Korean films' diverse genres pursue summer season niche 2007/07/23, Source, With the crucial summer season in full swing, Korean filmmakers are getting ready to mount counterattacks against Hollywood blockbusters in August. This time around, what is noticeable is Korean films' strategic discretion in selecting and diversifying genres.
Wide Release of D-War in Korea and US 2007/06/04, Source, Showbox announced that the six year production of "D-War" has come to an end. The science-fiction film will be released in Korea on August 2. Also, the film will enjoy the biggest release of a Korean film in the US with a number reaching as hig,...More
'Korean Wave' now testing U.S. waters 2006/11/09, Source, There is no question that a Korean Wave is sweeping Asia. Sophisticated and trendy Korean movies, television dramas and music are widely loved throughout the region. But skeptics have long doubted the regional wave would ever cross the Pacific Ocean to hit North America, much less become significant,...More
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