[HanCinema's Film Review] "Madonna" 2015/08/01,
Hae-rim (played by Seo Yeong-hee) gets a new job working at a VIP medical ward. This is a terrible job, you see, because rich people are terrible, what with always expecting complete subordinate obedience and also blow jobs. Hae-rim is disgusted, but she has debts, so what's a woman to do? Later on Hae-rim gets involved in the mysterious case of Mi-na (played by Kwon So-hyun-I). And it's here that Hae-rim learns the terrible secret of life which she mostly already knew- that all men are rapists,...More
Madonna (2015) 2015/07/04, Source, "Madonna"
Running Time: 120 min.
Directed by: Shin Su-won
Starring: Seo Yeong-hee, Kwon So-hyun-I, Kim Yeong-min
Synopsis: Hye-rim, a 35-year-old woman, finds a job at a hospital as a caregiver assigned to a quadriplegic VIP patient who practically owns the hospital. For the past 10 years, the VIP patient's son Sang-woo has been desperately keeping him alive for money, ordering the doctors to perform several heart transplants despite recurrent heart failures. In need of another one, Sang-woo takes a brain dead unidentified woman as a donor and asks Hye-rim to look into her background. She discovers that the woman was once a prostitute known as Madonna who has experienced a lifetime of abuse, and that she is pregnant. In an attempt to save Madonna's unborn child, Hye-rim goes against Sang-woo's orders and searches for the baby's father,...More
Rookie actresses to take over movies and dramas 2015/06/28, Source, New faces are always welcome. Actresses in the 20s haven't had a place to stand as they were outnumbered by actors but there have been a few who have constantly been appearing in movies and dramas.
- Chae Soo-bin and Lee Seong-kyeong
If we look far ahead, the hottest competition at the end-of-year awards will be those between rookie actresses. There are many waiting to be put on the list,...More
Low-Budget Korean Film Hailed at Cannes 2015/05/22, Source,
The Korean movie "Madonna" received a rave response in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes International Film Festival. Following its screening at the Palais des Festivals on Wednesday, the film was given a standing ovation by an audience including actress Isabella Rossellini, who chairs the section jury, and Japanese director Naomi Kawase, whose film opened it,...More
[HanCinema's Film Hall of Fame Review] "Pluto": Cosmic Cruelty 2014/07/12, In the spotlight this week: Shin Su-won's "Pluto"...
The competitive culture Korean students are expected to thrive in is brutal; pressures that mark the ugly side of Korea's scholastic game of snakes and ladders. Students are expected to go above and beyond their personal passions and perform across a wide array of subjects and skills to become, or at least aim to be, polymaths and scholarly sages. It is not enough to hold a degree from a credited institution, one must climb the most prestigious ivory tower around while resisting the very real impulse to jump off somewhere along the way,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Pluto" 2014/07/12, A selection of shots from Shin Su-won's "Pluto"...Shin Su-won's 2013 film "Pluto" depicts, in no uncertain terms, the harsh demands young Korean students have to bear in order to succeed. It's an unbridled examination into the individuals at the bottom of Korea's pressure cooker; students who carry the cruel weight of unrealistic expectation from family, friends, and a society that dogmatically persists in narrow rubrics of success and self-worth. It's hard-hitting and fatalistic, but it's an important commentary nonetheless, one that is not only culturally significant, but beautiful realized. Enjoy! [Spoilers],...More
Director Shin Su-won Wins Best Short Film Award at Cannes 2012/05/29, Source, Shin Su-won emerged as the only one of five Korean film directors to win an award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. She collected the Canal+ Prize for best short film for "Circle Line", which tells the story of a middle-aged man killing time on a Seoul subway train as he tries to keep from his family the fact that he was recently made redundant.
Shin, who studied German at Seoul National University, worked as a middle school teacher for some 10 years from 1990 in Seoul. But the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts completely changed her life. At the age of 34, she told her husband and children that she needed a change of direction, quit her job and enrolled,...More
Austria's "Amour" Wins Palme d'Or Award at Cannes Film Festival 2012/05/28, Source,
Austrian Director Michael Haneke's "Amour" has taken the highest honors at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival.
This is the second time Haneke has won the Palme d'Or. He first took the top prize in 2009 for his film "The White Ribbon". Amour deals with the issue of euthanasia based on a sad love story of a French couple in their 80s,...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
Five Korean films invited to Tokyo 2010/10/08, Source, This year a total of 5 Korean films will get the green carpet treatmentat the environmentally friendly 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival. Not to be confused with Toronto, the other 'TIFF', Tokyo is one of the biggest international film festivals in Asia, vying for attention with Pusan and Hong,...More
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