[HanCinema's Film Review] "Showdown" 2016/09/24,
Kang-ho (played by Lee Jeong-jin) and Poong-ho (played by Lee Joo-seung) are brothers who have always fought. Not in the general normal way brothers fight, but in actual straight-up fistfights. Kang-ho has usefully parlayed this skill into becoming an action movie detective, which is like a regular detective except they get into a lot more massive Hong Kong style action sequences. Through the mysterious disappearance of an Indonesian immigrant, the brothers run across Jae-hee (played by Oh Ji-ho), a wealthy businessman who beats people into disability and/or death mostly just for the fun of it,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Muju" June 1st-5th 2016/06/24,
I came to Muju to cover the Muju International Film Festival (MIFF), and there's a lot about this festival worth knowing. First off, MIFF is extremely spectator oriented. All the movies are free, even though anything that took place in a theater on the weekend was likely to be sold out. Free shuttle buses come in from Seoul, Daejeon, and Jeonju. And like all film festivals, there are scenes like this where people from behind a table address a crowd about some topic or other. In this case, festival matters are publically discussed by Oh Ji-ho and Son Eun-seo - the celebrity faces of the festival this year,...More
[Guest Review] Tumbleweed 2014/02/28, Source,
In "Tumbleweed", Chang-su (Im Chang-jeong) is the fall guy for a local gang's boss, willing to cop short-term gaol terms in exchange for sums of money he couldn't earn otherwise or through legal means. This might sound like an undesirable lifestyle for most but Chang-su is quite content with his lot, having no dreams or plans for any future career outside of his next imprisonment. Recently returned from his latest stint, he witnesses, by chance, a lover's quarrel that spills out onto the street in front of him,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.29 - 2013.12.01 2013/12/02,
It's not too often that a Korean sci-fi is able to come out ahead, and although Kim Hyeon-seok's "11 AM" did so with the second lowest first-place total this year, it was still able to topple some big events in the process. "11 AM" claimed 377,165 (21.3%) over 512 screens to outplay last week's number one – Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" – as well as the not-so-hot "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire". Times are tough at the moment at the Korean box office, and so while the world (the U.S. in particular) is burning up over the Susan Collins's second novel adaptation, the hermit kingdom has withdrawn and spread it limited wealth over just a few worthy features,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/23, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Tumbleweed": A social loner who does prison time for others finds new meaning in his life through a chance encounter.(11/28)
★★★★ "11 AM": A deep-sea laboratory tests its newly developed time machine, but the world of tomorrow is not as welcoming as its first pilots had hoped for. (11/28)
★★★ "Hello Orchestra": A documentary that follows violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill as he overcomes the stigma of having a multicultural background through music. (11/28)
★★★★"Lazy Hitchhikers' Tour de Europe": Could you travel around Europe by simply bartering your way around? These 'surplus people' show you how. (11/28)
★★★ "Beautiful Child": A story about a Korean missionary who charges through the rupture of natives and white people. (11/28),...More
Who is the queen of the year? 2013/10/02, Source,
What's the exposure code at BIFF this year?
The 18th Busan International Film Festival is opening its festival door with the movie "The Blessing" on the 3rd of October.
The highlight of all openings is the relay of female stars' dresses. Domestic and foreign actresses alike will be decorating the red carpet with sexy to abstruse fashion,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Private Island" 2013/08/31,
This movie is metaphorical pornography. It's literal pornography, too, and indeed, it's those explicit sex scenes that leave the most deliberate impression, but "Private Island" as a whole is about voyeurism. Three close friends come to Okinawa to have a good time, and that's exactly what happens. Yes, the sex is a probably inevitable outcropping of this, but there's plenty of time spent at the beach, savoring the local food, enjoying the high class services, and engaging in the wild tropical hobbies that presumably make up a fun time at Okinawa.
There were times during this movie where I was wondering whether this was supposed to be an actual narrative film or an incredibly elaborate infomercial dedicated to selling the audience on the concept of a vacation in Okinawa,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] Korean Films Inbound... 2013/08/24, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★ "Private Island": Three attractive young women go on a trip to the blissful island of Okinawa where they encounter love and all its temptations. (08/29)
★★ "Playboy BONG": Director Lim calls for the help of Bong to spice up the erotic horror flick he is busy shooting in Bali, the move makes the existing crew very uncomfortable as tensions rise. (08/29),...More
Jeonju Int'l Film Festival Kicks Off 2011/04/29, Source,
Jeng Il-woo (left) and Kim So-eun
The 12th Jeonju International Film Festival opened with a red carpet ceremony in North Jeolla Province on Thursday. Some 2,000 directors, actors and cinema fans from Korea and abroad flocked to Jeonju for the event,...More
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