Born in 1972 in Seoul. After graduating from the Seoul Institute of the Arts, SONG continued his studies at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. His short films won various international awards including a Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival's short film competition for "The Picnic." His feature debut < Flower Island > also won the Best First Film award at the 58th Venice Film Festival in 2001, and the top awards at the Pusan International Film Festival and Tokyo FILMeX.
[Guest Film Review] "Always" + Video 2016/07/16,
One day in S. Korea, a filmmaker was wondering how he could shoot a blockbuster. Firstly, he considered which genres are the most popular and he came up with melodrama, action, and romance. Then he considered what elements usually draw crowds in a movie and he came up with well-built male protagonist, cute female one, and dogs. After all this thought he concluded: I will direct a film that will entail all of the above and I will break the box office. Although this story is fictional, it could well have been the way Song Il-gon decided to shoot this film. However, "Always" ended up being a flick rather than a commercial success, despite the fact that during the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, the 2000 online tickets for its premier were sold out in a record seven seconds,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dance of Time" 2013/11/23,
The documentary opens with a woman, beautifully silhouetted by the beach at sunset, in an entrancing rhythmic dance. While watching this the viewer is also exposed to similarly well-matched Cuban dance music. We don't actually learn much from this opening shot, nor from the various interviews, discussions, and further performances by the singers and dancers who practice this artform. Rather, we get a strong sense of the cultural identity that defines these individuals,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] There is "Always" hope... 2013/07/20, Song Il-gon's "Always" has completely won me over. There are a lot of Korean romantic dramas out there, but only a few of them manage to stay favourites. Great Korean love stories such as "Chunhyang", "The Servant", "Bad Guy", and "My Sassy Girl" come to my mind and, after watching So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo on screen together, I think I can safely state that I have another love-struck nugget of a film to add to that list.
Cheol-min (So Ji-sub) is a hard working 30-year old labourer and part-time security guard. He is also an ex-boxer with a dark and haunting history, a past that he is desperately seeking redemption for. During his first night as a security guard Cheol-min gets serendipitously introduced to Jeong-hwa (Han Hyo-joo), a visually impaired (clinically blind) woman with an adorable persona,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/07/20, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★ "The Ring of Life": A boxing genius overcomes his past career failures and returns as a coach hoping to train the first female Olympic gold medallist. (07/25)
★★ "Base 820":A group of photography students get lost around the North/South border, a shot is fired and lieutenant Kwon Jin-kyeong and her trainee group go to investigate. (07/25)...,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sorry, Thanks": Human Relationships, with Animals. 2012/04/28, Animal rights may not be on top of Korea's list of social issues, as many people in Korea are not fully educated about domestic animals or have experience with pets in general. Perhaps it stems from the fact that a large percentage of Korea's population lives in cities and places that are generally ill suited to owning a dog or cat. "Sorry, Thanks" is an omnibus film that contains four short stories about animals (more specifically dogs and cats) and their relationship with Korean society. The film highlights a number of existing social issues surrounding these animals, but the film mainly speaks of animal abandonment, social neglect, and the lack of appreciation and experience people have with of animals,...More
Finecut dials up Love 911 2012/03/14, Source,
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced it will be selling the upcoming film "Love 911" starting at the Hong Kong Filmart next week. Starring Go Soo and Han Hyo-joo, the film is about an unlikely romance between a dedicated firefighter with a painful past and a cold-hearted emergency room (ER) doctor who is solely focused on her career.
Notable investment and distribution company N.E.W. is financing and distributing "Love 911" in Korea,...More
Florence Korea Film Fest to open with Always 2012/02/27, Source,
The 10th Florence Korea Film Fest in Italy has announced it will open with Song Il-gon's "Always", last year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Opening Film. The festival will screen 32 feature films and 24 shorts during its nine-day run, and close with Kim Ki-duk's "ARIRANG - Movie", which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Set to run March 23 – 31 at the Cinema Odeon (Piazza Strozzi, 1) in Florence, the festival is organized by the Tae gukgi – Toscana Korea Association. Sponsors include Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the region of Tuscany (Toscana), the city of Florence and the Film Institutions of Tuscany Region,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.10.14 ~ 2011.10.16 2011/10/16, Source, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.10.14 ~ 2011.10.16)
As the dust of public criticism settles, spurred on by "Silenced", the foreign film "Reel Steel" now sits on top. With 590,043 admissions, Shawn Levy's "Reel Steel" captures the top spot away from the local flicks in its second week at the theatres. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, and Dakota Goyo. It's not another Ironman film, but its likeness is enough to beg the question and score some curious moviegoers' interest,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
Song Il-gon: 'So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo Are Excellent Actors' 2011/09/21, Source,
At the production presentation of the movie "Always", the director Song Il-gon said, "I could not have begun and finished this movie without So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo. Their acting was perfect while filming this movie".
"Always" has attracted many people's attention with its cast members -- star actors So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo -- and its production presentation was held at Apgujeong CGV on September 20. Song Il-gon, who wrote the script and directed the movie, highly praised the two male and female protagonists the whole time during the production presentation. He said about actor So Ji-sub, "He is a perfectionist. He devoted too much to this movie. Even though he injured his wrist, he never showed that he was suffering from pain and he personally appeared in many action scenes without utilizing an understudy,...More
Busan promises more cinematic fun 2011/09/15, Source,
The Busan Film Center, the newly constructed main venue of the 16th Busan (formerly Pusan) International Film Festival (BIFF), opens Sept. 28. Asia's largest cinema showcase opens from Oct. 6 to 14 in the southern port city. (Yonhap)
Festival finds new niche at Busan Film Center
Standing tall and wide, and at an odd angle like an upside pyramid, the Busan Film Center in Haeundae Centum City is hard to miss,...More
Omnibus film on pets is poignant, profound 2011/05/19, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
It was with a certain relief this reporter saw the omnibus film "Sorry, Thanks". Among the few dramas featuring animals in Korean cinema, this seasonal movie targeting family audiences does not stop short of being cute and cuddly or featuring amazing tricks by pets.
Four acclaimed directors bring their own style and perspective to depict profound connections people establish with cats and dogs, all the while providing an incisive observation of the dynamics that mark various human and cross-species relationships,...More
The best combination of a couple? 2011/04/17, Source,
This year started off with human drama ("Late Blossom") or comedy dramas ("Suicidal Forecast"). It's not easy to see a heart trembling mellow flick. Which couple from the mellow flicks that are due this later half of this year, are audiences looking forward to see the most?
■ "Always" Se Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo,...More
2nd CinDi Brings Digital Diversity to Seoul 2008/08/22, Source, The Cinema Digital Seoul festival, (CinDi), now in its second year, kicked off August 20th with a weeklong supply of diverse digital films to Seoul's trendy Apgujeong district. The 2nd CinDi screens 71 films from 18 countries, including an impressive opening title, 24 City, the latest by China's aw,...More
The Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi), a weeklong celebration of digital films, opens Wednesday. Now in its second year, the event features 71 movies from 18 countries, including a competition for up and coming Asian directors, through Tuesday at CGV Apgujeong.
At first glance, it is hard to describe actress Kang Hye-jeong's mysterious charms. When you go through he,...More
2nd Chance to See The Magicians, Host & Guest and More 2006/12/26, Source, Hypertech Nada's annual Nada's Final Proposal (Nada Majimak Peropojeu) aims to re-introduce to the audience films that in general only enjoyed a short cinema run, but arguably - deserve greater exposure. This year the line-up includes the independent Korean films: ",...More
KOFIC awards marketing support for arthouse/digital films 2006/11/29, Source, The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the second phase of its 2006 Marketing Support for Arthouse and Digital Films fund. The fund provides financial support to arthouse works or digital features to promote diversity on the nation's screens and to help such films compete in a marke,...More
Female cast of "Offside", an uplifting Iranian movie about soccer and the divide between the sexes, won cheers at the Berlin Film Festival as one of two features from the Islamic republic vying for the top prizes.
'Magicians' Plays Tricks on Audience 2006/03/30, Source, By Kim Tae-jong
You can say that a movie is a genre that people have created to overcome the limitations that a theatrical play has _ mainly of time and space.
Kang Min (Kam Woo-sung), a TV reporter, stumbles onto a horrific scene of double,...More
KOFIC awards marketing support for arthouse/digital films 2005/11/24, Source, The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the second phase of its 2005 Marketing Support for Arthouse and Digital Films fund. The fund provides financial support to arthouse works or digital features to promote diversity on the nation's screens and to help such films overcome the parti,...More
Korean Film Fest Hit Lyons France 2005/06/13, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) - South Korean film students in France will stage the second Korean film festival in the southeastern French tourist city of Lyons from this weekend, the students said Monday.
The Lyons Korean Film Festival will be held June 18-24 and hosted by the Lyons Korean Film Society, a grou,...More
The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is set to kick off its sixth edition on April 28, and the city of Chonju in North Cholla Province will be soon crowded again with fans of independent movies.
A total of 176 feature, short and documentary films from,...More
One of the many attractions of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is an omnibus film specially made for the event by three separate international directors. The three filmmakers chosen for this year's project revealed yesterday the outline of their contr,...More
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/10/22, Source, ■ First Seoul Green Film Festival
Through Oct. 26
Three Venues in Seoul
A film festival presenting short and feature-length works dealing with environmental issues will be held at three venues in downtown Seoul _ Star Six Theater, Cinecube Theater and Seoul History Museum _ through Oct. 2,...More
Wearing an elegant black velvet coatdress and husband Warren Beatty, scene diva Annette Bening stepped onto the red carpet and officially kicked off the 29th year of the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday.
This year's gala opening was Bening's "Being Julia,...More
Living up to its title, the new horror film "Spider Forest" is a web of psychological twists and turns that will leave you trying to get untangled long after you leave the theater. The story does get pret,...More
The new movie "Spider Forest", releasing tomorrow, is an unusual movie that drives audiences to solve a puzzle that never ends. Some of the puzzles are disfigured, some others are switched to another puzzle, some a,...More
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/06/25, Source, ▣ Miso (A Smile) (2003)
Seoul Selection Bookstore
Saturday at noon
This film shows the significance of a smile after a tragedy has been experienced. So-jong (Chu Sang-mi) is one day diagnosed with pigmentary degeneration of the retina, which doctors say will eventually lead to a total los,...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
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