[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Sound of a Flower" 2015/12/19,
The time is the mid-nineteenth century. Chae-seon (played by Suzy) has been brought up in a gisaeng house since she was a child, following a desperate plea by her dying mother to try and provide Chae-seon with some kind of future. Chae-seon has been no stranger to grief in her life. And from this, she takes a strong interest in pansori, a traditional form of guttural singing. For Chae-seon, pansori is the salve that eases the burden of living, and she wants to share in that. Even if it's an art reserved only for men,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.12.05 ~ 2014.12.07 2014/12/08, Scott's Epic Exodus Grounds "Interstellar"...
Nolan's "Interstellar" was November in Korea. It dictated terms and elevated itself well above the competition ("Fashion King", "Cart", "Fury", "Big Match"), each week and without fail. So successful was this space odyssey's reign, that its nearest challenger claimed no more than half of its black and bloated bottom-line each weekend.
It's not over yet, but the film has so far absorbed nearly 10 million admissions ($65.2M): a mega-milestone in Korea that currently only a dozen features can boast (all after 2003 starting with "Silmido"). "Snowpiercer" (9.3M), "The Face Reader" (9.1M), and "Iron Man 3" (9M) have all had a recent sniff, and "Interstellar" still needs a further 800K to buy into this elite club,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/29, K-Films Coming Soon:★★★ "Highway Stars": A documentary that follows the world's first Buddhist jazz band, the "Udambara", during the 1970s. (12/04)
★★★ "Five Eagle Brothers": A comedy about five brothers in the village of Duksoori who are famous for their sibling rivalry. (12/04)
★★★★ "Seasons Romance": A chapterized drama that depicts the lives of men, woman, and then their romantic synthesis. (12/04)
★★★★ "My Sister": A music student visiting his sister in Seoul finds her dead. It looks like suicide, but the more he and the detective dig, the more shocking and heartbreaking her death becomes. (12/04)
★★★ "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life": The K-pop group "Infinite" share their experiences on tour, as well as the things they've kept bottled up during their rise to fame. (12/04)
★★★ "The Hospice": A chilling documentary that reveals how the patients, their family, and staff members of a hospice handle death and the void it creates. (12/04),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Clash of the Families" 2014/10/18,
As popular as the romantic comedy genre is in drama, Korean movies are not a medium that has really focused on it much. There are some nice films of course, but few and far between. When they get things absolutely spot on, however, it is a very entertaining and satisfying experience. 'Clash of the Families' takes a comedic turn at a Romeo and Juliet type of romance and its best qualities really make it one heck of a fun film,...More
My Ordinary Love Story (2014) 2014/08/23, Source,
"My Ordinary Love Story"
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 93 min.
Directed by: Lee Kwon
Starring: Kang Ye-won, Song Sae-byeok
Synopsis: After dumped by her boyfriend, Eun-jin got into a taxi with Hyeon-seokk, which turns out to be a serendipitous meeting. Eun-jin is more than happy about the new relationship with a dream guy, but she discovers the true identity of this guy by sneaking a look at his phone,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound… 2014/08/16, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Tunnel 3D": The opening of a new resort turns into a nightmarish experience for a group of friends who find themselves trapped in a nearby coalmine. (08/20)
★★★★ "Welcome": An old romance is rekindled amidst personal tragedy as two old friends rediscover and support each other through their losses. (08/21)
★★★★ "The King of Jokgu": A college clown gains fame when his jokgu (a cross between volleyball and soccer) skills are revealed. The university then holds a jokgu competition and he and his team put it all on the line. (08/21)
★★ "The Story of Ong-nyeo": Joseon's sexiest woman gets driven into the mountains where she awaits her perfect match to find her.
★★★★ "The Road Called Life": An omnibus film containing various short stories from Korea's leading modern literature writers Kim Yu-jong, Lee Hyo-seok and Hyun Jin-geon. (08/21)
★★★★★ "My Ordinary Love Story": A young woman finds hope through a serendipitous encounter, but is this 'seventh' man everything he appears to be? (08/21),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Ordinary Love Story" 2014/07/28,
Eun-jin (played by Kang Ye-won) has had a long series of abortive efforts at genuine romantic relationships. Ever met somebody who says that bad relationships are just learning experiences until you find the right person? Eun-jin is the opposite of that. Listening to Eun-jin detail the first six romances of her life, it's pretty inescapable that we're dealing with a woman who has become horribly bitter and jaded by the entire dating process. Her current boyfriend, Hyeon-seok (played by Song Sae-byeok) is remarkable mainly for being able to get in with her at all- he has no apparent personality traits,...More
Fantastic film festival kicks off for 11-day run 2014/07/17, Source,
Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), which marks its 18th anniversary this year, started 11-day-long move festival.
Starting with an opening ceremony at Bucheon stadium in Bucheon City of Gyeonggi Province on Thursday, PiFan presents a variety of 210 films from 48 nations (123 long films and 87 short films). Stereo, a German thriller film directed by Maximilian Erlenwein, was screened as opening film. Based on the gangster genre, the film transcends present and past, and tears down the barrier between reality and fantasy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Girl At My Door" 2014/05/17,
Police Chief Yeong-nam (played by Bae Doona) has been transferred out of her comfortable city life to a rural job in the middle of nowhere. Her new livelihood is less than exciting. A memorable scene details a trip to the grocery store where Yeong-nam tries to wring what feeble entertainment she can out of this miserable nowhere town. Yeong-nam's boredom comes to an end when she meets Do-hee (played by Kim Sae-ron), a girl who's having a much worse time of it than Yeong-nam is.
There's a very unnerving quality to Kim Sae-ron's performance here. She's legitimately totally unbalanced, yet at the same time gives a very deliberate portrayal of a girl who really just wants to be loved, and since Do-hee has no coherent sense of personal boundaries, she's often desperate and clingy,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/17, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "One on One": After a female high school student is brutally murdered, seven members from the terror 'Shadow' group enact their own violent brand of justice. (05/22)
★★★★ "Mizo": After being abandoned by her parents and sexually abused by her fosters, Mizo sets out to track down herbiological father with revengeful intent. (05/22)
★★★★ "A Girl at My Door": A little girl is a victim of family violence and gets support from her step-father and the chief of police, but she's also holding back a secret that may change everything. (05/22),...More
Art and Culture 2012/06/22, Source,
It's Friday and it's the weekend. So this is the time to sleep in, eat lots, and get some rest. While doing all of this, why not go out and find some art and culture events, like exhibitions, movies, or concerts to see with your family and friends
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
So what do you have for us today ?,...More
'The King of XXX-Kissing' pokes fun at corporate Korea 2012/06/19, Source,
Actor Song Sae-byeok's character Dong-sik observes a Buddha sculpture's facial expression to master an effortless fake smile in a scene from the film "The King of XXX-Kissing". The satire on the Korean corporate culture by director Jung Seung-koo opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide. / Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup After a rather quiet weekend without any strong releases, this week sees major Korean efforts vying for the box office throne. Among them, it appears only "The King of XXX-Kissing" by Jung Seung-koo has any chance of achieving that feat. Despite its relative lack of star power, the satire on Korean corporate culture should resonate with virtually anyone who has had to resort to flattery at work,...More
M-Line launches Doomsday Book at EFM 2012/02/16, Source,
South Korean film sales company M-Line Distribution has launched pre-sales on science fiction drama "Doomsday Book", co-directed by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, according to the "Screen International" market daily at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.
Budgeted at US$5m, "Doomsday Book" is made up of three short stories. One is about a robot attaining enlightenment, the second is about a zombie invasion and the third about an apocalyptic meteor crashing to Earth,...More
Who's the busiest actor of 2012? 2012/01/02, Source,
Who is going to be the busiest actress or actor in 2012?
Looking at the movies that are being released or are planning to go into production this year, we can see several names that appear often,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sector 7": A Host of Issues 2011/10/29, Korea's first big budget 3D feature failed. The extreme hype and mass marketing served only to raise the film to a height from which it was destined to fall from. The success it received in its opening week was a good start to Kim Ji-hoon's monster flick but once word got out of the film's many failings, its numbers dropped sharply as a result of the scorn it received from critics and the public alike. "Sector 7" was a huge disappointment and the degree to which it fell short of glory is staggering.
Before I dive into the criticism, let's first look at an area where the film did well, or at least showed the most potential. "Sector 7" had a number of things going for it, the most exciting of which was its premise. Sector 7 is an actual Joint Development Zone (JDZ) involving both Korea and Japan respectfully. Japan has shown little interest in it but the area has represented the hopes of Korea to become energy independent. Oil is the desire in the film and it carries not only the characters' hopes but the nation's as well. The oilrig tasked in finding the black gold is manned with individuals who strive to make a success out the exploration project. But, when a mysterious creature starts terrorising the rig, the needs of the crew suddenly become much simpler,...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
3D film out to compete with Hollywood 2011/07/07, Source,
From left, actors Ahn Sung-ki, Ha Ji-won, Oh Ji-ho, Song Sae-byeok and Park Chul-min appear in a scene from the upcoming 3D monster movie "Sector 7". / Courtesy of CJ E&M
By Lee Hyo-won
Makers of the 3D action film "Sector 7", of which distribution rights have already been sold to 46 countries, call it a ruthless venture that is out to compete with Hollywood.
"It's not about trying to catch up with post-'Avatar' Hollywood but trying to compete with it, and someone has to keep on trying", director Kim Ji-hoon, who has helmed action-packed works such as "May 18", told the press in Seoul, Thursday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.25-2011.03.27) 2011/03/28,
Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.25~2011.03.27)
Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" creeps up to the top spot with 173,231 admissions. The critically acclaimed film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. It's the story of King George VI's as he overcomes personal obstacles to fulfill his duty of taking up the throne of England.,...More
Who Grabbed the Spotlight in 2010? 2010/12/31, Source,
From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Chung-yong, Ji So-yun, Jeong Da-rae, and Son Yeon-jae
Sporting events were a big source of energy and pleasure for Koreans this year as young rising athletes shone in major world competitions.
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na secured her leading status in February by winning the gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics with the highest score ever by a female figure skater at 228.56 points. AP spoke of "a women's figure skating performance that likely will be remembered as one of the best of all time",...More
This Week's Cultural News1 2010/12/29, Source, In 2010, the audience met with a swarm of great Korean movies of every genre and style that was able to satisfy moviegoers of all types! Let's take a look at the characteristics of the popular Korean films of 2010.
[Interview : ] "I liked 2010 because more movies came out than in 2009".
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