[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.01.29 ~ 2016.01.31 2016/02/01,
"The Revenant" falls hard as "Kung Fu Panda 3" hits...
DreamWorks Animation's third installment of the "Kung Fu Panda" series of films came to Korean screens last Thursday and dominated proceedings over the weekend. "Kung Fu Panda 3" had a massive 1,364 screens from which to pool and from them captured 63% of the box office pie (1.3 million admissions). The film was made for around $145 million, and worldwide the film has already grossed $116.7 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.01.15 ~ 2016.01.17 2016/01/18,
"Star Wars" disappears, "The Himalayas" begins its descent, and "The Revenant" rises...
The Oscar-nominated "The Revenant" (starring Leonardo DiCaprio) entered at the top of the Korean box office this past weekend. This gritty and intense thriller arrived last Thursday and topped the weekend chart with 694 thousand admissions (35.2%) from across 966 screens. Critics and fans alike have praised director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's efforts, and the Academy recently confirmed its excellence by nominating it in twelve categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Inside Men" 2016/01/16,
In recent years the domestic political situation in South Korea has taken a turn for the worse. The two major political parties have never gotten along that well, but public expressions of bald contempt are now all too common. I bring this up mainly to explain why "Inside Men" exists in the form it does. "Inside Men" is a classic Korean-style gangster drama disguised as a political thriller. Even so, several factors give away the film's true form- the violence, the sex, and the general motivation,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.12.25 ~ 2015.12.27 2015/12/28, "The Himalayas" proves insurmountable for "Star Wars"...
J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" continued its record-breaking run worldwide over Christmas; the film, the seventh in "Star Wars" series, has now grossed an incredible $1.1 billion since its release mid-December (the fastest to do so), but only $18.6 million of that has come from South Korean audiences,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.12.18 ~ 2015.12.20 2015/12/21,
"The Force Awakens" in Korea to a lukewarm reception as "The Himalayas" comes out on top...
J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has been shattering box office records as millions flocked to catch the latest in this billion-dollar franchise. Already the film has made over half-a-billion dollars worldwide ($517 million), but how strong was the force in South Korea? Surprisingly, it was not Abrams saber-spangled spectacle that captured the hearts and minds of Koreans this past weekend; instead, it was Lee Seok-hoon's down-to-earth drama "The Himalayas" with Hwang Jeong-min,...More
Inside Men (2015) 2015/11/21, Source, "Inside Men"
Genres: Crime and Drama
Running Time: 130 min.
Directed by: Woo Min-ho
Starring: Cho Seung-woo, Lee Byung-hun, Baek Yoon-sik
Synopsis: Lee Kang-hee, an editor at an influential conservative newspaper, puts lawmaker Jang Pil-woo to the position of a leading candidate for presidency using the power of the press. Behind this, there was his secret deal with the paper's biggest sponsor. Ahn Sang-goo, a political henchman who supported Lee and Jang, gets his hand cut when he is caught pocketing the record of the sponsor's slush fund. Woo Jang-hoon, an ambitious prosecutor, starts to investigate the relationship with Jang and the sponsor believing it is the only chance he can make it to the top,...More
Lee Byung-hun, "I am nervous every time I work... I want to be a good actor"
2015/11/04, Source, It's been a long time. Lee Byung-hun sat down saying, "I'm looking forward to it".
There has been a lot going on. Last year, Lee Byung-hun was blackmailed of 500 million won by two young women who had a video of him. This story was fully revealed and affected his image as an actor. He became a father in March but he couldn't express how happy he was. Then his fourth Hollywood movie "Terminator: Genisys" was released and so was "Memories of the Sword" although he only showed his face every now and then.
Finally, he's having an interview for the movie "Inside Men" which is coming out this 19th. He filmed the movie while he was going through tough times. In this heavy subjected yet speedy political drama, he plays the role of Ahn Sang-goo, a political gangster who used to be a chairman at once but was betrayed to the ground and is out for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.10.05 ~ 2012.10.07
2012/10/08, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.10.05~ 2012.10.07)Choo Chang-min's "Masquerade" is living a privileged life as it enjoys its fourth week as Korea's number one. "Masquerade" came into the fray as the top film mid-September and has not looked back since, stubbornly holding on to that position over the rest of the month and now into October. The total admission counts were lower than previous weeks, with "Masquerade" taking gold with less than a million admissions. Kim Ki-duk's "Peita" was also ejected from the top ten, leaving just three other Korean films to compete with international features,...More
Casting announced for Kim Myeong-min's "SPY" 2012/04/11, Source,
Casting has been announced for Kim Myeong-min's latest project "Spy", a film that revolves around the lives of 5 North Korean agents in South Korea. "Spy" is written and directed by Woo Min-ho, who was also behind "Man of Vendetta" (2010). This movie marks the second collaboration between the method actor and the director-scriptwriter. The film boasts a cast of well-known and established actors. Kim Myeong-min's management agency, MM Entertainment revealed the official cast line-up lead by Kim Myeong-min (39), who will play the role of Agent Kim. Agent Kim is a family man who lives a happy and contented life with his wife and two children. He is disguised as a manager in a company that sells fake viagra imported from China,...More
Bittersweet Life: Korean cinema's secret popularity in the UK 2011/12/07, Source,
International distribution expert and analyst and former Screen International journalist Robert Mitchell looks at the gulf between artistic and business successes of Korean cinema in the UK.
Ask any cine-literate film-goer, critic, blogger or tweeter in the UK about Korean cinema and you'll be greeted with an enthusiastic response. They will talk of the Hallyu period of the past decade, a wealth of some of the most creative and interesting film-making in the world. They will speak with passion about Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Bong Joon-ho.
International festivals like Cannes play a major role in building this awareness. "The route to the international market is through festivals", says Danny PERKINS, CEO of StudioCanal UK, which released Bong's "The Host" and Kim's "3-Iron" amongst other Korean titles. "If a director's film features in one of the bigger festivals it can put them and their work permanently on the map",...More
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