[Guest Film Review] "A Quiet Dream" 2017/01/28, Zhang Lu, born in China, shot this tragicomedy in Susaek, a deprived, messy neighborhood of Seoul, giving the protagonist roles to three fellow filmmakers.
Ye-ri runs a rundown bar in an equally rundown neighborhood in Seoul, while she also takes care of her handicapped father. Three men, who are all in love with her and seem to antagonize for her love, are her main customers,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Runaway From Home" + DVD Giveaway 2016/12/24,
Seong-hee (played by Ji Jin-hee) is a music critic who's a bit of a snobbish jerk. Observe how he requests a divorce from his wife Yeong-sin (played by Kim Yeo-jin) in a public context, and is then hilariously upended by her own inconsiderate plans ahead of time that Seong-hee failed to properly acknowledge. A pity Seong-hee's not as smart as he thinks. So it is that Seong-hee must team up with his best friend Dong-min (played by Yang Ik-joon), who as Yeong-sin's ex-boyfriend, has a few leads,...More
Busan Film Fest Off to Smooth Start Despite Aftermath of Typhoon 2016/10/07, Source,
The Busan International Film Festival opens in the southern port city on Thursday.
This year's Busan International Film Festival kicked off its 10-day run on Thursday, just a day after typhoon Chaba caused heavy damage along Busan's coastline as it ripped through southern Korea on Wednesday,...More
Han Hyo-joo, Han Ye-ri and Ahn Sung-ki, a preview into the Red Carpet Event 2016/10/05, Source,
Movie stars are going to decorate the Red Carpet this year.
The Busan International Film Festival is opening its curtains on the 6th for ten days. The event has gone through conflicts between Busan City and the committee as well as a storm that hit Busan on the 5th, a day before the opening. However, several national and international stars are going to attend to make it a successful opening,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Breathless" 2016/06/18, "Breathless" was one of the biggest international successes of 2008, winning awards from a plethora of festivals all over the world and having a vast impact in Japan, where most competitions hailed it as the best foreign film of the year,...More
[France] Seoul Hypnotique, Cycle de Cinema Coreen au Forum des images a Paris 2015/09/12, Source,
Du 15 septembre au 1 novembre 2015
Des pionniers d'hier à la génération d'aujourd'hui, Séoul hypnotique reflète, à travers près de 80 films inédits ou rarement présentés en France, une cinématographie entre tradition et modernité, entre Asie et Occident. Films intimistes et films de genre, mélodrames et thrillers percutants : le cinéma coréen n'a pas fini de nous surprendre !,...More
[Funcurve Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" 2015/06/27, Source,
Love Is Hope
I wasn't sure what to expect of "It's Okay, That's Love" at all after hearing that it's about psychiatrists and psychological patients. However the atypical topic did immediately pique my curiosity but also uncertainty of what direction the Korean drama will take. Romance? Mystery? Fantasy? I decided to take a leap of faith and put my trust in two of my all time favorite actors: Jo In-Seong and Kong Hyo-jin. I was not let down as the lead actors gave outstanding performances - so good that it was worth shedding tears for. The unexpected bonus was that many of the supporting characters were equally unique and memorable,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fake": An Animated Nightmare 2014/09/13, In the spotlight this week: Yeon Sang-ho's "The Fake"…
There are no heroes in Yeon's dystopian dreamscapes. Within both "King of Pigs and "The Fake" you'll find worlds that resemble the life-sustaining mush under a moist log, dank ecosystems alive with poisons and pessimism; here is where Yeon's Pigs wallowed, and then, in 2013, he sent three haunted men to a ghost town for a mexican meltdown.
"The Fake" pivots around three men: a reformed pastor, a slick charlatan, and a gnarly and cynical thug. This is similar to the trio of testosterone found in "King of Pigs", but here our lead's pasts are chasing them down like dogs,...More
[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 4 2014/01/11, In this Episode: Pierce gives us a news roundup and has a chat to independent film actress Kim Kkobbi…
KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry.
This episode of KOFIC's Korean Cinema Today was divided into two segments, the first has Pierce discussing some Korean film news, and the second features an interview with actress Kim Kkobbi ("Breathless", "Pluto"). The first segment seems to be from last year and mentions the box office figures from the last week of December; but Pierce also highlights a few Korean news items that are worth mentioning again,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/16, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Fake": A lowly drunk in a rural village tries to expose the corruption of those in power during the villagers' relocation. (11/21)
★★★★ "Marriage Blue": An omnibus melodrama that follows four couples struggling with conflict as their wedding dates draw nearer. (11/21)
★★★★ "Youth Talk": Two young couples attempt to deal with the lemons life throws at their love (11/21).
★★ "House With A Good View - Voyeuristic Desire": A sexy melodrama about the extreme lengths some will go to win over their love interest. (11/20)
★★★★ "Precious Love": A touching story about the love that can be found at the bottom of a barrel. (11/21)
★★★ "Novel Meets Movie":A zany-looking drama by four directors that showcases some atypical characters and their stumblings around life. (11/21),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fake" 2013/11/08,
The attitude this film takes toward organized religion is about as cynical a one as possible. From the very beginning it's clearly indicated that the cult which has become the center of life in a town soon to be destroyed a dam project is a sham designed largely to extort money from desperate people. And yet when one man finally steps up to do something about it, his efforts are rebuffed at every turn. Mainly because this man, Min-Chul (voiced by Yang Ik-joon), is impossibly vile and repulsive, provoking disgust not just from other characters but even from the audience,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Class Warfare in "King of Pigs" 2013/07/06,
In 2011, some friends and I were lucky enough to catch Yeon Sang-ho's animation thriller "King of Pigs" (2011) at a rather lonely independent screening house in Seoul. At the time the film was receiving a lot of positive feedback from those critics and fans that caught it, and since then it's become somewhat of a cult classic among animation cinephiles.
The film made its world premiere at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), and it was the first Korean animation to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately the film fell short of breaking even at the local box office (selling just 19,366 tickets), but Yeon's macabre masterpiece was perhaps never really destined for a box office Miracle,...More
[Guest Post] Daniel Tudor on Korean cinema 2012/11/09, Source,
I'm not a true cinephile by any stretch of the imagination. I've always been the archetypal casual fan, who knows what he likes, but doesn't really like it enough to remember every line of the script. People ask, "have you seen [insert name of genius film here]?" and I honestly reply "yeah, I saw it a few years back, it was great". But then I'll be unable to back that up with any enlightened commentary on that scene with the uninterrupted shot that goes all the way around the bar and back again when all the mobsters are being introduced. Or even who was in it, sometimes.
But when I first moved to Seoul in 2004, Korean cinema got to me. In some way it was a stroke of luck to be here while a golden era was still in swing,...More
Emma Watson Names Yang's 'Breathless' as Favorite Movie 2012/03/14, Source,
British actress Emma Watson, more recently known for her role as Hermione in the film series "Harry Potter", has named the Korean movie "Breathless" as one of her favorite flicks.
During an interview with Vogue India for its March issue, Watson named "Breathless" by Yang Ik-joon, "Amélie" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, "Pan's Labyrinth" by Guillermo Del Toro and all the works by Richard Curtis among the movies closest to her heart,...More
Korean indie films beckon fans 2012/03/12, Source,
A scene from "Pink", a psychosexual drama by award-winning arthouse auteur Jeon Soo-il
Local independent cinema has not seen many blockbuster hits like 2009's "Old Partner" lately but smaller films have slowly yet surely been receiving wider exposure. This month sees a particularly strong lineup of low-budget movies in theaters across the country, including international film fest-verified pictures,...More
Art and Culture 2012/03/05, Source,
Just when you thought you're still halfway your day, let us bring you the latest arts and cultural events that might catch you from drowsing off. Everyday at this hour our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim will join me in the studio to do just that for us and she's here with me today,...More
Asian Cinema Fund call for submissions 2012/02/27, Source,
The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened for submissions for this year's grants.
Committed to supporting independent film productions and to creating a stable production environment, the ACF selects and supports Asian filmmakers' projects for three kinds of support through the Script Development Fund, the Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. Details are as follow,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "King of Pigs": Zoomorphism and Class Warfare 2011/11/19, Yeon Sang-ho's gritty and disconcerting "King of Pigs" largely impressed at this years film festival in Busan, but not all offered up their praise for Yeon's hard-hitting and provocative efforts. Drawing from personal experience and working with a limited budget, Yeon has pieced together a fairly controversial film that will unsettle many in the audience. Its violent and distressing subject matter speaks through its sharp visuals, all the while disturbing and unnerving as it plays out the fate of three, extremely troubled, middle school friends,...More
'Pigs' depicts frightening realism 2011/11/18, Source,
There is something frightfully disquieting and intense about "King of Pigs" that is quite difficult to nail down.
After sweeping three awards at the Busan International Film Festival in October, the decidedly noir animation for adults has been making a quiet stir since opening in theaters earlier this month. It became the first local indie film to attract 10,000 viewers in just two weeks, according to its distributor KT&G Sangsang Madang,...More
Canadian Film Critics Review "Breathless" 2011/01/15, Source, "Breathless", the 2009 Korean feature film which won awards at festivals as far afield as Rotterdam and the Deauville Asian Film Festival to Tokyo FILMex, is currently playing at Toronto's Carlton Cinemas. Meanwhile, the picture has just won Best Foreign Film kudos from Japan's oldest movie magazine, Kinema Jumpo,...More
He seemed a little out of breath from running around the film festival circuit.
A year since making a mark on the cinema map with,...More
[INTERVIEW] Director-actor Yang Ik-joon - Part 1 2010/04/09, Source,
Director and actor Yang Ik-joon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"This interview doesn't do me any good -- it's for the production company and the press", Yang Ik-joon said with a grin at the start of his interview. He was referring to his latest film "Runaway from Home" released April 8. The remark could have killed the atmosphere had it been said by any other, but rather helped to ease and loosen up both parties when said by the free-spirited actor and director, known for his goofy and easy-going ways. At the same time, this same man swept international acclaims last year with his feature debut "Breathless" which he starred in as a bitter and abusive debt collector. Yang spoke with 10Asia to reveal the utterly frank truth behind his filmmaking and acting career,...More
[INTERVIEW] Director-actor Yang Ik-joon - Part 2 2010/04/09, Source,
Director and actor Yang Ik-joon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 10: The violence shown in "Breathless" was breathtaking -- there are plenty of films which are much more cruel and use more foul language, but the violence in your movie seemed to be much closer to what really happens in reality. That's why, while watching the film, I became increasingly curious of who you are too.Yang Ik-joon: I've lived my life suffering a lot -- to the extent I'll seem idiotic. When I was serving in the army, my senior did all sorts of things to me. But I put up with it for a while until I started thinking that it was wrong. No is no. That's why I have to keep thinking. I have to figure out how I'm going to live a more healthy and free life because no one else will do it for me. That's why I'm trying to exercise my right to speak as much as I can. I become too stressed when I go home when I put with whoever distresses me for no reason. I regret not having said anything before. (laugh) It still happens to me a lot so I've come up with a plan to cope with it. 10: What is it? Yang: I once went to a coffee shop and asked if their outdoor terrace had an electric socket. The waiter answered 'probably' so I asked him to ask the manager. I felt so strange -- I had asked if there was one or not but probably? We might have clashed if I had asked him 'Is there one or not?' But you can't exactly say that his answer was extremely rude. So using my method, I opened a notebook, wrote the month and date and wrote down what I did and how the waiter answered,...More
Press conference for film "Runaway from Home" 2010/04/02, Source,
From left to right: Director Lee Ha, actors Yang Ik-joon, Ji Jin-hee and Lee Moon-sik from the press conference "Runaway from Home" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Three men have come together to find the wife who left home. The three men consisting of Sung-hee (played by Ji Jin-hee) who on the outside looks fine but is actually immature, Dong-min (played by Yang Ik-joon) who has been preparing to be a director for ten years and Yoo-kwak (played by Lee Moon-sik) a short homme fatale. During a live broadcast Sung-hee announced he wanted a divorce but his wife Young-shim (played by Kim Gyoo-ri-I) filed for divorce before him, so the mortified Sung-hee brings Dong-min to search for his wife. The men begin to follow the traces left by Young-shim but as they continue she becomes shadier. They find out that Young-shim tried to commit suicide, a pyramid seller and on top of all that her older brother Yoo-Kwak, who Sung-hee's never heard for the past three years, appear,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Runaway from Home" starring Ji Jin-hee 2010/03/14, Source,
Press meeting for the new film, "Runaway from Home" starring Ji Jin-hee was taken place.
Ji was late to this event where he is the main character. He apologized to the press saying that he had a contract to sign for an upcoming commercial film he is to shoot.
Ji is busy recently with a lot of work including a drama.
This film is starring Ji as the sexy and handsome man with a hot voice who is the music critic Seong-hee.
He confesses his divorce with his wife but,...More
Korean Movie Nights in New York 2009/12/24, Source, A weekly series of Korean movies, organized by the Korean Cultural Services is coming to New York. Showing at the Tribeca Cinemas, the series will focus on Korean independent features. The industry of late has been somewhat shaken up by a number of seemingly unknown low budget, independents that h,...More
Veteran actress Kim Hye-ja won the Best Performance by an Actress award at an Asia-Pacific film festival, Thu,...More
44 Korean Films at the 2009 Marrakech International Film Festival 2009/11/19, Source, In a celebration of Korean film, a record 44 will screen at this year's 2009 International Film Festival of Marrakech. In addition, representatives from Korean government organizations, the Korean film industry: producers, directors, actors and film festival delegates will be in attendance. The fes,...More
Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, will become a playground for cinephiles and student directors during an international collegian film festival, Nov. 26 to 29. But as much as the event aims to foster future talent, educational initiatives will invite cineastes of intern,...More
There's nothing like spending a warm summer evening by the sea, but why not make it extra special with an outdoor movie screening? Two film festivals invite not only movie buffs but also vacationers to scenic vacation spots ― the Jeongdongjin Independent Film,...More
Multiple award-winning film "Breathless" picked up yet another honor at the New York Asian Film Festival,...More
PiFan Launches 2 New Awards 2009/07/09, Source, The 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, taking place July 16 – 26, has announced the launch of 2 new awards this year, the NETPAC and the Fujifilm Eterna award. Both awards will be presided over by juries, with the former going to an Asian film and the latter to a Korean film.
11th Seoul Int'l Youth Film Festival 2009/06/12, Source, The 11th edition of the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) is to kick off this July 9 for a one week run. The fest stands out in that both the participants and reporters covering the event include children. Its line-up this year boasts a 124 films from 33 countries.
The local film and music industries are complaining of unprecedented slumps prompted by easier access to free downloads on the Internet that preludes the demise of the industries, separate from the global economic downturn.
Korean World Premieres at PIFF 2008 2008/09/30, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is putting its weight behind local films this year, and, under the catch-phrase 'Way to Go, Korea!' will host the World Premier of 15 Korean features. Headlining is closing film "I Am Happy" by,...More
PIFF announces supported projects 2008/08/13, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) disclosed the selected projects to receive support from the 2008 Asian Cinema Fund (ACF). The fund consists of three categories, namely: Development, Post-production, and documentary. PIFF selected 27 film projects from Korea and other Asian countries. ,...More
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