[HanCinema Feature] Korea's Favourite Foreign Films of 2014 2015/01/10,
This time last year "The Attorney" was enjoying its final weekend at the top of the Korean box office. Yang Woo-seok's potent political piece drew millions to his Song-studded story of undead civil rights and modern righteousness, but a foreign blizzard was brewing, one that would soon usher in the nation's favourite alien invader of the year.
Its theme song, "Let It Go", was played, parodied, and pumped throughout the year as our Pale Blue Dot danced and dreamed of white noise and snowmen (a sobering event that one of the film's director, Jennifer Lee, recently apologised for; forgiven, not forgotten). Disney's "Frozen" hit Korea on the 16th of January, 2014, and the bruise was bad; $75.2 million in damages bad, in fact. Korea was obviously not alone here, the world had frozen over and thrown millions at this over-zealous zeitgeist qua animated anomaly,...More
[HanCinema's Feature] Korea's Top Five Favorite Films of 2014 2014/12/20,
2015 is nigh upon us, a fresh year with its own host of hits waiting to entertain and be enjoyed. There is still a little time before 2014 passes us by, and before it does I wanted to glance back and take stock of this year's most successful spectacles and see what rose to top in terms of ticket tallies.
Last year Korean cinephiles were treated to an array of awesome attractions ("The Face Reader", "Snowpiercer", "The Attorney", "Miracle in Cell No.7"), but still Bong Joon-ho's 2003 hit "The Host" remained the nation's cash king with over 13M admissions. It would take something supremely special (historic) to rally such record-breaking support and slay this iconic stub-guzzler,...More
'The Attorney' Sweeps Blue Dragon Film Awards 2014/12/18, Source, Chun Woo-hee (left) and Song Kang-ho"The Attorney" directed by Yang Woo-seok won three awards including best film at the 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards on Wednesday. Inspired by a famous 1981 human-rights case led by late President Roh Moo-hyun, who was then a successful tax lawyer in Busan and turned to human rights law to defend the accused, the film is the sixth biggest box office hit in the history of Korean cinema. It attracted 11.3 million viewers since its release in December last year,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.07 ~ 2014.02.09 2014/02/10, "Frozen" re-solidifies itself at the top while "The Huntresses" melts away...
After a hectic Lunar New Year weekend "Frozen" has managed to recapture the lead and pack on the pressure as it moved on to 7.7 million admissions ($57.9M). Last week it was Hwang Dong-hyeok's "Miss Granny" that stole the show, but after the holiday rush Hwang's comedy drama was forced back a place with its 1 million haul (31.6%). These two films were the only ones in contention for gold, and together they captured over 70% of the market share. A few of the new entries ("I, Frankenstein", "Another Family", and "The Lego Movie") held their own in the middle order while "Hot Young Bloods" and "The Huntresses" fell viciously to the wrong end of the chart,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.01.24 ~ 2014.01.26 2014/01/27, "Frozen" remains solid at the top but local flicks still dominated...
The Oscar-nominated animation "Frozen" held its form at the top of the pile to secure its second weekend as number one. Despite the string of popular local features Walt Disney's winter wonderland was able to pack on another 1.2 million admissions (36.2%) to advance its total tally now to 3.1 million ($22.2M). However "Miss Granny", "Hot Young Bloods", "When A Man Loves A Woman" (aka "Man In Love"), and Yang Woo-seok's popular drama "The Attorney" all followed in close formation with respectable figures to collectively capture 59.3% of the ticket sales,...More
[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 5 2014/01/25, In this Episode: Pierce has a chat withfilm critic Jason Bechervaise about six period films coming in 2014…
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.
In episode 5 Pierce has Korean film critic, journalist and academic Jason Bechervaise in studio to discuss the host of period films coming our way in 2014,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.01.17 ~ 2014.01.19 2014/01/20, "Frozen" enjoys a solid start while "The Attorney" celebrates 10M tickets…
After four consecutive weeks at the top of the pile, Yang Woo-seok's "The Attorney" has finally given way to Walt Disney Picture's "Frozen" (1,036,102 admissions). The Oscar nominated animation has already grossed $759M worldwide and arrived on Korean shores to the delight of more than a million filmgoers. "Frozen" captured 41.4% of the market share to dislodge Yang's true-life drama and deny it a fifth straight week as Korea's number one. However that didn't overshadow the fact that this past week saw "The Attorney" breach 10 million admissions (10,162,511 - $69.5M), and it now joins an elite, and ever-growing, list of Korean films who have achieved such an incredible feat,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Attorney" 2013/12/28,
Woo-Seok (played by Song Kang-ho) is an average, fairly unremarkable family man. Through sheer willpower he's able to make a name for himself as a lawyer. Song Kang-ho exhibits a strong degree of relatable charm in the role. Woo-Seok is no hero, and indeed, for the most part he's satisfied with life so long as he's able to support his wife and kids. That would be all there is to this story- except that his law practice starts out in 1978. Big changes are afoot in the political situation, and Woo-Seok soon finds himself having to make a choice.
It's not as dramatic as that sentence makes it sound, honestly,...More
Box Office Turns Up the Heat Over Christmas with Stocking Full of Treats 2013/12/25, Source,
Winter is a great time to head to the cinema due to the number of theatrical releases on offer -- many of them with a festive theme -- and also to escape the cold climes outside. Below is a list of the best on offer at the silver screen over Yuletide, whether it be for a family trip, romantic excursion or just good old escapist fare. ◆ Marital Bonds "Way Back Home" is based on the true story of a regular housewife who is arrested in Paris on a charge of attempting to smuggle over 30 kg of cocaine when she mistakenly thought she was carrying gems for a friend. The woman is subsequently imprisoned on a remote Caribbean island, forcing her husband to take action to fight for her freedom,...More
The Attorney 2013/12/21, Source, "The Attorney"
Running Time: 127 min.
Directed by: Yang Woo-seok
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Young-ae, Oh Dal-soo
Synopsis: High school-graduate attorney Song Woo-suk is a lawyer whose savvy business skills earn him considerable success as a specialist in tax affairs. But he does a u-turn to devote his career to human rights issues after he defends a friend involved in a political case,...More
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