Busan film festival to feature 'Paradise in Service', 'Gangster Pay Day' 2014/09/07, Source,
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) will open with "Paradise in Service" from Taiwan and close with "Gangster Pay Day" from Hong Kong. The festival kicks off on October 2 and will feature 314 films from 79 countries. "Paradise in Service", by Taiwanese director Chen-zer Doze Niu, reflects the time of his father's generation, who served in the military in the 1960s and 1970s. The film begins with the transfer of Recruit Pao to Kinmen Island, or Quemoy, located between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. He later becomes responsible for managing the Paradise in Service bar, a brothel within the military camp,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gyeongju" 2014/07/04,
A long time ago, Gyeongju was once the capital of the Silla empire, which eventually consumed the other ancient kingdoms on the Korean peninsula before inevitably falling into decline. Today it's a relatively sleepy tourist town, noteworthy mainly for an unusually large amount of greenery. The city has beautified since ancient times, mostly because ever since all that exciting stuff happed way back then, well, life has moved on,...More
Art-house debut for Sin 2014/06/21, Source,
As the capital during the Silla period (57 BC-AD 935), which is frequently mentioned in middle and high school history textbooks, Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang has always been considered a solitary place full of historical artifacts and cultural heritage. However, in the new film "Gyeongju", which opened in local theaters June 12, the city takes on a new image where "life and death coexist", according to the movie's Korean-Chinese director, Zhang Lu. In the feature, actress Sin Min-ah plays alluring tea shop owner Gong Yoon-hee, who becomes involved in a poignant relationship with university professor Choi Hyun, played by Park Hae-il. Sin, acknowledged as an actress who usually plays a city-girl character with a bubbly personality, has taken on a new challenge in the slow-paced, artsy "Gyeongju",...More
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