[Guest Review] "Musa" 2016/09/03,
"Musa" is one of the most expensive productions in the history of Korean cinema (it was the most expensive when it first screened, in 2001) and one of those films that turned the global audience towards the country. Based on historical facts, with an attention to detail that even resulted in each protagonist using his tribe's language, and featuring a great cast of Korean actors plus Zhang Ziyi, "Musa" is a truly impressive film,...More
Song Hye-kyo's Chinese Epic Set for March Release in Korea 2015/01/06, Source, Song Hye-kyo
"The Crossing", a Chinese epic drama from acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo starring Song Hye-kyo, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro, will hit Korean theaters in March. Woo spent four years making the film at a cost of W42 billion (US$1=W1,111). Set in the 1940s, "The Crossing" is based on an actual incident: the 1949 sinking of the luxury passenger liner Taiping, which shuttled between China and Taiwan,...More
Song Hye-kyo and Huang Xiao Ming 2014/05/18, Source,
Co-stars Song Hye-kyo and Huang Xiao Ming from the movie "The Crossing" took a picture together.
Huang posted this picture on Instagram on the 18th. The two of them appear as a married couple in "The Crossing",...More
Song Hye-kyo vs. Zhang Ziyi 2014/04/16, Source,
Two leading actresses from Korea and China have come together. Song Hye-kyo and Zhang Ziyi attended the attended the previewing event of the movie "The Crossing" at the Beijing Hotel, China on the 16th.
Their extreme fashion drew the eye. Song Hye-kyo wore a white blouse with a blue skirt and looked elegant. Zhang Ziyi on the other hand wore a red mini dress and looked strong,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/08, Source, It's the start of a new week and our Michelle Kim is here for our daily arts and culture segment. Today, she will tell us about a dance performance she saw this weekend and a Korean film that premiered recently at the Busan film festival. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what was the performance you saw this weekend[Reporter : ] I went to see Sweden's Cullberg Ballet Company, which is in town as the opening performance of the 15th Seoul International Dance Festival. The festival features a wide rang of choreographic styles, and Cullberg started it off with three innovative works from its repertoire. Take a look. The Seoul International Dance Festival kicked off on Friday with a performance at the Gangdong Arts Center by the Cullberg Ballet Company from Sweden. The company, which is known for its modern interpretations of classical ballet works, last appeared in Korea nearly 10 years ago in 2003,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/10/03, Source,
Hello, everyone. Im Lena with the latest K-pop news updates. Well start off with news about global sensation Psy. Last night, Psy whos at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the U.K. music chart treated some 8,000 Korean fans to a free performance at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul,...More
Interview with critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian 2012/02/20, Source,
Film critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian has written and talked about what he considers the little-known, real start of the Korean Wave in China. At the International Film Festival Rotterdam while serving on the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award jury, he spoke to Jean NOH about it and his thoughts on Korea-China cooperation.
KOBIZ: You've written and talked about how you think a certain Korean film festival at the Beijing Film Academy was really what started the popularity of Korean films in China. Tell us about that festival,...More
Netflix expanding asian movie selection in deal with korea's top studio CJ E&M 2011/10/07, Source,
LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2011 – CJ E&M today announced an agreement to feature twenty of its acclaimed Asian movies on Netflix, the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. Beginning in October 2011, Netflix members in the US will be able to instantly watch the twenty titles multiple platforms, including TVs, popular tablets, key gaming consoles, computers and mobile phones. All the titles will be available from October 1.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time". said Joon Choi, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to movies from around the globe. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company, CJ E&M",...More
My Wife Is a Gangster to get a Chinese remake 2011/09/09, Source,
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced that the popular Korean comedy "My Wife Is a Gangster" is set for a remake in China.
The story of a female gangster boss who needs to find a nice husband to put her dying sister's heart at ease was a hit when it first came out in 2001. It grossed $31m at the local box office, making it no. 1 that year. The film also garnered much attention when it sold to Miramax for US remake around the same,...More
Lingerie Brand Gambles on Heartthrob So Ji-sub 2011/08/05, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub has been chosen as the new face of women's lingerie brand Vivien, making him the first man to ever model for a women's lingerie brand in Korea.
Even in the lingerie industry, it is a brave move as brands usually covet only the very top actresses to feature in their advertisements in order to draw attention from female consumers. Vivien is hoping its radical departure from convention will succeed by appealing to women from an emotional rather than sensual standpoint,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jung-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Yoon Yeo-jeong, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
Song Hye-kyo to Release Photo Album 'Song Hye-kyo's Moment' 2011/01/26, Source,
Hallyu star Song Hye-kyo (29) will publish her photo album entitled "Song Hye-kyo's Moment" on January 28 in the market, targeting the entire world. The publishing company Nangman Books said on January 24, "Song Hye-kyo will publish her first photo album which contains her photos taken when she visited six countries including France, Italy, USA, Argentina, and the Netherlands for the past five years. The books will be published in limited quantities, and all two thousands of the published books will have their own serial number. Half of them have already been ordered by overseas markets,...More
Kang Ta completes torch relay for Guangzhou Asian Games 2010/11/12, Source,
Singer Kang Ta in Guangzhou, China [SM Entertainment]
Korean singer Kang Ta completed his run in the torch relay for the 16th Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games yesterday.
According to a press release by SM Entertainment, Kang Ta received the torch Thursday as the 95th runner of the games and ran about 100 meters starting from front gate of Guangzhou University,...More
Jeong looks to China beyond Hollywood 2010/10/11, Source,
Korean heartthrob Jeong Woo-seong, right, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from John Woo's "Reign of the Assassins". Su Chao-bin co-directed the film, which is showing at the ongoing Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival, before opening in theaters nationwide on Oct. 14. /Courtesy of SBS Contents Hub
By Lee Hyo-won
As Asia's leading cinema event, the Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), whose 15th edition opened Thursday, most appropriately showcases the latest trends, including most notably the ever-expanding influence of Sino-cinema,...More
Joo Jin-mo thinks Zhang Ziyi liked him 2010/09/16, Source,
Actor Joo Jin-mo on MBC talk show "Golden Fishery" [MBC]
Actor Joo Jin-mo has said that he felt that top Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi liked him when the two were co-stars for Korean film "Musa" almost ten years ago.
Joo made the remark on a pre-recorded session of MBC talk show "Golden Fishery - Knee Drop Guru" which went on air Wednesday, starting his explanation with "If I had known Zhang Ziyi would turn out like this... why did I",...More
Zhang Ziyi attends press conf in Korea for Special Olympics 2010/09/15, Source,
(from left to right) Democratic Party member Lee Kwang-jae, Korea PR Ambassador Kim Yoon-jin, Special Olympics athlete Kim Yuna, Grand National Party member Na Kyung-won and international PR ambassador Zhang Ziyi at the press conference for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games held at the Grand Hilton Hotel. [Ogilvy]
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi attended a press conference in Korea for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, according to a press release from the event promoter's Ogilvy on Wednesday,...More
Song Hye-kyo again denies cast in film with Wentworth Miller 2010/06/29, Source,
Actress Song Hye-kyo [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Song Hye-kyo's agency has again denied a report that the actress has been cast in a Chinese film alongside American actor Wentworth Miller.
"It is not true that she has received an offer to be cast in the movie", an official at Song's agency SidusHQ told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Tuesday, responding to an article by local sports daily Chosun Sports saying the actress was being considered for a role in "Ji Xian Feng",...More
[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Rain says "want to brag" about MTV Movie Awards win 2010/06/08, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain in Los Angeles [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Rain says "really want to brag about this one", referring to his win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards It was only a year ago that Rain was overwhelmed after winning a trophy at an awards ceremony which looked a lot like the MTV Video Music Awards. Of course, it was a television commercial for a Korean mobile telephone company. When Rain gave his acceptation speech at the fully-packed venue amidst the applause from the crowd, the sight looked so unattainable that it felt like "a miracle" or "a fictional news event". But this young man, who claims that "a miracle is something you create, not something somebody hands you", has eventually grabbed that very dream in his hand. Instead of uttering some unknown magic words, Rain endured extremely demanding, five-hours-a-day training sessions and kept on running like "a tiger on the verge of starving to death" to make it to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. At the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, 10Asia met with Rain -- a man who, like his name, exudes a freshness to the desert-adjacent, hot city of Los Angeles,...More
Jeon Ji-hyeon to star in Wayne Wang film with Hugh Jackman 2010/02/03, Source,
Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyeon [10Asia]
Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyeon has been cast in the new Wayne Wang pic alongside Chinese actress Li Bingbing and Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, according to her agency Sidus HQ on Wednesday.
Jeon will be playing the role of Snow Flower, one of the two main characters in the film "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan", which will be helmed by "Joy Luck Club" director Wayne Wang, Sidus HQ announced in a press release.
"Wayne Wang had asked Jeon Ji-hyeon to work with him several times since seeing her in the film 'My Sassy Girl', which was very popular in the Chinese market", an official at Sidus was quoted as saying. "Both Jeon and director Wayne Wang are ecstatic about working together for this film".,...More
Jeon Ji-hyeon to appear in film with boy band F4 member 2010/01/19, Source,
Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyeonJeon Ji-hyeon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyeon is set to appear alongside Taiwanese boy band F4 in a new film starring top Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, according to multiple Chinese media reports.
One of the members of F4 -- currently composed of Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu and Vic Chou -- will reportedly be cast opposite Jun and Zhang, who will play the lead role in the film "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan".,...More
CJ Owned CGV to Open Third Multiplex in China 2009/11/19, Source, Reaching further inland, CGV will open its third Chinese multiplex in Wuhan, the capital on the Hubei province. CGV entered the Chinese market in 2006 and already has two multiplexes in Shanghai. The new addition will have 6 screens, 940 seats and be capable of 3D projection.
"Dragonball: Evolution", the Hollywood adaptation of the internationally loved comic, topped the South Korean box office during its opening weekend after its world premiere here March 12, according to 20th Century Fox Korea.
Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's latest war epic drama "The Assembly" will open this year's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) scheduled Oct. 4-12 in the southern port city, festival organizers announced Wednesday.
Spoilt for Movie Choice During Long Chuseok Break 2006/09/25, Source, This year's Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving holiday will be the longest ever since it comes right after the Foundation Day holiday. Theaters will not miss this golden opportunity to draw as many viewers as possible by showing the best movies. Competition will be fiercer than ever.
Three Korean Names Make This Year's 'Time 100' 2006/05/01, Source, K-Pop superstar Rain, teenage pro-golfer Michelle Wie, and Professor at Harvard Medical School Jim Yong Kim are the three Koreans who made it into a list of the 100 "people who shape our world" by the U.S. current affairs weekly Time. The list is to b,...More
It is commonly said that film sequels are rarely better than the original, which has been true for all the local sequels in recently years except for such movies as "Hi Dharma 2: Showdown in Seoul (Talmaya Seoul-kaja)", a sequel for gangster comedy ",...More
A local actress currently working in the United States has refused an offer to play a geisha in a film project to be produced by renowned U.S. filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
In a phone interview from Hawaii with Yonhap News Agency yesterday, actress,...More
Pusan film fest pursues cinema diversity 2004/10/05, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival will kick off its much-touted nine-day run Thursday, featuring 266 films from 63 countries - the most in the festival's nine-year history.
Organizers said they have put much emphasis on the diversity in international cinema, screening more works from Africa, L,...More
In a year when major European festivals have gone Hollywood in a big way, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's biggest cinema event, will continue to go the other direction, emphasizing the diversity in international cinema more than in previous years,...More
266 Films from 63 Nations Await Fans at PIFF 2004/09/14, Source, The invited films, guest people and official program of the Pusan (also spelled Busan) International Film Festival were revealed to the public Monday. The festival is known as the most dynamic film festival in Asia.
This year's PIFF will be the largest festival ever and 266 films from 63 different,...More
Wearing an elegant black velvet coatdress and husband Warren Beatty, scene diva Annette Bening stepped onto the red carpet and officially kicked off the 29th year of the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday.
This year's gala opening was Bening's "Being Julia,...More
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