Kim Woo-taek, 49, has stepped into the musical industry with a large-scale creative musical "December". The musical, which features songs written by the late singer-songwriter Kim Kwang-seok, will be staged starting Monday at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Jeon Ho-seong)
This year, the musical industry in Korea has been especially attracted to songs written by the late singer-songwriter Kim Kwang-seok (1964-96). In March, the small-scale musical "Where the Wind Blows" started the trend of using Kim's songs in musicals. It was followed by "The Days", which swept numerous awards in April and is dubbed the "legend of creative musicals". Before it was made, creative musicals - which refer to musicals made in Korea from scratch - were no match for big-named licensed musicals...More
The first keyword is 'historical movies' and the second is the change which actors are going through.
"A Touch of Zen" , "Battle Of Myeongryang", "Pirates" and "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant" are some of the historical movies that are expected to be released next year. They are all 10 billion dollar blockbusters. They are also movies the Big 3 distributors CJ Entertainment, Lotte Entertainment and Showbox Media Plex have on the line...More
Actor Ahn Seong-gi has been in the movie business so long, he can barely remember his first role. He was just 5 years old when director Kim Ki-young cast him to play an orphan in a couple of scenes in "Twilight Train" in 1957.
"It was just a couple of scenes", Ahn said in a phone interview. "I don't remember much. But I did a good job, so he offered me another role. I guess there were not many child actors in those days, so soon I was a regular actor".
Like the rest of the country, South Korea's movie industry was rebuilding after the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War, which means Ahn's career has been nearly as long as the Korean film business.
Today, Ahn has starred in more than 70 movies, many made by Korea's top directors, and now is one of the country's most visible ambassadors for cinema...More
"Commitment", a movie that garnered attention after Choi Seung-hyeon (Top) from K-pop group Big Bang was cast as its lead actor, has confirmed it will be released in November, according to the movie's distributor, Showbox.
The movie depicts a boy from North Korea, played by Top, who is forced to become a secret agent in the South to protect his sister living in the North...More
Song Kang-ho stars in "The Face Reader" as Nae-kyung, a man with a special gift for knowing people just by examining their heads. Provided by Showbox
With an all-star cast like Song Kang-ho, Lee Jeong-jae, Baek Yoon-shik and Kim Hye-soo, you might think "The Face Reader" has the makings of a hit - and you'd be right.
Released on Wednesday, "The Face Reader" is already dominating the box office, earning 2.5 billion won ($2.30 million) on Wednesday alone and accounting for 78 percent of the day's ticket sales...More