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Gong Yoo shows off his serious side

Source | 2014/02/10 | | Permalink

Gong Yoo is famous for playing Prince Charming types, especially thanks to his memorable role in the popular TV series "Coffee Prince".

But since returning from serving mandatory military duty in 2009, Gong overturned past preconceptions with serious and mature roles in "The Crucible" and his latest action thriller, "The Suspect".

Gong, 34, revealed how he felt about changing his image to the Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily...More

Jeon Ji-hyeon thinking 'Assassination'

Source | 2014/01/27 | | Permalink

It looks like actress Jeon Ji-hyeon is going to appear in director Choi Dong-hoon's next film, "The Assassination", according to local news reports.

The two worked together in the 2012 film "The Thieves", which earned 93.7 billion won ($88.7 million), making it the highest-grossing Korean film of all time - and, with 13 million tickets sold, it was the No. 2 most popular Korean movie by admissions...More

Korean moviegoers set new record

Source | 2013/12/29 | | Permalink

Number of annual moviegoers in Korea (source: Korean Film Council)

The number of moviegoers in Korea exceeded 200 million for the first time in 2013. By midnight on December 18, the number of tickets sold stood at 204,009,513, the Korean Film Council announced the following day. This is a drastic increase from the 146 million tickets sold in 2012 and is double the number of 2005. Only a handful of countries sell over 200 million tickets per year: India, the United States, China and France.

In terms of movie tickets sold per capita, Korea ranks second. Korean moviegoers on average watched four films in the theater this year, which is lower than the 4.2 of the U.S. (2012) but higher than the 3.8 of Australia and 3.1 of France...More

Late singer's music revived

Source | 2013/12/14 | | Permalink

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 keyword for 2014 is 'historical movies'

Source | 2013/12/11 | | Permalink

The first keyword is 'historical movies' and the second is the change which actors are going through.

"Memories of the Sword" , "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

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