The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)'s Asian Film Market opened yesterday for the first time in its new venue at the Busan Exhibition Convention Center (BEXCO). The market has reported a 67% increase in sales booths and a 24% increase in participant registration since last year...More
Major Korean distributor Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Song Il-gon's melodrama "Always", the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opening film, to Japan's Pony Canyon.
The film tells the fatal story of a former boxer and a blind girl who fall in love. It stars heartthrob So Ji-sub, who has built a fan-base in Asia after the hit TV series "Sorry, I Love You" and Jang Hoon's debut feature "Rough Cut". Opposite him stars Han Hyo-joo who swept up drama awards last year for her performance in the TV series "Dong Yi"...More
Actors Jang Hyeok
, left, and Ha Jeong-woo
star in a scene from Korea's first legal thriller, "The Client"
. The film opens in theaters Sept. 29. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won
A man is suspected of killing his wife. The cadaver is however missing and solid evidence is impossible to procure. A powerful prosecutor and notoriously competent attorney engage in a fierce battle of wits to determine whether the man is guilty or innocent, with nothing but their own sense of conviction and validation.
, the country's first legal thriller, is propelled mostly by heavy legal terminology-ridden dialogue inside a glossy, wood-paneled courtroom. Unlike most variations in the genre it rules out the possibility of multiple suspects and focuses on the 50-50 chance of a man's culpability#.
There are many things at stake as the dramatic tension could be compromised by the wordy script and a predictable ending. The film's thrill factor all depends on how far it...More
From left, actors Jang Hyeok, Park Hee-soon and Ha Jeong-woo appear at a promotional event for the film "The Client" in Seoul, Tuesday. / Yonhap
By Lee Hyo-won
Local cinema has seen a host of dramas set in court, but actor Ha Jeong-woo and the other makers of "The Client" are confident that their film offers something new as the country's first legal thriller.
The upcoming film is expected to tell a Korean-style story that stands apart from its American counterparts....More