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Korean Kid Film 'Ice Bar' Invited to Berlin Film Fest

Source | 2007/01/03 | | Permalink

By Chung Ah-young
Staff Reporter

The Korean film "Ice Bar" directed by Yeo In-kwang has been invited to the 57th Berlin International Film Festival which will be held from Feb. 8-18 in Germany, according to MK Pictures, the local film production company.

Yeo's directorial debut film will be shown in the Generation section of the festival, dedicated to children's films. The section's competitions are known as Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus.

The section has been newly created this year by combining the "Kinderfilmfest", or the German Child Support Organization operating since 1978, and the Generation 14plus inaugurated in 2004.

The film will compete in Generation Kplus Competition, whose winners are selected by an 11-member children's jury.

Yeo's film revolves around...More

Good Sequels

Source | 2006/11/09 | | Permalink

Most popular movies this year are expected to generate sequels. It is evidence that Korean films also have "brand" power. It is a phenomenon caused by sequels that were more popular than the sequels. The key to success is to continue with the sequel but differentiate it by adding new material.

Turning the Success of a Sequel into a Brand-

Sixty-five million viewers crowded to the theaters for "The War Of Flower", where at the end of the movie Goni (Jo Seung-woo) picks up the phone at a foreign casino phone booth, giving rise to speculations of a sequel. Yoon Sang-o of Sidus FNH said, "It was originally a scene where Hwa-ran (Lee Soo-kyeong) picks up the phone when Goni calls, but it was cut during the editing process, and it does not indicate a sequel", but added, "We have not reached the final decision, but we may produce a sequel with the topic of poker", announcing his intention to turn "...More

"Little Brother" Tops Children's Film Fest in Germany

Source | 2006/10/10 | | Permalink

The Korean film "Little Brother" ("Hello Brother") directed by Lim Tae-hyeong has won the top prize at an international children's film festival held in Germany. The film's producer, MK Pictures, said Monday that "Little Brother" shared the Lucas Award with the German film "Paula's Secret" at the Lucas International Children's Film Festival which ran from Sept. 24 until Oct. 1.

Among 13 feature and eight short films in the competition category, Lim's work was recognized for maintaining its humor and not becoming sentimental despite its serious topic. A...More

Production companies to form new hub outside of Seoul

Source | 2006/08/25 | | Permalink

A group of Korean film companies has committed to move to the city of Paju, outside of Seoul. A total of 18 production companies will move to a 170-acre stretch of land being developed in Paju, located 20 miles northwest of Seoul. The city, located close to the North Korean border, has been branded "Book City" thanks to a similar zone that has attracted many book publishers. The new development is expected to be completed by 2008.

Companies making the move include top production houses Sidus FNH, MK Pictures, iFilm Corp., LJ Film, Kim Ki-duk Film, Moho Films (headed by "Old Boy" director ...More

Lim Sang-soo's Paris Project

Source | 2006/08/14 | | Permalink

While trailers for Lim Sang-soo's soon to be released period-drama "The Old Garden" are appearing in theaters, news of his next project, to be filmed entirely outside Korea, is already causing excitement. The film, entitled, A Good Woman in Paris, is being described as a loose remake of IM's 2003 Venice competitor "...More
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