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"Hello Brother": Finding Family Affection through Tears

Source | 2005/05/19 | | Permalink

by Dong-Yong Min


Family movies are movies that the whole family can watch together, or movies that are meant to explore the meaning of family. If a movie satisfies both criteria, it will be a movie that fits perfectly into the category. Some examples from recent Korean family movies include "Family", which took family itself as a title, and "Marathon", which was watched by over five million moviegoers. However, "Family" had a few violent scenes inappropriate for the whole family to watch and "Marathon",' although fit to be called a family movie, did not first start as a one.

In this respect, "Hello Brother", opening on May 27, is a challenge. It is the first movie since the production company, MK Pictures, announced, "We will set family movies as one of our main genres and continue making such movies". MK Pictures said that it benchmarked perennial family movie maker Disney. This is another challenge for "...More

'Taegukgi, The Brotherhood of War' to release on an extensive scale across France

Source | 2005/05/11 | | Permalink

Film director Kang Je-gyu's 'Taegukgi, The Brotherhood of War' releases on an extensive scale across France.

According to MK Pictures, this cinema's production firm, 'Taegukgi, The Brotherhood of War', which is distributed by UIP, a worldwide distribution firm, releases on May 11 in France in a total of 110 screens, the largest scale since 'The Warrior Princess' among all successive Korean cinemas.

Starting from France, '...More

"The People - The President's Last Bang" Opens without 3 Scenes

Source | 2005/02/01 | | Permalink

MK Pictures, which produced the movie "The People - The President's Last Bang", has accepted a court order to delete three scenes from the movie, and will release the edited movie on schedule on Feb. 3. "The court's decision was harsh, but we have decided to open the movie as scheduled on Feb. 3 to keep our promise with the audience, and abide by our contracts with theaters, advertisement and PR companies...More

Film on President Park's assassination in dispute

Source | 2005/02/01 | | Permalink

"The President's Last Bang", directed by Lim Sang-soo, is igniting heated disputes over its sensitive content involving the assassination of Korea's late president Park Chung-hee.

It's not just its English title that is provocative (Im hasn't explained why he came up with the name) but also the way it was presented to the press as well as a legal wrangling with Park's son.

With a horde of bodyguards protecting the Yongsan CGV cinema, the film's premier last week revealed some controversial footage, portraying Park as a leader who often speaks in fluent Japanese with his lieutenants in the Blue House and engages in not-so-graceful drinking parties.

Conservative politicians and a group of people who still remember Park as a "respectable leader" that pulled the nation out of poverty with his aggressive economic development drive during the 1960-70s, are sharply criticizing the movie and its producers.

Baik Yoon-sik plays the KCIA director who assassinated President Park Chung-hee.

The movie starts with a scene suggesting the sexual adventure Park allegedly enjoyed during his final years as the iron-fist ruler. Referring to the secret sex party for Park, a middle-aged woman says, "He is really incredible. In the early morning, he said to my daughter, 'You're so beautiful, so beautiful' and caressed my daughter, so she served him naked".

Although MK Pictures, which produced the movie, has repeatedly denied there are scenes about Park's lurid relationships with women and his pro-Japanese stance, the screening showed otherwise.

Park Ji-man, son of the late president, filed an injunction application for the film on Jan. 11. Accordi...More

Film Censorship Ruling Stirs Anger

Source | 2005/02/01 | | Permalink

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

Members of the film industry reacted strongly to the Seoul court's decision that a controversial film about the assassination of former President Park Chung-hee must be edited before its release.

"The ruling is a pure anachronism," members of Women in Film Korea said Tuesday in their official statement on the court's decision. "It is the same method of censorship used to control culture by the past dictatorial government."

Directed by Lim Sang-soo, the film "The President's Last Bang (Kuddae Ku Saramdul)" is a fictionalized account of the p...More
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