Controlling investment, production, distribution and screenings, so-called "film chaebol" dominate the Korean cinema with such films as (top, from left) "A Werewolf Boy", "The Thieves" and "Masquerade". At a disadvantage are small producers of films like (bottom, from left) "Pieta", "Touch", "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "Searching for Sugar Man".
* This is the second and last of a two-part series on the state of Korea's film industry, focusing on the expanding control of conglomerates.
For the Korean movie industry, 2012 has been a very good year...More
Movie of the week omnibus Short! Short! Short! 2011
Directed by Boo Ji-young, Yang Ik-joon
With Seo Joo-hee, Heo Joon-seok, Ryoo Hye-yeong, Kim Sung-mi,...
Also known as "A Time to Love"
Since 2007, Jeonju International Film Festival has promoted Korean short films planned with its Short! Short! Short! Project that supports short films of talented, young Korean directors. The Short! Short! Short! Project is produced by Indiestory Inc., and co-provided by KT&G Sangsangmadang, Jeonju International Film Festival, and Indiestory Inc. It is a new method of short film production project where three short films are produced in an omnibus type film and screened in theaters...More
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
by KOFIC staff
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the Korea Movie and Video Industry Association (KMVIA) and the Korean Film Producers Association led 108 companies and organizations in a Declaration for the Normalization for Online Film Distribution on July 27.
The declaration called for online service providers to stop the illegal circulation of films. It also demanded they stop indirect technical protection of piracy and the omission of legal sales figures. It strongly demanded they adhere to guidelines for the normalization of online copyright protection. Lastly, the declaration warned online service providers that the film industry would, in collaboration, henceforth take strict and rigorous action if they did not...More
The 64th Festival del Film Locarno has announced its line-up to include the South Korea-Uzbekistan co-production ""Hanaan"", directed by Ruslan PAK. The film will screen in the Filmmakers of the Present Competition.
A story about young ethnic Koreans displaced in Uzbekistan, "Hanaan" is described by producer Ellen Y.D. KIM as "a sort of Uzbek Trainspotting", complete with wandering youth, drugs, crime, and the hope for a better life...More