"The Admiral: Roaring Currents"
There were no losers in the battle between epic historical blockbusters this summer. "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant", "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" and "Pirates", released one week after another from July 23, were all impressive.
The film industry and Korean fans were all interested to see if these blockbusters would become box office hits. All three of them cost as much as W15 billion (US$1=W1,018) to produce, while Korea's top film distributers -- Showbox, CJ E&M, and Lotte Entertainment -- were all involved in the production. They were set during the Chosun Dynasty and featured star-studded casts that included top stars Choi Min-sik, Ha Jeong-woo, Kang Dong-won, and Son Ye-jin...More
Left to Right: Three narratives against the backdrop of the ocean, "Roaring Currents", "Pirates" and "Sea Fog", will tackle different genres and eras of Korean history. Provided by CJ Entertainment, Lotte Entertainment and NEW
Summer is fast approaching, but this year is set to be a cool one as three local flicks take on the high seas. From a historical account to a period comedy to a modern drama, these films, with their intricate sets and use of star power, are a testament to just how far Korean cinema has come.
Each movie featured detailed replicas of ships, which were placed on rotating structures simulating the movement of the ocean. And as well as the plight of filming on water, all three features had their own obstacles. But only time will tell if the budget and effort invested were worth it...More
"The Fatal Encounter" tells the story of 18th century Joseon and the assassination attempt on King Jeongjo.
Released on April 30 was a movie that pivots around the life of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800), the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It's English title is "The Fatal Encounter", or "Yeokrin" in Korean, meaning, "the king's wrath". The title comes from a legend that says that a dragon gets angry when the scales under its chin are scratched or touched by anyone or anything.
According to official estimates from the Korean Film Council on May 19, 3,648,367 domestic tickets to "The Fatal Encounter" were sold between April 30 and May 18, making it the best-selling movie so far this year...More
In Kim Seong-su's new thriller "Genome Hazard", Hidetoshi Nishijima plays Taketo Ishigami, who struggles to recover a lost memory. Provided by Lotte Entertainment
Hidetoshi Nishijima is a multifaceted actor who has played a variety of roles, from an everyday salary man to a cold-blooded detective to a masochistic hero.
Having launched his career in the early 1990s, the Japanese star has risen as one of the most respected television actors of his time. But outside of TV, Nishijima has appeared in more than 50 films throughout the past few decades...More
In Lee Jae-gyoo's recent film "The Fatal Encounter", actor Hyeon Bin (right) depicts how King Jeongjo's image evolved in the 21st century. Provided by Lotte Entertainment
Historical film has always been popular in Korea, but the trend has accelerated at the local box office over the past few years. From the ancient Goguryeo Kingdom (B.C. 37 - A.D. 668) to the independence activists under Japanese colonial rule in the 20th century, filmmakers have used different heroes from the past to quench viewers' thirst for tales starring successful leaders.
Recently, director Lee Jae-gyoo proved through his film "The Fatal Encounter" that the story of King Jeongjo (1752-1800), the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), never fails in the movie market...More