Most Koreans who grew up prior to the 1990s were fond of American animated characters like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny or Japanese characters like Astro Boy and Anpanman.
An exhibit celebrates the 10th anniversary of Pororo at the Seoul Character and Licensing Fair 2013.
In the early 2000s, however, new animated characters began to appear. One of them was Korean company Iconix Entertainment's Pororo the Little Penguin, which recently celebrated its 10th birthday at the Seoul Character & Licensing Fair 2013 (July 17–21, 2013)...More
Actress Uhm Jung-hwa has been shortlisted for a role in the Korean version of "Sex and the City".
Uhm Jung-hwa was offered a role in the movie about the love and work of women in their 40s called, "The Law of Pleasures". She hasn't signed anything but is going through negotiations...More
The entertainment industry is suffering from a shortage of actresses in their 20s. Most movies and dramas that recently gained a certain level of attention mostly featured actresses aged 30 or over.
Producers and filmmakers point out that it is difficult for them to find actresses in their 20s who are suitable for leading roles.
Of the 20 most popular movies released this year, Park Bo-yeong, who starred in "A Werewolf Boy", is the only female lead in this age group. Han Hyo-joo, who is also in her 20s, appeared in the movie "Masquerade", which drew more than 10 million viewers, but her role is greatly overshadowed by both the male lead Lee Byeong-Heon and supporting actor Ryoo Seung-ryong...More
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
Poster for "Architecture 101"
By Kwaak Je-yup
Twelve people suspected of being behind the recent leak of one of the year's top films have been apprehended, the police announced Thursday.
The Cyber Terror Response Center at the National Police Agency indicted a 36-year-old surnamed Yoon and 11 others for sharing and spreading the file of "Architecture 101" on the Internet, a violation of copyright law. Other than Yoon, only the identity of the initial uploader to the online piracy forum, a 34-year-old woman named Kim, was disclosed...More