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Animal Town (애니멀 타운)

애니멀 타운 (Ae-ni-meol Ta-woon)

Directed by Jeon Kyu-hwan (전규환)

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97min | Release date in South Korea :

Hyeong-do, the head of a small printing company, hears that the kid who stole his motorcycle died in a traffic accident. Seong-cheul is a convicted pedophile who starts driving a cab after his salary from a construction site went unpaid. The uneventful daily lives of the two men in the depressing city are interrupted by a wild boar sighting. The description of a heartless city life and the shocking ending deliver a chilling blow.

Film Festivals
2010 (11th) Jeonju International Film Festival - April 29-May 7 - Cinemascape: Korean Cinema Showcase
2010 (4th) Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival - August 18-24 - Butterfly
2010 (12th) Cinemanila International Film Festival - December 1-5

Movie College Award - 2010 (4th) Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival - August 18-24


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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Mozart Town": A Daring and Dreamy Debut

    In the Spotlight this Week: Jeon Kyu-hwan's "Mozart Town": Life in a metropolis can be unforgiving and cruel. The buildings are imposing and the diversity of being is impressive, if not uncomfortably humbling; and it becomes all too easy, perhaps even necessary, to go about one's business bearing blinders and minding your own matters. But collisions are inevitable, uncomfortable and random, and sometimes--if the conditions are just right--multiple lives merge and travel together for a time, only to eventually fork off out into the cityscape. Enter "Mozart Town", a discerning debut that poetically peels back the concrete curtains of big city life to reveal, for better or worse, life under the log. These 'Humans of Seoul' that are found wriggling, are put under Jeon's lens and followed, their dreary existence exposed, and their flaws magnified under the leering light of cinematic attention and focus,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

    K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★★★ "Red Family": A coming-of-culture drama about a family of North Korean spies misfiring undercover (11/06) ★★★★★ "Commitment": The son of an ex-North Korean spy is torn between higher powers as he fights for those he loves. (11/06) ★★★★ "I Love You, Jin-yeong!": A struggling writer gets romantically involved with a director who offers to make her dreams come true. (11/07) ★★★★★ "The Weight": A tragic telling of the life of a hunchbacked mortician and his transgendered stepsister. (11/07) ★★★★ "Passion Flower": A dying man hires a caregiver to help him, but soon their relationship flourishes beyond their expectations. (11/07) ★★★★ "Steel Cold Winter": A small-town outcast and big-city newbie find each other and form a fatalistic bound out in the country.  (11/07),...More
  • [HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

    K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★★ "A Mere Life": Bak Il-rae dreams of a better life for his family but is cheated out of his entire family savings. In deep despair, Il-rae feeds pesticides to his son and wife and attempts to commit suicide. He fails and becomes the sole survivor. (09/26) ★★★★ "Act": Dong-hyeok is a married man who falls in love with his student Yeon-mi. His wife then invites her into their house and pretends not to know the truth. (09/26),...More
  • Art and Culture

    2012/08/07, Source,
    And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with Michelle Kim. Today, she begins with her continuing coverage of a Korean film series in London highlighting a different director each month, so let's go to her for more. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what's happening in London,...More
  • Movie "The Weight" invited to Venice

    2012/07/24, Source,
    Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's fifth movie "The Weight' has been invited to the 69th Venice Film Festival, Venice Day's category. According to foreign distributors Hwain Cut, Venice Days is a section where worldwide directors hope to be placed.,...More
  • Feature profile - From Seoul to Varanasi

    2012/02/10, Source,
    Set for an international premiere in the Berlinale Panorama section, director Jeon Kyu-hwan's "From Seoul to Varanasi" has been re-edited since its world premiere in Busan. Kim Seong-hoon met with Jeon's producer CHOI Mi-Ae to talk about their work together and profile the film. - Photograph by CHOI Sung-yeol Treefilm, the production company of upcoming Berlinale Panorama film "From Seoul to Varanasi", was founded by producer CHOI Mi-Ae and director Jeon Kyu-hwan. Together they made the "Town Trilogy" of "Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010) which travelled to numerous international film festivals including San Sebastian, Hong Kong and Torino. They are now in production for Jeon's next film entitled "Moogae" in Korean, meaning "weight",...More
  •'s Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet

    2012/01/14, Source,
    Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
  • Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today at the MoMA

    2011/09/16, Source,
    Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today will start on Sept. 22 and last through Oct. 2. This year, we are pleased to welcome back Lim Soon-rye, South Korea's most highly regarded female filmmaker, to The Korea Society for the Opening Night's screening of "Rolling Home with a Bull" (2010), which follows a young man's forlorn life as a failed poet and unemployed bachelor who winds up taking an unexpected journey throughout the country with his father's cvherished bull and making a series of peculiar run-ins. This year's Yeonghwa series will also have a special focus on director Jeon Kyu-hwan, whose Town Trilogy films--"Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010)-examines various human lives that exist in Seoul's urban landscape, including those of an African laborer, a Russian exchange student, a reformed pedophile, a North Korean defector, and a dejected print-shop owner. Jeon's Town Trilogy critiques the "town" of Seoul from a sociological auteur's perspective,...More
  • Seoul stripped bare-naked: director Jeon reveals urban barbarism

    2011/03/21, Source,
    By Lee Hyo-won A child molester, unable to suppress his desires, tries to commit suicide; a North Korean refugee becomes disillusioned in the land of promise; and migrant workers suffer in hushed silence. Jeon Kyu-hwan has made a name on the international cinema circuit with films featuring red-hot taboos, but he doesn't seem to mind being reputed for mixing controversy into the creative process,...More
  • Korean movies released today 2011/03/10 in Korea

    2011/03/10, Source,
    Korean movies released today 2011/03/10 in Korea "Shotgun Love", "Drifting Away" and "Animal Town",...More
  • New poster and Korean teaser released for the upcoming Korean movie "Animal Town"

    2011/02/23, Source,
    New poster and Korean teaser released for the upcoming Korean movie "Animal Town",...More
  • Meet filmmakers at screenings

    2011/02/21, Source,
    Cinephiles will be able to meet directors in special Q&A sessions following film screenings around Seoul.

    At 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Cinus Isu, director,...
  • Upcoming Korean movie "Animal Town"

    2011/01/31, Source,
    Added the upcoming Korean movie "Animal Town"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
  • Plunge into future at digital film fest

    2010/08/08, Source,
    By Lee Hyo-won

    An old Korean proverb says that even mountains evolve over time ― 10 years to be exact. But in this digital age, trends seem to change in the blink of an eye.

    For the fourt,...
  • Korean Indie-feature 'Animal Town' to Compete at San Sebastian

    2009/08/14, Source,
    Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's second film "Animal Town" is to premiere at Spain's San,...More

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