[HanCinema's Film Review + Video] "Real Fiction": Inert experiment or deep drama? 2014/10/25,
"Real Fiction" (2000) is a gritty experimental film of sorts, arguably embryonic entertainment that purposefully tinkers with the art of filmmaking with debatable results. The film was reportedly shot in 200 minutes (cut to 84) and contains an interesting mix of formal framing and dirtied handheld footage. It may not be entirely convincing in both plot and purpose, but this compact and nihilistic nugget is still worth watching to see what happens when Kim Ki-duk (alongside Kang Cheol-woo) throws caution to the wind,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Bow": Dead-Reckoning Romance 2014/04/19, In the Spotlight this Week: Kim Ki-duk's "The Bow"...
Whether it be the dumb pander in "Bad Guy" (2002), the silent sneak in "3-Iron" (2004), or the mute monks of "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" (2003), Kim Ki-duk loves silencing his puppets for our amusement. By hushing his heroes Kim sharpens our eyes to the meditative magic of the moving image. Dense dialogue and consuming chatter play second fiddle to the slow and symbolic seduction of curious characters lost in space. This is Kim's world, a placid and ethereal place that orbits a volatile sun with unseen molten madness at its core. There are both deep-seated and distance threats lurking in Kim's creations, forces that exist just out of frame that may, at any time, strike and sully the event with unadulterated Armageddon and subconscious conspiracies,...More
[HanCinema's Blog Reel] December 2013 2014/01/11,
Did you miss us? Catch up on all of HanCinema's drama and film reviews, previews, features, and box office reports for the month of December right here and now!,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "3-Iron": Ghosts, Golf, and Silent Love. 2013/12/21, In the Spotlight this Week: "3-Iron" by Kim Ki-duk
Ever get that feeling that someone is watching you? That tingling sensation from one, but you're not quite sure which one, of your senses that makes your ears perk up and your eyes dart around suspiciously. If we were in a horror flick, as we often suspect, it would be at this precise moment-after a crashing crescendo, naturally-that a black cat would spring out from nowhere, an unexpected visitor would burst through a door you were about to open or, get ready to run now, something would violently reveal itself and crystallised your fears. Most of the time we 'snap' out of it, take a gulp of cool rationality and calm ourselves back to, what we believe to be, the sane reality that our personal bubbles and bodies have not, in fact, been violated. It was just our imagination, a glitch in the matrix, or someone running over our future graves. But those uncanny inklings often persist-as they often threaten to do, even if it's just for fleeting instant-and we are prompted to pinch ourselves and remember, and as Kim Ki-duk's "3-Iron" concludes, that "it's hard to tell that the world we live in is either a reality or a dream",...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Bad Guy" 2013/12/07, In the Spotlight this Week:"Bad Guy" by Kim Ki-dukKim Ki-duk is the South's dark alchemist, an atypical cine-wizard with a sinister searchlight philosophy that burns to the third degree. From his corrupt caldron the world has been exposed and salted with some of the most devastating deliverances of morality found to be flickering at 24fps. His award-winning filminds are shot with sick skill and a demonic sense of knowing that perverts our gaze, harassing our moral codes into disorder and forcing them to reconstitute themselves into God-less variants. And we dare not take them with us out of the Event. His seventh seal "Bad Guy" (2002) is a forced marriage between sex and violence; one that bleeds a coagulated cunning that is both sadistic and stunning-a psychosexual lashing ill-disguised as a requiem for cardinal (dis)pleasure. And till death they depart,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/08/31, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Moebius": A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. (09/05)
★★★★ "The Spy": One of Korea's top intelligence agents head to Thailand to uncover the mystery behind an explosion in Seoul, but his mission crosses paths with his wife's business trip. (09/05),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] There is "Always" hope... 2013/07/20, Song Il-gon's "Always" has completely won me over. There are a lot of Korean romantic dramas out there, but only a few of them manage to stay favourites. Great Korean love stories such as "Chunhyang", "The Servant", "Bad Guy", and "My Sassy Girl" come to my mind and, after watching So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo on screen together, I think I can safely state that I have another love-struck nugget of a film to add to that list.
Cheol-min (So Ji-sub) is a hard working 30-year old labourer and part-time security guard. He is also an ex-boxer with a dark and haunting history, a past that he is desperately seeking redemption for. During his first night as a security guard Cheol-min gets serendipitously introduced to Jeong-hwa (Han Hyo-joo), a visually impaired (clinically blind) woman with an adorable persona,...More
Outsider Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' Wins Top Prize in Venice 2012/09/10, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk reacts as his film "Pieta" wins the Golden Lion award at this year's Venice film festival on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap
"Pieta", Kim Ki-duk's tale of violence and poverty, won the Golden Lion at this year's Venice film festival. Kim spent just W100 million (US$1=W,130) making the film, a fraction of the average cost of a Korean film these days. This is the first time a Korean film won the top prize at one of the world's top three film festivals at Venice, Cannes and Berlin. Accepting the prize, Kim thanked the actors, staff, film festival officials and Italian fans before bursting into a rendition of the traditional Korean song "Arirang",...More
From eccentric to darling of Venice 2012/09/09, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk, second from left, and actress Jo Min-soo, third from left, pose after winning the Golden Lion for Best Film for his film "Pieta"at the awarding ceremony of the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday. / Xinhua-Yonhap
By Rachel Lee While the world more readily acknowledged and embraced Kim Ki-duk as an auteur director, he has been received in a mixed fashion in Korea. But with his 18th feature film "Pieta" having grabbed the Golden Lion Prize at the 69th Venice Film Festival, the 51-year-old Kim has reaffirmed his art to the world and the Korean public as a first-rate director who has won the top prize at three international film festivals of Venice, Cannes and Berlin,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Where did it all start for you? 2012/03/10,
If you had asked me five years ago about Korean cinema I would not have been able to name a single film, let alone any actors, directors, or anything close to the mark. Korean cinema in all its richness and fluidity was unknown to me and its riveting array of melodramas, thrillers, and comedies were well clear of my cinematic radar. Then, in 2007, I had my first taste of it when I came to Seoul on a brief two-week trip. In a dark and crowded apartment, I took up the chance to watch an unknown Korean horror titled "Red Eye", and that marked my first step towards becoming a true Korean cinephile,...More
Sin Ha-gyoon: 'Kang-hoon's Desire is Story of Us' 2012/01/26, Source,
Above piture: Chameleon actor Sin Ha-gyoon who played a neurosurgeon named Lee Kang-hoon
The protagonist Lee Kang-hoon of the KBS 2TV drama "Brain" that finished airing last week was very different from the so-called "typical type of protagonist". He is filled with an inferiority complex about his deprived childhood and he concentrates everything on pursuing his single goal of success. Even when his mother passed away, his teacher Kim Sang Chul left him, and his girlfriend Lee Ji Hye said good-bye to him, he only hesitated for a moment and did not stop his race to success,...More
Organizers hope film fest sheds light on NK 2011/09/20, Source,
DMZ Korean Int'l Documentary Festival opens Thursday
A film festival set near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas hopes to become a channel of communication with North Korea one day,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Bad Guy 2011/02/19, Love, sex, violence and prostitution, these are some of the things you will find in Kim Ki-duk's "Bad Guy" (2002). This controversial film has received mixed reviews over the years, but if you're looking for a turbulent and violent ride about sadistic love, "Bad Guy" delivers.,...More
[PIFF] Beyond Frame: Interview with Masaya Kato 2007/10/11, Source, Now turning to the Pusan International Film Festival, where movie lovers are packing the streets of the port city not ONLY to watch premiers but to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.
Arirang's Lee Jeewon caught up with Japanese actor Masaya Kato for this report.
It was the late 80s when Masa,...More
LPG, which left for China August 18, will appear on the show August 19 in front of an audience of some 40,000 and Chinese TV viewers amounting to 1.3 billion people. Other artists to perform on that day include,...More
Rain, a South Korean pop star, actor and pan-Asian heartthrob, is preparing for two concerts at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 2 to 3, 2006, by studying. Day and night, an English tutor trails him through Seoul, peppering him with,...More
I had been looking forward with excitement to the press meeting in Cinemateket with one of the most distinguished directors in Korean film. Kim Ki-duk enjoys great recognition throughout Europe, and in the four most recent,...More
Rain to Perform with Alan Tam in Shanghai 2005/05/17, Source, Singer Rain will present awards as well as perform at the 2nd China Academy Music Awards to be held in Shanghai on May 22 at 7 p.m. His "rival" will be Alan Tam, a Hong Kong-born star who is famous in the Chinese-speaking region and will also perform,...More
In the original "Public Enemy" released in 2002, actor Seol Kyeong-gu played an aimless corrupt detective chasing the serial killer who murdered his parents. In the sequel, he portrays a prosecutor of sp,...More
Ye Ji-won, 32, rocked the world last year by climbing over the wall of National Assembly, which does not allow movie-taking in its area, while she was filming the movie, "First Article in the Constitution of,...More
Kim Ki-duk might have not been winning the Golden Lion at the recently concluded Venice Film Festival, but his 11th film "Pinjip (3-Iron)", recipient of the Best Direc,...More
Far East Film Fest Closes 2004/05/06, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy _ The sixth edition of Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the Italian event that takes place in the town of Udine and is renowned as the biggest showcase for East Asian popular cinema in the West, came to a close last Friday evening, with the anno,...More
50 years of Korean cinema at a glance 2004/01/01, Source, A large-scale retrospective will give cinephiles a rare chance to see the best of Korean cinema over the past 50 years. "Panorama: 50 Years of Korean Cinema" will present 54 films for 15 days at Hollywood Cinema in Seoul. The program will kick off the New Year today and continue through Jan. 15.
50 Years of Korean Cinema to Screen 2003/12/22, Source, Spanning over half a century of Korean film history, a comprehensive retrospective of local feature films will take place in Seoul next month. And the good thing is you won't need to speak Korean to take part in the event.
Titled "Panorama: 50 years of Korean Cinema", the festival will screen 54,...More
uper film j'ai vraiment adoré, histoire plutôt bizarre mais qui prend directement au tripes, on se prend d'amitié pour les persos avec les drôles de personnalité et surtout pour l'ordure de l'histoire han-gi. je le recommande même si certain passages peuvent choquer par la vision cru de kim ki-duk.
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