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Dance Town (댄스 타운)

댄스 타운 (Daen-seu Ta-woon)

Directed by Jeon Kyu-hwan (전규환)

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95min | Release date in South Korea :

Jung-Nim, a North Korean middle class worker, defects from the North following the accusation of watching a porn video. Her husband barely gets Jung-Nim out of the country but is arrested by the North Korean security forces. Jung-Nim lives in South Korea under the surveillance of Kim Soo-Jin, who was assigned to do this by the government. Jung-Nim feels lonely, and then meets Oh Sung-Tae, a patrolman. But as time goes by, it’s her husband that Jung-Nim misses and worries about more and more. It is then that she hears news about her imprisoned husband through her watchdog Soo-Jin…


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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: ★★★★ "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
  • "Varanasi" and "My Way" to go to Berlin Panorama

    2012/01/04, Source,
    The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival has announced early selections for the Panorama section to include two Korean films - Jeon Kyu-hwan's "From Seoul to Varanasi" and Kang Je-gyu's "My Way". Shot on location in India and Korea, "From Seoul to Varanasi" follows a married Korean woman who falls in love with a young Arabicman who gets involved in a suicide bombing. The film made its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, but it is understood that it has been re-edited for Berlin.Jeon Kyu-hwan's previous "Town series" about contemporary urban lives in South Koreaincludes "Dance Town" which was also in the Berlinale Panorama. "From Seoul to Varanasi" was produced by CHOI Mi-ae at their production company Treefilm,...More
  • Wieland SPECK, head of the Berlin film festival's Panorama

    2011/12/07, Source,
    After 30 years at the Berlin International Film Festival, Wieland Speck will be celebrating his 20th year as head of the festival's Panorama section next year. While he was in Seoul on his annual film hunting trip around the region, Jean NOH met with him to talk about his thoughts on Korean cinema, the Berlinale audiences and how he programs for them. KCT: How important for you is this annual trip around Asia, after the American Film Market (AFM)? Speck: For me, the trips to Asia and South America are very important trips because there are so many amazing filmmakers and they are inspiring the Western filmmaking a lot. The European view on the world, especially the Western European view on the world, is a little bit like simmering in the same broth for many years now. And then, yes, we already have the most interesting film countries in the world [in Asia].So having our eyes out for where inspiration lurks, this is what we definitely need for our culture in general, but also for the filmmaking,...More
  • Korean films set for Stockholm festival

    2011/10/28, Source,
    The 22nd Stockholm International Film Festival has announced its line-up to include a slew of films from the Republic of Korea including Hong Sang-soo's "The Day He Arrives", which previously screened in Cannes. In the Asian Images section along with "The Day He Arrives", the festival has selected up-and-coming director Jeon Kyu-hwan's "Dance Town", about North Korean escapees, Kim Ki-duk's self-portrait documentary "ARIRANG - Movie", and Na Hong-jin's brutal thriller "The Yellow Sea",...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
  • Korean movies opening today 2011/09/01 in Korea

    2011/09/01, Source,
    Korean movies opening today 2011/09/01 in Korea "Dance Town", "Themselves", "Elbowroom" and documentaries "About Alcohol - Movie" and "Dream Factory",...More
  • Korean trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Dance Town"

    2011/08/30, Source,
    Korean trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Dance Town",...More
  • Upcoming Korean movie "Dance Town"

    2011/08/09, Source,
    Added the upcoming Korean movie "Dance Town"'s page to HanCinema database,...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
  • 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

    2011/03/12, Source,
    I wish I were there, oh so badly! By Daniel Matthews The 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) – March 10-20 – is officially underway and I couldn't be more excited. Opening night for SFIAAFF usually rings in the beginning of the Pan Asian film season for the upcoming year. Many other film festivals, movie enthusiasts and pop culture fans have their eyes on the SFIAAFF programming to see what the big hits of the year are going to be. Not only does SFIAAFF have usually exemplary programs, they also do a great job at feeding the inner Asian Pop Cultural geek with different seminars, workshops, concerts, and events,...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,...
  • Berlin "Korean Film Night": Record-breaking number of people attend

    2011/02/16, Source,
    by Berlin = KIM Hong-chun (KOFIC International Promotion Center, East Europe Manager) On the night of Valentine's Day – when the 61st Berlin International Film Festival began – the 'Korean Film Night' hosted by the Korea Cultural Center in Berlin, was in full swing. The 'Korean Film Night', co-hosted by the Korean Film Council, Pusan International Film Festival, and Women's Film Festival in Seoul, actively supported the promotion of Korean films as this year's Berlin International Film Festival was the first to feature ten Korean films with the night's other function being to promote substantial exchange between Korea and overseas' film businesses. 300 participants were expected at this event, but almost 500 movie movers-and-shakers attended, making it absolutely clear that there was a higher-than-expected interest and very welcome response towards Korean film,...More
  • Trio of Korean Movies announced for Berlinale Panorama

    2011/01/06, Source,
    The 61st Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 10-20, 2011) has announced 24 of the 50 films to be presented in its Panorama section. All the films in the selection are screening as either world or European premieres,...More
  • Jeonju Project Market supports independent filmmakers
    2010/05/25, Source,
    Jeonju Project Market (JPM) held a successful second edition at the Jeonju Int'l Film Festival April 29 – May 7 with a slew of industry screenings and pitching sessions. JPM distinguishes itself from Korea's other film markets at PIFF and PiFan by seeking out and supporting the production of truly,...More

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