Bittersweet Life: Korean cinema's secret popularity in the UK 2011/12/07, Source,
International distribution expert and analyst and former Screen International journalist Robert Mitchell looks at the gulf between artistic and business successes of Korean cinema in the UK.
Ask any cine-literate film-goer, critic, blogger or tweeter in the UK about Korean cinema and you'll be greeted with an enthusiastic response. They will talk of the Hallyu period of the past decade, a wealth of some of the most creative and interesting film-making in the world. They will speak with passion about Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Bong Joon-ho.
International festivals like Cannes play a major role in building this awareness. "The route to the international market is through festivals", says Danny PERKINS, CEO of StudioCanal UK, which released Bong's "The Host" and Kim's "3-Iron" amongst other Korean titles. "If a director's film features in one of the bigger festivals it can put them and their work permanently on the map",...More
Yunjeong KIM, Director of International Sales, Finecut 2011/11/18, Source,
It's been 11 years since Yunjeong KIM at Finecut, a Seoul-based film company specializing in overseas sales and financing, has joined the Korean film industry. From her earlier days at Cineclick Asia to her current title as the Director of International Sales, Kim still enjoys every bit of her job discovering new films. KOBIZ caught up with Kim after her recent trip to the American Film Market (AFM),...More
Finecut does a raft of sales in Busan, Mipcom 2011/10/13, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced its recent deals done at the Asian Film Market and Mipcom which include the animation "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" selling to Portugal, Russia and Indonesia.
Korea's top-grossing domestic feature animation ever, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" took in 2.2 million admissions at the nationwide box office. The film received special attention at Mipcom where it was selected for a premiere screening at Mipjunior,...More
Little Wonders - The Child Actors of South Korea 2011/10/08, Source, Sim Eun-kyeong - "Hansel and Gretel"
The way people perceive of child actors can be guessed by the term itself. "Child actor" instead of "actor", as it is for everyone else. Whether the world likes it or not, Western cinema, and mainly Hollywood, is the one that is available everywhere and so in our faces that we are often having trouble finding anything else. So the usual idea people have about child actors as well, comes from Hollywood.
We see children as adorable amateurs who can't really act, but are still endearing and cute for trying. We usually tend to forgive or ignore their performances in works because they seem to have no guidance or much effort put in them,...More
A reckless youngster Eun-soo drives to his motherís, and has a car accident. When Eun-soo wakes up, he meets a mysterious girl and is led to her fairytale-like house in the middle of the forest. There, Eun-soo is trapped with the girl and her siblings who never age. Soon he learns all the adults who visited or stayed in the house have met mysterious yet terrible ends. More shockingly, their cruel deaths are drawn in details and made into a fairytale book by the children. Scared Eun-soo tries to find the way out, but the house is secluded in the forest with no way out. And then, Eun-soo discovers a book which tells a brutal end of none other than himself!
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