Cineaste's picks at cinematheque 2011/01/10, Source,
From left, directors Kim Tae-yong, Lee Joon-ik and Lee Hae-yeong and programmer Kim Sung-wook speak during a press event for the 6th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival on Jan. 5 at Seoul Art Cinema, Jong-no. /Courtesy of Seoul Art Cinema
By Lee Hyo-won
Ever wondered what kind of works inspire famous filmmakers?
Fans will have a chance to find out through the Cinematheque Friends Film Festival, featuring 44 domestic and foreign works including those that were handpicked by directors who have paved new possibilities in Korean cinema. The 6th edition of the annual event kicks off on Jan. 18 at Seoul Art Cinema, Jongno, and will continue through Feb. 27,...More
Traces of Lee Joon-ik's work in "Blades of Blood" 2010/04/20, Source,
The cast of "Blades of Blood" from left to right: Hwang Jung-min, Baek Seong-hyeon, Cha Seung-won and Han Ji-hye [Movie Production company Haneul]
They have all dreamt about the moon that escaped from the clouds. Lee Mong-hak (played by Cha Seung-won) wants to shine as the king who renews the rotten Chosun period and Hwang Jeong-hak (played by Hwang Jeong-min) hopes he can clear away clouds by blocking Lee Mong-hak who took away his conviction and the life of his friend. Kyeon-ja (played by Baek Sung-hyun) wants to overcome the pent-up anger he feels towards Lee Mong-hak who killed his father. And Baek Ji (played by Han Ji-hye) simply wants to walk under the moonlight with the person she loves. However, Kyeon-ja screams "Have you once in your life ever lived in a world like that" and fail to step under the moon's brilliant light. Traces of the war and laughter from "Hwangsanbul" and love and tragedy from the "The King and the Clown", both productions by Lee Joon-ik, can easily be found in his new pic "Blades of Blood". The film resembles “Hwangsanbul” in how the most serious situation and tragedy is melted away by humor and "The King and the Clown" when Kyeon-ja cries in a thunderous voice towards the craziness occuring in the palace. However, it is difficult to declare that "Blades of Blood" is director Lee's final masterpiece, just like the saying that it is hard to create a beautiful face with the perfect features. The conflicts amongst the characters are dull enough to seem trite and it cannot be concealed by the beautiful scenery or lyrical music. Will "Blades of Blood" be able to become a different moon for the audience who has already experienced and found joy from the prominent historical drama like "Slave Hunters?" The movie opens in local theaters on April 29,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Jang Hyeok - Part 1 2010/03/11, Source,
Korean actor Jang Hyeok [photographed by Lee Jin-Hyeok/10Asia]
Jang Hyeok says "The Slave Hunters" is a story about Lee Dae-gil growing up "I would have something to say if it was about martial arts..". said Jang Hyeok before the interview, as if he were an action star who was in love with martial arts. But by the time the interview ended, I found out that to Jang Hyeok, talking about martial arts meant that he would talk about everything -- his acting and his life. Like a martial arts master finds enlightenment through martial arts, Jang Hyeok was devoting himself to his life through acting. He understands his character by melting martial arts into the acting, and reflects upon his life by analyzing the character. For Jang Hyeok to play Dae-gil in the KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters", it means the same as that he will pour out all of his life. See what and how much enlightenment he has gained from portraying Dae-gil,...More
LEE Joon-ik Explores Love and War 2007/08/08, Source, Celebrated director Lee Joon-ik will next film Nimeun Mon Gose (English translation: "Someone Dear is Far Away"), about a woman who sets out to search for her missing-in-action husband during the Vietnam War. She decides to become a member of a,...More
What are the best days of your life? For the high school friends in Riverbank Legends it's when they hang out at night on their territory, a bare riverbank; a hard-won place they fought over side by side. For the friends in,...More
'The King and the Clown' Bursts With Sheer Energy 2006/01/03, Source, The new movie "The King and the Clown" overpowers viewers with its irrepressible power and charm. Indeed, a general impression of force is the one thing audiences are likely to take home with them before they can make sense of any details. Such details may include a scene when the humble clown ridic,...More
"The King and the Clown" is a very substantial movie. Taking even one scene out would be as dangerous as carving out a crucial organ from your body.
This movie teaches a lesson to the current filmmaking industry that is nearly choking with big words such as "visuals", "style",,...More
Memories of murderous success in 2003 2003/12/18, Source, This was a very good year for Korean cinema. Perhaps actress Moon So-ri said it best at a screening of one of her films in Paris: "French cinema has a history of over 100 years, but not Korea. If France is an adult, Korea is a child. But it is a,...More
The Korean Film Commission (KFC) said Thursday that of the 3.35 million moviegoers in October, approximately 2.35 million went to watch local films, recording a 70.2 percent market share. The percentage would be considered high in any country, although Korean films did report an e,...More
"Noble Affair" Appeals to Audience 2003/10/14, Source, "Untold Scandal" premiered on October 2 and sold two million tickets in 11 days, remaining the top box office hit for two consecutive weeks. The long-term box-office record is expected as it claimed more than 60 percent of total online,...More
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