Introduced at the 14th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), director Park Chan-ok's movie is about a girl who happens to live with her sister's husband. Though she believes he killed her ... More
[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the KOREAN CINEPHILE 2012/06/30, Your website, Modern Korean Cinema, has been up since mid-2010, how did you come to discover Korean cinema and what was it about Korea's film industry that really cemented your passion for it?
My first exposure to Korean cinema came long before the inception of MKC and it's kind of a funny story (at least I think it is)! When I was in boarding school in Dublin (high school) we were studying Macbeth and as a nascent cinephile I wanted to seek classic filmed versions of Shakespeare's work, first came Polanski's, then Orson Welles' version but soon I came across Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (1957) and fell in love with it. Thus began my discovery of Japanese cinema and one day I was in my local media retail store in Switzerland when I came across a striking DVD in the Asian section. I thought it might have been something like a Takashi Miike film but it turned out to be none other than "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002) and... I hated it, it made me furious. But I couldn't stop thinking about it and a week later I forced my self to watch it again and my whole world changed. My next film was Lee Chang-dong's "Peppermint Candy" (2000) and it's safe to say that the quality and social engagement of those works resulted in my becoming deeply attached to Korean cinema,...More
CJ Entertainment America Presents "Helpless" 2012/04/10, Source,
Dark Horse Korean Hit at the Gate in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America is launching the moody Korean thriller "Helpless" on April 20, 2012 as an exclusive engagement for Los Angeles at the CGV Cinemas, with national dates expected for early May. The film was a critical darling and unexpected box office champion for two consecutive weeks when it was released in Korea earlier this year.
- Russell Edwards, Variety
"...The film never ceases to compel. As the layers of deceit are peeled back, Byeon seems in complete command of her material. A key demonstration of her narrative dexterity is the way she flaunts an audacious 'Chinatown'-like clue to the missing woman's whereabouts without pre-empting the climax",...More
Reconstructing a face in hopes of transforming the future 2012/02/06, Source, 'When I am not confident about myself, how can I possibly present myself to others?'
Yang Bi-na, a 26-year-old actress, underwent three invasive plastic surgery procedures two months ago, hoping to land better roles in theater productions and films. She will have teeth laminates as well as nose and forehead implants by March. By Park Sang-moon
Advertisements for cosmetic surgery clinics featuring a dramatic contrast of before and after faces are ubiquitous in Seoul; from the backs of seats on public buses to posters throughout the subway, it would be hard fought to avoid examples of facial transformations during a daily commute,...More
CINEMA ON THE PARK Season 2 Announced! 2012/01/22, Source,
The Korean Cultural Office in Sydney has just announced another exciting Season of Cinema on the Park, the film night that delighted audiences in 2011 will return once again in 2012. A surprise hit with more than 1,000 people attending, Thursday nights are now etched firmly on the Sydney cinema calendar as Korean night and will see 21 feature films and 14 guest speakers in the first half of the year alone, surely enough to satisfy anyone's appetite for Korean cinema!,...More
Introduced at the 14th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), director Park Chan-ok's movie is about a girl who happens to live with her sister's husband. Though she believes he killed her sister, she loves him despite the deep hatred. As a suburban city of Seoul and a longtime military area, Paju is shown as full of such contradictions and wandering souls.
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