[Guest Film Review] "The Piper" 2016/12/10,
Although the samples are too few to be called a tendency ("Hansel and Gretel" and "Red Shoes" come to mind), South Koreans seem to have found a new source of material for their films, this time from classical European fairy tales. In this case, the source material is "The Piper from Hamelin", a medieval story popularized by the Brothers Grimm,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Bucheon" July 24th-25th 2016/08/13,
The Bucheon B-boy International Championships (부천 세계 비보이 대회) were held from July 22nd to July 24th this year, overlapping with the early part of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. They were also conveniently located right next to one of the screening venues, at Bucheon Station (부천역). Alas, I was not able to figure this out until the last day. That much is a real shame, because how often does a person get the chance to watched masked violinists breakdance the night away?,...More
Musical festival to be held in downtown Seoul 2015/08/15, Source,
Musical festival is to be held at the center of Seoul. Seoul Musical Festival, Koreas first-ever festival for home-grown musicals, is slated to be held in Chungmu Art Hall and Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) from Aug. 17 to Aug. 24. This year marks the fourth year to hold the event. So far, the festival gave a birth to various creative musicals such as "The Goddess is Watching", "Dwarves" and "Fly, Mrs. Park", which drew great popularity from the public.
The festival consists of the Yegreen Awards, the Yegreen Encore, a gala show to celebrate the opening and a concert performed by musical stars, the Seoul Musical Market, the General Assembly of the Federation for Asian Culture Promotion (FACP) in Seoul and academic programs,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Stoker" and the Bloodline Boiling Point 2013/08/17, In the Spotlight this Week: "Stoker" (2013) by Park Chan-wook...
Earlier this year we saw Kim Jee-woon shoot Arnold in the desert in "The Last Stand", an outsourced mercy killing that was so self-reflexive it was virtually suicide. Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has only been out in Korea for a couple weeks now, but already it is in the black and has the international community drooling in anticipation. In the spotlight this week, however, is Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" – a sharply crafted psychological thriller that hates the smell of pastiche on its clothes, and prefers not to leave the house if at all possible. If these three English-language debuts were family, Park's creation would be a disturbing and twitchy introvert, the bad-blooded black sheep that keeps little secrets and sins silently. Made with less than a third of the budget its contemporaries enjoyed, "Stoker" is a modestly priced masterpiece that runs disturbingly deep,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.19 ~ 2013.07.21 2013/07/22,
"The Best Never Rest" is the slogan for this week's number one film "RED 2", a sequel to the popular 2010 action comedy. Director Dean Parisot's film claimed the lion's share of the ticket sales over the weekend (832,276), but, unlike previous weeks this month, the admissions were a little more evenly distributed. Last week Kim Yong-hwa's "Mr. Go" was released and, despite a slow start for Korea's first stereoscopic 3D effort, the film eventually managed over 500,000 admissions (19.8%). "Mr. Go" came close to sneaking past Jo Eui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo's "Cold Eyes" (21.3% with 576, 360 admissions) in second, an effort that would've forced "Cold Eyes" to step back from the position it fought so hard for last weekend,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.06.28 ~ 2013.06.30 2013/07/01,
Marc Forster's "World War Z" continues its reign at the top of the Korean box office. Forster's post-apocalyptic horror cleared 933,807 (46%) admissions during its second weekend appearance, giving Brad Pitt's latest 3.1M admissions to take to the bank. The film cost $190M to produce and has already comfortably grossed $259M worldwide ($124M of which came from its own U.S. screenings). Last week the film easily dislodged Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly" at the top, pulling in over 800,000 tickets more than Jang's highly successful second feature. This week the Korean showing was a little limp, with only "Secretly and Greatly" and Kim Yong-gyoon's "Killer Toon" making the grade.
Summertime is horror time in Korea, and with that comes Kim's new film "Killer Toon" starring Lee Si-yeong, Eom Gi-joon and Kim Hyeon-woo. The film opened its account with 390,729 (18.6%) admissions and follows the webcomic creator Ji-yoon (played by Lee Si-yeong),...More
Actress Kim Hye-soo's movie picks 2011/01/07, Source,
Actress Kim Hye-soo [10Asia]
Gender is not the only thing that sets the word 'actress' apart from 'actor'. The word 'actress' alone carries layers of meaning that could refer as one to be envied, a seemingly unreachable glory and perhaps a tragic personal story or two hidden within. Living as an actress in Korea means carrying both a light and darkness inside that are enough to invoke curiosity. And actress Kim Hye-soo fits this category perfectly, as if the term was coined for her alone. Her glamorous body and a confident attitude are some of the phrases we often use to describe Kim's aura. But above all, the prowess she accumulated through her acting career has helped to solidify her position as a true actress,...More
Generation Blue Films holds 10th anniversary festival 2008/11/27, Source, Generation Blue Films, a small production house founded in 1998 with the goal of producing films in a manner different from the mainstream commercial system, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a special film festival.
Over the years, the company has helped to introduce many important,...More
Asian Film Market and PPP Results 2007/10/16, Source, The Asian Film Market was again bustling in its second year although buyers tended to window-shop and take notes for later. A number of Korean films were picked up mainly for TV/DVD rights. Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia sealed a number of deals, selling all rights to,...More
Hollywood Film Industry Welcomes Korean Pictures 2005/11/14, Source, Three recent Korean films have landed to rave reviews in the United States at the 26th annual American Film Market (AFM), which ended on November 9th 2005, held in Santa Monica, CA. AFM traditionally serves as a stepping-stone for the foreign films to be introduced into the American market to compet,...More
The third edition of the annual event shows 55 films from 26 countries in the competitive section of International Short Films and 33 internationally acclaimed works in the Special Program section. The films in Internat,...More
CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.
y wife watched this with me and deducted that a women had written the script. She decided that only one who has an obsession with shoes could fully understand the struggle of all the people in this movie for the right to posses or be possesed by the Red Shoes. I did not give it a full 10 because of the slightly confusing ending. Ive read that there is a directors cut which clears up that confusion.
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