[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/19, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Blood and Ties": A daughter starts to question her father's involvement in a series of killings that devastated their family. (10/24)
★★★★★ "Rough Play": An upcoming movie star gets absorbed into the corrupt underworld of fame and fortune. (10/24)
★★★★ "Koala": Three young adults pool their efforts to try and keep their new burger business alive. (10/24),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Returning to the Sunny side of Love. 2013/07/27,
Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jeong) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyeok). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010",...More
'Cloud Atlas' Star Can't Help Falling in Love with Filmmaking 2013/02/02, Source,
"Cloud Atlas" star Bae Doona has received positive reviews from foreign media for her role in the Hollywood blockbuster alongside big names like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. But she remains dejected at the film's polarizing effect on audiences and failure to make a strong impression at the box office, as she hopes to cement her star power on the silver screen,...More
CJ ENTERTAINMENT Goes for the Gold with "AS ONE" 2012/05/24,
Sports film based on a true story hits North American theatres on June 1, 2012
CJ Entertainment brings "As One" (aka Korea, original title) to North American theatres this summer on June 1, 2012. The film, based on a true story about the first ever united North and South Korean sports team, will be releasing in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles (L.A. release on June 8, 2012).
A touching true story about the historic first Team Korea
"As One" recounts the dramatic tale of the first unified Korean team that competed at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan. South Korea's ping-pong star Hyeon Jeong-hwa and North Korea's LI Bun-hee have each suffered humbling defeats at the hands of China's formidable "Ping-Pong Witch" every time they reach the tournament's final rounds. Forced by politicians to suddenly team up as the first united team Korea, HYEON and LI experience only conflict and mistrust, and face the loss of their championship dreams. But game-by-game, the two begin to build teamwork and find a budding friendship. When political winds change again and just as suddenly an announcement is made to disband team Korea, the two young women must prove to their people and the world that teamwork can outshine the dark shadows of a painful history,...More
[HanCinema Book Review] "New Korean Cinema" review 2011/04/23,
"New Korean Cinema" is a collection of fascinating essays on contemporary Korean cinema. It contains a variety of different perspectives on the Korean film industry by a number of experienced contributors from around the world. The book examines the growth of Korea's film production industry, theoretical critiques of modern Korean films, as well as how social change has affected filmmaking in Korea.,...More
Women's Film Festival in Seoul Turns 10 2008/03/13, Source, The Women's Film Festival in Seoul (WFFIS) celebrates its 10th edition this year with a kick-off ceremony April 10th featuring an HD omnibus as its opener. Called Ten Ten, the movie features six 15 minute short films from five Korean female filmmakers (,...More
KOFIC and UK Film Council Announce Deal 2007/10/17, Source, In an important pact between the two countries, the UK Film Council and its Korean counterpart KOFIC signed a Co-Distribution Agreement during this year's Pusan International Film Festival. Beginning in November 2007, distributors of UK and Korean films will be eligible for print and advertising su,...More
It was Friday when "My Beautiful Girl, Mari", a Korean animation of watercolors, opened in theaters in January 2002 in a multiplex theater. The animation was cross-played after a Hollywood movie the nex,...More
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