After slump, Han Seok-Kyu returns to spotlight 2013/03/20, Source, Han Seok-Kyu is a top-notch actor, but in his personal life, he lives away from his wife and children, who spend most of their time abroad for education. Han says he assuages his loneliness by reading books and watching movies. Provided by Showbox Mediaplex
Leading actor Han Seok-Kyu is a trailblazer in the Korean movie industry. He has proved that any talented person can be an A-list actor even without smothering good looks or charisma. Han's characters include a dying man in his 30s from "Christmas in August" (1998) and a gigolo in "Moon over Seoul" (1994). Across the diverse personalities, he knew how to be real without resorting to cliches. Han indeed paved the way for character actors such as Song Kang-ho, Kim Yoon-seok and Ryoo Seung-ryong, who are some of the best known in their field today,...More
Feature profile - My Way 2012/02/10, Source, Headed for the Berlinale Panorama section, director Kang Je-gyu's "My Way"is a historic film is more ways than one. KANG Byeong-jin goes over the details.
World War II film "My Way" is Kang Je-gyu's fourth film as a director, following "The Gingko Bed", "Shiri" and "Taegukgi". "Shiri" was the first Korean film to bring in over 2 million admissions in Seoul (back when nationwide figures were unavailable and the capital's statistics were used as rule-of thumb). On its release, "Taegukgi" along with "Silmido" opened the era of Korean films with admissions of 10 million and more.
Even from the outside, "My Way" seems like an extension of the challenges Kang's work took on before. The film's stage spans Korea to China through the former Soviet Union to Normandy, and it stars Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri, the top stars of Korea and Japan respectively. More than anything, the film's budget of about KW28 billion (US$24.8 million) is the highest ever in Korean cinema history,...More
Going My Way with KANG Je-gyu 2012/01/14, Source,
The dramatization of a true war-time story that spans years, continents, and changing friendships and enmities, "My Way" is director Kang Je-gyu's comeback after seven years. KANG Byeong-jin looks at what went into the making of the film.
"My Way" deals with a true story that is practically legend. In the late 1930s, a man from Joseon ends up going to China and the Soviet Union towards Germany and finally ends up on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Amongst the US National Archives' records of the invasion of Normandy was found a photograph of an Asian man in a German uniform at Normandy. American historian Stephen Ambrose wrote in his book "D-Day", "At the beach called Utah on the day of the invasion, Lt. Robert Brewer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, captured four Asians in Wehrmacht uniforms. No one could speak their language; eventually it was learned that they were Koreans",...More
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