"Nameless Gangster" released in North America 2012/03/28, Source, PREFACE
"My reason for wanting to tell a story from the '80s is because I feel that the current societal climate is very similar. About 3 years ago I got a feeling that the era of my deceased father was suddenly coming back, an era in which everyone's good will is only reserved for their own survival and well being. But like my own father, I did not see these people as selfish fools, but sympathized with them. I wanted to portray these characters not as criminals who were on the wrong side of the law, but as people who tried their best to survive and thrive despite the conditions they were in. People innately follow the times they live in and those who ride it architect the next generation. The '80s in South Korea were an incredibly volatile decade in which a single person's decision could change the direction of an entire era. Following men who lived through that decade, I wanted to show that the eighties had more dramatic appeal than any other decade. I wanted to inquire whether it was the times that were changing the people, or if it was the people that were changing the times. Most of all, I hope that the audience can laugh and identify with these men who lived like kings in the face of loyalty, betrayal, and ambition".,...More
A Wild Fugitive 2011/07/30, Source, By UNA Beck
Whoosh. What can it be? It sure isn't a 4D movie in front of my eyes but as the man appears on screen a thick fog surrounds me. The scent of testosterone and perspiration and the feverish air rising from the mid-summer city asphalt, was not yet discomforting at all. From his first appearance, an Asian man wearing a sweat-soaked shirt with greasy hair that was probably never washed for quite a few days captures our eyes and nose, no!, our entire senses. In the film "Never Forever" (2007) co-starring Vera Farmiga, and Ha Jung-woo, who plays Ji-ha, an illegal immigrant living in New York, who's willing to sell his sperm for 300 dollars to a white woman named Sophie, a rich woman who wants to give birth to an Asian baby,...More
Five Korean films join Cannes fest 2008/05/15, Source, The 61st Cannes Film Festival has kicked off with fanfare, spicing up the festive mood for moviegoers all around the world. The ebullient mood remains largely the same here in Korea, but one thing is palpably different: There's no chance for a Korean movie or actor grabbing an award in the competiti,...More
Art Film Showcase 2008 to screen in Japan 2008/03/06, Source, For the second year in a row, four Korean arthouse films will be presented to audiences in Japan through the Art Film Showcase in Tokyo. The eight-week series of screenings is sponsored by KOFIC and the Image Forum arthouse theater in Tokyo.
The showcase is an effort to introduce Japanese viewe,...More
2nd France-Korean Film Fest in Paris 2007/12/04, Source, The 2nd annual France Korean Film Festival (Festival Franco-Coréen du Film) will take place Dec 12 -18 in Paris. Presented in partnership with Association 1886, an organization of young students and filmmakers from France and Korea, the goal of the festival is to promote fresh and promising creativ,...More
7th Seoul Film Festival Starts Sept. 8 2006/09/08, Source, The 7th Seoul Net and Film Festival, known collectively as SENEF, will run this September 8 to 17 at venues in central Seoul. While the internet component of the festival has been running online since May, the newly named and expanded Seoul Film Festival will screen a diverse range of international,...More
Kim Ki-duk's film to open Karlovy Vary fest 2006/05/29, Source, "Time", director Kim Ki-duk's new feature film, will have its official world premiere as the opening movie of the 41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which begins in the Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, Tuesday.
CANNES, France ㅡ Films from South Korea may not be as prominently featured in the program of the 59th Cannes Film Festival as in recent years, yet Korean cinema is garnering attention, thanks to the struggle by industry people to defend the screen quo,...More
Murim Jijon, (in Korean means "The Ultimate Among Martial Artists") an internet website devoted to all things martial arts, is embroiled in a controversy over the identity of a mysterious contri,...More
First round of KOFIC 2006 subtitling support 2006/04/10, Source, KOFIC has announced the recipients of the first round of the 2006 Subtitle Translation and Print Production support program. Six feature films and five short films were selected out of 27 total submissions (15 feature films, 12 short and independent films). The program provides funding for the produ,...More
KOFIC supporting release of small-scale films 2005/11/23, Source, The Korean Film Council has stepped up its support of small-scale arthouse releases, with three films scheduled to be released in November through the KOFIC-supported ArtPlus Cinema Network.
The three films all drew a positive reception at the recent Pusan International Film Festival, and include,...More
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Does anyone know about the soundtrack of "The Unforgiven", resp. the music playing on the official website? Who´s the artist, what´s the title, will there be a soundtrack available? Can´t read Korean signs, and can´t translate because of flash animation, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thank, Kaya
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