A serial killer targeting elementary school students is on the loose—and 5 victims means even the president gets involved in the investigation. When the most probable suspect dies in custody... More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Authority and Power in Korean Cinema 2011/10/15,
The representation of authority in modern Korean cinema has me perplexed. The power and agency public organisations should hold is lacking, with institutions being portrayed as weak, incompetent and unprofessional. This is not a judgement but rather an observation that recent films such as "The Crucible" and "Poongsan" have confirmed. Political corruption, police incompetence, and individual responsibility seems to be some of strongest themes running through contemporary Korean cinema.
The 2011 film "The Crucible" has sparked outcry from the Korean public as the true-life story, on which is was based, remains unresolved even in this cinematic retelling. The Korean populous has refused to accept the results of the investigation and have sited a number of laws and procedures they want to have change in order to prevent another tragedy from occurring,...More
Netflix expanding asian movie selection in deal with korea's top studio CJ E&M 2011/10/07, Source,
LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2011 – CJ E&M today announced an agreement to feature twenty of its acclaimed Asian movies on Netflix, the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. Beginning in October 2011, Netflix members in the US will be able to instantly watch the twenty titles multiple platforms, including TVs, popular tablets, key gaming consoles, computers and mobile phones. All the titles will be available from October 1.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time". said Joon Choi, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to movies from around the globe. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company, CJ E&M",...More
[HanCinema at the KOFFIA 2011] Director Ryoo Seung-Wan Talks Failure And Success To HanCinema 2011/08/28, Source, Ryoo Seung-wan can be called something of a veteran director, accumulating a ten-film repertoire over the last decade, but his style is still evolving amid a mixture of success and failure. Soldiering on, Seung-wan has kept his eye trained to the future – and rolling in the success of his latest feature, "The Unjust", has only strengthened his footing on the international film scene.
The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) saw the filmmaker modestly take stage at the helm and direct packed audiences at his latest filmic venture, "The Unjust", and the nostalgic look at his fledgling career back in 2000 with "No Blood, No Tears". We caught up with the director in Sydney to find out more about the man behind the kicks, punches, blood and gore of the screen,...More
A serial killer targeting elementary school students is on the loose—and 5 victims means even the president gets involved in the investigation. When the most probable suspect dies in custody and the case looks like it’s reached a dead end, high ranking police brass decide to create a killer—and anyone will do. Though Detective CHOI Cheol-gi boasts an incredible number of arrests over his career his rank never showed it. He was framed and demoted for another crime and decides that this is his last chance at professional redemption. He makes a deal with mob boss JANG Seok-gu, who he has been investigating, and together they decide to set up one of the existing suspects as the serial killer. The only hurdle in their plan is public prosecutor JU Yang, who takes on the case. JU himself had been involved in a deal with the boss of a rival criminal organization, and President Kim wants CHOI dismissed from his position. When the secret deals and back alley agreements start to come to light, it only serves to drag CHOI, JU, JANG, and KIM deeper and deeper into a dark hole of questionable ethics and abuse of the law.
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