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
Korean Film Festival DC Marks 8th Year with Film, Video Art, and Director Na Hong-jin 2012/03/14, Source,
The Korean Film Festival DC, one of the largest showcases of Korean cinema in the United States, kicks off this week at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The 2012 edition of the festival, running throughout March, April, and into May, is spread over two months and combines 12 films, four video art exhibitions, two lecture events, and four post-film discussions with Korean director Na Hong-jin,...More
Korean Cinema 2011: The View from Here 2012/01/14, Source,
US-based author and curator of film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC, Tom VICK shares his views on recent trends he has noticed programming their Korean film festival.
How do you introduce new Korean films to an American audience? Since 2004, when I began programming the Korean Film Festival DC, the answer to this question has become more difficult to answer. This is not to say that it's harder to find good films. Quite the opposite. The problem (if it can be called a problem) is that there are so many films to choose from.The explosion of digital production and distribution in the last decade or so has made it easier than ever to make a film, but harder than ever find an audience for it,...More
Festivals lure audiences out of the multiplex and into the arthouse 2012/01/13, Source,
There are two film festivals in town: The Tezuka Osamu Film Festival is a collection of early and experimental films by the famed Japanese animator, who is widely known as the father of "Astro Boy", pictured at left. The Cinematheque Friends Film Festival features films chosen by filmmakers and actors, including the opening film, the 1942 re-release of "The Gold Rush". Provided by the organizers
There are two film festivals in town: One is the Cinematheque Friends Film Festival where cineastes choose their favorite films each year and share them with movie aficionados. The other is dedicated to famed Japanese animator Tezuka Osamu. Though they differ in purpose, both festivals are geared toward people looking for an alternative to what's offered by the nation's three major multiplex chains,...More
Korean film "My Way" has been invited to the Berlin International Film Festival 2012/01/04, Source,
CJ Entertainment, the investor-distributor of the movie "My Way" announced on Jan. 4 that the movie has been included in the panorama category of the Berlin International Film Festival. The 62nd annual festival celebrates movies from around the world by showing selected films and awarding film makers with the Golden Bear Award, Silver Bear Awards and the Alfred Bauer Prize.
"My Way" was one of the 20 films to make it onto this year's list of movies in the panorama section. Movies selected for the segment are chosen for their artistic direction and commercial potential. Other Korean films to have been included in the panorama section were "The Unjust" (2010) and "Woman on the Beach" (2006),...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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