The controversial "Unbowed" dramatizes 2007ís Crossbow Terror Incident between a college professor and a judge. Now in his late 60s, director Chung Ji-young emphasizes that he continues to a... More
Military Wants to Ban Controversial Cheonan Documentary 2013/05/08, Source,
The South Korean military wants to ban a documentary that casts doubt on whether North Korea really sank the Navy corvette Cheonan. The families of the sailors who died aboard the Cheonan are joining the military in filing an injunction against the screening of the film. Earlier this week, the Defense Ministry discussed possible legal steps and decided to involve the families for fear of causing a public outcry,...More
Korean films gaining popularity in Vietnam 2013/01/02, Source,
A Korean film caused a sensation in Vietnam by rising to the second in the country's box office since its release on November 31. "A Werewolf Boy", a Korean film that attracted over 6 million viewers in Korea so far, replaced "Haeundae" (2009), "Runway Cop" (2012), and "Quick" (2011) as the top-grossing Korean film in the Southeast Asian nation. The film starring heartthrob Song Joong-ki was also shown during the first Vietnam-Korean Film Festival in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. The festival actually opened on October 18 at the Megastar Crescent Mall in Ho Chi Minh City, before screening in the capital between December 6 and 8,...More
2012 Korean Films in a Nutshell 2012/12/24, Source,
Well, Jiwon. Sounds like there's a lot of interesting films out there this Christmas season. [Reporter : Park Ji-won] Yes, but not only for this Christmas season. There have been a lot of interesting Korean movies all year long. 2012 was a record-breaking year, both in the number of total film ticket sales,. and Korean film ticket sales,...More
The controversial "Unbowed" dramatizes 2007ís Crossbow Terror Incident between a college professor and a judge. Now in his late 60s, director Chung Ji-young emphasizes that he continues to adhere to his awareness of social problems as he did in his heyday of "Nambugun" and "White Badge". Chungís style as a critical realist also remains unchanged. He uses a documentary touch to track and portray how an honest personís conviction can be marginalized by mass logic. While the director does not lose his critical stance, he avoids agitation and sentimentality. The characters do not represent good and evil; they are not dogmatically idealized or condemned. Chung knows how to maintain dramatic tension. Ahn Seong-gi plays the professor, creating an impression stronger than expected. In many ways, his performance recalls "Silmido", and his portrayal of private tenacity is first class. The physicality of his silence telegraphs the movieís theme. Nah Yeong-heeís realistic performance as his wife, Park Won-sangís as the lawyer, and Kim Ji-hoís as a reporter also lend the film increased authenticity. (JEON Chanil)
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