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
Pieta Wins Top Prize at 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards 2012/12/01, Source,
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the award for best film of the year at the 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul on Friday night. While accepting the grand prix at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Kim described his film as a reflection of extreme capitalism where money rules over all. He also expressed his hopes that the South Korean society would become one that's centered around people and not money,...More
'Masquerade' unmasks film industry schism 2012/11/27, Source,
* This is the first of a two-part series dealing with the state of Korea's film industry, which is enjoying its most successful year ever with ticket sales of more than 100 million. The first part explores the controversy surrounding film awards, and the second will investigate the role of conglomerates. It should have been a big night for this year's hit movie "Masquerade" when the costume drama - also known as "Gwanghae"- swooped up 15 of 22 prizes at the 49th Daejong Film Awards last month. Instead of putting the spotlight on Korea's most honored feature film ever, "Masquerade's" domination raises the question of whether making movies in Korea has become too much about money and not enough about art and created an environment stacked against small, independent producers,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25 2012/11/25, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25)
"Breaking Dawn: Part 2" once again struggle to surpass Jo Sung-hee's popular fantasy drama "A Werewolf Boy" as the battle for supernatural supremacy continued at the box office. "A Werewolf Boy" claimed some 550 880 admissions, and only narrowly dodged the big Hollywood hit which itself claimed 468, 965. Still admissions were lower this week with both these two powerhouses attracting half of what the weekend of the 24th bestowed upon them. Jo Sung-hee's film is also on the verge of overtaking "The Dark Knight Rises" as the fourth highest grossing film released in Korea this year. The latest Batman scored 6,396,528 admissions and currently "A Werewolf Boy" has stormed to 6,015,700 since its release at the end of last month,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Unbowed": A Man, a Cause, and a Crossbow. 2012/11/25, Film: "Unbowed"
Director:Chung Ji-youngStars:Ahn Seong-gi, Park Won-sang, Nah Yeong-hee & Kim Ji-hoReview Score: 4 / 5
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The Korean justice system has long endured a painful portrait when it comes being represented on the big screen. Korean cinema has generally targeted public authority figures such as corrupt cops and public prosecutors, self-preserving judges and politicians, as well as other devious public authority figures. Chung Ji-young's "Unbowed" follows a determined civilian as he fights his way through Korea's judicial system; only to eventually pick up his crossbow, point an arrow and the nearest judge, and let loose.
Ahn Seong-gi plays the accused, the stubborn, self-sacrificing and brilliant professor Kim Kyeong-ho. After diligently pointing out a critical error in his university's math exam, Seong-gi's trys to do the honourable thing in revealing the mistake to the students. However, his efforts are rejected and the faculty decides on keeping the error to themselves. Kim's impeccable character and unquestioning honour does not allow himself to accept their decision, and his defiance ultimately results in legal action against him,...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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