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
Korean Films Draw Over 100 Million Viewers This Year 2012/11/20, Source,
Korean movies have drawn over 100 million viewers in 2012. The Korean Film Council on Monday said the number of people watching Korean films this year totaled 99.61 million as of Sunday. "Since at least 200,000 people on average watch Korean movies on a weekday, the 100-million mark will be reached on Tuesday", a council spokesman said. The 100-million mark is a milestone in the 93-year history of Korea's movie industry -- although there is still some controversy, the first Korean-made film is considered to be "Loyal Revenge" released in 1919,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.09 ~ 2012.11.11 2012/11/12, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.09 ~ 2012.11.11)Jo Sung-hee's "A Werewolf Boy" enjoyed its second week at the top of the pile as it swiftly overtook "Unbowed" (3,434,694) as the ninth highest grossing Korean film of 2012. Not since "Masquerade"'s opening weekend has a film captured this much of the ticket sales. Its 51.6% (1,333,842) more than doubled its closest rival as Sung-hee's latest pushed on to 3,603,946 admissions. In general the Korea films were slightly in the minority this week, with a few new foreign flicks making their play for the Korean public's interest,...More
Torture movie reopens wounds on the eve of presidential election 2012/11/08, Source,
"National Security" explores excruciating 22 days of torture that late democratic activist Kim Geun-tae suffered. Provided by Hohoho Beach
Korea today boasts a robust democracy, with frequent street protests by groups ranging from religious organizations to labor unions making their voices heard. Only 30 years ago, Korea was governed by an authoritarian military regime that repressed and tortured its opponents. Government oppression spawned "torture technicians", who were responsible for developing new techniques,...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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