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[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/08/20 | 1085 views | Permalink

The Hollywood Reporter picks actor Lee Byung-hun's brain in New York, KOBIZ's new infographic puts "Train to Busan"'s success into perspective, discover five modern Korean films that play at your heartstrings, and did you know works of romance were once banned in North Korea?

"Lee Byung-hun's Journey From Korean Cinema To Hollywood"

Mufsin Mahbub met up with Lee Byung-hun (one of Korea's biggest acting talents) in New York earlier this month at the city's annual Asian Film Festival to discuss his latest film, "Inside Men". Lee has featured in over twenty films over the course of his career, including such hits as "JSA - Joint Security Area" (2000), "A Bittersweet Life" (2005), "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" (2008), "I Saw the Devil" (2010), "Masquerade" (2012), and "Memories of the Sword" (2014).


"Toward a New Record, Runs the Train"

KOBIZ's latest infographic reveals the Korean films with biggest box office openings in light of the recent success of "Train to Busan". Yeon Sang-ho's atypical zombie thriller recently became not only the first film of the year to surpass 10 million admissions, but now also holds the record for the biggest opening in Korea (872,517 admissions) having surpassed Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" (727,901).


"Kim Jong Il: The man who brought love to North Korea's silver screen"

Did you know that Kim Il-Sung banned romance works from North Korean culture during his reign? And, "as a result of this policy, at least one generation of North Korean people grew up without being exposed to fictional romance of any form". It was, however, and surprisingly, Kim Jong Il who broke this ban and instead saw romance pieces as "an essential spoon of sugar to help people better swallow the bitter medicine of social mobilization and various other political campaigns".


"5 Korean Movies Guaranteed to Make You Cry"

And on that note, here is Simon McEnteggart's list of five Korean films that are bound to tickle your tear ducts and tug at your heartstrings: "If there's one thing modern Korean cinema does well, it's crafting melodramas that force audiences to sob like a newborn baby".


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