[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miss Granny": Mind the Gap 2014/08/30, In the Spotlight this Week: Hwang Dong-hyuk's "Miss Granny"…
In 2011 director Hwang Dong-hyuk adapted Gong Ji-young's "Silenced" (aka "Silenced") into a 4.6 million admissions hit. It was a particularly meticulous melodrama that depicted the sexual abuse of a group of hearing impaired students at a school in Gwangju. The serious and cruel sanity of "Silenced" was hard-hitting and rather thrilling; a sympathetic story that breathed cinematic life into Gong's popular novel and, in turn, placed the real-world tragedy firmly back in the public's consciousness,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Happy Time" + DVD Giveaway 2014/04/11,
Yoo-jeong (played by Lee Na-young) chronically attempts to commit suicide mostly out of spite. While suicidal people generally act in such a way because they believe the world would be better off without them, Yoo-jeong holds no such illusions. Her self-inflicted wounds are not a cry for help, but a deliberate sensation reminding the woman that there is no hope, love, or genuine empathy in her life. There is only pain, and Yoo-jeong has been brought up in such a way that viciousness is about the only form of communication she can register as being valid.
Condemned prisoner Yoon-soo (played by Gang Dong-won) has about as bleak an outlook as Yoo-jeong does,...More
Clara speaks about the comments by Gong Ji-yeong 2013/07/08, Source,
Actress Clara spoke about the criticism made by novelist Gong Ji-young about female celebrities' excessive exposure.
Gong posted on her Twitter, "When I look at female celebrities competing for more exposure and plastic surgery, I think of female unemployment. It looks like they really have nothing to make money of. Even women on TV and media are competing for more exposure",...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/10, Source,
It's finally Friday and I'm sure everyone is very excited to get some rest and sleep in. Today, our Michelle Kim brings us some events that are sure to get those of us in London and Seoul out of our homes over the weekend.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
So what do you have for us today,...More
Book cafes entice readers 2012/04/22, Source,
A latest trend in the Hongdae cafe scene is the emergence of book cafes, which some publishers see as a new way of connecting with readers and boosting sales. / Courtesy of Cafe Comma
By Do Je-hae
The most striking feature of the Hongdae district in Seoul is the prevalence of bars, making it a typical young university student neighborhood. But the area is not just about clubs and indie music. Home to a top art university, the area is also known for its flea markets, restaurants and quirky cafes,...More
Novelist fuels naval base controversy 2012/03/12, Source, Gong Ji-young
By Yun Suh-young
Novelist Gong Ji-young chimed in on opponents' arguments against the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island, adding fuel to raging debate over the project.
Gong wrote on Twitter "You don't listen to the Jeju people nor budge at the cutting of the budget by the National Assembly. You, who beat innocent citizens and put them into the water, are nothing more than pirates", referring to the Navy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Silenced": Innocent Victims, Embedded Criminals, and Korean Society. 2012/02/18,
At the end of September last year a controversial and disturbing film hit the Korean cinema circuit that triggered a wave of public outrage. Petitions were signed, investigations were reopened, and even the Korean government stepped in and voiced their concern over the matter in question. Hwang Dong-hyuk's "Silenced" (aka "Silenced") was the cause of it all as his unadulterated telling of the sexual abusive that occurred at a school for the disabled, pierced the public's consciousness and started the movement for change and awareness,...More
Novelist Gong Ji-young taking Twitter break 2012/02/11, Source,
Popular novelist Gong Ji-young said she will not tweet for a while, fed up by abusive messages from the fans of political podcast "Naggomsu" (I am a petty trickster) who attacked her for criticizing the show's hosts over the "bikini controversy".
"I won't tweet for a while. I'll take a good rest and come back after writing a new novel. Good luck!" she tweeted Thursday,...More
'Cyber tailing' becoming a social problem 2012/01/28, Source, "We must punish the murderers by searching out and spreading their parents' identity, occupation, workplace and their detailed address on the Internet. The main culprit's photo is prerequisite. Is there anyone who is brave enough to do so?"
This is a posting put on the online board, just after a middle school boy in Daegu committed suicide. He was known to have suffered from bullying. Soon after, an unidentified person uploaded personal information of the bullies -- and even their parents and friends -- on the Internet, and they were obliged to suffer from netizens' bad-mouthing,...More
'Dogani' author berates Korean court system 2011/11/30, Source, By Kim Do-yeun
The author of "Dogani" ("Silenced"), the controversial book about sexually abused disabled children that was released as a movie in September, openly attacked the Korean legal system during a debate Tuesday at the Supreme Court in southern Seoul.
Author Gong Ji-young, who was on the panel for the debate on reforming the laws on sex offenders, said that sex crimes are a more serious offence than homicide. She urged the court system to adopt heavier penalties for sex criminals against children and the disabled,...More
Celebrities support Park 2011/10/20, Source, Gong Ji-young
By Chung Min-uck
The liberal camp is elated by famous public figures rallying behind Park Won-soon, the unified opposition candidate, with less than a week left before the Seoul mayoral by-election on Oct. 26.
The mayoral vote has become even more unpredictable, in a neck-and-neck race, as various opinion polls show.
Many celebrities Thursday gathered at the headquarters of the liberal camp's joint election committee in Anguk-dong, Seoul, to discuss how to support Park, who is recently slipping in the polls though he had led in the initial stage,...More
Box office, Sept. 22 - Oct. 4 2011/10/07, Source,
- "Silenced" tops the charts and raises voices of protest
The two weeks lasting from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4 were witness to a remarkable box office phenomenon in the form of the film "Silenced". Based on a shocking real-life incident in which young students at a school for the deaf were sexually assaulted by their teacher and principal, the film has outraged and mobilized viewers, who are demanding that justice be served and new laws be passed to protect vulnerable children. The popular phenomenon surrounding the film, including extensive coverage by the news media, has caused many to take note of the power and influence of the film medium,...More
'Silenced' Brings Demons of Child Molestation Case Back to Life 2011/09/28, Source,
A slew of sex crimes against children with disabilities that took place from 2000 to 2005 at a special institute for deaf youngsters remain unsolved six years after they were first brought to light, sparking anger among social groups.
Author Gong Ji-young in 2009 published a novel inspired by the case that reignited public interest in it. Now a new film adaptation is once again stirring controversy among viewers, who are calling for the case to be reinvestigated,...More
Film ignites call for probe into assaults 2011/09/27, Source,
A still cut from the film "Silenced"
By Kim Rahn
A group of netizens are calling for the reinvestigation of sexual assaults committed against hearing-impaired children at a regional school following the release of a film based on the events.
As of Tuesday evening, more than 40,000 Internet users had signed a petition demanding a new probe into sexual assaults perpetrated by teachers and school staff on students at Gwangju Inhwa School for years from 2000.
Following the calls, the Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education organized a team to inspect the school six years after the incidents took place,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/08/31, Source,
It's time for Weekly Star Scene, where we bring you the top 5 entertainment headlines of the week.
: We have our oh so unique Dami in the studio with us! Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi 건영! Hi Sean!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, up in our first story, Girls' Generation, the Hallyu stars that charmed Asia and wowed Europe, have been named PR ambassadors for the "Visit Korea Year" campaign! And actor 공유 is coming out with a new movie! Let's go check it out right now on Weekly Star Scene!,...More
Film examines child abuse case 2011/08/24, Source, "Silenced" is a film based on the true story of hearing-impaired children being sexually abused by their teachers. / Yonhap
By Lee Hyo-won
Life is often stranger than fiction, and both director Hwang Dong-hyuk and actor Gong Yoo were shocked to discover that Gong Ji-young's bestselling online novel about child sex abuse was based on a true story.
The "Coffee Prince" actor, who read a hard copy of the book while serving in the military, proactively sought a way to turn "Dogani" into a film. Hwang on the other hand greatly hesitated about adapting the 2000-2004 case in which the teachers and principal sexually abused students at a Gwangju school for the hearing impaired,...More
MBC draws fire for ban on entertainer activists 2011/07/19, Source, Concert director Tak Hyun-min makes an obscene gesture toward MBC in front of the building of the broadcaster in central Seoul, Monday, to protest its recent decision to ban entertainers who express opinions on socially sensitive issues. / Korea Times
By Kim Rahn
A group of celebrities have pledged not to appear on MBC in protest of the broadcaster's decision to ban entertainers who engage in social activism from appearing on its programs.
Concert director and producer Tak Hyun-min said Monday that he and 12 others will not appear on MBC shows,...More
Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi cast in new film 2011/01/07, Source,
Actor Gong Yoo (left) and actress Jung Yu-mi [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Actor Gong Yoo and actress Jung Yu-mi have been cast together in a new film, announced their agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Friday.
According to a press release by N.O.A., film "Silenced" ("Dogani"), whose title can be translated into 'a scene', is based on the 2009 best-seller of the same name written by Korean writer Gong Ji-young who looked into a sexual violence case committed in one of the schools for hearing-impaired people in Gwangju,...More
[10LINE] Actor Gang Dong-won 2010/04/09, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actor Jo Han-seon, actor Won Bin, director Lee Myeong-se, director Choi Dong-hoon and actor Song Kang-ho [10Asia]
Gang Dong-won "Just talking about you is cool and you're handsome and all I can say is that I love you a lot. That's the truth". -from the movie "M". Being handsome is important but you need something more than just the looks. Just like actor Gang Dong-won. Ha Jung-hwa He was Gang Dong-won's physical education teacher from middle school. Kang wrote a letter thanking Ha in the magazine "Good Friend". When he was younger he was smart and athletic and he reached the height of 180cm after growing 25 cm during his middle school years,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Baek Jin-hee 2010/03/11, Source, Interview with actress Baek Jin-hee
Korean actress Baek Jin-hee [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]My name is Baek Jin-hee. My birthday is February 8, 1990. I can finally celebrate Adults Day this year! [The third Monday of May where young people in Korea celebrate turning twenty years old.] I wanted to have a camera for my birthday, but I couldn't get one. When I was shooting the film "Eighteen and Nineteen", the guy from Hoya often took pictures of me with his camera, and they looked so much better than ones taken by a digital camera. But my mother was like, 'What are you going to do with a camera when you don't even know how to take photographs?" But I can only practice taking pictures if I have a camera,...More
Lee Mi-yeon: Still in Love With Acting 2007/01/20, Source, "Acting has produced the biggest energy and the greatest pain in my life. I can't promise you that I'm going to be an actress for the rest of my life. When I fall out of love with acting, I'll quit im,...More
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