Born in Seoul, 1960. HONG entered ChungAng University as a theater major. He changed his major to film while in his sophomore year. In his 3rd year, he went to United States and received his BFA in filmmaking in California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. Then, he got a MFA in filmmaking from The School of Art Institute of Chicago. He was also invited as a juror at various film festivals such as; Jeonju Int'l Film Festival, Pusan Int'l Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival, and Vancouver Int'l Film Festival.
[Guest Film Review] "On the Beach at Night Alone" 2017/12/16,
Having watched all three of Hong Sang-soo's 2017 films (the present one, "Claire's Camera", "The Day After - 2017") and most of his earlier works, I have to admit that, although I still enjoy them, the repetition of theme and style is getting somewhat annoying. The addition of Kim Min-hee in his latest works has definitely helped (with this movie actually drawing much from his real-life relationship with her) as did the change of scenery to Europe, with Hamburg as this one's base, but with three films in one year, even these aspects do not seem enough,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/11/19,
Film Stage lists director Hong Sang-soo's top ten foreign films, KoBiz's latest infographic tracks the country's most successful music films of all time, the 43rd edition of the Seoul Independent Film Festival (SIFF) has the biggest program schedule ever, and Daily NK discusses two of the top films from the recently concluded Annual North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Claire's Camera" 2017/11/11,
One fact about Hong Sang-soo's filmography is that he seems to shoot the same movie again and again with very few changes in all of the aspects that comprise his films. Another fact is that he does it so well, and that his virtues (mainly the composition and the ironic humor) are so evident, to the point that one finds himself wishing to see them all. This time, he made a few changes, as he decided to shoot in Cannes, include Isabelle Huppert in the cast, and have his actors speak English as much as Korean,...More
[Guest Film Review] "The Day After - 2017" 2017/10/28, Hong Sang-soo has been, for quite a while now, a favorite of the festival circuit, particularly the ones in Europe, with his art-house aesthetics, his intelligent and occasionally ironic humor, and the drinking that seems to be everywhere in his films, finding much sympathy among film buffs. "The Day After - 2017" continues in this path, for the most part,...More
[Guest Film Review] "The First Lap" 2017/09/30,
It is always reinvigorating when a movie reminds me that, apart from the crime/action thrillers and the melodramas, South Korea also has a presence in indie, art-house cinema, occasionally producing great films of the genre. "The First Lap" is a distinct sample of the fact in a production that netted Kim Dae-hwan the Best Emerging Director award from Locarno,...More
Song Kang-ho has an accumulated attendance of 100 million 2017/08/14, Source, Song Kang-ho is the creme of the crop in the Korean movie industry.
The film "A Taxi Driver", which surpassed 8 million viewers in 13 days and stands at the threshold of the first 10 million film in 2017, depicts the painful history of the Gwangju Democratization Movement. It resonates with the audience with its thoughtful directing and story that touches the painful past. Above all, the reason why this movie was able to stay fast in the minds and hearts of audiences is the perfect performance of lead actor Song Kang-ho,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Day After - 2017" 2017/07/15,
In the opening scene of "The Day After - 2017" Hae-joo (played by Jo Joon-hee) has noticed a suspicious change in her husband Bong-wan (played by Kwon Hae-hyo). Today, he is unusually happy. So Hae-joo moves to the logical conclusion- Bong-hwan has found an attractive woman. Normally such an absurd supposition would be the grounds for a farce. Then Bong-wan scoffs, continues to awkwardly eat his breakfast, and rather ominously avoids directly refuting any of Hae-joo's comments,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.07 - 2017.07.09 2017/07/10,
Marvel's new "Spider-Man" reboot given screens and soars...
America's 'friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man' swiftly swung into pole position over the weekend by capturing 82.74% of the box office sales. "Spider-Man: Homecoming", the second movie reboot of Marvel's iconic web-slinger, scored 2.6 million admissions ($19.1 million) from a massive 1,965 screens around the country, dislodging Lee Joon-ik's "Anarchist from Colony" at the top and becoming the seventh highest grossing film of year,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/05/28, Hong Sang-soo talks about his minimalist approach to filmmaking, Slant reviews "Okja" after its premiere at Cannes in France, read how diplomatic tensions are affecting Korea's cinema industry, and Bong Joon-ho voices his support for the coming together of local industries and streamers like Netflix,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Ha Ha Ha" 2017/05/13, Hong Sang-soo distinct and quite repetitive style found its apogee in this film, although this time, he implemented a lighter tone, that was probably the main reason it received the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, a huge accomplishment considering the status of the director up to that point,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/30,
The Jeonju Film Festival puts 'alternative films' in the spotlight, KoBiz reveals which films will compete at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival, Netflix teases new 'Super Pig' website ahead of Bong Joon-ho's "Okja", and get to know some of Korea's smaller film festivals,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/22,
Note the Korean films that will be competing at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the Evening Standard reviews Park Chan-wook's "masterpiece", explore Korea's various bro films, and KoBiz's latest infographic documents the different Korean presidents that have appeared in film,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "On the Beach at Night Alone" + Poster Giveaway 2017/04/08,
Yeong-hee (played by Kim Min-hee) is a film actress with surprisingly little to do in her copious free time. Allegedly, Yeong-hee does have friends, but Yeong-hee's conversations with them frequently descend into self-deprecating melancholy. I mean really, what else do you call nonchalant references to extramarital affairs, coupled with the suspicious insistence that nah, I don't really care even though it's apparently the only thing I can think of to talk about? Yeong-hee lives in her own sad little world, and through "On the Beach at Night Alone", we feel sorry for her,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.31 ~ 2017.04.02 2017/04/03,
Foreign fairytale narrowly outplays "The Prison" for the top spot...
"Beauty and the Beast", Bill Condon's re-imagining of Disney's classic fairytale, fended off a flood of new entries last weekend to secure a second week at the top. Now in its third weekend, the film once again narrowly retained pole position by capturing 32.51% of the sales (650,185 admissions). That sum moves its bottom line in Korea now to over 4 million admissions ($30.1 million) and is currently the third highest-grossing film of the year behind "The King" (5.3 million) and "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" is closing in on a billion dollars in sales: $876.3 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.24 - 2017.03.26 2017/03/27,
A flood of new entries fail to subdue "Beauty and the Beast"...
Despite the flood of new entries, foreign and domestic, Disney's musical fantasy "Beauty and the Beast" narrowly retained pole position by capturing 40.98% of the sales. With the million admissions the film scored over the weekend, Bill Condon's remake now moves its total tally in Korea to 3.1 million, or $23.1 million; "Beauty and the Beast" is only 500,000 short of becoming the third highest-grossing film in Korea this year,...More
Hong Sang-soo's lonely divorce trial, wife refuses 2017/03/16, Source,
Director Hong Sang-soo is going through some difficult times with the divorce from his wife.
According to sources, the divorce is currently on standstill. Apparently the wife hasn't been delivered the papers related to the divorce as she was 'unavailable' three times. Hong Sang-soo apparently submitted certified copies of an order of correction to court last month,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bitch on the Beach" 2017/03/04,
Ga-yeong (played by Jeong Ka-young, who is also the director) is a quirky film-obsessed girl who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend Jeong-hoon (played by Kim-Choi Yong-joon) by spending extended periods of time alternating between complicated stories about nothing and offering herself up for sex. Incidentally, no actually goes to the beach in "Bitch On the Beach". The entire black-and-white film plays out in a moderately impressive apartment save for one brief scene which exists for a single purpose. To establish that to anyone without Jeong-hoon's nostalgia-tinted glasses, Ga-yeong is really quite annoying,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/03/04,
Decider puts forward three South Korean films the Oscar's missed, KoBiz tracks those familiar faces in the works of Hong Sang-soo, the Jakarta Post has four foreign films about North Korea, and take a zoom in on one of Korea's top film and tourist destinations: Jeju,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Misbehavior" 2017/02/18,
Hyo-joo (played by Kim Ha-neul) is a smart, in-charge woman who has...nothing. Really. Hyo-joo is only just barely on the tenure track at the high school where she teaches chemistry. She also has a terrible boyfriend, Sang-woo (played by Lee Hee-joon), who appears to have wandered in from a Hong Sang-soo film. Adding insult to injury, Hyo-joo is forced to compete with Hye-yeong (played by Yoo In-young), a pretty, friendly, sweet, professionally incompetent woman with disproportionately cool boyfriend Jong-chan (played by Lee Ki-woo). And that's before teenage dance prodigy Jae-ha (played by Lee Won-geun) gets involved,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/10/01,
Pierce Conran goes through the impressive lineup for the 11th London Korean Film Festival, NPR looks at the fascinating history behind Korea's first cinema couple, KOBIZ reveals the country's favourite films over Chuseok in their latest infographic, and the Los Angeles Times reviews Korea's official Oscar submission: "The Age of Shadows",...More
Zico and Seolhyun's relationship revealed 2016/08/11, Source,
Zico and Seolhyun are two of today's hottest idol stars. They have recently admitted that they are seeing each other.
Their managements announced that they were dependant on each other during hard times and eventually evolved into a relationship. They are only just getting to know each other,...More
Hong Sang-soo's family, "We never provided text messages" 2016/06/23, Source, Hong Sang-soo's family are going to sue a female magazine to the Press Arbitration Commission. This magazine reported false contents and made up false conversations in a text message.
Apparently this magazine made it seem like Hong's wife gave her interview off record, as if she poured her heart out to the female reporter and made-up text messages that she never provided,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/04/23, Park Chan-wook is back in the spotlight as "The Handmaiden" heads to Cannes, Inverse has a compelling take on the relationship between South Korean cinema and the country's socio-political reality, KOBIZ shares an infographic showing the locations of Hong Sang-soo's films, and Pierce Conran asks if there is still space in multiplexes for romantic dramas,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/04/02,
Learn more about the K-drama that's making serious waves at home and away, North Korea releases a terrible propaganda video, KOBIZ has a great feature on South Korean short films, and get to know one of South Korea's most influential directors with Sense of Cinema,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Right Now, Wrong Then" 2015/10/17,
Choon-soo (played by Jung Jae-young) is a well regarded film director on a winter trip to Suwon to give a guest talk about one of his movies. Aside from this one errand, Choon-soo apparently has nothing better to do than wander around cultural sites and eventually strike up a conversation with Hee-jeong (played by Kim Min-hee). As it turns out, Hee-jeong also has nothing better to do with her time than have random conversations with random strangers. Although it probably helps that Choon-soo is a somewhat famous stranger,...More
Hong Sang-soo Decorated by French Government 2015/10/12, Source,
Director Hong Sang-soo received a medal on Friday from the French government for his contribution to promoting cultural exchange between the two countries. He was presented the honor by French culture minister Fleur Pellerin at a sideline event of the Busan International Film Festival in the southwestern port city,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Exploring Busan 2015/10/03,
Tourists come to South Korea for many reasons, but those can be broken down into two general categories: its far-reaching, rich traditional history and its lively modern day happenings that have won the hearts of international citizens and netizens. Part of KOFICE's Korea Joa program is not only to cover Kpop and Korean film and drama, but also to experience the culture that drives these popular forms of entertainment,...More
[France] Seoul Hypnotique, Cycle de Cinema Coreen au Forum des images a Paris 2015/09/12, Source,
Du 15 septembre au 1 novembre 2015
Des pionniers d'hier à la génération d'aujourd'hui, Séoul hypnotique reflète, à travers près de 80 films inédits ou rarement présentés en France, une cinématographie entre tradition et modernité, entre Asie et Occident. Films intimistes et films de genre, mélodrames et thrillers percutants : le cinéma coréen n'a pas fini de nous surprendre !,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Now Playing" 2015/08/29,
The first segment of the "Now Playing" omnibus posits a very simple question. Why do people go to movies? Is it because they like movies? Well...not really no. For most people movies are just a social event, like a date, where they can forget the drudgery of their actual lives and pretend like love exists. This opening segment sets the tone for the next two- where movies are exposited as generally pointless gimmicks designed to make certain people feel better themselves more than they are things intended to actually be watched,...More
The 9th Asian Film Awards to be held on the 25th 2015/03/24, Source,
Korean movies have gone beyond Korea and all over to Asia.
The 9th Asian Film Awards is being held at the Venesian Theater in Macao, China. Every category has the name of a Korean star or film, increasing anticipation for the number of trophies won by one of them,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gi-Hwa" 2015/02/14,
Hee-yong (played by Hong Hee-yong) and Seong-cheol (played by Baek Seung-chul) are a couple of forty-something bums who never really figured out what to do with themselves. In case the lazy naming didn't tip you off, "Gi-Hwa" is the kind of film that mostly comes from experience. Most film directors don't live a flashy high life, and I'm willing to bet that Moon Jeong-yun came up with the core concept for the film upon realizing that some people never really grow up,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Hard Day": Honest Pay for an Honest Day?
2014/11/15, In the spotlight this week: Kim Seong-hun's "A Hard Day"…"A Hard Day" had a tough, but rewarding, time at the local box office. After a positive premiere at Cannes (where it screened as part of the independent "Directors' Fortnight" section), this intense and dogged thriller clung onto its top ten ticket for an impressive eight weeks; a solid stint that required battling million-dollar titans like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (4.3M), "Edge of Tomorrow" (4.6M), "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (5.2M), as well a local dagger in Jo Beom-goo's "The Divine Move" (3.5M)-all of which can claim to be among the year's highest-grossing hits,...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Hill of Freedom" 2014/10/10,
Worldwide today English is frequently used as the lingua franca among educated gentry from different countries. Do love the irony of the fact that apparently we had to borrow that term from the Italian. Anyway, while this means there's quite a few people in the world who can speak English, relatively few of them can actually speak it well, and an even greater portion end up using the language stiffly, awkwardly, and repetitively in execution, resulting in conversations that sound, well, a mite bit odd,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/08/30, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "My Brilliant Life": A young couple struggle with their son who has Progeria syndrome, a rare genetic defect that causes him to age rapidly. (09/03)
★★★★ "Tazza: The Hidden Card": A skilled player enters the underground gambling world and puts his life at stake.. (09/03)
★★★★★ "Hill of Freedom": A Japanese man arrives in Korea to find his old lover. While he stays at a guesthouse, he encounters various people. (09/04)
★★★★★ "Golden Chariot in the Sky": Ppong-Ddol dreams of joining a band and gets inspired to start neighbourhood band that's in need of money.. (09/04),...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Mozart Town": A Daring and Dreamy Debut 2014/06/28, In the Spotlight this Week:Jeon Kyu-hwan's "Mozart Town":
Life in a metropolis can be unforgiving and cruel. The buildings are imposing and the diversity of being is impressive, if not uncomfortably humbling; and it becomes all too easy, perhaps even necessary, to go about one's business bearing blinders and minding your own matters. But collisions are inevitable, uncomfortable and random, and sometimes--if the conditions are just right--multiple lives merge and travel together for a time, only to eventually fork off out into the cityscape.
Enter "Mozart Town", a discerning debut that poetically peels back the concrete curtains of big city life to reveal, for better or worse, life under the log. These 'Humans of Seoul' that are found wriggling, are put under Jeon's lens and followed, their dreary existence exposed, and their flaws magnified under the leering light of cinematic attention and focus,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tale of Cinema" 2014/06/20,
Sang-won (played by Lee Ki-woo) is a young college student who finds himself making an unexpected reconnection. Well, not really. Sang-won is a hopeless romantic, and unsurprisingly assumes that any kind of mild emotional sentiment at all must be the symptom of some greater, universal truth. Yes, that's right- this is once again an archetypal lead character from a Hong Sang-soo film,...More
[Guest Post] Must-watch Korean movies of 2013 2014/05/23,
If you thought that Hollywood and Bollywood were the only two major film making giants on the planet, you ought to think over again. The film industry has grown far and wide and today it is not just these two major film making phenomenon creating blockbusters every passing year. One such remarkable film industry is the Korean film industry. In recent years, the Korean film industry has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of the acting potential of the actors, the meticulously crafted scripts that make the movie going experience a fascinating one. To top it off, visual effects are essentially gaining an upper hand in almost every movie making them increasingly appealing to not just the Korean audiences but audiences worldwide. Given below is a list of the top Korean films released in 2013 that you cannot give a miss,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" 2014/03/29, A selection of shots from Hong Sang-soo's "Nobody's Daughter Haewon"...Hong Sang-soo's "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" is a meandering masterpiece that ebbs and flows in much the same course as Hong's previous pronouncements. Its slow examination of the human condition is intoxicating; a dreamy drape over the awkward realities of relationships that won't appeal to all and that only a minority will mind. The Korean auteur's 14th entry was also fittingly featured in Cahiers du Cinéma's top 10 films of 2013, and attracted some award-winning attention for actress Jung Eun-chae who plays a dreamy inkslinger with a passion for passing out on reality. The film is singed with the director's cinematic signatures as it woolgathers its way through the magical conditions of being-in-a-world. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Poetry": Empathetic Cinema at its Finest 2014/03/22, In the Spotlight this Week:Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry"...
The American writer and poet Maya Angelou once said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you". In "Poetry", Lee Chang-dong's last film, this affliction is brought to bear on an aging soul who so desperately searches for meaning, peace, and poetry. Lee's short filmography is impressive, and reflects the wills of a storyteller who seeks the substance behind mere matters and modern mayhem. His compelling ruminations are romantic and robust; graphic poems that present hardships and hope in visual verses that demand both our attention and praise. This award-winning film drew inspiration from a real-world rape case in Korea, a Japanese television program on nature, and, of course, Lee's own storytelling genius and acute appreciation of the human condition,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Sunhi" 2014/02/08,
People like being listened to. That's your standard advice for how to win friends and influence people. But the converse of that point is also true. For a person to find that their opinion is not being considered, is not being taken seriously- well, that's a pretty terrifying fear right there. The various men in "Our Sunhi" live in panic of the idea that all the experience they've had, all the wisdom they've gained of the world, that all of this might be for naught since no one will ever actually listen to what they have to say,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "In Another Country" 2014/01/24, Hong Sang-soo films always have a strong meta-narrative. The characters in his stories think they're living their lives according to some grand design, and so consequently have no idea how childish and foolish their attempts to live these fantasies actually look. Typically this is all just subtext- "In Another Country" takes the curious step of explicitly being a story about a story. Almost the entirity of the film is just in the imagination of Won-joo (played by Jung Yu-mi), a young woman trying to write a story that's true to life.
Appreciating this film requires some understanding of the fictional writing process. Authors often claim that characters come to them fully formed,...More
[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 4 2014/01/11, In this Episode: Pierce gives us a news roundup and has a chat to independent film actress Kim Kkobbi…
KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry.
This episode of KOFIC's Korean Cinema Today was divided into two segments, the first has Pierce discussing some Korean film news, and the second features an interview with actress Kim Kkobbi ("Breathless", "Pluto"). The first segment seems to be from last year and mentions the box office figures from the last week of December; but Pierce also highlights a few Korean news items that are worth mentioning again,...More
[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Special Episode 2014/01/04, In this Episode: Korean Cinema in 2013…
KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry. In this special episode, Pierce has Darcy Paquet in studio to talk about the past year's big features, their top 5 films of the year, industry trends, as well as mention some of the big period films coming our way in 2014.
"Korean Cinema Today" is only four episodes in, and so while they are still finding their feet, the show is shaping up to be another fantastic new initiative by KOFIC. The show is hosted by Pierce Conran (editor of Modern Korean Cinema, Twitch Korean film correspondent, and writer for the Korean Film Council) and thus far he has already had interviews with Kwak Gyeong-taek ("Friend 2"), Lee Cheol-ha ("Hello Orchestra"), and has Darcy Paquet (one of Korea's leading and dedicated film critics) on the show to talk about 2003 (a landmark year for Korean cinema). In this special episode Darcy joins Pierce once again to discuss the incredible year that was 2013,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.09.20 ~ 2013.09.22 2013/09/23,
The Chuseok king has been crowned as Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" stood unopposed at the top of the box office this past weekend. The film has now stormed into Korea's all-time top twenty with less than two weeks on the clock. Han's period piece followed its smashing opening efforts to record another 2.2 million (51.5%) admissions over 1,239 screens. Perfectly timed and critically endorsed, "The Face Reader" channelled Korea's collective consciousness into the concession lines, and is now approaching 7 million admissions with no signs of ceasing. The holiday season was reasonably lucrative for a number of foreign entries as well, with films such as "Monsters University", "Despicable Me 2" and "The Conjuring" being allowed to advance their own tallies into more respectable territories,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" 2013/09/22,
Hae-Won (played by Jung Eun-chae) craves intimacy. The weird part is that it's fairly clear, looking at her daily life, that opportunities for intimacy surround her. There are plenty of people in Hae-Won's life who want to talk with and spend time with her. The trouble is that whenever Hae-Won actually gets involved in one of these long walks of light discussion, the conversation is stifled by positivity.
For what it's worth, this isn't entirely Hae-Won's fault. Her conversation partners are just as guilty of this as she is. But it's rather unmistakable that Hae-Won is seeking out and choosing people to reenforce this prison of good feelings, however obvious it is that it's not making her happy,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.09.13 - 2013.09.15 2013/09/16, Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" dominated Korean cinemas this past weekend, walking away with one of the highest opening weekend hauls of the year. Han's historical drama stole 1.8M admissions (63%) from over 1,190 screens, and has now claimed nearly 2.6 million admissions ($17.1M) in just under a week. Last week's number one, Lee Seung-joon-I's action comedy "The Spy", floundered in second with just 377,861 (12.5%), less than half of what it received the week before. It wasn't just Lee's film that suffered though, a number of foreign entries also found it hard going with even popular animations such as "Monsters University" (5.3%) and "Despicable Me 2" (4.6%) caught blushing in the face of another local showstopper,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/09/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Our Sunhi": A young filmmaker returns to her old school in the hopes to get a letter of recommendation from her past professor. (09/12)
★★★★★ "The Face Reader": The most skilful face reader in the Joseon dynasty gets pulled from his life of seclusion and soon finds himself in the middle of a political power struggle for the crown. (09/11),...More
"Our Sunhi" invited to the Locarno IFF 2013/07/17, Source,
Director Hong Sang-soo's "Our Sunhi" has been invited to the 66th Locarno International Film Festival, to the Concorso Internazionale (International Competition) section. Director Jo Se-rae's debuting feature film has been put on the Filmmakers of the Present section.
Locarno International Film Festival is one of the biggest scale movie awards event since 1946 along with Berlin, Cannes and Venice IFF. Locarno IFF has been established to dig for new talent and to open a new generation in movies. This year, the event opens on the 7th of August until the 17th,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well" 2013/04/05,
Romantic relationships are often defined not so much by love as a sad desperation for intimacy. "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well" has no pig, no well, and doesn't even take place over the course of a single day. But it does very accurately portray the kind of simplistic emotional need that drives a pig, normally a perfectly intelligent animal, to be so foolhardy as to plunge into a giant hole in the ground,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Woman on the Beach" 2013/03/22,
The beach, particularly an empty beach, is a very romantic locale. Film director Joong-rae (played by Kim Seung-woo) thinks it's just the location he needs to recharge his creative juices. While it soon becomes clear that the beach itself isn't what he was expecting, Joong-Rae finds another inspiration in the form of Moon-sook (played by Ko Hyun-jung), a woman who, much like him, is looking for an excuse to just get out and do something,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Night and Day" 2013/03/08,
Paris is, supposedly, the most cultured city in the entire world. For an artist, it would seem like the most natural possible place to hang out indefinitely while trying to outwait a drug bust. But Seong-nam (played by Kim Young-ho) quickly discovers that without a guide or any meaningful connection to the local environment, Paris is pretty indistinguishable from any other random place he could be hanging out,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] January 2013/02/02,
It was a hard month for foreign films here in Korea as January favoured three local films that, between them, held a tight grip on the ticket sales. Lee Hwan-gyeong's "Miracle in Cell No.7" may have stolen the show in the last weekend of the month, but it was Kim Ji-hoon's fiery epic "The Tower" and Jo Jin-kyoo's 5th comedy "Man on the Edge" that held that top position until then. In the foreign corner, two adaptations stood out in the form of the musical drama "Les Misérables" and "Life of Pi". The former has grossed $38.6 million over its six week run in Korean theatres, with "The Tower" close behind on $34.4 million,...More
What Does 2013 Hold for Korean Film? 2013/01/04, Source,
Korean films drew more than 100 million viewers over the past year, but there are a number of concerns if they are to sustain their momentum. Here are five of the top issues for this year that have insiders speculating about the future of the movie industry. ◆ Can Korean Movies Break the 100 Million Mark Again,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/11, Source,
And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today she has news on the British Film Institute's annual film festival that opened in London yesterday and an update on the world premiere of a film starring Salma Hayek and Kevin James.
Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So, what will you start us off with[Reporter : ] The BFI London Film Festival, the largest film event in the UK, kicked off yesterday with some of the best films from established and emerging filmmakers, including 6 from Korea, and enough red carpet glamour to keep the paparazzi happy. Take a look. The 56th BFI London Film Festival opened yesterday as A-list stars from all over the world, including Tim Burton, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irvine, hit the red carpet for a bit of glitz and glamour before the opening film got started,...More
KOFFIA 2012 Film Line-up Revealed! 2012/07/20, Source,
The 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia, KOFFIA, is pleased to announce its film line-up for 2012.
KOFFIA will showcase 20 of the best and latest Korean feature films as well as a few past classics, in a diverse program that will allow audiences to discover their connection to Korean cinema and culture. Audiences will once again be treated to a feast of Korean festivities taking place at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney and ACMI Cinemas Federation Square in Melbourne. While for the first time selected titles will also screen at Tribal Theatre in Brisbane, as August and September sees 16 days of screenings across the Australian east coast,...More
Director Im Sang-soo captures recipe of failure at Cannes 2012/05/30, Source,
The Cannes Film Festival appears to be particularly cruel for one Korean director. Perhaps Im Sang-soo's tirade for his failure to win means a gap the Korean film industry has to fill to be a producer of movies that truly live up to global standards.
Before and after the closing ceremony, Lim, who directed, "The Taste of Money", said to various Korean media that his failure to win was a personal "tragedy" and his participation a mistake because he was telling a "very Korean story" that foreigners can't understand,...More
Art and Culture 2012/05/28, Source,
It's Monday and it's the start of a new week once again. The Cannes Film Festival has ended and our Michelle Kim has all of the results of the Cannes Film Festival and more movie updates for you to enjoy throughout the week and the weekend.
[Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul
So what do you have for us,...More
Little women of Korean cinema 2012/05/17, Source, Isabelle Huppert, left, and Jung Yu-mi in "In Another Country", a film by Hong Sang-soo. It is one of 22 entires for the competion category at the Cannes Film Festival. It opens in theaters nationawide on May 31. / Courtesy of Jeonwonsa
Cannes publicity ignores chronic lack of interesting roles for actresses By Kwaak Je-yup No one can dispute that the Korean film industry is flourishing. Investment and return are both on the upside. The sheer number of productions is rising, spawning hits and, of course, misses. This year, the local press is abuzz about two homegrown works vying for awards at the world's most prestigious cinema showcase, the Cannes Film Festival, namely "In Another Country" by Hong Sang-soo and "The Taste of Money" by Im Sang-soo,...More
Art and Culture 2012/05/17, Source,
It's Thursday and we're back with our Michelle Kim to give us the latest updates on the arts and culture scene. From furnitures to the newest Korean movies, she has it all for us today.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
So, what do you have for us today ?,...More
CJ Entertainment America Presents "Helpless" 2012/04/10, Source,
Dark Horse Korean Hit at the Gate in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America is launching the moody Korean thriller "Helpless" on April 20, 2012 as an exclusive engagement for Los Angeles at the CGV Cinemas, with national dates expected for early May. The film was a critical darling and unexpected box office champion for two consecutive weeks when it was released in Korea earlier this year.
- Russell Edwards, Variety
"...The film never ceases to compel. As the layers of deceit are peeled back, Byeon seems in complete command of her material. A key demonstration of her narrative dexterity is the way she flaunts an audacious 'Chinatown'-like clue to the missing woman's whereabouts without pre-empting the climax",...More
Cannes category list exposed including Hong Sang-soo and Park Chan-wook 2012/04/03, Source,
It seems as though the Cannes category list has been exposed on the internet.
24 parts of the list belonging to the 65th Cannes International film Festival which starts on the 16th of May was uploaded then deleted from its official website. This list is being expanded to various websites. The official release date of the list is this coming 19th,...More
Actress Jane Birkin to Meet Director Hong Sang-soo 2012/03/20, Source,
English actress, singer and film director Jane Birkin, who has enjoyed decades in the spotlight since moving to France, is going to meet renowned Korean film director Hong Sang-soo in Seoul on Thursday to discuss a possible film project.
Their impending meeting has been generating much excitement from the film industry over what kind of artistic collaboration it may lead to. Birkin, who is set to host a concert in Seoul, wanted to see Hong during her stay in Seoul and he accepted,...More
'Cine Class' - atypical guide to film 2012/03/16, Source,
A scene from "The Host" by director Bong Joon-ho. Bong as well as other directors and their films are featured in the book "Cine Class", an introductory guide to Korean film. (Korea Times film)
Film as a medium is much like language ― it performs many of the same functions of communication. From opening to ending scenes, films are full of signs, codes, episodes and stories directors want to show and tell. To better understand the language, one needs to have a basic knowledge about moviemaking,...More
Korean indie films beckon fans 2012/03/12, Source,
A scene from "Pink", a psychosexual drama by award-winning arthouse auteur Jeon Soo-il
Local independent cinema has not seen many blockbuster hits like 2009's "Old Partner" lately but smaller films have slowly yet surely been receiving wider exposure. This month sees a particularly strong lineup of low-budget movies in theaters across the country, including international film fest-verified pictures,...More
Hong Sang-soo Film Retrospective @Museum of the Moving Image March 17, 18, and 23, 2012 2012/03/05, Source,
The Korea Society film fans celebrate Asia Week with a screening of works by celebrated director Hong Sang-soo ("The Day He Arrives", "Ha Ha Ha"). Since he debuted with 'The Day a Pig into the Well' in 1996, all of his films were invited by prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, and New York Film Festivals, and began to receive worldwide attention. We present highly acclaimed 5 films and they will be shown at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image, home to New York City's finest, state-of-the-art screen. This retrospective is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,...More
KOFIC and Korean companies at HK Filmart 2012/03/05, Source,
(March 19 – 22, 2012) with sales companies such as 9ers and Mirovision.
The Korean booth will also play host to production companies Film Factory Nu:n, Inc. and P.A.M. Korea Media as well as technical services companies Studio SH, Moneff and Studioraon, Inc,...More
New Directors/New Filmstakes Romance Joe 2012/02/27, Source,
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have announced the selection for the 41st New Directors/New Films (ND/NF) showcase in New York to include Korean director Lee Kwang-kuk's feature debut "Romance Joe".
To be held March 21 - April 1 this year, the film festival is dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent. ND/NF will screen 29 feature films - both narrative and documentary, and 12 short films representing 28 countries,...More
AmerAsia announces exciting 2012 lineup of categories 2012/02/18, Source,
The AmérAsia Film Festival is proud to announce the five principle subcategories – Asian Treasures, Animation Spotlight, WeDistribute, Québécois Special and AmerAsia (AA) Shorts – for this third edition of Montreal's premiere festival celebrating the latest Asian and Asian-Canadian cinema, taking place on the first two weekends of March.
The full line-up of blockbuster Asian films that will screen over the course of the festival has been chosen from the best of the continent's creative talent. Oscar-nominated Chinese blockbuster Aftershock, the international premiere of Kyung Soon's "Red Maria", funny and moving major festival selection "The Day He Arrives" by director Hong Sang-soo, the Cannes award-winning "ARIRANG - Movie" by renowned Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk, Best Newcomer nominee at the 2012 Asian Film Awards I Wish, and Vietnamese director Cuong Ngo's captivating personal portraits in Pearls of the Far East will all feature,...More
Second film preservation center due by 2014 2012/02/17, Source,
Korea plans to establish a second site for preserving and restoring homegrown films by 2014, since the existing location in Seoul is already overflowing with materials, the national film archive said Friday.
The Korean Film Archive said during a news conference in Seoul that it will construct the second preservation center on land in the publishing town in Paju, some 50 kilometers northwest of Seoul, with a total budget of 33 billion won ($29 million),...More
Finecut announces new KIM Ki-duk film 2012/02/13, Source,
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced the well-known Korean director Kim Ki-duk's next film, tentatively titled "Pieta", is set to start shooting this month.
The film is about a brutal man who works for a cruel loan shark. Without any family or loved ones to worry about, he has no fear or hesitation when it comes to carrying out his evil deeds. One day, a mysterious woman shows up in his life, saying she is his mother. At first, he doesn't believe her, having no memories of a mother. But as his attachment to her grows, he discovers her gruesome yet sad secret,...More
CINEMA ON THE PARK Season 2 Announced! 2012/01/22, Source,
The Korean Cultural Office in Sydney has just announced another exciting Season of Cinema on the Park, the film night that delighted audiences in 2011 will return once again in 2012. A surprise hit with more than 1,000 people attending, Thursday nights are now etched firmly on the Sydney cinema calendar as Korean night and will see 21 feature films and 14 guest speakers in the first half of the year alone, surely enough to satisfy anyone's appetite for Korean cinema!,...More
Jeonju Digital Project 2012 trio announced 2012/01/20, Source,
The 13thJeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced the three directors for this year's Jeonju Digital Project short film omnibus. Raya MARTIN, one of the most prominent young filmmakers of the Pinoy cinema renaissance, Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA, "a visionary poet" of contemporary Sri Lankan cinema, and Ying Liang, one of the most promising directors on the Chinese digital independent filmmaking scene,...More
KoreanFilm.org's Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet 2012/01/14, Source,
Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
Korean Cinema 2011: The View from Here 2012/01/14, Source,
US-based author and curator of film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC, Tom VICK shares his views on recent trends he has noticed programming their Korean film festival.
How do you introduce new Korean films to an American audience? Since 2004, when I began programming the Korean Film Festival DC, the answer to this question has become more difficult to answer. This is not to say that it's harder to find good films. Quite the opposite. The problem (if it can be called a problem) is that there are so many films to choose from.The explosion of digital production and distribution in the last decade or so has made it easier than ever to make a film, but harder than ever find an audience for it,...More
Jeonju International Film Festival call for entries 2011/12/28, Source,
South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has made a call for entries for its 13th edition, to be held April 26 – May 4, 2012. With a focus on introducing independent and experimental films from around the world, JIFF presents feature and short films including fiction films, documentaries, animation, and experimental films.The entry deadline is Jan. 27, 2012.
The festival has an International Competition and an Asian Feature Film Competition in addition to domestic feature and short film competitions. JIFF's awards which are accompanied by cash prizes include the Woosuk Award and JB Bank Award,...More
Bittersweet Life: Korean cinema's secret popularity in the UK 2011/12/07, Source,
International distribution expert and analyst and former Screen International journalist Robert Mitchell looks at the gulf between artistic and business successes of Korean cinema in the UK.
Ask any cine-literate film-goer, critic, blogger or tweeter in the UK about Korean cinema and you'll be greeted with an enthusiastic response. They will talk of the Hallyu period of the past decade, a wealth of some of the most creative and interesting film-making in the world. They will speak with passion about Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Bong Joon-ho.
International festivals like Cannes play a major role in building this awareness. "The route to the international market is through festivals", says Danny PERKINS, CEO of StudioCanal UK, which released Bong's "The Host" and Kim's "3-Iron" amongst other Korean titles. "If a director's film features in one of the bigger festivals it can put them and their work permanently on the map",...More
Gerwin TAMSMA, Rotterdam film festival Programmer 2011/12/07, Source,
Last month, Gerwin TAMSMA made his annual visit to Seoul in search of new films for the next International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). In between screenings, meetings, and an impromptu dinner he kindly threw for festival alumni, the friendly, outspoken programmer met with Jean NOH for a quick interview. A globe-trotter who is in charge of programming films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Italy, China, and Korea, Tamsma tells "Korean Cinema Today" about his likes, dislikes and what he looks for in a film,...More
Lee Byung-hun Awarded Presidential Award 2011/11/22, Source,
After spending the past five months in New Orleans of the the United States shooting for the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe 2", Lee Byung-hun finally returned home on November 21st.
As soon as Lee touched Korean soil, he was busy as the recipient of the Presidential Award for advancing Korean pop culture and arts,...More
Rain gets preview of military life in new film 2011/10/10, Source,
BUSAN - Rain will be entering the military to complete his mandatory two-year service for Korean men this week, but the mega pop star says he has already had an intense preview of army life through his upcoming air force movie.
"I experienced seven months of life in the barracks while shooting the movie", said the 29-year-old Friday about "Soar into the Sun". "It was painful not being able to eat whenever I wanted". The press junket for the film, which is slated for theater release in 2012, marked one of his last public appearances,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
CO-PRODUCTIONS & LOCATIONS 2011/10/06, Source, "My Wife Is a Gangster" to get Chinese remake LEE Soon-yeol, original producer of the 2001 smash hit, and ZENG Hui, head of the Chinese Yunyunnan Culture Investment Co., inked the deal last month during a KOFIC-hosted conference. The remake film will have a budget of roughly CNY40m (US$6.2), all coming from China. The cast and crew will be from both China and Korea, with post-production to be done in Korea,...More
Hong and Bong to speak with Weerasethakul at inaugural Busan Cinema Forum 2011/09/22, Source,
For the inaugural Busan Cinema Forum (BCF), the 16th Busan International Film Festival has announced Korean auteurs Hong Sang-soo and Bong Joon-ho will be joining Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul in a discussion on the future of Asian cinema with critics from the legendary French film journal Les Cahiers du Cinema.
Weerasethakul, who won last year's Cannes Palme d'Or with his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, had also previously been announced as one of the Forum's keynote speakers, along with Yale University professor Dudley Andrew, whose works include Concepts of Film Theory and Film in the Aura of Art,...More
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today at the MoMA 2011/09/16, Source, Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today will start on Sept. 22 and last through Oct. 2.
This year, we are pleased to welcome back Yim Soon-rye, South Korea's most highly regarded female filmmaker, to The Korea Society for the Opening Night's screening of "Rolling Home with a Bull" (2010), which follows a young man's forlorn life as a failed poet and unemployed bachelor who winds up taking an unexpected journey throughout the country with his father's cvherished bull and making a series of peculiar run-ins.
This year's Yeonghwa series will also have a special focus on director Jeon Kyu-hwan, whose Town Trilogy films--"Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010)-examines various human lives that exist in Seoul's urban landscape, including those of an African laborer, a Russian exchange student, a reformed pedophile, a North Korean defector, and a dejected print-shop owner. Jeon's Town Trilogy critiques the "town" of Seoul from a sociological auteur's perspective,...More
Finecut sells Arirang and others at Toronto 2011/09/15, Source,
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced several deals from the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, led by Kim Ki-duk's documentary "ARIRANG - Movie", which is screening in the Real to Reel section.
The maverick director's self-focused documentary "ARIRANG - Movie" sold to Italy (Punto Zero), German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies), and Poland (New Horizons), following sales to Japan and Taiwan. ARIRANG - Movie previously won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes this May,...More
KOFFIA 2011 Film Line-up announced! 2011/07/27, Source,
KOFFIA 2011 is coming! HOLD ON TIGHT! For immediate release The KOFFIA Korean Film Festival is back in Sydney for the second time this August, bigger and better than ever, and it all begins here! KOFFIA 2011 will present 13 feature films and 7 shorts that showcase the great diversity of Korean cinema today, as well as providing a true Korean cultural experience with industry forums, cultural performances, food tastings and so much more. HOLD ON TIGHT!
The festival will take place from 24th – 29th August at Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay, Sydney. In this Australia-Korea Year of Friendship, we are very excited to announce that KOFFIA will also travel down to the beautiful city of Melbourne! The festival will run from 10th – 13th September at ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. This is an extra special date, as 12th September marks the important Korean Thanksgiving Holiday of Chuseok, join us in this celebration,...More
Toronto film festival takes Countdown 2011/07/27, Source, by KOFIC staff
The 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the first 50 films to be added to its line-up include the Korean film "Countdown", starring Jung Jae-young and Jeon Do-yeon. Written and directed by newcomer Heo Jong-ho, the film will screen in TIFF's Special Presentations section.
One of the world's most prestigious film festivals and a noted gateway to the North American market, TIFF this year will be held Sept. 8 – 18. In the festival's Special Presentations section, Heo Jong-ho's "Countdown" will be in the company of other films such as Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty, Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, and Wang XiaoShuai's 11 Flowers,...More
The 5th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival to open with "The Day He Arrives" 2011/07/21, Source, by KOFIC
The 5th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi) has announced it will open with Hong Sang-soo's "The Day He Arrives", which screened in Cannes Un Certain Regard earlier this year.
The festival will screen 98 films from 32 countries including 15 in the Asian Competition of films from up-and-coming filmmakers. (See below for full line-up)
CinDi traditionally has a six main awards given out by different juries. This year's jury members include Singaporean director Eric KHOO, Korean director Lee Yoon-ki, Thai director Pen-ek RATANARUANG, and Korean actress Ye Ji-won,...More
Korean films to screen in Locarno film festival 2011/07/18, Source, by KOFIC
The 64th Festival del Film Locarno has announced its line-up to include the South Korea-Uzbekistan co-production ""Hanaan"", directed by Ruslan PAK. The film will screen in the Filmmakers of the Present Competition.
A story about young ethnic Koreans displaced in Uzbekistan, "Hanaan" is described by producer Ellen Y.D. KIM as "a sort of Uzbek Trainspotting", complete with wandering youth, drugs, crime, and the hope for a better life,...More
Proust Questionnaire for director HONG Sang-soo 2011/07/09, Source, Known as a director whose films appear ordinary on the surface but reveal complex and often uncomfortable truths about relationships between people, Hong Sang-soo was born in 1960 in Seoul. he studied film at Chungang Univervisty and later received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and spent a few months studying at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris,...More
Isabelle Huppert "I want to work with Director Hong Sang-soo" 2011/07/07, Source,
Attention is focused on famous French actress Isabelle Huppert's possibility of starring in a movie by director Hong Sang-soo and her statement that she wanted to be in one when she visited Korea last May.
When she was asked which director she wanted to work with from Korea at a press conference during her visit to Korea in May, she replied, "That's a question I've been waiting for. There is one person I would really like to work with".,...More
Filmmaking is not about money: Kim Ki-duk 2011/06/14, Source, By Lee Hyo-won
Director Kim Ki-duk has returned to Korean cinema with an inter-Korean story that he penned and produced. "Poongsan", directed by his protege Juhn Jai-hong, tries to prove that filmmaking is not about the size of the budget.
And it sure does show that near-impossible projects can actually go through.
The 200 million-won film (~US$200,000) was shot over 25 takes in just 30 days, while the entire cast and crew took part in the project with no guarantee,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Oki's Movie 2011/04/09, Hong Sang-soo seems to me to be an acquired taste. I'll admit that I am still fully familiarising myself with his filmography but I do believe that Hong's style and approach to this film will alienate some movie goers. His latest work, "Oki's Movie", was release in 2010, along with Hong's "Ha Ha Ha", and it will not appeal to everyone.,...More
Hong Sang-soo Retrospective at the Cinematheque Francaise 2011/03/22, Source,
In conjunction with the theatrical release in France of Hong Sang-soo's "Ha Ha Ha", the director is the subject of a retrospective of his works at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris (March 14-28).
"Life is too complicated to be interpreted in an ideological way", he told AFP ahead of his master-class at the Cinematheque. Hong was also quoted as telling the AFP: "It is always a tiny but concrete thing from reality that shakes my convictions, and it is precisely this discovery in itself that interests and stimulates me the most",...More
Pusan Film Festival Expands Asian Cooperation 2011/02/17, Source,
The February 16 edition of Film Business Asia reports that Korea's Pusan International Film Festival and the Mumbai Film Festival in India have signed a memorandum of understanding on "artistic, financial and educational exchanges and mutual collaboration",...More
tells the story of a 60 something woman who rediscovers the world through poetry. Actress Yun Jeong-hui moved hearts young and,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 2 2010/12/09, Source,
Actor Lee Sun-kyun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]10: We talked about your wife just now but it doesn't seem weird when we see you dating women in dramas. At the same time, such acting could start to come off as weird if the fact that you're married and have a child gets too well-known. Lee Sun-kyun: That's what people say but it's the truth even if I don't talk about it. And everybody knows anyway. There's no need to go around asking people not to talk about it nor any need for me to bring it up on purpose. I'll just answer questions on them when people ask about them. But I do think it's unfair when an article on me focuses solely on them -- when I've been talking for an hour about my movie but the article will turn out to be about my family which I talked about on the side. I sometimes wonder what's the use talking about my movies for four days and six hours each day, until I'm practically burnt out, (laugh) when that's what ends up getting written about me. I understand that reporters need to draw attention but I wish they would write about my family on the side. 10: It could be because you're a star. They're curious to know what you the real Lee Sun-kyun is like, outside the person we see on screen. Lee Sun-kyun: And of course I should be thankful about that. It's great but… Even right now, we're talking about so many things… (laugh),...More
Jung Yu-mi to attend 67th Venice International Film Festival 2010/08/24, Source,
Korean actress Jung Yu-mi [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actress Jung Yu-mi will be attending the 67th Venice International Film Festival next month, according to her agency N.O.A Entertainment on Tuesday.
N.O.A announced in a press release that Jeongstarrer "Oki's Movie" will be screened as the closing film of the Orizzonti Award Ceremony, a category which recognizes films that reveal the new trends in world cinema, on September 11,...More
Taiwan-Korea filmmakers share ageeing views 2010/07/22, Source,
From left, Screen International Deputy Asia Editor Jean Noh, Taiwanese director Chu Yen-ping, Taiwanese producer Yeh Jufeng, Taiwanese actress-turned-producer Lieh Lee, Korean Film Council official Daniel Park, bom Film Productions producer Ellen Kim and Dyne Film producer Jonathan H. Kim attend a forum on "Korea-Taiwan Cinema Exchange: Its Present and Future" held at Koryo Hotel in the city of Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 19, 2010, during the ongoing Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. [PiFan]
"I think we are taking elementary steps, that we are in the process of getting to know each other", said producer Ellen Kim on her views on exchange between the Korean and Taiwanese film industry,...More
Kim Kang-woo to wed actress Han Hye-jin's sister 2010/05/25, Source,
Korean actor Kim Kang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Kang-woo will be marrying his longtime girlfriend next month, who is also the older sister of actress Han Hye-jin.
In a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Monday, Kim's agency Namoo Actors explained that the actor will wed his girlfriend Han Moo-young, who runs an online shopping mall, in a private ceremony at Seoul's Myeong-dong Cathedral on June 18,...More
[INTERVIEW] Hong Sang-soo - Part 1 2010/05/24, Source,
Director Hong Sang-soo [Beck Una/10Asia]
Hong Sang-soo's presence in the film industry has been celebrated since his first appearance -- his directorial debut pic "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well" was praised by critics and won several international acclaims. Fourteen years later, he has released his tenth production "Ha Ha Ha" where he has upped the cheerful tone to a never-before-seen level. Hong sat down with 10Asia to talk about the movie which has also been picked to present in the non-competitive "Un Certain Regard" category at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Beck Una: The response to your film "Ha Ha Ha" was great after the screening. Just like its title, "Ha Ha Ha" is like a romantic comedy which constantly makes you laugh. I think it's worth looking forward to the film becoming somewhat of a commercial success too. Hong Sang-soo: Yes... I heard that the audience laughs a lot [while watching it]. But such stories... I had told a lot in my previous work too. But... in the end... it didn't do that well. Who knows. It would be nice if many people watched it. Even the smallest profit the film makes by people watching it will help in filming my next movie and I'll have at least a bit to share with the staff and actors. Of course, I've never promised I'd give them anything but I want to... I wish I could be able to,...More
[INTERVIEW] Hong Sang-soo - Part 2 2010/05/24, Source,
Director Hong Sang-soo [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: I think you have good eye for observing or remembering people, looking at how you pick out the characteristic of the actors. Hong Sang-soo: I don't know. But I don't remember some aspects to the point it's embarrassing. Like everyday things, people's faces. My memory is weird. I had said so jokingly in my film "Night and Day" too but I think it's genetical. (laugh) My mom once didn't recognize who she had worked with for tens of years. And I've experienced such shameful moments too. I honestly am not good at memorizing things that I tell myself to. I think I have some sort of resistance to things I have to memorize. Whatever it may be, not liking what you have to remember or hold onto purposely. I think my brain doesn't want to remember things that my body hasn't already taken in naturally. But when I'm writing scenarios in the morning, memories of the oddest moments just pop out from nowhere. Something I may have seen from more than several decades ago, what I saw in a magazine, what someone said a few days ago -- all sorts of memories suddenly pop into my mind,...More
[INTERVIEW] Hong Sang-soo - Part 3 2010/05/24, Source,
Director Hong Sang-soo [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: The characters in "Ha Ha Ha" write poems, read poems and give poems to others as gifts. I don't know if it's because I watched director Lee Chang-dong's new film "Poetry" yesterday but I rethought about poems. I mean, writing poems is actually an act which we are quite unaccustomed to other than having written them in school. Hong Sang-soo: Is that so? Don't people write poems? Beck: Do you write poems? Hong: Yes, occasionally. It's not really a big deal. For example, first line, an ashtray is transparent. Second line, the table is yellow. Or the ashtray is standing up but the table is laying down. Doesn't even that make it seem strange? Beck: Hm... It does seem to create some kind of meaning in between the lines,...More
Hong Sang-soo's jolliness peaks in "Ha Ha Ha" - Part 1 2010/04/26, Source,
From left, film "Ha Ha Ha" director Hong Sang-soo and cast members Yoon Yeo-jeong, Yoo Joon-sang, Moon So-ri, Ye Ji-won, Kim Young-ho and Kim Sang-kyeong pose during a press screening held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on April 22, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
If one had to come up with a subtitle for director Hong Sang-soo's tenth film "Ha Ha Ha", it could be "Cute". The movie is guided by the memories that movie critic Joong-sik (played by Yoo Joon-sang) and aspiring movie director Moon-gyeong (played by Kim Sang-kyung) have about their summer trip to Tongyeong. And just like any other film by director Hong, these men go to an unfamiliar place where they chase after women, drink, lie and talk both nonsense and of their dreams. But no matter how pathetic or loser-like they act, one cannot hate them,...More
Hong Sang-soo's jolliness peaks in "Ha Ha Ha" - Part 2 2010/04/26, Source,
Actresses Moon So-ri and Ye Ji-won [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: Yoo Joon-sang, you stood out the most [in the film] with your cuteness. The most memorable scene was when sobbed while holding the dog.Yoo Joon-sang (Yoo): The director was writing the script for the film when this dog walked past him and that's when he decided to use the dog. (laugh) I had so much fun filming that scene because earlier in the afternoon the director and I had a drink in the middle of the day. When I think about it now, I wonder whether I have ever done that before and how I actually pulled it off. It was fun because things I had never imagined would come out, did it was interesting to see how everything else surrounding that shoot was just falling into place. It was also a lot of fun because of the unexpected situations that arose during the filming. There was a blooper when I fell down some stairs during shoot and the next day the director took me to the oriental medical clinic to get acupuncture for my hip but that scene was added to the movie too,...More
As the only Indian work at the Cannes Film Festival that runs from May 12 to 23, Vikramaditya Motwane's "Udaan" certainly holds a special place. It may not be part of the top Competition slot, but having been chosen after a long Indian hiatus at wha,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 2 2010/04/06, Source,
One thing for sure though, was that if Choi Hyun-wook, if I do not do well, the show would flop". [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck: Unlike the amicable atmosphere we see in "Pasta", we heard you had to actually work intensively, as if you were almost shooting live. Lee Sun-kyun: Wow, I wanted to die. Really. And I was grateful when our show got extended but me and [Kong] Hyo-jin were going nuts. We were shooting as if on a live schedule starting with around the seventh episode and from about the ninth episode on, I only slept a total 11 hours during a whole week. I was in a near-panic state too because I was in almost every scene and had so many lines. I would hallucinate and hear my own voice when I lie down after being in shoot for eight hours straight in the beginning. I really wanted to cry sometimes,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 3 2010/04/06, Source,
"He was someone who had experienced trauma so huge that if it happened to me, I would have run away somewhere. But it was fun". [Myung Films]
Beck: I think you must have not had an easy time playing your character Joong-shik in "Paju". He was sort of like someone in the fog -- he was quite hard to define. Lee Sun-kyun: It was difficult. But it was fun. He was a character who doesn't express himself a lot and it always very serious. He was someone who had experienced trauma so huge that if it happened to me, I would have run away somewhere or hid myself in a temple. Strangely enough though, the script for "Paju" was very easy to read. How should I put it -- it was as if I could feel the atmosphere the movie was in. I had a confidence in the director and the film itself. I had also been wanting to work on a more cinematic film at the time,...More
Finecut announces sales deals from Hong Kong 2010/04/02, Source, Korean sales company Finecut announced a number of deals during Hong Kong's Filmart (March 22 – 25) including pre-sales of upcoming big budget Korean War drama, 71 – Into the Fire to UK distributor Showbox Media.
CJ to Expand Art House Film Screenings 2009/06/05, Source, Korea's exhibition major CJ-CGV will expand the number of screens its multiplex franchise has devoted to art house and independent films from seven to ten. Under a program entitled Movie Collage, CJ-CGV's specialty films team plans to expand the base for diversity films and support the discovery of,...More
A total of 10 Korean movies will be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival from May 13-24, marking the highest number of local films ever to be included in the prestigious event's roster.
The first local film ever to be invited to the event was Lee Doo,...More
62nd Cannes Selects 9 Korean Films 2009/05/08, Source, A total of 9 Korean films including 5 features have been invited to the official line-up of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 13 – 24 in the famed coastal city of southern France. Headlining the robust range of Korean films this year is,...More
South Korean director Hong Sang-soo has been invited to be a judge at the Locarno International Film Festiva,...More
Jeonju Int'l Film Fest Announces Line-up 2009/04/09, Source, One of Korea's top three annual cinema events, the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), is celebrating its tenth edition this month. Running April 30 – May 9, JIFF will screen 200 films from 42 countries. Among them are 12 feature film World Premieres mainly from the Korean Feature Competiti,...More
That special time of the year has come around, when South Korea's top filmmakers and actors turn into film festival programmers. The 4th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival will take place Jan. 29-March 1 in Seoul, and director,...More
JIFF to feature 3 renowned Asian directors 2009/01/14, Source, There are so many film festivals in Korea that it's difficult to stand out. But the Jeonju International Film Festival has weathered the competition in the past decade, thanks to its unwavering focus,...More
Seoul-Stockholm Korean Film Festival 2008/09/11, Source, Following the success of its previous edition, the Seoul-Stockholm Korean Film Festival will showcase recent artistic and commercial hits from South Korea. Running September 17 – 21 at the Zita theater in Stockholm, the event will screen 8 Korean features, up from 5 shown in 2007.4 Korean directors,...More
2nd CinDi Brings Digital Diversity to Seoul 2008/08/22, Source, The Cinema Digital Seoul festival, (CinDi), now in its second year, kicked off August 20th with a weeklong supply of diverse digital films to Seoul's trendy Apgujeong district. The 2nd CinDi screens 71 films from 18 countries, including an impressive opening title, 24 City, the latest by China's aw,...More
Korean Films At Karlovy Vary 2008 2008/06/24, Source, Three South Korean features were invited to screen at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). The festival is one of the oldest in the world and has become the most prominent film event in Eastern Europe. It runs July 4 – 12 in the picturesque city of its namesake, also known as,...More
The Filmmakers' Development Lab (FDL) is an initiative o,...More
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
Korean Films Premiering at 9th JIFF 2008/04/16, Source, Ten Korean features will have their World Premiere at the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) this spring. Now in it's 9th edition the festival will run May 1st – 9th in the attractive and historical city of Jeonju, in North Jeolla province.
Korean highlights include documentary director,...More
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source, Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More
Arthouse films warm cold season 2008/02/13, Source, Except for the Lunar New Year holidays, February and March are regarded as a slow season for movie theaters. No wonder top production houses are reluctant to release their major films with greater box-office potential.
But the lull in the competition for ticket sales does not mean an absence of h,...More
The New Year will dawn with a special treat for local cinephiles. It marks "Year Zero", or a fresh new start for Seoul Art Cinema, with the Third Cinematheque Friends Film Festival due Jan. 9-Feb. 3, as well as big plans to revamp Korea's one and only cinematheque,...More
A retrospective honoring the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang will be held at next month's 2007 Pusan International Film Festival. The complete lineup was also announced Tuesday.
While the deaths of film directors Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman wer,...More
PPP Announces 2007 Film Projects 2007/08/20, Source, This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), a project-support market that has been pivotal in the completion of award-winning films from major Asian directors. Now under the umbrella of the Asian Film Market, PPP will take place October 8th –11th, alongside the 12th Pusa,...More
Second S.Korea-Russia Cultural Festival to Begin 2007/08/01, Source, South Korea will showcase the best of its traditional and modern performance arts--including traditional music, dance, puppet shows, movies and B-Boy musicals--for ten days beginning August 23 at numerous venues around Moscow, Russia, including the International Performance Arts Center.
Strong Korean Showing at Berlin Film Fest 2007/02/08, Source, The 57th Berlin Film Festival -- one of the world's three major film events along with those in Cannes and Venice -- opens Thursday and runs to Feb. 18. A total of 373 movies from around the world will be screened during the 10 day run.
ROME _ After a year when they were excluded from the three main international competitions _ Cannes, Venice, Berlin _ Korean films are set for a dramatic comeback on the international festival circuit in 2007. While new efforts by directors,...More
Korea at American Film Market 2006/11/13, Source, A record total of 85 Korean films were shown at this month's American Film Market (AFM), which ranks along side Cannes as one of the largest of its kind in the world. Most South Korean films this year were entered in AFM in an effort to find foreign buyers.
KOFIC names recipients of subtitle support fund 2006/09/05, Source, The Korean Film Council has announced the recipients of the second round of its 2006 Subtitle Translation and Print Production support program. Seven feature films and three short films were selected out of 18 total submissions (15 feature films, 3 short films).
This Week's Movie Releases 2006/09/01, Source, Time now to check on the week's new releases.
A Korean romance film and a Japanese sci-fi blockbuster are among what's showing at theaters in Korea.
But before we get to that there's the first Hollywood remake of a Korean movie.
Son Heekyung reports.
"The Lake House", the Hollywood remake of t,...More
Korean Film Wins Twice at Locarno 2006/08/17, Source, South Korean feature Don't Look Back, won both the FIPRESCI and NETPAC awards at the 59th Locarno International Film Festival held August 2 ~ 12 in Switzerland. The debut feature by director KIM Young-nam picked up the International Federatio,...More
Korean Films at Locarno Film Fest 2006/07/26, Source, The Swiss 59th Locarno International Film Festival (August 2-12) will feature three Korean films. The three invited Korean films are Teddy ROH's Last Dining Table KIM Young-nam's Don't Look Back, and Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers 20,...More
Two More Top Film Fests Await Kim Tae-woo 2006/07/19, Source, Discharge from military service is right in front of the nose of 31-year-old Sergeant Kim, but finishing his PhD won't be easy, nor will getting a job. To make matters worse, he learns about his wife's infidelity, plunging him into deep despair. Made up of three short sketches, the final episode of,...More
Hong Sang-soo Shoots 7th Feature 2006/04/25, Source, Prominent Korean art-house auteur, Hong Sang-soo began shooting his seventh feature film "Woman on the Beach" this month. The director is widely appreciated internationally with retrospectives of his work held in France, throughout the US, an,...More
Korean Film Directors series published by KOFIC 2006/04/04, Source, To increase the international standing of Korean film directors and to promote the international circulation of Korean films, KOFIC announces the publication of the first three books in the Korean Film Directors series. By publishing this series, KOFIC aims to help Korean films and Korean film direc,...More
What nude scenes mean for actresses 2006/03/27, Source, Just two decades ago, it was rare for movie fans to see actresses do nude scenes because of strict censorship and most stars were hesitant about undressing for the camera.
But as the domestic moviemaking trend took an innovative turn towards liberal expression, nude scenes no longer made much new,...More
CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.
How long a feature film will remain in the theaters is usually decided by its box-office performance in its first week. A weak showing means a film will quickly be pushed out of the theaters by potentially more lucrative movies.
Eight local films will be among the Asian films heading to the 58th Cannes Film Festival, taking part in competition and non-competition categories from May 11-22 and presents 53 films from 28 countries.
'Possible Changes' shows gloomy life of 2 men 2005/03/19, Source, Can we really change? Are we allowed to embrace changes in everyday life? Is there really a way out in this confusing era where morality, sexuality and values get entangled in a way that defies clear judgment calls?
"Possible Changes", released yesterday, tackles such bewildering questions by zoo,...More
"Yeojah, Jeong-hye (This Charming Girl)" begins with the heroine (Kim Ji-soo) cleaning the patio of her home, tending and watering her plants, delicately wiping the floor. Jeong-hye, 29, works at,...More
Top Actress's Suicide Shocks Nation 2005/02/22, Source, Lee Eun-joo, who shot to fame with her roles in the TV drama "Firebird" and the film "Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War", hanged herself in her apartment on Tuesday. She was 25. Lee's brother alerted police after discovering her lifeless body at,...More
With the unprecedented commercial success of local films in recent years, international studios are showing more and more interest in co-production projects with Korean movie companies.
"The number of co-productions is definitely on the increase", said Soh Eun-s,...More
Women have say on what they see 2004/11/25, Source, November 25, 2004 ㅡ There is a scene from the film "Silmido" in which two South Korean soldiers slip off base and rape a civilian nurse. The underlying notion behind the scene was to highlight the grueling conditions suffered by "Unit 684", a group of Army recruits who underwent intense train,...More
Two English-subtitled film festivals for expats in Korea 2004/11/01, Source, Korean movies are riding a wave of popularity, with noticible artistic and commercial appeal brought on by a new generation of stylish directors grabbing prizes in major international film festivals. For foreign residents in Korea, two events provide a chance to enjoy some quality offerings - with E,...More
EVERY ten or so years, a new country seems to take the lead in ground-breaking cinema. After the second world war, Italian neo-realists had the field; in the 1960s it was the French new wave. More recently, in the 1990s, China d,...More
[Local Films With English Subtitles] 2004/10/15, Source, ■ Kodogi Momburichilddae (Sweet Sixties) (2004)
Seoul Selection Bookstore
Saturday at noon
In this comedy, seven funny old men and women are engaged in a series of brawls and romance in the agricultural fishing village of Mulgon-ri in southeastern Korea. Bae Jung-dal (Ju Hyeon) has two amb,...More
New York Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Korean Film 2004/10/15, Source, On the heels of a newfound interest in Korean films abroad, cinematic masterpieces from Korea will be presented in New York. The Film Society of the Lincoln Center would hold a special event commemorating 60 years of Korean film, from Nov. 12 though Dec. 7, the Korean Culture Service in New York sai,...More
Korean film "TaeGukgi" popular in U.S. 2004/10/10, Source, The Korean film, "TaeGukgi" (The Brotherhood of War), which is competing in the race for the U.S. Academy Awards' nomination for best foreign film for the first time among Korean movies, earned $1 million in ticket sales at box offices in the United States. The record was made in just four weeks aft,...More
[Local Films With English Subtitles] 2004/10/08, Source, ■ Uri Hyong (My Brother) (2004)
Cine Core Theater
Once daily from Oct. 8
"My Brother", directed by An Gwon-tae, portrays the conflict and reconciliation of two very different brothers. Jong-hyon, a tough trouble-making but nevertheless comic and handsome character (,...More
Pusan film fest pursues cinema diversity 2004/10/05, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival will kick off its much-touted nine-day run Thursday, featuring 266 films from 63 countries - the most in the festival's nine-year history.
Organizers said they have put much emphasis on the diversity in international cinema, screening more works from Africa, L,...More
In a year when major European festivals have gone Hollywood in a big way, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's biggest cinema event, will continue to go the other direction, emphasizing the diversity in international cinema more than in previous years,...More
266 Films from 63 Nations Await Fans at PIFF 2004/09/14, Source, The invited films, guest people and official program of the Pusan (also spelled Busan) International Film Festival were revealed to the public Monday. The festival is known as the most dynamic film festival in Asia.
This year's PIFF will be the largest festival ever and 266 films from 63 different,...More
Wide spectrum of Korean films invited to Vancouver 2004/08/30, Source, The 23rd edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada will feature a wide selection of Korean films in their "Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia" program, including two features in competition.
The two films that will compete for the Dragons & Tigers Award are Fade Into,...More
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/08/27, Source, Of the 14 films to be presented in the retrospective, six films _ "La Strada", (1954) "Nights of Cabiria" (1957), "La Dolce Vita" (1960), "Julia of the Spirits" (1965), "Casanova" (1976) and "Ginger and Fred" (1986) _ will be either in English or with English subtitles. Another six films will be scr,...More
Korean Film Export Results from the first half of 2004 2004/08/02, Source, As can be witnessed from the Korean film export results of the first half of 2004, exports are in the ascension, continuing on from 2003. According to the Korean Film Council(KOFIC)'s accumulated statistics based on data from international sales companies, 111 Korean films were exported to 39 countr,...More
Cannes Warms to Int'l Productions 2004/05/16, Source, A movie fan holds a banner seeking a ticket for Director Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy", ahead of the screening of the Korean blockbuster, at the 57th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, Saturday. /Yonhap
'Old Boy', 'Woman' Get Ready to Vie at Cannes 2004/05/13, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
CANNES, France - The gala opening of the 57th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which took place on Wednesday, put the spotlight for the first time on a Spanish film, Pedro Almodà³var's already controversial "La Mala Educacià³n (Bad Education)", a semi-a,...More
Korean movies are winning global recognition from international film festivals. As a telltale sign, two films, 'Old Boy' and 'Woman,...More
`President's Barber' Opens Big 2004/05/12, Source, "Hyoja-dong Ibalsa (The President's Barber)", about an ordinary barber who comes to cut the hair of President Park Chung-hee, was the top choice for Seoul moviegoers over the weekend.
The film, starring Song Gang-ho as a barber whose life becomes intertwined with the politics of the 1960s and 1970s,...More
Korean Films Strike Cannes 2004/05/11, Source, Will Korean movies strike the 2004 Cannes Film Festival with a new wave?
Opening the festival with Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education" on Wednesday, the event announces this year's award winning films and directors at its close on May 23. A distinguishing fact of this year's 57th Cannes Film Festiva,...More
Smart, literate and subtly funny, Hong Sang-soo's "Yojanun Namja-ui Miraeda (Woman Is the Future of Man)" is the latest incarnation of the director's vivid and often unflattering portrayals of how we fumble th,...More
`Old Boy' Joins `Woman' at Cannes Film Festival 2004/04/21, Source, By Joon Soh
"Old Boy", a film about an ordinary man who gets kidnapped and placed in a cell for no reason will be screening in the competition section of the 57th Cannes Film Festival, the second local film to be invited this year.
50 Years of Korean Cinema to Screen 2003/12/22, Source, Spanning over half a century of Korean film history, a comprehensive retrospective of local feature films will take place in Seoul next month. And the good thing is you won't need to speak Korean to take part in the event.
Titled "Panorama: 50 years of Korean Cinema", the festival will screen 54,...More
Eleven Korean features to screen at Vancouver 2003/09/19, Source, Eleven feature films and five short films from Korea will screen in the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival, scheduled to take place from 25 September to October 10. Programmed by British film critic Tony RAYNS, the selection features a wide range of critically acclaimed arthouse work and,...More
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