[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2018/01/14,
The Korea Herald spies K-locations that have featured in Hollywood's dream machine, KoBiz reports on the success of female-led thrillers overseas, "A Taxi Driver" is not the first or last film to frame the socio-political conflicts of the 80s, and Dr. Kang Kim Hyewon wonders if K-film could ever be as popular as K-pop in Asia on Forbes,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "1987: When the Day Comes" 2018/01/06,
Investigator Park (played by Kim Yun-seok) is a state-sponsored Communist hunter. He doesn't play by the rules when it comes to dealing with pure evil. If Investigator Park needs to make the case, he will use whatever legal powers, violence, and intimidation necessary to force obstacles out of the way. At first glance Investigator Park may be mistaken as an agent of justice. But throughout "1987: When the Day Comes" we mostly see Investigator Park through the eyes of his victims- as a crazed psychopath who cannot be stopped and cannot be negotiated with. Which is a fitting metaphor for the South Korean dictatorship as a whole,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/12/03,
No foreseeable change to Korea's male-centric thriller formula, Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" and DC's "Justice League" go head to head in KoBiz's latest infographic, Pierce Conran reviews Hwang Dong-hyuk's "The Fortress" on Modern Korean Cinema, and Christopher Weatherspoon previews four of the biggest films hitting Korea's screens this month,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Save the Green Planet": The End is Nigh 2014/07/05, In the Spotlight this Week:Jang Joon-hwan's "Save the Green Planet"
Aliens, kidnapping, and torture make for terrific film fodder, but a balance must be struck in order not to over/undercook this volatile cinematic concoction. Too much comedy and the intensity may be compromised, and if the horror is left to broil the dish may become too dark to digest. We might assume that, given the country's hesitancy with science fiction, and its tendency to over-salt on silliness, that Korean cooks may be ill suited to even supervise such convergence. But a brilliant balance was indeed found when, in 2003, director Jang Joon-hwan made his daring debut with the delightfully delirious "Save the Green Planet",...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Save the Green Planet" 2014/07/05, Jang Joon-hwan's daring debut "Save the Green Planet" (2003) is both cruel and unusual. Violence, torture, aliens and the end of the world are all juicy prospects for cinephiles and sci-fi fans alike, but often the results are B-grade and gaudy. Jang's film, however, is a delightful and unique merger of ideas that are well sutured and sharp; a welcome and edgy edition to modern Korean cinema's impressive filmography. This cult classic is over ten years old now but Jang's opening act still endures and is aging well. Enjoy! [SPOILERS],...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.10.18 ~ 2013.10.20 2013/10/21,
The sci-fi thriller "Gravity" has struck the Korean box office to become the first foreign film to take gold since "Now You See Me" back in August. Alfonso Cuarón's spacey drama snatched 45% (714,419 admissions) of the total ticket sales to outplay last week's number one "Hwayi : A Monster Boy" by some margin. "Gravity" (which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) has already made $284M worldwide and its international popularity managed to secure foothold for it in the Korean market. Jang Joon-hwan's action thriller "Hwayi" scoped up 365,175 (18.8%) over 552 screens to advance its total now to just under 2 million admissions, while two new Korean entries ("Fasten Your Seatbelt" and "Queen of the Night") quietly crept into fourth and fifth respectfully with less than 300,000 stubs between them,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hwayi : A Monster Boy" 2013/10/12,
The accidental family is a heavily romanticized trope- even if a kid was born into less than ideal circumstances, he's still got a chance as long as there's love, right? "Hwayi : A Monster Boy" takes this concept to a strange extreme, as its title character (played by Yeo Jin-goo) clearly experiences plenty of love on a day-to-day basis. But the film doesn't flinch from showing us that his surrogate family is astonishingly cruel and brutal.
The troubling part about Hwai's family is that they're not evil. Well, not all of them anyway. But this gang has no moral scruples. They only kill when necessary, but given that the profession of choice for these men is to run around stealing stuff that doesn't belong to them, situations that involve necessary killing come up all the time,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/05, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "The Hero": A single dad who plays a super hero on T.V. decides to really become "Thunder Man" for his son after his show gets cancelled. (10/08)
★★★★★ "Hwayi : A Monster Boy": A young boy is raised by five talented fathers into a life of violent crime, but begins to question his past when he is forced to pull the trigger on their latest job. (10/09)
★★★ "Red Vacance Black Wedding 2": An unmarried woman is harassed by a persistent suitor, a dangerous man who doesn't take no for answer. (10/10),...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
ANNOUNCING THE 1ST TORONTO KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 22 TO JULY 1, 2012 2012/06/12, Source,
Toronto - The 1st Toronto Korean Film Festival will be held at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) from June 22nd to July 1st. This year's film listing was announced at the May 26th press conference. Confirmed films and highlights include:
June 22nd Opening:
The festival kick-starts with "Secret Sunshine" (2007). The leading actress of the film, Jeon Do-yeon, won Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. There will an opening party following the screening,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Invasion of Alien Bikini": This Sexy Alien wants your Seed! 2012/03/24, Oh Young-Doo's "Invasion of Alien Bikini" made its Korean premier at the 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, fitting nicely into the programs mesh of strange and bizarre films from around Asian. This over-the-top erotic comedy has been screened at a number of film festivals around the world, even being honoured with prizes at the 21st Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in Japan as well as at the 44th Sitges Film Festival in Spain. With a working budget of $4,545, Young-doo's film did well within these constraints but was ultimately unable to find suitable glue to hold all the ridiculousness together,...More
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source,
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
PiFan paves way for eerie fantasies 2011/07/12, Source,
For its 15th anniversary, PiFan will offer an encore screening of "Save the Green Planet" by Jang Joon-hwan. / Courtesy of PiFan
15th film festival presents 221 films from July 14 to 24 in Bucheon
By Lee Hyo-won
The monsoon rain does little to dissuade gumboot-clad youths from enjoying summer festivals, and overcast skies have proved to be particularly timely for an annual showcase of the goriest, most eerily fascinating films.
The Puchon (Bucheon) International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), Asia's foremost event for fantastic cinema, opens in the Gyeonggi Province city Thursday, and the 15th edition invites 221 films from 34 countries,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Save The Green Planet"! 2011/02/26,
Scriptwriter and director Jang Joon-hwan first made a name for himself with his 1995 short film 2001: Imagine and in 2003, he directed his first full-length feature "Save the Green Planet". Although the film failed to have an impact at the box office, it came highly recommended by the few moviegoers and critics who did decide it was worth a watch. I admit that I to came across this film as a recommendation, and to be quite honest, I am still on the fence about it.,...More
Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo start filming "Love for Sale" 2010/01/20, Source,
Korean actress Song Hye-kyo [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
Top Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo have started shooting their feature segment for the Asian omnibus pic "Camellia", according to the film's producer BAL CON on Wednesday.
The two actors started filming "Love For Sale" on Friday, playing former lovers who forget their memories about each which later leads them to a fatal destiny.
"Camellia" is an omnibus pic made up of three feature films directed by three Asian directors. Each episode will be set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan, Korea.,...More
Song Hye-kyo, Gang Dong-won to star in Asian omnibus pic 2010/01/12, Source,
Actress Song Hye-kyo (right) and actor Gang Dong-won, who have been cast to star in Korean director Jang Joon-hwan's "Love for Sale". [BAL CON]
Several of South Korea's top actors including actress Song Hye-kyo and actor Gang Dong-won have been cast in a multinational omnibus film by directors from Korea, Japan and Thailand, according to the film's production company on Tuesday.
BAL CON announced in a statement that the film, tentatively titled "Busan Project", will be composed of three episodes each set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan in Korea.
Based in Korea during the 1970s, the first segment, titled "Iron Pussy", will be directed by Thailand's Wisit Sasanatieng and star Korean actor Kim Min-joon and Thai-American actor Michael Shaowanasai. Shawananasai will play the role of a male secret agent from Thailand in disguise of a woman who later falls in love with an unidentifiable Korean man, played by Kim.,...More
PIFF to Produce Omnibus Celebrating Pusan 2009/10/22, Source, Pusan Int'l Film Festival's (PIFF) executive chairman Kim Dong-ho announced the launch of a US $1.3 million omnibus project to capture the sights, sounds and spirit and of the festival's namesake city Busan. Three filmmakers from South Korea,,...More
Celebrities Attend Anti-U. S. Beef Rally 2008/06/11, Source, Acclaimed actress Moon So-ri and famed singers Yang Hee-eun and Ahn Chi-hwan took part in Tuesday's massive rally against the import of U.S. beef. Citizens at the candlelight vigil greeted them with loud cheers and warm applause.
Assembly is the latest film from Feng, who gained nation-wide fame in China after making such films as "The Banquet", "A World Without Thieves", and "A S,...More
6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival 2007/06/26, Source, Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.
Though running as briefly as six minutes, short films show that size is not a factor for capturing the limitless power of imagination. Andre Bazin, film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future".
Korean Films in NY Asian Film Fest 2007/06/22, Source, This year's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) features a spate of prominent Korean films and runs from June 22nd to July 8th. Now in its 6th year, the festival selects 30 top Asian films to screen along with three programs of award winning shorts taken from Korea's very own Mise-en-Scene's Genre,...More
The Jongno Film Festival closed its doors Thursday night, after a week-and-a-half run from Nov. 18 to 25. The festival showcased internationally acclaimed films,,...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
The Story of One City 9404 ("Han Dosi Iyagi 9404"), which gathers together photographs, video footage, and sounds recorded on June 9,,...More
Memories of murderous success in 2003 2003/12/18, Source, This was a very good year for Korean cinema. Perhaps actress Moon So-ri said it best at a screening of one of her films in Paris: "French cinema has a history of over 100 years, but not Korea. If France is an adult, Korea is a child. But it is a,...More
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