Born in 1967, CHANG studied film at the Hungary National Film School. He debuted with the most acclaimed film by critics and audiences, < The Contact >, and returned two years later with the stylish and gory < Tell Me Something >.
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hwang Jin Yi" + DVD Giveaway 2016/02/20,
Jin Yi (played by Song Hye-kyo) eventually becomes one of Korea's greatest poets, though she is technically a fallen woman, having become a courtesan with the somewhat unusual background of an upper class education. But once upon a time, Jin Yi was just a little girl with curiousity about the world. This curiousity ends up mingled with horror, as Jin Yi discovers the darkness hidden behind the opulence of wealth, and even the secret of her own birth. From there, Jin Yi feels like she has only one choice- to find her own way,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tell Me Something" 2014/02/28,
From the very beggining it's clear that "Tell Me Something" is not a film for the squeamish. You see the body on the table and then there's this person with some sort of tool and...oh dear. No, this isn't going to end well at all. It's pretty easy to guess what's in those black bags and no, it's never a good thing when they're inevitably opened. There's blood, body parts, plenty of general dismemberment. Just remembering those scenes makes me feel a little ill.
But rest assured- the film is quite tasteful in its depictions of discomforting bodily horrors. Director Jang Yoon-hyeon clearly went about the production of "Tell Me Something" with an artistic mind,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Contact" 2013/11/02,
Produced at the cusp of the digital era, "The Contact" is a curious statement, not so much about digital relationships, but about the circumstances of modern life that seem to drive people toward these distant electronic connections. Dong-Hyeon (played by Han Suk-kyu) is a cool radio DJ whose smooth demeanor gives him plenty of pull with the ladies. And yet the event that sets off the story is his distant effort to see if a recent acquisition is actually some sort of secret message from an old lover.
A distant loneliness pervades most of this film. It's most obvious in the music- it's undeniable that these are quality riffs, exactly the kind of sound a distinguished intelligent thinker would like to listen to, as they demonstrate the subtlety and nuance of daily emotional life,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Some" 2013/04/19,
A drug deal has gone bad, and local gangsters find themselves unexpectedly pursued by big-name mafiosos from Busan. The police, spearheaded by detective Seong-Ju (played by Go Soo), must reach deeper and deeper into an investigation that consists mainly of lots of driving. And throughout all of this, traffic reporter Yu-Jin (played by Song Ji-hyo) is having unsettling visions, as if she has lived this day before,...More
Kim So-yeon: 'I Seem to have Begun Acting 18 Years Since Debut' 2012/03/09, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon (32), who has made a comeback after a fifteen-year break with the movie "Gabi", said, "I want to play different characters such as a femme fatale, comic character and character who will experience sad love. I have had too long of a break up to now (laugh)". Asked about the characters that she wants to play, she answered with lightning speed as if she had been waiting for movies for a long time. She will appear in "Gabi" after her long break,...More
M-Line launches Doomsday Book at EFM 2012/02/16, Source,
South Korean film sales company M-Line Distribution has launched pre-sales on science fiction drama "Doomsday Book", co-directed by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, according to the "Screen International" market daily at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.
Budgeted at US$5m, "Doomsday Book" is made up of three short stories. One is about a robot attaining enlightenment, the second is about a zombie invasion and the third about an apocalyptic meteor crashing to Earth,...More
[20 KOREAN FILMS TO LOOK OUT FOR SECOND HALF OF 2011] "Gabi" 2011/07/02, Source,
Intelligence Chase over Coffee "Gabi" Directed by Jang Yoon-hyeon
By RA Jegy
It's the end of 19th century, and Gojong, King of Josoen flees to the Russian legation to save himself from foreign threats. The king comes into contact with western culture during his stay there, and tastes coffee for the first time in his life. After he returns to the palace, Gojong continues to enjoy coffee, while an assassination attempt takes place to kill the king by poisoning his coffee to prevent him from establishing the Korean Empire,...More
Kim So-yeon comes back to movie screens with "Gabi" 2011/03/21, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon is at the verge of returning to movie screens in six years.
She is adjusting her casting as the lead actress in the movie "Gabi" (Produced by Ocean Film). This movie is based on an original by Kim Tak-hwan and is a mystery case surrounding the very first baristas in the Chosun times. It's about a woman who used to serve coffee to the Emperor Gojong, who enjoyed drinking coffee.,...More
Korean Film Festival Tours China 2008/11/19, Source, A Korean Film Festival will be held across China this month, bringing 12 Korean features to three major Chinese cities – Beijing (Nov. 14-19), Shanghai (Nov. 16-21) and Kunnming (Nov. 25-28).
The event, organized by the Korean Film Council, China's state film authorities, and the Shanghai Inter,...More
Korea has seen a line of interesting film festivals and the home of Korean cinema, Chungmuro, is bringing yet another one next month. The 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHIFFS) will cele,...More
A Fresh Start for Korean Cinema: Overview of the First Half of 2007 2007/07/23, Source, Korean films have delved into new topics and covered a wide range of genres the first half of the year. Coming off of a disappointing year at the box office, the Korean film industry has answered with a number of truly noteworthy works of art. Although many of the films released this year were fun,...More
"Hwang Jin Yi" delivers a novel interpretation of one of the most celebrated women in the Joseon Kingdo,...More
Market Share Recovers After March Dip 2007/04/19, Source, March, a slow month for ticket sales generally in Korea, marked one of the weakest months for Korean box office share since December of 2004. The domestic market share dropped to 21.6% last month, raising concerns in the wake of last year's reduction of the Screen Quota system which guarantees scre,...More
Jecheon festival blends music and film 2005/08/10, Source, The Jecheon International Music & Film Festival will kick off its five-day schedule today, introducing 40 flicks and five performances in a new attempt to blend film and music.
"The festival is the first of its kind as the mixture of films and music, a unique crossover event that will help the mo,...More
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