Jeon Do-yeon Takes a Rare Look Back at Bucheon Film Fest 2017/07/17, Source,
Actress Jeon Do-yeon on Friday reflected upon her illustrious career at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, which is holding a retrospective to honor her. The annual 11-day festival runs until Sunday.
"When I started out, I had no idea I would be acting this long, but it became my dream and my path. I want to keep on going", she said at a press conference on the second day of the festival,...More
This Year's Bucheon Film Fest to Feature Actress Jeon Do-yeon 2017/07/06, Source,
The annual Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival will start its 11-day run next week.
This year's festival features nearly 300 films from some 58 countries. In its 20th year already, organizers of the festival hopes to draw more film buffs with various events and programs during the festival which runs until July 23,...More
[Guest Film Review] "My Dear Enemy" 2017/03/04,
Kim Hee-soo, a single, jobless woman in her thirties sets out to find her ex-boyfriend, Jo Byeong-woon, who owes her $3,500. However, it turns out that he is also broke at the moment, although he assures her that he can get the money by the end of the day. Not sure about his honesty, since he has been owing her the money for more than a year, she decides to follow him in his quest to find it from a series of friends and acquaintances, most of which turn out to be women. As the story becomes a road trip through Seoul's streets and neighborhoods, the duo's past and present is revealed,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/12/25,
K-music films are on the rise, The Korea Times looks back at Gong Yoo's amazing year on the silver screen, Park Chan-wook voted among the top directors of the year in America, and KoBiz's latest infographic reveals how local films fared at the box office in 2016,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" 2016/09/10,
Drama remakes of North American shows seem to be on the rise lately and there are as many expectations as there are worries. Summarizing multi-season shows into less than twenty episodes is not an easy task and there are many differences to consider. As someone who has not seen the original series, I look at "The Good Wife" as an independent work with its own strengths and flaws,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 16 Final 2016/08/29,
Joong-won and Hye-kyeong engage Tae-joon and his team in a final battle which tests everyone's character and most of all Joong-won's. It also tests his relationship with Hye-kyeong as well as her own resolve and confidence. The ending of "The Good Wife" is not what many will expect and the teasing for a possible second season is clear. Unfortunately, the series fails to make that teasing appropriate for its story thus far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 15 2016/08/27,
We are almost at the end of "The Good Wife", which looks like it will be a typical fight against an antagonist we have been expecting to take on the part for a long time. Tae-joon is determined to destroy Joong-won and while Hye-kyeong is happy with her decision, she faces problems at work in addition to Tae-joon's wrath. As we approach the final hour, the show's good and bad points become more pronounced,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 14 2016/08/21,
Episode fourteen of "The Good Wife" has Hye-kyeong make the most important decision about her current situation. Before that, we have a reappearance by lawyer Son Dong-wook and his brazen ways. Hye-kyeong and her family get a scare when Seo-yeon disappears, which also shows Dan and Joong-won where their place in Hye-kyeong's life is right now. Tae-joon is determined to destroy Joong-won, so things are about to get bad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 13 2016/08/21,
Hye-kyeong's brother, Kim Sae-byuk makes a surprise visit in episode thirteen of "The Good Wife" and brings things to light with his presence, including Hye-kyeong's feelings about her situation. Tae-joon lets Ji-hoon know why he is living separately and the boy struggles with the information. Meanwhile, Joon-ho is back and working with Tae-joon in a case which pits them against Hye-kyeong and where the person she is defending looks guilty,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 12 2016/08/14,
Hye-kyeong's problems never seem to end and now she has the additional one of her monster-in-law meddling and trying to turn her children against their mother. Hye-kyeong seeks legal advice about the situation and decides to address it personally as well. Dan finally reveals her feelings and thoughts before taking drastic steps to address her current situation. Tae-joon starts investigating Joong-won and Hye-kyeong makes a decision about her relationship with both men,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 11 2016/08/14,
The new information Hye-kyeong has been given proves to be just the thing to shake her back into placing her family and herself first. She has no time to deal with Dan yet, as she needs to explain the current situation to her children. Hye-kyeong's resolve and composure are further tested when she meets a formidable opponent in court and push her to a choice which might lead her astray,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 10 2016/08/07,
Hye-kyeong is met with a discouraging truth about her employment and that pushes her to a decision about her marriage. Dan encourages her to choose another path, but the truth of her involvement with the still selfish and controlling Tae-joon is revealed. Meanwhile, his case is picked up by her office and Myeong-hee gives Hye-kyeong the choice to represent her husband. Hye-kyeong struggles with her new situation and information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 9 2016/08/06, "The Good Wife" shifts its focus back to standalone legal cases and it is time for Hye-kyeong to defend someone who appears guilty. This leads to her bending the rules to help him and prove herself. With this case concluding, the competition between her and Joon-ho is resolved. Meanwhile, Tae-joon is being investigated for murder and Dan's involvement becomes more complicated. Joong-won makes a bold move for his love, but an outsider causes a misunderstanding,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 8 2016/07/31,
While Hye-kyeong is busy with this difficult case, we get a better look at Tae-joon and Joong-won, their thoughts and feelings for the lady as well as their morality. Some dark facts surface in episode eight and everything leads to a murder and a new crisis. In addition to her work, Hye-kyeong continues to deal with two men who have their own ideas about what she needs while she tries to keep her family afloat,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 7 2016/07/31,
There is plenty of awkwardness to go around between Hye-kyeong and Tae-joon, but also between her and Joong-won. Both relationships get rattled and become re-defined. Her co-workers all sense something is going on and each has their own reactions to the firm's hot topic. Hye-kyeong and Joon-ho take on the task to defend a fellow lawyer in a murder case, but Hye-kyeong finds out that the culprit is none other than Jo Gook-hyeon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 6 2016/07/24,
A new case opens in "The Good Wife" and it tackles euthanasia and abortion at the same time, which give the series a bigger load than it can ultimately handle. Dan enters the game between Sang-il and Tae-joon while Hye-kyeong and Joong-won are busy with the case. Jae-moon makes a return and his condition is worsening, causing conflict with Joong-won over the past. His fragile emotional state leads to a mistake involving Hye-kyeong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 5 2016/07/23, "The Good Wife" smacks us with a big twist in episode five, which changes a great deal about what we have known so far. It personally worries me in regards to the future, but perhaps it will be a good thing. The legal case this time involves Hye-kyeong's past social circle and with Tae-joon home, it just brings more sad memories to the surface. Meanwhile, Joong-won steps up his game and faces Tae-joon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 4 2016/07/17,
Episode four of "The Good Wife" is definitely an improvement on the last one, as it balances its pacing and goes through the things we need to know before moving on. This time we have two cases which give us much needed exposition and a hefty dose of characterization. There is a lot more to Tae-joon, Joong-won and Sang-il than we see and they all sadly have a self-serving interest in Hye-kyeong's matters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 3 2016/07/16,
A new case is opened and a new guest character comes with it in episode three of "The Good Wife", but they do more for the main plot and characters than act as a client. Tae-joon is briefly released from jail and his little excursion provides some dark revelations about his personality. There is a lot going on here and the pacing is starting to generate a lot of confusion by propelling everything forward,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 2 2016/07/11,
We have another case involving women in episode two of "The Good Wife" and this time the crime is rape. Hye-kyeong's emotional bonding to her first client served her well, but she falters when she must defend someone who makes her uncomfortable. Our empathetic heroine's principles are challenged, the pressure starts affecting her and we learn that she may have a dark secret to answer for. To make matters worse, her husband keeps interfering with her work,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 1 2016/07/10, "The Good Wife" starts with a focus on the present and gives us only the bare essentials of the past. Episode one establishes the scandal and we flash forward to a point where our heroine has a husband in jail, nothing but her phone contract to her name and a family to support. We are introduced to some key characters and our lead gets her first court case. It is a packed, straightforward and stylish premiere for the drama,...More
[Orion's Drama News] The Weight of Representation 2016/07/02,
It is time for some much hyped dramas to make an entrance and two of them are premiering this week. Before getting to that, however I will take a first look at "Incarnation of Jealousy" and its fresh material. I will also give my two cents on an upcoming series and its potential casting which I find highly problematic. Closing this piece are the usual upcoming drama goodies and followed shows,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "The Good Wife" 2016/07/02,
Remakes and adaptations are a bit of a painful subject for Korean drama. Be it based on an original webtoon, a novel or a film, there is many a failure out there. TvN is not deterred by this, as they bring us two dramas based on popular North American series, one of which is "The Good Wife". Let us take a first look at this quite daring effort for the industry,...More
[Orion's Drama News] From Rags to Mega-Riches 2016/06/25,
This week I talk KCON New York and HanCinema's attendance there. I also take a look at the super rich, super smart, super talented and all around perfect character of Lee Jong-suk in "W" and what he might mean in terms of how we write and experience fiction and Korean dramas. Before my upcoming drama goodies and personal watch list, I talk Dramaland ladies and introduce upcoming drama "Woman of Dignity",...More
Moviegoers Prefer Older Stars, Watching Alone 2016/06/19, Source, Hwang Jung-min and Kim Hye-soo have been named the most popular actor and actress in an email survey of 10,286 people by the Chosun Ilbo and ticketing site Max Movie. Kim was also voted best actress, while best actor went to Song Kang-ho. All three are all in their 40s, while only a few stars in their 20s made it into the top 10. The results clearly reflect the changing demographic of moviegoers in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "You are my Sunshine" + DVD Giveaway 2016/03/12,
The time is the early nineties in rural South Korea. Eun-ha (played by Jeon Do-yeon) is satisfied with just working as a pseudo prostitute for the foreseeable future. Seok-joong (played by Hwang Jung-min) is satisfied just hanging out with his prize cow, but his mother (played by Na Moon-hee) pushes him to get married so he can talk to actual human girls for a change. Yet rather than accept marriage for the sake of marriage, Seok-joong is determined to push for love- and Eun-ha is his object of affection,...More
Gong Yoo's swoon-worthy roles from his filmography 2016/02/19, Source, Gong Yoo has returned with a classic melodrama this time.
He was crowned a romantic stealer of ladies' hearts through his roles in 'Coffee Prince' and 'Finding Mr. Destiny'.
This 'Romantic Guy' or everyone's heartthrob, as his nicknames indicate, sports those swoon-worthy eyes and the charming voice, which will make it hard for you to resist falling in love with him. Gong Yoo also has been broadening his spectrum as an actor by challenging various genres in film,...More
Will Jun Ji-hyun win Best Actress? 2015/11/25, Source,
Will it be Jun Ji-hyun or not? The public is also looking down several ways with the Best Actress at the Blue Dragon coming up.
The Best Actress, also known as the 'flower of the awards' has everyone's attention as the 36th Blue Dragon Awards is going to be the final film award of the year,...More
[BIFF] Stars talk in Haeundae, Busan 2015/10/04, Source,
In Busan, stars appear day and night. More and more stars have participated in this year's Busan International Film Festival which celebrates its 20th this year. How exciting, meeting the stars of movies in real life. The stars in Haeundae have been responding to fans' support in various ways.
The opening was hot. The opening ceremony of BIFF was held on the 1st. Although the weather was rough with gale warnings, fans gathered to see their favorite stars,...More
[HanCinema's Industry Interview] 10 Questions for Actor Kahlid Elijah Tapia 2015/09/05,
HanCinema recently met up with actor Kahlid Elijah Tapia to find out about his experience working in South Korea's television and film industry.
You came to South Korea back in 2009 to teach English. What was it about the country and culture that inspired you to explore its film and television industry?
This is a funny one actually because it wasn't the country or the culture. I was living in Florida taking acting classes before I came to Korea and I actually was just wanting to live in this country for one year and go home. A fellow actress and now close friend recommended that I put my headshot and resume on Craigslist. I thought to myself, "For what?" "This is Korea, I can't get anything done here". But I did it and 28 credits on IMDb later, I'm still here. What I learned after posting my information is that I can be an actor anywhere. Especially in this internet driven age,...More
'Queen of Cannes' Jeon Do-yeon becomes muse for French cosmetics 2015/09/02, Source,
Actress Jeon Do-yeon is the new muse for French cosmetic brand Sisley. The worldwide famous and loved actress Jeon Do-yeon proves her beauty once again by becoming the new face of a leading French brand.
The beauty pictures of Jeon Do-yeon show her complexion shining and flawless. She looks elegant and graceful thanks to her healthy looking skin which makes her beauty stand out even more. The brand spokesperson said, "Jeon Do-yeon has been a good friend of ours for a long time and she's highly noted in France as a leading actress in Korea. Her elegance seemed fit for our brand",...More
Memories of the Sword (2015) 2015/08/14, Source,
Genres: Action and Epics
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Park Heung-sik
Starring: Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Go-eun, Lee Byung-hun
Synopsis: Three warriors from the Koryo Dynasty lead a riot. Due to the betrayal of Deok-gi, Pung-cheon dies. Deok-gi then tries to persuade Seol-rang to join his side, but she refuses. She then flees with Pung-cheon's sword and his infant daughter. Some 18 years later, Seol-rang is now blind and she trains Pung-cheon's daughter to use the sword for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.12 - 2015.06.14 2015/06/15, "Jurassic World" fever hits…
Over the weekend, the globe gave Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World" the biggest opening of all time. The much-anticipated "Jurassic World" banked more than $511M worldwide, making it the first film to ever gross more than $500M in a single weekend. In South Korea, the film opened in first with 1.5M admissions (71%) going its way, adding around $16M to that gross record,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Shameless" 2015/06/13,
Jae-gon (played by Kim Nam-gil) is a generally unfriendly detective who has a distinct lack of a shame in his everyday interactions. If nothing else, I have to give "The Shameless" credit for having an accurate title. In nearly every scene there's at least one moment where one character acts so incredibly rude that I can't help but think to myself "have you no shame", and it's at that point I remember the title. What was I expecting, a story about happy well-adjusted characters?,...More
Why Kim Hye-soo and Jeon Do-yeon are so precious 2015/06/08, Source, Kim Hye-soo and Jeon Do-yeon are actresses in their 40s. In the Korean movie industry, for an actress to be in her 40s means she's no longer the main act. Movies take up a big part of the culture but it's also an industry where one can only survive if profits are made from investments. Therefore, cinematic quality, completion, influence on the public and cultural values are outweighed by the success of the movie.
Choi Min-sik, Kim Yun-seok, Ryu Seung-ryong, Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo and other actors in their 40s have been successful with their movies. Screenplays are focused on them and actresses didn't get as much attention as they did before,...More
The Shameless (2015) 2015/05/30, Source,
Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 118 min.
Directed by: Oh Seung-wook
Starring: Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil
Synopsis: Homicide detective Jeong Jae-gon is chasing after a suspect of a murder case. He knew his suspect would get in touch with his lover Kim Hye-gyeong, who is a hostess at a third-rate bar. Jeong goes undercover as the suspect's former cellmate and becomes the floor manager at the bar where Kim works, and watches her every move. But as he spends more time with her, he feels strange sense of guilt and his resolve to catch the suspect is shaken. Having dedicated his life to police work, Jeong doesn't understand the feeling he feels towards Kim. On the other hand, Kim waits tirelessly for her lover to come back to her, but she begins to open up to Jeong, who is always by her side,...More
Kim Nam-gil's charisma mesmerizes Cannes 2015/05/17, Source, Actor Kim Nam-gil's picture was taken in black and white by a French photographer. Roch Armando takes pictures of worldwide stars like Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray and more. He's been taking pictures at Cannes for 2 years in a row.
Kim Nam-gil is looking at the camera with the ocean behind him. He is wearing a black shirt and his face in cringed slightly, making him look manly,...More
Jeon Do-yeon becomes victim of Lee Byung-hun's fiasco 2014/10/22, Source,
The after effects of the Lee Byung-hun incident is still ongoing.
This case made everything adjustable including his leading movies and other work that seemed to have nothing to do with him. The productions are concerned about eliminating any more talk about the case which might influence negativity on completed works,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untold Scandal" 2014/09/19,
It's extremely tempting to view the crazy sumptuous games at play in "Untold Scandal" here as some sort of commentary on repressed Joseon sexuality. Director Lee Jae-yong certainly has enough fun with it from a cinematographic point of view. The sex is is hot and sensuous. If you're going into this movie expecting Bae Yong-joon to have lots of erotic fun times with many ample bosoms on display, you will not be disappointed. The film is exactly as advertised,...More
[HanCinema Feature] Historical Hysteria: Korean period films coming in 2014 2014/01/11, Joseon pirates, legends, swordsmen, angels and more coming our way in 2014...
Cinematic journeys back to Joseon and beyond have rewarded the Korean film industry with a string of profitable historical yarns, a trend that has got producers drooling with the prospect of tapping deeper into this regenerative cash cow. Recently, it's been Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" (9.1M admissions) that has had locals flustered and, in 2005, it was Lee Joon-ik's "The King and the Clown" that became the first Joseon-era flick to pass the 10 million admissions mark. It's big business with a cultural twist that locals enjoy supporting, international audiences love lapping up, and a trend that 2014 is keen to take advance of as a host of new retrospectives are getting raring to go,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Way Back Home" 2013/12/27,
Husband Jong-Bae (played by Go Soo), wife Jeong-Yeon (played by Jeon Do-yeon), and daughter Hye-Rin (played by Kang Ji-woo) are for the most part a normal family with typical modest ambitions. They're thrust into a rather awful situation when a good deed for a friend is swiftly unexpectedly punished. Left with no other apparent way to preserve the family, Jeong-Yeon decides to steal a piece of bread.
Not literally, of course. But that's very much the tone "Way Back Home" sets, as the punishment the family receives first for a good deed, then a bad one, is horribly disproportionate to the provoking action,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jeon Do-yeon Named Most Memorable Actors of 2013 2013/12/23, Source, Song Kang-ho (left) and Jeon Do-yeon
A record 227.8 million people had watched the 623 films screened in Korean theaters this year as of Saturday. Multiplex chain CGV says data from U.K. media research firm Screen Digest show that every Korean watched on average 4.12 films in cinema this year, beating the U.S'. 3.88 films per person to top the world for the first time. Some films were good, others a way of killing time. The Chosun Ilbo and booking site Maxmovie asked 2,622 people who were the most memorable actors and what the most memorable films of the year,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Secret Sunshine": Soul Food for Thought 2013/12/14, In the Spotlight this Week: "Secret Sunshine" by Lee Chang-dong
Life can be really tough going, gruelling and cruel. Changes in career, a death in the family, and relocating are some of the biggest stressors a human being can expected to endure in the name of life. In "Secret Sunshine", cine-poet Lee Chang-dong tackles these hard-hitting events and asks what someone might have to do to support a truly troubled soul experiencing these major life forks. We can empathise, we can befriend, we can lie to them and tell it's all going to be okay, but sometimes we just need to be patient and follow them as they trudge through the pain. Lee's films have a remarkable spirit about them, a humanist honesty that don't force change, push healing, or prescribe artificial catalysts for growth. In "Secret Sunshine" Lee winds up a tragic heroine as tight as you can imagine, then watches her march off down an uneven road with only a shadowing mechanic to love her unconditionally along the way,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/12/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "The Secret Studio": Star-crossed lovers find each other again years later but don't recognise each other in their new roles.(12/11)
★★★★ "The Way Home": A woman gets deceived and caught with drugs in France and is sent to an island prison. Her husband then fights to bring her safely back home with him. (12/12)
★★★★ "Cats and Dogs": A cute love story of a young couple and the pets they each have that playfully mirror their own innocent ups and downs.(12/12)
★★★ "Campus S Couple": Campus romances, hook-ups, and crushes complicate life for a few young-blooded students.(12/12)
★★★★ "Over There": Zhang Lu's first documentary that sheds light on the lives of those living in the borderlands. (12/12),...More
Korean actresses no longer pretend to be pretty, weak, ingenuous 2013/11/11, Source,
Korean actresses have changed. They are giving up pretending to be pretty, weak and ingenuous.
Kim Sun-ah, model-turned actress who is 170 centimeters (near six feet) tall plays the role of a woman paralyzed from waist down in the movie "The Five" that will be released Thursday. Instead of showing off her slim legs, she rides an electric wheelchair with both legs tied up. A woman who lost her husband and daughter by a murderer, she is a vengeful person. To show such emotions, Kim has disheveled hair, and her face is bruised since she fights with the murderer.
Jeon Do-yeon in "Way Back Home" plays a woman who is falsely accused of carrying drugs and is locked up in a jail in a foreign country. She doesn`t give off charm of a femme fatal. Ha Ji-won performs a swordsmanship action at "Chosun`s Angels" that will be released in early next year,...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 Talk] Siblings in Cinema: The RYOO Brothers 2013/07/06,
Siblings don't always get along. Even when working within the same field family members often choose to keep their personal and professional lives separate to keep the peace. Personal histories, grudges, and just knowing one another as well as they do can cause friction and frustration in the workplace. Not so though with renowned South Korean actor Ryoo Seung-bum and his moviemaking brother Ryoo Seung-wan. The brothers' most recent effort, "The Berlin File" (2013), marks another successful family collaboration that rocked Korean cinemas earlier this year.
The brothers both came into the spotlight with their 2000 début feature "Die Bad"; a collection of four hard-boiled short stories that follows two teenagers and their descent into the violent world of organised crime. The film was written and directed by Seung-wan and stars himself and his younger brother Seung-beom. Seung-wan has sometimes been described as the Korean Tarantino, while his talent younger brother has been likened too the American-Canadian comedy actor Jim Carrey,...More
Film Audiences Favor Grown-Up Experience 2013/04/30, Source, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Hye-soo have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in a poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the country's biggest ticketing site Maxmovie. But Hwang Jung-min and Jeon Do-yeon were named as the best actor and actress. ◆ Mature Actors, Mature Audiences Remarkably, most of the top 10 most popular actors and actresses are in their 30s to 50s, the only exception being Han Hyo-joo, who is in her 20s. The average age for male and female actors is 42.7 and 34.1. Of the actors, only four are in their 30s, including Ha, Gang Dong-won and Won Bin. A large proportion of the entrants on the popularity list starred in hit movies over the past two years, but Won, Kang, Lee Na-young and Kim Tae-hee managed to stay popular by only appearing in commercials,...More
Shin Seong-il to come back with "Night Door" 2013/04/09, Source,
Actor Shin Seong-il is coming back with a movie for the first time in 20 years.
"Night Door" is about a man with cancer not being able to resist the feelings he feels for the caregiver that comes to his aid. Shin Seong-il takes on the role of this man who's lived his whole life according to the rules before he got cancer. The femme fatale caregiver will be played by Bae Seul-gi,...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
Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars 2012/05/21, Source, Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the nation's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie.
Some 25,784 people voted from April 18 to May 5. The two drew 10.1 and 13.7 percent of the votes respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best -- as opposed to most popular -- actor and actress, with 18 and 23.3 percent.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
[Review] The Housemaid lacks originality, reinforces stereotypes of Korean society 2012/05/18, Source, Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Jung-jae in "The Housemaid - 2010"
A shy young woman gets hired to become a wealthy Korean family's maid.
Very quickly Eun-yi (the maid played by Jeon Do-yeon) finds her way into the good graces of the head of the household. The man's wife is pregnant with twins, and is unable to please him sexually. The man begins to get ideas about the maid that he just hired. One night he comes down, and begins to fondle Eun-yi. Hesitantly, the maid gives in and appears to enjoy their clandestine sexual activities. Early on, the older, more experienced maid becomes suspicious and catches on to the affair. Meanwhile the maid begins to develop an especially close relationship with the couples' daughter,...More
Ahn So-hee of Wonder Girls 2012/02/23, Source, Ahn So-hee (Hangul: 안소희; Hanja: 安昭熙; born June 27, 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, model and MC. She is a member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007,...More
Won Bin Becomes 'Actor of the Year' for Two Consecutive Years 2011/12/23, Source,
Gallup Korea conducted a survey to select the "Actor of the Year", and Won Bin has been chosen as the best actor for two years in a row. Gallup Korea said on December 22 that they had conducted a survey with 1,728 respondents from both men and women aged 13 or older across the nation from November 18 until December 6 to ask the best movie star of the year, and Won Bin obtained 11.3 percent of the votes. Gallup Korea let the respondents select two actors and counted the total votes,...More
Heo Jong-ho, director of "Countdown" 2011/10/24, Source,
He has a mere 10 days. Ruthless debt collector TAE Geon-ho (Jung Jae-young) can only survive if he can get a liver transplant from compulsive scam artist CHA Ha-yeon (Jeon Do-yeon). This is the set-up of newcomer Heo Jong-ho's crime thriller "Countdown", a film that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Q: How did you come to make this film? A: The financial crisis that started two to three years ago provided the motif. The film industry was having a hard time attracting investment, too, and I was one of the many that were effected and had to give up a film that I had been preparing. So I had decided to make film that was firmly based on reality,...More
Korea-Czech ties strengthening through cinema 2011/10/12, Source,
Julietta Sichel, right, former program director of the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, poses with veteran director Kim Kee-duk, left, after accepting the Korean Cinema Award during the 16th Busan International Film Festival, Oct. 7. / Courtesy of BIFF
Former Karlovy Vary Fest programmer receives award By Lee Hyo-won BUSAN - Arts and entertainment have the power to bridge distant cultures, and Korea has been enjoying creative exchanges with the Czech Republic. The 2005 television series "Lovers in Prague" starring Jeon Do-yeon popularized tour packages to the Central European country, while earlier this month the National Theatre Prague saw its international premiere of "The Makropulos Case" in Seoul. Contemporary Korean art exhibitions also drew crowds at the Prague National Gallery recently,...More
Box office, Sept. 22 - Oct. 4 2011/10/07, Source,
- "Silenced" tops the charts and raises voices of protest
The two weeks lasting from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4 were witness to a remarkable box office phenomenon in the form of the film "Silenced". Based on a shocking real-life incident in which young students at a school for the deaf were sexually assaulted by their teacher and principal, the film has outraged and mobilized viewers, who are demanding that justice be served and new laws be passed to protect vulnerable children. The popular phenomenon surrounding the film, including extensive coverage by the news media, has caused many to take note of the power and influence of the film medium,...More
KOFIC NEWS 2011/10/06, Source,
Aiming to promote and develop international co-productions, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is planning two upcoming KO-Production events in Tokyo and in Paris.
Ko-Production in Tokyo will be held in conjunction with TIFFCOM, the market that runs parallel to the Tokyo International Film Festival. As part of TIFFCOM's revamped Tokyo Project Gathering, which has a new focus on co-productions, KOFIC will be sending five Korea-Japan co-production projects to participate. Ko-Pro Tokyo will run Oct. 25 – 27 at the Ropponggi Hills complex with mentoring and one-on-one business meetings,...More
Cannes Winner Jeon Hopes 'Countdown' a Commercial Hit 2011/10/01, Source, Jeon Do-yeon is one of the most versatile actresses around, having played a wide range of roles including an innocent country girl, a single mother having an affair, an HIV-positive call girl and a chaste widow from the Chosun Dynasty.
But there is still something missing from her body of work: a mass audience. Although her movies have not exactly drawn small crowds, she has yet to star in a film that has sold more than three million tickets at the box office,...More
'Countdown': aimlessly fast drama 2011/09/29, Source,
Cannes-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon, left, and critically acclaimed actor Jung Jae-young star in a scene from "Countdown". / Courtesy of Sidus FNH
By Lee Hyo-won
There have been many films in recent Korean cinema capitalizing on the adrenaline rush of cat-and-mouse chases. An ambitious project brings together top actors Jeon Do-yeon and Jung Jae-young for such a hunt.
"Countdown" remains true to its name in that it sets up a time restriction for a terminally ill bounty hunter (Jeong) to receive a liver transplant from a high-flying con artist (Jeon). It makes for an extremely busy story jam-packed with everything from the hilariously implausible to the relentlessly tragic - but not for a particularly entertaining one,...More
Finding anew what 'Koreanness' is 2011/09/16, Source,
Traditionally Koreans put more emphasis on rice rather than side dishes because of the scarcity of food. / Korea Times file
By Chung Ah-young
It is not easy to concisely define what Korean studies is as it deals with a wide variety of genres ranging from language, economics, politics, culture and history to religion. To define the core meaning, a question of what is the most Korean thing should be answered first.
Twenty-two experts in diverse fields collaborated on a new book titled "The Pleasure of Korean Studies" published by Humanist, which traces "Koreanness",...More
Concerts, museums & theater 2011/08/25, Source, Classical concerts The Sonata Series of the Beethoven Association of Korea ― Heroic Beethoven Seoul Arts Center* (See 'Venues' on the right for more information) Aug. 29 To celebrate the 5th anniversary of its establishment, the association has been promoting Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas with 32 pianists, and has divided the performance into six sections. Its 4th performance is this August with "Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2-3" and "Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10-3" planned. Tickets cost 20,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3436-5929,...More
A Wild Fugitive 2011/07/30, Source, By UNA Beck
Whoosh. What can it be? It sure isn't a 4D movie in front of my eyes but as the man appears on screen a thick fog surrounds me. The scent of testosterone and perspiration and the feverish air rising from the mid-summer city asphalt, was not yet discomforting at all. From his first appearance, an Asian man wearing a sweat-soaked shirt with greasy hair that was probably never washed for quite a few days captures our eyes and nose, no!, our entire senses. In the film "Never Forever" (2007) co-starring Vera Farmiga, and Ha Jung-woo, who plays Ji-ha, an illegal immigrant living in New York, who's willing to sell his sperm for 300 dollars to a white woman named Sophie, a rich woman who wants to give birth to an Asian baby,...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
18th Korean Culture Festival Held in Moscow 2011/06/15, Source, By Lidia Okorokova, Moscow Corespondent
18th Korean Culture Festival goes on in Moscow.
The 18th Korean Culture Festival was held in Moscow on June 12 (Sunday), 2011 when Russia celebrated yet another holiday - The Day of Russia.
The annual festival is dedicated to the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Russia and South Korea – unofficially the organisers and participants call it "fest of friendship and love",...More
Korean Film Night lights up Cannes 2011/05/18, Source, by KOFIC
The Korean Film Council in joint with the Busan International Film Festival, Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism opened a "Korean Film Night" on May 16 at 9pm during the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
The three-hour event was much more vibrant than previous years, with a total 540 guests including directors, actors, programmers of major international film festivals and film distributors, including director Bong Joon-ho, the president of Camera d'Or jury and director Lee Chang-dong, the co-president of Critic's Week jury at Cannes this year,...More
'On The Border 2' to Be Aired Monday to Wednesday 2011/05/02, Source,
"On The Border 2", a follow-up to a documentary produced as a cross-media program by the Chosun Ilbo on the plight of North Korean refugees, will be aired on EBS TV's "DocuPrime" program at 9:50 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday,...More
Won Bin, Ha Ji-won Sweep Popularity Stakes in Movie Poll 2011/04/15, Source, Won Bin (left) and Ha Ji-wonWon Bin and Ha Ji-won were voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and Korea's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie. Some 22,362 people voted from March 30 to April 5.
The two drew 16.2 and 10.9 percent of the votes, respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best as opposed to most popular actor and actress, with 17.7 and 21.8 percent of the votes.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
'On The Border 2' to Be Shown Worldwide 2011/04/12, Source,
An activist helping North Korean defectors stands on a boat carrying his wife's North Korean family as it approaches another vessel from South Korea in the West Sea in December 2009.
"On The Border 2", a follow-up to a documentary produced by the Chosun Ilbo on the plight of North Korean refugees, will be broadcasted in Japan on NHK TV at midnight Wednesday.
The film was made with the support of the Korea Creative Content Agency, Foundation for Broadcast Culture, and Center for Asian American Media. Korean actors Jeon Do-yeon, Ji Jin-hee, and Ha Jung-woo, and Hollywood actors of Korean descent John Cho, Moon Bloodgood, and Daniel Henney did the voiceover in Korean and English for free,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jung-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Youn Yuh-jung, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
Strong Korean Representation among Asian Film Awards Nominations 2011/02/19, Source, "Poetry" Nominated for Best Film, Best Director & Best Screenplay
The 5th Asian Film Awards, to be presented March 21 in Hong Kong, is already starting to create buzz around its nominees.
The Awards' website explains: "Launched in 2007, the Asian Film Awards (AFA) is a pioneering program honoring filmmakers with outstanding achievements in the field of Asian cinema. The AFA is the only platform in the world that brings together the best cinematic talents of Asia, drawing film fans and professionals from all across the globe. The AFA Presentation Ceremony takes place as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong Opening Gala,...More
Rain, Girls' Generation win Seoul Art Awards 2011/02/15, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
Pop singers Rain and Girls' Generation, and actress Jeon Do-yeon, among other high-profile stars have been chosen as grand prize winners of the 2nd Seoul Art and Culture Award.
The awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Seoul City, features 11 categories and recipients were revealed Monday ahead of the ceremony later this month, in Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Housemaid - 2010" 2011/02/12,
As soon as I had finished watching "The Housemaid - 2010" (2010, Im Sang-soo), I became eager to watch the 1960s original. I was surprised to find that it differs rather drastically from its modern remake. In fact, one can barely call the 2010 version a remake at all. Despite the dramatic differences, both films are worthy of praise and warrant examination as products of their respective eras.,...More
[PIFF] Hoping that moment will be about Busan 2010/10/08, Source,
Actor Won Bin, actress Kim Sae-ron and director Lee Jeong-beom of film "The Man From Nowhere" walk the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan, South Korea on October 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Second visit to Busan and first time covering the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). It is experience that is embarrassing to even be considered short. But instead feeling discouraged by the Busan natives and reporters who cover PIFF every year, the fireworks which went off at the start of the festival were watched with ease and excitement. It was probably from the anticipation felt from getting to meet directly with actors and directors who turned up at the show with their films as precious as their own child, and the satisfaction felt from being amongst the huge crowd seated at the venue,...More
2010 KOFFIA KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA (1 October - 5 October) 2010/09/29, Source,
The 1st KOFFIA Korean Film Festival In Australia is just around the corner. The inaugural KOFFIA presents 8 dynamic and diverse contemporary Korean films alongside free cultural events and guest speaker programs. From 1 - 5 October, Australians will get a taste of cinematic talent from Korea. The best of Korean drama, action, comedy, pop and documentary films will be on show over the long weekend,...More
"The Housemaid" invited to film festival in Chicago 2010/08/27, Source,
Posters of Korean erotic thriller "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus F&H]
Korean director Im Sang-soo's modern adaptation of "The Housemaid" has been invited to this year's Chicago International Film Festival, according to the official website of the fest on Friday.
"The Housemaid - 2010", about a young woman who is hired to work for a wealthy family and begins to have an affair with the man of the household, will be screened at the 46th Chicago film fest alongside other international movies from October 7 to 21,...More
Drama Tackles 'Presidency' 2010/08/26, Source,
A drama is about to tackle the topic of the presidency.
Korean dramas about politics and historical stories had featured the president mainly as a background character so far, but these days the president has been the protagonist of a few mini-series dramas in a row, and the president has suddenly stood out as a "popular job" in dramas.
SBS TV's new drama "Daemul - Big Thing", which will begin airing from October, and KBS 2TV's new drama "President", which will begin airing from December, are stories of politicians who run for the presidency. Both dramas will focus on the process to run for the presidency, and the stories happening after being elected as the president will be unfolded as well,...More
Jo Hyun-jae to hold fan meetings in Japan and Hong Kong 2010/08/17, Source,
Korean actor Jo Hyun-jae [STARNHIT Entertainment]
Korean actor Jo Hyun-jae will be holding fan meetings in several Asian countries this coming August, according to his agency STARNHIT Entertainment on Tuesday.
STARNHIT announced in a press release that Jo, who completed his mandatory two-year military service on June 19, will hold his first fan meeting in Osaka on August 21 and in Tokyo the next day. He will also be visiting Hong Kong and Macau the following week,...More
"The Housemaid" to open in U.S. theaters 2010/07/20, Source,
Official poster for Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus FNH]
Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" will be shown to U.S. audiences later this year, according to the film's distributor Sidus FNH on Tuesday.
Sidus FNH announced in a press release that production company Miro Vision, which handles overseas distribution for "Housemaid", has closed a U.S. distribution deal with IFC Films on July 16 (U.S. time),...More
Choi Chul-ho steps down from "Dong Yi" after assault 2010/07/13, Source,
Actor Choi Chul-ho [10Asia]
Actor Choi Chul-ho stepped down from MBC TV series "Dong Yi" over the weekend as part of taking responsibility for assaulting a woman a few days earlier.
"I have decided to leave the show -- it is the least I can do to punish myself", Choi wrote in a message he posted on the official website of "Dong Yi" late on Sunday, just hours after a press conference through which he publicly admitted to and apologized for the wrongdoing he committed Thursday night,...More
Jo Hyun-jae to be discharged from military on June 19 2010/06/16, Source,
Korean actor Jo Hyun-jae [Star N Hit Entertainment]
Korean actor Jo Hyun-jae will be discharged from the military on Saturday upon completing South Korea's two-year mandatory military service.
Jo's agency Star N Hit Entertainment announced in a press release that on the day of his discharge on June 19, he will hold a short meeting with about 500 fans from Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in front of his army base,...More
N.O.A Entertainment signs M.O.U. with Chinese company 2010/06/07, Source,
M.O.U signing between Korean agency N.O.A. Entertainment and China Guoan Culture & Media Investment Co., Ltd. [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean entertainment agency N.O.A Entertainment, which represents top actors Ha Jung-woo and Jeon Do-yeon, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Guoan Culture & Media Investment Co., Ltd.
According to an official at N.O.A., the agency signed with the Chinese company on Sunday, establishing a strategic partnership through which both parties will cooperate in producing various cultural contents such as films and television dramas, as well as managing entertainment businesses in Korea and China,...More
[10LINE] Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon 2010/05/28, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Lee Hye-young-I, actress Moon So-ri,director Lee Chang-dong, actor Song Kang-ho, and director Im Sang-soo [10Asia]
Jeon Do-yeon "A friend who says she wants to become like me so badly that she will seal the deal at the risk of her future has only seen the pretty and fancy side to me. It's not difficult to become like me. It's just hard for someone to want to become like you". - Jeon Do-yeon's line from her cameo appearance on SBS TV series "On Air". About life as an actress. About life as Jeon Do-yeon. Kang Shin-hye A reporter who worked for teenage magazine Hi-teen in 1990. She encouraged Jeon, who during her senior year in high school went to the magazine to receive a prize from a postcard contest, to become a cover model,...More
"The Housemaid" sold to 15 countries at Cannes 2010/05/25, Source,
Korean erotic thriller "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus F&H]
Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" caught the attention of numerous foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market, selling to a total 15 countries at the event held in time with the Cannes Film Festival.
A press release by Sidus F&H announced that at the Film Market held during the film fest into its 63rd year, the erotic thriller was sold to France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Russia, Israel, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand,...More
"Dragon" soars to the top of box office 2010/05/24, Source,
Hollywood animated picture "How To Train Your Dragon" [DreamWorks Pictures]
Hollywood animated picture "How To Train Your Dragon" bowed into first place on the local box office over the weekend, pushing former winner "The Housemaid - 2010" off the top spot.
Figures by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday revealed that the latest DreamWorks film, which opened in theaters on May 20, attracted 759,590 moviegoers during the weekend of May 21 to 23,...More
Im Sang-soo says Jeon Do-yeon is "full-fledged artist" 2010/05/04, Source,
From left, "The Housemaid - 2010" cast Lee Jeong-jae, Seo Woo, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Jeon Do-yeon and director Im Sang-soo pose during a press screening held at the COEX Megabox Multiplex theater in Seoul, South Korea on May 3, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
What opened film "The Housemaid - 2010" was not the majestic mansion nor the elegant trail of a noblewoman's skirt we had seen through the still images or previews of the film revealed up till now. The film rather draws on women in a hurriedly-set up food alley in a new city who are cooking meat or handing out flyers to passers-by. And the moment the camera focuses on Eun-yi (played by Jeon Do-yeon), the only character who is seen smiling, one starts to feel an anticipation mixed with anxiety to see how this seemingly innocent female will change once she wears the clothes of a housemaid. Like director Im Sang-soo said -- "I believe it isn't a remake of the original film" -- the new version of "The Housemaid - 1960" revealed at a press screening on Monday was quite different from the original production helmed by the late director Kim Ki-young. The 2010 version of "The Housemaid - 1960", which adopts its characters from its original film from 50 years ago, strongly poses the question of what it means to live like a human being by depicting on Eun-yi's struggles. Below are excerpts from the press screening of the film which is set for release on May 13,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Seo Woo - Part 1 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean actress Seo Woo posing during her interview 10Asia [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The day before shooting ended at 5 a.m. in the morning. The shoot continued again later on the same day at 11 a.m. During the afternoon the outdoor shoot was put to a halt due to the rain. For half the day she waited in the car for the rain to stop. Things resumed at around 9 p.m. The temperature suddenly dropped on the open set of KBS' "Cinderella's Sister" which is built next to a lake. While shooting the drama, it repeats the feeling of being on the field or on a stakeout. Seo Woo, well-known for her role in the critically acclaimed movie "Paju" which won awards and opened at several prestigious international film festivals including the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and at the Rotterdam Film Festival, sat down to speak with 10Asia about her current role as Hyo-seon in "Cinderella's Sister",...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] Actress Jeon Do-yeon - Part 1 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon [Asia Economic Daily]
Jeon Do-yeon was called the "Queen of Cannes" after she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film "Secret Sunshine".
Although winning a trophy at Cannes cannot be the absolute criterion for anything, it is worth remembering that so far only two Asian actresses -- Jeon and Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung -- have been named best actress at a world-renowned film event like Cannes.
Even among European and North American actresses, who usually monopolize the competition at film fests, only four have bagged the best lead actress trophy at Cannes -- Vanessa Redgrave, Barbara Hershey, Helen Mirren and Isabelle Huppert,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Jeon Do-yeon - Part 2 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean actress Jeon Do-youn [Asia Economic Daily]
Jeon Do-yeon will be walking the red carpet at Cannes for the first time in three years since winning best actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 for her role in film "Secret Sunshine". During the three year gap between films "Secret Sunshine" and "The Housemaid - 2010", Jeon Do-yeon went through big changes in her life -- getting married and giving birth. Ironically, Jeon had been single when she played a mother who had lost her son in "Sunshine" while she turned a mother when playing a maid who has an affair with a married man in "The Housemaid - 2010". Jeon met with Asia Economic Daily on April 19, prior to the film's opening, and talked about her husband, saying that "he believes me and wants me to stay as the actress I am. When I am going through difficulties, he tells me 'you are not the type of person to be swayed by such things, so have faith in your choice and just keep going' and I respect him for that",...More
Seo Young-hee invited to Cannes film fest 2010/04/20, Source,
Korean actress Seo Young-hee
Korean actress Seo Young-hee has been invited to the 63rd Cannes Film Festival next month for her latest film "Bedevilled", according to the film's production company Pilma Pictures.
Pilma Pictures announced in a press release on Monday that the actress, who recently starred in the thriller pic, will be attending the event as the film will be shown in the Critics' Week section.
In "Bedevilled", about seven people getting brutally murdered on a small island, Seo plays an innocent woman who, affected by the murders, changes into a cruel person,...More
"Poetry", "Housemaid" to compete at Cannes Film Festival 2010/04/16, Source,
Movie posters of "Poetry" and "The Housemaid - 2010" [Uni-korea and Sidus F&H]
Korean films "Poetry" and "The Housemaid - 2010" have been announced as entries in the official competition for this year's Cannes Film Festival, according to their respective production companies on Friday.
The final list was unveiled Friday by Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director of Cannes, revealing that Lee Chang-dong's drama "Poetry" and Im Sang-soo's "The Housemaid - 2010" will be competing up against other noteworthy films in the annual fest which kicks off May 12.
"We had high expectations for "Poetry" the moment director Lee received an email from Fremaux who wrote to him after reading the translated script and said the movie is sophisticated yet simple", executive director Park Min-jung of Uni-korea explained,...More
Lee Chang-dong is expected to offer a more poetic sensibility in his new feature film. The appropriately n,...More
Im Sang-soo says "'Housemaid' is classy dead-end drama" 2010/04/14, Source,
From left, actor Lee Jeong-jae, actresses Yoon Yeo-jeong and Jeon Do-yeon, and director Im Sang-soo pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "The Housemaid - 2010" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on April 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The appearance of director Kim Ki-young's 1960 film "The Housemaid" was an event in itself. It was an original attempt made amidst the rush of films based on literary works or the affection between lovers. The story of a house in which a young housemaid reminds the onlooker of a femme fatale, the wife who stands in contrast to the maid and the master of the house whose desires dangerously alternate back and forth between the two female characters, was a more strange and frightening experience than ever seen in a Korean film,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2 2010/03/04, Source,
Actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck: What did you find likeable and entertaining about the script for "Secret Reunion"? Song: Ten years ago, I did the films "Shiri" and "JSA - Joint Security Area" which are both about South Korea, North Korea and men. So, "Secret Reunion" was similar to them in a way, a similar story, but the overall outline of the movie is completely different from the previous films. The film doesn't treat the South-North division as its theme but rather takes an incredibly soft, light and sophisticated approach to it. I thought that was closer to how the audience currently feels about the division and there was something lovely about a North Korean spy and a former South Korean intelligence service agent living together. I don't think I would have done the movie if it dealt seriously about the division at times like now.
Beck:But didn't you choose to do the film because of the character or the role you would get to take on?,...More
Ji Jin-hee: 'I Don't Regret a Thing' 2010/02/10, Source,
In the beginning of the new film "Parallel Life", the image of character Kim Suk-hyun, who is the youngest chief prosecuting attorney in Korea, is fairly similar to actor Ji-Jin-hee's when it comes to integrity. On the one hand, Kim is a hard-headed attorney who absolutely believes in his judgments based on the available evidence, but on the other hand, he is an attentive and loving father when he spends time with his family.
Ji has given viewers the impression of gentleness and integrity principally through the character Min Jung-ho in the drama "Dae Jang Geum", and as an exclusive model for a bank advertisement, though he has played diverse characters, including funny and charismatic ones, in TV dramas and movies up to now.,...More
Kim Bum's Movie Picks 2010/02/08, Source,
Actor Kim Bum [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Kim Bum has grown as an actor everytime we see him. The young boy that first appeared in 2006 TV series "Rude Women" as a child who takes good care of his single mom, made himself known to the public through MBC sitcom "High Kick!" and made his presence more prominent through just a few series of appearances in the beginning of "East of Eden" playing the child part of Hallyu star Song Seung-heon. It became certain last year that he had secured a position on the small screen when he made the hearts of many female viewers flutter through KBS drama "Boys over Flowers". Kim then showed how he had finally become a 'man' and one that is ready to play a lead role through SBS TV series "Dream - Drama". "Expressing a character is similar to trying on different clothes. The characters I played in 'Boys over Flowers' or 'Dream - Drama' were articles of clothing I tried on as a hanger or mannequin. They may not fit me initially since they may be too long or short but there comes a point when it fits you just right after some adjustment. That is when you look at yourself in the mirror and start being evaluated by others too for how you look in that item of clothing. Taking on a new role is like adding a new piece of clothing to your wardrobe so I must say that I'm very eager when it comes to work".,...More
The past year represented hope and revitalization for Korean cinema. While problems such as piracy linger on, the forecast for 2010 cinema appears promising with diverse projects in the making.
Cineastes are finding inspiration from the past and are bringing rem,...More
Lee Jung-jae still in talks for film "The Housemaid - 2010" 2009/12/24, Source,
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae is reconsidering his decision to appear in Jeon Do-yeon film "The Housemaid - 2010", agency Yedang Entertainment said a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Thursday.
Yedang explained that although Lee had initially considered doing the film, he is currently "negotiating the details at the request of the producers" and that "a final decision will be made soon".
The film's producer Miro Vision also confirmed today that "nothing has been set" regarding Lee's participation in the movie.,...More
Movies to Watch in 2010 2009/12/07, Source, The film industry is already preparing for next year. Many renowned filmmakers have returned to Korea to produce movies about war and sequels to hit movies.
Two Korean Classics to be Remade 2009/11/13, Source, Two Korean classic films from 2 prolific Korean directors whose films were part of and contributed to the famous Golden Age of Korean cinema are about to be remade. This period between the 1960's and 1970's helped lay the ground work for many of today's modern directors. The original ",...More
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
One of the most attention-grabbing films from Korea is director,...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
Wisconsin Film Fest Focuses on Korea 2009/04/16, Source, The 11th Wisconsin Film Festival, held annually at the University of Wisconsin in the U.S., presents a 'Focus on South Korea' for its 2009 edition running April 2 – 5. Five critically acclaimed Korean features will screen during the event along with one Canadian-Korean short film.
Korean Master and 12 Features in Hong Kong 2009/03/06, Source, One of Korean cinema's early masters and one of the most important directors of the 60s and 70s, YU Hyun-mok, 84, will receive a retrospective at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The event, which opens March 22, will feature four of the director's finest films under the title,...More
Berlinale Invites Seven Korean Films 2009/01/23, Source, A total of seven Korean films are selected to screen at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, running February 5 -15 in the German capital. Korean films will dominate this year's Forum section. The sidebar consists of five Korean titles: ",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Jeon Do-yeon became a mother! 2009/01/22, Source, Another good news!
After the news of Kim Hee-sun's first daughter, another news brings joy to the entertainment industry.
Actress Jeon Do-yeon has given birth to her first daughter this 22nd and has become a mother!
Jeon was actually expecting in February but, her baby came a week earlier. Both the mother and child are healthy and happy!,...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
The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) closed Friday with the premiere of the South Korean film "I Am Happy" directed by,...More
Curtain falls on Pusan film fest 2008/10/09, Source, The 13th Pusan International Film Festival, which featured 315 films from 60 countries, will wrap up its nine-day run today in the southeastern port city of Busan with the closing film "I Am Happy", directed by Korean filmmaker,...More
The movie entertainment weekly magazine Movie Week held its annual 'Wonderful Face 25', and the tw,...More
Five Korean films join Cannes fest 2008/05/15, Source, The 61st Cannes Film Festival has kicked off with fanfare, spicing up the festive mood for moviegoers all around the world. The ebullient mood remains largely the same here in Korea, but one thing is palpably different: There's no chance for a Korean movie or actor grabbing an award in the competiti,...More
9th Jeonju International Film Festival Kicks Off 2008/05/06, Source, The 9th annual Jeongju International Film Festival kicked off its nine-day run with an opening ceremony on May 1. Once again this year, the film festival has invited independent films from all around the world.
[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
In conclusion, the interrelationship is inverse proportion according to the trend in 2007 box-office success in Korean film industry. Among the 100 movies released this year, only 4 movies had more than,...More
Korean filmmakers bet on large-scale projects 2008/01/03, Source, Many local movie productions suffered setbacks last year, due to increased costs and the strengthened position of Hollywood blockbusters. In 2008, leading filmmakers are betting on large-scale projects to turn things around for the embattled local film industry.
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners Announced 2007/11/14, Source, Winners in the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region's highest accolade in film in 2007, were announced tonight at a special ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Over 500 film industry luminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States attended the ceremon,...More
Korea's 20-somethings Being Sidelined 2007/11/07, Source, It's tough being in your 20s in Korea. With youth unemployment hovering at 7 percent for four or five years running, 20-somethings are being squeezed between hyper-energetic teens and those in their vigorous 30s. The Twens are variously described as the "No Graduation Generation" -- because students,...More
10 Influential Women on the Cultural Scene (1950-2007) 2007/10/22, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these moment,...More
[HERALD INTERVIEW] CNN executive: Korea a 'role model' 2007/10/17, Source, Korea, which has grown into "the world's technology hub and a giant incubator for futuristic technology", is a fascinating country that the world has much to learn from, said Debra Kocher, vice president of CNN International.
"The progress that South Korea has made in (the past) 30 years is extra,...More
Pusan film fest wraps up nine-day run on mixed note 2007/10/11, Source, At the climax of "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone", to be screened today to close the Pusan International Film Festival, in Busan, the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. Half of the human population has been eliminated, and a 14-year-old boy has to save the world.
Delays, bad weather plague PIFF 2007/10/10, Source, The 12th Pusan International Film Festival, scheduled to wrap up its nine-day schedule on Friday, is struggling to brush aside a stream of criticism about its poor operation, delays and unexpected cancellations.
Although the festival remains the country's biggest event for filmmakers, actors, mov,...More
BUSAN _ Megastar Michelle Yeoh sent a buzz throughout this port city when she finally made a public appearance in a press conference at the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF). Returning to the festival for the first time in six years, the star of,...More
PIFF: magnet for Asian stars, fans 2007/10/08, Source, The 12th Pusan International Film Festival, which kicked off its nine-day schedule on Thursday, attracted star-gazers from all over the country, with numerous actors and filmmakers hitting key venues amid the festive mood.
The festival, featuring 275 films from 64 countries, got into full swing o,...More
PIFF Becomes Cinema Paradise for Movie Buffs 2007/10/07, Source, We go down to the country's southeastern port city of Busan, where an international film festival is currently in full swing.
The 12th PIFF is the largest cinema event in Asia, which looks to transform itself into a cinema paradise by getting in tune with the audience's needs and wants.
Our Kang C,...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
Korean movies falter in first half of 2007 2007/07/16, Source, In the first half of this year, the combined share of Korean films fell to 47.3 percent, marking the lowest level since 2001. The continued drop in market share, partly prompted by the relatively stronger performance of Hollywood blockbusters, is now sounding alarms in the domestic film industry.
Hollywood Sequels Take Over Korean Screens 2007/06/19, Source, A much-reduced screen quota for Korean movies and a lackluster time for domestic works is allowing a bevy of Hollywood sequels to slug it out among themselves on Korean screens.
First up was "Spider-Man 3", which opened on May 1, three days ahead of the U.S. release. Some 502,000 viewers saw the,...More
Following "Spider-Man 3", "Pirates of the Caribbeans: At World's End" (Pirates 3) is sweeping the domestic box office at a fast and furious rate _ but the alarming dominance of foreign films is only an indicator of a deeper problem in the Korean film industry.
Review of Actress Jeon's Career 2007/05/28, Source, Jeon Do-yeon may be a household name in Korea, but the actress was virtually unknown to the world up to this point.
She started off playing small roles on television, then hit a career milestone ten years ago with a movie that was both a crit,...More
Seoul to make Hallyu map to entice tourists 2007/01/14, Source, Surrounded with hip-hop clubs, some Latin bars and live band clubs, Hongdae (the area around Hongik University) is a famous spot with young Koreans and foreigners, especially on weekends. This area is popular not only for those who love clubbing but also for the Korean drama ",...More
The number of films produced last year was 108, the most ever in Korean cinematic history, and many of them were feature debut works by emerging directors. But more familiar names will be seen at the box office this year as many renowned directors are preparing to,...More
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
43rd Crowns King and the Clown 2006/07/26, Source, The 43rd annual Grand Bell Awards ceremony, held July 21st at the COEX Convention Hall in southern Seoul, presented its top prize for Best Film to The King and the Clown as indeed almost everyone expected. The film grew into a colossal local hit when it was released in December of last year, attract,...More
To no one's surprise, the nation's record-setting blockbuster, "The King and the Clown", attracting more than 12.3 million moviegoers, swept the 43rd Taejong (Grand Bell) Film Festival awards last Friday at the Conventional Hall, COEX in southern Seoul.
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
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
If you want to get a free crash course in contemporary Korean cinema, check out the Korea Film Archive all next week.
Twelve critically acclaimed feature films from the past five years, along with 13 short films, will be shown for five days beginning Nov. 1 at th,...More
Untold Scandal; excellent accounts from the U.S. presses 2004/10/23, Source, After 'Scandal' starring Bae Yong-joon is released with a title, called , in the United States, the movie is hearing excellent accounts from the presses in the United States such as The New York Times and The New York Daily News that it is an excellent film described the original nature of man well.,...More
In terms of both commercial success and artistic recognition, 2004 has been year of highs for the Korean film industry.
The big news throughout the first third of the year was the record-breaking success of two films. Though their takes on the subject was quite diff,...More
Untold Scandal to close Edinburgh festival 2004/08/17, Source, Untold Scandal, a film adaptation of French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses set in 18th-century Korea, has been selected as the closing film of the 2004 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
One of Great Britain's most prominent festivals, Edinburgh was originally scheduled to screen Hong Kong d,...More
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