Korean director JEON Kyu-hwan already received a favorable reception by the international film festival with his debut film "Mozart Town" in 2008. His second film, Town Series 2 "Animal Town" also received rare reviews by the critics and journalists at San Sebastian and won the prize as International Jury Special, NETPAC Award and the Audience Award through international film festival of Europe, Asia and North America. Recently, he directed Town Series 3 "Dance Town". And now, he is going on his 4th film “Grotesque” "Weight". It will be co-production with abroad. He also has a global project, his 5th film "Varanasi" and his 6th film "Waves".
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Angry Painter" 2015/06/27,
The painter (played by Yoo Joon-sang) isn't actually all that angry. It's a fact that confused me throughout most of "Angry Painter". Yoo Joon-sang is a very capable actor who can play with a very wide range of emotions. And yet no matter what the painter does, be it painting or cooking or paying condolence visits or witnessing crime scenes or brutalizing rapists or engaging in mortal street fights or even just carving up some meat, Yoo Joon-sang just maintains the same generally blank expression,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Mozart Town": A Daring and Dreamy Debut 2014/06/28, In the Spotlight this Week:Jeon Kyu-hwan's "Mozart Town":
Life in a metropolis can be unforgiving and cruel. The buildings are imposing and the diversity of being is impressive, if not uncomfortably humbling; and it becomes all too easy, perhaps even necessary, to go about one's business bearing blinders and minding your own matters. But collisions are inevitable, uncomfortable and random, and sometimes--if the conditions are just right--multiple lives merge and travel together for a time, only to eventually fork off out into the cityscape.
Enter "Mozart Town", a discerning debut that poetically peels back the concrete curtains of big city life to reveal, for better or worse, life under the log. These 'Humans of Seoul' that are found wriggling, are put under Jeon's lens and followed, their dreary existence exposed, and their flaws magnified under the leering light of cinematic attention and focus,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Jeon Kyu-hwan's "Mozart Town" 2014/06/28,
Before Jeon Kyu-hwan braved the director's chair he was but a humble talent manager behind the scenes. It was only when this crafty storyteller found funding for his stunning debut "Mozart Town" that Korean cinema realised they had a promising new auteur breaking out through the backdoor. The film's 90 minutes are raw and grinding, but skilfully guided by a soft and subtle poetry that is as captivating as it is cruel. Already Jeon has followed up this fantastic first feature with five others (with another soon to arrive), but it was his efforts here in "Mozart Town" (the first of three "Town" films he's made) that cinephiles were pleasantly introduced to Jeon's eclectic style and stance. Enjoy! [SPOILERS],...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Boy" 2014/04/26,
I-cheon (played by Lee Suk-chul) is a fairly typical surly teenager. He's rude to everyone, including his younger brother Yoo-cheon (played by Jo Wang-byul). The opening portion of "My Boy" immerses the viewer in this adolescent environment. I-cheon isn't a particularly likable young man. He doesn't even have any kind of rebellious charm. The older boy's just a jerk in the making, and there's no apparent impetus to help him change his attitude. Just the awkwardness of everyday life.
Then Yoo-cheon gets sick, and I-cheon's angry, disaffected attitude takes a troubling turn. His life is no less purposeless. There's still no hope on the horizon to change I-cheon's attitude,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/02, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Red Family": A coming-of-culture drama about a family of North Korean spies misfiring undercover (11/06)
★★★★★ "Commitment": The son of an ex-North Korean spy is torn between higher powers as he fights for those he loves.(11/06)
★★★★ "I Love You, Jin-yeong!": A struggling writer gets romantically involved with a director who offers to make her dreams come true. (11/07)
★★★★★ "The Weight": A tragic telling of the life of a hunchbacked mortician and his transgendered stepsister.(11/07)
★★★★ "Passion Flower": A dying man hires a caregiver to help him, but soon their relationship flourishes beyond their expectations. (11/07)
★★★★ "Steel Cold Winter": A small-town outcast and big-city newbie find each other and form a fatalistic bound out in the country. (11/07),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Weight" 2013/09/22,
Jung (played by Cho Jae-hyun) is a hunchback mortician with a very strange problem. It seems like everywhere he goes, weird sexual stuff happens. Sometimes people directly engage him with the sexual stuff. Other times they do it right in front of him, apparently oblivious or indifferent to the fact that he can see them. I like to imagine that every time this happens, Jung takes a look inside himself and wonders, what exactly went wrong with my life that I can't just be a normal mortician?
"The Weight" is a film primarily about shock value. In case you couldn't guess, yeah, there's necrophilia involved. It's actually not that big of a component, compared to all the other weird sexual stuff that's going on,...More
Director Kim Ki-duk takes Venice 2012/09/09, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk shows the Golden Lion he won for his movie "Pieta" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Italy, Saturday. Kim's bleak-morality tale became the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the three major international film festivals. He surprised the audience at the awards ceremony by singing the traditional Korean folk song "Arirang" on stage to thank the jury. AP-Yonhap
"Pieta" becomes first Korean movie to win Golden Lion award By Kim Ji-soo Maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", a brutal mother-and-son drama, won the Golden Lion for best movie at the 69th Venice Film Festival, Saturday,...More
69th Venice Int'l Film Festival Kicks Off 2012/08/31, Source,
A star-studded cast of film directors and stars have assembled in Italy for the 69th Venice International Film Festival. The world's oldest international film festival will showcase Korean director Kim Ki-duk's new film "Pieta", which is vying for the Golden Lion, the top award,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/07, Source,
And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with Michelle Kim. Today, she begins with her continuing coverage of a Korean film series in London highlighting a different director each month, so let's go to her for more. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what's happening in London,...More
Movie "The Weight" invited to Venice 2012/07/24, Source,
Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's fifth movie "The Weight' has been invited to the 69th Venice Film Festival, Venice Day's category.
According to foreign distributors Hwain Cut, Venice Days is a section where worldwide directors hope to be placed.,...More
KOFIC and Korean companies at HK Filmart 2012/03/05, Source,
(March 19 – 22, 2012) with sales companies such as 9ers and Mirovision.
The Korean booth will also play host to production companies Film Factory Nu:n, Inc. and P.A.M. Korea Media as well as technical services companies Studio SH, Moneff and Studioraon, Inc,...More
Feature profile - From Seoul to Varanasi 2012/02/10, Source, Set for an international premiere in the Berlinale Panorama section, director Jeon Kyu-hwan's "From Seoul to Varanasi" has been re-edited since its world premiere in Busan. Kim Seong-hun met with Jeon's producer CHOI Mi-Ae to talk about their work together and profile the film.
- Photograph by CHOI Sung-yeol
Treefilm, the production company of upcoming Berlinale Panorama film "From Seoul to Varanasi", was founded by producer CHOI Mi-Ae and director Jeon Kyu-hwan. Together they made the "Town Trilogy" of "Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010) which travelled to numerous international film festivals including San Sebastian, Hong Kong and Torino. They are now in production for Jeon's next film entitled "Moogae" in Korean, meaning "weight",...More
Korean Films in the Berlinale 2012/02/10, Source,
This month, Korean films will have a strong showing in the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Of these, "Korean Cinema Today" profiles five titles - Jeon Kyu-hwan's re-edited melodrama "From Seoul to Varanasi",...More
'Anesthesia' invited to Berlin Film Festival 2012/02/02, Source,
A poster of film "Anesthesia"
By Ko Tae-young
The second film by 28-year-old Kim Souk-young, a student at the Korea National University of Arts, has been invited to this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the university announced Tuesday.
"Anesthesia" was made last year during the filmmaking department's intermediate-level workshop and received a positive response from the audience at the 16th Busan International Film Festival last October. It entered the Korean Short Film Competition 2 in the Wide Angle category as well as at the 37th Seoul Independent Film Festival last December,...More
KoreanFilm.org's Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet 2012/01/14, Source,
Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
Korean Cinema 2011: The View from Here 2012/01/14, Source,
US-based author and curator of film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC, Tom VICK shares his views on recent trends he has noticed programming their Korean film festival.
How do you introduce new Korean films to an American audience? Since 2004, when I began programming the Korean Film Festival DC, the answer to this question has become more difficult to answer. This is not to say that it's harder to find good films. Quite the opposite. The problem (if it can be called a problem) is that there are so many films to choose from.The explosion of digital production and distribution in the last decade or so has made it easier than ever to make a film, but harder than ever find an audience for it,...More
Largest ever Korean Film Night at Busan 2011/10/10, Source,
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) held a booming Korean Film Night reception at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on Sunday night (Oct 9) at the Paradise Hotel in Haeundae. The governmental organization estimates about 700 guests came to the reception, making it the largest it has thrown yet,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today at the MoMA 2011/09/16, Source, Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today will start on Sept. 22 and last through Oct. 2.
This year, we are pleased to welcome back Yim Soon-rye, South Korea's most highly regarded female filmmaker, to The Korea Society for the Opening Night's screening of "Rolling Home with a Bull" (2010), which follows a young man's forlorn life as a failed poet and unemployed bachelor who winds up taking an unexpected journey throughout the country with his father's cvherished bull and making a series of peculiar run-ins.
This year's Yeonghwa series will also have a special focus on director Jeon Kyu-hwan, whose Town Trilogy films--"Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010)-examines various human lives that exist in Seoul's urban landscape, including those of an African laborer, a Russian exchange student, a reformed pedophile, a North Korean defector, and a dejected print-shop owner. Jeon's Town Trilogy critiques the "town" of Seoul from a sociological auteur's perspective,...More
Seoul stripped bare-naked: director Jeon reveals urban barbarism 2011/03/21, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
A child molester, unable to suppress his desires, tries to commit suicide; a North Korean refugee becomes disillusioned in the land of promise; and migrant workers suffer in hushed silence.
Jeon Kyu-hwan has made a name on the international cinema circuit with films featuring red-hot taboos, but he doesn't seem to mind being reputed for mixing controversy into the creative process,...More
At 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Cinus Isu, director,...More
Berlin "Korean Film Night": Record-breaking number of people attend 2011/02/16, Source,
by Berlin = KIM Hong-chun (KOFIC International Promotion Center, East Europe Manager)
On the night of Valentine's Day – when the 61st Berlin International Film Festival began – the 'Korean Film Night' hosted by the Korea Cultural Center in Berlin, was in full swing. The 'Korean Film Night', co-hosted by the Korean Film Council, Pusan International Film Festival, and Women's Film Festival in Seoul, actively supported the promotion of Korean films as this year's Berlin International Film Festival was the first to feature ten Korean films with the night's other function being to promote substantial exchange between Korea and overseas' film businesses. 300 participants were expected at this event, but almost 500 movie movers-and-shakers attended, making it absolutely clear that there was a higher-than-expected interest and very welcome response towards Korean film,...More
Jeonju Project Market supports independent filmmakers 2010/05/25, Source, Jeonju Project Market (JPM) held a successful second edition at the Jeonju Int'l Film Festival April 29 – May 7 with a slew of industry screenings and pitching sessions. JPM distinguishes itself from Korea's other film markets at PIFF and PiFan by seeking out and supporting the production of truly,...More
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