JO was born in Seoul, 1976. He graduated from the Korean National University of Arts, School of Film & Multimedia. With his debut feature < Make it Big >, his new sensibility, evidenced in his sophisticated way of dealing with characters and genre, has led critics to proclaim that a truly new generation of Korean Cinema has arrived. The mystery thriller < The World of Silence > unfolds its story, as a photographer of extraordinary clairvoyance is involved into a girl’s murder taking place around him.
[Guest Film Review] "Master" 2017/09/23,
If one thing could be said for "Master", it is that it is timely. Dealing with the concept of pyramid frauds, the corruption of the multinational companies, and their ties to politicians in a time when Korea is facing a scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye was a definite recipe for success. Furthermore, the presence of Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin at the helm insured the film's financial success even more, with "Master" taking the 32nd place on the list of highest-grossing films in South Korea of all time, as of February,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/02/12,
Arts Desk reviews the DVD version of Na Hong-jin's "The Wailing", discover the long-standing relationship between South Korea cinema and the Berlin International Film Festival, Pierce Conran shares his thoughts on Lee Joon-ik's tenth film about Korea under Japanese occupation, and KoBiz's latest infographic reveals the common thread running through three of Korea's most recent successes,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.13 ~ 2017.01.15 2017/01/16,
Japan's highest-grossing anime retains pole position...
Makoto Shinkai's romantic fantasy "Your Name" is now the highest-grossing Japanese anime in history having recently overtaken Hayao Miyazaki's classic, "Spirited Away" (2001). Shinkai's critical acclaimed masterpiece entered the Korean market January 4 and became the first Japanese anime to enter in pole position in over a decade. During its second weekend out, "Your Name" added another 739,079 admissions (30%) and moved its total tally in Korea now to 2.4 million ($17.2 million). Worldwide, "Your Name" has grossed $290 million, enough to overtake "Spirited Away"'s $289 million,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/01/14,
Korea's "City of Film" gets a serious cash injection, Justin Lowe reviews Jo Eui-seok's "Master", Netflix's first Korean original series will be web comic, and for the first time in over a decade a Japanese anime has topped Korea's charts,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.06 ~ 2017.01.08 2017/01/09, Japanese anime "Your Name" enters in pole position...
For the first time in over a decade, a Japanese anime has entered at the top of the South Korean box office. Makoto Shinkai's fantasy romance anime "Your Name" (based on Shinkai's own novel of the same name) officially opened on Wednesday after becoming the second-highest grossing anime film in Japan late last year where it banked over $288 million (Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away", the highest-grossing anime, sits on $289 million). From 944 screens, "Your Name" captured 31.3% of the sales (832,040 admissions) to dislodge last weekend's number one, Jo Eui-seok's crime flick "Master",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.26 ~ 2013.07.28 2013/07/29,
Despite the release of DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" and the latest comic book film "The Wolverine", it was "Red 2" that managed to remain Korea's film of choice. Director Dean Parisot's "Red 2" claimed 666,048 admissions (25.9%) in its second weekend out, holding off a host of challengers to round out the month of July in good condition. In addition to these two Hollywood features getting stuck in, this week will also see two mammoth Korean films go head-to-head for the summer crowds and crown.
Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" and Kim Byeong-woo's "The Terror Live" are both officially released on August 1st, with the latter having already scored a sneaky 122,762 (4.9%) admissions. "The Terror Live" stars the popular Korean actor Ha Jung-woo ("The Berlin File", "Nameless Gangster", "The Client") as a T.V. anchor that has to get back into the game when a bomb-blasting terrorist threatens Korea's capital city,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.19 ~ 2013.07.21 2013/07/22,
"The Best Never Rest" is the slogan for this week's number one film "RED 2", a sequel to the popular 2010 action comedy. Director Dean Parisot's film claimed the lion's share of the ticket sales over the weekend (832,276), but, unlike previous weeks this month, the admissions were a little more evenly distributed. Last week Kim Yong-hwa's "Mr. Go" was released and, despite a slow start for Korea's first stereoscopic 3D effort, the film eventually managed over 500,000 admissions (19.8%). "Mr. Go" came close to sneaking past Jo Eui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo's "Cold Eyes" (21.3% with 576, 360 admissions) in second, an effort that would've forced "Cold Eyes" to step back from the position it fought so hard for last weekend,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.12 - 2013.07.14 2013/07/15,
The American sci-fi flick "Pacific Rim" came to the party last week and, despite being outdone somewhat back home, the film managed to narrowly clinch the top spot during its first weekend out in Korea. Last week it was Jo Eui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo's "Cold Eyes" that stood tall, but the local crime drama found itself around 160,000 admissions short of del Toro's epic robotic rodeo. "Cold Eyes" claimed 1M admissions (36%) over this past weekend, but the $190 million U.S. production "Pacific Rim" managed a few better with 1.16M admissions (44%). Korea's affinity for large weapons-yielding robots almost ensured the success of this futuristic extravaganza, but the margin was slim and it remains to be seen just how much staying power "Pacific Rim" will actually have in the Korean market. Previous robot-featuring hits like "Iron Man 3" (9M) and "Transformers 3" (7.7M) performed especially well in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Cold Eyes" 2013/07/12,
A highly organized gang of criminals engage in an expertly designed, high precision heist. Given how painstakingly detailed the plan seems to be, and what happens to the one criminal foolish enough to deviate from it by even a second, there was one thing I couldn't get. If the whole point of phase one was to trick people into thinking the bank robbers were actually government employees, why did the police arrive on the scene barely a minute after the crime was finished?
"Cold Eyes" is an action-packed thriller that gets all the bare minimums of the genre down accurately,...More
Cold Eyes (2013) 2013/07/05, Source,
Genres: Action and Crime
Running Time: 118 min.
Directed by: Kim Byeong-seo & Jo Eui-seok
Starring: Sul Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo
Synopsis: Yoon-ju joins a unit within the police speical crime department that specializes in surveillance activities on high profile criminals. She teams up with Sang-jun, the veteran leader of the unit, and tries to track down James who is the cold hearted leader of an armed criminal organization,...More
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