Jo Jin-kyoo was born in 1960 and graduated from the School of Art at Yeongnam University. Jo studied at Japan Film School and department of literature at the graduate school of Waseda University in Japan. Jo worked as a producer at SBS from 1992 until setting up an independent production in 1996. His first film was the smash hit < My Wife is a Gangster >(2001).
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Man on the Edge": Gangsters and Giggles, Again 2014/11/29, In the spotlight this week: Jo Jin-kyoo's "Man on the Edge"…
Last year "Man on the Edge" cruelly missed out on a top ten finish. Almost all the horses were in, and the 3.8M admissions its scored back in January (roughly $25.6M) meant it was looking snug and settled behind "The New World" (10th with $31.4M), but in year's final hour "The Attorney" snuck in and, eventually, finished its case with $36.9M in compensation.
"The Attorney" did not so much 'climb' into sixth; rather it impressively, and promptly, inserted itself among 2013's top performers. It was a dramatic departure for Jo's efforts, to be sure, and before last year's record books are taken by time (and 'fringe' favorites such as this forgotten), I was curious to experience how this gangster-shaman crossover managed to weave all its generic threads together,...More
Joo Won cast for "Passion Heaven" 2014/05/06, Source,
Actor Joo Won is starring in the Korea-Chinese collaborated movie "Passion Heaven".
"Passion Heaven" is a collaboration by China Films and Wiehwa Entertainment, the most famous entertainment in China,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "My Wife is a Gangster": Through Sickness and Health 2014/03/08, In the Spotlight this Week: Jo Jin-kyoo's "My Wife Is a Gangster"...
Of all the genres Korea cycles through the gangster flick is arguably one of the oddest. Romantic comedies, melodramas, revenge thrillers, and disaster films I understand (at least from a socio-historical standpoint), but gangsters? There are no iconic tommy guns, dastardly drive-byes, decaying dead horses, or even much history behind its inclusion as far as I am aware. When I think of gangsters my mind manifests either impeccably dressed Italians hanging out in the back of family-owned pizzeria, or the faceless masses of a Yakuza-style entourage, their bodies riddled with tattoos and scars. Korea gangsters, however, seem to lean more towards the Japanese stereotype as swarms of suits, skin art, and blades seem to be the preferred tools of the trade. But what almost all gangster films have in common is this unwavering subscription to inter-gang authority, a strict hierarchy that holds one man above all others, a phallocentric pyramid that one has to mount in order to become more than a mere errand boy with a bad attitude. Strange then, if not surprisingly refreshing, that in "My Wife Is a Gangster" the most feared, respected, and obeyed figured is woman,...More
[HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.02.08 ~ 2013.02.10 2013/02/11, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.02.08 ~ 2013.02.10)
It was another closely fought race at the box office this past weekend, but it was Lee Hwan-hyeong's "Miracle in Cell No.7" that reclaimed pole position with 1.3 million admissions (37.12%). Lee's latest had over 800 screenings to help its cause as it now moves to 6,279,229 admissions, making it the highest grossing Korean film of the year thus far. The Lunar New Year weekend saw the release of a number new films, including Kim Soon-rye's new comedy drama "Run to the South", an old Russian fairy tale retold in glorious 3D animation, as well the fifth instalment in the popular "Die Hard" franchise,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] January 2013/02/02,
It was a hard month for foreign films here in Korea as January favoured three local films that, between them, held a tight grip on the ticket sales. Lee Hwan-gyeong's "Miracle in Cell No.7" may have stolen the show in the last weekend of the month, but it was Kim Ji-hoon's fiery epic "The Tower" and Jo Jin-kyoo's 5th comedy "Man on the Edge" that held that top position until then. In the foreign corner, two adaptations stood out in the form of the musical drama "Les Misérables" and "Life of Pi". The former has grossed $38.6 million over its six week run in Korean theatres, with "The Tower" close behind on $34.4 million,...More
NAMYANGJU, Kyonggi Province _ Local gangster comedy "My Wife Is a Gangster (Chopok Manura)" was a huge hit in 2001, drawing over 5 million moviegoers. But as goes with many sequels, the 2003 sequel was disappointing and commercially unsuccessful attracting less tha,...More
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