Born in 1977. He worked as a member of the staff during production of the film and . JUHN made a strong and keen impression with his first short film “Colors”, officially selected by the New York International Independence Film Festival. And his latest short film, “Mul-go-gi (Fish)”, which boasts a strong native Korean flavour, was invited to compete in the short film section for the 2007 Venice Film Festival. In 2007, he directed his feature film debut < Beautiful >, adapted from KIM Ki-duk’s original story.
[HanCinema's Film Review] "One Step" 2017/04/15,
In the opening scene of "One Step", Si-hyeon (played by Sandara Park) is hit with tragedy, and wakes up an amnesiac with a bad physical reaction to music. So now she lives with aerobics instructor Ji-won (played by Hong Ah-reum). Together, they get the idea to piece together Si-hyeon's memories using her vague memory of a simple tune. That's when they enlist the help of writer's block hobbled songwriter turned name that tune radio guy Jee-yeol (played by Han Jae-suk),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gifted" 2015/08/08,
Min-soo (played by Kim Beom-joon) is a man who's trying to get a decent enough job to finally marry to his girlfriend Soo-jin (played by Bae Jeong-hwa). Unluckily for Min-soo, the job market is pretty terrible at the moment. Min-soo lacks any social connections with people who know how to make money- except for one bad choice. And after stewing around in frustration for all too long, Min-soo finally decides to become a winner- whichever way he can,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Target": Ready, Aim, Run. 2014/10/04,
In the spotlight this week: Director Chang's "The Target"...
Director Chang's sophomore feature is a rousing remake of Fred Cavayé's 2010 effort "Point Blank", a French flick that failed to break even but whose promising premise Chang jumped on (after Juhn Jai-hong walked away from the directing duties) to tell a story that seemed fit for a Korean casting.
"The Target" had some tough competition when it screened back in April. This unrated action thriller never managed to rise higher than second, and was eventually ejected from the top ten when Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi film "Edge of Tomorrow" came to town,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Secretly and Greatly": Dreamy agents and their rude awakening 2014/01/04, In the Spotlight this Week: "Secretly and Greatly" by Jang Cheol-soo
In 2010 Jang Cheol-soo burst onto the scene with the gorgeously grotesque thriller "Bedevilled". It was a horrific event that stunned all those who dared indulge, and tagged Jang as one crafty talent to keep an eye on, reportedly "the best find of 2010". Since his bloody debut, however, Jang has deprived the public of a subsequent session and we have had to eagerly wait for his next cinematic outing. That wait was over when in June, 2013 "Secretly and Greatly" hit the circuit: a complex action drama that broke the all-time single day ticket haul for a Korean film with 919,036 stubs sold. Fans flooded the theatres to catch Jang's second outing, and the film eventually climbed its way to 6.9 million admissions to became the 5th highest grossing Korean movie of the year.
"Secretly and Greatly" follows three young North Korean sleeper cell agents embedded within a warm village community. Ryoo-hwan, Hae-rang, and the youngster Hae-jin, all went through intense training back home and represent the North's most promising secret servants,...More
Florence Korea Film Fest to open with Always 2012/02/27, Source,
The 10th Florence Korea Film Fest in Italy has announced it will open with Song Il-gon's "Always", last year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Opening Film. The festival will screen 32 feature films and 24 shorts during its nine-day run, and close with Kim Ki-duk's "ARIRANG - Movie", which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Set to run March 23 – 31 at the Cinema Odeon (Piazza Strozzi, 1) in Florence, the festival is organized by the Tae gukgi – Toscana Korea Association. Sponsors include Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the region of Tuscany (Toscana), the city of Florence and the Film Institutions of Tuscany Region,...More
Finecut does a raft of sales in Busan, Mipcom 2011/10/13, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced its recent deals done at the Asian Film Market and Mipcom which include the animation "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" selling to Portugal, Russia and Indonesia.
Korea's top-grossing domestic feature animation ever, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" took in 2.2 million admissions at the nationwide box office. The film received special attention at Mipcom where it was selected for a premiere screening at Mipjunior,...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
PiFan opens with a splash 2011/07/18, Source,
"Hobo With a Shotgun"
By Lee Hyo-won
BUCHEON, Gyeonggi Province - The 15th Puchon (Bucheon) International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicked off Thursday with a flurry of activity and pageantry. Though wet weather continued throughout the opening weekend, the monsoon rains did little to dampen the festive mood.
The cinema showcase opened with an Indian documentary "Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told", by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist. Some 2,000 fans and VIPs gathered for the opening ceremony, which took place at the indoor Bucheon Arena, a new and larger venue than in previous years,...More
Youth film festival opens in Seoul Thursday 2011/07/06, Source, Lineup includes local and Asian premieres, adult-themed films
By Lee Hyo-won
Forget the preconception that a film festival for children only features fuzzy family movies and animations. The Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) aims to demonstrate its educational initiative by showcasing a lineup of carefully selected works that includes local premieres and R-rated movies,...More
Open letter from Kim Ki-duk : "Poongsan" brings tears 2011/06/27, Source,
Director and screenplay writer Kim Ki-duk expressed his gratitude to the audience on the 28th of June. He revealed a letter with his appreciation through the distributors. Produced by Juhn Jai-hong and acted out by Yoon Kye-sang and Kim Gyu-ri, "Poongsan" is about a mysterious man who goes back and forth Seoul and Pyongyang, resolving the sorrows of separated families and the incidents that happen after he brings a woman of a high-ranking government official from Pyongyang to Seoul. Having been released on the 23rd, it has drawn in 310,000 admissions as of the the 27th and reached the break-even point. At a cost of 200 million won (~US$200,000), this movie staff and actors were on it for no guarantees. The following is the letter written by director and producer Kim Ki-duk.
Thanking the audience for "Poongsan",...More
'Poongsan': a director's mission impossible 2011/06/27, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
"Poongsan", directed by emerging cineaste Juhn Jai-hong and produced by film maverick Kim Ki-duk, came in at box office No. 3 on its opening weekend, drawing over 280,000 viewers since last Thursday.
Impressive production values provide cashable entertainment, but it's difficult to imagine how the inter-Korean action film was actually made: 25 takes in just 30 days for scenes featuring wire action sequences and water stunts, CGI aplenty and music by top Hollywood talent - all on a budget of 200 million won ($185,580),...More
Filmmaking is not about money: Kim Ki-duk 2011/06/14, Source, By Lee Hyo-won
Director Kim Ki-duk has returned to Korean cinema with an inter-Korean story that he penned and produced. "Poongsan", directed by his protege Juhn Jai-hong, tries to prove that filmmaking is not about the size of the budget.
And it sure does show that near-impossible projects can actually go through.
The 200 million-won film (~US$200,000) was shot over 25 takes in just 30 days, while the entire cast and crew took part in the project with no guarantee,...More
Kim Ki-duk-produced film to open in June 2011/05/26, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
"Poongsan", a cross-border drama produced by award-winning director Kim Ki-duk, is set to open in local theaters on June 23, the film's distributer announced Monday.
The movie has been the subject of much curiosity, particularly since Kim had mentioned it in his controversial self-portrait, "ARIRANG - Movie". The latter film recently won a coveted prize at the Cannes Film Festival,...More
Korean Movie Nights in New York 2009/12/24, Source, A weekly series of Korean movies, organized by the Korean Cultural Services is coming to New York. Showing at the Tribeca Cinemas, the series will focus on Korean independent features. The industry of late has been somewhat shaken up by a number of seemingly unknown low budget, independents that h,...More
While aesthetic standards vary over time, the desire for beauty and the power of its allure remain unchanged. Countless tales and myths across cultures speak about i,...More
Arthouse films warm cold season 2008/02/13, Source, Except for the Lunar New Year holidays, February and March are regarded as a slow season for movie theaters. No wonder top production houses are reluctant to release their major films with greater box-office potential.
But the lull in the competition for ticket sales does not mean an absence of h,...More
While Korea celebrated Seollal on Feb. 7, on the far side of the globe, Germany greeted cineaste and cinephiles from all over the world for the 58th edition of the B,...More
A "Beautiful" But Miserable Woman 2008/02/06, Source, The life of a beautiful woman is miserable. Though Eun-yeong feels flattered when people ask for her autograph and men court her and barrage her with gifts, she is not happy at all.
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