[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.26 ~ 2014.09.28 2014/09/29, "The Maze Runner" remains unchallenged at the top…
Wes Ball's science fiction film "The Maze Runner" managed to remain Korea's top showing over the last week of September. Ball's adaptation has been a huge success, and has already grossed over $148m worldwide. The film's second weekend in Korea was less than stellar, but the 572K admissions (43%) it claimed was enough to secure its place at the top of pile,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.12 ~ 2014.09.14 2014/09/15,
"Tazza 2" keeps its roll going…
"Tazza: The Hidden Card" had a fantastic week and managed to extend its lead at the top of pile. Kang Hyeong-cheol's comedy drama attracted over 540K filmgoers (26.7%) over the weekend to move its total tally now to 3.1M ($24.6M), which makes it the ninth highest-grossing Korean film of 2014 having just overtaken Director Chang's "The Target". Kang's closest competition came in the form of the American musical drama "Begin Again" and its 351K (17.1%), but otherwise the top ten remained largely unchanged except for Frank Miller's neo-noir "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" creeping in at ten,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/08/30, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "My Brilliant Life": A young couple struggle with their son who has Progeria syndrome, a rare genetic defect that causes him to age rapidly. (09/03)
★★★★ "Tazza: The Hidden Card": A skilled player enters the underground gambling world and puts his life at stake.. (09/03)
★★★★★ "Hill of Freedom": A Japanese man arrives in Korea to find his old lover. While he stays at a guesthouse, he encounters various people. (09/04)
★★★★★ "Golden Chariot in the Sky": Ppong-Ddol dreams of joining a band and gets inspired to start neighbourhood band that's in need of money.. (09/04),...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Good, the Bad, the Weird": Haw Yee for Kimchi Cowboys! 2013/12/28,
The lesser-spotted 'kimchi cowboy' is a serious cinematic oddity, an unusual anatopism that causes one's head to cock uncontrollably and the eyes to somehow sharpened in disbelief. Kim Ji-woon, to his credit, is a genre gypsy, a marauding mixologist who, in "The Good, the Bad, the Weird", blends and bends the spaghetti western into a fermenting pastiche of a picture. The film's bold fusion of Wild West tropes and K-comedy antics made it a local favourite (6.8 million admissions-second that year only to Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Speedy Scandal"), and once it made the festival rounds its cult status was safely secured. The film itself is narratively numbing, frustratingly fused, and a prude with its post-climax cuddling, a real scratchy quilt of a film. But when we reach for skies and surrender to the chaos of it all, life under the Manchurian sun is actually blisteringly brilliant,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Sunny - 2010" 2013/11/30, In the Spotlight this Week: "Sunny - 2010" by Kang Hyeong-cheol
We all have those moments in our past that we yearn to try piece together and return to in some way or another. Sometimes all we are able to muster are memories, those fragile and illusive parts of ourselves that dissolve and drift away the more our worlds change for better or worse. Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010" is a heartfelt coming-of-age drama that stares fearlessly into the past in order to salvage the beautiful friendship of seven young woman. It is not often a cinematic event like this comes along that is able to capture life's cruel twists and turns while still being able to paint a silver lining thick enough for us all to grab hold of. It made millions, won awards, but outside of all its commercial successes and the praise, "Sunny -2010" will perhaps be remembered as a personal cinematic memory all by itself - just waiting to be recalled and danced to all over again,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Returning to the Sunny side of Love. 2013/07/27,
Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jung) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyuk). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010",...More
[HanCinema Report] Packed house for opening of KOFFIA in Sydney 2012/08/28,
KOFFIA 2012 - 22-28 August, 2012
The 3rd annual Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) kicked off last week on 22 August at picturesque Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia. It was a packed house at Dendy Cinema for the Opening Ceremony which began with an official welcome and a brief run through of this year's festival by KOFFIA 2012 Artistic Director Kieran Tully. Guests were then treated with a delightful performance of a traditional Korean Fan Dance (Buchaechum) by Hyun Kim before the official opening of the festival by Consul-General of the Republic of Korea (Sydney) Mr Jin-Soo Kim. The night concluded with a well-received screening of the highest grossing Korean film of 2011, Kim Han-min's spectacular "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon",...More
CJ Entertainment Proudly Presents Sunny 2012/08/18, Source,
A Real Friend is Hard to Find ... Impossible to Forget
Heartwarming, Critically Acclaimed Film Comes Home to DVD Aug. 21st
"Wickedly funny ... A sassy celebration of sisterhood with heart, soul and humor". - The Hollywood Reporter,...More
KOFFIA 2012 Film Line-up Revealed! 2012/07/20, Source,
The 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia, KOFFIA, is pleased to announce its film line-up for 2012.
KOFFIA will showcase 20 of the best and latest Korean feature films as well as a few past classics, in a diverse program that will allow audiences to discover their connection to Korean cinema and culture. Audiences will once again be treated to a feast of Korean festivities taking place at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney and ACMI Cinemas Federation Square in Melbourne. While for the first time selected titles will also screen at Tribal Theatre in Brisbane, as August and September sees 16 days of screenings across the Australian east coast,...More
Korean Film Festival DC Marks 8th Year with Film, Video Art, and Director Na Hong-jin 2012/03/14, Source,
The Korean Film Festival DC, one of the largest showcases of Korean cinema in the United States, kicks off this week at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The 2012 edition of the festival, running throughout March, April, and into May, is spread over two months and combines 12 films, four video art exhibitions, two lecture events, and four post-film discussions with Korean director Na Hong-jin,...More
10th NEW YORK KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYKFF) @ BAM Rose Cinema 2012/02/08, Source, Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26
The Korea Society presents the 10th New York Korean Film Festival with new releases showcasing the popular and prolific in Korean film. In cooperation with partners BAM Cinématek and CJ Entertainment, this 10th festival features blockbusters, cutting-edge action, drama, and comedy at BAM Rose Cinema.
New York Korean Film Festival will present the following films,...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
South Korean Box Office in 2011 2012/01/14, Source, Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle.
Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...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
Bittersweet Life: Korean cinema's secret popularity in the UK 2011/12/07, Source,
International distribution expert and analyst and former Screen International journalist Robert Mitchell looks at the gulf between artistic and business successes of Korean cinema in the UK.
Ask any cine-literate film-goer, critic, blogger or tweeter in the UK about Korean cinema and you'll be greeted with an enthusiastic response. They will talk of the Hallyu period of the past decade, a wealth of some of the most creative and interesting film-making in the world. They will speak with passion about Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Bong Joon-ho.
International festivals like Cannes play a major role in building this awareness. "The route to the international market is through festivals", says Danny PERKINS, CEO of StudioCanal UK, which released Bong's "The Host" and Kim's "3-Iron" amongst other Korean titles. "If a director's film features in one of the bigger festivals it can put them and their work permanently on the map",...More
[Giveaway] "Sunny - 2010" DVD First Press Limited Edition 2011/11/28, Source,
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Check for the red ribbons on HanCinema and sign in with Facebook, share, like, tweet, plus pages, post comments or just browse on HanCinema and you will earn points, the winner will be the first to obtain 5000 points no time limit !,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011 2011/11/26, Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011
2011 has produced a range of successful Korean films that have captured the public's imagination, tugged at their heartstrings, caused a few laughs, and asked some serious questions. Although the year is not quite done, the big films of the year have largely had their say at the box office. This week I wanted to take a look at the top domestic films of 2011 and see just what type of films captured the public's interest in 2011,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] The Sunny side of Memory Lane. 2011/11/12,
How the past defines or shapes us as individuals and as a society is fascinating. Sometimes there's regret and longing, but there is also those memories that you wouldn't change for anything. "Sunny - 2010" falls into the latter of these retrospections. With its positive portrayal of moments past and hopeful future, "Sunny - 2010" is a true feel-good film that came out of nowhere to win hearts and minds. In "Sunny - 2010", a small group of seven girls hold onto their youthful spirit as they remember, relive, and move forward with their less than perfect lives with the sun on their backs and friends by their side,...More
The Front Line top winner at Korea's Grand Bell Awards 2011/10/19, Source, By KOFIC Staff
"The Front Line" won Best Film at the 48th Grand Bell Awards on Monday, Oct. 17. In addition to this top award, director JANG Hun's Korean War drama snapped up a total of four awards - Best Planning LEE Woo-jung, Best Lighting for KIM Jae-min and Best Cinematography for KIM Wu-hyeong.
The film is about North and South Korean soldiers battling over a small patch of mountainous terrain and the complicated relationships that grow between them. The Front Line is also the Republic of Korea's entry to the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film nominations,...More
No Secret Ingredient for Success, Says Sunny Director Kang 2011/07/25, Source, Kang Hyeong-cheol has set a new record in the domestic film industry as the first Korean director to make two films that have each attracted audiences of more than 7 million.
Kang's latest film "Sunny - 2010" lured 7.08 million viewers as of Sunday to rank 11th in cinema attendance among all Korean films, while his debut work "Scandal Makers" (2008) attracted 8.31 million to become the 8th most popular Korean film,...More
Sunny opening in more US theaters Friday 2011/07/25, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
"Sunny - 2010", the highest grossing domestic film of the first half of the year, is set to open in more U.S. theaters on Friday, its distributor CJ E&M Pictures said Tuesday.
The retro drama, which drew more than 7 million viewers during its 12th week in the local box office, has been showing across screens in Los Angeles and Torrance, Calif. since last Friday and will be released Friday in theaters in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Virginia, Washington D.C., Seattle, Texas and Hawaii,...More
Movie Sunny director's cut released on the 28th 2011/07/24, Source,
The directors cut for the movie "Sunny - 2010" will be released on the 28th.
Holding the record for the biggest sucess in Korean movies yet with a number of 7 million, the director's cut will be an extra 10 minutes. It will be released on the 28th in 30 or so cinema's all over the country.,...More
Sunny draws 7 million viewers 2011/07/20, Source,
The 1980s retro drama "Sunny - 2010" drew more than 7 million viewers as of Tuesday, according to the film's distributor Showbox/Mediaplex, since opening in theaters 11 weeks ago on May 4.
The movie, directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol, is the 12th local franchise to attract such numbers since "May 18" drew in 7.3 million viewers in 2007,...More
"Sunny - 2010" Places 1st At Box Office 9 Weeks After Release 2011/06/27, Source,
After hitting local theatres May 4th, the movie "Sunny - 2010", directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol, has hit number one nine weeks later.
According to theatre ticket figures released on June 27th, 328,511 people went to see the film from June 24-26, for a combined total of 5,726,856 movie-goers that has seen it so far. "Sunny - 2010" had placed first during it's first week at the box office, but was soon pushed down to third when big Hollywood projects like "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" were released,...More
'Sunny - 2010 - 2010' brims with 1980s retro fun 2011/05/05, Source,
A scene from the teen drama "Sunny - 2010", which evokes the nostalgia of 1980s pop culture and the wonders of youth / Courtesy of CJ E&M
By Lee Hyo-won
Whether you feed on contemporary gum-pop or remain strictly '80s, the iridescently "retro-licious" film "Sunny - 2010" will brighten up your day. Besides, 2NE1 sports the double denim look Madonna pulled off back then,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.04.29-2011.05.01) 2011/05/02, Source, Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.04.29~2011.05.01)
It is no surprise that Kenneth Branagh's long anticipated "Thor" stands strong at number one this week. Based on the popular Marvel comic character, this American superhero film finally makes its way to the big screen with 543,075 admissions in its opening week. Children's Day is coming up this week in Korea and you can expect "Thor" and "Fast Five" to continue their success at the top.,...More
NYAFF screens wide selection of Korean films 2010/07/20, Source, The ninth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) wrapped on Thursday, July 8, after presenting 45 films from across Asia including seven Korean features and a collection of eight Korean standout shorts from Seoul's 2009 Mise-en-ScÚne Short Film Festival.
Korean Presence 12th Shanghai Int'l Fest 2009/06/12, Source, The 12th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is underway June 13 -21 with Korean presence strong throughout including 2 films in competition, and a retrospective on veteran director Im Kwon-taek who will also preside ove,...More
Korean Films sell well at Berlin's EFM 2009/02/11, Source, Korean company Fine Cut as well as CJ Entertainment can both claim success at this years EFM in the Berlin Film Festival. Fine Cut leads the pack selling 11 films alone to one company, Scandinavia's Non Stop Television. It also sold gay themed,...More
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