[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/10/15,
South Korea's largest film festival (BIFF) hopes to put the political woes of last year behind it, KoBiz interviews an audio artist par excellence, Pieces of Work has twenty top suggestions for K-horrors this Halloween, and can you guess which K-horror made Film School Reject's list of the most underrated horrors of this century?,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/10/16,
Asian Film Festival puts the best that BIFF has to offer in the spotlight, KOBIZ's latest infographic highlights the top indie films of 2016, Variety sits down with BIFF's director to talk about the turmoil, and Variety explores the challenges of crowdfunding in Korea,...More
Busan Film Festival Ends Row with Host City 2016/05/10, Source,
Actress Kang Soo-yeon and Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo clap after appointing a new head for the Busan International Film Festival in Busan on Monday.
The Busan International Film Festival and its host city reached on Monday ended a bitter dispute over the event's independence that threatened to result in a massive boycott this year. Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo, a thorn in the side of filmmakers since he tried to ban the screening of a controversial film, will finally resign as chief organizer and make way for Kim Dong-ho, an honorary executive director of the festival,...More
Former Actress Donates W100 Million to Busan Film Fest 2015/09/17, Source,
Ko Eun-ah, the CEO of Seoul Cinema and actress from the 1960s and 1970s, donated W100 million to the Busan International Film Festival (US$1=W1,183). The annual film festival, in its 20th year this year, kicks off on Oct. 1 and closes on Oct. 10,...More
Song Seung-heon's lover Liu Yifei to attend BIFF 2015/08/25, Source,
Chinese star Liu Yifei will shine the red carpet of Busan International Film Festival this year.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival held an official press conference. Lee Yong-gwan Co-director, Kang Soo-yeon Co-director, KIM Jiseok Executive Programmer, and Jeong Yang-joon Marketing Director attended the press conference,...More
Actress Kang Soo-yeon to Helm This Year's Busan Film Fest 2015/07/07, Source,
Actress Kang Soo-yeon was appointed Monday as the co-executive director of this year's Busan International Film Festival, which marks its 20th anniversary. Kang has been involved in promoting Asia's largest film festival since 1998 as a member of the executive committee, and has helped actors, both local and overseas, to connect with the festival,...More
Loner child, bird friend to open youth film fest 2012/08/20, Source,
This film image released by the Seoul International Youth Film Festival shows Rick Lens as Jojo in Dutch director Boudewijn Koole's film "Kauwboy" (2012), Dutch for "jackdaw boy". The festival, which opens Thursday and closes after a week, is in its 14th annual edition. This year, there are 140 films from 40 nations./ Courtesy of Seoul International Youth Film Festival
Northeastern Seoul will play host to 140 films from 40 nations when the curtain rises on the 14th Seoul International Youth Film Festival on Thursday. The week-long event brings some of the finest youth-themed works in world cinema to three venues in the Seongbuk district, an area with several premier universities teeming with young people but a cultural hinterland in comparison to the western Seoul zones around Hongdae, or Hongik University. There will be 16 world premieres and eight first-time showings outside the respective films' country of origin,...More
Asiana International Short Film Festival closes with Promise 2011/11/09, Source,
The 9th Asiana International Short Film Festival closed Monday, Nov. 7 after a six-day run with Jero YUN's fiction short "Promise" winning the best film award.
At the Closing ceremony, Festival Director Ahn Sung-ki and jury head Kang Soo-yeon, both veteran Korean actors, were joined by jury members director INUDO Isshin from Japan, director Kim Tae-yong from Korea, Sarah Hoch DELONG, founder and Executive Director of the Guanajuato International Film Festival, and Tono Seigo, Festival Director of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia,...More
[Portrait] Filmmaker Im Kwon-taek: master of mirrors 2011/10/20, Source,
Filmmaker Im Kwon-taek drinks a cup of morning coffee during an interview with The Korea Times at a cafe near his home in Suji, Gyeonggi Province on Sept. 28. / Photography by Jesse Chun for The Korea Times
At 75, the filmmaker continues to explore new ground. "I don't lie in my movies... I simply try to capture what we feel in our everyday lives".
This is the second in a series of interviews with international pioneers among Korean artists, to mark the 61st anniversary of The Korea Times that falls on Nov. 1, and is sponsored by The Korea Press Foundation. ― ED.
By Lee Hyo-won
SUJI, Gyeonggi Province/BUSAN - It took an extra second to confirm the interview venue with Im Kwon-taek. The filmmaker used "dabang", an outdated word for coffee shop rarely heard outside of retro movies.
While the 75-year-old may not care to update his parlance, he never fails to create new audiovisual languages onscreen. His extensive filmography spells out disparate themes and styles, but his movies share a common tongue in that, like mirrors, they honestly translate all the beauty, grit, joy and sorrow of life. And for this they speak across borders and generations,...More
Kang Soo-yeon to Head Jury at Int'l Short Film Fest 2011/10/05, Source,
Actress Kang Soo-yeon, 45, has been appointed to chair the jury at the 9th Asiana International Short Film Festival in Seoul in November.
The festival, sponsored by Asiana Airlines and Seoul City, will be held at CineCube in Gwanghwamun for six days from Nov. 2. A total of 2,173 films from 90 countries have been submitted in the international competition category,...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
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
[HanCinema's Film Review] Hanji 2011/05/21,
The veteran Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-taek's 101st film "Hanji" (also know as "Scooping Up the Moonlight") blurs the line between narrative fiction and documentary filmmaking. It's educational and delicate, but is it at times a victim of its own intentions?,...More
Im Kwon-taek: directing beyond his years 2011/03/15, Source, Im Kwon-taek poses for the camera in Seoul, Monday, before sitting down for an interview to speak about "Hanji". In his 101st film, the 75-year-old director captures the beauty of Korean traditional paper, "Hanji", and also poses questions about protecting artistic heritage. / Korea Times photos by Shim Hyun-chul
Im's 101st film explores madness in the mundane. "Why do people have to become crazy about preserving (things just because they're old)? But I wanted to show that we are losing something valuable right here, right now",...More
Stars light up opening day of Puchon film fest 2010/07/16, Source,
Actor Gong Hyung-jin and actress Choi Jung-won host the opening ceremony of the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival held in the city of Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 15, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"Only humans can enjoy festivals and films are at the center of those festivals". The opening ceremony for the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) took place at Bucheon Citizen's Hall on Thursday evening. But the atmosphere, which had been dampened by the approach of the rainy season, lightened up as an array of stars, from near and far, took to the red carpet of the 11-day event,...More
[PHOTOS] PiFan opening ceremony 2010/07/16, Source, Go Soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Korean actor Go Soo walks the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival held in the city of Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 15, 2010,...More
Jeonju Int'l Film Festival kicks off today 2010/04/29, Source,
Official poster for the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival [JIFF]
The 11th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) officially kicks off this evening, opening with South Korean film "Should've Kissed" by critically acclaimed director Park Jin-oh.
The film fest set a new record this year by showing a total of 209 films (131 features and 78 short films) from 49 countries that have been categorized into the following sections; Competition, JIFF Project, Cinemascape, Stranger Than Cinema, Cinemafest and Focus On,...More
Actress Kim Yoon-jin's Movie Picks 2010/03/05, Source,
Actress Kim Yoon-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Kim Yoon-jin spent her childhood in the United States and made her first step into the world of acting on Broadway. Hence, English was the language she acted in and also used for over 20 years to speak her mind. But 10Asia's interview with the actress revealed that her Korean was just as accurate and rich in expression. Whatever the question, she gave clear answers while appropriately adding in adjectives which would embellish her sentences. Her style of speech was just like her acting -- on point yet elaborate. Many people associated Kim with the term 'female soldier' for a long time after she made her film debut playing a North Korean spy in "Shiri". The audience was unfamiliar with this actress who till then had made a few unnoted appearances in Korean dramas, but she left her mark with "Shiri", standing strong with her role opposite top Korean actor Han Suk-kyu who played the South Korean agent she loves. She then took on "Gingko Bed 2: Danjeobiyeonsu" where her piercing eyes reached beyond the camera to the audience. And just when it seemed she would forever trap herself in the image of a female soldier, Kim started expanding on her scope of acting. In "Ardor", she suffered just like her character Mi-heun did until she found hope in her life. And she may have ended up being the stereotypical Asian woman and finicky lawyer with her roles in the "Lost" series and Korean pic "Seven Days" but with her belief that "it is up to the actor to fill in the empty spaces", her characters became individuals with something more than empty hearts.,...More
Master director Im Kwon-taek may have 100 films under his belt, but he considers his upcoming project, "Dalb,...More
44 Korean Films at the 2009 Marrakech International Film Festival 2009/11/19, Source, In a celebration of Korean film, a record 44 will screen at this year's 2009 International Film Festival of Marrakech. In addition, representatives from Korean government organizations, the Korean film industry: producers, directors, actors and film festival delegates will be in attendance. The fes,...More
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
Gyeonggi Province is stepping up efforts to become a cinematic hub with actor Cho Jae-hyun as its front man. The Gyeonggi Film Council named the top actor as its new chair Thursday to promote filmmaking in th,...More
Chungmuro Film Festival Invites Top Stars 2008/09/01, Source, Korea's top film stars will grace the 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul, which is slated to open on September 3rd. The opening ceremony will be held at the Korea National Theater Wedn,...More
Teenage stars into 'dignified' actors 2008/06/26, Source, No matter how much time has passed, important friends and friendship don't change. It's the same for Sports Seoul, which has cried and laughed with its readers for 23 years. The stars who covered the pages of Sports Seoul also stayed with the readers. June 22 1985. Let's take a look at the stars who have grown after the first publication of Sports Seoul.
Hwang Shin-hye, who rose to stardom with 1986 MBC drama "First Love", had perfect looks to the point that she was called a 'computer beauty'. Although it's been 20 years since her debut, she still shows off her beauty and perfect body with a fitness video and photo shoots. You can't find any indication that 23 years have passed, and the only thing old about her previous picture is her hairstyle.,...More
Pusan film fest wraps up nine-day run on mixed note 2007/10/11, Source, At the climax of "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone", to be screened today to close the Pusan International Film Festival, in Busan, the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. Half of the human population has been eliminated, and a 14-year-old boy has to save the world.
Delays, bad weather plague PIFF 2007/10/10, Source, The 12th Pusan International Film Festival, scheduled to wrap up its nine-day schedule on Friday, is struggling to brush aside a stream of criticism about its poor operation, delays and unexpected cancellations.
Although the festival remains the country's biggest event for filmmakers, actors, mov,...More
PIFF: magnet for Asian stars, fans 2007/10/08, Source, The 12th Pusan International Film Festival, which kicked off its nine-day schedule on Thursday, attracted star-gazers from all over the country, with numerous actors and filmmakers hitting key venues amid the festive mood.
The festival, featuring 275 films from 64 countries, got into full swing o,...More
PIFF Becomes Cinema Paradise for Movie Buffs 2007/10/07, Source, We go down to the country's southeastern port city of Busan, where an international film festival is currently in full swing.
The 12th PIFF is the largest cinema event in Asia, which looks to transform itself into a cinema paradise by getting in tune with the audience's needs and wants.
Our Kang C,...More
Assembly is the latest film from Feng, who gained nation-wide fame in China after making such films as "The Banquet", "A World Without Thieves", and "A S,...More
Asian Actors Form Regional Association 2007/10/02, Source, "It's just a small gathering, for Asian actors to become friends. This was an idea we had while drinking at a snack bar during the Pusan Film Festival ten years ago, and it's just coming true now. I know we shouldn't expect too much at first, but I think it's significant that we actors are coming to,...More
PIFF's Promising Line-up Sets Records 2007/09/04, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will continue its progress with 275 films and a record number of 193 premieres and the inauguration of new programs. PIFF's flagship New Currents competition boasts a complete selection of eleven world and international premieres. The 12th edition of Asia,...More
The spectacular opening ceremony was held with actor Han Suk-kyu and actress Kang Soo-yeon emceeing and an au,...More
Live to Busan: Pusan International Film Festival 2005/10/06, Source, One of Asia's largest film events, the Pusan International Film Festival, which is simply known as PIFF, kicked off this evening in the southeastern city of Busan.
We are going to go live to Busan where our Sohn Hee-kyung is standing by.
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