[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art 2017/07/16,
North Korean refugee uses cartoons and humor to help bring citizens closer together, check out this artistic barista's incredible 'cream art', make-up artist Diane Yoon creates beautiful illusions using her face and body, and KoBiz looks at some of the filmmakers who are flexing their creative muscles beyond the silver screen,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/12/25,
K-music films are on the rise, The Korea Times looks back at Gong Yoo's amazing year on the silver screen, Park Chan-wook voted among the top directors of the year in America, and KoBiz's latest infographic reveals how local films fared at the box office in 2016,...More
[USA] 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival begins November 11 2016/11/06, Source,
The 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Announces Lineup for November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image The Korea Society's New York Korean Film Festival returns to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image on November 11 to 13 for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema.,...More
[Interview] Kim Jee-woon with The Lady Miz Diva 2016/10/15, Source,
In the 5 years since our last chat with Director Kim Jee-woon, he made a full-fledged Hollywood film and then returned to South Korea to create his latest box office smash, "The Age of Shadows". Director Kim spoke with me about his spy thriller, based on real events during the Japanese occupation of Korea, as it premiered in New York City as part of Korean Movie Night.
We talked about his 20-year collaboration with acting legend Song Kang-ho, Oscar consideration, the influence of John Cassavetes and James Coburn, and he revealed the name of the lead actor for his long-awaited adaptation of "Jin-Roh" (Titled "Inrang"). Oh, and his leading lady, Han Ji-min, makes a cute cameo.,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.10.07 ~ 2016.10.09 2016/10/10,
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine" and "Breathe" trump "The City of Madness"...
It's been weeks since a foreign film topped the charts in Korea, but after entering the fray in second place last week, Tim Burton's dark fantasy drama, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (starring Eva Green), managed to top the charts with 660,702 admissions (35.3%). Last weekend, Burton's latest, which is based on Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel of the same name, entered in second place with 23.5% of the sales from 810 screens, but an increase in screens to just under 900 helped propel the film to the top as its total tally in Korea moves to 1.9 million ($14.6 million),...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/10/09,
Korea Portal explores why Kim Jee-woon's latest film is a unique addition to his filmography, Slash Film flags two South Korean films from the recently concluded Fantastic Fest in Austin, Pierce Conran tracks the appearance of trains in modern Korean cinema, and catch all the winners from the 2016 edition of the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/10/01,
Pierce Conran goes through the impressive lineup for the 11th London Korean Film Festival, NPR looks at the fascinating history behind Korea's first cinema couple, KOBIZ reveals the country's favourite films over Chuseok in their latest infographic, and the Los Angeles Times reviews Korea's official Oscar submission: "The Age of Shadows",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Age of Shadows" 2016/09/10,
The time is 1923. Jeong-chool (played by Song Kang-ho) is a Korean man turned Japanese crimefighter. Unlucky for him, the main criminals the Japanese are chasing happen to be nationalist Korean terrorists, led by Woo-jin (played by Gong Yoo). Oddly enough Gye-soon (played by Han Ji-min) is the more identifiable leader, less because she's important and more because as the token woman Gye-soon stands out more obviously. Ditto the foreign guy, who has few lines and even less apparent motivation but who's noticeable because everyone has to talk to him in English,...More
[Guest Film Review] "A Bittersweet Life" 2016/08/13,
Violent thrillers featuring gangsters have been S. Korean cinema's most successful export genre for many years, with quite a large number of films of the genre still being shot in the country. "A Bittersweet Life" is another entry in the category, which, despite not reaching the standards of the masterpieces of the genre (The Chaser, I Saw the Devil) is still, quite entertaining,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Hide and Seek": A lost and lacklustre lemming. 2014/05/10, In the Spotlight this Week:Huh Jung's "Hide and Seek"...
2013 was an epically successful year for Korean cinema. Box office admissions skyrocketed, top-tier directors like Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, and Kim Jee-woon made their 'English-language' debuts, a number of indie films and animations received praise, and there were a few notable newcomers that made their mark. Among the successful debutants was Huh Jung with his low-budget thriller "Hide and Seek"; an atmospheric entry that attracted over 5.6 million filmgoers during its five-week run in the top ten, and also scored its writer/director the Best New Director honour at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. Impressive accolades, to be sure, but did Jung's opening really find what it was looking for?,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Snowpiercer": Dreaming of a Wicked Wonderland 2014/04/05, In the Spotlight this Week: Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer"...
2013 was a frantic and fascinating year for Korean cinema. In addition to the recording-breaking figures the domestic box office reported, it was a year that saw three of Korea's top directing talents venture into English-language films. First it was Kim Jee-woon that enticed Arnold Schwarzenegger to get back to bullets in "The Last Stand", Park Chan-wook took Wentworth Miller's sizzling debut script and summoned "Stoker", and then Bong Joon-ho adapted the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" and ran with it all the way to the bank. The results were three highly polished and enticing features that displayed the cinematic craftsmanship of three of Korea's most progressive and celebrated moviemakers. Within this talented trio, however, it was Bong Joon-ho's futuristic extravaganza "Snowpiercer" that gathered the most momentum, attracting more than 9.3 million viewers to its epically fantastical imagining of a not-so-distance dystopia,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "A Tale of Two Sisters" 2014/03/01, A selection of shots from Kim Jee-woon's "A Tale of Two Sisters"...
Kim's 2003 psychological horror "A Tale of Two Sisters" is one of Korea's most successful horrors of all-time; a truly cryptic film that is as fascinating as it is disturbing. The film won a string of awards following its release, and remains a top tier feature that many cite when pushed to pen their top ten. It's dark, befuddling, and possesses a rich tapestry of cinematic cues that is sure to keep any cinephile musing over Kim's efforts long after he fades to black. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Stoker" and the Bloodline Boiling Point 2013/08/17, In the Spotlight this Week: "Stoker" (2013) by Park Chan-wook...
Earlier this year we saw Kim Jee-woon shoot Arnold in the desert in "The Last Stand", an outsourced mercy killing that was so self-reflexive it was virtually suicide. Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has only been out in Korea for a couple weeks now, but already it is in the black and has the international community drooling in anticipation. In the spotlight this week, however, is Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" – a sharply crafted psychological thriller that hates the smell of pastiche on its clothes, and prefers not to leave the house if at all possible. If these three English-language debuts were family, Park's creation would be a disturbing and twitchy introvert, the bad-blooded black sheep that keeps little secrets and sins silently. Made with less than a third of the budget its contemporaries enjoyed, "Stoker" is a modestly priced masterpiece that runs disturbingly deep,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Day Trip" and "One Perfect Day" 2013/08/01, "Day Trip" is a sad, melancholy romp through nature as a dispirited girl prepares to practice for traditional Korean ballads. Of the two films in the Kolon Sport set, "Day Trip' is by far the most evocative of the appeal of nature. Most of the film is little more than loving, panoramic views of the Korean mountainside punctuated by the girl's singing. There's very little set-up, but what little there is is interesting thematically. The girl is upset because she has failed in the human world of competitive singing. She openly laments how practicing in an empty mountain doesn't prepare her for the realities of competition in front of people. But all these worries just sort of fade away when she actually gets into the singing,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/07/27, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "The Terror Live" (aka "90 Minutes of Terror"): A former T.V. anchorman gets an anonymous call from a bomb-blasting terrorist and has to get back in front of the camera to cover the story. (08/01)
★★★★★ "Snowpiercer": In a post-apocalyptic future mankind is forced to live on a constantly moving train that circles the Earth at great speeds. Within the train, social order is enforced through a harsh tyrannical system that is challenged by an organised revolution.(08/01),...More
Star Power Wanes at Box Office 2013/03/23, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand", which was released in Korea on Feb. 21, has tanked at the box office and dropped off the list after attracting only 66,698 spectators in just under a month. The film is directed by Kim Jee-woon, who shot to fame with "The Good, the Bad and the Weird", but the combination of top director and star was unable to attract viewers. This appears to be part of a wider trend where star power is fading in favor of strong storylines. Film booking site Maxmovie asked 2,754 members of its website from Feb. 26 to March 6 what they consider when choosing a movie and found that a massive 74.2 percent said the plot is the most important factor,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" 2013/03/15, Source,
The plot is simple enough- a mysterious treasure map is the key to the motivations behind about eight different distinct factions of individuals with their own motivations for acquiring it. There are possibly more. After a certain point it just gets really difficult to keep track of everyone in this movie, As a result, it gets to be a bit of a headache trying to keep straight which characters know what, when, and why. And it really isn't a whole lot of fun to guess why, either,...More
Korean Filmmaker Serves Up a Schwarzenegger-style Action Film 2013/01/18, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger finished his stint as Governator of California and is back in film! His action movie "The Last Stand" is opening in the US this week and it's his first leading role in a decade since Terminator 3. It's also a milestone film for director Kim Jee-woon. While Kim is well-known in Korea, this is his very first English language and Hollywood movie.
Official movie poster for "The Last Stand". Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/12kxDhc
Schwarzenegger plays Ray Owens, the resigned sheriff of a small town on the US-Mexican border where there's not much crime to fight. But when notorious drug cartel leader Gabriel Cortez escapes FBI custody and speeds towards Mexico with a hostage, Sheriff Owens is forced to stop him. Owens' sleepy little town is straight in the path of Cortez's escape and the scene is set for a fierce, no-holds-barred showdown,...More
What Does 2013 Hold for Korean Film? 2013/01/04, Source,
Korean films drew more than 100 million viewers over the past year, but there are a number of concerns if they are to sustain their momentum. Here are five of the top issues for this year that have insiders speculating about the future of the movie industry. ◆ Can Korean Movies Break the 100 Million Mark Again,...More
THN's Korean Cinema Style Week 4: Kim Jee-woon - A Bittersweet Life 2012/12/15, Source,
With Gangnam Style destroying the charts the world over, we will soon see a second wave of the Korean invasion taking place. Three of South Koreas most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors have their English language debuts set for next year. Kim Jee-woon ("THE LAST STAND"), Park Chan-wook ("STOKER"), and Bong Joon-ho ("Snowpiercer") have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at THN we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Starting with the films of Kim Jee-woon, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.Director:Kim Jee-woonYear: 2005
Cast: Lee Byeong-hyeon, Kim Young-cheol, Shin Min-a, Hwang Jung-min, Jin Goo,
Plot: Sun Woo is an enforcer at a top hotel. He must also run errands for his gangland boss, one of which is to spy on his boss' young lover. When Sun Woo listens to his heart and doesn't follow orders, his world falls apart around him.
Yet another genre hop for Kim Jee-woon, sees the director applying his talents to the gangster genre. As you can imagine, "A Bittersweet Life" is often lost in the sea of Korean revenge dramas, but stands out due to the way Kim crafts each individual frame with the care of an artist truly enjoying his craft. There are also those snippets of unexpected humour that may seem absurd upon reflection, but create an aura of realism at the time,...More
[Guest Post] Daniel Tudor on Korean cinema 2012/11/09, Source,
I'm not a true cinephile by any stretch of the imagination. I've always been the archetypal casual fan, who knows what he likes, but doesn't really like it enough to remember every line of the script. People ask, "have you seen [insert name of genius film here]?" and I honestly reply "yeah, I saw it a few years back, it was great". But then I'll be unable to back that up with any enlightened commentary on that scene with the uninterrupted shot that goes all the way around the bar and back again when all the mobsters are being introduced. Or even who was in it, sometimes.
But when I first moved to Seoul in 2004, Korean cinema got to me. In some way it was a stroke of luck to be here while a golden era was still in swing,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/11, Source,
And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today she has news on the British Film Institute's annual film festival that opened in London yesterday and an update on the world premiere of a film starring Salma Hayek and Kevin James.
Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So, what will you start us off with[Reporter : ] The BFI London Film Festival, the largest film event in the UK, kicked off yesterday with some of the best films from established and emerging filmmakers, including 6 from Korea, and enough red carpet glamour to keep the paparazzi happy. Take a look. The 56th BFI London Film Festival opened yesterday as A-list stars from all over the world, including Tim Burton, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irvine, hit the red carpet for a bit of glitz and glamour before the opening film got started,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Robots and Technology: What does Kim Jee-woon fear for the future of Korea? 2012/09/01, "All these stories originate from the earth. From the very earth you live on". That is the final line of the official description of the omnibus film "Doomsday Book". The film contains three stories of how mankind would perhaps bring about its own apocalypse. In Kim Jee-woon's "Creation of Heaven" this theme of self-destruction is placed against the backdrop of technological advancement as a product of human effort and imagination. In Kim's version, mankind's fall seems to share its destiny with technological advancement, all the while asking hard questions on issues of morality, spirituality, and being in the near future.
The film contains some heated dialogues (though experienced more like monologues) of lengthy popular rhetoric over mankind's perceived power of its creations. All the while the robot(s) in question remains silent and appears to just be processing all that was being said. 'RU-4' is his serial number, but that's not what the Buddhist believers at the temple would call him. They would claim him as Buddha himself reborn, his nirvana achieved and form found in this 'defective' robot/android,...More
[HanCinema's Film Corner] "The Dark Knight Rises" VS "The Avengers": What does it take to be number one in Korea? 2012/07/21,
What kinds of films do well in Korea and who are the foreign favorites that have made waves in the past? "The Dark Knight Rises" hit Korean cinemas this past week and is hoping to possibly steal the top spot from Marvel's massively successful hit, "The Avengers", as Korea's highest grossing film of 2012. Marvel's titan sucked in 7,061,050 during its run in Korea, memorizing millions with its larger than life visual prowess as well as its grand over-arching narrative within their superhero universe. It went straight to number one and held that position for three weeks, during which it amassed an impressive 5,447,728 admissions. Can the final film in Christopher Nolan's trilogy swoop in and serious challenge "The Avengers" in the Korean market? But before I dive into this question, I first wanted to look back and see what films have been the most successful in Korea over the past five years and discover the type of films, both foreign and local, that are cashing in,...More
(42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens 2012/07/04, Source,
Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
ANNOUNCING THE 1ST TORONTO KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 22 TO JULY 1, 2012 2012/06/12, Source,
Toronto - The 1st Toronto Korean Film Festival will be held at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) from June 22nd to July 1st. This year's film listing was announced at the May 26th press conference. Confirmed films and highlights include:
June 22nd Opening:
The festival kick-starts with "Secret Sunshine" (2007). The leading actress of the film, Jeon Do-yeon, won Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. There will an opening party following the screening,...More
[Review] I Saw The Devil: revenge at any cost 2012/06/01, Source,
Soo-hyeon unaware at the cannibal's home
Choi Min-sik is back as the psycho killer in the murder-thriller "I Saw the Devil". Min-sik's character, Kyung-chul is cold, ruthless and deceptive. In the opening scene Kyung-chul is seen assisting a young woman with a flat tire. Soo-hyeon, the fiancé of the woman in the car talks with her on the phone as she waits for a tow truck. She begins to get suspicious when Kyung-chul ominously hangs outside her car window. He strikes with brutal swiftness with a hammer, knocking her out. Later he drags her back to his kill-house where he hacks her up despite her calls for mercy,...More
Hollywood looks East with debut of korean film festival, June 23-24 2012/04/27, Source,
Grauman's to Host Korean Film Screenings, VIP Events and First-Ever Castings of Korean Talent
Hollywood, CA – An appreciation of all things Korean has swept into popular culture – from taekwondo to kalbi to K-pop – extending to a proliferation of film and television talent who trace their lineage to the Asian peninsula. This summer, Hollywood will offer an appreciation with the first Look East: Korean Film Festival, a celebratory weekend taking place Saturday & Sunday, June 23-24. Hyundai Motors serves as a Lead Festival sponsor of the festival,...More
Sports flick 'As One' targets patriots 2012/04/10, Source,
Actresses Bae Doona, left, and Ha Ji-won in a scene from the new movie "As One" (Courtesy of CJ Entertainment)
It was the beginning of 1991, when the South and North Korean governments made an unprecedented attempt to warm relations by fusing their national sports teams together. After a couple of months, the unified Korean table tennis team broke the Chinese stranglehold on the highest podium of the world championships,...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
M-Line launches Doomsday Book at EFM 2012/02/16, Source,
South Korean film sales company M-Line Distribution has launched pre-sales on science fiction drama "Doomsday Book", co-directed by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, according to the "Screen International" market daily at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.
Budgeted at US$5m, "Doomsday Book" is made up of three short stories. One is about a robot attaining enlightenment, the second is about a zombie invasion and the third about an apocalyptic meteor crashing to Earth,...More
CINEMA ON THE PARK Season 2 Announced! 2012/01/22, Source,
The Korean Cultural Office in Sydney has just announced another exciting Season of Cinema on the Park, the film night that delighted audiences in 2011 will return once again in 2012. A surprise hit with more than 1,000 people attending, Thursday nights are now etched firmly on the Sydney cinema calendar as Korean night and will see 21 feature films and 14 guest speakers in the first half of the year alone, surely enough to satisfy anyone's appetite for Korean cinema!,...More
Three Korean projects selected to HAF 2012/01/10, Source,
Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this March with a record 32 selections, including three from South Korea. These are director Jeon Soo-il's "Another Country", KIM Baek-jun's "Monsters" and Lee Hae-joon's "My Dictator". The festival chose these from more than 200 submissions from over 45 countries and regions.The final selection represents 20 different territories including Australia, China, India, Japan, and Malaysia,...More
Korean Mega War Movie Targets Pan-Asian Audience 2011/12/15, Source, Kang Je-gyu's new pan-Asian movie "My Way" premieres on Dec. 22. Kang, who drew over 10 million spectators with the clunking history epic "Taegukgi" in 2004, is now hoping for Asia-wide success with the biggest budget and the most ambitious scale in many years.
The movie portrays the tragic destiny of two young men, one from Korea and the other from Japan, who are drafted into the Japanese Army during World War II and later have to fight in Soviet and German uniform. The movie is very loosely based on a true story,...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
Four leading Korean directors working on overseas projects 2011/11/21, Source,
By JU Sung Chul
With leading Korean directors Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Kim Jee-woon and Ryoo Seung-wan all working on overseas productions, journalist JU Sung Chul examines the details of their projects for "Korean Cinema Today"
The year 2012 looks like it will see an unprecedented rush of Korean directors working onforeign projects. This phenomenon seems similar to the situation back in the late 1990s when Hong Kong directors John WOO, Ringo LAM, TSUI Hark, Kirk WONG and Ronny YU all directed films produced in Hollywood.What's different is that whereas they were inclined to make films only in Hong Kong's specialty genre - the action film, their Korean counterparts are expected to make films that will retains the directors' varyingstyles and sensibilities. Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" and Kim Jee-woon's "The Last Stand" are produced by Hollywood-based companies while Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" and Ryoo Seung-wan's "The Berlin File" (working title) are to be co-productions,...More
Bong Joon-ho Gives Lecture at Chapman University 2011/11/15, Source,
Film director Bong Joon-ho appeared at Chapman University in Orange County, California on Saturday (local time) to give a master class as part of the Busan West Asian Film Festival hosted by the university's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
The festival screens a selection of films featured at the Busan International Film Festival that are likely to interest an American audience. Last year, directors Park Chan-wook and Kim Jee-woon were invited,...More
"The Front Line" screenings in LA and Santa Monica 2011/11/11, Source,
After holding special screenings in support of "The Front Line", South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film category nominations, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it saw a strong turnout and positive reactions. About 500 industry professionals including members of the press from LA Times, Variety and the Hollywood Foreign Press attended the screenings,...More
Toronto film festival takes Countdown 2011/07/27, Source, by KOFIC staff
The 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the first 50 films to be added to its line-up include the Korean film "Countdown", starring Jung Jae-young and Jeon Do-yeon. Written and directed by newcomer Heo Jong-ho, the film will screen in TIFF's Special Presentations section.
One of the world's most prestigious film festivals and a noted gateway to the North American market, TIFF this year will be held Sept. 8 – 18. In the festival's Special Presentations section, Heo Jong-ho's "Countdown" will be in the company of other films such as Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty, Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, and Wang XiaoShuai's 11 Flowers,...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
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jung-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Youn Yuh-jung, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
Korean Movies Coming to International Film Festival 2011/02/03, Source,
By Mark Russell
The full Academy Awards nominations have been announced, and while it was disappointing that Korea wasn't included in the Best Foreign Language film category (or, indeed, in any category), I'm sure we'll be seeing a Korean film or two in the nominations in future years.
Much more interesting to me is the resurgence that Korean movies are having at international film festivals. Festivals, especially the top ones like Berlin, Cannes, and Venice, give you a much better idea about international trends and hot topics, where reputations are built, laying the groundwork for more mainstream success,...More
[PIFF] Interview - Director Kim Jee-woon (Part 1) 2010/10/22, Source,
Director Kim Jee-woon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
How will the year 2010 be remembered for director Kim Jee-woon? "I Saw the Devil", which went into shoot after "The Good, the Bad, the Weird", was the first film Kim did not write himself and was so tough on him psychologically that he said he drove himself to the extreme. Then the film he had completed said made him "jump around in craziness" by receiving restricted screening rating twice. And the movie which was finally released after going through so much ups and downs, received drastically split response. "I Saw the Devil", which had been cut here and there, met with the audience in its whole form at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). 10Asia met with Kim Jee-woon who visited Busan with his proper devil. * This article contains spoilers,...More
[PIFF] Interview - Director Kim Jee-woon (Part 2) 2010/10/22, Source,
Director Kim Jee-woon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: Then what were Soo-hyun's tears in the end about? Pity for himself for having become the devil?Kim Jee-woon: Probably several things. The pleasure over having completed his revenge as well as a sense of shame and self-destructedness from thoughts like 'Why did I become this? Why did such a life have to come upon me?' The tears could have come from pity or the emptiness that comes from the end of a tough revenge. 10: Opposite from the dejected feeling that such revenge gave, your unique sense of humor in particular stood out in “I Saw the Devil.” To the extent that it seems foreign. For example, when Gyeong-cheol runs into soldiers or only the handle of the door gets pulled out when Tae-joo tries to pull out the awl that's stuck in his hand. Your sense of humor is displayed in the movie to the extent that one could call you stubborn. (laugh)Kim Jee-woon:,...More
Gang Dong-won says "wants the power to teleport" 2010/10/18, Source,
Actor Go Soo speaks to reporters during a press conference for film "Haunters" held at a Megabox theater in Dongadaemun of Seoul, South Korea on October 18, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Gang Dong-won has said that he would want the ability to teleport to outer space although in the past, he wanted to have the power to control people's minds as his character does in his upcoming film "Haunters",...More
Lee Byung-hun named tourism ambassador for California 2010/09/14, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Official Lee Byung-hun website]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has been named the U.S. state of California's ambassador for tourism, according to a press release from his agency BH Entertainment on Tuesday.
BH announced in a press release Lee will be appointed the tourism ambassador for the California Travel & Tourism Commission tomorrow at a commissioning ceremony to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel,...More
"I Saw the Devil" to compete at San Sebastian film fest 2010/08/24, Source,
Movie poster of thriller "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil" has been invited to compete under the Official Selection category at the 58th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival next month, according to official website of the fest on Tuesday.
"I Saw the Devil", helmed by famed Korean director Kim Jee-woon, will be competing against 16 other movies by internationally recognized directors for the Golden Shell and Silver Shell awards at the fest to be held at San Sebastian, Spain from September 17 to 25,...More
The film, "A Better Tomorrow", starring some of the top Korean actors --,...More
Lee Byung-hun says "'I Saw the Devil' makes you think of what you get out of revenge" 2010/08/19, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The latest movie "I Saw the Devil" is not this year's best picture. However, it is certain that "I Saw the Devil” is the year's most controversial picture. Throughout the movie there are many brutal scenes combined with director Kim Jee-woon's unique sense of humor, which has been receiving mixed reviews from the Korean film industry. Along with the results of the movie, one may wonder why actor Lee Byung-hun chose this project. Why would Lee, who has successfully made his debut into Hollywood, make a choice that is dangerous as a commercial film? 10Asia sat with Lee to ask him that question. 10: What is your thoughts on "I Saw the Devil?" I heard you were quite shocked after seeing the final production of the movie during the screening. Lee Byung-hun (Lee): It's not to the point where I was shocked. (laugh) I did feel that it was different from when I had first read the scenario because the film doesn't reveal all of the cruelty and violence. I thought that this project was unlike any other revenge film and I felt this powerful strength from just reading the script,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 3 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: You're well-known as being a producer who works closely with the actors. There are many actors who like you or you get along with and you run a management agency too. Jeong Tae-won: I always think of myself as their older brother. And that I should make the sacrifices for them first since I'm their older brother. But when I make new attempts, I expect them to engage in them for their faith in me rather than for the money. On the outside, Taewon [Entertainment] is perceived as a company which is overflowing with money but our organs are the only things that aren't held [as security]. (laugh) Every project is difficult in the beginning but the actors have always helped since they know their older brother is going to make a movie, not buy land, by making money. (laugh) Both "IRIS" and "71-Into the Fire" are also productions which would have been difficult to make without that trust. When a movie doesn't do well, the actors are the first people I feel sorry for. I wheedled them into doing it but I would leave a scratch in their life due to that film. It remains a debt in my heart. And I want to do whatever I can to repay that debt,...More
[10LINE] Actress Moon Geun-young 2010/05/06, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Im Soo-jung, actor Kim Rae-won, actor Park Gun-hyung, actor Kim Joo-hyuk and actress Lee Mi-sook [10Asia]
Moon Geun-young Star. Icon. Nation's little sister. Now we call her by her name "Geun-yeong".
Shin Ae-dukMoon Geun-young's grandmother. As a child, Moon began her day watching morning dramas with her grandmother and at nights would fall asleep while talking with her grandmother on what happened during the day with her parents being busy working. Her grandmother told her, "In life, people go through various ups and downs but I don't want you to think about that too much and rather work on refining yourself and grow up to become an intelligent actress". Moon Geun-young's mother told her that the money she makes "is not our money" and suggested in donating it as "a way of investing your love to society". One of the biggest reasons that Moon was able to act from a young age until now without faltering is because of the unconditional support she received from her family,...More
[10LINE] Lee Byung-hun 2010/02/15, Source,
Clockwise from top center, actor Im Chang-jung, actor Song Seung-heon, actress Choi Ji-woo, director Kim Jee-woon and actress Kim Tae-hee [10Asia]
Lee Byung-hun He grabbed people's attention as soon as he made his acting debut. And he did great. He would then encounter a crisis but everytime, he would somehow find his way back. And he went around the world to look for new work. This is the life of this top star whose life is like a drama or drama turns out to be what his life is.,...More
Lee Byung-hun wins best jewellery wearer award in Japan 2010/01/29, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun and Madame Miyuki at the International Jewelry Tokyo event [BH Entertainment]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun has won an award for being the best jewellery wearer alongside Japan's First Lady at a jewellery event in Tokyo held Wednesday.
According to his agency BH Entertainment, the actor attended the opening ceremony of the International Jewellery Tokyo 2010 and jointly won a special award in the category with Miyuki Hatoyama.,...More
Song Kang-ho's New Movie 'Secret Reunion' 2010/01/17, Source,
In an interview at a hotel in Sokong-dong, actor Song Kang-ho said, "First of all, I could easily identify my own personality with the character I played in the movie ‘Secret Reunion' better than in any of my other movies. The character of Han-kyu in Secret Reunion seems to me to be a mix of previous characters I played before, including Doo-man ("Memories of Murder") and Kyung-pil ("JSA - Joint Security Area"). I think that my character Han-kyu is a unique character, but I also used several of my previous characters from my other movies to influence the character 'Han-kyu'. I see my role as Han-kyu to be an assorted gift of my acting experiences for my fans. I tried to show the essence of my acting through Han-kyu and to express him as a father and a husband in his daily life, even though Han-kyu is an agent of the National Intelligence Service (laughing)".
Song, who has gained growing popularity and recognition for his acting credentials, plays Han-kyu, a former agent of the NIS in the movie "Secret Reunion", which is the second movie by director Jang Hoon, whose first project as the main director was "A Movie is a Movie". "Secret Reunion" will be released on February 4.,...More
The Busan Film Festival Visits the U.S. 2009/11/13, Source, The Busan Film Festival and the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts have formed a partnership to screen Korean films at the U.S. campus. The university, located in Orange California, will screen a select number of contemporary and classic films designed to introduce U.S. audienc,...More
The 8th Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival Opens this Week 2009/06/26, Source, This year's Mise-en-scene Short Film festival will showcase a total of 120 films. The film festival whose focus is genre short films will feature films genres normally associated with feature length films. These genres include horror, fantasy, love and even action. It features 57 films in the offi,...More
CJ Ent. Makes Waves at HK FILMART 2009/04/16, Source, The film sales arm of Korean major CJ Entertainment did brisk business at the Hong Kong FIILMART, closing deals on a slew of titles including pre-sales for its big-budget disaster film "Haeundae" going to Indonesia's VSG for rights over Mala,...More
AZ Works Opens Post-Production Complex in Busan 2009/03/19, Source, South Korea's leading post-production company AZ Works has opened a new 4-story complex in the southern port city of Busan, home to the Pusan Int'l Film Festival. Called 'AZ Works on the Beach' the building is fully-equipped for film processing, editing, graphics and other digital post-production w,...More
Korean Master and 12 Features in Hong Kong 2009/03/06, Source, One of Korean cinema's early masters and one of the most important directors of the 60s and 70s, YU Hyun-mok, 84, will receive a retrospective at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The event, which opens March 22, will feature four of the director's finest films under the title,...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
LIM Pil-seong's "Flower of Evil" Project 2009/02/10, Source, Director Yim Pil-sung is known for films that tread on the fragile threshold of human psychology, often plunging into depths of horror and fantasy. His latest project is no exception. To be presented at the upcoming Hong Kong – Asia Film Fin,...More
"The Uninvited", a remake of the South Korean horror movie ",...More
Fajr Film Fest Hosts Korean Retrospective
2009/01/14, Source, Iran's major annual film event, the 27th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF), held in Tehran, will showcase a retrospective of contemporary Korean films. 13 features produced from the years 2000 through 2008 will screen in the Persian capital, January 30 to February 10, 2009.
Korean Hits on U.S. International Watch List 2008/12/31, Source, Two of South Korea's top box office winners for 2008 have made it into the International Watch List, a survey of the American film industry's favorite foreign films from the past year. The list is put together based on votes from over 50 US film executives. Director,...More
2008 packed surprises 2008/12/11, Source, Data released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on December 2, revealed a number of modest budgeted films in the top five of most successful films in 2008. However, the list is lead by the big budget blockbuster ",...More
This year's Blue Dragon Awards' best film honor went to ",...More
Blue Dragon Award Goes to Sports Drama 2008/11/21, Source, The 2008 Blue Dragon Awards chose a sports drama about the silver medal-winning Korean women handball Olympic team as the best movie of the year. In the award ceremony at the KBS Hall in Yeouido, Seou,...More
'Mummy' has Korean box office all wrapped up 2008/08/05, Source, "The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor", one of Hollywood's summer blockbusters, sold 2 million tickets in the five days since its release, its local distributor UIPKorea said yesterday.
The strong performance of "Mummy 3" knocked ",...More
Jung Woo-sung on Being 'Good' 2008/07/28, Source, There he stood, oblivious to passers-by staring at him. One hand resting on the door, looking up with a faint smile, he looked ineffably cool -- rather than "good" in his new movie.
South Korean movies continue to make their way around the globe to vie for prizes and reach a wider audience. Some notable trips to international film festivals include feted director Kim Ki-duk's latest work <,...More
With five titles screening in various sections of the festival including Kim Jee-woon's ",...More
Five Korean films join Cannes fest 2008/05/15, Source, The 61st Cannes Film Festival has kicked off with fanfare, spicing up the festive mood for moviegoers all around the world. The ebullient mood remains largely the same here in Korea, but one thing is palpably different: There's no chance for a Korean movie or actor grabbing an award in the competiti,...More
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
CGV Multiplex to Offer Subtitled Screenings 2008/01/30, Source, CJ-CGV, one of the top three exhibition chains in Korea, will devote a screen at its central-Seoul multiplex in the Yongsan Station shopping center to the exclusive showing of domestic films with English subtitles. The long-term project is a team strategy between CGV and local powerhouse studio CJ,...More
Upon the spirits of the New Year 2008, the Korean films are preparing a big counterblow against the Hollywood films. One after another, the talented veteran directors are coming back with a huge bag of New Year's surprises for the movie fans.
Korean filmmakers bet on large-scale projects 2008/01/03, Source, Many local movie productions suffered setbacks last year, due to increased costs and the strengthened position of Hollywood blockbusters. In 2008, leading filmmakers are betting on large-scale projects to turn things around for the embattled local film industry.
Asian Film Market and PPP Results 2007/10/16, Source, The Asian Film Market was again bustling in its second year although buyers tended to window-shop and take notes for later. A number of Korean films were picked up mainly for TV/DVD rights. Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia sealed a number of deals, selling all rights to,...More
6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival 2007/06/26, Source, Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.
Though running as briefly as six minutes, short films show that size is not a factor for capturing the limitless power of imagination. Andre Bazin, film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future".
Korean Films in NY Asian Film Fest 2007/06/22, Source, This year's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) features a spate of prominent Korean films and runs from June 22nd to July 8th. Now in its 6th year, the festival selects 30 top Asian films to screen along with three programs of award winning shorts taken from Korea's very own Mise-en-Scene's Genre,...More
Seven Korean Films to Air on American Cable 2006/03/09, Source, Seven Korean films, including "Old Boy" and "Samaria", will be shown on the Sundance Movie Channel, an American cable TV network.
Kim Jee-suk, programmer of the Pusan International Film Festival, recently stated, "SunDance Movie Channel, a leading movie cable channel in the United States, has bough,...More
Sitges is one of the three top global festivals for fantasy films along with the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Films,...More
Lee Byung-hun to meet Tsumabuki Satoshi 2005/10/07, Source, Actors Lee Byung-hun, 35, and Tsumabuki Satoshi, 24, both regarded to be among the most handsome actors in their home countries, will meet at the Pusan International Film Festival, reported the festival's organizers. The two will hold an "ope,...More
PIFF aims high in its 10th year 2005/10/06, Source, Busan, Korea's biggest port city, will see more celebrities of the world's film industry than ever during the 10th annual Pusan International Film Festival, which kicks off a nine-day-run tonight in its beautiful sea village of Haeundae and downtown Nampo-dong.
The biggest port city in the nation will throw its biggest party for moviegoers yet as the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will celebrate its 10th edition with special programs and events next month.
"This year's event will be especially dedicated to Pu,...More
Directed by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon, the 2004 documentary tells a story of two female North Korean gymnasts who dedicate themselves to the Mass Games. Gordon, the first foreigner to shoot a documentary in Pyon,...More
Kang Woo-seok, Park Chan-wook and Choi Min-sik to Appear on TV 2005/08/08, Source, Prominent Korean actors, film directors and producers will appear on TV to discuss the past, present and future of Korean movies. Entitled "60 Years of Korean Movies through the Eyes of 60 Culture Figures", the program was prepared by KBS TV1's "TV Culture Zone" to mark the 60th anniversary of the n,...More
With a 'Directors cut' etc. that added new scenes, this DV,...More
Real Fantastic Film Festival 2005 Kicks Off 2005/07/14, Source, The opening ceremony of the Real Fantastic Film Festival 2005, which will last through July 23, was held July 14 in Jongno, Seoul, drawing significant attention from the representatives of the movie industry.
The 1924 Russian silent film "Aelita" was screened at the opening ceremony to the accomp,...More
CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.
Eight local films will be among the Asian films heading to the 58th Cannes Film Festival, taking part in competition and non-competition categories from May 11-22 and presents 53 films from 28 countries.
Korean film "TaeGukgi" popular in U.S. 2004/10/10, Source, The Korean film, "TaeGukgi" (The Brotherhood of War), which is competing in the race for the U.S. Academy Awards' nomination for best foreign film for the first time among Korean movies, earned $1 million in ticket sales at box offices in the United States. The record was made in just four weeks aft,...More
Korean movies are poised to attract German audiences 2004/08/11, Source, In general, Germans show two widely different responses to Korean food. Owing to preconceptions concerning the smell of garlic, some Germans are disgusted by Korean food even before tasting it. Others, though, are fascinated by "bulgogi (roast meat)" and "kimchi (pickled vegetables)", and often visi,...More
Korean Film Highlighted at Philadelphia Festival 2004/03/24, Source, Philadelphia's film goers will have a feast of Korean cinema to choose from when the 13th Philadelphia Film Festival opens on April 8.
South Korea is well represented with 11 features out of the 133 to be screened, including a special category called New Korean Cinema. The category's six films incl,...More
'Old Boy' Remake to Hit Hollywood 2004/03/11, Source, The Park Chan-wook film "Old boy" will be reborn as a Hollywood movie. Cineclick Asia, the overseas marketer for the film, announced Tuesday that in the American Film Festival, it concluded a deal with the U.S movie company Universal Picture,...More
Fantasporto NEWS/AWARDS 2004 2004/03/01, Source, 24th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto has closed its doors on Saturday, again with more than 100,000 spectators.
SOUTH KOREA, DANEMARK AND SPAIN
SHARE THE AWARDS LIST IN FANTASPORTO 2004
Spanish cinema with KILLING WORDS and EL OUTRO LADO DE LA CAMA, and South K,...More
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