[Guest Film Review] "On the Beach at Night Alone" 2017/12/16,
Having watched all three of Hong Sang-soo's 2017 films (the present one, "Claire's Camera", "The Day After - 2017") and most of his earlier works, I have to admit that, although I still enjoy them, the repetition of theme and style is getting somewhat annoying. The addition of Kim Min-hee in his latest works has definitely helped (with this movie actually drawing much from his real-life relationship with her) as did the change of scenery to Europe, with Hamburg as this one's base, but with three films in one year, even these aspects do not seem enough,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/11/19,
Film Stage lists director Hong Sang-soo's top ten foreign films, KoBiz's latest infographic tracks the country's most successful music films of all time, the 43rd edition of the Seoul Independent Film Festival (SIFF) has the biggest program schedule ever, and Daily NK discusses two of the top films from the recently concluded Annual North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Claire's Camera" 2017/11/11,
One fact about Hong Sang-soo's filmography is that he seems to shoot the same movie again and again with very few changes in all of the aspects that comprise his films. Another fact is that he does it so well, and that his virtues (mainly the composition and the ironic humor) are so evident, to the point that one finds himself wishing to see them all. This time, he made a few changes, as he decided to shoot in Cannes, include Isabelle Huppert in the cast, and have his actors speak English as much as Korean,...More
[Guest Film Review] "The Day After - 2017" 2017/10/28, Hong Sang-soo has been, for quite a while now, a favorite of the festival circuit, particularly the ones in Europe, with his art-house aesthetics, his intelligent and occasionally ironic humor, and the drinking that seems to be everywhere in his films, finding much sympathy among film buffs. "The Day After - 2017" continues in this path, for the most part,...More
Which Top Stars Starred in the School Series? 2017/07/23, Source,
The famous School Series is back! Starting from 1999 to 2002, and then from 2012 to 2013, and restarting the legacy in 2015, the School Series accompanied my generation's school years. Having 7 different seasons, some episodes have similarities considering the limit of the genre but nevertheless, it is still the program that attracts all the young viewers, and still the program that every young actors and actresses wishes to take part in,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Day After - 2017" 2017/07/15,
In the opening scene of "The Day After - 2017" Hae-joo (played by Jo Joon-hee) has noticed a suspicious change in her husband Bong-wan (played by Kwon Hae-hyo). Today, he is unusually happy. So Hae-joo moves to the logical conclusion- Bong-hwan has found an attractive woman. Normally such an absurd supposition would be the grounds for a farce. Then Bong-wan scoffs, continues to awkwardly eat his breakfast, and rather ominously avoids directly refuting any of Hae-joo's comments,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/05/28, Hong Sang-soo talks about his minimalist approach to filmmaking, Slant reviews "Okja" after its premiere at Cannes in France, read how diplomatic tensions are affecting Korea's cinema industry, and Bong Joon-ho voices his support for the coming together of local industries and streamers like Netflix,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/22,
Note the Korean films that will be competing at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the Evening Standard reviews Park Chan-wook's "masterpiece", explore Korea's various bro films, and KoBiz's latest infographic documents the different Korean presidents that have appeared in film,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "On the Beach at Night Alone" + Poster Giveaway 2017/04/08,
Yeong-hee (played by Kim Min-hee) is a film actress with surprisingly little to do in her copious free time. Allegedly, Yeong-hee does have friends, but Yeong-hee's conversations with them frequently descend into self-deprecating melancholy. I mean really, what else do you call nonchalant references to extramarital affairs, coupled with the suspicious insistence that nah, I don't really care even though it's apparently the only thing I can think of to talk about? Yeong-hee lives in her own sad little world, and through "On the Beach at Night Alone", we feel sorry for her,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.31 ~ 2017.04.02 2017/04/03,
Foreign fairytale narrowly outplays "The Prison" for the top spot...
"Beauty and the Beast", Bill Condon's re-imagining of Disney's classic fairytale, fended off a flood of new entries last weekend to secure a second week at the top. Now in its third weekend, the film once again narrowly retained pole position by capturing 32.51% of the sales (650,185 admissions). That sum moves its bottom line in Korea now to over 4 million admissions ($30.1 million) and is currently the third highest-grossing film of the year behind "The King" (5.3 million) and "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" is closing in on a billion dollars in sales: $876.3 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.24 - 2017.03.26 2017/03/27,
A flood of new entries fail to subdue "Beauty and the Beast"...
Despite the flood of new entries, foreign and domestic, Disney's musical fantasy "Beauty and the Beast" narrowly retained pole position by capturing 40.98% of the sales. With the million admissions the film scored over the weekend, Bill Condon's remake now moves its total tally in Korea to 3.1 million, or $23.1 million; "Beauty and the Beast" is only 500,000 short of becoming the third highest-grossing film in Korea this year,...More
Hong Sang-soo's lonely divorce trial, wife refuses 2017/03/16, Source,
Director Hong Sang-soo is going through some difficult times with the divorce from his wife.
According to sources, the divorce is currently on standstill. Apparently the wife hasn't been delivered the papers related to the divorce as she was 'unavailable' three times. Hong Sang-soo apparently submitted certified copies of an order of correction to court last month,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Conclusion of the First Annual HanCinema Awards 2017/01/08,
The First Annual HanCinema Awards has concluded successfully thank to you, HanCinema Readers! With over half a million votes in fifteen categories, you let your voices be heard and we couldn't be more pleased! Thank you so much for joining us on this great adventure into film and drama!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actress in a Film - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/26,
It is the final week of the exciting First Annual HanCinema Awards! The ladies of Korean cinema have received your votes and the results are in! Thank you so much for voting and giving these wonderful actresses your votes. HanCinema couldn't have done this without you.,...More
Zico and Seolhyun's relationship revealed 2016/08/11, Source,
Zico and Seolhyun are two of today's hottest idol stars. They have recently admitted that they are seeing each other.
Their managements announced that they were dependant on each other during hard times and eventually evolved into a relationship. They are only just getting to know each other,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Handmaiden" 2016/06/25,
The time is the Japanese Occupation. Sook-hee (played by Kim Tae-ri) is a street-level thief and con artist who like anyone else is just trying to get by. Opportunity arises in the form of the Count (played by Ha Jung-woo) who needs assistance as part of an elaborate scheme to gain access to the family fortune of Hideko (played by Kim Min-hee). All is not as it seems. Although in the movies, when is it ever?,...More
Hong Sang-soo's family, "We never provided text messages" 2016/06/23, Source, Hong Sang-soo's family are going to sue a female magazine to the Press Arbitration Commission. This magazine reported false contents and made up false conversations in a text message.
Apparently this magazine made it seem like Hong's wife gave her interview off record, as if she poured her heart out to the female reporter and made-up text messages that she never provided,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.06.03 ~ 2016.06.05 2016/06/06, Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" suppresses Marvel's mutants...
Park Chan-wook's latest film, "The Handmaiden", starring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, and Ha Jung-woo, was officially released last Wednesday and dislodged Marvel's "X-Men: Apocalypse" at the top of the pile. Last weekend the latest "X-Men" film entered the chart and occupied first place with 1.1 million admissions going its way (51%). Park's much-anticipated thriller, however, shot to the top in its first weekend out by capturing 47% of the box office pie. From 1,167 screens, and fresh after its successful run at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received favourable reviews from critics and filmgoers alike, "The Handmaiden" attracted 1.2 million admissions to top the chart during its first weekend out on home soil,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/04/23, Park Chan-wook is back in the spotlight as "The Handmaiden" heads to Cannes, Inverse has a compelling take on the relationship between South Korean cinema and the country's socio-political reality, KOBIZ shares an infographic showing the locations of Hong Sang-soo's films, and Pierce Conran asks if there is still space in multiplexes for romantic dramas,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Right Now, Wrong Then" 2015/10/17,
Choon-soo (played by Jung Jae-young) is a well regarded film director on a winter trip to Suwon to give a guest talk about one of his movies. Aside from this one errand, Choon-soo apparently has nothing better to do than wander around cultural sites and eventually strike up a conversation with Hee-jeong (played by Kim Min-hee). As it turns out, Hee-jeong also has nothing better to do with her time than have random conversations with random strangers. Although it probably helps that Choon-soo is a somewhat famous stranger,...More
"Pinocchio", will it succeed? 2014/09/28, Source,
Another drama based on the media has yet to come.
Media-based dramas aren't a preferable kind since their track record hasn't been a successful one,...More
Jo In-sung, Kim Min-hee Call It Quits 2014/09/26, Source,
Actor Jo In-sung's relationship with actress Kim Min-hee has ended.
"Jo and Kim have been busy working and haven't been able to spend a lot of time together, resulting in their break-up", their agencies said in a joint press release on Wednesday.
Jo and Kim admitted to being in a relationship in March last year,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "No Tears For The Dead" 2014/06/20,
It's pretty telling that the film's main effective emotional moments make a lot more sense without any kind of context. Take Mo-kyeong (played by Kim Min-hee). She's in pain because of the death of her daughter and husband- especially the former, because Mo-kyeong feels guilty about not being a better parent. This is some strong melodrama here- being a good parent is really hard.
Then we flash back to the main plot, and oh yeah, this is a story about assassins and brotherhood and laundered stock money and battles of honor and techno wizardry and, really, melodrama aside, the action here just gets increasingly and absurdly silly,...More
No Tears for the Dead (2014) 2014/06/06, Source, "No Tears for the Dead"
Genres: Action and Drama
Running Time: 116 min.
Directed by: Lee Jeong-beom
Starring: Jang Dong-gun, Kim Min-hee
Synopsis: After immigrating to America and being abandoned by his own mother, Kon is raised to become a hit man. One day during a job, Kon accidentally kills a young girl and is plagued by guilt over killing an innocent child. His boss gives the despondent hit man a new job -- to kill the young girl's mother. His new target works as a risk manager at an investment firm. The grief-stricken mother buries herself in her work without knowing that she is in the heart of a dangerous conspiracy,...More
Legendary S. Korean Director of "The Man from Nowhere" Returns with the Highly Anticipated Film "No Tears for the Dead" 2014/06/04, Source,
South Korea's highly anticipated film "No Tears for the Dead" (directed by Lee Jeong-beom) is set to be released in North American theaters June 20th!
PROLOGUE Veteran hitman Gon (Jang Dong-gun) receives a mission, which is to target Mogyeong (Kim Min-hee). The trouble is, he falls in love with her.
SYNOPSIS Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hitman. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible mistake of killing an innocent young girl. A flood of guilt takes over his life and the situation becomes worse when his boss assigns him the job of killing the young girl's mother. Gon's new target, Mogyeong, is a risk manager at an investment firm and has buried herself in work to bury her grief. She is completely unaware of her role at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy. Finally, she meets the man who wants to tell her the truth behind the death of her child,...More
Shin Min-a and Kim Min-hee, on the big screen 2014/04/30, Source,
Two actresses are taking a leap onto the big screen.
Best friends and most standing out actresses in their 30s, Kim Min-hee and Shin Min-a are coming out with new movies this June. They went through the course of cover models in their teens, youth stars in their 20s and now they're attempting at something new in their 30s,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.12 - 2013.04.14 2013/04/15,
Korea's love for all things Tom Cruise proves itself once again this week as the Hollywood actor's new film "Oblivion" takes the top spot. The film is based off an unpublished graphic novel from the director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy") and Arvid Nelson. Mr. Kosiniski said that the film pays homage to the 1970s and the science fiction films of that era. 530,069 (34%) admissions were enough for the film to hold first position over 638 screenings around the country. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The sci-fi genre seems to fit Cruise's acting persona well and the thousands of Korean cinephiles that came out over the weekend to see him in action would not disagree,...More
[Hancinema's Box Office Review] 2013.03.22 ~ 2013.03.24 2013/03/25, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.03.08 ~ 2013.03.10)Roh Deok debut film "Very Ordinary Couple" landed in first place with 538,875 (31.9%) this past weekend. Roh's romantic melodrama draws on her own personal experiences of life and love in what is expected to be a fresh take on the Korea's romance genre. The film stars Lee Min-ki ("Spellbound") and Kim Min-hee ("Helpless") as they battle the probability of getting back together after their breakup. In addition to Roh Deok first effort, this past week also saw the release of number of new films that managed to keep things interesting during this period of relatively low admissions,...More
Today's Photo: March 1, 2013 2013/03/01, Source,
A woman looks at fashion accessories at a department store in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis
Students smile at an entrance ceremony at a university in Seoul on Thursday,...More
KBS "'School' to be made into a drama" 2012/08/23, Source,
KBS drama "School", also known as the gateway to becoming a star is coming out soon.
A KBS spokesperson explained, "We are currently talking about the drama with the thought of airing on television. Meetings have been going on but nothing official has been confirmed yet",...More
CJ Entertainment America Presents "Helpless" 2012/04/10, Source,
Dark Horse Korean Hit at the Gate in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America is launching the moody Korean thriller "Helpless" on April 20, 2012 as an exclusive engagement for Los Angeles at the CGV Cinemas, with national dates expected for early May. The film was a critical darling and unexpected box office champion for two consecutive weeks when it was released in Korea earlier this year.
- Russell Edwards, Variety
"...The film never ceases to compel. As the layers of deceit are peeled back, Byeon seems in complete command of her material. A key demonstration of her narrative dexterity is the way she flaunts an audacious 'Chinatown'-like clue to the missing woman's whereabouts without pre-empting the climax",...More
Arts and Culture 2012/03/13, Source,
It's that time of day when you might be wondering what there is to do around the country. Our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim is here to satisfy that curiosity. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young and hello to you all.
What exciting updates do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Well, as you know Conn-young, 2012 has been a great year for Korean movies, with movies like "Dancing Queen", and "Love Fiction" being hits at the Korean box office,...More
'Helpless': director's oversight drags film down 2012/03/08, Source, Lee Sun-kyun in a scene from "Helpless"
By Kwaak Je-yup
Regardless of a director's competence, poorly adapted screenplays can kill a movie.
"Helpless" (local title: "Hwacha"), Byeon Yeong-joo's newest work in seven years, epitomizes this unfortunate truth, and she only has herself to blame because she also wrote it.
Best known for her acclaimed documentary triptych on comfort women, or the Korean sex slaves during the World War II ("The Murmuring",1995, "Habitual Sadness", 1997 and "My Own Breathing", 1999), Byeon now presents a thriller feature based on best-seller 1992 novel "Kasha" by Japanese novelist Miyuki Miyabe. (The title refers to a train to hell from the country's folklore. Passengers can only board but not get off.),...More
Kim Min-hee Anything But 'Helpless' in New Movie Role 2012/03/03, Source,
Actress Kim Min-hee, who stars in the film "Helpless", which is scheduled to be released next Thursday, fell in love with the movie as soon as she read the script.
"I love films about characters with checkered lives, so I thought this role would give me a chance to show what I am capable of as an actress because it fits my style", she said. Not that portraying a character with a complicated life story is an easy task. "The key was being able to express the detailed emotions the protagonist was going through, so I needed to be really focused and communicate my ideas clearly to the director Byeon Yeong-joo", she said,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.06.03~2011.06.05) 2011/06/06, Source, Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.06-03~2011.06.05)
Tickets sales this past weekend were more evenly spread but "Kung Fu Panda 2" still holds onto to number one with 894,141 admissions. The animation comedy is approaching 3 million and with the Memorial Day holiday happening in Korea this weekend it will soar past that mark in no time at all.,...More
Conspiracy flick is painstakingly real 2011/06/02, Source, Hwang Jung-min stars as an investigative journalist in the conspiracy drama "Moby Dick". / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won
Marked by intrigue and wit, "Moby Dick" paves the way for conspiracy dramas, a genre not yet fully explored in Korean cinema.
Painstakingly realistic depictions of thoroughly domestic matters provide for Hollywood-esque entertainment that invites vested interest, particularly as top actors give their finest performances - but at the same time this deprives the film of that cathartic oomph audiences might expect,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2 2011/02/23, Source, Show transcript
Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene".
We have our Dami in the studio today. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영! Today for we're going to start off with Park Jin-young, who has debuted as an actor through the TV drama "Dream High", and has been chosen to be a model for a commercial. Let's kick off this week's with the latest news from this super-multi-entertainer.
Park Jin-young has been chosen to represent a laptop brand in its newest commercials. He is now taking his first steps as a model,...More
Eight Korean films to show at Berlin film fest 2010/02/10, Source,
Korean films "Actresses" (left) and "The Naked Kitchen" (Right)
Eight Korean films -- including "Actresses", "The Naked Kitchen" and "A Brand New Life" -- are up for presentation at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, which kicks off in Germany on Thursday.
This year, the film festival -- which is considered one of the most prestigious film events in Europe alongside Cannes, Venice and Rotterdam -- will show more than 400 films from around the world.
In addition to the following Korean movies invited to the film fest, two Asian productions have also been selected for the opening and closing films; "Apart Together", directed by Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan'an to open the event while Japanese film "Younger Brother" by Yoji Yamada will close the festival on February 21.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Min-hee, "No paparazzi!" 2009/11/18, Source, Fashionista Kim Min-hee has been in a very unique concept photoshoot!
She is in the December edition of CECI fashion magazine with photographer Jo Seon-hee. Kim takes on the image of a fashionable and gorgeous actress!
Kim pretends to hate the paparazzis that are everywhere at the party she is entering with a,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Min-hee modeling for Spring fashions! 2009/03/20, Source, Style icon Kim Min-hee has modeled in the 2009 Spring fashion. She is wearing the female casual fashion.
Recently she has taken a shrot break after some award ceremonies in the New Years. Now, she is modeling in modern and cynical concepts that will be released on the 21st. Kim is wearing a activewear jumpsuit that is also stylish!,...More
[ChanMi's take] Kim Min-hee's unique style never fails us to surprise 2009/01/09, Source, Kim Min-hee appears at Lacoste 2009 Spring/Summer Presentation this 6th in Seoul.
Lacoste presentation tried to depict the nature and seasonal vacation this year. The new silver logo also brings a sophisticated and luxurious item to the club line and sexy sportswear.
The style also is back from the 60s look.
Here, Kim Min-hee tried to make a look of her own. It is definitely surprising.
Her braided hair like a school girl with jean shorts, navy nature print blouse, and a black longsleeve fur jacket is an odd match.
Would you give this outfit a thumbs up or down?,...More
The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Sparkles with Stars 2008/04/24, Source, Korean TV and film stars gathered together for The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Thursday evening in Seoul. The Awards honors filmmakers, TV actors and actresses, producers and programs that made distinguishing marks in the field of visual media arts.
In the film category, the grand prize went to More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
Various origins of female stars… 'Miss Korea' group falters 2008/03/13, Source, On a breezy spring day in March 2008, the entertainment investigation team of Sports Khan sensed an emergency. The argument between female stars about their influence has become fierce, almost to the point of battle. Accordingly, under the supervision of Detective Choi, the entertainment investigati,...More
New Movies: "Little Prince", "Sweeny Todd" & "Hellcats" 2008/01/18, Source, Time to check on what's new at the movies.
We have two Korean movies one a drama and the other starring a member of pop sensation Wonder Girls.
There is also the latest from director Tim Burton, who won two Golden Globe awards for a remake of Sweeny Todd.
Here's Lee Jeewon.
First up this week is,...More
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