[Photos] New Posters for "The First Lap" Reflect a Couple's Affections 2017/12/01, Source,
Although "The First Lap" is touted as an exploration of a long-term couple deliberating over their future, these posters reflect the tenderness and affection that have kept them together for so many years. Bathed in soft light and highlighted by their smiles, there is something to this couple that makes them special. The question is, will that something special carry them through the hardships of family and life's circumstances?,...More
[Photo] New, strained poster for "The First Lap" 2017/11/17, Source,
Although they are sitting side by side, the couple in the newest poster for "The First Lap" look as though they aren't completely at ease with each other. In much of the promotional material, we see they are comfortable with each other until they journey to their parents' homes. Perhaps this poster represents that time in their life,...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
[Video] Insider peek into couple life in teaser for "The First Lap" 2017/10/19, Source,
This teaser is a pretty intimate look into the relationship explored in the film "The First Lap". The camera is focused on the back of the couples' heads as they are driving a car. We never see their faces and they are doing nothing explicit, but the short teaser is nonetheless quite intimate. They talk simply of getting a cat, but it feels as though we're creeping into their lives with the point-of-view and the relaxed way in which they talk to each other. It's an interesting take on delving into a long-term relationship,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Jamsil" 2017/10/14,
Art house films have been a relatively newly acquired taste for me, which has begun during the last seven or eight years. As I found my way in the Korean art house film genre, I stumbled upon some greats ("The Liar" and "Communication and Lies" come to mind), and some utterly uninteresting ones. Then there is "Jamsil", which does not fit in either of these categories. The only definite thing I could say about it is what came to mind as I was watching it: "Too art-house",...More
[Guest Film Review] "The First Lap" 2017/09/30,
It is always reinvigorating when a movie reminds me that, apart from the crime/action thrillers and the melodramas, South Korea also has a presence in indie, art-house cinema, occasionally producing great films of the genre. "The First Lap" is a distinct sample of the fact in a production that netted Kim Dae-hwan the Best Emerging Director award from Locarno,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Another Night" 2017/07/22,
Seok-i (played by Kang Pil-suk) is a Chinese man who used to live in South Korea, where he married Eun-im (played by Kim Sae-byuk). He briefly returns to find out what happened to her after receiving a mysterious letter. Seok-i has to ask old friends to get any clue of what happened to Eun-im, and progress is limited. Much like Seok-i himself, Eun-im simply drifted away from the world she knew, since there wasn't anything to tie her down,...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 Box Office Review] 2016/10/31,
Marvel's "Doctor Strange" arrives and thrives
Marvel's fourteenth film, "Doctor Strange", arrived last Wednesday and shot straight to the top of the chart by capturing 63.4% of the box office pie. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson, had a massive 1,500 screens from which to pool and attracted 1.6 million admissions ($12.9 million) to dislodged Lee Gye-byeok's comedy drama "Luck.Key" as the country's film of choice,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.10.21 ~ 2016.10.23 2016/10/24,
"Lucky.Key" retains pole position after screen boost despite "Inferno"...
Lee Gye-byeok's drama "Luck.Key" gained a few more screens during its second week out and retained pole position by adding another 1.4 million admissions (66%) to its total tally. Since its release mid-October, "Luck.Key" has banked $4.3 million (4.3 million admissions) and so moves to number ten in the country's list of highest-grossing films of the year,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 13 2016/08/21,
Hye-kyeong's brother, Kim Sae-byuk makes a surprise visit in episode thirteen of "The Good Wife" and brings things to light with his presence, including Hye-kyeong's feelings about her situation. Tae-joon lets Ji-hoon know why he is living separately and the boy struggles with the information. Meanwhile, Joon-ho is back and working with Tae-joon in a case which pits them against Hye-kyeong and where the person she is defending looks guilty,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Midsummer's Fantasia" 2015/06/06,
Sometimes it seems like every time I think every form of meta film commentary's been done, another weird angle pops out of the woodwork. With "A Midsummer's Fantasia", that commentary is on location scouting. Technically speaking most location scouting these days is done according to tax incentives. And realistically speaking "A Midsummer's Fantasia" was obviously produced the same way. The project was spearheaded at the Nara International Film Festival, and as it happens the location on display here is Gojo City, a picturesque town in the Nara district of Japan,...More
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