Netflix Drama "Kingdom" Beefs up Cast 2017/11/28, Source,
Zombies and Hallyu stars are lined up for the second Netflix-produced K-drama. This newer production direction may pave a new path concerning the future of K-drama. Even if it doesn't, this Joseon drama has a ton of potential,...More
Dramas are getting shorter 2017/03/06, Source,
Dramas are getting shorter.
Usually dramas are 16 to 20 episodes long but from this year, 'miniseries' are getting to as short at 8 or 10 episodes,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.08.19 ~ 2016.08.21 2016/08/22,
Local literary adaptations take the top spots...
Kim Seong-hun's action thriller "Tunnel" retained the top spot over the weekend and moved its total admissions count now to over 5 million. "Tunnel", based on So Jae-won's novel of the same name, was released on 10 August and shot to number one during its first weekend out with almost 2 million admissions. The foot traffic has tapered off since last weekend, but Kim's claustrophobic thriller was still able to maintain a clear lead by attracting more than double the stubs of its nearest competitor, another local literary adaptation,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.08.12 ~ 2016.08.14 2016/08/15, "Tunnel" dethrones "The Last Princess" and takes the crown...
Kim Seong-hun's action thriller "Tunnel" arrived last week and managed to capture 40% of box office pie and dislodge "The Last Princess" at the top of the pile. Last weekend Heo Jin-ho's historical melodrama (aka "Princess Deokhye") attracted 1.1 million filmgoers across 964 screens to take pole position; despite following that good opening with another 966,862 admissions here (21%), which moved its total tally now to 3.5 million ($25.6 million), Heo's latest was forced into second place after the "Tunnel" arrived on the scene and attracted 1.8 million admissions ($13.8 million) from 1,091 screens,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tunnel" 2016/08/13,
Jeong-soo (played by Ha Jung-woo) is a normal husband and father who briefly gets waylaid by bad service at a gas station. Little does Jeong-soo realize that he is in a movie called "Tunnel", and that irony of ironies, bad service at the gas station probably ended up saving Jeong-soo's life in the form of an extra free bottle of water. Once trapped in the "Tunnel", all of a sudden every random object that happened to be in Jeong-soo's car takes on disproportionate importance,...More
Ha Jung-woo heads for Hawaii to recharge 2015/10/29, Source, Ha Jung-woo headed for Hawaii once again. He's taking some time off to re-energize and revitalize prior to his upcoming movie.
It is a known fact, Ha Jung-woo's attachment to Hawaii. He spends most of his time in Hawaii when he's not working. He preaches about Hawaii to others and even said he wanted to be the promotional ambassador of Hawaii,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Hard Day": Honest Pay for an Honest Day?
2014/11/15, In the spotlight this week: Kim Seong-hun's "A Hard Day"…"A Hard Day" had a tough, but rewarding, time at the local box office. After a positive premiere at Cannes (where it screened as part of the independent "Directors' Fortnight" section), this intense and dogged thriller clung onto its top ten ticket for an impressive eight weeks; a solid stint that required battling million-dollar titans like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (4.3M), "Edge of Tomorrow" (4.6M), "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (5.2M), as well a local dagger in Jo Beom-goo's "The Divine Move" (3.5M)-all of which can claim to be among the year's highest-grossing hits,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.18 ~ 2014.07.20 2014/07/21, Koreans continue to go ape for Reeves' revolutionary rendition...
Matt Reeves' apes enjoyed a second term at the top as it continued its dominance as Korea's film of choice. Last weekend "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", entered the Korean market and captured 47% of box office pie to take gold. Week two for the blockbuster was just as successful as it added another 1M stubs (48.5%) to bring its total tally now to 3.1M ($24.3M). The only local representatives in this weekend's top ten came in the form of "The Divine Move", "Confession", as well as Kim Seong-hun's action drama "A Hard Day",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13 2014/07/14, Prime gives way to primates as a new king is crowned... "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", recently hit Korean shores and dislodged Bay's "Transformers" at the top of the pile. Matt Reeves' film captured more than 47% of the box office pie (1.3M admissions) over 919 screens to break the hat-trick "Transformers" was eyeing. Still, Bay's bombastic blockbuster held firm in third, while Jo Beom-goo's drama "The Divine Move" stayed umoved in second place with 925K (23%),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.04 ~ 2014.07.06 2014/07/07, "Divine" intervention almost topples Bay's beast…
Micheal Bay's blockbusting "Transformers: Age of Extinction" managed to hold onto the top spot despite some serious local protest. Bay's latest was the sole star last weekend where it opened its Korean account with over 1.8M admissions, but the mech-monster was challenged here by a new entry in the form of Jo Beom-goo's "The Divine Move",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.27 ~ 2014.06.29 2014/06/30, Bay's Blockbuster Dominates…
Michael Bay's bombastic "Transformers: Age of Extinction" landed in Korea on Wednesday and, quite simply, dominated. The lastest in the "Transformer" series enslaved some 1.8M filmgoers over a whopping 1,597 screens to dislodge "Edge of Tomorrow" as Korea's film of choice. It did so by greedily gobbling 78% of the box office pie, leaving little more than crumbs for the rest of the pack as Bay's brutes raced to 2.6M admissions ($21.6M),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.20 ~ 2014.06.22 2014/06/23, Local delights struggle as Cruise's latest enjoys a third week at the top…
Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi phenomenon "Edge of Tomorrow" continued its reign as Korean film of choice. The film added another 573K (36%) to bring its total tally now up to 3.9M, and now threatens to overtake "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as the sixth highest grossing film of the year. Running close to 200K behind Liman's adaptation came Kim Seong-hun's action drama "A Hard Day" starring Lee Sun-kyun. "A Hard Day", one of only two Korean films to make the cut this week, attracted 372K filmgoers (23% of the box office pie) to secure its fourth straight week at number two,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.13 ~ 2014.06.15 2014/06/16, "Edge of Tomorrow" pushes past 3 million to top the table once more…
Last weekend Doug Liman's science fiction adaptation "Edge of Tomorrow" snatched over 1.5M admissions to take gold, and while its haul was significantly less this time around, the 679K (40%) it pulled over the weekend was enough to secure a second reign. Cruise and his sci-fi flicks go down like a treat in Korea, and paired with the tale's Japanese origin, Liman's futuristic frenzy has thus far managed to amass over 3M admissions ($25M). And while Cruise and his co-star Emily Blunt were blazing at the top, two new local films made their entry into the top ten in the form of "Gyeongju" and "For The Emperor",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.06 ~ 2014.06.08 2014/06/09, "Edge of Tomorrow" dislodges Marvel's mutants and cruises into first…
Tom Cruise's latest, "Edge of Tomorrow", opened its Korean account over the weekend and was welcomed by some 1.2 million cinephiles. Based off of the military science fiction novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film sees Cruise star alongside Emily Blunt in an action-packed outing that has already amassed $140M worldwide. Cruise has long been a popular personality in Korea and helped the film dislodge Marvel's mutants by capturing 42.2% of the sales in week one,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Hard Day" 2014/06/07,
Geon-soo (played by Lee Sun-kyun) is a bad cop. He's not even a particularly likable bad cop from a cinematic standpoint. The man's an abrasive bully who uses all the power at his disposal to evade punishment for something that technically probably wasn't even a crime. Geon-soo's job is to enforce the law, yet he shows no respect for it himself, expecting special treatment as a matter of course just because of who he is.
To be fair, Geon-soo does have some interesting characteristics,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.30 ~ 2014.06.01 2014/06/02, Marvel's mutants hold strong for now…
Marvel's mutants secured a second straight week at the top over the weekend by adding another 834K (37.8%) to its cause. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" entered the chart on the 22nd, where it managed to dislodge Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed", and has since remained Korea's film of choice. Last week the film claimed 1.4M, but the wealth was spread more evenly this time around as Kim Seong-hun's "A Hard Day" and Angelina Jolie's latest "Maleficent" entered the fray and sapped some of its steam,...More
A Hard Day (2014) 2014/05/31, Source, "A Hard Day"
Genres: Action and Crime
Running Time: 111 min.
Directed by: Kim Seong-hun
Starring: Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong, Lee Yeong-soo
Synopsis: On the way to his mother's funeral, homicide detective Ko Geon-su commits a fatal hit and run. His survival instincts kick in and he tries to cover his tracks. With his options limited and time running out, he hides the body in his mother's coffin. Just when he thinks he's in the clear, a man of unknown identity calls and threatens he will report the crime to police,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/24, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Genome Hazard": An atypical sci-fi adventure based on a Japanese novel by Shiro Tsukasaki. (05/29)
★★★★★ "A Hard Day": A detective tries to conceal his crime but has to deal with a single witness who threatens his plan. (05/29)
★★★★ "Rosa": A dramatic tale of a Russian woman who dreams of becoming a ballerina but has to overcome the brutal reality of being a escort girl in Korea. (05/29)
★★★★ "A Touch of Unseen": An intense and disturbing debut that follows two sisters and their sexually abusive encounters with a supernatural stalker. (05/29)
★★ "Young Mother 2": A young graduate down on his luck breaks into the working world, but seduction creeps in threatens to derail his career. (05/29)
★★★ "One Summer Night": A college student confesses his love, but instead of it being reciprocated he's sent to confront the girl's past lover. (05/29),...More
Feature profile - From Seoul to Varanasi 2012/02/10, Source, Set for an international premiere in the Berlinale Panorama section, director Jeon Kyu-hwan's "From Seoul to Varanasi" has been re-edited since its world premiere in Busan. Kim Seong-hun met with Jeon's producer CHOI Mi-Ae to talk about their work together and profile the film.
- Photograph by CHOI Sung-yeol
Treefilm, the production company of upcoming Berlinale Panorama film "From Seoul to Varanasi", was founded by producer CHOI Mi-Ae and director Jeon Kyu-hwan. Together they made the "Town Trilogy" of "Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010) which travelled to numerous international film festivals including San Sebastian, Hong Kong and Torino. They are now in production for Jeon's next film entitled "Moogae" in Korean, meaning "weight",...More
Gwangju Kimchi fest to begin Oct. 15 2011/09/16, Source,
Organizers demonstrate kimchi made during a promotional campaign in Insa-dong, Thursday, for the 18th Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival./ Yonhap
Young chefs to tour 34 nations
By Do Je-hae
The Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival is celebrating its 18th year with a unique tour project designed to promote the face of "hansik", or Korean food, to the world,...More
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