Born in 1966 in Busan, KWAK was a film student at New York University. He made his feature debut with < 3 p.m Paradise >(1997). His first big break came with < Friend >(2001), which became the biggest hit in 2001.
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.07.10 ~ 2015.07.12 2015/07/13, Kim Hak-soon's "Northern Limit Line" back on song…Kim Hak-soon's war drama "Northern Limit Line" returned to the top of the pile this past weekend after having been dislodged last week by the hard-hitting "Terminator Genisys". Kim's war drama did this by capturing 26% of the box office pie (872 thousand admissions), and so moved its total tally onto 4.6 million ($31 million). Last week's number one, the fifth in the "Terminator" series, fell two places to settle in third with 647 thousand (21%), while second place went to the critically acclaimed new Disney and Pixar feature: "Inside Out" by Pete Docter,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Classified File" 2015/06/20,
The time is the late seventies in Busan. The South Korean dictatorship is in full swing, but as is often the case, this isn't something that most common citizens necessarily notice on a day-by-day basis. Just because the central intelligence bureau can capture and torture citizens on flippant reasons doesn't mean they can do something more obviously useful like, say, apprehend a kidnapper. That's the main hurdle facing detective Gil-yong (played by Kim Yun-seok). The police just aren't used to trying to find people who are making an active effort to hide,...More
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