Director KWON Chil-In is known for his genuine portrayal of urban working women in South Korea. All of his films illustrate the careers and love lives of young women who live their lives without depending on men.
His movie Singles (2003) is a clear representation of the major themes he consistently includes in his movies. Nanan (played by the late actress CHANG Jin-Young), the heroine of the movie, is demoted at work but bounces back through her persistence despite troubles in her love life. In the early 2000s, Nanan was a very rare female character in Korean movies to be depicted with self-confidence.
Kwon’s subsequent films Hellcats (2008) and Loveholic (2010) also had strong leading female characters. Kwon is the only male director in South Korea continuously making movies with women as main characters.
KWON is currently the head of the Director’s Guild of Korea, leading the way for improving the rights and interests of film directors in South Korea.
[Guest Film Review] "Hellcats" 2018/01/13,
I have to admit that romantic comedies is one of the categories I rarely enjoy, as they are, for the most part, addressed to the female audience. "Hellcats" however, managed to get under my skin, as I found myself smiling repeatedly during the movie, particularly due to Kim Min-hee's performance, in one of her first, truly competent performances,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Elephant in the Room" 2016/04/02,
In the first segment of "Elephant in the Room" (Chicken Game), we're introduced via a charming animation of chickens helplessly trying to escape a meteoric apocalypse. From there we move on to a somewhat similar situation involving three mostly unrelated wayfarers who get stuck in a bad situation involving a car. They alternate between trying to get help and fighting each other. Typically they fail in their efforts, on account of the characters all being dumb crazy psychos one way or another,...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Venus Talk" 2014/10/10,
The three leading ladies of "Venus Talk" are friends with one common interest that I can suss out- they all enjoy sex, but are ambivalent on the subject of men. It's a sympathetic enough topic with no particularly impressive solution, so they deal with the problem the best way any of us can- with jokes. And sure enough, "Venus Talk" gets quite a bit of mileage just out of sheer novelty value. Take Sin-hye (played by Uhm Jung-hwa). She's disgusted at the piggish behavior of the director with whom she has a secret romantic workplace relationship, and vents out her frustration by demanding he do a better job with close up bikini shots,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.28 ~ 2014.03.02 2014/03/03, "Pompeii" burns out as Neeson's latest soars…
Paul W. S. Anderson's disaster epic "Pompeii" failed to retain the top spot this past weekend as the mystery thriller "Non-Stop" flew into first without contention. "Non-stop" managed to capture 33.7% of the sales (704K admissions) as it open its account with more than double that of its nearest rival. The film, which stars Liam Neeson alongside Julianne Moore, Scoot MacNairy, and Michelle Dockery, was given 582 screens in week one and secured pole position with plenty of elbow room. The only other new features to make it into the weekend's top films were 20th Century Fox's "The Monument Man" and the Oscar-winning drama "12 Years a Slave",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.21 ~ 2014.02.23 2014/02/24, Ice gives way to fire as "Pompeii" overthrows "Frozen" at the top…
Disney's Oscar contender "Frozen" was finally dislodged at the top of pile in a hotly contested tussle at the top. This past weekend saw Paul W. S. Anderson's disaster epic "Pompeii" entered in first position (542,060-21.3%), a film that has been struggling globally after poor reviews stunted its hopes of reaching the $100M it took to produce. Despite its unimpressive stats thus far, Anderson's indulgent 3D flick only narrowly outplayed Kim Kwang-sik-I's newly released "Tabloid Truth" (440,829-20%). "Tabloid Truth" is already looking good to overtake Kim's pervious effort with "My Dear Desperado", a romantic comedy that claimed nearly 700K stubs back in 2010,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.02.14 - 2014.02.16 2014/02/17, "Frozen" still chilling in first after five weeks…
Walt Disney's "Frozen" recently won the Best Animation award at this year's BAFTA, but Korean fans have known about its magic for weeks now. After five weeks the film is still running hot at the top of Korea's box office and, despite ticket sales falling somewhat, the film has now raced to more than 8.9 million admissions and is still going strong.
After regaining the crown last week from Hwang Dong-hyuk's "Miss Granny", "Frozen" has managed to remain Korea's movie of choice having racked up 747,416 admissions (29.9%) over the weekend. In fact, both Disney's latest and Dong-hyeok's drama remained unmoved at the top of the pile, and that's despite the release of the must-anticipated "Robocop" and two new local entries in the form of "Venus Talk" and "Apostle",...More
Venus Talk 2014/02/14, Source,
Genres: Drama and Comedy
Running Time: 109 min.
Directed by: Kwon Chil-in
Starring: Moon So-ri, Uhm Jung-hwa, Jo Min-soo
Synopsis: Shin-hye is a capable, successful TV producer who is still single in her forties. Her longtime boyfriend, the current chief of their TV network, just left her for a younger woman who also happens to be Shin-hye's junior colleague,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound…. 2014/02/08, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Apostle": A true story of North Korean churchgoers who are persecuted for their faith and then attempt to head South. (02/13)
★★★★ "Venus Talk": A 'sex in the city' stylecomedy drama that follows three woman in their 40s. (02/13)
★★★★ "Ordinary Days - 2014": A drama about two friends dealing with suicide, jealousy, and betrayal. (02/13)
★★ "Secret Tutor": An erotic melodrama about a student who gets more than he hoped for from his new tutor. (02/13),...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/12, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Fasten Your Seatbelt": A plane headed to Tokyo from Gimpo with a Hallyu star on board flies into an unexpected storm and becomes in danger of crashing. (10/17)
★★★★ "Queen of the Night": A romantic comedy about a timid husband named Yeong-soo discovering the eventful past of his beautiful and perfect wife Hee-joo. (10/17)
★★★ "Neverdie Butterfly": Life starts getting better for a bullied boy when he meets his old middle school friend, but the school bully has other plans for them. (10/17)
★★ "Vacation": Three glamorous and privileged women go on a seductive vacation with three men they've targeted. (10/17)
★★★ "Silk Flower": A documentary that follows national shaman Kim Keum-hwa through various performances around the world as an artist. (10/17),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Wonderful Radio" 2012/05/19, Film: "Wonderful Radio" (also known as "Love On-Air")
Director:Kwon Chil-in ("Loveholic – Movie" and "Singles")
Stars:Lee Min-jung, Lee Jung-jin, Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Jwong-tae
Review Score: 5.5/10
Also try: "Dancing Queen" & "Sunny - 2010"
There is hardly a short supply of Korean romantic comedies out there. With each new wave of new Korean film being released there always seems to be one or two that are slipped into the mix. Earlier this year, Kwon Chil-in threw his "Wonderful Radio" into the batched and the result was a lukewarm reception from viewers that had many questioning the film's originality, casting and the performances of the actors involved. This is not to say the film failed to entertain or pull moderately decent numbers at the box office, but rather it struggled to position itself as a standout film within Korea's already saturated rom-com category,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.13 ~ 2012.01.15 2012/01/16, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.13 ~ 2012.01.15)
Chris Miller's "Puss in Boots" captured a third of the ticket sales this past weekend to deny "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" a fifth week at the top. With 590,740 admissions, Miller's spin-off from the "Shrek" animated series has started well in Korea and competed with three other animations in this week's top ten,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08 2012/01/09, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08)
It has been four weeks at the top now for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and the big budget espionage flick has banked a total of 6,243,796 admissions here in Korea. This past weekend saw it add 477,851 to that as the film continues to be a big crowd pleaser,...More
New York Korean Film Festival this August 2008/07/18, Source, The seventh edition of the New York Korean Film Festival is set to run August 22 – 31. Sponsored by KOFIC and The Korea Society, the event will screen more than 15 recent Korean features, of which 14 have been finalized for the line-up.
Highlights include one of the top-grossing Korean films of,...More
LEE first emerged as a star in the 1980s in films such as,...More
Korean Films Bookend Udine Film Fest 2004/04/27, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy - Udine, a small town in North Eastern Italy, has fast become the capital of East Asian cinema in the West. The sixth Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the biggest film festival promoting knowledge and appreciation of Asian popular cinema outside,...More
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