How Did These Stars Break Their Slump 2017/06/27,
We all feel it. There are times where we feel such loneliness, feeling like there's no one there for me or there's nothing I can do to make the situation better. We may feel this slump at work, in family situations, school, and in life. Now, we all have different approach in breaking out of this slump and motivating ourselves. Let's take a look at how these stars took care of it!,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.06.09 - 2017.06.11 2017/06/12,
"Wonder Woman" steps aside for "The Mummy" and "The Villainess"...
DC's cinematic reimagining of "Wonder Woman" (starring Gal Gadot) failed to secure a second week at the top of the Korean box office. The film entered in first last weekend with 831,226 thousand admissions (36.5%), but was outplayed by two new releases, foreign and domestic: Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" and Jung Byung-gil's "The Villainess". "Wonder Woman" added 240,552 (10.64%) across 611 screens (down from 1,034) and moved its total tally now to 1.8 million, or $12.2 million. Worldwide, Warner Bros. Pictures' superhero film has grossed over $435.2 million,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Warriors of the Dawn" 2017/06/10,
In 1592, the Japanese invaded Korea. King Seonjo (played by Park Ho-san) decides that he needs to stick close to China in anticipation of reenforcements. Meanwhile, his son, the Crown Prince and later King Hwanghae (played by Yeo Jin-goo) is sent to the front lines to carry the royal banner in King Seonjo's stead. The effect of this is...not good on morale. Still, Hwanghae's personal guard Yang-sa (played Bae Soo-bin) tries to put on a good face even as he's forced to rely on help from the lower-class To-woo (played by Lee Jung-jae) and his band of professional hunters,...More
You can do it Kim Woo-bin and Moon So-ri, "The Juror" 2017/06/06, Source, Kim Woo-bin has been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. His management reported this news. To get proper treatments, he had to put a stop to all work such as director Choi Dong-hoon's "Wiretap" and more. He also announced his illness so that no speculations and unnecessary misunderstandings were created. "Wiretap" will be put on hold until as long as it takes for Kim Woo-bin to get his treatment. If the circumstances require it, the role may be changed or the production itself may be stopped altogether. Kim Woo-bin's health comes first at any chance,...More
[Lily's Take] Top Actors' Diet Secrets 2017/05/24,
For the actresses, diet is a destiny instilled into their lives that came along with the career, and the actors are no different when it comes to the battle of weight management,...More
TOP 5 stars who look good in military uniforms 2017/01/30, Source,
The 'military look' is everywhere in dramas, movies and TV shows. In the movie "Operation Chromite", Lee Jung-jae, Lee Beom-soo, Liam Neeson and others all appeared in military. Song Joong-ki, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-won and more were all soldiers in "Descendants of the Sun". A TV show that ended last year was also all about military life.
However, the reason why the military look is so popular these days is because the figure of the soldier depicted in the movies and dramas is unique compared to other characters. First of all, the image of a soldier symbolizes strength and sharp charisma. Whatever adversity and hardships will not be an obstacle to them. There's also the military look that makes viewers' hearts beat faster. Who look the best suited up?,...More
[Guest Film Review] "An Affair" 2016/08/27,
Another entry in the vast category of romantic films, "An Affair" stands on a level above the majority of contemporary ones, despite the fact that it was screened in 1998.
Seo-hyeon is an ordinary, big bourgeoisie housewife, almost 40 years old, wife to a very successful architect, Joon-il, and mother of a10-year-old boy,...More
"Operation Chromite" Lee Jung-jae stimulated by Liam Neeson 2016/08/24, Source,
Actor Lee Jung-jae said he didn't get a good feeling after starring in "The Assassination". The role of Yeom Seok-jin he played there is the captain of the police bureau of the provisional government and a Japanese spy. He lost 15 kg for the movie. Some people pointed fingers at him. This time, he starred in the movie "Operation Chromite" as Captain Jang Hak-soo of the Navy Intelligence Department who is also responsible for the success of Operation Chromite.
This time he is a favorable character. We met the actor in a café in Seoul on the 25th last month for an interview. He said it may look like he is starring in two movies with similar generations but "Operation Chromite" is not a war movie so he decided to go along with it. "I was more interested in the story of heroes that we didn't know about. When I played Yeom Seok-jin I wondered what affect it would have on my image, but I felt it so I hope my image changes again this time",...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] "Operation Chromite" 2016/08/06,
Hak-soo (played by Lee Jung-jae) is a noble South Korean soldier who leads a deep spy unit into Incheon island to uncover vital intelligence regarding whatever defenses, natural or manmade, may make an amphibious attack on the island practical or impractical. Gye-jin (played by Lee Beom-soo) is the at-times comically evil North Korean commander who opposes Hak-soo's efforts. That's the basic outline for "Operation Chromite". The movie is a tale of good versus evil- no context necessary,...More
Lee Jung-jae is busy for the rest of the year 2016/05/12, Source,
Actor Lee Jung-jae is attempting at being a multi-player. He stands alone ever since he finished contract time with his company and is now at the busiest time of his entire career.
Lee Jung-jae's year is fully booked. He is starring in various numbers in Korea and China. Not only is he acting, he's also thinking about various projects too,...More
Liam Neeson pays respects to MacArthur statue in Incheon 2016/01/15, Source,
As Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson joined the shooting of the Korean film "Operation Chromite", the code name for the Battle of Incheon, which took place in September 1950, shortly after the Korean War broke out, the movie is drawing keen attention in Korea.
According to Taewon Entertainment, the producer of the movie, the British action star arrived in Korea on Monday and spent a busy day on Thursday, preparing for his role as American General Douglas MacArthur, the war hero who spearheaded the Battle of Incheon,...More
What Movie Ticket Sales Say About Tastes Across the Country 2015/12/18, Source,
Seoul citizens made up 24 percent of cinemagoers in the country this year. Films which see a flood of advance ticket sales tend to have a high percentage of audiences from Seoul, mainly due to a more established culture of booking tickets. Films with a high percentage of audiences from the provinces tended to stay at the top of the box office for longer,...More
Will Yoo Ah-in get his first Best Actor prize? 2015/11/25, Source, Yoo Ah-in turned thirty this year. Will he be able to take home the trophy?
While the 36th Blue Dragon Awards is being held on the 26th, the attention is hot for the Best Actor Award which has numerous outstanding candidates. Since there is no problem with the list, curiosity is rising about who will win the prize,...More
Lee Jung-jae faces lawsuit, legal deputy states, "Ended in September of 2000" 2015/11/17, Source, Lee Jung-jae's legal deputy released an official statement about his lawsuit.
The deputy released a statement about Lee Jung-jae and his mother's lawsuit on the 17th. "There is no debt that Lee Jung-jae's mother has to reimburse. The amount the opposition claims is either included in the amount that has been reimbursed. The opposition claims she has to repay everything that's on the signed contract but that's not the truth. All of this has already been dealt with and the opposition was reimbursed by Lee Jung-jae on behalf of his mother. The opposition also promised not to make civil nor criminal lawsuits regarding this in the future in September of 2000",...More
How Kim Tae-hee escaped from being the scapegoat 2015/08/24, Source,
In the past, Kim Tae-hee's sister worked at Namoo Actors for 2 years. It was a permanent position with insurance. She was helping the managers and her sister who was making 5 billion won a year. There was no reason for anyone to stop the sister from coming into work and helping out.
However, there was a lot of noise about this as there is no case where a celebrity and his or her family worked out well together. There was also the question of how well a blood-related family could be rational when it came to making decisions about work and money matters,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Assassination" 2015/08/15,
South Korean media doesn't deal much with the Japanese Occupation. The main reason for this is historical awkwardness. The resistance wasn't all that effective. And after the war most major figures involved in it either joined North Korea, or they ended up in a losing political battle with the US-backed South Korean dictatorship, which was managed almost entirely by Koreans who had collaborated with the Japanese. "The Assassination", amazingly enough, actually addresses this directly. The framing device is in 1949 and the main villain in 1933 isn't a hardened Japanese soldier, but a Korean collaborator,...More
The Assassination (2015) 2015/07/25, Source, "The Assassination"
Genres: Action and Drama
Running Time: 140 min.
Directed by: Choi Dong-hoon
Starring: Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo
Synopsis: In the early 1900s Korea was under Japanese occupation and many Korean resistance activists were based in China, hiding from the Japanese authorities. The year 1933 in Shanghai, a command to covertly assassinate the Japanese Army's commander is given to Ahn Ok-yun, a top-notch sniper serving her time on death row. For this task, Yeom Seok-jin, an agent of the interim government extricates Ahn and her comrades from the prison. But the grand plan is exposed to Japan by an internal spy, and a hit man, Hawaii-Pistol is being hired to get rid of her. The assassination squad arrives in Korea without knowing hit-man's chase. Can she make the impossible mission completed?,...More
Lee Jung-jae struggles with Chinese 2015/07/09, Source, Actor Lee Jung-jae is studying Chinese for his first step into the Chinese market.
Lee is going to China with the new movie "Reversal Blade" and he's busy studying his Chinese. That's because he has a lot of lines to manage in Chinese,...More
Actor Lee Jung-jae reported to be in a relationship with Daesang heiress 2015/01/02, Source,
On the first day of 2015, the relationship between a star actor and the eldest daughter of a conglomerate has been reported.
Actor Lee Jung-jae, 42, on Thursday de facto owned up to a romantic relationship with Lim Se-ryeong, 38, the eldest daughter of Daesang Group honorary Chairman Lim Chang-wook. Lees agency C-JeS Entertainment said in a news release on that day, It has not been a long time since they have cautiously become more than friends,...More
Big Match (2014) 2014/11/28, Source, "Big Match"
Running Time: 112 min.
Directed by: Choi Ho
Starring: Lee Jung-jae, Shin Ha-kyun, Lee Sung-min, BoA
Synopsis: Ik-ho is a UFC fighter who has a promising future in his career. A director for an illegal gambling ring called Ace abducts Ik-ho's brother to make Il-ho as chessman for the game he has created. The game uses high technology and CCTVs to track down every little move of the chessman, and Ik-ho is forced to follows his direction to save his brother,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/22, K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★★ "Thuy": A Vietnamese woman living in rural Korea is met with resistance when she wants her husband's death investigated. (11/27) ★★★ "The Way to School": A documentary that follows a group of children in the Himalayas and their dangerous trek to school across the icy Chaddar road. (11/27) ★★★★ "Big Match": A UFC fighter and his brother get blackmailed into being apart of a lucrative gambling scam.(11/27) ★★★ "My Love, Don't Cross That River": A heartfelt documentary that follows an elderly married couple, their hold on tradition, love, and the death that stalks them. (11/27),...More
[Guest Post] Must-watch Korean movies of 2013 2014/05/23,
If you thought that Hollywood and Bollywood were the only two major film making giants on the planet, you ought to think over again. The film industry has grown far and wide and today it is not just these two major film making phenomenon creating blockbusters every passing year. One such remarkable film industry is the Korean film industry. In recent years, the Korean film industry has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of the acting potential of the actors, the meticulously crafted scripts that make the movie going experience a fascinating one. To top it off, visual effects are essentially gaining an upper hand in almost every movie making them increasingly appealing to not just the Korean audiences but audiences worldwide. Given below is a list of the top Korean films released in 2013 that you cannot give a miss,...More
Lee Jung-jae undergoes shoulder surgery 2014/04/28, Source,
Actor Lee Jung-jae had to undergo surgery because of an injury he had while filming the movie "Big Match". He must have complete rest for 3 months and has to step down from the movie "The Shameless", which is his follow-up movie.
Lee Jung-jae underwent surgery during sometime this month. He was hurt while getting action training and unfortunately, the injury had gotten worse since then. Lee Jung-jae didn't want to cause any trouble for the movie and decided to wait out the pain until everything was over,...More
BoA begins to fall for acting in "Make Your Move" 2014/04/20, Source,
The energy that comes from that small figure of hers is amazing. Singer BoA's first lead dance movie "Make Your Move" keeps her moving. She's seen banging on the drums like crazy, then engaging into intense tap dance routines.
BoA falls in love with Donny (Derek Hough). The intimate couple dance they perform is also something to check out. BoA said, "Derek is also a dancer so I realized I'd be competitive with him. We also fought when we were sensitive about the dangerous lifting scenes. We were all tense because if someone were to a mistake, anyone could have gotten hurt. Our passion for dancing maximized the synergy. And thankfully, no one got hurt",...More
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Period Films of All-Time 2014/01/10,
Korean period features are big business that, when done right, really do bring in the big bucks. The past few years, in particular, have yielded some stellar titles that have seriously resonated with local audiences. This trend is set to continue in 2014 as a host of new historical dramas and action flicks are lining up to try and capture the public's imagination by re-framing the past in unique and exciting ways. Some of the historical films to look out for in 2014 include: "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant", "A Touch of Zen", "Pirates", "The Huntresses", and "Battle Of Myeongryang"; but before we usher in these new historical yarns, here's a quick look at the five highest grossing Korean period films of all-time that this year's entries will hope to challenge,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jeon Do-yeon Named Most Memorable Actors of 2013 2013/12/23, Source, Song Kang-ho (left) and Jeon Do-yeon
A record 227.8 million people had watched the 623 films screened in Korean theaters this year as of Saturday. Multiplex chain CGV says data from U.K. media research firm Screen Digest show that every Korean watched on average 4.12 films in cinema this year, beating the U.S'. 3.88 films per person to top the world for the first time. Some films were good, others a way of killing time. The Chosun Ilbo and booking site Maxmovie asked 2,622 people who were the most memorable actors and what the most memorable films of the year,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Il Mare" 2013/10/11,
Sung-Hyun (played by Lee Jung-jae) and Eun-Joo (played by Jun Ji-hyun) are both at a crossroads in their lives. They've lost interest and ambition in their dreams, so they come alone to a beachhouse to rest and repose themselves for whatever comes next in their lives. The twist is, they never actually meet. Separated by the winds of time, they become aware of each others' presence only indirectly, continuing to reflect in solitude while receiving brief bursts of hope and optimism from one another.
"Il Mare" is a film that expertly delineates the difference between loneliness and solitude,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Interview" 2013/10/05,
Eun-seok (played by Lee Jung-jae) has a novel idea for a documentary- find random people and ask them to tell their stories about love. The basic cuteness of the various interviews very quickly starts to trend toward a discomforting fact- though Eun-seok and his team have convinced themselves this project has objective value, the mere presence of the camera alone is creating an obvious influence both in the stories being told as well as what Eun-seok is choosing to interpret from them.
Whereas most directors try to explore cynicism by painting a portrait of a bleak world, director/screenwriter Daniel H. Byun creates this feeling by making a film about the utter futility in trying to find truth through film,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Last Present" 2013/10/04,
Yong-Gi (played by Lee Jung-jae) is a comedian who has to constantly put on a bright happy face even though his career is moving in a dubious, nebulous direction. The film's opening scene of him working a crowd onstage with his partner is surprising in its sheer oppressiveness. Going out on stage in an effort to entertain an entire crowd is a daunting, intimidating task, and nothing about the humor in this moment really takes away from this unspoken truth.
The feeling is replicated as Yong-Gi goes home and seems to have the same double-faced relationship with his wife Jeong-Yeon (played by Lee Young-ae),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The New World" 2013/09/28,
Ja-Seong (played by Lee Jung-jae) has taken the notion of a deep-undercover police assignment to ridiculous lengths. He's been imbedded with a high-level criminal organization for so long that he's the trusted right-hand lieutenant of a man with a very serious claim to the overall leadership. Ja-Seong has a strong reputation as a tough, competent enforcer. He has a wife and deep personal friendships with other people inside the gang. And as an undercover cop, Ja-Seong has had about all he can take insofar as living his life as a lie.
"The New World" is an extremely emotional film. Not in terms of rage or anger, the typical gangster emotions, but rather love, loss, and wanderlust. In practical terms this movie is pretty much a melodrama,...More
'The Face Reader' Exploits Changing Trends to Race up Film Charts 2013/09/23, Source,
Director Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" is fast establishing itself as the nation's next box-office hit. The movie, which revolves around a power struggle in the Chosun Dynasty, attracted over six million viewers by Sunday, within just 12 days of its release. Pundits say that part of its success can be attributed to its all-star cast, and part to the way in which it has grasped the changing trends of the market in terms of target viewers and themes. It already ranks as the third-fastest Korean movie to attract this many viewers after "The Host" and "The Thieves", both of which subsequently went on to break the 10-million mark. The former sold 13.01 million tickets and the latter 12.98 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.09.13 - 2013.09.15 2013/09/16, Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" dominated Korean cinemas this past weekend, walking away with one of the highest opening weekend hauls of the year. Han's historical drama stole 1.8M admissions (63%) from over 1,190 screens, and has now claimed nearly 2.6 million admissions ($17.1M) in just under a week. Last week's number one, Lee Seung-joon-I's action comedy "The Spy", floundered in second with just 377,861 (12.5%), less than half of what it received the week before. It wasn't just Lee's film that suffered though, a number of foreign entries also found it hard going with even popular animations such as "Monsters University" (5.3%) and "Despicable Me 2" (4.6%) caught blushing in the face of another local showstopper,...More
Veteran Actor Baek Yoon-sik Dating Woman Half His Age 2013/09/16, Source,
Actor Baek Yoon-sik, 66, is dating a TV reporter almost 30 years his junior, which has caused some of his friends to express concern about the couple's significant age gap. According to his management agency Namoo Actors on Friday, they first met in summer 2012 through mutual acquaintances when Baek was working on a project for a terrestrial TV station. They have no plans to get married at this point, it added,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Face Reader" 2013/09/08,
This movie contains surprisingly little content about how face reading actually works. Our hero, the slovenly Nae-Kyung (played by Song Kang-ho) is basically a wizard. Aside from one late scene, where the exact topography of a person's face becomes extremely relevant, Nae-Kyung's abilities are indistinguishable from magic. I can believe that people existed (or even exist today) who have the ability to tell murderers by sight. The simple existence of such a character isn't interesting. What would be interesting is an exploration of why or how they do these things,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/09/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Our Sunhi": A young filmmaker returns to her old school in the hopes to get a letter of recommendation from her past professor. (09/12)
★★★★★ "The Face Reader": The most skilful face reader in the Joseon dynasty gets pulled from his life of seclusion and soon finds himself in the middle of a political power struggle for the crown. (09/11),...More
Lee Jong-suk pleases fans with picture of abs 2013/08/07, Source, Lee Jong-suk is currently residing in the Philippines for the movie "NO-BREATH" after "I Hear Your Voice". He posted on the 7th and said, "Are you all well? The weather's nice, the views nice but why do I want to go home? I want to see my mother. I am so tired. I need to listen to "Cheer Up" by Girls' Generation".
Lee Jong-suk is wearing a swimsuit in the picture with a 'V' on his hand. Another thing that catches the eye is the fact that he has a firm ab. Fans say, "Too revealing!", "My eyes have been cleansed", "So fair and muscular" and more,...More
Celebrities Favor Gangnam Luxury Condos 2013/06/28, Source,
Actor Jung Woo-sung is moving into a luxury condominium in the affluent Gangnam area of southern Seoul where his friend and fellow actor Lee Jung-jae has already bought a unit.
The condo, currently under construction, is in Samseong-dong. It stands 16 stories high and contains only 18 units between 155 and 293 sq.m. Units cost between W2 billion and W5.5 billion (US$1=W1,151),...More
[HanCinema at Jiff] Q&A with director Park Hoon-jung of "The New World" 2013/05/01,
Earlier in the festival I had a chance to attend a Q&A session with Park Hoon-jung the director of "The New World". Audience reaction to the film was very favorable, and it was by far the longest Q&A session I attended, even though the film ended late in the night. Park Hoon-jung discussed a wide variety of topics, including not just this film but the prospects of others in the future using the same characters.
Q: I really liked the way this film used cigarettes.
A: Yes, for the detective Chief Kang (played by Choi Min-sik) they represent his humanity. Even though, as many characters point out, he really should quit.
Q: I liked how, from the beginning Lee Ja-Sung (played by Lee Jung-jae) is really paranoid about fakes,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Thieves": Sunglasses, Suits, and Smokescreens 2013/01/05, Film:"The Thieves" 도둑들 (Do-dook-deul)
Director:Choi Dong-hoonStars:Kim Yun-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jun Ji-hyun, Simon Yam, Kim Hae-sook, Oh Dal-soo, and Kim Soo-hyunReview Score: 3.5 / 5
Choi Dong-hoon's colossal hit "The Thieves" laid siege to the Korean box office last July, snatching 2 million admissions in the first weekend of its nine-week presence in the top ten. This record-smashing flick earned almost 13 million admissions during that time and its profitability will surely continue as the film is set to open in China on the 15th of this month on over 3,000 screens. Its rise to fame was relentless and it was honoured by the film industry as it was nominated for its excellence across most categories from Korea's top award ceremonies.
"The Thieves", much to the distress of perhaps a few of its paying audience members, has been likened to Steven Soderbergh's 2001 film "Ocean's Eleven", but the film deviates enough from the ' heist ' formula to ward off most critics knee-jerk comparison. It's definitely one to hunt down or watch when you can but have we all been guilty of the Halo effect?,...More
Movie "The Thieves" Attracts over 2 Million Viewers 2012/08/01, Source,
The recent movie "The Thieves", directed by Choi Dong-hoon, is dominating the box office. Already over 2 million movie-goers have visited the theatres to watch it. According to the Korean Film Council on July 30th, "The Thieves" brought in an additional 751,039 people on the 29th, 759,626 people on the 28th, and 493,567 people on the 27th, bringing the total number of viewers to about 2 million viewers. That means that after premiering on the 25th, within just five days, a total of 2.86 million people have already seen the flick. This puts the movie proudly at first place in ticket sales. It even seems mighty possible that it will hit the 3 million mark within six days,...More
[Review] The Housemaid lacks originality, reinforces stereotypes of Korean society 2012/05/18, Source, Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Jung-jae in "The Housemaid - 2010"
A shy young woman gets hired to become a wealthy Korean family's maid.
Very quickly Eun-yi (the maid played by Jeon Do-yeon) finds her way into the good graces of the head of the household. The man's wife is pregnant with twins, and is unable to please him sexually. The man begins to get ideas about the maid that he just hired. One night he comes down, and begins to fondle Eun-yi. Hesitantly, the maid gives in and appears to enjoy their clandestine sexual activities. Early on, the older, more experienced maid becomes suspicious and catches on to the affair. Meanwhile the maid begins to develop an especially close relationship with the couples' daughter,...More
Kim Sun-wook, RCO disappoint 2012/02/27, Source,
The hype for Wednesday's concert was so high that it attracted even A-list movie stars like Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae on top of the city's usual classical music aficionados and upper crust. But the audience received much less than they were promised.
Putting together one of the country's most talented young pianists with arguably the world's greatest orchestra today may have looked like a surefire formula, but the performance - even under the baton of maestro Chung Myung-whun - was a disappointment,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source, With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byung-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
"The Thieves" wraps shoot 2011/12/09, Source,
Major South Korean investor/distributor Showbox/Mediaplex has announced principal photography has wrapped on director Choi Dong-hoon's highly anticipated thriller "The Thieves". The film had its last shoot on Dec. 7 at the W Seoul – Walkerhill Hotel after six months of shooting on location in Macau, Hong Kong, Busan, and Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Housemaid - 2010" 2011/02/12,
As soon as I had finished watching "The Housemaid - 2010" (2010, Im Sang-soo), I became eager to watch the 1960s original. I was surprised to find that it differs rather drastically from its modern remake. In fact, one can barely call the 2010 version a remake at all. Despite the dramatic differences, both films are worthy of praise and warrant examination as products of their respective eras.,...More
"The Housemaid" invited to film festival in Chicago 2010/08/27, Source,
Posters of Korean erotic thriller "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus F&H]
Korean director Im Sang-soo's modern adaptation of "The Housemaid" has been invited to this year's Chicago International Film Festival, according to the official website of the fest on Friday.
"The Housemaid - 2010", about a young woman who is hired to work for a wealthy family and begins to have an affair with the man of the household, will be screened at the 46th Chicago film fest alongside other international movies from October 7 to 21,...More
"The Housemaid" to open in U.S. theaters 2010/07/20, Source,
Official poster for Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus FNH]
Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" will be shown to U.S. audiences later this year, according to the film's distributor Sidus FNH on Tuesday.
Sidus FNH announced in a press release that production company Miro Vision, which handles overseas distribution for "Housemaid", has closed a U.S. distribution deal with IFC Films on July 16 (U.S. time),...More
Free Screenings of Korean Films in NY 2010/05/25, Source, In the run up to the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival the Korean Cultural Service is currently showing free screenings of Korean films. This is the third series of free screenings that the Cultural Service has held and this year focuses on some traditional Korean summer blockbusters. The series k,...More
"The Housemaid" sold to 15 countries at Cannes 2010/05/25, Source,
Korean erotic thriller "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus F&H]
Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" caught the attention of numerous foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market, selling to a total 15 countries at the event held in time with the Cannes Film Festival.
A press release by Sidus F&H announced that at the Film Market held during the film fest into its 63rd year, the erotic thriller was sold to France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Russia, Israel, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand,...More
"Dragon" soars to the top of box office 2010/05/24, Source,
Hollywood animated picture "How To Train Your Dragon" [DreamWorks Pictures]
Hollywood animated picture "How To Train Your Dragon" bowed into first place on the local box office over the weekend, pushing former winner "The Housemaid - 2010" off the top spot.
Figures by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday revealed that the latest DreamWorks film, which opened in theaters on May 20, attracted 759,590 moviegoers during the weekend of May 21 to 23,...More
Im Sang-soo says Jeon Do-yeon is "full-fledged artist" 2010/05/04, Source,
From left, "The Housemaid - 2010" cast Lee Jeong-jae, Seo Woo, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Jeon Do-yeon and director Im Sang-soo pose during a press screening held at the COEX Megabox Multiplex theater in Seoul, South Korea on May 3, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
What opened film "The Housemaid - 2010" was not the majestic mansion nor the elegant trail of a noblewoman's skirt we had seen through the still images or previews of the film revealed up till now. The film rather draws on women in a hurriedly-set up food alley in a new city who are cooking meat or handing out flyers to passers-by. And the moment the camera focuses on Eun-yi (played by Jeon Do-yeon), the only character who is seen smiling, one starts to feel an anticipation mixed with anxiety to see how this seemingly innocent female will change once she wears the clothes of a housemaid. Like director Im Sang-soo said -- "I believe it isn't a remake of the original film" -- the new version of "The Housemaid - 1960" revealed at a press screening on Monday was quite different from the original production helmed by the late director Kim Ki-young. The 2010 version of "The Housemaid - 1960", which adopts its characters from its original film from 50 years ago, strongly poses the question of what it means to live like a human being by depicting on Eun-yi's struggles. Below are excerpts from the press screening of the film which is set for release on May 13,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wed on May 2 2010/05/02, Source,
Actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young at their wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young got married in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, ending months of media frenzy over their 18-year friendship and romance.
The star couple, dubbed Korea's equivalent of Brangelina, held a photo and Q&A session several hours prior to the ceremony, answering questions by reporters about the wedding and their baby -- Ko is four months pregnant,...More
A mega-wattage celebrity couple has been born, after national heartthrob Jang Dong-gun and actress,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Seo Woo - Part 1 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean actress Seo Woo posing during her interview 10Asia [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The day before shooting ended at 5 a.m. in the morning. The shoot continued again later on the same day at 11 a.m. During the afternoon the outdoor shoot was put to a halt due to the rain. For half the day she waited in the car for the rain to stop. Things resumed at around 9 p.m. The temperature suddenly dropped on the open set of KBS' "Cinderella's Sister" which is built next to a lake. While shooting the drama, it repeats the feeling of being on the field or on a stakeout. Seo Woo, well-known for her role in the critically acclaimed movie "Paju" which won awards and opened at several prestigious international film festivals including the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and at the Rotterdam Film Festival, sat down to speak with 10Asia about her current role as Hyo-seon in "Cinderella's Sister",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Jeon Do-yeon - Part 1 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon [Asia Economic Daily]
Jeon Do-yeon was called the "Queen of Cannes" after she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film "Secret Sunshine".
Although winning a trophy at Cannes cannot be the absolute criterion for anything, it is worth remembering that so far only two Asian actresses -- Jeon and Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung -- have been named best actress at a world-renowned film event like Cannes.
Even among European and North American actresses, who usually monopolize the competition at film fests, only four have bagged the best lead actress trophy at Cannes -- Vanessa Redgrave, Barbara Hershey, Helen Mirren and Isabelle Huppert,...More
"Poetry", "Housemaid" to compete at Cannes Film Festival 2010/04/16, Source,
Movie posters of "Poetry" and "The Housemaid - 2010" [Uni-korea and Sidus F&H]
Korean films "Poetry" and "The Housemaid - 2010" have been announced as entries in the official competition for this year's Cannes Film Festival, according to their respective production companies on Friday.
The final list was unveiled Friday by Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director of Cannes, revealing that Lee Chang-dong's drama "Poetry" and Im Sang-soo's "The Housemaid - 2010" will be competing up against other noteworthy films in the annual fest which kicks off May 12.
"We had high expectations for "Poetry" the moment director Lee received an email from Fremaux who wrote to him after reading the translated script and said the movie is sophisticated yet simple", executive director Park Min-jung of Uni-korea explained,...More
Im Sang-soo says "'Housemaid' is classy dead-end drama" 2010/04/14, Source,
From left, actor Lee Jeong-jae, actresses Yoon Yeo-jeong and Jeon Do-yeon, and director Im Sang-soo pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "The Housemaid - 2010" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on April 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The appearance of director Kim Ki-young's 1960 film "The Housemaid" was an event in itself. It was an original attempt made amidst the rush of films based on literary works or the affection between lovers. The story of a house in which a young housemaid reminds the onlooker of a femme fatale, the wife who stands in contrast to the maid and the master of the house whose desires dangerously alternate back and forth between the two female characters, was a more strange and frightening experience than ever seen in a Korean film,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Na-young (Part 2) 2010/01/14, Source,
Actress Lee Na-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Is it because you have to enter into a world that has already been established?Lee Na-young (Lee): Of course. The character Lee Na-bong that I played in "High Kick Through The Roof" doesn't have a story like the other characters have. That's why it's even more embarrassing to enter that family-like world and leave it after shouting a few words. I think I'll watch it later on. If the response is good, I'll watch it within the next couple of days but probably much later on if it's quiet. 10: What are you most worried about? Lee: That I might not be funny. I really wanted to deliver the element of 'fun' to the audience through "High Kick Through The Roof". [Upon hearing the sound of people's laughter outside] Ah... They're probably laughing because Mr. Jung Bo-suk is funny. What do I do... I'm so ashamed. I think I become ashamed much easier than I used to. 10: Why do you think that's happening? Lee: I don't know. But I say I'm embarrassed much more than I used to. Whatever it is, even with taking photographs, it's so embarrassing. What do you think is the reason?,...More
Lee Jung-jae still in talks for film "The Housemaid - 2010" 2009/12/24, Source,
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae is reconsidering his decision to appear in Jeon Do-yeon film "The Housemaid - 2010", agency Yedang Entertainment said a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Thursday.
Yedang explained that although Lee had initially considered doing the film, he is currently "negotiating the details at the request of the producers" and that "a final decision will be made soon".
The film's producer Miro Vision also confirmed today that "nothing has been set" regarding Lee's participation in the movie.,...More
Celebrity Stand Collapses at Audi Launch 2008/11/14, Source, The launch ceremony of the new Audi A4, held on Thursday afternoon at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, was marred by the collapse of VIP stands near the stage. According to witnesses, the VIP seating stand collapsed at 8:10 p.m. when crowds swarmed towards the new Audi car as it appeared center stage.
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
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source, Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More
Korean filmfest kicks off in L.A. 2006/09/28, Source, The Los Angeles Korean International Film Festival kicks off its one-week run Friday at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood, featuring an array of contemporary Korean and Korean-American films.
The third annual festival starts with an opening night presentation of director,...More
In the daily's Saturday edition, Stephen Hunter said the movie deals with loss, pain and a sense of insignificance shared by Kor,...More
Typhoon Landfall in the U.S. 2006/05/31, Source, The Korean blockbuster "Typhoon" (Tae-poong in Korean) will be screened nationwide in major metropolises such as LA, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, Chicagofrom June 2nd.
PUSAN - A scene after the Korean War (1950-1953): A South Korean protagonist finally meets his North Korean foe in Pusan for the first time. As soon as they sense each other at the gate of a hotel, they grab for their guns and start firing.
Lee Byung-hun to Join Same Agency as Tom Cruise 2005/05/18, Source, The Korean showbiz firm Web has signed a contract with the U.S. entertainment agency CAA, which manages actors Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz as well as movie director Steven Spielberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The contract paves the way for Korean actors and movies to enter the gl,...More
Local Entertainment Agency Heads to US 2005/05/17, Source, Korean entertainment agency WEB has signed a business deal with U.S. promotion firm CAA on Monday, which is expected to pave the way for Korean entertainers to make inroads into the U.S. market.
Yonhap News Agency reported yesterday that WEB, a partner firm of Player Entertainment that manages su,...More
'Over the Rainbow' shows unexpected love 2004/07/23, Source, Good-looking lead actors, a pastel colored poster and a haunting melody of "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" are all stock-standard ingredients of a typical romantic comedy. However, Ahn Jin-woo's directorial debut, "Over the Rainbow",...More
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