Born in 1957 and graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts. His debut film in 1988 brought fresh breeze to the Korean film industry. LEE Myung-Se is acclaimed as a stylist representative of Korea who has established a unique world of his own. The thing he considers most important in making a film is finding “cinematic expression.” To him, ‘cinematic’ means something ‘only of movies’ that cannot be replaced by any other form of media.
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Gang Dong-won 2015/01/10,
A desirable appearance and star appeal are things that feed one's popularity. For young male South Korean actors, the fastest way to fame is often through the female audience's hearts and the marketability they gain from them. However, this is not always as good as it sounds. Attractive stars usually have to work twice as hard for their acting to be seen above their looks and it does not always happen. Gang Dong-won has successfully gone from a simple heartthrob to someone valued for his talent,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/10/04, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★ "Let's Go To Rose Motel 3 – Wandering": A playboy seduces then cheats on the wrong girl who then seeks revenge for the betrayal. (10/08)
★★★★ "Manhole": A serial killer who uses manholes to capture and hold his victims kidnaps a young girl's older sister, but can she save her before it's too late? (10/08)
★★★ "My Love, My Bride – 2014": A remake of Lee Myung-se's 1990 film that follows the life of a newly wed couple. (10/08),...More
Korean Indie Flick Sweeps Awards at French Film Festival 2014/03/12, Source,
Director Lee Su-jin hoists his trophy after receiving the jury prize award at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France on Monday. /Courtesy of Movie Collage
Director Lee Su-jin's "Han Gong-ju" picked up three prestigious prizes at the recently ended Deauville Asian Film Festival in France.
It won the jury prize, popular choice and international critique awards at the event, which ran from Wednesday to Sunday, the film's distributor Movie Collage said on Monday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Duelist" 2013/11/01,
'Damo' is a series a lot of people will know. Being quite a popular title and undoubtedly one that helped Ha Ji-won rise to fame, it is an important piece of Korean television for many reasons. 'Duelist' has some things in common with it. Both movies are based on the same manhwa and both star Ha Ji Won as the female lead. However, that might very well be where their similarities end. The format is different, one being a drama and the other a movie, but 'Duelist' being a work by Lee Myung-se means it is also an unapologetic art film. This makes it more of a fusion sageuk, as many elements, from wardrobe to the music, take creative liberty and are simply not consistent with the era the movie is set in,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/03, Source, It's finally Friday and with the Olympics producing surprises every day, I'm sure the weekend will not lack excitement. But if you are watching the games and want a break, there are plenty of events happening here and in London. Our Michelle Kim is here to tell us about a few of them.
Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young What do you have for us today,...More
Film director Yoon goes from humor to high tech in approach 2011/06/28, Source,
The Seoul district of Chungmuro, which is dubbed Korea`s Hollywood, has had a moviemaker showcase two blockbusters budgeted at 10 billion won (9.2 million U.S. dollars) each two weeks apart in an unprecedented move. To save time, director JK Youn a Dong-A Ilbo reporter to hold an interview in a car on his way from Seoul`s Yeouido district to his office in the city`s Gangnam area. With the 2009 blockbuster "Haeundae", Yoon joined the ranks of directors who have attracted more than 10 million viewers for one film. The reporter poked at him by saying the director had a trace of "ssammai", or Japanese movie jargon referring to a third-rate movie, in "My Boss, My Hero" (2001), and "Sex Is Zero" (2002), two films that were full of dirty jokes,...More
Catchy works at Jeonju Film Fest 2011/04/21, Source,
A scene from "Nader and Simin, a Separation". The Iranian family drama, directed by the 2009 Berlinale Silver Bear winner Asghar Farhadi, will open the 12th Jeonju International Film Festival on April 28. / Courtesy of JIFF
By Lee Hyo-won
Like its iconic dish of mixed rice and vegetables, Jeonju becomes a "bibimbap" of indie films each year. The 12th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will open April 28 for a nine-day run, ending May 6,...More
The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) announced the lineup of it's 12th edition, with Berlin's Golden Bear winner "Nader and Simin, a Separation" by Iran's Asghar Far,...More
Cineaste's picks at cinematheque 2011/01/10, Source,
From left, directors Kim Tae-yong, Lee Joon-ik and Lee Hae-yeong and programmer Kim Sung-wook speak during a press event for the 6th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival on Jan. 5 at Seoul Art Cinema, Jong-no. /Courtesy of Seoul Art Cinema
By Lee Hyo-won
Ever wondered what kind of works inspire famous filmmakers?
Fans will have a chance to find out through the Cinematheque Friends Film Festival, featuring 44 domestic and foreign works including those that were handpicked by directors who have paved new possibilities in Korean cinema. The 6th edition of the annual event kicks off on Jan. 18 at Seoul Art Cinema, Jongno, and will continue through Feb. 27,...More
Classic Korean Movies, Just in Time for the Holidays 2010/12/09, Source,
By Mark Russell
With Christmas fast approaching, I am always sure to have some DVDs on my gift list. And with more and more classic Korean movies being issued on DVD, the selection keeps getting better for classic Korean movie fans.
These days, when I go to film festivals, whether in Korea or any part of the world, I find myself increasingly drawn toward the retrospectives. Sure, it is fun discovering the latest and hippest new movies being made. But for me, I really enjoy re-discovering older movies, from 40 or 50 or more years ago,...More
[10LINE] Actor Gang Dong-won 2010/04/09, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actor Jo Han-seon, actor Won Bin, director Lee Myeong-se, director Choi Dong-hoon and actor Song Kang-ho [10Asia]
Gang Dong-won "Just talking about you is cool and you're handsome and all I can say is that I love you a lot. That's the truth". -from the movie "M". Being handsome is important but you need something more than just the looks. Just like actor Gang Dong-won. Ha Jung-hwa He was Gang Dong-won's physical education teacher from middle school. Kang wrote a letter thanking Ha in the magazine "Good Friend". When he was younger he was smart and athletic and he reached the height of 180cm after growing 25 cm during his middle school years,...More
5th Jecheon Int'l Fest to Kick Off 2009/08/10, Source, Set by the side of a wide, scenic lake surrounded by luscious green forests, the 5th Jecheon International Music Film Festival (JIMFF) is set to kick off this month, running August 13 – 18 in the namesake city in North Chungcheong province. The opening film is Joe Wright's The Soloist, starring Jam,...More
The movie theater always provides escapism, and can be a haven ― air-conditioned and entertaining ― from the sultry summer heat. But don't hide from the sun ― why not enjoy a break filled with cinema,...More
South Korea's esteemed 45th Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Festival held in southern Seoul, showcased the latest local box office trends, with its stronghold of original thrillers, stylistic period pieces and experimental projects. While superstars grabbed the limelight,...More
Chungmuro film fest gets competitive 2008/05/07, Source, The 2008 Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul will introduce a competition section this year in a bid to expand its coverage and attract more foreign movies for local moviegoers, organizers said yesterday.
"The Chungmuro festival will feature the international feature film category as a,...More
9th Jeonju International Film Festival Kicks Off 2008/05/06, Source, The 9th annual Jeongju International Film Festival kicked off its nine-day run with an opening ceremony on May 1. Once again this year, the film festival has invited independent films from all around the world.
In conclusion, the interrelationship is inverse proportion according to the trend in 2007 box-office success in Korean film industry. Among the 100 movies released this year, only 4 movies had more than,...More
The New Year will dawn with a special treat for local cinephiles. It marks "Year Zero", or a fresh new start for Seoul Art Cinema, with the Third Cinematheque Friends Film Festival due Jan. 9-Feb. 3, as well as big plans to revamp Korea's one and only cinematheque,...More
Assembly is the latest film from Feng, who gained nation-wide fame in China after making such films as "The Banquet", "A World Without Thieves", and "A S,...More
2007 PIFF goes 'Beyond Frame' 2007/10/03, Source, The 12th Pusan International Film Festival will kick off tomorrow in the southeastern port city, featuring 274 films from 64 countries with its focus placed on rediscovering and promoting Asian cinema.
"PIFF is widely regarded as Asia's most important film festival, and I personally feel the impa,...More
Korean Films Recover at the Box Office 2007/09/19, Source, Korean cinema is showing signs of recovery in the domestic market after a slow first half of 2007. Korea's leading cinema chain CGV announced that last month August recorded the highest monthly cinema attendance number, mainly because of the Korean films,...More
This year's PIFF to feature record 274 films 2007/09/13, Source, The 12th Busan International Film Festival will kick off on Oct. 4, featuring a record 274 films from 64 countries, along with gala events in the southeastern port city that is now solidifying its position as the hub of Asian cinema.
"This year, PIFF will focus on helping Asian films play a bigge,...More
A retrospective honoring the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang will be held at next month's 2007 Pusan International Film Festival. The complete lineup was also announced Tuesday.
While the deaths of film directors Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman wer,...More
PIFF's Promising Line-up Sets Records 2007/09/04, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will continue its progress with 275 films and a record number of 193 premieres and the inauguration of new programs. PIFF's flagship New Currents competition boasts a complete selection of eleven world and international premieres. The 12th edition of Asia,...More
"Duelist" Released in Egypt 2006/12/14, Source, A Korean film has been exported to Egypt for 10,000 dollars for the first time in Korea's film history. Egyptian film distributor Good News Group held a preview of ",...More
Korean Projects Awarded at PIFF (PPP) 2006/11/03, Source, A number of Korean feature film projects were awarded production support and cash awards at the Asian Film Market (AFM) which ran for four days during this year's 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). The main event at AFM is the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), a project market where selected A,...More
Lee Byung-hun to meet Tsumabuki Satoshi 2005/10/07, Source, Actors Lee Byung-hun, 35, and Tsumabuki Satoshi, 24, both regarded to be among the most handsome actors in their home countries, will meet at the Pusan International Film Festival, reported the festival's organizers. The two will hold an "ope,...More
"Welcome to Dongmakgol", a film on Korean War soldiers from different sides finding refuge in a mountain village, hit the 7-million viewer mark over the Chusok holiday, becoming the fourth movi,...More
Good girls seem to always fall for bad boys. But in the case of "Duelist", which is expected to make a stylish splash in theaters everywhere, Choson Kingdom policewomen seem to fall for the bedroom charms of hired assassins dressed in black.
NAMYANGJU, Kyonggi Province - After a six year hiatus, the director of the 1999 detective action film "Nowhere To Hide" will tell another detective story set during the Choson Kingdom in his upcoming,...More
CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.
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