[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama Kiss - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/29,
It's that time, folks. We're on the last category of the 2017 HanCinema Awards and it's a sexy one: Best Kiss in a 2017 Drama. It's the moment when our couples finally express their feelings for each other in steamy form,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama Couple - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/28,
The year of 2017 has seen some wonderful couples whose chemistry is sizzling and whose relationships draw us in and make us want to cheer for their happiness and success. Now you can choose for your favorite couple of the year out of sixteen amazing pairings,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama OST of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/16,
Music has the power to make you recall your favorite kiss, emotional beat, character, or scene, even if you only hear a few notes of the song. That's the reason why K-drama OSTs are so important. When certain music plays, you know something is going to happen. In honor of the power of the drama OST, we bring you this newest category. You can vote for your favorites from December 16 to December 30! Results for all categories will be revealed beginning December 30,...More
5 Actresses Who Were Born Under Strict Soldier Fathers 2017/07/26, Source,
Apparently, the daughters of the soldiers are beautiful! Being born to a soldier's family, the children often turns out to be polite and respectful. So it's no wonder that the 5 actresses below are known for their refined dignity and respectful nature as well as their beauty,...More
The reason why these celebrities are not on SNS 2017/06/23, Source,
There are many stars who have active SNS accounts and rain us with pics of their daily life and in some lucky cases, communicate with the fans as they comment and share the love. Though, today, we are going to take a look at the stars who refused to get public SNS account, or rather, no account at all. These are their reasoning behind such decision,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/06/17,
People have different definitions about what constitutes a strong female character, but the creators of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" take on a literal spin in this romantic comedy setting. The series is packed with characters and different subplots as well as a murder mystery. At the end of the day, however, its problems are too big for its virtues to balance,...More
Who Do You Think of When You Hear the Word "Lovely"? 2017/05/29,
When you describe someone as lovely, it often means that they are very beautiful and therefore pleasing to look at or listen to. Also, just by their behavior and little gestures, you can't help but smile and love them! I'm sure you have a lot of celebrities you think of when you think of the image "lovely" but these 5 female celebrities are who's becoming the definition of "lovely" lately in South Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 15 2017/04/23,
The events of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" climax in the penultimate episode, sticking the sadistic Jang-hyeon behind bars where he belongs and showing off that Bong-soon is made of greater stuffs than she first believed. Along with the positives, there were a few negatives, mainly in how the show arrived at this point. Those negatives are offset by the ridiculous cute chemistry between Bong-soon and Min-hyeok.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 14 2017/04/20,
Bong-soon must get used to life without her strength, but it is more difficult than she thought. More than anything she needs the support of her loved ones, and luckily she gets exactly that. But she can't rest easy, not with an egomanical kidnapper on the lose and intent on revenge. Although this episode has deceptively adorable scenes, its heart lies with Bong-soon and her ability to become a hero.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 11 2017/04/15,
The love triangle blooms and dies rather quickly in this episode, but its demise is quite possibly one of my favorite shifts in a second lead that I've seen on Korean television. Accompanying the demise of Gook-doo's hope in starting a relationship with Bong-soon is the utter delight that is Min-hyeok courting Bong-soon. Around the dynamics of romantic relationships looms the ever present Jang-hyun, crafty kidnapper and man bereft of a moral compass,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 9 2017/04/04,
Bong-soon the heroine is starting to emerge from her shell with determination that bubbles from within and finessed training given by Min-hyeok. As she grows, those around her are starting to realize just what she's made of, whether for better or for worse. One of the most important realizations comes when Gook-doo witnesses Bong-soon's incredible strength first hand,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 8 2017/04/02,
Although Bong-soon has often repeated her desire to do right by the people of her neighborhood with her strength, that strength is often warped into a tool for needless violence. While she indeed grows, it's not enough to counter the discrepancies in what she and those around her do and what they say they will do. Added to this is the strange development of multiple characters. Despite all this, "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" does retain an element of cuteness, mostly due to Park Bo-young and the cutesy editing.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 7 2017/03/29,
Romance and mystery develop more fully this episode, but the development is disjointed. Characters grow in awkward spurts while revelations are made jarringly. The highlight of this choppy episode was Park Hyung-sik as a heartbroken Min-hyeok. We see the strength of his acting when he realizes he has been betrayed by his favorite brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 6 2017/03/15,
Our heroine now has the most important thing she could ever need: someone who believes in her. Min-hyeok, despite her dazzling, fearful displays of strength, sees her for who she is and believes in what she can do with her superpowers. Mixed with that is, of course, a goodly amount of bickering, moony eyes, and adorable puppy dog sound effects.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/03/11,
"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" takes many a viewer's wish for stronger female leads and translates it very literally. Aside from the super-human strength possessed by our heroine and a criminal element, this plays out like a typical romantic comedy. We have crushes, jealousy, male territoriality and many familiar plot devices and character types. This is not a particularly feminist work yet, but it lightly touches upon some interesting topics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 4 2017/03/06,
As we get to know our main characters better and the kidnapper snags another unfortunate woman. Bong-soon is definitely having to re-examine her super powers and her personality under this new employment, but she is not yet seriously involved with self-reflection. Min-hyeok, on the other hand, seems to take things lightly, but there is a dark side to his experiences that make him a weighty character. Min-hyeok is the meatiest character thus far with a backstory we can sympathize with and an adorable crush on the very unusual Bong-soon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/02/18,
I cannot count the times when fiction mistakenly believes a "strong woman" character means someone who behaves in a traditionally masculine manner, swears and hits people. "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" is clearly not of the same opinion, taking a different approach by giving us a heroine who seems as feminine as she does deadly.
Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) is a woman with super-human strength. She is hired as a bodyguard to a temperamental rich man called Ahn Min-hyeok (Park Hyung-sik). When they become involved in a serial murder case, the two end up cohabitating with Bong-soon's crush, detective In Gook-doo (Ji Soo) for protection,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "You Call It Passion" 2016/11/19,
Ra-hee (played by Park Bo-young) is a rookie reporter in the entertainment press. Jae-gwan (played by Jung Jae-young) is her exceptionally tough editor, constantly barking orders at Ra-hee to make sure she gets the job done right. Together, they do important investigative journalism...about celebrities. Yes, the stakes in "You Call It Passion" are relatively low, and the eventual movement of the plot toward an exposé about a false accusation doesn't really do much to up the ante,...More
[HanCinema's Event Coverage] The Top 8 Highlights of KCON New York 2016 + Beauty Giveaway 2016/07/02,
The second year of KCON New York held June 24 and June 25 at the Prudential Center shaped up to be an incredible event that attracted 42,000 Hallyu fans, nearly two and a half times as many fans as its inaugural year of 17,000. Half of the fans in attendance came from outside the New York metro area. Not only did fan numbers swell, but the convention enjoyed double the sponsorship, over ninety booths, and triple the workshops and panels. HanCinema was on two of those panels and will also participate in panels at KCON LA July 29 through July 30. We also visited many of the booths at the convention and have fantastic, high-quality beauty items for giveaway. Check out the giveaway instructions at the bottom of this list of highlights to learn how to enter! And don't worry, you will have more chances to win Korean beauty products! Keep following our KCON New York coverage to find out more! And now, without further ado, here are the top 8 highlights of the KCON New York 2016 Convention of all things Hallyu,...More
[Orion's Drama News] From Rags to Mega-Riches 2016/06/25,
This week I talk KCON New York and HanCinema's attendance there. I also take a look at the super rich, super smart, super talented and all around perfect character of Lee Jong-suk in "W" and what he might mean in terms of how we write and experience fiction and Korean dramas. Before my upcoming drama goodies and personal watch list, I talk Dramaland ladies and introduce upcoming drama "Woman of Dignity",...More
[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON New York Day 1 2016/06/24,
Action-packed Day 1 of KCON New York at the Prudential Center is over and it was amazing! Even though temperatures spiked to 83°F, that didn't stop devoted Hallyu fans from flocking to KCON to get their full doses of Hallyu goodness. Kathryn and I got there around 9 A.M. to check in and scope the place out. The lines to enter the convention were already massively long. Never doubt a Hallyu fan, though. The lines weren't a deterrent to happiness,...More
[HanCinema's Event News] We're Going to #KCON16NY ! 2016/06/18,
If you've been following HanCinema's social media, you already know that we're going to KCON New York 2016 held at the Prudential Center June 24 and June 25! Whoohoo! The HanCinema team is going to bring you the latest on all the wonderful happenings of KCON NY as well as participate in two Hallyu panels,...More
KCON LA: SHINee and I.O.I join line-up & KCON NY: Special Guests Im Si-wan and Park Bo-young 2016/05/29, Source,
KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota revealed today that the pop boy band SHINee and up-and-coming girl group I.O.I will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup! Additionally, special guests Im Si-wan and Park Bo-young will attending KCON 2016 New York! Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY is returning to the Prudential Center and will expand to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON LA kicks off a month later and takes place July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Phantom Detective" 2016/05/21,
Director Jo Sung-hee's "Phantom Detective" is a play on the crime noir complete with anti-hero Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon), a decrepit town, deranged villains, and stylized filming that brings the world of the comic book to life. There are also two unlikely sidekicks, two little girls who rework Gil-dong's damaged psyche over the course of the film. "Phantom Detective" was released in Korea May 4, 2016 and 508,000 filmgoers (19.9%) sat down to watch a modern take of the classic Korean tale of "Hong Gil Dong,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "COLLECTIVE INVENTION" 2015/11/21,
Goo (played by Lee Kwang-soo) is a completely unremarkable young man with no apparent distinguishing characteristics whatsoever. At least he was, until Goo's entire upper torso turned into...a fish. And that, right there, is the gimmick which makes up the entirity of "COLLECTIVE INVENTION", named after the painting by Rene Magritte. A man turns into a fish, and how exactly are we supposed to respond to this? Joo-jin (played by Park Bo-young) is the first person to meet the newly mutated Goo, and takes a step most of the other characters proceed to repeat. She monetizes it,...More
Supreme Court upholds life sentence against Sewol captain 2015/11/15, Source, On Thursday when the national college entrance exam of in Korea took place, the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence to Lee Jun-seok (70), the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off the southwest coast in April last year, on the ground of homicide. In fact, had the second graders of Danwon High School (250 students including four missing), the victims of the tragic sinking, been alive, it would have been the big test day that they would have been much looking forward to,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015/10/26, "The Phone" sends "The Martian" packing...
Kim Bong-joo's action thriller, "The Phone", starring Son Hyun-joo and Uhm Ji-won, was released last week and came out on top over the weekend as Korea's top pick. Kim's tale of a man struggling to make sense of his wife's death was allocated 794 screens around the country, and from those screenings managed to dislodge "The Martian" at the top of the pile with 613 thousand admissions going its way (31.7%). Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andy Weir's 2011 novel has already grossed $384 million worldwide, and since its release in Korea on the 8th of this month, "The Martian" has attracted nearly 4 million filmgoers ($28.5 million), 534 thousand of which came from this past weekend,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Oh My Ghostess" 2015/10/17,
Possessed by Love
A refreshing take on a taboo topic, 'Oh My Ghostess' has quickly emerged to become one of the most popular romantic comedies of the year with its superb cast and acting. The story centers around our three main characters, renowned chef Kang Seon-woo (Jo Jung-suk) of Sun Restaurant, his kitchen assistant Na Bong-seon (Park Bo-young), and a ghost with a virgin grudge Sin Soon-ae (Kim Seul-gi). Hilarity ensues when the ghost possesses Bong-seon, a normally reclusive and unconfident cook, causing her to suddenly transform into an outspoken, forthright maneater who begins to target the good-looking chefs in the kitchen,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] "The Silenced" BIFF Review 2015/10/17,
On October 2nd, 2015, "The Silenced" aired as part of the 2015 Busan International Film Festival in Busan's Haeundae Megabox Theaters. As part of KOFICE's Korea Joa 2015 project, HanCinema attended the screening and would like to thank KOFICE for the opportunity.
"The Silenced" is a film whose plot can be dissected into two contrasting parts: the first two-thirds that is alluring and full of promise, and the last third that quickly declines into disappointing predictability. The two parts are decorated with gifted actors, insightful filming, and very marked themes of friendship, sacrifice, and evil. Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, "The Silenced" focuses on a girls' boarding house and sanitorium where strange things happen to its sickly students,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] 20th Busan International Film Festival + "Commitment" DVD Giveaway 2015/10/02,
On October 1st HanCinema attended the 20th Busan International Film Festival's (BIFF) red carpet, opening ceremony, and opening film. Stars and talents walked the red carpet, stayed to present, and then "Zubaan", an introspective Bollywood film directed by Mozez Singh, had its world premiere. Despite the intermittent rain and blustering wind typical of the Busan area, fans braved the weather in raincoats and Snoopy towels to catch glimpses of the stars.
Upon arrival, what strikes one most is the architecture of the Busan Cinema Center located in Centrum City,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Introducing Lisa Espinosa 2015/09/24,
Annyeong haseyo, everyone! I am Raine aka Lisa Espinosa, HanCinema's representative in the first year of the Korea Joa (KJ) program hosted by KOFICE. As your fellow fan of Korean film, drama, culture, and music it is my distinct pleasure to travel, write, film, and photograph my experiences for you. Please be sure to leave comments for the HanCinema team below about what you would like to see in my travels that will take place September 27 to October 9th,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" 2015/09/19,
Having a little gimmick to spice things up for the romance is quite common for romantic comedy drama. Be it time travel, serial killers or ghosts, they have been done before. As the word reveals, however, those elements are mostly used to frame the romance, rather than to define its characters or enable them to grow. 'Oh My Ghostess' does offer a fluffy romance, but also has some messages to convey,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 16 (final) 2015/09/13,
The finale of "Oh My Ghostess" was all about goodbyes and seeing what our characters have learned since the start of their adventures. Soon-ae's departure was the heart of the episode and was handled beautifully in all of its facets. It captured the essence of the drama and helped it earn a place in the annals of drama history. Overall, "Oh My Ghostess" was a strong drama with a powerful cast, an intriguing storyline, and substantial character growth from start to finish. There are, of course, flaws such as inconsistency in ghost rules and a lack of true understanding of the otherworld that prevents a deep empathy for the mysterious, possessed Sung-jae and a keener understanding of Soon-ae's issues,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 15 2015/09/06,
There is some major action in the penultimate episode of "Oh My Ghostess" and that action brings the show into darker territory. While it has been hinted at that Soon-ae's demise was not a pleasant one, to see it was appropriately gruesome and shocking. Episode 15 primarily focused on the chase between Soon-ae and possessed Sung-jae,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 14 2015/09/06,
As Seon-woo learns to cope with reality and the ghostly and nefarious situations surrounding him, Soon-ae is coming closer to the truth behind her death and the truth that haunts Seon-woo's family. Soon-ae is such a marvelous character and Kim Seul-gi handles her with finesse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 13 2015/09/06,
This was the episode of truth-fueled angst that required Seon-woo and Bong-seon to run through a gamut of emotions both together and alone. Every relationship suffers growing pains, especially when a difficult truth is revealed and feels more like a wedge inserted than one removed.
Bong-seon has revealed her biggest secret and it is one that is difficult for Seon-woo to stomach,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 12 2015/09/06,
Several key plot threads come to a head in this exquisitely timed episode of "Oh My Ghostess". The acting in this is superlative on the parts of the three leads and the terrifying villain. All elements came together in one of the most emotional episodes thus far that highlights the mystery, the love, and the innermost fears of our beloved characters. Seon-woo is opening up in a way he has never been able to because of the love he feels,...More
A time to reform the drama production environment 2015/09/03, Source,
Being at a drama set, it's obvious that many people are passionate and working hard on a drama. They struggle to make a single scene look better and are always busying themselves. This makes one keep silent or be in awe.
A drama production scene is like a warzone. The staff behind the camera work so hard to make the artists and storyline stand out. They spend a night up just for a scene that doesn't last a minute. This is because a drama is almost live-time. They take short naps, eat irregularly and suffer from various stress for a couple of months because of this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 10 2015/08/30,
This was Soon-ae's episode. Her tunnel-vision ended at her goal: have sex and be freed of her ghostly body into heaven. She did not see what it would cost to attain that goal and the knowledge of leaving and losing love that she never had while living is painfully present. And that's what good angst is all about. Soon-ae falls in love with the earthly life she is borrowing from Bong-seon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 9 2015/08/30,
"Oh My Ghostess" grows both more whimsical and more dire as it progresses into deeper plot territory. The mystery of Soon-ae is slowly being unearthed, but as that happens, new bits of information crop up that create more questions. While that happens, Soon-ae and Bong-seon are discovering what love is like, especially with an agenda driving the already potent emotion. Episode 9 is nothing if cute,...More
Park Bo-young, even after 10 years of acting she's still highly anticipated 2015/08/27, Source,
Actress Park Bo-young is a highly trusted actress. She's mostly been in movies before "Oh My Ghostess" but everyone knows she can act. Her visual makes people believe she's only the lovable and feminine type but if you look closely, she's been in far more different genres than you think.
"Everyone thinks I always play the happy roles, but I usually play a single mother, a sad and sick girl and characters like that. I even said I wanted to try a happy character. Then I thought, I could star in a drama to show people what I have and if I do, I would like to play a happy role",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 8 2015/08/23,
The cat's out of the bag. Seon-woo kissed Bong-seon and there is no way that he, Bong-seon, or Soon-ae realizes what that means. There is genuine affection at play here and it hits all three of them harder than expected. What lead to the kiss was the long-awaited pairing between Bong-seon and Soon-ae,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 7 2015/08/23,
"Oh My Ghostess" is reaching its midway point and a storm is definitely brewing. Bong-seon and Soon-ae have finally talked, which changes the game entirely. They know each other's situations. Hopefully others, like Soon-ae's father and Seon-woo, will be let in on the supernatural secret as well. The pressing matter is Soon-ae's tether of time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 6 2015/08/16,
The nature of the ghostly possession gives "Oh My Ghostess" a nice blend of episodic and climactic formats. Soon-ae and Bong-seon develop depending on who is in control of Bong-seon's body whilst the rest of the action continues to flow forward. The tension comes from the developing (probable) murder mystery, the developing romance that alternates between Soon-ae and Seon-woo, and Bong-seon and Seon-woo, and the characters overcoming personal milestones. Seon-woo has a large person hurdle to jump over: he was bullied as a kid and still harbors grudges against the bullies,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 5 2015/08/16,
As many laughs as the past four episodes have given us, episode five of "Oh My Ghostess" gives us just as much heart. We get our timid heroine back and watch her struggle through her reality: she's lost two weeks and feels more lost than ever. This episode is a testament to Park Bo-young's acting as she reverts to Bong-seon and gives us further insight into the terrified young woman,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 3 2015/08/16,
"Oh My Ghostess" spares not one moment as it delves into character development. Each interaction means something to our three main characters: Bong-seon (despite the fact that she's not mentally present), Soon-ae, and Seon-woo. They learn and grow from the people they were in the past or have the potential to learn in the future. This episode was about missed timing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 2 2015/08/16,
Episode 2 of "Oh My Ghostess" is just beyond the threshold of setup and jumping into new material and the transition is flawless. The story is propelled forward by compelling characters and a self-driven story. Each main character has their own history to contend with and their own present that troubles them. What "Oh My Ghostess" excels at is merging their worlds. The loss of Bong-seon the tired girl as she is overtaken by ghostess Soon-ae is the only downside of the ghost possession,...More
Park Bo-young Grows Up at Last 2015/08/08, Source,
Actress Park Bo-young finally got a chance to play an adult role with tvN Drama "Oh My Ghostess". "It's exciting as I feel like I've truly found something that suits my age", she says. "When I was acting with younger friends, I was worried that I might stand out looking too old. But now I don't have to worry about that",...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Oh My Ghostess" 2015/07/19,
In a lot of ways, cable television has brought more daring concepts to Korean drama. What was once an age where any non-virginal female character was an antagonist or flawed existence has given way to even leading women who do not remain stuck in perpetual wish fulfillment for those in love with gender stereotypes. 'Oh My Ghostess' is yet another tvN series which tackles the s-word and it also cast stars who are talented and loved by audiences to do so,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Oh My Ghostess" 2015/06/27,
More romance is arriving from tvN, a channel which by now has made romantic comedies its most notable genre. This time around, we have fantasy involved in the form of what sounds like quite an embarrassing ghost possession. With Park Bo-young making a return to dramas and a cast and premise which sound at the very least entertaining, we might be in for a fun summer rom-com,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Silenced" 2015/06/27,
The year is 1938, and Joo-ran (played by Park Bo-young) is a young woman who's sent off to boarding school, mostly to avoid being too much of an inconvenience to a restructured family that's decided to move to Japan. For the most part Joo-ran's adjustments to the new environment are nothing out of the ordinary. There's a bullying clique, a new friend by the name of Yeon-deok (played by Park So-dam), a curricular obsession with long jumping, and freaky hallucinations involving missing students covered in nightmarish gook. At least, Joo-ran is hoping these are just hallucinations,...More
Actress Park Bo-young Hungry for More Film Roles 2015/06/27, Source,
Time really does fly, and actress Park Bo-young -- whom many filmgoers no doubt still think of as the young girl of her early performances -- has now been acting for 10 years. For Park, it has been a decade spent carefully building her career. In her latest film, the mystery-thriller "The Silenced", which was released last week, Park plays a girl in poor health who is dragged to a sanitarium-style boarding school by her stepmother in 1938, with Korea still under Japanese colonial rule,...More
[Photos] Park Bo-young's sexiness 2015/06/23, Source, Park Bo-young was featured on the pages of a magazine.
She was made up clean and tidy as if a storm had just gone by. She's a respected actress in her 20s and as if to live up to her name, she managed to express her feelings in a still cut. Her lips are made up in cherry color and she's burying her face in a green leaf,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.19 ~ 2015.06.21 2015/06/22,
"Jurassic World" still rules, but under pressure from two new local entries... Two films (one foreign, one local) dominated at the top of the pile over the weekend. "Jurassic World" and "The Classified File" were the nation's films of choice, and together constituted over 80% of the sales with just over 2 million admissions between them. Last weekend, "Jurassic World" came and conquered, and week two for this record-breaking thrill ride saw it retain the top stop with over a million in attendance (45%). Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World" has already broken the record for the all-time opening weekend in North America, and in South Korea that support has continued as the film, the fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series, now moves onto $27M (3.4M admissions),...More
The Silenced (2015) 2015/06/19, Source, "The Silenced"
Genres: Drama and Mystery
Running Time: 99 min.
Directed by: Lee Hae-yeong
Starring: Park Bo-young, Uhm Ji-won
Synopsis: Ju-ran with chronic health issues moves to a sanitorium boarding school. In the new environment, she regains health thanks to the principal's special treatment program. But soon, her classmates begin to disappear one by one and she notices abnormal changes to her body. She suspects the school is responsible for what's happening and begins to uncover the truth,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.01.24 ~ 2014.01.26 2014/01/27, "Frozen" remains solid at the top but local flicks still dominated...
The Oscar-nominated animation "Frozen" held its form at the top of the pile to secure its second weekend as number one. Despite the string of popular local features Walt Disney's winter wonderland was able to pack on another 1.2 million admissions (36.2%) to advance its total tally now to 3.1 million ($22.2M). However "Miss Granny", "Hot Young Bloods", "When A Man Loves A Woman" (aka "Man In Love"), and Yang Woo-seok's popular drama "The Attorney" all followed in close formation with respectable figures to collectively capture 59.3% of the ticket sales,...More
Hot Young Bloods 2014/01/25, Source,
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Lee Yeon-woo
Starring: Park Bo-young, Lee Jong-suk, Lee Se-young, Kim Young-kwang
Synopsis: Set in a countryside town in the 1980s, Joong-gil is the biggest heartthrob in his school. Yeong-sook, the girlfriend of the school's toughest bully, has a crush on Joong-gil, but he shows her no interest. One day, a new girl, So-hee moves into town and Joong-gil has a crush on her. Yeong-sook thinks So-hee as her rival and picks a fight with her. Yeong-sook's boyfriend, suspicious of ties between Yeong-sook and Joong-gil, also harasses So-hee to instigate Joong-gil. This forces Joong-gil to stand up for So-hee,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hot Young Bloods" 2014/01/18,
It's the eighties in rural Chungcheong. These are violent times- remember that there was a tight-fisted dictatorship going on. If any message is clearly imparted to the teen students here, it's that violence is a good way of letting off youthful energy. That's certainly the opinion of Yeong-sook, at any rate. Park Bo-young infuses the perpetually angry, mean looking young woman with a sense of brimming rage. She's straight up looking for fights to get into. It would be funny if she wasn't so scary-looking.
Yeong-sook sets her sights on Joong-gil (played by Lee Jong-suk), a young man who has made it his goal to kiss every girl in the class, and has developed all manner of smooth talking and magic fingers to bring out the aura of Casanova that lies in his soul,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound…. 2014/01/18, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "When A Man Loves A Woman": A terminally ill low-level thug finds love and hope as he faces the end. (01/22)
★★★★★ "Stray Dogs": A reporter who lives an extreme life stumbles upon a countryside village and unravels the hideous secrets behind it. (01/23)
★★★★ "Miss Granny": A cranky grandmother wakes up to find herself in her younger body, then joins her grandson's band to live young once again.(01/23)
★★★★ "The Dinner": A trouble family, each with their own cross to bear, struggle to survive when further misfortune falls upon them all.(01/23)
★★★★ "Hot Young Bloods": Four country teens get caught up in romance, jealousy, and violence as their love and lust boils over. (01/23),...More
"Hot Young Bloods" showcase 2014/01/14, Source,
The "Hot Young Bloods Showcase" was held on the 9th at Gunguk University at 7PM. This was an invitation to those waiting for the movie to be released to attend and talk about the movie with Park Bo-young, Lee Jong-suk, Lee Se-young and Kwon Hae-hyo. The numerous media and expecting audiences proved the popularity of the movie.
The Brave Ones opened the ceremony with their hit songs and promotion videos of previews, character cuts and laughter was screened especially. The cast also kept everyone entertained with their hilarious jokes and comments,...More
Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" + DVD Giveaway [US Only] 2013/08/22, Source,
Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" (2012) + DVD Giveaway [US Only] Directed by Jo Sung-hee With Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jang Young-nam, Kim Hyang-gi, Lee Young-ran,... Synopsis Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits a cottage the way she used to when she was a young girl. She remembers a boy she knew half a century before. Moving to a peaceful village when she was a girl she discovered a "wolf boy", hiding his large, contorted body in the darkness. The girl, now a woman, has never been able to purge the images of his wild eyes and animal-like behavior from her mind. She recalls teaching the boy how to wait patiently before a meal, how to wear clothes, how to speak, how to write and other human behaviors so that he could one day live like a normal man,...More
CJ Entertainment Proudly Presents "A Werewolf Boy" 2013/07/23,
Some Instincts Can Never Be Tamed ... Is It Possible He Continues to Wait for Her? Romantic Fantasy Comes to Life on DVD Aug. 13th Sometimes love can wait a lifetime in the romantic fantasy "A Werewolf Boy", captivating DVD Aug. 13 from CJ Entertainment America. An unexpected phone call summons an elderly woman, who has lost interest in life, back to Korea and the remote cottage in the countryside where she spent a tumultuous time in her youth. Memories overwhelm Suni (Park Bo-young) of a feral and mute orphan (Song Joong-ki) who the family took in ... only to discover that he was a creature never meant to exist,...More
[UK] 5th Terracotta Festival 2013 Full Line-up Announcement 2013/05/08, Source,
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth edition of the annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival. Over the years the festival has seen the event go from strength to strength. This year is set to be the biggest yet, expanding to 27 films spread over 4 sections and 2 venues from 06 - 15 June 2013. The core of the festival will remain a hand-picked selection of the best CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA at The Prince Charles Cinema. This all UK Premieresectionreflects the vibrancy and energy in Asian filmmaking today. Ranging from realist dramas to romance, light comedies to spy action thrillers, swordfighting epics to gothic fairytales, the festival aims to balance the representation of Asian countries.
Terracotta Festival 2013 (TFEFF13) will open with Hong Kong action COLD WAR on Thursday 06 June 2013,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our School E.T". 2013/04/12,
Seong-Gun (played by Kim Soo-ro) is an eccentric high school gym teacher who doesn't really teach his students anything academically useful. Whenever he is confronted with students engaging in unsavory behavior, be it through fighting, indolence, or poorly considered after-school activities, Seong-Gun reacts in the manner which involves the most possible violent physical exertion by all parties involved. A simple lecture amounting to "study more" seems quite beyond him,...More
30-Something Leading Ladies Take Over TV, Films 2012/12/07, Source,
The entertainment industry is suffering from a shortage of actresses in their 20s. Most movies and dramas that recently gained a certain level of attention mostly featured actresses aged 30 or over. Producers and filmmakers point out that it is difficult for them to find actresses in their 20s who are suitable for leading roles. Of the 20 most popular movies released this year, Park Bo-young, who starred in "A Werewolf Boy", is the only female lead in this age group. Han Hyo-joo, who is also in her 20s, appeared in the movie "Masquerade", which drew more than 10 million viewers, but her role is greatly overshadowed by both the male lead Lee Byung-hun and supporting actor Ryu Seung-ryong,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Werewolf Boy" 2012/11/30,
Until I actually saw "A Werewolf Boy" by Jo Sung-hee on screen, it wasn't at all clear to me whether this was a movie about a werewolf or just a feral teenager (in Korean, the title is simply "Wolf Boy"). Granted, usually a movie studio only thinks it can make money if it has a cool concept like a werewolf (feral children just aren't as flashy), and yet looking into the movie's press poster, all I can see are the blank eyes of a boy who has no concept of civilized life. They're the eyes of an animal,...More
CJ Entertainment to release exclusive alternate ending for 'A Werewolf Boy' 2012/11/28, Source, Exclusive clip added to film will make hearts race even faster!
Fantasy romance becomes 3rd highest box office film of 2012 in South Korea
Director Jo Sung-hee reveals during an audience Q&A session that he shot an alternate ending for the film
"A Werewolf Boy" at #1 in box office for 5 consecutive weeks
Coming to North America on November 30!
See below for a full list of theaters
""A Werewolf Boy" is continually fascinating" – Maggie Lee, Variety
"It will fulfill and dazzle you to the very end" – Anderson Le, HIFF
South Korean box office champion "A Werewolf Boy" has truly captured the hearts of females young and old, surpassing 6 million in admissions within 26 days of release and becoming the film with the 3rd highest box office in 2012. With its captivating storyline and lead actor Song Joong-ki bringing audiences to the theater for second and third doses of the movie, the film's distributor, CJ Entertainment, announced that they would be releasing an exclusive alternate ending version of "A Werewolf Boy" in December 2012,...More
Park Bo-young "I was bullied in school" 2012/06/04, Source,
Actors and actresses who started acting as a kid spoke honestly about their fame.
Lee Se-young explained on the MBC TV program "Nollowa", "Many schoolmates misunderstood me in high school and university because they didn't know me. They were then surprised that I was just normal when we got closer",...More
[15th Pifan] "Black VS White" beauty stars 2011/07/14, Source,
The trend was black and white. The colors were simple and flat and not striking. The colors were contrasted to the red carpet and emphasized more on the beauty of the female stars.
The 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival took place in Puchon on the 14th at 6PM. Those female stars who attended this event wore dresses well suited to their personal characters.,...More
Most Anticipated Horror Queen For Summer of 2011? 2011/05/30, Source,
As the weather gets hotter for the summer season, Koreans are looking forward to cooling down by watching chilling horror flicks in the theatres.
Many newbie stars have emerged from a hit scary movie, and people are starting to wonder, who will 2011's most popular scary movie star be?,...More
Park Bo-young Tapped to Promote Puchon Film Festival 2011/05/14, Source, Park Bo-young /Courtesy of PiFan
Actress Park Bo-young has been named a goodwill ambassador for the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), Asia's largest genre film gala.
Park said she is "delighted" to hold the post and will fulfill her duties happily. "I hope to meet as many people in the film industry and fans as possible, and show another side of me that has yet to be revealed", she added,...More
Youth festival urges teens to express creativity 2010/06/29, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
When Kim Jong-hyun, a 48-year-old teacher at YoungPa Girls' Middle School in Pungnam-dong, was a teenager, he used to sneak into R-rated films wearing his father's suit. He would also take part in poetry readings while dreaming of becoming a man of letters.
What concerns Kim is the local education system's lack of concentration on fostering children's imagination and providing an outlet through which they can channel their interests and talent creatively,...More
Lee Min-ho to meet and greet fans on June 20 2010/05/27, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho will hold a fan meeting on June 20, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment on Thursday.
Starhaus announced through a press release that the actor will meet with his fans at the event titled "2010, The Special Day with Minoz" at the Grand Peace Palace located in Kyung Hee University in June,...More
[STAR DIARY] Lee Min-ho - Part 2 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho in 2007 TV series "Mackerel Run" [SBS]
EBS TV series "Secret Campus" -- where Lee had made his acting debut -- achieved relatively satisfactory results, but a trial was awaiting Lee. He became involved in a serious accident. One can imagine how big an accident it was, considering he had to put in iron rods in his right thigh and knee.
"I was lying in a hospital bed for seven months and so I had to take a year and a half off from work". His accident was all the more painful because he had been set to appear in MBC sitcom "High Kick!" and MBC mini-series "9 End 2 Outs",...More
Wang Seok-hyeon to appear on Chinese TV show 2010/02/23, Source,
Korean actor Wang Seok-hyeon [Dazzle Entertainment]
Korean child actor Wang Seok-hyeon is set to appear on Chinese television program as a special guest this weekend, according to his agency Dazzle Entertainment.
Dazzle announced in a press release Monday that the six-year-old actor was invited to appear on Hunan Satellite TV's special full-moon show, thanks to his rising popularity in the country.,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Park Bo-young sued! 2010/02/03, Source,
Movie star, Park Bo-young(20) has been sued by a movie company.
The movie producing company said that Park Bo-young had no intention of being in the new film but talked as if she was casted. Park Bo-young had been learning ice skating for the film since last June, but has quit a month ago without even telling the company and directors. She said that her care for the movie has dropped to the directo,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Park Bo-young in new film, "1318" 2009/05/20, Source, Park Bo-young is in a new film, "1318" for which the poster has been released.
The film will bring a warm and refreshing emotion to the audience.
3 directors have come together to perfect this style of a film that takes on the genre of comedy, drama, and musical.
It is about the point of view from the year 1318 that dreams today's world.
The film will be released on June 11th!,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Cha Tae-hyun's smile unchanging 2008/11/30, Source, Cha Tae-hyun would be one of the actors who are unchanging. He has become a father and yet his childlike mischief and innocent smiles are ever present.
In dramas and movies, his character are always similar, also. Currently in "General Hospital 2" he is a troublemaking Neuro Surgeon Choi Jin-sang and many are asking when he will make an image change.
To this, he replies, "Must I make an image change?" which is very likely of him to say!
To tell the truth, it is hard for a movie star to keep the same image and go on successful for such a long time as Cha Tae-hyun. So, it must be something to be applauded for!
The movie star is in a new film titled, "Speedy Scandal" where Cha is th,...More
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