[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo" Episode 7 2016/12/07,
Bok-joo's comeuppance ends up being pretty harsh. But looking at this situation from the outside it's hard to be too angry at her authority figures. Bok-joo's childish dalliance with Jae-i's clinic is, to the people who support Bok-joo's dreams, a slap in the face. How can Bok-joo be so obviously passionate about being a world-class weightlifter, yet take part in a dieting program completely at odds with that goal?,...More
[Funcurve Review] "One More Happy Ending" 2016/08/27,
One More Happy Cliche
"One More Happy Ending" is your average romantic comedy that presents us with the problems women face in marriage and divorce. Ex-pop stars and girl group members traverse through uncertainties of life while finding their soulmates, saving their marriages, or putting up with forced ones. The story kicks off when our leading lady's classmate makes a re-entry into her life, and bringing with him, her Prince Charming - or so it seemed,...More
[Spoiler] 'Doctors' Kim Rae-won and Park Shin-hye share ardent kiss
On the episode 12 of SBS Monday & Tuesday drama, Yoo Hye-jeong (Park Shin-hye) visited Hong Ji-hong (Kim Rae-won)'s house.
While Hye-jeong took Jo In-joo (Yoo Da-in), who was drunk, to her home, she ended up visiting Hong Ji-hong's house. What had happened was that Hong Ji-hong turned cold towards her when he returned three weeks later after his father's death. Yoo Hye-jeong asked Hong Ji-hong why he had not been answering any phone calls. Hong Ji-hong answered he did not know he had phone calls and he had been waiting for her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 11 2016/07/25,
In-joo (played by Yoo Da-in) is Ji-hong's old friend, who can typically be relied on to show up when he's in trouble to offer herself as a marriage partner, since that solves problems for some reason. In-joo has not generally been a very relevant character, which is why I haven't discussed her up until now, but she does serve a very important role this episode. In-joo consistently acts like a doctor first and a cool person second, which in contrast to the rest of the cast, is the important priority order,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Stars, Awards and Exports 2016/05/07,
Join me in a week of awards, casting additions and even some new drama announcements. This time around I contemplate the drama race for appeal in the Chinese market, which we all know is becoming a top priority of wannabe-popular series. I also present to you some of our links for the upcoming 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards and take a look at some of the freshly cast or confirmed actors for upcoming dramas,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/12/21, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Suspect": A North Korean spy is betrayed by his country and colleague and is on the run until he can make sense of it all. (12/24):
★★★★ "A Clear Night": A daughter tries to track down the mysterious young girl in her grandfather's picture. She heads to Gochang with a friend/producer and starts to unravel the history behind her and him. (12/26)
★★★★ "Did You Hear She Sings?": A story about the difference of perspectives between a young woman's eyes and those around her. (24/26),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Suspect" 2013/12/14,
Director Won Shin-yun appeared to have two important creative priorities for "The Suspect". First, make almost every shot a close-up shot. Even the action scenes. No, especially the action scenes. Being able to get a full clear picture of what's going on just isn't as much fun as having close-up shots all the time. Second, make sure that the camera's always shaking. Because, you see, this is an action movie. Everything's always shaking.
It's difficult to evaluate the merits of this movie mostly because of the splitting headache it gave me,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.10.26 ~ 2012.10.28
2012/10/29, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.10.26 ~ 2012.10.28)
After six weeks as Korea's number one film and nearly eleven million admissions, Choo Chang-min's "Masquerade" is finally overthrown by Britian's favourite secret agent. "Skyfall" is 007's latest adventure that sees Daniel Craig star along side Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem as Bond's loyalties are put the test as M16 comes under attack. The film opened in Korea this past weekend and claimed 871,819 (45.6%) admissions with the help of some 749 screens around the country,...More
Art and Culture 2012/05/24, Source,
The weekend is almost coming up and for those of you who are looking for places to go or movies to watch, our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim is here with us to help us decide on what to do during this laer half of the week. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young What do you have for us today ?
The film, 'Kids From Heaven' portrays the entertaining lives of teenagers,...More
KoreanFilm.org's Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet 2012/01/14, Source,
Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
South Korean Box Office in 2011 2012/01/14, Source, Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle.
Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
The Front Line wins big at Korean Critics Awards 2011/11/14, Source,
Director JANG Hun's "The Front Line" was the big winner at the 31st Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards. The ceremony was held at the Seoul Press Center on the evening of Friday, Nov. 11.
South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film nominations, The Front Line snapped up a total of four KAFC awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best New Actor,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Re-encounter" 2011/04/02, Min Yong-keun's "Re-encounter" is a story about allowing oneself to reopen closed doors and to face the shadows of our past. Despair may run thick through the film and you will have to wait till the final scene to see if there is any chance of hope in this grey and somber melodrama. "Re-encounter" was awarded Best Picture at the 36th Seoul Independent Film Festival; it also scooped the Best Director awards at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival.,...More
Taboo topics turn Proustian in 'Re-encounter' 2011/02/10, Source, Yoo Da-in appears in scene from "Re-encounter", which follows the story of a young woman searching for her daughter, thought to be adopted. / Courtesy of Indiestory
By Lee Hyo-won
A scorned lover, a dementia-stricken widow and even a sickly stray dog meander through memories and abandoned houses. In "Re-encounter", these dusty, depressing subjects, paired with uncomfortable issues like teenage pregnancy, adoption and animal rights, all somehow melt into a beautiful, poetically sparse mise-en-scene,...More
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