Born in Busan, Korea, in 1969. He graduated from the Dept. of Economics at Korea University. He worked on LG AD Advertisement Production Team and Simani Entertainment Fund Planning Team. He has written a number of screenplays, including < Black Honey Moon >, < Can't Live Without Robbery > , and < My Boss, My Hero>. He made his feature debut with < My Boss, My Hero >.
Musical adaption "Hero - 2018" to hit cinema theaters next year 2017/09/23, Source, "Hero - 2018" is a film adaptation of the famous musical "Hero" about the story of independence activist An Jung-geun. He assassinated Ito Hirobumi in 1909 and was subsequently imprisioned and executed. With the understandable wave of nationalistic movies rolling in that revolve around Korean independence, this will fit right into the fabric of 2018,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Haeundae" + DVD Giveaway 2015/09/19,
I first saw "Haeundae", not from start to finish, but beginning midway through on cable television. There were, as to be exected, a lot of special effects about a giant tidal wave destroying everything. Given that the press materials have always pretty explicitly tried to sell the product as a disaster film, this should come as little surprise. Then I tried watching the movie from the very beginning and made a shocking discovery. "Haeundae" is, in fact, a romantic comedy,...More
'Ode to My Father' to Be Screened at U.S. Congress 2015/05/21, Source,
One of the biggest box-office hits this year "Ode to My Father" will be the first Korean film ever screened at the U.S. Congress. The screening was organized by U.S. Congressmen Charles Rangel and Ed Royce along with Korean-American communities there and will be shown on June 3 ahead of President Park Geun-hye's visit to the U.S. The film's director JK Youn will attend the screening,...More
The 9th Asian Film Awards to be held on the 25th 2015/03/24, Source,
Korean movies have gone beyond Korea and all over to Asia.
The 9th Asian Film Awards is being held at the Venesian Theater in Macao, China. Every category has the name of a Korean star or film, increasing anticipation for the number of trophies won by one of them,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.02.06-2015.02.08 2015/02/10,
Nostalgic Romcom Rules, while "Ode" crosses 13M...
Box office newcomer "C'est Si Bon" entered the fray last week and captured 29.5% of the pie over the weekend, comfortably claiming the top spot and dislodging last week's winner: "Big Hero 6". Kim Hyun-seok's romantic comedy attracted 534K filmgoers ($3.9M) over 829 screens to outperform Disney's Oscar contender as the South's favourite flick.
Last weekend "Big Hero 6" trumped JK Youn's latest for first, but the musical might of Kim's fifth feature proved too much for Disney's awesome animation,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.01.30 ~ 2015.02.01 2015/02/02, Disney's Oscar delight comes right… Last week Yoo Ha's "Gangnam Blues" entered the fray and scored a narrow victory during a highly competitive weekend. "Gangnam Blues", "Big Hero 6", and JK Youn's "Ode to My Father" were all in the running for gold, but its was Yoo's action noir that the public championed. This weekend, however, saw Walt Disney's "Big Hero 6" gain momentum and claim the week's top spot with over 611K admissions going its way (29%), bumping its total tally in Korea now to 1.7M ($12M). To date, Disney's, Marvel-inspired, Oscar nominee has already banked $484M worldwide, more than double its production budget of around $165M,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.01.02 ~ 2015.01.04 2015/01/05, Local drama starts the year out right…
The first week of the new year saw JK Youn's "Ode to My Father" retain pole position, making it three weeks in a row for this touching war drama. The film, which depicts modern Korean history through a story of a Korean War refugee and his fragmented family, easily topped the table with 1.6M admissions (42.2%) and so advanced its total tally now to 7M ($54.4M). It survived the Christmas crowds with cheer, and has managed to carrying itself profitably into the New Year,...More
Ode to My Father (2014) 2014/12/21, Source, "Ode to My Father"
Running Time: 126 min.
Directed by: JK Youn
Starring: Hwang Jung-min, Kim Yoon-jin, Kim Seul-gi, Jung Jin-young
Synopsis: Amid the chaos of refugees fleeing the Korean War in December 1950, a young boy, Deok-soo, sees his fate change in the blink of an eye when he loses track of his younger sister and he leaves his father behind to find her. Settling in Busan, Deok-soo devotes himself to his remaining family, working all manner of odd jobs to support them in place of his father. His dedication leads him first to the deadly coal mines of Germany, where he meets his first love, Young-ja, and then to war-torn Vietnam in this generational epic about one man's personal sacrifices,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/12/13,
K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Ode to My Father": A wartime drama the depicts the lives of citizens living from the Korean War to the present day. (12/17)
★★★ "Change Zoororing Showcase": The Zoororing Investigators have to save the animals when they mysterious go missing from the peaceful village of Arumdrissy. (12/18)
★★★★ "Awaiting": A heartfelt tale about a woman who waits years for her man to return. (12/18)
★★★ "A Rented Room In Heaven": A romantic drama that involves sensual consolation for two young adults. (12/18)
★★★ "Ensemble": A documentary about a group of talented and passion musicians and their collective love for classical music. (12/18),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ode to My Father" 2014/11/29,
Deok-soo (played by Hwang Jung-min) is an old man living in Busan who's been through a lot. His life begins with the Chinese counter-offensive in the Korean war. Director JK Youn doesn't just give us an eyeload of brutal spectacle here. There's also the very real sense of fear. It's obvious from the context of Deok-soo's flashback that something tragic will happen, but at the same time, there are so many people in this scene in such dire straits that it's difficult to escape the feeling that tragedy is just in the inevitable surge of bad luck that comes from life,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/08/31, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Moebius": A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. (09/05)
★★★★ "The Spy": One of Korea's top intelligence agents head to Thailand to uncover the mystery behind an explosion in Seoul, but his mission crosses paths with his wife's business trip. (09/05),...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Sex is Zero": A Gross-Out Comedy Korean Style 2013/08/24, In the Spotlight this Week: "Sex Is Zero" (2002) by JK Youn
This zany gross-out comedy came out late 2002 and showed just what happens when "My Sassy Girl" (2001) gets "American Pie" (1999) on its face. "Sex Is Zero" was a successful college comedy that followed two groups of the opposite sex and their multiple promiscuous collisions. The film's slapstick and dirty humour comes thick and fast and there are just as many stomach-churning moments here as there are provocative compositions and sequences. But "Sex Is Zero" is not all fun and games; director JK Youn ("Miracle on 1st Street" and "Haeundae") had no problems including some very heavy subject matter during the film's latter half, a shift that acts as a stark counterweight to some of film's more ludicrous antics and teasings,...More
Film Audiences Favor Grown-Up Experience 2013/04/30, Source, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Hye-soo have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in a poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the country's biggest ticketing site Maxmovie. But Hwang Jung-min and Jeon Do-yeon were named as the best actor and actress. ◆ Mature Actors, Mature Audiences Remarkably, most of the top 10 most popular actors and actresses are in their 30s to 50s, the only exception being Han Hyo-joo, who is in her 20s. The average age for male and female actors is 42.7 and 34.1. Of the actors, only four are in their 30s, including Ha, Gang Dong-won and Won Bin. A large proportion of the entrants on the popularity list starred in hit movies over the past two years, but Won, Kang, Lee Na-young and Kim Tae-hee managed to stay popular by only appearing in commercials,...More
"Quick" is Speeding Its Way to the United States and Canada! +Win FREE Tickets! 2011/08/12, Source, "Quick" redefines the Korean blockbuster and blasts away the summer heat! The speed maniac and motorcycle messenger Gi-su receives a mysterious call when he is about to take Arom, his ex-girlfriend and a member of a girl band, to a live broadcast. Suddenly, a mysterious voice on the phone warns that there is a bomb wire to Arom's helmet and that a package must be delivered to a designated address within 30 minutes. "Remove the helmet or fail to complete the mission and the bomb goes off". ...As the clock is ticking, the two begin a race against time to stay alive,...More
'Sector 7': groundbreaking tech, groundless drama 2011/07/28, Source,
Actress Ha Ji-won, center, in a scene from "Sector 7". Korea's first 3D IMAX creature feature opens in theaters on Aug. 4. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
The late legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn once said that Hollywood filmmakers "remain little more than glassblowers, huffing and puffing and blowing up slender ideas - their own or others - into some sort of shape for the screen. What has happened to fresh, honest, vital, original writing for the screen?",...More
'Quick' offers fast, forgetful entertainment 2011/07/12, Source,
Left, Kim In-kwon, center, in a scene from "Quick". Right, Lee Min-ki and Kang Ye-won run for their lives in the film. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
Let's begin with the end.
The anticipated summer blockbuster "Quick" had Korean viewers, who can be usually seen impatiently darting toward exits before the end, glued to their seats until well after the credits stopped rolling.
It wasn't so much that it was a particularly mind-blowing experience. Certainly some 70 secondhand cars and 30 motorcycles were sacrificed for a string of blast scenes, but it was because filmmakers decided to show how much pain the stuntmen and women had to endure for the project,...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
'Quick' promises fastest Korean blockbuster ever 2011/06/21, Source,
From left, actors Lee Min-ki, Kang Ye-won, Kim In-kwon and director Jo Beom-goo pose at a promotional event for their new movie "Quick" at CGV Apgujeong, southern Seoul, Monday. / Yonhap
By Kwaak Je-yup
You've seen them on the streets of Seoul. They zip past your car, driving in the narrowest of spaces with the most unimaginable speed. These "quick service" delivery motorcycles, the most frightening presence on the road, are about to make their deadliest turn yet in a new blockbuster,...More
Kim Eui-suk, New Chairman of Korean Film Council 2011/05/08, Source, By HAN Sunhee
KCT: You have previously been to Cannes as a director, when your film "Sword in the Moon" was invited to 'Un Certain Regard' section. Your shoulders must feel much heavier returning to Cannes this time.Kim Eui-suk:Going to the Cannes for "Sword in the Moon" in 2003 was my first time at the festival, and this will be my second visit. It's been about 8 years and it is still the best to be at a film festival as a director. Back then Korea cinema was on the rise with "Old Boy" and "Woman is the Future of Man" competing, so I was relatively out of the spotlight. As a director I had nothing to worry about, but since I am going as a different position it feels quite different. In all, I must introduce Korean cinema and make many formal exchanges with the industry people from around the world,...More
Did you know movie staffs receive 850,000 won a month? [Kim Kyung-min's Fair and Square] 2011/05/03, Source,
A statistics report by the National Tax Service at the beginning of this year surprised the public. It was that a entertainer's average income was less than that of an average office worker's.
The National Tax Office announced the average yearly income of a entertainer in 2009. The result was 24,990,000 won with actors and actresses in first place, then singers then models.,...More
"Old Partner" wins Best Picture at Max Movie Awards 2010/02/10, Source, "Old Partner" director Lee Chung-ryoul (left) and producer Ko Young-jae at the 7th Max Movie Awards on February 9, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean documentary "Old Partner" won the trophy for best picture at the 7th Max Movie Awards on Tuesday.
"Partner" also took the prize for best movie poster at the annual event, which hands out its awards based on a survey on movie fans. A total 753,277 people participated in the survey conducted from January 5 through February 2 this year.
The acclaimed indie film -- which attracted over three million viewers in Korea during its limited theatrical release -- is about an old farmer couple and their lifelong friendship with an old partner, a 40-year-old ox.,...More
The anticipated summer blockbuster "Haeundae" is like a blushing bride, wearing something new, something o,...More
Summer Movies Get Special Effects Boost 2009/07/16, Source, Summer vacation has kicked off with plenty of CG laden blockbusters like Transformers 2 and the latest installation of Harry Potter.
Not to be left behind, Korean producers have also prepared their own special treat of special effects, adding a touch of imagination and just the right amount of huma,...More
CJ Ent. Makes Waves at HK FILMART 2009/04/16, Source, The film sales arm of Korean major CJ Entertainment did brisk business at the Hong Kong FIILMART, closing deals on a slew of titles including pre-sales for its big-budget disaster film "Haeundae" going to Indonesia's VSG for rights over Mala,...More
Korean Films sell well at Berlin's EFM 2009/02/11, Source, Korean company Fine Cut as well as CJ Entertainment can both claim success at this years EFM in the Berlin Film Festival. Fine Cut leads the pack selling 11 films alone to one company, Scandinavia's Non Stop Television. It also sold gay themed,...More
U.S. Remakes "Sex is Zero" 2007/12/17, Source, Korean student sex comedy "Sex is Zero" will be remade by the studio Poststar2Finish in the U.S.; Popstar2Finish is known for its television series CSI. The two parties are still negotiating about the,...More
Disaster Movie in the Works 2007/12/11, Source, In a joint-venture with U.S.-based Polygon Entertainment, Korean production company Doosabu Film is in the development stage for what will be South Korea's first disaster film. Titled,...More
8 Korean Films Screen at China's Top Fest 2007/06/12, Source, Seven South Korean features and one short film will be presented at this year's 10th anniversary edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival. China's top film event opens June 16th for a nine-day run.
Of the seven features, two have been selected in competition sections. Director,...More
The number of films produced last year was 108, the most ever in Korean cinematic history, and many of them were feature debut works by emerging directors. But more familiar names will be seen at the box office this year as many renowned directors are preparing to,...More
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