[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Poetry": Empathetic Cinema at its Finest 2014/03/22, In the Spotlight this Week:Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry"...
The American writer and poet Maya Angelou once said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you". In "Poetry", Lee Chang-dong's last film, this affliction is brought to bear on an aging soul who so desperately searches for meaning, peace, and poetry. Lee's short filmography is impressive, and reflects the wills of a storyteller who seeks the substance behind mere matters and modern mayhem. His compelling ruminations are romantic and robust; graphic poems that present hardships and hope in visual verses that demand both our attention and praise. This award-winning film drew inspiration from a real-world rape case in Korea, a Japanese television program on nature, and, of course, Lee's own storytelling genius and acute appreciation of the human condition,...More
Korean actresses no longer pretend to be pretty, weak, ingenuous 2013/11/11, Source,
Korean actresses have changed. They are giving up pretending to be pretty, weak and ingenuous.
Kim Sun-ah, model-turned actress who is 170 centimeters (near six feet) tall plays the role of a woman paralyzed from waist down in the movie "The Five" that will be released Thursday. Instead of showing off her slim legs, she rides an electric wheelchair with both legs tied up. A woman who lost her husband and daughter by a murderer, she is a vengeful person. To show such emotions, Kim has disheveled hair, and her face is bruised since she fights with the murderer.
Jeon Do-yeon in "Way Back Home" plays a woman who is falsely accused of carrying drugs and is locked up in a jail in a foreign country. She doesn`t give off charm of a femme fatal. Ha Ji-won performs a swordsmanship action at "Chosun`s Angels" that will be released in early next year,...More
Lee Chang-dong's Poetry set for release in Japan 2012/01/17, Source,
Korean auteur director Lee Chang-dong's film "Poetry" is set for release in Japan on Feb. 11, 2012. The Cannes Best Screenplay Award-winning film will be distributed by KinoEye Japan and Siglo, which released the film's Japanese poster and trailer today. The film's Japanese title translates to "Poetry: Agnes' Song".
"Poetry" stars veteran actress Yoon Jung-hee (also known as Yoon Jung-hee) as the grandmother of a troubled youth, learning to express herself through poetry. Her performance has won her many accolades including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Best Actress Award,...More
Film Archives releases Kim Soo-yong DVD collection 2011/12/22, Source, The Korean Film Archives (KOFA) has released a four-disc DVD box set of master director KIM Soo-yong's works. In addition to commentary on the films, the box set includes a documentary, a booklet by renowned critic KIM Young-jin, and other supplements. The DVDs come with English, Korean and Japanese subtitles,...More
Yoon Jung-hee wins LA Film Critics Award 2011/12/13, Source,
The 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Awards gave its Best Actress honor to Korea's Yoon Jung-hee for her performance in "Poetry". Directed by Lee Chang-dong, the film stars Yun as a dandy old lady who lives with her grandson and the inner awakenings she experiences as she starts to take a poetry class and the harsh realities she finds she has to face,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jung-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Youn Yuh-jung, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
Korean Presence at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2011/01/26, Source, The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) describes itself as offering "a quality selection of independent, innovative and experimental cinema, video and media art". Celebrating its 40th edition this year, IFFR will run January 26-February 6.
Rotterdam's Bright Future section, featuring "first or second films by filmmakers from whom the festival expects a lot in the future" is comprised of 80 titles selected from 38 countries this year,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Poetry 2011/01/21, Humanising, touching and beautiful, "Poetry" (2010), directed by Lee Chang-dong, is a deeply real film that engages the heart on many levels. This artfully-constructed film lures you in with its sense of realism that just isn't showcased enough in film.,...More
Pans & Tilts - Mumbai Film Festival: Fulfilling and Frustrating 2010/11/02, Source, By Gautaman Bhaskaran
South Asia Editor
The recent Mumbai Film Festival cannot be faulted at least on one very important score. Its selections are outstanding. Undoubtedly. At least they have been so since the Festival last year, when Reliance Big Entertainment took over and Srinivasan Narayanan s,...More
Veteran actress Yoon Jung-hee, who made a comeback through the critically acclaimed film,...More
Korean film "Poetry" to premiere in U.S. this fall 2010/05/27, Source,
Official poster for film "Poetry" [Uni-korea]
Korean film "Poetry", which won the award for best screenplay at this year's Cannes Film Festival, will premiere in the United States this fall, according to the film's distributer Unikorea Culture & Art Investment Co., Ltd. on Thursday.
Unikorea said KINO LORBER picked up the rights for the film in the U.S., showing their confidence in "Poetry" by quoting Manohla Dargis from the New York Times who said, "Actor Yoon Jung-hee's performance in the film was the most memorable production out of the (Cannes) festival",...More
[INTERVIEW] Yoon Jung-hee - Part 1 2010/05/20, Source, Yoon Jung-hee says ""Poetry" is worthy of winning best picture at Cannes"
Veteran Korean actress Yoon Jung-hee [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Here is a truly unbelievable story that one must believe. When Yoon Jung-hee was at the peak of her popularity in her career, she won an award at a film festival and went on a car parade in downtown Seoul. And what is even more unbelievable is that she left that popularity behind and left for France as she had planned. She was the biggest star to have graced the history of Korean film, an actress who keeps getting scripts even after she went to France and still has a fan club. And she chose director Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry" as her comeback movie, her first in fifteen years. What kind of a life does this actress live? We asked Yoon Jung-hee about her life and her films. Q: You have been doing a lot of interviews with the press in time with the opening of film "Poetry". This kind of an experience is a first for you, isn't it? Yoon: It is a first. When I was at the top of my game, I didn't have time and in many cases, reporters would come to the set or come in groups. But with this movie, I felt like it was my responsibility to truly inform people about this wonderful movie rather than just loving "Poetry" and leaving it after I had finished my work as an actress. I am learning a lot of new things doing interviews with new people, so I like it,...More
[INTERVIEW] Yoon Jung-hee - Part 2 2010/05/20, Source,
Veteran Korean actress Yoon Jung-hee [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] Q: What did director Lee Chang-dong tell you about your acting? Yoon: I really liked how he coached me on my acting. He wrote the script, directed the film and even offered various ideas of Mi-ja that he had imagined of. During my conversations with director Lee Chang-dong, I was able to see a side of Yoon Jung-hee that I had not known about. We talked a lot and got along very well, so we were able to work hard on the film. Even in the scene that I shot thirty-five times, I could keep immersing myself into the character because I had something in common with her. Like Mi-ja, I too sometimes lose myself and become self-absorbed. (laugh) Another similarity is that I don't take anything in life for granted, not even the smallest thing, and I can lose myself in the beauty of it,...More
[INTERVIEW] Yoon Jung-hee - Part 3 2010/05/20, Source,
Actress Yoon Jung-hee [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Q: You were spunky. (laugh) For you to think like that at such a young age, your parents must have instilled a tremendous amount of confidence in you when they raised you.
Yoon: My father was an incredible romanticist. He told me it was his dream to send me to France and my younger siblings to the U.S. And his dreams came true eventually. And when we started kindergarten, he had us learn dancing and singing which helped a lot when I was acting. I did ballet and traditional Korean dance, my body knew how to move when I was doing dancing scenes in my movies. Q: Wow, surely it couldn't have been easy to do that back in those days. Yoon: My father went to Tokyo to study abroad. He went to law school in Japan and he took a lot of pictures with actors when he was studying there. (laugh) He didn't want to be an actor himself but he was very interested in that world,...More
"Poetry" wins rave reviews at Cannes screening 2010/05/20, Source,
The cast and director of "Poetry" at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean film "Poetry", competing at the Cannes Film Festival this year, won favorable reviews at its first screenings yesterday.
The movie was first screened in the morning at the Grand Theatre Lumiere attended by some 2,000 viewers composed of film journalists and industry officials from around the world.
Most of the audience remained until the ending credits went up despite its long running time of 139 minutes although a few people were seen exiting the theater toward the end of the film,...More
Lee Chang-dong hopes "Poetry" will instill dreams 2010/04/20, Source,
From left, actress Yoon Jung-hee and director Lee Chang-dong pose at a photo session of a press conference for film "Poetry" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on April 14, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"Did you go easy on me on purpose because you didn't want me to have a tough time?" "Do I look like I'm that nice of a guy?" This was the dialogue between the main star and director of film "Poetry" as seen in video containing behind-the-scenes footage revealed at a press conference on April 14. And the two were none other than Yoon Jung-hee, who had been in a 15-year hiatus after having appeared in over 300 films during 40 years of her career and director Lee Chang-dong, who has made Korean film history starting from "Green Fish" to "Secret Sunshine". Below are excerpts from the press conference held at a CJ CGV theater emceed by actor Ahn Nae-sang,...More
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