[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Uncontrollably Fond" Episode 3 2016/07/13, "Uncontrollably Fond"'s penchant for bookending episodes with dilemma's in the character's present is already a repetitive plot tool. It is attempting to draw parallels between past and present, and work the story in a non linear fashion, but these efforts come off as heavy-handed. The glimpse into the past is welcome, but Joon-yeong's motivations are hard to follow and make the past a messy place to be. The first two episodes indicated that Joon-yeong wanted some sort of revenge on No Eul,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Now Playing" 2015/08/29,
The first segment of the "Now Playing" omnibus posits a very simple question. Why do people go to movies? Is it because they like movies? Well...not really no. For most people movies are just a social event, like a date, where they can forget the drudgery of their actual lives and pretend like love exists. This opening segment sets the tone for the next two- where movies are exposited as generally pointless gimmicks designed to make certain people feel better themselves more than they are things intended to actually be watched,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Flirty Boy and Girl" Episodes 7-12 2014/11/10,
When we last left off, all the characters' basic motivations toward matchmaking had been pretty clearly established, and some of them have been more successful than the others. We start off with a couple of the men trying to figure out why they've been doing so poorly. They do in fact get an explanation, but it's oddly unsatisfying. Mostly this is because, much like this drama's done so far, the commentary here mainly just seems to be on how arbitrary and mostly useless the dating process,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Read My Lips" + Videos 2014/11/07,
We open up with some extended bad poetry from Karl Marx. Either you're going to find that sentence inherently, weirdly compelling, or you're going to think it sounds really dumb. There's no middle ground here, and that alone is all the information you need to decide whether or not "Read My Lips" is worth watching. This is a film with exactly one joke- nearly every character thinks they're witty and smart, but in reality, they just like hearing themselves talk. And the longer they go on, the more incomprehensible the dialogue gets,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Flirty Boy and Girl" Episodes 1-6 2014/11/07,
The exact rules behind the game show that makes up the central conceit of "Flirty Boy and Girl" are never gone in to any great detail. But it's pretty clear that the twelve contestants have an obvious goal in mind- marriage. Barely a few minutes into the first episode there have already been multiple marriage proposals. Wouldn't that kind of thing have a bit more emotional heft if it involved characters we actually know something about? That would be the logical way of going about it,...More
Feature profile - Ad Balloon 2012/02/10, Source, Headed for the Berlinale Shorts competition, young director Lee Woo-jeong talks here with LEE Hoo Kyeong about her film "Ad Balloon".
- Photograph by Oh Kye-Ohk
A humble young filmmaker who prefaces her answers about her directing methods with "Although it's hard to really say since I haven't directed many films", Lee Woo-jeong is like a shy young girl, but her filmmaking is not shy.
So far, she has made a total of four shorts since 2008, mostly dealing with the psychology of young girls with imaginative portrayals of subtle emotions, gaining popularity with fans of independent films. Selected to the Berlinale Shorts competition, "Ad Balloon" is her fourth,...More
Ten rising South Korean filmmakers present seriocomic stories about money matters in the omnibus project ",...More
Pusan's Asian Cinema Fund Selects 25 2009/08/10, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival's organizing committee has announced the selection of 25 projects for its Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2009. Under three categories, Script Development, Post-Production, and Asian Network of Documentary(AND), ACF will support 10 Korean and 15 Asian projects.
In 2000, Jeonju, a small town in North Jeolla Province with a reputation for traditionally Korean things, became home to one of the country's most future-thinking film festivals. Over the f,...More
Korean Film Festival to Kick Off in Washington DC 2009/04/01, Source, From April 17 to June 10, Smithsonian Museum's Sackler and Freer galleries will hold Washington DC's fifth Korean Film Festival. It was organized by Tom Vick, film programmer for the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, and Hyunjun Min of the University of Maryland.
Seoul-Stockholm Korean Film Festival 2008/09/11, Source, Following the success of its previous edition, the Seoul-Stockholm Korean Film Festival will showcase recent artistic and commercial hits from South Korea. Running September 17 – 21 at the Zita theater in Stockholm, the event will screen 8 Korean features, up from 5 shown in 2007.4 Korean directors,...More
2nd Chungmuro Int'l Film Fest Kicks Off Sept. 3rd 2008/08/30, Source, The second edition of the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHIFFS) will bring a mixture of old and new to screens September 3rd, opening fittingly with director HIGUCHI Shinji's 2008 remake of a classic 1958 KUROSAWA Akira film, The Hidden Fortress. The curtain raiser and closing fil,...More
Chungmuro aims to link past and present 2008/07/29, Source, When the Chungmuro International Film Festival (CHIFFS) hit central Seoul last year, it was widely regarded as somewhat of a throwback festival. The event featured films dripping with nostalgia from when Chungmuro was the heart of the Korean film industry.
Korean Films Premiering at 9th JIFF 2008/04/16, Source, Ten Korean features will have their World Premiere at the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) this spring. Now in it's 9th edition the festival will run May 1st – 9th in the attractive and historical city of Jeonju, in North Jeolla province.
Korean highlights include documentary director,...More
9th JIFF Announces Stellar Line-up 2008/04/09, Source, The 9th edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), second only to Pusan among Korea's top movie-going events, will take place May 1 – 9, 2008 in its picturesque namesake city, in North Jeolla province. At a press conference held in Seoul last week, JIFF announced an impressive line-u,...More
First of all, a new venue 'INDIE SPACE' will open in Myeong-dong's Spongehouse (3rd floor of the old Joongang Cinema building). This is,...More
Korean Films Premiering at PIFF 2007/10/02, Source, A slew of Korean features will have their World Premiere at the 12th Pusan International Film Festival, which opens October 4 for a 9 day run. A special highlight of the festival is "The Friends", a long-awaited second feature from director,...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
Tokyo Highlights Korean Indies 2007/08/27, Source, The Theatre Image Forum in the Shibuya district of Tokyo introduced the unique world of Korean independent films to Japanese audiences last week. Titled Korean Independent Cinema 2007, the event ran August 25th – 31st, showcasing three feature-length and 31 short films, drawing large crowds.
Korean Independent Cinema due in Tokyo 2007/08/07, Source, The fourth Korean Independent Cinema, an annual event aimed at introducing Korean independent films to the Japanese movie market, will open at Image Forum Theater in Shibuya, Tokyo, on Aug. 25 and run until Aug. 31.
A total of 34 independent films will be screened. The line-up will include two dr,...More
Malaysian director Chui Mui Tan's debut film "Love Will Conquer All" and Chinese director Yang Heng's "Betelnut" won the New Currents award yesterday, the top prize in the sole competition section of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).
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