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Interview with Fox International Production Creative Executive Paul HUH

Source | 2012/03/06 | Permalink

Will this be a source of new energy for the Korean film industry, or a new era in which it will have to compete with Hollywood's studio system in making Korean-language films? Fox International Production (FIP), part of the 20th Century Fox Entertainment group, has declared it is officially entering the Korean film production market. FIP was established in 2008 to invest in, produce and distribute local language films in major territories around the world. Simply put, this means that a major Hollywood film company will be making Korean-language films in Korea. Dohoon KIM met with FIP's Korean Creative Executive Paul HUH to talk about their plans. After studying finance in New York, Huh started working in the Korean film industry first at MK Pictures's international sales team and later became a producer...More

MK Pictures to relaunch as Myung Films

Source | 2010/07/29 | Permalink

Korean production house MK Pictures is to merge its operations with Myung Films under the single corporate identity of the latter. MK was formed in 2004 from a partnership between Myung Films and Kang Je-gyu films.

MK and Myung have coordinated their film-making endeavors for several years and will now operate solely as Myung Films from August 7. Myung is one of Korea's most successful film companies since its establishment in August 1995. The merger is timed for the 15th anniversary of the company.

The company has produced many local blockbuster hits including "...More

Myung Films, MK Pictures to merge into one brand

Source | 2010/07/14 | Permalink

Korean film production company Myung Films [Myung Films]

Myung Films and MK Pictures, the latter from the 2004 merger of Myung Films and Kang Je-gyu Films, will become a single company brand next month.

Myung Films announced in a press release on Wednesday that the two brands, who integrated their film-making businesses six years ago, will be working under the name 'Myung Films' starting August 7, also the fifteenth anniversary of the company...More

"Paju" To Be Released Oct 29

Source | 2009/10/22 | Permalink

Korean distributor MK Pictures is to release Park Chan-ok's second feature, "Paju", which recently had its World Premiere in competition at the Pusan International Film Festival where it won the NETPAC award. A release date on select screens across the nation is set for October 29.

Starring Lee Sun-kyun ("...More

'Global Animation Project 2009' kicks off

Source | 2009/09/23 | Permalink

A full-scale production supports to be provided for 2 full-length and 7 pilot animations
Evaluation System introduced to assess marketability of local animations overseas
Direct investment has been drawn due to the system

To discover animations which can be marketed in the global market and provide support for its production, 'Global Animation Project 2009' kicks off with recipients selected.

Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA, President & CEO: Lee Jae-woong) hosted 'Global Animation Project 2009' at its headquarters located in Sangam-dong Sept. 1 at 2 p.m.
For the section of full-length animation, two works such as 'the Hen that Went outside the Yard (MK Pictures) and PiyoPiyo Friends (Roivisual) have been chosen. The former is the first animation made based on know-how of MK Pictures, a production company known for its '...More

Taewon Entertainment leaves stock market

Source | 2008/08/29 | Permalink

Jeong Tae-won's long-lived production company Taewon Entertainment, which has made such diverse films as "Nowhere To Hide" (1999), "Marrying the Mafi"a (2002), and "Shadowless Sword" (2006), is effectively de-listing from the KOSDAQ stock exchange.

JEONG and other stockholders FireWorks International and Cannizaro Asia Master Fund sold their shares to a group of private investors who will convert the listed company to a energy and resources firm. Meanwhile, JEONG is establishing a new, unlisted company called Taewon Production which will continue to produce its current lineup.

The move marks the end of an era in many ways. Beginning in 2005, a large number of Korean film companies including Taewon Entertainment, MK Pictures, Tube Pictures, and others achieved "back...More

Cine 21 Names CJ's KIM Joo-seong Most Influential

Source | 2008/04/22 | Permalink

Local film weekly magazine, Cine 21, provided its annual list of the most powerful players in the Korean film industry, with CJ Entertainment president KIM Joo-seong at the top for the first time. With the industry taking a downturn last year, CJ Ent. has grown to become the key investor and distributor for many of the biggest projects expected out this year, including "Modern Boy" and "...More

GDCA to 'make legends' with cultural content

Source | 2008/03/13 | Permalink

Independent organizations and institutions are advancing rapidly in the cultural content industry with the goal of developing their respective regions as the core of the nation's cultural content industry.

Gyeonggi Digital Contents Agency (GDCA, CEO: Kim, Mun-Su, Director: Kim, Byung-Heon) sealed an investment agreement on March 11 with MK Pictures and the animation production company Odoldogi.

These two companies are reported to be in the process of making a feature-length animation for theater, The Hen is Out in the Yard, based on children's storywriter Hwang, Sun-Mi's same-titled best seller.

This agreement follows the Gyeonggi-do Legend Creation Project's Investment in Animation Production for Theaters and is significant in that this is the first executio...More

[Style] The 4 female actors "stepping out of their comfort zones"

Source | 2008/02/14 | Permalink

"Stepping out of the comfort zones"
Literally, an actor makes their living through their outer image. Thus they undergo an endless changes and transformation in order to unfold their hidden charms. Recently, the female actors who had been hidden under the tag of being 'sexy' or 'innocent' took a critical counterattack to bring out their true charms.

Korea's No.1 sexy beauties Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Jung-eun transformed themselves into free and easy-going characters without any make-ups; and the No. 1 innocent beauties, Son Ye-jin and Lee Bo-young brought out their strong femme fatale sexiness. The following is the stories of HOT ladies' transformations in their HOT movies.

■Sexy beauty → Innocent beauty

▶ "A Man Who Was Superman" : Jun Ji-hyun
In her film, "The man who was a superman" (CJ Entertainment Co., directed by Chung Yoon-chul) Jun Ji-hyun transformed into a TV station producer and took away her previous image of having the perfect 'S-line' body.

Many agree that the boyish attractiveness in Jun Ji-hyun was rediscovered in her loose T-shirt and pants without any make-ups and jewelleries. With black and white as the main style, other colours were excluded and a fashionable bracelet was r...More

Handball 'Sleeper' Tops Box Office for Third Week

Source | 2008/01/30 | Permalink

"Forever the Moment" tops box office figures for a third consecutive week. MK Pictures, the film's producer, said Tuesday that the film has drawn 2.64 million viewers since its release on Jan. 10. It is based on the real story of the Korean women's handball team, which won the silver medal in the Athens Olympics in 2004 after a neck-and-neck game with the world's no. 1 Denmark that ran for 128 minutes including double overtime and a shoot-out.

Local Sport's Film First Hit of 2008 at Korean B.O.

Source | 2008/01/18 | Permalink

"Forever the Moment", a sports film revolving around the Korean women's national handball team, has become the first hit of 2008 at the Korean box office, debuting at No. 1 and taking in US $5.3 million in weekend ticket sales. Initially opening January 10th on 410 screens nationwide, the film expanded over the next five days to 494 screens as word-of-mouth bolstered turn-out.

Its success confirms the directing talent of Yim Soon-rye, who has returned to feature filmmaking after a six year hiatus. Both her debut effort "Three Friends" (1996) and her second feature "...More

[MOVIE REVIEW] Handball flick headed to achieve 1 million mark

Source | 2008/01/16 | Permalink

"Forever the Moment", directed by Yim Soon-rye, has rolled to victory at the box office, striking a positive note for Korean films ahead of the crucial lunar New Year holiday season.

The film, based on the true story of the Korean women's handball team which competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics, is gaining momentum in ticket sales, reflecting its appeal to local moviegoers as a rare sports drama.

Released on Jan. 10, "Forever the Moment" has sold 854,000 tickets as of Monday, according to its production house, MK Pictures. If the current trend continues, the film is expected to break the 1 million m...More

'Ibsak - A Hen on the Front Yard' to receive KRW 700M from GDCA

Source | 2007/12/27 | Permalink

An animation for the theater produced by Odoltogk and MK Pictures, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" (Director: Oh Seong-yoon) will receive support worth KRW 700M from Gyeonggi Digital Content Agency (GDCA) after GDCA selected the animation as a 'legend-creating project'.

Based on Hwang, Sun-Mi's original bestselling children's story, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild", which sold about 700,000 copies in Korea, this 2D animation tells the dramatic ad...More

Feng Says `Taegeukgi' Inspired Him

Source | 2007/10/05 | Permalink

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

PUSAN _ China's first ever "blockbuster" war epic "Assembly" made its world premiere at the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) Thursday _ and its opening here is all the more meaningful, according to director Feng Xiaogang, because it was modeled after local action flick "Taegeukgi: Brotherhood of War".

The director, producer and cast of "Assembly" gathered for a press conference at a Busan theater Thursday afternoon, just a few hours short of the movie's debut at the festival's opening ceremony.

Set in 1948 amid the bloody conflict between the Nationalists and Communists, the film harrowingly depicts the horrors of war before it finall...More

This year's PIFF to feature record 274 films

Source | 2007/09/13 | Permalink

The 12th Busan International Film Festival will kick off on Oct. 4, featuring a record 274 films from 64 countries, along with gala events in the southeastern port city that is now solidifying its position as the hub of Asian cinema.

"This year, PIFF will focus on helping Asian films play a bigger role in the world market, while promoting exchanges that go beyond continents", festival director Kim Dong-ho said at a news conference held last week.

The theme of the festival this year is "Beyond Frame", symbolizing the importance of breaking down barriers that divide people within the world's film industry. PIFF has emerged as a major film festival in Asia, where innovative regional films are introduced to moviegoers, film critics, journalists and distributors.

Reflecting the elevated stature of the festival, the number of world premieres (the first-ever screening of a film) is 66, and international premieres (formal introduction outside of the home countries) ...More

Pusan International Film Festival to Kick Off in Early October

Source | 2007/09/10 | Permalink

This year's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will feature 275 films from 64 nations, including 66 world premieres, 26 international premieres, and 101 Asian premieres. Now in its 12th year, PIFF will take place in Busan, Korea Oct.4-12.

The festival will open with an epic Chinese war film, "Assembly", co-produced by China's Huayi Brothers and South Korea's MK Pictures, and will end with a Japanese anime, "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone", by Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, and Kazuya Tsurumaki.

In addition to the existing award categories, "Gala Presentation" will include global masterpieces and world premieres, and "Flash Forward" will introduces promising new film makers.

Prominent film directors, i...More

Cinema of harsh reality at Pusan Film Festival

Source | 2007/09/05 | Permalink

The Pusan International Film Festival, one of the biggest film festivals in Asia, will celebrate its 12th year in October with a cascade of Asian films, many of them portraying individuals grappling with modern-day issues like war, family fall-out and urban poverty, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Opening the nine-day event will be "Assembly", a Chinese drama about a fallen soldier of the 1948 Chinese civil war, fought between the communists and the nationalists.

It is unusual for PIFF to choose a foreign film as its opener, but the $10 million film by Feng Xiaogang of "The Banquet" has a South Korean element: it is a joint production between China's Huayi Brothers Media & Co. Ltd. and South Korea's MK Pictures,...More

PIFF's Promising Line-up Sets Records

Source | 2007/09/04 | Permalink

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's major international film festival will run from October 4 until the 12th.

New Currents showcases low-budget independent films of emerging talented filmmakers. The Korean innovative competitors in New Currents are Yoon Seong-ho's "Milky Way Liberation Front" and "My Song Is... " by Ahn Seul-gi. The Chinese-Korean co-production "Life Track" (director Jin Guang-hao) is another contender.

PIFF complemented its...More

'Assembly' to Open Pusan Film Fest

Source | 2007/08/31 | Permalink

The 12th Pusan International Film Festival scheduled from Oct. 4 to 12 has selected its opening and closing films. PIFF will open with the world premiere of Chinese director Feng Xuaogang's new movie "Assembly". Co-produced by China's Huay Brothers and Korea's MK Pictures, "Assembly" is a drama about a man who devotes his life to restoring the honor of a comrade who disappeared during the war. Feng is one of China's most successful directors and gained worldwide recognition with "The Banquet" and "A Si...More

PIFF selects festival opener and closer

Source | 2007/08/30 | Permalink

The 12th Pusan International Film Festival announced its opening and closing films yesterday. The festival will open with Feng Xiaogang's "Assembly" and close with "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone", a Japanimation by Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki.

The much-anticipated "Assembly" will be screened as a world premiere at PIFF. It is the latest film of Feng who gained nationwide fame in China after making such films as "The Banquet", "A World Without Thieves", and "A Sigh".

Co-produced by China's Huayi Brothers Media & Co. Ltd. and Korea's MK Pictures, this film goes beyond the genre of a war-epic; it is a human drama portraying a soldier who devotes his entire life to redeeming the honor of fellow soldiers who are declared missing in action.

The special effects team of 2004's Korean hit, "...More

Chinese Director's Film to Open Pusan Film Festival

Source | 2007/08/29 | Permalink

By Seo Dong-shin
Staff Reporter

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's latest war epic drama "The Assembly" will open this year's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) scheduled Oct. 4-12 in the southern port city, festival organizers announced Wednesday.

The 12th edition of PIFF, which has grown into Asia's major international film fest over the years, will close with "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone", a big-screen version of the popular Japanese manga-based animation series.

Both films will have their international premier in Busan. "The Assembly" is adapted from a Chinese short story inspired by a news story. A soldier sets out on a journey determined to relocate the bodies and restore the honor of his comrades fallen during a deadly battle between the Communist People's Liberation Army and the nationalist Kuomintang Party during the Chinese Civil War.

The director Feng's filmography includes th...More

Takeover of Korea's MK Pictures

Source | 2007/07/12 | Permalink

The founders of major Korean film industry player MK Pictures, director Kang Je-gyu, CEO LEE Eun and president SHIM Jae-myeong, announced that they have sold their shares, worth 29% of the company, to a group of five investors. The group, headed by KIM Young-kun, paid US$16.3 billion for a controlling stake in the company.

MK Pictures, which put its shares on the stock market only 3 years ago, has in its catalogue some of the defining films in the rise of New Korean ...More

"Ice Bar" Wins Top Prize at Fukuoka Asian Film Festival

Source | 2007/07/11 | Permalink

The family film "Ice Bar" won the best picture award at the 21st Fukuoka Asian Film Festival that was held in Fukuoka, Japan from Jun 29 through July 8.

The film's production company MK Pictures said that its director, Yeo In-kwang, personally attended the award ceremony last Sunday to receive the top honor.

"Ice Bar" was chosen for the top prize because of its beautiful portrayal of a local city in the 1960s and 70s, and for the natural ...More

Megabox First Foreign Player in Beijing Cinema Market

Source | 2007/07/09 | Permalink

Korean Megabox opened a multiplex cinema in the Chinese capital Beijing on July 4. With this feat, Megabox became the first international participant in the Beijing cinema market. Megabox' Beijing branch is co-build and co-owned with China.

Megabox distinguishes itself from its competitors by offering (VIP) memberships and a reservation system through the internet and by phone. The multiplex belongs to the five-star cinemas in Beijing.

Megabox Beijing is situate...More

Scriptwriter Choi Wan-gyoo to write TV version of 'Shiri'

Source | 2007/05/21 | Permalink

Choi Wan-gyoo who wrote scripts for numerous hit television series including "Heo Jun", "All In", 'Jumong' and others will be writing the script for the television of 'Shiri'.

The movie 'Shiri', directed by Kang Je-gyu and considered the start of Korean blockbu...More

Korean Kid Film 'Ice Bar' Invited to Berlin Film Fest

Source | 2007/01/03 | Permalink

By Chung Ah-young
Staff Reporter

The Korean film "Ice Bar" directed by Yeo In-kwang has been invited to the 57th Berlin International Film Festival which will be held from Feb. 8-18 in Germany, according to MK Pictures, the local film production company.

Yeo's directorial debut film will be shown in the Generation section of the festival, dedicated to children's films. The section's competitions are known as Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus.

The section has been newly created this year by combining the "Kinderfilmfest", or the German Child Support Organization operating since 1978, and the Generation 14plus inaugurated in 2004.

The film will compete in Generation Kplus Competition, whose winners are selected by an 11-member children's jury.

Yeo's film revolves around...More

Good Sequels

Source | 2006/11/09 | Permalink

Most popular movies this year are expected to generate sequels. It is evidence that Korean films also have "brand" power. It is a phenomenon caused by sequels that were more popular than the sequels. The key to success is to continue with the sequel but differentiate it by adding new material.

Turning the Success of a Sequel into a Brand-

Sixty-five million viewers crowded to the theaters for "Tazza: The High Rollers", where at the end of the movie Goni (Cho Seung-woo) picks up the phone at a foreign casino phone booth, giving rise to speculations of a sequel. Yoon Sang-o of Sidus FNH said, "It was originally a scene where Hwa-ran (Lee Soo-kyung) picks up the phone when Goni calls, but it was cut during the editing process, and it does not indicate a sequel", but added, "We have not reached the final decision, but we may produce a sequel with the topic of poker", announcing his intention to turn "...More

"Little Brother" Tops Children's Film Fest in Germany

Source | 2006/10/10 | Permalink

The Korean film "Little Brother" ("Little Brother") directed by Lim Tae-hyeong has won the top prize at an international children's film festival held in Germany. The film's producer, MK Pictures, said Monday that "Little Brother" shared the Lucas Award with the German film "Paula's Secret" at the Lucas International Children's Film Festival which ran from Sept. 24 until Oct. 1.

Among 13 feature and eight short films in the competition category, Lim's work was recognized for maintaining its humor and not becoming sentimental despite its serious topic. A...More

Production companies to form new hub outside of Seoul

Source | 2006/08/25 | Permalink

A group of Korean film companies has committed to move to the city of Paju, outside of Seoul. A total of 18 production companies will move to a 170-acre stretch of land being developed in Paju, located 20 miles northwest of Seoul. The city, located close to the North Korean border, has been branded "Book City" thanks to a similar zone that has attracted many book publishers. The new development is expected to be completed by 2008.

Companies making the move include top production houses Sidus FNH, MK Pictures, iFilm Corp., LJ Film, Kim Ki-duk Film, Moho Films (headed by "Old Boy" director ...More

Im Sang-soo's Paris Project

Source | 2006/08/14 | Permalink

While trailers for Im Sang-soo's soon to be released period-drama "The Old Garden" are appearing in theaters, news of his next project, to be filmed entirely outside Korea, is already causing excitement. The film, entitled, A Good Woman in Paris, is being described as a loose remake of IM's 2003 Venice competitor "...More

Two films to share KOFIC co-production support

Source | 2006/08/14 | Permalink

Upcoming films by Bae Hyeong-joon "Once Upon a Time in Seoul", and Jeon Soo-il ("Le regard des ombres") will each receive 200 million won ($210,000) in financing as part of KOFIC's 2006 Production Support Program for International Co-productions.

BAE's film from MK Pictures is a co-production with Japan, while JEON's film from Dongnyuk Films is being co-produced with France.

This is the third year that KOFIC has held its support fund for international co-productions, which is intended to increase cross-border co-operation and exchange while also diversifying the output of Korean cinema. Last year's selection was Korean-Japanese co-production "...More

Film producers stampede into musicals

Source | 2006/05/08 | Permalink

The growing local musical industry is attracting major film production companies, which are deemed to be the highest profit makers in cultural industries.

CineLine-II, the production company of "Running Boy" ("Marathon") (2005) and Friend (2002) will stage "Fall in Love", a new musical of their own creation, at Yonkang Hall, downtown Seoul, from June 2 to Aug. 27. "With so many foreign-licensed musicals dominating major venues, the local musical market has become a league of its own", said Seok Myung-hong, president of the film production company in explaining the background of his decision to join the theatrical production.

"The Story of Pyeonggang, the Princess of Mirror"
Seok's company has invested 800 million won in the Romantic Comedy, which will mark its stage debut. Sung Jae-joon, the producer of musical "Music in My Heart", has been leading the cast including rising musical star Kim Da-hyun ("Hedwig") and comedian Lee Jae-hoon, as director, while 2004 Jonathan Larson Award-wining Lee Gi-hieh is working on the original scores of the mu...More

Film "Shiri" to Be Adapted into 20-Episode TV Drama in Japan

Source | 2006/03/29 | Permalink

The film "Shiri" (1998) produced by Kang Jae-gyu Film (currently MK Pictures), which broke the box-office record of previous domestic films in 1999, will be remade as a TV drama in Japan.

MK Pictures, headed by Lee Eun, said it has signed a contract with GDH Group of Japan in Tokyo on Mar. 28 to plan and develop the TV drama and DVD versions of "Shiri".

Earlier on, the two companies concluded a memorandum of understanding on comprehensive cooperation in the film industry on Feb. 21. As their first joint project, they agreed to produce a total of 20...More

Korean Film Sets Sights on the World

Source | 2006/03/28 | Permalink

In 1988 the Korean film industry was on the verge of failing. In accordance with trade liberalization, United International Pictures (UIP) announced the direct distribution of films in Korea. Due to the direct distribution, Hollywood films in Korea have increased twice as much as the previous year (around 175 films).

Some in the Korean film industry resisted the increasing screening of Hollywood movies by setting fires in the theaters. After about two years, UIP has broadened its distribution range from suburban to city areas, augmenting the market share of foreign films to 81.2%. In 1993, the rate of foreign film's market share went up to 85%.

The surprising turn over in the market share of the Korean film industry began in late 1990s. Starting from Kang Jae-kyu's film "Shiri" in 1999, the market share of Korean films had increased from 39.7% to 50.1% by the year 2001. The breakthrough of 50% in Korean film market share was a striking phenomenon at that time. The people of the Korean film industry had hope only to reach 30% of the market share; however, the market share of the Korean movies is steadily marinating its rate as 50~60%.

Only in a few years, the position of the Ko...More

MK Pictures offers Korean films to a Chinese TV channel

Source | 2006/03/20 | Permalink

MK Pictures announced on March 17 that it has sealed a contract with CCTV-6 in Beijing over the broadcasting rights of MK Pictures' films in the Chinese TV channel. A total of three films ? 'If The Sun Rises In The West', "Happy End", and 'YMCA Baseball Team' ? will be broadcast in China under this contract.

CCTV-6 is a leading film channel in China with 780 million viewers. "Although there is a great demand for Korean films in China thanks to the Korean Syndrome, there has been a great lack of Korean films being broadcast due to the absence of a network between the two countries. This contract is expected to further popularize Korean...More

S. Korea's CGV to Open Its 1st Theater in US as Competitors Enter the Chinese Market

Source | 2006/02/11 | Permalink

By Nigel DSa
Editor / Staff Writer

In an unprecedented move, CJ-CGV, the nation's leading exhibitor will open a three-screen, 360-seat movie theater in the MaDang, a busy shopping complex in Los Angeles' Korea Town district.

The theater is scheduled to open in June 2007 and will feature first-run releases of new Korean films with English subtitles, as well as Hollywood and Asian movies with Korean subtitles.

This marks the first foray of its kind into the vast and lucrative US entertainment market. The venture will be seen as a test-base for future such operations. While American audiences are not yet familiar with Asian screen stars, CJ-CGV is banking on the ...More

Korean Cinema Chain Eyes U.S. Audiences

Source | 2006/02/08 | Permalink

CGV, the biggest multiplex cinema chain in Korea, plans a serious entry into the U.S. market, starting this October, according to its spokesman. The rapidly expanding chain intends to open three movie theatres with 650 seats at the thriving shopping mall Madang Mall in Los Angeles' Korea Town. The construction will begin this fall and the theater will officially open in next June. CGV's CEO Dong-ho Park has put great emphasis on such international cooperation.

Korean theater companies have been in...More

KOFIC to attend South African film market

Source | 2005/11/16 | Permalink

The Korean Film Council, in partnership with the Korean Embassy of South Africa, will for the first time operate a promotion center at the Sithengi Film & Television Market in Cape Town, South Africa.

Held fromNovember 15-18 at the same time as the Cape Town World Cinema Festival, the Sithengi market provides one of key meeting places for professionals in the film and television industries of Africa. The market is now in its tenth edition.

To date, there haveonly been a limited number of Korean films that have been sold and distributed in African countries. In order to more fully tap this growing market, sales companies from Korea such as MK Pictures, Mirovision, Showbox, an...More

MK Pictures to launch distribution arm

Source | 2005/11/16 | Permalink

MK Pictures, one of Korea's leading production companies that was formed from the merger of KangJeGyu Films, Myung Film and manufacturing company Buffalo Seshin in 2004, has announced that it will open a distribution arm.

Beginning with Romantic Comedy When Romance Meets Destiny on November 23, the company plans to release a total of 10 films in 2006 and 12 in 2007, including both Korean and imported titles. The company is in the process of securing a $23m film investment fund that will be used to produce up to six titles of its own per year, and it will also distribute titles from other companies.

MK ...More

Booth to Sell Korean Films at Global Expo

Source | 2005/10/31 | Permalink

Domestic filmmakers in November will set up a sales booth for Korean movies at the world's largest trade expo in Santa Monica, California.

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, Korea Film Council and cinema distributors will promote eight domestic movies at the annual American Film Market opening Wednesday.

The nine South Korean distributors to run a Korean film sales booth are CJ Enterprise, Tube Entertainment, Cineclick Asia, Showbox, Showist, Koa Studio, Mirovision, MK Pictures and Film Messenger.

Among the Korean movies up for sale are the melodrama "All For Love" - "...More

Korean Films to Be Promoted at American Film Market

Source | 2005/10/31 | Permalink

A promotion of Korean films will be launched at the American Film Market (AFM) in early November. The AFM, the world's largest trade fair for films, will be held in Santa Monica in the U.S. on Nov. 2-9.

Public and private Korean agencies will proactively engage in the promotion of Korean films at the event by jointly opening a PR hall for Korean films. Such agencies include the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), as well as nine private film distribution agencies.

The AFM is the world's largest trade fair for independent films, where about 500 million dollars' worth of films and TV products are produced and distributed annually. It is held under the sponsorship of the ITFA, a global agency of independent film and TV program producers and distributors. About 7,000 independent film producers from around ...More

Local Blockbuster to Be Made TV Series

Source | 2005/09/12 | Permalink

Monday, September 12, 2005 12:37:52
Director Kang Je-gyu's 1998 blockbuster "Shiri" may be remade into a TV series.

MK Pictures Producer Shim Jae-myeong said she received an offer for ...More

'The President's Last Bang' made the cut for major film festivals in North America

Source | 2005/09/02 | Permalink

Director Im Sang-soo's political bombshell, 'The President's Last Bang' (produced by MK Pictures, starring Han Suk-kyu, Baek Yoon-sik) is invited to major film festivals in North America this fall, including the Toronto International Film Festival (September 8-17), the 43rd New York Film Festival (September 23 - October 9) and the Telluride International Film Festival (September 1-6).

First, the Toronto International Film Festival, which officially invited '...More

Media Market Barriers Breaking Down

Source | 2005/07/08 | Permalink

By Kim Ki-tae
Staff Reporter
The fast changing media contents market is destroying longstanding barriers between filmmakers, broadcasters, talent management firms and mobile carriers.

Film companies are beginning to make television dramas, while broadcasters are producing films. Talent management companies, riding on their rising "star power", are jumping into production projects. Meanwhile, mobile communication carriers are buying up companies that traditionally provided only content.

"Television, theater, game, mobile phone and other media are converging in the name of digital technology", said Kan Han-seop, a professor at Seoul Institute of the Arts. "The entertainment market is now undergoing fundamental changes".

According to industry insiders, burgeoning new media, like digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) and satellite channels, require large, high-quality content and are therefore transforming the traditional contents market. In addition, the rising popularity of Korean pop culture in East Asia is raising demand for content.

In the eyes of traditional content makers or their neighbors, the ongoing upheaval is seen as either a "crisis or an opportunity". They are now emerging from their long-standing home turfs and making forays into neighboring territories.

Last month, Yellow Film announced that it would make a television mini-series called "Someday", deploying film director Han Ji-seung of "A Day" and "Ghost Mama", and scriptwriter Kim Hee-jae of "Silmido". They said they would begin shooting in October.

The film company Nobise Entertainment is also cooperating with a company of drama scriptwriters including Kim Yeong-hyeon of ...More

Highs, Lows for Korean Films at Cannes Fest

Source | 2005/05/24 | Permalink

By Paolo Bertolin
Contributing Writer

CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.

However, the response from the juries, as well as from international critics, buyers and audiences proved not to match with the great expectations created by sheer numbers and the many renowned names involved.

Hong Sang-soo's "Tale of Cinema" (Kukjangjon), Korea's lone entry to the competition section of the event, failed to raise enthusiasm among international critics, and even his hardcore supporters, the French, did not stand up in his defense, as they did last year for "Woman is the Future of Man". The newspaper Lib eration went so far as to call the film " unworthy of the Korean filmmaker".

Regardless of the achievement of his latest work, Hong's sincere commitment to filmmaking was without question. "I am convinced that every man needs a passion", he said during the news conference. "To me cinema is a motor, but also an addiction. It helps me to live".

Earlier in the festival, which ended Saturday, Kim Ki-duk's latest "The Bow" had the honor to play as curtain raiser of Un Certain Regard, a non-competition section. However, the 12th feature by the directo...More

"Little Brother": Finding Family Affection through Tears

Source | 2005/05/19 | Permalink

by Dong-Yong Min

Family movies are movies that the whole family can watch together, or movies that are meant to explore the meaning of family. If a movie satisfies both criteria, it will be a movie that fits perfectly into the category. Some examples from recent Korean family movies include "A Family", which took family itself as a title, and "Marathon", which was watched by over five million moviegoers. However, "A Family" had a few violent scenes inappropriate for the whole family to watch and "Marathon"', although fit to be called a family movie, did not first start as a one.

In this respect, "Little Brother", opening on May 27, is a challenge. It is the first movie since the production company, MK Pictures, announced, "We will set family movies as one of our main genres and continue making such movies". MK Pictures said that it benchmarked perennial family movie maker Disney. This is another challen...More

'Taegukgi, The Brotherhood of War' to release on an extensive scale across France

Source | 2005/05/11 | Permalink

Film director Kang Je-gyu's 'Taegukgi, The Brotherhood of War' releases on an extensive scale across France.

According to MK Pictures, this cinema's production firm, 'Taegukgi, The Brotherhood of War', which is distributed by UIP, a worldwide distribution firm, releases on May 11 in France in a total of 110 screens, the largest scale since 'The Warrior Princess' among all successive Korean cinemas.

Starting from France, '...More

"The People - The President's Last Bang" Opens without 3 Scenes

Source | 2005/02/01 | Permalink

MK Pictures, which produced the movie "The People - The President's Last Bang", has accepted a court order to delete three scenes from the movie, and will release the edited movie on schedule on Feb. 3. "The court's decision was harsh, but we have decided to open the movie as scheduled on Feb. 3 to keep our promise with the audience, and abide by our contracts with theaters, advertisement and PR companies...More

Film on President Park's assassination in dispute

Source | 2005/02/01 | Permalink

"The President's Last Bang", directed by Im Sang-soo, is igniting heated disputes over its sensitive content involving the assassination of Korea's late president Park Chung-hee.

It's not just its English title that is provocative (Im hasn't explained why he came up with the name) but also the way it was presented to the press as well as a legal wrangling with Park's son.

With a horde of bodyguards protecting the Yongsan CGV cinema, the film's premier last week revealed some controversial footage, portraying Park as a leader who often speaks in fluent Japanese with his lieutenants in the Blue House and engages in not-so-graceful drinking parties.

Conservative politicians and a group of people who still remember Park as a "respectable leader" that pulled the nation out of poverty with his aggressive economic development drive during the 1960-70s, are sharply criticizing the movie and its producers.

Baik Yoon-sik plays the KCIA director who assassinated President Park Chung-hee.

The movie starts with a scene suggesting the sexual adventure Park allegedly enjoyed during his final years as the iron-fist ruler. Referring to the secret sex party for Park, a middle-aged woman says, "He is really incredible. In the early morning, he said to my daughter, 'You're so beautiful, so beautiful' and caressed my daughter, so she served him naked".

Although MK Pictures, which produced the movie, has repeatedly denied there are scenes about Park's lurid relationships with women and his pro-Japanese stance, the screening showed otherwise.

Park Ji-man, son of the late president, filed an injunction application for the film on Jan. 11. Accordin...More

Film Censorship Ruling Stirs Anger

Source | 2005/02/01 | Permalink

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

Members of the film industry reacted strongly to the Seoul court's decision that a controversial film about the assassination of former President Park Chung-hee must be edited before its release.

"The ruling is a pure anachronism," members of Women in Film Korea said Tuesday in their official statement on the court's decision. "It is the same method of censorship used to control culture by the past dictatorial government."

Directed by Im Sang-soo, the film "The President's Last Bang (Kuddae Ku Saramdul)" is a fictionalized account of the pr...More