In every single film he does, director KWAK’s main interest is “love.” Not just any love but pure, innocent and platonic feeling of love. He successfully captured the heart of the audience by showing comical and lovable characters and their touching love story in MY SASSY GIRL. In THE CLASSIC, by showing two different but connected love stories of two generations, he pulled out the memories of first loves everyone had or wants to have. Now, he is one of the best directors who can express love story in a way that both young and old generations can feel emotionally attached.
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.05.06 ~ 2016.05.08 2016/05/09,
"Civil War" continues to dominate despite a host of new challengers...
Marvel's latest outing continued to reign supreme atop the Korea box office, but a string of new releases shuffled the rest of the pack considerably. This latest superhero flick was released in Korea late last month and topped the charts its frist weekend out by capturing over 90% of the box office pie. Over the weekend, Marvel's mighty movie added another 1.5 million admissions (64.8%) to bring it total tally now to 7.3 million ($52.7 million). Worldwide, "Captain America: Civil War" has, to date, banked an incredible $678.4 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.04.29 ~ 2016.05.01 2016/05/02,
Marvel's "Civil War" takes no prisoners...
Marvel Studios' much-anticipated "Captain America: Civil War" arrived in Korea last Wednesday and over the weekend this blockbuster was the only game in town. The film was allocated an incredible 1,990 screens and attracted 2.7 million filmgoers for a whopping 90.5% of the box office pie. Already "Civil War" has amassed 3.9 million admissions in Korea alone ($28.7 million), and globally Marvel's latest superhero flick has banked over $200 million. Western superhero films are very popular the world over, and Korea is no exception, and its dominance over the weekend left very little for the rest of fray to fight over,...More
[North America] "Time Renegadess" to be realased in North America on April, 22 2016/04/06, Source,
Synopsis One murder, two different times. Two men's desperate race against time to save one woman they both love. January 1, 1983. High school teacher Ji-hwan (Jo Jung-suk) proposes to colleague and lover Yoon-jeong (Im Soo-jung), but moments later he is fighting for his life after he is stabbed by a mugger.
January 1, 2015. Police detective Geon-woo (Lee Jin-wook) is shot by a suspect. The two men who live 30 years apart, fight for their lives on the same day, at the same hospital. As they come back from the brink of death, the two men begin to see through each other's eyes in their dreams,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Classic" 2014/03/01,
The immediate standout quality of "The Classic" is its musical score. The sound weaves effortlessly between classical beats and more modern ones, marking a constant shift in situations. In the rustic countryside of South Korea, a certain beauty is built up to by the slowly rising frequency of the tones. Meanwhile, city life moves according to a quicker more modern beat. In either case, the quality of the sound reflects that same feeling of general life, of being young, and the hopeful optimism that's all too infectious regarding those bygone days.
Then actual conflicts start showing up in the story and all this stuff starts to get rather weird and annoying,...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
South Korean actress Son Ye-Jin 2012/02/25, Source,
South Korean actress Son Ye-jin appeares in front of the camera in a movie preview of "Love Fiction" held at Mega Box theater in Seoul's Samsung-dong on Feb. 20, 2012.
Son Ye-jin has taken on a variety of roles in her career to date, propelling her to fame both in Korea and in other Asian countries. She first appeared in a supporting role in Park Ki-hyung's film "Secret Tears" in 2000, and then went on to take the lead in TV dramas such as "A Delicious Proposal", "Sun-hee and Jin-hee", and "Daemang". Her first high-profile role in cinema was in Im Kwon-taek's "Strokes of fire", which screened at Cannes and took home a Best Director award in 2002,...More
Kwak Jae-yong to shoot Yang Gui Fei in China 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director kwak Jae-Yong was present at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) todaywith Chinese stars Fan Bingbing, Leehom WANG and Korean actor On Joo-wan to announce his next film "Yang Gui Fei". The project is based on the life and love of the famous Tang Dynasty consort who was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.
Kwak announced the film will be a Korea-China co-production. "It's on the scale of a US$15 million budget but preparing it in China, I've found that's not a lot of money. It costs a lot to shoot in China, and there are a lot of locations", he said,...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
South Korean actress and model Jeon Ji-Hyeon 2011/02/19, Source,
South Korean actress and model Jun Ji-hyun appears as the official model for Guess Korea brand's "2011 Spring/Summer" event "Guess Is Back" in a Seoul event.
Biography of Jun Ji-hyun
Hyb (Jeon) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and studied in the Department of Theater and Film at Dongguk University. She began her career as a fashion model for Echo Magazine in 1997 at the age of 16,...More
KOFIC's Quartely "Korea Cinema Today" just Published 2009/07/24, Source, The Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(PiFan) edition of KOFIC's quarterly Korean Cinema Today magazine, has just been published. With the title 'Expand the Market Expand the Views' this edition focuses on international co productions and international Korean film business.
Director kwak Jae-Yong has been giving less than stellar performances ever since the South Korean megahit ",...More
PiFan adventure closes with prizes 2008/08/01, Source, The 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) came to a close Sunday Jul. 27 after a thrilling 10-day run. This year's fest brought 1978 official guests to the city of Bucheon, a record number for PiFan, helped along by the addition of its first project market called Network of Asian,...More
Korean Films at the 12th PiFan 2008/07/18, Source, The 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off this July 18 – 27 with the biggest line-up of genre films in Asia. Best of all are the return of high-profile Korean films to the fest and a warmer interaction with the local film industry after setbacks in previous years. KOF,...More
Every summer, Bucheon, the small city sandwiched between Seoul and Incheon, turns into Asia's ultimate paradise for fantastic cinema. From July 18 to 27, the 12th Puchon (Bucheon) International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) invites 205 fantasy flicks from 35 coun,...More
Korean movies leap into box-office fray 2008/05/29, Source, In late April, Iron Man arrived in the Korean cinema, smashing the box office into very profitable pieces. In mid-May, Prince Caspian took the baton and kept up the pressure on Korean competitors. Last weekend, whip-wielding Indy joined the Hollywood-only party, roped in plenty of movie tickets sale,...More
The event is a result of KOFIC's continuous efforts to expand the market base for Korean films in Japan by presenting Korean films of both quality an,...More
Market Share Recovers After March Dip 2007/04/19, Source, March, a slow month for ticket sales generally in Korea, marked one of the weakest months for Korean box office share since December of 2004. The domestic market share dropped to 21.6% last month, raising concerns in the wake of last year's reduction of the Screen Quota system which guarantees scre,...More
Chinese Spinoff of My Sassy Girl 2006/07/10, Source, The popular Korean comedy My Sassy Girl (2001) will be remade again, this time into a television drama for Chinese television. The shooting of the drama is scheduled to start in September this year and it will be broadcast in 2007. Kore,...More
Jun Ji-hyun Vehicle Aims Straight for the Tear Ducts 2006/03/19, Source, The only way for a romantic tearjerker with an obvious storyline to avoid failure is to put as much emphasis as possible on the adorable couple. If people just can't keep their eyes off the gorgeous hunk and the stunning girl, no matter how jealous they may be of either, and if on top of that the we,...More
New omnibus film "3 In 3 Saek (Three People Three Colors): A Love Story" is screened only on a Web site without opening at theaters.
Directed by three well-known local directors, the film "3 In 3 Saek (Three People Three Colors): A Love Story", opened on Feb. 14.,,...More
When Bruce Lee first fought on the silver screen in the 1970s, Chinese martial arts movies made their mark on America. They continue to inspire today, with recent films such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon",,...More
Director Lee Jang-ho invited to the 2005 Yubari Film Festival 2005/01/06, Source, Film Director and Executive Committee Director of Jeonju International Film Festival Lee Jang-ho has been invited to the 16th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival to head the screening committee that will judge entries submitted to its Young Competition division. The festival is to be held f,...More
How many times do we have to watch Jun Ji-hyun, Korea's undisputed top actress, playing a quirky, mischievous girl in a Romantic Comedy? Director,...More
DVD market rides 'Korean Wave' 2004/05/18, Source, The Korean Wave, which has sparked a Korean movie and drama fad elsewhere in Asia, is infusing fresh energy into the local entertainment sector. Its impact is also palpable at PapaDVD, a major online DVD shopping mall.
"As much as 30 percent of revenue comes from foreign clients, chiefly those in,...More
Local Movie to Open Throughout Asia 2004/05/11, Source, By Kim Tae-jong
Given the popularity of South Korean films throughout Asia in recent years, a local film production company will try for a marketing strategy that aims for an international audience from the very beginning.
The movie "Nae Yojachingu-rul Sogaehapnida (,...More
Korean Film Highlighted at Philadelphia Festival 2004/03/24, Source, Philadelphia's film goers will have a feast of Korean cinema to choose from when the 13th Philadelphia Film Festival opens on April 8.
South Korea is well represented with 11 features out of the 133 to be screened, including a special category called New Korean Cinema. The category's six films incl,...More
Top star Jeon Ji-hyun is getting more and more attention from the foreign media. Leading publications, including the world's most authoritative weekly current events magazine, Time, are tying to catch up with her. An interview with the entertainer is scheduled to appear this m,...More
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