[HanCinema's Film Review] "Thread of Lies": The Life(s) Left Behind 2014/09/20 In the spotlight this week: Lee Han's "Thread of Lies"...
Suicide, particularly that of Korea's youth, is a troubling thread woven deep into the South's cinema; a zealous zeitgeist of modern Korean cinema that reflects a troubling truth. This sensitive (and statistically significant) subject matter has been present in a remarkable number of modern films, and earlier this year director Lee Han treated us to perhaps the most cathartic and cinematic daydream of suicide and bullying this side of the Korean wave,...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
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...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
Michelle SON, Managing Director of M-Line Distribution 2011/12/29, Source
Heading up international sales company M-Line Distribution as Managing Director, Michelle SON has in a few short years positioned the company to handle a bulk of deals including foreign remake deals for major local titles. She spoke with KoBiz over the phone about looking beyond feature filmsfor exciting audiovisual content and the importance of facilitating international co-productions,...More
Son Ye-jin: 'I Do Not Like Similar Appearance' 2011/11/28, Source
Actress Son Ye-jin, who will play the female protagonist named Kang Ye Ri in the movie "Spellbound", said, "I would like to act after abandoning myself. I am more attracted to new genre, new character and new story. I think that when I can enjoy, the audience can enjoy. I hate my similar facial expressions. I want to break the boundary of my acting"
Son Ye-jin has appeared in the movie at least once a year since she appeared in the movie "Lover's Concerto" in 2002 when she was in her early twenties. She usually appears in melodrama and romantic comedy movies such as "April Snow" (2005, directed by Heo Jin-ho) and "Crazy First Love" (2003). "Spellbound" (directed by Hwang In-ho) that will be released on December 1 is not so much different from her previous works, but it has difference of adding an atmosphere of horror in the movie,...More
Florence Korean Film Fest opens in Italy 2010/03/18, Source The city of Florence in Italy is currently playing host to 30 Korean films. The eighth edition of the Florence Korean Film Festival takes place this year from March 12-20. The festival, supported by various local groups, KOFIC and the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, shows mostly European an,...More
Among the various factors that constitute human life, culture has the greatest capacity to nurture connections and exchange. One culture quickly absorbs the advantages of another culture and develops to integrate naturally into a large wave.
Osaka Korean Film Week Begins Dec. 8 2007/11/30, Source The Osaka Korean Cultural Center will hold the Korean Film Week festival again this year (Dec.8-14). Korean films introduced to the Kansai region for the first time will be screened at downtown Shinsaibashi theaters.
The event also marks the center's reopening and will feature the latest film More
Love is pain, they say, and countless songs and stories croon about it time over time. Melodrama maestro,...More
'Forever, Asian Star Culture Expo In Japan' Opens in Tokyo 2007/08/02, Source The opening ceremony for the second FACE In Japan:Forever, Asian Star Culture Expo In Japan, was held in grandeur on the 1st at the Tokyo Dome City Freedom Hall. This expo is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, and the Korean National Tour,...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
Korea Wins Six at Asia Pacific Film Fest 2006/12/04, Source South Korean films won the majority of the awards at the 51st Asia Pacific Film Festival which concluded November 25th in Taipei after a four day run. All-time record holder "The Host" did extremely well, winning three awards: Best Editing f,...More
Organized by the Korean Culture Center in the U.K. and the Korea Culture & Content Agency, this year's festival will mark the year of mutual visits to South Korea and the U.K. The festival will screen eight domestic hit movies and fou,...More
In its January issue, Japan's Nikkei Entertainment magazine said even ordinary movie fans in Japan have begun to notice Korean films this year, though Korean dramas primarily have led the boom in Korean pop culture abroad.
Adultery Is Secret of Dramas' Success
2005/12/02, Source When a new drama series is about infidelity, viewers complain and say that they are sick of the subject. Yet they stay glued to the screen. Viewers criticize dramas about infidelity but they still enjoy watching them. And the more infidelity a show has, the higher its TV ratings are.
'Yonsama' to try his luck in China 2005/11/01, Source With the slightest smile or a subtle wave of the hand, "Yonsama" Bae Yong-joon may have hundreds of Japanese women fainting with lust. But China is an unpredictable land even for the "Korean Wave Prince", as he sets off next week to meet his,...More
South Korea and its export-oriented economy seem to have found new bestsellers, thanks to "hallyu", the wave of enthusiasm for Korean pop culture sweeping Asia. Korea's cultural contents such as films, TV dramas and K-pop, have emerged as hot export commodities.
Korean Wave Brings in Crowds at Pusan Film Fest 2005/10/09, Source The 10th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is the hottest ever, with an eye-boggling 153,000 tickets sold in the first three days of the festival. That is close to the 166,000 tickets sold during the whole of last year's festival.
One thing that is different is the large number of overseas,...More
Organizers Tighten Security at PIFF 2005/10/05, Source SEOUL (Yonhap) _ Organizers of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) said Tuesday they have increased security for the festival following bombings in London and Bali, Indonesia that left hundreds of people killed or injured.
Twenty security checkpoints will be installed inside and outside,...More
Son Ye-jin to star in Japanese commercials 2005/09/29, Source Actress Son Ye-jin is set to debut in Japanese TV commercials. Japanese sports dailies, including Sports Nippon and Sankei Sports, reported on Sept. 29 that Son had been cast to star in a TV commercial for the canned coffee brand "Georgia".
Pusan Film Fest Sparks Fierce Food Fight
2005/09/27, Source As the 10-day Pusan International Film Festival got underway, so did the fight for tickets to the opening and closing films, which were reportedly going for up to 10 times the normal price.
The war for tickets has been especially intense on online auction sites, where tickets to the better-known,...More
"Welcome to Dongmakgol", a film on Korean War soldiers from different sides finding refuge in a mountain village, hit the 7-million viewer mark over the Chusok holiday, becoming the fourth movi,...More
The much-talked about movie "April Snow" (Director Heo Jin-ho) was made public for the first time to local and foreign media members on August 23. After the preview,...More
'April Snow' sticks to Yonsama's image 2005/08/25, Source Love, betrayal and guilt are some of the feelings movies are particularly adept at conjuring, but things get tricky when the three elements are lumped together solely for one big star. How do you evoke the inner life of a deeply troubled man and his equally distressed, secret lover when what the aud,...More
The man known throughout Asia as Yonsama is back with a new movie, and once again he is standing at the center of the spotlight. Hundreds of reporters from home and abroad as well as his fans flocked yesterday to the world premiere of ",...More
KNTO to open a Hallyu all-around information site 2005/07/18, Source KNTO (The Korea National Tourism Organization) recently opened http://www.hellohallyu.com , a Hallyu all-around information site. After opening Korean site and Japanese site first, the Organiation plans to add English site as well as Chinese site by the end of this month. An official involved in thi,...More
Bae Yong-joon: "I Am Feeling Well" 2005/06/21, Source Actor Bae Yong-joon's agency BOF said on June 20 that Bae, who was hospitalized on June 19 due to overexertion, is now recovering. "He was hospitalized after showing symptoms of exhaustion when he returned home after filming the final scene o,...More
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.
Bae Yong-joon, a Korean actor who is popular in Japan, announced his opinion on the worsening territorial row between Korea and Japan through his official Internet Web site on Monday, after showing reluctanc,...More
SAMCHOK, Kangwon Province - The normally peaceful and quiet park Chuksoru in Samchok was crowded on Thursday with unusu,...More
Yonsama Fever Rages On Amid Korea-Japan Chill 2005/03/17, Source Oblivious to the worst crisis in Korea-Japan relations in the 40 years, the curiosity of Japanese tourists in the grip of the Korean wave continues unabated in the small east coast town of Samchok, Gangwon Province.
Over 100 Japanese tourists have been visiting Samchok a day since last month, whe,...More
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I quite like the 'slowness' of
the film. I thought it was very
characteristic of the feelings that were
happening in everyone. It was a
refreshing change. Completely different
than Random Hearts, using the same plot.
Yay for this movie!
It was a bit slow.. But It turned up
halfway. A wonderful plot. The ending
was excellent. It almost fooled you who
he was with. But we all know it was with
her. Not his wife. Wonderful, beautiful
The worst & most boring show I ever seen in Korean movie. Bae YJUn did very badly, he's too slow motion on mostly all the show except Hotelier. In papa, winter sonata & etc he's a bit slow but not as slow as this. Really wasted my money to buy this original tape. Compare with Kwon Sang Woo he is out except he's very good looking that keep us on to buy his drama.
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