Also known as "Like the Moon Escaping from the Clouds"
In the 16th century in Chosun dynasty, HWANG Jung-hak and LEE Mong-hak create the “Grand Alliance” with the united dream of a better world. While the new leader LEE dreams of eradicating this world of all its corruption and becoming king himself, the legendary blind swordsman HWANG who had once been his comrade goes after him with the loss of his good friend at the hands of LEE. Just as the king abandoned his kingdom from Japanese invasion, the two come face-to-face inside the empty palace and begin their last battle they were destined to fight.
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/09/28, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Tough as Iron": Kang-cheol, a once great street fighter, gets pulled into Busan's organised crime while trying to support his deteriorating mother. (10/02)
★★★★ "Hope": A father struggles to support his family in the aftermath of his daughter's assault. (10/02)
★★ "Vacation": Three glamorous and privileged young women go on a seductive vacation with three men they've targeted. (10/01),...More
Meet Legendary Korean Director Kang Woo-Seok in Los Angeles 2013/04/05, Source,
Legendary Korean Director Kang Woo-seok will be in Los Angeles for a special presentation of his highly anticipated upcoming release "Fist of Legend". This film will be the first Korean film to have a same weekend theatrical release in Korea and N. America! Director Kang is in Los Angeles for just 2 days, before rushing back just in time to see the film open in Seoul on April 10! "Fist of Legend" will open in 20 cities across N. America on April 12.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Dir. Kang will be participating in 2 special screening events both taking place at CGV Cinemas during his short Los Angeles visit,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] The Unjust 2011/04/16, Ryoo Seung-wan's "The Unjust" came in at number seven among the top grossing Korean films of 2010, with a worthy 2,751,185 admissions. Its intricate plot and morally unchecked urban reality is infested with manipulative power players in a contemporary crime thriller where justice is ironically served and forcefully consumed.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Blades of Blood 2011/02/05, "Blades of Blood" (2010, directed by Lee Joon-ik) fulfils its promise of masterfully swordplay action in this history epic but it also leaves a lot to be desired. Albeit entertaining, the film seemed to favour momentary encounters at the expense of character development and contextualisation.,...More
Actor Baek Sung-hyun to hold first fan meeting in Japan 2011/01/06, Source,
Actor Baek Sung-hyun [Chosun Ilbo Japanese edition]
Actor Baek Sung-hyun will hold his first fan meeting in Japan next week, according to press release by the event's organizer the Japanese edition of Korean daily paper Chosun Ilbo.
The upcoming fan meeting, which will proceed for about two hours, will include a Q&A section, a quiz show and offering of special presents. Baek also plans to shake hands with all the attendants after the show,...More
Actress Han Ji-hye to star in new historical drama 2010/12/15, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye [10Asia]
Actress Han Ji-hye will star in a historical drama set to go on air next year, according to her management staff on Wednesday.
An official in charge of Han's career confirmed today that Han has been cast in a new MBC historical drama named "The Duo" ("Jiakpae" translated into "mate") which will go on air every Mondays and Tuesdays starting February of next year,...More
KoreaTown – Korean Cinema in Los Angeles, CA 2010/11/24, Source,
Posted on November 23, 2010 by KOCCA
By Lukas Schwarzacher
Koreatown in Los Angeles is called the "Seoul of the West". It's only 3 square miles (7.8 square kilometers) big, but over 120,000 people live there between shops and entertainment spots, almost all with Korean signage.
And while Hollywood movies capture most of the screens in the U.S., there are two cinemas in Koreatown which show Korean films subtitled in English,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Han Ji-hye 2010/11/18, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Han Ji-hye now has seven years of acting experience under her belt, a career long enough to consider KBS TV series "Sweet 18", the first TV series she played the female lead, a drama from her past. And it may have seemed like she came to a brief halt when she showed similar acting skills in film "My boyfriend is type-B" and "Sweet 18", but she expanded the range of characters she plays through MBC drama "East of Eden" and film "Blades of Blood". The reckless high school girl who had no particular dream in "Sweet 18" has matured into a woman who helps a young man achieve his dreams in KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" and a reliable senior to SHINee member Minho who is taking his first shot at acting. 10: You're standing in front of the camera for the first time in a year since getting married. Han Ji-hye: I actually went to a lot of events such as film festivals but the last time I appeared in a TV series was "East of Eden". I really missed acting a lot during the short time I was on the break so I was thinking I'd be happy to be whatever role I was given. That's when I was offered this role so I'm taking part in filming for the drama thinking that I'm shooting a short film,...More
Two Korean film prize at Fantasia 2010/08/06, Source, Korean films captured 2 prizes in the main competition section of the Fantasia International Film Festival which took place July 8 – 28, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. Winning the second-place Special Jury Prize was Lee Hae-joon's comedy ",...More
Fantasia presents 14 Korean features 2010/07/20, Source, Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, running July 8 – 28 in Canada's second-largest city, presents a total of 14 Korean features this year. The festival which highlights fantasy and strong genre-oriented films from Asia will screen the Canadian premiere of,...More
NYAFF screens wide selection of Korean films 2010/07/20, Source, The ninth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) wrapped on Thursday, July 8, after presenting 45 films from across Asia including seven Korean features and a collection of eight Korean standout shorts from Seoul's 2009 Mise-en-Scéne Short Film Festival.
Korean Cinema to Open in Los Angeles 2010/06/09, Source, The first cinema dedicated to Korean films will open in Los Angeles this Friday. Located at the Madang Courtyard in Koreatown, CGV LA has a seating capacity of 600 and three screens, with at least one,...More
CJ CGV, the largest theater chain in South Korea, said Monday that "CGV LA" will open in L,...More
"Dragon" soars to the top of box office 2010/05/24, Source,
Hollywood animated picture "How To Train Your Dragon" [DreamWorks Pictures]
Hollywood animated picture "How To Train Your Dragon" bowed into first place on the local box office over the weekend, pushing former winner "The Housemaid - 2010" off the top spot.
Figures by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday revealed that the latest DreamWorks film, which opened in theaters on May 20, attracted 759,590 moviegoers during the weekend of May 21 to 23,...More
"Blades of Blood" sells to 9 countries at Cannes film market 2010/05/18, Source,
Official poster for film "Blades of Blood" [Cinus]
Korean film "Blades of Blood" has been sold to nine countries including the U.K., Thailand, Iran and Indonesia at an ongoing film market in France. According to a press release by the film's marketing firm Ziness, the action flick received much praise and sold for "an unprecedented price" at the Cannes Film Market, where movie industry officials buy and sell their movies during the annual Cannes Film Festival,...More
TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (1) 2010/05/12, Source,
From left, actors Kim Seung-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), kwon Sang-woo and Cha Seung-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "71-Into the Fire" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
In August of 1950, when the Korean War was well under way, a letter was found in the pocket of student soldier Lee Woo-geun who died while fighting in a battle to defend the Nakdong River. The letter, which the 16-year-old had failed to send off to his mother, read the following: "Mother, I killed a person. It was such a brutal death. Why do we have to go into war? I'm thinking frightening thoughts. I wish the war would end quickly and feel your warm embrace". Film "71-Into the Fire" starts with this letter. What leads the film is not its blockbuster scale which cost the production 11.3 billion won, nor its extravagant cast. The camera operates in order to shed light onto the existence of student soldiers who took part in the meaningless war yet have failed to be remembered for their sacrifice,...More
"Iron Man 2" maintains stay atop box office chart 2010/05/09, Source,
Official movie poster of No. 1 movie in Korea "Iron Man 2" [Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment]
Hollywood blockbuster film "Iron Man 2" maintained its position atop the Korean box office for the second consecutive week.
Estimates by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday revealed that the action sequel brought in 676,142 moviegoers during the weekend of May 7 to 9 to keep its place atop the film chart,...More
"Iron Man 2" soars to the No. 1 spot on box office 2010/05/03, Source,
Official poster of the No.1 movie in Korea "Iron Man 2" [Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment]
Hollywood action sequel "Iron Man 2" made a successful debut onto the Korean box office over the weekend, beating out previous winner "Bestseller" off the top spot.
Estimates by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday revealed that "Iron Man 2" sold 1,360,820 tickets during the weekend of April 30 to May 2 to become the No. 1 film in the country,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 1 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Actor Cha Seung-won never gets tired. He melted viewers' hearts through his role in SBS' "THE CITY HALL" last year and soon after played the stylish detective in movie "Secret - 2009". Then in order to play the role of Lee Mong-hak, he armed himself with sharp teeth and a long sword for film "Blades of Blood" which is set to open in theaters on April 29. A slew of other large productions starring Cha, including movie "71-Into the Fire" and drama "ATHENA" are also standing in line for release later this year. Below are excerpts from 10Asia's interview with Cha Seung-won.
10: Your film "Blades of Blood" is awaiting release. It's already receiving a lot of hype because it's helmed by famed director Lee Joon-ik and stars yourself and actor Hwang Jung-min. How do you feel about this movie? Cha Seung-won: I think it'll do roughly well. Roughly. (laugh) Last night I dreamt that I was heading somewhere, walking on a field covered with snow. Snow means wealth. And when I climbed over a fence, I saw was an ocean. I woke up saying wow! (laugh),...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: "71-Into the Fire" is in post-production right now. What was it like filming the movie? It must have not been easy -- I saw photos taken on set which basically seemed like ruins.Cha Seung-won: I didn't see a single woman on set the whole time we shot "71-Into the Fire". kwon Sang-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and I thought 'Wow this is too much'. (laugh) You'll probably be able to tell from the photos but When you see the behind-the-scenes pictures all you see are men. 10: Maybe that's why Choi Seung-hyun received so much attention. (laugh) Cha: We all like him very much. There is no reason not to like him. He had a really tough time on set after having been an idol group singer. He would say hello at lunch, sit next to me and eat covered in make-up which makes him look messy. And when I ask him if filming is bearable, he would say he likes it. He's a really good guy,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Baek Sung-hyun 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Baek Seong-hyeon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name is Baek Sung-hyun. I was born on January 30, 1989. I currently live in Gwangmyeong-si which is in the Gyeonggi Province. It's a lot better living there now because I can drive but before Gwangmeyong was a kingdom in itself. You had to take care of everything within the city -- from daily necessities to enjoying a cultural life. It's kind of unfortunate that the distance keeps me from becoming close with my fellow actors. It's not a big deal going out to Seoul but after having a couple of drinks, getting back home becomes a problem,...More
Added new pictures for the upcoming drama ",...More
Hwang Jung-min: 'I Acted Comfortably with My Eyes Closed' 2010/04/22, Source,
"I did not just want to act the role of a blind man; instead, I wanted to act comfortably while I just closed my eyes", said actor Hwang Jung-min, who appeared in the movie "Blades of Blood" and demonstrated realistic acting as a blind character. He played the legendary blind swordsman Hwang Jung Hak in the movie, which was filmed against the backdrop of the middle of the Chosun dynasty. The character is a friend of Lee Mong Hak (Cha Seung-won), who has been dreaming of creating a whole new world and instigating a rebellion, but in the end they end up going their separate ways due to different ideologies regarding the uprising.
In a recent interview held in a café located in Gangnam, Hwang Jung-min said, "Instead of trying to be a blind man, I tried my best to act as natural as possible suitable to the storyline and the character. To prepare for the role, I went to a school for the blind, participated in a class and talked a lot with classmates. But basically, I thought that just trying to imitate those blind people was not important. The character Hwang Jung Hak is a blind man, but the more important point was to understand the inner side of the character, and I tried to approach this internal perspective when I acted",...More
Traces of Lee Joon-ik's work in "Blades of Blood" 2010/04/20, Source,
The cast of "Blades of Blood" from left to right: Hwang Jung-min, Baek Seong-hyeon, Cha Seung-won and Han Ji-hye [Movie Production company Haneul]
They have all dreamt about the moon that escaped from the clouds. Lee Mong-hak (played by Cha Seung-won) wants to shine as the king who renews the rotten Chosun period and Hwang Jeong-hak (played by Hwang Jeong-min) hopes he can clear away clouds by blocking Lee Mong-hak who took away his conviction and the life of his friend. Kyeon-ja (played by Baek Sung-hyun) wants to overcome the pent-up anger he feels towards Lee Mong-hak who killed his father. And Baek Ji (played by Han Ji-hye) simply wants to walk under the moonlight with the person she loves. However, Kyeon-ja screams "Have you once in your life ever lived in a world like that" and fail to step under the moon's brilliant light. Traces of the war and laughter from "Hwangsanbul" and love and tragedy from the "The King and the Clown", both productions by Lee Joon-ik, can easily be found in his new pic "Blades of Blood". The film resembles “Hwangsanbul” in how the most serious situation and tragedy is melted away by humor and "The King and the Clown" when Kyeon-ja cries in a thunderous voice towards the craziness occuring in the palace. However, it is difficult to declare that "Blades of Blood" is director Lee's final masterpiece, just like the saying that it is hard to create a beautiful face with the perfect features. The conflicts amongst the characters are dull enough to seem trite and it cannot be concealed by the beautiful scenery or lyrical music. Will "Blades of Blood" be able to become a different moon for the audience who has already experienced and found joy from the prominent historical drama like "Slave Hunters?" The movie opens in local theaters on April 29,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Han Ji-hye in a new movie 2010/03/23, Source, Han Ji-hye is at the press meeting for her movie, "Blades of Blood".
Here, she takes on the image of a very innocent and pure woman.
This film is a movie that was a animation film on the Japanese colonization. The story is on Lee Mong-hak who wishes to be a king despite the chaos and trials of this period. A blind man who fights against Lee to keep the world just through battles that mak,...More
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