Formerly known as "Cooperation"
'Confidential Assignment' deals with the first informal cooperation in investigation between South and North Korea. In this 10 billion won blockbuster movie, Hyeon Bin will play Lim Cheol-ryeong, a North Korean up-and-coming detective and present a high level of action performance along with a thick North Korean accent.
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2018/01/07,
KoBiz tracks local movies about inter-Korean relations, explore Korean cinema with these 15 great romantic comedies, South Korean films feature prominently on Film School Reject's list of the best foreign films of 2017, and Christopher Weatherspoon gives us a brief overview of the country's cinema scene for the last year,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/09/24,
The New York Times pinpoints the addictive charms of Korean dramas and films, watch Kyungmin Woo's "devilish dark" 2014 short animation on Modern Korean Cinema, KOFIC selects the highest-grossing Korean film of the year as the country's official Oscar contender, and see just how many Korean films are on Movie Pilot's listicle of 'films that will leave you speechless',...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/08/20,
KOBIZ's online screen service for the Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) goes live, Cho Meanjune looks at how Korean actors and actresses have fared in Hollywood blockbusters, Film School Rejects review the highest-grossing Korean film of the year ("A Taxi Driver"), and a massive theme park from Lionsgate planned for Jeju Island,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.08.04 - 2017.08.06 2017/08/07,
Local historical heroes fly high during peak season...
Director Jang Hoon's fourth film, "A Taxi Driver" -- starring Song Kang-ho, one of Korea's most celebrated and prolific talents -- enjoyed the third highest opening of all time and came away from its opening weekend with just under 3 million admissions (63.64%). The film captures the heroic deeds of an unknown cab driver who helped a foreign journalist (Jürgen Hinzpeter played by Thomas Kretschmann) during the infamous Gwangju Uprising that destabilised the country early in 1980. From 1,906 screens, "A Taxi Driver" banked $21.3 million and has streaked into sixth in the list of the highest grossing films of the year. Kang's previous films include "The Front Line" (2011), "Secret Reunion" (2010), and his debut "Rough Cut" (2008),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.28 - 2017.07.30 2017/07/31, "The Battleship Island" already the fifth highest grossing film of the year...
Director Ryoo Seung-wan ("Veteran", the third highest grossing Korean film of all time) captures life inside Japan's notorious WWII labour camp on Hashima Island in his latest, record-breaking blockbuster, "The Battleship Island". Before World War II broke out in Europe, Japan was mining underwater coal on a 16-acre island southwest of the city of Nagasaki and conscripting hundreds of Koreans, among others prisons of war, to toil away in treacherous conditions. "The Battleship Island" tells the story of a few hundred gritty Koreans who risked it all to escape what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.21 - 2017.07.23 2017/07/24,
Nolan's "Dunkirk" arrives and conquers...
Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed "Dunkirk" was released in Korea last Thursday and comfortably came out on top over the weekend. Many are already heralding it as one of the best war films ever and arguably Nolan's best. The film was shot on IMAX 65mm and is the first feature film to use IMAX cameras as hand-held cameras. From 1,245 screens, Nolan's epic depiction of "The Miracle of Dunkirk" sold 1.1 million admissions (46.53%), or $8.75 million. Its successful arrival meant "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was unable to claim a third straight weekend at the top,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.14 ~ 2017.07.16 2017/07/17,
"Spider-Man" soars unchallenged, slow start for "Cars 3"...
Marvel's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (starring Tom Holland) retained the top spot in Korea for a second weekend by capturing 64.36% of the sales from 1781 screens. The 1.4 million admissions it claimed swelled the reboot's total tally to 5.9 million ($42.7 million), making it the second-highest grossing film of the year behind "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million), as well as the highest grossing foreign film ahead of "Beauty and the Beast" (5.1 million). Worldwide, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" has already brought in $469 million,...More
The 7 Lucky Charm Celebrities 2017/06/30,
There are few actors and actresses we are awfully familiar with, because they are everywhere! These stars we will talk about today are not the top celebrities who always gets the main roles but rather, the minor roles that will withhold the show with their firm support! They are so-called the Lucky Charm Celebrities, as it is said that whatever movies/dramas they appear in, will end up in a great success!,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/22,
Note the Korean films that will be competing at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the Evening Standard reviews Park Chan-wook's "masterpiece", explore Korea's various bro films, and KoBiz's latest infographic documents the different Korean presidents that have appeared in film,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.04.14 - 2017.04.16 2017/04/17,
"The Fate of the Furious" overtakes "Beauty and the Beast" for pole position...
Bill Condon's "Beauty and the Beast" was unable to secure a fifth-straight run at the top because of the arrival of a high-octane action film from director F. Gary Gray. "The Fate of the Furious" (also known as Fast & Furious 8), the eighth film in the franchise, arrived last Wednesday and scooped up the lion's share of the stubs (63.82%); from 1,467 screens around the country, "The Fate of the Furious" claimed 1.05 million admissions ($10.5 million). The film, which cost $250 million to produce, boasts an ensemble cast including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, and others. Worldwide, the 'F8' has already grossed over half a billion dollars,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.04.07 ~ 2017.04.09 2017/04/10,
"Beauty and the Beast" holds off "The Prison" to secure its fourth weekend at the top...
For the fourth straight weekend, Bill Condon's update on Disney's 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast" (starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) has remained Korea's film of choice. The 347,085 admissions (26.96%) it claimed over the weekend pushes its total tally in Korea now 4.6 million ($33.2 million), making it the highest-grossing foreign film of the year, as well as the third highest overall ("Confidential Assignment" and "The King" are one and two respectively). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" has grossed nearly a billion dollars,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.31 ~ 2017.04.02 2017/04/03,
Foreign fairytale narrowly outplays "The Prison" for the top spot...
"Beauty and the Beast", Bill Condon's re-imagining of Disney's classic fairytale, fended off a flood of new entries last weekend to secure a second week at the top. Now in its third weekend, the film once again narrowly retained pole position by capturing 32.51% of the sales (650,185 admissions). That sum moves its bottom line in Korea now to over 4 million admissions ($30.1 million) and is currently the third highest-grossing film of the year behind "The King" (5.3 million) and "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" is closing in on a billion dollars in sales: $876.3 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.10 ~ 2017.03.12 2017/03/13,
"Kong" and "Logan" battle it out at the top...
Jordan Vogt-Roberts's reboot of the iconic King Kong character in "Kong: Skull Island" (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John Goodman) arrived last Wednesday and climbed to the top of the chart with 49.14% of the box office pie. (Interestingly, one of the films that Vogt-Roberts said influenced him was Bong Joon-ho's "The Host".) From 984 screens, "Kong" attracted 823,219 admissions ($6.1 million) during its first weekend out in Korea. Worldwide, "King" has already recouped an estimated $142.6 million of the $185 million it took to produce; the film was released in the US last Friday,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.03 - 2017.03.05 2017/03/06,
New arrivals "Logan" and "Bluebeard" capture 64% of the sales...
The tenth instalment in the "X-Men" film series, James Mangold's "Logan" (Hugh Jackman), dislodged last weekend's number one, Split, by capturing 632,997 admissions (38.55%). Marvel's latest had its premiere back in February at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently arrived in Korea to 954 screens around the country. Critics have praised the film for its acting and general handling of perhaps the series's most beloved superhero, Wolverine, and it's already surpassed its production costs of $97 million; currently, the film has grossed $104.7 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.02.24 ~ 2017.02.26 2017/02/27,
M. Night Shyamalan's Split breaks local films' reign...
For the first time this year since "Your Name", a foreign film has stepped up and claimed pole position in Korea's box office. Local delights have been dominating since mid-January ("Confidential Assignment", "The King", and "Fabricated City"), but M. Night Shyamalan's new film, Split (starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley), arrived last Wednesday and came out on top during its first weekend out,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017/02/13,
"Fabricated City" ends "Confidential Assignment"'s three-week run at the top...
After three weeks as Korea's number, Kim Seong-hoon-III's action film "Confidential Assignment" was supplanted at the top of the chart by a new local entry over the second weekend of February; Kim's sophomore feature added 543,401 admissions (22.9%) during its fourth week out, moving its total tally now to 7.2 million ($51.6 million), but it was not enough for country's highest-grossing film of the year to secure a fourth-straight weekend at the top of the pile,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/02/12,
Arts Desk reviews the DVD version of Na Hong-jin's "The Wailing", discover the long-standing relationship between South Korea cinema and the Berlin International Film Festival, Pierce Conran shares his thoughts on Lee Joon-ik's tenth film about Korea under Japanese occupation, and KoBiz's latest infographic reveals the common thread running through three of Korea's most recent successes,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Confidential Assignment" 2017/02/04,
Cheol-ryeong (played by Hyun Bin) is a good North Korean officer who plays by the spirit of the rules. That is, until he fails to heed the literal words of commander Gi-seong (played by Kim Joo-hyuk), and ends up stuck in a disastrous firefight. Although that situation was rather preventable. Why is it that the good guys in the movies always give up their guns in a Mexican standoff? I mean yeah it's an obvious cinematic device, but in the real world no one ever does that for some fairly predictable reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/02/04,
Disney to distribute its first Korean film, Film Journal International reviews "The King", KoBiz's latest infographic looks at Lunar New Year winners past and present, and Marvel's "Black Panther" set to shoot a massive chase scene in "the city of film",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.13 ~ 2017.01.15 2017/01/16,
Japan's highest-grossing anime retains pole position...
Makoto Shinkai's romantic fantasy "Your Name" is now the highest-grossing Japanese anime in history having recently overtaken Hayao Miyazaki's classic, "Spirited Away" (2001). Shinkai's critical acclaimed masterpiece entered the Korean market January 4 and became the first Japanese anime to enter in pole position in over a decade. During its second weekend out, "Your Name" added another 739,079 admissions (30%) and moved its total tally in Korea now to 2.4 million ($17.2 million). Worldwide, "Your Name" has grossed $290 million, enough to overtake "Spirited Away"'s $289 million,...More
[Interview] Hyun Bin, "It's a war field in front of the camera" 2017/01/12, Source,
"There have been a lot of fights in my head. I didn't know if I should do what I want or if I should do what the public wants, but now I think it's my role to perfect the various images of me and show it to them.
Hyun Bin is attempting at his first action movie in "Confidential Assignment" that's coming out on the 18th. He takes on the role of a North Korean detective and former Special Forces agent. He is under orders to track down his superior who disappeared with the copper plates of fake paper money and joins forces with South Korean detective Yoo Hae-jin,...More
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