[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" Revisited 2018/04/28
I'm a bit embarrassed as to the flippant tone in my original review for "Gangnam Blues". Everything I wrote about the movie was accurate. Most people liked to discuss Lee Min-ho's status as a massive star and writer/director Yoo Ha's status as a noir film auteur, so the absurdity aspect seemed like a more unique and interesting angle. But three years and a couple of rewatches later, I've come around to seeing "Gangnam Blues" in a far more serious and relevant light- as a tacit, dark, and mostly true origin story as to where the glitz in Hallyu Wave really came from,...More
[Lily's Take] Top Actors' Diet Secrets 2017/05/24
For the actresses, diet is a destiny instilled into their lives that came along with the career, and the actors are no different when it comes to the battle of weight management,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2017/02/26
Find out where to go all around Korea to learn the language, Lee Min-ho honoured for helping to boost Korea's image, a new report puts South Korea at the top globally in terms of life expectancy, and 10 Magazine has some great suggestions about where to learn Taekwondo in Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Feature] "An Overview of the Korean Film Industry" 2016/08/27 To understand what the South Korean film industry is first you need to understand what film industries are in general. They are, in short, profitable enterprises designed to make money. That's a decidedly unglamorous description of a field that prides itself on making "art", but it's the cold hard truth. Hollywood, as a concept, only exists because a century ago the United States had a large, growing market for films. This made it possible for scale escalation and big budget movies. Most other countries with strong domestic film industries (India, Japan, and increasingly China) have the same advantage. Their domestic markets are so large it's easy to recoup production expenses,...More
[Asian Filmist Guest Post List] 5 Korean movies to watch from 2015 2016/05/07, Source
While it is 2016 currently and Korean films are starting to pick up, it's good to look back at last year's films.
For many people, the end of last year was the era of Star Wars, since episode 7 came out. However, while Star Wars was watched by many Koreans here in Seoul, 2015 Korean films held their own. In fact, another movie, the Himalayas, outsold the famed science fiction film on opening week,...More
How Seolhyun Became a Star in a Single Year 2016/01/02, Source
This year's most searched celebrity on top portal Naver was Seolhyun of girl band AOA, who also debuted as an actress. She was especially popular among young men. Her lead comes as something of a surprise since she was largely obscure for the first three years after AOA got started in 2012,...More
Yoo Ah-in, Lee Seung-gi, Lee Min-ho working hard on projects before enlisting in army 2015/08/27, Source
It's not over till it's over.
All of male entertainers, who were born in 1986 and 1987, must enlist in the army within this year if early or within next year at the very latest. As you cannot avoid serving the mandatory military service if you're a Korean man, they don't have any other choice. However, they are concentrating on their acting career as if they would want to show it is not over till it's over.
It is evident that they are making efforts to communicate with their fans continuously. We've put together the three actors for this article: Yoo Ah-in, who will become an actor of 10 million viewers soon, Lee Seung-gi, who makes his noona fans smile automatically and effortlessly, Lee Min-ho, who is in the middle of getting ready for his Korea & China joint film project.
Yoo Ah-in works back and forth across the silver screen and the small screen.
Yoo Ah-in will be crowned as an actor of 10 million viewers this weekend for his role in movie, "Veteran" for the first time since he debuted. While he has already been recognized for his acting performances, he is now recognized for his marketability at the box office. He has been appearing in projects continuously without break from 2014 to 2015.
He will also appear on the small screen as well as the silver screen in 2015 this year. Yoo Ah-in is currently filming SBS' 'Six Flying Dragons'. In terms of his silver screen presence, he is getting ready for movie "The Throne" following after "Veteran" which was filmed last year and has been released recently. After "The Throne" has been released in September, his drama, 'Six Flying Dragons' will air its first episode in October.
Lee Seung-gi will concentrate on movies for the time being.
Lee Seung-gi's main title is a singer, however he has been broadening his position as an actor based on his strong acting performances. After he has made a comeback with his new album as a singer in last June, he will return to an entertainment program by co-starring in 'New Journey to the West' with the members of his previous entertainment show, '2 Days & 1 Night' and producer Na Yeong-seok,...More
Suzy VS Seolhyun, two top 20s actresses compete 2015/07/01, Source While AOA's Seolhyun is being looked at as one of the hottest girl these days, a rivalry has formed between her and Miss A's Suzy. Seolhyun is expanding her territory as an actress while Suzy seems to be stuck where she is.
Their competitive composition can be clearly seen in the advertisement industry. While Suzy has been the top model in her 20s for most ads until now, Seolhyun has grown so quickly and is taking over,...More
Domestic Film Attendance at All-Time Low 2015/06/20, Source
Korean films have been struggling to attract moviegoers this year in their worst season ever. According to the Korean Film Council on Thursday, only 40.7 percent, or 35.46 million cinemagoers saw a Korean film this year, a record low since statistics began in 2004. Foreign films attracted 51.64 million spectators over the same period,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Heartbreak Hotel" 2015/03/14
One of the more uncomfortable parts of Korean culture for me is the way it tends to fetishize how Wonderful Life would be if people could just go to America. I'm not sure what many Korean people think American life is actually like, but we tend to treat each other like garbage, and the immigrants even worse than that. So it goes for John (played by Kang Ji-hwan). He's a young Korean man living in America who looks and acts, well, kind of like a petty low-class bum. His only really selling point is youth, and even that's not going to stick around for much longer,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.06 ~ 2015.03.08 2015/03/09 "The Kingsman"'s reign continues unchallenged… Last weekend British spy flicks "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "The Imitiation Game" ruled at as the country's number one and two, claiming just under a million admission between them. The later lost its footing and fell to third, but Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman" managed to retain its place as Korea's film of choice despite the arrival of Ahn Sang-hoon's period drama, "Empire of Lust",...More
February a Lame Month for Korean Films 2015/03/02, Source
Korean films performed badly in February. Four domestically produced films made it into the top 10 at the box office here but drew a mere 7.46 million cinemagoers, the worst record for the month in five years. The performance is even worse when compared to January, when six Korean films attracted 13.23 million moviegoers,...More
Kim Rae-won, "I am seeing someone..." 2015/03/01, Source Kim Rae-won claimed that he was seeing someone although it wasn't enough to say that he was in an actual relationship. He claims it's more developed than a flirting stage and she's a regular office worker.
He said that he wanted to make her his girlfriend,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Born To Kill" 2015/02/28
Kil (played by Jung Woo-sung) is an assassin. Why, I suppose you could even say he was..."Born To Kill". Yes, that is an obviously corny and dumb joke. Well, get used to it. In short order we watch Kil carry out multiple murders. Very stabby murders, where Kil comes off less like a person and more like some sort of hybrid land-shark who's drawn to blood, water, and people who insist on horsing around in spite of the obvious rules against such rude behavior. Also he has a pet monkey,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" 2015/02/14
It's the seventies, and South Korea is well into an ambitious jobs program. First, bulldoze anything that doesn't look like a modern building and come up with skeevy business deals to build something respectable instead. Next, recruit the homeless people created by this process into either the police, the military or the mob. It doesn't really matter which- they're all pretty much the same really. Oh, you don't think that's such a good idea? Well shut your pie hole we have the guns. Now take this wooden plank and go beat up those democracy activists,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.02.06-2015.02.08 2015/02/10
Nostalgic Romcom Rules, while "Ode" crosses 13M...
Box office newcomer "C'est Si Bon" entered the fray last week and captured 29.5% of the pie over the weekend, comfortably claiming the top spot and dislodging last week's winner: "Big Hero 6". Kim Hyun-seok's romantic comedy attracted 534K filmgoers ($3.9M) over 829 screens to outperform Disney's Oscar contender as the South's favourite flick.
Last weekend "Big Hero 6" trumped JK Youn's latest for first, but the musical might of Kim's fifth feature proved too much for Disney's awesome animation,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.01.30 ~ 2015.02.01 2015/02/02 Disney's Oscar delight comes right… Last week Yoo Ha's "Gangnam Blues" entered the fray and scored a narrow victory during a highly competitive weekend. "Gangnam Blues", "Big Hero 6", and JK Youn's "Ode to My Father" were all in the running for gold, but its was Yoo's action noir that the public championed. This weekend, however, saw Walt Disney's "Big Hero 6" gain momentum and claim the week's top spot with over 611K admissions going its way (29%), bumping its total tally in Korea now to 1.7M ($12M). To date, Disney's, Marvel-inspired, Oscar nominee has already banked $484M worldwide, more than double its production budget of around $165M,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.01.23 - 2015.01.25 2015/01/26
Yoo's "Gangnam Blues" shakes things up...
Yoo Ha's action noir "Gangnam Blues" (aka "Gangnam 1970") was the number one player at box office over the weekend, pocketing over $5.5M (27%) and coming out on top in what was the most closely-contested tussle at the top we've seen thus far. The 709K filmgoers Yoo persuade into his caves (830) was narrowly enough to spoil Disney's big animated entrance into the game. "Big Hero 6" was, like Yoo's "Gangnam Blues", released in Korea last Wednesday, and competed over 822 screens to claimed 662K stubs ($5M - 25%). It was an awesome photo finish that ultimately favoured homemade Han over foreign fantasy, but only just,...More
Kim Rae-won Likes to Push Himself to the Limit 2015/01/26, Source
Actor Kim Rae-won is living as a prosecutor these days, as the star of the SBS TV series "Punch - Drama". The drama revolves around Kim's character, who undergoes a transformation from a Machiavellian figure who'll do anything to achieve his goals into a seeker of justice for himself and his family, after learning that a brain tumor has left him with just two months to live. The show is very popular -- and keeping Kim busier than ever,...More
"Gangnam Blues" Lee Min-ho, "Violent and intimate scenes" 2015/01/25, Source Lee Min-ho has a quality of a superstar. It was hard to find the shy smile that he had when we met him in 2008 before he rose to stardom. Eight years later, he has become a great young man with a killer smile and charisma in his eyes. He was confident about his speech which made reporters proud of him.
Lee Min-ho's first leading role in "Gangnam Blues" is an action movie about the passion, loyalty and betrayal of two men during the time of the Gangnam land development. Lee Min-ho plays Kim Jong-dae who joins the land of war for his simple dream of obtaining a house of his own. Lee Min-ho asked how the movie was as soon as he met us. We honestly told him that there are pros and cons and he smiled as if he expected that answer,...More
'Gangnam Blues' blasts off being expected to surpass 700,000 viewers in four days 2015/01/23, Source
It is getting more excited with the film, 'Gangnam Blues'.
According to the statistics by the integrated electronic system for movie tickets of Korean Film Council, 'Gangnam Blues' ranked top for the daily box office result on January 23rd by brining 148,043 moviegoers to the total of 751 theaters. Its accumulated number of viewers reached 440,213.
As the movie, "Big Hero", which was released on the same day, brought 99,732 through 697 theaters with the accumulated number of viewers of 277,028, the gap between the movies became bigger,...More
Lee Min-ho, "My target is to expand the number of male fans" 2015/01/22, Source Actor Lee Min-ho is a 'man'. His trademark was a soft and attractive as he played rich young men in "Boys over Flowers" and "The Heirs". His characters, tall height of 186 centimeters, handsome features and sophistication earned him the title, "Hallyu Prince".
Lee Min-ho is reborn in "Gangnam Blues" which is the struggle of passion, loyalty and betrayal between two men in the time of the Gangnam development in the 1970s. Lee Min-ho takes on the role of Kim Jong-dae, a junk-dealer who throws himself in the world of gangster war for the right of Gangnam development. The way he uses violence to get what he wants shows that he is a real man. We interviewed the actor recently and he repeated the words 'change' and 'challenge' several times,...More
"Gangnam Blues" beats "Ode to My Father" 2015/01/21, Source
"Gangnam Blues" gathered 150,000 audiences on the first day of its release and ranked first place.
According to the Korean Film Council, "Gangnam Blues" gathered 152,578 people on the first day of release with an accumulated numver of 163,400. Despite the fact that it's adult rated, it still came in first of the Box Office,...More
Lee Min-ho, "I like being a boy" 2015/01/21, Source With his first leading movie about to be released, Lee Min-ho became excited. He asked if media reviews always gave good comments and when we said no, he giggled like he does on TV.
From a love-drunk plutocrat to a warrior from the Koryeo times, Lee Min-ho has been widely active in modern and historical dramas. Then he landed himself in a leading role in director Yoo Ha's bloody noir,...More
Lee Min-ho, a global star indeed 2014/12/16, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho had an autograph signing session in prior to the launching of Jeju Air's new route from Busan to Guam.
Jeju Air held Lee Min-ho's autograph signing session in Busan on the 16th. The event celebrated the launching of Jeju Air's route from Busan to Guam,...More
[Photos] Lee Min-ho's nice hands 2014/10/19, Source
Actor Lee Min-ho departed Korea from the Gimpo International Airport on the 19th.
As he was making his way to the departure hall, he held out his hand to shake hands with a fan while his fans screamed at his generosity,...More
Lee Min-ho is flooded with over 100 potential scripts 2014/06/22, Source Lee Min-ho's sources say that the actor has been getting floods of scenarios besides "Gangnam Blues". According to his agency, Lee Min-ho has been getting over 100 scripts and scenarios and they are being piled up for him every morning.
His agency says, "It's only natural that scripts are being built up for top stars like him and it's a form of concern, disguised as happiness. He is a Hallyu star and talented actor so the staff at the agency have become incredibly busy as well. Because of the global suggestions, we have professional manpower from reviews, analysis and interpreting",...More
Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk's shift in generations 2014/02/12, Source
A shift is quickly occurring amongst Hallyu Stars.
Actors Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are the four top Hallyu actors and they have been evolving at a rapid rate. They are leading the shift in generation from the primary Hallyu generation, which would be Bae Yong-joon and others. These new Hallyu stars have been expanding their fan population like LTE, which make them global stars because of their limitless boundaries between international and domestic fans.
A person in the media claims, "Unlike the Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo generation, the newer Hallyu stars have been appealing to the world with a more friendly approach in various works. They have been able to expand their fan base with real time VOD and development of technology and the Internet, as well as SNS services",...More
Lee Min-ho's selfie 2014/01/20, Source Lee Min-ho posted a picture saying "I kept my promise" on Twitter.
He is looking up at the camera with his tongue sticking out. He actually looks cute and sexy and the same time,...More
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