Do Ji-han confirmed for movie 'Musudan' 2015/07/04, Source,
Actor Do Ji-han has been confirmed for movie, 'Musudan'.
Do Ji-han will play Choi Cheol, a North Korean soldier who sneaks into the DMZ on the South Korean side in order to complete his mission. The character is a figure, who completes his mission silently and keeps his cool with everything he does,...More
Jang Geun-suk opens and Kim Sae-ron closes 2015/05/18, Source, The definition of a family tree is a book that has down the blood and history of a family since the time of our ancestors. In other words, it's what we call those who have walked the same path for a long time. There's a family tree in children actors too. There are some stars looking towards their 30s that used to memorize lines as a child. The first generation of 'child actors and actresses' are Jang Geun-suk and Moon Geun-young.
The first generation that became Hallyu stars,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.04 ~ 2014.07.06 2014/07/07, "Divine" intervention almost topples Bay's beast…
Micheal Bay's blockbusting "Transformers: Age of Extinction" managed to hold onto the top spot despite some serious local protest. Bay's latest was the sole star last weekend where it opened its Korean account with over 1.8M admissions, but the mech-monster was challenged here by a new entry in the form of Jo Beom-goo's "The Divine Move",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] The Bystander Effect: "Neighbors" 2013/01/26, Film: "Neighbors" (이웃사람; I-woot-sa-lam)
Director: Kim Hwi Writer:Kang FullStars: Kim Yoon-jin, Ma Dong-seok, Kim Sae-ron & Kim Seong-yoonReview Score: 4 / 5
Neighbors, they are those shadowy individuals that lurk outside and within your shared spaces. The ones who you sometimes hear through a shared wall, or perhaps run into while attempting to dump your unsorted garbage late at night. They know more about you than you think, and you know less about them than you should. In "Neighbors", all-round creative wizard Kim Hwi fearfully probes the difference between being apathetic towards these blank faces that sleep under the same roof as yourself, and a real sense of community that comes from a collected sense of being, shared goals, and the will to act for that illusive greater good.
Released in 2012, "Neighbors" is another successful adaptation of one of Kang Full's web-based comics (called webtoons in Korea). In fact, "Neighbors" is Pool's most successful adaptation to date,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] September and the Aftermath of the Summer Hits
2012/10/06, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.09)
It took ten long weeks at the weekend box office to see off Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves", a monumental run that earned the film a recording-breaking 13 million admissions during that time. August was indeed the month its sales caught fire, and the month of September was just a glory lap as it gracefully bows out of the limelight and into the history books.
In addition to the re-writing of the history books, September showed a wavering level of enthusiasm for some of this month's foreign inclusions. Although, "The Bourne Legacy" was able to enter the second weekend on top, snatching 29.3% of the ticket sales in the process. This was the first time a foreign film had held the weekend number one since "The Dark Knight Rises" some seven weeks earlier. In fact, the shelf life for foreign films was on average 2~3 weeks in the top ten,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.09.07 ~ 2012.09.09 2012/09/10, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.09.07~ 2012.09.09)
Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" marks the first foreign film at number one since "The Dark Knight Rises" at the end of July. The peak of the Korean summer has bee dominated by local releases, but not this weekend. With close on 30% of the ticket sales going to Gilroy's popular action thriller, "The Bourne Legacy" snapped up the ticket sales with 523,776 admissions in 588 screenings around the country. Last week's top pick was demoted to second, as Kim Hong-seon's "The Traffickers" had to settle for 303,537 and second place,...More
Korean films' renaissance with box office success 2012/09/01, Source,
The Korean film industry is having a renaissance recently, with renewed success at the domestic box office. Local films topped the country's top-ten box office chart last weekend, with Korean movies taking up all first four places in ticket sales. According to statistics provided by the Korean Film Council on August 27, nearly eight out of ten moviegoers watched Korean films last weekend. The four Korean blockbuster films - "Neighbors", "The Grand Heist", "The Thieves", and "R2B: Return to Base" in that order - made up 77 percent of ticket sales over the weekend from August 24 through 26. It can be almost called a resurgence of Korean films as they are taking away ticket sales from recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Total Recall, Step Up Revolution, and The Dark Night Rises. Such success comes for the first time in three years since 2009 when two Korean films - "Take Off" and "Haeundae" - swept the Korean box office,...More
'Project 577' wraps truth in laughter 2012/08/30, Source,
Actors Ha Jung-woo, front left, and Gong Hyo-jin, front right, star in "Project 577", an uncategorizable film masterminded by Ha and directed by Yi Keun-Woo. While these two bare just their feet and not much else personally, the film delivers a critique of the state of Korea's film industry. / Courtesy of Dasepo Club
By Kwaak Je-yup Categorizing this film is a perplexing job; the promoters are describing it as a "real variety movie", which does not help. "Project 577", masterminded by Korea's most in-demand actor Ha Jung-woo and directed by relative newcomer Lee Keun-woo, claims to be a documentary about Ha and his friend trekking for 577 kilometers, from Seoul to Haenam, South Jeolla Province, the peninsula's southernmost point,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/27, Source,
It's Monday once again and we have previews of arts and culture events with our Michelle Kim. She has a lot of new items for us today, so let's get right down to business. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Well, first I'll tell you about two late summer thrillers in Korea that are keeping film fans on the edge of their seats,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.08.24 ~ 2012.08.26 2012/08/27, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.08.24~ 2012.08.26)Kim Hwi's new thriller "Neighbors" has denied Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves" a fifth straight week at the top. Kim has been involved in a number of productions, including working on the script for "Haeundae", but this is his first directorial attempt on the mainstream cinema circuit. The film clinched 31.10% of the weekend's ticket sales, that adds up to be 782,200 admissions in its opening weekend. After last week's close race for the top, Kim Joo-ho's "The Grand Heist" managed to get one back on Choi's blockbuster hit. Overall, the local hits dominated the top end of the chart, holding more than 70% of all tickets sold over the weekend,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.08.10 ~ 2012.08.12 2012/08/13, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.08.10~ 2012.08.12)Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves" has been smashing the record books as the Korean public are still scrambling to catch this star-studded heist flick. "The Thieves" is already the highest grossing film released in Korea this year, with a phenomenal admissions count of almost 10 million! That's more that 2 million past its closest rival "The Avengers". All the while undermining "The Dark Knights" climb to 6 million admissions as well as nullifying the initial impact of Kim Joo-ho's "The Heist" which entered the race this past week,...More
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