Also known as "PARANMANJANG, PARKing CHANce", "Ups and Downs"
A movie about a family approaching a female shaman to reveal the reason of death of a fisherman. This movie was directed by Park Chan-wook, with the lead roles by Oh Kwang-rok and Lee Jeong-hyeon and the movie was filmed with an iPhone 4.
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2015/08/30,
Find out what South Korean film made Taste of Cinema's list of "metaphysical films", BIFF 2015 announces its 2015 lineup, R-rated directorial debut has the makings of a cult hit, and learn about modern South Korean cinema with Jinhee Choi's "The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs",...More
Korean Wins Golden Bear for Best Short Film 2015/02/17, Source,
Na Young-kil shows off his Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. /AP-Newsis
Na Young-kil won the Golden Bear for the best short film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. He won for "Hosanna", his graduation project at the Korea National University of Arts,...More
Filmmaker Brothers Assemble Bittersweet Homage to Seoul 2014/02/23, Source, Park Chan-kyong (left) and Park Chan-wook
If a city is like food, what could Seoul taste like? To film director brothers Park Chan-wook and Chan-kyong, Seoul is bittersweet. Out of 11,852 video clips of Seoul, the brothers chose 154 cuts and edited them into a 65-minute film promoting the city. The Seoul Metropolitan Government called for video images of Seoul for 100 days from Aug. 20 to Nov. 25 last year, and 6,523 video clips were submitted by Koreans and 5,329 by foreigners. The resulting montage the Park brothers edited and created was unveiled on YouTube last week,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Who is Park Chan-wook?: "Stoker" and the Re-birth of a Master. 2013/02/23,
"Stoker" will be coming to Korean audiences next week Thursday. The film is a British-American psychological thriller distributed by the Fox Entertainment Group's "Fox Searchlight Pictures" division. It's an American-based film studio that focuses on independent and British films. The company's biggest success came in the form of the 2008 Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire", which grossed more than $377 million worldwide.
"Slumdog Millionaire" was directed by Danny Boyle, who is also the chairman of the U.S-based Danaher Corporation; and his own studio Indian Paintbrush was involved in the production of "Stoker", along with director Ridley Scott's own production house Scott Free Productions,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
(42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens 2012/07/04, Source,
Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
Power of Asian Filmmakers, Fantastic Film School 2012 2012/06/17, Source,
Fantastic Film School (FFS) is an intensive training program for genre film professionals at Network of Asian Fantastic Films(NAFF) organized by Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan). For its fifth edition entitled with Asian Filmmakers Lab, FFS focuses on the core process of filmmaking reflecting the rapid changes in current filmmaking trends.
This year, with generous supports from Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore, Taipei National University of Arts, Create HK and Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), FFS has selected 24 participants from Asia, including South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and UK. With competitive submissions from emerging and established filmmakers alike, the selection process was the most contested in the programs history,...More
The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns - and this year we're bringing crazy back! 2012/05/09, Source,
The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung's astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, The Sex Film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a "...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy". Pang himself, Hong Kong's hottest young director, will be a guest of the festival and we'll be presenting his new romantic comedy, LOVE IN THE BUFF, about a couple who meet in the smoke break alley outside their office building and try to make their romance work despite cell phones dropped in toilets, friends who have the death touch, and corporate moves to Beijing,...More
Yunjeong KIM, Director of International Sales, Finecut 2011/11/18, Source,
It's been 11 years since Yunjeong KIM at Finecut, a Seoul-based film company specializing in overseas sales and financing, has joined the Korean film industry. From her earlier days at Cineclick Asia to her current title as the Director of International Sales, Kim still enjoys every bit of her job discovering new films. KOBIZ caught up with Kim after her recent trip to the American Film Market (AFM),...More
Yellow Sea and other Korean films win at Sitges 2011/10/19, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director NA Hong-Jin Won the Best Director award for "The Yellow Sea" at the recently wrapped Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. One of the world's leading fantastic (i.e., genre) film festivals, the 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia ran Oct. 6 – 16 this year. The festival awarded Best Motion Picture to Red State, directed by Kevin Smith,...More
Finecut does a raft of sales in Busan, Mipcom 2011/10/13, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced its recent deals done at the Asian Film Market and Mipcom which include the animation "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" selling to Portugal, Russia and Indonesia.
Korea's top-grossing domestic feature animation ever, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" took in 2.2 million admissions at the nationwide box office. The film received special attention at Mipcom where it was selected for a premiere screening at Mipjunior,...More
Busan's Asian Film Market opens at new venue 2011/10/11, Source,
The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)'s Asian Film Market opened yesterday for the first time in its new venue at the Busan Exhibition Convention Center (BEXCO). The market has reported a 67% increase in sales booths and a 24% increase in participant registration since last year,...More
Finecut sells Arirang and others at Toronto 2011/09/15, Source,
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced several deals from the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, led by Kim Ki-duk's documentary "ARIRANG - Movie", which is screening in the Real to Reel section.
The maverick director's self-focused documentary "ARIRANG - Movie" sold to Italy (Punto Zero), German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies), and Poland (New Horizons), following sales to Japan and Taiwan. ARIRANG - Movie previously won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes this May,...More
[Weekender] Filmmaking in the palm of your hand 2011/07/28, Source,
A girl records a video using a smartphone at the Olleh Media Studio in Mok-dong, Seoul, on July 18. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul Learn how to make movies using smartphones By Lee Hyo-won Filmmaking is a costly, time-consuming endeavor involving massive teamwork. But now it is possible to make surprisingly high-quality projects alone in a matter of days with just a few hundred dollars - using smartphones equipped with not only HD cameras but also editing applications,...More
The 2nd Korean Film SpotLight at FanTasia 2011 2011/07/08, Source,
This year, Fantasia's Korean spotlight section welcomes five feature films by talented, promising first-time directors. "Bleak Night" (North American premiere) (Rotterdam competition, FIPRESCI), by promising next-generation director Yoon Sung hyun, is a potent and troubling coming-of-age tale reflecting on contemporary adolescence in Korea,...More
Park brothers' Short Film Wins Golden Award at Berlinale 2011/02/22, by Berlin/KIM Hong-chun (KOFIC International Promotion Center – East Europe Manager) / Feb 20, 2011
Brother-directors Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong - or the 'Parking Chance' collaboration – posed with their Golden Bear Award of the International Short Film Jury for their film "Night Fishing" during the awards ceremony of the Berlin International Film Festival, February 19, 2011. In addition the Silver Bear in the Shorts section also went to a Korean film, "Broken Night" from emerging film director Yang Hyo-Joo,...More
Korean shorts win awards 2011/02/21, Source,
Director Park Chan-kyong poses with his Golden Bear award of the International Short Film Jury for his film "Night Fishing", co-directed by Park Chan-wook, during the awards ceremony at the 61st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Feb. 19. / Reuters-Yonhap
By Chung Ah-young
Korean film director Park Chan-wook's latest short film "Paranmanjang (Night Fishing)" in collaboration with his brother Chan-kyong, won the Gold Bear for Best Short Film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday,...More
Korean Movies Coming to International Film Festival 2011/02/03, Source,
By Mark Russell
The full Academy Awards nominations have been announced, and while it was disappointing that Korea wasn't included in the Best Foreign Language film category (or, indeed, in any category), I'm sure we'll be seeing a Korean film or two in the nominations in future years.
Much more interesting to me is the resurgence that Korean movies are having at international film festivals. Festivals, especially the top ones like Berlin, Cannes, and Venice, give you a much better idea about international trends and hot topics, where reputations are built, laying the groundwork for more mainstream success,...More
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