Forensic pathologist Kang (Seol Kyeong-gu) is assigned to examine the dismembered corpse of a female murder victim. Detective Min (Han Hye-jin) points to a fanatic environmentalist, Lee Sung-ho (Ryoo Seung-beom), as the primary suspect. But when Kang’s daughter is kidnapped, a manipulative game begins between Kang and Lee, who holds secrets about the homicide case.
[Guest Film Review] "No Mercy" + DVD Giveaway 2016/07/30, Kim Hyeong-jun in his debut did what everyone was doing in S. Korea back in 2010. He shot a crime thriller with aesthetics similar to Hollywood, except the grotesque depiction of violence, which is a genuine trait of S. Korean cinema.
When the police discover a dismembered body near a river, they ask from coroner Kang, one of the leaders in the field to assist them in ascertaining the cause of death,...More
Lee Si-young and Gary's footage and rumors 2015/08/31, Source,
The crude manner of the public towards celebrities can't be overlooked anymore.
In addition to actress Lee Si-young's footage and rumors, this time it's Gary, a member Leessang. Rumors like this is critical to a celebrity and the same goes for the males too. Lee Si-young and Gary have both taken strict measures against those who started these rumors. Lee Si-young managed to track down the initial person who started the rumor and there's going to be No Mercy,...More
CJ Entertainment America to release Korean Movie on DVDs and Blu-rays in the USA 2012/06/08,
If the last time you checked, Korean filmmaking was all about horror ... It may be time to check again! While pan-Asian filmmakers still know how to produce a superior scarefest (and do!), American movie-goers – and critics – are also taking note of the regions' dramas, romantic fare, comedies and music.
G&A is now working with CJ Entertainment America, the U.S. arm of Asia's premier entertainment company and Korea's #1 filmmaker and distributor, CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ E&M). Since 1995, CJ E&M has provided original, award-winning content; is a prominent investor in entertainment co-ventures with such U.S. companies as 1492 Pictures, DreamWorks and IMAX; and has been a key force in popularizing Korean and Pan-Asian cinema around the world,...More
Netflix expanding asian movie selection in deal with korea's top studio CJ E&M 2011/10/07, Source,
LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2011 – CJ E&M today announced an agreement to feature twenty of its acclaimed Asian movies on Netflix, the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. Beginning in October 2011, Netflix members in the US will be able to instantly watch the twenty titles multiple platforms, including TVs, popular tablets, key gaming consoles, computers and mobile phones. All the titles will be available from October 1.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time". said Joon Choi, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to movies from around the globe. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company, CJ E&M",...More
Joo Sang-wook explains break up... not gay 2011/03/21, Source,
Actor Joo Sang-wook revealed that he broke up with his girlfriend.
He recently revealed in a interview with a media that he broke up with his girlfriend while shooting the drama "Giant" last November. He said that he wanted to concentrate on acting for a while and had no immediate plans to get married as well.,...More
Han Hye-jin: 'I Challenged Myself Desperately' 2011/02/08, Source,
Actress Han Hye-jin will play the protagonist named Suh Jung Eun in the KBS drama "The Thorn Birds".
The MBC TV drama "Jumong", in which Han appeared by playing the character "So Seo No", finished in March, 2007, but people still remember actress Han Hye-jin (30) as "So Seo No". She could not escape the character for the past four years. After the "Jumong", she appeared in dramas such as "Terroir" and "Jejoongwon" and the movie "No Mercy", but those works were not successful enough to remove her previous image from the "Jumong", which had recorded 51.9 percent viewer ratings. But this time, she said that she felt like having a perfectly good card in her hand,...More
This Week's Cultural News1 2010/12/29, Source, In 2010, the audience met with a swarm of great Korean movies of every genre and style that was able to satisfy moviegoers of all types! Let's take a look at the characteristics of the popular Korean films of 2010.
[Interview : ] "I liked 2010 because more movies came out than in 2009".
18th Icheon Chunsa Film Festival 2010/09/19, Source,
18th Icheon Chunsa film festival finally started the award ceremony on September 18th after five days of festival.
Huge number of people who attended for this festival reflects its reputation as one of the main film festivals in Korea.
The honorable Best Picture award went to,...More
Han Hye-jin holds first fan meeting in Japan 2010/08/04, Source,
Korean actress Han Hye-jin [Namoo Actors]
Korean actress Han Hye-jin held her first fan meeting in Japan last weekend, according to her agency Namoo Actors on Wednesday.
Namoo announced in a press release that Han met with some 700 local fans at the fan meeting, held July 25 at the Ion Cosmetics Theater 'BRAVA' in Osaka, Japan,...More
Ticket sales up in first quarter 2010 2010/04/09, Source, KOFIC's Korean box office statistics for the first quarter of 2010 show a 30.1% rise in ticket revenues compared to the same period last year. The success of 3D Hollywood blockbusters, which charge a premium rate, and a bump in general ticket prices that took place last summer, contributed to the i,...More
Korean films dominate local box office during Q1 2010/04/07, Source,
Posters for film "Secret Reunion" (left) and "Harmony" [Showbox/CJ Entertainment]
Korean films kept a strong presence on the domestic box office during the first quarter of this year despite the explosive success of "Avatar", according to data by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
The KOFIC's quarterly report on the local film industry, released Tuesday, reported that Korean movies accounted for 44.3 percent of market share on the local box office from January to March 2010.
Several domestic films -- including "Secret Reunion", "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" and "Harmony" -- each drew over three million moviegoers, faring considerably well against Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar", which dominated Korean theaters for multiple weeks since its release in mid-December,...More
Yoo Sun becomes new face of Japanese cosmetics brand 2010/03/02, Source,
Korean actress Yoo Sun [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actress Yoo Sun has been tapped as the new face of Japanese skin care brand Grace Aiko, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment.
"We picked Yoo Sun because fits our brand image with her clear skin despite being in her 30s...... We expect her to be effective in both promoting our brand and increasing sales", a representative from Grace Aiko said.,...More
Sul Kyung-gu, Song Yoon-ah sign with new agency together 2010/02/25, Source,
Korean actor Sul Kyung-gu and actress Song Yuna [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor couple Sul Kyung-gu and actress Song Yoon-ah have signed with talent powerhouse De Chocolate E&TF (E&TF), according to the company on Thursday.
"Seol is known as one of the most successful actors in the business so his joining the company, combined with our professional management skills, is expected to bring about a synergy effect", a representative from E&TF said.,...More
Avatar leads domestic box office for seventh week 2010/02/01, Source, Scene from No. 1 movie "Avatar" [20th Century Fox]
Worldwide box office champ "Avatar" continued to set new highs on Korea's box office, becoming the highest grossing film ever released in the country as it topped the tally for the seventh weekend in a row.
According to estimates by the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) on Monday, "Avatar" sold 545,323 tickets between January 29 and 31 to accumulate nearly 11.27 million admissions since its release mid-December.
In cash terms, the sci-fi epic grossed about 101.2 billion won, or about 86.2 million dollars, to become the first film released on the domestic box office to breach the 100 billion won mark.,...More
"Harmony" topples "Avatar" on daily admissions chart 2010/01/29, Source,
Korean movie "Harmony" [CJ Entertainment]
Kim Yun-jin starrer "Harmony" attracted the most moviegoers on Thursday, making it the first Korean film to place atop the local box office in 78 days.
According to the statistics from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), "Harmony" attracted 103,196 viewers on the day of its release, topping daily admissions to become the first local film to rank above an overseas production.
The film pushed down 43-day winner "Avatar" to second place with admissions of 95,637 for Thursday. The James Cameron sci-fi action flick has brought in a total 10,721,615 viewers since its release mid-December, making it the sixth most-watched film in Korea's box office history.,...More
"Avatar" takes sixth Korean box office win 2010/01/25, Source, Movie poster for "Avatar" [20th Century Fox]
Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" continued to remain the most-watched movie in Korea last week, taking command of the box office for the sixth weekend in a row, according to official box office figures on Monday.
Statistics by the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) showed that the sci-fi action flick drew in 633,881 viewers from January 22 to 24, totalling close to 10.3 million viewers since the film's opening in mid-December.,...More
Han Hye-jin's Song Picks 2010/01/18, Source,
She created a friendly image for herself, playing an energetic, curly-haired young woman in a daily family drama. She then took on the female lead role in a traditional drama, which scored a 50 percent viewership rating. She also experienced failure after appearing in a trendy drama about a professional working woman, which saw low ratings. This is who actress Han Hye-jin is. During a career which could hardly be described as a long one, there are also probably not that many actors who have played such various roles and received such a variety of responses from viewers as Han has. But what makes her so interesting is not just that she has appeared in not-so-easy-to-define dramas in the past. What is important is that she, who has appeared and worked and gone through many experiences, is still working, in the present tense. After SBS drama "Terroir" ended, she took on the role of an intelligent female detective in the film "No Mercy", which recently opened in theaters, and is currently traveling throughout the country to shoot SBS TV series "Jejoongwon". What is even more important is that she who wants to keep working and working.,...More
According to the weekend estimates by the Korea Box Office Information System (KOBIS) on Monday, "Avatar" continued to dominate in theaters by attracting 720,739 viewers between Janua,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 1) 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]
Sul Kyung-gu (Seol): Wow, it's been such a long time. I came here today with the thought of meeting an old friend, not to do an interview. Was the last time we met for an interview for "Rikidozan"? At the trailer on set in Bucheon? Beck Una (Beck): Yes, you remember. That was the last time.
Seol: Ha... That's when I started going through rough times. "Rikidozan" flopped (laugh), I didn't have any work for eight months after that and then tried frantically to lose weight in a month to shoot "Another Public Enemy", going into a state of panic. You can guess how I was from the fact that I would ask the director, "Can we stop shooting today?" Beck: Really? You're someone who would ask to do a re-shoot, not stop shoot. Seol: Exactly.
Beck: To be frank, I think that's when it started. When, as an observer of the path you take as an actor, I started thinking 'What's this?' It seemed like you were going to another world.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 2) 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una (Beck): And that is when you decided to take the civil service examination. Sul Kyung-gu (Seol): Haha. Let me explain that to you. I was dying to leave the Hanyang Repertory. I'd already graduated but that place was an extension of school while I wanted to meet a larger variety of people. I didn't think they'd let me go for no reason so I lied that I'm going to take the civil service exam. (laugh) But what's so spontaneous about me is that although I had left because I didn't like it, I didn't have anything to do right away. And I needed money but I didn't want to ask my parents for it so I ended up asking a senior of mine to give me a part-time job putting up posters. The interesting thing is that I ended up staying in the industry. Of course, if I had really taken off, I might have ended up becoming human trash. (laugh) Anyway, I had been at the job for about a month and a half? I was suddenly asked if I would want to take part in the musical "Line 1". Mr. Kim Min-ki had seen me about, putting up the posters and asked me if I would want to take part thinking that I'm hardworking. That had been my audition for it. Me and actors from all walks of life with all sorts of experience rehearsed for three months and wow, it was so much fun. That was the start of "Line 1". It also did very well. Before I took on film "Girls' Night Out", I was making two million won per month and drove a Sephia. (laugh) But after "Line 1", I had no work at all. That's when scenarist Lee Seon-mi, who used to do plays, recommended me to writer Jeong Seong-joo. And that is how I got to become part of the cast for morning TV series "Sisters". I think I'm a very person when it comes to human relationships. Beck: Did you not think of taking on dramas after "Sisters"? Seol: Why wouldn't I have? I was also asked to quite a lot. Not official auditions but one-on-one. But you know how you get glanced at from head to toe? I really hated the look they gave me when they do that. So after "Girls' Night Out" and then "Rainbow Trout", a man called Lee Chang-dong called me. Beck: After he watched "Girls' Night Out"?,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Sul Kyung-gu (Part 3) 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Sul Kyung-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una (Beck): "Haeundae" is actually on weird coordinates in terms of your filmography. In comparison to your past films which had a single main character, "Haeundae" was a film which didn't necessarily need you to be part of. On top of that, director Yoon JK is known for creating commercial films. So I've been curious to know how you got to work on this film. Seol: I was once asked which director I work best with. To that I answered, "None of them". I make things work. "Haeundae" seemed like a movie calling for trouble. Like it would become a massive hit or flop horribly. Director Yoon may seem smart and clever on the outside but he seemed innocent in my eyes. I didn't see any murkiness in his eyes. And I am great with directors. Ryoo Seung-bum was surprised at me while shooting "No Mercy". He said I listen to well to the director. But what would I do? I'm not the director. The actor should listen. Of course, it gets annoying when my actions become limited. It's tough when the director limits my actions within the camera's angle. As long as I'm not trapped inside an angle, I can listen to what the director wants.
Beck: I felt from interviews that you were a hard time especially while shooting "Voice of a Murderer" -- that you were feeling lonely. Seol: I was having a hard time personally. And it peaked during the times I shot "Cruel Winter Blues" and "Venus and Mars". To an extent I felt bad for my manager. I'm usually not the type that lets my personal life interfere with my work. But I felt that I failed to cut off my emotions in front of the camera during those days. Couldn't hide it in the expression -- it would all show. I feel very bad for director Han Ji-seung and actress Kim Tae-hee. I really was at my worst during "Venus and Mars"! The phrase I used often back then was that I had hit rock bottom. But I feel much more at ease after hitting rock bottom. The phrase I use most often nowadays is to 'go with the flow'. In a way, I might be even more bold than I used to be. (laugh),...More
"Avatar" tops Korean box office for fourth week 2010/01/11,
Koren movie poster for "Avatar" [20th Century Fox]
Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" topped the local box office for the fourth consecutive week to become the most-watched foreign film in Korea over the weekend.
According to estimates released by Korea Box Office Information System (KOBIS) on Monday, "Avatar" attracted 835,345 viewers during the weekend of January 8-10 to gross over eight million viewers since its release on December 17. On Saturday, the James Cameron pic broke the record -- previously held by "Transformers 2" -- to set the record as the most-watched foreign film in Korea.,...More
[PREVIEW] Film "No Mercy" 2010/01/06, Source, "No Mercy" - Can you have mercy on the film's ending?
Actors Sul Kyung-gu (left) and Ryoo Seung-bum in "No Mercy" [Cinema Service]
A chopped-up body of a young woman is found at the mouth of the Keum River. Korea's top forensic investigator Kang Min-ho (played by Sul Kyung-gu) is brought in to look into the cruel, horrendous crime method. His medical advice and detective Min Seo-young's (played by Han Hye-jin) deduction lead to the arrest of a prime suspect -- an environmental activist named Lee Sung-ho (played by Ryoo Seung-bum). Lee's confession wraps up the first part of the movie but this is where the real story of film "No Mercy" begins. Lee Sung-ho, who has kidnapped Kang Min-ho's daughter, demands that Kang prove his innocence. During the process of carrying out Lee's orders, Kang finds the connection between Lee and a criminal case for which he was a witness years ago.,...More
Actors save lives on set of TV series "Jejoongwon" 2010/01/06, Source, SBS TV series "Jejoongwon" is set during the latter era of the Joseon Dynasty -- a time period never before handled in a Korean drama. It also revolves around Jejoongwon which is the first hospital in South Korea's history to use Western medicine. These elements topped with the collaboration of its scenarist Lee Ki-won, writer of MBC's hit medical series "White Tower", and producer Hong Chang-wook, who garnered a strong fanbase through his SBS drama "The Scale of Providence", leaves little space for hasty presumptions. 10Asia visited the set of "Jejoongwon" a week ahead of its premiere to get a closer look and a better understanding of the medical-historical drama.
Actors Sean Richard and Park Yong-woo act out a scene for SBS TV series "Jejoongwon" on set at the broadcaster's studio in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province of South Korea on December 30, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A blond man sits at the door of a woman's room. He has an unidentifiable hose-like object stuck in one of his ears. A man sitting next to him says, "A tenth of 30 centimeters down from the neck, then another tenth of 30 centimeters to the left". That is when the woman sitting on the other side of the door starts moving. She places her hand, holding a stethoscope, to the chest of another woman whose jacket is undone. When the woman places the stethoscope to the other woman in accordance with the Korean man's directions, the blond man from the United States gives his diagnose of the patient's presumed illness. This sight where three people -- American and Korean, male and female -- cling to this single lady brought up in a good family, helps us predict what "Jejoongwon" will show its viewers. Such a scene is from times when a married woman from a good family would get beaten up by her husband for reading a book. Yoo Suk-ran (played by Han Hye-jin), who learns English and medicine, plays the friend of such a woman in the drama and will remark, "The King himself said discrimination no longer exists regarding status", although the world has yet to accept freedom of status. The same situation will apply to foreigner Allen (Sean Richard) who has come from the U.S. to spread Western medicine and Hwang Jung (Park Yong-woo) who learns medicine from Allen whilst concealing the he is actually of low status with his occupation as a butcher. That is how "Jejoongwon", through a single scene, portrayed the medicine, the time period and the way people live during such times.,...More
Ryoo Seung-bum: 'Every Work is a Process' 2009/12/30, Source, Actor Ryoo Seung-bum (29) has been building a considerable filmography for the last 10 years. It includes various genres from noir to comedy, unknown short films, animation voice work, and impressive works in which he was acting as a special guest.
It also includes director Lee Moo-young's "Everlasting Husband" which could be considered Ryoo's first romantic movie, the original cartoon of Kang Full"29 Years" which could not be filmed to completion, and the omnibus movie "Mankind Fall Report" which was filmed but never released.
Ryoo Seung-bum, who was interviewed on Dec. 28 in a cafe located in Kangnam, expressed that this whole work is a "process".
Ryoo said, " I choose a work based on the impression I get from it. I will probably be able to tell if the work has outstanding artistic merit only on my dying day, or I may never know about that. I always consider every role and am upset when the role does not go well. However, every step is a part of the process". "No Mercy", which will open soon, is also a part of the process, as well as one of Ryoo's inflection-painted works.,...More
"No Mercy" opens the New Year box office with a slice of gruesome cadaver-cutting and a dash of heart-thum,...More
Ryoo Seung-bum says acting is not like ping pong 2009/12/23, Source,
From left, director Kim Hyeong-jun, actress Han Hye-jin and actors Ryoo Seung-bum and Sul Kyung-gu pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "No Mercy" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on December 22, 2009. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: This film garnered interest because of the acting standoff between Sul Kyung-gu and Ryoo Seung-bum more than anything. How would you evaluate each other's acting?Sul Kyung-gu (Seol): The characters we each played were like water and oil -- they never become involved with each other. That's why we both spent a lot of time consumed in our own thoughts. Our roles were completely cut off from each other so after wrapping up shooting of "No Mercy", we said that next time we should try appearing in a film where we communicate well. Ryoo Seung-bum (Ryoo): I saw the movie for the first time today. And I know it sounds cheesy to say this here but I thanked Seol after seeing the movie. You may call it a standoff but acting isn't like ping pong so I worried a lot on set. I was worried what the final product would look like but I think the film speaks for itself. I think a certain force from Seol, who played the role of Kang Min-ho, embraced everything.,...More
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