Introduced at the 14th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), director Park Chan-ok's movie is about a girl who happens to live with her sister's husband. Though she believes he killed her sister, she loves him despite the deep hatred. As a suburban city of Seoul and a longtime military area, Paju is shown as full of such contradictions and wandering souls.
[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 4 2014/01/11, In this Episode: Pierce gives us a news roundup and has a chat to independent film actress Kim Kkobbi…
KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry.
This episode of KOFIC's Korean Cinema Today was divided into two segments, the first has Pierce discussing some Korean film news, and the second features an interview with actress Kim Kkobbi ("Breathless", "Pluto"). The first segment seems to be from last year and mentions the box office figures from the last week of December; but Pierce also highlights a few Korean news items that are worth mentioning again,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Paju" 2013/09/27,
Joong-Sik (played by Lee Sun-kyun) is a terribly unlucky guy. Both his personal life and political struggles have this startling quixotic dimension about them. However, whereas Don Quixote just looked like an idiot jousting at windmills, Joong-Sik's windmills explode. And Joong-Sik never really stops to think why this happened and how it might be avoided in the future- he's more interested in coming up with a coherent explanation.
There's a certain irony in that- of all the terms I could use to describe "Paju", coherent explanation is definitely not one of them,...More
[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the KOREAN CINEPHILE 2012/06/30, Your website, Modern Korean Cinema, has been up since mid-2010, how did you come to discover Korean cinema and what was it about Korea's film industry that really cemented your passion for it?
My first exposure to Korean cinema came long before the inception of MKC and it's kind of a funny story (at least I think it is)! When I was in boarding school in Dublin (high school) we were studying Macbeth and as a nascent cinephile I wanted to seek classic filmed versions of Shakespeare's work, first came Polanski's, then Orson Welles' version but soon I came across Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (1957) and fell in love with it. Thus began my discovery of Japanese cinema and one day I was in my local media retail store in Switzerland when I came across a striking DVD in the Asian section. I thought it might have been something like a Takashi Miike film but it turned out to be none other than "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002) and... I hated it, it made me furious. But I couldn't stop thinking about it and a week later I forced my self to watch it again and my whole world changed. My next film was Lee Chang-dong's "Peppermint Candy" (2000) and it's safe to say that the quality and social engagement of those works resulted in my becoming deeply attached to Korean cinema,...More
CJ Entertainment America Presents "Helpless" 2012/04/10, Source,
Dark Horse Korean Hit at the Gate in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America is launching the moody Korean thriller "Helpless" on April 20, 2012 as an exclusive engagement for Los Angeles at the CGV Cinemas, with national dates expected for early May. The film was a critical darling and unexpected box office champion for two consecutive weeks when it was released in Korea earlier this year.
- Russell Edwards, Variety
"...The film never ceases to compel. As the layers of deceit are peeled back, Byeon seems in complete command of her material. A key demonstration of her narrative dexterity is the way she flaunts an audacious 'Chinatown'-like clue to the missing woman's whereabouts without pre-empting the climax",...More
CINEMA ON THE PARK Season 2 Announced! 2012/01/22, Source,
The Korean Cultural Office in Sydney has just announced another exciting Season of Cinema on the Park, the film night that delighted audiences in 2011 will return once again in 2012. A surprise hit with more than 1,000 people attending, Thursday nights are now etched firmly on the Sydney cinema calendar as Korean night and will see 21 feature films and 14 guest speakers in the first half of the year alone, surely enough to satisfy anyone's appetite for Korean cinema!,...More
Gerwin TAMSMA, Rotterdam film festival Programmer 2011/12/07, Source,
Last month, Gerwin TAMSMA made his annual visit to Seoul in search of new films for the next International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). In between screenings, meetings, and an impromptu dinner he kindly threw for festival alumni, the friendly, outspoken programmer met with Jean NOH for a quick interview. A globe-trotter who is in charge of programming films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Italy, China, and Korea, Tamsma tells "Korean Cinema Today" about his likes, dislikes and what he looks for in a film,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Oki's Movie 2011/04/09, Hong Sang-soo seems to me to be an acquired taste. I'll admit that I am still fully familiarising myself with his filmography but I do believe that Hong's style and approach to this film will alienate some movie goers. His latest work, "Oki's Movie", was release in 2010, along with Hong's "Ha Ha Ha", and it will not appeal to everyone.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 1 2010/12/09, Source,
Actor Lee Sun-kyun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"I think all guys are the same when they become dads, in the sense that we think that we need to take care of our family as the breadwinner of the house rather than wanting to become a certain kind of actor", actor Lee Sun-kyun said in his mellow ringing voice. This man, who viewers thought would wait eternally for the main female character in his movies and dramas with his mild voice and gaze, has become a real man who now has a wife and son. And it may be coincidence but with his more recent roles -- from film "Paju" and "Oki's Movie" to MBC TV series "Pasta" -- Lee at times became violent and sometimes even a loser instead of the angelic romantic guy he was most often regarded as. The reason that romantic comedy pic "Petty Romance" comes as a pleasant surprise to fans is that he has gone back to working on a romantic story but has managed to play a character with a sharp temper. Some viewers may think he has merely made a change, while others may think he has matured. Maybe the interview below will help you make a clearer judgement. 10: Your moustache is what stands out to me the most about you from the very start. Lee Sun-kyun: It was my look in film "Petty Romance". The script for it had originally said my character is not well off financially but still looks amazing on the outside, looking like a model and dressing nicely as well. But this didn't seem to go with the circumstances he is in,...More
Lee Sun-kyun says single-episode dramas "got me where I am" 2010/06/01, Source, Lee Sun-kyun is an actor who has built up his acting skills through single-episode dramas. From playing the swimmer character Lee Dong-gyung in the "Taereung National Village" episode of MBC's "Best Theater" series, a role that many people remember, to student Jin-goo studying for a national examination in the "Drama City - Romance" episode of KBS "Drama City", he began learning the craft of acting from single-episode dramas. The reason that Lee Sun-kyun gained acclaim for his dramas including MBC's "Coffee Prince", "White Tower", and SBS' "My Sweet Seoul" and was able to win the lead roles in MBC's "Pasta" and film "Paju" was because he had built his acting career, one step at a time, from single-episode dramas. Lee Sun-kyun himself admits, "Single-episode dramas got me where I am today". 10Asia met with actor Lee Sun-kyun in Sokcho, Gangwon-do where he was shooting the "Drama Special - Our Erotic Love" episode for KBS, and talked about the importance of single-episode dramas and why they should continue to exist.
Actor Lee Sun-kyun takes part in a shoot for "Our Slightly Risque Relationship" at the KBS building in the city of Sokcho of Gangwon Province on May 16, 2010. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Q: Why did you choose to shoot a single-episode drama when you could have gone for other regular dramas and films?,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Seo Woo - Part 1 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean actress Seo Woo posing during her interview 10Asia [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The day before shooting ended at 5 a.m. in the morning. The shoot continued again later on the same day at 11 a.m. During the afternoon the outdoor shoot was put to a halt due to the rain. For half the day she waited in the car for the rain to stop. Things resumed at around 9 p.m. The temperature suddenly dropped on the open set of KBS' "Cinderella's Sister" which is built next to a lake. While shooting the drama, it repeats the feeling of being on the field or on a stakeout. Seo Woo, well-known for her role in the critically acclaimed movie "Paju" which won awards and opened at several prestigious international film festivals including the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and at the Rotterdam Film Festival, sat down to speak with 10Asia about her current role as Hyo-seon in "Cinderella's Sister",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Sun-kyun - Part 3 2010/04/06, Source,
"He was someone who had experienced trauma so huge that if it happened to me, I would have run away somewhere. But it was fun". [Myung Films]
Beck: I think you must have not had an easy time playing your character Joong-shik in "Paju". He was sort of like someone in the fog -- he was quite hard to define. Lee Sun-kyun: It was difficult. But it was fun. He was a character who doesn't express himself a lot and it always very serious. He was someone who had experienced trauma so huge that if it happened to me, I would have run away somewhere or hid myself in a temple. Strangely enough though, the script for "Paju" was very easy to read. How should I put it -- it was as if I could feel the atmosphere the movie was in. I had a confidence in the director and the film itself. I had also been wanting to work on a more cinematic film at the time,...More
Women's film festival in Seoul opens April 8
2010/04/02, Source, The International Women's Film Festival in Seoul kicks off its 12th edition April 8 with German drama The Day Will Come, directed by Susanne Schneider. Running for eight days at the Artreon Theater in Sinchon, west-central Seoul, the fest will screen 102 films from 27 countries under the banner "Se,...More
Lee Sun-kyun wins best male actor at Las Palmas film fest 2010/03/30, Source,
Movie poster of romantic drama "Paju" [Myung Film Co. Ltd]
Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun has won the award for best male actor at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival held in Spain this month, according to the film's distributor Myung Film on Tuesday.
Myung quoted the judging committee as handing Lee high points for his role in "Paju", portraying the anguish he felt for loving his wife's younger sister. This is the first acclaim that Lee has received at a film festival since his debut,...More
Korean film "Elbowroom" invited to Rotterdam film fest 2010/01/18, Source,
Poster for Korean film "Elbowroom" [Gun Cinema]
Korean film "Elbowroom" has been officially invited to the 39th Rotterdam International Film Festival, according to the film's producer Gun Cinema on Monday.
"Elbowroom" will be shown in the "Bright Future" section -- a non-competitive category which introduces works by new promising directors -- at the film fest, to be held in Rotterdam starting January 27.,...More
Lee Sun-kyun says not pressured by new image in "Pasta" 2009/12/29, Source,
From left, MBC TV series main cast Lee Seon-gyoon and Gong Hyo-jin pose during a press conference at the Marvelous convention hall in Seoul, South Korean on December 28, 2009. [MBC] Briefly put, MBC TV series "Pasta" which premieres January 4, is about 'dating in the kitchen'. The romance between a boss who is divinely talented yet uses vulgar language while being disdainful to everyone and an employee who does not succumb to her boss' abusive treatment but rather bears with it to later succeed in both love and work, has been portrayed more than several times in various films and dramas. But the bar is raised higher when that story is depicted by actor Lee Sun-kyun, famous for playing mild-natured characters and actress Gong Hyo-jin who usually plays unique characters. A press conference was held on Monday attended by Lee who broke free from his past image by revealing his own style of acting in film "Paju" this year and Kong who has been expanding on her realm of acting through films such as "Blush and Crush' and "Sisters on the Road". Q: You've played a lot of characters with gentle personalities up till now. Weren't you pressured by having to change your image 180 degrees in "Pasta"?Lee Sun-kyun (Lee): I actually hadn't been pressured about having to change my image but I started thinking that maybe I should try something different because so many people started saying the same thing. The role Choi Hyun-wook that I played had a character different from the roles I had taken on in the past so I can't say that I wasn't worried or pressured but I believe that an actor expands on his realm of acting by taking on roles he is not used to, so it feels as if I'm taking on a good challenge. That's why I'm always screaming with happiness on set these days. (laugh),...More
The past year represented hope and revitalization for Korean cinema. While problems such as piracy linger on, the forecast for 2010 cinema appears promising with diverse projects in the making.
Cineastes are finding inspiration from the past and are bringing rem,...More
Lee Jung-jae still in talks for film "The Housemaid - 2010" 2009/12/24, Source,
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae is reconsidering his decision to appear in Jeon Do-yeon film "The Housemaid - 2010", agency Yedang Entertainment said a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Thursday.
Yedang explained that although Lee had initially considered doing the film, he is currently "negotiating the details at the request of the producers" and that "a final decision will be made soon".
The film's producer Miro Vision also confirmed today that "nothing has been set" regarding Lee's participation in the movie.,...More
14th PIFF Wraps With Awards 2009/10/22, Source, The 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) wrapped Friday Oct 16 with an awards ceremony followed by closing film The Message, in its international premiere. Co-directed by Taiwan's CHEN Kuo-fu and China's GAO Qunshu, the lavish period epic is a suspenseful spy thriller set in the tense poli,...More
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
[ChanMi's movie news] "Paju" starring Lee Sun-kyun 2009/07/15, Source, "Paju" is a new film starring Lee Sun-kyun, and Seo-woo who are completely different characters in this film.
The poster has been released for the movie's promotion.
New actress Seo-woo has been in a different poster recently in a rebellious image. And here, in a new teaser poster Lee's poster shows him in a very strong and tough charisma.
We saw Lee in a lot of gentle and romantic characters however, in this film Lee will be dangerous and secretive in trying to hide the truth about his wife's death.,...More
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