[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/22
Note the Korean films that will be competing at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the Evening Standard reviews Park Chan-wook's "masterpiece", explore Korea's various bro films, and KoBiz's latest infographic documents the different Korean presidents that have appeared in film,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/16
A trio of K-noirs find support in Japan, Kyu Hyun Kim reviews Park Jeong-woo's apocalyptic thriller "Pandora", KoBiz reveals the films that will be competing during the upcoming peak season, and Variety has all the winners from the recent WildFlower Film Awards,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.10 ~ 2017.03.12 2017/03/13
"Kong" and "Logan" battle it out at the top...
Jordan Vogt-Roberts's reboot of the iconic King Kong character in "Kong: Skull Island" (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John Goodman) arrived last Wednesday and climbed to the top of the chart with 49.14% of the box office pie. (Interestingly, one of the films that Vogt-Roberts said influenced him was Bong Joon-ho's "The Host".) From 984 screens, "Kong" attracted 823,219 admissions ($6.1 million) during its first weekend out in Korea. Worldwide, "King" has already recouped an estimated $142.6 million of the $185 million it took to produce; the film was released in the US last Friday,...More
Movie Audiences Dwindle for 1st Time in 7 Years 2017/01/20, Source
Movie audiences have dwindled for the first time in seven years. The number of moviegoers hit 200 million for the first time in 2013 and had been rising steadily since, but the Korean Film Council on Thursday said they dwindled by 280,000 last year to 217 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.13 ~ 2017.01.15 2017/01/16
Japan's highest-grossing anime retains pole position...
Makoto Shinkai's romantic fantasy "Your Name" is now the highest-grossing Japanese anime in history having recently overtaken Hayao Miyazaki's classic, "Spirited Away" (2001). Shinkai's critical acclaimed masterpiece entered the Korean market January 4 and became the first Japanese anime to enter in pole position in over a decade. During its second weekend out, "Your Name" added another 739,079 admissions (30%) and moved its total tally in Korea now to 2.4 million ($17.2 million). Worldwide, "Your Name" has grossed $290 million, enough to overtake "Spirited Away"'s $289 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.06 ~ 2017.01.08 2017/01/09 Japanese anime "Your Name" enters in pole position...
For the first time in over a decade, a Japanese anime has entered at the top of the South Korean box office. Makoto Shinkai's fantasy romance anime "Your Name" (based on Shinkai's own novel of the same name) officially opened on Wednesday after becoming the second-highest grossing anime film in Japan late last year where it banked over $288 million (Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away", the highest-grossing anime, sits on $289 million). From 944 screens, "Your Name" captured 31.3% of the sales (832,040 admissions) to dislodge last weekend's number one, Cho Ui-seok's crime flick "Master",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.12.16 ~ 2016.12.18 2016/12/19 "Pandora" retains pole position in the aftermath of political unrest...
Park Jeong-woo's thriller "Pandora" retained pole position during its second weekend out by capturing 42.8% of the sales; the film, Park's fourth after "Dance With The Wind", "Big Bang", and "Deranged", added a million admissions to move its total tally now to 3.1 million, or $20.9 million. The film's release is timely given the recent political unrest in the country, which led Maggie Lee, Variety's Chief Asia Film Critic, to write that, "Korean audiences will surely wonder how the lines between parody, fiction, and reality are blurred".,...More
[Interview] Kim Nam-gil, "My current interest is the Blue House" 2016/12/12, Source
Pandora's Box is open. "Pandora" was released on the 7th and an estimated audience of 1.5 million went to see the movie over the weekend. In the middle of it all is actor Kim Nam-gil. He plays Jae-hyeok who throws himself in the middle of a nuclear explosion to save his family. He's no Hollywood hero. He's just an ordinary man.
As we met Kim Nam-gil for an interview, he didn't look sophisticated or comical. He just wore a black shirt with a cap and we listened to what he had to say about the movie,...More
Sneak peak at nuclear disaster movie "Pandora" 2016/12/01, Source
Korea is the country with the highest concentration of nuclear power plants in the world. As of 2016, a total of 24 nuclear reactors are in operation at four nuclear power plants. Nine metropolitan municipalities and 28 municipalities are in close proximity within a radius of the entire nuclear power plant complex. After the Fukushima nuclear accident, many countries have decided to implement the enactment, although South Korea is currently in the process of constructing six and adding four.
What will the audience think when the ending credits roll in the disaster blockbuster "Pandora", which is the first movie in Korea to tell a story about a nuclear accident? "Pandora" which opens on December 7 is a production that conveys the message of exposing the truth, leaving the fun out of cinema. The disaster portrayed in the movie is so heavy, vivid, and it surpasses the audience beyond imagination,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/11/19
Kobiz highlights films with leading ladies in their new infographic, Netflix scoops up the distribution rights for the disaster film "Pandora", hear what production designer Jang Geun-young has to say about his latest work after returning to the industry, and Paul Quinn talks about a Korean classic on his podcast,...More
Kim Nam-gil's project to promote Korean cultural assets 2016/08/17, Source
Actor Kim Nam-gil is doing something no one has done before. He has launched a project that finds and spreads the existence of our cultural asset, the Fortress Wall of Seoul. He even personally established a non-profit organization and set out to work on related materials with several cultural artists.
Through a portal site, Kim Nam-gil is conducting a story funding under the theme 'Our Cultural Heritage, the Fortress Wall of Seoul'. It aims to raise 50 million won by the 10th of November. Until the 17th of August, it has raised 2.6 million won with the participation of over 200 people. There have been cases where story fundings were carried out for low-cost movies but not a case where an actor put his name on the line to protect a cultural asset,...More
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