Shin Su-won follows up his acclaimed short Modern Family - Circleline with a portrait of high school honors students willing to go to extremes to get into a prestigious university. "Pluto" shares a critical eye and complex narrative with its spiritual predecessor, "Bleak Night".
[HanCinema's Film Hall of Fame Review] "Pluto": Cosmic Cruelty 2014/07/12 In the spotlight this week: Shin Su-won's "Pluto"...
The competitive culture Korean students are expected to thrive in is brutal; pressures that mark the ugly side of Korea's scholastic game of snakes and ladders. Students are expected to go above and beyond their personal passions and perform across a wide array of subjects and skills to become, or at least aim to be, polymaths and scholarly sages. It is not enough to hold a degree from a credited institution, one must climb the most prestigious ivory tower around while resisting the very real impulse to jump off somewhere along the way,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Pluto" 2014/07/12 A selection of shots from Shin Su-won's "Pluto"...Shin Su-won's 2013 film "Pluto" depicts, in no uncertain terms, the harsh demands young Korean students have to bear in order to succeed. It's an unbridled examination into the individuals at the bottom of Korea's pressure cooker; students who carry the cruel weight of unrealistic expectation from family, friends, and a society that dogmatically persists in narrow rubrics of success and self-worth. It's hard-hitting and fatalistic, but it's an important commentary nonetheless, one that is not only culturally significant, but beautiful realized. Enjoy! [Spoilers],...More
[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 Box Office Review] 2013.08.02 ~ 2013.08.04 2013/08/05
The first week of August brought some exciting news from Korea as the box office enjoyed its biggest weekend haul in history! Around 4.5 millions tickets were sold with Korea's summer films (led by "The Terror Live" and "Snowpiercer") snatching 80% of the market share. Perhaps it was the perfect storm as residents in Korea felt both the pull of two local blockbusters, as well as the push from the unrelenting summer heat.
Bong Joon-ho's much anticipated sci-fi action film "Snowpiercer" spearheaded this recording-breaking weekend, claiming 2.2 million admissions over 1127 screens. Its sales were electric, making its impressive three day haul the second highest in history; only "Transformer 3"'s 2.3 million can claim to have one up on Bong Joon-ho's latest,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.26 ~ 2013.07.28 2013/07/29
Despite the release of DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" and the latest comic book film "The Wolverine", it was "Red 2" that managed to remain Korea's film of choice. Director Dean Parisot's "Red 2" claimed 666,048 admissions (25.9%) in its second weekend out, holding off a host of challengers to round out the month of July in good condition. In addition to these two Hollywood features getting stuck in, this week will also see two mammoth Korean films go head-to-head for the summer crowds and crown.
Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" and Kim Byeong-woo's "The Terror Live" are both officially released on August 1st, with the latter having already scored a sneaky 122,762 (4.9%) admissions. "The Terror Live" stars the popular Korean actor Ha Jung-woo ("The Berlin File", "Nameless Gangster", "The Client") as a T.V. anchor that has to get back into the game when a bomb-blasting terrorist threatens Korea's capital city,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.19 ~ 2013.07.21 2013/07/22
"The Best Never Rest" is the slogan for this week's number one film "RED 2", a sequel to the popular 2010 action comedy. Director Dean Parisot's film claimed the lion's share of the ticket sales over the weekend (832,276), but, unlike previous weeks this month, the admissions were a little more evenly distributed. Last week Kim Yong-hwa's "Mr. Go" was released and, despite a slow start for Korea's first stereoscopic 3D effort, the film eventually managed over 500,000 admissions (19.8%). "Mr. Go" came close to sneaking past Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo's "Cold Eyes" (21.3% with 576, 360 admissions) in second, an effort that would've forced "Cold Eyes" to step back from the position it fought so hard for last weekend,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.12 - 2013.07.14 2013/07/15
The American sci-fi flick "Pacific Rim" came to the party last week and, despite being outdone somewhat back home, the film managed to narrowly clinch the top spot during its first weekend out in Korea. Last week it was Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo's "Cold Eyes" that stood tall, but the local crime drama found itself around 160,000 admissions short of del Toro's epic robotic rodeo. "Cold Eyes" claimed 1M admissions (36%) over this past weekend, but the $190 million U.S. production "Pacific Rim" managed a few better with 1.16M admissions (44%). Korea's affinity for large weapons-yielding robots almost ensured the success of this futuristic extravaganza, but the margin was slim and it remains to be seen just how much staying power "Pacific Rim" will actually have in the Korean market. Previous robot-featuring hits like "Iron Man 3" (9M) and "Transformers 3" (7.7M) performed especially well in Korea,...More
Director Shin Su-won Wins Best Short Film Award at Cannes 2012/05/29, Source Shin Su-won emerged as the only one of five Korean film directors to win an award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. She collected the Canal+ Prize for best short film for "Circle Line", which tells the story of a middle-aged man killing time on a Seoul subway train as he tries to keep from his family the fact that he was recently made redundant.
Shin, who studied German at Seoul National University, worked as a middle school teacher for some 10 years from 1990 in Seoul. But the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts completely changed her life. At the age of 34, she told her husband and children that she needed a change of direction, quit her job and enrolled,...More
[INTERVIEW] Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung 2010/07/13, Source Interview with actress Shim Eun-kyung
Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung [10Asia/Lee Jin-hyuk]
My name isShim Eun-kyung. I was born on May 31, 1994. I am a freshman in high school and I just finished taking my finals a few days ago. My summer vacation starts this week. I have an older brother who is five years older than me. He entered the military in June and I'm thinking about sending him actress Han Ga-in's signature because he told me that the soldiers really like female celebrities,...More
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