[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Coma" 2013/10/26,
With horror dramas being few and far between, this is a genre that mostly goes underrepresented on television, be it due budget issues, reluctance to try horror in a different format or other reasons. Some recent attempts have been made at including horror in the plot, but those are still mainly romantic works and not pure horror series. "Coma" is a 2006 TV-movie or mini-series created by SIO Film and brought to television by OCN. So this is more of a mix between a film and a drama. Each episode has a different director (Episodes 1 and 5 are done by Kong Soo-chang, creator of "R-Point" and "The Guard Post") and the series has three writers,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Guard Post" 2013/10/26,
Horror is a painful subject in Korean cinema. It is one of those genres that produces some very good and atmospheric movies, but also a lot of half-baked attempts at jump scares, muddled storytelling, idol promotion and often solely teen-pleasing graphicness. Director Kong Soo-chang's attempt at directing/writing a movie before "The Guard Post" was "R-Point". Its refusal to close its story or even explain some basics of its plot was something which left a bitter taste, especially considering his talent with creating atmosphere, a constant feeling of dread and using his cast well. Thankfully, "The Guard Post" corrects a lot of the issues found in "R-Point",...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
Horror film series "Coma", which airs on TV, deals with serial murders at a hospital.
Is it true that the screen size matters in magnifying the horror level of a film? Many say the bigger the screen, the more,...More
A five-episode horror series, with each episode about 50 minutes long, COMA is the result of the collaboration between OCN and,...More
First round of KOFIC 2006 subtitling support 2006/04/10, Source, KOFIC has announced the recipients of the first round of the 2006 Subtitle Translation and Print Production support program. Six feature films and five short films were selected out of 27 total submissions (15 feature films, 12 short and independent films). The program provides funding for the produ,...More
Actors are often heard to say that their upcoming movie is the best in their film career, a phrase that now tends to sound like an old cliche. But when these words come from the mouth of actor Kam Woo-sung,,...More
EVERY ten or so years, a new country seems to take the lead in ground-breaking cinema. After the second world war, Italian neo-realists had the field; in the 1960s it was the French new wave. More recently, in the 1990s, China d,...More
In a year when major European festivals have gone Hollywood in a big way, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's biggest cinema event, will continue to go the other direction, emphasizing the diversity in international cinema more than in previous years,...More
The new movie "Spider Forest", releasing tomorrow, is an unusual movie that drives audiences to solve a puzzle that never ends. Some of the puzzles are disfigured, some others are switched to another puzzle, some a,...More
Lawmakers enter a large hall inside the National Assembly in Yoido, central Seoul, but they aren't gathering to open a regular session for the legislation of a bill. Instead, they are going to watch movie.
Many films have been shown recently in preview screenin,...More
Chinese Remake of `R-Point' Planned 2004/08/09, Source, "R-Point," an upcoming local horror movie set in the Vietnam War, will be remade in China by production companies from South Korea and China. It will be the first time for production companies from the two countries to work together on a film,...More
Most horror movies use ghosts or monsters to scare you. But according to Kong Su-chang, director of the upcoming movie "R-Point", fear comes from anxiety or pressure of an enclosed place or situation, not ju,...More
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