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Shiri (쉬리)


Directed by Kang Je-gyu (강제규)

Screenplay by ,

Action Drama Thriller

120min | Release date in South Korea :

Shiri | HanCinema Reviews

  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Shiri"

    In the Spotlight this Week: "Shiri" (1999) by Kang Je-gyu Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" was a landmark feature that stands as Korea's first real blockbuster. The film sold over 6.2 million admissions during its run in 1999, an astonishing feat that broke the shackles on big-budget Korean films and represents a critical moment in Korea's film history. Kang made his debut three years before "Shiri" with "The Gingko Bed" (1996), a fantasy romantic epic that was heralded for its special effects and was also one of country's most successful films at the time. Since "Shiri", Kang has chosen to remain in the filmic fog of war, directing both the acclaimed "Taegukgi" (2004 - 11.7 million admissions) as well as the less successful "My Way" (2011 – 2.1 million). Kang may have fallen from grace somewhat with his last film "My Way" (which failed to make a profit on its $24 million production costs; the film made only $16M) and with this year's fantastical flop "Mr. Go" (which he produced), however Kang's filmography still remains an impressive one that has helped challenge and re-define the conditions and profitable potential of the once illusive Korean blockbuster,...More
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  • Director Kang Je-gyu's Father Passes Away

    2020/05/24, Source
    Kang Je-gyu's father passed away on the 21st. According to his sources, his father, Kang Yeom-won, passed away on the 21st,...More
  • [HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Arrives in An Awkward Political Environment

    On December 19th "Ashfall" will be released at the domestic South Korean box office. The major film will take place among the backdrop of an erupting volcano, the titular "Ashfall", and will feature a united task force featuring North Koreans and South Koreans who attempt to deal with the task,...More
  • [Hancinema Film Review] "The Gingko Bed" + Full Movie

    Considered one of the first Korean films to implement special effects in a way that added to its value, "The Gingko Bed" is also story of eternal love that suffers, however, from a rather faulty narrative,...More
  • [HanCinema's News] 2019 Marks Revival of South Korean Blockbusters

    The South Korean blockbuster was born with "Shiri" in 1999, which had a then unprecedented two million dollar budget and a powerful enough box office return to justify the extent. The later success of "Silmido" in 2003 and "The Host" in 2006 proved that "Shiri" was not a one-off event, and in subsequent years studios started aggressively budgeting movies in the hopes of obtaining another cultural landmark,...More
  • Film Directors Endeavor to Expand Korean Film

    2019/03/11, Source
    Director Kang Je-gyu changed the paradigm of the Korean film industry. When he came out with the 1999 spy film "Shiri" worth less than 3 billion won, he was sure Korea could be like Hollywood. "Shiri" not only set a record of 6 million admissions, but it grew the size of the domestic Box Office to an unprecedented level,...More
  • Kim Yunjin to Star in 1st Korean TV Drama in Nearly 2 Decades

    2018/09/25, Source
    Kim Yunjin is set to make her first appearance in a Korean TV series in nearly 20 years,...More
  • "Prison Playbook" Lee Kyu-hyung Talks About His Role and Drug Awareness

    2018/01/24, Source
    "A drug addict may seem cute, but using the drug can't be glorified. It was a good ending". Actor Lee Kyu-hyung played the character 'Hae-rong' Yoo Han-yang in the tvN drama "Prison Playbook". Han-yang was arrested for abusing drugs as soon as he was released from prison and the actor claims it was shocking for him, too,...More
  • [Interview] "V.I.P" Park Hee-soon - Let's Loosen Up A Bit

    2017/08/14, Source
    "When director Park Hoon-jung made his first movie, "The Showdown", I was the main character and now he gives me a support character in "V.I.P". I asked him, isn't this a bit unfair? (*laugh*)" Director Park Hoon-jung's long-time friend, actor Park Hee-soon tells a casting behind story as he laughed,...More
  • Song Kang-ho has an accumulated attendance of 100 million

    2017/08/14, Source
    Song Kang-ho is the creme of the crop in the Korean movie industry. The film "A Taxi Driver", which surpassed 8 million viewers in 13 days and stands at the threshold of the first 10 million film in 2017, depicts the painful history of the Gwangju Democratization Movement. It resonates with the audience with its thoughtful directing and story that touches the painful past. Above all, the reason why this movie was able to stay fast in the minds and hearts of audiences is the perfect performance of lead actor Song Kang-ho,...More
  • Song Kang-ho, 'the most trusted actor'

    2017/05/18, Source
    Song Kang-ho is the most entrusted actor. Data Spring Korea conducted a survey of 15,307 people from the 13th to 17th on who they relied on the most to watch a movie and Song Kang-ho came in first with 28.3%,...More
  • [Guest Film Review] "Taegukgi"

    The fourth-in-a-row blockbuster regarding the relations between North and South Korea (after "Shiri", "JSA - Joint Security Area" and "Silmido"), broke the records of both budget, with $12,8 millions, and admissions, with 11.74 million spectators in the country's cinemas, while its earnings bordered on $70 million. Furthermore, it was a success in Japan earning $9,7 million, and it was also released in the United Stated, earning $1,1 million. Testament to the scale of the production are the years of research spent to ensure historic validity, the huge sets, and the number of supernumeraries used, who exceeded 25,000, in order to achieve absolute realism in the war scenes,...More
  • [France] Seoul Hypnotique, Cycle de Cinema Coreen au Forum des images a Paris

    2015/09/12, Source
    Du 15 septembre au 1 novembre 2015 Des pionniers d'hier à la génération d'aujourd'hui, Séoul hypnotique reflète, à travers près de 80 films inédits ou rarement présentés en France, une cinématographie entre tradition et modernité, entre Asie et Occident. Films intimistes et films de genre, mélodrames et thrillers percutants : le cinéma coréen n'a pas fini de nous surprendre !,...More
  • [North America] "Chronicles of Evil" - North American Release on May 22, 2015

    2015/05/13, Source
    Action-thriller "Chronicles of Evil", distributed by CJ Entertainment and produced by BA Entertainment, premieres in North American theaters on May 22, 2015 on the heels of the film's release in South Korea. Directed by Baek Woon-hak, the writer of Korea's first big-budget blockbuster "Shiri", "Chronicles of Evil" is the gripping tale of a chief detective who is tasked to solve a murder that he committed in self-defense. The talented cast includes Son Hyun-joo ("THE CHASER - Drama", "Three Days"), Ma Dong-seok ("The Good, the Bad, the Weird", "The Unjust"), Choi Daniel ("High Kick Through The Roof", "Cyrano Agency"), and Park Seo-joon ("A Witch's Love"). "Chronicles of Evil" will open in major cities across North America including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and more,...More
  • Choi Ji-woo at VIP preview of 'Salut D'Amour'

    2015/04/01, Source
    On April 1st, Choi Ji-woo is walking away after she posed for the reporters at the VIP preview of "Salut D'Amour", which took place at Yeongdeungpo CGV, Seoul. Movie "Salut D'Amour" is a heartwarming family story depicting a series of events that starts happening to grumpy old man Seong-chil after he met Geum-nim (Youn Yuh-jung),...More
  • 'Salut D'Amour' EXO member Chanyeol and Moon Ga-young transformed into cute teen couple

    2015/03/18, Source
    Being "Shiri" and 'Taegukgi' director, Kang Je-gyu's new movie and with the cast including the actors, Park Geun-hyung, Youn Yuh-jung, Cho Jin-woong, Han Ji-min, Hwang Woo-seul-hye, Moon Ga-young, and EXO member Chanyeol all over the different generations, the expectation level on the movie, ' Salut D'Amour ' has gone up with the anticipation it should be a big hit in the second half of this year. Under the circumstances, the teen couple 'Ah-yeong' Moon Ga-young and 'Min-seong' EXO Chanyeol are also attracting attention,...More
  • [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.15 ~ 2013.11.17

    Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" blew the God of Thunder away in its first weekend out. Kwak's latest is the sequel to his iconic debut "Friends" (2001) – a landmark feature which earned 8.1 million admissions to became the highest grossing Korean film since the nation's first real blockbuster "Shiri" in 1999. "Friends 2" broke the million admissions mark with the help of 968 screenings around the country, coverage that befriended 50.5% of all the filmgoers active over the weekend. Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" was grounded due to unfavourable local conditions, dropping 47% from last week to just 346,931 (15.8%).  Jeong Yeon-sik's webcomic adaptation "The Five" and the documentary "Black Gospel" were the new Korean releases that managed to crack a top ten finish, while Ridley Scott's "The Counsellor" was the only new foreign feature that was competitive,...More
  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Shiri"

    In the Spotlight this Week: "Shiri" (1999) by Kang Je-gyu Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" was a landmark feature that stands as Korea's first real blockbuster. The film sold over 6.2 million admissions during its run in 1999, an astonishing feat that broke the shackles on big-budget Korean films and represents a critical moment in Korea's film history. Kang made his debut three years before "Shiri" with "The Gingko Bed" (1996), a fantasy romantic epic that was heralded for its special effects and was also one of country's most successful films at the time. Since "Shiri", Kang has chosen to remain in the filmic fog of war, directing both the acclaimed "Taegukgi" (2004 - 11.7 million admissions) as well as the less successful "My Way" (2011 – 2.1 million). Kang may have fallen from grace somewhat with his last film "My Way" (which failed to make a profit on its $24 million production costs; the film made only $16M) and with this year's fantastical flop "Mr. Go" (which he produced), however Kang's filmography still remains an impressive one that has helped challenge and re-define the conditions and profitable potential of the once illusive Korean blockbuster,...More
  • Seol-Song-Kim, the time has come

    2013/09/29, Source
    Sol Kyung-gu, Song Kang-ho and Kim Yun-seok come back with movies. Sol Kyung-gu (45), Song Kang-ho (46) and Kim Yun-seok (45) all come back with movies,...More
  • [Canada] The simultaneous North American and Korean release of "The Berlin File" (2013)

    South Korea's mega action thriller by the masterful Ryoo Seung-wan Opens on Feb. 15, Cineplex Odeon Forum, Montreal CINEASIE Creatives is pleased to announce the simultaneous North American and Korean release of "The Berlin File" (2013), South Korea's mega action thriller written and directed by the masterful Ryoo Seung-wan. The film, by CJ Entertainment, centers on a battle between spies from North Korea and South Korea, with a tragic love triangle simmering beneath the surface. The Montreal public can discover the visual pyrotechnics of Korea's greatest action auteur on February 15th at Cineplex Forum,...More
  • [Guest Post] Daniel Tudor on Korean cinema

    2012/11/09, Source
    I'm not a true cinephile by any stretch of the imagination. I've always been the archetypal casual fan, who knows what he likes, but doesn't really like it enough to remember every line of the script. People ask, "have you seen [insert name of genius film here]?" and I honestly reply "yeah, I saw it a few years back, it was great". But then I'll be unable to back that up with any enlightened commentary on that scene with the uninterrupted shot that goes all the way around the bar and back again when all the mobsters are being introduced. Or even who was in it, sometimes. But when I first moved to Seoul in 2004, Korean cinema got to me. In some way it was a stroke of luck to be here while a golden era was still in swing,...More
  • Korean films, dramas helped 'hallyu' take root in Japan, China: sources

    2012/08/17, Source
    "Shiri", a 1999 Korean action film, played the role of having "hallyu", or Korean wave take root in Japan, industry sources said Tuesday. The film's producer exported "Shiri" to Japan for $1.2 million in 1999. At that time, it was unthinkable for Japan to import a Korean motion picture, the sources said, adding that only erotic Korean videos were exported to the neighboring country for tens of thousands of dollars each,...More
  • (42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens

    2012/07/04, Source
    Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
  • New York Special Screening, Old Boy on July 1st

    2012/06/25, Source
    The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik, one of Korea's most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of our ongoing "Korean Cinema Now" program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image). Choi Min-sik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in "Shiri" (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea's finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma,...More
  • Retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik
    2012/05/31, Source
    The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik, one of Korea's most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of our ongoing "Korean Cinema Now" program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image).  Choi Min-sik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in "Shiri" (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea's finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma,...More
  • (37) 'Yonsama': Korean love god captures Japanese hearts

    2012/05/30, Source
    Actor Bae Yong-joon waves upon his arrival as Japanese fans gather at Tokyo International Airport in Narita on Nov. 25, 2004. Bae, a main actor of the mega-hit Korean soap opera "Winter Sonata", was on a promotion tour of Japan. / Korea Times file Actor Bae Yong-joon leads 'hallyu' (Korea wave) Some years ago, this writer climbed into a taxi in Seoul. As is commonly the case, the driver asked where I was from. On hearing "the United Kingdom" he responded, "Aha! Beckham!" Then, in excellent Konglish, he continued, "U.K. ― David Beckham! Korea ― Bae Yong-joon!",...More
  • "Nameless Gangster" released in North America

    2012/03/28, Source
    PREFACE "My reason for wanting to tell a story from the '80s is because I feel that the current societal climate is very similar. About 3 years ago I got a feeling that the era of my deceased father was suddenly coming back, an era in which everyone's good will is only reserved for their own survival and well being. But like my own father, I did not see these people as selfish fools, but sympathized with them. I wanted to portray these characters not as criminals who were on the wrong side of the law, but as people who tried their best to survive and thrive despite the conditions they were in. People innately follow the times they live in and those who ride it architect the next generation. The '80s in South Korea were an incredibly volatile decade in which a single person's decision could change the direction of an entire era. Following men who lived through that decade, I wanted to show that the eighties had more dramatic appeal than any other decade. I wanted to inquire whether it was the times that were changing the people, or if it was the people that were changing the times. Most of all, I hope that the audience can laugh and identify with these men who lived like kings in the face of loyalty, betrayal, and ambition".,...More
  • Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present

    2012/03/11, Source
    Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows. The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
  • Terracotta Far East Film Festival opening and closing film

    2012/02/21, Source
    Terracotta is London's premier celebration of the film and culture of the Far East. With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, an unbeatable programme of exclusive cast and crew Q&As, intro's and masterclasses and fabulous public parties the Terracotta Far East Film Festival really does have something for everybody,...More
  • Interview with critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian

    2012/02/20, Source
    Film critic and Beijing Film Academy professor HAO Jian has written and talked about what he considers the little-known, real start of the Korean Wave in China. At the International Film Festival Rotterdam while serving on the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award jury, he spoke to Jean NOH about it and his thoughts on Korea-China cooperation. KOBIZ: You've written and talked about how you think a certain Korean film festival at the Beijing Film Academy was really what started the popularity of Korean films in China. Tell us about that festival,...More
  • Feature profile - My Way

    2012/02/10, Source
    Headed for the Berlinale Panorama section, director Kang Je-gyu's "My Way"is a historic film is more ways than one. KANG Byeong-jin goes over the details. World War II film "My Way" is Kang Je-gyu's fourth film as a director, following "The Gingko Bed", "Shiri" and "Taegukgi". "Shiri" was the first Korean film to bring in over 2 million admissions in Seoul (back when nationwide figures were unavailable and the capital's statistics were used as rule-of thumb). On its release, "Taegukgi" along with "Silmido" opened the era of Korean films with admissions of 10 million and more. Even from the outside, "My Way" seems like an extension of the challenges Kang's work took on before. The film's stage spans Korea to China through the former Soviet Union to Normandy, and it stars Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri, the top stars of Korea and Japan respectively. More than anything, the film's budget of about KW28 billion (US$24.8 million) is the highest ever in Korean cinema history,...More
  • Jeong Seong-san's Long Struggle to Make Film About N.Korea

    2012/02/04, Source
    Jeong Seong-san Director Jeong Seong-san's latest film is titled "Ryang-kang-do: Merry Christmas, North!" and portrays children rather than political and ideological struggles in North Korea. The film was released in November 2011. Jeong said, "I wanted to depict the reality in North Korea accurately through cultural medium". "Ryang-kang-do: Merry Christmas, North!" begins with a scene where Christmas presents attached to balloons from South Korea fall on a village in North Korea. The film took seven years to reach the theaters. The project started in 2004 but only finished in 2006 after much difficulty. Then it took another six years to finally find a distributor, only to be screened in a very small number of cinemas,...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
  • South Korean Box Office in 2011

    2012/01/14, Source
    Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle. Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
  • Going My Way with KANG Je-gyu

    2012/01/14, Source
    The dramatization of a true war-time story that spans years, continents, and changing friendships and enmities, "My Way" is director Kang Je-gyu's comeback after seven years. KANG Byeong-jin looks at what went into the making of the film. "My Way" deals with a true story that is practically legend. In the late 1930s, a man from Joseon ends up going to China and the Soviet Union towards Germany and finally ends up on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Amongst the US National Archives' records of the invasion of Normandy was found a photograph of an Asian man in a German uniform at Normandy. American historian Stephen Ambrose wrote in his book "D-Day", "At the beach called Utah on the day of the invasion, Lt. Robert Brewer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, captured four Asians in Wehrmacht uniforms. No one could speak their language; eventually it was learned that they were Koreans",...More
  • "My Way" to open in Japan

    2012/01/02, Source
    Kang Je-gyu's World War II drama "My Way" is due to open in theaters in Japan on January 14, 2012. Leading Korean distributor CJ E&M says the film will be released on 300 screens. Starring Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri with a strong supporting cast which includes Chinese star Fan Bingbing and Korea's Kim In-kwon, the film is Korea's most expensive– made for US$25 million,...More
  • Han Suk-kyu and Shin Ha-kyun win the SBS and KBS Grand Awards

    2012/01/01, Source
    Actors Han Suk-kyu and Shin Ha-kyun had the honor of taking home the SBS and KBS Grand Awards. Han Suk-kyu was given the Grand Prize for his performance in the SBS drama special, "Deep-rooted Tree" at the 2011 SBS Acting Awards at the SBS Open Hall in Seoul on December 31st, hosted by Ji Sung and Choi Kang-hee,...More
  • Year of Black Dragon

    2011/12/30, Source
    The year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and the mythical animal, seen in this "Hwangnyonggi", symbolizes power and wealth.(Courtesy of National Palace Museum of Korea) The animal has a head resembling a camel, eyes of a rabbit, the nose of a pig, ears like an ox, antlers similar to a buck, a snake-like neck, fists as fierce as those of a tiger, the sharp talons of a hawk and scales no different from a carp. There are long whiskers decorating the mouth and a bump in the middle of the head, which allow the animal to fly in the air. In this manner the mythical dragon creature is described in "Boncho Gangmok" (Classified Records of Chinese Medical Botany) originally published in 1596,...More
  • Kang Je-gyu: 'I Devoted My Passion to 'My Way"

    2011/12/16, Source
    The director Kang Je-gyu who has written the history of Korean movies, said during the interview with News Y (news channel by Yonhap News) on December 15, "I gave my best effort and passion that I have spared for the past seven years while taking a break to produce the movie "My Way"." He led the boom of Korean movies with his hit movies such as "The Gingko Bed" (1996) and "Shiri" (1998), and his previous movie "Taegukgi" (2004) recorded the largest number of audience members, which was 11.7 million,...More
  • Finecut seals further AFM deals for Leafie and others

    2011/11/22, Source
    Seoul-based film sales company Finecut has announced a raft of further deals from the recently wrapped American Film Market (AFM) including more for "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild", the watershed hit animation in Korea. The film sold to Ascot Elite for German-speaking territories and Conquest Filmes for Brazil,...More
  • Korean Movies Go Global

    2011/10/28, Source
    On October 21st, a meaningful gathering among members of the Korean movie industry took place. [SOV] [Interview : ] "I hereby declare the launch of the Council for Development of Korean Movies, which will create ideal conditions needed to develop Korean cinema". High-ranking officials from the government and the industry gathered to launch a council to further promote Korean movies around the world,...More
  • [Spoiler] "Spy MyeongWol" Eric and Han Ye-seul both die? Sad ending

    2011/08/09, Source
    Eric Mun and Han Ye-seul both die? The tenth episode of KBS 2TV drama "Spy MyeongWol" on the 9th doubled tracked the fate of Eric Mun and Han Ye-seul like a picture. Han Myeong-wol (Han Ye-seul) was cast with a close call to the drama "Shiri 2" and was able to be closer to Kang Woo (Eric Mun). She was able to kill him more easily,...More
  • Korean Animation Flies Forward with "Leafie"

    2011/05/20, Source
    The world's film industry have come together once again in Cannes! At the 64th Cannes Film festival, the Korean animation film "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" received special attention from foreign buyers,...More
  • Movie of the week "Villain and Widow"

    2011/05/19, Source
    Movie of the week "Villain and Widow"(2010),...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] The Unjust

    Ryoo Seung-wan's "The Unjust" came in at number seven among the top grossing Korean films of 2010, with a worthy 2,751,185 admissions. Its intricate plot and morally unchecked urban reality is infested with manipulative power players in a contemporary crime thriller where justice is ironically served and forcefully consumed.,...More
  • "I made my first album after 20 years of movie music"

    2011/03/15, Source
    Director Lee Dong-joon is having a concert this coming 18th. For 17 years Lee Dong-joon has been making music for Korean blockbuster movies like "Shiri", "The Gingko Bed", "Green Fish", "Taegukgi" and more. His music is created by an orchestra of 80 to 100 people and at times it is grand and sometimes is delicate and soft, moving the hearts of those who hear it. Sometimes it is strong like the tango and captivates the listener's ears,...More
  • Older posts Production Update on Korean Movie "My Way"

    2011/01/25, Source
    Photo Credit: Film Business Asia reports that production is "some 40% through" on the epic war movie "My Way" from acclaimed director Kang Je-gyu ("Shiri", "Taegukgi"). The publication describes Kang as "one of the trailblazing directors of Korean cinema's modern revival". Topstarring are Korea's Jang Dong-gun, Japan's Joe Odagiri and China's Fan Bingbing,...More
  • Park Hae-il: 'I Want to Present Diverse Acting'

    2011/01/04, Source
    Actor Park Hae-il, who will play a character named Hui Do in the movie "Heartbeat", said, "My first goal is to act naturally. I might not be able to satisfy every audience, but I might need to try my best to satisfy more audiences". Actor Park Hae-il debuted with his appearance in the movie "Waikiki Brothers" (2001), which was directed by Yim Soon-rye, and ten years have already passed since his debut. He appeared in more than twenty movies, including those works that he had appeared in as a supporting actor. He HAS ALSO transformed into various characters in those movies,...More
  • Korean Movies – Secret Union

    2010/12/20, Source
    This movie was awarded the "Best Film" prize at the 2010 Blue Dragon Film Awards in Korea theatrical admissions totaled some 5,460,00. It is about how a South Korean NIS agent comes to understand and become a brother to a derelict spy from North Korea,...More
  • Korean movies released today 2010/11/25 and yesterday 2010/11/24 in Korea

    2010/11/25, Source
    Korean movies released today and yesterday in Korea : "Villain and Widow", "Try to Remember", "Family Mart", "There is a Reason for My Misery", "Fetish" and "Ghost : In Your Arms Again",...More
  • [PIFF] PIFF jury has eyes set on challenge takers

    2010/10/09, Source
    Japanese costume designer Wada Emi speaks at the press conference at the Haeundae Grand Hotel in Busan, South Korea on October 8, 2010. [PIFF] The Pusan International Film Festival's main competition New Currents section may only recognize new Asian directors but its jury has its eyes set on the more challenging films. "How challenging the films are given the long history of movies will be the main focus since they'll influence later works", said Emmy-award winning costume designer Wada Emi, also heading the jury, at a press conference in Korea's second largest city Busan on Friday,...More
  • New Currents to find unique, impressive films

    2010/10/08, Source
    By Ines Min

    BUSAN ― The 15th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) is about to start its competitive award section New Currents, spearheaded by a distinguished jury comprised of pl,...
  • Korean Remake A Better Tomorrow invited to Venice

    2010/08/27, Source
    "A Better Tomorrow", Korea's remake of John Woo's quintessential gangster drama 'A Better Tomorow' has been invited for a special out-of-competition screening at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Directe,...More
  • Lee Byung-hun pic "I Saw The Devil" to open August 11

    2010/07/21, Source
    Official movie poster for "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox] Official posters for film "I Saw the Devil" have been unveiled as the pic gears up for its summer box office debut next month. Film's distributor Showbox announced in a press release on Wednesday that the Lee Byung-hun starrer will hit local theaters on August 11 and released two official movie posters featuring Lee and Choi Min-sik,...More
  • Kim Yunjin to star in new suspense film with Park Hae-il

    2010/07/11, Source
    Korean actress Kim Yunjin [Zion Entertainment] Korean actress Kim Yunjin is set to star alongside actor Park Hae-il in a new suspense film tentatively titled "Heartbeat", according to the film's distributor Lotte Entertainment. Lotte Entertainment said in a press release that Kim and Park have been cast for lead roles in the film, playing a mother who has to save her daughter and a son who must protect his mother, respectively,...More
  • New wave of pop culture redefines Korea

    2010/07/05, Source
    By Andrew Salmon
    Contributing writer

    In 1990, the American academic Joseph Nye coined the term "soft power". This referred to nations winning friends and influencing people through the attraction,...
  • "The Housemaid" sold to 15 countries at Cannes

    2010/05/25, Source
    Korean erotic thriller "The Housemaid - 2010" [Sidus F&H] Korean film "The Housemaid - 2010" caught the attention of numerous foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market, selling to a total 15 countries at the event held in time with the Cannes Film Festival. A press release by Sidus F&H announced that at the Film Market held during the film fest into its 63rd year, the erotic thriller was sold to France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Russia, Israel, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand,...More
  • Korean Cinema Taking Root in World Academia

    2010/04/28, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won Staff Reporter In recent years, South Korean cin ema has established a notable place on the world map ― two local titles will be competing at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Moreover, the recognition is beginning to branch out of the festival circuit into underground youth culture, and finally, academia. Before examining the phenomenon, it is interesting to note Japan’s example: cultural content such as manga (comic books) and anime have long become mainstream entertainment while many institutes of higher education place importance on Japanese studies. This can be seen as partially the result of when people who discover the magic of manga as kids grow up to become specialists in Japanese history and culture, according to John Duncan, professor and director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),...More
  • Kim Yunjin to arrive in Korea today

    2010/04/21, Source
    Picture of Korean actress Kim Yunjin [L'Oreal] Actress Kim Yunjin will be arriving in Korea today, attending an event later in the week which will mark her first public appearance since getting married last month. "Kim will be flying in today to attend a function on Sunday held by L'Oreal for which she currently is the spokesmodel", said an official at her agency Zion Entertainment, adding that she will also greet her fans for a short time during the event,...More
  • Famed director James Cameron to visit Korea in May

    2010/04/01, Source
    World famous director James Cameron [SBS] World famous director James Cameron will be visiting Korea for the first time ever in May for the 7th annual Seoul Digital Forum (SDF), according to the forum's organizer SBS on Thursday. Cameron, well known for his blockbusters "Terminator", "Aliens", "Titanic" and "Avatar", will be one of the guest speakers at the forum titled "Renaissance Now... Shaping Another Breakthrough" and will be giving his lecture entitled "Renaissance Now in Imagination and Technology". His speech, followed by a press conference, will be broadcast live on SBS at 8:30 p.m. May 13,...More
  • Kim Yunjin weds movie producer in Hawaii

    2010/03/29, Source
    Korean actress Kim Yunjin [Zion Entertainment] Korean actress Kim Yunjin married movie producer in a surprise wedding ceremony in Hawaii today, according to her agency Zion Entertainment. An official at Zion told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Monday that the actress "will hold a small wedding with only the bride and groom's immediate family in attendance". The nuptials reportedly took place on a privately owned beach this morning around 8 a.m. (Seoul time) and the "Lost" actress did not even wear a wedding dress,...More
  • Kim Yunjin to Marry in Hawaii

    2010/03/29, Source
    Actress Kim Yunjin will tie the knot with her long-time manager and boyfriend Park Jeong-hyuk, CEO of Kim's agency Zion Entertainment, in Hawaii,...More
  • [Century] Cool Korea: Creative Wave Rolls Across Asia
    2010/03/07, Source
    By Andrew Salmon
    Korea Times Columnist

    This is the 10th in a 60-part series featuring 60

    major events in Korea's modern history from 1884 till now. The project is part of the 60th anniversary of The Korea Times, which falls on Nov.1.

    For South Korea, the last three years of the millennium,...
  • Actress Kim Yunjin's Movie Picks

    2010/03/05, Source
    Actress Kim Yoon-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] Kim Yunjin spent her childhood in the United States and made her first step into the world of acting on Broadway. Hence, English was the language she acted in and also used for over 20 years to speak her mind. But 10Asia's interview with the actress revealed that her Korean was just as accurate and rich in expression. Whatever the question, she gave clear answers while appropriately adding in adjectives which would embellish her sentences. Her style of speech was just like her acting -- on point yet elaborate. Many people associated Kim with the term 'female soldier' for a long time after she made her film debut playing a North Korean spy in "Shiri". The audience was unfamiliar with this actress who till then had made a few unnoted appearances in Korean dramas, but she left her mark with "Shiri", standing strong with her role opposite top Korean actor Han Suk-kyu who played the South Korean agent she loves. She then took on "Gingko Bed 2: Danjeobiyeonsu" where her piercing eyes reached beyond the camera to the audience. And just when it seemed she would forever trap herself in the image of a female soldier, Kim started expanding on her scope of acting. In "Ardor", she suffered just like her character Mi-heun did until she found hope in her life. And she may have ended up being the stereotypical Asian woman and finicky lawyer with her roles in the "Lost" series and Korean pic "Seven Days" but with her belief that "it is up to the actor to fill in the empty spaces", her characters became individuals with something more than empty hearts.,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2

    2010/03/04, Source
    Actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia] Beck: What did you find likeable and entertaining about the script for "Secret Reunion"? Song: Ten years ago, I did the films "Shiri" and "JSA - Joint Security Area" which are both about South Korea, North Korea and men. So, "Secret Reunion" was similar to them in a way, a similar story, but the overall outline of the movie is completely different from the previous films. The film doesn't treat the South-North division as its theme but rather takes an incredibly soft, light and sophisticated approach to it. I thought that was closer to how the audience currently feels about the division and there was something lovely about a North Korean spy and a former South Korean intelligence service agent living together. I don't think I would have done the movie if it dealt seriously about the division at times like now. Beck:But didn't you choose to do the film because of the character or the role you would get to take on?,...More
  • "Avatar" becomes biggest blockbuster in Korea

    2010/03/02, Source
    Korean official movie poster of "Avatar" [20th Century Fox] James Cameron's Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" has become the most-watched film in Korean box office history, according to estimates by the official Korean Film Council over the weekend. Statistics showed that the animated picture, which opened in theaters mid-December, had garnered over a total 13.04 million admissions by Saturday to rise above former record holder "The Host" with around 13.02 million viewers.,...More
  • Book Features Korean Film Renaissance

    2010/02/26, Source
    By Chung Ah-young
    Staff Reporter

    In recent years, it has become more likely for Korean cineastes to be placed under the international spotlight at major film festivals worldwide.

    Over the past,...
  • Son Ye-jin hops aboard new Kang Je-gyu pic

    2010/02/18, Source
    Actress Son Ye-jin [Barunson Entertainment] Actress Son Ye-jin has joined the cast of top South Korean director Kang Je-gyu's Hollywood debut pic, according to the film's producer on Thursday. The critically acclaimed actress will play the main female role opposite Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun in the film tentatively titled "My Way", based on the Invasion of Normandy during World War II. Son will play the role of a woman who agonizes over her love for a Korean man and a Japanese man who both fight in the war.,...More
  • Kim Yunjin to grace cover of U.S. entertainment magazine

    2010/02/11, Source
    Korean actress Kim Yunjin [Asia Economic Daily] Korean actress Kim Yunjin will be featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, one of the top entertainment magazines in the United States, according to Kim's agency Zion Entertainment. The actress, who is currently in shooting for the final season of ABC's hit series "Lost", posed for the cover of the magazine alone for the first time. She had appeared on the front of the publication over several occasions alongside other members of the show but never by herself.,...More
  • Kim Yunjin sets up entertainment firm

    2010/01/28, Source
    Korean actress Kim Yoon-jin [Asia Economic Daily] Korean actress Kim Yunjin has set up her own talenthouse called Zion Entertainment. Zion announced in a press release that the agency, established by Kim, will work in affiliation with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME Entertainment), maintaining a system similar to its U.S. counterpart.,...More
  • Kang and Song say bonded like brothers in "Secret Reunion"

    2010/01/21, Source
    Director Jang Hoon (center) poses with his lead actors Song Kang-ho (left) and Gang Dong-won attend a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the COEX Megabox Multiplex theater in Seoul, South Korea on January 19, 2010. [Creative Film Marketing] Press conference for film "Secret Reunion" Song Kang-ho keeps throwing verbal jabs which makes the audience burst out in laughter. Gang Dong-won wears a complex, multi-layered look in his eyes that has not been seen in any of his previous films. From what has been revealed at the press conference for "Secret Reunion", held at Seoul's Megabox Multiplex on Tuesday, "Secret Reunion""Secret Reunion" not only maximized the strengths of the two actors but also took an unexpected turn. The character Han-gyu, a former NIS (National Intelligence Service) agent who now runs a detective agency, appears to be a mixture of Song's two previous characters -- the NIS agent in "Shiri" and the middle-aged mobster in "The Show Must Go on". But his remarks in the movie go far beyond just being funny lines spoken by a character -- it's as if the actor and the character have become one. And one can see in the close-up shots that Gang Dong-won -- who looks as slick as a deer even when he's wearing suits that have long gone out of fashion -- carries in his eyes the intensity of a North Korean spy who is immensely conflicted between his ideology and his emotions.,...More
  • 'Fantasy of Korea Key to Drawing Global Audience'

    2010/01/11, Source
    By Kang Hyun-kyung
    Staff Reporter

    Korea doesn't seem to spark the imagination of North Americans, and this partly explains why Korean films are not popular there, observed an award-winning filmmak,...
  • Gang Dong-won says envies Song Kang-ho's animal instincts

    2010/01/06, Source
    From left, actor Song Kang-ho, director Jang Hoon and actor Kang Dong-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 5, 2009. [Lee Ji-hyuk/10Asia] A former South Korean intelligence agency official and a North Korean spy sent to South Korea. In most films, such a setting would end as a tragedy or result in a clash of ideologies as was the case in films "Shiri" or "JSA - Joint Security Area". These characters, who have been trained for the good of their country, will confront each other brutally or will have to face numerous conspiracies as was the case with the NSS agents in KBS TV series "IRIS". But "Secret Reunion" is a film which seems to be set on providing a new form of enjoyment through its characters. Unlike its poster showing a resolutely determined Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won, a preview video revealed at a press conference for the film on Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel drew frequent bursts of laughter from the audience. Lee Han-gyu (played by Song) who looks better as the owner of a detective agency than the national intelligence service from which he has been expelled, and North Korean spy Song Ji-won (played by Kang) who still flaunts his outstanding looks on screen despite the director's efforts to do his best to "make him not look like a model", start living together for different purposes. Lee employes Song to win a prize money given for catching spies and Song starts working at Lee's agency to make money to return to the North. Each character, both of whom have been ousted by their organizations, will try to use the other as a tool to reclaim their original positions but the wall between them starts collapsing. "Secret Reunion", which focused on the individual changes the two characters go through regardless of their different ideologies, is set for release on February 4. Below are excerpts from the press conference attended by Song, Kang and director Jang. Actor Song Kang-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] Q: What sort of film is "Secret Reunion"? Jang Hun (Jang): A South Korean man in the National Intelligence Service meets with a North Korean man sent to the South as a spy. The film is about the two men who start out as enemies but change after seeing the humane sides to each other while living together.,...More
  • Mystery Thriller "White Night" Opens

    2009/11/30, Source
    Based on Keigo Higashino's best-selling mystery novel ("Byakuyako" in Japanese) and produced by hit director-producer Kang Woo-seok (",...More
  • Korean/Japanese Screen Adaption 'White Night' in Production

    2009/10/01, Source
    There has been an increasing amount of Japanese Korean cinematic business happening of late and new adaption of novel "White Night" adds a,...More
  • Choi Min-sik Escapes Oncreen to The Himalayas

    2009/05/31, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    Actor Choi Min-sik has returned to local screens to take the audience on a faraway journey to ",...
  • 'Iris' to Bring Spy Story to Small Screen

    2009/05/24, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    "IRIS" is gearing up for a new genre of drama ―,...
  • Korean Stars Come under One Roof in the U.S.
    2009/04/29, Source
    The merger of two major talent agencies in America, William Morris and Endeavor, has brought Korean stars together under one roof. Contracted with William Morris are Singer Rain, actress,...More
  • What's on Cultural Horizon in 2009?
    2008/12/30, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    The year 2009 is now finally around the corner, and it is about time to prepare for the New Year. The past year was an interesting one, and readers can now preview what is planned in 2009.


    Historical Dramas on the Rise: The three major networks are pl,...
  • Film Fests Offer Retrospective, Award to Korean Movie Stars
    2008/10/22, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    Two film festivals in France and India are paying respect to local actors and directors by holding retrospectives and offering awards.

    The 14th Lyon Asian Film Festival will hold a retrospective on Korean movie star,...
  • Jeon Do-yeon on Pregnancy, Post-Cannes Film

    2008/09/21, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    Actress Jeon Do-yeon seems to have it all, having won the Best Actress award at Cannes last year and about to,...
  • 'Good, Bad, Weird' Revamps Cinema for Fall Lineup
    2008/08/05, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    When you hit rock bottom, there's no other way but up.

    After hitting a record low in May, Korean cinema is slowly emerging from the slump with a string of box office hits like ",...
  • 'Eye' Spies Perfect Crime

    2008/07/24, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    Korea's favorite leading men Han Suk-kyu and,...
  • Movie-Based Dramas to Fill TV Screens
    2008/07/08, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...
  • Asian Stars Team Up to Help China
    2008/05/26, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    Korean star J.Y. Park and director Kang Je-gyu, and Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan have come tog,...
  • Books Map Out Korean Film History

    2008/04/25, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    Korea is increasingly becoming an important film market ― ranking sixth and seventh in the world in terms of audience size and ticket sales, respectively, acc,...
  • [THE HIGH TIDE OF THE KOREAN WAVE(32)] Spain discovers Korea and cries out for more

    2008/04/22, Source
    In the last few years, Korean films, TV dramas and pop music have become immensely popular abroad, a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave. This is the 32nd in a series of essays by a select group of sc,...More
  • [THE HIGH TIDE OF THE KOREAN WAVE(25)] Hallyu: the Koreanization of world culture

    2008/03/21, Source
    In the last few years, Korean films, TV dramas and pop music have become immensely popular abroad, a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave. This is the 25th in a series of essays by a select group of sc,...More
  • Korean Actress Kim Gains Spotlight in the United States

    2008/03/11, Source
    Despite having been an established actress in her native South Korea for almost 10 years, Kim Yunjin's star is still on the rise. Her career in K,...More
  • Yoon Eun-hye, Rain, Han Ye-seul... Stars cried and laughed over substitute casting
    2008/02/07, Source
    What is a common thing between Yoon Eun-hye, Rain, Han Ye-seul, Cho Seung-woo an,...More
  • Must-See Films in 2008
    2008/01/13, Source
    Star Power Reigns Big Screen

    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    This year, a long lineup of star-studded movies, both homegrown and Hollywood imports, awaits release with Korea's hottest stars and bona fide actors gracing the silver screen throughout 2008.

    While a high profile cast hasn't alwa,...
  • Hollywood Plans Remake of Korea's "Seven Days"

    2007/11/16, Source
    The rights to the Korean thriller "Seven Days" were recently gobbled up by Summit Entertainment, which plans to start filming in 2008 for a,...More
  • After Success in America, Actress Kim Yunjin Charts a New Path Back in Korea

    2007/11/13, Source
    The peculiar boom in abduction-themed movies in Korea is about is about to get a new twist. Most such movies have depicted parents as weak and helpless, but,...More
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist Wows Filmgoers
    2007/10/24, Source
    The difference between a blockbuster film and a flop has a lot to do with the plot, the acting or even the marketing.
    But one crucial factor that's easily overlooked is what makes films look believable.
    Nam Kiyung has this story.
    Movies bring our imaginations to life on the silver screen, and the,...
  • Rise of Korean Films Seen in World Cinema
    2007/09/25, Source
    The New York Times ran a story in June headlined "Korea emerges as epicenter of Asian film and music", which focused on the rise of Korean films in world cinema.

    The story said Asian genre films, especially those from Korea, have built a steady following in the West since Hong Kong cinema broke o,...
  • Takeover of Korea's MK Pictures
    2007/07/12, Source
    The founders of major Korean film industry player MK Pictures, director Kang Je-gyu, CEO LEE Eun and president SHIM Jae-myeong, announced that they have sold their shares, worth 29% of the company, to a group of five investors. The group, head,...More
  • HAN Seok-kyu and CHA Seung-won's On-screen Showdown

    2007/06/25, Source
    Han Suk-kyu and Cha Seung-won will play the leading roles in a crime film with the Kor,...More
  • Hit movies revisit audiences as musicals
    2007/06/18, Source
    Creating a new catch phrase "moviecal boom" in the country's entertainment industry, a number of musicals based on hit movies will be staged in the coming months. Smash-hit Korean movies, including "200 Pounds Beauty",,...More
  • The Top Korean Movies by Box Office Takings
    2007/06/08, Source
    As big Hollywood blockbusters start flooding our screens this summer, with every one claiming some box office record or other, the Chosun Ilbo for the first time rates the ticket sales of Korean movies, as opposed to audience numbers. The numbers come from movie distributors like CJ Entertainment, S,...More
  • Scriptwriter Choi Wan-gyoo to write TV version of 'Shiri'

    2007/05/21, Source
    Choi Wan-gyoo who wrote scripts for numerous hit television series including,...More
  • Kim Yunjin Reveals How She Made It in Hollywood

    2007/05/15, Source
    The Korean star of the hit U.S. drama "Lost", Kim Yunjin is to reveal the inside story of her struggle and triumph in Hollywood in a memoir provi,...More
  • Kim Yunjin Cast in New Korean Film

    2007/03/30, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Actress Kim Yunjin, who now stars in the popular American television drama "Lost", will return to local cine,...
  • Song Kang-ho tests his versatility again

    2007/03/29, Source
    Song Kang-ho played an eccentric yet strangely charming gangster in "No. 3" (1997), w,...More
  • KBS Marks 80th Anniversary
    2007/02/23, Source
    Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) will celebrate its 80th anniversary with various special programs ranging from documentaries to movies.

    On Feb. 26, KBS 1TV will air a concert by legendary trot singer Lee Mi-ja-I, who will perform some 30 songs that set milestones in the 80-year history of Korea's,...
  • Korean Actress Kim Yunjin Appears on ABC's talk show "The View"

    2007/02/06, Source
    Korean actress Kim Yunjin, best known for her role as the adventurous Sun Kwon in ABC's hit series "Lost", appeared on Barbara Walters' talk show,...More
  • 200 Pounds Beauty Weighs in at the Box Office

    2007/02/02, Source
    Month-end box office tabulations for January, according to Film 2.0, have placed local comedy 200 Pounds Beauty past 6.23 million ad,...More
  • '200 Pounds Beauty' reveals its beauty at the box office

    2007/02/01, Source
    Kim Ah-joong emerges as a big-time actress thanks to success of plastic surgery story

    By Yang Sung-jin

    A transformation story, if well cr,...
  • 'Korean Wave' now testing U.S. waters
    2006/11/09, Source
    There is no question that a Korean Wave is sweeping Asia. Sophisticated and trendy Korean movies, television dramas and music are widely loved throughout the region. But skeptics have long doubted the regional wave would ever cross the Pacific Ocean to hit North America, much less become significant,...More
  • Korean movies turning heads in Hollywood: LA Times
    2006/11/07, Source
    The Los Angeles Times has reported that Korea's burgeoning movie industry is penetrating the international movie market, enjoying a creative surge reminiscent of 1970s Hollywood when the films of Martin Scorsese and Hal Ashby first burst onto the big screen.

    In an article titled "Coming attractio,...
  • 'Hanbando' overdoses on nationalism: movie review
    2006/08/05, Source
    The new movie "Hanbando" (Korean Peninsula) begins with the hypothetical premise that Japan will emerge in the near future as the main opponent of the unification of North and South Korea.

    It also criticizes Japan's historical distortions,...
  • Kim Yunjin Basks in Admiration of U.S. Fans
    2006/08/03, Source
    "When Americans recognize me it's very surprising", confesses Kim Yunjin, still evidently unused to being an internationally-known star thanks to her part in the hit TV drama "Lost". This Friday, she appears on a talk show on the cable channel C,...More
  • Local Movies Thrive on Nationalism

    2006/07/19, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Korean movies thrive on nationalism as five of the 10 recent box-office local movies deal with nationalistic themes.

    Heavy on anti-Japanese sentiment or rather on,...
  • Nationalistic 'Hanbando' Lacks Healthy Perspective

    2006/07/13, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    The new movie "Hanbando" (the Korean Peninsula) begins with the hypothetical premise that Japan will emerg,...
  • Weekend Screenings Korean War Films at KOFA
    2006/06/09, Source
    The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) programmed Korean films dealing with the Korean War and the division of Korea with English subtitles. The films will be screened on weekend afternoons in the month June. The program is titled "War and Society: 1950-2000" (,...More
  • Film producers stampede into musicals
    2006/05/08, Source
    The growing local musical industry is attracting major film production companies, which are deemed to be the highest profit makers in cultural industries.

    CineLine-II, the production company of "Running Boy" ("Marathon") (2005) and,...
  • 'Border,' Personal Stories of NK Defectors

    2006/05/04, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    The situation in the war-torn Korean Peninsula has been an important motif in many local films.

    In recent years, however, their main focus has shifted from the se,...
  • A War of Films This Spring
    2006/04/23, Source
    Local Human Dramas Compete With Hollywood Blockbusters

    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Spring is traditionally an off-season for the local film industry. But next month seems to be an exception to the rule.

    Many small-budget local movies and Hollywood blockbusters are slated for release,...
  • Film "Shiri" to Be Adapted into 20-Episode TV Drama in Japan
    2006/03/29, Source
    The film "Shiri" (1998) produced by Kang Jae-gyu Film (currently MK Pictures), which broke the box-office record of previous domestic films in 1999, will be remade as a TV drama in Japan.

    MK Pictures, headed by Lee Eun, said it has signed a,...
  • Korean Film Sets Sights on the World
    2006/03/28, Source
    In 1988 the Korean film industry was on the verge of failing. In accordance with trade liberalization, United International Pictures (UIP) announced the direct distribution of films in Korea. Due to the direct distribution, Hollywood films in Korea have increased twice as much as the previous year (,...More
  • 'Seopyeonje' - This 1993 film broke new ground as a cultural blockbuster
    2006/03/24, Source
    Adam Hartzell (internews)

    Nothing is more frustrating in the world of Korean DVDdom than the fact that Im Kwon-taek's "Seopyeonje" still has yet to be made available on DVD wi,...
  • 'The King and the Clown' Draws 10 Million Viewers
    2006/02/10, Source
    Some 9.78 million people had watched the hit film "The King and the Clown" as of Thursday, the film's distributor Cinema Service said Friday. It predicted ticket sales will reach the 10 million mark around Saturday afternoon, 4,...More
  • 'Vampire Cop Ricky' Lacks Bite

    2006/02/09, Source
    By Joon Soh
    Contributing Writer

    "Vampire Cop Ricky", which opens on Friday, is an action comedy about a policeman who turns into,...
  • South Korea’s Screen Quota Slashed in Half
    2006/01/30, Source
    By Nigel D'Sa
    Editor / Writer

    In an abrupt turn-around the South Korean government announced a day before the Lunar New Year's holiday weekend, that it would reduce Korea's screen quota system by half.

    The decision, which goes into effect July 1, 2006, will cut the number of days a theater is,...
  • Behind Rise of Korean Films

    2006/01/06, Source
    By Kim Ki-tae
    Staff Reporter

    A row of actors, from left, Kim Seung-woo,,...
  • 'Typhoon' Ready to Hit Nation
    2005/12/06, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    The division between South and North Korea has been a successful formula in the local movie industry, proved in such blockbuster films as "Shiri" in 1998, ",...
  • Kim Yunjin Makes Her Presence Felt in Hollywood
    2005/11/28, Source
    Actress Kim Yunjin of the ABC's hit drama, "Lost", had an interview with Korean reportes on November 22 following the recent premiere of her hot new movie in Seoul. Kim stars as a mother of a son who is a victim of school violence in a thriller,...More
  • 'Lost' Star Returns Home
    2005/11/22, Source
    Kim Yunjin, a rising star in Hollywood due to her growing part in the ABC drama "Lost", has returned home. She stars in "Diary of June" alongside,...More
  • Japanese Film Theater to Open
    2005/11/08, Source
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Lee Bong-ou, president of Japanese theater chain Cine Qua Non, poses at the chain's first Korean branch in Myongdong, downtown Seoul. The theater opens on Nov. 11.

    Japanese theater chain Cine Qua Non (CQN) will open its first Korean branch in Myongdong, downtown,...
  • Performing Arts Aim to Join 'Hallyu'
    2005/10/27, Source
    By Bae Keun-min
    Staff Reporter

    South Korea and its export-oriented economy seem to have found new bestsellers, thanks to "hallyu", the wave of enthusiasm for Korean pop culture sweeping Asia. Korea's cultural contents such as films, TV dramas and K-pop, have emerged as hot export commodities.

  • Korean Film, 'A Moment to Remember' Tops Japanese Box Office
    2005/10/26, Source
    The Korean movie "A Moment to Remember", starring Jung Woo-sung and Sohn Ye-jin dominated the Japanese box office this past weekend, finishing number one ahead of Hollywoo,...More
  • Silly or Serious, Kim Yunjin Reaches for Stardom
    2005/10/20, Source
    The influential U.S. entertainment magazine People calls her "Korea's Julia Roberts", becoming the latest American media outlet to make a beeline for Kim Yunjin's door because of her growing popularity in the ABC hit drama "Lost". People ran a w,...More
  • Yonsama Film Sets Japanese Box Office Record
    2005/10/18, Source
    The film, "April Snow", featuring local star Bae Yong-joon, has earned more than two-billion yen as of Sunday, the best-ever box office total for a Korean film released in Japan.

  • Kim Yunjin's Star Rising on U.S. Network TV
    2005/10/06, Source
    Korean actress Kim Yunjin's popularity in the U.S. is growing after her part in ABC's "Lost" became bigger in recent weeks. On Wednesday (local time), Kim made an appearance on the popular Los Angeles area Fox network morning show "Good Day LA".,...More
  • 'Mafia' Sequel Hits 5-Million Viewer Mark
    2005/10/04, Source
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 Produced by
 Kang Je-gyu (강제규)
 Cheon Se-hwan (천세환)
 Assistant director
 Baek Woon-hak (백운학)
 Assistant director
 Lee Dong-joon (이동준)
 Score composer
 Jeon Yoon-soo (전윤수)
 Assistant director
 Park Kok-ji (박곡지)
 Kim Jeong-woo (김정우)
 Script supervisor
 Park Je-hyeon (박제현)
 Kim Min-soo-III (김민수)
 Martial arts team
 Jung Doo-hong (정두홍)
 Martial arts director
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
 Yang Kil-yong (양길영)
 Martial arts team
 Jung Jae-hwan-I (정재환)
 Music department
 Seo Beom-sik (서범식)
 Martial arts team
 Hwang Sang-jun (황상준)
 Music department
 Ahn Gap-yong (안갑용)
 Martial arts team
 Jang Youn-Jung (장윤정)
 Costume department
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Release date in South Korea : 1999/02/13

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Good movie. Really threaded well the tension between North and South Korea in this movie. and the acting was good. this was a good movie.
2007-08-16 20:14:46
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