[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.11 ~ 2016.11.13 2016/11/21,
J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut summons the masses with magic...
David Yates's fantasy flick "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" arrived in Korea last Wednesday and dethroned a weary "Doctor Strange" at the top of the pile. For the past three weeks, Marvel's mind-bending spectacle has been riding high in the Land of the Morning Calm, but this new magical storm from Warner Bros. Pictures has sent the doctor down a few notches by summoning plenty fresh feet to Korea's big screens,...More
Kim Yoo-jung's thirteen year transformation as an actress 2016/01/18, Source,
tvN's 'Name List' revealed Kim Yoo-jung's throwback images on January 18th.
Kim Yoo-jung was still a child actress only a few years ago, who was loved as much as now even then. When she won the Top Ten Star award at MBC Drama Awards 2015, she drew much attention for being only a teenage actress among other recipients. Let's take a look at her 13 year career as an actress,...More
When are Bae Yong-joon, Won Bin and Lee Young-ae coming back? 2014/07/15, Source,
When can we see them?
Several writers and directors have been sending their calls of love but the actors remain silent. Top stars who are highly wanted have been gone for far too long. Lee Young-ae is one of them. They have been gone for a maximum of 9 years, enough for a mountain to change its form. They are on the top of the list but they are hard to see and now it's becoming frustrating,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" 2013/11/16, In the Spotlight this Week: "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" by Park Chan-wook
Revenge is a deeply personal affliction, a stubborn demon that relentlessly haunts and hinders until it is suitably exorcised from our fleshly casings. Usually such a drive has just one corrupted driver, a single soul who sets out to rebalance the scales against those who infected their world. In Park Chan-wook's award-winning "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005), that model of revenge was given an edgy feminine salting as Park mused over mob justice in the most intimate fashion imaginable. The film forms the final bloody act in Park's, critically acclaimed and labelled, 'Vengeance Trilogy'. It's a gut-wrenching cinematic series of revengeful events that pushed the boundaries of the thriller genre – the unofficial pirate ship of modern Korean cinema,...More
10 Years On, Lee Young-ae Looks Back at 'Dae Jang Geum' 2013/09/14, Source,
This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide hit MBC series "Dae Jang Geum", which at one point reached a viewer rating of 57.8 percent. The story about a cook at the Chosun court who overcomes hardships to become the king's first female physician captivated viewers in some 90 countries and marked the golden age of the Korean Wave.
To mark the anniversary, the show's star Lee Young-ae, gave the Chosun Ilbo an exclusive interview on Monday,...More
CJ Entertainment Proudly Presents "A Werewolf Boy" 2013/07/23,
Some Instincts Can Never Be Tamed ... Is It Possible He Continues to Wait for Her? Romantic Fantasy Comes to Life on DVD Aug. 13th Sometimes love can wait a lifetime in the romantic fantasy "A Werewolf Boy", captivating DVD Aug. 13 from CJ Entertainment America. An unexpected phone call summons an elderly woman, who has lost interest in life, back to Korea and the remote cottage in the countryside where she spent a tumultuous time in her youth. Memories overwhelm Suni (Park Bo-young) of a feral and mute orphan (Song Joong-ki) who the family took in ... only to discover that he was a creature never meant to exist,...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] Is Spike Lee out of his depth with "Old Boy"? 2013/04/27,
Although its official release date is still a long way off (early October 2013), Spike Lee's "Oldboy" has finally given us something to look at. A poster teaser was recently released that shows little more that twenty red scratches, along with the controversial titling: "A Spike Lee joint" (whatever that means). Indeed, since it was announced that Park Chan-wook's award winning film was to be given the Hollywood 'bump', fans and critics alike have been very vocal in asking the very simple and obvious question-Why?,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' in competition at Venice 2012/08/29, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk, left, speaks at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. Kim's latest work "Pieta", starring actress Jo Min-soo, center, and actor Lee Jung-jin, will vie for the top prize Golden Lion at the 69th Venice Film Festival which kicked off Wednesday. / Yonhap
By Rachel Lee, Kwaak Je-yup It's the time of the year again when the world's finest film directors and stars flock to an island in north eastern Italy. The Venice Film Festival, the oldest event of its kind in the world, opened Wednesday on the island of Lido, and veteran director Kim Ki-duk will represent Korea for the main competition. "I would like to see and learn how other directors look at today's society", said Kim at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. "It will provide new perspectives".,...More
Kim Ki-duk's new film up for competition in Venice fest 2012/07/31, Source, Korean director Kim Ki-duk's latest film "Pieta" has been invited to a competitive section of this year's Venice International Film Festival, the movie's local distributor said. "Pieta" was among the 18 films chosen to compete for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 69th Venice film festival, which runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, NEW, the distributor, said in a release Thursday,...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
[Review] I Saw The Devil: revenge at any cost 2012/06/01, Source,
Soo-hyeon unaware at the cannibal's home
Choi Min-sik is back as the psycho killer in the murder-thriller "I Saw the Devil". Min-sik's character, Kyung-chul is cold, ruthless and deceptive. In the opening scene Kyung-chul is seen assisting a young woman with a flat tire. Soo-hyeon, the fiancé of the woman in the car talks with her on the phone as she waits for a tow truck. She begins to get suspicious when Kyung-chul ominously hangs outside her car window. He strikes with brutal swiftness with a hammer, knocking her out. Later he drags her back to his kill-house where he hacks her up despite her calls for mercy,...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
Four leading Korean directors working on overseas projects 2011/11/21, Source,
By JU Sung Chul
With leading Korean directors Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Kim Jee-woon and Ryoo Seung-wan all working on overseas productions, journalist JU Sung Chul examines the details of their projects for "Korean Cinema Today"
The year 2012 looks like it will see an unprecedented rush of Korean directors working onforeign projects. This phenomenon seems similar to the situation back in the late 1990s when Hong Kong directors John WOO, Ringo LAM, TSUI Hark, Kirk WONG and Ronny YU all directed films produced in Hollywood.What's different is that whereas they were inclined to make films only in Hong Kong's specialty genre - the action film, their Korean counterparts are expected to make films that will retains the directors' varyingstyles and sensibilities. Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" and Kim Jee-woon's "The Last Stand" are produced by Hollywood-based companies while Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" and Ryoo Seung-wan's "The Berlin File" (working title) are to be co-productions,...More
Yellow Sea and other Korean films win at Sitges 2011/10/19, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director NA Hong-Jin Won the Best Director award for "The Yellow Sea" at the recently wrapped Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. One of the world's leading fantastic (i.e., genre) film festivals, the 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia ran Oct. 6 – 16 this year. The festival awarded Best Motion Picture to Red State, directed by Kevin Smith,...More
"Quick" is Speeding Its Way to the United States and Canada! +Win FREE Tickets! 2011/08/12, Source, "Quick" redefines the Korean blockbuster and blasts away the summer heat! The speed maniac and motorcycle messenger Gi-su receives a mysterious call when he is about to take Arom, his ex-girlfriend and a member of a girl band, to a live broadcast. Suddenly, a mysterious voice on the phone warns that there is a bomb wire to Arom's helmet and that a package must be delivered to a designated address within 30 minutes. "Remove the helmet or fail to complete the mission and the bomb goes off". ...As the clock is ticking, the two begin a race against time to stay alive,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Eatyourkimchi.com: Korea through the eyes of Simon and Martina 2011/06/18,
Meet Simon and Martina. This young Canadian couple started making videos about Korea back in May 2008 and since then, their website (www.eatyourkimchi.com) has gathered serious momentum. Their videos were originally made for putting their friends and families at ease with their decision to travel to Korea, but now their aims for their site have skyrocketed as viewers from around the world log on to catch up on their weekly dose of hilarity and Korean culture.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Revenge: Korean Style! 2011/06/11,
Alfred Hitchcock once said "Revenge is sweet and not fattening", a stance shared in Korea as the suspense thriller genre has become synonymous with their film industry.
Along with the melodrama, revenge films and themes have become all too easy to identify in some of the most famous films to come out of Korea in the last ten years. This apparent sweet tooth has indeed been affected by Korea's turbulent socio-political history and perhaps a social consciousness persists that past injustices have not been adequately addressed both globally and locally,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
The 40-year-old gave natural birth to a girl and boy, around 10:30,...More
Korean shorts win awards 2011/02/21, Source,
Director Park Chan-kyong poses with his Golden Bear award of the International Short Film Jury for his film "Night Fishing", co-directed by Park Chan-wook, during the awards ceremony at the 61st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Feb. 19. / Reuters-Yonhap
By Chung Ah-young
Korean film director Park Chan-wook's latest short film "Paranmanjang (Night Fishing)" in collaboration with his brother Chan-kyong, won the Gold Bear for Best Short Film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Thirst" 2011/02/19,
As I am sure most people did, I went into this film with high expectations of another gripping masterpiece by the critically acclaimed Park Chan-wook. Vampires? I was sceptical if Park's cinematic vision could transfer to the vampire genre to produce another deeply satisfying thrill ride.
Park's previous films offer fairly enigmatic storylines that ask the viewer to engage in his work actively. He likes to grab his audience early on and encourage them to be attentive spectators, engaging them in the celluloid spectacle like detectives. His dreamscape is one that draws on the darker side of humanity; he captures, exposes and expresses sensitive issues and taboos of society,...More
[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 2 2010/12/22, Source,
Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: You recently played a middle school student in "Happy Maker Soonjung". How was that? Kim Yoo-jung: It was fun because I got to wear a uniform but I don't think there's much difference in terms of the acting. 10: What do you think it'll be like when you go to middle school? Kim Yoo-jung: I think I'll have a lot of fun. People say it's when you have the most fun. Oh, except for the studying. (laugh) Middle schools these days have snack bars, right? But not in Ilsan! And they study more than kids do in Seoul. Elementary schools in Seoul only test you in Korean language, math, social studies and science, and although it may differ depending on your principal, in the city of Goyang you get tested in English and the arts and physical education as well,...More
"I Saw the Devil" was finally released in theaters Thursday after several painful raps by the Korea Media Ratings B,...More
[INTERVIEW] Korean actress Kang So-ra 2010/07/27, Source,
Actress Kang So-ra [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name isKang So-ra. I was born on February 18, 1990. I was born early in the year so according to the Lunar calendar, I am a year older, which makes it easier for me to become friends with people born in 1989 but a bit weird to have people born in 1990 call me unni [older sister in Korean], so it's a bit difficult. I published a martial arts novel when I was in fifth grade. The publication was based on a character named Ajin from a martial arts website and this one member whose ID was Nokcheon rooted a lot for me. It's sad that I don't have a copy of it,...More
The Busan Film Festival Visits the U.S. 2009/11/13, Source, The Busan Film Festival and the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts have formed a partnership to screen Korean films at the U.S. campus. The university, located in Orange California, will screen a select number of contemporary and classic films designed to introduce U.S. audienc,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Bae Seul-gi in a Hollywood film! 2008/12/15, Source, Bae Seul-gi will be the main actress in the new global Hollywood film "Finale" which European actors and actresses are working on.
Bae has been in Germany since the beginning of December and has been filming the teaser film and poster. Her character is the cold blooded killer "Siyeon" who fights against the Italian Mafia with her martial skills. The setting will be the Korea vs Italy soccer game back in 2002.,...More
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
Korean Films Win Recognition in Europe 2008/03/14, Source, Now, there appears to be growing interest in Korean films overseas.
Domestic productions are winning critical acclaim at major film festivals in particular, in Europe.
Jeong Soyun explains.
Korean films are gaining increasing recognition on the international stage, winning numerous awards and h,...More
2nd London Korean Film Festival Starts 2007/11/01, Source, 15 Korean films are being showcased this November at the 2nd annual London Korean Film Festival, screening at the Barbican in London's financial district. Opening the weeklong festival, which runs the 2nd to the 8th, is Kim Ki-duk's 2007 Canne,...More
KOFIC and UK Film Council Announce Deal 2007/10/17, Source, In an important pact between the two countries, the UK Film Council and its Korean counterpart KOFIC signed a Co-Distribution Agreement during this year's Pusan International Film Festival. Beginning in November 2007, distributors of UK and Korean films will be eligible for print and advertising su,...More
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
BUSAN _ The Korean Peninsula is sizzling up with not one but two hot spots. Deep south in Korea's largest port city, the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) turned into a cinephile's playground as the festive opening event unrolled Thursday night.,...More
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio is a French writer whose name often appears on pundits' lists of candidates for the Nobel Prize for Literature along with South Korean poet Ko Un. He is also one of the French writers who have a peculiar hold on the Korean literary cir,...More
Veteran film and television actors and actresses are returning to the theater this spring.
Their move is expected to galvanize the theater scene, which is currently drawing smaller audiences.
For a long time, theaters have been losing a number of veteran ac,...More
Positive Effect of South Korean Media Claimed in North Korea 2007/02/14, Source, A survey was conducted among 30 North Korean defectors who are currently living in South Korea. According to them, the North Korean government is trying to improve people's lives to anticipate possible social unrest which they suspect could be ignited by what people see in South Korean popular cultu,...More
Korean Wave Swamps N.Korean Authorities 2007/02/01, Source, South Korean popular culture has become a headache for North Korean authorities, who seem unable to stem its samizdat spread there. Quoting North Korean refugees, a government official said Thursday many South Korean soap operas and movies have made their way into North Korea, and some young people,...More
One of the most conspicuous phenomena of 2006 was the "going-solo" trend among former boy band and girl band members. In fact, this year's K-pop scene has been crowded with what seems like an endless procession of "first solo albums".
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
Korean films 06 in London 2006/10/02, Source, London will host the free Korean film 06 from September 27 till October 1. The programmed films range from animations for children to comedies to dramas. The venue is the Odeon Covent Garden at Shaftsbury Avenue in the heart of London.
Among the selected films are popular films like the feel-good,...More
The festival will feature films in various genres by South Korean and Korean-American filmmakers, including short films, documentaries and anime films. The film "Run,...More
Korean filmfest kicks off in L.A. 2006/09/28, Source, The Los Angeles Korean International Film Festival kicks off its one-week run Friday at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood, featuring an array of contemporary Korean and Korean-American films.
The third annual festival starts with an opening night presentation of director,...More
Organized by the Korean Culture Center in the U.K. and the Korea Culture & Content Agency, this year's festival will mark the year of mutual visits to South Korea and the U.K. The festival will screen eight domestic hit movies and fou,...More
Ziyi Zhang speaks during a conference in Seoul for her latest movie.
Ziyi Zhang, China's top actress came to town yesterday to promote her latest movie, "The Banquet". The epic film, which also stars Daniel Wu and is directed by Feng Xiagang, was recentl,...More
The festival's organizing committee selects film for special screenings based on strict c,...More
Time and The Host Compete in Spain 2006/07/12, Source, Two Korean films have been invited to competition sections of the 39th Sitges International Film Festival, one of the top three fantasy film festivals in the world, held annually in Catalonia, Spain. Running October 6th to the 15th, Sitges recently announced the selection of two films by South Korea,...More
Korean Film Directors series published by KOFIC 2006/04/04, Source, To increase the international standing of Korean film directors and to promote the international circulation of Korean films, KOFIC announces the publication of the first three books in the Korean Film Directors series. By publishing this series, KOFIC aims to help Korean films and Korean film direc,...More
Seven Korean Films to Air on American Cable 2006/03/09, Source, Seven Korean films, including "Old Boy" and "Samaria", will be shown on the Sundance Movie Channel, an American cable TV network.
Kim Jee-suk, programmer of the Pusan International Film Festival, recently stated, "SunDance Movie Channel, a leading movie cable channel in the United States, has bough,...More
The Berlin International Film Festival wrapped February 18th with several prizes awarded to ethnic Koreans. Composer Peter KAM received the Silver Bear for Best Film Music for his score in the Hong Kong made Isabella.
The film production company IM Pictures on Saturday said movies sold to Japan and other Asian countries comprised 80 percent of the exports, with Europe taking 15.5 percent and North America 3.3 percent.
Domestic Film Market Share Exceeds 50 % for 3rd Consecutive Year 2005/12/14, Source, The public is continuing to lend their support to domestic films. According to a survey conducted by CJ CGV from Jan. 1 to Dec. 11 this year, the market share of domestic films was found to have exceeded 50 percent for the third year in a row. The number of moviegoers has also exceeded 100 million n,...More
Song Hye-kyo enjoys the height of her celebrity status through TV dramas such as,...More
Director Park Kwang-hyeon, 'Welcome to my movies' 2005/12/07, Source, The 2005 award ceremony of the Blue Dragon Awards was held at the KBS Hall in Yeouido on November 29. It was truly a festival of high flying stars. Every movie star and director representing Korea gathered together at the event. Although the award ceremony lasted for only a short while, viewers had,...More
"Welcome to Dongmakgol" has become the most commercially successful local film this year, attracting over 8 million moviegoers. But how "welcome" will it be at two upcoming domestic film award,...More
Hollywood Film Industry Welcomes Korean Pictures 2005/11/14, Source, Three recent Korean films have landed to rave reviews in the United States at the 26th annual American Film Market (AFM), which ended on November 9th 2005, held in Santa Monica, CA. AFM traditionally serves as a stepping-stone for the foreign films to be introduced into the American market to compet,...More
'Corpse Bride' in Surprise Korean Box Office Triumph 2005/11/08, Source, A Hollywood film has surprised the local film industry by topping the local box office last week for the first time in almost four months. "Corpse Bride", an animation by Tim Burton, garnered 69,410 viewers in Seoul last weekend, leaving local production ",...More
Korean Films Enjoying Favorable Acclaim Abroad 2005/10/19, Source, In other news today -- Korean movies are gaining wider recognition abroad from both critics and audiences.
Kim Hyung-eun reports on how Korean directors and actors are being received in Europe.
Film 'Antarctic Journal' Wins Award in Spain 2005/10/19, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ South Korean movie "Antarctic Journal" won the best Asian film award at this year's Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain, film producers in Seoul said Wednesday.
The movie, which was written and directed by,...More
In the last two days, veteran cinematographer Kim Jae-min has repeatedly stabbed himself in front of visitors to his booth at the 5th Busan International Film Commission and Industry Showcase (BIFCOM). Fortunately, he was using a safely designed stunt knife. The pro,...More
'If You Were Me' Makes Animated Plea for Tolerance 2005/09/23, Source, Even for those who avoid animated movies like the plague, "If You Were Me : Anima Vision" might be worth making an exception for. The six animated shorts bundled together here each offer a lively, spirited and unique take on the theme of discrimination and the experience of being different.
According to the Korean Film Council on Sept. 21, the movies to be screened at this year's Tokyo festival are "Colors Of The Rainy Day", one of the early wor,...More
Park Chan-wook leads Korean films' worldwide advancement 2005/09/21, Source, There is a term called "ticket power". Actors and actresses with ticket power are name brands in and of themselves. Moviegoers flock to watch a film simply because a specific actor with ticket power appears in the film.
Until recently, people with ticket power were almost always actors and actresse,...More
If everything we read in the papers were true, actress Song Hye-kyo would be leading a double life. In one, she makes appearances every so often at press showings of her feature works donning pretty dresses a,...More
'Dongmakgol' Seen by Over 3 Mil. Viewers 2005/08/16, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ A new homegrown film about Korean War enemies who combine forces to defend a peaceful mountain village from bombing has been seen by more than 3 million moviegoers nationwide, its distributor said Monday.
"Welcome to Dongmakgol" drew 3,057,889 people to cinemas across the nation,...More
The film was seen by 247,000 people in Seoul over Saturday and Sunday.
In the four days since its opening on Friday, "Dongmakgol" beat out la,...More
A Month for Movie Fans 2005/08/04, Source, August will be a month for movie fans, with well-made Korean films of various hues dominating the big screen. Two weeks after its debut, Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" remains unstoppable, attracting 2.1 million filmgoers as,...More
`Vengeance' Is Sweet at Box Office 2005/08/01, Source, The feature film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" was seen by some 1.45 million people in the first four days of its theatrical release, the best opening weekend for a film this year.
The film, which is the third installment of,...More
The character Keum-ja that she plays in "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (to be released on July 29) is a vicious woman who plans revenge for 13 years on the man who betrayed her. There was a time,...More
Director Park Chan-wook has been acclaimed for his previous films about revenge, but he says he believes revenge is meaningless and his coming film, the last in his revenge trilogy, takes a new look at the,...More
CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.
Lee Young-ae Attempts Striking Makeover 2005/05/03, Source, Actress Lee Young-ae showed off a totally new image in her latest movie "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". So far, Lee's image as commonly portrayed in her movie posters has been one of a naive-looking woman with long straight hair and no makeup w,...More
However, the director stated his standpoint that the movie will receive assessment grandly in the B,...More
Up close and personal with directors 2004/11/06, Source, At the world's most prestigious film festival in Cannes, only the media has access to ask questions to such brilliant directors as Quinton Tarantino and Michael Moore.
But at Seoul's new and perhaps smallest film event which debuted this week, the audience had the opportunity to pick the brain of,...More
Would you be able to kill an innocent child to save your wife's life? Although it sounds like a really bizarre or even ridiculous question, "Old Boy" director,...More
Dramatic impact of 'Old Boy' 2004/07/01, Source, With the media frenzy over "Old Boy"'s Grand Prize of the Jury triumph at the Cannes Film Festival finally beginning to die down, it should come as no surprise that this week's DVD review features - yes, you guessed it - "Old Boy" (2003). After all, how often does a psychological drama as good as More
aving seen all of Park Chan Wooks films they just keep getting better and better! If you have watched Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and Oldboy then the fact that all of the actors make cameos in this will only enhance the poingant and remarkable ending in his trilogy.
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I didnt expect that shes so versatile
and very effective portraiying that
role. shes really Angelic but dangerous
just saw the movie "Sympathy for Lady
Vengeance" I was moved!!! my mom even
cried beside me. Korean Movies never
failed to amaze me. I've known her
as Jang Geum, her name in Korean Series
her in Philippines i duno her real name
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