[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
Leafie flies to North American theaters 2011/12/02, Source,
Korea's highest grossing feature animation "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" has sold to Toronto-based 108 Media Group for all English-language rights.
Produced by leading production company Myung Films ("The President's Last Bang") and animation studio Odoltogi, the film is based on a bestselling novel about an amazing hen's adventures as she escapes to freedom, adopts a duckling as an egg, and ultimately makes a great sacrifice for motherhood,...More
Italy was once again awash with Korean colours at the 9th Florence Korean Film Festival.
This year the festival was able to secure a veritable whose who of Korean directors including Bong Joon-ho (,...More
Youn Yuh-jung's Movie Picks 2010/06/07, Source,
Actress Youn Yuh-jung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
To some generations, Youn Yuh-jung may be just another elderly actress whom they cannot quite tell apart from the late Yeo Woon-gye or Jeon Yang-ja. But to most viewers or moviegoers, Yoon is an irreplaceable actress. And with such a coarse voice too! "Many people have unique voices these days but back in the days, [my voice] was considered very bizarre. I heard this later on but people had said I won't make it because of my voice. Now that I think of it, I've overcome quite a lot of obstacles. (laugh)" But Yoon is an actress who has proved that what an actor needs is not perfect eyesight but the tentacles to sense even the drop of a needle, and not a clear and ringing voice but even if it is a single line that is spoken, a sound which will sound alive and move people's hearts,...More
Korean film "Poetry" to premiere in U.S. this fall 2010/05/27, Source,
Official poster for film "Poetry" [Uni-korea]
Korean film "Poetry", which won the award for best screenplay at this year's Cannes Film Festival, will premiere in the United States this fall, according to the film's distributer Unikorea Culture & Art Investment Co., Ltd. on Thursday.
Unikorea said KINO LORBER picked up the rights for the film in the U.S., showing their confidence in "Poetry" by quoting Manohla Dargis from the New York Times who said, "Actor Yoon Jung-hee's performance in the film was the most memorable production out of the (Cannes) festival",...More
Lee Jung-jae still in talks for film "The Housemaid - 2010" 2009/12/24, Source,
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Jung-jae is reconsidering his decision to appear in Jeon Do-yeon film "The Housemaid - 2010", agency Yedang Entertainment said a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Thursday.
Yedang explained that although Lee had initially considered doing the film, he is currently "negotiating the details at the request of the producers" and that "a final decision will be made soon".
The film's producer Miro Vision also confirmed today that "nothing has been set" regarding Lee's participation in the movie.,...More
Two Korean Classics to be Remade 2009/11/13, Source, Two Korean classic films from 2 prolific Korean directors whose films were part of and contributed to the famous Golden Age of Korean cinema are about to be remade. This period between the 1960's and 1970's helped lay the ground work for many of today's modern directors. The original ",...More
2nd Chungmuro Int'l Film Fest Kicks Off Sept. 3rd 2008/08/30, Source, The second edition of the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHIFFS) will bring a mixture of old and new to screens September 3rd, opening fittingly with director HIGUCHI Shinji's 2008 remake of a classic 1958 KUROSAWA Akira film, The Hidden Fortress. The curtain raiser and closing fil,...More
Kim Tae-sik wins AAIFF Emerging Director Award 2007/08/07, Source, The 30th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) closed its 10-day run July 28th with director KIM Tai-sik picking up one of the events main awards. The Emerging Director in Narrative Feature Award was given to KIM for his feature debut ",...More
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
Renowned German filmmaker speaks during a news conference at Sponge House theater in Apkujong-dong, Seoul, Wednesday. A retrospective of his films is being held in Seoul, which will later take place in other cities. /Yonhap
Wim Wenders is a highly acclaimed fil,...More
11th PIFF Announces Line-Up 2006/09/21, Source, Last week in Seoul at an unusually crowded press conference, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) director Kim Dong-ho and his team, presented an impressive line-up of premieres, programs, and celebrity events, all to take place during its,...More
In the domestic movie world, a pretty face seems to take priority over acting experience. As good-looking young actors tend to dominate big screens, it is hard to find older, domestic actors who are equal in status to Al Pacino or Robert De Niro abroad.
MK Pictures to launch distribution arm 2005/11/16, Source, MK Pictures, one of Korea's leading production companies that was formed from the merger of KangJeGyu Films, Myung Film and manufacturing company Buffalo Seshin in 2004, has announced that it will open a distribution arm.
MBC drama "The Fifth Republic", is at the center of controversy for its portrayal of the former dictatorial president Chun Doo-hwan and dealing with a sensitive political era that has not yet been historically evaluated.
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.
Eight local films will be among the Asian films heading to the 58th Cannes Film Festival, taking part in competition and non-competition categories from May 11-22 and presents 53 films from 28 countries.
The event will screen about 90 films and documentaries from 27 different countries celebrating women in cinema Most of the films will have English subtitles. Tickets: 3,000 won per screening. Located near Sinchon,...More
"The President's Last Bang (Kuttae Kusaramdul)" is a fictionalized account of the president's death on Oct. 26, 1979. The film came to be at,...More
Korean Films Record Attendance Rate of 66% in February 2005/03/03, Source, An analysis of box office sales conducted in February 2005 shows that, as of February, Korean films recorded the attendance rate of 65.9 percent, up 40 percent from the previous period. That increase is attributable to the success of Korean films such as ",...More
From romantic dramas to feature thrillers or simply time-killing blockbusters, a variety of films will be showing at local theaters during the upcoming New Year's holiday. Here is a brief run down on what's playing to help you choose your holiday entertainment.
A Seoul court on Monday ruled that an upcoming feature film dealing with the assassination of former President Park Chung-hee can be only shown on condition that it takes out actual footage of the incident.
The ruling comes after Park Ji-man, the only son of th,...More
Park Assassination Movie Preview Draws Lawmakers 2005/01/25, Source, A preview of a controversial movie about the assassination of former president Park Chung-hee drew crowds of lawmakers, but the late president's daughter and main opposition party leader was not among them.
Bringing a controversial historical moment to the big screen has made the film "The President's Last Bang (Kuddae Kusaramdul)" a hot topic in the usual entertainment circles as well as in the,...More
Film, drama star Korean presidents 2005/01/20, Source, Whatever their intentions, anybody attempting to pry open Korea's recent history opens a Pandora's Box. The clamor over declassified documents on secret reparations agreements between Korea and Japan serves as the latest proof of the dangers involved in reopening the history books.
Despite the ris,...More
ad to say im not up on my S. Korean history. Perhaps its even more sad that all i get is what i see in S. Korean movies. But The Presidents last bang had HAN SEOK KYU! Just my favorite actor in the world! and im a straight guy in america.
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