[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.13 ~ 2017.01.15 2017/01/16
Japan's highest-grossing anime retains pole position...
Makoto Shinkai's romantic fantasy "Your Name" is now the highest-grossing Japanese anime in history having recently overtaken Hayao Miyazaki's classic, "Spirited Away" (2001). Shinkai's critical acclaimed masterpiece entered the Korean market January 4 and became the first Japanese anime to enter in pole position in over a decade. During its second weekend out, "Your Name" added another 739,079 admissions (30%) and moved its total tally in Korea now to 2.4 million ($17.2 million). Worldwide, "Your Name" has grossed $290 million, enough to overtake "Spirited Away"'s $289 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.06 ~ 2017.01.08 2017/01/09 Japanese anime "Your Name" enters in pole position...
For the first time in over a decade, a Japanese anime has entered at the top of the South Korean box office. Makoto Shinkai's fantasy romance anime "Your Name" (based on Shinkai's own novel of the same name) officially opened on Wednesday after becoming the second-highest grossing anime film in Japan late last year where it banked over $288 million (Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away", the highest-grossing anime, sits on $289 million). From 944 screens, "Your Name" captured 31.3% of the sales (832,040 admissions) to dislodge last weekend's number one, Cho Ui-seok's crime flick "Master",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.12.16 ~ 2016.12.18 2016/12/19 "Pandora" retains pole position in the aftermath of political unrest...
Park Jeong-woo's thriller "Pandora" retained pole position during its second weekend out by capturing 42.8% of the sales; the film, Park's fourth after "Dance With The Wind", "Big Bang", and "Deranged", added a million admissions to move its total tally now to 3.1 million, or $20.9 million. The film's release is timely given the recent political unrest in the country, which led Maggie Lee, Variety's Chief Asia Film Critic, to write that, "Korean audiences will surely wonder how the lines between parody, fiction, and reality are blurred".,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane 2016/07/09
My Korean Kitchens helps us beat the heat with a refreshing watermelon punch, marinated crab rated the "most challenging" Korean food by foreigners, see Korea's 'dinner porn' stars in action, and America gets seaweed in some of its snacks,...More
The Flawless Song Joong-ki 2016/04/13, Source
He is flawless.
Every Korean woman is crazy about Song Joong-ki. It's not just about popularity and 'aching' for him, every single thing about him is an issue. Fans naturally trace back to where he came from and you're in for a surprise,...More
[North America] "Time Renegadess" to be realased in North America on April, 22 2016/04/06, Source
Synopsis One murder, two different times. Two men's desperate race against time to save one woman they both love. January 1, 1983. High school teacher Ji-hwan (Jo Jung-suk) proposes to colleague and lover Yoon-jeong (Im Soo-jung), but moments later he is fighting for his life after he is stabbed by a mugger.
January 1, 2015. Police detective Geon-woo (Lee Jin-wook) is shot by a suspect. The two men who live 30 years apart, fight for their lives on the same day, at the same hospital. As they come back from the brink of death, the two men begin to see through each other's eyes in their dreams,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Like for Likes" 2016/02/27
If you're looking for a cute, feel-good film then look no further than "Like for Likes", a film directed by Park Hyeon-jin ("Lovers of 6 Years") and starring an incredibly gifted cast. It focuses on dating in the internet age where activity on social media can make and break relationships. The film released in South Korea February 17 and will open in New York February 25. In Korea, its first week resulted in fourth place at 12.2% on box office charts with 320,000 moviegoers. Afterwards, the film will screen in 17 major locations in North America,...More
[Interview #2] "Like For Likes" How Choi Ji-woo deals with criticism 2016/02/15, Source Choi Ji-woo was recently interviewed in a café for the movie "Like for Likes" and she said, "I don't get hurt easily. I forget things quickly. Although, I think about what happened at night when I go to bed, but it doesn't last very long".
We asked if that was her character or did she develop this habit as an actress and she responded, "Most of it developed during my career. I just found a way to protect myself and experienced helped me",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.12.25 ~ 2015.12.27 2015/12/28 "The Himalayas" proves insurmountable for "Star Wars"...
J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" continued its record-breaking run worldwide over Christmas; the film, the seventh in "Star Wars" series, has now grossed an incredible $1.1 billion since its release mid-December (the fastest to do so), but only $18.6 million of that has come from South Korean audiences,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.12.18 ~ 2015.12.20 2015/12/21
"The Force Awakens" in Korea to a lukewarm reception as "The Himalayas" comes out on top...
J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has been shattering box office records as millions flocked to catch the latest in this billion-dollar franchise. Already the film has made over half-a-billion dollars worldwide ($517 million), but how strong was the force in South Korea? Surprisingly, it was not Abrams saber-spangled spectacle that captured the hearts and minds of Koreans this past weekend; instead, it was Lee Seok-hoon's down-to-earth drama "The Himalayas" with Hwang Jung-min,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 17 2015/08/16
Sabotage is the name of the game. Seok-hoon attempts it out of need for revenge; Mi-yeon attempts it out of emotional despair; both Min-woo and Ji-sook battle the powerful emotional tide of the unhappy Seok-hoon and Mi-yeon. The others of their family and work place are dragged along with the roaring tide. "Mask" juxtaposes the Min-woo/Ji-sook and Seok-hoon/Mi-yeon couples to great effect this episode,...More
Another scandal surrounding "We Just Got Married" 2015/02/10, Source It seemed all calm when suddenly MBC TV show "We Just Got Married" caused another fuss, unwelcome to both the viewers and the cast. The thin line between imaginary and real life presented by the show has finally snapped. Despite the fact that Oh Yeon-seo went through hell in 2013 with Lee Jang-woo while she was on the show with Lee Joon, it's happened again and the sincerity of the show is being questioned.
Yoo-ra from Girl's Day and Song Jae-rim, Hong Jong-hyun and Kim So-eun, After School member Nana and Son Ho-jun have all been mentioned as people involved in the scandals. Hong Jong-hyun put out a statement right away and moved on. However, Kim So-eun was spotted with Son Ho-jun and had to go back and forth impreciseness and denial. When the media wouldn't live it down, producer Seon Hye-yoon stepped forward and said, "I have checked with her in person that they are just friends". Kim So-eun's management only then came forward to say, "They are just friends",...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Timing" by Min Kyung-jo 2014/10/17
While the obvious fantastic trapping of "Timing" is the existence of people with time manipulation superpowers, two other points need to be noted right away. In this universe shamans have very real, very measurable powers concerning future sight and illusions. Additionally, there are death messengers, normal mortals with the ability to aid departed spirits in their journey to the afterlife. It's a lot to take in, although Kang Full fans will recognize almost all of the mythology,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 11 2013/04/19, Source
SMILES! Glorious, SMILES! Cuteness, relationship development, more people in on Soon-shin's secret, Jung-ae delving deeper into her husband's secret. Lots of good Soon-shin/Joon-ho development, which is what I was a-hankering after!
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.0%. Although the rating went down, it still holds 1st place amongst weekend dramas!,...More
Campaigning before Chuseok holidays 2012/09/29, Source
Presidential candidates go stumping Friday ahead of an expected massive shift of public sentiment over the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holidays Saturday through Monday,...More
Most Korean children express keen interest in China: poll 2012/06/16, Source For Korea to build "Korina (Korea plus China)" for the future, experts urge young students from both countries to get to know each other and have a friendly sentiment.
To gauge the possibility of Korean children developing into China kids, The Dong-A Ilbo polled 106 sixth graders at three elementary schools in Seoul on Monday: Daejin Elementary School in the Gaepo-dong neighborhood; Shinhwa Elementary School in Chang-dong; and Seongnae Elementary School in Seongnae-dong,...More
KOFIC and Korean companies at HK Filmart 2012/03/05, Source
(March 19 – 22, 2012) with sales companies such as 9ers and Mirovision.
The Korean booth will also play host to production companies Film Factory Nu:n, Inc. and P.A.M. Korea Media as well as technical services companies Studio SH, Moneff and Studioraon, Inc,...More
Se7en: 'This Is the Song that I Have to Sing Right Now' 2012/02/06, Source Se7en is gaining popularity with his new song entitled "When I Can't Sing".
Se7en (real name Choi Dong-wook, 28) who made a comeback after one and a half year break with his new song "When I Can't Sing" that has autobiographical lyrics, said, "This is a song that only I can sing right now. It conveys my genuine feelings about how I have reached this position. I have never listened to my own song this much before and repeatedly sing by myself (laugh),...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
(171) Is there an auspicious site? 2012/01/14, Source
By Janet Shin
People all dream of instant wealth. For many, it would be hitting the jackpot in the stock market or winning a huge cash prize in a lottery. While we still have various wishes, such as true love or good health and longevity, money fortunes seem to be everybody's desire, even for those who are already loaded.
People play the lottery hoping for a big win. In poor economic times, more and more people indulge. Despite a slim chance of winning, they still have dreams of going on a spending spree and quitting their unstable and low-salaried jobs. As a means to improve the odds of winning, people search for lottery outlets with many first prize tickets sold,...More
[User Review] Finding Mr. Destiny 2011/11/12, Source
Did I say I love colors in Korean movies? I do. "Finding Mr. Destiny" has similar color palette to that of "Antique", but without such cold blue hues as the latter. The literal title is "Finding Mr. Kim Jongwuk" (김종욱 찾기) and basically it's about it. But it would be very hard to describe this movie in one sentence.
This movie was based on the musical play under the same title and done by the same director Chang You-jeong. After the musical, she directed the movie as well. Perhaps this is why little me was happy seeing musical performance inside the movie, ohohoho!,...More
The first theatrical feature documentary made by a Korean in New Zealand 2011/09/02, Source
by KOFIC Staff / Sep 01, 2011
The New Zealand International Film Festival has recently screened the first theatrical feature documentary made by a Korean in the country. "...ing" (2011) focuses on a Korean couple and the struggles they faced before, during and after the infamous series of earthquakes which systematically devastated Christchurch houses, schools, business and its entire central business district. In 2002 JUNG Jin-sun arrived back in New Zealand to join his wife LEE Kyung-mee and their 2 sons. He only had $300 in his pocket and for years they lived a frugal life existing from one disappointment to another. Eventually, with a loan from a friend they set up a restaurant that, after much hard work, expanded into another much bigger restaurant. The documentary profiles their struggle and their successes right up to the earthquake which destroyed both of their two businesses,...More
12 Tips to Help Travel & Explore Korea 2011/06/07, Source by WKB on June 7th, 2011
* This post is written by Londone7, one of the Korea Blog's Worldwide Korea Bloggers.
Rough Guide South Korea.
Just thought I should share with people the various ways there are to research and plan events in Korea that I've been using
1) Facebook Groups. There are numerous groups that organize trips you can join, and can give you useful information about tours. I join all these groups to get on their mailing lists but dont actually go on the tours. Often they start out from Seoul, so this causes a problem for me living south in Daegu. What you can do is read their itinerary, learn about different regions/events, and do it on your own at a later time,...More
Women in Love with Boxing! 2011/04/22, Source At the final match of the National Women's Amateur Boxing Championships, the boxer in a red uniform caught everyone's eyes.
Korean Games - 'Feel Online' is a game about real world Online Dating! 2010/12/28, Source
SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - 'FEEL ONLINE', which is an online dating game developed by the ANGames, begins its service from December 17 through the global game portal site 'Game&Game(feelonline.gamengame.com)".FEEL ONLINE' is the game extending the dating game, which has been usually enjoyed alone, to online game and a user can feel as he/she is a hero or heroine of the game and the user also can experience the feeling as NPC. Through the unique game method that a user can experience events by selecting dialogues and atmosphere, the user can enjoy extraordinary online dating game,...More
Korean Games - The World of Illustration; a Companion of Game 2010/12/24, Source
SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'GSP 2010′) - It may be an eye-stimulating graphic which firstly draws attention of users out of many components composing of a game. It is also a graphic which is mostly influenced by development of digital technology having a close relationship with development of a game. Online games of Korea, with 'The Kingdom of The Winds' as a start in 1996, exhibited much development in terms of graphic for 15 years. But, there is one thing that should be mentioned inevitably; it is illustration, which is a design of a game serving as a framework of game graphic,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 2 2010/06/09, Source
Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 10: You have been a star since your teenage years. At certain times when you didn't have any work, it would have been easy for you, both emotionally and financially, to choose to do projects that didn't suit you but you never did. How were you able to turn them down? Kim: I came close to doing them many times, haha. I don't think there was anything that was completely out of the question for me to do. But there were times when I would have done a not-so-great drama but it flopped. There was one drama that I wasn't so crazy about but thought, 'I'll just do it anyway". But they ended up casting someone else and I was humiliated. When you are forced to go on a hiatus like that, you begin to feel very determined afterwards. A part of me thought that I should just wait for something else to come along. You tell yourself, 'This is not the end of me' and endure it. When I look back at such times, I think those experiences helped me in the end but back then it was really difficult! (laugh),...More
Bae Yong-joon promotes Korean learning with Nintendo DS 2010/05/27, Source
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon in an advertising campaign for Nintendo DS [Nintendo]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon will be reprising his role as a virtual Korean language teacher for Nintendo DS, a popular hand-held game console created by the Japanese maker.
Bae's agency KEYEAST announced in a press release Thursday that the actor collaborated with Nintendo for the second time to follow-up on their hit software creation named "Learning Korean with Bae Yong-joon DS",...More
Bae Seul-gi to star in Hollywood film 2010/05/19, Source
Korean singer and actress Bae Seul-gi appears on talk show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Korean singer Bae Seul-gi has revealed that she "danced" her way to making her Hollywood debut in a new film titled "Final".
While making a guest appearance on popular SBS talk show "Steel Heart", which aired Tuesday, the 23-year-old singer explained that the 'old-school dance moves' she had often performed on SBS program "Love Letter" helped her land a role in the upcoming Hollywood flick,...More
President Lee Myung-bak is aiming for a drastic change in the curr,...More
A Korean Master of Movie Title Sequences 2010/04/12, Source Well-made films distinguish themselves from the very outset. The title sequence does more than merely list the names of the cast and crew -- it also signals how the storyline of the movie will unfold.,...More
Resfest calls out for local film entries 2006/08/24, Source The Resfest Film Festival, which focuses on innovative film, music, art, design and culture, is looking for Korean films to be screened during its local tour Nov. 15 to 19.
The 10th annual festival will kick off in New York in late September and will travel to some 40 cities on six continents, in,...More
Time 2006/08/19, Source Many ordinary moviegoers have often found themselves somewhat uneasy with director Kim Ki-duk's movies for their unique violent, anti-feminism qualities. However, director Kim's new movie,...More
Korean Film Wins Twice at Locarno 2006/08/17, Source South Korean feature Don't Look Back, won both the FIPRESCI and NETPAC awards at the 59th Locarno International Film Festival held August 2 ~ 12 in Switzerland. The debut feature by director KIM Young-nam picked up the International Federatio,...More
New melodrama Fly High (Saranghanikka Kwaenchana) is a story in which a young man falls in love with a you,...More
Filmmakers say, Cinema Could Not Exist Without Music 2006/08/16, Source During an international music and film festival held in Jecheon in the central part of the country, our Son Hee-kyung had an opportunity to sit down with filmmakers who aspire to show the world that cinema is inseparable from music.
"Cinema never existed without music. In the beginning when it wa,...More
The monster film The Host has stomped past the 10-million viewer mark, just three weeks after its release.
That's the fastest for a domestic film.
Son Hee-kyung tells us that at this rate; it could,...More
The Korea Culture and Content Agency (KOCCA, CEO: Suh, Byung-Moon) announced on Aug. 14 that it has selected the four winners in the 2006 Star Project program, namely the Z-Squad (Enemes), Rocket Boy & Toro (ImageStone), Giant's Friend (,...More
2006/08/10, Source Scene one: by a window with sun shining on it. The camera takes a close-up shot of Seung-seok who is leaning on the window with his left leg slightly bent. With his mouth delicately shut, he is focusing on reading "Che Guevara". Although having said that fighting meant everything in his life, he sti,...More
The Foundation for the Promotion of the Cultural Industry in Chuncheon (CEO: Han, Seung-Soo) kicks off an animation art and CF animation production program for middle school stude,...More
Art Films 2006/08/09, Source On the afternoon of August 7, a preview of "Time", a new movie by Kim Ki-duk, was held at a movie theater in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Kim was wearing dark-colored sunglasses because he "could not speak looking his acquaintances in the eye".
Renowned film director Kim Ki-duk has always been considered a maverick in the local film industry. Maverick in the sense that his films, while winning acclaim abroad, failed here. But even in that context, the,...More
Festival Allows Koreans to Enjoy Live Music and Films in 1 Night 2006/08/08, Source A summer festival under way in Gwacheon, just south of the capital, is giving Koreans the rare opportunity to listen to live acoustic guitar AND enjoy a film or two in a single evening.
The guitar performance runs for half an hour starting at eight in the evening and is followed by a screening of o,...More
The three-day camp, the tenth of its kind, began August 4 in a fri,...More
'Host' Claws Way to 6th on Box Office List 2006/08/07, Source The monster blockbuster The Host has clawed its way up to sixth in terms of all-time ticket sales after just eleven days.
Son Hee-kyung tells us that at this rate the movie about a mutant living in Seoul's Han River could become Korea's new,...More
Sanspo.com, the online edition of the Sankei Sports, reported Monday that Song, the male lead of Korean d,...More
Fans Bet Kim Tae-hee's the Marrying Kind 2006/08/07, Source As Kim Tae-hee's demure image suggests, her fans feel the actress would take to married life like a duck to water. In a poll on the homepage of the Sports Chosun, a sister paper of the Chosun Ilbo, asking which celebrity was most likely to enjo,...More
Im Kwon-taek, one of South Korea's most prolific and revered film directors, will oversee programs for this year's Asian Film Academy (AFA) to be held for three weeks on the sidelines of the Pusan Internatio,...More
Nation Hosting 3 Film Festivals 2006/08/05, Source Movie lovers in Korea have three film festivals to choose from in different parts of the country.
Our Son Hee-kyung begins with an event where young people show their cinematic talents.
The Seoul International Youth Film Festival is celebrating its eighth year.
The five-day event invites young,...More
Directed by Kwak Ji-gyun, this film tells of a man who wanders alone aimlessly in his youth. Young-hun falls in love with a woman, but after witnessing her having an affair with his te,...More
Han Dae-soo, creator of folk music 2006/08/02, Source Unlike many people who accept and endure their daily routines, some people have a free mind and soul, and are ready for change and challenge. They have the courage to undauntedly and confidently face struggles and great effort, enduring thirst and pain. Their lives full of courage will undoubtedly b,...More
Foreign children aged nine to 13, who have been living in Korea and can read and speak English or Korean, are qualified to apply. Members of the jury will judge movies c,...More
Korean Animation Series “Rocket Boy & Toro” to Air on BBC 2006/07/28, Source The TV animation series "Rocket Boy & Toro" has become the first Korean animation series to air on Britain's BBC.
Imagestone, the producer of the animation, said Thursday that BBC will air the 52-episode animation series starting from April 1, 2008.
Imagestone will have a 51 percent stake in the,...More
"When I first saw you, you were a little girl wearing a violet in your hair…"
As this lyric of "Violet" sung by Cho Dong-jin goes, a horse saw a girl and the girl saw the horse. The horse was the other self of the girl. They grew up together. ",...More
[MOVIE REVIEW] Bong's film reveals monster in all of us 2006/07/27, Source Sometimes, horror is best created by staring at something very familiar from a slightly different angle. Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, was the one who understood this simple truth very well. He didn't try to bring life back to zombies or create hideous space creatures, but as far as horr,...More
Actor Lee Joon-gi became the nation's heartthrob when he played an effeminate court jester in the country's most viewed film of all time, ",...More
43rd Crowns King and the Clown 2006/07/26, Source The 43rd annual Grand Bell Awards ceremony, held July 21st at the COEX Convention Hall in southern Seoul, presented its top prize for Best Film to The King and the Clown as indeed almost everyone expected. The film grew into a colossal local hit when it was released in December of last year, attract,...More
Korean Films at Locarno Film Fest 2006/07/26, Source The Swiss 59th Locarno International Film Festival (August 2-12) will feature three Korean films. The three invited Korean films are Teddy ROH's Last Dining Table KIM Young-nam's Don't Look Back, and Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers 20,...More
Four seminars on the topic of 'Digital Content in the Fusion of Broadcasting and Communication' are to be held weekly beginning on July 25.
Co-hosted by the Korea Culture and Content Agency (KOCCA, CEO: Suh, Byung-Moon), the Korean Broadca,...More
Kangta, Vaness Set to Capture Hong Kong 2006/07/24, Source Korean singer Kangta and Taiwanese singer Vaness, who formed a project team, will make a three-day visit to Hong Kong from Thursday to promote the ballad song "127 day" from their album "Scandal" after releasing a repackaged edition on July 18.
To no one's surprise, the nation's record-setting blockbuster, "The King and the Clown", attracting more than 12.3 million moviegoers, swept the 43rd Taejong (Grand Bell) Film Festival awards last Friday at the Conventional Hall, COEX in southern Seoul.
Domestic Film Tops Box Office 2006/07/18, Source A domestic movie "Hanbando" meaning "Korean Peninsula" has topped the nation's box office which has been dominated by Hollywood films since the release of the Tom Cruise studded "Mission Impossible 3" in early May.
A cute animation for young children and elementary students in the lower grades will be broadcast soon.
Apple Candy Girl, a 25-minute, 39-episode animated film, co-produced by KBS 1 TV and KP Animation, will be tel,...More
Film Industry's Status After Screen Quota Cut 2006/07/13, Source Now before the FTA talks, Korea announced a drastic cut in a decades-old policy to protect the domestic film industry.
Two weeks have passed since the screen quota system was reduced by half, with movie theaters now required to show Korean productions for just 73 days of the year, and not the previ,...More
Ryu Si-won Enraptures Fans in Japan 2006/07/13, Source Actor/singer Ryu Si-won, 34, gave a concert on July 12 at the Budokan Hall in Japan--his long-cherished dream--as part of his seven-city tour. During the concert, Ryoo made a deep bow to his audience, saying his dream had finally come true. When,...More
Kicking off Thursday, the festival, which specializes in unusual and bizarre movies, is now screening 251 films from 35 countries at various venues, including Puchon City Hall, Puchon Civil Audito,...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
"The animated film Giant's Friend has entered into a joint-venture contract worth 8.5 million dollars 'the biggest figure in the history of Korean TV animation i,...More
Shinhwa’s Jun Jin to Make Solo Debut 2006/07/10, Source Jun Jin, a member of the six-man group Shinhwa, will make his solo debut in October. He announced his solo debut at a press conference held before a concert in Shanghai as part of the group's Asia tour.
"I plan to release my first solo album aro,...More
The Chinese portal site Sohu.com said Thursday that Kim won 30.41 percent, or 6,217 votes, on a recent poll asking "Who is the most prince-like actor among Korean,...More
Hyun Young Swaps TV Studio for Courtroom 2006/07/07, Source TV personality Hyun Young stood trial on Friday for breaking her contract with a cosmetics company. The firm, France Laure, sued the TV star and her agent for loss of earnings saying Hyeon broke a promise to act as a promotional model after sign,...More
For starters, The Host, the first Korean science fiction movie ever with a production cost of 11 billion won, is fun. The natural "acting" of the monster host in the movie imbues one with renewed confidence in the technic,...More
Chungmuro is in crisis. The Hollywood conquest of domestic screens this summer was launched by "Mission: Impossible 3", and followed up with four more that have kept the monopoly going. On top of that, the screen quota reserved for domestic films h,...More
Previously, in August last year, Korean-American golf prodigy Mi,...More
Chain of violence in 'Dirty Carnival' 2006/07/03, Source While brutality is a dangerous subject in reality, it makes an excellent theme for a movie. A cruel gangster movie, for example, gives one the strange satisfaction of watching someone being stabbed to death, but at the same time, puts one at ease from knowing that he or she is safely away from the v,...More
Korean-American dramatist Ms. Son has debuted a new play entitled "Satellites" on June 18th that has grabbed attention from audiences at the same the,...More
Screen Quota Reduced to 73 Days 2006/07/01, Source Starting today, Korean movie theaters will only have to show domestic films, 73 days in a year, down from the previous 146, allowing more foreign movies to be screened.
Domestic filmmakers held a mass rally in downtown Seoul, protesting the reduction in the screen quota.
Lee Jee-won reports.
'Excellent Animation Pilot', in success 2006/06/29, Source Excellent Animation Pilot Production Support Project's selections, yearly selected by Korea culture & contents agency (President: Seo byung moon) are in popular as its success grows both at home and abroad.
Reason for drawing an Animation Pilot Production Support project is that we look for larg,...More
Fierce opposition from the local film industry aside, the screen quota that kept 146 mandatory days for the screening of domestic movies at theaters, will be halved from Saturday.
Film industry people, however, plan to hold a massive street demonstration in down,...More
Hanbando Expected to Reel in Summer Filmgoers 2006/06/28, Source The Korean film industry is going through a low unseen in recent years, with movie theatres no longer required to guarantee a screening quota for domestic productions starting from July.
But there are hopes that things will look up, with the release of one of the summer's most anticipated Korean fi,...More
Hong Kyeong-min to Make Japanese Debut 2006/06/28, Source Singer/actor Hong Kyeong-min will make his Japanese debut as both a singer and actor. Japan's Sankei Sports said in its Internet edition on Wednesday that Hong will act in the movie "We Won't Forget You", scheduled to be released simultaneously in Korea and Japan early next year, and sing a song for,...More
A throng gathered yesterday afternoon in front of Seoul Cinema, located in Jongno, Seoul, where the first screening of the movie "Hanbando" was held. There had been a long hiatus before a single screening had garnered su,...More
The title of this new program is Tien Tien Korean, which roughly means 'Day-by-Day Korean'.
Although similar Korean-learning programs were produced previously in China, t,...More
Actress Lee Da-hae to Visit Taiwan 2006/06/26, Source Actress Lee Da-hae will visit Taiwan to promote her drama "My Girl" in the island country from June 26 to 28. The Korean soap opera is aired there on weekdays as a regular program. During the visit, Lee will hold interviews and meetings with fan,...More
"King and Clown" nominated for 15 categories of Daejong award 2006/06/20, Source The film "The King and the Clown" has been nominated for 15 categories at the 43rd Daejong Film Festival slated to open on July 21. The number is the most categories a single film has ever been nominated for in the festival's history. The runner-ups were "Typhoon" with 12 categories and "Welcome to,...More
Jo In-sung Is Back in 'Dirty Carnival' 2006/06/16, Source It is the dream of Byung-du aka "Number 3" (Jo In-sung), always ignored at the Rotary gang, to find a sponsor with plenty of cash and tidy up his failed life. When his higher-up in the organization declines the order of wealthy businessman Hwang,...More
Kate (Sandra Bullock) is a lonesome doctor giving up her lake house for a hectic downtown Chicago hospital job. Alex (Keanu Reeves) is a burnt-out architect moving into the same house to wrestle with his past. Fi,...More
In January the Korean government announced plans to halve the long-standing quota which imposes the screening of Korean films 146 days per year in cinemas, and thus significantly reduces the number,...More
Despite the flood of gangster films that have graced local screens over the years, the genre remains quite popular with South Korean filmmakers. But for every new m,...More
Singer Rain to Perform to Repay Fans 2006/06/14, Source Asian star Rain is keen on returning the love he has received from his Asian fans. He plans to donate part of proceeds from a concert tour of 11 Asian nations scheduled for December to those same countries through various donation programs.
Summer of Horror 2006/06/12, Source With the summer season approaching, local movie-goers can look forward to a host of new horror films, a Korean cinema staple during the hot and humid months of July and August. Film companies bank on the Korean tradition of beating-the-heat by going to a bone-chilling horror movie in an ultra-air-co,...More
After releasing his third album, "Asian Blow", in May, Ryoo will give concerts entitled "Ryu Si-won's,...More
Le Monde: Korea Surpasses Japan in Development and Influence 2006/06/08, Source The French newspaper Le Monde recently reported that the Republic of Korea (ROK), which has progressed a factory to a laboratory, and from a dictatorship to one of Asia's most dynamic democracies, surmounts Japan in terms of the swiftness of its development and likely its influence.
Rain to Perform in Vietnam 2006/06/07, Source Singer Rain will give a concert on Thursday in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, the origin of the Korean Wave or Korean pop culture craze. Expectations for the first concert to be given there by the talented Korean singer have run so high that some 20,000 ticket,...More
Anime master gives advice to Korean animation industry 2006/06/05, Source Sales-wise, the Korean animation industry continues its record-breaking streak overseas. Takahata Isao, one of the most respected Japanese animation directors, however, argues that it has failed in showing something uniquely Korean.
Typhoon Landfall in the U.S. 2006/05/31, Source The Korean blockbuster "Typhoon" (Tae-poong in Korean) will be screened nationwide in major metropolises such as LA, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, Chicagofrom June 2nd.
Buyers and sellers began checking out of the Marche du Film Wednesday, some heading back to their home offices. But many others stayed longer in Cannes to try to close another deal or two before exiting Cannes. In a rare deal from an Americ,...More
Info Plus- Drive in & Outdoor Cinemas 2006/05/29, Source Thanks for staying with us.
Info Plus on Mondays deals with various leisure and recreational activities.
And tonight, we're turning our attention to some less-traditional venues where you can catch your favorite movies.
Sam Len joins me now.
SAM LEN, REPORTER: If you're looking for something d,...More
Kim Ki-duk's film to open Karlovy Vary fest 2006/05/29, Source "Time", director Kim Ki-duk's new feature film, will have its official world premiere as the opening movie of the 41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which begins in the Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, Tuesday.
One of the many things actress and singer Uhm Jung-hwa wanted to do when she was young was take piano lessons, but that would have be,...More
Korea Draws Attention at Cannes Festival 2006/05/25, Source korea dAt 59th Cannes Film Festival, everyone was astonished when an unknown Korean movie entitled "The Host" was given a 2.3 million dollar contract for distribution to more than 10 European countries. The original scenario of the movie already has a deal with Japanese Happy Net Pictures for 4.7 mi,...More
CANNEs - "The Host" is a real masterpiece and Bong Joon-ho is one of the greatest directors in the world. That is how Olivier Père, the director of the Cannes Film Festival selection Quinzaine des Real,...More
According to Hollywood Report on May 24, Finger Print, a Korean film production agency, will produce a new film based on remake rights to "A Better Tomorrow" (directed by John Woo), which it recently bou,...More
Gag Concert 2006/05/18, Source The prosecutor's words seem nimble, yet they carry weight. The suspect just sits quiet and still. It seems that the truth might come out at any second. However, the situation just spins out control in a single moment.
"Hey, fess up! Everything will come up when investigated", says prosecutor Hwan,...More
Every once in a while, there comes a movie that spins in a separate orbit from all others. Coming out of left field, it seems to play by a completely different set,...More
Love, loss and lucid cinematic silence 2006/05/16, Source "Lost in Love" is a confession of fear, be it fear of love, of regret, of loss or of saying the wrong things out of indifference or ignorance.
The film follows the emotional paths of two college friends, Yeon-su and Woo-jae, over their,...More
School for Stuntperson and Action Movie Stars 2006/05/14, Source When it comes to production of action flicks, most people think of Hong Kong, or Hollywood.
But as our Lee Jee-won tells us Korea may be the place to find trained stunt people, who are ready to roll.
Every weekday afternoon at one o'clock, the town of Paju to the north of Seoul is filled with th,...More
My Sassy Girl Remake 2006/05/12, Source There are new developments in the American remake of the Korean comedy My Sassy Girl, as the remake rights have changed hands between two Hollywood studios: from DreamWorks to Gold Circle. Reportedly, Fox Searchlight also expressed an i,...More
Rain to Tour Asia 2006/05/11, Source Singer Rain will tour 11 Asian nations, holding a total of 35 concerts to mark the release of his fourth feature album. The tour is expected to be his first step toward becoming a world-famous star after he was named one of the "100 Most Influential P,...More
Gong Pil-du (Lee Moon-shik), detective in charge of violent crimes who has no talent in the job is a headache to his colleagues. The forty-year-old detective is bachelor and has no interests in marriage despite his father',...More
3rd Green Film Festival Kicks Off in Seoul 2006/05/04, Source As Korea becomes more urbanized, many are calling on the need to focus on preserving and improving the natural environment.
Now Seoul may be adding new parks to its landscape, but not enough, appears to be the message of a special film festival.
Son Hee-kyung has this story.
The Japanese press all reported on the success of the fan meeting. They said that this was the first,...More
Fans Crowd Tokyo Dome to Meet Korean Idol 2006/05/04, Source The streets of downtown Tokyo were all but empty on Thursday, the start of Japan's longest holidays nicknamed "golden week". But the Tokyo Dome, the home stadium of baseball team Yomiuri Giants, was crowded with women from all over the island country to see Korean actor,...More
Kicking off yesterday, the festival will show a total of 108 movies from 28 countries with its main focus on environmental issues. The festival consists of five non-competitive and one competitive sec,...More
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,...More
Koreans Recognized as “People Who Shape Our World” 2006/05/02, Source Three Koreans have been selected for this issue of "Time 100: The People Who Shape Our World", printed in Time Weekly, which will hit newsstands May 8, 2006. The three Korean influences who are said to have a major global impact are pop-star and singer,...More
Top 10 Box Office Hits Create $30 Million in Value-Added 2006/05/02, Source The top 10 Korean movies, at the box office last year, were estimated to have yielded an average of 30 million U.S. dollars in sales per film.
Korea Ratings, a credit rating agency, said the top 10 Korean films made an average of 23 million dollars in ticket sales, and $7 million in copyright sales,...More
"On April 26, The Host was been invited to the Director's Fortnight at the 59th Cannes Film Fest,...More
Japan’s Miyazaki Tries to Attract Korean Film and Drama Companies 2006/04/27, Source Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture is making utmost efforts to benefit from the Korean Wave, or Korean pop culture craze, sweeping the Asian region. The prefecture is trying to attract Korean film and TV program production companies to the region as a way to promote its own tourism industry.
Won Bin Undergoes Surgery in Military 2006/04/26, Source Top actor Won Bin received an operation due to a ruptured knee ligament. The military authorities said Tuesday that the actor had had problems with his knee ligament before joining the military and recently suffered a partial rupture of his left kn,...More
UDINE, Italy ㅡ With 13 recent films mostly unreeled in their international and European premiere, Korean cinema is once again under media spotlight at the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) taking place in Udine, a North East Italian city.
"BUDi 2006" to Open Apr. 24 2006/04/18, Source The "2006 Busan Universiade for Digital Contents" (BUDi 2006) will be held at the Concert Hall and Small Theater of Kyungsung University in Busan for three days beginning on Apr. 24. According to the organizing committee on Apr. 18, this annual international event will showcase all kinds of digital,...More
"Last Present" (2001) is a tragic romance so manipulative that you can almost hear its cogwheels and pulleys clicking and whirring like a well-oiled machine.,...More
LJ Film and Focus Features Join Hands 2006/04/14, Source Korean company LJ Film and U.S.-based Focus Features have agreed to the joint production of the film The Julia Project (working title), a film about the American Julia Mullock, wife of the last Korean crown prince Kyu LEE. The film will be LJ Film's most ambitious project to date.
Female cast of "Offside", an uplifting Iranian movie about soccer and the divide between the sexes, won cheers at the Berlin Film Festival as one of two features from the Islamic republic vying for the top prizes.
Bae Doona: Acting Without a Pretty Face On 2006/04/10, Source At the age of 27, most actresses want to be recognized for their craft as well as their looks, but Bae Doona stands out by having never cared much about the latter. Away from the limelight for a while, Bae is now back with a new movie made in Jap,...More
Futurist Sees Korea at the Center of New Age 2006/04/07, Source James Dator, Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies, recently visited Korea, granting an interview with Korean monthly magazines. Professor Dator has shown a remarkable interest in Korea of late, asserting that the flow of global,...More
What do you get when you mix a Romantic Comedy with a thriller, combining "lovey dovey" scenes invo,...More
Usama Cho Seung-woo sweeps Japan 2006/04/05, Source "Jekyll and Hyde", a novel by British writer Robert L. Stevenson, has been highly popular among readers for a long time. Dr. Jekyll, who thought one could separate the instinct of good and evil inherent in humans, injects a substance he formulated into his own body, but ends up transforming himself,...More
Korean Dramas Make Inroads into U.S. Market 2006/04/02, Source Korean drama has landed on the American shores and it rapidly coalescing into another Korean wave that may sweep the United States as it has swept much of the world. Along with other signs of Korean culture, whether cellular phones, female professional golfers or Kimchi, Korean dramas are coming of,...More
When asking my opinion about "Kill Bill 2", a good friend of mine was shocked to hear I hadn't seen either yet (and still haven't). "That surprises me since you're so into Asian film", was his response to this news. I j,...More
Jeonju Gears Up for Annual Movie Fest 2006/03/31, Source Nine days of international films will make North Jeolla Province a focal point for cinema lovers when the Jeonju International Film Festival starts on April 27 and May 5.
This years JIFF, the seventh, will introduce 194 feature films and shorts from 42 countries. The opening film is "Offside" by,...More
Directed by the nation's master director Im Kwon-taek, the film tells a story of the turbulent period of the modern Korean history duri,...More
'Magicians' Plays Tricks on Audience 2006/03/30, Source By Kim Tae-jong
You can say that a movie is a genre that people have created to overcome the limitations that a theatrical play has _ mainly of time and space.
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
A "presentation on the support for the export of cultural content" will be held at the Seminar Ro,...More
Culture ministry sets up Hallyu task force 2006/03/23, Source The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Thursday (Mar. 23) that it has set up a task force, in which cultural and tourism sectors will work together to develop tourism and strengthen Hallyu, the Korean pop-cultre wave hitting Asia and beyond.
The task force comprising officials from the Korea,...More
An official from the music group's agency, GM Planning, said on Mar. 22, "SG Wannabe will give its first solo concert in Japan. The concert will be held at the Stellar Hall of Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on Ma,...More
Korean American Animator Has the Power 2006/03/17, Source The Korean-American director, Park Seon-min (44), has been selected to direct the production of the animated feature adaptation of the upcoming Xbox 360 video game, "Kameo: Elements of Power", being developed by Rare and Microsoft Corp.
Park Seon-min , who works as a writer and producer, will ad,...More
According to the Korean Broadcasting Institute (KBI) on Mar. 13, the total exports of broadcasting programs in 2005 recorded 123,493,000 dollars, up 72.8% from the previous year, while imports recorde,...More
People often forget things whether they want to or not. But there are things that must not be forgotten like merciless felonies, especially unsolved cases.
This may be the major reason that the troupe for an encore run of the play "Come and See Me (Nal Porowayo),...More
Theater to Play Only Korean Movies Opens in Tokyo 2006/03/11, Source A theater specializing in Korean movies has opened in Tokyo.
Although the new theater is a multiplex cinema scheduled to show a variety of Asian films nearly 70 percent of movies to be screened there will be Korean.
This is due to the remarkable popularity of Korean soap operas, dramas and pop mus,...More
The Korea Culture and Tourism Policy Institute on Friday said its study showed the low-budget his,...More
Korea Agrees to Slash Screen Quota for Domestic Films 2006/03/10, Source The Korean government held a cabinet meeting March 7 (Tuesday) to discuss the screen quota which allots a mandatory amount of screen time to domestic films for Korean movie theatres. The meeting was held at the Central Government Complex in Seoul under the direction of Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan. A,...More
Everybody has a dream, and Lee Do-hyeon is no exception. She wants to be a professional actress - an "inspiring" actress in her words. But the road ahea,...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
A Good Time for Gay Movies in East and West 2006/03/08, Source Planning on "coming out?" Now might be a good time, as a slew of recent hot-topic movies produced and released in Korea, the U.S. and Japan are drawing attention to the topic of same-sex love affairs and perhaps making the idea more accessible to the conservative masses.
In a fantasy MBC drama "Kung (Palace "Princess Hours")", modern day Seoul is still ruled by a monarchical government. The heir to the throne is an unhappy prince named Shin-yi, who gives into the ways,...More
SBS said on Mar. 7, "Fuji TV, a terrestrial network in Japan, will air the drama ',...More
Tide Begins to Turn on Korean Wave 2006/03/07, Source The Korean wave looks to be receding, as Japanese terrestrial TV broadcasters cut the number of Korean dramas in their programming. According to a report on the "Reality and Prospect of Korean Dramas on Japanese TV" published by Korean Broadcasting Institute on Tuesday, the number of Japanese terres,...More
'The King and the Clown' Breaks Record Again 2006/03/05, Source "The King and the Clown" has broken yet another box office record.
The Korean movie has now attracted the most number of viewers in the shortest amount of time.
The previous record holder was "Taegukgi", which sold 11.7 million tickets.
When "The King and the Clown" was released last December, few expected it would be a big hit. Its production cost, around 4.4 billion won ($4.4 million), was around one third of the Korean film "Blue Swallow" and around one fiftieth of "The Chronicles of Narnia", bot,...More
The film "The King and the Clown" is expected to break time boxoffice records and become the nation's No. 1 hit on Sunday. Released here on Dec. 29, it has drawn almost 12 million moviegoers. ,...More
60% of Theaters to Retain Screen Quota 2006/03/02, Source Sixty percent of major theater chains will likely maintain the screen quota at 146 days a year, despite the govenrment's plan to halve the figure to 73 days from July.
In a meeting Thursday, a Seoul theater association including CGV, Megabox and Lotte Cinema told Culture and Tourism Minister Chun,...More
It is not too much to say that 2005 was the year of Daniel Henney. The model-turned-actor gained the status of a national heartthrob by playing angel-hearted doctor Henry Kim in last year's mega-hit televisi,...More
People in the local musical industry have formed an association to protect their rights and interests and support the creation of original Korean musicals.
The Musical Theater Association of Korea was launched on Monday by members of 20 musical producing compani,...More
Ahn Jae-wook Plans to Sweep Americas 2006/02/27, Source Korean actor and singer Ahn Jae-wook, a pioneer of the Korean pop-culture craze, or Korean Wave, is planning to sweep the American continent following Asia. Ahn plans to tour Asia starting from Tokyo on March 31 and moving on to China, Hong Ko,...More
The Los Angeles Korean Cultural Service and the Korea Culture and Content Agency (KOCCA) announced on February 23 (Thursday) that Korean animation and games have become immensely popular in the U.S Market among all e,...More
When Girls Want Sex 2006/02/24, Source Women are not that different from men. They feel desire for sex just as much, but they express it in different ways. The Chosun Ilbo asked modern women what turns them on and how to spot the signs.
MN Pictures, the planning and production agency of Rain's photo album, said on Feb. 22,...More
Rock Version of National Anthem Sparks Outcry 2006/02/22, Source A TV commercial for SK Telecom that features a rock version of the national anthem has inflamed watchful patriots. The commercial contains scenes of Korean crowds who gathered to cheer the national football team during the 2002 Korean-Japan World Cup to the soundtrack of,...More
New omnibus film "3 In 3 Saek (Three People Three Colors): A Love Story" is screened only on a Web site without opening at theaters.
Directed by three well-known local directors, the film "3 In 3 Saek (Three People Three Colors): A Love Story", opened on Feb. 14.,,...More
Andre Kim's collection lights up Hawaiian night 2006/02/17, Source HONOLULU, Hawaii - Korea's veteran designer Andre Kim lit up the Hawaiian night as more than one thousand fashion fans flocked here Wednesday to watch top Korean movie stars and models parade down the catwalk in Kim's lavish costumes.
The show held in the Hilton Hotel Coral Ballroom was jointly o,...More
Will 'King and the Clown' be No. 1 hit? 2006/02/17, Source All eyes in Korea's film industry are now trained on whether "The King and the Clown" (Wang-ui namja) will set a new record as the country's biggest box office hit after breaking the 10 million viewer mark last weekend.
It is the third movie produced in Korea to reach the 10-million milestone at,...More
The movie "Forbidden Quest" seems to want to express satire and the art of deviation, but by putting forth tragic love, it ends up being a story about neither. This movie is the directing debut of screenwriter,...More
'Ad-like' dramas dominate TV screens 2006/02/16, Source When was the last time you saw someone just like you - who has to work eight hours a day to make a decent living and save extra hard for a nice new pair of shoes - in a TV drama?
According to a survey by the Citizens' Coalition for Democratic Media on 50 Korean TV dramas aired by major broadcaste,...More
Big-budget films such as "King Kong", "Typhoon" and "Running Wild" hit local theaters, each occupying hundreds of screens nationwide, around Sol,...More
"Pretty Boy" Trend Seen in Korea in Recent Years 2006/02/13, Source An interesting trend in Korea these days is that men are getting prettier.
Yes, there was the metrosexual movement triggered by David Beckham a couple of years ago.
But this time, the trend is being led by Korean actors, and more and more men are becoming followers.
Kim Hyung-eun has this story. ,...More
January saw local Korean films enjoying one of their best months in history, taking in box office receipts of over 78 percent despite the presence of US heavywe,...More
Korean Men in Grip of Plastic Surgery Craze 2006/02/09, Source At university, Han was considered a bit of a heartthrob for his good looks, but early this month he nonetheless spent W4 million (US$4,000) on a softer chin. He is one of an increasing number of Korean men who are succumbing to the plastic surgery craze that has gripped the country.
Hallyuwood to keep Korean Wave alive 2006/02/09, Source It seems clear that the secret of classical Walt Disney animation characters' longevity includes more than just animations featuring Mickey and Donald. In fact, the Disney entertainment empire has been backed by a different sector of entertainment business as well: theme parks such as Disney Land an,...More
Directed by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon, the first foreigner to shoot a documentary in Pyongyang, the film is about the big breakthrough of the North Korean national football team in the 1966 World Cup. The direct,...More
Many actors may be merely remembered as anonymous characters who stand in the shadow of big stars in popular movies. But it is also true that some actors have a chance to step out of the shadow and sparkle by themselves.
Some 100 screen actors, directors and producers gathered in downtown Seoul saying the reduction, to be implemented in July, will hurt the deve,...More
Market share of local films leaps to 78% 2006/02/02, Source With Korean filmmakers raising voices against the government's plan to halve the screen quota, the local market share of Korean films soared to 78.2 percent in January from 52.9 percent a year earlier, according to figures released yesterday.
It is the highest monthly market share since February,...More
Film industry representatives and civic activists Thursday said many people misunderstand the likely consequences of the government plan to halve the screen quota system, and vowed to make every effort to enhance the public understanding of possible damages.
Big-Budget Korean Movies Flop 2006/02/01, Source Big Budget Korean Movies Flopping as Local Audiences Seek Unique Storylines
The Korean film industry saw the largest number of big-budget movies last year.
Unfortunately, their box office tallies didn't match up to those huge budgets.
Son Hee-kyung examines what they did wrong, and what Korean mo,...More
Rain, a South Korean pop star, actor and pan-Asian heartthrob, is preparing for two concerts at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 2 to 3, 2006, by studying. Day and night, an English tutor trails him through Seoul, peppering him with,...More
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,...More
Rain to Hit New York 2006/01/30, Source NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- The New York Times on Sunday carried an extensive story about South Korean singer Rain ahead of his concerts in New York this week, calling him a "pan-Asian heartthrob".
"Rain, who has been labeled the Korean Justin Ti,...More
NYT Reports on Pan-Asian Pop Star Rain 2006/01/30, Source The U.S. news daily, New York Times reported in detail on Sunday about the Korean heartthrob, Rain who sees his popularity growing ever fast around in Asia including Japan, China and Hong Kong.
In time for Rain's concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City this week local media are buzzing o,...More
The concept of mankind's cultural heritage is currently changing from tangible to intangible. "Tangible cultural heritage" was defined by the UNESCO's Convention Concerning the Protection of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1972 as being "irrepl,...More
Calling the singer the Justin Timberlake and Usher of South Korea, the report said Rain is a "serious and driven performer" who wants to become the first Asian pop star,...More
Film festival helps form female perspective, unique community 2006/01/30, Source The status of women in Korea, a country still dominated by men in almost all sectors, has made some significant progress over the past years. Lee Hyae-kyoung believes that the Women's Film Festival in Seoul has played a part, and it will do so this year.
"From the very first festival in 1997, the,...More
Korea's film industry responded apathetically to the government's proposed measures to compensate it for reducing the screen quota and aimed instead at reversing the government's decision
"We believe that the film industry is a cultural sector that cannot be eas,...More
Seoul Decides to Reduce Screen Quota by Half 2006/01/26, Source A policy protecting Korea's film industry is facing a drastic reduction.
The government announced today that starting this July, cinemas will only have to show Korean movies, for 73 days of the year.
That's half the current regulation, which was introduce four decades ago. ,...More
"The decision by Korea to liberalize its restrictions on foreign films is good news for both Korean movie-goers and the US film industry", Portman said. He also said the quota had,...More
Screen Quota Cut Clears Way for Trade Deal With U.S. 2006/01/26, Source Korea has cleared the last hurdle on the road to long-awaited free trade talks with the U.S. by agreeing to slash a screen quota designed to stem a flood of Hollywood blockbusters by half. The country will cut the quota from the current 146 days or 40 percent reserved for domestic films to 73 days o,...More
Although the planned reduction of the government quota protecting local movies is unlikely to have an immediate impact on the booming Korean film industry, it could in the long term weaken the industry, according to experts.
South Korea on Thursday decided to halve its 40-year-old screen quota, the mandatory period for theaters to show domestic films a year, to 73 days to clear the way for its free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States.
Korean Stars: a Metabolism to Die For 2006/01/25, Source Korean stars seem blessed with a metabolism that allows them to laugh at portions which would make others blanch. China's Sina.com ( http://www.sina.com ) website under the heading "Female Korean Stars Eat a Lot" claims Jun Ji-hyun,,...More
Official Accuses Film Industry of ‘Collective Selfishness' 2006/01/20, Source Vice Minister of Finance and Economy Kwon Tae-shin on Friday accused the domestic film industry of "collective self-centeredness" over its opposition to easing the screen quota ahead of free-trade negotiations with the U.S. The screen quota prescribes the number of days movie theaters must show Kore,...More
Dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov is probably best remembered, these days, for such roles as the Russian defector ballerino Nikolai Rodchenko in the film "White Nights" (1985) and artist Aleksandr Petrovsky, a boyfriend of main character Carrie in the final seas,...More
The formula for "buddy movies" is quite familiar here: Two good-looking actors who at first don't get along come together as they tackle some kind of problem or project. But whatever the problems, you can be sure of a "feel good" ending that ties things up.
The "Policy Data of Film Industry", a collection of film-industry-related data, has been issued every year since 1995 when the Fil,...More
Taiwan, China United in Backlash Against Korean Wave 2006/01/11, Source Taiwan and China are in rare agreement in a backlash against the Korean Wave that has seen their television channels swamped with Korean soap operas. Hong Kong's Wenweipo on Wednesday reported signs that Taiwan is following mainland China's lead in a drive to limit airtime for Korean drama.
Was Ji Kang-hun, an escaped convict in the late 1980s, a hero or merely a criminal? The upcoming local film Holiday poses this question in its fictionalized account about the controversial figure who is ofte,...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.
Korea's Joseon Dynasty was one of world history's longest, starting in 1392 as it ushered in Con,...More
135 Mln Movie Tickets Sold in Korea, Up 3.8% from Last Year 2006/01/08, Source It looks like Korea's movie industry is starting off the year on a relatively upbeat note. More than 135 million people in Korea went to the theaters in 2005 and experts say the release of Korean blockbuster movies in the new year should see even more people flocking to the cinema.
Korean American Finds Her Way in "Lost" 2006/01/05, Source Christina Kim, the most junior writer of "Lost", is regarded as an up-and-coming TV writer who will promote the Korean wave in America along with Kim Yoon-jin and Daniel Dae Kim. Their efforts are increasingly pronounced as the ABC's hit serie,...More
2005 Saw Most Plays Turned Into Films 2006/01/05, Source The Korean film industry last year saw the most number of new releases that were based on stage plays.
Judging from what critics say what these films had in common were a well thoughtout plot that had already won over theater-goers.
Son Hee-kyung reports on the trend.
Wild Beasts Lurk in the Hearts of Men 2006/01/05, Source Wolves in the wild don't roar in anger like lions do. But if they are caged, they will ram themselves against the bars again and again until they are bloody. Confinement reveals a beast's true nature.
Last year's domestic drama circle was a year of tough and head-strong women characters, a phenomenon sparked by mega-hit drama "My Lovely Sam-soon" - "My Name is Kim Sam-soon". Sam-soon's pos,...More
'The King and the Clown' Bursts With Sheer Energy 2006/01/03, Source The new movie "The King and the Clown" overpowers viewers with its irrepressible power and charm. Indeed, a general impression of force is the one thing audiences are likely to take home with them before they can make sense of any details. Such details may include a scene when the humble clown ridic,...More
Korean Animator Takes Americans into the Future 2006/01/01, Source Another science fiction fantasy animated film has attracted movie viewers' attention as the year comes to an end. This time it is the science fiction thriller Aeon Flux set in the year 2415. A disease has just wiped out the majority of the world's population except one protected city-state, Bregna.,...More
Chung appeared on the EBS TV program entitled "How to Watch Media Correctly," which will be aired on Jan. 1, 2006 at 9:50 p.m. He said, "Basically, the screen quota system should be maintained.,...More
Rain, Taiwanese Singer Lee-hom Wang Sing Duet for Album 2005/12/22, Source Singer "Rain" (23) has made headlines, as his Chinese song "Perfect Harmony" (Wanmeidi Hudong, 完美的互動) which he sang jointly with top Taiwanese singer Lee-hom Wang (or Wang Lihong, 王力宏), has been featured in Wang's latest album entitled "Gaishi,...More
South, North films offered at Moscow Fest 2005/12/19, Source A film festival highlighting the cinematic works of South and North Korea is being held in Moscow, Russia as part of celebration of the 60th anniversary of Korea's independence from Japanese rule.
Organized by the Kyore Ilbo, a Moscow-based Korean-language newspaper, it is taking place at Moscow',...More
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.
People in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, where Korean dramas have begun to appear on public television,...More
Korean Wave Hits the American Coast 2005/12/15, Source It has been close to five years since the Korean Wave, or"Hallyu", came rushing into Northeast and Southeast Asia, making Korean songs, movies, dramas and food a stable. There are signs that the Korean fever flowing right through the center of the United States with the formal launch of the much her,...More
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
Korean Actress to be Featured Elle Cover 2005/12/14, Source The beauty of Korean movie star Jun Ji-hyun will soon be found at newsstands everywhere in the four Asian countries lucky enough to receive the Asia edition of the fashion monthly Elle that has selected her to be their cover model.
In December, the competition at the local box office seems to be the fiercest ever as a series of local and international blockbuster films are scheduled to open.
"Conventionally, Hollywood blockbusters have dominated the local box office during the winter seaso,...More
Kim Rae-won starts up to penetrate Japan 2005/12/09, Source Hallyu - a Korean wave - top star Kim Rae-won had a massive fan meeting on Dec. 4 in Tokyo to promote his photo book "Pure". It was a great success with 2 thousand participants at the fan meeting hosted by KNTV, a Korea specialized TV channel i,...More
Kangta honored by Ban 2005/12/09, Source Pop singer Kangta was awarded a plaque of appreciation by Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon yesterday for his participation in the ASEAN tour by Korean Wave stars to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Korea-ASEAN Dialogue.
Song Hye-kyo enjoys the height of her celebrity status through TV dramas such as,...More
Director Bae Jong, '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
At the event, Lee also unveiled his first photo album, which will hit,...More
Byeol emerges as Asian star at 2005 Gugak Festival 2005/12/06, Source Singer Byeol staged an impressive performance at the 2005 Gugak (traditional music) Festival, which was held Dec. 2 in Vietnam to mark the 13th anniversary of Korean-Vietnamese diplomatic relations. She performed in front of high-ranking Vietnamese officials and an audience of some 5,000.
According to the related person on Dec. 1, the animation business is accelerating to advance the global market by close co-operating with foreign companies from the planning for the promotion, and even some established the loca,...More
The New Korean Wave Is Animated 2005/12/04, Source The nation's animation was an undisputed star at the Asia Animation Conference, part of the Asia Media Festival 2005 in Singapore. The conference ended Friday at the Shangri-la Hotel.
At the opening ceremony on Wednesday, which drew around 200 companies from 40 countries, Lee Boon Yang, Singapore,...More
Korean Soap Operas Debut on U.S. Network TV 2005/12/01, Source "Imagine Asian TV", a 24-hour cable TV station that specializes in Asian programs as a part of Imagine Asian Entertainment, was established in June of 2004 as the first 24-hour Asian American television network in the U.S.
On November 30, 2005, Imagine Asian TV announced plans to broadcast two of,...More
"Tree Robo" won Grand Prix at International Festival 2005/12/01, Source KOTRA (CEO Hong Gi-hwa) said that 3D animation "Tree Robo" for HD, which was produced to promote Korean culture contents at EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan, won the highest award, "Grand Prix" at Bradford Animation Festival, the British biggest animation festival.
'Brown-eyed Brad Pitt' attacks TV screen 2005/11/24, Source As if one wasn't enough, a second "Brad Pitt" with brown eyes and jet black hair has appeared without notice, luring viewers every Monday and Tuesday nights through the MBC primetime drama ",...More
Just a few years ago, Jenny probably spent her days wandering the streets, her long blond hair tangled and dirty, looking for something to eat. Abandoned by her family, her life was hanging by a thread.
But since then, she has undergone a dramatic transformation,...More
KOFIC supporting release of small-scale films 2005/11/23, Source The Korean Film Council has stepped up its support of small-scale arthouse releases, with three films scheduled to be released in November through the KOFIC-supported ArtPlus Cinema Network.
The three films all drew a positive reception at the recent Pusan International Film Festival, and include,...More
An official from the Damyang County government said on Nov. 23, "We will build a large-scale film theme park that will shed light on the achievements of national heroes, including anti-Japanese inde,...More
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) released on Nov. 16 data on "the number of moviegoers and box-office ticket sales during the January-October period in 2005" based on the Seoul region. According t,...More
Korean Wave seminar held at University of Hawaii 2005/11/17, Source The culture of excellence inherent in Korea yet latent for over 2,000 years is coming out of its long seclusion at the turn of the 21st century, on the strength of the country's political and economic stability, triggering Hallyu in its progress across Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Among the participants in the four-day Broadcast Worldwide (BCWW) 2005 are more than 200 VIP buyers from abroad, up,...More
'Korean-and-Chinese Students' short film production business begins 2005/11/15, Source The Korean National University of Arts, School of Film, TV & Multimedia, having the 10th anniversary this year, and Beijing Film Academy (BFA), the largest institution of higher learning for film and television production in Asia, kicks off the project on a 'Korean-and-Chinese Students' short film p,...More
Director Kim Yeong-joon said he learned a hard lesson from his debut film "Out Live (Bichunmoo)" in 2000 but he believed it is sure to help his upcoming epic action melodrama appeal to local and internation,...More
MBC drama "Talcoman Supai (Sweet Spy)" on Monday broadcast a bathhouse scene during which the private part of a male extra was accidentally exposed, sparking protests from viewers on its online message board.
The Korean Broadcasting Commission said it will discu,...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
Small-Budget Filmmaker Attracts Big Interest 2005/11/13, Source Kang Yeong-man, whose name is in the Guinness Book of Records for making the film with the lowest budget ever to go on release in the U.S. -- US$980 -- is attracting lively interest for his latest movie. Following the ultra-low budget "Cupid's Mistake" in 2000, Kang's "The Last Eve" caught the eye o,...More
Director Lee Yoon-ki last year made an auspicious debut in feature filmmaking with "This Charming Girl". The,...More
Korean Actor Jang Dong-gun on Cover of "TIME Asian Edition" 2005/11/11, Source The latest Asian edition of the U.S. magazine "TIME" featured a cover story on the Republic of Korea (ROK) titled, "Breaking Through". The article centered on the nation's "new wave of creativity", which was spreading to the movie, music and science industries.
The animated film "Corpse Bride" directed by Tim Burton topped the box-office chart during the first week of November by attracting 73,500 moviegoers at a total of 40 movie theat,...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
Daytime broadcasting on weekdays will likely be allowed as early as next month at central and local network television stations, including KBS, MBC and SBS in Seoul, when digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) beg,...More
The third edition of the annual event shows 55 films from 26 countries in the competitive section of International Short Films and 33 internationally acclaimed works in the Special Program section. The films in Internat,...More
According to an analysis of the film industry during the month of October as disclosed by CJ CGV on Nov. 2, eight of 12 recently released Korean films have ranked in the top 10 in terms of box-office,...More
Film Festival Enhances Cultural Ties Among Young People 2005/11/01, Source The 2nd Korean International Youth Film Festival was held over the weekend in Seoul.
It was a chance for young movie directors from Japan, China and Korea, to share their views and ideas.
And through this cultural exchange came budding friendships.
Our Sung Tae-kyung met two Japanese students, wh,...More
LAT: Cinema War Flares between US, S. Korea 2005/11/01, Source A major U.S. daily says attention will likely refocus on South Korea's screen quota issue when U.S. president George W. Bush visits the port city of Busan later this month to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported on the supposed "cinema wa,...More
KBS Media, an affiliate of KBS in charge of the export of KBS content, has tallied the total export volume of KBS content at 24 million dollars (about 24.2 billion won) for the period between January and September this year. Thi,...More
Won Bin to join military in late November 2005/10/20, Source Actor Won Bin, 28, will join the military on Nov. 29, as was originally planned. His agency reported on Oct. 20 that though the actor has yet to receive his enlistment orders, he will join the military on Nov. 29 if everything goes as planned. The,...More
This charity movie session will screen "Public Enemy 2", a story about the confrontation between a tough prosecutor and a criminal who used to be class,...More
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
Hong Kong Magazine Defends Korean Wave 2005/10/17, Source A backlash against the Korean Wave rushing through China in the country's broadcasting and entertainment industry is narrow-minded and short-sighted, the Hong Kong current affairs magazine Yazhouzhoukan says.
In a cover story in its latest edition, the magazine said Korea's strategy in the wake o,...More
According to Ambassador to Italy Cho Young-jae on Oct. 12, Kim has recently been chosen as the winner of the Vittorio de,...More
Rain Season Breaks Records Across Asia 2005/10/13, Source Asian Pop Star of the Year Rain, 23, is setting new records during his East Asian tour, now in its tenth month. Since his first solo concert at the Olympic Park in Seoul in late January, he has lured over 80,000 people to sold-out concerts across Asia,...More
According to MBC, the animation took two years to produce and will run 26 episodes later this month. It is the first dom,...More
Small Film Captures Asia's Biggest Film Fest 2005/10/12, Source At Asia's largest film event, the Pusan International Film Festival, a low-budget U.S.-Singaporean film has grabbed people's attention amid the glitz and glamour of larger productions. The movie is about a single mother who is reunited with her father after 20 years because of her blind son.
Digital Content Team (Head Lee Man-jae) of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI, President Yim Chu-hwan) has announced that yearly KRW 7.2 billion of budget has been invested,...More
The last 10 years was a significant period for the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). After starting as a humble event in a small Asian country, it has grown to be the largest film festival in Asia, reflecting the increasing influence of the region's movie indus,...More
The 3rd Asiana International Short Film Festival to be held 2005/10/03, Source Airline companies have become increasingly active in sponsoring movie productions and cultural events as a marketing strategy and means to improve their corporate image. In particular, Asiana Airlines has actively provided financial support for domestic films.
I had been looking forward with excitement to the press meeting in Cinemateket with one of the most distinguished directors in Korean film. Kim Ki-duk enjoys great recognition throughout Europe, and in the four most recent,...More
In a Tuesday front page article, the daily said Hollywood celebrities, who once commanded endorsement fee,...More
Sunday Q&A - Korean Movie Industry 2005/09/26, Source The Korean film industry has been growing every year. Korean movies have earned global recognition by winning awards at prestigious film festivals. Yet some criticize Korean movies for lacking variety. Reporter Sung Tae-kyung joins me now to discuss the growing Korean movie industry, and where it's,...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.
Directed by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon, the 2004 documentary tells a story of two female North Korean gymnasts who dedicate themselves to the Mass Games. Gordon, the first foreigner to shoot a documentary in Pyongyang, sheds l,...More
Two years ago, the Human Rights Commission of Korea funded six directors to make short films about discrimination. The result, titled "If You Were Me", was an insightful collection of works that looked at such diverse topics as the plight of the disabled, obsession wit,...More
Directed by Japanese Masaki Haramura, the film is about an ethnic Korean woman, Yang Hee-sung, who lives in Japan and her first visit to her hometown of Jeju Island in 53 years and makes,...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
Her husband-to-be is 39-year-old Chi Sang-wook, the only son of Hansung Industrial and a research professor at the Graduate Sc,...More
The Second Annual Korean Film Festival going on in Washington, DC. 2005/09/20, Source Aiming to raise interests in Korean culture and promote developments of Korea's film industry, the second annual Korean Film Festival is being held from September 9 to October 20 in Washington, D.C. Co-hosted by Korean Embassy in USA and the Smithsonian Freer Gallery, the festival features a total o,...More
Korea Becomes Regional Plastic Surgery Hub 2005/09/16, Source An increasing number of Chinese and Japanese women head to Korea for beauty treatments and plastic surgery, encouraged by a vogue for Korean actresses among Asia's young people and a Korean pop culture boom in the region.
Taiwan's Zhongguo Shibao (China Times) said Tuesday that after Korean TV dr,...More
Korea dramas on the air in real time with 'Review VOD' in Japan 2005/09/15, Source According to Shin Sang-mok, manager of Dreamzen Corp., the popularity of Korean dramas in Japan is not as tremendous as in last year, yet it goes along.Known as an influential quarterof hallyu (Korean wave) in the Japanese market, Dreamzen operates a website, called Rihure ( http://www.korihure.com,...More
K-Pop Star Rain Makes Time Magazine 2005/09/13, Source Korean singer Rain has made it into the pages of the current affairs magazine Time Asia, a sure first step to international iconic status. The K-pop star has not yet made the cover but at least had a feature devoted all to himself.
MK Pictures Producer Shim Jae-myeong said she received an offer for,...More
Mexican fans ask President Roh to send hallyu stars 2005/09/12, Source The popularity of Korean pop culture is soaring in Mexico, where President Roh Moo-hyun made a recent visit. The first time Mexican viewers saw a Korean television drama was in October 2002, when the local broadcaster Mexiquense showed the MBC series ",...More
Good girls seem to always fall for bad boys. But in the case of "Duelist", which is expected to make a stylish splash in theaters everywhere, Choson Kingdom policewomen seem to fall for the bedroom charms of hired assassins dressed in black.
Following the career of a celebrity is part of the fun of being a fan. However, one of the consequences of falling for a 20-something celebrity is having to part with him when it comes that time in a,...More
'Dongmakgol' Hits 6 Mil. 2005/09/05, Source "Welcome to Dongmakgol" enjoyed its fifth consecutive week at the top of the box office last weekend pulling in more than 192,000 people in Seoul alone and going on to break the 6.3 million viewer mark making it the fourth most,...More
KBS World advances into US market 2005/09/04, Source KBS World, the international broadcasting division of KBS, has advanced into the U.S. market. KBS announced that the network on September 1 signed a transmission agreement with Echostar, the second-biggest American satellite communication service provider behind Direc TV.
I discover a nameless valley while re-treading the contours of the mountain with a map in hand. It's located just below Mt. Taegi's Yanggudumi-jae (or Yanggudumi Pass), on national road no. 6 connecting Dunnae and Jangpyeong. A 40-minute,...More
KBS World to Hit All of U.S. 2005/09/02, Source Public broadcaster KBS's international satellite service KBS World signed on with U.S.-based cable provider EchoStar Thursday, therefore making it available to American households with subscriptions to basic cable packages as early as this month.
Until now, KBS World was available in areas where,...More
The Hanoi-based Tien Phong newspaper today quoted a reliable source from South Korea as saying "the case is now over", referring to the lawsuit filed by Korean actress,...More
South Korean soaps also find large audiences in the US 2005/08/31, Source Millions of fans across Asia began tuning to South Korean soap operas in the late 1990s. Now, the dramas are winning over devotees in the United States such as Honolulu, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Director Jang Jin, second from right, poses with his fellow alumni of Seoul Institute of the Arts, who will together stage Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", after a press conference at Dongnang Arts Center,...More
Chinese TV Network Launches Channel on Korean Dramas 2005/08/26, Source A Chinese TV network will launch an exclusive channel featuring Korean dramas for the first time. According to the "Sichuan Ribao" (四川日報) on August 25, the Sichuan TV Station (SCTV) will begin airing Korean TV dramas on an exclusive channel under the title "Hanfeng Liying,...More
The much-talked about movie "April Snow" (Director Heo Jin-ho) was made public for the first time to local and foreign media members on August 23. After the preview,...More
'April Snow' sticks to Yonsama's image 2005/08/25, Source Love, betrayal and guilt are some of the feelings movies are particularly adept at conjuring, but things get tricky when the three elements are lumped together solely for one big star. How do you evoke the inner life of a deeply troubled man and his equally distressed, secret lover when what the aud,...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
Gay Lifestyles Conquer Media Mainstream 2005/08/23, Source Two handsome men in their 20s are sitting at a table face to face. A caption reading "same-sex couple" runs across the screen. The two feel each other's hair, asking "Did you have a haircut?" They speak in a whisper and caress each other's necks. Soon the sentence, "We subscribe to a couple rate pla,...More
The man known throughout Asia as Yonsama is back with a new movie, and once again he is standing at the center of the spotlight. Hundreds of reporters from home and abroad as well as his fans flocked yesterday to the world premiere of ",...More
Star Billing for the Dear Leader 2005/08/21, Source If you run a search via the portal site Naver of the 2004 documentary "A State Of Mind", which is set to open on August 26, star credit goes to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, right after director Daniel Gordon. The movie follows for eight months the lives of two girls, 13-year-old Hyon-sun and 11-,...More
The upcoming film "Wedding Campaign (Naui Kyolhon Wonjonggi)" sheds light on the difficulty for male farmers to find their soul mates for marriage. But the film's actors say that despite the serious,...More
Daum Communications Corp. (CEO Lee Jae-woong, http://www.daum.net ), South Korea's No. 2 Internet portal by revenue, announced on August 18 that the game contents supplied by a U.S.-based computer game developer, Oberon Media, Inc. (,...More
One traveled to North Korea for success and the other defected from the same country for survival. But they have one thing in common, which is they are confident that they know the truth about the country. Ju Sung-ha, a Dong-A Ilbo correspondent and a North Korea defector, sat do,...More
The survey has been ongoing on the popular U.S. voting site http://www.voote.com since January 16. As of August,...More
20,000 tickets to Rain's Budokan concert sold out 2005/08/16, Source All 20,000 tickets to a concert to be given by singer Rain at the largest Japanese concert hall of Budokan on Sept. 2-3 were sold out in just half a day. Entitled "Rainy Day Special", the concert is an encore performance of the singer's earlier concer,...More
Admiral Yi Sun-shin moves nation 2005/08/15, Source An armada of Japanese warships gather around the Myeongryang Straits in September 1597. Intoxicated with the overwhelming victory a year before over the Joseon fleet commanded by Won Gyun, they expect to wipe out the remnants of Joseon naval forces in the upcoming battle. As warships from both sides,...More
'Hallyu', Korean Wave to flow on in the Middle East 2005/08/10, Source Now that the most influential broadcaster in the Middle East, Egypt National TV is stepping forward to import Korean TV dramas, the region is expected to be hit by the "Korean Wave" of cultural exports in the wake of rising popularity of TV dramas.
AP news recently quoted Al-Akhbar as saying tha,...More
Egyptian TV to Import New Korean Drama 2005/08/08, Source According to Egyptian daily Al-Akbar on August 7, Egypt's state-run TV station ERTU, which wields considerable influence in the Middle East, is interested in importing a new Korean TV drama.
ERTU's TV Channel-2 will import a new Korean drama in compliance with requests from Arabic-speaking viewer,...More
Animation Film 'Empress Chung' to Open on August 12 in South Korea 2005/08/07, Source After eight years of collaboration, the two Koreas will screen their first jointly made film this month.
The animated version of one of Korea's traditional folk tales will be shown at various venues across the peninsula.
Our Son Hee-kyung gives us a glimpse of the movie and its director.
Directed by Jeong Ji-yeong and starring An Seong-gi and Choe Jin-sil, the film depicts the lives of people in the war-torn nation in the 1950s. In the film, Lee Tae, a war correspondent, joins the North Korean partisans in 195,...More
Japanese broadcaster NHK won the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award for its contributions to Asian cinema.
Dieter Kosslick, festival director of the Be,...More
Movable property can be registered as modern cultural assets 2005/08/02, Source Korea's first movie films, academic works and manuscripts of authors of the country's enlightenment period in early 20th century can be registered as Modern Cultural Heritage items and holders of such items can exercise their rights to properties, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said Monday (Aug,...More
"Renart the Fox" is the opening film for Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival
Asia's biggest annual cartoon and animation event will take place in Seoul on Aug. 11-16 with attractions for ordinary visitors and key players in the industry.
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
Korean Values Key to Success of the Korean Wave 2005/07/19, Source SEOUL (Yonhap) _ Identification with Korean values is a major reason for "hallyu", or the Korean wave of pop cultural products that has swept through parts of Asia, South Korean scholars said Monday.
But the popularity and star power of Korean celebrities now poses a serious threat to the continu,...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
To further promote "hallyu (Korean wave)", or the popularity of South Korean pop culture abroad, the Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO) opened an online database http://www.hellohallyu.com last week.
Having started its services with the launch of Korean,...More
The 9th PiFan will show a total of 172 films from 32 countries on nine screens in Puchon until July 23. And the festival will screen "Open Water" and "The Wind Mill Palm Forest" as the closing films.
Directed by Chris Kentis, "Open Water" is a story,...More
From Popular Children's Drama to Musical 2005/07/13, Source The popular KBS TV2 children's drama "Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon" will be staged as a musical during the summer school recess from July 22 to Aug. 21 at the Seoul Kyoyuk Munhwa Howekwan Theater.
The plot of the drama revolves around Mir and Gaon, descendants of magic warriors, and magic warrior Ar,...More
You may consider giving a second thought, if you have been following the two expectations of "Heaven's Soldiers", a movie scheduled to be released on July 14. The two expectations are: "This movie is funny" and ",...More
NK Screening of `Empress Chung' Confirmed 2005/07/13, Source SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) _ A publicist for an animated feature film co-produced by South and North Korean production houses said Tuesday that he received confirmation that the film would screen in North Korea next month.
As the nation's only horror film series, "Yogo Kwedam", which literally translates into "High School Ghost Story", has brought a chill to the summer seasons for teens and adults alike.
The series began with "Whispering Corridors" in 1998, which sparked the rush,...More
Director Hou to Head PIFF Film School 2005/07/12, Source Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao Hsien will head the Asia Film Academy (AFA), a film workshop that the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has organized to nurture newcomers.
The organizing committee for the annual festival yesterday said that Hou will also teach 28 promising young new Asian fil,...More
Paltrow to Star in Korean Commercial 2005/07/07, Source Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow will appear in a commercial that aims to establish Cheil Industries' casual-wear brand Bean Pole on a global scale, the company said Thursday. Paltrow will partner Korea-American actor Daniel Henney, who shot to,...More
Kim Yoon-jin Visits Taiwan 2005/07/06, Source Actress Kim Yoon-jin left for Taiwan July 5 to promote the ABC series "Lost", which has become a hit worldwide. During her stay through July 8, she will hold a press conference for 50 groups of journalists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippin,...More
Zhang Lu is a respected author of prize-winning novels and short stories in his native land of China. A mainlander of Sino-Korean descent, Zhang ventured into filmmaking first as a screenplay writer and th,...More
Film industry suffers from stars' fee dispute 2005/07/05, Source A dramatic dispute between film directors and film stars highlights how soaring guaranteed payments for actors could cripple Korea's film industry -already struggling with a shrinking share of the domestic market - and taint the image of the Korean Wave, an Asia-wide surge in the popularity of Korea,...More
Documentary and fiction films seem to have nothing in common and actually look totally different in the way they depict reality. But independent filmmaker Yun Jun-hyung combines the two formats to create an incredibly powerful way of making a horror film.
DreamWorks eyes Korean animation partnership 2005/07/01, Source DreamWorks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said Korea's movie industry is one of the most important markets for the studio which produced such blockbuster animation features as "Shrek" and will look to strengthen cooperative ties with local animators.
"It is extraordinary that a single film ca,...More
Film Producers Rebuff Movie Stars' "Rash" Demand for "Exorbitant" Pay 2005/06/29, Source At a press conference held at the Press Center in Seoul on June 28 at 11:00 a.m., the Korean Film Producers Association vowed to take a resolute step to resist film stars' moves to "hold sway over" and "abuse their power" in the domestic film industry. The film producers association had previously c,...More
Director Kim Yong-gyoon attributes the strength of his upcoming horror film "Red Shoes (Punhong Sin)" to the great performance of seasoned actress,...More
'Mobile & DMB Fest 2005' raises a curtain on July 1 2005/06/27, Source The first DMB Film Festival 'Mobile & DMB Fest 2005', which will screen a total of 76 films from 10 countries such as Korea, Germany, the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Ireland, Italy and France, raises a curtain on July 1.
As a DMB Film Festival that SeNef holds for the first time in the world, 'Mobile,...More
Rain Invited to Perform at Manchester United's Game 2005/06/27, Source Singer Rain has been invited to perform at the pre-match show of the game between the British premier league team Manchester United and Japan's Kashima Antlers on July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Tokyo Yoyoki National Stadium. Some 50,000 spectators are expec,...More
So Ji-sub to Hold Fan Meeting in Japan 2005/06/27, Source Actor So Ji-sub, who is currently working as a public service agent, will meet with 2,000 Japanese fans at Showa Women's University in Japan on July 10 at 2 p.m., according to the satellite channel KNTV on June 25.
"Night Watch", the opening film for the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Two rival film festivals specializing in unusual and bizarre films announced the detailed descriptions of their events. Now it is up to audiences to judge which is more fantastic.,...More
Korea and Japan to Make Documentary Film on Yasukuni 2005/06/26, Source Civic organizations from Korea and Japan are producing a documentary film that addresses the issues surrounding Tokyo's controversial war memorial, the Yasukuni Shrine. The joint production is aimed at healing wounds and relations between Korea and Japan.
Kim Sam-soon, portrait of single woman in Korea 2005/06/25, Source If Carrie Bradshaw of the "Sex and the City" represents a 30-something-girl in New York, and similarly Bridget Jones in London, here comes Seoul's heroine, with somewhat a boorish name, Kim Sam-soon.
Kim Ah-jeong Shows Off Her Well-Shaped Figure in Philippines 2005/06/24, Source Actress Kim Ah-jeong posed for her first mobile communications photo gallery since her debut. The photo session was held for four nights and five days from June 18 in resort bay yacht clubs in Subic and Manila in the Philippines. The photo album, entitled "Kim Ah-jeong's Summer Fashion", features th,...More
Shin Ah Cast to Star in Chinese Drama 2005/06/24, Source Rising star Shin Ah has been cast to play the lead in the Chinese drama "Golf Girl", emerging as a promising hallyu star. Shin held a press conference on June 15 at a golf club in Beijing, China that was attended by over 100 local reporters and broadcast throughout China by the country's largest bro,...More
The actor Park Joong-hoon has turned forty this year. Despite his youthful vigor, he's now over the hill. In the virtual history movie "Heaven's Soldiers" set to premiere on July 15, he will play Admiral Yi Sun-shin. More
Bae Yong-joon: "I Am Feeling Well" 2005/06/21, Source Actor Bae Yong-joon's agency BOF said on June 20 that Bae, who was hospitalized on June 19 due to overexertion, is now recovering. "He was hospitalized after showing symptoms of exhaustion when he returned home after filming the final scene o,...More
The newly-elected chairwoman of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) believes that Korean cinema has enjoyed an unprecedented boom over the past few years but the industry has also shown many systematic problems that it should tackle for a better take-off.
What is the purpose of dating? Is it to satisfy a physical desire, to feel companionship or get married? It's probably quite difficult to find the right answer to this tricky question, but the new film ",...More
The Hallyu Forum Committee will hold the "2005 International Sympos,...More
Ji Sung Joins Army 2005/06/08, Source Actor Ji Sung, who drew attention by choosing to be a soldier instead of a public service agent when he was drafted to serve his country, entered army boot camp in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, on June 7.
Despite the current 14-week box office slump, mediocre blockbuster films continue cashing in, only demonstrating the power of advertising, depth of complacency and low expectations in modern film audiences. ,...More
Theater chain 'Cinus' to launch into short cinema support 2005/06/03, Source Theater chain 'Cinus' launches into short cinema support.
The theater chain prepares 'Ten minutes stroll corner' to screen promising short movies during 10 minutes before screening of a full-length film. As the first film of such a plan, 'Cinus' spokesman said that the theater chain would release ',...More
Viewers Request Re-runs of "Revenge" 2005/06/03, Source The new Wednesday-Thursday KBS TV2 miniseries "Revenge", which premiered June 1, has received a favorable response from viewers, who are increasingly demanding that the series be rerun. The drama's bulletin board has been flooded with messages from ardent fans who are calling for the rerunning of ea,...More
Korean Film Industry Faces Financial Crisis 2005/06/02, Source The warning lights are flashing on Chungmu-ro, the center of Korea's film industry as public funding runs out. The liquidation date for most of the W260 billion (US$260 million) movie fund for film production between 2000 and 2002 comes up at the end of this year, and the Small and Medium Business A,...More
The "Superwoman Syndrome" describes women who are obsessed with being perfect in everything they do, such as household duties as wives and mothers and career women at work, which leads them to burn out.
The popular MBC drama "Be Strong Kum-soon", which airs week,...More
Rain Wins Best Buzz Asia Award at MTV Japan 2005/05/30, Source Singer Rain has once again proved his status as a top-notch Korean artist in front of the world's best artists by receiving the Best Buzz Asia Award at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2005, which was held May 29 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall and was atten,...More
PUSAN - A scene after the Korean War (1950-1953): A South Korean protagonist finally meets his North Korean foe in Pusan for the first time. As soon as they sense each other at the gate of a hotel, they grab for their guns and start firing.
According to the event's host, Korean Broadcasting Commission, the showcase was planned to introduce Korean television programs to Indonesia, T,...More
No. of Movie Screens at Theaters Increases 2005/05/27, Source SEOUL (Yonhap) _ The number of movie screens jumped nearly 40 percent last year from a year earlier, figures by a government-supported body promoting the local film industry showed Friday.
The Korean Film Council said the number of screens increased to 1,567 as of the end of last year from 1,132,...More
This year's Indiforum 2005, which will be proceeded in the Seoul Art Cinema as well as Gallery175, screens a total of 68 films such as ' 2005 independent films', 19 oversea special screening and so forth.
In his fourth film "On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate", director-screenwriter Hong Sang-soo subtly depicted h,...More
'Feature Drama' With English Subtitles 2005/05/25, Source As of June 6 international viewers will be able to view "Feature Drama (TV Munhakkwan)," a weekly KBS television program that presents adaptations of famous novels.
State-run KBS's international satellite broadcaster KBS World will air the program every Monday with English subtitles to make the l,...More
Jang Nara Popular with Chinese Police 2005/05/24, Source Singer/actress Jang Nara, who is filming the 150-episode Chinese epic drama "Tricky Rough Princess", has captivated the hearts of the Chinese security police typically known for their discipline and strictness. A person from the drama's productio,...More
Quake or shine, Japanese want kimchi TV 2005/05/24, Source TOKYO - Nippon TV, a cable network for the greater Kanto area in eastern Japan, originally expected the Korean wave to end earlier this year. In part, the broadcaster was convinced of the Korean wave's staying power last October when a deadly earthquake slammed the Niigata region and a breaking news,...More
Rain to Perform with Alan Tam in Shanghai 2005/05/17, Source Singer Rain will present awards as well as perform at the 2nd China Academy Music Awards to be held in Shanghai on May 22 at 7 p.m. His "rival" will be Alan Tam, a Hong Kong-born star who is famous in the Chinese-speaking region and will also perform,...More
Ahn Jae-wook Meets with 500 Asian Fans 2005/05/16, Source Actor Ahn Jae-wook once again demonstrated his popularity as a "hallyu" star at a meeting with some 500 of his Asian fans. Ahn attended the fan meeting at noon on May at the Popcorn Hall in Namdaemun, Seoul. The purpose of the gathering was to,...More
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 18-year-old actress, who is in her final year of high school, will concentrate on studying for her college entrance exams, according,...More
Fashion show serves to mend Korea-Japan ties 2005/05/09, Source KORIYAMA, Japan - A fashion show by a renowned Korean designer rattled this usually-quiet city as thousands of Japanese flocked here to catch a glimpse of Korean TV stars on the catwalk as well as a lavish and extravagant show by Andre Kim.
The gala, held Saturday at the Big Palette Convention Ce,...More
Art Film Director Tries New Strategy 2005/05/08, Source Despite becoming a darling of the international festival circuit, director Kim Ki-duk has found little commercial success with his films domestically. So Kim says he will look for a different strategy when it comes to releasing his newest work,,...More
With his good looks and warm smile, Park Yong-woo is known for portraying the "good guys" in television dramas and films. But as an actor, Park says he finds himself often limited by this image and constantl,...More
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
Cho Seong-mo Benefits Child Affected with Leukemia 2005/05/03, Source Singer Cho Seong-mo appeared on KBS TV1's "Love Request" on April 30, where he consoled a 27-month toddler named Hwang Su-young who is struggling with complications from leukemia. The little girl had undergone surgery twice and was considered cured but was hospitalized again due to hemolytic anemia.,...More
So Ji-sub Meets with Fans 2005/05/02, Source Actor So Ji-sub met with his fans one month after graduating from army boot camp. So made a surprise appearance at a fan meeting on May 1 at 1 p.m. at the Mapo District Culture and Sports Center in Seoul, which was organized by his fan club "Love,...More
More Vivid History Special, More Touching TV Novel 2005/04/27, Source In its new programming schedule for the spring season starting May 2, KBS has decided to focus on playing a role as a public broadcaster, expanding HDTV programs, and promoting the company's image instead of sticking to program ratings, according to Jang Yoon-taek, head director of programming, in a,...More
According to a recent survey by job recruiting Web site Career ( http://www.career.co.kr ), two out of three people view married men who spend their time raising children and doing house chores positively.
Reflecting such a change in people's idea of the traditi,...More
CHINAN, North Cholla Province - An upcoming film "Ssunday Seoul" tells of a series of strange and mysterious stories. However, for the makers of the movie, the strangeness is all in a day's work - lite,...More
The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is set to kick off its sixth edition on April 28, and the city of Chonju in North Cholla Province will be soon crowded again with fans of independent movies.
A total of 176 feature, short and documentary films from,...More
Former staff members of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) said Wednesday that holding their own film festival at the same time as PiFan is a move not against PiFan, but against the fundamental problems it has.
Close to seven months have passed since the implementation of an anti-prostitution law, and while many are still hesitate to discuss the controversial matter, a vigorous discussion touching on many of its surrounding issues took place at a university campus in Se,...More
N. Korean films to screen at JIFF 2005/04/13, Source A South Korean film festival will screen three North Korean films as part of its event, including a 2002 movie about an ancient fight to protect Dokdo Islets from Japanese invaders.
The organizing committee of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) announced on Tuesday (April 12) that thre,...More
This time's program is to introduce contents, which covered landscapes of Samcheok, Kang,...More
'Long and Winding Road' portrays mother's love 2005/04/09, Source Every Korean has a strong emotional connection with the word, "eomma" (mother). In most cases, Korean mothers have gone through tough times, including war and poverty, that make it hard to navigate life itself.
But mothers never give up, especially when it comes to things related to their childre,...More
Women's film festival kicks off in Seoul 2005/04/09, Source The seventh Women's Film Festival in Seoul kicked off its eight-day run yesterday at Artreon Theater in Sinchon, Seoul, showcasing the issues of female teenagers' sexuality and sex workers in Asian countries.
"The festival will offer more variety this year, as the entries include movies from such,...More
Song Hye-Gyo contracts with sidusHQ 2005/04/08, Source Song Hye-Gyo and Sidus HQ made an exclusive contract.
Sidus HQ, the management business within iHQ, concluded an exclusive contract for three years with Song Hye-Gyo in the morning of April 8. The contract cost 300 million won.
Sidus HQ is planning to maximize the synergy effect with its affiliate,...More
If persons interested in this Korean service log on this academy homepage (www.nyfa.com/korea), they can get a detailed information about various workshop schedule, curriculum, school expenses in relat,...More
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
Fans of Snubbed Beauties Up in Arms 2005/04/06, Source With the cable TV channel m.net selecting a list of Korea's 10 most beautiful women to mark the company's 10th anniversary, fans of stars who were left off are launching severe protests on the Internet. Using Internet balloting and expert opinion, m.net selected a list of Korea's 10 representative b,...More
MBC to air Hanryu dramas in CIS nations 2005/04/06, Source As part of Hanryu undeveloped region's Korean drama telecast projects, MBC TV drama 'Damo' and 'Marriage ties preordained by Providence' are making inroads into former CIS nations such as Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.
Ha Ji-won Receives Head Injury during Filming 2005/04/01, Source Top-star Ha Ji-won severely injured her head on March 30 while filming an action scene of her new movie "Detective" in Yangsuri, Gyeonggi Province. She collided with a fellow actor during the scene and was rushed to the emergency room.
"18, 29" Records Highest Rating since Premiere 2005/03/30, Source The viewer ratings of the KBS miniseries "18, 29" have recorded 18.5 percent, the highest since its debut on March 7 and attesting to the unrivaled popularity of the Monday-Tuesday series. The success of this drama, which is currently in its ninth episode, can be largely ascribed to the impressive a,...More
Jang Nara Stages Showcase in Beijing 2005/03/28, Source Singer Jang Nara staged a showcase of her Chinese debut album on March 26 at 3 p.m. at the Wietan Stadium in Beijing, China. More than 5,000 of her Chinese fans flocked to see their favorite singer on that day.
CGV rises as No. 1 cinema 2005/03/28, Source In recent surveys regarding 2005 Korean industry brand power (K-BPI) and 2005 NCSI (National Customer Satisfaction Index), multiplex cinema 'CJ CGV' rose as No. 1 in the section of cinema respectively.
In a K-BPI survey first off, which has enforced from 12,000 people between 15 years and 60 year,...More
I was riding home in a cab in Gangnam, Seoul at 2:00 a.m. when a face appeared outside my window. The face had a hairstyle like cotton candy. The figure taking the back seat of a motorcycle passed by at high speed. I heard a voice shouting a queer sound, something like "Kkiyo!,...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
Choi Min-sik to Act in Theater Play 2005/03/22, Source Actor Choi Min-sik will act in a theater play sometime late this year. "I would like to play on stage at the end of this year if I have such an opportunity. I am thinking of just some small theater play -- nothing grandiose", said Choi. The ac,...More
For director Kim Jee-woon, humor is a basic element of films. And he says no matter how dark and moody it may seem, his new film ",...More
Yonsama Tempers Patriotism with Reason 2005/03/21, Source Yonsama Fever Rages On Amid Korea-Japan Chill
Korean star Bae Yong-joon, or Yonsama to his many Japanese fans, has belatedly responded to a patriotic campaign asserting Korean sovereignty over the Dokdo Islets coveted by Japan. He had earlie,...More
Television show breaks Korean-American stereotypes 2005/03/21, Source Fresh from just completing their first season run at the end of last month on a U.S. cable channel, the production team of "Egg WestCoast", a video magazine program for Korean-Americans, is confident it has played a role in breaking the stereotypes about Korean-Americans.
KOCCA (Korea Culture & Content Agency) U.S.Office said 'Old Boy' is provoking the mos,...More
'Possible Changes' shows gloomy life of 2 men 2005/03/19, Source Can we really change? Are we allowed to embrace changes in everyday life? Is there really a way out in this confusing era where morality, sexuality and values get entangled in a way that defies clear judgment calls?
"Possible Changes", released yesterday, tackles such bewildering questions by zoo,...More
SAMCHOK, Kangwon Province - The normally peaceful and quiet park Chuksoru in Samchok was crowded on Thursday with unusu,...More
Yonsama Fever Rages On Amid Korea-Japan Chill 2005/03/17, Source Oblivious to the worst crisis in Korea-Japan relations in the 40 years, the curiosity of Japanese tourists in the grip of the Korean wave continues unabated in the small east coast town of Samchok, Gangwon Province.
Over 100 Japanese tourists have been visiting Samchok a day since last month, whe,...More
The film is an action-fantasy thriller about an investigation into 10 billion won worth of drugs that are stolen during a transfer by the police. The police suspect the chief investigator who was in charge of the delivery, but the case becomes,...More
An upcoming local film tells a story about two men who have every desperate reason to win a boxing tournament. Although only one will win the final, its director and actors say the movie is more about living with a hope rather than about someone becoming a champion,...More
Energy Group Daesung Group said its affiliate company Buy Next Generation of High Technology and New Zealand's Park Road Post would establish a joint cinema firm with a view to seeking world cinema market's Korea advance.
Earning director Park Chan-wook the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival last year, "Old Boy", a story about a man who was kidna,...More
"Old Miss' Diary" Strikes a Chord with Young Female Audience 2005/03/11, Source The producer of the KBS sitcom "Old Miss' Diary", Kim Seok-yun, said the secret of the sitcom's steadily rising popularity lies in its unhindered depiction of the psyche of thirty-something women. It describes the love affairs of young women through true-to-life stories. Many female viewers have bee,...More
"Yeojah, Jeong-hye (This Charming Girl)" begins with the heroine (Kim Ji-soo) cleaning the patio of her home, tending and watering her plants, delicately wiping the floor. Jeong-hye, 29, works 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
It was selected for the final competition of Trebon International Festival of Animated Films, Teheran Animation Festival, and Tiburon Film Festival. ,...More
Meet the nation's super star Ahn Sung-ki 2005/03/02, Source Bupyeong Cultural Center was filled with excited faces in late afternoon of February 15 despite the rainy weather. People gathered to meet the nation's super star Ahn Sung-ki. Ahn made his debut as a child actor, but returned as an adult with d,...More
A couple of packs of gum, a gallon of black coffee, a needle and most importantly, guts. These are not typical necessities for a trip to the movies, but are indispensable when it comes to a movie Marathon c,...More
Mourners bid farewell to late actress Lee Eun-joo during a funeral on Thursday at a hospital run by Seoul National University in Pundang, just south of Seoul,...More
Kitano Takeshi Discusses Role as a Violent Sex Addict 2005/02/23, Source 58-year-old actor/director Kitano Takeshi, who stars in Korean-Japanese director Sai Yoichi's film "Blood and Bones", comes off as a monster. "Blood and Bones" is the record of a "beast" who lives only for his own body. Depending on the viewer, the term "beast" might not seem excessive. The film doc,...More
Movie Theme Park Opens in Seoul 2005/02/23, Source There's a new tourist hot spot smack in the heart of Seoul. It's a mock studio where visitors can experience scenes from some of Korea's recently acclaimed films and TV dramas.
It began with the hit 1998 action film "Shiri". "JSA - Joint Security Area", followed two years later, delving into new,...More
Ji-soo, (32), will appear on the big screen for the first time since her debut 13 years ago. The movie is "This Charming Girl", directed by Lee Yoon-ki, scheduled to open on March 10. In the movie,,...More
Top Actress's Suicide Shocks Nation 2005/02/22, Source Lee Eun-joo, who shot to fame with her roles in the TV drama "Firebird" and the film "Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War", hanged herself in her apartment on Tuesday. She was 25. Lee's brother alerted police after discovering her lifeless body at,...More
In the midst of a Korean cinema boom, full of candy-fluff movies and over-stylized action movies, comes a poignant sentimental drama about life and human nature rooted in the everyday man. Hot on the heels of his,...More
Debate rages on teen pregnancy in 'Jenny, Juno' 2005/02/15, Source "Lolita", a fiction by Vladimir Nabokov that has generated widely mixed reviews from critics and mainstream readers, is often - rightly or not - synonymous with pedophiles. Debates about the film version are also never in short supply.
Similar heated shouting matches are playing out over ",...More
In a recent British Council survey of over 40,000 people for whom English is a second language, "mother" was chosen as the most beautiful word in English. Indeed, regardless of race or nationality, almost everyone is touched by the idea and image of motherhood.
EFM is a movie sale market whose phase is on a par with established three largest movie markets in the wor,...More
Busan Short Film Fest Takes Submissions 2005/02/11, Source Busan Asian Short Film Festival Taking Submissions The Busan Asian Short Film Festival is accepting submissions for its 2005 event, which will be held in May. Filmmakers can send in works of 40 minutes in length or less in film or video format. The event will screen works of various genres, includin,...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.
In the original "Public Enemy" released in 2002, actor Sol Kyung-gu played an aimless corrupt detective chasing the serial killer who murdered his parents. In the sequel, he portrays a prosecutor of spotle,...More
The movie "Mal-ah-ton - Marathon" is about an autistic man's triumph as a human. The movie softly wakens a forgotten, subtle, and yet important sense. It is the sense of touch. The movie tickles its audience. Grass that t,...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.
368 Entertainers Boycott Ad Firm Over `X-Files' 2005/01/25, Source A total of 368 entertainers belonging to 45 talent agencies announced yesterday that they will refuse to work with Cheil Communications, the advertising firm behind the making of the controversial document dubbed "Entertainers' X-Files".
A group of foreign residents who meet to watch and discuss local movies for entertainment and as a way of learning about Korean culture are also using their biweekly gatherings to help charities in Korea.
Titled "Charity Movie Coffee Mornings", the event invites,...More
Lawsuits planned on showbiz 'X-files' 2005/01/22, Source Lawyers for show business personalities and entertainment agencies are drawing up lawsuits seeking damages over unauthorized release on the Internet of "X-files" containing lurid and other private insights of 99 celebrities.
Rumbles from the controversy continued to rattle the entertainment worl,...More
Celebrities have joined forces to take legal action after a confidential document containing personal and potentially damaging information about their lives has spread throughout the Internet.
Representing the 99 top local celebrities mentioned in the report, H,...More
Choi Ji-woo Becomes New Face of Dior 2005/01/20, Source Choi Ji-woo has been chosen as the official face of cosmetics house Christian Dior that also saw her voted Japan's most popular Korean star.
Paris-based Christian Dior said Thursday it picked the actress as the face of its "Snow Pure" product,...More
Cho Seung-woo shines in 'Running Boy' 2005/01/19, Source In a press preview of "Running Boy" held at a cinema in downtown Seoul on Monday afternoon, something unusual happened. First, reporters clapped and cheered at the end of the film, and some of them were wiping off tears. Second, an interview room was so crowded with reporters that it was almost impo,...More
Those People at That Time, a movie about the 10/26 crisis when former president Park Jung-hee was assassinated, is being criticised even before its planned release date of February 3. Former president Park's son Jee-man has filed a showing ban suit to the court due to the possi,...More
Bae Yong-joon Wows Japanese Travelers 2005/01/12, Source The January issue of the in-flight magazine of Korean Air, which features an interview with Bae Yong-joon, is being snapped up by Japanese tourists who know the star as "Yonsama".
Passengers usually leave in-flight magazines on the plane. B,...More
Paris Lights Up with Korean Cinema Retrospective 2005/01/10, Source A Korean film festival entitled "50 Years of Cinema Korea (50 Ans de Cinema Coréen)" is being held at Chaillot Palace in Paris until Feb. 26. The event features 50 Korean movies that represent and span the 50-year history of Korean cinema, from the 1950s film "The Free Woman" to recent movies made i,...More
One of the many attractions of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is an omnibus film specially made for the event by three separate international directors. The three filmmakers chosen for this year's project revealed yesterday the outline of their contr,...More
Korea Crowds out Hollywood in Japan's Top 10 of Foreign Movies 2005/01/07, Source Four of the Top 10 foreign films in Japan for 2004 came from Korea, according to a list compiled by the nation's leading movie magazine "Kinema Junbo".
The magazine's annual roundup of the cream of the foreign film crop is selected by film critics and viewer's votes. It is one of the most prestigi,...More
Cha Young-mi (played by Ha Ji-won) is a high school girl who was orphaned when young, yet courageously leads her life by working her way through school. One day, she gets a parcel from an unknown address. What she finds in t,...More
"He's an actor that can best portray a once-successful man whose life suddenly crashes around him".
The director Kim Jee-woon of the movie "Sweet Life" thus explains the expression of,...More
Number of Korean films down in '04 2005/01/04, Source The number of Korean movies produced in 2004 stood at 86, down 26.5 percent from a year earlier, industry data showed yesterday, sending a conflicting message about the booming Korean film industry.
The Korea Media Rating Board, which gives ratings to both domestic and foreign films, said 86 movi,...More
The organizing committee of one of the major domestic film festivals on Thursday decided to dismiss its festival director despite strong opposition from the event's programmers and threats from members of the film industry to boycott next year's event.
CJ CGV's public subscription price was 25,000 won. Experts say that with CGV's listing on the stock market as a momentum, at home also, an era opened that a theater chain was listed on the stock market.
Former movie actress Goh Eun-a (real name: Lee Kyung-heeâ€¢ Hapdong Film Co., Ltd. Seoul Cinema Representative) is more buoyant than ever with the anticipation of a new theater church service this Christmas. Husband Gwak Jung-hwan (Hapdong Film Co., Ltd.,...More
Kim Jong-il Moves to Curb Fallout of 'Korean Wave' 2004/12/23, Source These days, in major North Korean cities such as Pyongyang, young people are freely using South Korean speech mannerisms that have hitherto been unheard of in the North.
Observers interpret the adoption of informal gestures and vernacular changes prevalent in Seoul to a new association among the y,...More
[Local Films With English Subtitles] 2004/12/16, Source ■ 3rd USFK Korean Film Festival
Friday and Saturday
The third USFK Korean Film Festival will screen six local movies with English subtitles today and tomorrow for the members of the American armed forces stationed here. The movies will be screened for free at theaters within three of the U.S,...More
There's not a whole lot of drama you can make out of professional wrestling. After all, it might sometimes be fun to watch grown men in their underwear throw each other around the ring, but when it comes down to it, everyone knows the whole thing is fake. Or is it? ,...More
Local Actress Sues Taiwanese TV 2004/12/06, Source Local actress Jun Ji-hyun has reportedly accused a broadcasting company in Taiwan of defaming her character and is seeking compensation through a lawsuit.
According to the Web site Sina.com, Jun is asking for about 600 million won in punitive,...More
2004 Beijing-Korean Film Festival Kicks off in China 2004/12/03, Source The 2004 Beijing Korea Film Festival kicked off Thursday in the Chinese capital. The five-day event, jointly hosted by the Korea Film Council and China Film, is designed to foster better understanding and cooperation between Korean and Chinese film industries.
A number of Korean celebrities includ,...More
I got your back! 2004/12/02, Source Pop star Lee Hyo-ri and actress Jun Ji-hyun worship has hit an all-time low. Plastic surgeons are now lifting the spirits and backsides of Korean women who want something of theirs that can't easily be bought off the shelves - their butts.
- How did you interpret the character of Rikidozan?
"I didn't study the character in advance. In my case, a thoro,...More
Fewer Moviegoers in Seoul in November 2004/12/01, Source The number of people going to the movies in Seoul has dropped for the third consecutive month.
According to a report released by Korean Film Council and the film Web site Maxmovie (www.maxmovie.com), 2,760,949 people went to the movies during November. In October, 2,909,380 people went to the movi,...More
With a mix of gangster thrillers, cold war morality tales, quirky comedies and art house flicks, South Korean films are garnering critical acclaim and commercial success at home, across Asia and, increasingly, around the world.
Women have say on what they see 2004/11/25, Source November 25, 2004 ㅡ There is a scene from the film "Silmido" in which two South Korean soldiers slip off base and rape a civilian nurse. The underlying notion behind the scene was to highlight the grueling conditions suffered by "Unit 684", a group of Army recruits who underwent intense train,...More
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/11/25, Source ■ Sisily 2 km (2004)
At noon on Nov. 27
Seoul Selection Bookstore
Combining two different movie genres _ horror film and gangster comedy, the film "Sisily 2 km" is a story about a group of gangsters struggling to find a betrayer who runs away with diamonds. Yang-I (,...More
A battle among a string of blockbuster animations slated for release is expected to heat up in local theaters this winter. Local moviegoers will have a variety of interesting films to choose from this winter, including a local animation opening this weekend, which,...More
Believe the Hype: Hollywood Stars Flock to Korea to Promote Movies 2004/11/23, Source As Korean films gain a broader world audience, Hollywood's most glamorous celebrities are swarming to the peninsula to promote their latest movies, with Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Renee Zellweger and Hong Kong actor Stephen Chow scheduled to make an appearance here next month.
Renee Zellweger wil,...More
Three different Asian languages can be heard among the shouts of joy, as fans flash their cameras continuously at local actor Bae Yong-joon, who has captured the hearts of many women in neighboring countries,...More
RESFEST: Digital Film Gala Arrives in Seoul 2004/11/21, Source In modern cinema, digital technology is changing the way movies are made, and helping small-budget filmmakers compete with large studios by incorporating commercial mainstream elements in their works. RESFEST, an international digital film festival, is in town and it showcases the latest in digital,...More
Korean Designer Andre Kim Puts the Stars on the Catwalk 2004/11/17, Source Korea's high-profile fashion designer Andre Kim showcased his designs for 2005 this week. Actors and athletes also joined him for a unique awards ceremony.
Korean designer Andre Kim has been creating fashions ever since he debuted in 1962. His distinctive and opulent style combining futuristic wit,...More
As many as 500 people, including fans from Korea, China and Japan and press personnel, were on hand at the military boot camp in Chunchon, Kangwon Province, Tuesday, to watch Song Seung-heon, a popular actor,...More
Tri-National Youth Film Festival to Open in Seoul 2004/11/16, Source A film festival for young directors from Korea, China, and Japan will be held in Seoul. At the First Korea International Youth Film Festival (KIYFF), which is to be held at Ignatius Hall of Sogang University, Seoul from Tuesday to Saturday and sponsored by the Research Center for Korean Youth Cultur,...More
It's 6:00 a.m. on November 13 in the lobby of the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel. Over 100 Japanese women in their thirties and forties fill the lobby despite the early morning hour. They are waiting for "Dongon-sang", better known as the Korean actor Lee Dong-gun.