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Korea Draws Attention at Cannes Festival

Source | 2006/05/25 | | Permalink

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 million dollars. The movie has already netted 7 million dollars in international market even before it is released.

One associate from CineClickAsia, the managing company of 'The Host' stated, "The premier for the potential distributors was held twice, yet we couldn't accommodate all who were interested in the movie. People were waiting for more than an hour to see the movie and still couldn't get into the auditorium".

'The Host' is directed by Bong Joon-ho, whose name is well-known in Korea. The movie is invited to the director's week at ...More

Film "The Host" Likely to Achieve Highest Export Amount

Source | 2006/05/25 | | Permalink

The film "The Host" directed by Bong Joon-ho has made the headlines as it is likely to win the highest-ever export amount in the history of Korean filmdom.

"The Host" received a favorable response as soon as it was shown at the 59th Cannes International Film Festival. According to an official from the film production agency ShowBox, "The Host" will be exported for $2.3 million to about ten countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including the U.S., Britain, Brazil and Argentina.

Simply based on the film's script, the agency has already signed an export contract with HappyNet Pictures of Japan for $4.7 million (including $3.2 million for the export of the film and $1.2 million for investment). Even before it is released, "The Host" will likely earn a total amount of $7 million in exports to foreign countries. The export amount of this film to other countries except Japan is the highest in the history ...More

Kim Ki-duk Latest Film “3-Iron” Gets Rave Reviews

Source | 2006/01/21 | | Permalink

The entrancing moving "3-Iron", the eleventh movie by Korean cinema powerhouse director Kim Ki-duk, is receiving rave reviews from film critics around the world.

According to CineClickAsia, the movies' overseas distributor, on January 18, the U.S. periodicals ‘Reelview' and ‘The Seattle Weekly' ranked "3-Iron" (the original title "Bin Jip" means "vacant houses") number four among in their list of last year's top ten movies.

Moreover, the film was named the "Best Film for 2005" by Belgium's Film Critics Association. "3-Iron" was the third South Korean film to win the honor after "Chihwaseon" (...More

[PIFF] Korean, Thai Directors Win Top PPP Prize

Source | 2005/10/12 | | Permalink

The 8th Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) wrapped up its three-day schedule yesterday by handing out awards in Pusan (Busan).

Among 33 official projects _ 27 PPP projects from 19 countries and six New Directors in Focus (NDIF) projects by promising Korean directors _ eight projects were announced at the closing ceremony at the Paradise Hotel in Haeundae.

Both "Fairy Tale of a Picture Tree" by Lee Kwang-mo from South Korea and "Heartbreak Pavilion" by Thunska Pansittivorakul and Sompot Chidgasornpongse from Thailand won the Busan Award, the largest prize bestowed by the Pusan city government with $20,000 in prize money.

"Paju" by ...More

Cannes Film Festival to invite Korean cinema 'THE BOW'

Source | 2005/04/22 | | Permalink

Following Berlin and Venice, Korean film-maker Kim Ki-duk makes inroads into the Cannes Film Festival, scheduled to be held on next month in France.

CineclickAsia said that his 12th cinema 'The Bow' has been invited to the 'Noteworthy Line of Vision' section, one of the official sections at the 58th Cannes International Film Festival.

With this, director Kim is assessed to have come to make a conquest of consecutively three renowned film festivals following the two time's 'Director Award' with 'Samaria' at the 54th...More

7 Korean film producing companies enhance Korean film's phase in EFM

Source | 2005/02/11 | | Permalink

Plus the 55th International Berlin Film Festival, 7 Korean film producing companies enhance Korean film's phase by taking part in EFM (European Film Market) which will be held till Feb. 20.

EFM is a movie sale market whose phase is on a par with established three largest movie markets in the world such as Cannes, Milan, and AFM (American Film Market).

In particular, as AFM took place in Feb.-March previously, takes place in autumn from this year, EFM's significance is being heightened as a sole movie market, which is held in the first half of the year.

According to Korean Film Council (KOFIC), 7 film producing companies from Korea have prepared a ...More

'Bin Jip - 3-Iron': Golden Spike Award in the 49th Valladolid International Film Festival.

Source | 2004/11/11 | | Permalink

Director Kim Ki-duk's 'Bin Jip' has received Golden Spike Award, the highest prize, in the 49th Valladolid International Film Festival that lowered its curtain in Spain recently.

The highest prize, pressing competition films
According to CineclickAsia in charge of oversea marketing of this movie, 'Bin Jip' was selected as the highest prize unanimously, pressing competition films of 20 pieces such as 'Ae Fond Kiss' and '2046'.

'Bin Jip - 3-Iron' has received 35,000 euro (approximately 50 million won) for pri...More

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