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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 14

2018/02/14 | Permalink

With Ma-wang out for the count, General Winter snooping into his home freely and Ah Sa-nyeo putting on her best innocent demeanor, things are not looking good for our gods and monsters. More importantly, they are not looking good for Seon-mi, who begins exhibiting strange powers due to Ah Sa-nyeo's meddling. This combined with the fate predicted by the Saryeong bring about a cliffhanger that threatens the show's heroine greatly...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 13

2018/02/13 | Permalink

Ah Sa-nyeo acts like a child in a candy store in episode thirteen of "A Korean Odyssey", and with good reason. With most of the group unaware of or underestimating her powers, the priestess gets to roam free and take advantage of everyone's already weak morality and personal wants. The one most in danger is Ma-wang, who thinks that she can help him without him or Seon-mi suffering major loses. If only things worked out as nicely with evil spirits...More

[Lily's Take] "Kingdom" Reconsidering Jung Suk-won After Drug Scandal

Source | 2018/02/12 | Permalink

Netflix drama "Kingdom" has revealed their stance on acting Jung Suk-won after his arrest...More

Jung Suk-won Arrested for Drug Use

Source | 2018/02/11 | Permalink

Actor Jung Suk-won was arrested for allegedly abusing metamphetamine...More

Korean Movie of the Week "Tunnel"

Source | 2018/02/08 | Permalink

Korean movie of the week "Tunnel" (2016)

Directed by Kim Seong-hun

With Ha Jung-woo, Bae Doona, Oh Dal-soo, Jung Suk-yong, Park Hyuk-kwon, Nam Ji-hyun,...

Crank in : 2015/11/10
"Tunnel" is based on the novel with the same time by author So Jae-won. It is about a man, who is trapped in a tunnel and tries to get out of it. Ha Jung-woo will play the protagonist, who is trapped in a tunnel due to careless construction...More

Jun Suk-ho Joins Cast of "Miracle That We Met" with Director Lee Hyeong-min

Source | 2018/02/06 | Permalink

Actor Jun Suk-ho is starring in the KBS 2TV drama "Miracle That We Met".

He's starring as Lieutenant Park Dong-soo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 12

2018/02/05 | Permalink

An unfamiliar evil takes a familiar face in episode twelve of "A Korean Odyssey". The soul trapped in the coffin is here to claim what they want, and it will manipulate everyone in its power to get there. With the tensions between Oh-gong and Seon-mi rising due to their understanding of how fatal their bond can be, the group starts drifting apart. This is the absolute worst time for that, as well as for Ma-wang to start plotting once more...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 11

2018/02/04 | Permalink

It may have taken "A Korean Odyssey" half a series to get the ball rolling on the doomsday part of the story, but episode eleven gives said ball a good kick. Death is never far away in the life of Sam Jang and our familiar monsters, be it death for show, death among lovers or a very old death about to resurface. If it were not clear enough from the moment we first saw him, Kang  Dae-seong's nature brings him closer to the supernatural and to bringing about the end of the world...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 10

2018/01/29 | Permalink

The big snag in everyone's plans is not as educating as I was hoping it would be, but at least some characters' true feelings for one another have been revealed. Seon-mi gets to experience life without her abilities and everyone else gets to experience life without Sam Jang, but this inconvenient for most and a potential death sentence for Boo-ja. Everyone is confused about the future, most of all Seon-mi...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 9

2018/01/28 | Permalink

I have been begging for some forward movement in the plot of "A Korean Odyssey" and a guest character brings about an even bigger change than I anticipated. The one thing that has been keeping our group of supernatural misfits together suddenly vanishes, and we are left with an uncertain future for everyone's fate as well as their relationships. I wanted to know what everyone truly thinks and feels about this situation, so bring on the drama...More

[riversky's Take] Kang Ha-neul's "Forgotten" for February 21 Release on Netflix

Source | 2018/01/28 | Permalink

February 21 is indeed an extra special day for Kang Ha-neul's fans! Firstly, it is 28th birthday of the heartthrob, and secondly, it is the much-awaited international release date of "Forgotten" on online streaming giant, Netflix...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2018/01/28 | Permalink

Film journalist and critic Pierce Conran reviews Jang Joon-hwan's "1987: When the Day Comes" on Modern Korean Cinema, Christopher Weatherspoon investigates the evolution of Korean fantasy on KoBiz, more Korean theatres embracing stories about the socially disadvantaged, and Netflix makes more moves to ride the K-wave...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 8

2018/01/23 | Permalink

An ominous fate teasing was bound to happen at some point in such a series by these writers and "A Korean Odyssey" delivers it in this episode. There is a fallout between Seon-mi and Oh-gong, partially caused by Ma-wang, but based on the problems our two not-exactly-lovebirds have been trying to sweep under the rug. We start to see some of Oh-gong's honesty and change towards others, but the fates are cruel...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 7

2018/01/21 | Permalink

Prepare for another round of "Does he or doesn't he", as "A Korean Odyssey" continues to struggle with its lack of a main plot or any significant progress in character and world development. Episode seven is slower than usual and the creators are unfortunately back to treating the main romance as a conventional one, this time dangling the carrot of a love triangle with someone we do not even know...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 6

2018/01/20 | Permalink

I have been wondering when the "Argon" team would experience a greater crisis involving the massive responsibility of reporters in life and death matters, and the series has delivered. Something very dire happens and everyone has to handle the cost. Hye-rin is trying to make do with the decision forced on her and Yeon-hwa still struggles to find her place and her own voice. Meanwhile, Baek-jin makes a very important decision...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 5

2018/01/19 | Permalink

As the battle for the new HBC 9 o'clock news anchor becomes more and more ruthless, so do Yoo Myeong-ho's tricks. Yeon-hwa and Jong-tae go after yet another item while Geun-hwa prepares his exit. With everyone busy in the "Argon" team and a particularly nasty lawsuit targeting Kim Baek-jin, one team member is met with a very unfair and potentially career-ending decision outside of their control...More

"Kingdom" Staff Passes Away from Overworking

Source | 2018/01/17 | Permalink

A staff member from the Netflix original drama "Kingdom" passed away on the 16th and the Federation of Korean Movies (FKM) claims it was death from overwork and urges the government to take steps to improve the film and broadcast production sites...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 6

2018/01/16 | Permalink

Ask and you shall receive, and although "A Korean Odyssey" is still dawdling on and regurgitating a lot of its key concepts this time around, there is at least one major point of progress in the ever so shaky thing that is its main romance. Ma-wang is feeling the burn of his little tasting and we are slowly discovering some connections made by our self-centered group of supernatural misfits...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 5

2018/01/15 | Permalink

Seon-mi's burdens keep multiplying, as something happens to put our previously detached Bull Demon King in a much more invested position. After the big revelation of our heroine's mission, "A Korean Odyssey" takes a step back to look at her unique connection to Oh-gong. While the nature of this fake bond has been there for us to see, it is starting to dawn on Seon-mi that her needs tend to feed a dangerous and painful delusion of closeness on her end...More

Kwon Yuri and Joo Jin-mo-I Join "The Sound of Your Heart [Reboot: Fools]"

Source | 2018/01/10 | Permalink

The second season of "The Sound of Your Heart", which was released on KBS2 and Netflix and which opened a new chapter for entertainment sitcoms, has completed casting...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 4

2018/01/08 | Permalink

Well, I asked for a main story and for Seon-mi's purpose in it, and episode four of "A Korean Odyssey" delivers. It turns out that our heroine has a much heavier burden to bear than expected and she needs her group of merry monsters to help her carry it. Seon-mi starts bonding with the group, but the reality of Oh-gong's forced connection to her leaves her feeling lonely as a challenging future approaches...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 3

2018/01/07 | Permalink

"A Korean Odyssey" is back this week and although the messy production and the injury that was caused due to it should never be forgotten or treated lightly, it looks like enough measures have been taken to keep the related authorities pleased for now. Story-wise, we are starting to get hints about the why of it all and the role of Seon-mi's fate in it, but we also meet new characters and backstories...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black"

2018/01/06 | Permalink

OCN has been so big on crime dramas, that Death himself gets one this time around. Granted, the titular hero of "Black" is only one Reaper out of many, but the series is right up his alley anyway. The series mixes fantasy, crime and romance, although that sadly proves too much by the end of things. Where does "Black" succeed and where could things have gone better? It depends on what you are looking for, but here is my take on it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 4

2018/01/06 | Permalink

"Argon" and the show within it of the same name have a surprise guest in this episode and they tackle some topics we do not often see in Korean drama, or rather often see painted in a very consistent and one-sided way. Sadly, the drama also throws a curve-ball at us with a certain character's health and this twists Baek-jin's arm into a decision that is necessary, but will only further infuriate his enemies...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 3

2018/01/02 | Permalink

With the secret plan between Baek-jin and Yeon-hwa to uncover the truth behind the Midtown Mall collapse hitting a slow point, it is time to get familiar with some other members of the "Argon" group. The two leads take on a case from Baek-jin's past that he must solve, the "ugly" and "old" lovebirds have an awkward meeting and the "Argon" underdog above Yeon-hwa gets a hefty dose of reality...More

[riversky's Take] Kang Ha-neul Promoted to "Private First Class"

Source | 2017/12/31 | Permalink

Korean actor Kang Ha-neul's hard work in training as military police officer has paid off as he was promoted from "private" to "private first class". The promotion came in the 2nd half of December 2017, which was approximately two months after the actor's last promotion...More

"Secret Forest" Named as One of the Best International Shows by the New York Times

Source | 2017/12/26 | Permalink

According to a recent report from CJ E&M, the tvN's legal drama "Secret Forest" was featured by the New York Times as one of the "Best International Shows" of the year...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Chu Hun-yub Joins Netflix's "Kingdom"

2017/12/25 | Permalink

We still don't have a lot of information on "Kingdom" or Chu Hun-yub's newly announced inclusion, but the actor will be part of the drama about a zombie outbreak during the Joseon dynasty...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 2

2017/12/25 | Permalink

After a powerful start, "Argon" takes a little step back and an even more sombre look into how morality and principles are challenged in systems that rely on strict hierarchal rules, cronyism and a work culture of underhanded pleasantries. Yeon-hwa's own contract continues to be scrutinized, but it is our hero who has to make tough choices this time. The truth is important, but choosing strangers over loved ones is not easy...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 1

2017/12/23 | Permalink

"Argon" is here to destroy any faith in mainstream journalism that you may have been holding onto while exploring workplace and hierarchy dynamics as well as the personal consequences and triumphs of a very demanding job. The series is fast-paced and so far focuses more on its leading man, but there are characters around with solid potential. Step into the daily grind of reporting...More

Ryu Seung-ryong to Star in "Extreme Job"

Source | 2017/12/04 | Permalink

Actor Ryu Seung-ryong might be starring in director Lee Byeong-heon-I's "Extreme Job", a comedy about a drug squad that aims for release next year...More

"Temporary Idols" Meets Global Fans on Netflix

Source | 2017/12/03 | Permalink

SBS and YG K Plus drama "Temporary Idols" was released on Netflix on the 27th of November and is accessible to viewers worldwide on Netflix...More

[Orion's Drama News] Knights, Multitaskers and Goodbyes

2017/12/02 | Permalink

We are officially in Christmas month and this means that we can consider everything a present and feel so very coddled. Today I look at the lovely selection of diverse dramas coming out next week and share new goodies from dramas we will be seeing shortly. I am ready for my drama presents and I hope we get a lot of good shows...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "A Korean Odyssey" Lands Netflix Deal

2017/11/30 | Permalink

Well, there you have it, folks. Upcoming fantasy drama "A Korean Odyssey" has been picked up by Netflix for worldwide distribution. Netflix's Vice President of Content Acquisition, Rob Roy says that he is happy to bring Korean content to the world and part of said content lately have been "Argon" and "Prison Playbook"...More

Netflix Drama "Kingdom" Beefs up Cast

Source | 2017/11/28 | Permalink

Zombies and Hallyu stars are lined up for the second Netflix-produced K-drama. This newer production direction may pave a new path concerning the future of K-drama. Even if it doesn't, this Joseon drama has a ton of potential...More

Korean dramas starting today 2017/11/27 in Korea

Source | 2017/11/27 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2017/11/27 in Korea "Two Cops", "Doubtful Victory", "Enemies From the Past" and "Temporary Idols"...More

[riversky's Take] Kang Ha-neul is officially a military police officer

Source | 2017/11/17 | Permalink

Korean actor Kang Ha-neul is officially a member of the R​epublic of Korea Military P​olice...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/11/12 | Permalink

Korea's top entertainment companies expand their reach as local markets saturate, KoBiz tracks how foreign sequels fared compared to their originals in a new infographic, Netflix claims the distribution rights to Jang Hang-jun's new film "Forgotten", and find out what Korea's 'thriller season' is all about with Pierce Conran...More

Kang Ha-neul's "Forgotten" on Netflix

Source | 2017/11/10 | Permalink

International fans, the movie gods have heard your prayers! Kang Ha-neul's upcoming mystery thriller movie "Forgotten" will be available online soon!

Netflix, the world leading internet entertainment service, announced on November 9 that Korean movie "Forgotten" will be released for streaming in over 190 countries in early 2018...More

Korean Thriller Secures Global Distribution Deal with Netflix

Source | 2017/11/10 | Permalink

A Korean thriller will be released globally through online streaming giant Netflix.

"Forgotten" was written and directed by Jang Hang-joon, who is well-known in the comedy genre but returns with this unexpected project after a nine-year hiatus...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/11/05 | Permalink

KoBiz put Korea's leading grandmother in the spotlight, webtoons and their adaptations are on the rise as local and international interest grows, Screen Daily talks with director Jang Hoon about his phenomenal hit "A Taxi Driver", and Christopher Weatherspoon tracks through some of the most heinous true-crime stories and their cinematic counterparts...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/11/05 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho's critically acclaimed "Okja" tracks Korea's growing concern for animal rights, CNN takes us inside the country's epic 'cheer culture', The Korea Herald reviews Andrew Eun-gi Kim's new book on Korean Society, and why does Kim Jong-un care about the cosmetic industry?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tarbosaurus 3D"

2017/11/04 | Permalink

The lead character of "Tarbosaurus 3D" is a young tarbosaurus named Speckles. While Speckles has a voiceover (Lee Yeong-seok as a child, Shin Yong-woo as an adult), none of the other dinosaurs have human voices or even names. With this, "Tarbosaurus 3D" is refreshingly free from anthropomorphization more obnoxious children's movies are more well known for. We watch Speckles from the dinosaur's point of view...More

[HanCinema's On Site Report] Viki brings Korean and Asian content to international fans

2017/11/01 | Permalink

Viki content development manager Courtney McLachlan

For fans of Korean and Asian content, Rakuten Viki is one of the go-to sources for content that includes, but isn't limited to, television, film, fan communities, original content, and short form content. You'll often see links in HanCinema reviews to the episodes of your favorite dramas that are licensed by Rakuten Viki for your viewing pleasure. At the 12th Asian TV Drama Conference, we got to learn more about this company and the services it provides in presentations by senior director, Moon Gyeong Min, and content development manager, Courtney McLachlan...More

Joo Ji-hoon to star in "Kingdom" with Bae Doona

Source | 2017/10/22 | Permalink

Joo Ji-hoon is starring in the Netflix original drama "Kingdom".

"Kingdom" is a Joseon drama that revolves around a king investigating the mystery of the cruel truth that threatens the whole of the country. It is Kim Eun-hee-I's latest work and she pairs with director Kim Seong-hun. Together, they aim for a 2018 release on Netflix...More

[New Drama] Big-budget "Prometheus" to hit the small screen next year

Source | 2017/10/14 | Permalink

Ain't nothing little about the scope of KBS's newest project, "Prometheus", a story that takes on one of the most salient world issues of today: North Korea. This bad boy is going to be filmed in several different countries and is under negotiations with a big network. My guess is that Netflix may be considering it as the popular streaming site has taken interest in Asian dramas...More

Korean movie of the week "Beauty Inside"

Source | 2017/10/05 | Permalink

Korean movie of the week "Beauty Inside" (2014)

Directed by Baek Jong-yeol

With Han Hyo-joo, Kim Dae-myung, Do Ji-han, Bae Sung-woo, Park Shin-hye, Lee Beom-soo,...

A man turns into a different person every morning while there's a woman who's in love with him...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 11

2017/10/05 | Permalink

Looking back at all that has transpired in "Man to Man" thus far, it is really just a romantic comedy built on a farcical set of procedural drama elements. Not that this is a bad thing. It makes for a humorous ride and highlights the sweetness of the romance...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 10

2017/10/03 | Permalink

Now that misunderstandings and deceptions have been aired like dirty laundry on "Man to Man", it's time for the very slow making up period and adorable, petty revenge for Do-ha and Actor. A few graver moments slip in as Husband, Baek, and the other baddies scheme and plot, but those parts of the drama seem the most clunky. It is the romance and friendship Seol-woo, Do-ha, and Actor that really shines...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/10/02 | Permalink

KoBiz's infographic reveals the history of Korean stars who have moved behind the camera, Netflix signs its first deal for a Korean variety show, Song Soon-jin tracks the rise of Korea's push towards web content, and veteran actor Kim Yun-seok talks about his role in the much-anticipated period film "The Fortress"...More

Jun Suk-ho to star in "Kingdom" with Joo Ji-hoon and Ryu Seung-ryong

Source | 2017/09/26 | Permalink

Jun Suk-ho is starring in the Netflix drama "Kingdom" with Joo Ji-hoon and Ryu Seung-ryong...More

[Orion's Drama News] Vengeance and Deadly Premonitions

2017/09/16 | Permalink

After last week's round up of news for romantic series, I need a little something to balance things off. Today I bring you revenge and death, although sadly not combined. "Avengers' Social Club" drops some great teasers hinting at family drama. "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" and "Black" may share the element of predicting death, but the clear differences in focused genre cover different tastes. All in all, we have a promising upcoming drama season...More

Joo Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doona consider "Kingdom"

Source | 2017/09/14 | Permalink

Joo Ji-hoon and Ryu Seung-ryong are likely to star in the drama "Kingdom". Bae Doona is also considering the film, but she's shooting American show "Sense 8"...More

Song Joong-ki turns down "Kingdom", Joo Ji-hoon up for main role

Source | 2017/09/13 | Permalink

The second original Netflix drama "Kingdom" is currently wooing Joo Ji-hoon after Song Joong-ki turned down the offer...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/09/03 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" helps to raise consciousness about the suffering of animals, create kimchi fried rice with My Korean Kitchen, Holly has a cold seaweed and cucumber soup to enjoy before the end of summer, and 10 Magazine finds 10 new (and delicious) restaurants in the capital, Seoul...More

Netflix to show Korean TV shows

Source | 2017/08/28 | Permalink

Worldwide internet streaming platform Netflix is planning on broadcasting Korean shows. Some stars mentioned along with this announcement are entertainer Yoo Jae-suk, actor Lee Kwang-soo and actress Park Min-young...More

4 Prodigy Actresses Being Love-called By Every Movie Directors

Source | 2017/08/27 | Permalink

Korean entertainment is growing stronger than ever in many aspects but among all the evolution in the K-drama and K-movie world, the best thing happening is the birth of prodigies...More

'Okja' Fares Well in Theaters Despite Chain Boycott

Source | 2017/07/31 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" has been enjoying steady success despite a boycott by major chains of the Netflix-produced film.

The family-friendly CGI extravaganza is going strong even in its fifth week, and has attracted over 300,000 viewers...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/07/16 | Permalink

KoBiz visualises the history of giant monsters in one towering infographic, catch some of Bong's best on Netflix, Lee Min-ho explores the DMZ's wildlife for an MBC series, and what does "Okja" have against 'Big Meat'?...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.07 - 2017.07.09

2017/07/10 | Permalink

Marvel's new "Spider-Man" reboot given screens and soars...

America's 'friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man' swiftly swung into pole position over the weekend by capturing 82.74% of the box office sales. "Spider-Man: Homecoming", the second movie reboot of Marvel's iconic web-slinger, scored 2.6 million admissions ($19.1 million) from a massive 1,965 screens around the country, dislodging Lee Joon-ik's "Anarchist from Colony" at the top and becoming the seventh highest grossing film of year...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/07/09 | Permalink

K-pop idols feature in these 'hun'-inspired films about the human condition, Maggie Lee reviews "The Villainess" for Variety, pirated foreign films still find their way into the DPRK, and previously blacklisted director Park Chan-kyong talks about his ban...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.06.30 - 2017.07.02

2017/07/03 | Permalink

"Anarchist from Colony", "Real", and Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" put local films back on top...

Lee Je-hoon plays colonial-era independence activist Park Yeol in Lee Joon-ik's new drama, "Anarchist from Colony". Lee's eleventh film opened at number one with 817,684 admissions (48.94%) from 1,176 screens around the country, dislodging Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight" and denying it a second weekend at the top. Park Yeol (1902-1974) was an anarchist who spent 22 years in prison for attempting to assassinate Japanese royalty, Emperor Hirohito...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 9

2017/07/02 | Permalink

The crux of episode 9 was the mission that brought the main characters back together. Unfortunately, it was a little lame. Fortunately, the characters gel as well as they always have, which allows us (at least a little bit) to ignore the badly worked NIS mission....More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/07/02 | Permalink

The Los Angeles Times digs into Bong's 'meaty' masterpiece, these are the highest rated Korean films on America's top film review sites, Korean LGBT films are earning critical acclaim, and Kaitlyn Tiffany talks about Netflix's conflict over "Okja" and why it matters...More

[Interview] Choi Wooshik with The Lady Miz Diva

Source | 2017/07/01 | Permalink

Choi Wooshik's outstanding performance in 2014's haunting, heartbreaking "Set Me Free" not only won him the Busan International Film Festival Actor of the Year and the prestigious Blue Dragon awards, it also gained him a place in the incredible international cast of Director Bong Joon-ho's "Okja", as a rebellious avatar for Bong's message to today's youth.

In his first overseas interview, Choi told me about his early days that led to meeting US stars, Steven Yeun and Paul Dano on the "Okja" set, and his future projects...More

Mise-en-Scene Short Films Festival

Source | 2017/06/28 | Permalink

- Stars attend the Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival

Actors Yum Jung-ah, So Ji-sub, Lee Min-ji-I and Kim Ok-bin are some of the honorary judges at the MSFF. They will be at the opening of the event in Hongdae on the 29th. The MSFF continues until the 5th of July and Kim Seong-soo, JK Youn, Lee Seok-hoon, Kim Tae-yong, director Woo Moon-gi and others will be there as the 10 judges. The opening film is "Moving Self-Portrait 2017"...More

"Okja" Bong Joon-ho, "I wanted to make a movie regardless of people and culture"

Source | 2017/06/26 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" was invited to the 70th Cannes International Film Festival and is an issue in Korea for being a unique movie. The making footage with an interview by Bong Joon-ho came out.

"Okja" is the tale of a massive animal named Okja and a girl who was brought up in the mountains of Kangwondo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 8

2017/06/25 | Permalink

Halfway through "Man to Man" the requisite separation begins. Seol-woo extricates himself from the woman he fell in love with and from his bromance with Woon-gwang in order to return to his ghost agent duties. While sad, he seems ready to deal with the separation until, of course, circumstances brings them all back together again....More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/06/25 | Permalink

KOBIZ reveals the most expensive Korean films of 2017, Variety looks ahead to next month's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Korean animation pioneer Shin Dong-hun dies at the age of 90, and Bong Joon-ho talks to The Inquirer about his new film "Okja"...More

Big 3 Multiplex Chains Refuse to Show Netflix's 'Okja'

Source | 2017/06/19 | Permalink

The three major movie theater chains CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox are collectively digging in their heels in a standoff with Neflix and will not be screening "Okja" by Bong Joon-ho...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/06/18 | Permalink

See what films have been competing at the box office this month, France's Annecy is coming to Seoul in 2019, take a look at Bong Joon-ho's new film "Okja", and KoBiz previews some of the local adaptations that will cause a stir later this year...More

Steven Yeun, Ki Hong Lee, Korean stars in Hollywood

Source | 2017/06/16 | Permalink

Various Korean stars have stepped into Hollywood.

Pom Klementieff from "Guardians of Galaxy VOL.2", Steven Yeun from "Okja" and Ki Hong Lee from "Wish Upon" are some of them...More

Director Diplomatic in 'Okja' Screening Controversy

Source | 2017/06/15 | Permalink

Director Bong Joon-ho (center) speaks at a press junket for his latest film "Okja" in a hotel in Seoul on Wednesday along with cast members. /Newsis

Bong Joon-ho took the blame Wednesday for the screening controversy about his latest film "Okja" and expressed hope that the spat between producer Netflix and Korean cinema chains can be resolved amicably.

"I am responsible for all this fuss. I had just thought it would be great to provide viewers with more channels and opportunities to watch my film, but it seems I wanted too much", Bong told reporters at a press conference in Seoul...More

'Okja' Gets 1st Screening in Korea

Source | 2017/06/13 | Permalink

Reporters gather for a preview of Bong Joon-ho's Netflix-produced CGI spectacular "Okja" at a theater in Seoul on Monday.

Bong Joon-ho's Netflix-produced CGI spectacular "Okja" had its first screening in Korea on Monday after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

Some 1,000 reporters including about 30 from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines attended the preview...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/06/11 | Permalink

Busan mourns the sudden loss of Kim Jo-seok, Claude Lanzmann's new documentary about North Korea is not about taekwondo, Rachel Gilman reviews Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" following its premiere at Cannes, and Korean distributors clash with Netflix over purposed distribution models...More

Korea's Biggest Theater Chain Boycotts Netflix's 'Okja'

Source | 2017/06/07 | Permalink

Movie theater chain CGV on Tuesday decided to deny screen space to "Okja", which is directed by Bong Joon-ho and produced by Netflix.

CGV on Friday said Netflix's insistence on releasing the co-production simultaneously both in theaters and online "will disturb the entire distribution system in Korea". The theater chain had threatened to boycott the film unless it could get a theatrical release first...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 7

2017/06/06 | Permalink

The ghost agent who has always done his job as he was told has now decided to go rogue in the name of love. We knew it would come to this point, but watching Seol-woo make a decision for the good of someone else sits well within me. I also love to see that Do-ha isn't just a doe-eyed damsel in distress, but a woman who will fight back....More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 6

2017/06/06 | Permalink

Emotions become tied to work for ghost agent Seol-woo and it's a first. It is a dangerous time to marry work and feelings with ruthless, ambition-driven politicians snapping at his organization's heels. But I wouldn't have it any other way....More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/05/28 | Permalink

Hong Sang-soo talks about his minimalist approach to filmmaking, Slant reviews "Okja" after its premiere at Cannes in France, read how diplomatic tensions are affecting Korea's cinema industry, and Bong Joon-ho voices his support for the coming together of local industries and streamers like Netflix...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 5

2017/05/25 | Permalink

"Man to Man" may have a dark side, but it's really just a story about three people who are growing up. In between all of that are corrupt officials doing dirty deeds to acquire lofty positions, burgeoning love triangles, and bouts of situational humor. It is the last that surprises me most, especially with the dark subject matter that surrounds Seol-woo's life as a ghost agent.

The events that tied the episode together were the romantic happenings between Seol-woo and Do-ha...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 4

2017/05/16 | Permalink

Although danger lurks in the background, episode 4 of "Man to Man" is all about the humor and growing interpersonal relationships between the characters. It is really Seol-woo who (rather unwillingly) progresses leaps and bounds all while doing a very fine Bond impression with his super secret team of spy friends...More

Bong Joon-ho Excited Ahead of His New Film's Premiere at Cannes

Source | 2017/05/16 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho's much-anticipated film "Okja" is set to be released late next month.

Along with Hong Sang-soo's "The Day After - 2017", his film has been invited to this year's Cannes Film Festival, which opens this week...More

Poster for Bong Joon-ho's 'Okja' Released Ahead of Film's Cannes Premiere

Source | 2017/05/15 | Permalink

A poster for Bong Joon-ho's upcoming film "Okja" was displayed on the Facebook page of the film's producer, Netflix, on Saturday. Its cast includes Korean actress Ahn Seo-hyun and Hollywood stars Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 3

2017/05/07 | Permalink

"Man to Man" wastes no time jumping into the action of its tale. Seol-woo and Woon-gwang's bromance quickly steams up while the search for the wooden tablets become more urgent. In the midst of it all Seol-woo slowly, and unwillingly, becomes integrated into Woon-gwang's loving gang of misfits. Against his better judgement and desires, I do believe Woon-gwang and Do-ha are getting under his skin...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/04/30 | Permalink

The Jeonju Film Festival puts 'alternative films' in the spotlight, KoBiz reveals which films will compete at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival, Netflix teases new 'Super Pig' website ahead of Bong Joon-ho's "Okja", and get to know some of Korea's smaller film festivals...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 2

2017/04/29 | Permalink

Although "Man to Man" doesn't have too much substance yet, I can genuinely say that I'm having a blast watching it. Park Hae-jin is winning; Park Seong-woong has wry comedy down pat; and Kim Min-jung, despite her annoying character, has impeccable delivery. Of course, the quality of the production is high and the writing is witty. I'm looking forward to how this show rolls out....More

[USA] "The Age of Shadows" Releases Digitally and on Blu-ray/DVD on May 2 **** Blu-ray Giveaway ****

Source | 2017/04/29 | Permalink

"The Best Western Movie of the Year Is a Korean Thriller" - GQ
From Iconic Director Kim Jee-woon ("The Last Stand", "A Bittersweet Life", "I Saw the Devil", "The Good, the Bad, the Weird")
On May 2, 2017, CJ Entertainment is releasing The Age of Shadows on DVD and Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack at retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Family Video, and digitally on Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, and Sony PlayStation...More

[USA] "Tunnel" Starring Ha Jung-woo, Bae Doona & Oh Dal-soo Debuts on Digital April 4 & on DVD May 2 @WellGoUSA #TUNNEL **** DVD Giveaway ****

2017/04/29 | Permalink

"... a vivid and relatable tale". ~ Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Infusing its nightmarish scenario with bracing doses of satirical humor, Tunnel is smarter and more sophisticated than most Hollywood attempts at the genre".

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 1

2017/04/24 | Permalink

"Man to Man" hits the ground running with beautiful cinematography, a charismatic lead, and enough humor to take the edge off the many action scenes. From directors Kim Sang-ho-I ("Arang and the Magistrate") and Lee Chang-min-I ("Birth of a Beauty", "Midas"), and writer, Kim Won-seok-II ("Descendants of the Sun", "The Queen's Classroom"), this newest jTBC drama definitely pulled out all the stops to grab our attention. It makes it worthy of the first Korean drama for which Nextflix has acquired exclusive rights....More

Two Korean Films Invited to Compete at Cannes Film Festival

Source | 2017/04/14 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho (left) and Hong Sang-soo

Two Korean films, Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Hong Sang-soo's "The Day After - 2017", have been invited to be presented in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which opens in late May...More

Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" enters 70th Cannes International Film Festival

Source | 2017/04/13 | Permalink

Director Bong Joon-ho's Netflix Original movie "Okja" is entering the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.

"Okja" is competing with other films for Palme d'Or...More

[USA] "The Age of Shadows" Releases Digitally and on Blu-ray/DVD on May 2

Source | 2017/04/12 | Permalink

"The Best Western Movie of the Year Is a Korean Thriller" - GQ
From Iconic Director Kim Jee-woon ("The Last Stand", "A Bittersweet Life", "I Saw the Devil", "The Good, the Bad, the Weird")
On May 2, 2017, CJ Entertainment is releasing The Age of Shadows on DVD and Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack at retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Family Video, and digitally on Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, and Sony PlayStation...More

[Orion's Drama News] New Horizons

2017/04/08 | Permalink

If I were covering celebrity gossip, then this season and all of its dating and wedding news would give me quite a lot of material. Strangers' love life is not what excites me, however, so I bring you news of future Netflix goodness as I contemplate a new type of Korean drama productions at our doorstep. The usual news follow, of course...More

[USA] "Tunnel" Starring Ha Jung-woo, Bae Doona & Oh Dal-soo Debuts on Digital April 4 & on DVD May 2 @WellGoUSA #TUNNEL

2017/03/15 | Permalink

"... a vivid and relatable tale". ~ Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Infusing its nightmarish scenario with bracing doses of satirical humor, Tunnel is smarter and more sophisticated than most Hollywood attempts at the genre".

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/03/12 | Permalink

Netflix scoops up an exciting Joseon zombie series, read Pierce Conran's review of "A Single Rider" on Modern Korean Cinema, KoBiz examines Korean filmgoer's shift in viewing habits, and know the real independence fighters behind their cinematic counterparts...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Kingdom"

Source | 2017/03/11 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Kingdom"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Dramas are getting shorter

Source | 2017/03/06 | Permalink

Dramas are getting shorter.

Usually dramas are 16 to 20 episodes long but from this year, 'miniseries' are getting to as short at 8 or 10 episodes...More

[Orion's Drama News] The Dying and the Undead

2017/03/04 | Permalink

Hello once again, folks. I am back with more drama news gathered over the past two weeks. Today I take a look at fresh material from "Radiant Office", I figuratively salivate over an upcoming drama by writer Kim Eun-hee-I of "Signal" fame and I also take a look at "Mystery Queen" and her ajumma detective adventures...More

Have You Heard of the Web-dramas?

2017/02/28 | Permalink

Lately there's been a good web-dramas coming around. Web dramas are great because it's usually consists short length episodes and the episodes itself isn't many either...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/02/26 | Permalink

My Korean Kitchen pairs pancakes with kimchi, Netflix's Chef's Table features Korea's top temple cook, check CJ Food World to sample the best of the best under one roof, and Daily NK reveals what food help North Koreans get through the harsh winter months...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/01/21 | Permalink

"The Handmaiden" and "Train to Busan" lead the way ahead of the Asian Film Awards in March, KoBiz explores the rise of web fiction adaptations, Movie Pilot gets political with K-cinema, and Asian Movie Pulse lists six Korean films to get excited about this year...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/01/14 | Permalink

Korea's "City of Film" gets a serious cash injection, Justin Lowe reviews Cho Ui-seok's "Master", Netflix's first Korean original series will be web comic, and for the first time in over a decade a Japanese anime has topped Korea's charts...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Love Alarm"

Source | 2017/01/07 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Love Alarm"'s page to HanCinema database...More

"Answer Me 1988" Cast, Where Are They Now?

2016/12/23 | Permalink

Do you remember "Answer Me 1988"? I'm a fan of all three Answer Me series but I'd say 1988 is the one that hit me hardest to home...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/11/19 | Permalink

Kobiz highlights films with leading ladies in their new infographic, Netflix scoops up the distribution rights for the disaster film "Pandora", hear what production designer Jang Geun-young has to say about his latest work after returning to the industry, and Paul Quinn talks about a Korean classic on his podcast...More

American Actor Carves Niche Out of Korean Soaps

Source | 2016/09/03 | Permalink

Sean Richard is the latest American performer who has carved out a niche for himself on Korean TV. The actor came here in the mid-2000s looking for work but took things into his own hands.

"In Korea, a role suitable for somebody like me comes around once every five years", he said. "So I decided to create roles myself"...More

Teaser Image Provides 1st Look at Bong Joon-ho's Next Film

Source | 2016/07/20 | Permalink

A teaser image of Bong Joon-ho's upcoming film "Okja" was released by U.S. video-streaming provider Netflix on Tuesday. The image features Tilda Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito on location in New York.

Netflix is investing US$50 million into the Korean director's film, which is being co-produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/07/16 | Permalink

Netflix plans to expand its offerings in South Korea, The Hollywood reporter reviews "One Way Trip", Lee Byung-hun honoured in America, and find out how Asian animations did at Annecy this year...More

Today's Photo: July 1, 2016 [3]

Source | 2016/07/01 | Permalink

Actress Claudia Kim attends a promotional party hosted by U.S. company Netflix in Seoul on Thursday...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/04/30 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho and Tilda Swinton are working together on "Okja" for Netflix, KOBIZ has an infographic on popular Korean series films, CJ CGV's ScreenX takes filmgoing to the next level at Cinema Con, and learn about Korea's "Grand Master" of eroticism...More

Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" to be released only through netflix, not in theaters

Source | 2016/04/07 | Permalink

Director Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" is only going to be released through Netflix.

Wikitree quoted Netflix and reported that, ""Okja" will not be released in domestic and foreign theaters"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/03/05 | Permalink

"Spirits' Homecoming" tops the charts in time for International Women's Day, KOBIZ has a retrospective on one of Korea's most influential directors, see how Korea's VFX studios have grown over the last twenty years, and catch six soul-scratching Korean films on Netflix if you dare...More

Do Ji-han to join "Hwarang", the Shilla version of Romeo and Juliet

Source | 2016/02/23 | Permalink

According to Yeol Eum Entertainment, Do Ji-han is starring in the drama "Hwarang".

Do Ji-han debuted in 2009 with the drama "The Queen Returns" and starred in dramas "Merchant Kim Man Deok", "Incarnation of Money", movies "My Way", "Neighbors", "The Tower" and "Beauty Inside". He's also starring in the movie "MUSUDAN" which is coming in March...More

[Photos] Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"

Source | 2016/02/17 | Permalink

Added new stills for the upcoming Korean-American-British-French documentary "Twinsters"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2016/01/30 | Permalink

Check out what one of Korea's cutest stores has to offer, Vogue looks at Bae Doona's success on and offscreen, there are rehabilitation camps in Korea for those battling internet addiction, and get an insiders take on Korea's work culture...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/01/09 | Permalink

See how K-culture was depicted on the American satirical TV show Family Guy, Netflix (finally) arrives in South Korea, Variety tells us how South Korea's box office went in 2015, and Pierce Conran takes a closer look at "The Himalayas"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Twinsters"

2015/12/26 | Permalink

Samantha Futerman is an American actress- somewhat more successful than most, given that she's had speaking roles in a couple of movies you've probably heard of. She also shows up in YouTube comedy videos. And that's where the story of "Twinsters" starts- see, Samantha Futerman was born in Korea and adopted overseas. Through an Internet video, Anais Bordier, another Korean adoptee raised in France, sees Samantha Futerman and discovers, to her shock, that the two appear to be identical...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/11/15 | Permalink

KOBIZ features the animated works of Hur Bum-wook, a short history of Korean sequels, Netflix scoops up Bong Joon-ho's new monster flick, and an interview with director JK Youn ("Ode to My Father")...More

Netflix to Put $50 Million into Bong Joon-ho's Next Film

Source | 2015/11/13 | Permalink

U.S. video-streaming provider Netflix will invest US$50 million in director Bong Joon-ho's next film, to be called "Okja".

Production company Okja SPC said Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment is co-producing the movie...More

KBS America and NEW make a contract to distribute movie 'The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale' in North America

Source | 2015/11/11 | Permalink

KBS America will distribute Korean film, "The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale" to North America.

KBS America and film company NEW have announced during American Film Market, which started on November 4th, that they made a contract for the North American distribution of movie "The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale". This movie is a blockbuster movie for winter season 2015 by the film company NEW, which is well-known for the marketability and quality of their productions including "Miracle in Cell No.7" and "The Attorney"...More

Bong Joon-ho's newest "Okja", "It's not a monster movie"

Source | 2015/11/11 | Permalink

Director Bong Joon-ho's latest movie "Okja" is said to be a film about a monster, but he says it's not.

The director announced that the movie is about an animal named Okja and its friendship with a country girl...More

KCON Drama Stars Announcement - Kim Soo-hyun, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-jun, Ki Hong Lee

2015/07/10 | Permalink

Largest North American Festival for All Things Hallyu Confirms Appearances by Top Drama Stars, plus Writer and Director.
KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota, America's biggest event for All Things Hallyu is going big on drama in 2015 with confirmed appearances by top actors from television and film from Korea and the U.S. being featured at the annual celebration alongside the many top K-Pop artists previously announced. Living up to its mission to bring fans the most comprehensive celebration of all aspects of Korean entertainment, KCON 2015 USA has just confirmed stars Kim Soo-hyun, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-jun and Ki Hong Lee to participate in the Los Angeles dates of the event. (Bios below)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untold Scandal"

2014/09/19 | Permalink

It's extremely tempting to view the crazy sumptuous games at play in "Untold Scandal" here as some sort of commentary on repressed Joseon sexuality. Director Lee Jae-yong certainly has enough fun with it from a cinematographic point of view. The sex is is hot and sensuous. If you're going into this movie expecting Bae Yong-joon to have lots of erotic fun times with many ample bosoms on display, you will not be disappointed. The film is exactly as advertised...More

Digital Video Network DramaFever Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Exclusive Fall Premieres

Source | 2014/09/19 | Permalink

Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres

DramaFever (, the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles...More

Korean movie of the week "A Company Man"

Source | 2014/09/04 | Permalink

Korean movie of the week "A Company Man" (2012)

Directed by Lim Sang-yoon

With So Ji-sub, Lee Mi-yeon, Kwak Do-won, Kim Dong-jun, Lee Kyung-young, Han Bo-bae,...

Hyung-do (So Ji-sub) wears a suit and tie like any other white collar worker... except his profession is murder. He is professional contract killer -- a hitman -- loyal to his employer and regarded as the best in the business. But one day, to the surprise of his colleagues and his enemies, he suddenly decides to quit his job for a woman (Lee Mi-yeon)...More

[Guest Post] Korean Horror Classics Available on Netflix

2013/11/08 | Permalink

Spend this weekend watching a Korean horror classic. Mischievous schoolgirls, devious sisters, and mysterious houses in the woods abound in these films. Netflix has been working to expand its Asian cinema selection, which is good news for cinephiles...More

Dramafever Set To Premiere First Original Co-production "The Heirs"

2013/10/08 | Permalink

Dramafever Set To Premiere First Original Co-production "The Heirs" with Acclaimed South Korean Production Company Hwa & Dam Pictures marks First-ever Co-production Between Korean Company And U.S. Digital Platform

Today, DramaFever announced a first-of-its-kind co-production deal with Korean production shingle, Hwa & Dam Pictures. Premiering this week in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America exclusively on DramaFever, "The Heirs" is a 20 episode romantic drama series starring Lee Min-ho ("Faith", "Boys over Flowers") and Park Shin-hye ("Flower Boy Next Door", "Heartstrings") which follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires while grappling with the trials of finding true love...More

[HanCinema's Film Talk] "Bedevilled" @ 24fps

2013/06/22 | Permalink

Jang Cheol-soo's second feature "Secretly and Greatly" is currently closing in on 6 million admissions at the box office, but before it goes any higher I wanted to zoom-in on my perhaps my favourite scene in modern Korean cinema. The above image is taken from "Bedevilled" (2010), Jang's debut film after having assisted Kim Ki-duk with "Samaria" (2004) as well as "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" (2003). "Bedevilled" was one of earlier Korean films I watched, and it set the bar high in terms of its stunning cinematography and visual story telling. Jang's psychological horror made its premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and won a string of awards from Korean organisations (including four 'Best New Director' awards), but sadly only sold a little over 160,000 tickets during its run in theatres. The film was a critical success, and if you're talking about Korean revenge films, "Bedevilled" is one of the most hellishly satisfying thrills out there...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Good, the Bad, the Weird"

Source | 2013/03/15 | Permalink

The plot is simple enough- a mysterious treasure map is the key to the motivations behind about eight different distinct factions of individuals with their own motivations for acquiring it. There are possibly more. After a certain point it just gets really difficult to keep track of everyone in this movie, As a result, it gets to be a bit of a headache trying to keep straight which characters know what, when, and why. And it really isn't a whole lot of fun to guess why, either...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Treeless Mountain"

2013/03/15 | Permalink

Whereas movies are near-unanimous in their condemnation of child abuse, it's much more unusual to see anything depicting child neglect in similar terms. In many a film the fact that parents are nowhere to be found is considered a good thing, as it enables many wacky adventures. The question is rarely asked as to what the neglected children do when there aren't any wacky adventures to be had...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Night and Day"

2013/03/08 | Permalink

Paris is, supposedly, the most cultured city in the entire world. For an artist, it would seem like the most natural possible place to hang out indefinitely while trying to outwait a drug bust. But Seong-nam (played by Kim Young-ho) quickly discovers that without a guide or any meaningful connection to the local environment, Paris is pretty indistinguishable from any other random place he could be hanging out...More

Korean movie of the week "Secret Sunshine"

Source | 2013/02/07 | Permalink

Korean movie of the week "Secret Sunshine" (2007)

Directed by Lee Chang-dong

With Jeon Do-yeon, Song Kang-ho, Jo Young-jin, Kim Young-jae, Seon Jeong-yeop, Song Mi-rim,...

After losing her husband, a woman relocates to a small-town called Miryang for a new start. When tragedy strikes, one local man stands by her through all of her struggles and tries to offer her hope...More

CJ Entertainment action thriller THE BERLIN FILE by RYOO Seung-Wan

Source | 2013/01/30 | Permalink

Opens in Los Angeles (CGV Cinema), Fullerton (Regal La Habra) and Irvine (Edwards UTC) on Feb. 15

120 min, Korean, English, German spoken, 2013, North American premiere.

Director Ryoo Seung-wan is available for phone interviews.

Screen International: "Arguably one of the most high profile South Korean releases of early 2013, Ryoo Seung-wan's "The Berlin File" continues to adopt Ryoo's visual trademark through pulsating and spectacular set-pieces".

Until now, Korean directors have been underrepresented in the Asian action genre dominated by Hong Kong masters (John Woo, Andrew Lau) and their most passionate American aficionado Quentin Tarantino. With "The Berlin File" - Korea's biggest release of 2013 - American audiences have the chance discover the visual pyrotechnics of Korea's only action auteur, Ryoo Seung-wan...More

2013 CES: LG's Innovations for the Home

Source | 2013/01/12 | Permalink

LG Electronics brought a range of cutting-edge home entertainment products and smart appliances to the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Although we didn't see the LG Optimus G2 make an appearance, here's a glimpse at some other noteworthy items that did take the stage.

LG finally announced the price and release dates of the hotly anticipated 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV. It will go on sale for about $12,000 USD in the United States starting in March. You'll get extraordinary picture quality and perfect colors thanks to LG's WRGB technology and Four-Color Pixel system in a TV that's only 4mm thick. It's definitely a point of pride for LG that it's the only company in the world so far to put an OLED TV on the market.

Granted, not everyone's got 12 grand lying around to splurge on a TV. But can't you just imagine experiencing March Madness on a screen like this?...More

Bittersweet Life: Korean cinema's secret popularity in the UK

Source | 2011/12/07 | Permalink

International distribution expert and analyst and former Screen International journalist Robert Mitchell looks at the gulf between artistic and business successes of Korean cinema in the UK.

Ask any cine-literate film-goer, critic, blogger or tweeter in the UK about Korean cinema and you'll be greeted with an enthusiastic response. They will talk of the Hallyu period of the past decade, a wealth of some of the most creative and interesting film-making in the world. They will speak with passion about Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Bong Joon-ho.

International festivals like Cannes play a major role in building this awareness. "The route to the international market is through festivals", says Danny PERKINS, CEO of StudioCanal UK, which released Bong's "The Host" and Kim's "3-Iron" amongst other Korean titles. "If a director's film features in one of the bigger festivals it can put them and their work permanently on the map"...More

CJ films to stream on Netflix

Source | 2011/10/22 | Permalink

By KOFIC Staff

Major Korean entertainment company CJ E&M has announced a deal to stream 20 of its films on Netflix, leading internet subscription service for films and TV shows. Netflix members in the US will be able to watch these CJ films on multiple platforms including televisions, computer, tablets, gaming consoles, and mobile phones.

"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time", said Joon CHOI, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to a rich selection of films. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company"...More

Netflix expanding asian movie selection in deal with korea's top studio CJ E&M

Source | 2011/10/07 | Permalink

LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2011 – CJ E&M today announced an agreement to feature twenty of its acclaimed Asian movies on Netflix, the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. Beginning in October 2011, Netflix members in the US will be able to instantly watch the twenty titles multiple platforms, including TVs, popular tablets, key gaming consoles, computers and mobile phones. All the titles will be available from October 1.

"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time". said Joon Choi, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to movies from around the globe. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company, CJ E&M"...More

EuroAsia Shorts Pairs Korean, Spanish Films about Men and Women for Sixth Annual Festival

Source | 2011/06/14 | Permalink

The June 8 screening of EuroAsia Shorts 2011 featuring short films from Korea and Spain drew more than 100 guests to the Korean Cultural Center for a unique blend of culture, cinema, and an international discussion about relations between men and women.

"It was a great selection of films", said guest Victoria Wood. "It's wonderful to see films you wouldn't get via Netflix or in a theater, and a very interesting paring of cultures with Korean and Spain"...More

'Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring'

Source | 2006/04/01 | Permalink

Some critics were surprised by what they saw

Adam Hartzell (internews)

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 jammed my friend's "logic" by clarifying that the Asian film references that fill "Kill Bill" are not the Asian films I seek out. This is not a slam on Tarantino, he's a wonderful collage artist. Nor is this a slam on those types of films, those films emphasize what many find pleasurable about cinema -- spectacle. But Tarantino isn't referencing Tsai, Hong, Hui, or Oshima, in his "Kill Bills" so it wouldn't be up high on my NetFlix list if I were to have one.

But many Westerners share my friend's template of what constitutes an "Asian Film", that is, some combination of martial arts, samurai, wire-fu, gangsters, violence, and soft porn. And knowing this, it is no surprise that Kim Ki-duk's films have been embraced by Western critics. Kim's "The Isle" has solidified his place in the Westernized canon of Asian films due to an incident at New York's Asian Film Festival where an audience member left a screening gagging like the main character in the film and falling to the lobby floor. Known for his creative maiming and killing off of his characters, Kim has been embraced by th...More

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