Song Kang-ho has an accumulated attendance of 100 million 2017/08/14, Source, Song Kang-ho is the creme of the crop in the Korean movie industry.
The film "A Taxi Driver", which surpassed 8 million viewers in 13 days and stands at the threshold of the first 10 million film in 2017, depicts the painful history of the Gwangju Democratization Movement. It resonates with the audience with its thoughtful directing and story that touches the painful past. Above all, the reason why this movie was able to stay fast in the minds and hearts of audiences is the perfect performance of lead actor Song Kang-ho,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Signal" 2016/01/16,
Regular viewers of tvN may have noticed that the station likes to keep its usual actors and creators close. Here to take this one step further is "Signal", the approach of which brings back memories of the station's "Gabdong - The Serial Killer". The drama will be the second tvN show based on the Hwaseong serial murders, but unlike its predecessor it comes with a supernatural twist,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2015/09/20,
The 2nd 'Chinese Korean Share Your Dream Short Film Festival' is now on, Song Kang-ho and Marina Golbahari to host BIFF next month, what to see, do, and eat in Busan, and 5 incredible South Korean films that drew inspiration from troubling real-world events,...More
Veteran actors shine in 'The Deal' 2015/03/04, Source,
The stellar performances of three veteran actors take center stage in upcoming film "The Deal". The plot is hardly groundbreaking - the subject matter is a serial killer being chased by a detective and a victim's husband plotting his revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Thrillers of All-Time 2014/01/17,
One of the most popular trends we saw in 2013 was the rampant release of action-packed thrillers! It's a genre that Korean cinema favours and continues to return to, but in 2013 the industry really did pump out a number of successful hits that contributed to the record-breaking tickets sales last year enjoyed.
It's tricky to pinpoint films that are 'pure' thrillers because Korean films often blend and bend their genres in unique and creative ways. That being said, here is a quick look at the top 5 Korean thrillers that have stormed their way to box office glory,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Host" 2013/09/28, In the Spotlight this Week: "The Host" (2006) by Bong Joon-ho
Seeing genetically mutated monsters on the big screen is a fascinating thrill. These cinematic devils infect us with panic along with a twisted sense of responsibility that echoes, "what have we done?" The directors who manage to successfully birth these beasts are digital sorcerers from another time, mad storytellers whose creatures haunt the society they release them on. In 2006 Bong Joon-ho regurgitated "The Host" on Seoul, a monstrous mash that climbed to the top of Korea's all-time grossing greats, and there it has stubbornly sat for seven years now. The myth is that Bong delivered 13 million Koreans into its clutches, a record body count that helped to make him one of the most sought-after directors in the South. This wanted outlaw was last seen heading west on a French train, but he left his monster behind to remember, remember,...More
Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' Screened in France 2013/09/10, Source,
After several early screenings of the post-apocalyptic hit "Snowpiercer" in France in recent days, ahead of its official release in the country, director Bong Joon-ho said he felt like he was bringing the project back to its original roots. "As I present 'Snowpiercer', based on a comic book that was published three decades ago in France, I feel like a salmon coming home after a long journey upstream", he said at a press event in Paris on Monday,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Memories of Murder" and Watershed Wonderings
2013/09/07, In the Spotlight this Week: "Memories of Murder" (2003) by Bong Joon-hoBong Joon-ho's sophomore feature "Memories of Murder" is, quite simply, a must-see modern classic. This sophisticated crime drama recounts the investigation of a series of unsolved murders that occurred in the city of Hwaseong (Gyeonggi Province) between October 1986 and April 1991. Bong reportedly drew inspiration from Kim Gwang-rim's play "Come See Me", as well as Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell". The film earned the interest of more than five million viewers when it was released in Korea in 2003, which made it the most watched Korean movie that year. In addition to being a huge crowd pleaser, "Memories of Murder" was awarded a number of accolades locally and abroad. Most notably winning Best Director and Best Actor (Song Kang-ho) at the 2003 Grand Bell Awards – Korea's longest running and most prestigious awards ceremony,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.07.26 ~ 2013.07.28 2013/07/29,
Despite the release of DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" and the latest comic book film "The Wolverine", it was "Red 2" that managed to remain Korea's film of choice. Director Dean Parisot's "Red 2" claimed 666,048 admissions (25.9%) in its second weekend out, holding off a host of challengers to round out the month of July in good condition. In addition to these two Hollywood features getting stuck in, this week will also see two mammoth Korean films go head-to-head for the summer crowds and crown.
Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" and Kim Byeong-woo's "The Terror Live" are both officially released on August 1st, with the latter having already scored a sneaky 122,762 (4.9%) admissions. "The Terror Live" stars the popular Korean actor Ha Jung-woo ("The Berlin File", "Nameless Gangster", "The Client") as a T.V. anchor that has to get back into the game when a bomb-blasting terrorist threatens Korea's capital city,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/07/27, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "The Terror Live" (aka "90 Minutes of Terror"): A former T.V. anchorman gets an anonymous call from a bomb-blasting terrorist and has to get back in front of the camera to cover the story. (08/01)
★★★★★ "Snowpiercer": In a post-apocalyptic future mankind is forced to live on a constantly moving train that circles the Earth at great speeds. Within the train, social order is enforced through a harsh tyrannical system that is challenged by an organised revolution.(08/01),...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] SNOWPIERCER @ 24fps 2013/06/29, Bong Joon-ho's futuristic action epic "Snowpiercer" recently released a spectacular trailer to keep the saliva thick and wanting before the film's Korean release on August 1st. Here I'm going to take you through three sequences from that amazing trailer, and share some thoughts on what to expect from one of the most antcipated films of the year.
In 2004, Bong reportedly came across the French comic book Le Transperceneige and read the entire series right there in the store. He shared his enthusiasm with fellow Korean director Park Chan-wook ("Old Boy", "Stoker") whose production company Moho Films secured the rights to it the following year. The film is a transnational exhibition that boasts a number of international talents in front of and behind the camera. Korean cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo ("Taegukgi", "Mother - 2009", "The Good, the Bad, the Weird") and all-star Korean actor Song Kang-ho ("The Host", "Memories of Murder", "Secret Sunshine") are among an orchestra of creative personalities who brought their impressive cinematic talents into the mix,...More
Korean Filmmaker Serves Up a Schwarzenegger-style Action Film 2013/01/18, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger finished his stint as Governator of California and is back in film! His action movie "The Last Stand" is opening in the US this week and it's his first leading role in a decade since Terminator 3. It's also a milestone film for director Kim Jee-woon. While Kim is well-known in Korea, this is his very first English language and Hollywood movie.
Official movie poster for "The Last Stand". Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/12kxDhc
Schwarzenegger plays Ray Owens, the resigned sheriff of a small town on the US-Mexican border where there's not much crime to fight. But when notorious drug cartel leader Gabriel Cortez escapes FBI custody and speeds towards Mexico with a hostage, Sheriff Owens is forced to stop him. Owens' sleepy little town is straight in the path of Cortez's escape and the scene is set for a fierce, no-holds-barred showdown,...More
[Guest Post] Daniel Tudor on Korean cinema 2012/11/09, Source,
I'm not a true cinephile by any stretch of the imagination. I've always been the archetypal casual fan, who knows what he likes, but doesn't really like it enough to remember every line of the script. People ask, "have you seen [insert name of genius film here]?" and I honestly reply "yeah, I saw it a few years back, it was great". But then I'll be unable to back that up with any enlightened commentary on that scene with the uninterrupted shot that goes all the way around the bar and back again when all the mobsters are being introduced. Or even who was in it, sometimes.
But when I first moved to Seoul in 2004, Korean cinema got to me. In some way it was a stroke of luck to be here while a golden era was still in swing,...More
[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the KOREAN CINEPHILE 2012/06/30, Your website, Modern Korean Cinema, has been up since mid-2010, how did you come to discover Korean cinema and what was it about Korea's film industry that really cemented your passion for it?
My first exposure to Korean cinema came long before the inception of MKC and it's kind of a funny story (at least I think it is)! When I was in boarding school in Dublin (high school) we were studying Macbeth and as a nascent cinephile I wanted to seek classic filmed versions of Shakespeare's work, first came Polanski's, then Orson Welles' version but soon I came across Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (1957) and fell in love with it. Thus began my discovery of Japanese cinema and one day I was in my local media retail store in Switzerland when I came across a striking DVD in the Asian section. I thought it might have been something like a Takashi Miike film but it turned out to be none other than "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002) and... I hated it, it made me furious. But I couldn't stop thinking about it and a week later I forced my self to watch it again and my whole world changed. My next film was Lee Chang-dong's "Peppermint Candy" (2000) and it's safe to say that the quality and social engagement of those works resulted in my becoming deeply attached to Korean cinema,...More
ANNOUNCING THE 1ST TORONTO KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 22 TO JULY 1, 2012 2012/06/12, Source,
Toronto - The 1st Toronto Korean Film Festival will be held at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) from June 22nd to July 1st. This year's film listing was announced at the May 26th press conference. Confirmed films and highlights include:
June 22nd Opening:
The festival kick-starts with "Secret Sunshine" (2007). The leading actress of the film, Jeon Do-yeon, won Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. There will an opening party following the screening,...More
Toronto Korean Film Festival at the Korean DANO Spring Festival: Advanced Discount Ticket Sales and Outdoor Screening of The Host 2012/05/26, Source,
Toronto, May 22, 2012 - The Toronto Korean Film Festival will sell advanced tickets and passes at the 20th Korean DANO Spring Festival, which will take place atChristie Pits Park on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Toronto Korean Film Festival will also hold a free outdoor screening of "The Host" (2006) after sunset on June 1.
The Korean Dano Festival is a traditional Korean holiday that happens annually on May 5th in the lunar calendar. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Korean DANO Spring Festival in Toronto. The Korean DANO Spring Festival will feature Korean culture shows, business booths, live performances, and a variety of Korean food,...More
Toronto Korean Film Festival Brings Kimchi Chronicles to the Big Screen 2012/05/07, Source, Explore Korean food culture with Hugh Jackman and Heather Graham
Toronto - On May 26, Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF) will screen Kimchi Chronicles as its last free screening before the actual festival in June.Kimchi Chronicles is a PBS food program dedicated to Korean food culture. For those who often visit Korean restaurants, Kimchi Chronicle will walks you through the history and the making processes of all your favorite Korean food: Kimchi, Bibimbap, Korean BBQ, and many more. If you are new to Korean food culture, don't worry. the half American, half Korean host Marja Vongerrichten, and her husband who is a renowned French chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will unravel this fascinating aspect of Korean culture step by step,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jang Hyuk and Jo In-sung are coming 2012/02/22, Source, "Snowpiercer", "The Flu", "Kwon Bob" great masterpieces
Top stars and veteran directors attempt at another leap hand in hand
Blockbusters are still in depression ever since 2009 movie "Haeundae". A failure in a large scale blockbuster can sometimes lead to a change in the investing environment. Still, the challenge continues. Top stars and veteran directors dream of another rebirth in Korean blockbusters,...More
Lotte announces new Jeong Ji-woo film 2012/02/13, Source,
Major Korean investor and distributor Lotte Entertainment has announced "Happy End" director Jeong Ji-woo's upcoming film "A Muse" (working title) at the European Film Market (EFM). The film is currently in post-production.
Based on PARK Bum-shin's bestselling novel of the same title, "A Muse" follows a 70-year-old poet who has an affair with a high school student and is inspired to write a book about her. However, his best student, jealous of the relationship, steals this work,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source, With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byung-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
Song reprises detective role in 'Howling' 2012/01/12, Source,
A scene from Yoo Ha's serial murder story "Howling", which opens in theaters on Feb. 9
By Lee Hyo-won
Song Kang-ho will return with "Howling" as a detective, one of his signature roles that marked his breakthrough in Bong Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder". The actor says that he has brought a more mature characterization to the upcoming film.
"Male actors are often cast as detectives and gangsters, and I don't try to stay away from these parts. But it's already been eight years since Memories of Murder, and my character in Howling is a bit more humane and sensitive. I think in that sense he is someone with more depth and wisdom", Song told reporters Tuesday in Seoul during a promotional event for the film,...More
Big-budget films to open in 2012 2012/01/05, Source,
A scene from "The Thieves", which is expected to wow movie fans this year with its A-list cast. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won While 2011 saw the release of some novel, genre-defying works, not many local films aside from "Sunny - 2010" and "War of the Arrows" (a.k.a. "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon") managed to draw crowds at the box office. This year, a lineup of big-budget films featuring the return of big stars await moviegoers,...More
Bittersweet Life: Korean cinema's secret popularity in the UK 2011/12/07, Source,
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
[Movie Review] The Blind Witness 2011/11/26, Source,
By Jason Yu from Green Tea Graffiti (guest posting)
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A serial rapist is loose on the streets of Seoul. Kidnapping young females, this perpetrator brutally rapes them before putting them out of their misery. As police issue a massive search for this sick criminal, a female witness is soon found. She unknowingly entered the killer's car one night, remembered exactly how the car smelt, felt the texture of the car seat, and even heard the killer's voice. Luckily, she escapes the rapist's grasp before she became his next victim. This witness is too good to be true. This sicko will be caught in no time. But there is only one problem: the witness is blind,...More
Bong Joon-ho Gives Lecture at Chapman University 2011/11/15, Source,
Film director Bong Joon-ho appeared at Chapman University in Orange County, California on Saturday (local time) to give a master class as part of the Busan West Asian Film Festival hosted by the university's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
The festival screens a selection of films featured at the Busan International Film Festival that are likely to interest an American audience. Last year, directors Park Chan-wook and Kim Jee-woon were invited,...More
BUSAN WEST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2011 LINE-UP 2011/11/01, Source,
Feng Xiaogang's "AfterShock" Named Closing Night Film
Festival Welcomes the North American Premieres of Oh Seong-yoon's "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" and Loy Arcenas‚ "Niño"
Orange, CA (October 31, 2011) - Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia's largest film festival, today announced the official program for the upcoming Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 in Orange, Calif,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Authority and Power in Korean Cinema 2011/10/15,
The representation of authority in modern Korean cinema has me perplexed. The power and agency public organisations should hold is lacking, with institutions being portrayed as weak, incompetent and unprofessional. This is not a judgement but rather an observation that recent films such as "Silenced" and "Poongsan" have confirmed. Political corruption, police incompetence, and individual responsibility seems to be some of strongest themes running through contemporary Korean cinema.
The 2011 film "Silenced" has sparked outcry from the Korean public as the true-life story, on which is was based, remains unresolved even in this cinematic retelling. The Korean populous has refused to accept the results of the investigation and have sited a number of laws and procedures they want to have change in order to prevent another tragedy from occurring,...More
Chapman U Presents The Busan West Asian Film Festival Nov. 11-13, 2011 in Orange, CA 2011/10/10, Source,
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY, IN CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF), WILL PRESENT THE BUSAN WEST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 11-13, 2011
Influential Director Bong Joon-ho to Receive Busan West Icon Award and Present Opening Night Film ˆ The North American Premiere of "The Host" in 3D
Orange, CA (October 5, 2011) - Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia's largest film festival, is proud to announce the Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 in Orange, Calif. Busan West presents a unique filmmaker showcase that brings select Asian films and filmmakers from BIFF to the U.S. to create a new platform for heightened recognition outside of Asia. This year the festival organizers are excited to welcome internationally acclaimed writer/director Bong Joon-ho ("Mother - 2009", "The Host", "Memories of Murder"), as the Busan West Icon Award recipient,...More
"Memories of Murder", "Voice of a Murderer", the power of true movies! 2011/09/28, Source,
There are many risks that follow making a movie about a real life event. However, sincerity that can't be found in made up movies and detailed structure based on facts brings great inspiration.
One movie that was based on a true story was the 2003 box office hit, "Memories of Murder". It dealt with the mysterious serial killings in the 1980s. Society woke up once again as it revived the grudge of innocent women that were murdered.,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started 2011/05/28,
Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
An American Shares His Passion for Korean Cinema with the World 2011/03/22, Source,
American Darcy Paquet is on a mission: he wants to inform the world about the greatness of Korean films. The 39-year-old writer and editor hosts a program called "Highlights of 20th Century Korean Cinema" by the Korean Film Archive. The bimonthly event, which started in February, screens a classic Korean film with English subtitles followed by a commentary and Q&A session with Paquet,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Children... 2011/03/05,
In 1991 five country boys ventured out into the mountains to catch salamanders and were never seen again. Their bodies were then discovered in 2004 but investigators were still unable to determine exactly why these young lives were prematurely taken. Now, in 2011, Lee Kyoo-man brings us "Children...", a crime thriller that is currently dominating at the top of the Korean box office.,...More
Cineaste's picks at cinematheque 2011/01/10, Source,
From left, directors Kim Tae-yong, Lee Joon-ik and Lee Hae-yeong and programmer Kim Sung-wook speak during a press event for the 6th Cinematheque Friends Film Festival on Jan. 5 at Seoul Art Cinema, Jong-no. /Courtesy of Seoul Art Cinema
By Lee Hyo-won
Ever wondered what kind of works inspire famous filmmakers?
Fans will have a chance to find out through the Cinematheque Friends Film Festival, featuring 44 domestic and foreign works including those that were handpicked by directors who have paved new possibilities in Korean cinema. The 6th edition of the annual event kicks off on Jan. 18 at Seoul Art Cinema, Jongno, and will continue through Feb. 27,...More
Park Hae-il: 'I Want to Present Diverse Acting' 2011/01/04, Source,
Actor Park Hae-il, who will play a character named Hui Do in the movie "Heartbeat", said, "My first goal is to act naturally. I might not be able to satisfy every audience, but I might need to try my best to satisfy more audiences".
Actor Park Hae-il debuted with his appearance in the movie "Waikiki Brothers" (2001), which was directed by Yim Soon-rye, and ten years have already passed since his debut. He appeared in more than twenty movies, including those works that he had appeared in as a supporting actor. He HAS ALSO transformed into various characters in those movies,...More
Korean Movies – Secret Union 2010/12/20, Source,
This movie was awarded the "Best Film" prize at the 2010 Blue Dragon Film Awards in Korea theatrical admissions totaled some 5,460,00.
It is about how a South Korean NIS agent comes to understand and become a brother to a derelict spy from North Korea,...More
Actor Jung Woo-sung's Movie Picks 2010/10/25, Source,
Actor Jung Woo-sung [10Asia]
Where would each South Korean actor rank if lined up by order of interviewee capability? There are definitely more than a few names that would make the list but actor Jung Woo-sung without doubt would be one of them leading the pack. Our conversation with him did not concentrate merely on recent issues such as his latest film "Reigns of Assassin" or his visit to the Venice Film Festival. The answers he put forth rather made the listener chase after the thoughts he holds within his mind. "You're not considered awake just because your eyes are open or you're speaking. I think what's important is that you keep looking back on what you think instead of letting a single thought settle in your mind,...More
"I Saw the Devil" to compete at San Sebastian film fest 2010/08/24, Source,
Movie poster of thriller "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil" has been invited to compete under the Official Selection category at the 58th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival next month, according to official website of the fest on Tuesday.
"I Saw the Devil", helmed by famed Korean director Kim Jee-woon, will be competing against 16 other movies by internationally recognized directors for the Golden Shell and Silver Shell awards at the fest to be held at San Sebastian, Spain from September 17 to 25,...More
[INTERVIEW] Hollywood's "Remake King" Roy Lee 2010/08/03, Source,
Roy Lee [Seoul Digital Forum]
For years, Korean-American producer Roy Lee of Beverly Hills-based Vertigo Entertainment has well maintained his reputation as Hollywood's "Remake King". It first started with "The Ring", where Lee gained his first onscreen credit as executive producer after selling the remake right of Japanese horror flick "Ringu" on behalf of its Asian distributor to DreamWorks, which became a surprise hit in the United States in 2002, grossing over 129 million dollars on the box office,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Park Hae-il - Part 1 2010/07/19, Source, Park Hae-il [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
When told he had not changed much appearance-wise from the days of his debut film "Waikiki Brothers", Park Hae-il responded, "Because I'm still immature.".. But the caution he showed in explaining his role as Yoo Hae-gook in film "Moss" which he had won support for by fans of the original comic even while casting was in process, and using as minimal conclusive expressions about working with director Kang Woo-seok for the film, revealed that Park was far from being the boy in "Waikiki Brothers" who out of drunkeness, handed the score for a self-composed song to the girl he likes. It has already been nine years since then, during which he has enjoyed success from movies such as "Memories of Murder" or "The Host", as well as leave short yet long-lasting impressions in unique productions such as "Shim's Family". In short, he has constantly grown as an actor. And that is why we predicted he has grown yet again while working on "Moss". 10: When fans of original comic "Moss" simulated casting for the movie adaptation, you were the actor that was chosen the most for the role of Yoo Hae-gook.Park Hae-il: I think that's just in terms of my image,...More
In 1990, the American academic Joseph Nye coined the term "soft power". This referred to nations winning friends and influencing people through the attraction,...More
Park Hae-il: I Want to Become Good Actor Completely Immersed in Movie' 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor Park Hae-il had been a rising star actor on the theater stage and debuted as a movie actor by appearing in director Yim Soon-rye's movie "Waikiki Brothers" in 2001.
As he has already acted for ten years, he has become a star actor popular enough to be cast as the main lead of the Korean movie industry's powerful director Kang Woo-seok's ambitious new film "Moss". In the movie "Moss", which will be released on July 14, Park Hae-il will play Yoo Hae Kook, who has to confront remote village people to find out the truth regarding his father's death. He successfully heads the cast of the movie without faltering while acting competitively with other great experienced actors,...More
[10LINE] Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon 2010/05/28, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Lee Hye-young-I, actress Moon So-ri,director Lee Chang-dong, actor Song Kang-ho, and director Im Sang-soo [10Asia]
Jeon Do-yeon "A friend who says she wants to become like me so badly that she will seal the deal at the risk of her future has only seen the pretty and fancy side to me. It's not difficult to become like me. It's just hard for someone to want to become like you". - Jeon Do-yeon's line from her cameo appearance on SBS TV series "On Air". About life as an actress. About life as Jeon Do-yeon. Kang Shin-hye A reporter who worked for teenage magazine Hi-teen in 1990. She encouraged Jeon, who during her senior year in high school went to the magazine to receive a prize from a postcard contest, to become a cover model,...More
Festival of beginnings ending well 2010/05/06, Amid the fresh green of a long-awaited spring in the small city of Jeonju, North Jeolla, moviegoers old but mostly young were standing in line Sunday as early as 8:30 a.m., waiting for ticketing to be,...More
[INTERVIEW] Director-actor Yang Ik-june - Part 1 2010/04/09, Source,
Director and actor Yang Ik-june [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"This interview doesn't do me any good -- it's for the production company and the press", Yang Ik-june said with a grin at the start of his interview. He was referring to his latest film "Runaway from Home" released April 8. The remark could have killed the atmosphere had it been said by any other, but rather helped to ease and loosen up both parties when said by the free-spirited actor and director, known for his goofy and easy-going ways. At the same time, this same man swept international acclaims last year with his feature debut "Breathless" which he starred in as a bitter and abusive debt collector. Yang spoke with 10Asia to reveal the utterly frank truth behind his filmmaking and acting career,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 3 2010/03/04, Source,
Korean actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck: That's actually what I wanted to ask you. Do you think it's possible to become an artist, or an actor, by pure effort and no natural talent? Song: The concept behind the word 'effort' is a bit vague. There is no such thing as putting in an effort to act well. Effort could be another word for your determination to work hard but not the secret to good acting. If you are shooting an action scene, you can make effort at improving on your physique and working better with your co-stars. And I put in an effort to play the recorder in "Thirst". But I don't think one can act based solely on effort. 90 percent of it comes from natural talent and 10 percent from experience. The experience that you gain from countless acting roles.
Beck:You've already been an actor for very long -- ten years since the public recognized you as 'actor Song Kang-ho' and even much longer counting your career in theater. Don't you go through a slump or have less fun having to repeat the same job over and over again?,...More
Song Kang-ho's New Movie 'Secret Reunion' 2010/01/17, Source,
In an interview at a hotel in Sokong-dong, actor Song Kang-ho said, "First of all, I could easily identify my own personality with the character I played in the movie ‘Secret Reunion' better than in any of my other movies. The character of Han-kyu in Secret Reunion seems to me to be a mix of previous characters I played before, including Doo-man ("Memories of Murder") and Kyung-pil ("JSA - Joint Security Area"). I think that my character Han-kyu is a unique character, but I also used several of my previous characters from my other movies to influence the character 'Han-kyu'. I see my role as Han-kyu to be an assorted gift of my acting experiences for my fans. I tried to show the essence of my acting through Han-kyu and to express him as a father and a husband in his daily life, even though Han-kyu is an agent of the National Intelligence Service (laughing)".
Song, who has gained growing popularity and recognition for his acting credentials, plays Han-kyu, a former agent of the NIS in the movie "Secret Reunion", which is the second movie by director Jang Hoon, whose first project as the main director was "A Movie is a Movie". "Secret Reunion" will be released on February 4.,...More
For lovers of good cinema, Korea has a wealth of local releases. Some are of the finest quality, showing innovation and moving cinema in a new direction as applauded by Chris Berry on a recent Discovery Channel program.
Bong Joon-ho "Won Bin is youthful country style" 2008/07/03, Source, Director Bong Joon-ho of the movie "Mother - 2009" revealed an episode involving the two leading characters. In a meeting with his acquaintances, he said, "Won Bin was far from his image of a refined city-dweller. He is from Kang-won, so I sensed more of a country style". Before debuting in 1996, Won Bin worked in a auto service center in Kang-won. Director Bong said, "There is still a pure innocent image left in his face. He seems more human, for he likes tennis and soccer more than he likes working out or golf". As a director, he was glad that Won Bin still had an innocent image left in him. Won Bin plays a youth who is falsely accused of being a murderer.,...More
The 12th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, the only one of its kind in Korea, wrapped up Sunday after five days of festivity. Cartoon and animation buffs were able to mingle with world premier artists and take part in other fun events.
Sidus Enters US Cable Market 2007/08/27, Source, Major South Korean entertainment company Sidus Corp. has bought a US $20 million slice of ImaginAsian TV (IA TV), a 24-hour Asian-American cable network in the US. The network reaches about 4 million subscribers nationwide and is the first of its kind in the US. Under the agreement, Sidus will pro,...More
Top Korean film company Sidus and U.S.-based broadcasting company ImaginAsian TV signed an agreement for the distribution of Korean entertainment contents in the United States, it was announced on Tuesday.
Under the memorandum of understanding, Sidus wil,...More
New York film festival showcases Korean shorts 2007/06/12, Source, Award-winning short films of various genres from Korea's Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will be invited to the 6th annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) from June 22 to July 8 in New York City.
Launched by the Subway Cinema in 2002, the New York Asian Film Festival is a widely a,...More
The Korea Foundation says that an exhibition of Korean traditional paintings opened at a public Asian museum in Greece on April 1 and will continue through the end,...More
"Nobody knew me on the island" 2007/03/29, Source, A serial killer haunts the 17 residents of a small Island named Geuklakdo (Geuklak Island). Everyone is treated as a suspect, yet no one knows who will be the next victim. The mystery begins to unrave,...More
This Year's Cinematic Outlook 2007/01/08, Source, Records were broken in the Korean film industry last year including one for the largest number of movies produced.
It doesn't look like that record will be challenged this year, but there are nonetheless big expectations for the domestic film industry.
Son Heekyung has this preview for 2007.
'Korean Wave' now testing U.S. waters 2006/11/09, Source, There is no question that a Korean Wave is sweeping Asia. Sophisticated and trendy Korean movies, television dramas and music are widely loved throughout the region. But skeptics have long doubted the regional wave would ever cross the Pacific Ocean to hit North America, much less become significant,...More
Korea Film Festival to Be Held in China 2006/10/20, Source, The Korean Film Festival will be held in Beijing and Shanghai from Friday through Sunday, after the CJ China Film Festival was held in the two biggest Korean cities of Seoul and Busan last month. The,...More
Organized by the Korean Culture Center in the U.K. and the Korea Culture & Content Agency, this year's festival will mark the year of mutual visits to South Korea and the U.K. The festival will screen eight domestic hit movies and fou,...More
The film is scheduled to open on an all-time high of 620 screens, which easily surpasses,...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
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
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
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
Korean Film Directors series published by KOFIC 2006/04/04, Source, To increase the international standing of Korean film directors and to promote the international circulation of Korean films, KOFIC announces the publication of the first three books in the Korean Film Directors series. By publishing this series, KOFIC aims to help Korean films and Korean film direc,...More
After "Memories of Murder", a thriller about a real-life serial-murder case in the 1980s, became the biggest hit of 2003, a slew,...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.
Film stars attract audience to drama 2005/10/31, Source, Daehangno in downtown Seoul, often dubbed the "Korean Broadway", has recently repositioned itself as a retraining center for film stars who want to polish their acting chops.
Among them are those who have come back to their roots, such as,...More
Organized by Indiestory, an independent films distribution company, "Omnibus Film Festival" will screen the works of Asian, American and,...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
Two English-subtitled film festivals for expats in Korea 2004/11/01, Source, Korean movies are riding a wave of popularity, with noticible artistic and commercial appeal brought on by a new generation of stylish directors grabbing prizes in major international film festivals. For foreign residents in Korea, two events provide a chance to enjoy some quality offerings - with E,...More
New Zealand's 5-month-long film fantasy has a world of great films on tap
When New Zealand's biggest film fest, the 2004 New Zealand International Film Festival, opened on the 9th, the beginning of a five-month-long movie,...More
Director Kang looks to the world 2004/07/01, Source, Kang Jae-gyu's office in Gangnam, southern Seoul, is a cross between a bachelor pad and a lesson in modern interior decorating. Outfitted with a black leather furniture set, small metal trinkets and full-length posters of his movies, his office looks like something right out of a Nick Hornby novel.,...More
It was an abrupt about-face for the staunch film industry ally.
On Friday the Minister of Culture and Tourism and former film director, Lee Chang Dong, announc,...More
DVD market rides 'Korean Wave' 2004/05/18, Source, The Korean Wave, which has sparked a Korean movie and drama fad elsewhere in Asia, is infusing fresh energy into the local entertainment sector. Its impact is also palpable at PapaDVD, a major online DVD shopping mall.
"As much as 30 percent of revenue comes from foreign clients, chiefly those in,...More
`Memories' Director Takes Cold Look at Violence 2004/04/28, Source, By Joon Soh
Chonju, North Cholla Province _ From the ceiling of a near empty underground parking lot, a security camera slowly moves back and forth while keeping watch over the rows of cars. As the camera swivels from side to side, we catch a glimpse of a man casually getting out,...More
Korean Film Highlighted at Philadelphia Festival 2004/03/24, Source, Philadelphia's film goers will have a feast of Korean cinema to choose from when the 13th Philadelphia Film Festival opens on April 8.
South Korea is well represented with 11 features out of the 133 to be screened, including a special category called New Korean Cinema. The category's six films incl,...More
Unable to gain access to investors by traditional means, Korean filmmakers are rewriting the script to give stock traders and cyber fans starring roles.
The industry currently generates an estimated 700 billion won ($605 million),...More
'Korean Culture' According to Foreigners <1> - Mr. Sanae (Japan) 2004/03/15, Source, Korean cultural products such as TV series, movies, music and games are entering market abroad one by one. Korean Wave, popularity of Korean popular culture, which started in China and Southeast Asia, is continued in Japan, and Korea has become a contents exporter. We should be proud of our cultural,...More
'Silmido' powers past 6 million viewers 2004/01/20, Source, The Korean film "Silmido" has attracted 6 million viewers in the shortest time in Korean cinema history, sparking speculation that it may break the all-time attendance record held by "Friend", which drew 8.2 million viewers in 2001.
Korean films top video market 2004/01/15, Source, strength of Korean films in the theatrical market was closely matched by their performance in the video market in 2003. According to figures compiled from Jan. 1 - Dec. 20, 2003 by the video chain Cinetown, which runs 589 stores across the country, Korean films accounted for the seven most frequentl,...More
CJ Entertainment CEO named 'power leader' 2003/12/31, Source, Reflecting a year in which Korean films reached new heights, CJ Entertainment CEO Park Dong-ho was named the pop culture "power leader" of 2003 by The Herald Business, a sister newspaper of The Korea Herald.
CJ Entertainment, a film investment and distribution company, claimed 20.6 percent of th,...More
Memories of murderous success in 2003 2003/12/18, Source, This was a very good year for Korean cinema. Perhaps actress Moon So-ri said it best at a screening of one of her films in Paris: "French cinema has a history of over 100 years, but not Korea. If France is an adult, Korea is a child. But it is a,...More
Surprise winner for best picture 2003/12/13, Source, Director Kim Ki-duk's "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring", a quiet meditation on a Buddhist monk's quest for truth, was named the best picture of the year at the Blue Dragon Film Awards on Thursday.
Korean films sell well at MIFED 2003/11/21, Source, Korean international sales companies saw strong business at the recent MIFED film market in Milan, Italy. A large number of Korean films were sold to other territories, with strong interest being shown in titles Old Boy, Untold Scandal, Legend of the Evil Lake and others.
"Noble Affair" Appeals to Audience 2003/10/14, Source, "Untold Scandal" premiered on October 2 and sold two million tickets in 11 days, remaining the top box office hit for two consecutive weeks. The long-term box-office record is expected as it claimed more than 60 percent of total online,...More
Movie exports equal 1,420 car sales abroad 2003/09/26, Source, Korea exported 18.1 billion won ($15.7 million) worth of movies during the first half, generating as much added value as the sale of 1,419 passenger cars abroad, a central bank report showed yesterday.
The nation's movie exports in the six-month period were nearly equivalent to last year's annua,...More
Eleven Korean features to screen at Vancouver 2003/09/19, Source, Eleven feature films and five short films from Korea will screen in the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival, scheduled to take place from 25 September to October 10. Programmed by British film critic Tony RAYNS, the selection features a wide range of critically acclaimed arthouse work and,...More
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