[Interview] John H. Lee: I think I can even make a movie in Africa! 2017/06/02,
Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee moved to the U.S. at the age of 12. Upon graduating from the film school at New York University, Lee made his feature debut with "The Cut Runs Deep". Since his successful debut, Lee has directed numerous international music videos and T.V. commercials in East Asia and Europe, eventually opting to move his residence back to Seoul in search of his spiritual roots. In 2004, Lee directed his second feature film, a love story, entitled, "A Moment to Remember", which became the highest grossing domestic film in the romance genre in the history of Korean cinema. His next films include "Sayonara Itsuka", a Japanese- language film, "71-Into the Fire", "The Third Way of Love", a Chinese film. Hi latest movie is "Operation Chromite" the first Korean film to cast an A-list Hollywood actor in a prominent role, Liam Neeson,...More
TOP 5 stars who look good in military uniforms 2017/01/30, Source,
The 'military look' is everywhere in dramas, movies and TV shows. In the movie "Operation Chromite", Lee Jung-jae, Lee Beom-soo, Liam Neeson and others all appeared in military. Song Joong-ki, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-won and more were all soldiers in "Descendants of the Sun". A TV show that ended last year was also all about military life.
However, the reason why the military look is so popular these days is because the figure of the soldier depicted in the movies and dramas is unique compared to other characters. First of all, the image of a soldier symbolizes strength and sharp charisma. Whatever adversity and hardships will not be an obstacle to them. There's also the military look that makes viewers' hearts beat faster. Who look the best suited up?,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/01/07,
Variety reports on South Korea's box office figures for 2016, film critic Pierce Conran (Modern Korean Cinema) picks his top 15 film for last year, enjoy classic Korean films thanks to new Blu-rays and KOFA's VOD service, and read professional reviews of Korean films released in 2016 with Darcy Paquet and Kyu Hyun Kim,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.11 ~ 2016.11.13 2016/11/21,
J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut summons the masses with magic...
David Yates's fantasy flick "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" arrived in Korea last Wednesday and dethroned a weary "Doctor Strange" at the top of the pile. For the past three weeks, Marvel's mind-bending spectacle has been riding high in the Land of the Morning Calm, but this new magical storm from Warner Bros. Pictures has sent the doctor down a few notches by summoning plenty fresh feet to Korea's big screens,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.11 ~ 2016.11.13 2016/11/14,
"Doctor Strange" becomes the second-highest grossing foreign film of the year...
Marvel's latest blockbuster "Doctor Strange" retained pole position and claimed its third weekend at the top of Korea's box office. Director Scott Derrickson's cinematic wizardry (riding Marvel's marvellous momentum) added another 548,520 admissions (38.9%) to its Korean cause to become the tenth highest-grossing film of the year with 4.8 million admissions ($36.3 million),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.04 ~ 2016.11.06 2016/11/07,
"Doctor Strange" and "Luck.Key" capture 83% of the box office pie...
Marvel's "Doctor Strange" retained pole position by attracting another million admissions (58.6%) during its second weekend out in Korea. The film's first weekend saw 1.6 million filmgoers flock to its screens (63%), and with this weekend's take included, the film's totally tally swelled to 3.9 million ($30.4 million). Worldwide, Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" has grossed $325.4 million having been produced for an estimated $165 million,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/10/16,
Asian Film Festival puts the best that BIFF has to offer in the spotlight, KOBIZ's latest infographic highlights the top indie films of 2016, Variety sits down with BIFF's director to talk about the turmoil, and Variety explores the challenges of crowdfunding in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Feature] "The Korean Audience" 2016/09/03, Last week I discussed the South Korean film industry in broad perspective. As is often the case with markets, it's oeasy to lose track of the human element. Historically domestic Korean films have struggled at the box office and needed government quotes to stay even. Yet today they're pretty much at parity with foreign releases with relatively little government support. They're doing especially splendidly this year. As of this writing two of the top three spots and seven of the top ten are all Korean films. This change has obviously been affected by Korean audiences being more interested in Korean movies as of late. But why?,...More
American Actor Carves Niche Out of Korean Soaps 2016/09/03, Source, 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
"Operation Chromite" Lee Jung-jae stimulated by Liam Neeson 2016/08/24, Source,
Actor Lee Jung-jae said he didn't get a good feeling after starring in "The Assassination". The role of Yeom Seok-jin he played there is the captain of the police bureau of the provisional government and a Japanese spy. He lost 15 kg for the movie. Some people pointed fingers at him. This time, he starred in the movie "Operation Chromite" as Captain Jang Hak-soo of the Navy Intelligence Department who is also responsible for the success of Operation Chromite.
This time he is a favorable character. We met the actor in a café in Seoul on the 25th last month for an interview. He said it may look like he is starring in two movies with similar generations but "Operation Chromite" is not a war movie so he decided to go along with it. "I was more interested in the story of heroes that we didn't know about. When I played Yeom Seok-jin I wondered what affect it would have on my image, but I felt it so I hope my image changes again this time",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.08.19 ~ 2016.08.21 2016/08/22,
Local literary adaptations take the top spots...
Kim Seong-hun's action thriller "Tunnel" retained the top spot over the weekend and moved its total admissions count now to over 5 million. "Tunnel", based on So Jae-won's novel of the same name, was released on 10 August and shot to number one during its first weekend out with almost 2 million admissions. The foot traffic has tapered off since last weekend, but Kim's claustrophobic thriller was still able to maintain a clear lead by attracting more than double the stubs of its nearest competitor, another local literary adaptation,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.08.12 ~ 2016.08.14 2016/08/15, "Tunnel" dethrones "The Last Princess" and takes the crown...
Kim Seong-hun's action thriller "Tunnel" arrived last week and managed to capture 40% of box office pie and dislodge "The Last Princess" at the top of the pile. Last weekend Heo Jin-ho's historical melodrama (aka "Princess Deokhye") attracted 1.1 million filmgoers across 964 screens to take pole position; despite following that good opening with another 966,862 admissions here (21%), which moved its total tally now to 3.5 million ($25.6 million), Heo's latest was forced into second place after the "Tunnel" arrived on the scene and attracted 1.8 million admissions ($13.8 million) from 1,091 screens,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Operation Chromite" 2016/08/06,
Hak-soo (played by Lee Jung-jae) is a noble South Korean soldier who leads a deep spy unit into Incheon island to uncover vital intelligence regarding whatever defenses, natural or manmade, may make an amphibious attack on the island practical or impractical. Gye-jin (played by Lee Beom-soo) is the at-times comically evil North Korean commander who opposes Hak-soo's efforts. That's the basic outline for "Operation Chromite". The movie is a tale of good versus evil- no context necessary,...More
Shim Eun-ha is a university student 2016/06/01, Source,
Actress Shim Eun-ha started studying.
Shim Eun-ha enrolled in the Education, Science, Korea Broadcasting Telecommunication University college culture of the arts in 2009 at the age way over 40. She should have graduated in 2013 but she lost the timing to do so as she was busy raising her children. Still, her passion for learning hasn't died,...More
Lee Jung-jae is busy for the rest of the year 2016/05/12, Source,
Actor Lee Jung-jae is attempting at being a multi-player. He stands alone ever since he finished contract time with his company and is now at the busiest time of his entire career.
Lee Jung-jae's year is fully booked. He is starring in various numbers in Korea and China. Not only is he acting, he's also thinking about various projects too,...More
Liam Neeson pays respects to MacArthur statue in Incheon 2016/01/15, Source,
As Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson joined the shooting of the Korean film "Operation Chromite", the code name for the Battle of Incheon, which took place in September 1950, shortly after the Korean War broke out, the movie is drawing keen attention in Korea.
According to Taewon Entertainment, the producer of the movie, the British action star arrived in Korea on Monday and spent a busy day on Thursday, preparing for his role as American General Douglas MacArthur, the war hero who spearheaded the Battle of Incheon,...More
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