[USA and Canada] DramaFever Launches New CJ E&M Movie Channel 2016/01/25, Source,
New Feature for DramaFever Premium Subscribers Brings Best Korean Films, On Demand, to Fans in the U.S. and Canada
DramaFever (dramafever.com), the leading online destination for international television shows, movies and concerts, and the leading Asian pop culture producer and distributor CJ E&M have announced the launch of DramaFever's "CJ E&M Movie Channel". Created as part of a previously-announced, multi-year licensing deal between the two companies, the CJ E&M Movie Channel will debut today, with two dozen films immediately available on demand to premium subscribers of DramaFever's OTT digital video network. Fans can access the channel at dramafever.com/movies, and for the first three days,...More
Han Ji-min's relaxing moments in Paris 2015/07/14, Source,
On July 14th, Han Ji-min posted photos of herself on her personal Facebook saying, "It's been a while since the last posting. I'm in Paris currently. I am walking alongside the Seine enjoying the warm and cozy sunshine today. I hope you have a pleasant and happy day today".
In the shared photos, Han Ji-min is showing her fresh smiles. Another photo shows Han Ji-min is enjoying her relaxing moments in a café. She looks ever beautiful in the photos,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.19 ~ 2015.06.21 2015/06/22,
"Jurassic World" still rules, but under pressure from two new local entries... Two films (one foreign, one local) dominated at the top of the pile over the weekend. "Jurassic World" and "The Classified File" were the nation's films of choice, and together constituted over 80% of the sales with just over 2 million admissions between them. Last weekend, "Jurassic World" came and conquered, and week two for this record-breaking thrill ride saw it retain the top stop with over a million in attendance (45%). Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World" has already broken the record for the all-time opening weekend in North America, and in South Korea that support has continued as the film, the fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" series, now moves onto $27M (3.4M admissions),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.06.05 ~ 2015.06.07 2015/06/08, Korean filmgoers trade dystopia for disaster as "San Andreas" disrupts…
Brad Peyton's epic disaster film "San Andreas" hit South Korea last Wednesday and now sits atop the box office. The $110M film attracted 724K admissions over 847 screens to end the first weekend of June comfortably on top with 48.3% of the box office pie going its way. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film has attracted fans locally and internationally and has already banked over $150M worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Makgeolli Girls" 2015/06/06,
Cho-rong (played by Hong Ah-reum) is a high school student who regularly comes to class obviously and completely drunk. She does have good cause- Cho-rong laboriously works at her family's ancestral rice wine brewery. Her father dedicated his life to brewing rice wine, so Cho-rong wants to honor his memory by doing a good job producing as much rice wine as she can. And this process inevitably involves drinking rice wine, so as to test it. Hence the whole drunkenness problem,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.22 ~ 2015.05.24 2015/05/25, "Mad Max" retains pole position...
The fourth film in the "Mad Max" series continued its reign atop the Korean box office, claiming additional 310K (31%) across 714 screens to move its total tally now to 1.8M ($15M). "Mad Max: Fury Road" has been peppered with praise from critics and filmgoers worldwide, and is quickly closing in on the estimated $150M it took to produce. Last weekend "Mad Max" (along with Spy) entered and dislodged Marvel's "Avengers" as the country's favourite flick; week two for George Miller's dusty dystopia saw that success continue as fans flocked to theatres to catch Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in action,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.15 - 2015.05.17 2015/05/18,
"Chronicles of Evil" and "Mad Max" dislodges "The Avengers"...
While Cannes is playing host to the top stars and filmmakers from around the world, the South Korean public came out in droves over the weekend to catch two new features that recently made their way onto the chart. Baek Woon-hak's thriller "Chronicles of Evil" and George Miller's remake of "Mad Max" were the must-see films, and between them the capture over 70% of the box office pie; in the process removing "The Avengers" from its previous privileged position as South Korea's number one,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.08 ~ 2015.05.10 2015/05/11,
Marvel's massively successful "Avengers: Age of Ultron" continued its reign at the top of the pile over this past weekend. The $280 billion film added an additional 804 admissions (52%) to its cause, bringing its total tally in South Korea now to 9.3 million admissions (or $73 million). Currently, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" has grossed over $875 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.01 ~ 2015.05.03 2015/05/04, Marvel's might continues while newcomers stake their claim… There was some serious jostling for position going on at the box office this past weekend. Last weekend Marvel's latest "Avengers" film entered the fray and (righteously) dominated proceedings by capturing a mammoth 90% of the box office pie. And while this left little else for the rest of the pack to pounce on, a week later we find a string of new entries trying to make a move on Marvel's monster,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Salut D'Amour" 2015/05/02,
Seong-chil (played by Park Geun-hyung) is a grumpy old man who's stubbornly standing in the way of a redevelopment scheme for his local neighborhood. The other characters decide, somewhat elaborately, that the best way to get Seong-chil to fold is to develop a convoluted romantic storyline involving Geum-nim (played by Youn Yuh-jung). And so, we get a love story involving Seong-chil and Geum-nim,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.24 ~ 2015.04.26 2015/04/27, Mind the Gap: The "Avengers" return to ruin… Crumbs. That's what Marvel's monster left for the rest of the pack over the weekend, crumbs. Its pre-sales were brilliant, over a million, and a million more stormed cinemas across the country to catch the heroes' phenomenal return (as well as to catch South Korean model-turned-actress Claudia Kim make her movie debut as a support character). The hype building up to its release made the weekend's landslide no surprise, but the furiosity of the frenzy was still a sight to behold as "Avengers: Age of Ultron" affected a perfect cinematic storm,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.17 ~ 2015.04.19 2015/04/20, "Furious 7" stays ahead of the pack… "Furious 7" remained the South's favourite flick over the weekend by capturing 41% of the box office pie. James Wan's action outing attracted an additional 472K admissions over 813 screens to move its total tally now to 2.8M ($21.7M). Globally, the film has amassed over $1.1B, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, just ahead of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and behind "Iron Man 3",...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2015/04/18, "Twenty" makes it way to America, Fabien presents three new Korean releases for Modern Korean Cinema, CJ Entertainment reaches out to fans on Facebook with new initiative, and reservations for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" start flooding in,...More
Hwang Woo-seul-hye is different 2015/04/13, Source, Actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye is happy these days. That's because of the movie "Salut D'Amour". She's been in this biz for 7 years now. It's been a short career but she hasn't had the chance to bring it all out yet. "Salut D'Amour" was a lucky break for her.
"I usually get offered similar characters. I am not complaining, but I have always waited to meet a new character like the one in "Salut D'Amour". I don't know how they trusted me with this role. I am so grateful",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.10 ~ 2015.04.12 2015/04/13, "Furious 7" retains pole position… James Wan's "Furious 7" managed to stay in pole position over this past weekend by capturing 42.6% of the box office pie. The frantic action flick added 585K admissions over 818 screens to bring its total tally in Korea to 2.1M ($15.8M). The film, which stars the late Paul Walker alongside a host of Hollywood heroes such as Vin Deiesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez, has thus far amasses over $800 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.03 ~ 2015.04.05 2015/04/06,
"Fast & Furious" outplays "Twenty" for pole position...
April saw the release of a number of competitive films, five of which entered the fray and featured in this past weekend's top ten. The much-anticipated "Fast & Furious 7" (starring the late Paul Walker alongside Vin Diesel) hit theatres worldwide recently, and Korean audiences welcomed the seventh instalment by raising it up as the country's current number one,...More
Youn Yuh-jung, "Being an actress is selfish" 2015/03/30, Source, "A drama features everything I do because we have no time and everyone is in a hurry. But movies go through editing. It's something known as the producer's work of art. Editing cuts out some parts of my acting. I guess that's to intensify the story. I asked producer Kang Je-gyu why he cut out good parts of my acting. I almost held him by the collars (laughs)".
Actress Youn Yuh-jung said this when we asked her how she liked the movie. She played the role of Geum-nim in the movie "Salut D'Amour". She falls in late romance with the bad-tempered Seong-chil (Park Geun-hyung) living next door to her. There's a reason why she sees him and that's the twist. Youn Yuh-jung has a problem with Kang Je-gyu for cutting out her acting to intensify the twist,...More
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