Formerly known as "The Messenger"
A journalist gets an anonymous call which denounces that Dr. LEE, the world’s first stem-cell founder is involved in an illegal ovum purchase, and soon gets to know the tremendous truth hidden in his lab.
[Guest Film Review] "2 Doors" 2017/10/07,
The connection between politicians, the judiciary, the press, the police and the Capital (construction companies dealing with the redevelopment of various neighborhoods in this case), has been a major theme in Korean cinema the latest years, ranging from film likes "Whistle Blower" and "Haemoo" to "Asura: The City of Madness". "2 Doors" shows the reality of this concept in a thorough investigation of the 2009 Yongsan Tragedy,...More
[Guest Review] "Whistle Blower" 2016/09/10,
In my opinion, cinema owes to do much more than just stimulate the senses (in the case of art-house films) and/or entertain (in the case of mainstream films). I think that it should also deal realistically with subjects such as politics, history, corruption, and other issues that hold the public interest, outside of art. The fact is that the medium, usually reaches its apogee when technical prowess is combined with important, actual stories. In that aspect, the recent turn of S. Korean cinema towards similar subjects ("Inside Men", "Haemoo", "National Security" are just a few of the examples) is, definitely, a turn of the better. Furthermore, the public seems to respond, since most of these productions become commercial hits. "Whistle Blower" belongs to this tendency and is one of the finest samples,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.11.28 ~ 2014.11.30 2014/12/01,
"Interstellar" hangs on despite "Big Match"...
908K admissions was enough for the cosmic adventure epic "Interstellar" to secure its fourth week at the top of the table; an uncontested reign that has so far scored the film close to $60M (8.3M admissions) from Korean alone. Even after four straight weeks Nolan's sublime story has remained the undisputed favourite, and is now picking on "Miss Granny" (8.6M) to become the fourth highest-grossing film of the year,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.11.07 ~ 2014.11.09 2014/11/10, "Interstellar" arrives and conquers…
Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi event "Interstellar" absorbed 73.2% (1.6M admissions) of the box office pie over the weekend; the $165M delight was given 1,342 screens to pool from (more than double any other), and dominated from there. Last weekend's number one, David Flynn's "Gone Girl", retreated to third with just 147K (6.6%), while Oh Ki-hwan's "Fashion King - Movie" entered the fray in second (284K - 11.5%). "Gone Girl" was enjoying pole position prior to Nolan's masterpiece and Oh Ki-hwan's K-comedy, but even so the film has only amassed 1.5M admissions ($11.3M) since its release late October,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.10.31 ~ 2014.11.02 2014/11/03, "Gone Girl" stays put…
Last week's number one, David Fincher's "Gone Girl", retained the top spot during its second week out, only this weekend the victory was a little more convincing. Fincher's latest added another 452K admissions (34%) to bring its two-week total now to 1.2M ($9.1M). Its closest rival came again via Jang Jin's "We Are Brothers" (starring Cho Jin-woong and Kim Sung-kyun), which managed to register just over 243K (17%), but Jin's comedy drama still finds itself 200K short of that million milestone,...More
"Whistle Blower" on IPTV 2014/10/27, Source,
The movie "Whistle Blower" can now be seen on IPTV.
According to Megabox, "Whistle Blower" can now be seen on the entire IPTV platform (LG U+, KT Olleh TV, SK BTV, Digital Cable, KT Skylife and others). Not only that, it can also be seen on portal sites (Naver, Daum, Gom TV, Tving and others) and webhard mobiles (LG U+, HDTV, Google Play Store, Hoppin, T Store and others),...More
Whistle Blower (2014) 2014/10/04, Source, "Whistle Blower"
Running Time: 114 min.
Directed by: Yim Soon-rye
Starring: Park Hae-il, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Kyung-young
Synopsis: Lee Jang-hwan receives widespread acclaim and media attention after successfully cloning human embryo stem cells. A TV news program PD, Yoon Min-cheol, receives a phone call from an anonymous source who says he has worked with Dr. Lee on the stem cell project. The source blows the whistle on Lee's work, revealing how Lee fabricated research results and engaged in unethical practices,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.26 ~ 2014.09.28 2014/09/29, "The Maze Runner" remains unchallenged at the top…
Wes Ball's science fiction film "The Maze Runner" managed to remain Korea's top showing over the last week of September. Ball's adaptation has been a huge success, and has already grossed over $148m worldwide. The film's second weekend in Korea was less than stellar, but the 572K admissions (43%) it claimed was enough to secure its place at the top of pile,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/09/27, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Slow Video": A boy struggles to face the world due to his extreme visual acuity, but after 20 years of staying home watching dramas he finally decides to give the world another chance. (10/02)
★★★★ "Jungle Shuffle": A collaborative animation between Korea and Mexico that follows two best friends in the Lacedon jungle as they try to save a princess. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Scarlet Innocence": A married university professor is seduced then harassed by a fatale femme who threatens to derail his whole life. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Mizo": A sexually abused girl is dumped by her foster parents and then tracks down her biological father to punish him for abandoning her. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Whistle Blower": A journalist uncovers and blows the whistle on the illegal and deceitful happenings around Dr. Lee's stem-cell research. (10/02),...More
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