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[HanCinema's News] Handsome Male Leads Elevate "Extraordinary You"

2019/10/17 | Permalink

"Extraordinary You" featured a mild uptick in ratings this week, breaking 4% for the first time. However, the drama has been attracting buzz from a loyal subset of fans for its decidedly handsome male leads. Kim Young-dae, Jung Gun-joo, and Lee Jae-wook have all effectively served as shadows and foils for the actual lead character played by Rowoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Returns to South Korea Following Death of Sulli

2019/10/17 | Permalink

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On October 17th Goo Ha-ra returned to South Korea. The stated reason for her sudden return was to attend the memorial service of Sulli, who died on October 14th. She had been unable to attend the earlier funeral service owing to scheduling conflicts, having only managed to clear her schedule on the morning of October 17th...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ji-tae Selected as New Model for Educational Service

2019/10/17 | Permalink

The JTech educational brand has selected Yoo Ji-tae as its first advertising model for its FinUp service. The first part featuring the actor started airing on October 16th. Two more in the three part series will start airing on October 23rd...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Lies Within" Gains Momentum in Rebroadcasts

2019/10/17 | Permalink

"The Lies Within" was largely an unknown quantity when it first aired. The OCN drama centers around a detective who can't leave any death unnoticed. Lee Min-ki was cast in the lead role, and though the actor is well-known, viewers weren't sure how to place him in the style of a hard-boiled OCN detective serial...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah Appear With their Tamagotchis

2019/10/17 | Permalink

On October 17th the Instagram account for tvN dramas posted photos of its lead actors Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah of "Melting Me Softly" playing with their Tamagotchis...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Cancels Return Event Out of Respect for Sulli

2019/10/16 | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo has canceled a photocall event for the Han Jewelry brand that was scheduled for October 17th. The event was to be her first public one in South Korea since her high-profile divorce from actor Song Joong-ki four months ago...More

[HanCinema's News] Victoria Returns to South Korea for Sulli's Funeral

2019/10/16 | Permalink

Victoria's Instagram

Victoria has returned to South Korea. The actress and singer is still in the midst of filming a drama in China, but production has been suspended in light of Sulli's unexpected death. A Chinese entertainment news outlet reported that Victoria was told the news on set and broke out in tears, provoking serious concern from her co-stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Sulli's Past Comments at "Fashion King - Movie" Take on New Disturbing Context

2019/10/16 | Permalink

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Following peculiar comments by Ahn Jae-hyun on Instagram following news of Sulli's death, more interest has been drawn to the "Fashion King - Movie", in which they both appeared. Statements made in a press conference for the event some five years ago now come off as considerably more disturbing...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Tae-hee Confirms Receipt of Offer for Upcoming Drama "Hi Mom"

2019/10/16 | Permalink

On August 16th Kim Tae-hee's agency, Story J Entertainment, confirmed that the actress has received an offer to appear in the tvN drama "Hi Mom". Shortly a person connected with tvN confirmed that this was correct and expressed optimism as to the prospect of her acceptance...More

[HanCinema's News] G-Dragon Posts Photos of his Sister's Wedding

2019/10/16 | Permalink

Following the successful conclusion of his older sister's wedding to actor Kim Min-joon, G-Dragon posts photos of the nuptials to Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] "Catch the Ghost" Press Conference Pushed Back in the Wake of Sulli's Death

2019/10/15 | Permalink

On October 15th "Catch the Ghost" canceled its October 16th press conference for the drama. Now the press conference will be held on October 21st. The official reason given for the delay was to demonstrate compassion for an unfortunate situation, with a request for accomodation given the circumstances...More

[HanCinema's News] Wedding Dress for KangNam's Bride Unveiled

2019/10/15 | Permalink

On October 14th the SBS variety show 'Same Bed Different Dreams 2' released an episode dealing with KangNam and the former speed skater whom he is about to marry. Of particular interest in the program was a dress fitting scene where the two acquired the clothes they are to use for their special day...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun Express Condolences for Sulli's Death

2019/10/15 | Permalink

Among the earliest celebrities to offer an official response to Sulli's death were Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun. Though the couple are in the midst of a bitter divorce feud, both of them knew Sulli from the actress's work on "Fashion King - Movie", where she worked with Ahn Jae-hyun, and "Seodongyo", where she worked with Ku Hye-sun...More

[HanCinema's News] Olleh TV Finds Success With Screening South Korean Films

2019/10/15 | Permalink

A financial report from KT shows that the media group has found significant success by branding itself as a platform with strong access to South Korean films. Seventy of the top one hundred movies available on the platform are from South Korea, with "Extreme Job" holding the pole position with 550,000 requested screenings...More

[HanCinema's News] October Showing Potential as a Month for Comedy Films

2019/10/15 | Permalink

With "Crazy Romance" passing the two million viewer mark over the weekend comparisons have been made with last year's "Intimate Strangers", another comedy with a strong concept and well-known actors, but modest box office expectations. The movies have been tracking similarly, each having made the two million viewer benchmark at about the same time in their theatrical runs, after the second weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Appears on Variety TV Show

2019/10/14 | Permalink

Park Seo-joon recently appeared on the most recent episode of 'Three Meals a Day'. The variety show follows Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah, and Park So-dam as they make their own food in a mountain setting. Park Seo-joon was their fourth guest on the program...More

[HanCinema's News] Pyo Ye-jin Returns With "VIP"

2019/10/14 | Permalink

Pyo Ye-jin is making a comeback. The actress who first came to prominence in a supporting role in the popular drama "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" will soon be appearing in the highly anticipated drama "VIP" on October 28th starring Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon...More

[HanCinema's News] "Melting Me Softly" Character Correlation Chart

2019/10/14 | Permalink

As interest rises in "Melting Me Softly" so too has focus been put on the drama's character correlation chart. The drama's relationships are actually fairly simple to keep track of, as the story deals with relationships between a fairly limited set of cast members...More

[HanCinema's News] "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" Competes with "The Lies Within"

2019/10/14 | Permalink

On the weekends "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" and "The Lies Within" have attracted attention for being dramas with a similar concept of being cable dramas with an action driven premise airing on the same night. The generally niche genre of such shows has finally proven lucrative enough for OCN that another network, TV Chosun, has tried to get in on the action...More

[HanCinema's News] Busan International Film Festival Comes to An End

2019/10/14 | Permalink

At this year's Busan International Film Festival 299 films appeared from 88 countries. 145 of these movies were international premieres. While BIFF has improved its quality of film, admissions are down slightly from last year. 2018 had 195,081 admissions while 2019 had 189,916 admissions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Crazy Romance"

2019/10/12 | Permalink

The original Korean title of "Crazy Romance" actually literally translates as the most ordinary romance. The statement is one of dark irony, because "Crazy Romance" is an equally accurate title. Soon-yeong (played by Gong Hyo-jin) is a woman who has chosen a life of romantic cynicism. Jae-hoon (played by Kim Rae-won) has had romantic cynicism thrust upon him. Together, they get very drunk, not because they are looking for a romantic partner, but as a humorous coping mechanism for their real world problems...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Free My Soul, Free My Song"

2019/10/12 | Permalink

People in the media in general tend to be loud and outspoken, but we all know that introverted people do indeed exist. "Free My Soul, Free My Song" is an interesting documentary because it's about a very introverted, very shy young woman who would normally never be the topic of a feature length. On the face of it there's nothing all that remarkable about Ji-hee's quest to become a world class acoustic guitar player- save for the fact that she is mentally challenged...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Gingko Bed" + Full Movie

2019/10/12 | Permalink

Considered one of the first Korean films to implement special effects in a way that added to its value, "The Gingko Bed" is also story of eternal love that suffers, however, from a rather faulty narrative...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Go Soo, Lee Sung-Min and Shim Eun-kyung Cast in TvN's "Money Game"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

If you're a glutton for punishment and don't have enough economic insecurity and anxiety in your life, tvN's got you covered with "Money Game". The upcoming financial suspense series has confirmed its casting of Go Soo, Lee Sung-min and Shim Eun-kyung, clearly going for that sweet Chungmuro appeal to torment us with...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung Opens up About "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

In a recent interview Shin Se-kyung has opened up about her recent role on "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung". While much was made of the drama's feminist premise, Shin Se-kyung talked about how she was drawn to the role by its exploration of a woman at a crossroads in life. Shin Se-kyung will soon be entering her thirties, after all, and much like the character she plays, wants to be remembered as something besides a cute face...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ki-woong Opens up About "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

Park Ki-woong has long been a veteran of the South Korean entertainment industry. Having had roles in "Bridal Mask", "Monster - 2016" and "Return", his latest appearance was in the drama "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", where he played a prince. Following the end of the drama, Park Ki-woong has spoken more frankly about this role...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin's Legs Come Under Fire in "Crazy Romance" Poster

2019/10/11 | Permalink

In the wake of its unexpected box office success, "Crazy Romance" has come under fire for the image presented in the main theatrical poster. Specifically, Gong Hyo-jin's legs are portrayed as being longer than those of the actual actress. Official representatices from "Crazy Romance" have insisted the image was not touched up...More

[HanCinema's News] The Origin of Gong Hyo-jin's Character Name in "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

"When the Camellia Blooms" has been a huge success on South Korean television hitting ratings upward of 14%. Though many factors are responsible for this, a subtler one is the unusual name of its main character. Dong-baek, who is played by Gong Hyo-jin, literally translates as Camellia. But why is the lead character of this aggressive romance named after the flower?...More

[HanCinema's News] "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" Latest Adaptation of Best Selling Novel

2019/10/11 | Permalink

"KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" opens on October 23rd and will be the first South Korean film in some time to be based off of a best-selling novel. Surprisingly few South Korean films are based off of novels, as popular novels in the country have not always had a storytelling style that can be easily translated to screen...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Hits 1.5 Million Viewers

2019/10/10 | Permalink

On October 9th "Crazy Romance" passed 1.5 million viewers at the domestic South Korean box office. The film is in an excellent position to challenge the current record set by "Architecture 101" of over 4 million viewers for a romantic genre film, as competition has remained weak over the one-off Hangeul Day holiday on October 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yo-won Acknowledges Coffee Car

2019/10/10 | Permalink

Fresh off of a focus on her long-time married life, Lee Yo-won has posted a thankful acknowledgment to Instagram for a coffee car sent to her by fans...More

[HanCinema's News] CGV Starts Film Festival in Indonesia

2019/10/10 | Permalink

From October 10th to October 13th CJ is holding its tenth annual Korea Indonesia Film Festival. The film festival will take place in five different regions and Kang So-ra will be on hand throughout to promote the film festival personally...More

[HanCinema's News] Kangnam and his Bride to Honeymoon in the Maldives

2019/10/10 | Permalink

Following reports that KangNam is to marry his girlfriend, speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, the couple appears set to honeymoon in the Maldives. The vacation will take place after the couple is married on October 12th at an unnamed hotel in Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] Speculation Brews About Whether Stephanie Has a Boyfriend

2019/10/10 | Permalink

Stephanie's Instagram

Stephanie has speaking about the kind of men she dislikes has been gaining attention. Specifically, Stephanie said that she doesn't like men who make jokes too easily. Stephanie described between six or seven men as having approached her romantically in such a way...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Rights Sold to Twenty Two Countries

2019/10/08 | Permalink

"Crazy Romance" entered the South Korean box office with modest expectations, as was to be expected with a romantic comedy from a first time director opening against a major Hollywood superhero film. But after the movie's surprise million admissions weekend sales, international rights quickly became a hot commodity...More

[HanCinema's News] CGV to Screen Classic South Korean Films Through October 27th.

2019/10/08 | Permalink

In recognition of the one hundreth anniversary of South Korea's film industry, CGV will be running screenings from October 14th to October 27th of various classic South Korean films. However, the films in question will skew toward more recent releases, namely major box office performers of recent years, and some of the more well-known titles from the Hallyu Wave period of the late nineties and early two thousands...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Geun-suk's Fan Club Donated Twenty Five Thousand Dollars to Charity

2019/10/08 | Permalink

Back in August, actor Jang Geun-seuk had his thirty-second birthday. Jang Geun-suk's fan club, Cri J, began a donation drive at that time, and on October 7th finished the drive and made a donation of $25,000 in Jang Geun-suk's name to charity...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yo-won Has a Love Story and a Beautiful House

2019/10/08 | Permalink

With her recent reappearance in "The Running Mates: Human Rights" more attention has been focused on Lee Yo-won's personal life. The actress has been married since 2003 and the entertainment news program 'Section TV' recently ran a segment on Lee Yo-won and her husband...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Hae-in Has Been Keeping Busy

2019/10/08 | Permalink

Actor Jung Hae-in has been back in the spotlight lately, as he walked the red carpet at the Busan International Film Festival on October 3rd. He came to the festival because it was screening his recent film "Tune in for Love", where Jung Hae-in co-starred with Kim Go-eun as a couple who keeps getting separated by time and tide...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Stars Visit Seoul Theaters Over the Weekend

2019/10/07 | Permalink

The stars of "Crazy Romance" made a point of doing special theater visits over the weekend to meet with fans. Though "Crazy Romance" failed to top the box office, it nonetheless managed to hit over a million viewers in five days, as the movie received plaudits for its blunt and decidedly unromantic portrayal of a romantic relationship...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Makes First Social Media Post in Four Months

2019/10/07 | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo recently made her first Instagram post since June. Though the post just consists of a fashion pictorial, it is noteworthy for being the first post Song Hye-kyo has made to the social media platform since the high profile announcement of her divorce from actor Song Joong-ki, who she met while filming "Descendants of the Sun" back in 2015...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Appears on Variety Show 'Laborhood on Hire'

2019/10/07 | Permalink

"Melting Me Softly" co-stars Ji Chang-wook and and Im Won-hee recently made an appearance on the variety show 'Laborhood on Hire'. The show stars comedian Yoo Jae-suk in the leading role as he takes celebrity guests to understaffed jobs and they all work together for the day getting the job done. In the latest edition the three actors worked at a sea salt farm...More

[HanCinema's News] "Melting Me Softly" Captures Attention for Nineties Hairstyles

2019/10/07 | Permalink

Fans of the ongoing tvN drama "Melting Me Softly" have taken note of the drama's surprisingly earnest attention to period fashion. The main characters of "Melting Me Softly" were frozen for twenty years, and portions of the drama taking place in the past day have shown strong fidelity to the fashion of 1999...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Reappears at Japanese Fashion Show

2019/10/07 | Permalink

Goo Ha-ra has been scarce in the South Korean market since earlier this year, following a series of unfortunate events stemming from an ex-boyfriend's attempts to blackmail her. Having departed for Japan, Goo Ha-ra has started working again and even signed contracts in the Japanese market. Now, she is posting content to Instagram detailing her appearances...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Villagers"

2019/10/05 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "The Villagers" we see Gi-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) forced into a change of careers for breaking the rules. In one of the movie's more interesting dramatic flourishes, Gi-cheol is not played from that point forward as a renegade. To the contrary, Gi-cheol is surprisingly passive. He does get provoked into investigating a missing persons case because high school student Yoo-jin (played by Kim Sae-ron) has been aggressively putting out flyers. But even then, Gi-cheol is subdued...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Behind the Dark Night"

2019/10/05 | Permalink

Some particularly nerdy and socially awkward college students will look at superhero flicks and think that such movies represent the full range of cinematic expression. "Behind the Dark Night" is a mockumentary that takes a look at some such students and their quest that goes on for years to bring their epic vision to life. This, even as some members of the project realize that their derivative fan film is a stupid idea and just leave...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "DMZ: Reload"

2019/10/05 | Permalink

Oh In-chun seems to experience an utterly creative phase during the latest years, since he turns up movies every few months. "The DMZ" despite its no-budget nature was one of the best, and now Oh returns with a kind of a sequel, in the same style but also quite different, both regarding the story and the narrative approach, which is more intricate...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hye-yoon Marks An Image Change With "Extraordinary You"

2019/10/04 | Permalink

Kim Hye-yoon's Instagram

Kim Hye-yoon was one of many actresses to have received a visible career boost from her appearance in "SKY Castle" earlier this year. However, the actress is already working to distinguish herself from that role with her newfound prominence as the lead in the currently airing drama "Extraordinary You"...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Seon-mi Talks About "Hotel by the River"

2019/10/04 | Permalink

On October 4th the Busan International Film Festival held one of its first guest visits for the most recent release from director Hong Sang-soo, "Hotel by the River"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lead Actors and Director of "Exit - Movie" Do Open Talk at BIFF

2019/10/04 | Permalink

On October 4th writer/director Lee Sang-geun and lead actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona participated in an Open Talk at the Busan International Film Festival for their film "Exit - Movie". The film opened in July at the South Korean box office and went on to earn 9.4 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Oh Yeon-seo Photos Come to Light

2019/10/04 | Permalink

With the release of "Defective People" next month more interest is coming to Oh Yeon-seo. On the Mnet program TMI News, the actress made a surprise appearance in the form of being an actress who used to be a singer in the group LUV back when she was still a teenager. The group LUV only lasted long enough for one album...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Ji-hyun's Marriage Comes into Focus With her Return

2019/10/04 | Permalink

With her special appearance in "Vagabond" and increasing presence on the advertising circuit Jun Ji-hyun appears to be hinting at a return to acting work. This has naturally increased interest in her husband, a man who is not an actor, and whose marriage is the chief reason why Jun Ji-hyun has taken a break so as to have children...More

[HanCinema's News] The Stars and Director of "Exit - Movie" Take to the BIFF Red Carpet

2019/10/03 | Permalink

The Busan International Film Festival kicked off on October 3rd. As was expected, actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona of the hit film "Exit - Movie" were there, as well as writer/director Lee Sang-eun. South Korean media was on the scene to cover the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Differing Surnames Beg Questions of Ha Jung-woo and Cha Hyun-woo

2019/10/03 | Permalink

With the fraternal relationship between Ha Jung-woo and Cha Hyun-woo back in the news, the question is naturally begged - why do the two brothers have different surnames? Both are the children of veteran actor Kim Yong-gun. Old footage from a talk show in 2009 sheds some light on the situation...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-eon's Opening Remarks at BIFF

2019/10/03 | Permalink

At the opening ceremony for the Busan International Film Festival actor Lee Si-eon had some choice remarks for the city as a waypoint for film professionals...More

[HanCinema's News] Rowoon's Comments on "Extraordinary You"

2019/10/03 | Permalink

"Extraordinary You" has experienced a spike in interest since it first started airing, though the drama had been fairly low profile up until that point. Consequently, the comments of the male star Rowoon at the drama's October 2nd press conference have come under closer scrutiny...More

[HanCinema's News] New Yum Hye-ran Stills Released for "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/10/03 | Permalink

"When the Camellia Blooms" has released new stills for supporting actress Yum Hye-ran. Though Yum Hye-ran is forty three years old the stills somewhat surprisingly depict her wearing a school uniform. The scene being referenced is a flashback depicting the past encounters of present day encounters...More

[HanCinema's News] "Man of Men" Comedy Genre Film in South Korean Market

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Following the success of movies like "Extreme Job" and "Exit - Movie" the South Korean box office has seen a sudden shift to genre comedies. "Man of Men" is the latest film to follow up on this trend, banking on its lively characters and premise to find success at the box office...More

[HanCinema's News] "Moonlit Winter" Follows up South Korean Melodrama Trend of Memories

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Kim Hee-ae is coming back in November with the new melodrama "Moonlit Winter". The movie is looking to follow up on the themes from other recent melodramas like "Be with You" and "Tune in for Love", as its lead characters set off in search for lost memories related to her first love...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Gye-soo Relates Ha Jung-woo Anecdote Regarding "The Handmaiden"

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Director Jeon Gye-soo and actress Chun Woo-hee have been making the rounds in the media to promote their upcoming film "Vertigo", a romantic melodrama about a woman who's scared of heights and a man who obsessively climbs buildings. On the SBS radio program 'Cinetown' Jeon Gye-soo talked about an odd encounter he had with Park Chan-wook and Ha Jung-woo...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Hyun-woo and Hwang Bo-ra Maintain a Low Profile

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Hwang Bo-ra has been attracting attention lately for her low-key, but important role in the currently airing drama "Vagabond". Because the drama is preproduced she is free to maintain a low profile - as was noticed when she posted a picture of herself on Instagram with a baby...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Jung-hee Surprises Fans With Dog Obsession

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Moon Jung-hee is not particularly well-known in the South Korean entertainment industry. However, interest in the actress has spiked thanks to her distinctive appearance on "Vagabond"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Jung-suk and his Wife Gummy to Celebrate their First Year Wedding Anniversary

2019/10/01 | Permalink

In a year that has been dominated by acrimonious news about celebrity couples gone awry, Jo Jung-suk and his wife Gummy are soon to celebrate their first year wedding anniversary. The two had been dating for five years before getting married in a private ceremony last year on October 8th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Yoo-mi Cancels Contract With DHCKorea Over Comfort Woman Issue

2019/10/01 | Permalink

On October 1st Jung Yoo-mi announced through her agency, Ace Factory, that she was canceling her current contract as an advertising model for DHCKorea and returning all outstanding money she had already been paid earlier in the contract period...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Tale of Nokdu" Breaks Three Year Slump for KBS on Mondays and Tuesdays

2019/10/01 | Permalink

While the drama is far more being finished, "The Tale of Nokdu" has had a strong opening week with its first two nights of programming, having achieved ratings ranging from 6-8%. The last drama to have gotten ratings this high for KBS in the late Monday/Tuesday timeslot was "The Man In My House" back in 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Sees Lee Hong-ki Off for his Mandatory Military Service

2019/10/01 | Permalink

On September 29th Park Shin-hye made a post on Instagram commemorating FT Island member Lee Hong-ki, who has become the first member of that group to begin his mandatory military service...More

[HanCinema's News] Sojin Cast for "Stove League"

2019/10/01 | Permalink

Sojin of the musical groups Girl's Day has been cast for the upcoming drama "Stove League", which stars Namgoong Min in the leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] Minho Fails to Hit Heights Reach by Yoona

2019/09/30 | Permalink

Following the massive success of "Exit - Movie" this summer, and the legitimacy it granted Yoona as an actress, there was much interest in "The Battle of Jangsari", about whether that movie would prove to be a similar success for Minho. While "The Battle of Jangsari" did win the overall box office over the weekend, it did not break a million viewers and is unlikely to set a similarly strong precedent...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sang-yeob Discussed "The Day I Died" With Kim Hye-soo

2019/09/30 | Permalink

On the latest episode of the South Korean variety show 'My Little Old Boy' Lee Sang-yeob talked about "The Day I Died". According to Lee Sang-yeob, filming for the film has already started and he has been working on set with his co-star, Kim Hye-soo...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Battle of Jangsari" Tops Weekend Box Office

2019/09/30 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council "The Battle of Jangsari" won last weekend's competition at the box office. The war movie earned 689,686 admissions. This puts it significantly ahead of "By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" with 275,680 admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Ji-ho Talks About his Family and "Rainbow Playground"

2019/09/30 | Permalink

Actor Oh Ji-ho recently appeared on the morning radio program 'Park Seon-young's Cine Town' to discuss his latest movie. He describes his interest in "Rainbow Playground" as stemming from having children. Though Oh Ji-ho has said he used to be averse to public spaces with people, thanks to his children, now he seeks them out...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-hyun Appears at Press Event for "The Tale of Nokdu"

2019/09/30 | Permalink

On September 30th the cast and crew of "The Tale of Nokdu" appeared at a press event in Seoul to talk about the drama. South Korean media was on the scene to document the event, in particular the fetching blue outfit worn by lead actress Kim So-hyun...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos"

2019/09/28 | Permalink

The title of "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" is somewhat misleading. Without a doubt, the four principal characters are all extremely dangerous people who strike fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere. But in person, they're oddly aloof and charming. Woong-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) likes to sew. Goo-tak (played by Kim Sang-joong) exudes a fatherly air over the team. No-soon (played by Kim Ah-joong) has great social skills, which she mostly uses for scams. While Yoo-seong (played by Jang Ki-yong) likes to fight, even he can tell when he's outgunned...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Sea of Itami Jun"

2019/09/28 | Permalink

Itami Jun was a Japanese architect. Curiously enough, the place where his work is best known is South Korea, or at least, that's where you're most likely to find examples of his work. "The Sea of Itami Jun" is a documentary that goes over why that is. Even though Itami Jun was a bit of an eccentric, going so far as get a South Korean passport when he's not even fluent in the local language, director Jung Da-woon does not look at his life through a nationalist lens, but rather an architectural one...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Fearless and Vulnerable"

2019/09/28 | Permalink

It is always a bit strange to watch a film after you have met the director, and this is what happened to me in the case of Jeon Sungyeon and "The Fearless and Vulnerable". Fortunately, the documentary is quite interesting and so I did not have to slam a person I ended up liking. Let us see what the film is about though...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2" Reveals Familiar and New Faces

2019/09/27 | Permalink

Drama fans rejoice, as we get some happy casting returns for "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Season 2", pushing one major multi-season worry out of the way. While not everyone makes a return, there are enough new faces and stories to hopefully make up for that...More

[HanCinema's News] Major Productions Dominated by Singers Turned Actors

2019/09/27 | Permalink

Once in the South Korean market the notion that singers could become actors was treated with open disdain. But lately idols best known for their musical careers have been making progressively more convincing forays into acting. "Vagabond" is headlined by two such performers - Lee Seung-gi and Suzy were both famous as singers before they started doing high profile acting roles...More

[HanCinema's News] SonFeya Expresses Condolences for Song Young-hak's Death

2019/09/27 | Permalink

On September 26th SonFeya posted a comment on her Facebook page in response to Song Young-hak's death. The comment describes Song Young-hak as being like an older brother to her, and makes reference to their meeting together earlier this year to appear in a short film. During that time they had discussed meeting together in the Hongdae University area in the future...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ji-hoon-I and Oh Na-ra Radiate Chemistry in "9.9 Billion Woman"

2019/09/27 | Permalink

On September 25th Oh Na-ra posted a picture of herself to Instagram with her "9.9 Billion Woman" co-star Lee Ji-hoon-I. The location of the picture is unclear, but it appears to be a shooting location for the drama. The two of them stand out as a surprisingly cute couple despite the sizable age difference between them...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi Appears at Fan Signing Event

2019/09/27 | Permalink

On September 26th Lee Seung-gi appeared at a fan signing event at the Lohbs Beauty Lab in the Itaewon district of Seoul. He was there because of his contract as a model with the brand Leaders Cosmetic...More

[HanCinema's News] Baek Ji-won Attracting Attention in "Miss Lee"

2019/09/27 | Permalink

"Miss Lee" has been one of the more low-profile dramas of the current season. The drama's only real star of note is "Hyeri", who has long been criticized for a perceived lack of talent. However, the drama has been promoting itself more on uniqueness of concept than star popularity, purporting to show off a realistic working environment...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ha-na Sends Out Birthday Greeting

2019/09/26 | Permalink

On September 23rd Lee Ha-na made an Instagram post commemorating her birthday...More

[HanCinema's News] "Sorikkun" Begins Filming

2019/09/26 | Permalink

On September 26th "Sorikkun" released footage of the cast and crew first meeting each other at a special introductory event on September 17th. The event was held in anticipation of September 23rd, the day the Joseon era musical film started filming. The historical drama stars Lee Yoo-ri, Kim Dong-hwan, and Kim Min-joon in the leading roles as persons associated with traditional pansori music...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo to Linger in New York

2019/09/26 | Permalink

On September 7th Song Hye-kyo was confirmed to have appeared at a fashion show event in New York City. Now a new report from the Hong Kong periodical Apple Daily suggests that Song will be staying in the city to take a short-term art course...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Hee-seo Cast for "Deliver Us From Evil"

2019/09/26 | Permalink

"Deliver Us From Evil" has confirmed that actress Choi Hee-seo will be joining the cast. The news come just ahead of the domestic premiere of her leading role in the independent film "Our Body", which deals with a woman struggling to get a decent job who becomes fascinated by the apparently calming nature of jogging as a hobby...More

[HanCinema's News] "Rainbow Playground" Holds Press Conference

2019/09/26 | Permalink

Ahead of its October 9th release date "Rainbow Playground held a press conference on September 25th. Still images released alongside the event have given a clearer idea as to the movie's tone. The story centers around Oh Ji-ho's character as he gets entangled in episodic encounters with the denizens of a peculiar neighborhood...More

[HanCinema's News] Husband and Wife Jin Seon-kyu and Park Bo-kyung Talk About Acting

2019/09/25 | Permalink

An interview with husband-and-wife actors Jin Seon-kyu and Park Bo-kyung has attracted interest for its frank discussion of their attempts to balance family life with their careers. While Jin Seok-kyu is the more famous of the two, Park Bo-kyung has described herself as having a powerful hunger for the stage. After taking a break following the birth of their first child, she was determined to appear in at least one project before the birth of their second...More

[HanCinema's News] Digital Idea Returns With "Vagabond"

2019/09/25 | Permalink

While "Hotel Del Luna" had many popular elements bolstering its popularity, one of the easier ones to overlook were the drama's special effects, which convincingly came together to form a portrait of a purgatorial dream world. Digital Idea, the VFX company behind "Hotel Del Luna", now has another chance to shine with the premiere of "Vagabond"...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Jong-hyun Stills Keeps in Touch With his Co-stars From "The King Loves"

2019/09/25 | Permalink

In an interview on September 24th actor Hong Jong-hyun confirmed that he keeps contact with his co-stars from the 2017 historical drama "The King Loves", Im Si-wan and Yoona. In the drama the three actors formed a love triangle, where Hong Jong-hyun and Im Si-wan played members of the Goryeo royal family while Yoona was the daughter of a family stuck in political conflict with them...More

[HanCinema's News] Newer Directors Popular in South Korean Film This Year

2019/09/25 | Permalink

Lee Sang-geun was an unknown quantity when he made "Exit - Movie". Indeed, the director's relative inexperience was considered a strike against the movie's prospects before its release. But having easily risen to become the top-performing movie of the summer season, so too has Lee Sang-geun improved his profile...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung in-sun's Childhood Photos Revealed

2019/09/25 | Permalink

While Jung In-sun is best known for her recent appearance in the lead role of "Terius Behind Me", the actress has a surprisingly long pedigree in the South Korean entertainment industry. Recently, photos have been spread of her brief role in the famed serial killer investigation flick "Memories of Murder", where she appears as the girl in the ending...More

[HanCinema's News] New Megabox Opens in Hongdae

2019/09/24 | Permalink

A new movie theater has opened in the Hongdae district of Seoul. Hongdae is already home to a CGV, a Lotte Cinema, as well as an independent movie theater at the KT&G Sangsangmadang Complex, but the new theater is Megabox branded. It has five theaters and 726 seats...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Rae-won Talks About Fishing and Jo in-sung

2019/09/24 | Permalink

On the latest episode of 'Please Take Care of My Refrigerator' Kang Ki-young made some surprising comments about his "Crazy Romance" co-star Kim Rae-won, saying that Kim Rae-won could have a girlfriend if he didn't go fishing so often. When Kim Sung-joo asked Kim Rae-won who he went fishing with, Kim Rae-won replied that he had gone on trips with the actor Choi Jae-hwan as well as other celebrities...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Yi Okseop of "Maggie" Thanks Moon So-ri for her Encouragement

2019/09/24 | Permalink

Director Yi Okseop has been making the rounds in anticipation of her upcoming film "Maggie", which stars Moon So-ri in a major role. Yi Okseop has had many praising words for the older woman, describing her as a pillar that helped keep the production together...More

[HanCinema's News] Women Directors Gaining Prominence in South Korean Independent Films

2019/09/24 | Permalink

August saw two major successes in South Korean independent film with "The House of Us" and "House of Hummingbird". The first has grossed over fifty thousand admissions and the second is set to break one hundred thousand this weekend. But aside from being popular in their own right, both films are noteworthy for having been directed by women, who have long had more difficulty than men in getting their films made, even on the independent film circuit...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin Appear in "Crazy Romance"

2019/09/24 | Permalink

A press conference was held on September 24th for the upcoming movie "Crazy Romance". South Korea media was on the scene to take photos of lead actors Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin as well as director Kim Han-gyul...More

[HanCinema's News] Comedies Strong Predictors of Box Office Success This Year

2019/09/23 | Permalink

In retrospect, the best predictor for the current trend in successful South Korean movies was "Intimate Strangers" from last October. That adaptation of an Italian film had a strong cast, but little obvious frills. The story takes place during a dinner party and the tone is generally comedic with moments of drama thrown in. The movie needed 1.8 million admissions to break even, but ended up leaving the box office with over 5.2 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] TvN Considering Second Season of "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/09/23 | Permalink

Following the conclusion of "Arthdal Chronicles" on September 22nd fans took to the Internet speculating about the drama earning a second season. Afterward, tvN responded to these queries with a statement saying that they were considering ordering another season. They mentioned that this had been in consideration from the beginning of production and that they were planning on issuing a decision soon...More

[HanCinema's News] "Leverage: High Control Fraud Operation" Prepares for Release

2019/09/23 | Permalink

"Leverage: High Control Fraud Operation" is nearing its release. The new TV Chosun drama is based off of the American cable drama of the same name and deals with a team of scam artists. This is the first new TV Chosun drama since the conclusion of "Joseon Survival", which ended in embarrassment when Kang Ji-hwan was arrested for sexually assaulting other persons relevant to the production...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Behind the Scenes Stills

2019/09/23 | Permalink

On September 23rd "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" released behind the scenes photo stills of the movie's filming. This follows the film's second straight week atop the South Korean box office...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Leads at South Korean Box Office

2019/09/23 | Permalink

On September 23rd the Korean Film Council released figures for the weekend box office. "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" was once again on top of the charts with a total of over 3.9 million credited admissions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tazza: One Eyed Jack"

2019/09/21 | Permalink

Il-chool (played by Park Jung-min) is a young man who's obsessed with the game of poker. For good reason- he's pretty good at it and makes decent money there. At the very least, he can hustle a small table of other players. In the most striking scene of "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" we see Il-chool in a crowded study hall struggling to concentrate on the extremely boring lecture to help him ace an equally boring test because the poker chips of fantasy are just too alluring...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Life is a Dream We'll Wake up and Scream"

2019/09/21 | Permalink

Director Jeremy Joey first started filming "Life is a Dream We'll Wake up and Scream" back in 2012. He wanted a comprehensive look at the indie rock scene in the Hongdae district of Seoul by marking the journey of three bands trying to turn their passion into a profession. Though two of the three bands were successful, the documentary is bittersweet. In 2018 band members can be seen discussing an independent South Korean music scene that's not what it once was...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Wall"

2019/09/21 | Permalink

This film was a strange watch for me, since a few days before I had watched "Alpinist: Confession of a Cameraman", Lim Il-jin's last film, that recorded, among others, the expedition that ended with the death of the director in 2018. Thus, watching a man I knew was dead, recording the climbing of the rugged Canadian bigwall, 'Bugaboo', became part of the review, making me feel a ritualistic sentiment, as I was writing this text. Let us see what "The Wall" is about, though...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" and "Graceful Family" Top Domestic Video on Demand Charts

2019/09/20 | Permalink

The latest Video On Demand performance charts have been released for the second week of September, on September 20th. The highest requested movie during this time period was "Exit - Movie", while the most requested drama was "Graceful Family"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seong-ho and Kim Joo-ri Selected Set to Lead Opening Ceremony for Seoul International Archiecture Film Festival

2019/09/20 | Permalink

Director Kim Seong-ho and actress Kim Joo-ri have been chosen to lead the opening ceremony for the 11th annual Seoul International Architecture Film Festival. Director Kim Seong-ho is a more intuitive choice for the job than he might seem at first glance...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun's Upscale Apartment Put up for Public Auction

2019/09/20 | Permalink

On September 20th the Korean Asset Manager Corporation (KAMCO) announced that it was putting an upscale apartment in the Samsung district of Seoul up for auction from September 23rd to 25th. What's notable about the property is that the address, Samsung Terrace unit 1302, is the residence of actor Park Yoo-chun...More

[HanCinema's News] "Melting Me Softly" Holds Press Conference

2019/09/20 | Permalink

On September 20th at the Imperial Palace in Seoul a press conference was held for the upcoming drama "Melting Me Softly", which is the comeback project for Ji Chang-wook following his two years of mandatory military service. South Korean news services were on the scene to take photos of the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Byeong-gyu to Appear With Namgoong Min in "Stove League"

2019/09/20 | Permalink

"Stove League" has confirmed that Jo Byeong-gyu will be appearing in the drama. Little is known about the project except that Namgoong Min will play the main role as a leader who takes control of a struggling team...More

[HanCinema's News] CJ Continues 2019 Box Office Dominance with "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos"

2019/09/19 | Permalink

With "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" CJ continues to show a surprisingly strong hold on the South Korean domestic box office. In addition to having the only two domestic ten million viewer hits of the year with "Extreme Job" and "Parasite", they also won the big summer blockbuster competition with "Exit - Movie" and have now with "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" also won Korean Thanksgiving weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si's Career Is on An Upswing

2019/09/19 | Permalink

Go Min-si has been making rapid progress as a supporting name in dramas. Since her debut in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" in 2017 she has alternated between minor roles and significant supporting roles in a large number of projects, even having a turn as the narrator in the recent major film "The Battle: Roar to Victory". She was the second lead in "Hundred Million Stars from the Sky" and how has a comparably important role in "Secret Boutique", her first on a broadcast network drama...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Camellia Blooms" Character Correlation Chart

2019/09/19 | Permalink

KBS has released a character correlation chart to help keep track of the many people in its latest drama, "When the Camellia Blooms". The design of the chart is simpler and cuter than usual. Much of this has to do with the relatively small core cast and how most of them only have relationships with the lead characters and not each other...More

[HanCinema's News] New Drama Season Features Many Reunited Couples

2019/09/19 | Permalink

Many of the major dramas of the new season feature pairings that have already been seen before. For the extremely ambitious spy thriller "Vagabond" Lee Seung-gi and and Suzy were brought back together from their appearance in the 2013 fantasy historical drama "Gu Family Book". Much has changed since then - Suzy in particular has aged from a teenage singer to a young woman who is making a conscious effort to transition into being a serious actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Political Dramas Push Back Against Negative Perception of Politicians

2019/09/19 | Permalink

Politically themed dramas have long been seen as risky in the South Korean market. Politicians are not popular in the country and going into any degree of speficity about the beliefs of fictional characters is a sure fire way to anger those who identify against such beliefs. Recent political dramas, however, have been bolder about tackling real-life issues and have done reasonably well as a result...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Breaks Three Million in Seven Days

2019/09/18 | Permalink

After it's first seven days in the box office "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos has cracked the three million viewer mark, emerging as the clear winner of the Korean Thanksgiving weekend. Its current speed is comparable to "The Face Reader" and "The Fortress", the two histrorically highest performing movies on the Korean Thanksgiving weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young, Yoona, and Lee Jung-eun to Appear at 2019 Asia Artist Awards in Vietnam

2019/09/18 | Permalink

The Asia Artist Awards are going to be held in Hanoi on November 26th. Three major South Korean actresses have been confirmed to be attending the event, suggesting that there is a high chance they will be honored for their achievements there...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun to Pay Settlement to 2016 Accuser

2019/09/18 | Permalink

While Park Yoo-chun has most spectacularly been in the news for his arrest on criminal narcotics charges other cases against the disgraced actor have remained pending. While Park Yoo-chun was cleared in criminal court in regards to rape charges against his second accuser for an incident in December of 2015 back in June of 2016, charges in civil court have been outstanding and only recently resolved...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Returns With "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/09/18 | Permalink

Kang Ha-neul has long had a career in the South Korean entertainment industry. As a child he appeared with his father on a singing contest show, winning for three straight weeks. As a teenager he appeared in the starring role in a musical about Korean inventor Jang Yeong Sil. From there he moved on to films and dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Jang Hang-jun Talks About Wife Kim Eun-hee-I on 'Radio Star'

2019/09/18 | Permalink

Director Jang Hang-jun appeared on the most recent episode of the variety talk show 'Radio Star' as a guest. On the show he talked about his wife, screenwriter Kim Eun-hee-I, and how he has had to take the lead on housework lately because she's been exhausted from working on "Kingdom - Season 2"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Rainbow Playground" Set to Go after Same Audience as "Extreme Job" and "Exit - Movie"

2019/09/17 | Permalink

The best performing domestic releases in South Korea this year have all been comedies with a twist. In "Extreme Job" the twist was the absurd premise of police officers running a drug investigation operation out of a fried chicken restaurant. With "Parasite" the twist was layered inside the weird artistically styled class commentary. "Exit - Movie" was simply a disaster movie that put humor first. "Rainbow Playground" is primed for a similar market...More

[HanCinema's News] First Script Reading Held for "The King: Forever Sovereign"

2019/09/17 | Permalink

The production company behind "The King: Forever Sovereign" has confirmed that script readings for the highly anticipated drama were held on September 17th. Director Baek Sang-hoon, scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook, and actors Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Lee Jung-jin, Kim Kyung-nam-II, and Jung Eun-chae have all been confirmed to be in attendance...More

[HanCinema's News] ArtistCompany Opens YouTube Channel

2019/09/17 | Permalink

On September 16th the agency ArtistCompany opened up a new YouTube channel. Since then various performers involved with ArtistCompany, including Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, and Yum Jung-ah have promoted the new form of social media outreach...More

[HanCinema's News] "Vagabond" Follows up "Arthdal Chronicles" as High-Priced Preproduction

2019/09/17 | Permalink

As "Arthdal Chronicles" has struggled to exceed ratings above 8%, the forty five million dollar drama has set a poor precedent for the next major preproduction, "Vagabond". However, "Vagabond", with only about a twenty million dollar budget in comparison, does have a few more factors working in its favor...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Ji Reveals Pre Surgery Photo of Herself

2019/09/17 | Permalink

Shin Ji has posted an old picture of herself to Instagram. The picture, taken from before Shin Ji was well known, shows how the woman looked before her double eyelid surgery - the appearance for which she is best known...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Triumphs at Box Office

2019/09/16 | Permalink

"The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" had a huge weekend, as strong word-of-mouth pushed the movie into first place, with a final total of 2.67 million overall admissions. "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" had 1.68 million admissions by comparison. However, going into the weekend, both movies had about the same admissions - 700,000. The million admission difference came over Saturday and Sunday...More

[HanCinema's News] Wang Ji-hye Set to Get Married

2019/09/16 | Permalink

Wang Ji-hye is getting married on September 29th. The groom is a younger man who is not a celebrity. According to Wang Ji-hye's agency, they have been together for about a year...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Holds Steady in Ratings

2019/09/16 | Permalink

Following the end of "Hotel Del Luna", its replacement, "Arthdal Chronicles", has taken the drama's number one spot among late night dramas. "Arthdal Chronicles" also preceded "Hotel Del Luna" and its performance then, while good, was an underperformance compared to expectations and budget...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Da-bin Cast for "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/09/16 | Permalink

Bae Da-bin has been confirmed for "Arthdal Chronicles". Though the drama was preproduced and is now entering its final week, much of the cast has been deliberately kept secret to protect against spoilers. Bae Da-bin will play the woman warrior Mi Roo-soul. There are no details about the character save for her name and profession...More

[HanCinema's News] Seolhyun Appears on Instagram With Dog

2019/09/16 | Permalink

On September 16th Seolhyun posted pictures of herself with her dog on Instagram. The pictures are notable because the actress and singer is not heavily made up, and thus does not look the way she is known to in public appearances...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The House of Us"

2019/09/14 | Permalink

Though it has a similar title to "The World of Us" writer/director Yoon Ga-eun did not develop "The House of Us" as a spirutal sequel. As filming continued the phrase "The House of Us" or literally just our home frequently recurs and has obvious symbolic power. Ha-na (played by Kim Na-yeon) feels adrift in her own family as her parents always fight and her brother's always aloof. What kind of home or family is that supposed to be?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My name is KIM Bok-dong"

2019/09/14 | Permalink

Director Song Won-geun-I opens "My name is KIM Bok-dong" up with just a black screen, and then the voice of the titular activist. Whatever visual flourishes "My name is KIM Bok-dong" may have to offer, the reason why the woman was important was because of her voice. There was mundanity in that voice, just describing everyday activities, be it in the present day as an old woman or in the past as a sex slave...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon Commemorates End of "Mother of Mine"

2019/09/11 | Permalink

Kim So-yeon has confirmed that shooting for the popular weekend drama "Mother of Mine" is now complete. She made the announcement on Instagram, along with an emoticon infused photo with child actress Joo Je-rim, who plays the role of her niece on the program...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon to Be Fourth Guest on 'Three Meals a Day - Mountain Village'

2019/09/11 | Permalink

On September 11th the production company behind 'Three Meals a Day - Mountain Village' confirmed that Park Seo-joon would be the fourth guest star on the variety show...More

[HanCinema's News] 2019 August Box Office Marks Decline Compared to Last Year

2019/09/11 | Permalink

 

According to a report released by the Korean Film Council there were a total of eighteen million admissions at the domestic South Korean box office this summer. This marks the first time in seven years that August at the South Korean box office failed to bring in more than twenty million viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon Tapped to Be a Beauty Brand Model for IOPE

2019/09/11 | Permalink

On September 10th the beauty brand company IOPE announced that they had selected Kim So-yeon as their latest model. The news follows reports that "Mother of Mine" has finished shooting, which has improved the availability of the actress...More

[HanCinema's News] 'Access Showbiz Tonight' Goes into Upcoming Court Case Between Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun

2019/09/11 | Permalink

On September 10th the SBS entertainment news program 'Access Showbiz Tonight' analyzed Ku Hye-sun's allegations about Ahn Jae-hyun being deficient when it came to the emotional demands of their relationship. Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun, as well as their legal teams, both refused interviews. On Ahn Jae-hyun's side there was no comment, while Ku Hye-sun's side cited their intention to provide evidence at trial...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hello Carbot the Movie: Save the Moon" Makes Surprise Box Office Appearance

2019/09/10 | Permalink

In the week before the three major releases on Korean Thanksgiving weekend the box office has been surprisingly quiet. So it is that "Hello Carbot the Movie: Save the Moon" has had a dominating presence on ticket reservation sites, nearly toppling a major Hollywood release on its way to three hundred thousand admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Appears at Coex Promotional Event

2019/09/10 | Permalink

On September 9th Hyun Bin appeared at a promotional event for the Omega Speedmaster watch brand at the Coex Mall in the Gangnam district of Seoul. South Korean media was on hand to capture the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Husband and Wife Yoo Joon-sang and Hong Eun-hee Selected as New Models for KOREIT

2019/09/10 | Permalink

On September 10th Korea Real Estate Investment and Trust announced that Yoo Joon-sang and Hong Eun-hee would be their new advertising representitives. The two are a real life couple who have been married for seventeen years and have two children together...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Premieres on South Korean on-Demand Services

2019/09/10 | Permalink

As of September 10th "Exit - Movie" is now available on domestic South Korean streaming services. While "Exit - Movie" is still performing decently at the box office, its numbers will likely drop dramatically with the release of three major domestic South Korean films in anticipation of Korean Thanksgiving weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Photo of Park Shin-hye With Hyun Bin Resurfaces

2019/09/10 | Permalink

One of Park Shin-hye's old Instagram pictures has been making rounds on the Internet. In the pictures Park Shin-hye can be seen motioning to Hyun Bin...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Breaks Eight Hundred Thousand Admissions

2019/09/09 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" had 3212 admissions for 41 screenings between 25 screens on September 8th. This was enough to bring the animated movie to 802,296 overall admissions since its initial release on July 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] Spousal Actors Kim So-yeon and Lee Sang-woo Appear in All for You Fall and Winterwear Spreads

2019/09/09 | Permalink

The sports casual brand All For You has started advertising for its fall and winter collections, and has taken the somewhat novel approach of using actors Kim So-yeon and Lee Sang-woo as models. The two are also married in real life...More

[HanCinema's News] Kan Mi-youn to Be Married in November

2019/09/09 | Permalink

Kan Mi-youn is set to be married this coming November 9th. The 37-year-old actress who originally debuted as a singer in the girl group Baby V.O.X back in 1997 will marry a musical actor three years her junior at Dongsoong Church in Seoul. Their relationship was publically acknowledged three years ago...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Now Jo Jong-suk's Best Office Feature

2019/09/09 | Permalink

After its fortieth day at the box office "Exit - Movie" has hit over 9.22 million viewers. While the movie's still a long way from ten million, it has already earned the distinction of being the best box office performance of a movie featuring Jo Jung-suk. That title was previously held by "The Face Reader", which exited the South Korean box office with 9.13 million viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Se-ah Set to Make a Big Impact in "Melting Me Softly"

2019/09/09 | Permalink

New stills of "Melting Me Softly" have given a glimpse into Yoon Se-ah's character, Ha-yeong. As the drama's second lead, Yoon Se-ah will be in the awkward position of playing the ex-girlfriend of lead actor Ji Chang-wook, who matured into a capable adult without him when he ended up getting frozen for longer than expected...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Closed School"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

I don't really get what the title "Closed School" is supposed to mean here. The titular institution isn't a school that services students, it's more a psychological manifestation of how the now adult Yoo-ra (played by Chun Yi-seul) continues to feel horrific guilt about her role in the apparent suicide of her high school classmate Mi-ok (played by Lee Yoon-soo). The plot picks up with Yoo-ra meeting the rest of her now adult classmates who remain too emotionally insincere to address their role in Mi-ok's death...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Gift of Love"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

So-jeong (played by Kim So-min) is the wife of Kang-ho (played by Moon Young-dong), who was once a rising star in the North Korean military before he lost his legs. Ever since then life has been fairly miserable. Their household can't make enough money to get by and Kang-ho is increasingly hostile to his own family, even yelling at their only adorable daughter Hyo-sim (played by Kim Ryeo-won). Though So-jeong has found a solution of sorts it's obviously not sustainable...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Alpinist: Confession of a Cameraman"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

The value of the documentary as a medium of recording lives and events, and subsequently, as a tool whose purpose is not to let people forget, finds one of its apogees in this particular documentary. "Alpinist: Confession of a Cameraman" is a true requiem for a number of Korean alpinists who lost their lives in the mountains, but most of all, a tribute to the late mountain film director Lim Il-jin, who died along  the entire expedition to Mt. Gurja, in 2018...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Goodbye My Girlhood"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

First part of the KBS 4-episode documentary titled "Journey on Foot", Kim Han-seok's (who also organized the project plan) "Goodbye My Girlhood" focuses on Wang-mo, a girl in Ladakh, India and her Pad Yatra, a harsh pilgrimage trip a number of people take walking 200 km in 17 days, in extremely harsh conditions at an altitude of 5,200m. The series won the 2018 Korean Broadcasting Awards for Best Television Documentary...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seul-gi Surprisingly Light-hearted in the Face of Rumors

2019/09/06 | Permalink

On September 5th actress Kim Seul-gi posted two photos and a short video of herself on Instagram. In the video she can be seen brightly smiling, and in the pictures she is hiding her face in a cute manner...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun's Public Behavior With Regard to her Relationship Problems Remains Puzzling

2019/09/06 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun's Instagram

The scandal involving a possible divorce between Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun had strange beginnings. Ku Hye-sun confirmed the matter herself publically on social media back on August 18th. Such behavior is generally unheard of for celebrities, who generally try to keep such problems quiet. However, with no active or future projects, Ku Hye-sun faced little personal risk for bringing her marriage into scandal...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Yeon-seo Holds Back on Responding to Rumors

2019/09/06 | Permalink

Oh Yeon-seo's Instagram

Following a swift angry response to rumors that she was having an affair with Ahn Jae-hyun, Oh Yeon-seo's agency has been quiet when it comes to following up on legal threats. Part of the reason for this is likely that support of Oh Yeon-seo has been strong, with many online commenters arguing against the veracity of the rumor...More

[HanCinema's News] Marital Property a Critical Issue in Divorce Dispute Between Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun

2019/09/06 | Permalink

One of the reasons why the divorce between Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo proceeded so smoothly earlier this year is that the two did not have much in the way of shared or disputed assets, their finances having been kept largely separate during their marriage. Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun can't overcome this problem as easily, however, thanks to the marital apartment they moved in together as a couple...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew Behind "Bleak Night" Reunite for "Hunting Time"

2019/09/06 | Permalink

On September 4th actor Bae Je-ki posted a photo on Instagram of himself hanging out with Lee Je-hoon, Park Jung-min, and Yoon Sung hyun. The picture is a reminder of how "Hunting Time" has brought back together the creative team behind the highly acclaimed 2011 film "Bleak Night"...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Secret Boutique" Teases Intrigue in Character Posters and Descriptions

2019/09/05 | Permalink

It's time to get that relationship chart going, and "Secret Boutique" is not about to make it easy for us. You can't have grand drama without grand connections, and the connections you can see in the following posters range from the significant to the petty.

First up we have Jenny Jang (Kim Sun-ah), the character behind the veil. Jenny Jang is the owner of J Boutique and a big shot in the political and business circles who is eager to become the head of chaebol company DEO Group. Her past looks tragic and her hate for our villain great. Her poster reads "You will regret it. I have never lost, chairman"....More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ho-jun Cast for New Movie "Stellar"

2019/09/05 | Permalink

The new movie "Stellar" has been announced with its leading actor Son Ho-jun. Son Ho-jun will play Yeong-bae, an ace rental car dealer who must use the vehicle Stella, bequested to him by his father, in order to locate a high-class supercar. The story is being billed as a fantasy comic drama. Lee Kyu-hyung will also appear as Yeong-bae's buddy Dong-sik...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ji-hoon-I to Join "9.9 Billion Woman"

2019/09/05 | Permalink

Reports are suggesting that Lee Ji-hoon-I will soon join the cast of "9.9 Billion Woman". The actor who is currently appearing in "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" in a supporting role is expected to play the role of the constantly busy head of a foundation...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Breaks Nine Million Admissions

2019/09/05 | Permalink

According to figures released on September 5th by the Korean Film Council, "Exit - Movie" has just passed the nine million viewer mark. The movie had a total of 29,911 admissions on September 4th, which allowed it to a total of 9,008,147 admissions overall. Lead actor Jo Jung-suk expressed his thanks to fans on social media for this milestone. Lead actress Yoona also said she was thankful and grateful for the support of so many people, pledging to improve her acting in the future...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Jae-hyun Officially Begins Legal Process to Divorce From Ku Hye-sun

2019/09/05 | Permalink

On September 5th Ku Hye-sun was officially served with divorce papers by Ahn Jae-hyun's own attorney. The two will meet in court. In an SNS message Ahn Jae-hyun's attorney stated that documents already released by Ku Hye-sun on social media should be sufficient to allow the court to come to a conclusion regarding the divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Jae-hyun's Lawyer Is a Familiar Face

2019/09/05 | Permalink

In contrast to the quick divorce earlier this year between Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, which was conducted via largely anonymous lawyers, Ahn Jae-hyun's lawyer for his divorce with Ku Hye-sun is a known personality. Ahn Jae-hyun's lawyer, Bang Jung-hyun, made appearances on television earlier this year to discuss the Burning Sun case...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-na Makes Closing Remarks to Fans Following the End of "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/09/04 | Permalink

On September 3rd Park Yoo-na posted her closing thoughts about "Hotel Del Luna" on Instagram. The actress stated that she would remember the drama forever. Park Yoo-na also expressed thanks and happiness for all the love her characters Song-hwa and Mi-ra received during filming...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung Poses With her Dog on Instagram

2019/09/04 | Permalink

On September 3rd Shin Se-kyung posted a picture of herself with her dog on Instagram. In the picture she describes the dog as having gotten very big and heavy...More

[HanCinema's News] Lawyer for Kang Ji-hwan's Victims Alleges That his Sexual Assault Was Intentional

2019/09/04 | Permalink

Following Kang Ji-hwan's statement on September 2nd that he committed sexual assault, but does not remember doing so and regrets his actions, his victims have fired back. On September 3rd a lawyer representing the interests of Kang Ji-hwan's victims appeared on an SNS enterainment news program to counter these statements...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seul-gi Denies Being in a Relationship With Ahn Jae-hyun

2019/09/04 | Permalink

On September 4th Noon Company put out an official statement insisting that there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Ahn Jae-hyun is romantically involved with Kim Seul-gi. They added that Kim Seul-gi is doing well filming "Defective People" at the current moment...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Do-hyun's Career on An Upswing Following "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/09/04 | Permalink

Lee Do-hyun has been the surprising breakout star of "Hotel Del Luna". In his role as the bodyguard for IU over several centuries, Kim Do-hyun has from the very first episode been an obvious key to the drama's backstory. His early appearance in a dream by leading man Yeo Jin-goo only further improved the character's intrigue...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" Ends on Eighth Straight Week on Top of Good Data Report

2019/09/03 | Permalink

On September 3rd the Good Data Corporation released its drama report for the fifth week of August. In its final week "Hotel Del Luna" was once again the number one drama in terms of social media engagement, a ranking the drama has held throughout its entire eight week run...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sung-ryung Rocked by Rumors of Sponsorship by Lawmaker

2019/09/03 | Permalink

Kim Sung-ryung's reputation has taken a hit as a result of the protracted nomination feud regarding justice minister nominee Cho Kuk. The rumors stem from an online video posted by a former reporter to YouTube which discussed Cho Kuk's ties to the entertainment industry...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyomin Appointed Youth Day Ambassador

2019/09/03 | Permalink

On September 3rd Sublime Artist Agency announced that Hyomin, who is represented by the agency, has been appointed as an ambassador for the country's upcoming Youth Day. Youth Day is in its third year and will take place on September 21st...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Dong-min Under Fire for Asking for Teenage Rapper's Phone Number

2019/09/03 | Permalink

Pressure is mounting on tvN to fire Jang Dong-min following a poorly received broadcast of the variety show 'Player'. On the September 1st broadcast of 'Player' there's a segment where the show's regulars pass judgment on various real world rappers for a parody segment of the popular rap competition program 'Show Me the Money'...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Running Mates: Human Rights" Releases New Publicity Stills

2019/09/03 | Permalink

On September 3rd OCN released new production materials regarding its upcoming drama "The Running Mates: Human Rights". The pictures provide an odd twist to the drama's already strange premise. The drama centers around Humans Rights Commission investigators with little real power and in the pictures, we can see that the lead characters played by Lee Yo-won, Choi Gwi-ha, Hang Hyung-sang, Oh Mi-hee, and Kim Joo-young constantly look disgusted...More

[HanCinema's News] IU Greets Fans as "Hotel Del Luna" Comes to An End

2019/09/02 | Permalink

On September 2nd IU posted a message on Instagram concerning her recently concluded drama, "Hotel Del Luna". In the message she mentioned being excited every day she went to the filming location, and said that she didn't want to quit the drama after all the consideration and love she had received there...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang So-ra Does Photoshoot for Fantom

2019/09/02 | Permalink

As summer starts to slip away clothing brands have started to open up for the autumn season. Consequently, Kang So-ra has started to appear in official advertising materials from Fantom, a sportswear company with which she has a contract...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Gets Two Hundred Thousand Hits his First Day on YouTube

2019/09/02 | Permalink

On September 1st Ji Chang-wook posted his first video on YouTube. Though the video is only a four minute long self-introduction, it immediately proved quite popular. In two days it has already amassed two hundred thousand pageviews...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Leaves Entertainment Industry to Go Back to School

2019/09/02 | Permalink

On September 2nd persons close to Ku Hye-sun have confirmed that the actress has retired from the South Korean entertainment industry. She is currently planning to return to university. Ku Hye-sun entered Sungkyunkwan University back in 2011 with the intention of earning a graduate degree in the arts, but did not graduate from her program...More

[HanCinema's News] "Graceful Family" Puts Fresh Twist on Family Corporation Genre

2019/09/02 | Permalink

Dramas regarding family corporations have been out of fashion lately, and upstart cable dramas have also not done well. However, "Graceful Family" is quickly proving an exception to the rule, as the corporate themed drama from MBN and Dramamax is likely to beat 3% ratings this week...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Metamorphosis"

2019/08/31 | Permalink

Joong-soo (played by Bae Sung-woo) is a Catholic priest and exorcist. In the cold open to "Metamorphosis" we see an exorcism gone horribly wrong, less because of anything Joong-soo himself did incorrectly, and more because the demonic spirit managed to successfully imitate the person it was possessing at a critical moment. Further events create the disturbing impression that the demonic spirit's actual goal was just to get into Joong-soo's head, although cryptic warnings about a horrible fate to befall Joong-soo's family are, well, the actual plot of the movie...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hello, My Cat"

2019/08/31 | Permalink

In the first story of the "Hello, My Cat" omnibus the cat talks. He talks a lot. It actually get to be really annoying very quickly since he never has much to say, he's just narrating stuff that we can already see is happening on-screen. The talking cat device is particularly obnoxious because in the second section of the omnibus, the cat only talks very briefly at the beginning. Then in parts three and four the cat is conspicuously silent, leaving the animal's motivation ambiguous...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Abyss: The Girl's Eyes"

2019/08/31 | Permalink

Using the supernatural to make social comments (through metaphor or not) is a tactic that has been used many times in world cinema, with films like "Get Out", "American Psycho" or even "The People Under the Stairs" implementing this approach in the most brilliant fashion. "Abyss: The Girl's Eyes" is Jang Hyeon-sang's effort in the category, with him, however, not managing to stay away from some local trends, like the crime thriller element and the concept of the "exorcism". On the other hand, his approach is unique, so no harm done, at least in that aspect...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Kim Hye-soo and Ju Ji-hoon Accept Offer to Lead "Hyena"

2019/08/30 | Permalink

I'm back on the "Hyena" hype train, and the news is excellent. Kim Hye-soo and Ju Ji-hoon have accepted their respective offers to lead SBS's upcoming hyena-eat-hyena story...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Dong-wook on Seoul International Drama Awards Win

2019/08/30 | Permalink

On August 28th Kim Dong-wook received the Best Actor award at the Seoul International Drama Awards, where he competed with drama stars worldwide. Kim Dong-wook got the win for his performance as the lead in "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo", and had some choice remarks in his acceptance speech...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Cements Yoona's Reputation as Box Office Headliner

2019/08/30 | Permalink

As "Exit - Movie" has passed the 8.5 million mark, having easily outperformed the other major South Korean blockbusters this summer, Yoona's position as a box office draw appears to have solidified. She made her film debut with "Confidential Assignment" in 2016. Though she was not the lead, "Confidential Assignment" was still a big success with 7.8 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Na-ra Confirmed for "9.9 Billion Woman"

2019/08/30 | Permalink

On August 30th Popeye Entertainment announced that Oh Na-ra would be joining the upcoming KBS drama "9.9 Billion Woman". This will be Oh Na-ra's first recurring role in a drama since the mega-hit "SKY Castle" earlier this year...More

[HanCinema's News] Tang Wei Considers Offer to Appear in Husband Kim Tae-yong's Latest Movie "Wonderland"

2019/08/30 | Permalink

A representative from the production company behind "Wonderland" has confirmed that Chinese actress Tang Wei is considering taking the leading role, but has not yet accepted it. Tang Wei's husband, Kim Tae-yong, is directing "Wonderland", his first feature-length film since "Late Autumn - 2010", where Tang Wei was the lead actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon, Choi Wooshik, and V Go Off on Vacation Together

2019/08/30 | Permalink

On August 29th BTS band member V posted a photo on BTS's official Twitter depicting himself, Park Seo-joon, and Choi Wooshik stretching in front of the ocean in an ambiguous location. The picture indicates that the artists have gone on vacation together...More

[HanCinema's News] New Behind the Scenes Stills Released for "Love Alarm"

2019/08/29 | Permalink

On August 29th the Netflix original series "Love Alarm" has released more behind the scenes photos of the drama's casting environment. In the photos cast members can be seen posing for commemorative photos while still in costume at various shooting locations for the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] "Doctor Prisoner" Marks Fourth Straight Win for KBS at Seoul International Drama Awards

2019/08/29 | Permalink

"Doctor Prisoner" received an Excellence Award at the latest Seoul International Drama Awards. This marks five straight years that KBS has had a drama recognized in either the Top Excellence or Excellence Awards over the past four years, giving it the best record of the major networks with dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-eun on Why She Joined "Strangers From Hell"

2019/08/29 | Permalink

On August 28th the upcoming OCN drama "Strangers from Hell" held a press conference ahead of the drama's August 31st release. Lee Jung-eun, who received wide acclaim following her appearance in "Parasite" earlier this year, talked about why she chose to join the cable thriller about a young man who moves into an eerie apartment complex in Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Suk-chun Claims Writers Kim Eun-hee-I and Song Jae-jeong Lived Together

2019/08/29 | Permalink

In a preview for the latest 'The Night of Hate Comments' vairety show episode, entertainment personality Hong Suk-chun is making a surprising claim - that popular screenwriters Kim Eun-hee-I and Song Jae-jeong lived together. Kim Eun-hee-I wrote the script for popular dramas such as "Kingdom" and "Signal", while Song Jae-jeong wrote "Memories of the Alhambra" and "W"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love Playlist - Season 4" Showcases Strong Demand for Web Dramas Among Younger Cell Phone Oriented Audience

2019/08/29 | Permalink

With the success of "Love Playlist - Season 4" more attention is being paid to the web drama market aimed at younger viewers. A study from the fashion corporation Hyungji Elite has found that web dramas are, by far, the most popularly consumed videos for primary, middle, and secondary school students. Web dramas held 51.5% of their timeshare, compared to 21% of YouTube broadcasts, 15% of variety shows, and 11.5% of television dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Struggling to Hit Ten Million Viewer Mark

2019/08/28 | Permalink

While the obvious winner of the summer blockbuster season, "Exit - Movie" has nonetheless stalled out after a very strong opening. This may mark the first time in six years that the South Korean film domestic market has gone through the summer season without a ten million viewer megahit...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Has Been Vacationing in Germany

2019/08/28 | Permalink

Following a popular run as the male lead on "Her Private Life" earlier this year Kim Jae-wook has been scarce. He did an interview for an upcoming issue of Esquire that also had him doing a photoshoot in France. But following that Kim Jae-wook took a detour to Germany...More

[HanCinema's News] First Stills of Go Min-si in "Secret Boutique" Unveiled

2019/08/28 | Permalink

Ahead of the drama's September 18th release SBS has been releasing production photos of "Secret Boutique". The latest shows actress Go Min-si in her supporting role as Lee Hyeon-ji, whose backstory revolves around her being a serious amateur Go player who tried and failed to become a professional at the age of nineteen...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Divine Fury" Released on South Korean VOD Services

2019/08/28 | Permalink

On August 27th Lotte Entertainment released "The Divine Fury" on to domestic South Korean streaming services. IPTV, Digital Cable TV, Google Play, Naver, Kakao, TVING, pooq, and other digital services now offer the movie for paid viewing...More

[HanCinema's News] Ju Ji-hoon Fan Meeting Features Surprise Visit From Kim Dong-wook and Jung Woo-sung

2019/08/28 | Permalink

Official pictures from Ju Ji-hoon's last fan meeting on July 27th at Kyung Hee University show that participating fans got more than they bargained for when Kim Dong-wook and Jung Woo-sung also made an appearance. The pictures were released on August 26th by Ju Ji-hoon's agency, Key East...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Park Sung-woong and Choi Jin-hyuk Courted for OCN's "Rugal"

2019/08/27 | Permalink

Another fine day dawns in Dramaland when one reads news of such a potential casting. Park Sung-woong and Choi Jin-hyuk are officially the big names on the table for OCN's upcoming drama "Rugal", and both actors are currently considering their respective offers...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Yeo-jung Confirmed for "9.9 Billion Woman"

2019/08/27 | Permalink

On August 26th Jo Yeo-jung's agency, High Entertainment, confirmed that Jo Yeo-jung will appear as the lead in the upcoming KBS drama "9.9 Billion Woman". She will be playing the title character, Jeong Seo-yeon, who comes into possession of 99 billion won and prepares to use it to find happiness, as well as an escape from her abusive father...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-young Wows Fans on Instagram With Workout Regiment

2019/08/27 | Permalink

Lee Si-young's Instagram

Following a popular run on the drama "Liver or Die" actress Lee Si-young has been focusing on body sculpting in lieu of searching out new projects. Attention on Lee Si-young's physique has been particularly marked as the actress gave birth to a baby only twenty months prior...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Suk-chun Celebrates First Granddaughter's Birthday

2019/08/27 | Permalink

On August 25th Hong Suk-chun posted pictures of his granddaughter on Instagram. In an accompanying statement to the pictures he observed that she showed similar awareness of the camera much as would be expected of the broadcaster himself...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love Alarm" Has Raised Song Kang's Profile

2019/08/27 | Permalink

Interest has been surging in Song Kang since the release of "Love Alarm" on Netflix on August 22nd. His agency, Namoo Actors, has released still photos from the set of "Love Alarm" in response to this demand...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Jung-hak's Character in "Secret Boutique" Unveiled

2019/08/27 | Permalink

As "Secret Boutique" nears closer to its release, further information about the drama is coming out. Though Park Jung-hak had been listed in the drama's cast, it is only recently that the name and identity of his character have been released - Choi Seok-hoon, the vice-chairman of the Jogwang Group...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sae-ron and Her Sisters Set Off on Vacation

2019/08/26 | Permalink

Following the end of "Love Playlist - Season 4" Kim Sae-ron has left with her sisters, Kim Ye-ron and Kim Ah-ron, for vacation. She announced the news on Instagram with a rare photo of all three sisters in the same shot...More

[HanCinema's News] Nominations Announced for Buil Film Awards

2019/08/26 | Permalink

Hong Sang-soo has emerged as a surprise favorite in the upcoming Buil film awards. His film "Hotel by the River" has been nominated for best film, best cinematography, and best sound. Hong Sang-soo himself was nominated as best director for "Hotel by the River" and Ki Joo-bong from that movie was nominated for best actor. Kim Sae-byuk of "Grass" was nominated for best actress...More

[HanCinema's News] TNGT Releases Park Bo-gum Photoshoot

2019/08/26 | Permalink

In preparation for the fall and winter seasons the fashion company TNGT has been taking advantage of its current contract with Park Bo-gum. Photos have been released of the actor modeling various articles of clothing for the brand...More

[HanCinema's News] "Graceful Family" Cast Explains Why They Joined the Drama

2019/08/26 | Permalink

The latest drama from MBN and Dramax, "Graceful Family", has quickly made a decent impression in the ratings. It premiered with twice the ratings score of its predecessor "Level Up", which ended very weakly at 0.5%. The 2.8% premiere of "Graceful Family" can be attributed in part to its strong cast and the concept of legal risk assessment which attracted them...More

[HanCinema's News] First Annual Gangneung International Film Festival drawing attention

2019/08/26 | Permalink

Kim Dong-ho and Ahn Sung-ki

Though most of the attention regarding South Korean film festivals at the moment is aimed toward Busan, Kim Dong-ho has been quietly moving to improve the profile of the Gangneung International Film Festival, which will premiere this November in the Gangwon province of South Korea...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Height of the Wave"

2019/08/24 | Permalink

Winner of the Special Jury Prize in Locarno, "Height of the Wave" is another impressive indie from Korea, in an industry that seems to experience one of its greatest seasons in years. Furthermore, Park Jung-bum establishes his position as one of the most important new Korean directors, as he continues in the footsteps of "The Journals of Musan". The film is actually a theatrical version of the 1-episode "Drama Stage - Waves of Change", which was released in the beginning of the year...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Welcome to the Guesthouse"

2019/08/24 | Permalink

Trying to speak about serious topics through comedy is a great way to communicate your messages through cinema, and that is exactly what Shim Yohan is trying to do in "Welcome to the Guesthouse", also adding to the entertainment the film offers by making surfing the base of the narrative. Let us see if he succeeded...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Job Who is near Us"

2019/08/24 | Permalink

The popular cancer narrative in most fiction is dynamic. It features characters who react decisively, be that positive or negative, in the face of a cancer diagnosis. "A Job Who Is near Us" takes a different approach. As a documentary, the film doesn't have much flexibility in regards to the available tropes. And as a religious film, there's a surprisingly deep spiritual element at play. If all life is according to God's plan, what does a married couple make of successive cancer diagnoses?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Garden, Zoological"

2019/08/24 | Permalink

If you've ever been to a zoo you've probably seen mentions in promotional material how beyond being just exhibition space zoos are also at the forefront of conservation issues. "Garden, Zoological" unpacks what exactly that means. The documentary was filmed over several years at the Cheongju Zoo and details the work employees go through when it comes to feeding wild animals, training them, and providing them with medical care...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Vagabond" Sets the Sky Ablaze in Dramatic First Poster

2019/08/23 | Permalink

In what I hope is not foreshadowing of its story crashing and burning, the first poster revealed for SBS's upcoming high octane drama "Vagabond" introduces the event that sparks its premise. The "Giant" and "Salaryman" crew are back and they bring thrills for days...More

[HanCinema's News] "Metamorphosis" Leads by Two Hundred and Two Admissions

2019/08/23 | Permalink

According to figure releases by the Korean Film Council the horror film "Metamorphosis" continues to lead on its second day at the South Korean box office. Its numbers are slightly down from yesterday with only 85,739 admissions, with the bigger test to come during the weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Pil-mo Welcomes Birth of Baby Son

2019/08/23 | Permalink

Lee Pil-mo's agency, K-Star Entertainment, has confirmed that the actor became a father on August 14th. The confirmation follows an Instagram post where Lee Pil-mo can be seen cradling his son while wearing scrubs. He describes the child as the pretty result of thirteen hours of childbirth on the part of his wife. Lee Pil-mo then writes thank you twice and I love you once...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun's Problems Started Earlier This Year

2019/08/23 | Permalink

On August 22nd the MBC entertainment news program Section TV broadcast a segment about the current feud between Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun. Sources with some access to the celebrities stated that their problems had started earlier this year, marked mainly by ennui. The main point in their public profiles when the shift can be noted is when their social media accounts started featuring pictures of one or the other alone, rather than together...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-hyun Praised for Maintaining Spirit of Character on "Love Alarm"

2019/08/23 | Permalink

With the official international release of the new Netflix drama "Love Alarm" particular attention has been called to Kim So-hyun's performance in the lead role. Fans of the original webcomic on which "Love Alarm" is based have praised her fidelity to the character...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Officially Named South Korea's Selection for the Best Foreign Picture Category at the Academy Awards

2019/08/23 | Permalink

On August 22nd the Korean Film Council officially announced that "Parasite" would be the movie sent to represent South Korea at the 92nd Academy Awards. Though "Parasite" has long been a foregone conclusion for this designation, the Korean Film Council also considered seven other films - "Dark Figure of Crime", "Idol", "Swing Kids", "House of Hummingbird", "MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission", "Innocent Witness", and "A Resistance"...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Kim Sun-ah and Jang Mi-hee Gear Up for Melodramatic Showdown in "Secret Boutique"

2019/08/22 | Permalink

There's melodrama, makjang, and then there's über-makjang, but SBS's upcoming "Secret Boutique" is aiming right for that sweet spot before the tense turns to the extreme in its first teaser. Joining the ranks of works like "Misty" and Kim Sun-ah's very own "Woman of Dignity", "Secret Boutique" is dropping its 'soapy noir' thriller goodness on us without mercy...More

[HanCinema's News] "Metamorphosis" Leads in First Day at Box Office

2019/08/22 | Permalink

After its first day at the South Korean box office the new horror film "Metamorphosis" has a slight lead over its bigger budget competitors with 97,416 viewers. This makes "Metamorphosis" the first domestic horror film to lead at the South Korean box office since "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" in 2018...More

[HanCinema's News] Merbliss Suspends Ahn Jae-hyun's Advertising Contract

2019/08/22 | Permalink

 

On August 22nd the South Korean cosmetics company Merbliss announced via its Instagram page that they were suspending Ahn Jae-hyun's contract as a model for the firm. The announcement follows the public airing of marital grievances by Ku Hye-sun concerning her husband, who has been attempting to obtain a divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Loss of Sexual Attraction Not Grounds Enough to Allow Divorce of Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun

2019/08/22 | Permalink

Following pronouncements by Ku Hye-sun that her husband was not expressing sexual interest in her and was talking to other women, the question has naturally arisen as to whether that alone is grounds for divorce. Legal experts have confirmed that under South Korean law such a statement is not meaningfully binding...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love Playlist - Season 4" Closes Out With Over Thirty Million Views

2019/08/22 | Permalink

Following the release of its final episode on August 11th "Love Playlist - Season 4" has now been confirmed to be a major success. The web-drama, which aired entirely on streaming platforms, earned over 30 million views over its sixteen episode run this summer...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Spotted in France

2019/08/22 | Permalink

A Chinese fan has spotted Song Hye-kyo in France. The fan uploaded various pictures of Song Hye-kyo wearing a simple bucket hat and tube top incognito while engaging in various tourist activities...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Released on South Korean on Demand Services

2019/08/21 | Permalink

On August 21st "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" finally appeared on South Korean on-demand services. The animated film was released in theaters on July 25th and obtained over seven hundred admissions domestically...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun's Marriage Wrecked by Overlapping Schedules

2019/08/21 | Permalink

On August 20th the SBS program Access Showbiz Tonight went over the known facts of the acrimony between Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun. In addition to publically known information Access Showbiz Tonight also went over what was known about their public schedules...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong Confirmed for "Daemuga: Sorrow and Joy"

2019/08/21 | Permalink

Following their acclaimed chemistry on "Life on Mars" and the currently airing "When the Devil Calls Your Name" Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong have signed up for a third project - the recently announced feature film "Daemuga: Sorrow and Joy"...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Jae-hyun Will Not Appear at "Defective People" Press Conference

2019/08/21 | Permalink

HB Entertainment has announced that Ahn Jae-hyun will not appear at a public exposition for "Defective People" on August 22nd. In an additional statement they have stated that the reasons for his lack of attendance are not related to stress or personal problems...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Sun-hee and Choi Tae-hwan Confirmed for "Psychopath Diary"

2019/08/21 | Permalink

The upcoming drama "Psychopath Diary" has added two new names to its cast list - Choi Tae-hwan and Hwang Sun-hee. The two will play minor roles in the tvN drama which deals with the experiences of Yook Dong-sik (played by Yoon Si-yoon) who inadvertently recovers the diary of serial killer Seo In-woo (played by Park Sung-hoon)...More

[HanCinema's News] So Yoo-jin Celebrates Husband's Birthday With their Three Children

2019/08/20 | Permalink

 

On August 20th So Yoo-jin posted a photo to her Instragram of her husband's birthday party. She mentions how one of their children gave him a card for a gift and another gave him a word puzzle while she worked hard since daybreak to make him a cake. In the picture So Yoo-jin's children and her husband can be seen blowing out the candles on the cake...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun's Comments on Newlywed Program Given New Focus

2019/08/20 | Permalink

Following news of Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun's apparent movement toward divorce, their words on the 2017 variety show 'Newlyweds Diary' have been given new focus. The reality focused variety show was filmed during their ninth month of marriage, when they were living through winter in Gangwon province...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun's Released Messages Shed Light on Recent Marital Troubles

2019/08/20 | Permalink

On August 18th Ku Hye-sun released messages relating to a likely divorce with her husband Ahn Jae-hyun. Ku Hye-sun has since deleted the relevant messages, but their contents are already known. Ku Hye-sun starts by describing her husband as being changed into an aloof version of his former self and that she plans to protect her family from what she describes as false information set to be released next week...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-eun Makes Special Appearance on "Doctor Detective"

2019/08/20 | Permalink

Lee Jung-eun has been confirmed to star in an upcoming episode of "Doctor Detective". The actress best known for her appearance in the popular film "Parasite" has appeared in promotional material for the eleventh episode wearing a rumpled suit with gaudy accessories and braided hair...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Kyung-ho Talks About His Seven Years Dating Choi Soo-young

2019/08/20 | Permalink

Reports of Jung Kyung-ho and Choi Soo-young being publically sited at a screening for "Exit - Movie" starring Choi Soo-young's Girls' Generation partner Yoona has reignited attention to the couple's long standing relationship. Some two years ago on the variety program 'Life Bar', Jung Kyung-ho talked about their relationship when they had been together for five years...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love Alarm" Builds up Hype Ahead of August 22nd Release

2019/08/19 | Permalink

There are high expectations for "Love Alarm", the short drama soon to be released on Netflix. The drama is based on the popular Daum webtoon of the same title by Chon Kye-young, who has expressed support in comments from the project. The last drama adaptation of Chon Kye-young's work was "Pretty Boy" back in 2013...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun Heading for Divorce

2019/08/19 | Permalink

 

Over the weekend Ku Hye-sun surprised her social media followers with the statement that her husband, Ahn Jae-hyun, wanted a divorce and that she was planning to protect her family. Ku Hye-sun attached communication logs between herself and her husband discoursing over the subject as proof. The shocking news has done much to put recent rumors about problems in their relationship in a new light...More

[HanCinema's News] Genre Films to Close Out August

2019/08/19 | Permalink

While the four major big-budget films of the summer have been released three relatively high profile genre films with well-known casts remain on the August release calendar. The horror film "Metamorphosis" and the historical era comedy film "Jesters: The Game Changers" will release on August 21st, while the multi-year romance "Tune in for Love" comes out on August 28th...More

[HanCinema's News] Bong Joon-ho Prepares to Publish Official "Parasite" Script and Storyboards

2019/08/19 | Permalink

Starting on August 19th online and offline bookstores will start accepting preorders for Bong Joon-ho's upcoming book with script and storyboarding details for "Parasite". Bong Joon-ho is writing the book personally. He has written similar books for "Mother - 2009", "The Host", and "Memories of Murder"...More

[HanCinema's News] Crowded Field for Film Ahead of Chuseok Weekend

2019/08/19 | Permalink

Three major films will compete for Chuseok weekend [Korean Thanksgiving] this year with another to follow in the next week. While Chuseok has always been a big time for movies, this aggressive marketing push by major studios follows a surprisingly disappointing 2018 Chuseok season, where only "The Great Battle" put out a respectable performance with five hundred thousand admissions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Battle: Roar to Victory"

2019/08/17 | Permalink

Promotional information for "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has been somewhat misleading. The movie does indeed contain the Battle of Fengwudong. There's even a subtitle that helpfully pops up to tell us that this particular random mountainous area the characters have just wandered is the one the movie's named after. But up until that point, the characters just wander into a wide variety of other generally random mountainous places getting into shootouts as necessary, nothing being that well organized. Because that is, in fact, the central defining element of guerrilla warfare...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "To Kill Alice"

2019/08/17 | Permalink

Eun-mi is an American citizen of Korean descent. In 2011 the then-fifty year old Eun-mi took advantage of her American nationality to take tours of North Korea, an action which at the time was banned for South Koreans, and wrote about her experiences for the South Korean press outlet OhMyNews. Her articles were later published into a book. Eun-mi would do book tours in South Korea to coincide with further visits to North Korea. As relations between the Koreas deteriorated during 2014 so too did Eun-mi's experiences take a turn for the strange...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Uncle"

2019/08/17 | Permalink

In a time when Kim Ki-duk seems to be moving towards a direction that has made him a "persona non grata" in the movie world, it is always good to find directors that have been influenced by him and actually carry his artistic legacy. However, in this case, in a more contemporary/not so decadent fashion, and with a humor that seems to draw much from Park Chan-wook, while one could also find some elements of Takashi Miike's style, from "Visitor Q". What is even more impressive is that "The Uncle" is actually a debut...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Film Adventure"

2019/08/17 | Permalink

Since Korean indie cinema seems to struggle to get away from the "rules" set by Hong Sang-soo, it is always reinvigorating to discover productions that take an effort to distance themselves from the particular style. Lee Sang-deok's "Film Adventure" is one of those efforts, which actually succeeds, at least to a point, in a film that won Best Korean Fantastic Film and Fantastic Best Actor at BIFAN...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Breaks the Seven Hundred Thousand Viewer Mark

2019/08/16 | Permalink

After 22 days of release "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" has broken 700,000 admissions. This follows the movie hitting 300,000 viewers after 6 days, 400,000 viewers after 9 days, 500,000 viewers after 11 days, and 600,000 viewers after 15 days...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-hyuk and Jun Confirmed for "Good Casting"

2019/08/16 | Permalink

Lee Jong-hyuk and Jun have been confirmed to be appearing in "Good Casting" later this year. The November drama from SBS is a comedy dealing with spying missions and corporate espionage, with Choi Kang-hee, Kim Ji-young, and Yoo In-young in the leading roles as the three field agents of a fairly dysfunctional agency team...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Hye-jin cast for "Shouts of a Father"

2019/08/16 | Permalink

Following popular acclaim for her role in "Parasite" Jang Hye-jin has been cast in "Shouts of a Father". The film stars Krystal of the girls' group f(x) in the leading role. She last appeared in the leading role for "The Player" last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Seung-won Talks About Returning to Comedy With "Cheer Up, Mr. Lee"

2019/08/16 | Permalink

On August 15th Cha Seung-won was interviewed on the MBC entertainment program 'Section TV' about his upcoming film "Cheer Up, Mr. Lee". The actor confessed to having felt a bit strange having appeared in a comedy for the first time in twelve years. Cha Seung-won's last comedic project was "Small Town Rivals" back in 2007...More

[HanCinema's News] Bong Joon-ho Promotes "The House of Us"

2019/08/16 | Permalink

Director Bong Joon-ho has come out in support of "The House of Us". The upcoming film by writer/director Yoon Ga-eun is the follow-up to her widely acclaimed 2016 film "The World of Us", which dealt with similar subject matter - namely the joys and sorrows of children who are left to mostly look after themselves...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Battle: Roar to Victory" Leads for Third Straight Day

2019/08/14 | Permalink

On Tuesday "The Battle: Roar to Victory" slightly decreased its sales receipts by taking in 203,404 admissions. It still leads "Exit - Movie", which had a slight decrease to 197,088 admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-won-I Joins Lee Tae-hwan and Yoon Bo-mi for "Farmer's Academy Season 2"

2019/08/14 | Permalink

With the announcement of "Farmer's Academy Season 2" so too have new cast members been announced to supplement the actors and characters from the first season. Lee Jong-won-I of the web-dramas "Ghostderella" and "Our Baseball" will join the existing cast headlined by Lee Tae-hwan, Yoon Bo-mi, and Lee Min-ji...More

[HanCinema's News] "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" Grabs Attention for Anti-discrimination Law Storyline

2019/08/14 | Permalink

"Designated Survivor: 60 Days" shocked viewers in its thirteenth episode with its frank discussion of anti-discrimination laws. Internet commentary around the episode made ironic note of the fact that the fake television president of the drama would make a direct appeal for laws that are generally considered verboten in South Korean politics by all except the most far left politicians...More

[HanCinema's News] Anticipation High for September Films

2019/08/14 | Permalink

With the four major summer releases now out and only one of them even hinting at hitting the fabled ten million mark, speculation is already rampant as to which of the September releases have the best chance of turning into a sleeper hit. Much as with the summer films, there's a surprisingly great deal of genre variety...More

[HanCinema's News] Guests for Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival Revealed

2019/08/14 | Permalink

In anticipation of the Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival's opening night on August 16th, the festival has released a list of the various South Korean entertainment industry professionals who will be in attendance. This is the festival's first year, so making a good impression on the red carpet will prove critical...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Battle: Roar to Victory" Narrowly Beating "Exit - Movie" in Daily Ticket Sales

2019/08/13 | Permalink

On August 13th the Korean Film Council released figures showing that on August 12th "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has beaten "Exit - Movie" in daily ticket sales for the second day in a row. The difference between the two is minor - 219,947 tickets for "The Battle: Roar to Victory" compared to 212,312 tickets for "Exit - Movie"...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Ye-seul and G.O Go to Jeju Ahead of September Wedding

2019/08/13 | Permalink

On August 13th Choi Ye-seul posted on Instagram about herself and her fiance G.O going to Jeju Island. In the post she discusses driving around in a convertible but having to put the top back up owing to the extreme heat...More

[HanCinema's News] Sung Dong-il Talks About Mentoring Younger Actors

2019/08/13 | Permalink

Sung Dong-il's new movie "Metamorphosis" is opening on August 21st. The veteran actor frequently appears in a wide variety of projects and in promotional interviews for "Metamorphosis" he's been talking about hanging out with V, Park Bo-gum, and Jo In-sung...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Si-hoo's Appearing in "I Wanna Hear Your Song"

2019/08/13 | Permalink

More context behind Kim Si-hoo's character in "I Wanna Hear Your Song" has been unveiled. While he had always been identified in official materials as the younger brother of Yeon Woo-jin's character Jang Yoon, he now has a full name - Kim I-an...More

[HanCinema's News] More on Lee Jin's Husband

2019/08/13 | Permalink

Following Lee Jin's frank discussion of her early marriage on the JTBC variety show 'Camping Club' interest has been drawn as to who her husband is. For privacy's sake the man's name has not been revealed, as he is not a celebrity, though his voice did appear on the program, however briefly, during a phone call...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Edges Out "The Battle: Roar to Victory" at Domestic Box Office

2019/08/12 | Permalink

The highly anticipated match up between "Exit - Movie" and "The Battle: Roar to Victory" took place last weekend. "Exit - Movie" just barely edged out a win with a margin of under fifty thousand tickets. The disaster flick's cumulative total closed Sunday out at 5,785,252 admissions. The movie is almost certain to break the six million mark...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Seung-eon Does Photoshoot for Bellboy

2019/08/12 | Permalink

Hwang Seung-eon's agency Big Picture Entertainment has confirmed that the actress has finished a photoshoot and interview with Korean fashion magazine 'Bellboy'. 'Bellboy' has confirmed that the photoshoot and interview took place and that the pictures released by Big Picture Entertainment were from that shoot...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jin and Lee Hyori Talk About Married Life in the United States

2019/08/12 | Permalink

On the jTBC variety show 'Camping Club' former members of the girl group Fin.K.L dish about their lives as now older married women in the context of camping trips. A frank husband discussion on the August 11th broadcast between Lee Jin and Lee Hyori has caught a lot of attention in that regard...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Divine Fury" Fails to Recapture the Park Seo-joon Magic of "Midnight Runners"

2019/08/12 | Permalink

In its second week, with screenings now sharply reduced, "The Divine Fury" has only managed about 1.5 million box office admissions. This is a far cry from the surprise 2017 hit "Midnight Runners", also from writer/director Kim Joo-hwan and starring Park Seo-joon in the leading role. That buddy cop film managed over 5.5 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Kang-joon's Thai Fans Send "WATCHER" a Coffee Car

2019/08/12 | Permalink

On Instagram Seo Kang-joon posted a photo of a coffee car that had been sent to the set of "WATCHER" in his name. The surprising part of the picture was the source of the car - the Seotarbucks vehicle was apparently sent by Thai fans...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Exit - Movie"

2019/08/10 | Permalink

The main stand-out quality to "Exit - Movie" is, weirdly enough, how quintessentially Korean it is. The ethnic overtones aren't super obvious. I mean sure, Yong-nam (played by Jo Jung-suk) is introduced working out at a playground- a ridiculous endeavor, but South Korean playgrounds have high quality exercise equipment. His sister first appears bugging her mom late at night for kimchi. And a ridiculous amount of action takes place at a traditional ceremony party venue...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ghost Walk"

2019/08/10 | Permalink

Hye-jeong (played by Han Hae-in) has a depressingly meaningless existence. We see her lumbering about day by day, refusing any interest in any kind of normal conversation. Even a love confession ends on a surprisingly somber note, as we see Hye-jeong looking out the window, as if she was hopeful the guy might actually stick around. Hye-jeong has no money and no future. So it's oddly enough not much of a transition for her die and become a ghost...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Fanfare"

2019/08/10 | Permalink

Among the overwhelming plethora of crime films coming from S. Korea, it is always a pleasure to find works that manage to present the themes of the category in a different fashion. Lee Don-ku does exactly that and with style, by shooting a Tarantinoesque movie set as a stage play, that also features a female character, who, for once, is not a cliché. Let us take things from the beginning though...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Stands Apart From Other South Korean Animated Projects

2019/08/09 | Permalink

South Korea actually has a thriving animation industry. However, this is not common internationally, because the main domestically produced animations are produced for the children's television market. Last year's "The Haunted House: The Secret of the Cave" was based on the popular cartoon of the same title...More

[HanCinema's News] Lim Ji-yeon Shines Bright at "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" Press Conference

2019/08/09 | Permalink

On August 8th Lim Ji-yeon and other stars attended the press conference for the upcoming film "Tazza: One Eyed Jack". South Korean media was on hand to cover the event, including one telling shot where leading man Lee Kwang-soo is whispering something into his old schoolfriend's ear while she muffles her own laughter...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Appears on Chinese Pirate Sites

2019/08/09 | Permalink

Following the apparent banning of a screening of "Parasite" at a local Chinese film festival, "Parasite" is now appearing on Chinese sites as an illegal download. The release appears to be connected with "Parasite" being released on on-demand services in South Korea, which is the first time a digital version of the movie has been made available to the general public...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Divine Fury" Posts Disappointing Returns

2019/08/09 | Permalink

While "The Divine Fury" did not do as poorly as "The King's Letters" at the South Korean box office, its presence in South Korean theaters is significantly diminished this weekend. At this point the movie owes most of its admissions to dedicated repeat viewers and late night screenings. But how did such a hotly anticipated movie with a popular leading star in Park Seo-joon and equally strong first day sales manage to do so poorly in the long haul?...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Seung-won's Sentence Affirmed at Second Trial

2019/08/09 | Permalink

On August 9th a Seoul court ruled on Son Seung-won's second trial and concluded that the first one had already come to the correct decision. Son Seung-won will spend one year and six months in prison and he will not be allowed to do his mandatory military service during this time...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Breaks Six Hundred Thousand Viewers

2019/08/08 | Permalink

On August 8th "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" broke six hundred thousand viewers at the South Korean box office. The all-Korean film is now seeking to edge out "Pororo, Treasure Island Adventure - Theater Version" as the number one Korean animated film at the box office this year. The latest Pororo movie earned 766,264 admissions during its theatrical run during May...More

[HanCinema's News] "Remarriage Skills" Gears up for October Release

2019/08/08 | Permalink

In a couple of months David Cho's new film "Remarriage Skills" will see domestic release. The movie has attracted some interest in South Korea, because the shooting locations of the movie were seen in May episodes of 'My Little Old Boy'. As the title suggests, the movie is a comedy about men trying to do a better job in their second marriages, having failed in the first ones...More

[HanCinema's News] CJ ENM Profits up 22.3% Over Second Quarter

2019/08/08 | Permalink

In the second quarter of this year CJ ENM collected an estimated eighty million dollars in profits. This represents a 22.3% increase over the second quarter of 2018...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kim Joo-hwan's Thoughts on Park Seo-joon's Strengths as An Actor

2019/08/08 | Permalink

Director Kim Joo-hwan has now seen Park Seo-joon through "Midnight Runners" and "The Divine Fury". Consequently, the director has many praiseful thoughts toward Park Seo-joon's skills as an actor. In particular Kim Joo-hwan has praised Park Seo-joon's leadership and communication skills...More

[HanCinema's News] Lim Ji-yeon Talks About Doing "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" With Old School Chum Park Jung-min

2019/08/08 | Permalink

On August 8th Lim Ji-yeon made some comments at a press conference for "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" about working with Park Jung-min. The issue came up because they both attended the same school (The Korean National University of the Arts) at the same time...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "The Method" Confirms Powerhouse Cast of Uhm Ji-won, Sung Dong-il and Jo Min-soo

2019/08/07 | Permalink

It's a good day in Dramaland when seasoned actors team up with inspired creators. It's a good day for yours truly when the premise sounds this exciting. Uhm Ji-won, Sung Dong-il and Jo Min-soo are officially on board "The Method", tvN's upcoming drama written by "Train to Busan" director and writer Yeon Sang-ho...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" to Be Screened at New York Film Festival

2019/08/07 | Permalink

"Parasite" has been confirmed to be making an appearance at the New York Film Festival this year. The movie was announced on August 6th to be screened in the festival's closing night section...More

[HanCinema's News] Pictures Released of Script Reading for "The Great Show"

2019/08/07 | Permalink

On August 7th tvN released script reading photos of "The Great Show" ahead of the drama's August 26th premiere. "The Great Show" stars Song Seung-heon as parliamentary representative Dae-han, the title character (his full name is a pun for 'great') who gets embroiled with family troubles regarding four siblings as he prepares for a big political move...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Jo Young-min Talks About "Everything and Nothing"

2019/08/07 | Permalink

The short drama "Everything and Nothing" premiered on August 5th. Though planned to run for only four episodes with no major stars, the youth melodrama has gained surprising traction. The main characters are normal high school students who are poor communicators. Though the premise is simple, director Jo Young-min has admitted to worrying about whether he's been showing it correctly...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain and Lim Ji-yeon Praised for Strong Chemistry on "Welcome 2 Life"

2019/08/07 | Permalink

"Welcome 2 Life" has attracted strong positive attention for the chemistry between its leads. In the drama Rain plays Jae-sang and Lim Ji-yeon Si-on, ex-lovers and law professionals who have become bitter rivals at court. But once the drama's fantasy conceit kicks in, we also see an alternate version of the couple that never split up and is raising a daughter together...More

[HanCinema's News] Aging Homely Men Unlikely Headliners for Next Month's Big Releases

2019/08/07 | Permalink

While "The Battle: Roar to Victory" has been selling itself as a war epic, the last major blockbuster of the South Korean summer season has an unlikely leading man - Yoo Hae-jin, who's pushing fifty and does not look like a movie star...More

[HanCinema's News] Low Profile Dramas "Watcher", "Designated Survivor: 60 Days", and "Class of Lies" Gain Steady Following

2019/08/06 | Permalink

In a drama marketplace where anything with under ten percent ratings is increasingly seen as a failure, it's easy to lose track of the lower profile releases. But some cable dramas have been focusing more on story and concept than broad appeal. These dramas have built reliable audiences, albeit not exceptional ones, in part on the power of their subversive takes on specific genre standards...More

[HanCinema's News] "Doctor John" Strongly Tied to Death With Dignity Ideology

2019/08/06 | Permalink

Back in May of 2009 the concept of death with dignity made its first big appearance in South Korean culture with a court case which ruled that next of kin had the right to terminate medical care to loved ones who were technically alive, but had no hope of recovery. An elderly man who had become a human vegetable was the point of contention in that case. At a press conference on August 5th "Doctor John" director Jo Soo-won talked about how this idea inspired the creation of "Doctor John"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Welcome 2 Life" Marks Return of Rain to South Korean Dramas

2019/08/06 | Permalink

Rain made his first big appearance as an actor in the 2004 drama "Full House". At the time this was seen as mainly being a tie-in for his musical career. But in recent years Rain has been more aggressive in pursuing acting projects. First with "Please Come Back, Mister", then "Sketch - Drama", and now "Welcome 2 Life", which just had its first episode premiere on August 5th...More

[HanCinema's News] 2019 Marks Revival of South Korean Blockbusters

2019/08/06 | Permalink

The South Korean blockbuster was born with "Shiri" in 1999, which had a then unprecedented two million dollar budget and a powerful enough box office return to justify the extent. The later success of "Silmido" in 2003 and "The Host" in 2006 proved that "Shiri" was not a one-off event, and in subsequent years studios started aggressively budgeting movies in the hopes of obtaining another cultural landmark...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Moves Director Bong Joon-ho to #3 on the All-time Spot for Highest Performing South Korean Directors

2019/08/06 | Permalink

With the surprise success of "Parasite" Bong Joon-ho has jumped to third place in the all-time list for most admissions by a South Korean director at the South Korean box office. Though Bong Joon-ho's reputation is mainly as an artistic director, his films have enjoyed widespread appeal thanks to blockbusters like "The Host" and "Snowpiercer"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Hits Three Million Viewers after Six Days

2019/08/05 | Permalink

After just six days at the box office "Exit - Movie" has amassed over three million viewers. The July 31st premiering movie cracked the milestone on the morning of Monday August 5th. "Exit - Movie" had previously hit one million viewers on Saturday and two million viewers on Sunday. The movie's rate will probably slow down considerably at least until the next weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Nara Claims She Doesn't Even Have Kim Nam-gil's Contact Information

2019/08/05 | Permalink

Following the eruption of a rumor that Kim Nam-gil and Jang Nara were to get married later this year their agencies were quick to firmly deny the allegation...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" up Against "The Battle: Roar to Victory" Next Weekend

2019/08/05 | Permalink

The first three major releases of the summer season have come out. "Exit - Movie" has handily outperformed "The King's Letters" and "The Divine Fury", but now faces a bigger test with "The Battle: Roar to Victory", the final major release of the summer season...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Divine Fury" Director Kim Joo-hwan Talks About Choi Wooshik Cameo

2019/08/05 | Permalink

Following Park Seo-joon's brief appearance in "Parasite", Choi Wooshik returned the favor by having a small role in "The Divine Fury". However, according to writer/director Kim Joo-hwan, there was more to Choi Wooshik's character than just fanservice...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Police Confirm Formal Probe into Park Yoo-chun Bribery Allegation

2019/08/05 | Permalink

On August 5th Seoul Police held a press conference wherein they confirmed that an investigation into bribery allegations against Park Yoo-chun was taking place. Allegedly the head of a rape investigation against Park Yoo-chun visited his home back in 2016 and was offered some sort of incentive to make four rape charges against the fallen idol go away. After a monthlong investigation those charges were indeed cleared...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The 12th Suspect"

2019/08/03 | Permalink

I have to admit I have a soft spot for films that unfold as stage plays, and this particular one, whose synopsis portrayed it as an Agatha Christie-style story, made me really eager to watch it. At half point, though, the narrative changed completely and the movie became something very different. Let us see if this change actually benefitted it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Goodbye Summer"

2019/08/03 | Permalink

Hyeon-jae (played by One) is helping his female friend Soo-min (played by Kim Bo-ra) make an interview video for prospective colleges. In the summer heat of Anyang, we can see that their friendship is one of remarkable steadiness, patience, and synchronization. So why aren't they actually a couple? Well, Hyeon-jae has a lot of not particularly convincing answers for that. Oddly enough none of them have much to do with Hyeon-jae being very sick...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs"

2019/08/03 | Permalink

For all its fairytale pastiche setting, "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" is a surprisingly earnest animated movie. There's no ironic commentary about fairy tale tropes or obnoxious pop culture references. The first twist is surprisingly straightforward. Our noble heroes follow up something heroic with something stupid, because they're idiots who put too much stock in appearance. The second twist barely even qualifies as a twist at all. What if Snow White was fat?...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Divine Fury" Screening at Fantasia 2019

2019/08/02 | Permalink

The relentless, but also somewhat hopeless effort of Korean genre films to create new stories that incorporate, though, the elements that have brought the country's cinema to the top of the continent (commercially and internationally at least), has resulted in a plethora of big-budget, commercially successful movies on the one hand, of dubious quality and rather repetitive on the other. "The Divine Fury" takes this concept a step even further, since it seems to incorporate all these elements into one, visually impressive package, of... well you are going to have to read ahead to get to the quality part...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Lee Dong-wook Is Pure Nightmare Fuel in "Strangers from Hell"

2019/08/02 | Permalink

Lee Dong-wook's doctor is in and every cell in my body wants out. The dentist from hell does absolutely nothing abnormal in the latest teaser of OCN's "Strangers from Hell", but I still want to call some form of emergency services on him for the distress caused by his performative friendliness and his blank, predatory stare...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Hits Four Hundred Thousand Viewers

2019/08/02 | Permalink

In the nine days since its release "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" has sold four hundred thousand tickets at the South Korean box office...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Hits a Million Viewers in Just Three Days

2019/08/02 | Permalink

By morning of Friday August 2nd "Exit - Movie" had already racked up an exceptionally impressive one million admissions. The movie is currently on track to have a monstrously successful opening weekend even in the face of stiff competition. CJ Entertainment has released a silly picture of lead actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona to commemorate the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Kyung-ho Considering "A Wise Doctor's Life"

2019/08/02 | Permalink

On August 2nd Jung Kyung-ho's management company made an official statement saying that the actor is still in the process of considering an offer for "A Wise Doctor's Life". This confirms earlier reports that Jung Kyung-ho has been contacted about appearing in the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yeon-hee Reunites With Ok Taecyeon for the First Time in Six Years With "The Game: Towards the Final Hour"

2019/08/02 | Permalink

Lee Yeon-hee has been confirmed as the female lead for "The Game: Towards the Final Hour". With Ok Taecyeon already having been cast for the male lead, "The Game: Towards the Final Hour" will mark a reunion of sorts for the two actors, who co-starred in the 2013 romantic omnibus film "Marriage Blue"...More

[HanCinema's News] Scenes From "By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" Were Filmed in Burning Sun Nightclub

2019/08/02 | Permalink

The production company behind "By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" has confirmed that scenes in the movie were filmed in the Burning Sun nightclub. The news comes after protracted online speculation related to the recently released trailer for the movie, where scenes that appear to take place in Burning Sun are visible...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" 1+1 Event Sells Out

2019/08/01 | Permalink

To commemorate "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" receiving three hundred thousand viewers at the domestic box office, participating theaters offered a limited run 1+1 event for new reservations. The encore event sold out almost immediately, demonstrating surprising staying power for the domestic animated film even in the face of overwhelming competition...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Eui-sung Named Cooperational Chairperson of Busan International Film Festival

2019/08/01 | Permalink

Actor Kim Eui-sung has confirmed that he is the new Cooperational Chairperson for the Busan International Film Festival. Straightaway Kim Eui-sung has also announced new plans to expand the festival in a way chiefly designed by viewer request...More

[HanCinema's News] The Unexpected Failure of "The King's Letters"

2019/08/01 | Permalink

Song Kang-ho has long been considered a major box office draw in South Korea. Only a few months ago he had the leading actor credit on the ten million viewer hit "Parasite"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Sung-wook's Lawyer and Best Friend Resigned From Case After Only Six Days

2019/08/01 | Permalink

Court filings show that the first attorney representing Kang Sung-wook last year when he was arrested was only the attorney of record for six days. But even more surprising is the attorney's identity. Jang Cheon was not just Kang Sung-wook's lawyer, but his best friend. We know this because he appeared on 'Heart Signal', the variety show Kang Sung-wook was appearing in at the time...More

[HanCinema's News] "Divine Fury" Sets Record for Park Seo-joon on Opening Day

2019/08/01 | Permalink

On its first day at the South Korean box office "The Divine Fury" earned 380,166 admissions. This extremely strong opening puts it above the already impressive 308,298 admissions set by Park Seo-joon's previous blockbuster, "Midnight Runners", which went on to earn over five million admissions at the South Korean box office...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Kim Hye-soo and Ju Ji-hoon May Pair up for "Hyena"

2019/07/31 | Permalink

The production of "Hyena" is not playing around, and while viewers will not get to enjoy Song Hye-kyo's return just yet following the actor's rejection of the offer, Kim Hye-soo is currently up for the role alongside Ju Ji-hoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Sung-wook Convicted for Sexual Assault

2019/07/31 | Permalink

Following the arrest of Kang Sung-wook for sexual assault Channel A has announced that they had canceled on demand services for the variety show that he had prominently starred in back in the summer of 2017, 'Heart Signal'. Because Kang Sung-wook was primarily an actor in stage musicals there is relatively little content that can be suspended in the wake of his arrest...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" and "The Divine Fury" Go Head to Head

2019/07/31 | Permalink

It's highly unusual for two major releases to open on the same day in South Korea. It's bad business, as most people will just end up choosing one or the other. Yet that's exactly the current situation with "Exit - Movie" and "The Divine Fury", which elected against each other this weekend, rather than "The King's Letters" and "The Battle: Road to Victory" on either side of the high summer season...More

[HanCinema's News] CJ Looks to Improve on Banner Year With "Exit - Movie"

2019/07/31 | Permalink

Following surprise ten million plus viewer hits with "Extreme Job" and "Parasite" CJ is now looking toward more deliberate success with "Exit - Movie". The film opened at 11 AM on July 31st with 25.2% of reservations. This was a slight uptick from the previous day, when "The Divine Fury" held the edge in reservations, and that gap has continued to widen...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Devil Calls Your Name" Reunites "Life on Mars" Cast

2019/07/31 | Permalink

When "Life on Mars" was broadcast on OCN last year expectations were low. The drama was coming off of "Mistress", a drama which did quite poorly in ratings. Though based on a British drama, the time traveling conceit of "Life on Mars" inevitably resulted in its being compared to "Signal". Nonetheless, "Life on Mars" was a hit in its own right thanks in large part to the strong chemistry and performances of Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong...More

[HanCinema's News] "Doctor John" Shows Medical Dramas Making a Comeback

2019/07/31 | Permalink

It's hard to believe that medical dramas were once a serious staple of South Korean entertainment. But after the high profile failures of "Blood" and "Medical Top Team" several years back, the genre fell into a slump. That was cast off though, by the surprising success of "Doctor Prisoner". Well, perhaps not so surprising given the popularity of leading actor Namgoong Min, but then that's what gave the genre such a fresh spin...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Divine Fury" Leads in Reservations Ahead of Big Summer Weekend

2019/07/30 | Permalink

"The Divine Fury" only just came out in South Korea, but even before the movie was available in theaters anticipation for the supernaturally themed action film was strong. The movie accrued over one hundred thousand reservations before its official release...More

[HanCinema's News] "Romang" Takes Second Place at Vietnamese Box Office

2019/07/30 | Permalink

While "Parasite" still has a small presence at the Vietnamese box office, having smashed most records for a South Korea film in that market, another South Korean film has emerged to take a surprisingly strong share of the market. That film is "Romang", a melodrama earlier this year about an elderly couple (Lee Soon-jae and Jung Young-sook) grappling with Alzheimers...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Latest in Long Line of South Korean Disaster Movies

2019/07/30 | Permalink

With the release of "Exit - Movie" the history of South Korean disaster movies is in full focus. Because of the budget requirements for the special effects necessary to make disaster movies, new ones only come out every few years. With the last spurt of disaster movies occurring in 2016, enough time has passed to make the genre seem fresh again...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" Tops Third Straight Week on Good Data Report

2019/07/30 | Permalink

The Good Data Corporation has released its latest report for the fourth week of July and "Hotel Del Luna" has topped the list once again for its third straight week, with 26.47% of social media comments relating to dramas being tracked to that specific title...More

[HanCinema's News] Nielsen Report Names "The Fiery Priest" Top Drama of First Half of 2019

2019/07/30 | Permalink

For miniseries running from January 1st to July 14th Nielsen Korea has determined that "The Fiery Priest" was the best performing drama of the first half of 2019. The top rating for "The Fiery Priest" was 24.7%, but other relevant designations include the drama's average rating, which was determined to be 18.1%, also the highest. "The Fiery Priest" also had the highest rating from advertisers, at 7.63%...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Moon in the Hidden Woods" Screening at Fantasia 2019

2019/07/29 | Permalink

Having a Japanese director helm a Korean animation sounds a bit unusual, but considering Takahiro Umehara's CV, which includes animation for titles like "Dragonball Z", "Claymore" and "Iron Man", it sounded like a really good idea. The result is a film that looks much like a Japanese anime but still includes a distinct Korean flavor. Let us see what it is about...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Changed Markedly From Early Trailer

2019/07/29 | Permalink

My official review for "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" will come out later this weekend. However, for those wondering how the final movie compares to the widely panned 2016 trailer, I can give details right now. Be warned that this article contains mild spoilers for the film...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Battle: Roar to Victory" and "My Name Is KIM Bok-dong" Set to Benefit From Anti-Japan Boycott

2019/07/29 | Permalink

While "The Battle: Roar to Victory" and "My name is KIM Bok-dong" have been in production for quite some time, the very different films, one a major blockbuster and the second a documentary, are being released in a highly charged cultural moment. In a time where buying Japanese products and going on Japanese vacations is frowned upon, both movies stoke that sentiment...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Screening Canceled at Chinese Film Festival

2019/07/29 | Permalink

"Parasite" was set to be the closing film of the thirteenth annual FIRST International Film Festival in Xining this year. However, just one day before the film was set to screen on July 28th the screening was canceled due to technical difficulties. There are suspicions about whether this was the actual reason, or whether the real problem was the film's content...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Joo-hyuk Spoken to About New Noh Hee-kyeong Project

2019/07/29 | Permalink

A representative for Noh Hee-kyeong confirmed on July 29th that while the screenwriter's new project does not have a synopsis or dialog, it does have relevant actors under consideration for the roles. Nam Joo-hyuk was specifically named as an actor who had been asked if his schedule was clear...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Jin-hee Jumps From Small Acting Roles to Variety Shows With 'Running Man'

2019/07/29 | Permalink

Jang Jin-hee has been attracting attention for her recent July 28th appearance on the popular variety show 'Running Man'...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The King's Letters"

2019/07/27 | Permalink

In the fairly morbid opening setpiece to "The King's Letters" King Sejong (played by Song Kang-ho) is very grumpily enduring an official ceremony that's being conducted in spoken Chinese, because at this time Korea is still using the Chinese script. Thunderclouds approach and then King Sejong goes home and destroys a bunch of books. In theory, such actions might be intended to make us appreciate King Sejong's passion toward the idea of a Korean script. But in practice? He just looks like a jerk...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Wrath" Screening in Fantasia 2019

2019/07/27 | Permalink

Remake of the 1986 horror film "Cry of a Woman", "The Wrath" places its story in the newly found favorite setting of Korean horror, the Joseon era, and attempts to include as many themes of the genre possible. Let us see how it fares...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Dogs in the House"

2019/07/27 | Permalink

Watching a film that combines thriller, crime, drama, comedy, violence, home-invasion and a stage-play basis is always a pleasure, particularly since Shin Hae-gang has managed to mold the aforementioned elements into something compact, headed by a great performance by Kim Young-ho, which netted him the Best Actor Award in BIFAN...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Guns and Talks"

2019/07/27 | Permalink

In the extremely cool opening setpiece to "Guns and Talks" a team of professional hitmen played by Shin Hyun-joon, Jung Jae-young, Shin Ha-kyun, and Won Bin meticulously set up a bunch of seemingly unrelated steps in a complex assassination plot. Their movements are perfectly set to some very hip electronic music. With every beat they step closer to the climax until finally everyone is dead and the asssassins themselves are mostly out of the way. Then they go home and we find out they're idiots...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Welcome to "Strangers from Hell"

2019/07/26 | Permalink

We finally see the questionable neighbors of "Strangers from Hell" in their element, namely their tiny gosiwon- or dorm-style apartments where this social terror will be taking place for our poor protagonist. The drama has released two versions of a 'gosiwon teaser', giving the place itself the feel of a character...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ji-suk Set to Replace Kang Ji-hwan on "Joseon Survival"

2019/07/26 | Permalink

On July 27th Seo Ji-suk will replace Kang Ji-hwan for the final six episodes of "Joseon Survival". Publicity stills have been released showing Seo Ji-suk in the role of Jeong-rok, the archer turned delivery driver turned time traveler who is the drama's main character...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King's Letters" Cleared of Plagiarism Allegation

2019/07/26 | Permalink

"The King's Letters" released on July 24th as originally scheduled following a court ruling which stated that it was difficult to see the film as an infringement on the copyright of the non-fiction book 'The Road to the Korean Alphabet'. The court ruled that, aside from being based on the same historical event, the book and the movie did not have any obvious actionable similarities...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Wins Best Actor at Korea Gold Awards Film Festival

2019/07/26 | Permalink

On July 25th the 39th Korea Gold Awards Film Festival was held at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul. Jung Woo-sung came away with the grand acting prize for his role in "Innocent Witness". "The Spy Gone North" won for best film...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Photographed in Monaco

2019/07/26 | Permalink

On July 25th Song Hye-kyo's makeup artist posted a picture to her Instagram of Song Hye-kyo at the Chateau Gala in Monaco...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Hyun-chul Joins "Bogota"

2019/07/26 | Permalink

Cho Hyun-chul has been confirmed to be a part of the upcoming film "Bogota" by director Kim Seong-je. Cho Hyun-chul will be playing the role of a Korean immigrant in nineties-era Colombia. He joins Song Joong-ki and Ryoo Seung-beom as confirmed cast members. This will be his first collaboration with any of these men...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Leads Animation Films in South Korea

2019/07/25 | Permalink

In its first day of domestic release the South Korean animated film "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" has outperformed all other animated films at the domestic box office and continues to lead them in reservations on the strength of positive word of mouth. Its main direct competition is the latest Detective Conan movie, other animated films having been released weeks previously...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Takes Legal Action Against Rumors

2019/07/25 | Permalink

On July 25th South Korean police claimed that actress Song Hye-kyo has filed an official complaint regarding rumors concerning the recently divorced actress. The petition was filed by an employee for Song Hye-kyo's agency, UAA. In a statement UAA confirmed that they had sent a representative to file the complaint in response to various malicious comments made against Song Hye-kyo...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mt. Baekdu" Finishes Shooting

2019/07/25 | Permalink

As of July 21st, the upcoming major film "Mt. Baekdu" has finished shooting. "Mt. Baekdu" stars Ha Jung-woo, Suzy, Lee Byung-hun, and Ma Dong-seok in a massive effort to try and prevent the titular mountain from erupting...More

[HanCinema's News] CJ Chairman Emphasizes Importance of Movies as Culture

2019/07/25 | Permalink

On July 25th CJ released the contents of a meeting that took place between CJ Chairman Lee Jae-hyun and relevant employees in CJ's film department. The purpose of the meeting was to congratulate them on their work in bringing attention to "Parasite"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Golden Garden" Quickly Outperforms Record of Its Predecessor "Different Dreams"

2019/07/25 | Permalink

Following the disappointing performance of "Different Dreams" it was little surprise that the drama's successor, "Golden Garden", would try to do something more well worn and traditonal in its Saturday night time slot...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo's Translator Clears Misconceptions About Hong Kong Interview

2019/07/24 | Permalink

Following reports of a Song Hye-kyo interview in the Hong Kong magazine Tatler Song Hye-kyo's personal translator has had to step in to clear up some confusion. Because Song Hye-kyo's original comments were translated into Cantonese and then translated back into Korean when the story made it back to Korea, much of the original meaning was inaccurately lost...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Bong Joon-ho Praises "The King's Letters"

2019/07/24 | Permalink

On July 24th Megabox released a new trailer for "The King's Letters" featuring testimonials. Director Bong Joon-ho of the recent hit "Parasite" appears in the trailer, offering his positive recommendation for the movie...More

[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Survival" Cast and Crew Hurt by Kang Ji-hwan's Fall From Grace

2019/07/24 | Permalink

When "Joseon Survival" lost lead actor Kang Ji-hwan to scandal the damage was much more severe than the drama simply losing a lead actor. His former co-stars Kyung Soo-jin, Song Won-seok, and Park Se-wan were subsidized by Kang Ji-hwan's participation. Kang Ji-hwan was also the main source of funding for the project, and his ties to the drama were responsible for the hair, makeup, and even the costuming...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Jae-hyun's Career Still Uncertain Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

2019/07/24 | Permalink

Cho Jae-hyun has long been a high profile actor in the South Korean film industry, but since his abrupt disappearance from "Cross" there are no indications that he is making a comeback. Though he pledged to try and make a turnaround from his guilty heart following an admission that he had sexually harassed junior staff, Cho Jae-hyun now seems permanently out of the South Korean entertainment industry...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Hyun-jung Still Under Scrutiny Following Departure From "Return"

2019/07/24 | Permalink

Go Hyun-jung made headlines in early 2018 when she abruptly left the popular drama "Return" after a dispute with director Joo Dong-min with only two episodes to go. While Joo Dong-min went on to make "Last Empress", Go Hyun-jung's future was more uncertain. She appeared to seal her chance for a comeback with a starring role in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment", a drama which earned excellent ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Wooshik Releases Behind the Scenes "Parasite" Photos to Celebrate Ten Million Views

2019/07/23 | Permalink

On July 23rd Choi Wooshik posted some until now unseen behind the scenes photos of "Parasite" on SNS. The accompanying text to the photos is simply, a big thank you for ten million...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo's Statements in Hong Kong Take on Belated Significance

2019/07/23 | Permalink

Following the surprising speed with which Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki completed their formal divorce yesterday, more attention is being paid to an interview Song Hye-kyo recently gave in Hong Kong. In the interview Song Hye-kyo states, among other things, that she needs time to herself...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki Remove All Traces of Each Other From Social Media Accounts

2019/07/23 | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki have now fully separated from each other's lives...More

[HanCinema's News] "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" Begins Promotional Push

2019/07/23 | Permalink

With September just around the corner Lotte Entertainment has started pushing its upcoming fall release "Tazza: One Eyed Jack", an ensemble piece revolving around poker. This marks a departure from the previous movies, "Tazza: The High Rollers" and "Tazza: The Hidden Card", which were about Go-Stop...More

[HanCinema's News] Virally Mocked "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Finally Receives Domestic Korean Release

2019/07/23 | Permalink

Back in 2016 a trailer for "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" made its rounds on the Internet. The trailer, which featured an English language cast, baffled animation fans with its bizarre premise of an apparently svelte princess who transforms into an overweight slob when she takes off her magical red shoes. Reception toward the film turned explicitly hostile with its 2017 marketing campaign and Cannes which was criticized for promoting body image issues...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Dude in Me" Screening at Fantasia 2019

2019/07/22 | Permalink

The body swap theme has been done a number of times in world cinema, with "Daddy You, Daughter Me" presenting Korea's latest (probably) take on the subject, two years ago. And while "the bullied who becomes the hero" concept is here once more, Kang-hyo-jin has managed to shoot a film that stands out, particularly because he included elements of a crime movie and a series of impressive action scenes...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Breaks Ten Million Mark

2019/07/22 | Permalink

Fifty three days after its initial theatrical release "Parasite" has achieved ten million admissions at the box office. This puts "Parasite" in an elite class of South Korean box office hits, even though the film was designed as an art house project rather than a blockbuster...More

[HanCinema's News] IU Thanks Lee Joon-gi for Appearing on "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/07/22 | Permalink

IU's Instagram

On July 21st IU posted an Instagram photo of herself and Lee Joon-gi on the set of "Hotel Del Luna". The photo is in reference to a special guest appearance made by Lee Joon-gi on the drama, an appearance organized because Lee Joon-gi wanted to express his friendship to her...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's Officially Divorced

2019/07/22 | Permalink

On July 22nd at 10 in the morning at Seoul Family Court Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's divorce was finalized. The speed with which this was accomplished was a big surprise to legal observers, who anticipated at least three months would be necessary. Song Joong-ki's initial filing was only a month ago...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Talks About Her Husband Ahn Jae-hyun

2019/07/22 | Permalink

While doing an interview promoting her new novel Ku Hye-sun has had a few choice words about her husband. Though some have wondered about his increasing visibility while Ku Hye-sun has been out of public view, Ku Hye-sun has expressed relief at the state of Ahn Jae-hyun's career, expressing happiness that he's grown beyond just being known as her husband...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hyuk-kwon and Jo Soo-hyang's Relationship Status Still Unconfirmed

2019/07/22 | Permalink

Back in March Ilgan Sports published a story alleging that actors Park Hyuk-kwon of "The Nokdu Flower" and Jo Soo-hyang of the upcoming drama "The Tale of Nokdu" were in a relationship. The source claimed that the two have introverted personalities, but that they were a natural match for each other once they started talking...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Homme Fatale"

2019/07/20 | Permalink

Saek (played by Lee Junho) was born into a gisaeng house. Now, a normal boy born into a gisaeng house would leave it and do something else upon passing into adulthood. But Saek? He actually really likes being there. Saek refuses to take obvious hints that he should leave, the result being silly slapstick sequences that eventually grow to encompass weird homeless guy Yook-gap (played by Choi Gwi-hwa) who acts as a generally unhelpful male influence as Saek tries to bring gender equality to the notion of courtesans...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue"

2019/07/20 | Permalink

One time Japanese-American director Miki Dezaki posted a basic educational video to YouTube. The video made offhand reference to comfort women and some American dude who calls himself Texas Daddy yelled at him about it in his own YouTube video. Why would an American be offended by a Japanese-American guy talking about comfort women? Miki Dezaki had no idea, since he didn't really know much about comfort women in the first place. So he started investigating...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Uhm Ji-won Courted for TvN Drama Written by "Train to Busan" Director Yeon Sang-ho

2019/07/19 | Permalink

Dramaland is once again pulling out all the stops with "The Method", a woman-centric drama of epic credit proportions. Aside from courting the ever wonderful Uhm Ji-won, the upcoming tvN drama is set to be written by "Train to Busan" writer and director Yeon Sang-ho, and to be helmed by PD Kim Yong-wan, who wrote and directed the movie "Champion"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Invited to San Sebastian Film Festival

2019/07/19 | Permalink

"Parasite" has been invited to the Perlak section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. It will compete with seven other international films for the San Sebastian Audience Award among others in the Spanish film festival, which will run from September 20th to September 28th...More

[HanCinema's News] Messages Threatening Kang Ji-hwan's victims unveiled

2019/07/19 | Permalink

The KBS2 Entertainment news program Entertainment Weekly has revealed messages sent to Kang Ji-hwan's victims. The messages appear to be from Kang Ji-hwan's company, and warn of negative consequences as the Kang Ji-hwan story becomes familiar in the press...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo in-young Cast for "Good Casting"

2019/07/19 | Permalink

Yoo In-young will be playing the role of Im Ye-eun in the upcoming drama "Good Casting". This news come via her agency, WIP. The drama is expected to air on SBS sometime in November...More

[HanCinema's News] Stories Centered Around Young Women Taking Prominence in Korean Dramas

2019/07/19 | Permalink

A new trend is emerging of young women aiming for professional goals in Korean dramas. "Search: WWW" has been the main drama as of late on the subject, and it has just been joined by "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", a historical drama where the focus is not on great battles, but rather a young woman's determination to become a proper scholar in the face of prejudice...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrities Help Crowdfund for Comfort Woman Documentary "My Name Is KIM Bok-dong"

2019/07/19 | Permalink

On July 16th the upcoming comfort woman documentary "My name is KIM Bok-dong" started crowdfunding. In only two days it achieved its target of ten thousand dollars worth of donations...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Jang Hyuk, Jin Seo-yeon and Choi Soo-young Courted for OCN Drama "Call It Like You See It"

2019/07/18 | Permalink

OCN comes in for the kill once more, and it's bringing quite the army. Jang Hyuk is back on the channel and although it's not for more "Voice", we'll be getting a reunion with its PD, Kim Hong-seon-I. On the recruitment process gunning for our hearts with him are Jin Seo-yeon and Choi Soo-young...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-eun Wins Best Supporting Actress at Chunsa Film Festival

2019/07/18 | Permalink

On July 18th Lee Jung-eun won the best supporting actress award for her role in "Parasite" at the 24th annual Chunsa Film Festival. In her acceptance speech, Lee Jung-eun spoke warmly of her mother's references to success from the festival, saying that it put her in a good mood for the night...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Soo-min-IV on Married Life

2019/07/18 | Permalink

Lee Soo-min-IV's Instagram

On July 17th action choreographer Lee Soo-min-IV posted a status update about his life following his marriage with actress Sun-Woo Sun...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast of "Doctor Detective" Discusses the Drama

2019/07/18 | Permalink

Ahead of the premiere of "Doctor Detective" the cast of the drama had a chance to discuss their work on the drama as well as each other. Rie Young-zin said that, having heard of Bong Tae-gyu since her debut long ago, it was a pleasure to start working with him and discover he still had much youthful energy as well as ideas for how the drama should go...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-hwan Under Investigation for Illicit Drug Use

2019/07/18 | Permalink

Police have announced that in addition to sexual assault charges Kang Ji-hwan is also under suspicion for the use of illicit substances. The reason for this is that when police arrived at Kang Ji-hwan's home in response to an emergency call, he was acting very strangely and they were surprised to learn that he was the alleged assailant...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew of "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" Discusses the Drama

2019/07/18 | Permalink

Ahead of "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"'s premiere the cast and crew have discussed what they were trying to do with the drama. Director Kang Il-soo has described the story as one of personal growth for women in the nineteenth century who worked in the palaces. He described having heard about women who pretended to be illiterate so as to avoid written advances, and thought this was a good foundation for a fun story...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Idol" Screening at Fantasia 2019

2019/07/17 | Permalink

Five years after the great "Han Gong-ju", Lee Su-jin returns with his second feature film, an intense crime thriller of 144 minutes. Let us see how he fared...More

[HanCinema's News] Second Quarter South Korean Film Sales up 20% From Last Year

2019/07/17 | Permalink

The second quarter of 2019 has been a significant improvement over 2018 for the domestic South Korean box office. From the period of April to June, 2019 saw a 20% increase in viewers, from 45.1% in 2018 to 54% in 2019...More

[HanCinema's News] Photos From Sun-Woo Sun and Lee Soo-min-IV's Wedding

2019/07/17 | Permalink

The Happy Married Company has released photos of the wedding ceremony between Sun-Woo Sun and Lee Soo-min-IV, which took place in July 14th. The black-and-white and color pictures show the couple on the aisle at their ceremony...More

[HanCinema's News] August 28th Release Date Confirmed for "Tune in for Love"

2019/07/17 | Permalink

"Tune in for Love", the latest movie from popular stars Kim Go-eun and Jung Hae-in, has been confirmed for an August 28th release date...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-hwan Joins Small Club of Actors That Have Been Replaced

2019/07/17 | Permalink

Following allegations that he raped staff at his management company, Kang Ji-hwan was forcibly removed from his still airing drama "Joseon Survival". As the drama was as yet unfinished, the production company had to replace him with Seo Ji-suk. Though direct actor replacements are rare, at times they have been unavoidable in recent years...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" Takes Over for "One Spring Night" in the New Good Data Report

2019/07/17 | Permalink

The new Good Data Report is out for the second week of July. In the report, "Hotel Del Luna" takes a commanding lead in its first week with a total of 25.87% of all social media references to major dramas surveyed. This is the highest opening week for a drama on the Good Data Report this year, and the second highest of all time. IU and Yeo Jin-goo are also number one and two for entertainers on the report...More

[HanCinema's News] Lawyer Argues That Kang Ji-hwan Was Not Drunk When He Committed Crimes

2019/07/16 | Permalink

Following Kang Ji-hwan's full confession to crimes of sexual assault and rape, it is clear that Kang Ji-hwan's claim of being drunken and not remembering what happened was not taken seriously by authorities. But more than simply failing to be a mitigating circumstance, an attorney working for the victims has argued that Kang Ji-hwan was not drunk at all...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Soo-min-IV on Marriage to Sun-Woo Sun

2019/07/16 | Permalink

At a press conference for their wedding Lee Soo-min-IV made some brief statements on why he was marrying Sun-Woo Sun. Their relationship has attracted much attention since its initial announcement due to the eleven year age gap between the couple...More

[HanCinema's News] Sun-Woo Sun on Marriage to Lee Soo-min-IV

2019/07/16 | Permalink

Lee Soo-min-IV's Instagram

On July 16th the SBS entertainment news program 'Access Showbiz Tonight' interviewed Sun-Woo Sun on her marriage to martial arts director Lee Soo-min-IV, who is eleven years younger than her. The interview took place on her wedding day, July 14th...More

[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Survival" Cut Down to Sixteen Episodes From Its Original Twenty

2019/07/16 | Permalink

Following the announcement that Seo Ji-suk will replace Kang Ji-hwan in the leading role on "Joseon Survival", TV Chosun also announced that the episode run would be reduced. "Joseon Survival" was planned to run for twenty episodes, and will now only run for sixteen...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Beast" Premieres on Video on Demand Services Following Poor Box Office Performance

2019/07/16 | Permalink

While "The Beast" is still playing in (very few) theaters, Next Entertainment World has already released the film on On Demand Services in South Korea domestically. The crime thriller is the latest film from Lee Jeong-ho, who also directed "Broken" and "Bestseller" and has long worked in the South Korean film industry adapting scripts...More

[HanCinema's News] Short Hair Popularized in Hot Summer Weather

2019/07/15 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye set off a big stir earlier when she changed her haircut and with it, her entire look. For "Abyss" Park Bo-young similarly tried to rework her image (to limited success) by using short hair to emphasize her character's more action-oriented lifestyle. Jo Yeo-jung has shown diametrically different kinds of housewives with her own short haircut for the film "Parasite" and the drama "Beautiful World"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Keeps Speaking Out About Refugees

2019/07/15 | Permalink

On July 13th Jung Woo-sung discussed on Instagram how constant rains and flooding over the past two weeks in Bangladesh are still affecting some 24,000 Rohingya refugees in the area...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" Tracking Well in Ratings

2019/07/15 | Permalink

Following the disappointing performance of the first two parts of "Arthdal Chronicles" tvN has been hungry for an obvious win with "Hotel Del Luna". So far indications for the drama are strong. While "Arthdal Chronicles" closed out at 6.771%, "Hotel Del Luna" picked up 7.327% and 7.653% ratings in its first two outings...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" Attracting Attention for Distinct Fashion

2019/07/15 | Permalink

One of the ways "Hotel Del Luna" has managed to quickly distinguish itself among currently airing dramas is its peculiar fashion sense. The styles of the clothes the characters wear, while not always consistent, tend to hue to a 1930's aesthetic, with colorful gloves, vests, and even cumberbunds being the norm...More

[HanCinema's News] Crew for "Encounter" Still Haven't Been Paid Even as "Hotel Del Luna" Broadcasts

2019/07/15 | Permalink

Human Art, the company responsible for the set team on "Hotel Del Luna", has been under attack for failing to pay back wages. On social media a person claiming to have worked for the set team in "Encounter" has said that employees are still owed approximately two hundred thousand dollars for work done on that drama...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Two Person at the same town SE2"

2019/07/13 | Permalink

In the first segment of "Two person at the same town SE2" a man tries to sell a bicycle to a woman who answered his ad. The scene's interplay is weird. The two are strangers, engaged in a monetary transaction. But the story quickly degenerates into ambiguous flirting- because when dealing with the opposite sex, flattery is one of the surest ways to get a good deal. The single shot story is mundane yet nearly documentarian in its realist depiction of how people buy and sell secondhand bicycles...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Long Way Around"

2019/07/13 | Permalink

Though director Lee Seung-hyun is only thirty years old, he draws on a wealth of footage taken from his own lifetime to put together "A Long Way Around", a documentary depicting various comfort women as they emerge from obscurity in the early nineties. The reason why they pop up then is because that's when the experience of wartime prostitutes under the Japanese Empire became a nationalist issue in South Korea. And by that time, they were already starting to die of old age...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Im Si-wan Meets Questionable Neighbors in New "Strangers from Hell" Teasers

2019/07/12 | Permalink

Im Si-wan's protagonist is about to experience a severe case of stranger danger in OCN's upcoming "Strangers from Hell". The drama is the next installment in the channel's 'Dramatic Cinema' project, so we can expect some hefty work put into its production quality...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Has Now Opened in Over Ten Domestic Film Markets

2019/07/12 | Permalink

Following its Palme d'Or victory at the Cannes Film Festival "Parasite" has had successful mainstream releases in a large number of territories. The film has nearly hit ten million viewers since its May 30th release in South Korea and has also broken records for Korean films released in Vietnam, France, Indonesia, and New Zealand...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Ji-hyun Making Comeback as Cosmetics Model

2019/07/12 | Permalink

With Jun Ji-hyun's children getting older, and Song Hye-kyo's divorce fresh in the news, the former actress is making something of a comeback in cosmetics promotion. While Jun Ji-hyun has always had a strong profile as a brand promoter, lately she has not had as much exposure...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-hwan Taken into Police Custody

2019/07/12 | Permalink

As has already been planned, Kang Ji-hwan was taken into custody on July 12th at noon...More

[HanCinema's News] Political Dramas Raising the Genre's South Korean Profile

2019/07/12 | Permalink

With the airing of "Chief of Staff" and "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" the profile of political dramas in the South Korean market is rising. While both dramas are currently hovering in the 4% range for overall ratings, only average in the current market, such genre fiction was almost never seen locally up until now...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyun-I Cast for "The Great Show"

2019/07/12 | Permalink

Six Oceans Agency has confirmed that Kim Hyun-I, an actress they represent, will be appearing in "The Great Show" later this year. In a statement, they said she had been cast as Mi-sook, and anticipated she would bring much fun to the production...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Kim Sejeong Needs More Than Sheep for a Good Night's Sleep in "I Wanna Hear Your Song"

2019/07/11 | Permalink

Upcoming mystery rom-com drama "I Wanna Hear Your Song" is making one cutesy entrance, wooing yours truly with fluffy sheep and a fresh and unconventional start to this oddball romance. The newly released posters as well as the previously released teaser are simple and all charm...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Confused for Similarly Titled Erotic Japanese Film in Taiwan

2019/07/11 | Permalink

Since its release on June 28th "Parasite" has done reasonably well in the Taiwanese market. It has made thirty five million Taiwanese dollars at the local box office and placed third in the overall box office rankings for both weeks. However, confusion began on July 5th with the release of the Japanese film 'Parasitic Wave'...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Kang Ji-hwan Interview Goes Into His Drinking Habits

2019/07/11 | Permalink

A recently rediscovered interview from 2016 has put recent sexual assault allegations against Kang Ji-hwan in a new light. The interview was conducted on November 24th of that year by Ilgan Sports, who uploaded it to YouTube...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Publishes a Novel

2019/07/11 | Permalink

While Ku Hye-sun has been absent from traditional venues of the South Korean entertainment industry as of late, she has still been active creatively. On May 27th she published the novel 'Heart Shaped Tears', a humorous difficult to hate love story about a luckless woman named Soju who can't say no and the man, Sangsik, who she falls in love with...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon and the Rest of "The Divine Fury" Cast Holds Showcase at Lotte World

2019/07/11 | Permalink

Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan and director Kim Joo-hwan

On July 11th Park Seo-joon and the rest of the cast of "The Divine Fury" appeared for a special showcase at Lotte World. Director Kim Joo-hwan, Ahn Sung-ki, and Woo Do-hwan were also in attendance. South Korean press was on hand to document the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Watcha Play Releases Results of 'Killing Eve' Fantasy Casting

2019/07/11 | Permalink

On July 11th Watcha Play released the results of its Killing Eve fantasy casting event. The BBC spy thriller starring ethnic Korean Sandra Oh in the leading role has been highly acclaimed, and while there are no current plans for a South Korean version, Watcha Play nonetheless was curious who would be the most popular picks for the leading roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-hwan Events Have All Been Canceled

2019/07/10 | Permalink

On July 10th Kang Ji-hwan's agency Hwai Brothers Korea announced that they were canceling all events involving the actor. This comes in response to his arrest on July 9th for alleged sexual assault...More

[HanCinema's News] "One Spring Night" Overtakes "Arthdal Chronicles" in Latest Good Data Report

2019/07/10 | Permalink

In its sixth week "One Spring Night" finally broke through the top of the Good Data report, which measures the popularity of dramas on social media. Its overall percentage of 11.84% just barely won out over "Arthdal Chronicles", which had 11.62% of the total comments surveyed for the first week of July...More

[HanCinema's News] Title Behind "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" Explained

2019/07/10 | Permalink

The new Channel A drama "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has attracted a lot of attention for its racy title. However, now that the drama has started airing "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" takes on a functional meaning, rather than a metaphorical one...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Ara Focused on Ankle Recovery Post "Haechi"

2019/07/10 | Permalink

On July 8th Go Ara posted a picture of herself on Instagram doing pilates stretching on her ankle. The tone was optimistic. In a message she mentioned how she can bend down to her knee now...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's Divorce Expected to Be Finalized in Three to Six Months

2019/07/10 | Permalink

Though Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo have announced their intent to divorce and filed proper paperwork, it is somewhat awkwardly still not correct to call them ex-spouses. Legal technicalities prevent them from being able to make a fast, clear break. Legal experts have suggested that three months from now is the earliest the divorce can come through...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yeol-eum Unlikely to Face Consequences for Eating Endangered Clams

2019/07/09 | Permalink

Following news of Lee Yeol-eum leading the performers of 'Law of the Jungle' in eating endangered clams, many have wondered how likely she is to face prison time for her actions. Under Thai law eating endangered claims can catch a penalty of up to five years in prison. On July 9th reporter Jang Yong-jin appeared on the KBS radio program 'Kim is the Best' to discuss likely outcomes...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho Becomes Official Spokesperson of Sejong Korean Language Schools

2019/07/09 | Permalink

On July 9th at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaze Hotel in Seoul Lee Min-ho officially became an ambassador for Sejong Korean Language Schools. The event was held at the 2019 World Korean Educators Conference...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew for "Investigation Partners Season 2" Hint at a Possible Third Season

2019/07/09 | Permalink

At a press conference for "Investigation Partners Season 2" held on July 8th cast and crew for the drama have suggested that there is strong interest at MBC for a third season and that they are expecting a decision soon. "Invesigation Partners Season 2" was itself teased before the original "Investigation Partners" had finished, lending plausibility to the suggestion...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-jae's Wardrobe in "Chief of Staff" Praised for Realism

2019/07/09 | Permalink

With a navy blue jacket, grey pants, a solid colored necktie, and a cleric shirt, Lee Jung-jae's wardrobe in "Chief of Staff" has been attracting a lot of attention. But in contrast to "Her Private Life", where leading man Kim Jae-wook's outfit was appealing emotionally, Lee Jung-jae's outfit stands out for its sheer practicality...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Posts Instagram Photo

2019/07/09 | Permalink

On July 9th Ku Hye-sun posted a photo on Instagram. There was no text attached to the photo, only an emoticon bearing a similar form to that of a heart...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Attends First Public Event Following Divorce Announcement

2019/07/08 | Permalink

On July 6th Song Hye-kyo made her first public appearance following the divorce announcement concerning her and Song Joong-ki. The event was to promote the brand of cosmetics Sulwhasoo for the Chinese company Hainan...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hae-mi's Name up for New Drama, The First Following Her Divorce

2019/07/08 | Permalink

KBS2 has confirmed that they are considering Park Hae-mi for their upcoming drama "Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life". If confirmed, this would be Park Hae-mi's first drama since her divorce from her husband...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Eun-woo, Ong Seong-wu, and Ji Chang-wook Herald Return of Softer Male Image to Korean Dramas

2019/07/08 | Permalink

On July 17th Cha Eun-woo's new drama, "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", is set to begin. In contrast to the more aggressive male leads that have featured in South Korean dramas as of late, Cha Eun-woo will be playing more of a supportive role in regards to the title character's scholarly ambitions in the Joseon period. Other dramas soon to begin will also feature softer male images...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Last Empress" and "Arthdal Chronicles" Under Fire for Overworking Staff

2019/07/08 | Permalink

Figures released by South's Korea Broadcasting Staff Union have shown just how bad shooting conditions are for laborers in South Korean dramas. "The Last Empress" and "Arthdal Chronicles" have long been criticized for bad working conditions, but more exact figures drawn from the workers themselves have shown the shooting hours to be appalingly long...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Joong-ki Enjoying Himself With "Victory" Co-stars

2019/07/08 | Permalink

Over the weekend the Sing Tao Daily of Hong Kong published a picture of Song Joong-ki hanging out with persons associated with his upcoming film "Victory". In the picture Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, and other less famous persons whose faces are removed for privacy appear to be having a good time...More

[HanCinema's Photo] November July 7, 2019

2019/07/07 | Permalink

Steak and asparagus

When you head down to Common Ground near Kongkuk University, you're not only in for a fun day of shopping in the bright blue mall made out of blue containers filled with fashion-savvy shops, but there are an assortment of tasty restaurants ready to welcome you...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Daytime Picnic"

2019/07/06 | Permalink

In the first short film of the omnibus "A Daytime Picnic" director Kang Dong-wan plays with an interesting idea- about how little musical taste matters. When first we see the main family, they are recoiling in disgust about loud music on the way to their family picnic. But then they get to the campsite, and observe a younger couple dressed up in full punk rock costumes take out their baby and move into the neighboring site. This younger couple is actually quite nice and well-adjusted for their strange appearance...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Someone Special"

2019/07/06 | Permalink

You know how in a lot of romances the guy seems like an indifferent jerk, but as we get to know him, we see that his inner thoughts are actually quite complex? "Someone Special" subverts this idea right away when its lead character Chi-seong (played by Jung Jae-young) gets some bad news, and while he looks stoic on the outside, on the inside, we can see that he wants to throw a temper tantrum. This character trait recurs as Chi-seong is thrown into increasingly frustrating and implausible contrivances. Even meeting I-yeon (played by Lee Na-young) is of little help...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "My Dear Keum-hong" + Full Movie

2019/07/06 | Permalink

People say that opposites attract and the phrase could not be mirrored more eloquently than in the relationship between the Fauvist painter Bon-woong and Lee  Sang, a poet and writer, which occurred during the period of Japanese Imperialism in Korea. "My Dear Keum-hong" is the story of this friendship that eventually became an unfulfilled love triangle...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" and Jeon Jong-seo Among 24th Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominations

2019/07/05 | Permalink

On July 18th the Chunsa Film Art Awards ceremony will be held. The Chunsa Film Festival is the most prestigious of the various South Korean award ceremonies. In contrast to the other ones, which have broader voting bodies and focus principally on mainstream films, the Chunsa Film Festival's nominations are decided by five highly respected local film critics and voted on by South Korean film directors...More

[HanCinema's News] Choo Ja-hyun Talks About her Mother-in-law of Chinese Variety Show

2019/07/05 | Permalink

Following Choo Ja-hyun's wedding, interest in her relationship with Chinese actor Yu Xiaoguang has been perking up. A Chinese variety show has featured Choo Ja-hyun talking about her mother-in-law in events dating back to 2014...More

[HanCinema's News] Past Footage From 'Taste of Love' Suggests Landmarks in Oh Chang-suk's New Relationship

2019/07/05 | Permalink

On July 2nd Oh Chang-suk's agency confirmed that the actor was in a relationship with Lee Chae-eun, a woman who he dated on a still-airing variety program...More

[HanCinema's News] Saetbyeol Recovering From Car Accident on Eve of "Chubby Romance - Season 2" Launch

2019/07/05 | Permalink

Saetbyeol and Guseul were recently in a car accident. The incident happened on July 2nd. The members of the girl group Girls' Alert were on their way home at around 8:40 PM. The cause of the accident was determined to be carelessness on the part of the other car's driver...More

[HanCinema's News] JTBC and KBS Emerge as Leaders in Big Hits

2019/07/05 | Permalink

While overall drama viewership is down, some individual titles are bucking the trend and proving to be quite popular. At the same time, there is no obvious commonality between these many titles, distorting the drama marketplace. Ambitious big budget productions are being left behind as more offbeat unusual topics attract stronger interest...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Sets Record at Vietnamese Box Office

2019/07/04 | Permalink

In addition to success on the film festival circuit and the domestic box office "Parasite" has also proven surprisingly popular in other markets as well. The Palme d'Or winning film from director Bong Joon-ho has just passed the two million dollar mark in the Vietnamese market, beating the previous record of 1.86 million dollars made by "Train to Busan" in 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Tale of Nokdu" Suspends Production in Wake of Jeon Mi-sun's Death

2019/07/04 | Permalink

Reports from persons connected to "The Tale of Nokdu" have confirmed that as of July 4th, the drama has been suspended in response to Jeon Mi-sun's death. The drama is expected to begin shooting soon, but is currently behind schedule, as the production team is still grieving Jeon Mi-sun...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Chang-suk and "Princess Aurora - Drama" Come Back in Cable Syndication

2019/07/04 | Permalink

The South Korean television network HighlightTV has started rebroadcasting "Princess Aurora - Drama". The infamous 2013 daily drama was a ratings hit, but its reputation is almost entirely due to prolonged popular mockery of its bizarre, generally nonsensical storyline. The drama was the source of the infamous line about how cancer cells are also alive, and thus worthy of respect...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Jin-woo Returns to his Wife and Baby Daughter in Japan

2019/07/04 | Permalink

Now that "The Secret Life of My Secretary" is finished, Song Jin-woo, who played the part of Detective Woo, has gone back to Japan to be with his wife and daughter. Lee Si-eon, who was visiting the couple, became the subject of criticism on social media for posting pictures of himself in Japan in the midst of a trade war between South Korea and Japan...More

[HanCinema's News] Choo Ja-hyun Cries in Han Ji-min's Arms at her Wedding

2019/07/04 | Permalink

On the latest episode of the second season of 'Same Bed Different Dreams' new footage from Choo Ja-hyun's wedding with Chinese actor Yu Xiaoguang appears. In the footage Han Ji-min is preparing to give welcoming remarks for the ceremony. Han Ji-min tells Choo Ja-hyun not to cry, but she does anyway, and they end up hugging...More

[HanCinema's News] Yim Soon-rye and Hong Kyung-pyo Invited to Join Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

2019/07/03 | Permalink

According to a report from Variety, Yim Soon-rye and Hong Kyung-pyo have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Members of the Academy, as it is more informally called, are responsible for voting for the best pictures of the year in the United States centered Academy Awards ceremony...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun to Spend Time With his Younger Brother

2019/07/03 | Permalink

On July 3rd Park Yoo-chun's brother, Park Yoo-hwan, posted an English message on Twitter. The tweet reads, "Hi 바보 [fool]s! Today... I will not be streaming, going to spend time with hyung! Catch up with everything... Sorry! Will be streaming tomorrow though, I promise! Thank you again everyone"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Chubby Romance - Season 2" Releases Promotional Posters

2019/07/03 | Permalink

On July 5th the second season of the popular tvN Digital Drama "Chubby Romance" is set to begin. "Chubby Romance - Season 2" will continue the story of Soo-rin (played by Saetbyeol), a high school student who is learning to love herself no matter what she thinks she looks like...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Mi-sun Leaves Behind a Long Legacy in the South Korean Entertainment Industry

2019/07/03 | Permalink

In the wake of her death more attention is being paid to the sheer depth of Jeon Mi-sun's long career in the South Korean entertainment industry. She started working in dramas in 1989 and films in 1990. When the Korean Wave took off in the early 2000's, she was a well-established name...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Han-na Past and Present

2019/07/03 | Permalink

Following the first two episodes of "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" Kang Han-na has made a big impact as a special agent, going from wedding dress to cool collected professional in barely an instant...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Rain Contemplates Regret and Redemption in First Teaser for "Welcome 2 Life"

2019/07/02 | Permalink

Parallel worlds are trending in Dramaland again, and MBC's upcoming "Welcome 2 Life" introduces its concept of them with an emotional bang. Rain and Lim Ji-yeon's characters have several obstacles to overcome, and if one life is a challenge, two make for a brutal wake up call...More

[HanCinema's News] "Long Live the King" Passes One Million Viewers

2019/07/02 | Permalink

In two weeks "Long Live the King" has scored over a million admissions at the box office. The results are reasonable for a gangster themed action comedy, but far below expectations. Director Kang Yoon-Sung instantly became a big name in South Korean film thanks to "The Outlaws" in 2017, which made nearly seven million by comparison...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Mi-sun Receives SNS Eulogy From Plan Korea NGO

2019/07/02 | Permalink

Content warning: The following text includes mention of depression and suspected suicide.

On July 1st the Non Governmental Organization Plan Korea made a post on SNS praising the late Jeon Mi-sun. The post praised Jeon Mi-sun for her dedication to doing charity work, noting her personal presence at Plan Korea's various meetings and events, and how she would personally sell products brought in for donation...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Jong-seo of "Burning" Fame Has Gone to Hollywood

2019/07/02 | Permalink

On July 2nd Jeon Jong-seo 's agency, My Entertainment, confirmed that Jeon Jong-seo would be playing the lead role in the upcoming film 'Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon' from director Ana Lily Amirpour. While Jeon Jong-seo joined the cast of the movie back in April this is the first report that she is playing the lead role, rather than a supporting one...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Top Fifth Straight Week on Good Data Report

2019/07/02 | Permalink

"Arthdal Chronicles" has topped the Good Data report for five straight weeks. The latest report, which covers the fourth week of June, is also the first one to feature data following Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's divorce announcement. However, "Arthdal Chronicles" has actually lost some ground on raw metrics, and Song Joong-ki's position as a performer is unchanged at number three...More

[HanCinema's News] Lawsuit Filed Against "The King's Letters"

2019/07/02 | Permalink

On July 2nd Nanok Publishing filed an injunction to prevent the film from screening later this month. In a statement Nanok Publishing said that "The King's Letters" is based on a book for which they currently hold adaptation rights and for which they were not consulted...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Compared to Other South Korean Films That Premiered at Cannes

2019/07/01 | Permalink

Over the weekend "Parasite" passed the nine and a half million viewer mark and looks poised to break the ten million benchmark soon. While much of "Parasite"'s success is attributed to the Cannes Film Festival, these domestic numbers are unprecedented compared to previous South Korean films that competed there...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Sang-jin Posts Memorial Photos of Jeon Mi-sun on Instagram

2019/07/01 | Permalink

In the wake of Jeon Mi-sun's death actor Han Sang-jin has posted pictures of the departed woman in costume on Instagram. The pictures were taken while Jeon Mi-sun, Han Sang-jin, and others were filming scenes in 2015 for then current drama "Six Flying Dragons"...More

[HanCinema's News] Stress Has Damaged Song Joong-ki's Scalp

2019/07/01 | Permalink

Following reports by a person close to "Arthdal Chronicles" that the filming of the drama did damage to Song Joong-ki's scalp, Internet searches for corroborating photos of this have spiked. Many of the pictures turned up by such searches are misleading. One of the more misleading ones is actually a photo taken of Song Joong-ki during his military service...More

[HanCinema's News] TvN Has a Broad July Genre Slate With "Search: WWW", "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" and "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/07/01 | Permalink

With two new dramas in July of very different tone, tvN continues to reenforce its reputation as a leading creative drama network. While "Hotel Del Luna" as a high concept fantasy romance is well in line with the network's brand, it will be joining the workplace minded "Search: WWW" and the political thriller "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" in a fairly broad genre slate...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Tale of Nokdu" Expresses Regret at Jeon Mi-sun's Death

2019/07/01 | Permalink

A representative from the upcoming drama "The Tale of Nokdu" has released a statement saying that the cast and crew of the drama feel empty following Jeon Mi-sun's death. The reason for this is that Jeon Mi-sun had been cast in a minor role for the drama that had yet been unannounced...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Let Us Meet Now"

2019/06/29 | Permalink

In the third part of the "Let Us Meet Now" omnibus Jeong-eun (played by Lee Jung-eun of "Parasite" fame) is an older woman working two jobs to support her even older mother, who is suffering from dementia. The irony of such a story appearing in an omnibus that's ostensibly about North Koreans is dripping. It's little surprise that this story, 'Hello', came from director Boo Ji-young who made the union-driven film drama "Cart" a few years back...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Love As Much As Pain"

2019/06/29 | Permalink

I was reading an article recently about cost-effective philanthropy. The way it works is, that in some circumstances, making lots of money and then donating it is more efficient than trying to volunteer work yourself. I thought about this idea a lot during "Love As Much As Pain", a documentary about the missionary doctor Park Nu-ga, a man who offered free medical checkups and vitamins to obscure villages in the Phillipines. I thought about how ridiculous the base idea was- that the mere promise of money would be enough to get doctors out to these underserviced areas...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Move the Grave"

2019/06/29 | Permalink

In a cinema such as the Korean, where the masters (Park Chan-wook, Lee Chang-dong, Bong Joon-ho) and the crime thrillers dominate the narrative, it is always a pleasure to discover films such as "Move the Grave", who justify the title "hidden gem" entirely. Let us see what this is about though...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Doctor Detective" Hits us with Harsh Realities in First Teasers

2019/06/28 | Permalink

SBS's upcoming 'industrial accident mystery investigation' drama "Doctor Detective" reveals its three leads in its premiere teasers, and it paints the very real world where their struggles will take place. Park Jin-hee, Bong Tae-gyu and Lee Ki-woo are about to throw down, and lives are at stake...More

[HanCinema's News] Past Absence of Song Hye-kyo's Wedding Ring Given New Attention

2019/06/28 | Permalink

Following the news of Song Hye-kyo's divorce from Song Joong-ki, past photos of her wedding ring, or lack thereof, have been given new attention. Song Hye-kyo's wedding ring was noted to be absent during a November promotional event for "Encounter" as well as during a cosmetics launching event in March...More

[HanCinema's News] Advertisements Promoting Song Joong-ki's Wedding in his Hometown to Close Down

2019/06/28 | Permalink

The pending divorce of Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo is proving awkward for Song Joong-ki's hometown of Daejeon...More

[HanCinema's News] The Sad Ending to the Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo Love Story

2019/06/28 | Permalink

While accepting the best KBS acting award in 2016 Song Joong-ki described Song Hye-kyo as his most beautiful and lovely partner deserving of all honors. Song Hye-kyo responded in kind during her acceptance speech. There was more to their kind words then than just professional respect...More

[HanCinema's News] "Emergency Love Landing" Broadcast Days Still Unknown

2019/06/28 | Permalink

While "Emergency Love Landing" is expected to appear on tvN by the end of the year details about how it will be broadcast are still being worked out. The highly anticipated drama will star Son Ye-jin as a South Korean heiress who lands on the wrong side of the demilitarized zone by accident, where she runs across a North Korean played by Hyun Bin...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook and Lee El Rumored to Be in a Relationship

2019/06/28 | Permalink

On June 27th various online communities have called attention to social media images which suggest that Kim Jae-wook and Lee El may be in a relationship. The posts consist of photos of their hands with very similar rings, possibly couple rings...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho is Feeling the Heat in First Teaser for "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2019/06/27 | Permalink

July is coming in hot, particularly for those who have sold their soul to the prince of Hell himself. Upcoming tvN drama "When the Devil Calls Your Name" has released its first scorching teaser, giving us a pretty clear idea of the protagonist's fiery predicament...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Wooshik Thanks KOFIC for Efforts Promoting "Parasite" at Reception

2019/06/27 | Permalink

On June 26th the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) held a reception celebrating "Parasite"'s Palme d'Or win at the Cannes Film Festival. The purpose of the event was to act as a rewards bonus for those who had supported the film's production and distribution...More

[HanCinema's News] DCInside Fan Gallery Responds to Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki Split

2019/06/27 | Permalink

On June 27th the DCInside gallery for domestic South Korean dramas released a statement about Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki's planned divorce. This gallery was deemed the most appropriate venue to make a statement as "Descendants of the Sun", having finished three years ago, no longer had its own exclusive gallery...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo's Agency Makes Statement About her Divorce

2019/06/27 | Permalink

Shortly after Song Joong-ki's legal team announced that they filed divorce papers for the actor, Song Hye-kyo's agency came out with their own statement on the issue. They stated that both parties to the divorce had ultimately been unable to work out their differences and requested extensive speculation to be kept to a minimum...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum and "Encounter" Searches Spike in Response to Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's Divorce Announcement

2019/06/27 | Permalink

In the wake of Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's divorce announcement Park Bo-gum and "Encounter" have been rumored as possible causes. "Encounter" was Song Hye-kyo's first drama following her marriage to Song Joong-ki, and Park Bo-gum himself has been known as an old colleague to Song Joong-ki...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-young Wows Cameras at Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival Red Carpet

2019/06/27 | Permalink

Lee Si-young, best known in film for her recent role in "No Mercy - 2019", appeared on the red carpet for the Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival at Yongsan CGV...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Emerges as Early Contender for Oscars Next Year

2019/06/26 | Permalink

A recently published report by the American entertainment periodical Variety has singled out "Parasite" as a possible contender for next year's Academy Awards ceremony. While the mention is very brief, it has attracted strong attention, because "Parasite" is discussed alongisde domestic American films for a potential Best Picture nomination - it was not pigeonholed as being a strong contender only in the Best Foreign Film category...More

[HanCinema's News] Hype Continues to Build for Kim Da-mi

2019/06/26 | Permalink

Kim Da-mi has been a hot topic lately. Her name has come up in association with the upcoming drama "Itaewon Class". However, expectations are also high for an anticipated sequel "The Witch : Part 2" to "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Tae-ri Appears in "Search: WWW"

2019/06/26 | Permalink

On June 26th Lee Tae-ri made a special appearance in the tvN drama "Search: WWW". Confirmation of Lee Tae-ri's role was very last minute. His agency, Star House Entertainment, only confirmed it the previous day following earlier reports of his involvement. Lee Tae-ri's role in the drama was of Go Do-ri, a webtoon artist...More

[HanCinema's News] Stills and Theatrical Poster Released for "Master and Man - Movie"

2019/06/26 | Permalink

New publicity releases for "Master and Man - Movie" offer hints as to the movie's likely tone. On one end, the new posters shows off its three characters in the implied nude from the neck up, compared to the previous poster which simply showed their dangling naked legs...More

[HanCinema's News] "On Your Wedding Day" Co-stars Park Bo-young and Kim Young-kwang Disappoint With "Abyss" and "The Secret Life of My Secretary"

2019/06/26 | Permalink

Following the popular success of the film "On Your Wedding Day" last year Park Bo-young and Kim Young-kwang seemed like obvious choices to headline romantic themed television dramas. Instead, both "Abyss" and "The Secret Life of My Secretary" underperformed, begging questions as to just what went wrong...More

[HanCinema's News] Following Success of "Parasite" Expectations Are High for Song Kang-ho and "The King's Letters"

2019/06/25 | Permalink

While Song Kang-ho has already had a big hit this year in the form of "Parasite", his real major movie this year is "The King's Letters". Song Kang-ho will play the role of King Sejong, and depict the unseen agony and loneliness he went through for the sake of producing the Korean alphabet...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Nara Cast for "Itaewon Class"

2019/06/25 | Permalink

On June 25th jTBC confirmed that Kwon Nara was joining the cast of "Itaewon Class", an upcoming drama based on the popular webtoon of the same title. She is expected to play the role of Oh Soo-ah...More

[HanCinema's News] First Episode of "Love Playlist - Season 4" Scores Over a Million Views

2019/06/25 | Permalink

"Love Playlist - Season 4" has been attracting attention. The YouTube based drama has hit a million views in its first three days. The numbers are comparable to two other recent dramas that appear on the Playlist YouTube channel - "The Best Ending" and "A-TEEN 2". The rather tantalizing subtitle for "Playlist - Season 4" is 'The Worst Case Scenario for seeing your ex-boyfriend'...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Doing a Photoshoot in Paris

2019/06/25 | Permalink

Since the conclusion of "Her Private Life" Kim Jae-wook has been scarce. Pictures were recently released showing that the actor has been doing a photoshoot in Paris for the Spring/Summer 2020 collection of the English menswear brand Alfred Dunhill Limited...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast of "The Secret Life of My Secretary" Comments on their Experience Working on the Drama

2019/06/25 | Permalink

"The Secret Life of My Secretary" finished its run on July 25th. In the lead-up to the final episode, the main cast released comments talking about their experience on the drama, which concerns a mismatched romance between a cool tormented boss and his more lively secretary...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Yeo-jung Talks About her Work in "Parasite" and "Beautiful World"

2019/06/24 | Permalink

Jo Yeo-jung is an actress who fades in and out of public consciousness. While she had a leading role in the 2010 film "The Concubine" and the 2012 drama "Haeundae Lovers", for the most part she has built her reputation off of high profile secondary roles. This year, those roles have been the Palme d'Or winning film "Parasite" and the social consciousness oriented jTBC drama "Beautiful World"...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri Discusses her Role in "Different Dreams"

2019/06/24 | Permalink

Nam Gyu-ri's agency has released excerpts of a recent interview she has done. In the accompanying photo she can be seen wearing a white one piece dress and a short hairstyle...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-sung Confirmed Intoxicated at Time of Death

2019/06/24 | Permalink

A recent police report has confirmed that Han Ji-sung was intoxicated at the time of her death last month. The peculiar accident had Han Ji-sung stop her car in the middle of the Incheon Expressway, allegedly so that her husband could urinate. She was struck by a taxi while standing near the vehicle...More

[HanCinema's News] Media Push for Korean Summer Films Begins

2019/06/24 | Permalink

Major press conferences for the big three domestic blockbusters will be occurring one after another this week. "The King's Letters" will have its push at 11AM on June 25th at the Dongdaemun Megabox. "The Divine Fury" will hold its conference at 11AM on June 26th at the Konkuk University Lotte Cinema. "Exit - Movie" will start at 11AM on June 27th at the Apgujeong CGV...More

[HanCinema's News] Five Different Genres for Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival's Honorary Judges

2019/06/24 | Permalink

The Mise-en-Scène Short Film Festival, which starts on June 27th, has made a point of selecting five well known actors from genre films as honorary judges. Ju Ji-hoon, Moon So-ri, Go Ah-sung, Ryu Deok-hwan, and Lee Si-young all correspond to different diverse genres in the Korean film industry today, and help emphasize the industry's breadth of genre diversity...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Black Summer"

2019/06/22 | Permalink

Ji-hyeon (played by Woo Ji-hyun) works at the film department of an unnamed university. It's mostly technical stuff, but he has creative aspirations. So it is that he meets Geon-woo (played by Lee Gun-woo-I), an actor with whom Ji-hyeon has many things in common. They're both adrift in life. They both have estranged relationships with their families. They like social drinking, but are quickly bored by conversational drinking. They're not particularly physically affectionate with their girlfriends. They're also mentally and sexually attracted to each other...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Citizen Roh"

2019/06/22 | Permalink

On February 25th South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun retired from the presidency and into private life. His administration had begun with high hopes but had ultimately been mired entirely in political gridlock. Consequently, Roh Moo-hyun was a lonely man who felt like he had failed his supporters. Weirdly enough, Roh Moo-hyun actually seems happier and more productive doing community development in his rural hometown village of Bonga than when he was in theory the most powerful man in the country, simply because he can actually see himself making tangible progress...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Confession of an Actress" + Full Movie

2019/06/22 | Permalink

Kim Soo-yong was one of the most prolific directors of the 60's, in an era when film production was rather fast and films were being released constantly, without much regard for quality, in an effort to meet the quota for the import of foreign films, which at the time was 3 (local productions) to 1 (foreign production). A number of directors managed to shoot 6-8 films per year, but Kim Soo-yong went a step further, by shooting 10 in 1967. "Confession of an Actress", which is based on a novel by Yoon Seok-joo, is one of them...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong Talk Chemistry Alongside First Stills for "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2019/06/21 | Permalink

Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong are reuniting after "Life on Mars" and they bring a whole new world of meaty chemistry with them. The first stills have been released for "When the Devil Calls Your Name", the story of a star composer whose soul contract with the Devil is about to expire reevaluating life when he realizes his success was stolen from a talented young woman...More

[HanCinema's News] Three Korean Drama Remakes to Premiere in Japan in July

2019/06/21 | Permalink

Last year "Signal" was remade for the Japanese market, premiering in April. The time travel investigation aspect of the story was a good draw for viewers, the drama was reasonably popular in the ratings, and the Korean origin of the story was by no means obscured - BTS provided the film's opening song...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Pil-mo's Fake TV Relationship With Seo Soo-yeon Quickly Blossomed into Real Romance

2019/06/21 | Permalink

News of Seo Soo-yeon's pregnancy has further highlighted the surprising speed of her relationship with Lee Pil-mo. Originally the two met each other on the variety program 'Taste of Love'. There was clearly more going on there than the usual flirting, as was confirmed when Lee Pil-mo bluntly admitted to Seo Soo-yeon that he was thinking about marrying her...More

[HanCinema's News] "Master and Man - Movie" Heralds the Era of Madness

2019/06/21 | Permalink

Marketing has started for "Master and Man - Movie", the latest film from director David Cho that literally translates as the era of madness. The movie is set to open in theaters on July 18th, although the run is currently expected to be limited. The sexually charged drama will make most of its money through streaming...More

[HanCinema's News] JTBC's Strong Start to 2019 Turning Ambiguous

2019/06/21 | Permalink

JTBC was fortunate to start off 2019 with a major success. "SKY Castle", a drama about mothers trying to get their children into top universities, started with a meager 1.7% rating only to exceed 20% in later episodes. The drama quickly became a cultural touchpoint, and firmly established cable networks as equal competitors to their broadcast counterparts...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung Talks About her Return to Historical Dramas

2019/06/21 | Permalink

Shin Se-kyung is returning to historical dramas with "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", where she plays a woman who struggles to be a scholar in the patriarchal Joseon era. The "Six Flying Dragons" and "Deep-rooted Tree" star recently did a photo shoot and interview in Singles where she talks about why she chose the role...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Apologizes Again for Suicide Attempt

2019/06/20 | Permalink

Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide.

On June 17th Goo Ha-ra posted a picture and comment to Instagram. The comment reads, I'm sorry and thank you. I'll work hard to show you my best self going forward...More

[HanCinema's News] Won Jin-ah Talks About her Schoolgirl Voice and "Long Live the King"

2019/06/20 | Permalink

Won Jin-ah has a big weekend ahead of her. "Long Live the King" opens at the box office. It's her first starring role in a major motion picture, as the labor right minded lawyer So-hyeon. She's been talking a lot about how to make the character work...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Pil-mo's Wife Is Pregnant

2019/06/20 | Permalink

K-star Entertainment has confirmed that Lee Pil-mo's newlywed wife is pregnant. The two were married on February 9th. The news follows unconfirmed rumors in April to the same effect...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Yoo-mi Jokes About Putting on Weight in Bridal Fitting Video

2019/06/20 | Permalink

On June 18th comedian Kang Yoo-mi uploaded a video to her YouTube channel of her doing a bridal gown fitting for her upcoming August wedding. In the video she jokes about verbally and even adds subtitles emphasizing that she's put on a bit of weight, up to 62 kilograms now...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Kap-soo Briefly Hospitalized During the Shooting of "Chief of Staff"

2019/06/20 | Permalink

Actor Kim Kap-soo was hospitalized on June 18th for a collapsed lung. The medical incident happened during the shooting of "Chief of Staff". The surgery went by easily without complications, and Kim Kap-soo was able to quickly return to work...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Lee Yo-won and Choi Gwi-hwa Fight for the People in OCN's "The Running Mates: Human Rights"

2019/06/19 | Permalink

Another powerhouse duo is heading our way, as actors Lee Yo-won and Choi Gwi-hwa are officially on board "The Running Mates: Human Rights". Based on a novel and previously titled "Running Investigator" in English, OCN's latest upcoming foray into different types of crime tells the story of a human rights investigator, who has neither the right to open a criminal investigation nor indict the culprits for their abuses...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Do-hyun's Role on "Arthdal Chronicles" Unveiled

2019/06/19 | Permalink

Kim Do-hyun's agency, Curo Holdings, has finally revealed the identity of the character the actor is to play on "Arthal Chronicles". Starting in Part 2 of the drama, Kim Do-hyun will play the role of Shorjagin, a character in a newly formed tribe that drives much of the new conflict...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Inspires With "The Wind Blows"

2019/06/19 | Permalink

"The Wind Blows" has dramatically improved in the ratings this week, jumping from 3.88% on June 11th to 6.24% on June 18th. The spike has largely been atributed to the strength of Kim Ha-neul's acting as well as her character's arc. Mild spoilers follow...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Bomin Cast for "Melting Me Softly"

2019/06/19 | Permalink

Choi Bomin of the South Korean boy band Golden Child has been cast for the latest drama from screenwriter Baek Mi-kyeong, "Melting Me Softly". The drama has attracted considerable interest, as it will be the first project for lead actor Ji Chang-wook since his return from mandatory military service...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Yeon-soo Inspires Criticism With Instagram Remarks

2019/06/19 | Permalink

Ha Yeon-soo has once again upset fans with her attitude on Instagram. On June 18th, she put up a picture of a traditional wall scroll, saying that it was for sale and that it had been made last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Si-wan Accused of Getting Special Treatment During Mandatory Military Service

2019/06/19 | Permalink

On June 17th a commenter who claimed to have spent eight months in the same unit as celebrity Im Si-wan made a social media post about the celebrity. He prefaced his statements by writing that he's not sure how harsh this sounds, but that he isn't interested in discussing the matter further with reporters or anyone else beyond this one comment...More

[HanCinema's News] North Korean News Site DPRK Today Responds to "Parasite"

2019/06/18 | Permalink

On June 18th the North Korean news site DPRK Today published a piece praising "Parasite". Specifically, the piece claims that the film is an excellent dramatization of the corruption inherent in capitalist culture, where lower classes have to live without hope or future...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho Photographed on his Way to France

2019/06/18 | Permalink

On June 18th Lee Min-ho arrived at Incheon International Airport in order to go to France and do some work for Berluti. South Korean media was on hand to photograph the event...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS Dramas in a Slump

2019/06/18 | Permalink

Following the exceptional performance of "The Fiery Priest", which hit ratings of 20%, SBS now finds itself in a slump. All three of its evening prestige dramas put together, "The Secret Life of My Secretary", "Absolute Boyfriend", and "The Nokdu Flower", are barely managing half that performance...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Set to Begin Part 2 Among Uncertainty

2019/06/18 | Permalink

"Arthdal Chronicles" was first pitched and promoted as being a story to be told in three parts, each one six episodes long. Now that the first six episodes have ended and "Arthdal Chronicles" is set to begin part two, uncertainty abounds as to whether the drama will be able to maintain viewers or whether they will take advantage of the break to simply give up watching entirely...More

[HanCinema's News] So Ji-sub Denies Real Estate Transaction Related to Upcoming Marriage

2019/06/18 | Permalink

Following reports that So Ji-sub purchased a five million dollar home back in November, speculation was prompt suggesting that So Ji-sub was already planning for marriage even back then...More

[HanCinema's News] January to May Period of 2019 Best Ever at South Korean Box Office

2019/06/17 | Permalink

In a report released on June 17th the Korean Film Council revealed that the January to May period of 2019 was the best ever for the South Korean box office, with record ticket sales of 86.47 million. This is a small, but noticeable uptick from 2018's 81.25 million sales, as well as 2017's 82.1 million sales, and particularly 2016's 77.6 million sales...More

[HanCinema's News] First Lee Byung-hun and Now Kim Tae-hee Have Bought Houses in the United States

2019/06/17 | Permalink

First Lee Byung-hun bought a two million dollar house in Los Angeles. Now, Kim Tae-hee has also bought a two million dollar house in Irvine. Speculation has been mounting as to why, or whether these two high profile real estate transactions are mere coincidence...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Wins Top Award at the Sydney Film Festival

2019/06/17 | Permalink

Following his Palme d'Or win director Bong Joon-ho has had another successful outing at the Sydney Film Festival. "Parasite" won the top prize there, earning him a cash prize of around forty thousand dollars...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Underperforms Its 45 Million Dollar Budget

2019/06/17 | Permalink

On June 15th "Arthdal Chronicles" hit its lowest point yet in the ratings, 5.787% in its fifth episode. Even granting its rebound to 7.226% the following night, the drama's performance has been quite poor relative to the high quantity of money invested in it...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Sung-yoon Appears in "I Am Not a Robot"

2019/06/17 | Permalink

Jang Sung-yoon's Instagram

Jang Sung-yoon is currently appearing in the Naver tcvast webdrama "I Am Not a Robot". The actress has most notably appeared in "SKY Castle", where she played the younger version of lead character Han
Seo-jin, who was played by Yum Jung-ah...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Boy and Sungreen"

2019/06/15 | Permalink

Boy (played by Ahn Ji-ho) is the kind of sensitive young man who is deeply affected by emotional moments in strange independent films. Sungreen (played by Kim Joo-ah) is the kind of outspoken young woman who wants to create such moments herself in her own films, even as Sungreen sleeps through the ones she actually watches. Together, they get wrapped up in a mystery that begins to consume all their spare time...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "0.0MHz"

2019/06/15 | Permalink

So-hee (played by Jung Eun-ji) is a young woman working as a barista who's trying her best to avoid thinking about her shamanistic background. Alas, cute shy boy Sang-yeop (played by Lee Sung-yeol) manages to talk her into going on a location shoot at a rundown yet legendary location for malicious spiritual possession. Bad things can be safely predicted whenever the local frequency goes down to "0.0MHz" although it takes some time for our plucky band of five to figure this out...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Ticket" + Full Movie

2019/06/15 | Permalink

Stories about prostitutes have been the trademark of Kim Ki-duk but Korean cinema has been dealing with the concept of Tabang (coffee houses in Korea and many offer outcall services in which the girls deliver coffee to customers, and sometimes extra sexual services for a price termed a "Ticket") decades before the Korean auteur started his career. "Ticket" is one of the best samples...More

[HanCinema's News] MBC's Evening Dramas Playing It Safe in Terms of Content and Getting Safe Results

2019/06/14 | Permalink

In MBC's current 9:00 weekday evening drama block, two very different strategies are at play. On one end, "Investigation Partners Season 2" is anchored by rough chemistry, as its leads seeks to unravel grisly cases and work together as a team. At the other end, "One Spring Night" shows off sweet chemistry, working more traditionally as a romance...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" Building up Hype

2019/06/14 | Permalink

The latest drama from Channel A, "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has been building up a lot of interest. Part of this is just due to the deliberately racy content and promotional images. Of course, a lot of this marketing is probably reasonably accurate. The drama represents a bold stride by Channel A into the dramamaking business, within which it is not well known...More

[HanCinema's News] May Box Office Best Ever for Domestic South Korean Films

2019/06/14 | Permalink

The Korean Film Council just released their full report about May at the South Korean box office. According to the report, May 2019 was the best May ever for Korean films at the South Korean box office. The total number of patrons for May this year was 8.61 million, a 69.1% jump from last year...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS Expected to Experience Upswing Over Next Few Months

2019/06/14 | Permalink

SBS stock has become a hot commodity for investors due to its frequently undulating performance. More than other networks SBS's financial performance is heavily tied to whatever dramas or variety shows it is airing right now. Though relatively weak at the moment, there is cause for optimism in SBS's upcoming schedule...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Nam-gil to Hold First Fan Meeting in Seven Years

2019/06/14 | Permalink

On June 13th C-JeS Entertainment announced on SNS that Kim Nam-gil will be holding a fan meeting on this coming June 29th. The post also asked fans what they wanted from the event, and for their own personal situations, as it was being held for their benefit. Seats will be awarded according to simple applications that can be filed between June 14th and June 21st...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Jin-young Photographed at Press Event for "Chief of Staff"

2019/06/13 | Permalink

In anticipation of "Chief of Staff" beginning on June 14th, the production company held a press conference on June 13th at the Imperial Palace Hotel in the Nonhyun section of Gangnam...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrities Celebrate South Korea's Advancement to U-20 World Cup Final

2019/06/13 | Permalink

The mood on South Korean social media has been very ebullient following South Korea's victory over Ecuador in the U-20 World Cup Semifinals. As they face Ukraine in the finals on June 15th, celebrities have been expressing their support...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin Talk More About Women

2019/06/13 | Permalink

On the SBS variety show 'Master in the House' Lee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin have been talking a lot about relationships. Lee Seung-gi talked about how they seem very difficult, and how it seems like a long time since he spoke to a woman on the phone...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun at Home

2019/06/13 | Permalink

Following the opening of her exhibition 'A World Without You is Darkness for Me' more attention is being paid to Ku Hye-sun's home life. Ku Hye-sun has discussed how the title (but not the original concept) of the exhibition was prompted by the death of her dog...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Is Back in Seoul

2019/06/13 | Permalink

Following a vacation with his personal staff and his girlfriend, Jin A-reum, after the end of "Doctor Prisoner", Namgoong Min has returned to South Korea...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Yoon Kyun-sang Assumes Contrasting Forms for OCN Thriller "Class of Lies"

2019/06/12 | Permalink

School violence has been a widely portrayed topic in Dramaland as of late, and OCN is bringing its own take to the table. We go from bullying to straight up killing with "Class of Lies", a thriller about a mysterious murder that takes place at a prestigious 'top 0.1%' school, and the undercover operation of a snob lawyer to uncover the truth behind it...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Gun-joo of "The Best Ending" Cast for "Extraordinary You"

2019/06/12 | Permalink

MBC has confirmed that Jung Gun-joo, who achieved popularity last month for his work in the webdrama "The Best Ending", has been cast for "Extraordinary You". The new drama, which is planned to release in September, centers around high school student Dan-oh (played by Kim Hye-yoon) and how she inspires romance in a private cram school...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Has Strongest Korean Opening Ever at the French Box Office

2019/06/12 | Permalink

On June 12th CJ ENM released figures stating that over the five day period from its release on June 5th to June 9th "Parasite" sold 259,737 tickets in the French market. This places the film as the second highest performing one in France over that time period, second to 'Dark Phoenix', which sold a little less than twice that many tickets...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bong-sik Cast for "Strangers from Hell"

2019/06/12 | Permalink

Hyun Bong-sik has been cast for "Strangers from Hell", the latest thriller from OCN. The drama is based on a popular webtoon about a strange dormitory complex in Seoul. The drama has attracted strong attention, as Im Si-wan and Lee Dong-wook have been cast in the lead roles...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Tops Good Data Report for Dramas, "One Spring Night" for Actors

2019/06/12 | Permalink

"Arthdal Chronicles" is enjoying its second straight week on top of the Good Data report. Since its premiere on June 1st "Arthdal Chronicles" has attracted considerable attention in social media metrics. This particular report was based on data collected from the period spanning June 3rd to June 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Discusses her Life and her Departed Dog at Art Exhibition

2019/06/12 | Permalink

Though highly acclaimed as an actress, Ku Hye-sun has suffered much criticism for her work as an author, a director, and now an artist. But then, her motto from ten years ago has been to work artistically through the power of denial, which she continues with her new exhibition at the Jinsan Gallery in the Mapo district of Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Embroiled in Plagiarism Controversy (UPDATE: 2019/06/29)

2019/06/11 | Permalink

Following an investigation by the SBS News Program 'Curious Stories Y' Yoon Ji-oh is under suspicion of having plagiarized art for her book 'The Thirteenth Witness'. Investigators for 'Curious Stories Y' found the tiger illustration that appears in the third edition of the book to be very suspiciously similar to this image by artist Peter Finnie, which is available for sale on a stock photo website...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Faces Controversy Over Favorable Screening Treatment

2019/06/11 | Permalink

After twelve days of availability in wide release, "Parasite" has amassed 7.2 million admissions. Though impressive, the film has nonetheless come under fire for receiving unusually high representation in screenings following its Palme d'Or win, which may have artifically improved its box office performance, as consumers did not have other options in favorable timeslots...More

[HanCinema's News] Sun-Woo Sun to Get Married in July

2019/06/11 | Permalink

Multiple sources have confirmed that Sun-Woo Sun is getting married on July 14th at the New Hilltop Hotel in the Gangnam district of Seoul. The 44-year-old bride to be will be marrying Lee Soo-min, an action choreographer, who is described as having a warm heart...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi Posts Instagram Photo of Himself With Dog

2019/06/11 | Permalink

On June 11th actor Lee Seung-gi posted an Instagram photo of himself with his pet dog Perro on a big grassy roof. Lee Seung-gi is well known among his fans for his love of this dog, and frequently discusses Perro in media appearances...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi Talks With Lee Seo-jin About Relationships

2019/06/11 | Permalink

On June 9th Lee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin discussed relationships on the SBS variety show 'Master in the House'. The conversation was prompted by Lee Seo-jin's plans to soon go to the Aomori prefecture in Japan. Lee Seo-jin looked out the window and talked about how love was only for three months, and about how it was better to pass life by as friends as the other housemates laughed...More

[HanCinema's News] Suzy Tops DCInside Poll of Which Celebrity Looks the Best When They Wake up Without Makeup

2019/06/11 | Permalink

The results of the latest 'Exciting DC' celebrity poll have been released. This time the query was, which celebrity do you think is the most lovely when they wake up in the morning without makeup? The winner was Suzy, with 29.4% of the total vote...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Dry Sex Scene Inspiring Controversy Given Film's 15 Age Rating

2019/06/10 | Permalink

Following another strong weekend where "Parasite" cracked the seven million viewer mark ",Parasite" has come under controversy for its favorable age limit rating of fifteen. This is in spite of a scene that involves dry humping, which is commented on in-film as being inappropriate for a child to watch...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Woo-jae Wins Modeling Award

2019/06/10 | Permalink

Joo Woo-jae, a model who has recently started to become more involved as an actor, recently won the 2019 Asian Modeling Award for Best New Actor...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Yun-seok and Jo in-sung Considering Ryoo Seung-wan's New Movie "Escape"

2019/06/10 | Permalink

On June 10th persons close to Kim Yun-seok and Jo In-sung have said that they are positively considering signing on for director Ryoo Seung-wan's new movie "Escape". This would be the first collaboration between the actors, and also their first appearance in a Ryoo Seung-wan film...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Eun-chae Rumored for "The King: Forever Sovereign"

2019/06/10 | Permalink

Jung Eun-chae's Instagram

On June 10th a person representing Jung Eun-chae confirmed that the actress was considering accepting a role in "The King: Forever Sovereign". The process is still in early stages - Jung Eun-chae had attended meetings and accepted materials relevant to the project, but neither side has expressed a definite sign of interest...More

[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Survival" Starts Out With 1.25% Ratings

2019/06/10 | Permalink

The new TV Chosun drama "Joseon Survival" premiered over the weekend and drew in ratings of 1.255% on Saturday night and a slight increase to 1.288% on Sunday night. Though these ratings may look poor, "Joseon Survival" aired in the late night 10:50 PM timeslot, which has historically always had trouble attracting high ratings...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Goodbye My Love, NK"

2019/06/08 | Permalink

Following the Korean War young ambitious North Korean communists who had managed to survive the war were on the prowl for educational opportunities abroad, which the North Korean government gladly facilitated. Eight such Koreans went to attend the Moscow Film School so that they could learn how to make proper revolutionary film. But their situation takes a turn for the strange after the August Faction Incident in 1956, when political purges back home mostly nullify any chance they have of going back to North Korea...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Road"

2019/06/08 | Permalink

Bae Chang-ho's penultimate film to date was one that he actually wanted to do, after a somewhat failed effort to return to mainstream cinema with "The Last Witness". With him in the protagonist role, and also as a writer-director, Bae Chang-ho had complete artistic command of the production, which ended up being a story that he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it, and in the distinct style of his second phase of filmmaking, which focused more on realism, through a genuine dramatic approach...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Long Live the King"

2019/06/08 | Permalink

Se-chool (played by Kim Rae-won) is a gangster who is obviously in the wrong movie. Rather than just do his job, and break up the labor strike in Mokpo port, Se-chool instead decides to try and impress labor organizer So-hyeon (played by Won Jin-ah) and Bo-yoon (played by Choi Moo-sung), a respected working class man who's running for the legislature. They are naturally perplexed by Se-chool's dogged efforts to prove that he is a very nice guy...More

[HanCinema's News] The Cast of "Parasite" Discuss the Film's Strong Points

2019/06/07 | Permalink

"Parasite" continues its powerful streak at the South Korean box office. Viewers for the film make up half the reservations going into the weekend, where the movie is sure to break the seven million viewer mark. While much attention has been paid to the influence of director Bong Joon-ho, the film's strong cast have their own opinions as to why the movie is doing wel...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo in-sung to Attend Lotte Cultureworks Screenings of "The King"

2019/06/07 | Permalink

Actor Jo In-sung has been announced as the next special guest for Lotte Cultureworks' 'Happy Ending Star Chair' program. The purpose of the program is to connect actors with spectators through watching one of the actor's movies together. The program will take place at 7:00 PM at Lotte World Tower in southeast Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Eun-ji's Debut Film as a Director, "Not the Lips" Begins Filming

2019/06/07 | Permalink

On June 4th "Not the Lips" began filming. The film is Jo Eun-ji's debut as a director. It stars Ryu Seung-ryong as a successful author in his late forties who is currently in a slump and Oh Na-ra as an aspiring author in her early forties...More

[HanCinema's News] "Abyss" Failing to Meet High Expectations

2019/06/07 | Permalink

"Abyss" began its run with a strong cast headed by Park Bo-young and Ahn Hyo-seop with an equally intriguing concept revolving around soul swapping, revitalization, and criminal investigations. But since showing strong 3.858% ratings with its first episode, by the tenth episode "Abyss" had sagged down to 2.251%, its worst performance to date...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-ho Makes Special Appearance in "Search: WWW"

2019/06/07 | Permalink

As "Search: WWW" begins its run a familiar face can be seen acting in a villainous role. Choi Jin-ho, who played a malicious bureaucrat in "Mr. Sunshine", now plays a similar role in "Search: WWW" as the sinister lawmaker Seung-tae, who takes an interest in the working Internet search engines for the sake of smearing political opponents...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Media Captures Park Min-young on her Way Out of the Country

2019/06/05 | Permalink

On June 5th Park Min-young left South Korea for Los Angeles to do a photo shoot with Marie Claire magazine. South Korean media was on hand to take pictures of the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Character Correlation Chart for "Perfume"

2019/06/05 | Permalink

Interest has been building up about the new KBS2 drama "Perfume". To help keep track of the many characters in the drama, KBS2 has released a character correlation chart. The chart refers only to the names of the characters, and not those of the actors...More

[HanCinema's News] October Wedding Rumored for Kim Min-joon and G-Dragon's Sister

2019/06/05 | Permalink

Following the revelation that Kim Min-joon has been dating G-Dragon's sister, speculation is mounting about the timing. While Kim Min-joon's agency quickly acknowledged the relationship following its revelation on an SBS Entertainment News program, they also said that they were being careful, because G-Dragon's sister is considered a normal person and not a celebrity...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Has Renewed Interest in Other Bong Joon-ho Films

2019/06/05 | Permalink

In a statement released on June 5th a representative from the online streaming service Watcha Play claimed that in the top five movies requested between June 1st and June 3rd, three films from director Bong Joon-ho have emerged in the top five. "Mother - 2009", "Memories of Murder" and "Snowpiercer" were those movies...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" Making Impact Internationally

2019/06/05 | Permalink

Following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" has been moving around on positive word of mouth internationally. Rights to screen the film have been sold to 174 countries and the movie is also making the rounds on film festivals throughout the summer...More

[HanCinema's News] "A Place in the Sun" Experiences Ratings Drop After "Left-handed Wife"

2019/06/04 | Permalink

In its first day "A Place in the Sun" achieved ratings of 10.4%. This marks a significant drop from its predecessor, "Left-handed Wife", and its final episode's ratings of 15.8%, especially considering that "A Place in the Sun" has the benefit of Oh Chang-suk as a leading man...More

[HanCinema's News] Osan Promoting Itself as Shooting Location for "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/06/04 | Permalink

On June 3rd the city of Osan started promoting "Arthdal Chronicles" styled tours on its homepage. Much of "Arthdal Chronicles" was filmed in the northwestern part of Osan, and a tour of the various shooting locations takes roughly five hours...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Mourns Passing of Ahn Jae-hyun's Maternal Grandfather

2019/06/04 | Permalink

On June 4th Ku Hye-sun posted a photo from her wedding reception on Instagram. While the individual faces are difficult to make out, it is clear that one of the elderly men in the picture is Ahn Jae-hyun's maternal grandfather. The picture is captioned, "I love you, grandpa"...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind the Title of "Perfume"

2019/06/04 | Permalink

The word "Perfume" refers to a pleasant fragrance that is applied in sprinkled liquid form, usually to a person. This is fairly straightforward in English, but in the original Korean the drama's title is not a standard Korean word. It's a directly translated English cognate, that is pronounced more like 'peo-pyum' to better accomodate its presence in the Korean alphabet...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Won-hee Suspected of Having Had Plastic Surgery in the Last Year

2019/06/04 | Permalink

Following her reemergence as the lead character in the new drama "Perfume" Go Won-hee is suspected of having gotten plastic surgery done for the part. Her eyes, specifically, are alleged to have a different appearance compared to what Go Won-hee looked like in "Your House Helper" and "Laughter in Waikiki" last year...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Set to Premiere With Over Sixty Branded Products

2019/06/03 | Permalink

While "Arthdal Chronicles" only started airing on June 1st, the success of the drama is so presumed that the production has already arranged over sixty collaboration deals with various companies to make branded products. On June 3rd it was announced that these products would be unveiled on June 10th...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Sends Message to Fans in Instagram Post About End of "Her Private Life"

2019/06/03 | Permalink

On June 1st Kim Jae-wook posted a picture and message to Instagram. In a caption, he talks about how he was happy to have lived for three months as Ryan Gold in the drama "Her Private Life"...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min and Jin A-reum Vacation in Hawaii

2019/06/03 | Permalink

Namgoong Min's Instagram and Jin A-reum's Instagram

Following the conclusion of his popular drama "Doctor Prisoner" Namgoong Min has set off to Hawaii for a well-deserved vacation with his girlfriend, Jin A-reum. The two have been posting photos of themselves on Instagram in regards to this traveling...More

[HanCinema's News] Megabox Announces English Subtitled "Parasite" Screenings in Seoul

2019/06/03 | Permalink

Last weekend was huge for "Parasite", as the Palme d'Or winner cracked over three million admissions at the domestic box office. Because of the movie's didactic reputation distribution companies are already preparing for a possible second wind from both word of mouth and interested repeat consumers...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Hye-won Cast for "Designated Survivor: 60 Days"

2019/06/03 | Permalink

On June 3rd King Kong by Starship Entertainment announced that Oh Hye-won would be appearing in the upcoming drama "Designated Survivor: 60 Days". The drama is about a national emergency wherein environmental minister Park Moo-jin (played by Ji Jin-hee) has to take control over the country when all his outranking superiors are killed in an explosion...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Parasite"

2019/06/01 | Permalink

The term "Parasite" is an inherently disgusting one. It calls to mind a lower organism that sucks off the life energy of a superior one. But biologically speaking parasites aren't so bad. In fact, they often have symbiotic relationships with their hosts, providing useful benefits in exchange for resources the host isn't even using. So it is with the lower class family in "Parasite" who worm themselves into the lives of a wealthy family so as to escape the drudgery that comes with having to fold pizza boxes for a living...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fatal Intuition"

2019/06/01 | Permalink

Jang-woo (played by Joo Won) and his younger sister Eun-ji (played by Ryu Hye-young) are drifters who wander about the southeastern region of South Korea in search of work. Jang-woo tends to self-sabotage these efforts either by being overly protective of Eun-ji or overly paranoid of the locals and more typically a combination of both. Then they meet Si-eun (played by Lee Yoo-young), a woman who possesses supernatural predictive powers and the unfortunate destiny that implies...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Chihwaseon"

2019/06/01 | Permalink

Considered Im Kwon-taek's greatest work (at least outside of Korea), "Chihwaseon" is also a landmark for Korean cinema, since it signaled the first time a local director won the Best Director Award at Cannes.

The biopic presents the life of Jang Seung-up, one of the most significant painters in the history of the country, who is considered to have changed the direction of Korean art...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Boasts Commanding 568,107 Viewers after First Day at Box Office

2019/05/31 | Permalink

Figures released by the Korean Film Council show that "Parasite" is doing extremely well at the South Korean box office in the wake of its Palme d'Or win at the Cannes Film Festival. "Parasite" has sold 568,107 tickets solely off of its opening Thursday...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Go-eun, Lee Ji-ah and Han Ji-min Attend Choo Ja-hyun's Wedding

2019/05/31 | Permalink

On May 30th Kim Go-eun uploaded some photos to Instagram of her attending Choo Ja-hyun's wedding. Lee Ji-ah and Han Ji-min can also be seen in the pictures. Attached to the pictures is the comment from Kim Go-eun, that the event was so beautiful...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Caps Off Successful Run of "Her Private Life"

2019/05/31 | Permalink

On May 30th "Her Private Life" finished its run. Ryan Gold (played by Kim Jae-wook) overcomes his trauma and is able to start his writing work again. Through his love of Deok-mi (played by Park Min-young) he is able to live happily. While this is the end of a two month journey for Ryan Gold, for Kim Jae-wook, it's only the beginning of a significant career shift...More

[HanCinema's News] "0.0MHz" Opens as First South Korean Horror Film of the Year

2019/05/31 | Permalink

While overshadowed by the commanding performance of "Parasite" on its opening day, "0.0MHz" is creating its own niche as the first domestic South Korean horror film of the year. The movie is based off of a webtoon of the same title...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young Caps Off Successful Run of "Her Private Life"

2019/05/31 | Permalink

Park Min-young's prowess as a leading actress in a romantic comedy was once again proven with "Her Private Life". The drama, which ended on May 30th, starred Park Min-young in the title role as a curator who is an otaku in her free time...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin-I Shows off Traditional Korean Fashion in the United States

2019/05/30 | Permalink

On May 27th Kim Hyo-jin-I appeared at a Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetary in the United States. She was the star model of the Lee Soon Hwa Hanbok Fashion Show that took place that day...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Urges Sympathy for Refugees

2019/05/30 | Permalink

Jung Woo-sung's Instagram

Jung Woo-sung has been outspoken lately in his role as South Korean representative for migrant issues at the Seoul branch of the United Nations. He held a press conference and made statements about Rohingya refugees from Myanmar...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ji-tae Appears at Event Aimed to Provide Safe Drinking Water in Rwanda

2019/05/30 | Permalink

The international relief organization Worldvision in coordination with the Korea Ginseng Corporation have held a convention on providing safe drinking water to Rwanda. Yoo Ji-tae was present at the event, and offered his support...More

[HanCinema's News] Figures Indicate "One Spring Night" May Follow "Her Private Life" as Popular in Online Screenings

2019/05/30 | Permalink

On May 30th figures released by CJ ENM offer a glimpse of how the drama market is changing so as not to be driven entirely by terrestrial ratings. In the figures, "Her Private Life" can be seen as having a commanding cumulative twelve million petitions for rewatch over its first three weeks, with the second and third weeks showing dramatic increases...More

[HanCinema's News] Lead Cast of "Her Private Life" Comments on the Drama's End

2019/05/30 | Permalink

"Her Private Life" ended on May 30th. To commemorate the event the various cast members of the drama had their photos taken while holding up the final scripts...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Bong Joon-ho Working Late Nights to Promote "Parasite"

2019/05/29 | Permalink

On May 29th director Bong Joon-ho gave an interview discussing his return from the Cannes Film Festival. Straightaway Bong Joon-ho noted that the atmosphere for the returning cast and crew felt more like that of a successful sports team than of filmmakers. There were more reporters than he was expecting...More

[HanCinema's News] Choo Ja-hyun Wedding Coincides With Son's First Birthday

2019/05/29 | Permalink

While Choo Ja-hyun made big news with the public release of her wedding photoshoot, the delayed ceremony is only a confirmation of her preexisting relationship with Yu Xiaoguang. The two registered themselves as married back in January of 2017 and had a son in June of last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin Posts Photo of Her Son on Instagram

2019/05/29 | Permalink

On May 29th Kim Hyo-jin posted a photo of her son on Instagram. In the picture he can be seen fiddling with a sliver of clover. According to the caption, he is trying to fashion it into a ring...More

[HanCinema's News] Other Celebrities Offer Encouragement and Support to Goo Ha-ra in Wake of Suicide Attempt

2019/05/29 | Permalink

Goo Ha-ra's Instagram

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Following Goo Ha-ra's cryptic "Goodbye" message on May 26th other celebrities were seen chiming in to encourage Goo Ha-ra to have a more hopeful outlook. Han Jung-soo, Yoo Ho-jin-I, and Bada were all major names to reach out to her quickly...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Returns With "The Wind Blows"

2019/05/29 | Permalink

Kim Ha-neul, the Queen of Melos as she has been nicknamed, has returned to the small screen with "The Wind Blows". This marks her first drama appearance in three years, the last one being "Road to the Airport" in 2016.

Kim Ha-neul first started her career off as a model in 1996, eventually obtaining a debut as the lead actress in "Bye June" back in 1998. The movie did not do well, but after a popular appearance in the music video 'To Heaven' by Jo Sung Mo her profile improved dramatically...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" Starts Off With a Bang in First Teaser

2019/05/28 | Permalink

"The National Assembly Building has collapsed!"

This is the line that sets the tone for where "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" starts, and where the duties of our protagonist, Park Moo-jin (Ji Jin-hee), will begin. The newly released teaser for the drama gets right into the thick of it by showing us the bomb attack that will take out the entire chain of command above this unfortunate hero...More

[HanCinema's News] Lawmaker Praises Class Consciousness and Contractual Regularity in "Parasite"

2019/05/28 | Permalink

South Korean parliamentary representative Shin Dong-geun praised "Parasite" on April 28th. In a statement he said that the movie was a proper exposition of the real circumstances of laborers in South Korea who struggle with insufficient finances...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Apologizes to Fans for Suicide Attempt

2019/05/28 | Permalink

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On May 28th Goo Ha-ra sent a message to her fans through the Japanese periodical Sankei Sports. Goo Ha-ra stated that she had caused a bit of a ruckus and apologized to her fans for making them worry about her...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Bong Joon-ho Discusses "Parasite" at Press Conference

2019/05/28 | Permalink

Fresh off of winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, director Bong Joon-ho appeared at a press conference on May 28th in anticipation of "Parasite"'s May 30th domestic release in South Korea.

Director Bong Joon-ho talked about the long career his journey has taken, mentioning how his career started some twenty five years ago when he directed a short omnibus film about eccentric class conflict. Bong Joon-ho described "Parasite" as an evolution of his thoughts on that matter, about the eternal struggle between rich and poor...More

[HanCinema's News] "One Spring Night" knocks "Her Private Life" from top of Good Data Report

2019/05/28 | Permalink

After a slow start "One Spring Night" is quickly accumulating excellent buzz. The Wednesday/Thursday MBC drama ranked at the top of the latest Good Data report, which analyzed social media trends in dramas for the fourth week of May. Lead actors Han Ji-min and Jung Hae-in ranked in the first and second spots for individual performers...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Joo-bin Finds Agency Representation

2019/05/28 | Permalink

Yoon Joo-bin has signed a contract with Sidus HQ. The news follows a strong positive reception to Yoon Joo-bin's appearance on the music program 'King of Masked Singer', where various incognito Korean celebrities do musical setpieces before an audience and studio panel who can only speculate as to who is under the mask...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Seventh South Korean Film to Be Honored at Cannes Film Festival

2019/05/27 | Permalink

"Parasite" made history at the Cannes Film Festival this year by winning the Plame d'Or. Although "Parasite" was the first South Korean film to be granted the festival's highest honor, it is the seventh South Korean film to be granted some honor...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Survives Suicide Attempt Thanks to Quick Action

2019/05/27 | Permalink

Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide.

Fans were in shock when Goo Ha-ra posted the cryptic message 'Goodbye' on her SNS at 12:40 in the morning on May 26th. Goo Ha-ra's manager immediately tried to get in touch with her, failed, then hurried to her home where she found Goo Ha-ra unconscious on the floor amidst the remnants of smoke. Goo Ha-ra was quickly moved to the hospital. Her manager described Goo Ha-ra as having shown recent symptoms of depression...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Wooshik Posts Black-And-White Photo With Bong Joon-ho After Palme D'Or Win

2019/05/27 | Permalink

On May 26th Choi Wooshik unveiled a black-and-white photo of himself with director Bong Joon-ho of "Parasite" on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The photo is captioned, 'extremely cool'...More

[HanCinema's News] Projections for "Parasite" at Domestic Box Office Improve Following Palme D'Or Win

2019/05/27 | Permalink

Following the unexpected victory of "Parasite" at the Cannes Film Festival, box office prospects for the film in South Korea have improved substantially. A representative from CJ ENM has compared the movie's current reservation rates to "Train to Busan" and "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" in terms of pre-release vigor...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-sun Apologizes Eight Months Too Late

2019/05/27 | Permalink

On May 27th Han Ji-sun sent a message through her agency. Han Ji-sun said that she had prayed for forgiveness from the taxi driver and his passengers. Han Ji-sun also said that she was reflecting on what she had done. This was her first public apology for the incident over the last eight months...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "KIM-GUN"

2019/05/25 | Permalink

In 2015 a South Korean right-wing group claims that some six hundred demonstrates in the Gwangju Uprising were actual North Korean special forces operatives. This conclusion was arrived at through digital facial analysis software. So begins the search for the titular "KIM-GUN", one distinctive young man from those pictures whose apparently unknown identity is used as proof of concept for the conspiracy theory...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untouchable Lawmen"

2019/05/25 | Permalink

Seong-gi (played by Jang Gwang) is the charismatic leader of an extremely goofy cult that combines grandiloquent religious sermons with vaguely sexy Kpop inspired dances. South Korean police are at a loss as to the best way to deal with Seong-gi's awesome political powers. So they fight fire with fire, enlisting bombastic fighter cop Jeong-jin (played by Im Chang-jung) and horndog lover cop Yoo-min (played by Choi Daniel) to take Song-gi down. Conveniently, since both Jeong-jin and Yoo-min are loose cannons, their questionable methods can be easily disavowed...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Surrogate Woman" + Full Movie

2019/05/25 | Permalink

Winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress at the 1987 Asia-Pacific Film Festival and for Best Actress (Kang Soo-yeon) at Venice, "The Surrogate Woman" is one of the most internationally acclaimed films of Im Kwon-taek and, in essence, one of his best...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Investigation Partners Season 2" Teases the New and the Familiar in Fresh Posters

2019/05/24 | Permalink

The anticipation for "Investigation Partners Season 2", the second season to the surprisingly successful "Investigation Partners", is getting a big boost of excitement with posters teasing its new faces and familiar places. The production is out to get us, and it leaves no one behind...More

[HanCinema's News] Beauty Queen Heo Eun to Appear in "Angel's Last Mission: Love"

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Heo Eun has been confirmed to appear in "Angel's Last Mission: Love". The news follows Heo Eun's successful run as Secretary Yoo on the popular daily drama "Get Out of the Way, Fate"...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-sun fired from "The Secret Life of My Secretary"

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Following prolonged outrage over her drunken abuse of a taxi driver, Han Ji-sun has left "The Secret Life of My Secretary". The assault incident occurred last September when she hailed a taxi in the Gangnam district of Seoul outside of a movie theater. She then proceeded to attack the driver upon entering...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew of "Parasite" to Appear at Stage Greetings in Seoul

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Following critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, the cast and crew will appear at stage greetings in Seoul on June 1st and 2nd next weekend to promote "Parasite"...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Relaxes Following the End of "Doctor Prisoner"

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Following interviews where he emphasized the difficult working schedule of "Doctor Prisoner", Namgoong Min is, true to his word, relaxing and spending time with old friends...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Ye-ryun Coming Out in Public Again After Giving Birth

2019/05/24 | Permalink

On May 24th Cha Ye-ryun, along with Han Chae-young and Son Tae-young, attended the opening anniversary event of the Vunque flagship store in Gangnam. South Korean media was on hand to document the event in photographs...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Hye-sun's Training for her Role as a Ballerina in "Angel's Last Mission: Love"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

In "Angel's Last Mission: Love" Shin Hye-sun plays the fallen ballerina, Yeon-seo, who becomes blinded in an accident. But before the drama gets to that part, Shin Hye-sun can be seen doing her own stunts in various ballet scenes...More

[HanCinema's News] "Angel's Last Mission: Love" Criticized for Poor Computer Graphics

2019/05/23 | Permalink

While a ratings success so far and the top drama in its timeslot, "Angel's Last Mission: Love" has been criticized for its computer graphics. A scene where the titular angel, played by L, goes underwater after a submerged vehicle has been a particular sore spot for its apparently crude design...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Down to 62 Kilograms Following "Doctor Prisoner"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

In an interview Namgoong Min has described "Doctor Prisoner" as being a long journey, and how he had lived his life as the titular doctor for the last seven months ever since he got a hold of the first script. Apparently there have been health consequences to this obsession, as Namgoong Min has also said his weight had gotten down to 62 kilograms...More

[HanCinema's News] "One Spring Night" Compared to "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

Since the conception of "One Spring Night" as a project it has been compared to "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" as a possible spiritual successor project. After all, both dramas share the same lead actor, Jung Hae-in, and the same director, Ahn Pan-seok. Both dramas have similar themes of a happy present day compared to an ambivalent romantic future - "One Spring Night" is only really missing Son Ye-jin to top it all off...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Yoo-jin, Ki Do-hoon, and Nam Gi-ae Join "Catch the Ghost!"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

Casting details are emerging about "Catch the Ghost!", which will air on tvN sometime in August. The drama stars Moon Geun-young and Kim Seon-ho as subway police officers caught up in supernatural shenanigans...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Bo-ah to Hold Fan Signing Event

2019/05/22 | Permalink

On May 24th Jo Bo-ah is scheduled to hold a fan-signing event at the Seongseo Homeplus in Daegu. The event is being sponsored by the women's clothing brand Love Soos, for whom Jo Bo-ah is a model...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Reunite Their Careers With "Emergency Love Landing"

2019/05/22 | Permalink

Fans have been pining for Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin to take the stage together in a romance ever since a real-life romantic relationship was rumored after their appearance together in the 2018 film "The Negotiation". With the announcement of their involvement in "Emergency Love Landing", that's exactly what's going to happen...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Seung-ho Considers Appearing in "Superstar Miss Lee"

2019/05/22 | Permalink

On May 22nd Yoo Seung-ho's agency, Base Company, announced that the actor is currently mulling over an offer to star in "Superstar Miss Lee". The planned drama is based off of a webtoon of the same title, where the plot revolves around soul swapping between the female protagonist and an actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Joon-sang Holds Hands With his Kids At the Airport

2019/05/22 | Permalink

On May 22nd Hong Eun-hee posts a picture on Instagram of her husband, Yoo Joon-sang, holding the hands of their two children as they walk through the airport. Though his face is not visible, the outlines of Yoo Joon-sang's distinctive haircut are clearly visible...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min, From Modest Beginnings to Villain to Anti-hero

2019/05/22 | Permalink

The last couple of weeks have marked a breather for Namgoong Min. The dedicated actor wrapped up a successful run on "Doctor Prisoner" and is now considering his next project. The famously meticulous Namgoong Min has also been interviewed about his career to date...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Yoo Joon-sang and Song Yoon-ah Courted as Couple for "Elegant Friends"

2019/05/21 | Permalink

While waiting for Dramaland to give me some happy 40s+ romances without terminal illness or murder, I take what I can get. If what I can get are Yoo Joon-sang and Song Yoon-ah together, then I can't really complain. The two actors are positively reviewing their starring role offers for the upcoming mystery drama "Elegant Friends"...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Hae-sun Makes Special Appearance on "The Secret Life of My Secretary"

2019/05/21 | Permalink

Bae Hae-sun has made a special appearance on "The Secret Life of My Secretary". In the drama she plays a brief, but critical role as Doctor Park, a neurology specialist from the United States who checks in on the mental condition of the lead character Dominic, who is played by Kim Young-kwang...More

[HanCinema's News] How So Ji-sub and Jo Eun-jung First Met

2019/05/21 | Permalink

On May 21st the SBS Entertainment News program 'One Night' released behind the scenes footage of the first known meeting between So Ji-sub and Jo Eun-jung. They met at the time for work reasons - Jo Eun-jung was interviewing So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jin for their then-upcoming movie "Be with You"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Go-eun to Quit Language School in Los Angeles to Prepare for "The King: Forever Sovereign"

2019/05/21 | Permalink

Early this year Kim Go-eun started going to a foreign language school in Los Angeles. This was made possible by her relatively light schedule as of late. Since "Goblin" finished back in 2016, Kim Go-eun's only projects have been the movie "Sunset in My Hometown" and the as-yet unreleased film "Tune in for Love"...More

[HanCinema's News] Good Fashion Sense Push Kim Jae-wook, Park Min-young, and "Her Private Life" to the Top of Good Data Report

2019/05/21 | Permalink

The top slots in the Good Data report are unchanged from last week. That means for the third week in a row, "Her Private Life" has been the most popularly trending drama on South Korean social media. Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young similarly maintain pole position as the most popular actors currently headlining an evening drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Spiritual Support Campaign Seeks to Improve Diversity of Roles for Women At South Korean Box Office

2019/05/21 | Permalink

A recent spate of South Korean films headlined by women has inspired a spiritual support movement in South Korea. The tagline is, it might be difficult to watch this movie, but I still support it. And this sentiment is expressed by buying tickets for movies which the buyer may not actually be able to see...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Transitions Once Again on "Her Private Life"

2019/05/20 | Permalink

On the twelfth episode of "Her Private Life" Kim Jae-wook's character, Ryan Gold, started telling Deok-mi (played by Park Min-young) some of his hidden backstory. This marks what is likely the final cycle of Ryan Gold's character arc. From being aloof, to being highly romantic, Ryan Gold is now shown to have his personality swings in part due to melodramatic backstory...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest in Korean Films Spikes At Cannes Film Market

2019/05/20 | Permalink

In addition to the more highly publicized screening portion of the Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes fiilm market has also been in full swing. Films like "Parasite", "Exit - Movie", and "Forbidden Dream" have also been in negotiation for international distribution rights...More

[HanCinema's News] "Miss and Mrs. Cops" and "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" Pass Million Viewer Admissions Over Weekend

2019/05/20 | Permalink

In its first five days "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" achieved an impressive 1,480,647 viewer admissions. The film has taken advantage of a South Korean market which has not had a serious criminal gangster movie for quite some time. The press "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" has gotten for appearing in the Midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival was another likely factor to its success...More

[HanCinema's News] Ma Dong-seok on Why He Does Action Movies

2019/05/20 | Permalink

Thanks to "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" Ma Dong-seok is once again in the spotlight as possibly the most distinctive recognizable South Korean actor working today, at least as far as body type goes. In interviews Ma Dong-seok has also been talking about just why that is, that he's such a major action movie icon...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Successfully Concludes First Fan Meeting Since Return

2019/05/20 | Permalink

On May 19th Ji Chang-wook spent an emotional two hours with his fans at the Blue Square iMarket Hall. The title of the meeting was "Early Spring, Late Night". Tickets for the event sold out as soon as they went on sale, confirming Ji Chang-wook's enduring popularity...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil"

2019/05/18 | Permalink

In 2005, "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" opens up on a dark stormy night. Kyeong-ho (played by Kim Sung-gyu) doesn't seem right in the head- an impression soon confirmed when he flips out randomly after an apparent automobile accident. Then, in turn, we are introduced to the impatient, hotheaded cop Tae-sook (played by Kim Moo-yul) and the exceptionally patient, eternally calm gang leader Dong-soo (played by Ma Dong-seok) and their own particularly violent solutions to generally minor problems...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miss and Mrs. Cops"

2019/05/18 | Permalink

The opener to "Miss and Mrs. Cops" is filmed like a grainy old kung fu movie. The action befits the cinematographic style. Mi-yeong (played by Ra Mi-ran) is right away shown to be a tough middle-aged broad who wants to bring in crooks peacefully, but will use violence when she gets suitably cranky. By the time we get to the present day, and the more traditionally pretty woman cop Ji-hye (played by Lee Sung-kyung), there's an obvious personality clash between old and new...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Jagko" + Full Movie

2019/05/18 | Permalink

With a career spanning over 50 years in a country that censorship rules changed repeatedly but remained quite strict for decades, one can only marvel at Im Kwon-taek's abilities to adapt. After the very strict censorship of the 70's under President Park Chung-hee's authoritarian "Yusin System", the 80's brought a "lenience" in the censorship that allowed filmmakers to deal with the social issues of the then Korean society, with the consequences of the dichotomy and the civil war becoming dominant themes. Im Kwon-taek was one of the first to take advantage of the new rules, with "Jagko"...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "WATCHER" Holds Script Reading Featuring Han Suk-kyu, Seo Kang-joon, Kim Hyun-joo and More

2019/05/17 | Permalink

OCN's upcoming investigative psychological thriller, "WATCHER" released script reading stills this week, and we get a nice look at the main and supporting cast who will be bringing this story to life for us later this year. "WATCHER" follows three people who join a special anti-corruption police investigation unit after their lives are shattered by dramatic events...More

[Orion's Ramblings] OCN's "Strangers from Hell" Confirms Main Cast Alongside Im Si-wan and Lee Dong-wook

2019/05/17 | Permalink

Sneaky OCN dropped quite the pre-teaser on its social channels yesterday morning, revealing the cast to join Im Si-wan and Lee Dong-wook on the second drama for its 'Dramatic Cinema' project. "Strangers from Hell", also known as "Strangers From Hell", got more news on it dropped shortly after, and we have character descriptions...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Removed From JYJ's Facebook Page

2019/05/17 | Permalink

C-JeS Entertainment is removing all official past traces of Park Yoo-chun's career. On the official Facebook page for the musical group JYJ, of which Park Yoo-chun is the titular Y (for his given name, Yoo-chun), only Kim Jae-joong and Kim Joon-soo remain in the main page...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Young-joo to Appear in "Golden Garden"

2019/05/17 | Permalink

Jung Young-joo has been confirmed as a cast member for "Golden Garden". The weekend mystery drama is currently scheduled to begin in July on MBC following the conclusion of "Different Dreams"...More

[HanCinema's News] Confirmation of Han Ji-sung's Being Intoxicated At Time of Death Raises More Questions

2019/05/17 | Permalink

Following a report by CBS No Cut News that Han Ji-sung had a blood alcohol level of .1% at the time of her death questions have been raised about the story her husband gave to explain their strange behavior in the early morning of the accident. He claims to have not known whether she was intoxicated...More

[HanCinema's News] Filming Conditions for "Miss and Mrs. Cops" Quite Hot

2019/05/17 | Permalink

The success of "Miss and Mrs. Cops" at the South Korean box office has been a relief for the cast and crew of the film. The shooting last year was more difficult than anticipated thanks to a record heat wave over the summer, the worst in 111 years. Ra Mi-ran has said that the filming was extremely hot, and that memories of that hot shoot were permanently seared into her memory...More

[HanCinema's News] Ok Taecyeon Sends Video Greeting to Fans Following Release From Mandatory Military Service

2019/05/17 | Permalink

On May 16th Ok Taecyeon sent out a video greeting to his fans on Naver V Live. This is Ok Taecyeon's first contact with the public since the end of his mandatory military service, and happened on the same day as his release...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Jeong Jeong-hwa Promises "Absolute Boyfriend" Will Differ From Japanese Original

2019/05/16 | Permalink

At a press conference for "Absolute Boyfriend" on May 15th director Jeong Jwong-hwa had a lot to say about the adaptation of the famed Japanese comic book. He said that the production would show a disposition to pure, jagged love...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young Contrasts Multiple Styles of Otaku Archetypes

2019/05/16 | Permalink

Park Min-young's character on "Her Private Life", Deok-mi, is broadly shown as having two lives - the public life of a normal respectable person, and the private life of an otaku. But even inside the otaku distinction, there is a further delineation between the cute, lollipop homegirl style and the more sinister black paparazzi style...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook's Black Jacket Shows Confession Etiquette

2019/05/16 | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook's fashion choices in "Her Private Life" have taken a turn for the stately. Lately he has been seen wearing an all black outfit. This symbolically coincides with his character, Ryan Gold, taking a more assertive role in his relationship with Deok-mi, played as always by Park Min-young...More

[HanCinema's News] Worldwide Profile of South Korean Film on Upswing

2019/05/16 | Permalink

Thanks in part to its appearance at the Cannes International Film Festival "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" has already been sold to 104 countries ahead of its South Korean premiere. The film's distribution company, AceMakerMovieWorks has said that a three minute promotional video was enough to get a top dollar sale from Taiwan. Other international markets and airplane companies soon followed...More

[HanCinema's News] "Miss and Mrs. Cops" Given Spiritual Support at Box Office

2019/05/16 | Permalink

On Tuesday May 14th "Miss and Mrs. Cops" passed the latest Avengers film to briefly become the number one film at the South Korean box office for that day. That position was quickly lost thanks to the appearance of "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" on May 15th, but at over 800,000 admissions "Miss and Mrs. Cops" has been doing decently enough...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon So-ri and Park Hyung-sik Talk About "Juror 8" on Radio Program

2019/05/15 | Permalink

On May 15th Moon So-ri and Park Hyung-sik appeared on the radio program 'Sister Radio' on SBS. They were on to talk about their new movie, "Juror 8", which opened that same day.

During the interview Moon So-ri promised special surprises in case "Juror 8" achieved certain achievemnts in terms of viewership. She said that at the two million viewer mark, Park Hyung-sik would do something. At the three million viewer mark, she and Jo Han-chul would do something. And the five million viewer mark, the whole cast would do an interview with Park Hyung-sik in a military uniform and film it...More

[HanCinema's News] "Chief of Staff" Already Confirmed for Second Season

2019/05/15 | Permalink

"Chief of Staff" is still a month away from starting, but the drama has already been confirmed for a second season "Chief of Staff - Season 2". Sources close to the drama's production have confirmed that both seasons are being produced simultaneously in ten episode parts. This underscores tremendous confidence in the drama's likely performance...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Il-woo Talks About his Experience on "Haechi"

2019/05/15 | Permalink

Two weeks after the end of "Haechi" Jung Il-woo has been making rounds in interviews talking about his career. Life has been busy for him since repatriating into the normal South Korean population in late November. Jung Il-woo had to do charity work, rather than mandatory military service, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Joon-ki Talks About "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/05/15 | Permalink

As "Arthdal Chronicles" nears its beginning, Song Joong-ki has been talking about his role as the drama's lead character. In "Arthdal Chronicles" Song Joong-ki plays Eun-seom, a young man living in the land of Arth during the time of heroes with a secret destiny...More

[HanCinema's News] "Absolute Boyfriend" Premieres in Its Fourth Version

2019/05/15 | Permalink

Fourteen years after the completion of the original Japanese comic book, "Absolute Boyfriend" now has a Korean version. After the Japanese comic, the Japanese drama, and the Taiwanese drama, this is now the fourth version of the story...More

[HanCinema's News] Ra Mi-ran Headlines First Lead Film Role in "Miss and Mrs. Cops"

2019/05/14 | Permalink

While Ra Mi-ran is among the most memorable faces working in the South Korean entertainment industry today, the breadth of her filmography belies how minor her roles usually are. Ra Mi-ran usually plays mothers, servants, or functionaries. But with "Miss and Mrs. Cops", Ra Mi-ran is the star of the movie in a role specifically written for her...More

[HanCinema's News] Popularity of Kiss Scenes Pushes "Her Private Life" to Top of Good Data Report

2019/05/14 | Permalink

In the latest Good Data Report "Her Private Life" continues its second straight week in the top position. Additionally, lead actors Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young continue their reign as number one and number two on the list of most popular actors, though their positions have reversed...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hyung-sik and Yoo in-na Top DCInside Poll of Stars Most Likely to Cure Insomnia

2019/05/14 | Permalink

With 36.3% of the total vote Park Hyung-sik has topped a DCInside poll about which celebrity is the best cure for insomnia. The odd phrasing is most likely meant to imply that the celebrity in question is good at putting an agitated person at ease. Yoo In-na was second place with 22.1% of the vote. Cha Eun-woo was number three with 14.2% of the vote. The rest of the list all polled under ten percent...More

[HanCinema's News] "Juror 8" Apologizes for Illegal U-Turn.

2019/05/14 | Permalink

En route to an early stage greeting event in Daegu, a car carrying "Juror 8" cast members was photographed taking an illegal U-turn. As the pictures started to spread through social media, "Juror 8" had to issue an apology for the car's actions...More

[HanCinema's News] Ham Sung-min to Appear in "Voice 3"

2019/05/14 | Permalink

On May 14th Origin Entertainment confirmed that their client Ham Sung-min would be appearing in "Voice 3". He'll be playing a young person who was hurt in his youth over the storyline that will appear in the third and fourth episodes of the drama this week...More

[HanCinema's News] Characters in "Mother of Mine"

2019/05/13 | Permalink

With its latest ratings breakthrough of 32.6% "Mother of Mine" is attracting a lot of attention. So for viewers not caught up with the drama, a basic rundown of its characters and story may be in order...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Baek Sang-hoon Has Left KBS Likely in Relation to "The King: Forever Sovereign"

2019/05/13 | Permalink

Director Baek Sang-hoon has left the KBS television network. During his time as a PD for KBS Baek Sang-hoon was responsible for such hits as "Descendants of the Sun" and "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds". He was recently announced as the director for Lee Min-ho's upcoming drama "The King: Forever Sovereign" along with screenwriter Kim Eun-sook...More

[HanCinema's News] Women Viewers Drive Success of "Miss and Mrs. Cops" and "Inseparable Bros" At the Box Office

2019/05/13 | Permalink

Over the past weekend "Miss and Mrs. Cops" has amassed 511,571 admissions. "Inseparable Bros" over the same three day period had 258,085 admissions. This places them second and fourth for overall admissions that weekend, driven largely on the strength of female viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Baek Soo-hee Cast for "Be Melodramatic"

2019/05/13 | Permalink

PF Company has confirmed that their new actress Baek Soo-hee will be appearing in the highly anticipated upcoming drama "Be Melodramatic" from writer/director Lee Byeong-heon-I. Baek Soo-hee will play Ji-yeong, the younger sister of lead character Jin-joo, who is going to be played by Chun Woo-hee...More

[HanCinema's News] Inquiry into Cause of Han Ji-sung's Accident Looks to Be Prolonged

2019/05/13 | Permalink

In the absence of reliable eyewitness accounts it seems likely that it will be some time, if ever, before a satisfying explanation is offered for the traffic accident that caused Han Ji-sung's death. Her husband, who was in the car with her, has been unable to offer any explanation for why it was parked in the middle of the road...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Inseparable Bros"

2019/05/11 | Permalink

Se-ha (played by Shin Ha-kyun) is a surprisingly cynical, shifty guy considering that he's bound to a wheelchair. The opening backstory of "Inseparable Bros" quickly gets into why- Se-ha was dumped at a charity home for the mentally infirm. The chronically alcoholic Father Park (played by Kwon Hae-hyo) accepted Se-ha in exchange for a modest bribe, although oddly enough he's a pretty nice guy. All the same it's Dong-goo (played by Lee Kwang-soo) with whom Se-ha shares a special, brotherly bond...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage"

2019/05/11 | Permalink

The previous decade (and a bit more actually) was the golden era of crime thrillers for Korean cinema, a genre that actually headed the triumphant march to the top of Asian cinema for the country. Lee Jeong-beom was one of the contributors to this achievement, with "Cruel Winter Blues", "The Man From Nowhere" and on a secondary level, "No Tears for the Dead". Thus, the interest for his first film after 5 years was quite high, particularly since the genre was once again, the crime thriller. Let us see if the "hype" was well worth it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Night Before Strike"

2019/05/11 | Permalink

From the beginning sequence of "The Night Before Strike" the movie wears politics on its sleeve. This is a film about the importance of labor unions, and how they're the only thing standing between the employees and oppressively miserable working conditions. The men and women who work at Dongdung Metal have a good sense of camaraderie. In one particularly adorable sequence we see two of them engaging in pillow talk, apparently totally naked beneath the covers. But the power of friendship is no cure for being forced to work into the wee hours of morning to meet production quotas...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Ji Jin-hee Brings His Own Flavor Into "Designated Survivor: 60 Days"

2019/05/10 | Permalink

The first stills for tvN's Korean Drama remake of Kiefer Sutherland's "Designated Survivor" are here, and Ji Jin-hee's hero is feeling the weight of his responsibility, as he tries to keep a country afloat following a terrorist attack in "Designated Survivor: 60 Days"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook's Romantic Energy Elevates "Her Private Life"

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook has been attracting a lot of attention for his performance in "Her Private Life". The drama is a romantic comedy between Kim Jae-wook's character, Ryan Gold, and Park Min-young's character, Seong Deok-mi. The drama explores their getting to know each other through a backdrop of otaku styled obsessiveness running a gamut from nerdy pop culture to respectable art...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ye-ron to Debut in "Chubby Romance - Season 2"

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Kim Ye-ron, the younger sister of Kim Sae-ron, is set to make her adult acting debut in the webdrama "Chubby Romance - Season 2". The webdrama is a sequel to the first "Chubby Romance", and continues the story of teenager Soo-rin (played by Saetbyeol) learning about accepting herself as who she is...More

[HanCinema's News] Black Box Specialist Analyzes Footage of Han Ji-sung Accident

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Following the release of the black box footage of the traffic accident that killed Han Ji-sung, experts have been analyzing the footage and offering insight. One such expert is lawyer Han Moon-cheol, who appears on the SBS news program 'Man in Black Box'. He has made a Youtube video discussing the footage and has also appeared on the cable news channel YTN to share his findings...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Departs for Fan Meeting in Japan

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye was spotted by a Newsen photographer at Gimpo International Airport on May 10th. Sources indicate that she was on her way to a fan meeting in Japan...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Yoo-jung, Park Shin-hye Top DCInside Poll of Who Looks Pure in Any Clothes

2019/05/10 | Permalink

With a commanding 51.7% of the total votes cast Kim Yoo-jung easily won a recent DCInside poll of who dresses the best. The exact wording was, who looks well matched and pure wearing anything, even a school uniform...More

[HanCinema's News] Actress Han Ji-sung Dies in Highway Accident

2019/05/09 | Permalink

 

On May 6th actress Han Ji-sung died in a car accident on the Incheon International Airport Highway at 3:52 in the morning. The news was confirmed by persons relevant to the event on May 8th. Until that time she was known only to be a woman in her twenties...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Maximizing Sex Appeal on "Her Private Life"

2019/05/09 | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook's been attracting attention for his acting work in "Her Private Life". Mainly what he's been doing has been to communicate passion nonverbally. His hands, eyes, and torso are being effectively utilized to communicate a passionate, crazy attitude shimmering beneath the surface...More

[HanCinema's News] Former "Love Match" Co-stars Kang Eun-bi and Ha Na-kyung Feud

2019/05/09 | Permalink

Several years ago Kang Eun-bi and Ha Na-kyung starred in the erotic comedy film "Love Match" which was designed for the South Korea On Demand Television market. Since then their lives have drifted in different directions- but an impromptu attempt to reunite the two on afreecaTV ended disastrously...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Do-guk Confirmed for "Investigation Partners Season 2"

2019/05/09 | Permalink

On May 9th BIS Entertainment announced that Lee Do-guk would be appearing in MBC's upcoming drama, "Investigation Partners Season 2". He will be playing the Chief Public Prosecutor Kal Dae-cheol, the new superior officer of prosecutor Ji-han, one of the main characters who is played by Oh Man-seok...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Go-eun Attends Chanel Event Despite Controversy

2019/05/09 | Permalink

South Korean press was on hand to cover Kim Go-eun as she appeared at a promotional event at the Chanel Flagship Store in Gangnam for The New J12 Watch. She looked glamorous and cheerful in her glittering two piece outfit...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Kim Kang-woo and Seo Ye-ji Become a Couple With Secrets for "Tomorrow's Memory"

2019/05/08 | Permalink

Don't you just love it when entertainment brings two actors you like together? The latest to please my Ori-heart is yesterday's announcement about Kim Kang-woo and Seo Ye-ji accepting starring roles in the emotional thriller film "Tomorrow's Memory"...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kang Yoon-sung Talks About "Long Live the King"

2019/05/08 | Permalink

Director Kang Yoon-Sung is looking to maintain his hot streak. He was the mastermind behind 2017's surprise mega-hit "The Outlaws", which featured Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang as leaders of warring factions of cops and criminals. The movie garnered several best new director awards for Kang Yoon-Sung - it was his first feature film...More

[HanCinema's News] Ki Do-hoon to Appear in "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/05/08 | Permalink

Ki Do-hoon has been confirmed to appear in "Arthdal Chronicles". He will be playing Yang-cha, the junior member of the military unit led by Tagon, the antagonistic lead character played by Jang Dong-gun...More

[HanCinema's News] "Different Dreams" Comes Under Scrutiny

2019/05/08 | Permalink

With a huge budget of 200 billion won (~17 million US dollars) expectations have been high for "Different Dreams". But a lot of the reaction to the drama has been muted. With a first weekend of ratings hovering in the range of 5-7%, the drama's long term viability is an open question...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sa-rang Talks About Her Appearance on "Abyss"

2019/05/08 | Permalink

While she's not the lead actress in "Abyss" Kim Sa-rang's brief appearance in the drama's leading role has fueled speculation about her return to acting. Following her breakout role as second lead in "Secret Garden"