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[HanCinema's News] "Vincenzo" to Go on Break This Week

2021/04/15 | Permalink

The production team behind "Vincenzo" had previously announced that the drama would not be airing this week so as to better perfect the mafia comedy's final episodes. However, to help maintain hype, "Vincenzo" has also released new production stills...More

[HanCinema's News] More New Accusations Pile up Against Seo Ye-ji

2021/04/15 | Permalink

The public relations situation for actress Seo Ye-ji has continued to worsen since yesterday, with many individual details of allegations against the actress being confirmed even as the overall tenor of the situation remains vague. Most notably, the Complutense University of Madrid was asked to verify that Seo Ye-ji had been accepted to the school as a young woman. Though they refused to confirm or deny Seo Ye-ji's situation, the prompting of the request was the real significance...More

[HanCinema's News] "Vincenzo" Cast Members Join Stage Version of "Intimate Strangers"

2021/04/15 | Permalink

The South Korean feature film "Intimate Strangers" is only one of eighteen worldwide remakes of the original Italian movie, which now holds the Guinness World Record for a film to have inspired remakes. Now, "Intimate Strangers" has been adapted to stage in South Korea...More

[HanCinema's News] New Accusations Continue to Pile up Against Seo Ye-ji

2021/04/14 | Permalink

Allegations of inappropriate behavior against Seo Ye-ji are taking on an unusual breadth, as there is now variety to the accusations across multiple timeframes and anecdotes. In general the main charge levied against Seo Ye-ji is that she is rude and hostile to staff, even superiors, and has been known to make people uncomfortable with her behavior. While none of the accusations arise to a criminal level, the unpleasant depictions of Seo Ye-ji's demeanor may cost her presumed role on "Island - Drama" later this year...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho Confirmed for "Seashore Village Chachacha"

2021/04/14 | Permalink

Recently the upcoming tvN drama "Seashore Village Chachacha" confirmed that actors Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho had been confirmed for the leading roles. "Seashore Village Chachacha" had previously been known by the working title "Mr. Handy" which signified that the project was a remake of the "Mr. Handy" film from 2004...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Wook-jin Cast for "Youth of May"

2021/04/14 | Permalink

According to Big Boss Entertainment, Jung Wook-jin, who is represented by the agency, will appear in the upcoming Gwangju Uprising era drama "Youth of May" next month. He will be playing the role of Choi Jeong-haeng, a rookie police officer...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Hit With Bullying Allegations

2021/04/13 | Permalink

A bad week for actress Seo Ye-ji took a turn for the worse with the revival of rumors that she engaged in bullying behavior back in middle school. The original allegations date to February, though they were annoyed at that time. A person claiming to be the then-thirty something mother of children from Seo Ye-ji's school district claims that the actress was notorious for going into violent rages against classmates that did not abate until after middle school, when she had double eyelid surgery and made new friends...More

[HanCinema's News] Um Tae-goo Talks About "Night of Paradise" and Jeon Yeo-bin

2021/04/13 | Permalink

On April 13th Kakao TV released a Toktiview with actor Um Tae-goo discussing "Night in Paradise" which was released this past April 9th. The interview focused much on the exact nuances of his acting technique, with the interviewer asking him to give specific examples Commenters for the interview were impressed at how much Um Tae-goo could communicate with the interviewer even without using verbalization as necessary...More

[HanCinema's News] "Stay With Me" Under Greater Scrutiny Following Scandal

2021/04/13 | Permalink

The 2018 4DX/VR short film "Stay With Me" has become an unexpected subject of interest following accusations of unprofessional conduct toward Kim Jung-hyun. A recent news report confirmed that Kim Jung-hyun had been in a romantic relationship with actress Seo Ye-ji from that title, and seemed to imply that she made demands of him regarding "Time - Drama" in 2018...More

[HanCinema's News] Marie Claire Releases Behind the Scenes Still of Jeon Yeo-bin Photoshoot

2021/04/12 | Permalink

The fashion magazine Marie Claire Korea recently released unpublished stills from Jeon Yeo-bin's photoshoot in the magazine's April issue. The move was prompted by the surge in her popularity thanks to the recently released film "Night in Paradise" on Netflix...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest Builds for "Undercover"

2021/04/12 | Permalink

On April 10th, the serial killer themed drama "Beyond Evil" completed its sixteen episode run with final ratings of 6%. "Beyond Evil" was a solid performer for jTBC, opening at 4.5% ratings with a low point of 3.8% reached in the fifth episode. As the network continues to experiment with more genre themed entertainment, the focus is now on "Undercover" which will take over the drama's timeslot on April 23rd following a break this week...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sung-soo Cast for "The Road: Tragedy of One"

2021/04/12 | Permalink

According to recent news reports, Kim Sung-soo has been cast for the upcoming drama "The Road: Tragedy of One" from Studio Dragon. This will be his first television role since "Shall We Kiss First?" in 2018 where he played supporting cast...More

[HanCinema's News] "Night in Paradise" and "SEOBOK" Face Off OTT

2021/04/10 | Permalink

With the arrival of April comes the first major face-off between two highly anticipated films since last summer, when "Steel Rain 2: Summit" and "When the Devil Calls Your Name" premiered in theaters in back to back weeks. But after a year of a COVID-19 induced box office depression, the battleground has now taken a markedly different shift. Where the gangster noir "Night in Paradise" premiered on Netflix on April 9th, "SEOBOK" will have a hybrid premiere in theaters and TVING on April 15th...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind-the-scenes Stills Released for "Youth of May"

2021/04/10 | Permalink

The upcoming Gwangju Uprising era drama "Youth of May" recently released behind the scenes stills of the drama. In the relevant photos, various actors can be seen taking selfies of themselves with their scripts, as well as studying those scripts diligently...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind-the-scenes Stills Released for "Night in Paradise"

2021/04/10 | Permalink

Concurrent with the release of "Night in Paradise" worldwide, Netflix released behind the scenes still of the movie as it was being filmed. The scenes depict an intractable environment even when the cameras were turned off. Netflix also confirmed that lead actor Um Tae-goo had gained nine kilograms in anticipation of his action-centered role in the gangster movie, which also featured shirtless scenes for the up and coming star...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Night in Paradise"

2021/04/09 | Permalink

Tae-goo (played by Um Tae-goo) is introduced to us in fairly gangster fashion, both literally and figuratively, over the course of a job. "Night in Paradise" then transitions to him having a very bad day, ultimately deciding to improve it by making other people have similarly bad days in turn. All of this is laboriously set up to finally get Tae-goo to Jeju Island, where he meets Jae-yeon (played by Jeon Yeo-bin), the niece of the weapons dealer Tae-goo intends to crash with en route to Russia...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Box"

2021/04/09 | Permalink

Via opening montage we see the once lauded music manager Min-soo (played by Jo Dal-hwan) devolve into largely forgotten has-been. He enjoys an apparent reversal in fortunes upon meeting Ji-hoon (played by Chanyeol) who has an amazing singing voice. There's just one problem. Ji-hoon is terrified of public performances. So in an effort to help Ji-hoon overcome his fears, and also help Min-soo himself escape his past decisions, Min-soo concocts an elaborate busking scheme wherein Ji-hoon performs from "The Box" to overcome his stage fright...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "It's Not Her Sin" + Full Movie

2021/04/09 | Permalink

It was a real pleasure watching Shin Sang-ok finally straying away from his usual melodramatic tropes, to deal with a different kind of film, a crime one. And although the narrative is anything but stripped of melodrama, the unique approach of Korean cinema towards this kind of movies, which focuses not on whodunit but whydunit, truly shines here...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" and Lee Ji-ah Finish at the Top of the Good Data Report

2021/04/08 | Permalink

"The Penthouse 2" recently finished its seven week television run with ratings even exceeding that of the original. The intense drama has also topped the Good Data Report in all seven of its weeks, showing that the class-focused thriller has had influence on social media beyond even what is suggested by its already strong performance in traditional metrics...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Seung-ah and Kim Moo-yul Celebrate Sixth Wedding Anniversary

2021/04/08 | Permalink

On April 4th, 2015, actors Yoon Seung-ah and Kim Moo-yul were married. Their fans were reminded of this thanks to posts on Yoon Seung-ah's Instagram and Instagram Story accounts which included photos from both the past and future...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" and "New Year Blues" Top VOD Rankings

2021/04/08 | Permalink

On April 8th the Video-On-Demand platform Home Choice revealed the current rankings for most solicited programs over the first week of April. "The Penthouse 2" once again led for the sixth straight week. In general dramas have been outperforming variety programs for on demand services lately...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Celebrates her 31st Birthday

2021/04/07 | Permalink

On April 7th Seo Ye-ji's agency Gold Medalist released three pictures on their Instagram account commemorating Seo Ye-ji's birthday. The first two depicted her smiling broadly and reacting cheerfully to her birthday cake...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-hyun Cracks 1.5 Million Instagram Followers

2021/04/07 | Permalink

Actress Han Ji-hyun recently passed a major milestone on Instagram, having gone past the 1.5 million follower count there. The twenty-five year old actress had seen a rapid expansion in her popularity over the run of the recently completed "The Penthouse 2" wherein she played the teenage daughter of the villain played by Uhm Ki-joon...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "Recalled"

2021/04/07 | Permalink

The upcoming mystery thriller "Recalled" just released new stills of the movie showing more of its varied locations. The film stars Seo Ye-ji as a woman trying to make sense of her fractured memories seeming to emanate from the future rather than the past, as well as the strange realities they seem to imply about her husband played by Kim Kang-woo...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" Finishes at the Top of Wavve Rankings

2021/04/06 | Permalink

On April 6th the streaming platform wavve released its latest weekly ranking chart. As expected, "The Penthouse 2" topped the list, as it had for every week of its run. Between "The Penthouse" and "The Penthouse 2" the series has now topped the wavve charts for twenty-three weeks, or five months...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Yeo-bin to Climax on Netflix With "Vincenzo" Finale and "Night in Paradise"

2021/04/06 | Permalink

"Vincenzo" started out with synergy from "Space Sweepers" for lead actor Song Joong-ki, as he briefly became the face for Netflix back in February. Now, in April, the situation is reversed with leading lady Jeon Yeo-bin being highlighted ahead of "Night in Paradise" which will release on April 9th. But where "Space Sweepers" was big science fiction spectacle, "Night in Paradise" will take a very different approach, with the latest film from director Park Hoon-jung taking on a tone of noir...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Hyun-soo Cast for "No One But a Madman"

2021/04/06 | Permalink

On April 6th the upcoming drama "No One But a Madman" confirmed that Im Hyun-soo would be joining the cast. While the drama in general focuses on older company workers contemplating their long-term career choices, Im Hyun-soo will play one of the younger characters, So Sang-wook of human resources...More

[HanCinema's News] New Posters and Cast Revealed for "Doom at Your Service"

2021/04/05 | Permalink

On April 5th, the production behind "Doom at Your Service" released new character posters for the drama, one for each lead character. The poster for Seo In-guk features her in a purple silhouette, while Seo In-guk has more of a bluish-green color...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo in-guk to Make Special Appearance in "Navillera"

2021/04/05 | Permalink

"Navillera" recently confirmed that actor Seo In-guk would be making a cameo appearance on the ballerino themed drama. It is unknown what role the actor might be playing. The role was made possible by director Han Dong-hwa...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Appears in Hong Kong Fashion Magazine

2021/04/05 | Permalink

Awesome Entertainment recently released photos of Park Seo-joon appearing in the Hong Kong version of Vogue Magazine. According to Awesome Entertainment, this was his first such appearance in the publication...More

[HanCinema's News] Top 10 Korean Films You Can Watch on Netflix

2021/04/04 | Permalink

With Netflix's ever expanding collection, Korean entertainment has been able to reach the farthest corners of the world. Especially considering the historial impact films like "Parasite" has had on the global film industry, Korean cinema is on the rise. Here are our picks for the top 10 Korean films you must watch on Netflix!...More

[HanCinema's News] Yu Jun-sang Makes Special Appearance in the Final Episodes of "The Penthouse 2"

2021/04/03 | Permalink

Already well-acclaimed for its many cameos, "The Penthouse 2" had a strong finish in its final episodes thanks to a special appearance from actor Yu Jun-sang. Best known for his more demure roles, Yu Jun-sang takes on the role of Jung Doo Wan, the presidental candidate for the Happy Future Party...More

[HanCinema's News] "Suriname" Confirmed for Netflix as Casting Resumes

2021/04/03 | Permalink

The crime thriller "Suriname" has resumed production. The latest project from director Yoon Jong-bin of "The Spy Gone North" had to be suspended indefinitely last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prestige project, intended for tvN, had ambiguous prospects for a restart when last year's "Hush" underperformed expectations for jTBC despite featuring major stars Hwang Jung-min and Yoona in the leading roles. "Suriname" likewise has Hwang Jung-min and Ha Jung-woo as the leads...More

[HanCinema's News] Cow Paintings by Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won, and DJ Koo on Exhibition

2021/04/03 | Permalink

"Good Morning" by Ha Jung-woo

The artwork of various celebrities is currently on display at the fourth floor of the Signature Kitchensuite Changdam Showroom in the Gangnam district of Seoul. The theme of the exhibition is 虎視牛行, which is roughly translated in English as the moment when a cow comes face to face with a tiger. From actor Ha Jung-woo comes the painting Good Morning, which depicts its bovine protagonist as a figure of defiance...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Golden Holiday"

2021/04/02 | Permalink

Byeong-soo (played by Kwak Do-won) is a bumbling Daejeon police officer, a sort of regional cop in the Joe Don Baker mold of being a crude loudmouth but not necessarily bad at his job. At least that was my initial impression. Then "The Golden Holiday" decided to get focused on a plot that is somehow simultaneously convoluted yet also really boring. The short of it is, Byeong-soo takes his family on vacation to the Phillipines with the secret motive of hunting down Japanese gold...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Asurado"

2021/04/02 | Permalink

Despite "Asurado" being promoted as a fairly basic prison genre film I was pleasantly surprised by the first act, which defies quite a few tropes and stereotypes about prison management. In short Hye-myeong (played by Lee Won-jong) is a very friendly and reasonable warden. But his dumb prisoners are always getting into fights and making a mess. So Hye-myeong improves relations by bringing in notorious supercriminal Tae-sik (played by Lee Sol-gu), and nicely asking him to behave himself to set a good example for other prisoners...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Three O'clock P.M. in a Rainy Day" + Full Movie

2021/04/02 | Permalink

Shin Sang-ok's movies seemed to have taken the concept of melodramatic cheesiness to its extreme, but Park Jong-ho's "Three O'clock P.M. in a Rainy Day" definitely moves a step further, with the film adding elements of (American TV) soap opera in the mix, in an effort though, that much like Shin's works, ends up as rather entertaining...More

[HanCinema's News] NEW Unveils Ambitious Eleven Film Lineup

2021/04/01 | Permalink

On April 1st the film production company NEW (Next Entertainment World) released their official upcoming lineup of eleven films. While these movies had all been referenced in previous reports, this was the first comprehensive look at them including production stills and theatrical posters. The move follows the announcement of a deal with Library Pictures International in March to help finance these movies...More

[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Exorcist" Nearly Beats "The Penthouse 2" in the Good Data Report

2021/04/01 | Permalink

"The Penthouse 2" nearly had its streak in the Good Data Report beaten from a surprising source last week, the drama "Joseon Exorcist" which will not be making a return. But then, the two events are not mutually exclusive. "Joseon Exorcist" had a huge presence on social media over the fourth week of March for all the wrong reasons, with viewers bitterly angry over the fantasy drama's depiction of historical figures and its seeming pro-Chinese tilt in background details...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Land on You" to Return as a Stage Musical

2021/04/01 | Permalink

The musical production companies Pop Music and TJN Media recently announced that a musical version of "Crash Landing on You" would appear on their 2022 lineup for stage musicals...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Thanks Fans for Eleven Years of Support

2021/03/31 | Permalink

On March 31st, Lee Jong-suk celebrated the eleventh anniversary of his debut. While strictly speaking Lee Jong-suk first appeared in an unnamed role in "Dream - Drama" back in 2009, his fans tend to date the actor's start to his supporting role in "Prosecutor Princess" which began airing this day in March 2010...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Eun-bin Thanks Agency for Coffee Car

2021/03/31 | Permalink

Actress Park Eun-bin recently made a post on Instagram where she thanked her agency, Namoo Actors, for sending a coffee car to the set of "The Witch : Part 2. The Other One" for the benefit of the cast and crew...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Soo-ah Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2021/03/31 | Permalink

Recently actress Hong Soo-ah of "Phoenix 2020" made a post on Instagram thanking fans for sending the cast and crew of the morning soap opera a coffee car in the final days of filming...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" Sets New Records on Wavve

2021/03/30 | Permalink

With a ratings high of 29.2% last weekend, "The Penthouse 2" has set similar records across streaming platforms. The intense class-focused drama led for the sixth straight week on the wavve platform where it currently airs as an exclusive...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Jin-hee, Yoon Se-ah, and Kim Hye-eun Cast for "The Road: Tragedy of One"

2021/03/30 | Permalink

Studio Dragon recently announced their new upcoming project for the latter part of the year, "The Road: Tragedy of One" which has been described as being about the ugly one percenters who live in the Royal Hills. Leading actors have already been confirmed as well. These include Ji Jin-hee as journalist Baek Soo-hyeon, Yoon Se-ah as his wife Seo Eun-soo, the daughter of a corporate chairman, and Kim Hye-eun as the bold news announcer Cha Seo-yeong...More

[HanCinema's News] IU Looks Cute in Sweatsuit

2021/03/30 | Permalink

On March 30th, IU went to the Yeoui Island office for an appearance on the musical program Yoo Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook, which airs on KBS after midnight. Though her dress for the event was casual, consisting only of a sweatshirt and sweatpants, IU's look nonetheless captivated photgraphers for a large number of media organizations...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Box" Breaks 70,000 Viewer Mark

2021/03/29 | Permalink

Figures from the Korean Film Council confirmed that the musical road trip movie "The Box" broke seventy thousand viewers over the weekend. The figure is modest in the context of the overall box office South Korean film market, with "The Box" outperformed fourfold by a major Hollywood release over the weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast Coming into Place for "Yumi's Cells"

2021/03/29 | Permalink

A recent comment by SM Entertainment confirming that singer Choi Minho had received an offer to appear in "Yumi's Cells" and that he is considering the offer optimistically have called attention to the production, which is purportedly near completion of the planning stage. Purportedly, Choi Minho has been offered the role of Woo-gi, the unrequited crush of one of Yumi's co-workers. Yumi herself is expected to be played by Kim Go-eun, who has yet to be officially confirmed as the lead...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Byung-mo to Make a Special Appearance on "The Penthouse 2"

2021/03/29 | Permalink

News reports on March 29th have confirmed that Choi Byung-mo will be making a guest appearance in the final episode of "The Penthouse 2" which is to be aired this coming Friday. Choi Byung-mo typicallys play sinister figures noteworthy for their well-tailored clothes and noteworthy impact relative to screen time...More

[HanCinema's News] Top 10 K-Dramas and K-Films Set to Air in April That Should Be on Your Watch List

2021/03/28 | Permalink

2021 has been a blessing in terms of brand new K-Dramas so far. From "Vincenzo" to "Sisyphus: The Myth", "Mouse" to "River Where the Moon Rises", the year is already turning out to be one of the best ones in the history of K-Dramas. April comes with a whole new arsenal of incredible K-Dramas and Korean films that are sure to garner a few more millions of fans. Here are the top 10 hottest K-Dramas you need to be looking out for in the month of April...More

[HanCinema's News] Special Episode of "The Penthouse 2" Confirmed for April 3rd

2021/03/27 | Permalink

"The Penthouse 2" recently confirmed that a special episode of the drama would be airing on April 3rd in the drama's normal timeslot. The announcement clears up the mystery of why "The Penthouse 2" has an odd number of episodes at thirteen, despite a lack of preemptions which normally mandate such situations...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Box" to Be Released in Thirty-two International Markets

2021/03/27 | Permalink

"The Box" which stars EXO member Chanyeol in the leading role recently confirmed that distribution rights had been sold to an additional eleven countries following the film's premiere at the South Korean box office...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-hyun Appears in Cosmopolitan Photoshoot

2021/03/27 | Permalink

On March 26th Cosmpolitan Korea released stills from a plant-filmed photoshoot featuring "The Penthouse 2" actress Han Ji-hyun. In "The Penthouse 2" Han Ji-hyun plays the teenage daughter of the chief villain played by Uhm Ki-joon. Her character is repugnant in her own way, but has come to represent the family's increasingly twisted dynamic with the daughter coming to find her father an increasingly repulsive and despicable man for reasons of varying sympathy...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Man of Merit"

2021/03/26 | Permalink

Il-rae (played by Park Hye-Teak) is old. It's not much of a spoiler to mention that he's close to death, given that "The Man of Merit" opens with him in a hospital with very uncertain odds for survival. Il-rae's backstory places the man's life as equally pathetic. He grew up in less than ideal conditions during the fifties, and much early conflict centers around his unsuccessful effort to enlist in an organization dedicated to the welfare of participants in the April Revolution...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Yellow Ribbon"

2021/03/26 | Permalink

As we approach the seventh anniversary of the Sewol tragedy, perhaps inevitably the event has taken on connotations less of a contemporary disaster and more of a historical event. While "Yellow Ribbon" was filmed in 2019, the people spotlighted in this documentary also find themselves seeing that day increasingly as an abstraction. This is true even of those people who lost someone they loved at Sewol, though "Yellow Ribbon" has the unique approach of focusing on people who were less directly affected- those who wear the iconic yellow ribbon...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Dry-bones and a Fatty Go to the Nonsan Training Station" + Full Movie

2021/03/26 | Permalink

After dealing with the plethora of well shot, but also repetitive Shin Sang-ok melodramas, a comedy was much needed, even if in the case of "A Dry-bones and a Fatty Go to the Nonsan Training Station", the copy was rather faulty, with many visible lines on screen and a bad score. Furthermore, avoiding the presence of Kim Seung-ho-I and Kim Kin-kyu was not possible once more, although this time, their parts are quite small...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Box" Opens in First Place at the South Korean Box Office

2021/03/25 | Permalink

Despite anemic rankings on movie reservation sites, "The Box" surged to the front of the South Korean box office on March 24th, scoring over thirty thousand admissions in its first day of theatrical availability...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Tae-hwan Revealed to Be the Younger Brother of Hani

2021/03/25 | Permalink

On a recent radio broadcast at SBS Power FM, Hani of EXID made a surprising revelation regarding a certain family member. The largely incidental comment was made in regards to a caller who had mentioned once seeing Hani at a cafe on Ganghwa Island. Hani explained that she was with her family on the island at that time because that was where her brother was stationed during his mandatory military service...More

[HanCinema's News] IU Donates $100,000 to Charity

2021/03/25 | Permalink

On March 25th IU alongside her fan club donated a hundred thousand dollars to two charities to commemorate the release of her latest album, Lilac. This money comprised two separate donations. One was to NGO LINKER for the benefit of teenage parents in the amount of approximately fifty thousand dollars...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Minhyuk Critical of Damage Done to his Good Name

2021/03/24 | Permalink

Recently a clip of Lee Minhyuk of the boy band BTOB has expressed annoyance regarding his "The Penthouse 2" namesake. In "The Penthouse 2" Lee Min-hyeok (이민혁 in Korean) is the name of a vicious bully played by Lee Tae-vin. The conversation got started as BTOB was doing a live broadcast on March 20th during the same time the tenth episode of "The Penthouse 2" was airing...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Yeon-hong Gives Closing Thoughts on "The Penthouse 2"

2021/03/24 | Permalink

On March 23rd actress Ahn Yeon-hong confirmed that "The Penthouse 2" had finished filming via an Instagram post where she also expressed her closing thoughts on the experience. Ahn Yeon-hong wrote that her team worked hard, and thanked them deeply...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hwan Confirmed for "The Penthouse 2"

2021/03/24 | Permalink

On March 24th JR Entertainment confirmed that Kim Soo-hwan, who is represented by the agency, will appear in "The Penthouse 2" as Chief Kim. It was not immediately clear what sorts of role this would be...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ji-ah and "The Penthouse 2" Continue to Dominate the Good Data Report

2021/03/23 | Permalink

On March 23rd the Good Data Corporation released the latest iteration of the Good Data Report. Trends from this week largely matched those of the previous week, with actress Lee Ji-ah leading performers and the drama she appears in, "The Penthouse 2", holding an overwhelming amount of social media mentions as tracked by the report. 42.8% of all data collected by the Good Data Report concerned "The Penthouse 2"...More

[HanCinema's News] Eugene Enjoys Surprise Birthday Cake on the Set of "The Penthouse 2"

2021/03/23 | Permalink

On March 23rd "The Penthouse 2" released behind the scenes footage for the drama, not all of which pertained to scripted scenes. In one noteworthy instance, a video showed cast and crew presenting Eugene with a birthday cake as they all clapped and smiled and sang...More

[HanCinema's News] Uhm Ki-joon Shares Fond Memories of Guest Stars

2021/03/23 | Permalink

On March 22nd actor Uhm Ki-joon shared some selfies he had taken on the set of "The Penthouse 2" with various guest stars. These include Jo Jae-yun, who appeared in the ninth and tenth episodes of the drama as a real estate auctioneer, and Kim Kwang-kyu, whose exact role in "The Penthouse 2" has yet to be unveiled...More

[HanCinema's News] Warrior Women Dominate South Korean Dramas

2021/03/22 | Permalink

Leading female actors in South Korean dramas are nothing new, nor is the occasional appearance of a warrior woman archetypal character. But the current drama season is unusual in that two major dramas feature leading ladies in such warriors roles, though neither of them are well known for it. These are Park Shin-hye of "Sisyphus: The Myth" on jTBC and Kim So-hyun of "River Where the Moon Rises" on KBS...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Apologizes for Underage Drinking

2021/03/22 | Permalink

On March 19th social media posts emerged alleging that Go Min-si had engaged in underage drinking as a teenager. The original posts shared to argue this post date to 2011, when Go Min-si was sixteen years old. They feature at some sort of party where various alcoholic beverages are clearly present...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Hae-in Acknowledges Coffee Car From Kim Hye-soo

2021/03/22 | Permalink

Jung Hae-in recently made a post on Instagram where he acknowledged recent of of a coffee car from actress Kim Hye-soo. Referring to her as his senior, Jung Hae-in offered a simple respectful thank you alongside a picture of himself with the car...More

[HanCinema's News] 10 K-Drama Characters We Can't Help But Gush Over

2021/03/21 | Permalink

K-Dramas have taken over the world and with their popularity, the brilliant worlds that they've built through their narratives have stolen millions of hearts already. Characters are the primary charms of any and all narratives and in K-Dramas in particular, they have an innately endearing quality which makes them memorable beyond the realms of the drama. Here are our top 10 favourite K-Drama characters who stole our hearts!...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Jae-yun Gives Closing Thoughts on his "The Penthouse 2" Appearance

2021/03/20 | Permalink

Jo Jae-yun's Instagram

On March 20th Jo Jae-yun made a post to Instagram of himself behind the scenes with his co-stars from his appearance on "The Penthouse 2" the previous night. In the drama, Jo Jae-yun played real estate agent Hwang Geum-bong, who was leading various characters through a real estate development investment plan...More

[HanCinema's News] New Profile Pictures Released for Kim Young-dae

2021/03/20 | Permalink

On March 19th Outer Korea released new profile photos for Kim Young-dae, an actor who is represented by the agency. Kim Young-dae has recently seen an outpouring of interest due to his role on "The Penthouse 2" where he plays the often angry but justice-minded teenage son of the drama's chief villain, who is played by Uhm Ki-joon...More

[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Exorcist" Confirmed for Adults Only Rating

2021/03/20 | Permalink

As "Joseon Exorcist" gears up for its release on March 22nd SBS has confirmed that the historical drama will premiere with a special seventy minute broadcast with the viewer recommendation rating set at eighteen or older...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Welcome to Dongmakgol"

2021/03/19 | Permalink

I was a unnerved by how the opening scene of "Welcome to Dongmakgol" went out of its way to make certain North Koreans look pettily evil. But over time, I had to withdraw this impression as certain Americans in this Korean War era historical film are less pettily evil, but still commit evil acts all the same. Therein lies the fundamental absurdity that defines the film. The characters in "Welcome to Dongmakgol" all want to do evil, yet often have to be talked into it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Another Public Enemy"

2021/03/19 | Permalink

The first "Public Enemy" movie is a genuine classic of South Korean film. In it Officer Kang (played then and now Sol Kyung-gu) hates working through the system, preferring to menace and beat up suspects until they confess. Officer Kang doesn't do this because he's a good cop who feels that red tape is letting crime run amuck. Officer Kang's just really petty and lazy. His apt and comical arc is that he learns how to do paperwork because some jerks are evil enough that it's worth the effort...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Sister's Garden" + Full Movie

2021/03/19 | Permalink

Following Shin Shang-ok's career through the 50s and 60s is both a pleasure and a nuisance. Pleasure because the progress in production values and cinematic language is evident with every film, and nuisance because with the exception of "The Flower in Hell", his movies followed the same melodramatic path, with similar stories about families destroyed by financial issues and not being able to follow the rapid pace of the country's economic progress. This concept is heightened even further by the fact that the same actors seem to appear in all his movies, with Choi Eun-hee and Kim Seung-ho-I in particularly being all over the place. These "rules" also apply to "A Sister's Garden"...More

[HanCinema's News] New IU Music Video to Reference "Old Boy"

2021/03/18 | Permalink

IU has been a major topic of interest as of late due to the incoming release of her new album Lilac on March 25th. A week ahead of that release, on March 18th, new preview footage went out across social media providing further hype for the project...More

[HanCinema's News] Press Conference Held for "The Box"

2021/03/18 | Permalink

Music director Ecobridge, Jo Dal-hwan, Chanyeol, and director Yang Jung-woong

On March 18th a press conference was held for the upcoming movie "The Box" at the Coex Megabox in Seoul. The film marks the first leading role for Chanyeol who is best known for his work in the musical group EXO. Chanyeol described himself at the press conference as very nervous and shaking...More

[HanCinema's News] Script Reading Held for "No One But a Madman"

2021/03/18 | Permalink

The production behind "No One But a Madman" recently released photos of the drama's first script reading, which took place at the Changwon International Hotel. "No One But a Madman" is aiming to be a realistic look at company life for aging workers. The drama has also attracted notice for being set in South Gyeongsang province, and casting a large number of locals from that area in minor roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Se-mi Talks About "True Beauty"

2021/03/17 | Permalink

Im Se-mi's Instagram

Over a month after "True Beauty" finished airing the drama is still drawing attention for the breadth of its cast. Among these figures is Im Se-mi, who plays the older adult sister of the lead played by Moon Ga-young. A cool, attractive character, but with her own weird quirks, Im Se-mi's character is in many ways an aspirational version of the lead. In a recent interview, Im Se-mi discussed her approach with the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jong-kwan's "Shades of the Heart"

2021/03/17 | Permalink

On March 17th at the Konkuk University Lotte Cinema in Seoul a press conference was held for "Shades of the Heart". In attendance were writer/director Kim Jong-kwan, actor Yeon Woo-jin, and actresses Yoon Hye-ri and Lee Ju-young. IU and Kim Sang-ho were not available due to other commitments. Nevertheless, Kim Jong-kwan emphasized their commitment, noting that "Shades of the Heart" was a story of changes from small meetings...More

[HanCinema's News] Black-and-white Films Making a Comeback in South Korean Film

2021/03/17 | Permalink

While black-and-white movies are often mistaken for less advanced versions of colored movies, they often have to be staged quite differently to maximize the contrasts of the more limited palette, allowing for striking imagery of a different sort. Bong Joon-ho has long been a fan of the genre, releasing a black-and-white version of "Parasite" last year. And now directors Lee Joon-ik and Hong Sang-soo are following that up with "The Book of Fish" and "INTRODUCTION" respectively...More

[HanCinema's News] Soju Brand Redesigns Logo to Match IU's Image

2021/03/16 | Permalink

On March 16th the South Korean distillery HineJinro confirmed that they would be maintaining the current resdesign of their soju brand 참이슬, which is roughly translated into English as Real Dewdrop. The bright, clean blue color of the dewdrop on the current label is intended to coincide with the brand's ongoing marketing campaign...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Yoon-seo Confirmed for "No One But a Madman"

2021/03/16 | Permalink

The upcoming drama "No One But a Madman" has confirmed yet more cast with the announcement that Kim Yoon-seo would be joining the drama. Her character is as yet unnamed, but has been described as the senior manager of the lifestyle electronics development team of the corporation where the story takes place...More

[HanCinema's News] New Poster Released for "Shades of the Heart"

2021/03/16 | Permalink

The marketing department for "Shades of the Heart" has released a new poster for the upcoming film which better depicts all five of the film's protagonists in profile. The emotional film from writer/director Kim Jong-kwan is the first since "Josee" last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ho-san Receives Offer to Appear in "The Penthouse 2"

2021/03/15 | Permalink

On March 15th a person affiliated with the agency of actor Park Ho-san confirmed that the actor had received an offer to appear in "The Penthouse 2" and that he was currently reviewing it optimistically. Despite "The Penthouse 2" being close to completion, the role in question is for supporting cast, and is not a cameo...More

[HanCinema's News] Lim Il-gyu and Jung Sung-hoon-I Cast for "No One But a Madman"

2021/03/15 | Permalink

Lim Il-gyu and Jung Sung-hoon-I

On March 15th actors Lim Il-gyu and Jung Sung-hoon-I were confirmed by their respective agencies for "No One But a Madman" which will begin broadcasting on MBC this coming June. The news followed a large number of minor casting announcements regarding local actors from the southeastern towns of Gyungnam and Changwon...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee Back in the Spotlight Thanks to "INTRODUCTION"

2021/03/15 | Permalink

Two weeks ago director Hong Sang-soo and his leading lady Kim Min-hee scored a big win at the Berlin International Film Festival, the third for the pair in the last four years. Kim Min-hee won best actress for "On the Beach at Night Alone" back in 2017...More

[HanCinema's News] 10 Korean Actors Born in the Year of the Ox

2021/03/14 | Permalink

2021 is widely known as the Year of the Ox and people born in the Year of the Ox are characterised by the qualities of being hardworking, sincere, passionate, calm, cautious, patient, stubborn and disciplined. Some of the biggest stars in the world of Korean entertainment were born in the Year of the Ox. Here are 10 of them!...More

[HanCinema's News] New Supporting Cast Confirmed for "Law School"

2021/03/13 | Permalink

New stills released by "Law School" have confirmed several familiar actors in supporting roles for the upcoming jTBC legal drama. First is Park Hyuk-kwon. He will be playing the role of Jin Hyeong-woo, a detective who's investigating a mysterious event on campus. His presence is expected to be intimidating, with Jin Hyeong-woo hounding the lead character Jong-hoon, played by Kim Myung-min, over what he knows regarding the event in question...More

[HanCinema's News] New Supporting Cast Confirmed for "No One But a Madman"

2021/03/13 | Permalink

Several new actors have been confirmed for the upcoming June drama "No One But a Madman" which will air on MBC. The drama deals with various middle aged salarypersons who are mulling over whether or when to leave their jobs, and under what circumstances. The first is Ahn Nae-sang, who will play the developer No Byeong-gook. A specialist in wireless cleaning equipment, he is now dealing with a competitive current day marketplace...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "Love Alarm - Season 2"

2021/03/13 | Permalink

March 12th saw the worldwide release of "Love Alarm - Season 2" on Netflix. Alongside that release, Netflix has offered up several new stills of the now adult cast in the popular adaptation of a webtoon of the same title...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Way Station"

2021/03/12 | Permalink

For quite some time in "A Way Station" it's not made explicitly clear that the film is a melodrama. We just have Ji-ah (played by Kim Jae-kyung) acting the role of an unremarkable salarywoman, in an oddly chaste-seeming relationship with her office boyfriend Seok-jin (played by Shin Ji-hoon). It's only over the course of a fairly awkward birthday dinner that we find out the horrible truth behind Ji-ah's medical condition, as she mulls over how to spend the rest of her limited time...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Three Sisters"

2021/03/12 | Permalink

Combining comedy and drama has proven a task almost impossible a number of times in cinema, since the balance is very thin and needs a very steady directorial hand to handle it. Lee Seung-won-I, director of the rather extreme for an art-house film "Communication and Lies", tries his hand in this combination, in a film that has already garnered attention due to Moon So-ri's presence in the protagonist role...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "They Kill My Mother"

2021/03/12 | Permalink

Director Son Won-kyung is one of the better known toy museum proprietors in South Korea. His toys have featured in multiple exhibitions in South Korea. The story as to how he came to this role is both convoluted and sad. Back when he was still a child, Son Won-kyung's father was often away from home, working in the United States leaving his wife and son behind. To compensate for his absence, Son Won-kyung's father wrote many letters and bought many toys for his son...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Slug"

2021/03/12 | Permalink

The thought of being able to meet your young self and giving advice for the mistakes made is something many people frequent consider, in a line of thinking occasionally deriving from guilt and a need for second chances. Choi Jin-young-III, in her debut, deals with this concept through a rather unusual narrative...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Han Ji-hyun Wedding Photos Make a Resurgence

2021/03/11 | Permalink

With her character coming into increasing prominence on "The Penthouse 2" actress Han Ji-hyun has come under closer scrutiny for her past work. In this case, however, the work in question is her past photoshoots as a wedding model...More

[HanCinema's News] Supporting Cast Revealed for "Now, We Are Breaking Up"

2021/03/11 | Permalink

On March 11th the upcoming SBS drama "Now, We Are Breaking Up" revealed the major supporting cast for the production. This followed the confirmation of the first and second leads the previous day. As the title implies, "Now, We Are Breaking Up" deals with various men and women in the middle period of their lives coming to terms with the fact that their current relationships are at an end...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Jae-yun to Make Special Appearance in "The Penthouse 2"

2021/03/11 | Permalink

On March 11th Jo Jae-yun's agency BB Entertainment confirmed that the actor would make a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of "The Penthouse 2" on SBS. The news follows various unconfirmed reports of the actor's participation...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hye-soo Blackmailed by Alleged Bullying Victim

2021/03/10 | Permalink

Park Hye-soo recently revealed that she had been the recipient of a blackmail threat. The news follows two weeks after the initial accusation spread through social media, prompting the production company behind the upcoming drama "Dear.M" to delay release until the truth of the allegations could be ascertained. Purportedly the alleged victim offered to drop the matter in exchange for ten or twenty million dollars...More

[HanCinema's News] Police Request Autopsy for Lee Ji-eun-I

2021/03/10 | Permalink

On March 10th a person affiliated with the Seoul police confirmed that they had sought out a warrant requesting an autopsy of Lee Ji-eun-I. The news follows the death of the nineties-era actress on March 8th. A concerned friend asked police to go to her home when she was not picking up the phone...More

[HanCinema's News] Wheesung Sentenced for Illicit Drug Use

2021/03/10 | Permalink

On March 9th the singer Wheesung received a suspended sentence relating to unauthorized use of the drug Propofol. The relevant Daegu court was lenient, granting him two years probation on a one year sentence. Wheesung was also ordered to pay a fine of approximately fifty thousand dollars and to undergo forty hours of community service alongside forty hours of drug treatment classes...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" Draws Attention for Wide Array of Celebrity Cameos

2021/03/09 | Permalink

Jun Jin and his wife Ryu Yi-seo

"The Penthouse" was a huge hit last year, to the point that "The Penthouse 2" and "The Penthouse 3" were confirmed before the drama had even finished airing. Alongside this popularity, many celebrities have been given cameo appearances on the major pop culture fixture. "The Penthouse 2" has also promised that more such cameos are incoming...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ji-eun-I Discovered Dead at her Home

2021/03/09 | Permalink

On March 9th Seoul police confirmed that Lee Ji-eun-I had died at her home in central Seoul. The former actress was forty-eight years old. No cause of death was offered. However, the police were called to her home due to a concerned person who was not receiving an answer from her phone...More

[HanCinema's News] New Behind-the-scenes Stills Released for Na in-woo in "River Where the Moon Rises"

2021/03/09 | Permalink

The production company behind "River Where the Moon Rises" has released new images of actor Na In-woo, in costume and reading his script in preparation for his leading role. The pictures are quite a bit more recent than behind-the-scenes stills usually are, as Na In-woo was only cast for the role a few days ago...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Yeo-jin Exerts Ominous Presence in "Vincenzo"

2021/03/08 | Permalink

As "Vincenzo" has moved into the courtroom battle aspect of the story, actress Kim Yeo-jin has come into prominence as the drama's preeminent villain. As the opposing attorney, she is the chief obstacle preventing the characters played by Song Joong-ki and Jeon Yeo-bin from achieving their goals...More

[HanCinema's News] Na In-woo Makes First Appearance as Lead in "River Where the Moon Rises"

2021/03/08 | Permalink

On March 8th Na In-woo made his debut as the lead character in the seventh episode of "River Where the Moon Rises" following the departure of former lead actor Ji Soo from the project following allegations of bullying in high school. The expedited appearance caught many by surprise. Previously, the production company behind "River Where the Moon Rises" had said that Na In-woo would not appear in the drama until the ninth episode on March 15th...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" Continues to Lead CPI

2021/03/08 | Permalink

On March 8th CJ ENM released their latest Content Power Index, or CPI for short. The CPI tracks the popularity of various television programs via non-traditional metrics on a weekly basis. The latest report, dealing with the fourth week of February, showed that "The Penthouse 2" was once again the most popularly talked about drama...More

[HanCinema's News] 10 Time Travel K-Dramas That Will Blow Your Mind

2021/03/07 | Permalink

Time travel is a common genre in the world of Korean dramas but it is very rare that this concept is dealt with in a manner that doesn't look like a caricature of science-fiction. Most of the time, K-Dramas hit the right spot when it comes to time travel but in extraordinary cases, they can blow your mind....More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Soo Announces Suspension to Celebrity Activities

2021/03/06 | Permalink

Ji Soo is officially withdrawing from work in the South Korean entertainment industry, as he prepares to begin his mandatory military service sometime in October. The news follows allegations on social media that Ji Soo engaged as a bully back in school back on March 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] "Sisyphus: The Myth" Cracks Global Netflix Top 10

2021/03/06 | Permalink

Now in its third week of airing on television, "Sisyphus: The Myth" has cracked the worldwide Netflix charts with a ranking in tenth place on May 5th. It is the only South Korean drama in the list, although the American television version of "Snowpiercer" is in fourth place...More

[HanCinema's News] Na In-woo Replaces Ji Soo on "River Where the Moon Rises"

2021/03/06 | Permalink

The KBS drama "River Where the Moon Rises" recently confirmed that actor Na In-woo would replace Ji Soo on the drama, following the departure of the former lead owing to controversy relating to allegations of his engaging in bullying behavior in high school. Na In-woo will make his first appearance as the lead Ondal in episode nine, which is currently slated to air on March 15th. This means that Ji Soo will still appear in the next two episodes...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "INTRODUCTION"

2021/03/05 | Permalink

Hong Sang-soo's style has been the perfect fit for European film festivals for decades now, and "INTRODUCTION" continues the "trend", in a black-and-white movie that deals, once more, with the mundanity of "regular" human relations...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Diamond in the Rough"

2021/03/05 | Permalink

We know that Ki-kang (played by Son Ho-jun) isn't going to have a great time straight from the opening when the older version of the character (played by Jung Ho-bin) starts a speech for a bunch of prisoners about how his time in prison filled him with regret. Then the story flashes back thirty years, to when Ki-kang was just a dumb teenager living in an obscure island off the coast of Mokpo. Right away we get contrasts. Ki-kang might be a troublemaker, but he does have heroic moments...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Finding Angel"

2021/03/05 | Permalink

Cheon-ji (played by Lee Young-ah) is a perpetually cranky and overworked civil servant who works in a district populated largely by poor old people. Don't let the descriptor "poor" fool you, as these old people are lively and a big reason why Cheon-ji is exhausted is because she has to break up their fights even as the single mom works to dole out their charity. So naturally, Cheon-ji has little patience for Ji-hoon (played by Park Sung-il), a man who claims to be a reporter but Cheon-ji's used to dealing with lowlifes...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Madame Aema" + Full Movie

2021/03/05 | Permalink

"Madame Aema" (aka "The Ae-ma Woman") is a rather significant title for the Korean movie industry. Driven and inspired by the success of the "Emmanuelle" movie, it was the first erotic film to be made after South Korea's government began relaxing its control of the industry, and the most sexually explicit film up to be shot in the country at the time. Its commercial success, which deemed it one of the only two films to sell more than 100,000 tickets in Seoul in1982, resulted in at least 10 sequels, making it the longest-running series in the history of Korean cinema, and a trend of similarly erotic productions...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Kang-hoon's Mother Posts Video to Prove her Son Is OK

2021/03/04 | Permalink

On March 4th the mother of child actor Kim Kang-hoon posted a video to her son's Instagram account featuring behind the scenes footage of "Mouse" where her son is currently appearing...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ju-hyun Considering "Operation Seoul National University"

2021/03/04 | Permalink

Shortly ahead of the premiere of "Mouse" in which Park Ju-hyun stars in a major role, her agency confirmed that the actress is already optimistically reviewing an offer for a new project...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Young Appears in "Mouse"

2021/03/04 | Permalink

The new actress Ha Young made an appearance in "Mouse" in the serial killer drama's first episode. Unluckily for her character, she was playing Song Soo-jeong, a victim of the murderer. In the drama, Soo-jeong has to go home to pick up a present for her younger sibling. Due to the snow, she is forced to abandon her taxi and walk down a dark alleyway...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" to Air Unedited This Week

2021/03/03 | Permalink

On March 3rd Choi Ye-bin's agency confirmed that "The Penthouse 2" would not be editing out scenes featuring the actress in this week's broadcasts of the drama. J Wide Company also stated that they were continuing to investigate the controversy surrounding Choi Ye-bin's alleged acts of bullying during her time as a student...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" Continues to Lead Wavve VOD Rankings

2021/03/03 | Permalink

On March 3rd the streaming platform wavve released their streaming data for the fourth week of February. "The Penthouse 2" continues to lead the rankings, following a similar performance the previous week...More

[HanCinema's News] Key East Requests Reports Regarding Ji Soo's Alleged Wrongdoing

2021/03/03 | Permalink

On March 3rd the entertainment agency Key East requested that relevant persons send them e-mails regarding Ji Soo concerning the recent allegations of his having engaged in bullying as a student. The request comes as part of a longer statement wherein Kaist claims to be investigating the matter very seriously. On March 2nd a person claiming to have attended the same middle school as Ji Soo from 2006-2008 stated online that Ji Soo was a vicious bully who was good at pretending to be nice...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" tops Content Power Index

2021/03/02 | Permalink

On March 2nd CJ ENM released the latest iteration of the Content Power Index (CPI) which is intended to track the relative popularity of television programs via nontraditional sources. For the third week of February, defined as February 15th-21st, "The Penthouse 2" led all programs in its opening week...More

[HanCinema's News] Former Classmates Speak Out in Favor of Choi Ye-bin

2021/03/02 | Permalink

Actress Choi Ye-bin has been under intense scrutiny ever since an online posting claimed that she was a vicious bully back in middle school. Her agency has denied the charges, and threatened legal action against those who would continue to spread them. in the wake of the controversy, Choi Ye-bin has had allies in the form of other anonymous classmates, who claim to see no truth to the allegations...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin Appears in New Photoshoot

2021/03/02 | Permalink

New photos of actress Kim Hyo-jin are slated to appear in the women's magazine STYLER. Alongside some choice photos excerpts of the interview with Kim Hyo-jin have also been released. In them, Kim Hyo-jin talks about returning to dramas after a ten years absence and her thought process behind the long break...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon tops Brand Reputation Report

2021/03/01 | Permalink

The Korea Institute of Enterprise Reputation recently released its big data analysisfor the month of February, charting which celebrities have had the strongest media engagement over that month. Kim So-yeon of "The Penthouse 2" had the best performance of the fifty surveyed celebrities, containing the most references of nearly a hundred million users...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Continues to Promote Korean History

2021/03/01 | Permalink

Actress Song Hye-kyo has once again made a name for herself as a supporter of Korean history, collaborating with a Sungshin Women's University professor to distribute leaflets in commemoration of Korean Indepence Day which happened on March 1st...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Ye-bin's Agency Denies Charge of School Violence

2021/03/01 | Permalink

In the wake of controversy regarding the charge that Choi Ye-bin perpetrated violence against classmates, her agency issued a statement on March 1st claiming the allegations were inaccurate. Notably, they did not go so far as to say there was no truth to the allegations. Rather, they stated that upon investigation with persons familiar with the events in question they found crucial differences between the story reported by the alleged victim and those of other witnesses...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jung-hyun Appears in Esquire Photoshoot

2021/03/01 | Permalink

Esquire Korea recently released photos of actor Kim Jung-hyun who was the leading man in the drama "Mr. Queen" which ended on February 14th. "Mr. Queen" is about a modern day male chef who has timeslipped into nineteenth century Joseon, as well as into the body of a female royal consort. Kim Jung-hyun played the role of King Cheoljong. "Mr. Queen" was styled as a fusion comedy...More

[HanCinema's News] Top 10 K-Dramas That Depict Mental Health With Sincerity

2021/02/28 | Permalink

K-Dramas have been making progress by leaps and bounds when it comes to the portrayal of mental health with sensitivity and genuineness. Especially in recent times, K-Dramas have successfully been able to remove the stigma related to mental health and mental health issues in order to seamlessly create honest narratives surrounding the same. Here are 10 K-Dramas that depict mental health with sincerity...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" Hits 24% Ratings in Its Second Weekend

2021/02/27 | Permalink

In its second week of live broadcast "The Penthouse 2" scored ratings of 22.3% on February 26th and ratings of 24% on February 27th. "Penthouse 2" now leads all other programs in its timeslot, including non-dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Mercedes-Benz Pledges the Continued Use of PPL in South Korean Dramas

2021/02/27 | Permalink

On February 27th Mercedes-Benz confirmed that a major plank of their recent marketing strategy is product placement in South Korean media, and that this has been successful enough that they are planning to expand in this department. The news follows upon prominent spots in "Start Up" and "Record of Youth" last year where characters were seen driving the luxury car brand...More

[HanCinema's News] "Will You Leave?" Released on Seezn

2021/02/27 | Permalink

On February 26th the time slip webdrama "Will You Leave??" was released via Seezn. Among other details a new promotional poster for the drama has confirmed Lee Dong-yong and Lee Jung-yeon in non leading roles. The drama stars a twenty-six year old musical genius played by Kang Chan-hee and a twenty-one year old busker played by Park Jung-yeon in a six hundred year spanning story of music and romance...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Double Patty"

2021/02/26 | Permalink

Despite the prominence of Irene in promotional material for "Double Patty" this really is Shin Seung-ho's movie. Which is fortunate, since Shin Seung-ho absolutely shines as the frankly dopey twenty-one year old traditional Korean wrestler Woo-ram. While Woo-ram has a fantastic physique, he has generally poor judgment- both of which are on full display in early setpieces where the musclehead finds himself working at a gay bar...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Plus Nine Romance"

2021/02/26 | Permalink

In "Plus Nine Romance" four twenty-nine year old friends take stock of their love lives as they prepare to step into their fourth decade. The interlocked stories that follow detail these women as they try to figure out whether their relationships are worth keeping, discussing their frustrations candidly with each other but often not as effectively with their male partners. Whether the male partners deserve that much consideration, well...your mileage may vary...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Youth - 1955" + Full Movie

2021/02/26 | Permalink

During the 19th year of King Gwangmu's reign, Empress Myeongseong a.k.a Queen Min, conspired with her kinsman Min Gyeom-ho and dethroned Prince Regent Daewongun, the ruling agent. In the nine years that followed, she killed all his subjects and took the throne, additionally abolishing all the policies and reforms set up by Daewongun, that aimed at the people's benefit. Instead, the palace and royal court indulged in a factional feud, extravagance and orgies, while people's lives became more miserable as the government became more corrupt. There emerged a group of youths, children of the royal subjects executed by Min Gyeom-ho who were determined to set the country right. They secretly formed a rebellion group under a scholar named Lee Hwal-min, who was an ally of Daewongun. Hwalminsuk academy was the hub of their activities...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Photoshoot Released for K2

2021/02/25 | Permalink

The outdoor sportswear brand K2 recently released photos of Park Seo-joon, who is under contract for the organization, as part of their upcoming spring/summer season marketing push. Colorful jackets predominate the photos made available, although hiking boots and shorts also make an appearance...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Hyun-gi Named Executive Producer for Playlist Studios

2021/02/25 | Permalink

On February 23rd Playlist Studios announced that Yoon Hyun-gi had been selected as their new executive producer. In this role, Yoon Hyun-gi will delegate other producers to manage the many ongoing projects of Playlist Studios. Established in 2017, Playlist Studio has become a major name with web dramas in recent years. Playlist Studio works such as "A-TEEN" and "Ending Again" have also been noteworthy for improving the exposure of actors, leading to roles in mainline dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Drama Popularity Spurts Cosmetics Boom in Japan

2021/02/25 | Permalink

On February 24th the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) announced that the previous day, on February 23rd, they had opened a pop-up exhibition in the Marui Department Store of Shibuya district in Tokyo. The On/Offline K Style Store, as it is described, will remain in operation until March 28th. KOTRA claimed that the pop-up store's development was prompted by interest in South Korean cosmetics in Japan...More

[HanCinema's News] New Actresses Lead Ongoing Genre Shift

2021/02/24 | Permalink

The many new thrillers which started airing over the weekend have a noteworthy commonality when it comes to casting. Despite all having well-known male stars, "Vincenzo", "Beyond Evil", and "Times" have all elected for lesser known actresses in the leading roles. However, these leading ladies are no mere pretty faces. All have endured their own twists and turns in their careers to get to this point, and all have been received favorably by viewers in light of their clear talent...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Joong-ki Goes From Hero to Anti-hero

2021/02/24 | Permalink

After having gone through all of 2020 without a single new project, fans of Song Joong-ki have been treated to two very different visions of the actor over the course of only a few weeks. In "Space Sweepers" Song Joong-ki played a largely archetypal leading role as the main perspective character with a tragic backstory in the space opera setting. But in "Vincenzo" Song Joong-ki plays an Italian mafia lawyer whose initially serious storyline quickly descends into farce when he arrives on Korean soil...More

[HanCinema's News] Yeom Hye-ran Talks About "Black Light"

2021/02/24 | Permalink

On February 23rd Yeom Hye-ran's agency released a photoshoot from an upcoming piece in Marie Claire magazine that features the actress. The current year has been quite busy for the Yeom Hye-ran, with the actress having finished up the surprise hit "The Uncanny Counter" back in January and with three films featuring her having been released in February. These include "New Year Blues", "I", and "Black Light". Yeom Hye-ran discusses "Black Light" in particular in the upcoming interview...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse 2" Leads Large Field of New Dramas

2021/02/23 | Permalink

With ratings of 20.4% in its second episode, "The Penthouse 2" has already established itself as the drama to beat in a surprisingly competitive ratings struggle in a market that was considered to be in decline for most of 2020. "The Penthouse 2" now hopes to beat the 28.8% record set by "The Penthouse" although it already has considerable competition among new dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Yang Kyun-won Confirmed for "Drama Stage 2021 - Deok-gu Is Back"

2021/02/23 | Permalink

With the new season of Drama Stage coming this March 3rd, more details are being released about the individual stories of this year's drama anthology series. The theme this year is, stories about how we can get back up on our feet. In the fourth episode to be aired of the series, Yang Kyung-won will take the title role in "Drama Stage 2021 - Deok-gu Is Back" as the titular Cheon Deok-gu, a man who returns after five years following an insurance scam where he was presumed dead...More

[HanCinema's News] New Poster Released for "Double Patty"

2021/02/23 | Permalink

On February 23th kth released a special poster for "Double Patty" in commemoration of the movie hitting the ten thousand viewer mark a couple of days prior. As of this writing, "Double Patty" currently has 11,797 admissions, a number that is unlikely to significantly improve given the larger number of new releases in the coming week...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Yeo-bin Grabs Attention as Female Lead in "Vincenzo"

2021/02/22 | Permalink

Despite appearing in the drama's official promotional poster, Jeon Yeo-bin has been a bit of a wild card for "Vincenzo" in terms of marketing. Her profile is lower than that of lead actor Song Joong-ki or even second lead Ok Taecyeon. To date, her only other leading role had been in the ensemble piece "Be Melodramatic" with other smaller credits including an appearance in "Save Me" of considerably less importance than that of Ok Taecyeon...More

[HanCinema's News] Screenwriter Lee Si-eun-II Talks About "True Beauty"

2021/02/22 | Permalink

Weeks after its conclusion on February 4th "True Beauty" still inspires intense interest from fans who were drawn to the high school romance storyline. Many fans have described the drama as a guide to loving one's self that even surprasses the original webtoon. A recent interview from screenwriter Lee Si-eun-II features the screenwriter responding to these sentiments, while also expressing her own love for the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Il-jun Appears in Charity Driven Photoshoot

2021/02/22 | Permalink

On February 22nd GH Entertainment announced that actor Lee Il-jun, who the agency represents, will appear in a new charitable photoshoot project by ANOUS magazine...More

[HanCinema's News] 10 Romantic K-Dramas That Will Make You Believe in Love Again

2021/02/21 | Permalink

Korean dramas produce innumerable romances but not all of them hit the right spot when it comes to feels. While some go overboard with the tropes, others lean more towards unbearable love triangles. However, there are some K-Dramas that are a perfect blend of all things bright and beautiful. Here are 10 romantic K-Dramas that will make you believe in love again!...More

[HanCinema's News] Saturday Nights Take a Turn for the Dark With New Dramas

2021/02/20 | Permalink

With the long awaited premiere of "The Penthouse 2" there is already a new champion for dramas, with the premiere for the intense wealth themed thriller hitting 19.1%. But the influence of "The Penthouse" goes far beyond its own sequel, with several other similarly intense dramas also making their premieres over the same weekend. Among them is the serial killer mystery "Beyond Evil" on jTBC which premiered on February 19th with ratings of 4.5%...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Young-kwang Talks About "Mission: Possible"

2021/02/20 | Permalink

The feature film "Mission: Possible" has topped the South Korean box office every day since release, and is poised to be the first domestic film of the year to lead the box office. The action flick also marks the return of Kim Young-kwang to the big screen, his having last appeared in "On Your Wedding Day" and "The Soul-Mate" back in 2018. A recent interview has been drawing attention for the actor, and the story behind the spy comedy...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Sung-kyu Appears in "The Penthouse 2"

2021/02/20 | Permalink

While Jang Sung-kyu had been confirmed as a cast member for "The Penthouse 2" it was only when the drama begain airing on February 19th that the exact nature of his role was revealed...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "New Year Blues"

2021/02/19 | Permalink

As an interconnected narrative switching between four different couples, "New Year Blues" is counting on you liking at least one of the romantic storylines, even if you don't like the other ones. Well the good news is I liked most of them actually! The main exception being the storyline between paralympic athlete Rae-hwan (played by Teo Yoo) and florist Oh-wol (played by Choi Soo-young). But I didn't hate them I just thought their story was kind of pointless with Ye Soo-jung stealing most of the energy in their scenes as Oh-wol's sweet, caring mother...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Battle of Jangsari"

2021/02/19 | Permalink

The implied, obvious reading of "The Battle of Jangsari" is that the South Korean teenagers who were brutally killed fighting North Koreans during the Korean War were heroes. At least, that's what you'd think if you'd ever seen any other war movie. And it's certainly what I was expecting, given that "Operation Chromite" was unapologetically propagandistic. But "The Battle of Jangsari" proved far more intriguing than those clichés once I realized this reading isn't actually supported by the text...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Twisted Hero" + Full Movie

2021/02/19 | Permalink

Based on the 1987 book of the same name by Yi Mun-yol, "Our Twisted Hero" proves that using allegory to portray political commentary can result in excellent films, particularly when the metaphor works as well as in the case of Park Jong-won's movie...More

[HanCinema's News] Son So-mang Follows up "Mr. Queen" With "A Way Station"

2021/02/18 | Permalink

February 18th saw the release of "A Way Station" theatrically. The low profile melodrama stars Kim Dong-jun and Kim Jae-kyung in the leading roles. The two are best known for their appearance as the second leads in such dramas as "More Than Friends" for Kim Dong-jun and "The Secret Life of My Secretary" for Kim Jae-kyung...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mission: Possible" Leads in First Day at the Box Office

2021/02/18 | Permalink

Figures released by the Korean Film Council showed that "Mission: Possible" led all other films on its premiere this past Feburary 17th. However, as is expected in the era of COVID-19, the exact numbers are not very impressive...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-hyun Inadvertently Riles up Chinese Fans

2021/02/18 | Permalink

Actress Kim So-hyun recently saw a spike of activity on her Instagram account due to activity relating to a picture she had posted. In the picture that was posted over the Lunar New Year's holiday, Kim So-hyun can be seen wearing a costume from "River Where the Moon Rises" where she stars as the leading actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Ryu Jin Arises as the Surprise Star of "Homemade Love Story"

2021/02/17 | Permalink

As it passes the halfway point in its eighty episode run, "Homemade Love Story" has emerged as a solid hit for weekend family dramas. It's forty-fourth episode on February 14th had ratings of 32.8%. And appropriately for Valentine's Day, this episode has marked an outpouring of interest for Ryu Jin. Though not a leading character in the drama, his character Jeong-hoo has long kindled interest in viewers for his gentle personality in contrast to his rough appearance...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Doona to Appear in ELLE Photoshoot

2021/02/17 | Permalink

ELLE Korea recently announced that actress Bae Doona would be their latest cover celebrity, and would be appearing in their March issue. The theme of the March issue, RESPECT YOU, will deal with many older actresses and their interest in appearing in work that deals with socially conscious issues. An excerpt from an interview with Bae Doona shows the actress expressing admiration for Youn Yuh-jung, describing her as a role model...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mission: Possible" and "Double Patty" Make Push for Box Office Presence

2021/02/17 | Permalink

Foreign films have led at the COVID-19 enfeebled South Korean every day so far in 2021. But this weekend sees two films try to dislodge them from this position, and very different ones at that. "Mission: Possible" looks to have the best chance, with stronger ticket reservation numbers. "Double Patty" had better numbers pre-reservation, although it has long since lost much of its momentum...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Dong-wook Tops Fashion Face Awards for Asian Male Actors

2021/02/16 | Permalink

Last week the British publication I-MAGAZINE released the latest results in its Fashion Face Awards. These awards take advantage of facial recognition algorithms, as well as human judges from all over the world, to determine which celebrities have the best faces. Lee Dong-wook topped the list for Asian male celebrities...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Donates $10,000 to Charity

2021/02/16 | Permalink

On February 16th the Buddhist charity Life Share Korea confirmed that actress Go Min-si had donated around ten thousand dollars worth of goods to help the less fortunate. Purportedly the proceeds come from her recent modeling work...More

[HanCinema's News] Do Kyung-soo Confirmed for "Secret - 2021"

2021/02/16 | Permalink

Actor and singer Do Kyung-soo has been confirmed as the headliner for the upcoming "Secret - 2021" which is a remake of the 2008 Taiwanese movie of the same name. Do Kyung-soo will play the same role that Jay Chou did in that romantic melodrama, which centers around the relationship between a genius student at a musical school and a mysterous girl he often finds playing the piano...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Hye-sun Enjoys Enormous Profile Boost With "Mr. Queen"

2021/02/15 | Permalink

On February 14th "Mr. Queen" ended with ratings of 17.4%. The surprise winter drama hit is the fifth best performing drama of all-time from tvN despite its relatively humble expectations. The offbeat story, a fusion of comedy, science fiction, and historical palace intrigue, struck a chord with audiences. But Shin Hye-sun is quickly emerging as the main figure of note in project, with her reputation increased by a substantial margin thanks to her role...More

[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" the Top Program in the Content Power Index

2021/02/15 | Permalink

On February 15th CJ ENM released their latest rankings for the Content Power Index (CPI) which covers how television programs are engaging viewers in non-traditional metrics. These rankings, which quantify data collected from February 1st to February 7th, had "True Beauty" at the top with 307 points in its final week...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Signs Modeling Contract With Food Company

2021/02/15 | Permalink

On February 15th the food company Barudak announced that actor Kim Soo-hyun had been signed under contract to help promote the company. Barudak in Korean is a portmanteau of the adjective...More

[HanCinema's News] 10 Korean Drama Actresses We're Excited to See Once Again in 2021

2021/02/13 | Permalink

The roster of 2021 K-Dramas is already looking more promising than ever before with a beautiful blend of thrillers, romance, comedy and more. What is even more exciting is the fact that a lot of the most beloved actresses in Korean television will be coming back this year to create some more iconic dramas and fans cannot be any more delighted about the same...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mouse" Cast Offers New Years Greetings

2021/02/13 | Permalink

The cast of the upcoming tvN drama "Mouse" recently offered their greetings for Lunar New Year to their fans. Lee Seung-gi encouraged people to mind social distancing guidelines in the light of COVID-19, encouraging people to stick close to family...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jung-hyun Offer Closing Remarks for "Mr. Queen"

2021/02/13 | Permalink

Ahead of the final weekend for "Mr. Queen" lead actors Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jung-hyun have released their thoughts regarding the drama's production. The drama features Shin Hye-sun as a modern day chef trapped in the body of a nineteenth century Joseon royal consort, while Kim Jung-hyun plays the young King of that era...More

[HanCinema's News] New Kyung Soo-jin Stills Released for "Mouse"

2021/02/13 | Permalink

On February 13th "Mouse" released new stills of Kyung Soo-jin, who will be appearing in the new drama when it begins broadcasting on March 3rd. Kyung Soo-jin plays the second female lead in the drama, which will feature Lee Seung-gi and Lee Hee-joon in the leading roles. Kyung Soo-jin will play a producing director with an interest in the case and powerful skills of deduction...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Today, Together 2"

2021/02/12 | Permalink

In the first film of the "Today Together 2" omnibus Jong-hwan (played by Ki Joo-bong) lives the life of a borderline hobo, eating only food that ranges in price from cheap to free. His son, Do-jin (played by Park Se-jun) is repulsed by his father's attitude, even as he himself is about as incompetent when it comes to obtaining a proper place in society. And so it is with all the other stories in "Today Together 2" that seem to discuss families on the margin but then, what are the margins anyway?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Loop Dreams"

2021/02/12 | Permalink

My first response to "Loop Dreams" was a sort of mild bewilderment. A documentary about yo-yo trick artists? Really? I've seen plenty of self-indulgent documentaries by young people overestimating how interesting their lives are. But then I've also seen plenty of good documentaries by young people who correctly estimate how interesting weirdly specific aspects of their lives are, and the only way to know which is which is to watch them...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "King Gojong and Martyr An Jung-Geun" + Full Movie

2021/02/12 | Permalink

An Jung-geun, sometimes spelled Ahn Jung-geun was a Korean-independence activist, nationalist, and pan-Asianist. On 26 October 1909, he assassinated Prince Itō Hirobumi, a four-time Prime Minister of Japan, former Resident-General of Korea, and then President of the Privy Council of Japan, following the signing of the Eulsa Treaty, with Korea on the verge of annexation by Japan. He was imprisoned and later executed by Japanese authorities on 26 March 1910. An was posthumously awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1962 by the South Korean government, the most prestigious civil decoration in the Republic of Korea, for his efforts for Korean independence. His story has been adapted to cinema a number of times, both in North (An Jung-geun Shoots Itō Hirobumi) and South Korea (Thomas An Jung-geun) but this particularly movie is probably the most impressive...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Appears in New Photoshoot

2021/02/11 | Permalink

The womenswear brand Crocodile Ladies recently released their new catalog for the upcoming spring season. Son Ye-jin recently signed a contract to be the new brand model for the company, and her pictures as a part of this catalog have attracted much interest from fans...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Min-ah Cast for "Beyond Evil"

2021/02/11 | Permalink

On February 11th H&N Entertainment confirmed that Kang Min-ah, who is represented by the agency, will appear in the upcoming drama "Beyond Evil" on jTBC. Kang Min-ah is most recently best known for her role on "True Beauty" where she played the role of Soo-ah, the best friend of the lead character Joo-kyeong played by Moon Ga-young. Kang Min-ah also appeared on "Memorist" last year, following several noteworthy appearances in webdramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Press Conference Held for "Double Patty"

2021/02/11 | Permalink

Shin Seung-ho and Irene

On February 10th a press screening was held for the upcoming movie "Double Patty" which stars Irene in a leading role. In addition to being the first film role for Irene the movie is also notable for having the singer use her real name in the credits rather than her stage name, suggesting an interest on her part in transitioning to acting. Irene also appeared in the webdrama "Women at a Game Company" in 2016 which was based on the webcomic of the same title...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mr. Queen" Tops Good Data Report

2021/02/10 | Permalink

On February 10th the Good Data Corporation released the latest iteration of the Good Data Report. With a slight increase of 3.69% in social media references, "Mr. Queen" topped the report for the second straight week. The surprising cliffhanger for the eighteenth episode drove much of the discussion as the drama enters its final week. Lead actress Shin Hye-sun was number one for performers while lead actor Kim Jung-hyun was number four...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang In-yeop Tops 7 Million Instagram Followers

2021/02/10 | Permalink

Actor Hwang In-yeop passed a major milestone recently, with his Instagram account hitting over seven million followers- 7.3 million, as of this writing. In spite of his account still not being verified, Hwang In-yeop has already outpaced the account of his "True Beauty" co-star Moon Ga-young, ith only 5.4 million followers. However, both still lag behind Cha Eun-woo, with 16.8 million followers...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Sells Building for $500,000 Profit

2021/02/10 | Permalink

Recent real estate filings have confirmed that actor Lee Jong-suk has sold another building. The small facility in the Hannam neighborhood of the Yongsan district of Seoul was originally sold to the actor for three million dollars in March of 2018. However, Lee Jong-suk sold it for three and a half million dollars last month in January...More

[HanCinema's News] "Space Sweepers" Tops International Netflix Charts

2021/02/09 | Permalink

The recently released South Korean movie "Space Sweepers" has ascended to the top of the international Netflix charts. The science fiction film which centers around a spaceship crew that clears space junk has been the top movie worldwide in all three days of its availability according to FlixPatrol...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind-the-scenes Still Released for "Space Sweepers"

2021/02/09 | Permalink

Netflix recently released new still shots depicting how "Space Sweepers" was shot behind the scenes. "Space Sweepers" is a futuristic science fiction story, that deals with the crew of a spaceship that cleans up space junk...More

[HanCinema's News] Original Webtoon Version of "Space Sweepers" Released Internationally

2021/02/09 | Permalink

On February 8th the "Space Sweepers" webtoon made its worldwide debut on four platforms, having premiered on Kakao Webtoons in Korea last May. The "Space Sweepers" webtoon adaptation is appearing on Piccoma in Japan, Tapas in North America, Kakao Page Indonesia in Indonesia, and Delitoon in France...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-hyun Thanks Fans for Birthday Greeting

2021/02/08 | Permalink

On February 7th actress Lee Jung-hyun made a post on Instagram regarding her birthday, which was on that same day. The actress and singer had turned forty-one years old. To commemorate the event, Lee Jung-hyun posted a picture of her dog, as well as a cake which she baked herself, to Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" Apologizes for Maskless Photo

2021/02/08 | Permalink

On February 7th the tvN drama "True Beauty" issued an official apology for a commemoration photo of the drama that was released through Cha Eun-woo's Instagram accoun...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-hyun-I Talks About "Sweet Home" and "Mr. Sunshine"

2021/02/08 | Permalink

A recent interview has called public attention to Lee Jung-hyun-I, a lesser known actor with minor memorable credits. Among them are "Mr. Sunshine" where he played the Japanese army sergeant Tsuda, and "Sweet Home" where he played Kyungmo. Lee Jung-hyun-I has gained a reputation for playing disturbing, twisted minor villains. Other recent credits include a vengeance obsessed victim of past bullying in "Alice" and a combative high student in "GANG" obsessed with Dragon Ball...More

[HanCinema's News] Top 10 K-Dramas of 2020 That We Can't Get Off Our Minds

2021/02/07 | Permalink

2020 was an incredible year for Korean dramas and Korean entertainment in general, especially owing to the exponential rise in viewership brought on by the pandemic. Safe to say, if there was anything holding the sanity of millions of people worldwide together, it was the generous flow of fresh new entertainment media on a more than regular basis. Out of this, Korean entertainment formed a huge portion. With new people exposed to K-Dramas, South Korea produced some of the most brilliant works in the past year. We count down the top 10 of all K-Dramas released in 2020 that we still can't get off our minds...More

[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" Under Fire for Maskless Commemoration Picture

2021/02/06 | Permalink

 

On February 5th, Cha Eun-woo made a post on Instagram featuring his closing comments for the drama. Cha Eun-woo wrote that everyone involved in the production struggled mightily to bring it through to the end. He thanked all those who supported him. But controversy came in the form of the picture uploaded alongside the post, which showed a large number of cast and crew members in close quarters without wearing masks...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hae-joon Out, Park Hae-soo in for "Money Heist"

2021/02/06 | Permalink

Actor Park Hae-joon has officially withdrawn from the Netflix Korean remake "Money Heist" based on the Spanish drama of the same title. Park Hae-joon had been set to play the role of Berlin. However, scheduling conflicts had rendered his participation impractical...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee So-yeon Thanks "Dong Yi" Co-stars for Coffee Car

2021/02/06 | Permalink

Lee So-yeon recently made a post on Instagram regarding a coffee car sent to her by the actress's former "Dong Yi" co-stars Han Hyo-joo and Park Ha-sun...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Space Sweepers"

2021/02/05 | Permalink

I expected "Space Sweepers" to have some exposition at over two hours. But I was caught off guard by the sheer quantity of badly paced infodumping. It takes ten minutes for us to be introduced to the spaceship and its crew amid constant infodumps about the worldbuilding. At the twenty minute point they get a goal, requiring more exposition. Incredibly, there is yet more exposition and backstory well into the second half, every single time dragging the narrative to a crawl...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dragon Inn Part 2: The Night of the Gods"

2021/02/05 | Permalink

So despite the clip from "Dragon Inn Part 1: The City of Sadness" suggesting that "Dragon Inn Part 2: The Night of the Gods" would take on darker more religious undertones, the villain actually just ends up being a pretty unremarkable cult. As in, they basically function like a real life cult, praying on people so lonely they're unwilling to question terrible group decisions. In practice "Dragon Inn Part 2: The Night of the Gods" is largely a procedural wherein the members of Dragon Inn attempt to track the cult down as part of their latest job...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dongsimcho" + Full Movie

2021/02/05 | Permalink

If there is a line that, when surpassed, can deem a film as "too melodramatic", then Shin Sang-ok definitely moved over it with "Dongsimcho", a movie that does make a comment about the state of women in Korea in the 50s, but overall, falls victim to its intense sentimentalism and excessive story...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Ji-hyo Confirmed for "The Witch's Diner"

2021/02/04 | Permalink

Creative Group Agency, which represents Song Ji-hyo, recently confirmed that the actress would be starring in the upcoming TVING drama "The Witch's Diner" in the leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] TVING to Air Special Epilogue to "Mr. Queen"

2021/02/04 | Permalink

"Mr. Queen - Bamboo Forest" epilogue episodes are set to air on TVING this coming February 13th and 14th. Despite having the title of epilogues these episodes will also feature material set before the story's completion, including the first meeting of the characters played by Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jung-hyun before the former's body was possessed by a modern day chef...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Byung-hun Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2021/02/04 | Permalink

Lee Byung-hun made a recent post on Instagram with the simple text of thank you Go stones. Attached to the post was a picture of a coffee car which appears to have been sent to Lee Byung-hun as well as the cast and crew of "The Match" by fans, with the banner reading as a general expression of support for the cast and crew of the upcoming film...More

[HanCinema's News] New Service Provides AI-generated Celebrity Phone Calls

2021/02/03 | Permalink

The gaming company NCSoft has been getting attention for its new idol phone service,which was first mentioned on its K-pop Entertainment platform UNIVERSE worldwide on January 28th. The exact nature of the "private call" option which appeared on the platform was not clearly described or advertised. Nevertheless, approximately four million people made reservations for the seven dollar a month service ahead of its February 3rd release, which comes with a single private call voucher...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Jung-sub Cast for "Imitation"

2021/02/03 | Permalink

The upcoming musical idol drama "Imitation" recently confirmed Yoon Jung-sub as having been added to the cast. The news follows the nearing to the end of "True Beauty" which is Yoon Jung-sub's most recent screen credit. In "True Beauty" Yoon Jung-sub played the chauffeur for the father of the lead character played by Cha Eun-woo...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Hyun-sung Gives Closing Remarks on "True Beauty"

2021/02/03 | Permalink

Ahead of the final episodes of "True Beauty" actor Im Hyun-sung has offered his closing comments on the drama. In "True Beauty" he played the role of the owner of the comic book room where the lead characters played by Moon Ga-young and Cha Eun-woo first met...More

[HanCinema's News] Fusion Historical Dramas Shaping up to Be the Big Trend of 2021

2021/02/02 | Permalink

After a long drought of dramas that could reliably crack the 10% ratings mark, 2021 started the year off with two surprising successes. Expectations were low for "Mr. Queen" and "Royal Secret Agent" due to the relatively weak performance of historical dramas in recent years. But the genre is making a comeback, with new entries making the most of fusing it with other forms of storytelling. "Mr. Queen" deals in time travel and body swapping, while "Royal Secret Agent" involves criminal investigation...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Tae-ri Talks About "Space Sweepers"

2021/02/02 | Permalink

On February 2nd Netflix held an online press conference for "Space Sweepers". Actors Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, and Yoo Hae-jin were all in attendance. Director Jo Sung-hee was also present. The science fiction project has been a particular spot of interest for Kim Tae-ri, marking a transition to a more professional, adult kind of character for her...More

[HanCinema's News] ON&ON Releases Modeling Photos of Moon Ga-young

2021/02/02 | Permalink

The young contemporary womenswear brand ON&ON recently released a sampling of their spring catalog and Moon Ga-young is central to their promotions. The actress, currently best known for playing a teenager in the drama "True Beauty" is showing a more adult side of herself by showcasing a modern, smart image...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Buys Five Million Dollar Apartment

2021/02/01 | Permalink

Recent real estate filings show that Hyun Bin made a major purchase last year of a five million dollar villa style apartment in the city of Guri. The high class residence has prompted rumors that star is preparing a marital home for himself and Son Ye-jin, who he acknowledged being in an eight month (now nine month) relationship with on New Year's Day...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Da-young Replaces Hyeon Sol-ip as Director on "Oh My Ladylord"

2021/02/01 | Permalink

A person associated with the production of the upcoming drama "Oh My Ladylord" has confirmed that Hyeon Sol-ip has been fired from the project. Her replacement is Oh Da-young. "Oh My Ladylord" will be the first head director credit for Oh Da-young although she's not newbie to the field of directing...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Young-mi Cast for "Dark Hole"

2021/02/01 | Permalink

Jeon Young-mi has gotten attention recently with her appearance on "Mr. Queen" where she plays court lady Jeon, a character who delivers comic relief by explaining ridiculous situations in a serious way...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Cute Man"

2021/01/31 | Permalink

Gi-seong (played by Shin Min-jae) is the atypical "Cute Man" promised by the movie's title. He uses his harmless, pathetic charms to sell housewives on educational material. Gi-seong's profession has surprisingly little to do with the rest of the movie, though. That opening scene is merely the start to a convoluted series of events that leads the divorced father to start dating Il-yeong (played by Lee Jin-ri), a woman amenable to the nonintuitive charms of a divorced father...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sword of Sarasen"

2021/01/31 | Permalink

The dark animation that starts out "Sword of Sarasen" details how in order to guarantee passage through the desert, some traders are known to kill a camel calf right in front of the mother's eyes. Supposedly a mother camel will then take them to safety to insure a proper burial. While attempting to research this legend I learned that apparently camel meat is delicious, casting doubts on some assumptions of the story...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Female Boss" + Full Movie

2021/01/31 | Permalink

By 1959, the influence of Hollywood in Korean cinema was in full bloom, and "A Female Boss" is a testament to the fact, something that becomes obvious even from the music and the presentation of the titles in the very beginning of the movie. However, Han Hyeong-mo's title is not exactly a textbook romantic comedy, since the concepts of toxic masculinity (in the way Kim Ki-duk presented it decades later), the role reversal and the eventual triumph of male domination make the film stand particularly out...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Signed on as Model for Clio Cosmetics

2021/01/30 | Permalink

Clio Cosmetics recently announced that they were selecting Go Min-si of "Sweet Home" as their newest model. Alongside the new announcement, Clio Cosmetics also released several images giving an indication as to how the beauty brand intended to use her to promote their product...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mr. Queen" Surprises Many With Its Detailing of the Joseon Era Diet

2021/01/30 | Permalink

"Mr. Queen" has attracted much positive attention lately due to its discussion of food culture during the Joseon era. In the drama, a modern day chef is transported back to the reign of King Cheoljong. While early episodes did not do much with the profession of the lead character, in more recent episodes his culinary expertise has transitioned into being a critical plot point...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Appears in 1st Look Photospread

2021/01/30 | Permalink

A photospread featuring Go Min-si of the recent Netflix drama "Sweet Home" was recently released by the fashion magazine 1st Look. She appears in a variety of lovely styles with both matched and mismatched colors. The photospread is also accompanied by an interview where Go Min-si discusses her work in "Sweet Home" with some detail...More

[HanCinema's News] YouTuber Charged With Defamation Over Song Yoo-jung's Funeral

2021/01/28 | Permalink

On January 28th, a representative for Sublime Artist Agency confirmed that the talent management organization was pressing charges against a YouTuber as well as his associated channel for actions in regards to Song Yoo-jung...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" to Return as a Stage Musical

2021/01/28 | Permalink

The South Korean stage production company ShowPLAY recently announced plans to turn the 2019 drama "Hotel Del Luna" into a stage musical. "Hotel Del Luna" starred IU as the enigmatic operator of a supernatural hotel and Yeo Jin-goo as her new manager, alongside a large cast of colorful supporting characters...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Uncanny Counter" Webtoon Being Considered for Third Season

2021/01/28 | Permalink

Following the announcement that "The Uncanny Counter" webtoon had acquired over 140 million views between its official Daum and Kakao accounts, the author of that webtoon confirmed that a third season was under consideration. "The Uncanny Counter" webtoon is currently in its second season...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Uncanny Counter" Tops Good Data Report

2021/01/27 | Permalink

In this week's Good Data Report, "The Uncanny Counter" led for the second straight week with 20.32% of social media references across tracked platforms. The tracking period was for the third week of January (18th-24th), marking this as the last appearance of "The Uncanny Counter" on the report. The sole representative from the drama for performers was lead actor Cho Byeong-kyu in sixth place...More

[HanCinema's News] Lim Soo-hyeon Cast for "Times"

2021/01/27 | Permalink

Actress Lim Soo-hyeon was recently confirmed for the upcoming drama "Times" which will start broadcasting on OCN in February. She will play the role of Jeong Yoo-mi, who is an intern reporter...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Uncanny Counter" Webtoon Breaks 140 Million Views

2021/01/27 | Permalink

On January 27th the original webtoon version of "The Uncanny Counter" hit a major milestone on Kakao and Daum webtoons, where it is serialized. Cumulatively, the various episodes of "The Uncanny Counter" have now been viewed over 140 million times. According to analytics data, approximately 6.7 million individual readers account for these 140 million views...More

[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" Leads Dramas in the Content Power Index

2021/01/26 | Permalink

On January 26th CJ ENM released their latest Content Power Index (CPI), this one covering the second week on January, here defined as January 11th-17th. The CPI attempts to quantify the popularity of television programs via non-traditional sources such as social media, to better determine the relative popularity of programming in an era where traditional television ratings are increasingly irrelevant...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Byung-choon Confirmed for "Hello, Me!"

2021/01/26 | Permalink

On January 26th Jung Entertainment confirmed that Kim Byung-choon, who is represented by the agency, will appear in the upcoming romantic comedy "Hello, Me!" which will air on KBS. The drama stars Choi Kang-hee in the leading role as a thirty-seven year old woman seeking comfort from her younger self to deal with her failures in life...More

[HanCinema's News] Legal Action Threatened Regarding Song Yoo-jung Adjacent Rumors

2021/01/26 | Permalink

On January 26th Sublime Artist Agency, which represented the now departed actress Song Yoo-jung, threatened legal action against malicious rumors regarding Song Yoo-jung's death. Sublime Artist Agency announced Song Yoo-jung's death on January 25th, despite her having actually died on January 23rd, shortly following the completion of her funerary arrangement...More

[HanCinema's News] IU's Agency Promises Vigorous Legal Promise to Malicious Rumors

2021/01/25 | Permalink

IU's Instagram

On January 25th EDAM Entertainment announced that charges were being filed against an unnamed web cafe for dealing in malicious rumors against IU who is represented by the agency. Though unspecific about the exact charges, EDAM Entertainment stated that fines had already been levied...More

[HanCinema's News] Second Season Confirmed for "The Uncanny Counter"

2021/01/25 | Permalink

On January 25th the OCN series "The Uncanny Counter" confirmed that the drama would be returning for a second season. The news follows on the finale of the first season hitting 11%, the highest ever finale ratings for an OCN drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Yoo-jung's Agency Belatedly Announces her Death

2021/01/25 | Permalink

On January 25th Song Yoo-jung's agency Sublime Artist Agency announced that the actress had died on January 23rd. No explanation was offered for the delay in reporting...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Color Rush" Episodes 5-8

2021/01/24 | Permalink

There's a notable change in Yoo-han's disposition in episode fix of "Color Rush" as the always masked young man begins flirting more openly with Yeon-woo. Also he starts to more aggressively lose the mask, confirming my suspicion that the mask was acting as a handicap to Hur Hyun-jun's weak acting talent as much as anything else. Worry not, Hur Hyun-jun isn't terrible in the role, and everybody has to start somewhere. But it's hard to escape the feeling that a webdrama as weird as "Color Rush" got funding at least in part to boost Hur Hyun-jun's acting resume...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The ABCs of Our Relationship"

2021/01/24 | Permalink

Of the six plot points juggled by "The ABCs of Our Relationship", only the on regarding South Korean adoption is given full exposition. Though she's not really the lead character, the adoption story centers around Joo-hee (played by Lee Seo-yoon), an ethnic Korean woman who was adopted in France back in 1997. Despite Joo-hee being the entire impetus for that plot, her character is surprisingly out of focus as the search for her birth mother takes on highly abstract dimensions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A College Woman's Confession" + Full Movie

2021/01/24 | Permalink

"A College Woman's Confession" despite its feminist, patriarchy-slamming narrative, became a big hit in Korea in 1958, particularly since women swarmed to watch a movie, which, apart from the aforementioned elements, also entailed hard-core melodrama. Nevertheless, the result was quite positive for Shin Sang-ok, as this was the film that established his career...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon So-ri and Jung Jae-young Confirmed for "No One But a Madman"

2021/01/23 | Permalink

In a recent interview regarding her upcoming film "Three Sisters", actress Moon So-ri confirmed that she and Jung Jae-young had accepted the lead roles for the upcoming drama "No One But a Madman" which will begin filming in March for an expected broadcast date of May...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Thanks Fans for APAN Star Awards Win

2021/01/23 | Permalink

On January 23th Son Ye-jin won the KT Seezn Star Award at the ASAN Star Awards, which is a popularity prize. Son Ye-jin earned by receiving the most votes from fans. Consequently, Son Ye-jin was sure to thank her fans in the relevant acceptance speech...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Thanks Son Ye-jin for APAN Awards Win

2021/01/23 | Permalink

On January 23rd Hyun Bin won the Grand Prize for his leading role in last year's drama "Crash Landing on You" where he played a North Korean soldier...More

[HanCinema's News] Top 10 Male Rising Stars in K-Dramas That You Need to Look Out for

2021/01/22 | Permalink

The spotlight never stays still and keeps moving from person to person, especially in the film and television industry. In the last year, these 10 talented actors finally proved their mettle, paving the way for lasting success in their field and receiving the title of rising stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Appears in Marie Claire Photoshoot

2021/01/21 | Permalink

Actress Go Min-si of "Sweet Home" has recently been confirmed for a photospread in the upcoming February issue of Marie Claire. The close up shots have an enigmatic quality, contrasting the pitch black color of her dress and hair with the whiteness of her skin as well as the redness of the background...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Hyo-joo Sells Building for 7 Million Dollars

2021/01/21 | Permalink

A recent real estate report has shown that actress Han Hyo-joo has liquidated property assets. Back in May of 2017, Han Hyo-joo purchased a building in the Hanam neighborhood of the Yongsan district of Seoul. The building comprised three floors, including one basement...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Sung-hee Selected as First Brand Model for the Ronettes

2021/01/21 | Permalink

The microbium beauty brand The Ronettes recently selected Choi Sung-hee as their brand model. The Ronettes beauty brand is named after the sixties American R&B music group of the same name, which were reknowned for their distinctive visual style...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Yoon-ju Talks About "Three Sisters" and Getting into Acting

2021/01/20 | Permalink

On January 20th an interview with Jang Yoon-ju was released in anticipation of "Three Sisters" which will be released in South Korean theaters on January 27th. "Three Sisters" stars Jang Yoon-ju alongside Moon So-ri and Kim Sun-young as the three titular sisters grappling with the force of their collective memories. The film is the latest from director Lee Seung-won-I, and his first with a mainstream cast...More

[HanCinema's News] Eugene Posts Pictures of her Daughter Dancing Online

2021/01/20 | Permalink

Eugene recently excited the attention of her Instagram followers with images of her younger daughter dancing. Eugene and her husband Ki Tae-young had a baby girl back in 2018...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Uncanny Counter" Tops the Good Data Report

2021/01/20 | Permalink

For the second week of January, "The Uncanny Counter" ascended to the top of the Good Data Report, filling the void left by "The Penthouse" going off the air the previous week. Much of the improvement was not driven by the content of the drama itself but rather the news that screenwriter Yeo Ji-na had been replaced despite "The Uncanny Counter" almost being finished. Cho Byeong-kyu was number six for performers and Kim Se-jeong was number ten, with neither charting for the previous week...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang in-yeop Celebrates Thirtieth Birthday

2021/01/19 | Permalink

On January 19th, Hwang In-yeop turned thirty years old. On that day, he was sure to thanks his fans for his well-wishes with an Instagram post of the many presents he had been sent for his birthday...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-min to Appear in Photoshoot for Allure Magazine

2021/01/19 | Permalink

Allure Korea recently announced that actress Han Ji-min would be appearing in a photoshoot for the magazine in their upcoming February issue. The theme of the photoshoot is black swan, or isolated beauty...More

[HanCinema's News] Parody of Seo Ye-ji Commercial Goes Viral

2021/01/19 | Permalink

Back in September of 2020 actress Seo Ye-ji appeared in a special Chuseok commercial to promote The Men of Harlem, a web novel that was at the time being promoted by Naver. The oriental fantasy dealt with the political power play involving an empress and her various subordinates...More

[HanCinema's News] Netflix Releases New "Sweet Home" Interview

2021/01/18 | Permalink

On January 17th Netflix Korea released a new video featuring various "Sweet Home" actors answering various questions. The actor participating include Kim Nam-hee-I, Go Min-si, Park Gyu-young, and Go Yoo-jung. The theme of the interview was TMI questions, with TMI being short for Too Much Information...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Chae-eun Expresses Closing Thoughts on "Growing Season"

2021/01/18 | Permalink

On January 18th Kim Chae-eun's agency Endmark released the actresses statement about "Growing Season" which had aired its final episode on January 15th. In "Growing Season" Kim Chae-eun played Ha-yeong, a young woman in a long-term relationship that undergoes stress due to the discovery that she has a sexually transmitted disease...More

[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" to Be Broadcast in Japan

2021/01/18 | Permalink

The Japanese branch of CJ ENM recently announced that the South Korean drama "True Beauty" would be making its debut on Japanese airwaves. While a final broadcast date has not yet been set, "True Beauty" is expected to begin airing sometime in April on the Japanese version of Mnet...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Growing Season" Episodes 9-12

2021/01/17 | Permalink

Up until now I have been reasonably outspoken in praising "Growing Season" for its practical usefulness in its frank discussion of sexual health and safety in the context of realistically drawn college aged relationships. It is with regret that I must withdraw this endorsement, as "Growing Season" concludes with a rather critical plot point left entirely unresolved. I am referring, of course, to the chlamydia infection sustained by Ha-yeong despite her being in a monogamous four year relationship...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Josee"

2021/01/17 | Permalink

In one scene on a bus, we see college student Yeong-seok (played by Nam Joo-hyuk) sitting in the bleak night in front of an ad that promises learning English will grant him freedom. It's a bitterly ironic moment, but just one of many in "Josee" that uses the trappings of seeming romantic melodrama to ask what it really means to be free. Yet writer/director Kim Jong-kwan takes his time getting to this very moody point, ultimately starting the action off with Yeong-seok accidentally crashing into the wheelchair of the disabled Josee (Han Ji-min)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Palace of Ambition" + Full Movie

2021/01/17 | Permalink

The overwhelming majority of costume dramas in the Korean movie industry take place in the Joseon era. Thus, watching one that unfolds during the Mahan Age (1st century BC to 5th century AD) seemed a rather interesting opportunity...More

[HanCinema's News] Marriage Rumors Abound for High Profile Couples

2021/01/16 | Permalink

A recent episode of the KBS variety show YJ Live focused on a subject of intense curiousity among fans this year. Various South Korean celebrities are in high profile relationships but there has not been a high profile wedding as of late between two such stars. While COVID-19 has done much to inhibit any such celebrations, speculation is rampant about which couple may or may not take the next step in thei relationship, and YJ Live was bold enough to single out three such couples in order of likelihood...More

[HanCinema's News] First Generation Hallyu Wave Actresses Set for Big Return This Year

2021/01/16 | Permalink

In 2021 several major actresses who have been active since the nineties will return for major projects- their first in some time. Song Hye-kyo is the most recent of these whose name have come up in connection with "The Glory" which will be written by "Descendants of the Sun" screenwriter Kim Eun-sook. The revenge-themed story will be a departure for Song Hye-kyo's romantic image which still lingers from her last project, "Encounter" which ended two years prior...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ji-won-III Expresses Closing Thoughts About "Growing Season"

2021/01/16 | Permalink

On January 15th "Growing Season" aired its twelfth and final episode on Naver TV. Earlier in the day, lead actress Park Ji-won-III communicated through her agency her closing thoughts on the project...More

[HanCinema's News] Top 10 Thriller K-Dramas That Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat

2021/01/15 | Permalink

Need some riveting thriller K-Dramas for your weekend binge? Keep reading because we have curated a perfect list of the top 10 thriller K-Dramas that need to be on your watch list.

One of the most popular genres in Korean film and television is that of a thriller. Be it psychological, crime, mystery or revenge, thrillers can be hair-raising and equally entertaining. In the world of K-Drama too, thrillers have always been commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed. Here are 10 of the best Korean thriller dramas that are guaranteed to leave you wanting more...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Hye-sun Expands her Range With "Mr. Queen"

2021/01/14 | Permalink

With ratings of 12.8% following its tenth episode on January 10th, "Mr. Queen" has proven the surprise hit of the new year. Shin Hye-sun has proven indispensable to the drama's success as the lead actress, despite the rather peculiar gender identity of her character. "Mr. Queen" is a fusion historical drama, and Shin Hye-sun plays a modern day womanizing chef trapped in the body of a Joseon-era consort...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Posts Birthday Cake and Flower Bouquets on Instagram

2021/01/14 | Permalink

On January 14th Son Ye-jin posted a sampling of her birthday presents on Instagram. In the accompanying note, Son Ye-jin mentioned that she had never received so many flower bouquets and cakes on her birthday before...More

[HanCinema's News] Burning Sun Informant Claims Hyoyeon Witnessed Infamous Assault

2021/01/14 | Permalink

On January 14th SM Entertainment put out a statement in regards to rumors that Hyoyeon of Girls' Generation was involved with the notorious scandals of the Burning Sun nightclub. The rumors are sourced from Kim Sang-kyo, the first person to discuss the nightclub's notorious reputation publicly when he was booked on charges of assault. These charges were later dropped, and the police involved with bringing them forward were disciplined for misconduct...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Eun-woo Breaks 13.5 Million Instagram Followers

2021/01/13 | Permalink

Cha Eun-woo's Instagram

It has been five years since Cha Eun-woo debuted with the musical group ASTRO. While his career has evolved from that time from music to now also encompass acting, Cha Eun-woo has done a remarkable job maintaining his fan following...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Chung-ah Thanks Jo Han-sun for Coffee Car

2021/01/13 | Permalink

In a recent post on Instagram Story actress Lee Chung-ah thanks Jo Han-sun for sending a coffee car to the set of "Awaken" where the actress is currently starring in the leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] New Cast Confirmed for "Youth of May"

2021/01/13 | Permalink

A new slate of supporting actors has been confirmed for "Youth of May". These include Oh Man-seok, who will be playing the role of Hwang Gi-nam, the father of the character being played by Lee Do-hyun...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin's Fans Worldwide Celebrate her Birthday

2021/01/12 | Permalink

On January 11th Son Ye-jin had her thirty-eighth birthday. Son Ye-jin's many fans worldwide were eager to commemorate the event, as well as to let Son Ye-jin know how much they appreciated her. Consequently, they have taken out ads in many places serving as public congratulations. Some of the more prominent ones include an outdoors advertisement at the MK Center. There's another large one outside Coex describing her as a Hallyu icon...More

[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" Clips Exceeds 120 Million Viewers

2021/01/12 | Permalink

With "True Beauty" now half complete, on the eve of the drama's second half a noteworthy milestone has been reached in regards to viral popularity. Cumulatively clips from "True Beauty" have now achieved 120 million views across various streaming platforms...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Jin-woong Denies Allegations of Attempted Rape

2021/01/12 | Permalink

On January 12th a legal representative for Bae Jin-woong denied that the actor had engaged in attempted rape. The allegation had emerged on January 11th than an unnamed actress who was Bae Jin-woong's junior due to her requesting an official police investigation into the matter. Though the report did not single out Bae Jin-woong by name, he was named as the most likely suspect due to his being the only apparent man to match the various circumstances related to the case...More

[HanCinema's News] Special Episode of "The Penthouse" to Air on January 12th

2021/01/11 | Permalink

On January 11th SBS announced that on the following day, January 12th, they would be airing a special episode of "The Penthouse" featuring a mass group interview between nine of the principal stars of the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Release Date for "The Penthouse 2" Remains in Flux

2021/01/11 | Permalink

While "The Penthouse 2" has been hotly anticipated ever since the ending of "The Penthouse" earlier this month, the release date for the drama is still undetermined. This is in spite of "The Penthouse 2" being expected to air quite soon. Many news periodicals have described it as expected in either January or February, with SBS adding to the confusion by giving conflicting reports on the matter...More

[HanCinema's News] Poster Revealed for "The Penthouse 2"

2021/01/11 | Permalink

SBS recently released the official poster for "The Penthouse 2" which will follow up "The Penthouse" which ended on January 5th. "The Penthouse" was a stupendous success for the network, ending with ratings of 28.8%, and a third season is also expected after the second one. The new poster also includes an English subtitle, War In Life, the exact meaning of which is unclear...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jung-hyun Makes Convincing Transition to Lead in "Mr. Queen"

2021/01/09 | Permalink

"Mr. Queen" has proven a solid success in television ratings for tvN, which has struggled for a traditional success since "Crash Landing on You" last year. Appropriately enough, the leading man for "Mr. Queen" was the second lead in that drama. Kim Jung-hyun plays a young King Cheoljong in the drama, with Shin Hye-sun as the leading lady...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Jae-ho and Kim Jin-ah-V Signed on as Models for Contract Marriage Service

2021/01/09 | Permalink

The South Korean marriage consultation service Gayeon recently announced that they had signed on new models to promote their product for the new year...More

[HanCinema's News] Special Exhibition for "Crash Landing on You" Opens in Tokyo

2021/01/09 | Permalink

On January 8th a special exhibition for "Crash Landing on You" opened at the Jing Gallery in the Shibuya district of Tokyo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Color Rush" Episodes 1-4

2021/01/08 | Permalink

Yeon-woo (played by Yoo Jun) is a Mono. I'm still not completely sure what that actually means, but apparently he sees the world largely in grayscale. Yeon-woo's mother was also a Mono, before she died due to some horrible circumstance that will presumably be explained in later episodes but for now is being kept kind of vague. Anyway, when a Mono meets a Probe, they start seeing the world in countless colors simultaneously. And for Yeon-woo, that Probe is Yoo-han (played by Hur Hyun-jun), and also this whole "Color Rush" thing appears to be some kind of metaphor for being gay...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Growing Season" Episodes 5-8

2021/01/08 | Permalink

As episode five opens up, "Growing Season" signals pretty clearly that we're about to get to the part of the story where our heroines learn that men can't be trusted. But obviously foreshadowed as this was, there were more twists than I was expecting. Most obviously there are degrees of bad men, and I liked how the guy who starts out being the obvious villain here is soon shown to not necessarily be monstrous, just kind of clueless, albeit in an obviously self-interested way...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Forever With You" + Full Movie

2021/01/08 | Permalink

Yu Hyun-mok will be forever remembered for a film that is considered among the all-time best of Korean cinema, "The Aimless Bullet". Before reaching the apogee of his career, however, he had to start somewhere, and "Forever With You", his earliest surviving film, is a production much different from the aforementioned, mostly following the melodramatic rules of the era, although with a few cinematic "innovations" that actually make it stand out, to a point at least...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Kang-woo Offered Role in "Sabotage City"

2021/01/06 | Permalink

On January 6th King Entertainment announced that Kim Kang-woo, who is represented by the agency, has been offered the leading role in the upcoming jTBC drama "Sabotage City" which is expected later this year. This would be the first drama for Kim Kang-woo since "Woman of 9.9 Billion" in 2019...More

[HanCinema's News] Bon Factory Announces Partnership With Endeavor Contents

2021/01/06 | Permalink

On January 6th the CJ ENM production company Bon Factory announced that they would be collaborating with the Hollywood content company Endeavor Content. The news follows CJ ENM's acquisition of Bon Factory last year, which was justified so as to improve the competitiveness of CJ ENM in the global marketplace...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin's Instagram Account Passes Four Million Followers

2021/01/06 | Permalink

On January 5th Son Ye-jin's Instagram account passed the 4 million follower mark. This news comes after a significant boost to her numbers following the New Year's Day revelation that Son Ye-jin was dating her "Crash Landing on You" co-star Hyun Bin...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Jin and his Wife to Appear in "The Penthouse 2"

2021/01/05 | Permalink

A person close to the production of "The Penthouse 2" has confirmed that Jun Jin and his wife would make a special appearance in the first episode of the drama. Purportedly they will make an appearance at a party following a musical performance by Kim Hyun-soo's character...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Gun-joo to Make Special Appearance in "True Beauty"

2021/01/05 | Permalink

Jung Gun-joo has been confirmed for a special appearance in "True Beauty" on January 6th, which will be the seventh episode of the drama. In it, he will play a handsome baseball player who asks for the phone number of the lead character played by Moon Ga-young...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-woo-III Confirmed for "Sisyphus: The Myth"

2021/01/05 | Permalink

The fantasy mystery drama "Sisyphus: The Myth" recently confirmed a new addition to the cast- the relatively unknown actress Lee Si-woo-III. In "Sisyphus: The Myth" Lee Si-woo-III will play Bing Bing, an employee at the Asia Mart where President Park, who is played by Sung Dong-il, gives the orders...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" and "Crash Landing on You" Top Japanese Netflix Charts

2021/01/04 | Permalink

The acclaimed 2019 film "Parasite" by director Bong Joon-ho has topped the Japanese Netflix charts. "Parasite" was released in on the Japanese version of the streaming site on January 1st and has led all films in the subsequent days of its availability...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Only the Latest Drama Couple Turned Real

2021/01/04 | Permalink

The announcement on New Year's Day that Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin started a romantic relationship together was surprising but no without precedent. The couple had become famous for their leading roles on last year's hit drama "Crash Landing on You" and rumors about the two had persisted ever since they co-starred in the movie "The Negotiation" back in 2018. Beyond just that couple though, many others who have met through drama work have had a low profile through the years...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho to Hold his First Global Online Fan Meeting

2021/01/04 | Permalink

On January 4th SALT Entertainment announced that actor Kim Seon-ho would be holding his first global online fan meeting. The meeting will be held via TikTok Stage Connect...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Noted to Bear Resemblance to Son Ye-jin's Father

2021/01/03 | Permalink

In the wake of the new year's news that actors Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin have been a couple ever since the conclusion of "Crash Landing on You" some eight months back, old footage has been attracting interest...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Returns to Public Life From Compulsory Service

2021/01/03 | Permalink

On January 2nd Lee Jong-suk made a post on Instagram stating that he had returned. Attached to the post were black-and-white photos of Lee Jong-suk in a park wearing a hat and a mask...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Compares "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion" With "Sweet Home"

2021/01/03 | Permalink

In a recent interview actress Go Min-si had some choice comparisons between the directing styles of Park Hoon-jung of "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion" and Lee Eung-bok who directed "Sweet Home" both of which featured Go Min-si in notable roles. The 2020 Netflix drama and the 2018 film both cast Go Min-si as a high school student and both deal in supernatural phenomena...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon Tops Brand Reputation Report for December

2021/01/02 | Permalink

The Korea Institute of Enterprise Reputation recently released its evaluation for which celebrities have the most brand influence on social media. Fifty performers in currently airing dramas were selected for inclusion, and big data trends across various social media platforms were analyzed from December 2nd to January 2nd to arrive at the result...More

[HanCinema's News] Lim Su-hwan Thanks Kim Woo-bin in MBC Drama Awards Acceptance Speech

2021/01/02 | Permalink

On December 30th, Lim Ju-hwan won the Best Excellence Award for a performer in Wednesday/Thursday dramas at the MBC Drama Awards. Lim Ju-hwan had appeared in two Wednesday/Thursday dramas in 2020, "The Game: Towards Zero" and "The Spies Who Loved Me" both featuring him in prominent supporting roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon Thanks Husband in SBS Drama Awards Acceptance Speech

2021/01/02 | Permalink

On December 31st actress Kim So-yeon won the excellence award for "The Penthouse" at the 2020 SBS Drama Awards. This was an honor she shared alongside Lee Ji-ah and Eugene who are also credited as leading actors in the series. Kim So-yeon's acceptance speech has drawn some attention as she credits, among other persons, her husband Lee Sang-woo for her accomplshments in the drama...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Growing Season" Episodes 1-4

2021/01/01 | Permalink

Ah-in (played by Park Su-a) is a young woman with an enthusiasm for sex that can only be described as virginal. Ji-yoo (played by Park Ji-won-III) is a slightly older woman with an enthusiasm for sex only in the context of proper vaginal maintenance. Ha-yeong (played by Kim Chae-eun) is another slightly older woman with an enthusiasm for sex only with her boyfriend. Together they...try to present a class report on sexual health...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "What Happened to Mr. Cha?"

2021/01/01 | Permalink

Some of you might not remember Cha In-pyo. Well, most of you probably. As "What Happened to Mr. Cha?" quickly makes clear, Cha In-pyo was a big star in the nineties, and is consequently well-remembered by a certain age group. But in the modern day, working with a new generation of advertisers and producers, Cha In-pyo struggles for relevance despite the fact that he has still maintained a fairly fabulous physique into his fifties. Then he gets buried in an insurance scam...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Even the Clouds are Drifting" + Full Movie

2021/01/01 | Permalink

"Even the Clouds are Drifting" is another film that was submitted to Berlinale, somewhat following the recipe of the two that previously received awards there, "To the Last Day" and "A Coachman", although not sharing their success...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Tops the Good Data Report for Fifth Straight Week

2020/12/30 | Permalink

The latest iteration of the Good Data Report was recently released, and in it "The Penthouse" easily claimed the top spot for the fifth straight week. "The Penthouse" saw a significant improvement in terms of raw social media references, and now represents over 40% of all such references to any currently airing drama. Six performers from "The Penthouse" were also in the top ten for actors...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Clarifies That Eugene's Character Is Not Transgender

2020/12/30 | Permalink

In a recent episode of "The Penthouse" a brief look at a DNA test prompted much speculation from fans. The DNA test in question was used by Lee Ji-ah's character to confirm the role played by Eugene's character in the death of her daughter...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Claims to Have Lost Twelve Kilograms for "Sweet Home"

2020/12/30 | Permalink

An interview with Go Min-si released on December 30th contained a surprising admission from the actress regarding extreme weight loss. Overall the tone of the interview was fairly unambiguously positive. Go Min-si had high praise for director Lee Eung-bok, who once offered words of inspiration on the set via encouragement to succeed like Eun-yoo, the name of the character Go Min-si portrays...More

[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" to Not Broadcast New Episodes This Week

2020/12/29 | Permalink

On December 29th tvN announced that "True Beauty" would be on a break this week, so new episodes will not be broadcast on December 30th and December 31st...More

[HanCinema's News] Heo Ji-woong and Narsha Test Negative for COVID-19

2020/12/29 | Permalink

Heo Ji-woong's Instagram and Narsha's Instagram

On December 28th SBS radio personality Heo Ji-woong announced via Instagram that he had tested negative for COVID-19. On the same day Narsha who is herself also a radio personality for SBS stated on her own Instagram account that she too had tested negative for the virus. The tests were prompted by a guest at an SBS Radio program who tested positive for the virus. The identity of this guest as well as which program they appeared on was not disclosed...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Dong-yoon Injured on the Set of "Joseon Exorcist"

2020/12/29 | Permalink

On December 29th Dongyi Company released a statement confirming that Jang Dong-yoon, an actor represented by the agency, was recently injured on the set of "Joseon Exorcist" which is currently filming...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Thanks Fans for their Support in Year-end Message

2020/12/28 | Permalink

On December 28th Kim Seon-ho posted a live video on his Naver V LIVE account to commemorate the end of the year. The title of this video wasáGood-bye 2020 ◡̈...More

[HanCinema's News] "Sweet Home" Gives a Boost to Its Younger Stars

2020/12/28 | Permalink

The new Netflix drama "Sweet Home" has proven to be a hit both at home and abroad. But the supernaturally themed survival drama's influence will likely last far beyond the popularity of the drama itself. "Sweet Home" is noteworthy for having given a platform to a wide variety of young stars. Many would have struggled for a visible role in a more traditional drama, but the structure of "Sweet Home" has allowed all of them a moment to shine as a member of the greater ensemble...More

[HanCinema's News] Naver Webtoons Promises a Robust 2021 Filled With Adaptations

2020/12/28 | Permalink

On December 28th Naver Webtoons published an official plan of their current strategy when it comes to adapting works hosted on the comics service to other platforms. Many of these works are already known and airing, or soon to be. "True Beauty" is currently appearing on tvN while "Sweet Home" recently made its premiere on Netflix...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Jung-seok Delivers Christmas Greeting to his Fans

2020/12/27 | Permalink

On December 27th Jam Entertainment made a post to its Instagram page featuring an official message from Cho Jung-seok, who is represented by the agency. The following letter was described as a special letter for his fans from the actor himself. In the letter, Cho Jung-seok thanks his fans for sending seasonal greetings and gifts, particularly the ones from overseas...More

[HanCinema's News] Torture Victim Featured in "Spy Nation" Dies in Japan

2020/12/27 | Permalink

On December 27th director Choi Seungho of "Spy Nation" announced on Facebook that alleged spy Kim Seung-hyo had died in Japan on December 26th. Kim Seung-hyo was among the persons featured in "Spy Nation" as having been wrongly accused of spying for the North Korean government for political reasons during the dictatorship era...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Min-a and Kim Woo-bin Post Dueling Photoshoots

2020/12/27 | Permalink

On December 26th actress Shin Min-a posted two photos on Instagram of a recent photoshoot conducted by the actress. Then on December 27th, actor Kim Woo-bin posted a video to his own Instagram of his own photoshoot. The seeming coincidence has intrigued fans, as the pair are in a romantic relationship and the timing was noticed by those who follow both accounts...More

[HanCinema's News] "Sweet Home" Maintains Third Place in International Netflix Chart

2020/12/26 | Permalink

On December 26th figures released by the streaming tracker website FlixPatrol showed that "Sweet Home" had slipped to fourth place in the international Netflix charts...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Seung-heon and Lee Ha-na Confirmed for "Voice 4"

2020/12/26 | Permalink

In response to news reports stating that "Voice 4" would start location shooting in Jeju Island next year, a person associated with the production of the drama has stated that nothing has been decided yet in terms of filming...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Young-jae Cast for "Mouse"

2020/12/26 | Permalink

The upcoming tvN drama "Mouse" which will be the first project for actor Lee Seung-gi since "Vagabond" in 2019 has recently confirmed that actor Lee Young-jae will appear in the drama. Lee Seung-gi will play Ba-reum, who lost his parents to a serial killer in his youth. Lee Hee-joon will also play Moo-chi, an unconventional detective who is similarly out for revenge...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Special Lady"

2020/12/25 | Permalink

Given the title of "A Special Lady" and the prominence of lead actress Kim Hye-soo in the movie's promotional material, one might think she'd be playing the main character. Well, that's not really the case. She might technically be the initial perspective character, given the extended opening scene where we're just watching old guys gratuitously having sex with prostitutes. Kim Hye-soo's character, Hyeon-jeong, is looking at these videos with no context...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "We Are Brothers"

2020/12/25 | Permalink

The action in "We Are Brothers" is prompted by a documentary program regarding reuniting families. The subgenre of sentimental television documentaries is unremarkable in South Korean culture, although the seeming wackiness does no favors for the drama in translation. Much of "We Are Brothers" lurches from one wacky setpiece to another. Surprisingly few of these weird situations have much to do with the main premise. Sang-hyeon (played by Cho Jin-woong) is a pastor rasied in the United States. Ha-hyeon (played by Kim Sung-kyun) is a shaman raised in South Korea. And now the separated brothers meet again...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beat Back" + Full Movie

2020/12/25 | Permalink

War films, particularly in the way the western audience has gotten used to them due to Hollywood productions for the most part, tend to focus on entertainment instead of reality, with few exceptions. "Beat Back" however, is not one of those films, particularly since it becomes obvious that the cast, three years after the Korean War, probably had experiences from actual war. The story is based on the true story of Captain Kim Man-sol's participation in the said events...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Continues to Top the Good Data Report

2020/12/23 | Permalink

For the fourth straight week "The Penthouse" has led the Good Data Report with a 27.66% surge in media mentions allowing the drama to break 35% of the overall mentions for dramas in the third week of December...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind-the-scenes Stills Released for "Sweet Home"

2020/12/23 | Permalink

On December 23rd Netflix released new images of "Sweet Home" that show what filming for the drama looks like behind the cameras...More

[HanCinema's News] LINE Studio to Make "True Beauty" Mobile Game

2020/12/23 | Permalink

The global messenging platform LINE recently announced a partnership with Naver webcomics for the former to make mobile games using the licenses of the latter. This is the first such agreement between the two companies...More

[HanCinema's News] Studio Dragon Stock Jumps in the Wake of Drama Success

2020/12/22 | Permalink

On December 22nd Studio Dragon stock went up 3.4% to eighty dollars. The noticable rebound from previous days of losses appears to have been prompted by foreign investors due to the continuously improving numbers of "Sweet Home" in the international Netflix charts. The supernatural survival drama was number eight in the worldwide Netflix chart for dramas on December 21st but surged to third place on December 22nd as the drama has continued to enjoy a positive worldwide reception...More

[HanCinema's News] "Black Money" Wins Big at KFPA Awards

2020/12/22 | Permalink

On December 21st the Korean Film Producers Association (KFPA) announced the winners of this year's awards. Eligible movies included one hundred sixty-two films released between October 1st of 2019 and September 30th of 2020...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Byung-choon of "True Beauty" Tests Positive for COVID-19

2020/12/22 | Permalink

On December 22nd Jung Entertainment confirmed that Kim Byung-choon, an actor who they represent, has tested positive for COVID-19. The news has caused a massive health sweep on the sets of "Phoenix 2020" and "True Beauty" which both star the actor in minor roles. A test was ordered for Kim Byung-choon when he was observed to have been suffering from unusual tiredness...More

[HanCinema's News] "Sweet Home" Ascends to Eighth Place in International Netflix Chart

2020/12/21 | Permalink

New data released by FlixPatrol on December 21st has shown that the new Netflix drama "Sweet Home" has cracked the international top 10 for the streaming platform. This is the first appearance of "Sweet Home" in the Netflix top 10 and, registered as it is on December 20th, happened in the third day of the supernatutrally themed drama's availability. The drama appears to have risen in the ranks due to strong recommendations from various viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Core Cast Confirmed for "Youth of May"

2020/12/21 | Permalink

Lee Do-hyun and Go Min-si have been confirmed as the leading cast members for the upcoming jTBC drama "Youth of May" which deals with the Gwangju Democratization Movement. The two had long been reported as having received offers...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho Consider "Mr. Handy" Remake

2020/12/21 | Permalink

On December 21st Shin Min-a's agency AM Entertainment put out a statement that Shin Min-a, who the agency represents, was optimistically considering a role in a drama remake of "Mr. Handy" which was released theatrically in 2004...More

[HanCinema's News] "Sweet Home" Draws Praise for Strong Female Characters

2020/12/20 | Permalink

Lee Si-young, Go Min-si
Park Gyu-young, Go Yoon-jung

A major aspect of "Sweet Home" that has drawn interest from viewers both domestic and abroad is the Netflix drama's depiction of female characters. While the explicit headliners of the drama have been male, most obviously lead actor Song Kang, in practice "Sweet Home" is an ensemble movie. And women make up a critical part of this ensemble, as is to be expected because the modern world thrust into disaster aspect of the premise makes it clear the dramatis personae were basically selected at random...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Hong-nae and Ok Ja-yeon Make for Convincing Villains in "The Uncanny Counter"

2020/12/20 | Permalink

With ratings breaking 8% over the weekend, "The Uncanny Counter" has emerged as the unexpected champion of OCN's drama production, outdoing even such hits as "The Voice" on the cable network. While the relatively low profile lead cast has earned many plaudits for their effective teamwork as an ensemble, supporting performers have also been a major contribution to the drama's success. Lee Hong-nae and Ok Ja-yeon have seen their profile boosted substantially as the drama's villains...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Talks About "Sweet Home"

2020/12/20 | Permalink

One of the factors boosting the popualrity of "Sweet Home" domestically and abroad has been the Netflix's drama good use of practical effects. While specific information of how "Sweet Home" was shot is limited, a snippet of a press conference ahead of the drama's worldwide release offers some clue as to what they were like in practice...More

[HanCinema's News] The Cast of "Sweet Home" Appears in Elle Photoshoot

2020/12/19 | Permalink

On December 18th Netflix released photos of the cast of "Sweet Home" which were produced for Elle Magazine. The move by Netflix coincides with the official release of "Sweet Home" on the streaming platform worldwide. Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook, Lee Si-young, and Lee Do-hyun all appear in the photos...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Eung-bok Makes Convincing Comeback With "Sweet Home"

2020/12/19 | Permalink

Director Lee Eung-bok is best known for his long-time partnership with screenwriter Kim Eun-sook. Together, the pair made the hit dramas "Descendants of the Sun", ""Goblin", and "Mr. Sunshine", So it was something of a surprise when "The King: Eternal Monarch" was announced and while Kim Eun-sook was to be the screenwriter, Lee Eung-bok was nowhere to be found despite his similarly being overdue for a new project. With "Sweet Home" Lee Eung-bok has made his return- and wisely...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Mun-sung Grabs Attention for Minor Role in "Sweet Home"

2020/12/19 | Permalink

With the release of "Sweet Home" on Netflix several cast members whose exact roles were not confirmed in advance have since been clarified. Among these is actor Shin Mun-sung, who has been confirmed to be playing a middle-aged security guard...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Breakup Probation, A Week - Movie"

2020/12/18 | Permalink

We are introduced to Ga-ram (played by Kwon Yuri) and Seon-jae (played by Hyun Woo) as the former is confronting the latter in a cafe over the perceived disrespect in their relationship. Their fight is uncomfortable. Ga-ram is too aggressive, and Seon-jae is too incompetent at explaining himself. Their problems seem irreconcilable. Then "Breakup Probation, A Week - Movie" leads us into a one-two punch where one after the other, we see that Ga-ram and Seon-jae indisputedly love each other...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Underdog" + Blu-ray Giveaway

2020/12/18 | Permalink

In the fairly arresting opening scene to "The Underdog" we see Bundle (voiced by Do Kyung-soo) abandoned by his owner on a random hill. The socially conscious nature of this moment is unmistakable. In contrast to the wishful thinking of the owner that a domesticated dog can be happy and free out alone, we quickly see how in reality abandoning Bundle or any other dog in such a way is an act of cruelty...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Love Story of Chun-hyang" + Full Movie

2020/12/18 | Permalink

The "Chunhyangjeon" is one of Korea's most iconic stories. Although its author and date of composition are unknown, it most likely originated as a work of pansori (probably from "Chunhyangga",the most famous pansori), a form of musical storytelling involving song and percussion, and was later adapted into prose during the reign of either King Sukjong (r. 1674–1720) or King Yeongjo (r. 1724–1776)...More

[HanCinema's News] KCSC Issues Warning Regarding "The Penthouse"

2020/12/16 | Permalink

On December 16th the Korean Communication Standards Communication made an official statement regarding "The Penthouse" and its depiction of violence against children. "The Penthouse" deals with various parents, many of whom live in a giant expensive penthouse, and their often extreme behavior designed to help their children become opera singers...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Tops Good Data Report

2020/12/16 | Permalink

In the latest iteration of the Good Data Report "The Penthouse" pulled ahead to a commanding first place margin for its third straight win. Response from fans toward "The Penthouse" has been overwhelming positive in the wake of Park Eun-seok's elevation in the storyline. Despite being only supporting cast, Park Eun-seok was number one for performers this week, followed closely by his co-star Lee Ji-ah in second. Kim So-yeon was seventh, and Eugene was eighth and Uhm Ki-joon was ninth...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" and "Mr. Queen" Have High Ratings and High Controversy

2020/12/16 | Permalink

On December 15th "The Penthouse" recorded its best ever ratings of 23.3% for its fifteenth episode. From the very beginning "The Penthouse" has pushed boundaries in terms of shocking content. While this has encouraged viewers, it has also encouraged quite a bit of criticism. One recent episode featured a student being threatened and bound by rope- by another student no less...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Appears in Music Video From Epitone Project

2020/12/15 | Permalink

On December 15th, Epitone Project released their long awaited music video Sleepless. The title, which more literally says insomnia, references the lyrics which discuss a person's lingering pain following a breakup. The video has attracted interest because Kim Seon-ho appears throughout as the implied narrator...More

[HanCinema's News] "Josee" Passes 90,000 Viewer Mark

2020/12/15 | Permalink

On December 16th "Josee" marked its sixth day of availability with a small milestone. The melodrama has earned ninety thousand viewers in those six days according to the Korean Film Council. The movie might just barely clear one hundred thousand viewers in its first week...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrities Participate in Light on

2020/12/15 | Permalink

Over December 11th to December 13th various celebrities made charity-minded social media posts in regards to the Light On artistic appreciation project. This is the fourth such incarnation of Light On which aims to help low income youth who lack access to higher art. The purpose of the project is to offer safe and free cultural entertainment of this caliber for such viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Screenwriter Lee Si-eun-II Praised for Fidelity to "True Beauty" Webtoon

2020/12/14 | Permalink

With the release of "True Beauty" fans of the original webtoon were both surprised and pleased to find that while the drama adaptation takes definite liberties with the exact construction of the story, the tone remains constant throughout. The teen romantic comedy-drama has Moon Ga-young as the lead character, a homely girl who becomes obsessed with makeup. The difference between her appearance with or without makeup is so great she is frightened of her dual life being found out...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Uncanny Counter" and "True Beauty" Show Dueling Visions for Cable Dramas

2020/12/14 | Permalink

While "True Beauty" has attracted the bulk of recent attention in its inaugural release as a drama based on a webtoon, "The Uncanny Counter" has slowly built itself into a sleeper hit. From a modest ratings premiere of 2.7%, "The Uncanny Counter" had ratings of 7.7% in its most recent episode. Fans have been impressed with the supernaturally themed drama's characterization and overall structure, despite "The Uncanny Counter" superficially falling into team-based superhero tropes...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kim Yang-seob Commentary Released for "True Beauty"

2020/12/14 | Permalink

On December 14th tvN released a video of various scenes from "True Beauty" with director Kim Sang-yeob providing commentary. The discussion mainly gets into various visually distinctive scenes that do not have equivalent in the original webtoon...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Leads the Good Data Report

2020/12/13 | Permalink

Last week the Good Data Corporation released figures for the first week of December as to which dramas were attracting the most interest on social media. The data, which was compiled from November 30th to December 6th, showed that "The Penthouse" was the highest performing drama for the second straight week, with 24.15% of all observed media commenting on the drama. Eugene was second place for performers, with Kim So-yeon in seventh place and Yoon Jong-hoon in ninth place...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mr. Queen" Has Powerful Ratings Debut

2020/12/13 | Permalink

Over the weekend the Joseon-era themed gender bending time travel comedy "Mr. Queen" made its surprisingly strong debut. With ratings of 8% in its first broadcast, "Mr. Queen" has the second highest debut of any tvN weekend drama. It has only ever been outperformed by "Mr. Sunshine", a drama notable for having a considerably more well-known cast and a much more aggressive marketing campaign...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ho-san Leads Distinct Family Dynamic in "True Beauty"

2020/12/13 | Permalink

The central operating premise of "True Beauty" is based is the main character's extreme interest in makeup as well as her relationship with two unusually pretty boys her own age. But one of the subtler aspects of the original webtoon that was much appreciated by fans was the dysfunctional interplay with the teenage girl's family. "True Beauty" in drama form has expanded on that dynamic, both by increasing the importance of the family and adding a new member- the father, played by Park Ho-san...More

[HanCinema's News] Teaser Released for Music Video Starring Kim Seon-ho

2020/12/12 | Permalink

On December 11th Eptione Project released a teaser video for their upcoming song Insomnia. Inititally only noticed by the musical group's fans, the teaser video in question has since stoked interest among Kim Seon-ho's fans as the actor plays a starring role in the video as the implied protagonist of the song...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ki-duk Dies in Latvia

2020/12/12 | Permalink

On December 12th famed director Kim Ki-duk was revealed to have die of complications relating to COVID-19 in Latvia. According to sources close to the matter, Kim Ki-duk's family were unable to deal with the matter personally due to COVID-19 concerns. The relevant arrangements were thus handled by the South Korean Embassy in Latvia, and Kim Ki-duk's remains were cremated according to his wishes. The remains are in transit to South Korea to be received by his family...More

[HanCinema's News] Koh Woo-ri Confirmed for "True Beauty"

2020/12/12 | Permalink

In a recent photospread and interview for bnt magazine singer Koh Woo-ri of Rainbow confirmed that she would be appearing in drama "True Beauty" which started airing on December 9th. She will play the role of Serena Lee, who is the elder sister of the lead character played by Cha Eun-woo. Despite her familial relationship, Serena Lee does not appear very much in the webtoon adaptation of "True Beauty" although she is critical for confirming important parts of her brother's backstory...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Cursed Lesson"

2020/12/11 | Permalink

Strictly speaking "The Cursed Lesson" is a sequel to the 2009 horror movie "Yoga". This connection is made somewhat more obvious by the Korean title although really, the abstract idea of centering a horror movie around a mysterious yoga school is hardly that distinctive. And so unfolds a surprisingly clever metatext where horror movie conventions and even commentary about superficial beauty is turned on its head. "The Cursed Lesson" is not that kind of scary movie, although it's very good at pretending to be...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Take Me Home - 2020"

2020/12/11 | Permalink

Eun-soo (played by Woo Mi-hwa) is an older schoolteacher. Ye-won (played by Lee Yeon) works at a casually branded clothing store. They're lesbians who first met in high school when Eun-soo was Ye-won's teacher. Exact details about when and how their relationship advanced to live-in status are kept deliberately vague. The dramatic impetus ends up centering entirely around a tragedy unrelated to their homosexuality, as "Take Me Home - 2020" turns into a story about grief, rage, and change...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Coachman" + Full Movie

2020/12/11 | Permalink

"A Coachman" is a landmark for South Korean cinema, since it was the first Korean film to win a major international award, netting the Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize at the 11th Berlin International Film Festival ("To the Last Day" , which also won the same award, was actually produced a year before but was submitted to the 12th edition of Berlinale)...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain Sparks Rumors of Kim Tae-hee Being Pregnant

2020/12/09 | Permalink

On December 9th Rain set fans into a frenzy of speculation when he made a cryptic promise of good news to be released at noon on December 10th. Fans in the comments quickly started to wonder whether Kim Tae-hee might be pregnant. This was in spite of the fact that the most in question contained a hashtag reading, not a family matter...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Han-na, Bae in-hyuk, and Kim Do-wan Confirmed for "My Roommate Is a Gumiho"

2020/12/09 | Permalink

The upcoming tvN drama "My Roommate Is a Gumiho" recently confirmed several members of the core cast. "My Roommate Is a Gumiho" is based on the webtoon of the same title, which deals with a male gumiho, here played by Jang Ki-yong, who gets mixed up with a human college student, played by Hyeri, due to an incident involving his mystical beads. Their participation in the project as lead actors was confirmed last week...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Eun-seok Hit by Rumor of Inappropriate Behavior

2020/12/09 | Permalink

With his name becoming more popular due to an increasingly prominent role in the currently airing drama "The Penthouse", Park Eun-seok has become dogged by a rumor which his agency has yet to fully deny...More

[HanCinema's News] New Footage of Kim Seon-ho at Asia Artist Awards Released

2020/12/08 | Permalink

On December 8th STARNEWS Korea released hitherto unseen footage of Kim Seon-ho at the Asia Artist Awards last month. The minute long clip can be seen on their YouTube channel which is produced in association with Kakao. At present, there is no English translation for the clip in question...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind-the-scenes Still Released for "The Call"

2020/12/08 | Permalink

On December 8th Netflix released new behind the scenes images from "The Call" giving a glimpse of what the mystery thriller looked like on set. The photos include a mix of the cast and crew deliberating over the way they should be recreating scenes as well as sillier moments of the actors resting on set with cameras visible in the foreground...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoona, Jang Sung-kyu, and Kim Seon-ho to Host MBC Gayo Daejejeon

2020/12/08 | Permalink

On December 8th MBC announced the hosts for this year's MBC Gayo Daejejeon. The annual musical program will take place on December 31st as a year-end event. Yoona, who has hosted the event since 2015, will return once again as an emcee...More

[HanCinema's News] New Music Video From Epitone Project to Star Kim Seon-ho

2020/12/07 | Permalink

Interpark Entertainment recently announced that Epitone Project, an independent band they represent, will release a new single and music video on December 15th at six in the evening Korean time. The title of the song in question will be Insomnia. The official announcement for the music video contained a largely unidentifiable man in silhouette although the credited information reveals a surprising identity for the actor- Kim Seon-ho...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Joo-hyuk Talks About "Josee"

2020/12/07 | Permalink

On December 7th an interview was released wherein Nam Joo-hyuk talks about his starring role in the upcoming film "Josee". In the movie, the titular Josee is played by Han Ji-min, but the perspective character is Young-seok, who is played by Nam Joo-hyuk. The story of their happy time together is based on the 2003 Japanese movie Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, which itself is based on the Japanese novel of the same name...More

[HanCinema's News] "Lucky Chan-sil" Confirmed for Release in Japan

2020/12/07 | Permalink

On December 7th "Lucky Chan-sil" revealed that the movie would receive an official domestic release in Japan on January 8th. The news follows the re-release of "Lucky Chan-sil" at the South Korean box office on November 26th. As of this writing the movie has earned 28,961 admissions at the South Korean admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" Cast Gives their Closing Remarks for the Drama

2020/12/06 | Permalink

On December 6th closing statements from the four principal actors of "Start Up" were released following the airing of the drama's final episode. Bae Suzy described her time on "Start Up" both as happy but also as a disappointment. Specifically, she described the ending of the drama as being a disappointment because of the important, happy part her role had provided for her over the previous eight months. Bae Suzy thanked the staff for their hard work, saying it was an honor to work with them...More

[HanCinema's News] Bong Tae-gyu Posts Picture of his Daughter on Instagram

2020/12/06 | Permalink

On December 6th actor Bong Tae-gyu feigned shock with his Instagram upload. In the picture, a young girl with large rimmed glasses can be seen smiling broadly. Bong Tae-gyu has the shocked comment, Ah!!!! Goo Ho-dong!!!!!...More

[HanCinema's News] "Josee" Holds 40% of Ticket Reservations Ahead of Release

2020/12/06 | Permalink

While "Josee" will not officially release in theaters until December 10th the movie is already a certain lock for a box office win over the next week. Despite the movie's lack of availability, figures released by the Korean Film Council as of this writing show that over 14,000 people have already reserved tickets for the film...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho's "Start Up" Success Proves Importance of Brand Synergy

2020/12/05 | Permalink

Going into its final week, on paper "Start Up" isn't much to look at. The drama has consistently hovered in the 5% range for its entire run. It has neither improved nor weakened the profiles of its lead actors Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk. But their co-star Kim Seon-ho is a different matter. Originally a stage actor, Kim Seon-ho made his debut with "Chief Kim" in 2017 with a supporting role as a philosopher turned accountant. His kind-hearted character was a hit with viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ga-eun Returns as Actress Following Musical Scandal

2020/12/05 | Permalink

On December 3rd the omnibus film "Motelier" was released to on-demand services. The sexually themed comedy is framed as a series of vignettes told by podcast. In contrast to most erotic South Korean movies, which are aimed toward older audiences, "Motelier" is directed at 20-30 year old audiences. This fact is made especially obvious by the surprising choice of lead actress- Lee Ga-eun, who is better known as a singer for her association with After School...More

[HanCinema's News] The Swoon Posts Kim Seon-ho's Reaction to his Own Fan Video

2020/12/05 | Permalink

On December 4th The Swoon, which is powered by Netflix, published a video of actor Kim Seon-ho reacting to a fan video which The Swoon had published two weeks prior. While some questions are sprinkled throughout the video from an unseen interviewer, for the most part Kim Seon-ho simply describes the backstory behind various scenes. Kim Seon-ho notably radiates with affection regarding Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, and even Kim Hae-sook...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fiction and Other Realities"

2020/12/04 | Permalink

Bobby (played by writer/director Bobby Choy) is an aspiring Korean American singer/songwriter in New York City who works as a moderately successful telemarketer by day. "Fiction and Other Realities" takes us through a low point in Bobby's life as he experiences existential dread at the apparent meaninglessness of his existence. It doesn't take much prodding from his more successfully musical friend Billy (played by Todd Goble) to get Bobby to take an impulsive trip to the homeland of his parents...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "People in Elancia"

2020/12/04 | Permalink

Elancia was a massively multiplayer online role playing game released in 1999 by Nexon. If you haven't heard of it, well, that's not surprising. Even in South Korea Elancia is pretty obscure. In fact, director Park Yun-jin opens the movie up with clips of people exclaiming just how terrible this game is, and how nobody in the modern day in their right mind would play it. Which naturally begs the question of why people, director Park Yun-jin among them, continue to play Elancia when better MMORPGs are available...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "To the Last Day" + Full Movie

2020/12/04 | Permalink

Winner of the Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1960, "To the Last Day" is a rather melodramatic production, but also quite impressive cinematically and with a rather provocative (for the era) comment...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "The Call"

2020/12/02 | Permalink

On December 2nd Netflix released new behind the scenes still shots for "The Call" which was released on November 27th. The release of the stills appears to be motivated largely by popular demand...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Tops the Good Data Report

2020/12/02 | Permalink

With a 63% increase in relative metrics "The Penthouse" surged to the top of the Good Data Report this week, overcoming weeks of dominance by "Start Up" which now falls to second place. Dramatic events at the halfway point of the deliberately intense and violent drama led to a surge in interest. By contrast, "Start Up" was winding down in its penultimate week, with turnabouts mainly of interest to existing fans leading to a small increase of just a sixteenth of a percent...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest in Billie Eilish Spikes Due to Jun Jong-seo and "The Call"

2020/12/02 | Permalink

The American singer/songwriter Billie Eilish is famous in her own right, and in the proper entertainment media circles. This is generally for her musical talent, however, as her image has taken on new meaning thanks to "The Call"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yeon-hee Joins New Agency Following Marriage

2020/12/01 | Permalink

VAST Entertainment recently announced that Lee Yeon-hee would now be represented by the agency. In a statement, they said they had great hopes when it came to assisting her in upcoming times of change and challenge in a happy future. Lee Yeon-hee had been represented by SM Entertainment for some nineteen years. The move likely seems aimed at bolstering her acting career...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin to Be the Centerpoint of Bathware Sale

2020/12/01 | Permalink

On December 1st, the Blank Corporation bathware division Body Rub announced a special event for its 2020 Blue Friday sale. Hyun Bin, a long-term model for Body Rub will be central to the promotion of the sale over December 2nd and December 3rd. Certain branded items, such as the Hyun Bin Filter Shower Head, will be available at a special discount over the course of the sale...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "Sweet Home"

2020/12/01 | Permalink

On December 1st Netflix released new stills for the upcoming drama "Sweet Home" which will air on the streaming platform. "Sweet Home" is based on the webtoon of the same title. It stars Song Kang in the leading role as a teenager who undergoes many strange occurences after losing his family and home. The stills in question have an ominous quality, featuring bloodied characters with intense expressions holding makeshift weapons in the face of some unknown threat...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Lee Chung-hyun Talks About "The Call"

2020/11/30 | Permalink

On November 30th Netflix released an interview featuring director Lee Chung-hyun with some choices comments about "The Call" which was released on the streaming platform on November 27th worldwide. "The Call" is the first feature from Lee Chung-hyun, but it's also the first role for lead actress Jun Jong-seo since "Burning" in 2018. Lee Chung-hyun said that he cast Jun Jong-seo due to the unknowable vibe she exuded in that movie, finding it a perfect compliment to the concept in "The Call"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Set Play" the Latest South Korean Film to Deal With Disaffected Youth

2020/11/30 | Permalink

In three months time, "Bleak Night" will be enjoying its ten year anniversary. Though not as flashy as more mainstream releases or more auteur styled films from South Korean directors, "Bleak Night" has been a huge influence on South Korean film over this time. It almost single-handedly created the disaffected youth genre of South Korean film. "Park Hwa-young" is another such movie from 2018. And "Set Play", which releases on December 10th, will be still another one...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Call" Brings Attention to What's Next for Netflix and South Korean Film

2020/11/30 | Permalink

With the release of "The Call" on Netflix amid a COVID-19 enforced slump at South Korean theaters, many are wondering how much of the future of South Korean film may rest with the streaming platform. According to FlixPatrol, "The Call" has made steady progress climbing up the streaming giant's worldwide charts, hitting seventh place on November 29th. This is in addition to being number one in the domestic South Korean charts...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho tops Brand Reputation Report

2020/11/29 | Permalink

The Korea Institute of Enterprise Reputation recently released its latest monthly report regarding actors in currently airing television actors. From a list of fifty performers, the Korea Institute of Enterprise Reputation analyzes social media trends and big data to calculate which actor has the most immediately popular brand...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Stars Rebrand for International Market

2020/11/29 | Permalink

Major actors such as Lee Min-ho, Jun Ji-hyun, and Kim Soo-hyun have long been popular overseas. Jun Ji-hyun was pivotal to the first Korean Wave for film in the early 2000's, with Lee Min-ho and Kim Soo-hyun being similar major figures in the early 2010's. But the 2020's have seen all three actors adjust to facing the international market first, as they take on projects with clear international pretensions in mind...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Thanks "Start Up" and Fans for AAA Win

2020/11/29 | Permalink

On November 29th actor Kim Seon-ho sent a message out on Instagram in regards to his recent win at the Asia Artist Awards which were broadcast on November 28th...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Talks About "The Call"

2020/11/28 | Permalink

With the worldwide release of "The Call" on Netflix comments by leading actress Park Shin-hye on the supernatural mystery thriller have taken on new interest. A recent interview with the actress had Park Shin-hye expressing a sense of being unnerved at how the movie is only releasing now, some eight months after the first press conference in March. Nevertheless, Park Shin-hye was appreciative of how the movie is now releasing to an international audience instead of the original limited Korean one...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Movie Theaters Back to Rebroadcasts Following Increased COVID-19 Restrictions

2020/11/28 | Permalink

With South Korea's current COVID-19 prevention measures jumping up to level three, there will not be any major promotional pushes for new films in wide release before the end of the year. Compared to the initial outbreak, independent films in South Korea have continued to release at a regular schedule. Additionally, rebroadcasts of films old and new have become increasingly common to allow for some variety at multiplexes...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon Thanks "The Penthouse" Staff for Celebratory Cake

2020/11/28 | Permalink

On November 28th Kim So-yeon made a post on her Instagram account. In the relevant pictures, she can be seen standing in front of a cake that is in the back of a car while holding balloons and flowers. A nearby banner declares that Kim So-yeon is a thief, for stealing their hearts, and that they're hopeful she will come steal them again in season two of "The Penthouse"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Call"

2020/11/27 | Permalink

Seo-yeon (played by Park Shin-hye) is a woman in her late twenties forced into an obscure property In Yeongcheon due to the worsening medical condition of her mother, here played by Kim Sung-ryung. This takes a turn for the weird when Seo-yeon starts receiving ominous phone calls from Yeong-sook (played by Jun Jong-seo), who is clearly under the impression she is talking to someone else. The two bond over Seo Taiji, which is a decent if rather specific clue for where "The Call" ends up going...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dragon Inn Part 1: The City of Sadness"

2020/11/27 | Permalink

I could tell that "Dragon Inn Part 1: The City of Sadness" was intended to be the first in a series of films because, well, the title makes it pretty obvious. But aside from that I was morbidly impressed with the sheer degree of disinterest director Choi Sang-hoon-II had in explaining who any of the movie's characters even were. Everything just seems like an excuse for some guy wearing a motorcycle helmet to go around punching people...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Shadowless Pagoda" + Full Movie

2020/11/27 | Permalink

The Shadowless Pagoda (Sakyamuni Yeoraesangjuseolbeop Tap) is a stone pagoda in South Korea designated as the 21st National Treasure on December 12, 1962. It was built by Asadal, an outstanding stonemason of Baekje who was brought to Silla to build Dabotap (also known as Pagoda of Many Treasures) and Seokgatap (the titular one). According to a myth that might as well be true, after several years with no news of her husband, Asadal's young wife went to Seorabeol to find him...More

[HanCinema's News] Lead Actors of COVID-19 Adjacent Dramas Test Negative

2020/11/25 | Permalink

On November 25th the productions behind the television dramas "Joseon Exorcist", "The Penthouse", "Hush" and "Mr. Queen" as well as the web drama "Lovestruck in the City" all announced that their leading actors had received COVID-19 test results as of November 24th...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kim Sang-hyeob Talks About "True Beauty"

2020/11/25 | Permalink

On December 9th "True Beauty" will premiere on tvN. The drama is based on the Naver webtoon of the same title and stars Moon Ga-young in the lead role as a visually unremarkable high school girl who achieves a cult following on YouTube for her beauty video blog. "True Beauty" is also the first project from director Kim Sang-hyeob since "Extraordinary You" last year, and he has high hopes for the new project...More

[HanCinema's News] Esquire Under Fire for Publishing Wrong Photo of Kim Seon-ho

2020/11/25 | Permalink

On November 20th Esquire Korea released pictures from a photoshoot of Kim Seon-ho which were to be published in an upcoming issue. But Esquire Korea was soon embarrassed as an untouched photo of Kim Seon-ho was mistakenly use in their own official materials...More

[HanCinema's News] Several Dramas Suspend Filming Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

2020/11/24 | Permalink

On November 21st, a person associated with the upcoming drama "Bossam: Steal the Fate" was revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19. The drama, which is still in its early stages, stars Jung Il-woo and Kwon Yuri in the leading roles. Production for the drama is in such an early phase there haven't even been official announcements for most of the cast yet. However, the shared nature of the afflicted area is such that a large number of other dramas have been forced to shut down...More

[HanCinema's News] Second and Third Seasons Confirmed for "The Penthouse"

2020/11/24 | Permalink

On November 24th "The Penthouse" confirmed that plans were in the works for a second ("The Penthouse 2") and third season ("The Penthouse 3") of the popular drama. Purportedly, these seasons will have twelve episodes apiece...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hwi-soon Marries his Much Younger Bride

2020/11/24 | Permalink

On November 21st comedian Park Hwi-soon married his girlfriend, who has drawn attention for being much younger than him, to the tune of seventeen years. The two came into public consciousness when they were announced to be among the spotlighted couples for the next season of the variety show Taste of Wife...More

[HanCinema's News] Yang Jung-yeon Praised for Work in "The Goddess of Revenge"

2020/11/23 | Permalink

The second episode of "The Goddess of Revenge" featured an unexpected appearance. Though the role for the young version of the lead character played by Kim Sa-rang had not been announced in advance, when young Kang Ha-rae appeared in the drama she was played by none other than the new actress Yang Jung-yeon...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Kyung Cast for "Day and Moon"

2020/11/23 | Permalink

The movie "Day and Moon" recently announced that actor Ha Kyung would be appearing in the film. Ha Kyung is currently appeared in the drama "Delayed Justice" as the tragic victim of a frame up although his name was eventually cleared...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Inspires Powerful Fan Response as Second Lead in "Start Up"

2020/11/23 | Permalink

"Start Up" has been surprisingly good for Kim Seon-ho's image. When his role as second lead in the drama was first announced, it was widely seen as a downgrade, and perhaps an unavoidable one. His last drama, "Catch the Ghost" ended with ratings of 2.6% down from a premiere episode of 4.1%. While the performance was not terrible, it also did not do much to inspire confidence in Kim Seon-ho as a leading man...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Se-yeon Thanks Fans for Gifts Related to her Tenth Year Anniversary

2020/11/22 | Permalink

Actress Jin Se-yeon recently passed the ten year anniversary of her debut. The exact date is calculated as November 22nd, which was the first airdate for the drama "It's Okay, Daddy's Girl". Though Jin Se-yeon did not have a major role, it was the first screen credit for the then seventeen year old actress...More

[HanCinema's News] New Photos Released for LOVE YOU W Campaign

2020/11/22 | Permalink

Last month, W Magazine Korea announced their models for this year's LOVE YOU W campaign, which aims to improve breast cancer awareness. At that time, only wide angle promotional shots for the event were available...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Goddess of Revenge" Premieres With 3.4% Ratings

2020/11/22 | Permalink

In its first weekend the new TV Chosun drama "The Goddess of Revenge" had a respectable opening of 3.4%. "The Goddess of Revenge" is the first TV Chosun drama to air on Saturday and Sunday night since "King Maker: The Change of Destiny" which ended on July 26th with ratings of 5.9%...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" Completes Filming

2020/11/21 | Permalink

On November 21st Kim Seon-ho made an Instagram post honoring the crew of "Start Up". For the most part the faces of the crew members are obscured so as to protect their privacy...More

[HanCinema's News] MBC Dramanet Promotes Rebroadcast of "You Drive Me Crazy"

2020/11/21 | Permalink

On Twitter the television network MBC Dramanet recently announced that they would be reairing the 2018 short drama "You Drive Me Crazy". In general it is unusual for networks to bother to rebroadcast short dramas. "You Drive Me Crazy" is only two episodes long, about the same length as a movie...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Appears in Esquire Photoshoot

2020/11/21 | Permalink

The upcoming December issue of Esquire Korea will feature a photoshoot with actor Kim Seon-ho as the centerpiece. The concept of the photoshoot is BEHIND THE STAGE and is promising to show a hidden side of the actor. The pictures show a wide variety of stylings for Kim Seon-ho, from unusually colored lighting to self aware expressions to peculiar movements...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Midsummer Madness"

2020/11/20 | Permalink

Hyeon-sil (played by Kim Ye-eun) is a lazy woman in her late twenties. She has an excited, energetic dog but doesn't like walking him in the morning. In the very weird scene that follows we see Hyeon-sil be clumsily hit on by a young jogger who clearly doesn't know how to talk to women. But does Hyeon-sil herself have any idea how to talk to anyone? That is the central mystery behind "Midsummer Madness" which is more literally translated as Midsummer Thinking...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Midnight"

2020/11/20 | Permalink

The most immediately distinctive aspect of "Our Midnight" is how the movie is filmed in black and white. There's no obvious reason for this to start out with- save, of course, for the fact that black-and-white filming is cheaper, and "Our Midnight" is an independent film that was made on a budget. But then that's very thematically on-brand, given how the movie revolves around failed actors who become obsessed with suicide, albeit not for the reason you're probably expecting...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "AND THERE WAS LIGHT"

2020/11/20 | Permalink

In this year's editions of BIFAN and BIFF, there were mostly two tendencies among the Korean films. One was a kind of "weird wave", of genre-bending films that moved into almost uncanny cinematic directions, and the other of intense art-house ones, of the sort where realism takes over the narrative to the point that , occasionally, nothing ever happens. "AND THERE WAS LIGHT" seems to combine these two tendencies, eventually resulting in a film that is quite different, but also both art-house and "strange"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" once again tops the Good Data Report

2020/11/18 | Permalink

On November 18th the the Good Data Corporation released the latest iteration of the Good Data Report, which measures how dramas perform across various social media metrics. "Start Up" was once again on top of the report, with a stronger lead over its rivals compared to the previous week...More

[HanCinema's News] Character Poster Revealed for "Run On"

2020/11/18 | Permalink

"Run On" is set to be released on December 16th, and jTBC has released new character posters as part of its marketing push...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Jun and Hur Hyun-jun Confirmed for "Color Rush"

2020/11/18 | Permalink

Storywiz recently announced the upcoming drama "Color Rush" and provided pictures of the first script reading. They are making "Color Rush"...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Preempted for Football Game

2020/11/17 | Permalink

The eighth episode of the SBS drama "The Penthouse" did not air as originally planned on November 17th due to a football game. On that night, the South Korean national football team was set to play a friendly match against Qatar...More

[HanCinema's News] DinDin Sends Kim Seon-ho a Coffee Car

2020/11/17 | Permalink

Kim Seon-ho's Instagram

On November 17th, DinDin announced on his Instagram account that he had prepared a coffee car for Kim Seon-ho. The banners make it clear that the coffee car is intended for the cast and crew of "Start Up" in which Kim Seon-ho is currently starring...More

[HanCinema's News] Special Preview Trailer Released for "The Call"

2020/11/17 | Permalink

Netflix recently released a special preview trailer for "The Call" which is currently set to release on November 27th worldwide in the streaming platform...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind the Scenes Still Released for "Start Up"

2020/11/16 | Permalink

The tvN drama "Start Up" recently released new stills for the drama which focus on lead actors Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk behind the scenes. While much of the reception of "Start Up" has hinged on the drama's depiction of start up corporations, these stills focus more on the chemistry between the two lead actors...More

[HanCinema's News] Hacking Incident Involving Ha Jung-woo and Joo Jin-mo Revealed to Have a Larger Scope

2020/11/16 | Permalink

Last week a police report revealed that the persons who were caught hacking the cell phone data of various celebrities (like Ha Jung-woo and Joo Jin-mo) and blackmailing them with it have been connected to wider cybercrimes...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast for "Start Up" Expresses Support for Real World Start Up Firms

2020/11/16 | Permalink

Recently Kim Do-wan, Yoo Su-bin, and Stephanie Lee of the currently airing television drama appeared in a special video. In the video, the three expressed their support for real world start up firms. According to Yoo Su-bin, South Korea is the world's most innovative country and start up firms are a very important part of that...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sejeong the Latest Singer to Take on An Unusual Acting Project in "The Uncanny Counter"

2020/11/15 | Permalink

Recently Bae Suzy in "Start Up" and Krystal in "Search" have redefined what it means for former singers to take up acting in television dramas. Far from being an obvious fit for their brands, Bae Suzy's role as a brainy entrepreneur in "Start Up" and Krystal's role as a soldier in "Search" have shown off very different sides of the actresses. Now Kim Sejeong will follow them in the upcoming drama "The Uncanny Counter"...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-min, Han Hyo-joo, and Choo Ja-hyun Support "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case"

2020/11/15 | Permalink

Actress Han Ji-min recently made an online social media post featuring Han Hyo-joo and Choo Ja-hyun. The three actresses are all clad in safety masks, brandishing receipts they had purchased for the recently premiered movie "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case"...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri Confirmed to Be Responsible for her Own Piano Scenes in "Kairos"

2020/11/15 | Permalink

A recent Instagram post by Nam Gyu-ri has gone into some detail regarding the actress's preparations for the drama. The post itself features Nam Gyu-ri practicing on the piano. In the text accompanying the post, Nam Gyu-ri claims to have been practicing playing on the piano for roughly two hours prior to the relevant scenes in "Kairos"...More

[HanCinema's News] Byun Woo-min's Appearance on "The Penthouse" Intrigues Viewers

2020/11/14 | Permalink

Earlier this week, entertainer Byun Woo-min made a surprise appearance on "The Penthouse". While Byun Woo-min is best known for his musical work, particular in regards to trot music, he fit in surprisingly well with the intense environment of the drama. What's more, Byun Woo-min's character was quickly revealed to be at the epicenter of the drama's key mystery...More

[HanCinema's News] Final Script for "The Penthouse" Completed

2020/11/14 | Permalink

On November 13th a person associated with the production of "The Penthouse" confirmed to a Korean news organization that the drama's script is now complete. Furthermore, according to the present schedule, filming is expected to be completed sometime in late November...More

[HanCinema's News] Nominees Announced for APAN Star Awards

2020/11/14 | Permalink

On November 13th the APAN Star Awards announced the acting nominees for their upcoming ceremony which will take place on November 29th. The nominations for best actor in a miniseries include Kim Min-jae-I for "Do You Like Brahms", Park Bo-gum for "Record of Youth", Park Hae-joon for "The World of the Married", Joo Won for "Alice", and Ji Chang-wook for "Backstreet Rookie". The nominees run a long gamut in terms of relative fame and genre projects...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Fuxxxxx Romance" + Full Episodes

2020/11/13 | Permalink

Hyeon (played by Kim Yi-kyung) first meets Jae-ha (played by Oh Dong-min) while on a blind date, although such a description is misleading. As Hyeon explains, the reasons she uses dating apps is not to find a romantic partner so much as it is to find a friend with benefits. The distinct impression is given that Hyeon could ditch the friends part if necessary, and is perfectly fine with just a single night of sex. But what if she wants something more?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Leave"

2020/11/13 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "A Leave" we watch a bunch of furniture factory employees at a sit-in, continuously on strike in Seoul. We soon find out that they recently lost a lawsuit. Jae-bok (played by Lee Bong-ha) is having doubts about the mission. Because Jae-bok is not very good at expressing himself, it's some time before we realize that he's raising two daughters at home far from Seoul. Since the labor action is at a standstill, his fellows advise Jae-bok to take "A Leave" at home while they plot their next move...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beyond You"

2020/11/13 | Permalink

Four year after the quite successful "ALONE", Park Hong-min returns to Busan with a feature that moves in gender-bender, experimental paths...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Short Vacation"

2020/11/13 | Permalink

Feature debut for Kwon Min-pyo and Seo Han-sol and a production of Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content where both of them studied, "Short Vacation" had its World premiere in Busan...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "The Call"

2020/11/11 | Permalink

On November 11th the upcoming movie "The Call" released new production stills. "The Call" is currently set for an international release on November 27th, the production company having decided to abandon the original planned theatrical release back in March. "The Call" is likely to be a test case going forward in the COVID-19 era in terms of genre films going straight to Netflix without attempting a proper box office release first...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Thanks Yoo Yeon-seok for Coffee Car

2020/11/11 | Permalink

On November 10th Park Shin-hye posted a picture to Instagram thanking Yoo Yeon-seok for sending a coffee car to the set of "Sisyphus: The Myth" which she is currently filming alongside Cho Seung-woo and Sung Dong-il...More

[HanCinema's News] Nominations Released for the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards

2020/11/11 | Permalink

On November 11th the Blue Dragon Film Awards released the official list of nominations for the awards ceremony that will take place on December 11th. "The Man Standing Next" is the early favorite, with the cerebral spy film leading with eleven nominations for ten individuals...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" Leads in the Good Data Report

2020/11/10 | Permalink

On November 10th the Good Data Corporation released the latest iteration of its Good Data Report, which measures the popularity of South Korean dramas based across multiple social and media platforms...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Receives Offer to Appear in "Link: Eat, Love, Die"

2020/11/10 | Permalink

On November 10th S.A.L.T Entertainment confirmed that Kim Seon-ho, who is represented by the agency, has received an offer for the lead role in the upcoming drama "Link: Eat, Love, Die". They noted that Kim Seon-ho has not had time to seriously review the offer, as he is currently appearing in "Start Up" as well as in a popular variety show and he has also been cast in an upcoming state play...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Celebrates Thirty-seventh Birthday

2020/11/10 | Permalink

On November 9th Ku Hye-sun turned thirty seven years old. The actress posted a video to Instagram in order to commemorate the occasion. In the video, she can be seen in a dark place with a birthday cake...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Discusses Hard Times While Filming "Boys Over Flowers"

2020/11/09 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun recently appeared on the variety talk show 'Omniscient Interfering View". It was the first variety show appearance in years for the actress, who has avoided visual entertainment media as she has explored a more unconventional career path involving directing, music, and art...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Cast Confirmed for Upcoming Episode of Running Man

2020/11/09 | Permalink

The long running South Korean variety show Running Man announced to news periodicals on November 9th that they had booked the cast of "The Penthouse" for an upcoming episode to be aired on November 22nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Drama Special Directors Talk About their Work

2020/11/09 | Permalink

At a recent press conference directors from the upcoming season of KBS Drama Specials were on hand to discuss their work. The press conference was held online. In addition to the actors of the relevant works, director Hong Eun-mi of "Drama Special - Modern Girl", director Yoo Kwan-mo of "Drama Special - Crevasse", and director Choi Sang-yeol of "Drama Special - The Joys and Sorrows of Work" were on hand to discuss their dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Bo-ah Receives Commendation as An Honorary Firefighter

2020/11/08 | Permalink

On November 6th Sidus HQ released a picture of actress Jo Bo-ah holding a certificate stating that she is an honorary firefighter. Jo Bo-ah was given the certificate on November 6th as part of an event for Fire Prevention Week, which is leading up to Fire Prevention Day on November 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Se-yoon Makes Special Appearance in "Start Up"

2020/11/08 | Permalink

On the November 7th episode of "Start Up" comedian Moon Se-yoon made a surprise appearance as a police officer. His appearance follows an emotional scene where the character played by Kim Seon-ho angrily throws away a flower pot he had received as a gift...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Hye-jin and Krystal Talk About "More Than Family"

2020/11/08 | Permalink

A recent broadcast of the SBS Radio program 'Cultwo Show' featured Jang Hye-jin and Krystal talking about their upcoming film "More Than Family". In the movie, Krystal takes on the role of a young woman who finds herself accidentally pregnant and decides to search out her birth father. Jang Hye-jin plays the role of her mother...More

[HanCinema's News] Expectations High for "The Penthouse" Going into Its Third Week

2020/11/07 | Permalink

In its first two weeks on air "The Penthouse" improved on an impressive start of 9.2% in its first episode to a commanding margin of 13.9% in its fourth episode. The upper class themed thriller has struck a major chord with audiences. The intensity was high from the very beginning, as the drama opened up with a person falling to their death from the titular penthouse, with subsequent episodes only relatively recently catching up to the context of this shocking prologue...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2020/11/07 | Permalink

On November 6th Kim Seon-ho made a post to his Instagram account acknowledging the receipt of a coffee car. In the pictures he is seen standing next to a couple of large placards of himself...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hwi-soon's Much Younger FiancÚ Appears on Television

2020/11/07 | Permalink

A recent broadcast of the variety show program 'Taste of Wife' surprised viewers with the appearance of Park Hwi-soon's soon to be bride, Cheon Ye-ji, who is seventeen years the junior of the forty-three year old comedian...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Joyful Summer Days"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

Winner of the Actor of the Year award in Busan, "Our Joyful Summer Days" seems to continue the effort the festival has started the previous years, of promoting independent productions of female filmmakers, which usually move towards paths of realism in context, and art-house in aesthetics...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "FIGHTER"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

Jero Yun always had an interest in immigration, particularly involving North Koreans, which he continued when he switched to feature from documentary, as in the case of "Beautiful Days - 2017". His feature approach in the subject is cemented in "FIGHTER", probably his best feature work as of now, which premiered at Busan winning the NETPAC and the Actress of the Year awards...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

An early conversation with the producer and songwriter of BLACKPINK, Teddy Park on a low profile, closes out with him being dismissive of the idea that K-pop actually exists. He's just like, music is music, and we're playing to an international audience. How is that any different from any other kind of popular music? This thesis resounds throughout "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky", which goes out of its way to emphasize the international nature of its group...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Carthusian Cloistered Monastery"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

The Carthusians are an enclosed religious order of the Catholic Church. The most distinctive aspect of the Carthusians is that they take a vow of silence. Ironically enough, "The Carthusian Cloistered Monastery" depicts the monks speaking quite a bit, perhaps as a contrast to their normally quiet daily lives. The rules at the sole Carthusian monastery in Asia, more specifically in the Sangju district of South Korea, are a bit more lax than I was expecting...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Opens YouTube Channel for New Age Music

2020/11/04 | Permalink

On November 2nd actress Ku Hye-sun started a new YouTube channel with a focus on New Age music which has promised weekly updates of videos regarding her piano albums. It can be seen here...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Nam-gil and Seo Ye-ji Mull Over Offer for "Island - Drama"

2020/11/04 | Permalink

Following reports that Kim Nam-gil had been offered leading roles in the upcoming OCN program "Island - Drama" persons close to the production confirmed that this was indeed the case. While neither Kim Nam-gil nor Seo Ye-ji has accepted an offer, persons close to them have also confirmed that offers are received and currently being considered...More

[HanCinema's News] CDK Care Signs on Son Ye-jin as a New Model

2020/11/04 | Permalink

The healthcare product brand recently signed Son Ye-jin on as a new model. The actress will promote a product known as LactoBiome, a probiotic product that makes use of microbiums. LactoBiome will serve as the basis for a whole new line of skincare products designed to promote skin health...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy Tops Poll of Actresses Who Look Best in Traditional Clothes

2020/11/03 | Permalink

The South Korean portal website DCInside recently released the latest in their Exciting DC Poll series which posits eccentric questions about various celebrities. The question for this particular poll was, which actress looks best in traditional Korean clothing? This follows upon a similar poll asking the same question of actors which resulted in Kim Soo-hyun and Yoo Ah-in in the top spots...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" the Latest for Kim Sun-young in a Busy Year

2020/11/03 | Permalink

With the release of "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" Kim Sun-young once again establishes herself as a solid supporting performer in a wide variety of roles. "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" is the fifth screen credit for Kim Sun-young this year. This follows roles in "Hospital Playlist", "Kkondae Intern", "Backstreet Rookie", and "Homemade Love Story"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Josee" Confirmed for Release on December 10th

2020/11/03 | Permalink

Warner Brothers Korea surprised many recently when they announced an official release date for "Josee", a film which has been in an indefinite state for quite some time. The movie will come out in theaters on December 10th, despite not yet having even so much as an official theatrical poster. "Josee" is based on the Japanese film Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, which is based on the short story of the same title. Nam Joo-hyuk and Han Ji-min are the lead actors for the project...More

[HanCinema's News] Joy News 24 Names Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Best Couple of 2020

2020/11/02 | Permalink

A recent survey conducted by the South Korean entertainment news periodical Yes Joy 24 found Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin to be the biggest name couple of the year thanks to their roles in the hit drama "Crash Landing on You"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Do-hyun Denies That Woman Wearing Birthday Pig Hat Is his Girlfriend

2020/11/02 | Permalink

Actor Lee Do-hyun is in trouble with his fans following public dissemination of a Lovestagram post which appears to show that he regifted a pig hat fans gave him for his birthday. The unknown woman who appears in a picture wearing the hat is speculated to be his girlfriend. On November 2nd, Lee Do-hyun's agency Yue Hwa Entertainment issued a statement explaining that the woman was a friend of Lee Do-hyun who wore the hat for fun...More

[HanCinema's News] DESKER Showcases Understated Product Placement in "Start Up"

2020/11/02 | Permalink

While explicitly glamorous or egregious product placement often catches the most attention the furniture company has managed a subtle coup by managing to largely seamlessly get its products integrated into "Start Up". The youth coding romance centered around entrepreneurship does, after all, require much furniture due to the drama's business emphasis...More

[HanCinema's News] Roh Jeong-eui Latest Child Star to Transition to Adult Roles

2020/11/01 | Permalink

With the upcoming release of "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" actress Roh Jeong-eui has become the latest child star to show marked determination to continue her choice of career into hotel. In "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" Roh Jeong-eui is still playing a teenager as usual. But in contrast to her previous artistic projects and roles as the younger version of the actual leads, Roh Jeong-eui is playing to a wider audience as "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" is a mainstream release...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain and Kim Tae-hee top list of celebrities with the most real estate holdings

2020/11/01 | Permalink

A recent episode of the KBS entertainment new programs YJ Live revealed a list of the top ten wealthiest South Korean celebrities in terms of real estate holdings. The top spot was held jointly by Rain and Kim Tae-hee, who own their rental properties together as a spousal unit...More

[HanCinema's News] "SEOBOK" Hopes to Be the Next Bromance Themed Box Office Hit

2020/11/01 | Permalink

With "Space Sweepers" looking into a possible Netflix only release and "Emergency Declaration" being pushed back into next year, "SEOBOK" is likely to be the only major blockbuster theatrical release for the upcoming holiday season. Much of the premise of "SEOBOK" is experimental, with a science fiction concept that revolves around cloning. But in terms of marketing a clear trend has already emerged- emphasize the bromance...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS to Raise the Recommended Viewer Rating of "The Penthouse" for the Fourth Episode

2020/10/31 | Permalink

SBS recently announced that they would be revising the viewer rating for "The Penthouse". The first two episodes of the drama were recommended for viewers over the age of fourteen, and the third episode which is set to broadcast on November 2nd will have the same recommendation. However, the fourth episode on November 3rd will see this rating rise to only appropriate for viewers over the age of eighteen...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Leads New Trend of Spicy Dramas

2020/10/31 | Permalink

The success of "The World of the Married" earlier this year caught many by surprise. "The World of the Married" had an older female lead, focused on social elements, and utilized many soap opera elements, but nevertheless was both a major critical and commercial success. With "The Penthouse" the first attempt to recreate that success has finally hit screens. With strong ratings in its first week, the reception of "The Penthouse" is good news for other dramas produced with these themes in mind...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Inspires Comparisons to "SKY Castle"

2020/10/31 | Permalink

The popularity of "The Penthouse" has quickly inspired comparisons to "SKY Castle" with its similar subject matter of affluent housewives starkly competing with each other for social success. But the similarities go beyond subject matter alone. "The Penthouse" is also using a similar grandiloquent technique to depict the drama's cutthroat world, with a particular emphasis on extreme wealth...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dear My Genius"

2020/10/30 | Permalink

Director Koo Yun-joo was once a gifted child. She loved receiving praise for being smart. So as Koo Yun-joo grew up into a young woman, she was always on the lookout for the next chance to win an award or do something that would be impressive on a resume. In the main moment of nostalgia for "Dear My Genius" we see some grainy old footage of Koo Yun-joo going to space camp in the United States as a teenager, an experience she clearly remembers with much fondness...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Journey to Kailash"

2020/10/30 | Permalink

The mother of director Jung Hyungmin is an old woman in her eighties and a devout Buddhist. She's had a difficult life, being widowed in her late thirties and having to take care of her children on her own. She's a simple woman, without much in the way of desires. So it was that, as her final wish, Jung Hyungmin's mother asked for her son to take her on a pilgramage. Over "Journey to Kailash" they travel the long, empty roads from Mongolia to Tibet, living intermittently in the infinite wonder of the wild...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Pure Love" + Full Movie

2020/10/30 | Permalink

Director Han Hyeong-mo was considered to be at the vanguard of 1950s Korean popular cinema, and "The Pure Love", based on the homonymous best seller by Park Gye-ju, which was reprinted more than 30 times, cemented the fact, by becoming one of three South Korean films to sell more than 100,000 tickets in Seoul during its year of release. However, there is such a thing as "too mainstream" and the film definitely moves over that border...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum in Trouble for Remarks at Military Concert

2020/10/28 | Permalink

At a recent cultural event for the South Korean navy Park Bo-gum made some impromptu remarks about "Record of Youth" which finished on October 27th. The navy cultural event, which involved a musical performance, took place on that same night, at an event which Park Bo-gum co-hosted with Park Se-young. The event was broadcast live on YouTube, and can be watched here although English subtitles are not available...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Min-jae-I Talks About "Do You Like Brahms"

2020/10/28 | Permalink

The musically themed drama "Do You Like Brahms" ended on October 20th with ratings of 6%. While not a trendsetter "Do You Like Brahms" has done much to improve the reputation of lead actor Lee Min-jae-I. The drama was big step up for his profile following much lower profile roles in "Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency" and "Dr. Romantic 2" and the actor recently gave an interview describing his feelings about the production...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ji-ah Appears in Dazed Photoshoot

2020/10/28 | Permalink

On October 28th Dazed Korea released images from the magazine's photoshoot with actress Lee Ji-ah, who has become a topic of interest due to her starring role in the recently released drama "The Penthouse" which had ratings of over ten percent in its second episode...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast Members Discuss "Kairos"

2020/10/27 | Permalink

The new drama "Kairos" premiered on October 26th with ratings of 3.7%. Shortly before airing, the fantasy romance thriller held a press conference where the actors had a chance to answer some questions about the project. "Kairos" deals with a father played by Shin Sung-rok and a daughter played by Lee Se-young attempting to find their daughter and mother, who appear to have disappeared due to supernatural forces...More

[HanCinema's News] Entertainers Show Support for W Korea Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

2020/10/27 | Permalink

The Korean branch of the women's fashion magazine W recently held a photoshoot of various celebrities to commemorate the start of it's breast cancer awareness campaign...More

[HanCinema's News] Nominations Released for APAN Popular Star Awards

2020/10/27 | Permalink

Voting has begun for the Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN) Star Awards, which will hold ceremonies for musicians on November 28th and actors on November 29th. From October 27th to November 27th on the Idol Champ mobile application, fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites from the newly released ballot. Prizes for the popularity award are to be divided by gender...More

[HanCinema's News] Curious Hairstyle Pattern Noted for Park Hye-ryeon Dramas

2020/10/26 | Permalink

Since the appearance of Nam Joo-hyuk's character in flashback on the drama "Start Up" back in the second episode, fans have noticed what appears to be an Easter egg in his hair design, though it may be a coincidence. Nam Joo-hyuk's hair appears very poofy and nerdy in flashback, as if he doesn't pay attention to it...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Hye-won Talks About "Kiss Goblin"

2020/10/26 | Permalink

Fresh off of a noteworthy if small scale success in the webdrama "Kiss Goblin" earlier this year Jeon Hye-won has had an increased profile, with the actress recently receiving confirmed credits in the upcoming dramas "Love ft. Marriage and Divorce" and "True Beauy" this December. She's also exposing more of her image with a photoshoot in bnt. An interview is also included alongside this modeling...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" Fails to Meet Standard of Previous Park Hye-ryeon Dramas

2020/10/26 | Permalink

"Start Up" had ratings of 5% in its latest episode. These ratings, while modest, are generally seen as at least passable in the current drama marketplace with wider disparities between popular and unpopular shows as well as increased emphasis on streaming services. But they're a bit of a shock for a project coming from star screenwriter Park Hye-ryeon, who has often been seen as a reliable hitmaker...More

[HanCinema's News] Legislator Calls for Increased Action Against Copyright Pirating

2020/10/25 | Permalink

National Assembly representative Park Jung recently released a report from the Korean Copyright Protection Agency (KCPA) warning that sterner action was necessary against pirated streaming sites. According to his statements, many South Korean programs are constantly reuploaded to streaming sites even as they are just as equally frequently taken down...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Buys Ten Million Dollar Building

2020/10/25 | Permalink

According to recently released real estate filings actor Park Seo-joon bought a ten million dollar building in the Sinsa neighborhood of the Gangnam district in Seoul. The purchase happened sometime in the spring after "Itaewon Class" had finished airing. The two events are likely related, as "Itaewon Class" performed quite well domestically and abroad and as the top-billed star Park Seo-joon almost certainly was awarded bonuses for such contigencies...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sang-yi-I and Koo Ja-sung Appear in Bromantic Photoshoot

2020/10/25 | Permalink

The men's magazine Arena Korea recently released a photoshoot featuring Lee Sang-yi-I and Koo Ja-sung. In contrast to the more common single celebrity photoshoots, this one has a more bromantic vibe...More

[HanCinema's News] "Wonderland" Rumored to Be Released Internationally Via Netflix

2020/10/24 | Permalink

Persons close to the film distributor Acemaker as well as Netflix have suggested to press that "Wonderland" is likely to be released on Netflix internationally next year in all territories except for South Korea and China. In an official statement, Netflix has said that while negotiations are ongoing a definite deal has not yet been reached...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2020/10/24 | Permalink

On October 23rd Bae Suzy posted pictures on Instagram of herself on the shooting location for the currently airing television drama "Start Up". In the pictures, she can be seen making cute faces to a banner of herself that says "START UP!" "CHEER-UP!" in English...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook's Fan Club Thanked for Donation

2020/10/24 | Permalink

The Ji Chang Wook International Team recently unveiled a thank you placard they received from the Miral Welfare Foundation on Twitter. The placard thanks the Ji Chang Wook International team, in English, for a 1.2 million won donation. This amount is approximately equivalent to ten thousand dollars...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Woman Who Ran"

2020/10/23 | Permalink

Despite "The Woman Who Run" being Hong Sang-soo's 24th film in 24 years, the prolific Korean has actually refrained from shooting a movie in the last two years, a decision that was probably for the best, since it was about time to let his fans "miss" his familiar style a bit. In that regard, the film does not do anything different from what HHS usually does, but ends up as a rather interesting spectacle...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "If My Things Are At Your Place We're Not Over" and "Untact"

2020/10/23 | Permalink

Director Kim Jee-woon has not exactly been a name in high demand lately since the underwhelming performance of "Illang: The Wolf Brigade" in 2018. Nevertheless, his production company, Dark Circle Pictures, has been busy making movies on a smaller scale this year. These commercially minded flicks feature Bae Suzy and Kim Go-eun in leading roles. Far from the bombastic flicks he's better known for, "If My Things Are At Your Place We're Not Over" and "Untact" are personal, down to earth stories dealing with solitude and relationships...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Welcome to X-world"

2020/10/23 | Permalink

Director Han Tae-ee was, at the time "Welcome to X-world" was being filmed, living with her mother and paternal grandfather in a modest home in the Guro district of Seoul. Han Tae-ee doesn't much care for her grandfather. Her mother doesn't either. So why don't they just move out? "Welcome to X-world" , as a documentary, continuously begs that question until Han Tae-ee's mother finally gives up and agrees to leave...More

[HanCinema's News] Wide Slate of Korean Celebrities Confirmed for Asia Artist Awards

2020/10/21 | Permalink

The Asian Artist Awards recently confirmed an initial lineup of presenters. Lee Jung-jae, Lee Joon-gi, Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji, Jeon Mi-do, Han So-hee, Park Ju-hyun, Kim Min-jae, Lee Joon-hyuk, and Lee Jae-wook will all participate in the ceremony, which is currently scheduled for November 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Tops Poll of Korean Celebrities Best Suited for Traditional Clothes

2020/10/21 | Permalink

The South Korean portal website DCInside recently released the results of a poll in their Exciting DC poll, which frames eccentric questions to its users in regards to celebrity preferences. The query for this particular poll was, what man is the perfect fit for traditional Korean clothing? Kim Soo-hyun won with 32% of the vote, but only slightly. Yoo Ah-in was right behind him with 31%...More

[HanCinema's News] Appeal Filed in Case of Joo Jin-mo and Ha Jung-woo's Phone Hacking

2020/10/21 | Permalink

Recent reports have confirmed that the ethnic Koreans who were convicted of hacking eight celebrity phones have filed an appeal to their case. The news follows reports of their conviction back on September 24th of this year, in charges relating to a scandal from late last year and early this year that involved blackmail threats against the afflicted celebrities...More

[HanCinema's News] Official Lineup Announced for 2020 Drama Specials

2020/10/20 | Permalink

On October 20th KBS released new information regarding this year's season of drama specials. Ten drama specials will be released this seasons, starting with "Drama Special - Modern Girl" on November 7th. "Drama Special - Crevasse" will follow on November 14th. "Drama Special - The Joys and Sorrows of Work" will come out on November 21st. "Drama Special - My Lilac" will air on November 28th...More

[HanCinema's News] "Collectors" to Sneak up in November

2020/10/20 | Permalink

While many big profile films have had their releases pushed back or are mulling over premiering in streaming services, the lower profile "Collectors" is still pushing ahead for a release next month. The caper movie deals with tomb raiders, chief among them Kang Dong-goo (played by Lee Je-hoon)...More

[HanCinema's News] Dexter Studios Signs on to Do VFX Work for "Silence"

2020/10/20 | Permalink

The famed special effects workshop Dexter Studios recently signed a contract to do VFX work for "Silence". Dexter Studios is responsible for the special effects of quite a few popular South Korean films, including "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" and "Ashfall"...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Buys 14 Million Dollar Building

2020/10/19 | Permalink

A recent news report revealed that Son Ye-jin has purchased a high value building in the Sinsa neighborhood of the Gangnam district in Seoul. The purchase was made back in July and recently identified due to legal filings...More

[HanCinema's News] Possible Streaming Premiere for "Space Sweepers" Illustrates Ambiguity in South Korean Film Industry

2020/10/19 | Permalink

Recent reports of "Space Sweepers" possibly having its premiere relegated to Netflix have vocalized serious doubts about the South Korean film industry's ability to return to a traditional box office first business model. While sources from Netflix and "Space Sweepers" have only confirmed that the sides are in talks, and insist no deal has yet been struck, the mere rumor alone has begged many questions about the state of the South Korean film industry going forward...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Wandering Chef" Hits 10,000 Viewer Mark

2020/10/19 | Permalink

Despite poor circumstances in the COVID-19 pandemic, "The Wandering Chef" recently cleared the ten thousand viewer mark at the South Korean box office. The number, while modest, is quite impressive for a documentary film or an independent film particularly in the midst of a global pandemic...More

[HanCinema's News] New Weekend Dramas Post Modest Ratings

2020/10/18 | Permalink

The past weekend saw the premiere of two new, very different dramas. "Start Up", starring Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk, opened up on tvN with ratings of 4.5%. "Start Up" deals with characters attempting to open up a new startup business and is a social drama. Meanwhile, "Search" opened up with ratings of 2.6% on OCN. "Search" deals with a professional military search team, and is focused on action thriller elements...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Talks About "18 Again"

2020/10/18 | Permalink

Recently actress Kim Ha-neul released through her agency an interview discussing her various thoughts about the currently airing drama "18 Again" in which she appears in a leading role. Among the topics discussed, Kim Ha-neul claims that "18 Again" seems to be the warmest project she has ever been involved in...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin's Schedule Is Cleared for Hollywood Movie Next Year

2020/10/18 | Permalink

A person close to MSTeam Entertainment recently claimed that the agency had a meeting with the production company of the upcoming American film Cross...More

[HanCinema's News] Big Lineup Announced for "Imitation"

2020/10/17 | Permalink

A huge lineup was recently announced for the upcoming KBS2 drama "Imitation". Jung Ji-so, Lee Jun-young, Jiyeon, Kang Chan-hee, Ahn Jung-hoon-I, Lim Na-young, Minseo, Lee Suwoong, Danny Ahn, Shim Eun-jin, and fours members of ATEEZ JONGHO, SAN, SEONGHWA andáYUNHO-I have all been confirmed for the drama. The extensive cast consists of quite a few younger singers...More

[HanCinema's News] "OK! MADAM" Continues to Lead VOD Rankings

2020/10/17 | Permalink

According to figures recently released by HomeChoice, "OK! MADAM" once again let Video-On-Demand releases in the second week of October having returned to the top spot in the first week of October. While "OK! MADAM" originally premiered on VOD services on September 17th, the hijacking themed comedy has had a resurgence as of late in the face of weak competition...More

[HanCinema's News] "Untact" Released to Two 8K Theaters

2020/10/17 | Permalink

The short film "Untact" made its theatrical debut on October 16th but in a curiously limited format. "Untact" will only be screening through October 25th at special theaters in the Yeonnam and Seongsu neighborhoods of Seoul. The limited screenings of "Untact", much like "Untact" itself, were developed to promote 8K home theater systems...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fukuoka"

2020/10/16 | Permalink

We are introduced to bookstore owner Je-moon (played by Yoon Je-moon) as he is being annoyed by So-dam (played by Park So-dam), who's wearing a school uniform in spite of not being a student. So-dam is a queer young woman, and Je-moon mistakes her peculiar behavior for flirting. The situation gets weirder than that as So-dam eventually talks him into going to the titular "Fukuoka" and by apparent coincidence they run into Je-moon's old friend Hae-hyo (played by Kwon Hae-hyo) at a bar...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Samsara"

2020/10/16 | Permalink

The introductions "Samsara" gives us to its various monks prove surprisingly worldly. Hye-gyeon (played by Kim Jun-bae) bickers with a woman at a dog meat restaurant over various business matters. Hye-yong (played by Hong Hee-yong) does television appearances. Hye-seung (played by Jung Joon-young-I) is a handsome young star on social media. Yet none of these characters are especially in focus throughout "Samsara", as much of the movie takes place in flashback, going over the relationship between senior monk Hye-jin (played by Kim Myung-gon) and his now elderly master Do-beop (played by Lee Yeong-seok)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Shadow Flower"

2020/10/16 | Permalink

After a number of awards and an Oscar nomination for "In the Absence", Yi Seung-Jun returns with a new, documentary feature this time, which focuses on the true odyssey of a woman who wants to return to her home and family...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Dong-wook Proves his Reliability in "Tale of the Nine Tailed"

2020/10/14 | Permalink

On October 7th Lee Dong-wook made his latest debut as a lead actor in the drama "Tale of the Nine Tailed", which premiered with 5.8% ratings, leading all primetime dramas for that timeslot. The action fantasy romance premise is a return to brand for Lee Dong-wook who saw a massive boost to his popularity following "Goblin" in 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] Na Hye-mi Talks About "No Matter What"

2020/10/14 | Permalink

The daily evening drama "No Matter What" premiered on October 12th with ratings of 18.6%. The drama has been a big step up for leading lady Na Hye-mi, whose profile improved due to her leading role in the well-received "Drama Special - Clean and Polish"...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Noo-ri Confirmed for "Dramaworld - Season 2"

2020/10/14 | Permalink

"Dramaworld - Season 2" was recently confirmed, and along with that news, a bevy of actors both old and new have been confirmed to reappear in the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] APAN Star Awards to Be Held on November 29th

2020/10/13 | Permalink

KStar Group recently announced the official dates for this year's APAN Star Awards. The Korean Management Entertainment Association hosts the awards, and they are now coming into their seventh year. While the celebrities are the main focus of the words their primary purpose is to honor the managers of these celebrities, who are typically not directly honored in other awards ceremonies...More

[HanCinema's News] Second Sequel Confirmed for "The Admiral: Roaring Currents"

2020/10/13 | Permalink

On October 13th inside sources confirmed to press that funding has been secured for the upcoming movie "Noryang" by director Kim Han-min. "Noryang" is to be the second sequel to "The Admiral: Roaring Currents", following "Hansan" which is currently set to be released early next year...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Photoshoot Released

2020/10/13 | Permalink

The fashion brand 1st Look recently released photoshoot featuring actress Kim Ha-neul. The photoshoot, which is featured in the CelebShop version of the catalog, features the actress wearing fall/winter clothing from the new collection...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Tops DCInside Poll of Best Celebrities to Go Camping With

2020/10/12 | Permalink

The South Korean portal website DCInside recently released the results of the latest poll in its eccentric celebrity series. The query for this particular poll was, which celebrity would you like to have a barbecue and go glamping with?...More

[HanCinema's News] Early Hyun Bin Role in "Bodyguard" Goes Viral

2020/10/12 | Permalink

The October 11th episode of the television program 'Drama House Homage' surprised many with its depiction of the very first credited on-screen role for "Hyun Bin" who has since become a major star. "Bodyguard" in 2003 starred Cha Seung-won in the title role as Hong Kyung Tak. The drama also starred Lee Se-eun as top star Sin-ae, which is how Hyun Bin enters the story...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" to Receive Final Cut

2020/10/12 | Permalink

A new, final version of "Deliver Us From Evil" is set to premiere in South Korean theaters on October 21st. The expanded cut will feature an extra six minutes and fourteen seconds. It is not known what this material may entail, although the new trailer released by CJ Entertainment does hint at some tonal differences- or at the very least, assumes viewers have more familiarity with the product than they did back in August...More

[HanCinema's News] New Women Centered Dramas Coming Soon

2020/10/11 | Permalink

Following the big success of "SKY Castle" in 2019 and the more modest success of "Search: WWW" earlier this year, new dramas have been approved that focus more on women's life experiences. These include "The Penthouse", coming on October 26th, and "Birthcare Center" on November 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy Celebrates her Birthday

2020/10/11 | Permalink

The actress and singer Bae Suzy had her twenty-sixth birthday on October 10th. Subsequently, the actress made an Instagram post in English entitled "Luv u sueweetie" (sic) which showed off the various presents the starlets had received from fans worldwide...More

[HanCinema's News] Ju Ji-hoon Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2020/10/11 | Permalink

Ju Ji-hoon's agency Keyeast recently released photos on Instagram of the actor on the set of "Jirisan", which is currently filming. In one picture, he can be seen signing a piece of paper that says Ju Ji Hoon Global, and in another he can be seen smiling and making a gesture toward the camera...More

[HanCinema's News] "Pawn" Breaks Million Viewer Mark

2020/10/10 | Permalink

At approximately nine in the morning on October 9th, "Pawn" passed the million viewer threshhold to lead the South Korea box office going into the three day holiday weekend. All four principal actors made posts on social media with handdrawn notes thanking viewers for their support...More

[HanCinema's News] "Kim Soo Ro" Filming Site Becomes Popular Wedding Destination

2020/10/10 | Permalink

While most tourist activities have contracted due to COVID-19, the Gimhae Cultural Foundation has experienced an improvement in its fortunes somewhat counterintuitively for the very same reason. Modern indoor wedding venues have undergone a massive drop in popularity due to the belief they facilitate the spread of the disease...More

[HanCinema's News] "Jirisan" to Be Simulcast Worldwide

2020/10/10 | Permalink

The global streaming platform iQIYI recently announced that they had acquired the broadcasting rights to the upcoming drama "Jirisan" worldwide. The drama, which stars Jun Ji-hyun, Ju Ji-hoon, Sung Dong-il, and Oh Jung-se among others started filming last month...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pawn"

2020/10/09 | Permalink

When we're first introduced to Doo-seok (played by Sung Dong-il) and Jong-bae (played by Kim Hee-won), the men give off a vaguely sinister vibe. They dress like gangsters, such that Doo-seok rather nastily castigates Jong-bae for wearing a gold chain that makes him look rather more thuggish than his semi-respectable job title should imply. Then Doo-seok busts into a convenience store to get something to drink. Yet in spite of his rude demeanor, Doo-seok keeps calling out for someone to come take his money...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miniforce: Hamburger Monster's Attack"

2020/10/09 | Permalink

For the most part, "Miniforce: Hamburger Monster's Attack" is a fairly typical Miniforce movie. You've got the various cute little mascot characters, and then the parts where they transform into these Super Sentai-esque warriors with transforming robots. There does seem to be a new element of the robots being used as riding dinosaurs for the fight scenes. I'm assuming this was explained in the television show at some point, what with "Miniforce: Hamburger Monster's Attack" being based on a children's cartoon...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Zombie Crush in Heyri"

2020/10/09 | Permalink

The Korean Weird Wave that took the Korean Fantastic section of this year's BIFAN by storm continues here, surprisingly so, in a zombie film, which shares very few similarities with the vast plethora of entries in the category, particularly regarding the protagonists but also the overall approach...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Sang-wook Photographed Giving Daughter a Ride on his Shoulders

2020/10/07 | Permalink

Cha Ye-ryun recently posted a picture to Instagram of her family from the back. The picture, which appears without comment, features Cha Ye-ryun's husband Joo Sang-wook carrying their infant daughter on his shoulders on a bridge over river...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum Tops Good Data Report for Fifth Straight Week

2020/10/07 | Permalink

On October 7th the GOODDATA Corporation released the latest iteration of the GOODDATA Report, covering the first week of October. The results demostrated that Park Bo-gum is once again the most popular active performer on South Korean television, with his leading all media references for the fifth straight week...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho Hits Social Media Milestone

2020/10/07 | Permalink

Lee Min-ho recently became the first South Korean artist to hit the four million follower mark on social media. Last month on September 18th Lee Min-ho's agency MYM Entertainment confirmed that the actor had 20 million followers on Facebook. Then, on October 4th, his Instagram account hit that same milestone...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon First of Many "Record of Youth" Cameos

2020/10/06 | Permalink

Actor Park Seo-joon recently appeared in "Record of Youth" in a cameo as an older associate of the lead character played by Park Bo-gum. But this cameo is only the first of many planned for the drama, as Hyeri, Lee Sung-kyung, and Kang Ha-na have also been confirmed for cameos in the youth-oriented drama. The cameos are intended to drive interest in "Record of Youth" as the drama moves into its second half...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jae-won-I Becomes a Father

2020/10/06 | Permalink

 

On October 5th Lee Jae-won-I posted photos to his Instagram account of his newborn daughter. One featured Lee Jae-won-I himself while the other featured his wife, a non-celebrity. The two of them were married in October of 2017 following a nine year courtship...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Confirmed for "River Where the Moon Rises"

2020/10/06 | Permalink

On October 6th "River Where the Moon Rises" confirmed that Kang Ha-neul would be appearing in the historical drama. The news was a bit of a surprise, as Kang Ha-neul's agency had earlier stated that Kang Ha-neul had rejected the lead role. As it turns out, the role Kang Ha-neul will be playing will only be a special appearance...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Revealed to Have Gone on Lee Jung-hyun's Honeymoon

2020/10/05 | Permalink

The latest episode of the variety show program 'My Little Old Boy' contained a surprising anecdote from Oh Yoon-ah, who was appearing on the program as a special emcee. The anecdote was prompted by Shin Dong-yup mentioning hearing as a rumor that Oh Yoon-ah herself had gone on the honeymoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Tops DCInside Poll of Celebrity With the Most Perfect Skin

2020/10/05 | Permalink

A recent poll conducted by the South Korean portal website DCInside asked users of the site which celebrity had such high quality skin that they seemed to be wearing heavy makeup...More

[HanCinema's News] Baek Ji-won Confirmed for "Awaken"

2020/10/05 | Permalink

On October 4th Baek Ji-won's agency Ikkle Entertainment confirmed that the actress would be appearing in the upcoming drama "Awaken" alongside Namgoong Min. She will play Lee Taek-jo, the manager of the information division of the Seoul police...More

[HanCinema's News] Less Familiar Male Leads Mark New Trend in Dramas

2020/10/04 | Permalink

The current season of South Korean television dramas has had a noteworthy casting trend away from established male performers to younger ones with less of a record. Lee Do-hyun of "18 Again", Ong Seong-wu of "More Than Friends", and Byeon Woo-seok of "Record of Youth" all stand out as new faces with quite a bit of screentime in their respective dramas. This, even when they're cast alongside bigger stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Jung-min Explains How Lee Jung-jae Likes to Annoy Him

2020/10/04 | Permalink

In a Korean Thanksgiving special which aired on KBS over the long weekend, various stars described their sensibilities over quick interviews. Among these was a spot featuring Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Yu-mi Marks Strange Shift From Feminism to Fantasy

2020/10/04 | Permalink

With "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" airing over Korean Thanksgiving weekend on South Korean broadcast television, attention has once again focused on Jung Yu-mi, who has been greatly praised for her role as the title character in the feminist film...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Super Nova"

2020/10/03 | Permalink

In his fourth film after "Super Virgin", "Super Origin" and "Super Margin", Back Seung-kee is as weird as they come, through a narrative that seems to thrive on sci-fi and surrealistic elements, while combining fantasy, drama and absurd comedy...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sun-kyun Talks About "Coffee Prince"

2020/10/03 | Permalink

In a recent documentary about the 2007 television drama "Coffee Prince" actor Lee Sun-kyun expressed many thoughts about the program that kickstarted his career. Following multiple choice romance roles in "My Sweet Soul" and "Triple", Lee Sun-kyun broke out as the lead in "Pasta" where he co-starred alongside Gong Hyo-jin. Though Lee Sun-kyun does not do romantic roles so much anymore, he still has romantic visions of "Coffee Prince"...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Urges International Cooperation to Defeat COVID-19

2020/10/03 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin recently appeared in an online event sponsored by the Korean Embassy in Japan where she addressed her Japanese fans. Though no official English language version of the video was produced, an unofficial fan translated version can be found here with English and Indonesian subtitles. The video was produced for Korean National Foundation day...More

[HanCinema's News] "Emergency Declaration" Filming Nearly Finished Following Positive COVID-19 Test

2020/10/03 | Permalink

On October 3rd a person close to the filming of the upcoming blockbuster "Emergency Declaration" confirmed that the movie recently restarted its filming on September 12th. This followed a closure on the set when one of the performers was discovered to have contracted COVID-19 back on August 28th. At that time the production company approved a ten million dollar increase in the budget and a two week break from filming...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Swordsman"

2020/10/02 | Permalink

In the prologue to "The Swordsman" we first see the expert swordsman Tae-yool (played by Jang Hyuk) waging a doomed battle against royal usurpers led by Seung-ho (played by Jung Man-sik). Though this scene implies that Seung-ho is a better swordfighter than Tae-yool, for most of the movie, Seung-ho doesn't really do anything. Even more intriguingly, when Seung-ho meets the actual villain, Gurutai (played by Joe Taslim), the smug Qing warlord derisively describes Seung-ho's fighting style as ornamental in spite of his obvious skill. But why?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Wandering Chef"

2020/10/02 | Permalink

Prior to watching "The Wandering Chef" I had not heard of famed chef Lim Ji-ho. Nor did I really learn that much about him through the documentary itself. With painstaking humility, director Park Hye-ryoung only provides brief clips early on to contextualize Lim Ji-ho's international culinary reputation. Even as a biographical film "The Wandering Chef" is spare on the details, withholding much critical information about Lim Ji-ho's family background until near the very end...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Ji-won Talks About "Pawn"

2020/09/29 | Permalink

For the first time in five years Ha Ji-won returns to the big screen with "Pawn". In the family film, Ha Ji-won will play the adult version of Seung-i, a young girl played by Park So-yi as a child who is handed over to characters played by Sung Dong-il and Kim Hee-won as collateral for a debt. Consequently, Ha Ji-won has been speaking about her role and her return...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Day I Die" Set to Release in November

2020/09/29 | Permalink

"The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" has been confirmed to have a release date of November, although the exact date is not yet known. The crime film is the first project from lead actress Kim Hye-soo since she the end of the highly acclaimed television drama "Hyena" last year. In "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" Kim Hye-soo plays a detective searching for a missing girl...More

[HanCinema's News] Stylist Posts Pictures of Jun Jin's Wedding

2020/09/29 | Permalink

A stylist personally known to Jun Jin and his bride recently posted pictures of their September 28th wedding on Isocial media. The photos include a personal one taken with the three in the bridal booth as well as wider angle shots of the couple at their private wedding...More

[HanCinema's News] Child Photos of Hyun Bin Go Viral

2020/09/28 | Permalink

VAST Entertainment recently released two old child photos of actor Hyun Bin. The disclosure of the photos was in celebration of the actor's thirty-eighth birthday, which occurred on September 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] New Poster and Stills Released for "The School Nurse Files"

2020/09/28 | Permalink

On September 28th Netflix released new materials for "The School Nurse Files" including a second poster. There's not much variation between the second poster and the first poster...More

[HanCinema's News] Building Owned by Bae Suzy Doubles in Value

2020/09/28 | Permalink

Bae Suzy's Instagram

Real estate filings released on September 25h revealed that Bae Suzy has made a sound real estate investment. In April of 2016 the actress and singer purchased a building in the Samsung neighborhood of the Gangnam district of Seoul. The deposit was approximately 200,000 dollars, with a bond of 1.7 million dollars and equity of 1.8 million dollars, for an effective purchase price of 3.7 million dollars. With an effective rent of 15,000 dollars, this has allowed for a profit of around 5.6%...More

[HanCinema's News] An Unusual Slate of Celebrities Comes Out to Support "The School Nurse Files"

2020/09/27 | Permalink

The new Netflix drama "The School Nurse Files" has featured an unusual emphasis in its marketing. The paranormal drama starring Jung Yu-mi and Nam Joo-hyuk would normally seem an obvious draw for younger viewers. Yet "The School Nurse Files" has featured glowing endorsements from a peculiar slate of older celebrities that includes director Park Chan-wook and actresses Lee Young-ae, Gong Hyo-jin, and Son Ye-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Moo-saeng Confirmed for "The Silent Sea"

2020/09/27 | Permalink

As the Netflix drama "The Silent Sea" moves into production more minor roles are being confirmed. Among them is Lee Moo-saeng, an actor who has in recent years graduated from unnamed roles to named roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Hyeri Selected as Models for Zombie Survival Game

2020/09/27 | Permalink

The new mobile game from King's Group, S.O.S State of Survival, recently announced that Jung Woo-sung and Hyeri would be working as advertising models for the tactical zombie survival game...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Night of the Undead"

2020/09/26 | Permalink

A buff naked man crashes from outer space in Cheonggyecheon. The onlookers, for the most part, try not to make a big deal of this. Then we transition to So-hee (played by Lee Jung-hyun), who tries not to make such a big deal of how much she loves her newlywed husband Man-gil (played by Kim Sung-oh), at least until circumstance leads her to suspect infidelity. Although it's not infidelity so much as...well...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hunger"

2020/09/26 | Permalink

Maybe it is a bit too early with just 4-5 films, but it seems that S. Korea is experiencing its own "weird wave" (as Greece did some years ago) with titles like "Maggie", "Fallen" and "The Interviewees" falling under this category. The same applies to "Hunger", Kang Dayeon's debut, that uses the sci-fi basis to speak about social issues through a mash up of genres that is disorienting as it is interesting...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Magical: Make The Princess Laugh"

2020/09/26 | Permalink

While the title "Magical: Make The Princess Laugh" calls to mind the classic fairy tale of the princess who never smiled, this conflict is resolved surprisingly early and disturbingly. She ends up laughing at a scene that could best be described as macabre. Not that "Magical: Make The Princess Laugh" ever really acknowledges this. This plot point takes place over the course of a cheerful song where professional clowns attempt to distract Leah (voiced by Park Ji-yoon-I) from her mother's senseless tragic death at the hands of a gippy...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Talks About "Coffee Prince" in New Documentary

2020/09/25 | Permalink

A recently aired television documentary about the popular drama "Coffee Prince" has drawn much attention from fans of the drama as the documentary has reunited the cast to discuss their experiences. Chief among these is Gong Yoo, the "Coffee Prince" cast member who has seen the most dramatic career elevation due to the project. Gong Yoo has had much to say about "Coffee Prince" looking back...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Chae-won Makes Closing Remarks About "Flower of Evil"

2020/09/25 | Permalink

On September 23rd "Flower of Evil" completed its sixteen episode run on tvN with a ratings high of 5.7%. This compares decently to its opening episode, which had ratings of 3.4%. The drama has helped to bolster the reputation of leading lady Moon Chae-won, who plays a woman investigating the dark past of her husband, here played by Lee Joon-gi. Moon Chae-won has been public about her experiences with "Flower of Evil", giving closing thoughts on the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Joon-gi Makes Closing Remarks About "Flower of Evil"

2020/09/25 | Permalink

On September 24th actor Lee Joon-gi revealed his closing thoughts for the drama "Flower of Evil" on Instagram. "Flower of Evil" ended on September 23rd with ratings of 5.7%. In the drama, Lee Joon-gi played a husband with a disturbing secret past. The conflict revolved around his detective wife, played by Moon Chae-won, was investigating this past life...More

[HanCinema's News] "Diva" Leads in First Day at the South Korean Box Office

2020/09/24 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council on September 24th, "Diva" has come to the front of the South Korean box office, earning 15,479 admissions on its opening day of September 23rd. "Diva" is the first Korean movie to lead the South Korean box office since "Deliver Us From Evil" on August 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Appears in ZIOZIA Photospread

2020/09/24 | Permalink

Park Seo-joon was the big star of a recent ZIOZIA photospread. The men's clothing brand had decided to use the popular actor to promote the twenty-fifth anniversary of their launch. In keeping with the social distancing common in these times of COVID-19, the theme of the photospread was having a party by one's self...More

[HanCinema's News] Culprits Behind the Hacking of Ha Jung-woo and Joo Jin-mo's Phones Sentenced

2020/09/24 | Permalink

Oh September 24th at two in the afternoon the Seoul Central District Court issued a judgment regarding the four persons found to have hacked the phones of various celebrities. Two of the persons were sisters with the surname Kim, while the other two were their husbands. The younger Kim sister was sentenced to five years, her husband thirty months. The older Kim sister received a sixteen month sentence with three years probation. Her husband received an eighteen month sentence...More

[HanCinema's News] MIMI Entertainment Releases Photos of Ku Hye-sun Directing

2020/09/22 | Permalink

MIMI Entertainment, which is the agency of actress Ku Hye-sun, recently released photos of Ku Hye-sun as a director. In an accompanying statement, MIMI Entertainment mentioned that Ku Hye-sun's latest new age music album Breath 3 charted at the top of the new age music charts since its release earlier this month on September 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Elle Releases Photos of Byun Woo-seok Alongside Interview Excerpt

2020/09/22 | Permalink

The fashion magazine Elle will soon feature actor Byun Woo-seok in a full photoshoot and interview. The photoshoot emphasized Byun Woo-seok's fresh and honest looks. He's been in the news lately for his appearance in the drama "Record of Youth" where he appears alongside Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam in the leading roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Fila Underwear Releases Photos of Kim Jae-kyung

2020/09/22 | Permalink

Recently the sportswear brand Fila released photos on its Instagram account of Kim Jae-kyung wearing some of the brand's underwear...More

[HanCinema's News] Japanese Poll Sheds Light on Popularity of "Crash Landing on You"

2020/09/21 | Permalink

The Japanese periodical ORICON NEWS recently ran a survey regarding the drama "Crash Landing on You", which has been popular on Netflix in Japan. The poll of 143 individuals showed that 132 of those individuals had a positive opinion of the drama. Interestingly, men were somewhat more likely to express a positive opinion than women, with their approval rating being 97.1% versus an average of 92.3%...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Thanks Fan for Presents

2020/09/21 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin's Instagram

On September 21st famed actress Son Ye-jin of the recent popular drama "Crash Landing on You" made an Instagram post showing off the many presents she has received from fans worldwide. The present includes cakes, flowers, and a stuffed rabbit doll wearing a kimono. Son Ye-jin also had a thank you message for her fans...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Hyun-chul Confirmed for "D.P"

2020/09/21 | Permalink

The upcoming Netflix drama "D.P" recently confirmed Cho Hyun-chul to be a member of the drama's cast. "D.P" will be the latest drama to star Jung Hae-in in a leading role, his first since "A Piece of Your Mind" earlier this year. He as well as most of the rest of the cast will play soldiers dealing with desertion. "D.P" is based on the webtoon of the same title...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Swordsman" Hopes to Break Slump for Joseon Historical Films

2020/09/20 | Permalink

Marketing has come out in full force for the upcoming Joseon-era historical film "The Swordsman" which starts Jang Hyuk in the leading role. He plays the titular warrior who some time after the abdication of King Gwanghae ends up having to fight in order to save his missing daughter. Genre-wise the movie has been described as a shocking action thriller...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Camellia Blooms" Wins Big at the Seoul International Drama Awards

2020/09/20 | Permalink

The Seoul International Drama Awards were held last week. While "When the Camellia Blooms" was one of the further major South Korean dramas in recent memory, the drama did excellently for itself coming up on the one year anniversary of its first broadcast...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-jung Talks About her Work-life Balance

2020/09/20 | Permalink

Lee Min-jung recently finished off a successful run as the lead actress in the ensemble weekend family drama "Once Again" which ended with ratings of 33.6% on September 13th. The drama's popularity has been encouraging for the image of the actress, with her role as a divorced woman making Lee Min-jung seem more independent than the more romantic parts she typically plays. There's also a parallel with Lee Min-jung's own life, as she juggles being a wife, mother, and actress...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Interviewees"

2020/09/19 | Permalink

The search for originality and uniqueness has always been one of the main pursuits of experimental cinema, through a number of courageous filmmakers who shot films they probably knew they had very few chances to succeed, at least commercially. And although there is something heroic in their effort, being gives no guarantee for the quality of the movies or that they actually work. Unfortunately, "The Interviewees" is one of those movies...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Time for Dogs and Cats"

2020/09/19 | Permalink

The docuemntary feature "A Time for Dogs and Cats" is less a single coherent documentary as it is a series of individual subjects depicted in vignette form to eventually sort of resemble a documentary. It ends with, of all things, a musical concert for the various wild cats and dogs of Baeksa Village in the northeastern corner of Seoul. The music's good although I'm not sure the animals got much out of it. Animals don't really understand music as far as I know...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front"

2020/09/19 | Permalink

Some fifteen years ago director Kim Mi-rye was working in Japan documenting active Japanese labor movements when she learned of the radical "East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front" from the seventies. It's easy to see how they made such a strong impression on Kim Mi-rye, a Korean woman. Despite being Japanese themselves, the Armed Front hated the Japanese Empire and saw the then current Japanese government as a reincarnation of that power. The South Korean government, then, being little more than a puppet state equally oppressing its own people...More

[HanCinema's News] Yun Jong-seok Marks First Second Lead Appearance in "My Dangerous Wife"

2020/09/18 | Permalink

Yun Jong-seok will mark his first appearance as a second lead in the upcoming drama "My Dangerous Wife" which will start airing on October 5th on the MBN cable network. There he will play Min-gyoo, the much younger husband of Eun-hye, who is played by Shim Hye-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh In-hye's Final SNS Post Revealed

2020/09/18 | Permalink

Recently the final social media post of departed actress Oh In-hye has started spreading online. The exact source of the post is unknown, but it appears to have come from someone on her social network. Oh In-hye made the post at one in the morning on September 14th but deleted it sometime later, which is why it had not been widely seen in the immediate aftermath of her death...More

[HanCinema's News] "OK! MADAM" Premieres on South Korean VOD

2020/09/18 | Permalink

On September 17th the distribution company behind "OK! MADAM" abruptly announced that the movie would be available on IPTV and digital cable services for on-demand viewing. "OK! MADAM" deals with a seemingly ordinary Korean family that gets involved in a plane hijacking. The comedy film starred Uhm Jung-hwa and Park Sun-woong in the leading roles, and premiered in South Korea theaters on August 12th...More

[HanCinema's News] Police Rule Out Foul Play in the Death of Oh in-hye

2020/09/17 | Permalink

On September 16th Incheon police released an official statement regarding the cause of death for Oh In-hye. The conclusion of Incheon police based on the autopsy result was that Oh In-hye did indeed take her own life as had been suspected by many...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Hyuk Talks About "The Swordsman"

2020/09/17 | Permalink

On September 17th an online press conference was held for the upcoming movie "The Swordsman". Actors Jang Hyuk, Kim Hyun-soo, and Jung Man-sik were all in attendance, as was director Choi Jae-hoon. The story takes place after the dethronement of King Gwanghae, with the title character played by Jang Hyuk once again taking up the sword for the sake of his daughter, who is played by Kim Hyun-soo...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Talks About "The Silent Sea"

2020/09/17 | Permalink

Gong Yoo recently appeared in a photoshoot for the October issue of GQ Magazine. He can be seed wearing a wide variety of suits, and the photos also emphasize his physical side. An interview in GQ also goes into why Gong Yoo decided to make "The Silent Sea" his next drama following his last drama appearance in the megahit "Goblin" from 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh in-hye's Funeral to Be Held on September 16th

2020/09/15 | Permalink

Following the unfortunate death of actress Oh In-hye on September 14th her family set up a memorial service on September 15th and a full funerary ceremony is now set for September 16th...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Tops DCInside Poll for Most Self-managed Celebrity

2020/09/15 | Permalink

The results are out for the latest Exciting DC Poll, which is performed by the portal website DCInside. The question for the poll, which was tabulated from September 6th to September 12th, was which star seems the most self-managed...More

[HanCinema's News] "Pawn" Set to Open up Thanksgiving at the South Korean Box Office

2020/09/15 | Permalink

Following confirmation of its September 29th release date, "Pawn" appears to be signaling that South Korean movie distributors are confident in a rebound at the South Korean box office for Korean Thanksgiving. The autumnal holiday has long been a popular one for families going to see movies together...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ah-in to Return in October With "Voice of Silence"

2020/09/14 | Permalink

"Voice of Silence" has been confirmed for an October release date. This news suggests a confidence in the South Korean film industry in its ability to rebound from the current increased COVID-19 restrictions. Perhaps not coincidentally, "Voice of Silence" is headlined by Yoo Ah-in, an actor whose most recent film, "#ALIVE", has garned attention not just for breaking a previous COVID-19 induced slump but also having a strong performance on OTT services...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Only the Latest Korean Media to Find Success on Netflix

2020/09/14 | Permalink

As of September 14th, "#ALIVE" is still holding strong in the global Netflix film rankings on FlixPatrol. The zombie movie has been a surprise success on the streaming platform. But it is far from unprecedented. After all, "Kingdom" and more recently "Kingdom - Season 2" made big waves on Netflix with a similar concept, albeit taking place in the historical era rather than the modern day...More

[HanCinema's News] Actress Oh in-hye Dies Due to Cardiac Arrest

2020/09/14 | Permalink

Oh In-hye's Instagram

On September 14th Oh In-hye was declared dead due to cardiac arrest following an incident where she was discovered not breathing at her home in Incheon. The tragic news came late at night, followed by reports earlier in the day that her condition had stabilized...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Noted for Putting Fingers in Ears During Kiss Scenes

2020/09/13 | Permalink

Various online communities on the South Korean Internet have been discussing a peculiar detail in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" that had until now largely gone unnoticed. In the eleventh episode of the drama, there was a kiss scene that prompted a rating restriction of 18+ due to its intense content...More

[HanCinema's News] "Once Again" Has Happy Ending and High Ratings

2020/09/13 | Permalink

"Once Again" completed a successful run on September 13th, airing its final, one hundreth episode to ratings of 34.8%. As expected for a weekend family drama, there were happy endings all around. One couple got married, and another started a family...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Nara's Brother, Jang Sung-won to Be Married in October

2020/09/13 | Permalink

Joo Ho-sung recently made a big family announcement on social media. His son, Jang Sung-won, will be getting married on October 31st. The apparent motivation for this surprising news was that Jang Sung-won had done his wedding photography on that same day, September 12th...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tiny Light"

2020/09/12 | Permalink

Jin-moo (played by Kwak Jin-moo) is a thirty-six year old machinist who lives with his mother Sook-nyeo (played by Byun Joong-hee) in a small housing unit with mold on the walls. Jin-moo is a schlubby man and an unlikely protagonist, but then that's where the realism comes into play. "Tiny Light" is neither infused with romanticism about the lives of working people in South Korea, nor is it overly cynical about their fate. Director Cho Min-jae makes this movie about the persistence of memory and what Jin-moo has to lose by it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Masterpiece"

2020/09/12 | Permalink

The opening titles of "Masterpiece" are done in a classic olde time silent film style. As the movie gets past these, we see a café with Charlie Chaplin emblazoned on the front. As we're introduced to director Jin-wook (played by Choi Jin-wook), an obvious possible theme is developed. Jin-wook is going to make a classic Charlie Chaplin style movie. And this does happen eventually. But first we have to endure sixty minutes of Jin-wook ineffectively trying to make an obviously bad movie instead...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fallen"

2020/09/12 | Permalink

Probably one of the most confusing, chaotic, and genre-bending film we have seen during the latest years, "Fallen" is a movie that tries to be original by following very few "rules" of genre cinema and including as many different elements as possible, both in context and in style...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Rises to #1 Spot for Global Netflix Movies

2020/09/11 | Permalink

In its third day of full availability on Netflix worldwide, the South Korean zombie movie "#ALIVE" has now risen to the most popular movie available on the platform. The new data comes courtesy of FlixPatrol, which had already noted that "#ALIVE" was the number two worldwide movie on Netflix on September 9th a day after its release. The new September 10th figures show that the movie is continuing to benefit from positive buzz...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Appears in Advertising for South Korean MMORPG

2020/09/11 | Permalink

The video game company WEMADE recently unveiled the latest iteration of their popular traditional Korean fantasy MMORPG, The Legend of Mir. To promote The Legend of Mir 4, Seo Ye-ji is currently appearing in advertisements which she also narrates. The advertisement can be viewed on YouTube and is also available on WEMADE's website...More

[HanCinema's News] Ko Eun-min Confirmed for "18 Again"

2020/09/11 | Permalink

On September 10th FN Entertainment confirmed that actress Ko Eun-min would be appearing in the upcoming drama "18 Again". She will be playing the part of Im Ja-yeong...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" opens as #2 movie on Netflix worldwide

2020/09/10 | Permalink

The South Korean zombie movie "#ALIVE" had a powerful opening on Netflix, surging to second place on the streaming platform's worldwide charts on September 9th following its release on September 8th...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Streaming Companies Call for Review of Netflix Law

2020/09/10 | Permalink

Domestic streaming companies in South Korea have recently been calling for the government to review the Netflix Free Rider Law which was passed in May. The Netflix Free Rider Law was passed this May to deal with the issue of Netflix and other foreign companies being able to use South Korea's domestic Internet infrastructure at no cost...More

[HanCinema's News] Bong Joon-ho Joins Hollywood Remake of "Haemoo" as a Producer

2020/09/10 | Permalink

On September 9th American media outlets confirmed that an American remake of the 2014 South Korean film "Haemoo" is in the works, and that Bong Joon-ho would be joining the project as a producer. "Haemoo" is based on a real-life incident involving ethnics Koreans being moved from China into South Korea. At the time "Haemoo" was considered Park Yoo-chun's big shot to become a serious actor. While the movie did improve his reputation, his career soon fell into tatters due to unrelated scandals...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Selected as Judge for Bucheon International Animation Festival

2020/09/08 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun's Instagram

On September 8th the Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF) announced its ten judges for this year's film competition. Ku Hye-sun was among the judges, and had mentioned the previous day in a social media post how encouraging it was that over half the judges this year would be women...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon Confirmed for "The Silent Sea"

2020/09/08 | Permalink

Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon and Jung Woo-sung

On September 8th Netflix officially confirmed that production on "The Silent Sea" had begun. The science fiction drama features Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon in leading roles and is being managed by Jung Woo-sung in a producing capacity. The drama deals with a space mission to collect abandoned research samples from the moon...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo in-na Pays for Cochlear Implants for Deaf Babies

2020/09/08 | Permalink

 

Recently the cochlear implant centered charity The Snail of Love announced that actress Yoo In-na paid for a cochlear implant surgery on a thirteen month old child...More

[HanCinema's News] Yeo Jin-goo Tops DCInside Poll of Actors Whose Return Is Most Hotly Anticipated

2020/09/07 | Permalink

Yeo Jin-goo's Instagram

A recent DCInside poll asked visitors to the website which major actor's return in a leading role has been most seriously teased. Yeo Jin-goo won the poll, but by a fairly narrow margin of only 18% compared to 17% for Gong Hyo-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ye-seul Claims Not to Have Boyfriend in One Year Anniversary YouTube Video

2020/09/07 | Permalink

 

Actress Han Ye-seul recently released a one year anniversary video for her YouTube channel. Han Ye-seul has been reasonably popular on the platform, having over eight hundred thousand subscribers. Additionally, most of the videos on her channel have English subtitles, although the anniversary video isn't one of them, as it was aired live with responses to viewer questions and was not preproduced...More

[HanCinema's News] Chloe photoshoot photos of Seo Ye-ji released

2020/09/07 | Permalink

The French designer brand Chloé recently released some new photos of Seo Ye-ji, who has done a recent photoshoot for the fashion brand. The "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" actress has been a hot commodity in promotions lately, since much of the hype for that drama originated from her distinctive wardrobe...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Talks About her Life Post-divorce

2020/09/06 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun has recently restarted her professional career. After months of worry from her fans following drama regarding the star's divorce from Ahn Jae-hyun, Ku Hye-sun released a new album on September 2nd, Breath3, following on Breath2 from 2015 and Sketchbook - Breath from 2009. All three Breath albums consist of new piano music and in promoting the latest one, Ku Hye-sun has given some insight into her new life...More

[HanCinema's News] "Alice" Breaks 10% in Ratings Over the Weekend

2020/09/06 | Permalink

In its second week of broadcast the SBS drama "Alice" has broken 10% in terrestrial ratings in its fourth episode. This is up 6.1% from the drama's premiere episode on August 28th. The apparent breakout popularity of "Alice" has been quite surprising, as the drama has far more in common with underwhelming dramas from this year than it does with any of the hits...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Hee-seo Makes First Appearance in "Secret Forest 2"

2020/09/06 | Permalink

The seventh episode of "Secret Forest 2" on Friday saw the first appearance of Choi Hee-Seo In the drama's cast. As her role is not a major one, it was not widely know ahead of time. She plays the wife of Dong-jae, who is played by Lee Joon-hyuk and not identified by name. The character appears in the drama because Dong-jae had recently gone missing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Me and Me" Screening at Fantasia 2020

2020/09/05 | Permalink

It is very rare for a reviewer to have to deal with a film whose director has stated, "Rationally, the film doesn't make sense" (Korea Times), but this is exactly the case with "Me and Me", a movie that cannot be examined under the prism of logic in any way...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Days in a Summer"

2020/09/05 | Permalink

Seung-hee (played by Kim Yu-ra) is a quiet woman who has recently returned to the family farm on Geoje Island. There's minimal verbal explanation as to why she came back. We just see Seung-hee stew in mild annoyance as she's given instructions for chores. Seung-hee is similarly diffident to typical social interaction. At first glance it seems like Seung-hee has an attitude problem. But as the "Days in a Summer" pass by, we see that in reality, Seung-hee is just an introvert...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Jesters: The Game Changers" Screening at Fantasia 2020

2020/09/05 | Permalink

What would happen if an SFX team was active in 1464 Korea? Kim Joo-ho latest action comedy seems to give the answer to this rather playful question, in one of the most entertaining films of the year...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Punch-Drunk Boxer" Screening at Fantasia 2020

2020/09/05 | Permalink

Combining the sound of janggu (a Korean traditional hourglass-shaped double-headed drum) with pansori narration and music in a film that revolves around a boxing was a brave as much as an original effort by Jeong Hyeok-ki, since the latter seems to have very little to do with the first two elements. The result is a bit uneven, but interesting whatsoever...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Social Nomad"

2020/09/05 | Permalink

Directors Lee Sang-mook and Ma Young-min had a dream of traveling internationally. The problem was, they didn't have any money. So to get funding, they formed a corporation by the name of "Social Nomad" that solicited donations in exchange for promised content. Then, in order to actually go traveling, they sent out e-mails to hostels and travel agencies in order to further sponsor the trip, in exchange for the team producing promotional videos for the places where they stayed...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Jung-hoon Confirmed for "18 Again"

2020/09/04 | Permalink

The upcoming drama "18 Again" has confirmed that actor Yoon Jung-hoon will be among its castmembers. "18 Again" is an upcoming drama about a man who goes back to being a teenager shortly before the finalization of his divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Jung-min Returns to South Korea Having Finished Shooting "The Point Men"

2020/09/04 | Permalink

On September 4th SEM Company released a statement saying that Hwang Jung-min, an actor who they represent, had returned to South Korea on September 2nd having completed Jordanian location shooting for "The Point Men". SEM Company also stated that Hwang Jung-min was currently being tested for COVID-19, as is standard...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" and "The Good Detective" Top VOD Charts

2020/09/04 | Permalink

Following its premiere in South Korea Video On Demand services on August 25th, "Peninsula" has climbed to top of the charts as expected and claimed the number one spot for movies. "The Good Detective", which finished on August 25th, has also maintained the top spot for dramas requested by such services. The relevant data was compiled by Home Choice over the fifth week of August...More

[HanCinema's News] "Once Again" Enters Final Month From Position of Strength

2020/09/03 | Permalink

KBS recently released the final preview for the 93rd episode of "Once Again", a popular weekend drama that's been airing on the network. With only eight episodes to go, "Once Again" is looking to end on a high note. Its 92nd episode featured a series-high rating of 36.5%, and the drama could easily exceed 40% ratings in its final weeks...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum Talks About "Record of Youth"

2020/09/03 | Permalink

The upcoming drama "Record of Youth" will premiere on tvN on September 7th. The drama stars Park Bo-gum in the leading role. The preproduced drama is his final project before beginning his mandatory military service, and his first project since "Encounter" from 2018. In comments ahead of airing, Park Bo-gum has described his character in the drama Hye-joon as a kind-hearted friend, one who he strives to better imitate even outside the shooting environment...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-joon to Make Special Appearance on "Record of Youth"

2020/09/03 | Permalink

On September 3rd, Jump Entertainment confirmed that Lee Seung-joon, an actor who they represent, will be appearing in the upcoming drama "Spring of Youth"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Tops Brand Reputation Report for Actors in August

2020/09/01 | Permalink

The Korea Institute of Enterprise Reputation recently released their August Brand Reputation Report which uses big data to gauge which of the fifty best known South Korean stars has the most popular image on social media...More

[HanCinema's News] KCSC Delivers Official Rebuke of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Sexual Harassment Scene

2020/09/01 | Permalink

On August 26th the Korea Communication Standards Commission made an official statement regarding a long controversial scene in the drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" which ended last month. In the scene in question, the lead character played by Seo Ye-ji approaches the lead character played by Kim Soo-hyun in the men's dressing room of his workplace. She then makes sexually charged remarks to the shirtless man, while also making euphemistic references to his genitalia...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ye-seul Follows up Seo Ye-ji in Promoting Didier Dubot Jewelry

2020/09/01 | Permalink

The jewelry brand Didier Dubot recently announced publication of its 2020 Fall/Winter catalog. Han Ye-seul is featuring as the main prominent model of note for the upcoming collection, which has stoked interest due to fortuitous product placement. The Signature D line contains jewlery that appeared prominently in the popular drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" which aired over the summer...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo and Hyun Bin Marriage Rumors Restarted by Chinese "Full House" Remake

2020/08/31 | Permalink

Recent unfounded rumors of Song Hye-kyo and Hyun Bin getting married provoked an immediate harsh reaction from their official representation. Nevertheless the rumors, which started in China, have continued to pop up in social media there. This fake news appears to have its origin in a largely mundane and unrelated source- the recent broadcast of the Chinese remake of "Full House", the drama which was Song Hye-kyo's first big international hit...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Hyo-seop Talks About his Love for Hyun Bin

2020/08/31 | Permalink

Ahn Hyo-seop is featured in the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and the accompanying interviews has proven a noteworthy demonstration of the culture shift in South Korean entertainment at present. Ahn Hyo-seop is a recent star, who had first chance for a big lead in "Abyss" although his first wide success was "Dr. Romantic 2"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Confidential Assignment 2" Confirmed to Be in the Works

2020/08/31 | Permalink

The hit 2017 movie "Confidential Assignment" now has a confirmed sequel in development. "Confidential Assignment" starred Hyun Bin as a North Korean investigator and Yoo Hae-jin as his South Korean equivalent as they attempt to track down an advanced counterfeiting machine...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin Models Fall Catalog for Kolon Sports.

2020/08/30 | Permalink

On August 30th the outdoor clothing brand Kolon Sports announced that popular actress Gong Hyo-jin would be their model for the fall clothing line. In a statement Gong Hyo-jin's intimate charms were cited as the chief reason for her selection. Kolon Sports has attempted to distinguish itself as a naturalistic brand, associating its models with realistic environments wherein their products would actually be used...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-ha Cast for "Run On"

2020/08/30 | Permalink

According to a recent news report young actor Lee Jung-ha will be appearing in the upcoming jTBC drama "Run On". Purportedly the name of the character he will play is Kim Woo-sik...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung Passes Million Subscriber Milestone on YouTube

2020/08/30 | Permalink

The YouTube account of Shin Se-kyung recently topped 1 million subscribers and is now standing at 1.07 million subscribers as the actress has earned a surprisingly robust following as a video blogger. Most videos on her account, which can be seen here, are fairly mundane and simply deal with her everyday life. Since October of 2018 Shin Se-kyung has produced 27 videos...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "An Old Lady"

2020/08/29 | Permalink

The promotional material for "An Old Lady" has given the movie a very accusatory air, and in all fairness that's not incorrect. "An Old Lady" is, after all, the story of Hye-jeong (played by Ye Soo-jung), an elderly woman who is raped during a medical exam mostly because she couldn't fight back. The movie takes place in 2012- a weirdly specific detail considering it was produced relatively recently. There are technical legal reasons for this particular plot point. Without getting into spoilers, let's just say that a similar case probably wouldn't play out the same in the present day...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Between the Seasons"

2020/08/29 | Permalink

Hae-soo (played by Rie Young-zin) is a woman in her late thirties who's getting a new start in life by opening up a modest coffee shop. There's an oddly reticent quality about Hae-soo, as if she's hiding something. Enter Ye-jin (played by Yoo Hye-ri), a high school student who's bright, cheerful, and outgoing- yet still at a distance from her peers, much like Hae-soo. Each is lonely in their own way yet obviously incompatible, lesbian love story subtext notwithstanding...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beauty Water"

2020/08/29 | Permalink

"Women now have to be beautiful, thin and with big breasts" is a phrase uttered in this animated film, and it is this dream that dominates a narrative that focuses on the concept of appearances, particularly in show business, and where the endless pursuit of exterior beauty can lead...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ju-hyun Confirmed for "Silence"

2020/08/28 | Permalink

According to a person affiliated with the upcoming blockbuster "Silence", Park Ju-hyun has been confirmed for a leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Seung-jo Expresses Closing Remarks Regarding "The Good Detective"

2020/08/28 | Permalink

Jang Seung-jo recently had some closing remarks about the drama "The Good Detective" that were released via his agency. In "The Good Detective" Jang Seung-jo played young detective Ji-hyeok, billed alongside veteran actor Son Hyun-joo as the lead...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy to appear in short film on KakaoTV

2020/08/28 | Permalink

A poster was recently released for the upcoming short movie "If My Things Are At Your Place We're Not Over" which will be released on September 4th via Kakao TV...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Appears in the Newest Issue of Cosmopolitan

2020/08/27 | Permalink

The September issue of Cosmopolitan has just hit newstands in South Korea and the popular fashion magazine features Seo Ye-ji of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" in a major photo spread inspired by the fairy tale theming of the drama. The magazine also features an interview with Seo Ye-ji. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" finished airing in South Korea on August 9th, in a run characterized more by online popularity than terrestrial ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew Talk About "Pawn"

2020/08/27 | Permalink

Sung Dong-il, director Kang Dae-gyu, Ha Ji-won, Park So-yi and Kim Hee-won

Due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases "Pawn" still lacks a definite release date and the action comedy film is currently just slated for September. But "Pawn" is already in the midst of a robust marketing campaign. The chemistry between lead actors Sung Dong-il and Kim Hee-won has been a particular point of interest, as the two older men only just recently finished a short variety program where they attempt to live in a cockroach infested house...More

[HanCinema's News] Changmin Delays Wedding Due to COVID-19

2020/08/27 | Permalink

On August 27th SM Entertainment announced that Changmin of the K-pop duo TVXQ would be delaying his wedding. Originally his nuptials were set September fifth but the recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases in South Korea led the singer to delay his plans. The wedding was announced back in June...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" Holds Longest Streak at Top of the Box Office This Year

2020/08/26 | Permalink

As of August 25th, "Deliver Us From Evil" has achieved a milestone for having held the box office for twenty one straight days. The record was promptly broken on August 26th with the first major Hollywood release since the COVID-19 breakout...More

[HanCinema's News] Netflix Announces "#ALIVE" for International Release on September 8th

2020/08/26 | Permalink

Netflix recently confirmed an international release date for the zombie movie "#ALIVE" which premiered in South Korean theaters on June 24th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae Buy Thirty Million Dollar Building

2020/08/26 | Permalink

Major actors Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae were recently revealed to be real estate dollars in a major real estate deal. According to recent reports, Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae purchased a thirty million dollar building back in May...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Sukku and Jun Jong-seo confirmed for "Woo-ri and Ja-young"

2020/08/24 | Permalink

On August 24th CJ Entertainment confirmed the existence of the new movie "Woo-ri and Ja-young", although this is as yet a working title. The title character Woo-ri will be played by Son Sukku and the title character Ja-young will be played by Jun Jong-seo...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Byung-hun Considering Lead Role for "The Match"

2020/08/24 | Permalink

Reports on August 24th confirmed production of the new movie "The Match", which seeks to tell the story of legendary Go player Cho Hunhyun. Also in the report was word that the role of Cho Hunhyun has been offered to Lee Byung-hun, and that the major actor seems likely to accept it. At present Lee Byung-hun is filming "Emergency Declaration" and a decision regarding his next project likely will not come down until filming has been completed...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-jung Thanks Friends for Coffee Car

2020/08/24 | Permalink

On Instagram actress Lee Min-jung recently thanked her friends for sending a coffee car to the set of the popular weekend drama "Once Again" in which the actress stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Hyun-soo and Go Min-si Cast for "Drama Special - The Reason Why I Can't Tell You"

2020/08/23 | Permalink

Recent reports have confirmed the lead actors for one episode of the upcoming Drama Special season for KBS, which showcases upcoming talent in drama production on a smaller scale...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Cast and Crew Thank Fans for Support

2020/08/23 | Permalink

Lee Jung-hyun recently posted various pictures of "Peninsula" cast and crew members holding placards with messages for fans on her Instagram account...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Hae-hyo Follows "Peninsula" up With "Fukuoka"

2020/08/23 | Permalink

With "Peninsula" actor Kwon Hae-hyo has had his first role as an older character. The veteran fifty-four year old actor plays Elder Kim in that movie, a man of questionable mental faculties who stubbornly insists that help is on the way to help him and his friends leave a Korean peninsula overrun by a zombie apocalypse. But this supporting role in a mainstream movie by no means defines Kwon Hae-hyo, as he is set to star as the lead in "Fukuoka" which comes out on August 27th...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Deliver Us From Evil"

2020/08/22 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "Deliver Us From Evil" we observe various persons dispatched from the shadows. These thugs wearing suits aren't sympathetic, yet they feel more inhuman than evil, exuding neither warmth nor fear. The sound of their fury signifies nothing. When their murderer is revealed to be In-nam (played by Hwang Jung-min), the contrast is stark. In-nam is no more warm, sympathetic, or human than the men he's killing. We see quiet grief in In-nam's visage as he contemplates his own soullessness...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Peninsula"

2020/08/22 | Permalink

Probably the most eagerly awaited Asian movie of the year, the sequel to "Train to Busan" was looked upon by many as the savior of an industry that is in shambles due to the pandemic. And saving it did, earning $20.8 million worldwide in the first five days it screened, making it the first time since mid-March that the global box office totaled over $1 million. Regarding its quality as a film, however, that is a completely different discussion...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Steel Rain 2: Summit"

2020/08/22 | Permalink

The first "Steel Rain" featured extended scenes of odd couple bromance sandwiched by completely bonkers international tactical warfare nonsense involving three countries. "Steel Rain 2: Summit" ups the ante, instead featuring extended scenes of odd throuple bromance sandwiched by completely bonkers international tactical warfare nonsense involving five countries. What the two movies lack in shared continuity, they more than make up for in terms of utterly bewildering plot points...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Dream of Fortune" + Full Movie

2020/08/22 | Permalink

"Money makes the world go round", sung Liza Minelli in "Cabaret" and "A Dream of Fortune" seems to be a film that has truly caught the meaning of the phrase, as everything in the movie revolve around money...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Sells Building for 1.5 Million Dollar Profit

2020/08/21 | Permalink

On August 21st legal filings revealed that Lee Jong-suk had sold a building he had bought in September of 2016. At that time the old building in Sinsa district of Gangnam was purchased by the actor for a total of around 3 million dollars. It was remodeled in the intervening years into a brunch cafe...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Soo-hyang Suffers Accident While Shooting "When I Was the Most Beautiful"

2020/08/21 | Permalink

FN Entertainment recently confirmed that Im Soo-hyang suffered an injury last month while she was shooting the television drama "When I Was the Most Beautiful" which only just recently started airing. According to FN Entertainment, she was quickly moved to the hospital. However, they noted that at no time did Im Soo-hyang ever lose consciousness...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Breaks 50 Million Dollars at Worldwide Box Office Ahead of American Release

2020/08/21 | Permalink

"Peninsula" has had a successful run at the international box office this summer with strong openings in other Asian markets where South Korean films get mainstream distribution. Now, with a worldwide box office total exceeding fifty million dollars and following prior delays, "Peninsula" has opened in 126 cities across the United States and Canada as of August 21st. IMAX, 4DX, and ScreenX enhanced screenings of the zombie movie are also currently available...More

[HanCinema's News] Ryu Jun-yeol Talks About "Alien"

2020/08/20 | Permalink

An interview and photoshoot with Ryu Jun-yeol in the most recent issue of Dazed Korea magazine has attracted some attention. It's the first time the actor, or nearly anyone else, has discussed the upcoming blockbuster "Alien", which he had been filming at the time of the interview...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" and "The Good Detective" Lead VOD Rankings for Third Straight Week

2020/08/20 | Permalink

HomeChoice has released its aggregate rankings for the most popular Video On Demand titles currently available on South Korean cable platforms. For the third week of August, "#ALIVE" led for movies and "The Good Detective" for dramas. Both titles are on a three week streak, in large part thanks to a lack of new competition...More

[HanCinema's News] "An Old Lady" to Take a Haunting Look at Elder Abuse and Rape

2020/08/20 | Permalink

Ahead of its official domestic release "An Old Lady" has earned many accolades in local South Korean film culture. The winner of the audience prize at the Busan International Film Festival in 2019, "An Old Lady" depicts a sixty-eight year old woman who is hospitalized and raped by a nursing assistant...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Kang-joon Appears in Project M Photospread

2020/08/19 | Permalink

New pictures of actor Seo Kang-joon have been released by the Project M brand of the casual clothing brand Polham in anticipation of the upcoming fall and winter seasons...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Signs Modeling Contract With LUNA

2020/08/19 | Permalink

The beauty makeup brand LUNA recently hired Seo Ye-ji as their latest model. The move follows Seo Ye-ji's appearance on the popular drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay", which compensated for weak television ratings with a distinctive visual look that enjoyed much exposure on social media...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Kang-joon Headlined Mini-movie Exceeds Two Million Views

2020/08/19 | Permalink

After two months in public release, the mini-movie 'Awaken the Love Within' has passed the two million view mark and thensome on various social media platforms as well as YouTube. The mini-movie can be seen YouTube and features English subtitles. As the title suggests, it deals with a man in his twenties, played by Seo Kang-joon, awakening to the meaning of love in the modern age...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-woo Gives Closing Remarks for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/08/17 | Permalink

On August 17th director Park Shin-woo of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" communicated his closing thoughts about the drama. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" ended on August 9th with ratings of 7.3%. The drama received much attention for its strong visuals and worldwide popularity...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jun-ho Promotes Busan International Comedy Festival

2020/08/17 | Permalink

Comedian Kim Jun-ho has been out in force promoting the eighth annual Busan International Comedy Festival, which begins on August 21st and goes on through August 30th. The ten day festival has been promoting itself with a tagline of prevention, safety, and laughter, alongside another one of comedy must go on. While COVID-19 has been one cloud for the festival the state of South Korean comedy in general has long been a concern...More

[HanCinema's News] "Oh! My Gran" Strives to Be Next Family Comedy Hit

2020/08/17 | Permalink

Comedy films have been more noitceably absent than most since the South Korean box office reopened to new major releases back in June. Only "OK! MADAM", which was released last week, can be described as a mainstream comedy. It's currently expected to cap out at around one million viewer admissions. "Oh! My Gran" has bigger hopes, with lower stakes, as Na Moon-hee and Lee Hee-joon hope for a major box office draw...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Hyo-seong Speaks Out in Favor of Comfort Woman Apology

2020/08/16 | Permalink

Jun Hyo-seong's Instagram

Jun Hyo-seong has made a target of herself on social media for speaking out in favor of comfort women. The entertainer made multiple posts on August 14th and August 15th calling these days of remembrance for what happened to the comfort women under Japanese rule. Jun Hyo-seong expressed hope that an apology would come soon...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-won Relates Scar Anecdote During "The Golden Holiday" Promotional Appearance

2020/08/16 | Permalink

Kim Hee-won is about to get a lot of exposure. The 49 year old actor will be appearing in "The Golden Holiday" on August 19th and is also set to star in "Pawn" which will be released sometime in September. For the former release, he recently had an interview on the MBC radio program 'Good Morning FM'...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "Deliver Us From Evil"

2020/08/16 | Permalink

Over the weekend CJ Entertainment released new stills for the movie "Deliver Us From Evil" which passed the three million viewer mark on Saturday. The visuals, both in-action as well as behind-the-scenes, show off both the lush location shooting in South Korea, Japan, and Thailand as well as the talent of famed cinematographer Hong Kyung-po. "Deliver Us From Evil" was his first project since "Parasite" from last year...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "OK! MADAM"

2020/08/15 | Permalink

Mi-yeong (played by Uhm Jung-hwa) is a middle-aged housewife who sells traditional baked goods at the open-air market in Yeongcheon. Even though "OK! MADAM" opens up with a somewhat perplexing North Korean involved spy action scene, the movie is oddly coy about Mi-yeong's actual identity. So it is that as "OK! MADAM" moves on to having Mi-yeong and her family getting on a plane and becoming involved with a hijacking, the movie begins a sequence of generally meaningless plot twists...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Itaewon"

2020/08/15 | Permalink

The Itaewon district of Seoul has long been known as a cool and happening. The recent drama "Itaewon Class" deliberately plays off this mystique, centering around a young man trying to start his own restaurant there. But long before Itaewon was cool was it was just...this place, where peddlers came from far and wide to try and make their fortune. Itaewon used to be next to an American military base. American soldiers, especially in the olden days, tend to have money and not much to do with it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Bonanza" + Full Movie

2020/08/15 | Permalink

From 1955 and until the Motion Picture Law of 1962 by Park Chung-hee's regime, Korean cinema experienced one of its Golden Ages, both in terms of quality and popularity, which subsequently, brought bigger budgets to movie production. Chung Chang-hwa took advantage of the fact in order to become one of the pioneers of Korean action cinema, in a series of efforts that eventually brought him to work with Shaw Brothers, directing cult classics such as "Five Fingers of Death". "A Bonanza" is an excellent sample of his genre filmmaking, as it incorporates almost every element of mainstream cinema...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Donates 100,000 Dollars to Flood Relief

2020/08/14 | Permalink

On August 14th Management SOOP announced that Gong Yoo, an actor who they represent, had donated approximately one hundred thousand dollars to flood relief earlier this year under an assumed name...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Daniel Named Best Star to Spend a 'Green Day' With

2020/08/14 | Permalink

A poll recently conducted by a mathematics education company investigated what celebrity people would most want to spend a 'Green Day' with. A 'Green Day" was defined as a cool walk through the mountains, hand in hand, to evade the summer heat. Singer Kang Daniel of Wanna One did best on the poll, with 39.8% of respondents answering with his name...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" Breaks 2.5 Million Viewer Count Going into Second Weekend

2020/08/14 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "Deliver Us From Evil" passed the 2.5 million viewer mark on August 12th in its eighth day of availability...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" and "The Good Detective" Continue to Lead VOD Rankings

2020/08/13 | Permalink

HomeChoice recently released its new list for the best performing Video On Demand movies and dramas for the second week of August, here defined as August 3rd and August 9th. With no new major releases, the best performers ended up being a repeat of last week...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Tops DCInside Umbrella Poll

2020/08/13 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin in "The Classic"

DCInside released released the latest results of their Exciting DC Poll, which poses eccentric questions to users of the community portal website. The query for this particular poll was, in the event of a sudden rainstorm, what celebrity is most likely to suddenly appear to offer an umbrella?...More

[HanCinema's News] Heo Jin-ho to Direct New Drama "No Longer Human"

2020/08/13 | Permalink

Following his signing a representation contract with CJS Entertainment, industry sources revealed that director Heo Jin-ho had made the move in anticipation of starting work on a television drama titled "No Longer Human"...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report for Eighth Week

2020/08/12 | Permalink

In its final week "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" once again topped the Good Data Report, which measures drama popularity according to media trends. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" held 34.78% of social media trends recorded from August 3rd to August 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Sung-geun Returns for "Secret Forest 2"

2020/08/12 | Permalink

As is to be expected from a sequel series many actors from "Secret Forest" are reprising their roles in "Secret Forest 2". While most of these characters are straightforwardly sympathetic Park Sung-geun's role as Won-cheol, the chief prosecutor of the third division, held some ambiguity...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Dramas in CPI for Sixth Week

2020/08/12 | Permalink

CJ ENM recently released its latest Content Power Index (CPI) which measures relative branding power between television programs. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" outperformed all other dramas for the sixth straight week...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Donates One Hundred Thousand Dollars to Flood Relief

2020/08/10 | Permalink

On August 10th Park Shin-hye's agency announced that the actress had donated approximately one hundred thousand dollars to flood relief for the sake of South Koreans damaged by massive flooding in the country. While the sum is large it is not unprecedented. Park Shin-hye has donated large sums of money to charity efforts throughout her career...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Dramas Show Strong Presence on Netflix in Japan

2020/08/10 | Permalink

A continued strong presence of South Korean dramas on Netflix in Japan has helped to spur talk of a new Korean Wave in the country. Figures released by Netflix on August 10th showed that "Crash Landing on You" was the number two drama for that day, with "Itaewon Class" in number five. Previous figures have also shown that "Crash Landing on You" was the number one drama for the month of July...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Meets Fans at Ticket Counter Following Final Stage Greeting

2020/08/10 | Permalink

August 9th saw the final stage greeting for "Steel Rain 2: Summit" as the blockbuster has moved out of wide distribution. But lead actor Jung Woo-sung had a final surprise for fans at Lotte Cinema at Lotte World Tower in Seoul, as he appeared at the ticket counter to greet fans in person...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Byung-hun Thanks Song Seung-heon for Coffee Car

2020/08/09 | Permalink

Lee Byung-hun recently made an Instagram post highlighting a coffee car he was sent on the set of "Emergency Declaration" by actor Song Seung-heon. Despite the name, in this case a catering service appears to have been ordered rather than a car, as the picture shows the coffee installation being set up indoors...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" Breaks 2 Million Viewers in First Weekend

2020/08/09 | Permalink

"Deliver Us From Evil" has had the most promising start yet for a new movie screening in the South Korean market post COVID-19, posting admissions over 2 million viewers following its opening weekend. This is comparable to the 1.8 million viewer opening for "Peninsula", albeit with a few metrics likely tilting long term sales in the favor of "Deliver Us From Evil"...More

[HanCinema's News] TikTok to Hold Massive Fan Meeting for King Kong by Starship Stars

2020/08/09 | Permalink

On August 14th TikTok has announced that five actors represented by King Kong by Starship will appear on TikTok Stage. The meeting will take place at eight PM Korean Standard Time, and will also be available in English. The stars represented will be Song Seung-heon, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Kwang-soo, and Kim Beom...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Therapist: Fist of Tae-baek"

2020/08/08 | Permalink

Seong-joon (played by Oh Ji-ho) and Jin-soo (played by Jung Eui-wook) are friends and rivals at a small, bamboo-laden martial arts temple in the deep mountains. They then come down from the mountains and turn out to be...dubiously employable. Or at least, that's the impression I got when the seven years later subtitled flashes by and far from the mystical oriental paradise of the previous scene, Seong-joon now works at a failing massage therapy shop of dubious legality. It's failing in part because he's too nice to charge money to his poor, elderly patients...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Resurrection"

2020/08/08 | Permalink

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