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The Hollywood Reporter reveals the nominees for the upcoming Blue Dragon Film Awards, get an inside look at North Korea's dream machine like never before, Screen Daily takes a look at the highest-grossing Korean film of the year, and actor Yoo Hae-jin takes the lead in his biggest film to date.

"Hollywood Local Productions Dominate Nominations for South Korea's Blue Dragon Awards"

The 37th edition of South Korea's Blue Dragon Film Awards has announced its nominees and will reveal the winners on November 25. The ceremony, which started in 1963 by The Chosun Ilbo, looks exclusively at popular movies/blockbusters with high artistic merit. The Hollywood Reporter's Lee  Hyo-won has this report with the films that are up for recognition. Films like "The Wailing", "The Age of Shadows", and "The Handmaiden".


"Inside North Korea's bizarre film industry and its American GI star"

Anna Broinowski's new book, "Aim High in Creation!: A One-of-a-Kind Journey inside North Korea's Propaganda Machine", was released earlier this month and Larry Getlen has this review on The New York Post. Interestingly, the Anna is "the only Western filmmaker ever granted total access to the North Korean film industry", so expect a fascinating look inside the hermit kingdom's dream machine.


"Yeon Sang-ho talks Korean zombie hit "Train to Busan""

Screen Daily has this piece on Yeon Sang-ho's zombie-inspired blockbuster, "Train to Busan", which is also the highest-grossing Korean film of the year with 11.5 million admissions. "Zombies can be stylish and horrifying with the right mise-en-scene", said Yeon. Have you seen "Train to Busan", or "Seoul Station"? Let us know what you thought of them in the comment section below...


"Yoo Hae-jin Finally Did It!"

Yoo Hae-jin is a popular face on Korea's cinema circuit, but his success has been largely drawn from his brilliance in supporting roles (e.g. "Veteran" and "The King and the Clown"). All of that changed recently with "Luck.Key" in October which attracted over 5 million admissions before Halloween. It's Yoo's highest-grossing film that he's starred in after "The Classified File" (2.8 million admissions)-congratulations!


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