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[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/05/30 | 280 views | Permalink

Animated film on "comfort women" gets government support, Choi Min-sik honoured alongside "Revivre" at the Paeksang Arts Awards, "Intimate Enemies" is coming soon, and Madonna causes a stir at Cannes.

"Seoul to Financially Support Animated Film on 'Comfort Women'"

Kim Jung-hi's 2011 animated short film "Herstory" is getting a $180,000 sequel courtesy of South Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. The film is meant to raise awareness over the plight of 'comfort women' used by the Japanese during WWII: "We decided to provide monetary support for the production of the film based on the judgment that an animated film can be a very effective means for delivering stories of former sex slaves".


"Choi Min-sik and "Revivre" Triumph at 51st Paeksang Arts Awards"

Superstar Korean actor Choi Min-sik was recently honoured at the 51st Paeksang Arts Awards in Seoul for his role in the blockbuster hit "The Admiral: Roaring Currents". The film became (and still is) the country's highest-grossing film, and Choi's swashbuckling admiral was a iconic Korean hero that helped to stem the tide of a fearsome Japanese navy. Well earn if you asked me!


"Coming Attractions: Keep Your Friends Close But Keep Your "Intimate Enemies" Closer"

Rex Baylon over at Modern Korean Cinema has the scoop on "Intimate Enemies" by Im Sang-soo, and wonders where, exactly, Im has been hiding these past few years. There's also a trailer for the film to wet the appetite.


""Madonna" Receives Top Marks from Cannes Critics"

The Cannes Film Festival came to a close last week, and the Korean films feature strongly. Reports and reviews coming out of Cannes have been positive towards the South's representatives, particularly Shin Su-won's third feature "Madonna". Shin's made her debate back in 2009 with "Passerby #3", a quirky and fun-loving film that I thoroughly enjoyed, and so I'm excited to see what her latest delivers.  


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