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[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/12/20 | 725 views | Permalink

Take a look at how Korean women are depicted in Korean films and other cultural forms, Choi Dong-hoon's "The Assassination" wins Best Film, KOBIZ explores the world of comic artist Ha Hung-min, and the Force is strong in Korea at the moment.

"Korean Women on screen, between the covers"

Philip Gowman explores how Korean women are depicted in Korean culture, particularly on screen and in K-pop: "To be asked to give a talk about Korean women, to the British Korean Women's Society, as a white Western male, is fraught with problems, and is a task that is far too dangerous to approach directly. I start from the position that generalisations are usually wrong; and when different gender and racial perspectives are thrown into the mix it will be impossible to get anything right. So to play it safe I will refrain from expressing any personal or subjective views, and restrict myself to selecting stereotypes, and in particular highlight how particular stereotypes are portrayed in contemporary Korean cultural contents".


""The Assassination" Tops 2nd Korean Film Producers Association Awards"

Choi Dong-hoon's award-winning "The Assassination" (starring Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo) won Best Film at the Blue Dragon Awards last month, and now the Film Producers Association has mirrored that praise by awarding it its Best Film Award. Last year the prize went to Kim Seong-hun's "A Hard Day".


"The Best Storyteller of Our Time"

KOBIZ'z Ha Jung-min explores the world of comic artist Yoon Tae-ho whose work has been adapted successful with the likes of "Moss" (2010) and, more recently, "Inside Men" (2015): "YOON's web cartoons have opened up a new territory in storytelling, with detailed and realistic descriptions of all kinds of human beings in specific groups. As if observing an eco-system, he closely describes and weaves the story, which brings up tension even without particular events…"


"'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Inspires K-Pop, Fuels Merchandise Frenzy in South Korea"

The world is ablaze with Star Wars fever as the seventh instalment of the hugely popular series made its way to screens worldwide this week. The film has already smashed a number of records, and at the time of writing this, the film has grossed $72.7 million. In Korea the excitement is palpable, evident in the popularity of K-pop group EXO's new "Lightsaber" track: "The enthusiasm for the franchise also extends to the local pop music scene. K-pop boy band EXO, which has a cult following across Asia, released a single, Lightsaber, in collaboration with Walt Disney Company Korea. The music video for the song has recorded more than 5.8 million views on YouTube as of Tuesday, ever since its release last month. The band also serves as honorary ambassador for promoting the film in Korea".


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