[Guest Film Review] "The Mimic" 2017/09/30,
One quite undisputed fact of the East Asian movie industry is that J-horror is long since dead. Koreans (and others), however, occasionally try their luck in the genre, and very rarely, a film like "The Wailing" emerges, although there, horror is just an excuse for a plethora of different of elements. Huh Jung, probably instigated by Na Hong-jin's film (as many more in the future will be) presents his own take on the Korean edition of J-horror,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.09.01 - 2017.09.03 2017/09/04,
"The Hitman's Bodyguard" takes down "V.I.P" while "A Taxi Driver" backs away with millions...
Patrick Hughes' "The Hitman's Bodyguard" arrived last Thursday and despite receiving just 482 screens (the lowest of this weekend's top five), the action comedy took first place by capturing 30.82% of the sales (556,100 admissions). Interestingly, the film's script, written by Tom O'Connor, was on the 2011 'Black List', an annual survey that ranks the year's most liked films that have not been produced. "The Hitman's Bodyguard" stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson and has already banked $76.2 million, more than double its production budget of $30 million; in Korea, its arrival marked the return of a foreign film to the top of the pile after a reel of successful local blockbusters reigned in the month of August,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Mimic" 2017/08/26,
In the opening scene of "The Mimic", we see an obviously agitated couple driving to...somewhere. Once they arrive, hints of the supernatural imply the worst. The later appearance of their abandoned car outside of the place they were going appears to confirm said hints. It's from here that we meet Hee-yeon (played by Yum Jung-ah), a woman who moved with her family to the countryside for health, yet is still traumatized by the disappearance of her young son,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/08/13,
KOBIZ tracks the historical characters actor Hwang Jung-min has brought to life over the years, Jason Bechervaise reviews the record-breaking "A Taxi Driver" for Screen Daily, see how urban legends are being realized on Korea's big screen, and America gets its first remake of a Korean drama,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Hide and Seek": A lost and lacklustre lemming. 2014/05/10, In the Spotlight this Week:Huh Jung's "Hide and Seek"...
2013 was an epically successful year for Korean cinema. Box office admissions skyrocketed, top-tier directors like Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, and Kim Jee-woon made their 'English-language' debuts, a number of indie films and animations received praise, and there were a few notable newcomers that made their mark. Among the successful debutants was Huh Jung with his low-budget thriller "Hide and Seek"; an atmospheric entry that attracted over 5.6 million filmgoers during its five-week run in the top ten, and also scored its writer/director the Best New Director honour at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. Impressive accolades, to be sure, but did Jung's opening really find what it was looking for?,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Huh Jung's "Hide and Seek" 2014/05/10, A selection of stills from Huh Jung's "Hide and Seek"...
After the mad August rush that washed over the Korean box office last year, Huh Jung's debut feature "Hide and Seek" entered the game and coasted to 5.6 million admissions. The film also scored this young talent the Best Director prize at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and, despite its struggle for sustained narrative purchase, went onto become one of the highest grossing films of 2013 by outperforming such hits as "The Terror Live" (5.5M), "Cold Eyes" (5.5M), and "The New World" (4.6M). Its dark and meandering mystery was menacing and cruel, its visual, at times, lurid and sickly. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Thrillers of All-Time 2014/01/17,
One of the most popular trends we saw in 2013 was the rampant release of action-packed thrillers! It's a genre that Korean cinema favours and continues to return to, but in 2013 the industry really did pump out a number of successful hits that contributed to the record-breaking tickets sales last year enjoyed.
It's tricky to pinpoint films that are 'pure' thrillers because Korean films often blend and bend their genres in unique and creative ways. That being said, here is a quick look at the top 5 Korean thrillers that have stormed their way to box office glory,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.09.06 ~ 2013.09.08 2013/09/09, Lee Seung-joon-I's action comedy "The Spy" displaced the French-American caper thriller "Now You See Me See" as Korea's top film this past weekend. "The Spy", Lee's debut feature, claimed 842,457 admissions over 786 screens around the country, dominating proceedings by snatching 44.81% of the weekend's ticket sales. The film was unchallenged at the top, with second place, held by Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me", scoring just 265,347 (14%) over 414 screens. "The Spy" may be Lee's first feature in the director's chair, but he has worked on a number of successful films in the past, including the disaster epic "Haeundae" and the fast-paced action flick "Quick". Other Korean features such as "Hide and Seek", "Snowpiercer" and "The Flu" continued to stockpile ticket stubs, while Kim Ki-duk's disturbing domestic drama "Moebius" managed to secure a top ten finish in its first weekend out,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.08.30 - 2013.09.01 2013/09/02,
The French-American caper thriller "Now You See Me" walked away with the bulk of the ticket sales this past weekend, displacing the Korean features and their impressive reign during the month of August. Louis Leterrier's internationally cast hit claimed 626,867 (25%) in a tightly contested scrap at the top, bring its total tally in Korea to over 2 million admissions. Huh Jung's "Hide and Seek" narrowly missed out on a third consecutive top finish, but did manage to add 563,251 (22.8%) ticket stubs. Huh's debut film has now collected over 5 million admissions since its release earlier this month,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.08.23 - 2013.08.25 2013/08/26,
Last weekend the Korean box office was split between local summer hits and foreign animations, with Huh Jung's thriller "Hide and Seek" coming away as the most popular feature. Huh's disturbing domestic thriller once again walked away with the lion's share of admissions, claiming just over a million (33.6%) over 659 screenings around the country. It has been a truly fantastic response by the Korean public to this young director's debut feature, attention that currently makes "Hide and Seek" the eight highest grossing Korean film of the year,...More
HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.08.16 ~ 2013.08.18 2013/08/19,
It was an all Korean affair at the box office this past weekend, with the top four performers all boasting Korean origins. Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer", last week's number one, fell to third in what was a highly competitive weekend at the top. But it was Huh Jung's thriller "Hide and Seek" that came away with the highest honours, opening its account with 1,353,185 (34.2%) admissions. Following Huh's debut effort with 970,229 (24.4%) was the disaster movie "The Flu", director Kim Seong-su's third major feature. "Snowpiercer" and "The Terror Live" filed in at third and forth respectfully, ultimately making the top four an exclusively Korean affair that held almost 90% of all the ticket sales,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hide And Seek" 2013/08/16,
As this movie opens we're introduced to a poor, somewhat disheveled neighborhood. It would be a fairly unremarkable place except for the presence of a woman with nice shoes clattering home with a rather hostile disposition. She seems irrationally angry. Even when perfectly justified reasons pop up that justify her rage, this woman is going out of her way to get offended and outraged by everything nearby, and it's difficult to escape the feeling that while this all may make her feel better, it's not dealing with any of the actual dangers.
"Hide and Seek" is at its best when examining with this seedy undercurrent of everyday life,...More
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