[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.10.07 ~ 2016.10.09 2016/10/10,
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine" and "Breathe" trump "The City of Madness"...
It's been weeks since a foreign film topped the charts in Korea, but after entering the fray in second place last week, Tim Burton's dark fantasy drama, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (starring Eva Green), managed to top the charts with 660,702 admissions (35.3%). Last weekend, Burton's latest, which is based on Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel of the same name, entered in second place with 23.5% of the sales from 810 screens, but an increase in screens to just under 900 helped propel the film to the top as its total tally in Korea moves to 1.9 million ($14.6 million),...More
[Guest Review] "Musa" 2016/09/03,
"Musa" is one of the most expensive productions in the history of Korean cinema (it was the most expensive when it first screened, in 2001) and one of those films that turned the global audience towards the country. Based on historical facts, with an attention to detail that even resulted in each protagonist using his tribe's language, and featuring a great cast of Korean actors plus Zhang Ziyi, "Musa" is a truly impressive film,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Genome Hazard" 2014/05/30,
Ishigami (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima) is having a bad day...huh, those names are pretty Japanese aren't they? "Genome Hazard" is another international co-production. The film is directed by Kim Seong-su and the female lead is played by Kim Hyo-jin. Other than those two central crew members and a plot arc that takes place in South Korea, this is predominantly a movie about Japanese people doing Japanese things like speaking in Japanese,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Host" 2013/09/28, In the Spotlight this Week: "The Host" (2006) by Bong Joon-ho
Seeing genetically mutated monsters on the big screen is a fascinating thrill. These cinematic devils infect us with panic along with a twisted sense of responsibility that echoes, "what have we done?" The directors who manage to successfully birth these beasts are digital sorcerers from another time, mad storytellers whose creatures haunt the society they release them on. In 2006 Bong Joon-ho regurgitated "The Host" on Seoul, a monstrous mash that climbed to the top of Korea's all-time grossing greats, and there it has stubbornly sat for seven years now. The myth is that Bong delivered 13 million Koreans into its clutches, a record body count that helped to make him one of the most sought-after directors in the South. This wanted outlaw was last seen heading west on a French train, but he left his monster behind to remember, remember,...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] "The Flu" 2013/08/18,
Ji-goo (played by Jang Hyeok) is a rescue worker obsessed with talking to and about women. His latest target is In-hae (played by Soo Ae), a divorced doctor who is doing some very important medical work of some kind but also has a daughter. This daughter, Mir (played by Park Min-ha) is an object that exists to get in trouble and create crisis. What these characters all have in common is that they are horribly obnoxious and unlikable.
I guess technically speaking they're also connected to "The Flu", a dangerous disease that soon gets out of hand in the city of Bundang. But, the only part I really noticed was how obnoxious these characters are,...More
The Flu (2013) 2013/08/16, Source,
Genres: Drama and Disaster
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Kim Seong-su
Starring: Jang Hyeok, Soo Ae, Yoo Hae-jin
Synopsis: A man is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a hospital in a small city. In less than 24 hours since the death of the first patient, more similar cases are reported all over the city. Fatalities rise rapidly even before the government can react properly to the virus. The airborne virus turns the city in utter chaos and as a desperate measure the government shuts the city down to prevent further outbreaks that could spread to rest of the country and the world,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.08.09 ~ 2013.08.11 2013/08/12, Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic epic "Snowpiercer" and Kim Byeong-woo "The Terror Live" continued their reign of dominance at the top of the Korean box office. Last weekend these two local films claimed almost 80% of the total ticket sales, contributing to record numbers as fans flocked to the theatres to escape the dreaded heat. Despite the abundance of new releases, of both local and foreign flavours, last week's favourites ploughed ahead and once again stole the show.
"Snowpiercer" claimed 1.5 million admissions in its second weekend out, snapping up 44% over 1,066 screens around the country. That moved Bong's English-language debut to 6.4 million in total, a sum that is more than good enough to move into up to fifth in the list of the highest grossing Korean films of the year,...More
Jang Hyeok, "The Flu" 2013/07/10, Source,
Will actor Jang Hyeok who is attempting at a blockbuster movie for the first time, gain some profit from the entertainment program he's starring in?
Jang Hyeok is looking forward to the release of his movie "The Flu" on the 15th of August and it looks like MBC TV program "Real Man" is enhancing the value of the movie. Apparently, expectations are high for the aftermath as well,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jang Hyeok and Jo In-sung are coming 2012/02/22, Source, "Snowpiercer", "The Flu", "Kwon Bob" great masterpieces
Top stars and veteran directors attempt at another leap hand in hand
Blockbusters are still in depression ever since 2009 movie "Haeundae". A failure in a large scale blockbuster can sometimes lead to a change in the investing environment. Still, the challenge continues. Top stars and veteran directors dream of another rebirth in Korean blockbusters,...More
Yunho Yunho featured in Shanghai Expo video 2010/05/03, Source,
Korean idol Yunho Yunho star of "Chorus City" [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop idol Yunho Yunho has been featured as the main star in a video to be shown throughout the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, according to his agency SM Entertainment on Monday.
The video, a 12-minute long clip titled "Chorus City", has been showing at the South Korea pavilion of the Expo which kicked off on Saturday, delivering the message of friendship and harmony between Korea and China,...More
MCST & KOCCA Held '2009 Korea Content Awards' 2010/01/06, Source, 'Presentation on Strategies to Increase the Export of Culture & Tourism' MCST to Establish the Industrial Infrastructure and to Recognize Room for Improvement in System and Provide Policy Support
MCST to Establish 'Strategic Meeting to Support the Export of Culture & Tourism (Tentative)' Presided b,...More
Jung Woo-sung on Being 'Good' 2008/07/28, Source, There he stood, oblivious to passers-by staring at him. One hand resting on the door, looking up with a faint smile, he looked ineffably cool -- rather than "good" in his new movie.
Korean Films at the 12th PiFan 2008/07/18, Source, The 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicks off this July 18 – 27 with the biggest line-up of genre films in Asia. Best of all are the return of high-profile Korean films to the fest and a warmer interaction with the local film industry after setbacks in previous years. KOF,...More
Leading Korean entertainment firm iHQ and the Beijing Polybona Film Distribution Co. will be the joint investor and distributor.
The film 'Yeonaehabsida' ("Let's Date") by a Chinese producer--wi,...More
6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival 2007/06/26, Source, Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.
Though running as briefly as six minutes, short films show that size is not a factor for capturing the limitless power of imagination. Andre Bazin, film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, called short films "the film of the future".
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