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  • Lee Chang-dong Retrospective: The realistically melodramatic cinema of the "marginalized" - Part 2

    His next film, "Oasis", was a transitional one, since his focus started to change from male characters to female, although in the particular movie, it lies in both. At the same time, his way of shooting also changed. As Lee states: "I used to plan everything out and shoot the scenes accordingly, but with "Oasis", I tried not to script things. If I saw a pattern, I changed it. If you script things, you can only see the emotions of the main characters. We went through many takes with the supporting actors. And sometimes for the extras also. I think everything in the frame influences the main character's emotions. If their actions contradict this in any way, it can dilute the emotion. That's why I was so picky about these small details. Sol Kyung-gu told me that I could only see the drawbacks" (Source: Kim Young-jin, "Lee Chang-dong", Seoul, Korean Film Council, 2007),...More
  • [Guest Film Review] "Secret Sunshine"

    Drama and, quite frequently, melodrama seems to be the genre Koreans love the most. Lee Chang-dong has proven himself, repeatedly, to be the contemporary master of the genre through his deep explorations of human soul and "Secret Sunshine" is another testament to the fact. The film won the award for Best Film at the Asian Film Awards and at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and sold 1,710,364 tickets nationwide in South Korea alone,...More
  • 'Seopyeonje - Musical' named best homegrown show at Musical Awards

    2011/06/08, Source
    Cho Kwang-hwa, second from right, writer of the musical "Seopyeonje - Musical", speaks after receiving the Best Original Musical trophy at the fifth Musical Awards, at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul, Tuesday. / Courtesy of the Musical Awards By Kwon Mee-yoo "Seopyeonje - Musical" scooped five awards, including Best Original Musical, Best Director, Best Drama, Best Female Actress and Best New Actress, at the fifth Musical Awards at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul, Tuesday,...More
  • Most Translated Korean Writer Go Eun
    2009/01/29, Source
    51 books in 15 languages... Lee MY, Lee CJ follow

    The Korean author whose works were introduced overseas the most is poet Go Eun.

    According to data on overseas publications of Korean literature compiled by the Korea Literature Translation Institute (Director Kim Joo-youn), 51 books by Go have,...
  • 2008 Literature: Return of Korean Novels
    2008/12/19, Source
    By Chung Ah-young
    Staff Reporter

    This year, Korean literature has resurged, surpassing the popularity of the self-help and practical books, which usually sell well in economic slump.

    According to Kyobo Bookstore, many novels dealing with family values and warm-hearted emotions garnered popula,...
  • Cinephiles unite for Busan film festival
    2008/10/03, Source
    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival places its focus on regions that have been overlooked in the past. Twenty-two selections from Central and Southeast Asia have been invited to compete.

    Chosen for their storytelling merit, most are films without the flash and extravagance usually afforded,...
  • PIFF sets sail with a record
    2008/10/01, Source
    13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) announced that the Kazakh opening film The Gift to Stalin sold out online in an impressive record of 1 minute and 30 seconds. Closing film "I Am Happy" took only 7 minutes and 6 seconds to sell,...More
  • Pusan International Festival Invites Movies From 60 Countries
    2008/09/16, Source
    The 13th Annual Pusan International Film Festival is coming up starting on October second and lasting for one week.
    Known for introducing up-and-coming movies from Asia including ones made in Korea this year the festival is attempting to try something new.
    The aim is to expand the festival's focus,...
  • 13th PIFF Presents Robust Line-up
    2008/09/11, Source
    The 13thedition of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will offer its biggest line-up ever with a total of 315 films from 60 countries screening Oct 2 - 10 in Korea's popular south-eastern port city. Opening the event is The Gift to Stalin, by Kazakh director Rustem Abdrashev, a choice com,...More
  • Prominent novelist Lee Cheong-joon dies

    2008/07/31, Source
    Lee Cheong-joon, who is often called an "intellectual writer" for his refined writing style and thought-provoking literary themes, died of l,...More
  • Director Im Wearied by 'Reckless' Korean Filmmaking

    2008/06/24, Source
    Celebrated Korean director Im Kwon-taek (72) visits the 30th International Moscow Film Festival for the first time in 20 years. The festival is,...More
  • Korean Actress Wins the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival

    2007/05/29, Source
    Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon won the best actress award at the 60th Cannes film festival held in Cannes, France, on May 27 for her role in,...More
  • Im unveils 100th film 'Beyond the Years'

    2007/04/05, Source
    If you have already made 99 movies in your lengthy and diverse career, what kind of project would you choose to make for your 100th film? The question may sound unrealistic for most directors around t,...More

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