"My Way" was formerly known as "D-Day". Synopsis
Jun-shik, who works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But the war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist the army.
Tatsuo became the head of defense in Jun-shik’s unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun-shik and Tatsuo are held captive by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shopping King Louis" Episode 15 2016/11/12,
Episode fifteen of "Shopping King Louis" wraps up all major plot points of the series, it gives us redemption, fulfillment and sweet goodbyes. Bok-sil's kidnapping is resolved quickly and in a quite comedic manner while Seon-goo's time has come and his true nature is revealed to us. The series remains faithful to its tone and resistance to clichés, making this wrap up cathartic, but it also raises the question of why we need another episode,...More
Do Ji-han confirmed for movie 'Musudan' 2015/07/04, Source,
Actor Do Ji-han has been confirmed for movie, 'Musudan'.
Do Ji-han will play Choi Cheol, a North Korean soldier who sneaks into the DMZ on the South Korean side in order to complete his mission. The character is a figure, who completes his mission silently and keeps his cool with everything he does,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/12/13,
K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Ode to My Father": A wartime drama the depicts the lives of citizens living from the Korean War to the present day. (12/17)
★★★ "Change Zoororing Showcase": The Zoororing Investigators have to save the animals when they mysterious go missing from the peaceful village of Arumdrissy. (12/18)
★★★★ "Awaiting": A heartfelt tale about a woman who waits years for her man to return. (12/18)
★★★ "A Rented Room In Heaven": A romantic drama that involves sensual consolation for two young adults. (12/18)
★★★ "Ensemble": A documentary about a group of talented and passion musicians and their collective love for classical music. (12/18),...More
Legendary S. Korean Director of "The Man from Nowhere" Returns with the Highly Anticipated Film "No Tears for the Dead" 2014/06/04, Source,
South Korea's highly anticipated film "No Tears for the Dead" (directed by Lee Jeong-beom) is set to be released in North American theaters June 20th!
PROLOGUE Veteran hitman Gon (Jang Dong-gun) receives a mission, which is to target Mogyeong (Kim Min-hee). The trouble is, he falls in love with her.
SYNOPSIS Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hitman. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible mistake of killing an innocent young girl. A flood of guilt takes over his life and the situation becomes worse when his boss assigns him the job of killing the young girl's mother. Gon's new target, Mogyeong, is a risk manager at an investment firm and has buried herself in work to bury her grief. She is completely unaware of her role at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy. Finally, she meets the man who wants to tell her the truth behind the death of her child,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Shiri" 2013/10/19, In the Spotlight this Week: "Shiri" (1999) by Kang Je-gyuKang Je-gyu's "Shiri" was a landmark feature that stands as Korea's first real blockbuster. The film sold over 6.2 million admissions during its run in 1999, an astonishing feat that broke the shackles on big-budget Korean films and represents a critical moment in Korea's film history. Kang made his debut three years before "Shiri" with "The Gingko Bed" (1996), a fantasy romantic epic that was heralded for its special effects and was also one of country's most successful films at the time. Since "Shiri", Kang has chosen to remain in the filmic fog of war, directing both the acclaimed "Taegukgi" (2004 - 11.7 million admissions) as well as the less successful "My Way" (2011 – 2.1 million). Kang may have fallen from grace somewhat with his last film "My Way" (which failed to make a profit on its $24 million production costs; the film made only $16M) and with this year's fantastical flop "Mr. Go" (which he produced), however Kang's filmography still remains an impressive one that has helped challenge and re-define the conditions and profitable potential of the once illusive Korean blockbuster,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "200 Pounds Beauty" 2013/09/21, In the Spotlight this Week: "200 Pounds Beauty" (2006) by Kim Yong-hwa
Earlier this year Korea put out its first 3D tech-tank with "Mr. Go", an expensive experiment that was truly fantastical but still failed to capture the imagination of the Korean public. The film recovered just over a third of its $22.5 million price tag, and some might ask why such a gorilla was even allowed out of its cage in the first place. In 2011 Kim also help produced "My Way", another apparent cash cow that failed to come in for the slaughter. So while big-budget blockbusters may not appear to be Kim's forte, he did managed to find the right stuffing in his comedies "Take Off" (2008) and "200 Pounds Beauty" (2006),...More
[HanCinema's Film Talk] SNOWPIERCER @ 24fps 2013/06/29, Bong Joon-ho's futuristic action epic "Snowpiercer" recently released a spectacular trailer to keep the saliva thick and wanting before the film's Korean release on August 1st. Here I'm going to take you through three sequences from that amazing trailer, and share some thoughts on what to expect from one of the most antcipated films of the year.
In 2004, Bong reportedly came across the French comic book Le Transperceneige and read the entire series right there in the store. He shared his enthusiasm with fellow Korean director Park Chan-wook ("Old Boy", "Stoker") whose production company Moho Films secured the rights to it the following year. The film is a transnational exhibition that boasts a number of international talents in front of and behind the camera. Korean cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo ("Taegukgi", "Mother - 2009", "The Good, the Bad, the Weird") and all-star Korean actor Song Kang-ho ("The Host", "Memories of Murder", "Secret Sunshine") are among an orchestra of creative personalities who brought their impressive cinematic talents into the mix,...More
Star Power Wanes at Box Office 2013/03/23, Source,
Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand", which was released in Korea on Feb. 21, has tanked at the box office and dropped off the list after attracting only 66,698 spectators in just under a month. The film is directed by Kim Jee-woon, who shot to fame with "The Good, the Bad and the Weird", but the combination of top director and star was unable to attract viewers. This appears to be part of a wider trend where star power is fading in favor of strong storylines. Film booking site Maxmovie asked 2,754 members of its website from Feb. 26 to March 6 what they consider when choosing a movie and found that a massive 74.2 percent said the plot is the most important factor,...More
[Guest Review] "My Way" 2013/03/08, Source,
Tatsuo and Jun-Shik
"My Way" is a poignant, dramatic account of two men, one Korean (Jun-Shik) and the other Japanese (Tatsuo), who forge a bond in their favorite activity, running. Early on in life, it's clear that the Koreans living in Japan, during the days of the Japanese Empire were looked down upon. Even Tatsuo projects this attitude towards his friend. One day at a party, when both the boys were young adults, a package arrives at a party, where Tatsuo's grandfather, a high ranking military man, was greeting party-goers,...More
S.Korean Film Festival to Kick off in U.S. 2012/06/02, Source,
South Korean films will be on U.S. theater screens during a week-long film festival that will take place from September 30th. The South Korean Consulate General in Atlanta told a news conference on Friday that a South Korean film festival will be held in four cities in Atlanta. The films to be featured include "My Way", "Unbowed", and "Le Grand Chef",...More
Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars 2012/05/21, Source, Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the nation's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie.
Some 25,784 people voted from April 18 to May 5. The two drew 10.1 and 13.7 percent of the votes respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best -- as opposed to most popular -- actor and actress, with 18 and 23.3 percent.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
Four films and two shorts from South Korea showcased at Terracotta festival 2012/04/14, Source,
The Terracotta Far East Film Festival, London's premier festival celebrating Asian film, returns to the Prince Charles Cinema and will run from 12th-15th April 2012. Terracotta Far East Film Festival is an annual event which aim is to widen the audience for Far Eastern film in the UK and to further promote this genre to existing film fans. For this year's 4th edition, the festival aimed to emphasize the leading position and diversity of Korean cinema and will feature a panel of 4 films from different genre including blockbuster "My Way, Kim Ki-duk's "ARIRANG - Movie" and a Double Bill of Korean hit comedies,...More
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source,
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
Terracotta Far East Film Festival opening and closing film 2012/02/21, Source,
Terracotta is London's premier celebration of the film and culture of the Far East. With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, an unbeatable programme of exclusive cast and crew Q&As, intro's and masterclasses and fabulous public parties the Terracotta Far East Film Festival really does have something for everybody,...More
Feature profile - My Way 2012/02/10, Source, Headed for the Berlinale Panorama section, director Kang Je-gyu's "My Way"is a historic film is more ways than one. KANG Byeong-jin goes over the details.
World War II film "My Way" is Kang Je-gyu's fourth film as a director, following "The Gingko Bed", "Shiri" and "Taegukgi". "Shiri" was the first Korean film to bring in over 2 million admissions in Seoul (back when nationwide figures were unavailable and the capital's statistics were used as rule-of thumb). On its release, "Taegukgi" along with "Silmido" opened the era of Korean films with admissions of 10 million and more.
Even from the outside, "My Way" seems like an extension of the challenges Kang's work took on before. The film's stage spans Korea to China through the former Soviet Union to Normandy, and it stars Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri, the top stars of Korea and Japan respectively. More than anything, the film's budget of about KW28 billion (US$24.8 million) is the highest ever in Korean cinema history,...More
Korean Films in the Berlinale 2012/02/10, Source,
This month, Korean films will have a strong showing in the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Of these, "Korean Cinema Today" profiles five titles - Jeon Kyu-hwan's re-edited melodrama "From Seoul to Varanasi",...More
Jang Dong-gun Returns to Primetime Drama 2012/02/03, Source,
Actor Jang Dong-gun is returning to primetime TV drama after a 12-year absence. He decided to appear in a 20-episode weekend drama called "A Gentleman's Dignity", which is scheduled to air from May on SBS, said his management agency AM Entertainment.
This comes over a decade after the 40-year-old actor starred in MBC's "All About Eve" in 2000. According to the agency's press release, his upcoming drama is about the careers and love lives of urban professionals,...More
'Anesthesia' invited to Berlin Film Festival 2012/02/02, Source,
A poster of film "Anesthesia"
By Ko Tae-young
The second film by 28-year-old Kim Souk-young, a student at the Korea National University of Arts, has been invited to this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the university announced Tuesday.
"Anesthesia" was made last year during the filmmaking department's intermediate-level workshop and received a positive response from the audience at the 16th Busan International Film Festival last October. It entered the Korean Short Film Competition 2 in the Wide Angle category as well as at the 37th Seoul Independent Film Festival last December,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.27 ~ 2012.01.29 2012/01/30, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.27 ~ 2012.01.29)
After just week at the top Lee Seok-hoon's "Dancing Queen" has given way to Chung Ji-young's interesting new film "Unbowed". This week's number one has created some controversy in the news as it is based on a true story of math professor who was accused of shooting a judge with a crossbow in 2007. It's a fifty-fifty split this week with both local Korean films and international releases find a place in the top ten. However the top three are local hits that have grabbed the lion's share of public interest,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] A Flash of Fuzz: Approved for Mass Consumption 2012/01/28,
While watching David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" last week in Bucheon, there came a moment where a tiny portion of the frame was blurred out. This was only for literally about half a second but it struck me as particularly odd. The film has an age restriction of 18 in Korea and despite its other, and frankly more disturbing, images and suggestive themes, CVG chose to screen the film with this censored scene. Anyone who has watched Korean television can tell you that censorship, particularly the manipulation of apparently explicit images and scenes, is commonplace. But after experiencing this on the big screen it got me thinking about why this type of censorship exists and where the responsibly lies,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.13 ~ 2012.01.15 2012/01/16, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.13 ~ 2012.01.15)
Chris Miller's "Puss in Boots" captured a third of the ticket sales this past weekend to deny "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" a fifth week at the top. With 590,740 admissions, Miller's spin-off from the "Shrek" animated series has started well in Korea and competed with three other animations in this week's top ten,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Way" or The High Way? 2012/01/14,
With a production budget of about KRW 28 billion (US$24 million), Kang Je-gyu's "My Way" marks not only his first in seven years but it is most expensive Korean film ever made. The film was originally going to be Kang's first foreign feature film but Kang decline Warner Brothers' investment proposal and, instead, accepted the support of SK Telecom and CJ E&M's film business division to put up the bulk of capital required. With its international cast and wildly epic scope, "My Way" is a shell shocking thrill ride that examines the futility of war through the relationship of two unlikely friends,...More
South Korean Box Office in 2011 2012/01/14, Source, Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle.
Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
Actor JANG Dong-gun 2012/01/14, Source, After starring in Korea's biggest budget war movie of all time, actor Jang Dong-gun met with Korean Cinema Today's LEE Hwa-jung to talk about his work.
Based on a true story, "My Way" is about the unbelievable journey of a Korean man who was drafted by the Japanese army during World War II. He was captured by the Russians and put in a labor camp, then became a soldier in the German army, and finally was captured by the US army in Normandy. A record of the spectacular struggle of an individual in history, director Kang Je-gyu's latest action dramastars Jang Dong-gun in the role of Jun-shik, a young marathoner who just wants to get back home,...More
Going My Way with KANG Je-gyu 2012/01/14, Source,
The dramatization of a true war-time story that spans years, continents, and changing friendships and enmities, "My Way" is director Kang Je-gyu's comeback after seven years. KANG Byeong-jin looks at what went into the making of the film.
"My Way" deals with a true story that is practically legend. In the late 1930s, a man from Joseon ends up going to China and the Soviet Union towards Germany and finally ends up on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Amongst the US National Archives' records of the invasion of Normandy was found a photograph of an Asian man in a German uniform at Normandy. American historian Stephen Ambrose wrote in his book "D-Day", "At the beach called Utah on the day of the invasion, Lt. Robert Brewer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, captured four Asians in Wehrmacht uniforms. No one could speak their language; eventually it was learned that they were Koreans",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08 2012/01/09, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08)
It has been four weeks at the top now for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and the big budget espionage flick has banked a total of 6,243,796 admissions here in Korea. This past weekend saw it add 477,851 to that as the film continues to be a big crowd pleaser,...More
Lee Min-jung's "Wonderful Radio" Ranks 2nd At Box Office 2012/01/09, Source,
After hitting theatres on January 5th, Lee Min-jung's new movie "Wonderful Radio" has been faring well, ranking in at number two this past weekend.
According to the latest movie statistics on January 9th, "Wonderful Radio" attracted 281,296 people over the weekend of January 6-8, placing them at 2nd. The 1st place spot was taken by the Hollywood blockbuster "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol", starring Tom Cruise, having attracted 477,851 people over the same period,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.30 ~ 2012.01.01 2012/01/02, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.30 ~ 2012.01.01)
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is enjoying its third week at the top, and has added 1,013,668 to its total of 5,386,797 admissions. Tom Cruise's latest has silenced any doubts about the series becoming stale as his efforts here have been well received and continue to captivate audiences. The film is looking to pass "Kung Fu Panda 2" and even "Punch" in the top grossing films released in 2011,...More
K-celebrities now VCR2 2011/12/29, Source,
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Just keep running behind me!"
"My Way" opened in the theaters on December 22nd, and in just five days reached over one million viewers! Meet the stars of Korea's big box office hit.
These days, movies from both Korea and abroad are fighting to attract the largest crowds during the holiday rush. "My Way", starring Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun, seems to be leading the pack,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.23 ~ 2011.12.25 2011/12/26, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.23 ~ 2011.12.25)
The Christmas weekend in Korea placed "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" at the top with 1,230,676 admissions, holding 34.6% of the total tickets sales with 881 screenings. Tom Cruise's latest film has blasted its way into number nine of the highest grossing films in Korea for 2011 with a total of 3,677,069 admissions. The blockbusters battled it out this weekend but the kids had their say to with a spew of foreign films catching their fancy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2011.12.16 ~ 2011.12.18 2011/12/18, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.12.16 ~ 2011.12.18)
It's just under a week to go now until Christmas is upon us and without a great Christmas film to capture the spirit Brad Birds "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" has stolen the show. This is the latest film in the "Mission Impossible" series and it opened in Korea with a bang, standing head and shoulders above all with 1,079,510 admissions,...More
Kang Je-gyu: 'I Devoted My Passion to 'My Way" 2011/12/16, Source,
The director Kang Je-gyu who has written the history of Korean movies, said during the interview with News Y (news channel by Yonhap News) on December 15, "I gave my best effort and passion that I have spared for the past seven years while taking a break to produce the movie "My Way"." He led the boom of Korean movies with his hit movies such as "The Gingko Bed" (1996) and "Shiri" (1998), and his previous movie "Taegukgi" (2004) recorded the largest number of audience members, which was 11.7 million,...More
Korean Mega War Movie Targets Pan-Asian Audience 2011/12/15, Source, Kang Je-gyu's new pan-Asian movie "My Way" premieres on Dec. 22. Kang, who drew over 10 million spectators with the clunking history epic "Taegukgi" in 2004, is now hoping for Asia-wide success with the biggest budget and the most ambitious scale in many years.
The movie portrays the tragic destiny of two young men, one from Korea and the other from Japan, who are drafted into the Japanese Army during World War II and later have to fight in Soviet and German uniform. The movie is very loosely based on a true story,...More
[16th BIFF] Big 3 actors: a drink, a kiss of the hand, a picture 2011/10/09, Source,
How did they enjoy Busan?
All the in-demand actors and actresses were at the 16th Busan International Film Festival. They all want to enjoy a romantic film festival night at Busan and we took a look at the big 3 actors.
This is his third BIFF in a row. His attendance was due to his movie "My Way". At the opening ceremony, Jang Dong-gun stepped on the red carpet with fellow actor Joe Odagiri from Japan. There were many stars who appeared alone or in male-female pairs, but these two appeared as male-male,...More
[BIFF Everything] Han Hyo-joo has autograph session in front of an elevator 2011/10/09, Source,
-- Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri had drinks at a street vendor stall on October 6th. After the opening ceremony of BIFF, the "My Way" duo sat down at a street stall and tipped soju glasses into their mouths all night. Bodyguards surrounded the vendor street.
-- Han Hyo-joo had an off-schedule autograph session. She was surrounded by 20 or so Japanese fans on October 7th, at the Grand Hotel lobby elevator. Her bodyguards tried to stop them but she gave them her autograph and held their hands. She experienced the popularity that sold out all the tickets for "Always" within seven seconds of its release,...More
Hallyu stars behind the scenes seen at BIFF 2011/10/09, Source,
The night in Busan was heated up this year again. Movie fans and crowds gathered here and there in Busan catching up and enjoying themselves. The stars were no exception and many were spotted with drinks in their hands all over the city.
"My Way"'s Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and director Kang Je-gyu found the street vendor area after the opening ceremony on October 6th. The three drank soju all night and talked endlessly. Fans and citizens who were surprised by the bodyguards that appeared out of nowhere, were surprised again by Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri,...More
Kwak Jae-yong to shoot Yang Gui Fei in China 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director kwak Jae-Yong was present at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) todaywith Chinese stars Fan Bingbing, Leehom WANG and Korean actor On Joo-wan to announce his next film "Yang Gui Fei". The project is based on the life and love of the famous Tang Dynasty consort who was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.
Kwak announced the film will be a Korea-China co-production. "It's on the scale of a US$15 million budget but preparing it in China, I've found that's not a lot of money. It costs a lot to shoot in China, and there are a lot of locations", he said,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
The LA Korean Festival, a Global Hallyu Festival! 2011/10/05, Source,
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Korean festival, Korean festival, Come to the LA Korean festival!"
[Interview : Elli Yi, Reporter] "Right now, we are in the heart of Koreatown on Olympic and Normandie Boulevard. It's amazing because there are so many people from all different backgrounds that have come out to enjoy the 38th Annual Korean Festival in Los Angeles. Let's go check it out! Come on".
The Los Angeles Korean Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, drawing over 100,000 visitors each year. This year's festival was filled with a variety of exciting events,...More
Korea's total box office dips 2.3%, but local films go up 9.9% 2011/07/08, Source, By KOFIC
Korea's box office in the first half of 2011 has dipped 2.3%. From January to June, theaters took in 68.3 million admissions and KW536.4bn (US$507.2m), down from the 69.76 million admissions and KW549.3bn (US$519.4m) in the same period of time in 2010.
Last year, 3D films with higher ticket prices led by "Avatar" brought about an increase in box office gross despite a decrease in admissions. This year's 3D tentpoles such as "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" did well at the box office but were not enough to make up for decreasing admissions,...More
Jang Dong-gun will depart to attend Cannes 2011/05/11, Source,
Actor Jang Dong-gun will depart to France to attend the Cannes International Film Festival today.
He will depart form Incheon International Airport on the 12th in the afternoon and participate in 3 nights and 4 days of the festival's events. He will attend the product release of his won movie "My Way" by director Kang Jae-gyu and focus on promoting it with movie makers as the main target.,...More
"My Way" to hold preview on the 15th in Cannes 2011/05/02, Source,
Director Kang Jae-gyu's movie "My Way" will be having a preview in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival.
"My Way" will have a preview in front of movie makers from all over the world on the 15th of May. It is particularly a special event because it's happening in the biggest movie market in the world and it is a part of a foreign sales promotion by revealing it first to buyers who will visit the market.,...More
10 billion won "My Way" get out of risk of suspension 2011/03/09, Source, "My Way" by Kang Jae-gyu managed to get out of the risk of suspension with 10 billion won (US$10 million) already invested.
The Seoul District Court revealed they dismissed the request of violation of copyright by Kim, who had transferred the rights to the movie, against the productions Directors.
The court said, "It looks like the movie started shooting last October and a sum of 10 billion won has already been invested. If the movie was to be suspended the production itself will fail and there is a big risk of not being able to recover the loss",...More
Local jazz pioneers, int'l stars round out January 2011/01/15, Source,
Seven of Korea's first generation jazz artists will perform a group show at the Seoul Arts Center Jan. 28, showcasing tracks from the soundtrack of the documentary / "Bravo! Jazz Life". Courtesy of In Production
By Ines Min
The country is to liven up with jazz this month, with a diverse lineup of international and domestic names making their way to Seoul. With the smooth beats of pop jazz artists and pioneering Korean names, prepare to groove into February with foot-tapping rhythm.
'The Miracle of Music',...More
Top Korean Movies to Look Out for in 2011 2011/01/12, Source, Since 2001, the overall market share of Korean movies has been on the rise in the country reaching its peak in 2006 at 64 percent but falling to 46 last year.
But experts say that the number is only going to decrease slightly this year to around 44 percent.
This is mainly due to large Hollywood co,...More
Son Ye-jin pulls out from Kang Je-gyu Hollywood debut pic 2010/07/05, Source,
Actress Son Ye-jin [Barunson Entertainment]
Actress Son Ye-jin has taken back her decision to play the lead female role in South Korean director Kang Je-gyu's Hollywood debut pic, according to her agency Barunson Entertainment and the film's producer on Monday.
Son was set to star in the film opposite top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun in the war film tentatively titled "My Way", but decided to pull out over a drastic reduction of her character's weight in the film after modifications were made to the scenario,...More
WFP unveils photos of Jang Dong-gun in Laos 2010/06/09, Source,
Korean actor Jang Dong-gun and local children of Laos [WFP/photographed by Toru Tokota]
Photographs of Korean actor Jang Dong-gun visiting Laos in March were unveiled today.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on its official website revealed pictures of Jang, the goodwill ambassador for the WFP, of when he was in Laos three months ago to shoot a promotional antipoverty documentary.
The documentary features Jang visiting local schools in the country to provide free meals for its students -- their province was hit by a Typhoon last September causing a flood to ruin the country's crops,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Jang Dong-gun in "My Way" 2010/06/04, Jang Dong-gun had been enjoying his married life but will soon working on a new film starting in October!
He has been casted as the main character for the movie titled "My Way". This movie was supposed to be filmed starting in July but Jang Dong-gun wanted to spend time with his new family and his new son before getting busy for a new film.
This is directed by director Kang Je-gyu and it is set on the time of World War 2's Normandy invasion. A soldier who becomes a Nazi will be the main story.,...More
Actress Ko So-young revealed that she is three months pregnant, Thursday, ahead of her marriage next month to,...More
Jang Dong-gun returns from charity work in Laos 2010/04/05, Source,
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun has returned from doing charity work in Laos last week, according to his agency AM Entertainment.
AM explained that the actor spent a week in Laos shooting a promotional antipoverty documentary as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and returned to Korea on April 1.
"Many people were worried because he was going to a remote area where it is easy to catch an epidemic", an official at AM was quoted as saying. "But Jang Dong-gun was very determined [to go]",...More
Jang Dong-gun officially announces May 2 wedding 2010/03/08, Source,
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun at his fan meeting held at COEX Auditorium in Seoul, Korea on March 6, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun announced at his fan meeting over the weekend that he will wed his actress girlfriend Ko So-young on May 2.
The Hallyu star gave the much-awaited confirmation in front of some 1,000 local and overseas fans at Seoul's COEX Auditorium on Saturday, keeping his promise that they would be the first to hear about any news regarding his marriage.,...More
Jang Dong-gun to announce May 2 wedding at fan meeting 2010/03/04, Source,
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun will reveal during his fan meeting this weekend that he will tie the knot with his actress girlfriend Ko So-young on May 2, according to multiple sources.
Although the couple have yet to make an official announcement, sources close to both actors said the two will hold a private wedding at The Shilla hotel in Seoul which will be attended only by family and close friends.
An official at Jang's agency AM Entertainment did not deny news of their marriage, saying that "an official statement will be made in an appropriate way to the media too" around the time of his fan meeting to be held at Seoul's COEX Auditorium on March 6.,...More
Jang Dong-gun to reveal wedding plans at fan meeting 2010/03/03, Source,
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young
Top Korean actor Jang Dong-gun will be revealing his plans to get married in May during an upcoming fan meeting set for the weekend, according to an entertainment industry source.
The source explained that the parents of the Hallyu star and his actress girlfriend Ko So-young recently met and settled on a date for a wedding in May. Jang is expected to tell fans about the news at his fan meeting on March 6.
Another source said the two stars, making preparations for the marriage, are in the process of closing a deal on their new house in Seoul's Heukseuk-dong where they will move into immediately after holding their nuptials.,...More
Son Ye-jin hops aboard new Kang Je-gyu pic 2010/02/18, Source,
Actress Son Ye-jin [Barunson Entertainment]
Actress Son Ye-jin has joined the cast of top South Korean director Kang Je-gyu's Hollywood debut pic, according to the film's producer on Thursday.
The critically acclaimed actress will play the main female role opposite Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun in the film tentatively titled "My Way", based on the Invasion of Normandy during World War II.
Son will play the role of a woman who agonizes over her love for a Korean man and a Japanese man who both fight in the war.,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young deny mid-May wedding rumor 2010/01/26, Source,
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun (left) and Ko So-young [Asia Economic Daily]
Multiple sources have denied another round of rumor saying top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young have fixed a date for their marriage.
A local media report had claimed yesterday that the star couple has made reservations for a wedding to be held at a hotel in Seoul with May 15 the most likely date they will marry.
But a source close to the actress said, "A wedding date has not been set as of yet. It will be announced officially, through a press release or press conference, when an exact date comes out".,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young rumored to wed in May 2010/01/21, Source,
Korean star couple Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young, who admitted to their two-year romantic relationship last November, are again sparking rumors of a wedding in May, according to various reports surrounding the couple.
First, there was talk among industry sources that Ko was seen around Seoul, shopping for a wedding dress at high-end bridal shops.
Then producers of "ENEWS" -- which airs on Korea cable channel tvN -- reported that an employee at one of the wedding shops had said the 37-year-old actress had been eyeing American bridal brand Kenneth Pool. ENEWS even went as far as to predict that Ko "will choose a simple, romantic dress".,...More
Jang Dong-gun to undergo knee surgery this week 2010/01/13, Source,
Korean actor Jang Dong-gun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun is scheduled to undergo knee surgery this week, according to his agency on Wednesday.
An official at AM Entertainment explained that the actor was admitted into a hospital yesterday to receive surgery for his left knee, which he injured while shooting the 2004 blockbuster film "Taegukgi ". The actor will reportedly stay in the hospital for about a week and continue physical therapy for about a month afterwards.,...More
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