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Secret Reunion (의형제)

의형제 (Eui-hyeong-je)

Directed by Jang Hoon (장훈)

Screenplay by

Action Drama

116min | Release date in South Korea :

Also known as "Brothers" or "Blood Brothers"
When North Korean secret agent Ji-won (Kang Dong-won) crosses the 38th Parallel on a mission, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) led by Han-gyu (Song Kang-ho) intervenes, and a shooting rampage ensues in the heart of Seoul. For the incident, Han-gyu is fired and Ji-won is deserted by his agency. Six years later, the two meet by chance and start a business partnership in order to steal information from the other.


Secret Reunion | Cast

  • Song Kang-ho (송강호)
    Song Kang-ho (송강호)
    Lee Han-gyoo (이한규)
  • Gang Dong-won (강동원)
    Gang Dong-won (강동원)
    Song Ji-won (송지원)
  • Jeon Gook-hwan (전국환)
    Jeon Gook-hwan (전국환)
    Shadow (그림자)
  • Park Hyuk-kwon (박혁권)
    Park Hyuk-kwon (박혁권)
    Ko Kyeong-nam (고경남)
  • Yoon Hee-seok (윤희석)
    Yoon Hee-seok (윤희석)
    Son Tae-soon (손태순)
  • Choi Jung-woo (최정우)
    Choi Jung-woo (최정우)
    National Intelligence Service department head (국정원 차장)
  • Kwon Bum-taek (권범택)
    Kwon Bum-taek (권범택)
    Ji Myeong-hoon (지명훈)
  • Jung In-gi (정인기)
    Jung In-gi (정인기)
    Kim Seong-hak (김성학)
  • Jo Suk-hyun (조석현)
    Jo Suk-hyun (조석현)
    Seong-cheol (성철)
  • Cha Yup (차엽)
    Cha Yup (차엽)
    Jae-hwan (재환)
  • Ko Chang-seok (고창석)
    Ko Chang-seok (고창석)
    Vietnam boss (베트남 보스)
  • Lee So-yoon (이소윤)
    Lee So-yoon (이소윤)
    Ji-won's wife, Hyeong-sook (지원 부인, 형숙)
  • Jasmine Lee (이쟈스민)
    Jasmine Lee (이쟈스민)
    Ty Anh (뚜이안)
  • Ha Soo-ho (하수호)
    Ha Soo-ho (하수호)
    Suspicious man (수상남)
  • Park Jin-woo-II (박진우)
    Park Jin-woo-II (박진우)
    Agent tailgating Tae-soon's car (태순차 미행요원)
  • Han Seung-do (한승도)
    Han Seung-do (한승도)
    Fighting agent in hallway 1 (복도 격투요원1)
    Lee Nak-joon (이낙준)
    Fighting agent in hallway 2 (복도 격투요원2)
  • Kim Young-woong (김영웅)
    Kim Young-woong (김영웅)
    Agent with gun in stairway 1, Min-cheol (계단 총격요원 1, 민철)
    Go Kyeong-min (고경민)
    Agent with gun in stairway 2, Hyeong-wook (계단 총격요원 2, 형욱)
    Sin Seung-yong (신승용)
    Agent with gun in apartment complex 1 (아파트단지 총격요원 1)
    Lee Jeong-min (이정민)
    Agent with gun in apartment complex 2 (아파트단지 총격요원 2)
    Lee Jae-ryong-I (이재룡)
    Agent with gun in apartment complex 3 (아파트단지 총격요원 3)
    Kim Jin-yong (김진용)
    Agent with gun in apartment complex 4 (아파트단지 총격요원 4)
    Lee Myeong-ok (이명옥)
    Operator agent in year 2000 (2000년 오퍼레이터 요원)
  • Bae Yong-geun (배용근)
    Bae Yong-geun (배용근)
    Agent who breaks passwords (암호 분석요원)
    Kim Myeong-hoon (김명훈)
    Briefing agent in year 2006 (2006년 브리핑요원)
    Oh Chan-woo (오찬우)
    Agent from computer room who follows (PC방 미행요원)
  • Yoo Jung-I (유정)
    Yoo Jung-I (유정)
    Agent in terminal (터미널 감청요원)
    Moon Geon (문건)
    Agent who drives getaway van (작전용밴 운전요원)
    Im Se-hwan (임세환)
    Operator agent in year 2006 (2006년 오퍼레이터요원)
    Sin Soo-gang (신수강)
    Kim Seong-hak's mother-in-law (김성학 장모)
  • Go Jung-min (고정민)
    Go Jung-min (고정민)
    Kim Seong-hak's wife (김성학의 아내)
    Kim Jae-won (김재원)
    Kim Seong-hak's son (김성학 아들)
    Park Soo-yeong (박수영)
    Girl in apartment (아파트 여)
    Kim Yang-seong (김양성)
    Chinese restaurant delivery man (중국집 배달부)
    Lee Hyeon-ji (이현지)
    Woman doing laundry in small street (골목길 빨래 여)
  • Kim Tae-hwan-I (김태환)
    Kim Tae-hwan-I (김태환)
    Man pulling rear car in small street (골목길 리어카 남)
    Choi Yoon-seo (최윤서)
    Aget with gun in stairway 1's wife (계단 총격요원 1 부인)
    Yang Il-hyeok (양일혁)
    Reporter of shoot out (총격전보도 리포터 남)
    Kim Soon-ae (김순애)
    Chinese woman (조선족 여)
  • Kim Mi-joon (김미준)
    Kim Mi-joon (김미준)
    Fishing village restaurant owner (어촌식당 여사장)
  • Nam Sang-baek (남상백)
    Nam Sang-baek (남상백)
    Village farmhouse husband (시골농가 남편)
  • Yoo Chang-sook (유창숙)
    Yoo Chang-sook (유창숙)
    Village farmhouse old mother (시골농가 노모)
  • Baek Seung-ik (백승익)
    Baek Seung-ik (백승익)
    Vietnamese organization member 1 (베트남 조직원 1)
  • Hong Seo-baek (홍서백)
    Hong Seo-baek (홍서백)
    Vietnamese organization member 2 (베트남 조직원 2)
    Seo Myeong-seok (서명석)
    Vietnamese organization member 3 (베트남 조직원 3)
    Park Min-woo (박민우)
    Vietnamese factory worker (베트남공장 직원)
    Kim Nam-hee (김남희)
    Female worker at human agency (인력소개소 여직원)
    Rosaly (로살리)
    Philippine woman (필리핀 여)
  • Kim Kyung-ran (김경란)
    Kim Kyung-ran (김경란)
    Grandma playing go-stop 1 (고스톱 할머니 1)
  • Joo Boo-jin (주부진)
    Joo Boo-jin (주부진)
    Grandma playing go-stop 2 (고스톱 할머니 2)
    Maria (마리아)
    Southeast Asian woman 1 (동남아 여 1)
    Bentinoklen (벤티녹렌)
    Southeast Asian woman 2 (동남아 여 2)
  • Seo Ji-won (서지원)
    Seo Ji-won (서지원)
    Southeast Asian woman 1's husband (동남아 여 1 남편)
    Mohamad Khan (모함마드 칸)
    Southeast Asian woman 1's son (동남아 여 1 아들)
    Mohamad Nida (모함마드 니다)
    Southeast Asian woman 1's daughter (동남아 여 1 딸)
    Kang Myeong-hee (강명희)
    Woman at tollgate (톨게이트 여)
    Hwang Soon-wook (황순욱)
    Anchorman who reports nuclear testing (핵실험보도 앵커 남)
    Hwang In-joon (황인준)
    Tailgating taxi driver (미행 택시기사)
  • Lee Jong-goo (이종구)
    Lee Jong-goo (이종구)
    Pastor Lee Gi-hoon (이기훈 목사)
    Han Dong-ryong (한동룡)
    Director Min (민 PD)
    Choi Geun-hyeon (최근현)
    Border squad man 1 (국경 결사대 남 1)
    Kim Ee-yong (김의용)
    Border squad man 2 (국경 결사대 남 2)
  • Park Yong-jin (박용진)
    Park Yong-jin (박용진)
    Ty Anh's husband, Jang Yoo-sin (뚜이안 남편, 장유신)
    Booiti Nooan(부이티 누안)
    Ty Anh's sibling (뚜이안 동생)
    Ji Ah-rim (지아림)
    Ty Anh's sibling's child (뚜이안 동생 아기)
  • Yoo Ha-bok (유하복)
    Yoo Ha-bok (유하복)
    Detective 1 (형사 1)
    Kim Moon-hak (김문학)
    Detective 2 (형사 2)
  • Lee Tae-hyung (이태형)
    Lee Tae-hyung (이태형)
    Detective 3 (형사 3)
    Sin Jae-hyeong (신재형)
    Detective 4 (형사 4)
    Ahn Chae-hee (안채희)
    Ji-won's daughter, Hyo-seon (지원 딸, 효선)
    Seong Hyeon-joon (성현준)
    National Intelligence Service top manager (국정원 고위간부)
    Seol Jin-ook (설진욱)
    Post office man (우체부)
    Park Hyeon-soo (박현수)
    Stewardess 1 (스튜어디스 1)
    Kang Ji-hye (강지혜)
    Stewardess 2 (스튜어디스 2)
  • Park Sung-yeon (박성연)
    Park Sung-yeon (박성연)
    Han-gyoo's wife, voice##한규 부인, 목소리 (한규 부인 , 목소리)
    Park Hyo-bin (박효빈)
    Han-gyoo's daughter ( 한규 딸)
  • Lee Seul-gi (이슬기)
    Lee Seul-gi (이슬기)
    Tae-soon's daughter (태순 딸)
    Go Sook-ja (고숙자)
    Grandma at village grocer 1 (시골읍내 식품점 할머니 1)
    Jo Gi-ye (조기예)
    Grandma at village grocer 2 (시골읍내 식품점 할머니 2)
    Lee Choon-joo (이춘주)
    North Korean economy research center's parking staff (대북경제연구원 주차요원)
    Choi Seong-rak (최성락)
    Village farm owner (시골농가 잔디떼 농장 사장)
  • Kim Kwang-kyu (김광규)
    Kim Kwang-kyu (김광규)
    Kyeong-sang-do chief (경상도 소장) - Cameo
  • Park Soo-young (박수영)
    Park Soo-young (박수영)
    County police section chief (지방경찰서 계장) - Cameo

Secret Reunion | HanCinema Reviews

  • [Guest Film Review] "Secret Reunion"

    Jang Hoon, who started his career as an assistant to Kim Ki-duk, has only directed three feature films: "Rough Cut" in 2008, "Secret Reunion" in 2010, and "The Front Line", in 2011. However, all of them are considered masterpieces, with Hoon managing to combine commercial success with acclaimed reviews. This particular one holds the 47th place in the List of highest-grossing films in South Korea, while it also netted the Best Film Award from the Blue Dragon,...More

Secret Reunion | News

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  • User Review - Secret Reunion

    2011/11/26, Source
    Some things to know about my review: - My reviews are subjective and my opinions based on my own general likes and dislikes, unclouded by obsessions. - They usually don't have major or ending spoilers, but if they do, they will come with a warning. - If I like a movie enough to write about it, I write a lot about it. My reviews are huge. - I don't take myself too seriously so my reviews reflect that. It's light reading. A lot of it, but light. "Secret Reunion" starts, Gang Dong-won speaks and the rest is awesome, due to the fact that his voice has thrown me into a fangirl coma. Ok, I'm kidding. But the movie does start as you would expect a movie like this to. We have rain, a small bleak apartment and a sad-face North Korean agent who is bidding his pregnant wife and unborn kid goodnight, before getting prepped for his next mission after which "he will definitely come home",...More
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  • JUDY AHN, Head of International Business, Showbox / Mediaplex

    2011/11/07, Source
    Judy Ahn is Head of International Business at Showbox / Mediaplex, the company responsible for the hit Korean War film "The Front Line". Directed by Jang Hoon, the film has been selected as South Korea's entry for consideration to be nominated to the Oscars foreign language film category. Kim Seong-hun met with Ahn to talk about Showbox's films and "The Front Line" in particular,...More

    2011/11/01, Source
    Feng Xiaogang's "AfterShock" Named Closing Night Film Festival Welcomes the North American Premieres of Oh Seong-yoon's "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" and Loy Arcenas‚ "Niño" Orange, CA (October 31, 2011) - Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia's largest film festival, today announced the official program for the upcoming Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 in Orange, Calif,...More
  • "Spotlight on Contemporary Korean Cinema" in Los Angeles

    2011/10/29, Source
    Spotlight on Contemporary Korean Cinema - including Jang Hoon Retrospective Event, held from 11/2/11 to 11/5/11. This event is sponsored by KOFIC and presented to you by KCCLA. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 Map Phone: (323)936-7141 Fax: (323)936-5712 Copyright© 2008 Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, All rights reserved,...More

    2011/10/06, Source
      CJ sells "My Way" and "Speckles: The Tarbosaurus" to U.S. The Korean distributor sold epic WWII film "My Way" and dinosaur action cartoon "Speckles: The Tarbosaurus" to American distributor Well Go USA. KANG Je-kyu's "My Way" stars Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri as a Korean and a Japanese swept up in the tides of war. Han Sang-ho's "Speckles: The Tarbosaurus" is a 3D family adventure movie that has been pre-sold to multiple territories including Germany (MFA+), Russia (Carmen Films) and India (Star),...More
  • The 3 Means of Success For Hot Stars

    2011/10/01, Source
    There was an article a few days ago in the korean Osen portal, on Gang Dong-won, Won Bin and Gong Yoo and 3 common elements between them which contributed to their success. Being someone who has quite positive feelings for all three of these beloved actors, I decided to write an article inspired by the one found in Osen. Well-timed transition from television to movies So the one obvious common strategy between these three is that they started with television. Dramas are a good way to gain popularity, raise the level of offers you get and generally get noticed. All three gentlemen started with them and gained recognition and mainly fame through them. But television is a good way to pigeonhole ones self,...More
  • Experience the fusion of Korean Culture and The Four Season City of Australia, through the eyes of KOFFIA 2011

      "I'm genie for you boy, I'm genie for your wish…" (GENIE, Girls' Generation) As I was walking across the aisle, the Genie song tickled my ears as it was inviting me to come in. I was then so sure for stepping my feet further inside. This is the place. It was Monday. As Melbourne is (in)famously known as the four season city, the day was a bit chilly even though it was already spring. It supposed to be the most lovable season when the wind should've stopped demonstrating his fierce blow. I hurriedly walked from the nearest tram stop to my destined place, ACMI (Australia Center for Moving Image). One of the greatest place in Melbourne. And where the Korean Film Festival 2011 was held,...More
  • "The Front Line" Selected as Korea's Entry to Academy Awards

    2011/08/29, Source
    by KOFIC Staff Korean Film Council (KOFIC, Chairman: Kim Eui-suk) has made its decision on "The Front Line", directed by Jang Hoon, as Korea's representative for Best Foreign Film section of the 84th Academy Awards, USA. "The Front Line", starring Shin Ha-kyun and Go Soo, is a war-themed human drama that depicted subtle yet complicated relationship between North and South Korean soldiers engaged in fierce battles to capture the frontier base of 'Aerok Hill' during the latter part of Korean War. Jang Hoon is a former assistant director of Kim Ki-duk, Korea's leading film auteur, and has already directed such critical and commercial hits as "Rough Cut" (2008) and "Secret Reunion" (2010), firmly establishing himself as one of the leading filmmakers in Korea today,...More
  • Actors help 'Hindsight' keep focus

    Actors Song Kang-ho, left, and Shin Se-kyung appear in a scene from "Hindsight", the latest film by Lee Hyun-seung. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures By Lee Hyo-won In the 1990s, Lee Hyun-seung shot to stardom with the visually lush "Blue In You" (1992) and became a household name with another striking film, "Il Mare" (2000), which went on to become the first local flick to be remade in Hollywood (into "The Lake House", a 2006 piece starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock). "Hindsight" takes the director's art-school pedigree to new heights, by featuring even more breathtaking, color-coded visuals set to signature soundtracks from his previous two films,...More
  • KOFFIA: Korean Screen Hits The International Scene Down Under

    2011/08/23, Source
    Korean cinema is revived this August as the Korean Film Festival In Australia (or KOFFIA, for brevity's sake) rolls onto the Aussie red carpet for a week-long foray into the world of Korea in pictures. The festival sees a clash of east and western cultures as Korean films hit Sydney shores at Dendy Cinemas, sitting on a backdrop of the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The fever's spread further south this year too, with the festival expanding into Melbourne after the Sydney-exclusive's success last year,...More
  • "Quick" is Speeding Its Way to the United States and Canada! +Win FREE Tickets!

    2011/08/12, Source
    "Quick" redefines the Korean blockbuster and blasts away the summer heat! The speed maniac and motorcycle messenger Gi-su receives a mysterious call when he is about to take Arom, his ex-girlfriend and a member of a girl band, to a live broadcast. Suddenly, a mysterious voice on the phone warns that there is a bomb wire to Arom's helmet and that a package must be delivered to a designated address within 30 minutes. "Remove the helmet or fail to complete the mission and the bomb goes off". ...As the clock is ticking, the two begin a race against time to stay alive,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.07.29~2011.07.31)

    2011/08/01, Source
    Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.07-29~2011.07.31) It was a close race for the top spot but Jang Hoon's "The Front Line" came through with the honours. The war drama saw some 474,439 tickets sold bringing its total to 1,635,877. Jang Hoon involves himself in a number of technical arenas in the industry and is probably best known for two previous films "Rough Cut" and the 2010 hit "Secret Reunion".,...More
  • KOFFIA 2011 Film Line-up announced!

    2011/07/27, Source
    KOFFIA 2011 is coming! HOLD ON TIGHT! For immediate release The KOFFIA Korean Film Festival is back in Sydney for the second time this August, bigger and better than ever, and it all begins here! KOFFIA 2011 will present 13 feature films and 7 shorts that showcase the great diversity of Korean cinema today, as well as providing a true Korean cultural experience with industry forums, cultural performances, food tastings and so much more. HOLD ON TIGHT! The festival will take place from 24th – 29th August at Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay, Sydney. In this Australia-Korea Year of Friendship, we are very excited to announce that KOFFIA will also travel down to the beautiful city of Melbourne! The festival will run from 10th – 13th September at ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. This is an extra special date, as 12th September marks the important Korean Thanksgiving Holiday of Chuseok, join us in this celebration,...More
  • 'Front' brings harrowing views of war

    2011/07/14, Source
    Actors Lee Je-hoon, left, and Goh Soo in a scene from the Korean War (1950-53) film "The Front Line" By Lee Hyo-won It's another Korean War (1950-53) film, made on a hefty budget - at least for local standards - and featuring an A-list cast. The viewer, already having seen such action-packed, homespun tearjerkers celebrating humanist values as "Taegukgi" and "71-Into the Fire" or any one of those Hollywood World War II blockbusters, can easily doubt whether Jang Hoon's upcoming "The Front Line" could bring something new,...More
  • Ko Chang-seok "Quick" and "The Front Line" released a day apart

    2011/07/06, Source
    Actor Ko Chang-seok is in a tight spot with the two 10 billion won movies with him in it are being released only a day apart. He is in "The Front Line" releasing on the 20th and "Quick" coming out on the 21st. The two movies started shooting almost at the same time since the end of last year until the beginning of this year but they were set to be released in the summer and in Chuseok. Primarily meant for Chuseok, "Quick" has been reset to be released this summer as the materials of the movie like the action was judged to be more fit for the summer by the production. As well, "The Front Line" was to be released in time for the June 25th War Memorial day but was delayed in filming, therefore only being released in the summer.,...More
  • 'The Front Line' spotlights the Forgotten War

    2011/06/16, Source
    By Park Sung-hee Jang Hoon, who directed the hit inter-Korean drama "Secret Reunion", has returned with another film involving the two Koreas. "The Front Line" takes viewers back to the Korean War (1950-53), which is largely known as the Forgotten War, and looks into parts of the conflict that have slipped into oblivion. Jang teamed up with a seasoned scriptwriter Park Sang-yeon for the 10 billion-won project. "Even Koreans remember only about six months of the Korean War", scriptwriter Park told reporters Tuesday in Seoul. "But the actual conflict went on for another 30 months. We wanted to tell the forgotten parts of the Forgotten War",...More
  • [HanCinema Korea's Diary] Introduce Yourself to Korean Cinema: 7 Films to Get You Started

    Are you interested in Korean cinema but don't know where to start? The following is a short list of films that I believe would give any film enthusiast a good grounding for what Korean cinema has to offer. They include award-winning films, films that provide insight into Korea's history and culture, as well as a couple of fantastic genre films that Korean cinema tends to favour.,...More
  • Go Soo and Shin Ha-kyun's "The Front Line" confirms release in July

    2011/05/22, Source
    Movie "The Front Line" with actors Go Soo and Shin Ha-kyun has confirmed its release date on the 21st and revealed its 2nd poster. "The Front Line" is the story of the soldiers who fought in the was in 1953 when the truce negotiation was going on for 2 years.,...More
  • "The Front Line" pre-sold to 3 countries... what about Cannes?

    2011/05/12, Source
    It turns out director Jang Hoon's war movie "The Front Line" has already been pre-sold in 3 countries without any promotional videos. Distributor of the movie "The Front Line" (produced by TPS Company) Showbox revealed, ""The Front Line" has already been sold to England, Thailand and Germany through the Berlin Movie Festival".,...More
  • Analysis of 2010 Korean Film Industry

    2011/04/26, Source
    by KOFIC Film Research & Development Center In 2010, the Korean film industry witnessed several significant changes, many of which were directly related to the worldwide success of the Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar". The box office gross increased by 6.5% as compared to last year, largely due to the increased ticket prices of 3D films, which boomed in popularity following "Avatar". However, the number of admissions actually decreased by 5.2%, scoring a total of only 146 million admissions. The number of times the average Korean went to the movie theater also dropped from 3.15 per individual in 2009 to 2.92 in 2010,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Vegetarian

    Lim Woo-seong's debut film "Vegetarian" had to compete at the Korean box office with the likes of "Secret Reunion" and the recorded breaking "Avatar" early last year. This low-budget psychological drama only managed a mere 3,145 admissions but scored an invitation to be screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.,...More
  • Cinema Attendance Shrinks in Korea as Foreign Movies Lag
    2011/03/10, Source
    The number of moviegoers dropped by four million in January and February from the same period last year, but domestic films dominated the box office while foreign movies struggled.

    According to the Korean Film Council on Monday, 25.7 million movie tickets were sold in the two month period, compar,...
  • Family fun for the long holiday

    2011/02/01, Source
    "COSplayer" (2004) by Cao Fei at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea / Courtesy of MOCA, Showbox/Mediaplex, SBS Contents Hub, Seensee Company, SBS Movies, performances and exhibition lineup for Seollal By Lee Hyo-won, Kwon Mee-yoo and Ines Min Seollal falls on Thursday this year, giving way to a long lunar New Year break that allows some people to take up to nine days off,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Secret Reunion

    Director Jang Hoon creates another box-office smash with his second film "Secret Reunion" that's filled with plenty of spy action. Building on the success of his first film ("Rough Cut", 2008), Jang Hoon manages to pull in the crowds with his comical buddy flick.,...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,...
  • Stars Born in Year of Rabbit

    2010/12/23, Source
    As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
  • "Secret Reunion" wins best picture at Blue Dragon awards

    2010/11/29, Source
    Poster for film "Secret Reunion" [Showbox] Korean film "Secret Reunion" starring top actors Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won took the prize for best picture at this year's Blue Dragon Film Awards held last Friday. The action drama helmed by director Jang Hoon had competed against "The Man From Nowhere", "Moss", "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" and "The Housemaid - 2010",...More
  • 2010 Blue Dragon Film Awards Winners

    2010/11/27, Source
    Best Film: "Secret Reunion",...More
  • KoreaTown – Korean Cinema in Los Angeles, CA

    2010/11/24, Source
    Posted on November 23, 2010 by KOCCA By Lukas Schwarzacher Koreatown in Los Angeles is called the "Seoul of the West". It's only 3 square miles (7.8 square kilometers) big, but over 120,000 people live there between shops and entertainment spots, almost all with Korean signage. And while Hollywood movies capture most of the screens in the U.S., there are two cinemas in Koreatown which show Korean films subtitled in English,...More
  • Gang Dong-won to enter military today

    2010/11/18, Source
    Gang Dong-won [Asia Economic Daily] Korean actor Gang Dong-won will enter the military today, according to multiple sources in the entertainment business. The sources told Asia Economic Daily's Sports Today on Thursday that Kang, 29, will enter the Nonsan training camp in the South Chungcheong Province around 1 p.m,...More
  • Gang Dong-won or Won Bin? Who will win this year's Daejong Award?

    2010/10/28, Source
    Who will get Daejong Best Actor Award, Gang Dong-won or Won Bin? The 47th Daejong Awards will be held on the 29th in Kyeong-hee University's Hall of Peace. On that day's awards event, 'Bedevilled', "The Servant", 'Barefoot Dream', "Poetry", 'I Saw the Devil', 'The Man From Nowhere', "Secret Reunion", "Moss", "Harmony", and "The Housemaid - 2010" will complete against each other.,...More
  • Gang Dong-won says "wants the power to teleport"

    2010/10/18, Source
    Actor Go Soo speaks to reporters during a press conference for film "Haunters" held at a Megabox theater in Dongadaemun of Seoul, South Korea on October 18, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily] Korean actor Gang Dong-won has said that he would want the ability to teleport to outer space although in the past, he wanted to have the power to control people's minds as his character does in his upcoming film "Haunters",...More
  • Official movie poster and trailer revealed for "Haunters"

    2010/10/12, Source
    Main poster for upcoming Korean thriller "Haunters" [Zip Cinema] The official movie poster and trailer for the upcoming Korean thriller tentatively titled "Haunters", starring top Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Go Soo, have been released. The movie poster shows the two actors with the phrase,,...More
  • Won Bin became 'Daughter Crazy"... Netizen said, "I'm jealous of that child actor"

    2010/10/06, Source
    Actor Won Bin got new nickname, ‘Daughter Crazy”. ‘Daughter Crazy’ is a new word for fathers who think of their daughter extremely dearly. Nowadays, people use this word to male celebrities who take care of child actors as if she was their daughter.,...More
  • [ChanMi's take] Gang Dong-won's style, only something he would try

    2010/09/19, Source
    Gang Dong-won is in Japan promoting the film "Secret Reunion". He is also currently filming the new "Haunters" with Go Soo,...More
  • Young Women Boost Viewing Figures for Won Bin Action Flick

    2010/09/18, Source
    The violent action film "The Man From Nowhere" continues to draw crowds at the box office, staying at No. 3 in the sixth week aft,...More
  • So Ji-sub to receive honor at Daejong Film Awards

    2010/09/17, Source
    Korean actor So Ji-sub [51K] Korean actor So Ji-sub will be honored with an award at the upcoming Daejong Film Awards, according to the Motion Pictures Association of Korea on Friday. The 33-year-old actor will be recognized for the awareness he has created of Korean culture throughout Asia at the opening ceremony of the acclaimed film fest on September 25, to be held at the Seoul City Hall Plaza,...More
  • Tragedy fails to shake Filipina's belief in Korea

    2010/09/08, Source
    This is the first in a series of interviews and articles dealing with leading members of Korea's multicultural society and their life in a home away from home. ― ED.

    By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
  • Movie 'The Man From Nowhere' Ranks Atop Ticket Sales

    2010/09/03, Source
    The movie "The Man From Nowhere", in which actor Won Bin appears as the prota,...More
  • Testosterone-fueled films dominate
    2010/08/12, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won

    Korean actresses should be enjoying a nice long vacation on exotic beaches this summer — as male stars unabashedly show off their macho side onscreen there seems to be little room for the ladies.

    The alpha male, as depicted through recent Korean cinema, has been reverting to a,...
  • [ChanMi's movie news] "The Man From Nowhere" has a great start

    2010/08/09, Source
    Won Bin is the main character for the movie, "The Man From Nowhere" which had been released this year. It has only been out for 5 days when it has already hit 1 million viewers. The CJ Entertainment said that it has only been a first week for this great turnout. Other films that had the similar audience was "Secret Reunion" and,...More
  • Fantasia presents 14 Korean features
    2010/07/20, Source
    Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, running July 8 – 28 in Canada's second-largest city, presents a total of 14 Korean features this year. The festival which highlights fantasy and strong genre-oriented films from Asia will screen the Canadian premiere of,...More
  • NYAFF screens wide selection of Korean films
    2010/07/20, Source
    The ninth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) wrapped on Thursday, July 8, after presenting 45 films from across Asia including seven Korean features and a collection of eight Korean standout shorts from Seoul's 2009 Mise-en-Scéne Short Film Festival.

    Of the seven Korean features,...
  • Korean box office sets all-time high during first half of 2010

    2010/07/07, Source
    Movie posters for Korean films "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" (left) and "Secret Reunion", both starring actor Gang Dong-won [CJ Entertainment/Showbox] The Korean box office set a new record during the first half of 2010 with ticket sales hitting an all-time high, according to data by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). KOFIC's official report on the local film industry, released Tuesday, stated that Korean moviegoers paid out approximately 547 billion won for theater tickets during the first six months of the year, up 14.6 percent from the same period last year,...More
  • 'CGV LA' to Open in Hollywood

    2010/06/07, Source
    A movie theater screening Korean films exclusively will open in Hollywood in the U.S. city of Los Angeles.

    CJ CGV, the largest theater chain in South Korea, said Monday that "CGV LA" will open in L,...
  • Gang Dong-won denies going to military in November

    2010/06/06, Source
    Korean actor Gang Dong-won [Asia Economic Daily] Korean actor Gang Dong-won has denied recent rumors that he will be joining the army in November to fulfill his mandatory two-year military service. An official at Gang's agency talked with Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Saturday, downplaying the media reports as "not true",...More
  • [10LINE] Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon

    2010/05/28, Source
    Clockwise from top center: actress Lee Hye-young-I, actress Moon So-ri,director Lee Chang-dong, actor Song Kang-ho, and director Im Sang-soo [10Asia] Jeon Do-yeon "A friend who says she wants to become like me so badly that she will seal the deal at the risk of her future has only seen the pretty and fancy side to me. It's not difficult to become like me. It's just hard for someone to want to become like you". - Jeon Do-yeon's line from her cameo appearance on SBS TV series "On Air". About life as an actress. About life as Jeon Do-yeon. Kang Shin-hye A reporter who worked for teenage magazine Hi-teen in 1990. She encouraged Jeon, who during her senior year in high school went to the magazine to receive a prize from a postcard contest, to become a cover model,...More
  • Ticket sales up in first quarter 2010
    2010/04/09, Source
    KOFIC's Korean box office statistics for the first quarter of 2010 show a 30.1% rise in ticket revenues compared to the same period last year. The success of 3D Hollywood blockbusters, which charge a premium rate, and a bump in general ticket prices that took place last summer, contributed to the i,...More
  • [10LINE] Actor Gang Dong-won

    2010/04/09, Source
    Clockwise from top center: actor Jo Han-seon, actor Won Bin, director Lee Myeong-se, director Choi Dong-hoon and actor Song Kang-ho [10Asia] Gang Dong-won "Just talking about you is cool and you're handsome and all I can say is that I love you a lot. That's the truth". -from the movie "M". Being handsome is important but you need something more than just the looks. Just like actor Gang Dong-won. Ha Jung-hwa He was Gang Dong-won's physical education teacher from middle school. Kang wrote a letter thanking Ha in the magazine "Good Friend". When he was younger he was smart and athletic and he reached the height of 180cm after growing 25 cm during his middle school years,...More
  • Korean films dominate local box office during Q1

    2010/04/07, Source
    Posters for film "Secret Reunion" (left) and "Harmony" [Showbox/CJ Entertainment] Korean films kept a strong presence on the domestic box office during the first quarter of this year despite the explosive success of "Avatar", according to data by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). The KOFIC's quarterly report on the local film industry, released Tuesday, reported that Korean movies accounted for 44.3 percent of market share on the local box office from January to March 2010. Several domestic films -- including "Secret Reunion", "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" and "Harmony" -- each drew over three million moviegoers, faring considerably well against Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar", which dominated Korean theaters for multiple weeks since its release in mid-December,...More
  • Box Office Revenues Rise 30% on 3D Movies' Success
    2010/04/07, Source
    Box office sales have increased by 30 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year.

    The Korean Film Council said in its quarterly summary of the Korean motion picture industry that the number of moviegoers also increased more than seven percent during the same period.

    The council att,...
  • "Titans" makes smashing debut on Korean box office
    2010/04/05, Source
    Hollywood action picture "Clash of the Titans" successfully entered the domestic box office last week, surpassing weekly competition to become the most-watched movie during the first week of April, according to estimates on Monday.

    The Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) revealed that the mythical f,...
  • Go Hyun-jung, "Haeundae" win grand prize at PaekSang Arts Awards

    2010/03/29, Source
    Korean actress Go Hyun-jung at the 46th PaekSang Arts Awards held at the National Theater of Korea on March 26, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily] Top Korean actress Go Hyun-jung and "Haeundae" producer JK Youn won the grand prize at the 46th PaekSang Arts Awards, held at the National Theater of Korea on Friday. Ko claimed the top crown in the TV category for her portrayal of royal concubine Mi-shil in historical drama "Queen Seon-deok" while producer Yoon was awarded the same honor in the film category,...More
  • "Green Zone" makes debut atop Korean box office
    2010/03/29, Source
    Hollywood war drama "Green Zone" bowed successfully into the domestic box office as the most-watched movie for the last week of March, according to estimates on Monday.

    The Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) revealed that the action thriller sold 257,288 tickets during the weekend of March 26 to 28,...
  • "Shutter Island" captures top spot on Korean box office
    2010/03/22, Source
    Official movie poster of "Shutter Island" [Paramount Pictures]

    Crime thriller "Shutter Island" made its way to the top of the domestic box office to win the title as most-watched movie for the third week of March, according to estimates on Monday.

    The Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) revealed,...
  • Kim Myung-min, the best in "two-faced charisma"

    2010/03/22, Source
    Kim Myung-min can best display the "two-faced charisma", according to netizens. Movieweek, a major Korean cinema-related website, conducted a survey on who among popular male entertainers could best portray a role with the "two-faced charisma", or the character that can abruptly change from being gentle to terrifying once his temper explodes,...More
  • Director Jang Hoon's Movie Picks

    2010/03/16, Source
    Director Jang Hoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] There are two men. Whether they have their backs turned or are facing each other, they are enemies. They stand together only because they need to, and the distance between them fails to narrow. Gang-pae (played by So Ji-sub) and Soo-ta (Kang Ji-hwan) met in "Rough Cut" to shoot a film and Han-gyu (Song Kang-ho) and Ji-won (Gang Dong-won) meet in "Secret Reunion" to find what they have lost. Yet while Gang-pae and Soo-ta end up scarring each other deeply, Han-gyu and Ji-won find peace. The man who made these men meet, made them fight and then reconcile, is director Jang Hoon. He has returned with his second directorial feature "Secret Reunion", again telling the story of two male characters as he did with "Rough Cut" but things are different this time,...More
  • Gang Dong-won, Go Soo cast in new action thriller

    2010/03/15, Source
    Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Go Soo [Asia Economic Daily] Top Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Go Soo have become the main cast of a new action thriller tentatively titled "Haunters", according to movie producers Zip Cinema on Monday. Kang will play the role of a mind-controlling psychic who tries to lead an ordinary life until he meets Kyu-nam, played by Ko, who is not affected by his supernatural powers.,...More
  • "Alice in Wonderland" leads domestic box office for second week
    2010/03/15, Source
    Movie poster of "Alice in Wonderland" [Walt Disney]

    Fantasy flick "Alice in Wonderland" led the domestic box office again last weekend, taking its second win as the most watched film in the country, according to estimates on Monday.

    The Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) revealed that Tim Burton,...
  • "Alice in Wonderland" enters Korean box office at No. 1
    2010/03/08, Source
    Official movie poster of "Alice in Wonderland" [Walt Disney Pictures]

    Hollywood film "Alice in Wonderland" made a much anticipated successful bow in South Korea, winning the top spot on its box office for the first week of March, according to estimates on Monday.

    The Korean Box Office System (,...
  • [INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 1

    2010/03/04, Source
    Korean actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck: Una/10Asia] Song Kang-ho interviewed and photographed by Beck: Una Song Kang-ho is not a funny person. He is an entertaining actor. Song Kang-ho is not a friendly person. He is a familiar actor. Song Kang-ho is not a diligent person. He is an actor who always works. Song Kang-ho is not a successful/proud person. But he is an extraordinary actor. As the third object of "Interview 100", actor Song Kang-ho stood waiting with a cigarette in his mouth and looking more relaxed and comfortable than ever. And rather than giving a fussy greeting or a friendly hug, he simply waved a moderately warm hello with his hand. Beck Una (Beck): When I saw you at the Pusan International Film Festival last year, you said not to expect much from "Secret Reunion" and joked that it was just a movie where you rode on actor Gang Dong-won's popularity from film "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard". But "Secret Reunion" turned out to be much more commercial. Song Kang-ho (Song): I needed it to vent my spite from "Thirst". It was for the film! Hahahahaha! Beck: You are usually very critical of your own films compared to other actors. What is your take on your film "Secret Reunion"?,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Actor Song Kang-ho - Part 2

    2010/03/04, Source
    Actor Song Kang-ho [photographed by Beck Una/10Asia] Beck: What did you find likeable and entertaining about the script for "Secret Reunion"? Song: Ten years ago, I did the films "Shiri" and "JSA - Joint Security Area" which are both about South Korea, North Korea and men. So, "Secret Reunion" was similar to them in a way, a similar story, but the overall outline of the movie is completely different from the previous films. The film doesn't treat the South-North division as its theme but rather takes an incredibly soft, light and sophisticated approach to it. I thought that was closer to how the audience currently feels about the division and there was something lovely about a North Korean spy and a former South Korean intelligence service agent living together. I don't think I would have done the movie if it dealt seriously about the division at times like now. Beck:But didn't you choose to do the film because of the character or the role you would get to take on?,...More
  • "Secret Reunion" maintains hold on Korean box office

    2010/03/02, Source
    Official movie poster of Korean movie "Secret Reunion" [Showbox] Korean movie "Secret Reunion" continued to take control of the Korean box office during the final week of February, according to estimates on Tuesday. The Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) revealed the action picture sold over 458,038 tickets during the weekend of February 26 to 28 to attract a over a total 4.2 million admissions since its release earlier in the month. "Secret Reunion" circles around the chance reencounter of former South Korean intelligence official and North Korean spy played by Korean actors Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won.,...More
  • [ChanMi's movie news] "Secret Reunion" being loved!

    2010/02/28, Source
    The movie was released on February 4th. The Maxmovie's 15 week profits was shown to be first place for the movie "Secret Reunion". They are being the most watched movie currently for the 24 days in the theaters. It has received 4,098,232 admissions! Other hit movies have been "Avatar" "Harmony" and many more films. However, "Secret Reunion" has out-watched,...More
  • [Movie] Avatar Breaks 10-Million Barrier and Paradigm is Shifted in Film Industry
    2010/02/24, Source
    Avatar (directed by James Cameron), a 3D SF blockbuster, has become Korea's first foreign film to attract more than ten million viewers. The film has sent the domestic film industry into shock by attracting 10,069,047 viewers (provided by distributor) in just 38 days as of January 23.

    Avatar is c,...
  • "Secret Reunion" celebrates third win on Korean box office

    2010/02/22, Source
    No. 1 movie in Korea "Secret Reunion" [Showbox] Korean movie "Secret Reunion" continued its reign on the Korean box office to remain the most popular film in South Korea for the third consecutive week, according to estimates on Monday. The Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) revealed that the action pic sold 594,911 tickets during the weekend of February 19 to 21, admitting over three million viewers since its release in early February. "Secret Reunion" stars Korean actors Song Kang-ho who plays a former South Korean intelligence official and GKang Dong-won as the North Korean spy who reunite after six years since their first encounter.,...More
  • 'Secret Reunion' Holds Grip at Box Office

    2010/02/22, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    "Secret Reunion", about a close-knit friendship between North and South Korean spies, is holding tig,...
  • Actress Chea Min-seo Pushes the Limits in 'Vegetarian'

    2010/02/20, Source
    The low-budget film "Vegetarian" is up at the Korean box office against Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar", which has drawn over 12 million spe,...More
  • Secret Reunion Unseats Avatar

    2010/02/18, Source
    Avatar has been knocked off its seven week perch at the top of the box office by spy thriller "Secret Reunion". The,...More
  • "Secret Reunion" takes another win on Korean box office

    2010/02/16, Source
    Movie poster for "Secret Reunion" [Showbox] Korean movie "Secret Reunion" remained the most popular film in South Korea for the second week in a row, according to estimates on Monday. Data released by the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) indicated that the action flick hung onto spot atop the local box office, selling 726,116 tickets between February 12 and 14 and over a total two million since its release in early February. "Secret Reunion" is about the rendezvous of a former South Korean intelligence official, played by Sang Kang-ho, and North Korean spy, played by Gang Dong-won, meeting six years after their initial encounter.,...More
  • 'Avatar' Beats 'The King and the Clown' to Second Place
    2010/02/15, Source
    Hollywood science fiction blockbuster "Avatar" has come from behind to the second place, outpacing local film, "The King and the Clown".

    According to the compilation of ticket sales at cinemas by Korean Film Council via its,...
  • [ChanMi's movie news] Current number 1 film on the charts!

    2010/02/14, Source
    Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won are in the new film, "Secret Reunion" which is number 1 in the charts. It's rated that from the last 12th through 14th, for the three days 725,284 people viewed his film! The weekend box office chart number 1 was this film for the 2 weeks! This movie is bringing new energy to the film industry! The number 2 on the charts was the Hollywood fantasy blockbuster "Percy Jackson,...More
  • "Secret Reunion" takes first win on Korean box office

    2010/02/08, Source
    Movie poster of "Secret Reunion" [Showbox] Korean film "Secret Reunion" and "Harmony" took over the Korean box office over the weekend to end the reign of Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar", estimates showed on Monday. According to figures by the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS), newly released action film "Secret Reunion" knocked out seven week winner "Avatar" out of the top spot by selling 741,552 tickets between February 5 and 7. "Secret Reunion", about a former South Korean intelligence official and North Korean spy who re-encounter each other six years after their initial meeting, stars actors Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won who play the role of the failed agents.,...More
  • [Movie] Post-Avatar Korean Cinema: 3 Major Films of 3 Different Colors
    2010/02/02, Source
    Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Mid Autumn Festival) are the busiest season for movie theaters. As the Lunar New Year approaches, a host of Korean films are getting ready to hit the screens once the Avatar blast is over.

    Many of them are so called "well-made movies" that are both ente,...
  • [PREVIEW] Movie Secret Reunion

    2010/02/01, Source
    Actors Gang Dong-won (left) and Song Kang-ho in "Secret Reunion" [Showbox] Movie "Secret Reunion" - The terms of brotherhood On a peaceful afternoon, several rounds of gunshots are fired in an apartment complex. As the terrified residents run out of the apartment building, two men face their twisted fate during the chaos. That day, NIS (National Intelligence Service) agent Hangyu (played by Song Kang-ho) gets kicked out of his organization for failing to accomplish his mission while North Korean spy Ji-won (played by Gang Dong-won) also gets abandoned by his home country for being a traitor. Six year pass and the two men meet again, each convinced that the other does not recognize him. The two are closer to being enemies than sworn brothers as they both dream of turning around their life again at the expense of the other. But as they start living together and look into the other person's loneliness, the mood between the two men start to change, little by little. What is worth watching in "Secret Reunion" is how the relationship between these two men change over time.,...More
  • [ChanMi's movie news] Good reviews for "Secret Reunion"

    2010/01/22, Source
    Who said that they would not look good as costars? The film, "Secret Reunion" is receiving good critics! The main characters, Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won have worked with the director, Jang Hoon who has also produced "Rough Cut". The movie is set in the busy city of Seoul where the two have met through a curious gunfire. Secret national agent Hangyu acted by Song Kang-ho and the espionage operator sent from North Korea acted by,...More
  • Kang and Song say bonded like brothers in "Secret Reunion"

    2010/01/21, Source
    Director Jang Hoon (center) poses with his lead actors Song Kang-ho (left) and Gang Dong-won attend a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the COEX Megabox Multiplex theater in Seoul, South Korea on January 19, 2010. [Creative Film Marketing] Press conference for film "Secret Reunion" Song Kang-ho keeps throwing verbal jabs which makes the audience burst out in laughter. Gang Dong-won wears a complex, multi-layered look in his eyes that has not been seen in any of his previous films. From what has been revealed at the press conference for "Secret Reunion", held at Seoul's Megabox Multiplex on Tuesday, "Secret Reunion""Secret Reunion" not only maximized the strengths of the two actors but also took an unexpected turn. The character Han-gyu, a former NIS (National Intelligence Service) agent who now runs a detective agency, appears to be a mixture of Song's two previous characters -- the NIS agent in "Shiri" and the middle-aged mobster in "The Show Must Go on". But his remarks in the movie go far beyond just being funny lines spoken by a character -- it's as if the actor and the character have become one. And one can see in the close-up shots that Gang Dong-won -- who looks as slick as a deer even when he's wearing suits that have long gone out of fashion -- carries in his eyes the intensity of a North Korean spy who is immensely conflicted between his ideology and his emotions.,...More
  • 'Secret Reunion" Offers Bittersweet 'Bromance'

    2010/01/21, Source
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    A story about North and South Korean spies called "Secret Reunion" may initially seem like mawkish c,...
  • Song Kang-ho's New Movie 'Secret Reunion'

    2010/01/17, Source
    In an interview at a hotel in Sokong-dong, actor Song Kang-ho said, "First of all, I could easily identify my own personality with the character I played in the movie ‘Secret Reunion' better than in any of my other movies. The character of Han-kyu in Secret Reunion seems to me to be a mix of previous characters I played before, including Doo-man ("Memories of Murder") and Kyung-pil ("JSA - Joint Security Area"). I think that my character Han-kyu is a unique character, but I also used several of my previous characters from my other movies to influence the character 'Han-kyu'. I see my role as Han-kyu to be an assorted gift of my acting experiences for my fans. I tried to show the essence of my acting through Han-kyu and to express him as a father and a husband in his daily life, even though Han-kyu is an agent of the National Intelligence Service (laughing)". Song, who has gained growing popularity and recognition for his acting credentials, plays Han-kyu, a former agent of the NIS in the movie "Secret Reunion", which is the second movie by director Jang Hoon, whose first project as the main director was "A Movie is a Movie". "Secret Reunion" will be released on February 4.,...More
  • Gang Dong-won says envies Song Kang-ho's animal instincts

    2010/01/06, Source
    From left, actor Song Kang-ho, director Jang Hoon and actor Kang Dong-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 5, 2009. [Lee Ji-hyuk/10Asia] A former South Korean intelligence agency official and a North Korean spy sent to South Korea. In most films, such a setting would end as a tragedy or result in a clash of ideologies as was the case in films "Shiri" or "JSA - Joint Security Area". These characters, who have been trained for the good of their country, will confront each other brutally or will have to face numerous conspiracies as was the case with the NSS agents in KBS TV series "IRIS". But "Secret Reunion" is a film which seems to be set on providing a new form of enjoyment through its characters. Unlike its poster showing a resolutely determined Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won, a preview video revealed at a press conference for the film on Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel drew frequent bursts of laughter from the audience. Lee Han-gyu (played by Song) who looks better as the owner of a detective agency than the national intelligence service from which he has been expelled, and North Korean spy Song Ji-won (played by Kang) who still flaunts his outstanding looks on screen despite the director's efforts to do his best to "make him not look like a model", start living together for different purposes. Lee employes Song to win a prize money given for catching spies and Song starts working at Lee's agency to make money to return to the North. Each character, both of whom have been ousted by their organizations, will try to use the other as a tool to reclaim their original positions but the wall between them starts collapsing. "Secret Reunion", which focused on the individual changes the two characters go through regardless of their different ideologies, is set for release on February 4. Below are excerpts from the press conference attended by Song, Kang and director Jang. Actor Song Kang-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] Q: What sort of film is "Secret Reunion"? Jang Hun (Jang): A South Korean man in the National Intelligence Service meets with a North Korean man sent to the South as a spy. The film is about the two men who start out as enemies but change after seeing the humane sides to each other while living together.,...More

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 Kim Joo-ho (김주호)
 Choi Kwan-yeong (최관영)
 Jang Hoon (장훈)
 Seong Jeong-hoon (성정훈)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
 Park Hong-soo (박홍수)
 Assistant director
 Kim Tae-hwan-I (김태환)
 Martial arts team
 Cheon Rae-hoon (천래훈)
 Special effets team
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
 Hwang Sang-jun (황상준)
 Music department
 Kim Joo-hwan (김주환)
 Marketing department
 Sin Dong-hoon-I (신동훈)
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 Lee Jeon-ho (이전호)
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116 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Airing dates : 2010/02/04
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As of 2010.04.18 : 5,459,295 admissions (total)
As of 2010.04.11 : 5,452,357 admissions (total)
As of 2010.04.04 : 5,442,964 admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.28 : 5,406,464 admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.21 : 5,314,713 admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.14 : 5,118,490 admissions (total)
As of 2010.03.07 : 4,822,636 admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.28 : 4,265,751 admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.21 : 3,496,650 admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.14 : 2,086,293 admissions (total)
As of 2010.02.07 : 894,358 admissions (total)
As of 2010.01.31 : 17,220 admissions (total)

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Brilliant, and very enjoyable.
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