[Guest Film Review] "The Mimic" 2017/09/30,
One quite undisputed fact of the East Asian movie industry is that J-horror is long since dead. Koreans (and others), however, occasionally try their luck in the genre, and very rarely, a film like "The Wailing" emerges, although there, horror is just an excuse for a plethora of different of elements. Huh Jung, probably instigated by Na Hong-jin's film (as many more in the future will be) presents his own take on the Korean edition of J-horror,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/04/16,
A trio of K-noirs find support in Japan, Kyu Hyun Kim reviews Park Jeong-woo's apocalyptic thriller "Pandora", KoBiz reveals the films that will be competing during the upcoming peak season, and Variety has all the winners from the recent WildFlower Film Awards,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/02/12,
Arts Desk reviews the DVD version of Na Hong-jin's "The Wailing", discover the long-standing relationship between South Korea cinema and the Berlin International Film Festival, Pierce Conran shares his thoughts on Lee Joon-ik's tenth film about Korea under Japanese occupation, and KoBiz's latest infographic reveals the common thread running through three of Korea's most recent successes,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/01/28,
KoBiz's latest infographic shows directors who have returned after a lengthy hiatus, the Korean press select "The Wailing" as the best film of 2016, Na Hong-jin's latest to be adapted by Scott Free Productions, and Movie Pilot has ten films to introduce you to Korean cinema,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/01/07,
Variety reports on South Korea's box office figures for 2016, film critic Pierce Conran (Modern Korean Cinema) picks his top 15 film for last year, enjoy classic Korean films thanks to new Blu-rays and KOFA's VOD service, and read professional reviews of Korean films released in 2016 with Darcy Paquet and Kyu Hyun Kim,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Film - And the Winner Is... 2017/01/01,
Korean cinema is creative, beautiful, and adventurous. You have voted for your favorite of the silver screen nominees and it is time to reveal the results. Thank you so much for voting and making the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Film - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/26,
Welcome to the final week of the First Annual HanCinema Awards. After two weeks of voting, the first of the results are in! HanCinema thanks all of you readers for joining in and making this successful! We couldn't have done it without you, so enjoy all these fine gentlemen of Korean cinema.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Film 2016/12/16,
The year of 2016 brought the world some brilliant Korean cinema that was daring, inspiring, and bold. Not only did film make a splash in Korean, but it traversed across oceans to reach welcoming audiences. From December 16 to December 23 you can vote for your favorite film of the year. Results will be revealed during the last week of 2016!,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.11 ~ 2016.11.13 2016/11/21,
J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut summons the masses with magic...
David Yates's fantasy flick "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" arrived in Korea last Wednesday and dethroned a weary "Doctor Strange" at the top of the pile. For the past three weeks, Marvel's mind-bending spectacle has been riding high in the Land of the Morning Calm, but this new magical storm from Warner Bros. Pictures has sent the doctor down a few notches by summoning plenty fresh feet to Korea's big screens,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.11 ~ 2016.11.13 2016/11/14,
"Doctor Strange" becomes the second-highest grossing foreign film of the year...
Marvel's latest blockbuster "Doctor Strange" retained pole position and claimed its third weekend at the top of Korea's box office. Director Scott Derrickson's cinematic wizardry (riding Marvel's marvellous momentum) added another 548,520 admissions (38.9%) to its Korean cause to become the tenth highest-grossing film of the year with 4.8 million admissions ($36.3 million),...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/11/12,
The Hollywood Reporter reveals the nominees for the upcoming Blue Dragon Film Awards, get an inside look at North Korea's dream machine like never before, Screen Daily takes a look at the highest-grossing Korean film of the year, and actor Yoo Hae-jin takes the lead in his biggest film to date,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.11.04 ~ 2016.11.06 2016/11/07,
"Doctor Strange" and "Luck.Key" capture 83% of the box office pie...
Marvel's "Doctor Strange" retained pole position by attracting another million admissions (58.6%) during its second weekend out in Korea. The film's first weekend saw 1.6 million filmgoers flock to its screens (63%), and with this weekend's take included, the film's totally tally swelled to 3.9 million ($30.4 million). Worldwide, Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" has grossed $325.4 million having been produced for an estimated $165 million,...More
[HanCinema's Feature] "The Korean Audience" 2016/09/03, Last week I discussed the South Korean film industry in broad perspective. As is often the case with markets, it's oeasy to lose track of the human element. Historically domestic Korean films have struggled at the box office and needed government quotes to stay even. Yet today they're pretty much at parity with foreign releases with relatively little government support. They're doing especially splendidly this year. As of this writing two of the top three spots and seven of the top ten are all Korean films. This change has obviously been affected by Korean audiences being more interested in Korean movies as of late. But why?,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.08.12 ~ 2016.08.14 2016/08/15, "Tunnel" dethrones "The Last Princess" and takes the crown...
Kim Seong-hun's action thriller "Tunnel" arrived last week and managed to capture 40% of box office pie and dislodge "The Last Princess" at the top of the pile. Last weekend Heo Jin-ho's historical melodrama (aka "Princess Deokhye") attracted 1.1 million filmgoers across 964 screens to take pole position; despite following that good opening with another 966,862 admissions here (21%), which moved its total tally now to 3.5 million ($25.6 million), Heo's latest was forced into second place after the "Tunnel" arrived on the scene and attracted 1.8 million admissions ($13.8 million) from 1,091 screens,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Bucheon" July 20th-21st 2016/08/06,
Ah, another year at the Bucheon International Film Festival (BiFan). This festival will always have soft spot in my heart, because they were the first to recognize my press credential way back when I started writing for HanCinema full time. This was the first year I tried to use that credential to take pictures instead of just watching movies. In commemoration of that, I present the more obscure side of Bucheon red carpet. Most of the people who walk the red carpet don't show up in articles, even if they all have their own interesting story to tell,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.07.08 ~ 2016.07.10 2016/07/11,
Dory finds a way to beat "The Man Who Sells the River"...
Disney and Pixar's sequel to "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Finding Dory", arrived in theatres last week and-as expected-dominated box offices around the world. In Korea, the film was allocated over a thousand screens around the country and from them captured 32% of the box office pie (825,131 admissions) to come out on top during a very competitive season. "Finding Dory" has already sold over a million admissions ($7.3 million) since Wednesday, and, worldwide, it's grossed over $642.8 million (the film was produced for an estimated $200 million). "Finding Dory" is on track to becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.07.01 ~ 2016.07.03 2016/07/04,
Three new entries take over at the top...
There was a major reshuffle at the top of Korea's box office over the weekend as three new films entered the fray and capture over 60% of the box office pie. Last week's number one, "Independence Day: Resurgence" by Roland Emmerich, was bumped to fourth after "Familyhood", "The Legend of Tarzan", and "The Hunt" came in and conquered the podium,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.06.24 ~ 2016.06.26 2016/06/27,
"Independence Day: Resurgence" arrives and thrives under Korean conditions...
It's been two decades since Roland Emmerich's aliens met Will Smith in "Independence Day", but now the invading extraterrestrials and back for another attack on our Pale Blue Dot. "Independence Day: Resurgence", also directed by Emmerich, but still short a Smith, arrived in Korea on Wednesday and landed firmly in first place with 695,000 admissions (35.7%) across 926 screens,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.06.17 ~ 2016.06.19 2016/06/20,
Disney's "The Jungle Book" remains king...
Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" retained pole position over the weekend by capturing 27.3% of the box office pie. From the 898 screens allocated, "The Jungle Book" attracted 619 thousand admissions bringing its total to 4.6 million admissions ($12.6 million) since its release two weeks ago. Walt Disney's digitally refreshed version of this classic tale was produced for an estimated $175 million; worldwide, it's already grossed $922.4 million and is fast on its way to reaching the billion-dollar mark,...More
Moviegoers Prefer Older Stars, Watching Alone 2016/06/19, Source, Hwang Jung-min and Kim Hye-soo have been named the most popular actor and actress in an email survey of 10,286 people by the Chosun Ilbo and ticketing site Max Movie. Kim was also voted best actress, while best actor went to Song Kang-ho. All three are all in their 40s, while only a few stars in their 20s made it into the top 10. The results clearly reflect the changing demographic of moviegoers in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.06.03 ~ 2016.06.05 2016/06/06, Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" suppresses Marvel's mutants...
Park Chan-wook's latest film, "The Handmaiden", starring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, and Ha Jung-woo, was officially released last Wednesday and dislodged Marvel's "X-Men: Apocalypse" at the top of the pile. Last weekend the latest "X-Men" film entered the chart and occupied first place with 1.1 million admissions going its way (51%). Park's much-anticipated thriller, however, shot to the top in its first weekend out by capturing 47% of the box office pie. From 1,167 screens, and fresh after its successful run at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received favourable reviews from critics and filmgoers alike, "The Handmaiden" attracted 1.2 million admissions to top the chart during its first weekend out on home soil,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Wailing" 2016/06/04, Na Hong-jin ("The Chaser", "The Yellow Sea") has brought the world another blockbuster that screened at Cannes, was picked up by Well Go USA Entertainment, and released in North American June 3. Welcome horror mystery "The Wailing" to the ranks of the modern day film successes. It boasts of the eighth largest Korean opening, a two and a half hour run time, a myriad of horror and thriller elements, and a little bit of the absurd,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.05.27 ~ 2016.05.29 2016/05/30,
"X-Men: Apocalypse" muffles "The Wailing" for the win...
The ninth film in Marvel Comic's "X-Men" series ("X-Men: Apocalypse") arrived in Korea last Wednesday, dovetailing nicely with the success of "Captain America: Civil War". "X-Men: Apocalypse" sold 1.1 million admissions (51.2%) across 1,258 screens to oust Na Hong-jin's "The Wailing" and so denying it a third straight week at the top of tpile. Marvel's latest did this by securing nearly $9 million over the weekend with second place, "The Wailing", pulling in roughly half that,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.05.06 ~ 2016.05.08 2016/05/09,
"Civil War" continues to dominate despite a host of new challengers...
Marvel's latest outing continued to reign supreme atop the Korea box office, but a string of new releases shuffled the rest of the pack considerably. This latest superhero flick was released in Korea late last month and topped the charts its frist weekend out by capturing over 90% of the box office pie. Over the weekend, Marvel's mighty movie added another 1.5 million admissions (64.8%) to bring it total tally now to 7.3 million ($52.7 million). Worldwide, "Captain America: Civil War" has, to date, banked an incredible $678.4 million,...More
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