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[HanCinema's News] Jin Se-yeon Thanks Fans for Gifts Related to her Tenth Year Anniversary

2020/11/22 | Permalink

Actress Jin Se-yeon recently passed the ten year anniversary of her debut. The exact date is calculated as November 22nd, which was the first airdate for the drama "It's Okay, Daddy's Girl". Though Jin Se-yeon did not have a major role, it was the first screen credit for the then seventeen year old actress...More

[HanCinema's News] New Photos Released for LOVE YOU W Campaign

2020/11/22 | Permalink

Last month, W Magazine Korea announced their models for this year's LOVE YOU W campaign, which aims to improve breast cancer awareness. At that time, only wide angle promotional shots for the event were available...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Goddess of Revenge" Premieres With 3.4% Ratings

2020/11/22 | Permalink

In its first weekend the new TV Chosun drama "The Goddess of Revenge" had a respectable opening of 3.4%. "The Goddess of Revenge" is the first TV Chosun drama to air on Saturday and Sunday night since "King Maker: The Change of Destiny" which ended on July 26th with ratings of 5.9%...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" Completes Filming

2020/11/21 | Permalink

On November 21st Kim Seon-ho made an Instagram post honoring the crew of "Start Up". For the most part the faces of the crew members are obscured so as to protect their privacy...More

[HanCinema's News] MBC Dramanet Promotes Rebroadcast of "You Drive Me Crazy"

2020/11/21 | Permalink

On Twitter the television network MBC Dramanet recently announced that they would be reairing the 2018 short drama "You Drive Me Crazy". In general it is unusual for networks to bother to rebroadcast short dramas. "You Drive Me Crazy" is only two episodes long, about the same length as a movie...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Appears in Esquire Photoshoot

2020/11/21 | Permalink

The upcoming December issue of Esquire Korea will feature a photoshoot with actor Kim Seon-ho as the centerpiece. The concept of the photoshoot is BEHIND THE STAGE and is promising to show a hidden side of the actor. The pictures show a wide variety of stylings for Kim Seon-ho, from unusually colored lighting to self aware expressions to peculiar movements...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Midsummer Madness"

2020/11/20 | Permalink

Hyeon-sil (played by Kim Ye-eun) is a lazy woman in her late twenties. She has an excited, energetic dog but doesn't like walking him in the morning. In the very weird scene that follows we see Hyeon-sil be clumsily hit on by a young jogger who clearly doesn't know how to talk to women. But does Hyeon-sil herself have any idea how to talk to anyone? That is the central mystery behind "Midsummer Madness" which is more literally translated as Midsummer Thinking...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Midnight"

2020/11/20 | Permalink

The most immediately distinctive aspect of "Our Midnight" is how the movie is filmed in black and white. There's no obvious reason for this to start out with- save, of course, for the fact that black-and-white filming is cheaper, and "Our Midnight" is an independent film that was made on a budget. But then that's very thematically on-brand, given how the movie revolves around failed actors who become obsessed with suicide, albeit not for the reason you're probably expecting...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "AND THERE WAS LIGHT"

2020/11/20 | Permalink

In this year's editions of BIFAN and BIFF, there were mostly two tendencies among the Korean films. One was a kind of "weird wave", of genre-bending films that moved into almost uncanny cinematic directions, and the other of intense art-house ones, of the sort where realism takes over the narrative to the point that , occasionally, nothing ever happens. "AND THERE WAS LIGHT" seems to combine these two tendencies, eventually resulting in a film that is quite different, but also both art-house and "strange"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" once again tops the Good Data Report

2020/11/18 | Permalink

On November 18th the the Good Data Corporation released the latest iteration of the Good Data Report, which measures how dramas perform across various social media metrics. "Start Up" was once again on top of the report, with a stronger lead over its rivals compared to the previous week...More

[HanCinema's News] Character Poster Revealed for "Run On"

2020/11/18 | Permalink

"Run On" is set to be released on December 16th, and jTBC has released new character posters as part of its marketing push...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Jun and Hur Hyun-jun Confirmed for "Color Rush"

2020/11/18 | Permalink

Storywiz recently announced the upcoming drama "Color Rush" and provided pictures of the first script reading. They are making "Color Rush"...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Preempted for Football Game

2020/11/17 | Permalink

The eighth episode of the SBS drama "The Penthouse" did not air as originally planned on November 17th due to a football game. On that night, the South Korean national football team was set to play a friendly match against Qatar...More

[HanCinema's News] DinDin Sends Kim Seon-ho a Coffee Car

2020/11/17 | Permalink

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On November 17th, DinDin announced on his Instagram account that he had prepared a coffee car for Kim Seon-ho. The banners make it clear that the coffee car is intended for the cast and crew of "Start Up" in which Kim Seon-ho is currently starring...More

[HanCinema's News] Special Preview Trailer Released for "The Call"

2020/11/17 | Permalink

Netflix recently released a special preview trailer for "The Call" which is currently set to release on November 27th worldwide in the streaming platform...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind the Scenes Still Released for "Start Up"

2020/11/16 | Permalink

The tvN drama "Start Up" recently released new stills for the drama which focus on lead actors Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk behind the scenes. While much of the reception of "Start Up" has hinged on the drama's depiction of start up corporations, these stills focus more on the chemistry between the two lead actors...More

[HanCinema's News] Hacking Incident Involving Ha Jung-woo and Joo Jin-mo Revealed to Have a Larger Scope

2020/11/16 | Permalink

Last week a police report revealed that the persons who were caught hacking the cell phone data of various celebrities (like Ha Jung-woo and Joo Jin-mo) and blackmailing them with it have been connected to wider cybercrimes...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast for "Start Up" Expresses Support for Real World Start Up Firms

2020/11/16 | Permalink

Recently Kim Do-wan, Yoo Su-bin, and Stephanie Lee of the currently airing television drama appeared in a special video. In the video, the three expressed their support for real world start up firms. According to Yoo Su-bin, South Korea is the world's most innovative country and start up firms are a very important part of that...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sejeong the Latest Singer to Take on An Unusual Acting Project in "The Uncanny Counter"

2020/11/15 | Permalink

Recently Bae Suzy in "Start Up" and Krystal in "Search" have redefined what it means for former singers to take up acting in television dramas. Far from being an obvious fit for their brands, Bae Suzy's role as a brainy entrepreneur in "Start Up" and Krystal's role as a soldier in "Search" have shown off very different sides of the actresses. Now Kim Sejeong will follow them in the upcoming drama "The Uncanny Counter"...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-min, Han Hyo-joo, and Choo Ja-hyun Support "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case"

2020/11/15 | Permalink

Actress Han Ji-min recently made an online social media post featuring Han Hyo-joo and Choo Ja-hyun. The three actresses are all clad in safety masks, brandishing receipts they had purchased for the recently premiered movie "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case"...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri Confirmed to Be Responsible for her Own Piano Scenes in "Kairos"

2020/11/15 | Permalink

A recent Instagram post by Nam Gyu-ri has gone into some detail regarding the actress's preparations for the drama. The post itself features Nam Gyu-ri practicing on the piano. In the text accompanying the post, Nam Gyu-ri claims to have been practicing playing on the piano for roughly two hours prior to the relevant scenes in "Kairos"...More

[HanCinema's News] Byun Woo-min's Appearance on "The Penthouse" Intrigues Viewers

2020/11/14 | Permalink

Earlier this week, entertainer Byun Woo-min made a surprise appearance on "The Penthouse". While Byun Woo-min is best known for his musical work, particular in regards to trot music, he fit in surprisingly well with the intense environment of the drama. What's more, Byun Woo-min's character was quickly revealed to be at the epicenter of the drama's key mystery...More

[HanCinema's News] Final Script for "The Penthouse" Completed

2020/11/14 | Permalink

On November 13th a person associated with the production of "The Penthouse" confirmed to a Korean news organization that the drama's script is now complete. Furthermore, according to the present schedule, filming is expected to be completed sometime in late November...More

[HanCinema's News] Nominees Announced for APAN Star Awards

2020/11/14 | Permalink

On November 13th the APAN Star Awards announced the acting nominees for their upcoming ceremony which will take place on November 29th. The nominations for best actor in a miniseries include Kim Min-jae-I for "Do You Like Brahms", Park Bo-gum for "Record of Youth", Park Hae-joon for "The World of the Married", Joo Won for "Alice", and Ji Chang-wook for "Backstreet Rookie". The nominees run a long gamut in terms of relative fame and genre projects...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Fuxxxxx Romance" + Full Episodes

2020/11/13 | Permalink

Hyeon (played by Kim Yi-kyung) first meets Jae-ha (played by Oh Dong-min) while on a blind date, although such a description is misleading. As Hyeon explains, the reasons she uses dating apps is not to find a romantic partner so much as it is to find a friend with benefits. The distinct impression is given that Hyeon could ditch the friends part if necessary, and is perfectly fine with just a single night of sex. But what if she wants something more?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Leave"

2020/11/13 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "A Leave" we watch a bunch of furniture factory employees at a sit-in, continuously on strike in Seoul. We soon find out that they recently lost a lawsuit. Jae-bok (played by Lee Bong-ha) is having doubts about the mission. Because Jae-bok is not very good at expressing himself, it's some time before we realize that he's raising two daughters at home far from Seoul. Since the labor action is at a standstill, his fellows advise Jae-bok to take "A Leave" at home while they plot their next move...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beyond You"

2020/11/13 | Permalink

Four year after the quite successful "ALONE", Park Hong-min returns to Busan with a feature that moves in gender-bender, experimental paths...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Short Vacation"

2020/11/13 | Permalink

Feature debut for Kwon Min-pyo and Seo Han-sol and a production of Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content where both of them studied, "Short Vacation" had its World premiere in Busan...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "The Call"

2020/11/11 | Permalink

On November 11th the upcoming movie "The Call" released new production stills. "The Call" is currently set for an international release on November 27th, the production company having decided to abandon the original planned theatrical release back in March. "The Call" is likely to be a test case going forward in the COVID-19 era in terms of genre films going straight to Netflix without attempting a proper box office release first...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Thanks Yoo Yeon-seok for Coffee Car

2020/11/11 | Permalink

On November 10th Park Shin-hye posted a picture to Instagram thanking Yoo Yeon-seok for sending a coffee car to the set of "Sisyphus: The Myth" which she is currently filming alongside Cho Seung-woo and Sung Dong-il...More

[HanCinema's News] Nominations Released for the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards

2020/11/11 | Permalink

On November 11th the Blue Dragon Film Awards released the official list of nominations for the awards ceremony that will take place on December 11th. "The Man Standing Next" is the early favorite, with the cerebral spy film leading with eleven nominations for ten individuals...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" Leads in the Good Data Report

2020/11/10 | Permalink

On November 10th the Good Data Corporation released the latest iteration of its Good Data Report, which measures the popularity of South Korean dramas based across multiple social and media platforms...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Receives Offer to Appear in "Link: Eat, Love, Die"

2020/11/10 | Permalink

On November 10th S.A.L.T Entertainment confirmed that Kim Seon-ho, who is represented by the agency, has received an offer for the lead role in the upcoming drama "Link: Eat, Love, Die". They noted that Kim Seon-ho has not had time to seriously review the offer, as he is currently appearing in "Start Up" as well as in a popular variety show and he has also been cast in an upcoming state play...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Celebrates Thirty-seventh Birthday

2020/11/10 | Permalink

On November 9th Ku Hye-sun turned thirty seven years old. The actress posted a video to Instagram in order to commemorate the occasion. In the video, she can be seen in a dark place with a birthday cake...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Discusses Hard Times While Filming "Boys Over Flowers"

2020/11/09 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun recently appeared on the variety talk show 'Omniscient Interfering View". It was the first variety show appearance in years for the actress, who has avoided visual entertainment media as she has explored a more unconventional career path involving directing, music, and art...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Cast Confirmed for Upcoming Episode of Running Man

2020/11/09 | Permalink

The long running South Korean variety show Running Man announced to news periodicals on November 9th that they had booked the cast of "The Penthouse" for an upcoming episode to be aired on November 22nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Drama Special Directors Talk About their Work

2020/11/09 | Permalink

At a recent press conference directors from the upcoming season of KBS Drama Specials were on hand to discuss their work. The press conference was held online. In addition to the actors of the relevant works, director Hong Eun-mi of "Drama Special - Modern Girl", director Yoo Kwan-mo of "Drama Special - Crevasse", and director Choi Sang-yeol of "Drama Special - The Joys and Sorrows of Work" were on hand to discuss their dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Bo-ah Receives Commendation as An Honorary Firefighter

2020/11/08 | Permalink

On November 6th Sidus HQ released a picture of actress Jo Bo-ah holding a certificate stating that she is an honorary firefighter. Jo Bo-ah was given the certificate on November 6th as part of an event for Fire Prevention Week, which is leading up to Fire Prevention Day on November 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Se-yoon Makes Special Appearance in "Start Up"

2020/11/08 | Permalink

On the November 7th episode of "Start Up" comedian Moon Se-yoon made a surprise appearance as a police officer. His appearance follows an emotional scene where the character played by Kim Seon-ho angrily throws away a flower pot he had received as a gift...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Hye-jin and Krystal Talk About "More Than Family"

2020/11/08 | Permalink

A recent broadcast of the SBS Radio program 'Cultwo Show' featured Jang Hye-jin and Krystal talking about their upcoming film "More Than Family". In the movie, Krystal takes on the role of a young woman who finds herself accidentally pregnant and decides to search out her birth father. Jang Hye-jin plays the role of her mother...More

[HanCinema's News] Expectations High for "The Penthouse" Going into Its Third Week

2020/11/07 | Permalink

In its first two weeks on air "The Penthouse" improved on an impressive start of 9.2% in its first episode to a commanding margin of 13.9% in its fourth episode. The upper class themed thriller has struck a major chord with audiences. The intensity was high from the very beginning, as the drama opened up with a person falling to their death from the titular penthouse, with subsequent episodes only relatively recently catching up to the context of this shocking prologue...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seon-ho Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2020/11/07 | Permalink

On November 6th Kim Seon-ho made a post to his Instagram account acknowledging the receipt of a coffee car. In the pictures he is seen standing next to a couple of large placards of himself...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hwi-soon's Much Younger Wife Appears on Television

2020/11/07 | Permalink

A recent broadcast of the variety show program 'Taste of Wife' surprised viewers with the appearance of Park Hwi-soon's wife, Cheon Ye-ji, who is seventeen years the junior of the forty-three year old comedian...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Joyful Summer Days"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

Winner of the Actor of the Year award in Busan, "Our Joyful Summer Days" seems to continue the effort the festival has started the previous years, of promoting independent productions of female filmmakers, which usually move towards paths of realism in context, and art-house in aesthetics...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "FIGHTER"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

Jero Yun always had an interest in immigration, particularly involving North Koreans, which he continued when he switched to feature from documentary, as in the case of "Beautiful Days - 2017". His feature approach in the subject is cemented in "FIGHTER", probably his best feature work as of now, which premiered at Busan winning the NETPAC and the Actress of the Year awards...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

An early conversation with the producer and songwriter of BLACKPINK, Teddy Park on a low profile, closes out with him being dismissive of the idea that K-pop actually exists. He's just like, music is music, and we're playing to an international audience. How is that any different from any other kind of popular music? This thesis resounds throughout "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky", which goes out of its way to emphasize the international nature of its group...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Carthusian Cloistered Monastery"

2020/11/06 | Permalink

The Carthusians are an enclosed religious order of the Catholic Church. The most distinctive aspect of the Carthusians is that they take a vow of silence. Ironically enough, "The Carthusian Cloistered Monastery" depicts the monks speaking quite a bit, perhaps as a contrast to their normally quiet daily lives. The rules at the sole Carthusian monastery in Asia, more specifically in the Sangju district of South Korea, are a bit more lax than I was expecting...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Opens YouTube Channel for New Age Music

2020/11/04 | Permalink

On November 2nd actress Ku Hye-sun started a new YouTube channel with a focus on New Age music which has promised weekly updates of videos regarding her piano albums. It can be seen here...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Nam-gil and Seo Ye-ji Mull Over Offer for "Island - Drama"

2020/11/04 | Permalink

Following reports that Kim Nam-gil had been offered leading roles in the upcoming OCN program "Island - Drama" persons close to the production confirmed that this was indeed the case. While neither Kim Nam-gil nor Seo Ye-ji has accepted an offer, persons close to them have also confirmed that offers are received and currently being considered...More

[HanCinema's News] CDK Care Signs on Son Ye-jin as a New Model

2020/11/04 | Permalink

The healthcare product brand recently signed Son Ye-jin on as a new model. The actress will promote a product known as LactoBiome, a probiotic product that makes use of microbiums. LactoBiome will serve as the basis for a whole new line of skincare products designed to promote skin health...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy Tops Poll of Actresses Who Look Best in Traditional Clothes

2020/11/03 | Permalink

The South Korean portal website DCInside recently released the latest in their Exciting DC Poll series which posits eccentric questions about various celebrities. The question for this particular poll was, which actress looks best in traditional Korean clothing? This follows upon a similar poll asking the same question of actors which resulted in Kim Soo-hyun and Yoo Ah-in in the top spots...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" the Latest for Kim Sun-young in a Busy Year

2020/11/03 | Permalink

With the release of "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" Kim Sun-young once again establishes herself as a solid supporting performer in a wide variety of roles. "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" is the fifth screen credit for Kim Sun-young this year. This follows roles in "Hospital Playlist", "Kkondae Intern", "Backstreet Rookie", and "Homemade Love Story"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Josee" Confirmed for Release on December 10th

2020/11/03 | Permalink

Warner Brothers Korea surprised many recently when they announced an official release date for "Josee", a film which has been in an indefinite state for quite some time. The movie will come out in theaters on December 10th, despite not yet having even so much as an official theatrical poster. "Josee" is based on the Japanese film Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, which is based on the short story of the same title. Nam Joo-hyuk and Han Ji-min are the lead actors for the project...More

[HanCinema's News] Joy News 24 Names Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Best Couple of 2020

2020/11/02 | Permalink

A recent survey conducted by the South Korean entertainment news periodical Yes Joy 24 found Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin to be the biggest name couple of the year thanks to their roles in the hit drama "Crash Landing on You"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Do-hyun Denies That Woman Wearing Birthday Pig Hat Is his Girlfriend

2020/11/02 | Permalink

Actor Lee Do-hyun is in trouble with his fans following public dissemination of a Lovestagram post which appears to show that he regifted a pig hat fans gave him for his birthday. The unknown woman who appears in a picture wearing the hat is speculated to be his girlfriend. On November 2nd, Lee Do-hyun's agency Yue Hwa Entertainment issued a statement explaining that the woman was a friend of Lee Do-hyun who wore the hat for fun...More

[HanCinema's News] DESKER Showcases Understated Product Placement in "Start Up"

2020/11/02 | Permalink

While explicitly glamorous or egregious product placement often catches the most attention the furniture company has managed a subtle coup by managing to largely seamlessly get its products integrated into "Start Up". The youth coding romance centered around entrepreneurship does, after all, require much furniture due to the drama's business emphasis...More

[HanCinema's News] Roh Jeong-eui Latest Child Star to Transition to Adult Roles

2020/11/01 | Permalink

With the upcoming release of "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" actress Roh Jeong-eui has become the latest child star to show marked determination to continue her choice of career into hotel. In "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" Ro Jeong-eui is still playing a teenager as usual. But in contrast to her previous artistic projects and roles as the younger version of the actual leads, Roh Jeong-eui is playing to a wider audience as "The Day I Died" is a mainstream release...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain and Kim Tae-hee top list of celebrities with the most real estate holdings

2020/11/01 | Permalink

A recent episode of the KBS entertainment new programs YJ Live revealed a list of the top ten wealthiest South Korean celebrities in terms of real estate holdings. The top spot was held jointly by Rain and Kim Tae-hee, who own their rental properties together as a spousal unit...More

[HanCinema's News] "SEOBOK" Hopes to Be the Next Bromance Themed Box Office Hit

2020/11/01 | Permalink

With "Space Sweepers" looking into a possible Netflix only release and "Emergency Declaration" being pushed back into next year, "SEOBOK" is likely to be the only major blockbuster theatrical release for the upcoming holiday season. Much of the premise of "SEOBOK" is experimental, with a science fiction concept that revolves around cloning. But in terms of marketing a clear trend has already emerged- emphasize the bromance...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS to Raise the Recommended Viewer Rating of "The Penthouse" for the Fourth Episode

2020/10/31 | Permalink

SBS recently announced that they would be revising the viewer rating for "The Penthouse". The first two episodes of the drama were recommended for viewers over the age of fourteen, and the third episode which is set to broadcast on November 2nd will have the same recommendation. However, the fourth episode on November 3rd will see this rating rise to only appropriate for viewers over the age of eighteen...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Leads New Trend of Spicy Dramas

2020/10/31 | Permalink

The success of "The World of the Married" earlier this year caught many by surprise. "The World of the Married" had an older female lead, focused on social elements, and utilized many soap opera elements, but nevertheless was both a major critical and commercial success. With "The Penthouse" the first attempt to recreate that success has finally hit screens. With strong ratings in its first week, the reception of "The Penthouse" is good news for other dramas produced with these themes in mind...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Penthouse" Inspires Comparisons to "SKY Castle"

2020/10/31 | Permalink

The popularity of "The Penthouse" has quickly inspired comparisons to "SKY Castle" with its similar subject matter of affluent housewives starkly competing with each other for social success. But the similarities go beyond subject matter alone. "The Penthouse" is also using a similar grandiloquent technique to depict the drama's cutthroat world, with a particular emphasis on extreme wealth...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dear My Genius"

2020/10/30 | Permalink

Director Koo Yun-joo was once a gifted child. She loved receiving praise for being smart. So as Koo Yun-joo grew up into a young woman, she was always on the lookout for the next chance to win an award or do something that would be impressive on a resume. In the main moment of nostalgia for "Dear My Genius" we see some grainy old footage of Koo Yun-joo going to space camp in the United States as a teenager, an experience she clearly remembers with much fondness...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Journey to Kailash"

2020/10/30 | Permalink

The mother of director Jung Hyungmin is an old woman in her eighties and a devout Buddhist. She's had a difficult life, being widowed in her late thirties and having to take care of her children on her own. She's a simple woman, without much in the way of desires. So it was that, as her final wish, Jung Hyungmin's mother asked for her son to take her on a pilgramage. Over "Journey to Kailash" they travel the long, empty roads from Mongolia to Tibet, living intermittently in the infinite wonder of the wild...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Pure Love" + Full Movie

2020/10/30 | Permalink

Director Han Hyeong-mo was considered to be at the vanguard of 1950s Korean popular cinema, and "The Pure Love", based on the homonymous best seller by Park Gye-ju, which was reprinted more than 30 times, cemented the fact, by becoming one of three South Korean films to sell more than 100,000 tickets in Seoul during its year of release. However, there is such a thing as "too mainstream" and the film definitely moves over that border...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum in Trouble for Remarks at Military Concert

2020/10/28 | Permalink

At a recent cultural event for the South Korean navy Park Bo-gum made some impromptu remarks about "Record of Youth" which finished on October 27th. The navy cultural event, which involved a musical performance, took place on that same night, at an event which Park Bo-gum co-hosted with Park Se-young. The event was broadcast live on YouTube, and can be watched here although English subtitles are not available...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Min-jae-I Talks About "Do You Like Brahms"

2020/10/28 | Permalink

The musically themed drama "Do You Like Brahms" ended on October 20th with ratings of 6%. While not a trendsetter "Do You Like Brahms" has done much to improve the reputation of lead actor Lee Min-jae-I. The drama was big step up for his profile following much lower profile roles in "Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency" and "Dr. Romantic 2" and the actor recently gave an interview describing his feelings about the production...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ji-ah Appears in Dazed Photoshoot

2020/10/28 | Permalink

On October 28th Dazed Korea released images from the magazine's photoshoot with actress Lee Ji-ah, who has become a topic of interest due to her starring role in the recently released drama "The Penthouse" which had ratings of over ten percent in its second episode...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast Members Discuss "Kairos"

2020/10/27 | Permalink

The new drama "Kairos" premiered on October 26th with ratings of 3.7%. Shortly before airing, the fantasy romance thriller held a press conference where the actors had a chance to answer some questions about the project. "Kairos" deals with a father played by Shin Sung-rok and a daughter played by Lee Se-young attempting to find their daughter and mother, who appear to have disappeared due to supernatural forces...More

[HanCinema's News] Entertainers Show Support for W Korea Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

2020/10/27 | Permalink

The Korean branch of the women's fashion magazine W recently held a photoshoot of various celebrities to commemorate the start of it's breast cancer awareness campaign...More

[HanCinema's News] Nominations Released for APAN Popular Star Awards

2020/10/27 | Permalink

Voting has begun for the Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN) Star Awards, which will hold ceremonies for musicians on November 28th and actors on November 29th. From October 27th to November 27th on the Idol Champ mobile application, fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites from the newly released ballot. Prizes for the popularity award are to be divided by gender...More

[HanCinema's News] Curious Hairstyle Pattern Noted for Park Hye-ryeon Dramas

2020/10/26 | Permalink

Since the appearance of Nam Joo-hyuk's character in flashback on the drama "Start Up" back in the second episode, fans have noticed what appears to be an Easter egg in his hair design, though it may be a coincidence. Nam Joo-hyuk's hair appears very poofy and nerdy in flashback, as if he doesn't pay attention to it...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Hye-won Talks About "Kiss Goblin"

2020/10/26 | Permalink

Fresh off of a noteworthy if small scale success in the webdrama "Kiss Goblin" earlier this year Jeon Hye-won has had an increased profile, with the actress recently receiving confirmed credits in the upcoming dramas "Marriage Lyrics and Divorce Music" and "True Beauy" this December. She's also exposing more of her image with a photoshoot in bnt. An interview is also included alongside this modeling...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start Up" Fails to Meet Standard of Previous Park Hye-ryeon Dramas

2020/10/26 | Permalink

"Start Up" had ratings of 5% in its latest episode. These ratings, while modest, are generally seen as at least passable in the current drama marketplace with wider disparities between popular and unpopular shows as well as increased emphasis on streaming services. But they're a bit of a shock for a project coming from star screenwriter Park Hye-ryeon, who has often been seen as a reliable hitmaker...More

[HanCinema's News] Legislator Calls for Increased Action Against Copyright Pirating

2020/10/25 | Permalink

National Assembly representative Park Jung recently released a report from the Korean Copyright Protection Agency (KCPA) warning that sterner action was necessary against pirated streaming sites. According to his statements, many South Korean programs are constantly reuploaded to streaming sites even as they are just as equally frequently taken down...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Buys Ten Million Dollar Building

2020/10/25 | Permalink

According to recently released real estate filings actor Park Seo-joon bought a ten million dollar building in the Sinsa neighborhood of the Gangnam district in Seoul. The purchase happened sometime in the spring after "Itaewon Class" had finished airing. The two events are likely related, as "Itaewon Class" performed quite well domestically and abroad and as the top-billed star Park Seo-joon almost certainly was awarded bonuses for such contigencies...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sang-yi-I and Koo Ja-sung Appear in Bromantic Photoshoot

2020/10/25 | Permalink

The men's magazine Arena Korea recently released a photoshoot featuring Lee Sang-yi-I and Koo Ja-sung. In contrast to the more common single celebrity photoshoots, this one has a more bromantic vibe...More

[HanCinema's News] "Wonderland" Rumored to Be Released Internationally Via Netflix

2020/10/24 | Permalink

Persons close to the film distributor Acemaker as well as Netflix have suggested to press that "Wonderland" is likely to be released on Netflix internationally next year in all territories except for South Korea and China. In an official statement, Netflix has said that while negotiations are ongoing a definite deal has not yet been reached...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2020/10/24 | Permalink

On October 23rd Bae Suzy posted pictures on Instagram of herself on the shooting location for the currently airing television drama "Start Up". In the pictures, she can be seen making cute faces to a banner of herself that says "START UP!" "CHEER-UP!" in English...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook's Fan Club Thanked for Donation

2020/10/24 | Permalink

The Ji Chang Wook International Team recently unveiled a thank you placard they received from the Miral Welfare Foundation on Twitter. The placard thanks the Ji Chang Wook International team, in English, for a 1.2 million won donation. This amount is approximately equivalent to ten thousand dollars...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Woman Who Ran"

2020/10/23 | Permalink

Despite "The Woman Who Run" being Hong Sang-soo's 24th film in 24 years, the prolific Korean has actually refrained from shooting a movie in the last two years, a decision that was probably for the best, since it was about time to let his fans "miss" his familiar style a bit. In that regard, the film does not do anything different from what HHS usually does, but ends up as a rather interesting spectacle...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "If My Things Are At Your Place We're Not Over" and "Untact"

2020/10/23 | Permalink

Director Kim Jee-woon has not exactly been a name in high demand lately since the underwhelming performance of "Illang: The Wolf Brigade" in 2018. Nevertheless, his production company, Dark Circle Pictures, has been busy making movies on a smaller scale this year. These commercially minded flicks feature Bae Suzy and Kim Go-eun in leading roles. Far from the bombastic flicks he's better known for, "If My Things Are At Your Place We're Not Over" and "Untact" are personal, down to earth stories dealing with solitude and relationships...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Welcome to X-world"

2020/10/23 | Permalink

Director Han Tae-ee was, at the time "Welcome to X-world" was being filmed, living with her mother and paternal grandfather in a modest home in the Guro district of Seoul. Han Tae-ee doesn't much care for her grandfather. Her mother doesn't either. So why don't they just move out? "Welcome to X-world" , as a documentary, continuously begs that question until Han Tae-ee's mother finally gives up and agrees to leave...More

[HanCinema's News] Wide Slate of Korean Celebrities Confirmed for Asia Artist Awards

2020/10/21 | Permalink

The Asian Artist Awards recently confirmed an initial lineup of presenters. Lee Jung-jae, Lee Soon-gi, Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji, Jeon Mi-do, Han So-hee, Park Joo-hyun, Kim Min-jae, Lee Joon-hyuk, and Lee Jae-wook will all participate in the ceremony, which is currently scheduled for November 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Tops Poll of Korean Celebrities Best Suited for Traditional Clothes

2020/10/21 | Permalink

The South Korean portal website DCInside recently released the results of a poll in their Exciting DC poll, which frames eccentric questions to its users in regards to celebrity preferences. The query for this particular poll was, what man is the perfect fit for traditional Korean clothing? Kim Soo-hyun won with 32% of the vote, but only slightly. Yoo Ah-in was right behind him with 31%...More

[HanCinema's News] Appeal Filed in Case of Joo Jin-mo and Ha Jung-woo's Phone Hacking

2020/10/21 | Permalink

Recent reports have confirmed that the ethnic Koreans who were convicted of hacking eight celebrity phones have filed an appeal to their case. The news follows reports of their conviction back on September 24th of this year, in charges relating to a scandal from late last year and early this year that involved blackmail threats against the afflicted celebrities...More

[HanCinema's News] Official Lineup Announced for 2020 Drama Specials

2020/10/20 | Permalink

On October 20th KBS released new information regarding this year's season of drama specials. Ten drama specials will be released this seasons, starting with "Drama Special - Modern Girl" on November 7th. "Drama Special - Crevasse" will follow on November 14th. "Drama Special - The Joys and Sorrows of Work" will come out on November 21st. "Drama Special - The Place We Put the Lilacs" will air on November 28th...More

[HanCinema's News] "Collectors" to Sneak up in November

2020/10/20 | Permalink

While many big profile films have had their releases pushed back or are mulling over premiering in streaming services, the lower profile "Collectors" is still pushing ahead for a release next month. The caper movie deals with tomb raiders, chief among them Kang Dong-goo (played by Lee Je-hoon)...More

[HanCinema's News] Dexter Studios Signs on to Do VFX Work for "Silence"

2020/10/20 | Permalink

The famed special effects workshop Dexter Studios recently signed a contract to do VFX work for "Silence". Dexter Studios is responsible for the special effects of quite a few popular South Korean films, including "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" and "Ashfall"...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Buys 14 Million Dollar Building

2020/10/19 | Permalink

A recent news report revealed that Son Ye-jin has purchased a high value building in the Sinsa neighborhood of the Gangnam district in Seoul. The purchase was made back in July and recently identified due to legal filings...More

[HanCinema's News] Possible Streaming Premiere for "Space Sweepers" Illustrates Ambiguity in South Korean Film Industry

2020/10/19 | Permalink

Recent reports of "Space Sweepers" possibly having its premiere relegated to Netflix have vocalized serious doubts about the South Korean film industry's ability to return to a traditional box office first business model. While sources from Netflix and "Space Sweepers" have only confirmed that the sides are in talks, and insist no deal has yet been struck, the mere rumor alone has begged many questions about the state of the South Korean film industry going forward...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Wandering Chef" Hits 10,000 Viewer Mark

2020/10/19 | Permalink

Despite poor circumstances in the COVID-19 pandemic, "The Wandering Chef" recently cleared the ten thousand viewer mark at the South Korean box office. The number, while modest, is quite impressive for a documentary film or an independent film particularly in the midst of a global pandemic...More

[HanCinema's News] New Weekend Dramas Post Modest Ratings

2020/10/18 | Permalink

The past weekend saw the premiere of two new, very different dramas. "Start Up", starring Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk, opened up on tvN with ratings of 4.5%. "Start Up" deals with characters attempting to open up a new startup business and is a social drama. Meanwhile, "Search" opened up with ratings of 2.6% on OCN. "Search" deals with a professional military search team, and is focused on action thriller elements...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Talks About "18 Again"

2020/10/18 | Permalink

Recently actress Kim Ha-neul released through her agency an interview discussing her various thoughts about the currently airing drama "18 Again" in which she appears in a leading role. Among the topics discussed, Kim Ha-neul claims that "18 Again" seems to be the warmest project she has ever been involved in...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin's Schedule Is Cleared for Hollywood Movie Next Year

2020/10/18 | Permalink

A person close to MSTeam Entertainment recently claimed that the agency had a meeting with the production company of the upcoming American film Cross...More

[HanCinema's News] Big Lineup Announced for "Imitation"

2020/10/17 | Permalink

A huge lineup was recently announced for the upcoming KBS2 drama "Imitation". Jung Ji-so, Lee Jun-young, Jiyeon, Kang Chan-hee, Ahn Jung-hoon-I, Lim Na-young, Minseo, Lee Suwoong, Danny Ahn, Shim Eun-jin, and fours members of ATEEZ JONGHO, SAN, SEONGHWA and YUNHO-I have all been confirmed for the drama. The extensive cast consists of quite a few younger singers...More

[HanCinema's News] "OK! MADAM" Continues to Lead VOD Rankings

2020/10/17 | Permalink

According to figures recently released by HomeChoice, "OK! MADAM" once again let Video-On-Demand releases in the second week of October having returned to the top spot in the first week of October. While "OK! MADAM" originally premiered on VOD services on September 17th, the hijacking themed comedy has had a resurgence as of late in the face of weak competition...More

[HanCinema's News] "Untact" Released to Two 8K Theaters

2020/10/17 | Permalink

The short film "Untact" made its theatrical debut on October 16th but in a curiously limited format. "Untact" will only be screening through October 25th at special theaters in the Yeonnam and Seongsu neighborhoods of Seoul. The limited screenings of "Untact", much like "Untact" itself, were developed to promote 8K home theater systems...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fukuoka"

2020/10/16 | Permalink

We are introduced to bookstore owner Je-moon (played by Yoon Je-moon) as he is being annoyed by So-dam (played by Park So-dam), who's wearing a school uniform in spite of not being a student. So-dam is a queer young woman, and Je-moon mistakes her peculiar behavior for flirting. The situation gets weirder than that as So-dam eventually talks him into going to the titular "Fukuoka" and by apparent coincidence they run into Je-moon's old friend Hae-hyo (played by Kwon Hae-hyo) at a bar...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Samsara"

2020/10/16 | Permalink

The introductions "Samsara" gives us to its various monks prove surprisingly worldly. Hye-gyeon (played by Kim Jun-bae) bickers with a woman at a dog meat restaurant over various business matters. Hye-yong (played by Hong Hee-yong) does television appearances. Hye-seung (played by Jung Joon-young-I) is a handsome young star on social media. Yet none of these characters are especially in focus throughout "Samsara", as much of the movie takes place in flashback, going over the relationship between senior monk Hye-jin (played by Kim Myung-gon) and his now elderly master Do-beop (played by Lee Yeong-seok)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Shadow Flower"

2020/10/16 | Permalink

After a number of awards and an Oscar nomination for "In the Absence", Yi Seung-Jun returns with a new, documentary feature this time, which focuses on the true odyssey of a woman who wants to return to her home and family...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Dong-wook Proves his Reliability in "Tale of the Nine Tailed"

2020/10/14 | Permalink

On October 7th Lee Dong-wook made his latest debut as a lead actor in the drama "Tale of the Nine Tailed", which premiered with 5.8% ratings, leading all primetime dramas for that timeslot. The action fantasy romance premise is a return to brand for Lee Dong-wook who saw a massive boost to his popularity following "Goblin" in 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] Na Hye-mi Talks About "No Matter What"

2020/10/14 | Permalink

The daily evening drama "No Matter What" premiered on October 12th with ratings of 18.6%. The drama has been a big step up for leading lady Na Hye-mi, whose profile improved due to her leading role in the well-received "Drama Special - Clean and Polish"...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Noo-ri Confirmed for "Dramaworld - Season 2"

2020/10/14 | Permalink

"Dramaworld - Season 2" was recently confirmed, and along with that news, a bevy of actors both old and new have been confirmed to reappear in the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] APAN Star Awards to Be Held on November 29th

2020/10/13 | Permalink

KStar Group recently announced the official dates for this year's APAN Star Awards. The Korean Management Entertainment Association hosts the awards, and they are now coming into their seventh year. While the celebrities are the main focus of the words their primary purpose is to honor the managers of these celebrities, who are typically not directly honored in other awards ceremonies...More

[HanCinema's News] Second Sequel Confirmed for "The Admiral: Roaring Currents"

2020/10/13 | Permalink

On October 13th inside sources confirmed to press that funding has been secured for the upcoming movie "Noryang" by director Kim Han-min. "Noryang" is to be the second sequel to "The Admiral: Roaring Currents", following "Hansan" which is currently set to be released early next year...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Photoshoot Released

2020/10/13 | Permalink

The fashion brand 1st Look recently released photoshoot featuring actress Kim Ha-neul. The photoshoot, which is featured in the CelebShop version of the catalog, features the actress wearing fall/winter clothing from the new collection...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Tops DCInside Poll of Best Celebrities to Go Camping With

2020/10/12 | Permalink

The South Korean portal website DCInside recently released the results of the latest poll in its eccentric celebrity series. The query for this particular poll was, which celebrity would you like to have a barbecue and go glamping with?...More

[HanCinema's News] Early Hyun Bin Role in "Bodyguard" Goes Viral

2020/10/12 | Permalink

The October 11th episode of the television program 'Drama House Homage' surprised many with its depiction of the very first credited on-screen role for "Hyun Bin" who has since become a major star. "Bodyguard" in 2003 starred Cha Seung-won in the title role as Hong Kyung Tak. The drama also starred Lee Se-eun as top star Sin-ae, which is how Hyun Bin enters the story...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" to Receive Final Cut

2020/10/12 | Permalink

A new, final version of "Deliver Us From Evil" is set to premiere in South Korean theaters on October 21st. The expanded cut will feature an extra six minutes and fourteen seconds. It is not known what this material may entail, although the new trailer released by CJ Entertainment does hint at some tonal differences- or at the very least, assumes viewers have more familiarity with the product than they did back in August...More

[HanCinema's News] New Women Centered Dramas Coming Soon

2020/10/11 | Permalink

Following the big success of "SKY Castle" in 2019 and the more modest success of "Search: WWW" earlier this year, new dramas have been approved that focus more on women's life experiences. These include "Penthouse: War In Life", coming on October 26th, and "Birthcare Center" on November 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy Celebrates her Birthday

2020/10/11 | Permalink

The actress and singer Bae Suzy had her twenty-sixth birthday on October 10th. Subsequently, the actress made an Instagram post in English entitled "Luv u sueweetie" (sic) which showed off the various presents the starlets had received from fans worldwide...More

[HanCinema's News] Ju Ji-hoon Thanks Fans for Coffee Car

2020/10/11 | Permalink

Ju Ji-hoon's agency Keyeast recently released photos on Instagram of the actor on the set of "Jirisan", which is currently filming. In one picture, he can be seen signing a piece of paper that says Ju Ji Hoon Global, and in another he can be seen smiling and making a gesture toward the camera...More

[HanCinema's News] "Pawn" Breaks Million Viewer Mark

2020/10/10 | Permalink

At approximately nine in the morning on October 9th, "Pawn" passed the million viewer threshhold to lead the South Korea box office going into the three day holiday weekend. All four principal actors made posts on social media with handdrawn notes thanking viewers for their support...More

[HanCinema's News] "Kim Soo Ro" Filming Site Becomes Popular Wedding Destination

2020/10/10 | Permalink

While most tourist activities have contracted due to COVID-19, the Gimhae Cultural Foundation has experienced an improvement in its fortunes somewhat counterintuitively for the very same reason. Modern indoor wedding venues have undergone a massive drop in popularity due to the belief they facilitate the spread of the disease...More

[HanCinema's News] "Jirisan" to Be Simulcast Worldwide

2020/10/10 | Permalink

The global streaming platform iQIYI recently announced that they had acquired the broadcasting rights to the upcoming drama "Jirisan" worldwide. The drama, which stars Jun Ji-hyun, Ju Ji-hoon, Sung Dong-il, and Oh Jung-se among others started filming last month...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pawn"

2020/10/09 | Permalink

When we're first introduced to Doo-seok (played by Sung Dong-il) and Jong-bae (played by Kim Hee-won), the men give off a vaguely sinister vibe. They dress like gangsters, such that Doo-seok rather nastily castigates Jong-bae for wearing a gold chain that makes him look rather more thuggish than his semi-respectable job title should imply. Then Doo-seok busts into a convenience store to get something to drink. Yet in spite of his rude demeanor, Doo-seok keeps calling out for someone to come take his money...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miniforce: Hamburger Monster's Attack"

2020/10/09 | Permalink

For the most part, "Miniforce: Hamburger Monster's Attack" is a fairly typical Miniforce movie. You've got the various cute little mascot characters, and then the parts where they transform into these Super Sentai-esque warriors with transforming robots. There does seem to be a new element of the robots being used as riding dinosaurs for the fight scenes. I'm assuming this was explained in the television show at some point, what with "Miniforce: Hamburger Monster's Attack" being based on a children's cartoon...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Zombie Crush in Heyri"

2020/10/09 | Permalink

The Korean Weird Wave that took the Korean Fantastic section of this year's BIFAN by storm continues here, surprisingly so, in a zombie film, which shares very few similarities with the vast plethora of entries in the category, particularly regarding the protagonists but also the overall approach...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Sang-wook Photographed Giving Daughter a Ride on his Shoulders

2020/10/07 | Permalink

Cha Ye-ryun recently posted a picture to Instagram of her family from the back. The picture, which appears without comment, features Cha Ye-ryun's husband Joo Sang-wook carrying their infant daughter on his shoulders on a bridge over river...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum Tops Good Data Report for Fifth Straight Week

2020/10/07 | Permalink

On October 7th the GOODDATA Corporation released the latest iteration of the GOODDATA Report, covering the first week of October. The results demostrated that Park Bo-gum is once again the most popular active performer on South Korean television, with his leading all media references for the fifth straight week...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho Hits Social Media Milestone

2020/10/07 | Permalink

Lee Min-ho recently became the first South Korean artist to hit the four million follower mark on social media. Last month on September 18th Lee Min-ho's agency MYM Entertainment confirmed that the actor had 20 million followers on Facebook. Then, on October 4th, his Instagram account hit that same milestone...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon First of Many "Record of Youth" Cameos

2020/10/06 | Permalink

Actor Park Seo-joon recently appeared in "Record of Youth" in a cameo as an older associate of the lead character played by Park Bo-gum. But this cameo is only the first of many planned for the drama, as Hyeri, Lee Sung-kyung, and Kang Ha-na have also been confirmed for cameos in the youth-oriented drama. The cameos are intended to drive interest in "Record of Youth" as the drama moves into its second half...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jae-won-I Becomes a Father

2020/10/06 | Permalink

 

On October 5th Lee Jae-won-I posted photos to his Instagram account of his newborn daughter. One featured Lee Jae-won-I himself while the other featured his wife, a non-celebrity. The two of them were married in October of 2017 following a nine year courtship...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Confirmed for "Moonlit River"

2020/10/06 | Permalink

On October 6th "Moonlit River" confirmed that Kang Ha-neul would be appearing in the historical drama. The news was a bit of a surprise, as Kang Ha-neul's agency had earlier stated that Kang Ha-neul had rejected the lead role. As it turns out, the role Kang Ha-neul will be playing will only be a special appearance...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Revealed to Have Gone on Lee Jung-hyun's Honeymoon

2020/10/05 | Permalink

The latest episode of the variety show program 'My Little Old Boy' contained a surprising anecdote from Oh Yoon-ah, who was appearing on the program as a special emcee. The anecdote was prompted by Shin Dong-yup mentioning hearing as a rumor that Oh Yoon-ah herself had gone on the honeymoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Tops DCInside Poll of Celebrity With the Most Perfect Skin

2020/10/05 | Permalink

A recent poll conducted by the South Korean portal website DCInside asked users of the site which celebrity had such high quality skin that they seemed to be wearing heavy makeup...More

[HanCinema's News] Baek Ji-won Confirmed for "Awaken"

2020/10/05 | Permalink

On October 4th Baek Ji-won's agency Ikkle Entertainment confirmed that the actress would be appearing in the upcoming drama "Awaken" alongside Namgoong Min. She will play Lee Taek-jo, the manager of the information division of the Seoul police...More

[HanCinema's News] Less Familiar Male Leads Mark New Trend in Dramas

2020/10/04 | Permalink

The current season of South Korean television dramas has had a noteworthy casting trend away from established male performers to younger ones with less of a record. Lee Do-hyun of "18 Again", Ong Seong-wu of "More Than Friends", and Byeon Woo-seok of "Record of Youth" all stand out as new faces with quite a bit of screentime in their respective dramas. This, even when they're cast alongside bigger stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Jung-min Explains How Lee Jung-jae Likes to Annoy Him

2020/10/04 | Permalink

In a Korean Thanksgiving special which aired on KBS over the long weekend, various stars described their sensibilities over quick interviews. Among these was a spot featuring Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-jae...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Yu-mi Marks Strange Shift From Feminism to Fantasy

2020/10/04 | Permalink

With "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" airing over Korean Thanksgiving weekend on South Korean broadcast television, attention has once again focused on Jung Yu-mi, who has been greatly praised for her role as the title character in the feminist film...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Super Nova"

2020/10/03 | Permalink

In his fourth film after "Super Virgin", "Super Origin" and "Super Margin", Back Seung-kee is as weird as they come, through a narrative that seems to thrive on sci-fi and surrealistic elements, while combining fantasy, drama and absurd comedy...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sun-kyun Talks About "Coffee Prince"

2020/10/03 | Permalink

In a recent documentary about the 2007 television drama "Coffee Prince" actor Lee Sun-kyun expressed many thoughts about the program that kickstarted his career. Following multiple choice romance roles in "My Sweet Soul" and "Triple", Lee Sun-kyun broke out as the lead in "Pasta" where he co-starred alongside Gong Hyo-jin. Though Lee Sun-kyun does not do romantic roles so much anymore, he still has romantic visions of "Coffee Prince"...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Urges International Cooperation to Defeat COVID-19

2020/10/03 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin recently appeared in an online event sponsored by the Korean Embassy in Japan where she addressed her Japanese fans. Though no official English language version of the video was produced, an unofficial fan translated version can be found here with English and Indonesian subtitles. The video was produced for Korean National Foundation day...More

[HanCinema's News] "Emergency Declaration" Filming Nearly Finished Following Positive COVID-19 Test

2020/10/03 | Permalink

On October 3rd a person close to the filming of the upcoming blockbuster "Emergency Declaration" confirmed that the movie recently restarted its filming on September 12th. This followed a closure on the set when one of the performers was discovered to have contracted COVID-19 back on August 28th. At that time the production company approved a ten million dollar increase in the budget and a two week break from filming...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Swordsman"

2020/10/02 | Permalink

In the prologue to "The Swordsman" we first see the expert swordsman Tae-yool (played by Jang Hyuk) waging a doomed battle against royal usurpers led by Seung-ho (played by Jung Man-sik). Though this scene implies that Seung-ho is a better swordfighter than Tae-yool, for most of the movie, Seung-ho doesn't really do anything. Even more intriguingly, when Seung-ho meets the actual villain, Gurutai (played by Joe Taslim), the smug Qing warlord derisively describes Seung-ho's fighting style as ornamental in spite of his obvious skill. But why?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Wandering Chef"

2020/10/02 | Permalink

Prior to watching "The Wandering Chef" I had not heard of famed chef Lim Ji-ho. Nor did I really learn that much about him through the documentary itself. With painstaking humility, director Park Hye-ryoung only provides brief clips early on to contextualize Lim Ji-ho's international culinary reputation. Even as a biographical film "The Wandering Chef" is spare on the details, withholding much critical information about Lim Ji-ho's family background until near the very end...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Ji-won Talks About "Pawn"

2020/09/29 | Permalink

For the first time in five years Ha Ji-won returns to the big screen with "Pawn". In the family film, Ha Ji-won will play the adult version of Seung-i, a young girl played by Park So-yi as a child who is handed over to characters played by Sung Dong-il and Kim Hee-won as collateral for a debt. Consequently, Ha Ji-won has been speaking about her role and her return...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Day I Die" Set to Release in November

2020/09/29 | Permalink

"The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" has been confirmed to have a release date of November, although the exact date is not yet known. The crime film is the first project from lead actress Kim Hye-soo since she the end of the highly acclaimed television drama "Hyena" last year. In "The Day I Died: Unclosed Case" Kim Hye-soo plays a detective searching for a missing girl...More

[HanCinema's News] Stylist Posts Pictures of Jun Jin's Wedding

2020/09/29 | Permalink

A stylist personally known to Jun Jin and his bride recently posted pictures of their September 28th wedding on Isocial media. The photos include a personal one taken with the three in the bridal booth as well as wider angle shots of the couple at their private wedding...More

[HanCinema's News] Child Photos of Hyun Bin Go Viral

2020/09/28 | Permalink

VAST Entertainment recently released two old child photos of actor Hyun Bin. The disclosure of the photos was in celebration of the actor's thirty-eighth birthday, which occurred on September 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] New Poster and Stills Released for "The School Nurse Files"

2020/09/28 | Permalink

On September 28th Netflix released new materials for "The School Nurse Files" including a second poster. There's not much variation between the second poster and the first poster...More

[HanCinema's News] Building Owned by Bae Suzy Doubles in Value

2020/09/28 | Permalink

Bae Suzy's Instagram

Real estate filings released on September 25h revealed that Bae Suzy has made a sound real estate investment. In April of 2016 the actress and singer purchased a building in the Samsung neighborhood of the Gangnam district of Seoul. The deposit was approximately 200,000 dollars, with a bond of 1.7 million dollars and equity of 1.8 million dollars, for an effective purchase price of 3.7 million dollars. With an effective rent of 15,000 dollars, this has allowed for a profit of around 5.6%...More

[HanCinema's News] An Unusual Slate of Celebrities Comes Out to Support "The School Nurse Files"

2020/09/27 | Permalink

The new Netflix drama "The School Nurse Files" has featured an unusual emphasis in its marketing. The paranormal drama starring Jung Yu-mi and Nam Joo-hyuk would normally seem an obvious draw for younger viewers. Yet "The School Nurse Files" has featured glowing endorsements from a peculiar slate of older celebrities that includes director Park Chan-wook and actresses Lee Young-ae, Gong Hyo-jin, and Son Ye-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Moo-saeng Confirmed for "The Silent Sea"

2020/09/27 | Permalink

As the Netflix drama "The Silent Sea" moves into production more minor roles are being confirmed. Among them is Lee Moo-saeng, an actor who has in recent years graduated from unnamed roles to named roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Hyeri Selected as Models for Zombie Survival Game

2020/09/27 | Permalink

The new mobile game from King's Group, S.O.S State of Survival, recently announced that Jung Woo-sung and Hyeri would be working as advertising models for the tactical zombie survival game...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Night of the Undead"

2020/09/26 | Permalink

A buff naked man crashes from outer space in Cheonggyecheon. The onlookers, for the most part, try not to make a big deal of this. Then we transition to So-hee (played by Lee Jung-hyun), who tries not to make such a big deal of how much she loves her newlywed husband Man-gil (played by Kim Sung-oh), at least until circumstance leads her to suspect infidelity. Although it's not infidelity so much as...well...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hunger"

2020/09/26 | Permalink

Maybe it is a bit too early with just 4-5 films, but it seems that S. Korea is experiencing its own "weird wave" (as Greece did some years ago) with titles like "Maggie", "Fallen" and "The Interviewees" falling under this category. The same applies to "Hunger", Kang Dayeon's debut, that uses the sci-fi basis to speak about social issues through a mash up of genres that is disorienting as it is interesting...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Magical: Make The Princess Laugh"

2020/09/26 | Permalink

While the title "Magical: Make The Princess Laugh" calls to mind the classic fairy tale of the princess who never smiled, this conflict is resolved surprisingly early and disturbingly. She ends up laughing at a scene that could best be described as macabre. Not that "Magical: Make The Princess Laugh" ever really acknowledges this. This plot point takes place over the course of a cheerful song where professional clowns attempt to distract Leah (voiced by Park Ji-yoon-I) from her mother's senseless tragic death at the hands of a gippy...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Talks About "Coffee Prince" in New Documentary

2020/09/25 | Permalink

A recently aired television documentary about the popular drama "Coffee Prince" has drawn much attention from fans of the drama as the documentary has reunited the cast to discuss their experiences. Chief among these is Gong Yoo, the "Coffee Prince" cast member who has seen the most dramatic career elevation due to the project. Gong Yoo has had much to say about "Coffee Prince" looking back...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Chae-won Makes Closing Remarks About "Flower of Evil"

2020/09/25 | Permalink

On September 23rd "Flower of Evil" completed its sixteen episode run on tvN with a ratings high of 5.7%. This compares decently to its opening episode, which had ratings of 3.4%. The drama has helped to bolster the reputation of leading lady Moon Chae-won, who plays a woman investigating the dark past of her husband, here played by Lee Joon-gi. Moon Chae-won has been public about her experiences with "Flower of Evil", giving closing thoughts on the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Joon-gi Makes Closing Remarks About "Flower of Evil"

2020/09/25 | Permalink

On September 24th actor Lee Joon-gi revealed his closing thoughts for the drama "Flower of Evil" on Instagram. "Flower of Evil" ended on September 23rd with ratings of 5.7%. In the drama, Lee Joon-gi played a husband with a disturbing secret past. The conflict revolved around his detective wife, played by Moon Chae-won, was investigating this past life...More

[HanCinema's News] "Diva" Leads in First Day at the South Korean Box Office

2020/09/24 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council on September 24th, "Diva" has come to the front of the South Korean box office, earning 15,479 admissions on its opening day of September 23rd. "Diva" is the first Korean movie to lead the South Korean box office since "Deliver Us From Evil" on August 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Appears in ZIOZIA Photospread

2020/09/24 | Permalink

Park Seo-joon was the big star of a recent ZIOZIA photospread. The men's clothing brand had decided to use the popular actor to promote the twenty-fifth anniversary of their launch. In keeping with the social distancing common in these times of COVID-19, the theme of the photospread was having a party by one's self...More

[HanCinema's News] Culprits Behind the Hacking of Ha Jung-woo and Joo Jin-mo's Phones Sentenced

2020/09/24 | Permalink

Oh September 24th at two in the afternoon the Seoul Central District Court issued a judgment regarding the four persons found to have hacked the phones of various celebrities. Two of the persons were sisters with the surname Kim, while the other two were their husbands. The younger Kim sister was sentenced to five years, her husband thirty months. The older Kim sister received a sixteen month sentence with three years probation. Her husband received an eighteen month sentence...More

[HanCinema's News] MIMI Entertainment Releases Photos of Ku Hye-sun Directing

2020/09/22 | Permalink

MIMI Entertainment, which is the agency of actress Ku Hye-sun, recently released photos of Ku Hye-sun as a director. In an accompanying statement, MIMI Entertainment mentioned that Ku Hye-sun's latest new age music album Breath 3 charted at the top of the new age music charts since its release earlier this month on September 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Elle Releases Photos of Byun Woo-seok Alongside Interview Excerpt

2020/09/22 | Permalink

The fashion magazine Elle will soon feature actor Byun Woo-seok in a full photoshoot and interview. The photoshoot emphasized Byun Woo-seok's fresh and honest looks. He's been in the news lately for his appearance in the drama "Record of Youth" where he appears alongside Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam in the leading roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Fila Underwear Releases Photos of Kim Jae-kyung

2020/09/22 | Permalink

Recently the sportswear brand Fila released photos on its Instagram account of Kim Jae-kyung wearing some of the brand's underwear...More

[HanCinema's News] Japanese Poll Sheds Light on Popularity of "Crash Landing on You"

2020/09/21 | Permalink

The Japanese periodical ORICON NEWS recently ran a survey regarding the drama "Crash Landing on You", which has been popular on Netflix in Japan. The poll of 143 individuals showed that 132 of those individuals had a positive opinion of the drama. Interestingly, men were somewhat more likely to express a positive opinion than women, with their approval rating being 97.1% versus an average of 92.3%...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Thanks Fan for Presents

2020/09/21 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin's Instagram

On September 21st famed actress Son Ye-jin of the recent popular drama "Crash Landing on You" made an Instagram post showing off the many presents she has received from fans worldwide. The present includes cakes, flowers, and a stuffed rabbit doll wearing a kimono. Son Ye-jin also had a thank you message for her fans...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Hyun-chul Confirmed for "D.P"

2020/09/21 | Permalink

The upcoming Netflix drama "D.P" recently confirmed Cho Hyun-chul to be a member of the drama's cast. "D.P" will be the latest drama to star Jung Hae-in in a leading role, his first since "A Piece of Your Mind" earlier this year. He as well as most of the rest of the cast will play soldiers dealing with desertion. "D.P" is based on the webtoon of the same title...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Swordsman" Hopes to Break Slump for Joseon Historical Films

2020/09/20 | Permalink

Marketing has come out in full force for the upcoming Joseon-era historical film "The Swordsman" which starts Jang Hyuk in the leading role. He plays the titular warrior who some time after the abdication of King Gwanghae ends up having to fight in order to save his missing daughter. Genre-wise the movie has been described as a shocking action thriller...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Camellia Blooms" Wins Big at the Seoul International Drama Awards

2020/09/20 | Permalink

The Seoul International Drama Awards were held last week. While "When the Camellia Blooms" was one of the further major South Korean dramas in recent memory, the drama did excellently for itself coming up on the one year anniversary of its first broadcast...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-jung Talks About her Work-life Balance

2020/09/20 | Permalink

Lee Min-jung recently finished off a successful run as the lead actress in the ensemble weekend family drama "Once Again" which ended with ratings of 33.6% on September 13th. The drama's popularity has been encouraging for the image of the actress, with her role as a divorced woman making Lee Min-jung seem more independent than the more romantic parts she typically plays. There's also a parallel with Lee Min-jung's own life, as she juggles being a wife, mother, and actress...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Interviewees"

2020/09/19 | Permalink

The search for originality and uniqueness has always been one of the main pursuits of experimental cinema, through a number of courageous filmmakers who shot films they probably knew they had very few chances to succeed, at least commercially. And although there is something heroic in their effort, being gives no guarantee for the quality of the movies or that they actually work. Unfortunately, "The Interviewees" is one of those movies...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Time for Dogs and Cats"

2020/09/19 | Permalink

The docuemntary feature "A Time for Dogs and Cats" is less a single coherent documentary as it is a series of individual subjects depicted in vignette form to eventually sort of resemble a documentary. It ends with, of all things, a musical concert for the various wild cats and dogs of Baeksa Village in the northeastern corner of Seoul. The music's good although I'm not sure the animals got much out of it. Animals don't really understand music as far as I know...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front"

2020/09/19 | Permalink

Some fifteen years ago director Kim Mi-rye was working in Japan documenting active Japanese labor movements when she learned of the radical "East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front" from the seventies. It's easy to see how they made such a strong impression on Kim Mi-rye, a Korean woman. Despite being Japanese themselves, the Armed Front hated the Japanese Empire and saw the then current Japanese government as a reincarnation of that power. The South Korean government, then, being little more than a puppet state equally oppressing its own people...More

[HanCinema's News] Yun Jong-seok Marks First Second Lead Appearance in "My Dangerous Wife"

2020/09/18 | Permalink

Yun Jong-seok will mark his first appearance as a second lead in the upcoming drama "My Dangerous Wife" which will start airing on October 5th on the MBN cable network. There he will play Min-gyoo, the much younger husband of Eun-hye, who is played by Shim Hye-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh In-hye's Final SNS Post Revealed

2020/09/18 | Permalink

Recently the final social media post of departed actress Oh In-hye has started spreading online. The exact source of the post is unknown, but it appears to have come from someone on her social network. Oh In-hye made the post at one in the morning on September 14th but deleted it sometime later, which is why it had not been widely seen in the immediate aftermath of her death...More

[HanCinema's News] "OK! MADAM" Premieres on South Korean VOD

2020/09/18 | Permalink

On September 17th the distribution company behind "OK! MADAM" abruptly announced that the movie would be available on IPTV and digital cable services for on-demand viewing. "OK! MADAM" deals with a seemingly ordinary Korean family that gets involved in a plane hijacking. The comedy film starred Uhm Jung-hwa and Park Sun-woong in the leading roles, and premiered in South Korea theaters on August 12th...More

[HanCinema's News] Police Rule Out Foul Play in the Death of Oh in-hye

2020/09/17 | Permalink

On September 16th Incheon police released an official statement regarding the cause of death for Oh In-hye. The conclusion of Incheon police based on the autopsy result was that Oh In-hye did indeed take her own life as had been suspected by many...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Hyuk Talks About "The Swordsman"

2020/09/17 | Permalink

On September 17th an online press conference was held for the upcoming movie "The Swordsman". Actors Jang Hyuk, Kim Hyun-soo, and Jung Man-sik were all in attendance, as was director Choi Jae-hoon. The story takes place after the dethronement of King Gwanghae, with the title character played by Jang Hyuk once again taking up the sword for the sake of his daughter, who is played by Kim Hyun-soo...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Talks About "The Silent Sea"

2020/09/17 | Permalink

Gong Yoo recently appeared in a photoshoot for the October issue of GQ Magazine. He can be seed wearing a wide variety of suits, and the photos also emphasize his physical side. An interview in GQ also goes into why Gong Yoo decided to make "The Silent Sea" his next drama following his last drama appearance in the megahit "Goblin" from 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh in-hye's Funeral to Be Held on September 16th

2020/09/15 | Permalink

Following the unfortunate death of actress Oh In-hye on September 14th her family set up a memorial service on September 15th and a full funerary ceremony is now set for September 16th...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Tops DCInside Poll for Most Self-managed Celebrity

2020/09/15 | Permalink

The results are out for the latest Exciting DC Poll, which is performed by the portal website DCInside. The question for the poll, which was tabulated from September 6th to September 12th, was which star seems the most self-managed...More

[HanCinema's News] "Pawn" Set to Open up Thanksgiving at the South Korean Box Office

2020/09/15 | Permalink

Following confirmation of its September 29th release date, "Pawn" appears to be signaling that South Korean movie distributors are confident in a rebound at the South Korean box office for Korean Thanksgiving. The autumnal holiday has long been a popular one for families going to see movies together...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ah-in to Return in October With "Voice of Silence"

2020/09/14 | Permalink

"Voice of Silence" has been confirmed for an October release date. This news suggests a confidence in the South Korean film industry in its ability to rebound from the current increased COVID-19 restrictions. Perhaps not coincidentally, "Voice of Silence" is headlined by Yoo Ah-in, an actor whose most recent film, "#ALIVE", has garned attention not just for breaking a previous COVID-19 induced slump but also having a strong performance on OTT services...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Only the Latest Korean Media to Find Success on Netflix

2020/09/14 | Permalink

As of September 14th, "#ALIVE" is still holding strong in the global Netflix film rankings on FlixPatrol. The zombie movie has been a surprise success on the streaming platform. But it is far from unprecedented. After all, "Kingdom" and more recently "Kingdom - Season 2" made big waves on Netflix with a similar concept, albeit taking place in the historical era rather than the modern day...More

[HanCinema's News] Actress Oh in-hye Dies Due to Cardiac Arrest

2020/09/14 | Permalink

Oh In-hye's Instagram

On September 14th Oh In-hye was declared dead due to cardiac arrest following an incident where she was discovered not breathing at her home in Incheon. The tragic news came late at night, followed by reports earlier in the day that her condition had stabilized...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Noted for Putting Fingers in Ears During Kiss Scenes

2020/09/13 | Permalink

Various online communities on the South Korean Internet have been discussing a peculiar detail in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" that had until now largely gone unnoticed. In the eleventh episode of the drama, there was a kiss scene that prompted a rating restriction of 18+ due to its intense content...More

[HanCinema's News] "Once Again" Has Happy Ending and High Ratings

2020/09/13 | Permalink

"Once Again" completed a successful run on September 13th, airing its final, one hundreth episode to ratings of 34.8%. As expected for a weekend family drama, there were happy endings all around. One couple got married, and another started a family...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Nara's Brother, Jang Sung-won to Be Married in October

2020/09/13 | Permalink

Joo Ho-sung recently made a big family announcement on social media. His son, Jang Sung-won, will be getting married on October 31st. The apparent motivation for this surprising news was that Jang Sung-won had done his wedding photography on that same day, September 12th...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tiny Light"

2020/09/12 | Permalink

Jin-moo (played by Kwak Jin-moo) is a thirty-six year old machinist who lives with his mother Sook-nyeo (played by Byun Joong-hee) in a small housing unit with mold on the walls. Jin-moo is a schlubby man and an unlikely protagonist, but then that's where the realism comes into play. "Tiny Light" is neither infused with romanticism about the lives of working people in South Korea, nor is it overly cynical about their fate. Director Cho Min-jae makes this movie about the persistence of memory and what Jin-moo has to lose by it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Masterpiece"

2020/09/12 | Permalink

The opening titles of "Masterpiece" are done in a classic olde time silent film style. As the movie gets past these, we see a café with Charlie Chaplin emblazoned on the front. As we're introduced to director Jin-wook (played by Choi Jin-wook), an obvious possible theme is developed. Jin-wook is going to make a classic Charlie Chaplin style movie. And this does happen eventually. But first we have to endure sixty minutes of Jin-wook ineffectively trying to make an obviously bad movie...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fallen"

2020/09/12 | Permalink

Probably one of the most confusing, chaotic, and genre-bending film we have seen during the latest years, "Fallen" is a movie that tries to be original by following very few "rules" of genre cinema and including as many different elements as possible, both in context and in style...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Rises to #1 Spot for Global Netflix Movies

2020/09/11 | Permalink

In its third day of full availability on Netflix worldwide, the South Korean zombie movie "#ALIVE" has now risen to the most popular movie available on the platform. The new data comes courtesy of FlixPatrol, which had already noted that "#ALIVE" was the number two worldwide movie on Netflix on September 9th a day after its release. The new September 10th figures show that the movie is continuing to benefit from positive buzz...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Appears in Advertising for South Korean MMORPG

2020/09/11 | Permalink

The video game company WEMADE recently unveiled the latest iteration of their popular traditional Korean fantasy MMORPG, The Legend of Mir. To promote The Legend of Mir 4, Seo Ye-ji is currently appearing in advertisements which she also narrates. The advertisement can be viewed on YouTube and is also available on WEMADE's website...More

[HanCinema's News] Ko Eun-min Confirmed for "18 Again"

2020/09/11 | Permalink

On September 10th FN Entertainment confirmed that actress Ko Eun-min would be appearing in the upcoming drama "18 Again". She will be playing the part of Im Ja-yeong...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" opens as #2 movie on Netflix worldwide

2020/09/10 | Permalink

The South Korean zombie movie "#ALIVE" had a powerful opening on Netflix, surging to second place on the streaming platform's worldwide charts on September 9th following its release on September 8th...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Streaming Companies Call for Review of Netflix Law

2020/09/10 | Permalink

Domestic streaming companies in South Korea have recently been calling for the government to review the Netflix Free Rider Law which was passed in May. The Netflix Free Rider Law was passed this May to deal with the issue of Netflix and other foreign companies being able to use South Korea's domestic Internet infrastructure at no cost...More

[HanCinema's News] Bong Joon-ho Joins Hollywood Remake of "Haemoo" as a Producer

2020/09/10 | Permalink

On September 9th American media outlets confirmed that an American remake of the 2014 South Korean film "Haemoo" is in the works, and that Bong Joon-ho would be joining the project as a producer. "Haemoo" is based on a real-life incident involving ethnics Koreans being moved from China into South Korea. At the time "Haemoo" was considered Park Yoo-chun's big shot to become a serious actor. While the movie did improve his reputation, his career soon fell into tatters due to unrelated scandals...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Selected as Judge for Bucheon International Animation Festival

2020/09/08 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun's Instagram

On September 8th the Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF) announced its ten judges for this year's film competition. Ku Hye-sun was among the judges, and had mentioned the previous day in a social media post how encouraging it was that over half the judges this year would be women...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon Confirmed for "The Silent Sea"

2020/09/08 | Permalink

Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon and Jung Woo-sung

On September 8th Netflix officially confirmed that production on "The Silent Sea" had begun. The science fiction drama features Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon in leading roles and is being managed by Jung Woo-sung in a producing capacity. The drama deals with a space mission to collect abandoned research samples from the moon...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo in-na Pays for Cochlear Implants for Deaf Babies

2020/09/08 | Permalink

 

Recently the cochlear implant centered charity The Snail of Love announced that actress Yoo In-na paid for a cochlear implant surgery on a thirteen month old child...More

[HanCinema's News] Yeo Jin-goo Tops DCInside Poll of Actors Whose Return Is Most Hotly Anticipated

2020/09/07 | Permalink

Yeo Jin-goo's Instagram

A recent DCInside poll asked visitors to the website which major actor's return in a leading role has been most seriously teased. Yeo Jin-goo won the poll, but by a fairly narrow margin of only 18% compared to 17% for Gong Hyo-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ye-seul Claims Not to Have Boyfriend in One Year Anniversary YouTube Video

2020/09/07 | Permalink

 

Actress Han Ye-seul recently released a one year anniversary video for her YouTube channel. Han Ye-seul has been reasonably popular on the platform, having over eight hundred thousand subscribers. Additionally, most of the videos on her channel have English subtitles, although the anniversary video isn't one of them, as it was aired live with responses to viewer questions and was not preproduced...More

[HanCinema's News] Chloe photoshoot photos of Seo Ye-ji released

2020/09/07 | Permalink

The French designer brand Chloé recently released some new photos of Seo Ye-ji, who has done a recent photoshoot for the fashion brand. The "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" actress has been a hot commodity in promotions lately, since much of the hype for that drama originated from her distinctive wardrobe...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Talks About her Life Post-divorce

2020/09/06 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun has recently restarted her professional career. After months of worry from her fans following drama regarding the star's divorce from Ahn Jae-hyun, Ku Hye-sun released a new album on September 2nd, Breath3, following on Breath2 from 2015 and Sketchbook - Breath from 2009. All three Breath albums consist of new piano music and in promoting the latest one, Ku Hye-sun has given some insight into her new life...More

[HanCinema's News] "Alice" Breaks 10% in Ratings Over the Weekend

2020/09/06 | Permalink

In its second week of broadcast the SBS drama "Alice" has broken 10% in terrestrial ratings in its fourth episode. This is up 6.1% from the drama's premiere episode on August 28th. The apparent breakout popularity of "Alice" has been quite surprising, as the drama has far more in common with underwhelming dramas from this year than it does with any of the hits...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Hee-seo Makes First Appearance in "Secret Forest 2"

2020/09/06 | Permalink

The seventh episode of "Secret Forest 2" on Friday saw the first appearance of Choi Hee-Seo In the drama's cast. As her role is not a major one, it was not widely know ahead of time. She plays the wife of Dong-jae, who is played by Lee Joon-hyuk and not identified by name. The character appears in the drama because Dong-jae had recently gone missing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Me and Me" Screening at Fantasia 2020

2020/09/05 | Permalink

It is very rare for a reviewer to have to deal with a film whose director has stated, "Rationally, the film doesn't make sense" (Korea Times), but this is exactly the case with "Me and Me", a movie that cannot be examined under the prism of logic in any way...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Days in a Summer"

2020/09/05 | Permalink

Seung-hee (played by Kim Yu-ra) is a quiet woman who has recently returned to the family farm on Geoje Island. There's minimal verbal explanation as to why she came back. We just see Seung-hee stew in mild annoyance as she's given instructions for chores. Seung-hee is similarly diffident to typical social interaction. At first glance it seems like Seung-hee has an attitude problem. But as the "Days in a Summer" pass by, we see that in reality, Seung-hee is just an introvert...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Jesters: The Game Changers" Screening at Fantasia 2020

2020/09/05 | Permalink

What would happen if an SFX team was active in 1464 Korea? Kim Joo-ho latest action comedy seems to give the answer to this rather playful question, in one of the most entertaining films of the year...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Punch-Drunk Boxer" Screening at Fantasia 2020

2020/09/05 | Permalink

Combining the sound of janggu (a Korean traditional hourglass-shaped double-headed drum) with pansori narration and music in a film that revolves around a boxing was a brave as much as an original effort by Jeong Hyeok-ki, since the latter seems to have very little to do with the first two elements. The result is a bit uneven, but interesting whatsoever...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Social Nomad"

2020/09/05 | Permalink

Directors Lee Sang-mook and Ma Young-min had a dream of traveling internationally. The problem was, they didn't have any money. So to get funding, they formed a corporation by the name of "Social Nomad" that solicited donations in exchange for promised content. Then, in order to actually go traveling, they sent out e-mails to hostels and travel agencies in order to further sponsor the trip, in exchange for the team producing promotional videos for the places where they stayed...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Jung-hoon Confirmed for "18 Again"

2020/09/04 | Permalink

The upcoming drama "18 Again" has confirmed that actor Yoon Jung-hoon will be among its castmembers. "18 Again" is an upcoming drama about a man who goes back to being a teenager shortly before the finalization of his divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Jung-min Returns to South Korea Having Finished Shooting "The Point Men"

2020/09/04 | Permalink

On September 4th SEM Company released a statement saying that Hwang Jung-min, an actor who they represent, had returned to South Korea on September 2nd having completed Jordanian location shooting for "The Point Men". SEM Company also stated that Hwang Jung-min was currently being tested for COVID-19, as is standard...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" and "The Good Detective" Top VOD Charts

2020/09/04 | Permalink

Following its premiere in South Korea Video On Demand services on August 25th, "Peninsula" has climbed to top of the charts as expected and claimed the number one spot for movies. "The Good Detective", which finished on August 25th, has also maintained the top spot for dramas requested by such services. The relevant data was compiled by Home Choice over the fifth week of August...More

[HanCinema's News] "Once Again" Enters Final Month From Position of Strength

2020/09/03 | Permalink

KBS recently released the final preview for the 93rd episode of "Once Again", a popular weekend drama that's been airing on the network. With only eight episodes to go, "Once Again" is looking to end on a high note. Its 92nd episode featured a series-high rating of 36.5%, and the drama could easily exceed 40% ratings in its final weeks...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum Talks About "Record of Youth"

2020/09/03 | Permalink

The upcoming drama "Record of Youth" will premiere on tvN on September 7th. The drama stars Park Bo-gum in the leading role. The preproduced drama is his final project before beginning his mandatory military service, and his first project since "Encounter" from 2018. In comments ahead of airing, Park Bo-gum has described his character in the drama Hye-joon as a kind-hearted friend, one who he strives to better imitate even outside the shooting environment...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-joon to Make Special Appearance on "Record of Youth"

2020/09/03 | Permalink

On September 3rd, Jump Entertainment confirmed that Lee Seung-joon, an actor who they represent, will be appearing in the upcoming drama "Spring of Youth"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Tops Brand Reputation Report for Actors in August

2020/09/01 | Permalink

The Korea Institute of Enterprise Reputation recently released their August Brand Reputation Report which uses big data to gauge which of the fifty best known South Korean stars has the most popular image on social media...More

[HanCinema's News] KCSC Delivers Official Rebuke of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Sexual Harassment Scene

2020/09/01 | Permalink

On August 26th the Korea Communication Standards Commission made an official statement regarding a long controversial scene in the drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" which ended last month. In the scene in question, the lead character played by Seo Ye-ji approaches the lead character played by Kim Soo-hyun in the men's dressing room of his workplace. She then makes sexually charged remarks to the shirtless man, while also making euphemistic references to his genitalia...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ye-seul Follows up Seo Ye-ji in Promoting Didier Dubot Jewelry

2020/09/01 | Permalink

The jewelry brand Didier Dubot recently announced publication of its 2020 Fall/Winter catalog. Han Ye-seul is featuring as the main prominent model of note for the upcoming collection, which has stoked interest due to fortuitous product placement. The Signature D line contains jewlery that appeared prominently in the popular drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" which aired over the summer...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo and Hyun Bin Marriage Rumors Restarted by Chinese "Full House" Remake

2020/08/31 | Permalink

Recent unfounded rumors of Song Hye-kyo and Hyun Bin getting married provoked an immediate harsh reaction from their official representation. Nevertheless the rumors, which started in China, have continued to pop up in social media there. This fake news appears to have its origin in a largely mundane and unrelated source- the recent broadcast of the Chinese remake of "Full House", the drama which was Song Hye-kyo's first big international hit...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Hyo-seop Talks About his Love for Hyun Bin

2020/08/31 | Permalink

Ahn Hyo-seop is featured in the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and the accompanying interviews has proven a noteworthy demonstration of the culture shift in South Korean entertainment at present. Ahn Hyo-seop is a recent star, who had first chance for a big lead in "Abyss" although his first wide success was "Dr. Romantic 2"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Confidential Assignment 2" Confirmed to Be in the Works

2020/08/31 | Permalink

The hit 2017 movie "Confidential Assignment" now has a confirmed sequel in development. "Confidential Assignment" starred Hyun Bin as a North Korean investigator and Yoo Hae-jin as his South Korean equivalent as they attempt to track down an advanced counterfeiting machine...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin Models Fall Catalog for Kolon Sports.

2020/08/30 | Permalink

On August 30th the outdoor clothing brand Kolon Sports announced that popular actress Gong Hyo-jin would be their model for the fall clothing line. In a statement Gong Hyo-jin's intimate charms were cited as the chief reason for her selection. Kolon Sports has attempted to distinguish itself as a naturalistic brand, associating its models with realistic environments wherein their products would actually be used...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-ha Cast for "Run On"

2020/08/30 | Permalink

According to a recent news report young actor Lee Jung-ha will be appearing in the upcoming jTBC drama "Run On". Purportedly the name of the character he will play is Kim Woo-sik...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung Passes Million Subscriber Milestone on YouTube

2020/08/30 | Permalink

The YouTube account of Shin Se-kyung recently topped 1 million subscribers and is now standing at 1.07 million subscribers as the actress has earned a surprisingly robust following as a video blogger. Most videos on her account, which can be seen here, are fairly mundane and simply deal with her everyday life. Since October of 2018 Shin Se-kyung has produced 27 videos...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "An Old Lady"

2020/08/29 | Permalink

The promotional material for "An Old Lady" has given the movie a very accusatory air, and in all fairness that's not incorrect. "An Old Lady" is, after all, the story of Hye-jeong (played by Ye Soo-jung), an elderly woman who is raped during a medical exam mostly because she couldn't fight back. The movie takes place in 2012- a weirdly specific detail considering it was produced relatively recently. There are technical legal reasons for this particular plot point. Without getting into spoilers, let's just say that a similar case probably wouldn't play out the same in the present day...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Between the Seasons"

2020/08/29 | Permalink

Hae-soo (played by Rie Young-zin) is a woman in her late thirties who's getting a new start in life by opening up a modest coffee shop. There's an oddly reticent quality about Hae-soo, as if she's hiding something. Enter Ye-jin (played by Yoo Hye-ri), a high school student who's bright, cheerful, and outgoing- yet still at a distance from her peers, much like Hae-soo. Each is lonely in their own way yet obviously incompatible, lesbian love story subtext notwithstanding...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beauty Water"

2020/08/29 | Permalink

"Women now have to be beautiful, thin and with big breasts" is a phrase uttered in this animated film, and it is this dream that dominates a narrative that focuses on the concept of appearances, particularly in show business, and where the endless pursuit of exterior beauty can lead...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ju-hyun Confirmed for "Silence"

2020/08/28 | Permalink

According to a person affiliated with the upcoming blockbuster "Silence", Park Ju-hyun has been confirmed for a leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Seung-jo Expresses Closing Remarks Regarding "The Good Detective"

2020/08/28 | Permalink

Jang Seung-jo recently had some closing remarks about the drama "The Good Detective" that were released via his agency. In "The Good Detective" Jang Seung-jo played young detective Ji-hyeok, billed alongside veteran actor Son Hyun-joo as the lead...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Suzy to appear in short film on KakaoTV

2020/08/28 | Permalink

A poster was recently released for the upcoming short movie "If My Things Are At Your Place We're Not Over" which will be released on September 4th via Kakao TV...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Appears in the Newest Issue of Cosmopolitan

2020/08/27 | Permalink

The September issue of Cosmopolitan has just hit newstands in South Korea and the popular fashion magazine features Seo Ye-ji of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" in a major photo spread inspired by the fairy tale theming of the drama. The magazine also features an interview with Seo Ye-ji. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" finished airing in South Korea on August 9th, in a run characterized more by online popularity than terrestrial ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew Talk About "Pawn"

2020/08/27 | Permalink

Sung Dong-il, director Kang Dae-gyu, Ha Ji-won, Park So-yi and Kim Hee-won

Due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases "Pawn" still lacks a definite release date and the action comedy film is currently just slated for September. But "Pawn" is already in the midst of a robust marketing campaign. The chemistry between lead actors Sung Dong-il and Kim Hee-won has been a particular point of interest, as the two older men only just recently finished a short variety program where they attempt to live in a cockroach infested house...More

[HanCinema's News] Changmin Delays Wedding Due to COVID-19

2020/08/27 | Permalink

On August 27th SM Entertainment announced that Changmin of the K-pop duo TVXQ would be delaying his wedding. Originally his nuptials were set September fifth but the recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases in South Korea led the singer to delay his plans. The wedding was announced back in June...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" Holds Longest Streak at Top of the Box Office This Year

2020/08/26 | Permalink

As of August 25th, "Deliver Us From Evil" has achieved a milestone for having held the box office for twenty one straight days. The record was promptly broken on August 26th with the first major Hollywood release since the COVID-19 breakout...More

[HanCinema's News] Netflix Announces "#ALIVE" for International Release on September 8th

2020/08/26 | Permalink

Netflix recently confirmed an international release date for the zombie movie "#ALIVE" which premiered in South Korean theaters on June 24th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae Buy Thirty Million Dollar Building

2020/08/26 | Permalink

Major actors Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae were recently revealed to be real estate dollars in a major real estate deal. According to recent reports, Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae purchased a thirty million dollar building back in May...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Sukku and Jun Jong-seo confirmed for "Woo-ri and Ja-young"

2020/08/24 | Permalink

On August 24th CJ Entertainment confirmed the existence of the new movie "Woo-ri and Ja-young", although this is as yet a working title. The title character Woo-ri will be played by Son Sukku and the title character Ja-young will be played by Jun Jong-seo...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Byung-hun Considering Lead Role for "Showdown"

2020/08/24 | Permalink

Reports on August 24th confirmed production of the new movie "Showdown", which seeks to tell the story of legendary Go player Cho Hunhyun. Also in the report was word that the role of Cho Hunhyun has been offered to Lee Byung-hun, and that the major actor seems likely to accept it. At present Lee Byung-hun is filming "Emergency Declaration" and a decision regarding his next project likely will not come down until filming has been completed...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-jung Thanks Friends for Coffee Car

2020/08/24 | Permalink

On Instagram actress Lee Min-jung recently thanked her friends for sending a coffee car to the set of the popular weekend drama "Once Again" in which the actress stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Hyun-soo and Go Min-si Cast for "Drama Special - The Reason Why I Can't Tell You"

2020/08/23 | Permalink

Recent reports have confirmed the lead actors for one episode of the upcoming Drama Special season for KBS, which showcases upcoming talent in drama production on a smaller scale...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Cast and Crew Thank Fans for Support

2020/08/23 | Permalink

Lee Jung-hyun recently posted various pictures of "Peninsula" cast and crew members holding placards with messages for fans on her Instagram account...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Hae-hyo Follows "Peninsula" up With "Fukuoka"

2020/08/23 | Permalink

With "Peninsula" actor Kwon Hae-hyo has had his first role as an older character. The veteran fifty-four year old actor plays Elder Kim in that movie, a man of questionable mental faculties who stubbornly insists that help is on the way to help him and his friends leave a Korean peninsula overrun by a zombie apocalypse. But this supporting role in a mainstream movie by no means defines Kwon Hae-hyo, as he is set to star as the lead in "Fukuoka" which comes out on August 27th...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Deliver Us From Evil"

2020/08/22 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "Deliver Us From Evil" we observe various persons dispatched from the shadows. These thugs wearing suits aren't sympathetic, yet they feel more inhuman than evil, exuding neither warmth nor fear. The sound of their fury signifies nothing. When their murderer is revealed to be In-nam (played by Hwang Jung-min), the contrast is stark. In-nam is no more warm, sympathetic, or human than the men he's killing. We see quiet grief in In-nam's visage as he contemplates his own soullessness...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Peninsula"

2020/08/22 | Permalink

Probably the most eagerly awaited Asian movie of the year, the sequel to "Train to Busan" was looked upon by many as the savior of an industry that is in shambles due to the pandemic. And saving it did, earning $20.8 million worldwide in the first five days it screened, making it the first time since mid-March that the global box office totaled over $1 million. Regarding its quality as a film, however, that is a completely different discussion...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Steel Rain 2: Summit"

2020/08/22 | Permalink

The first "Steel Rain" featured extended scenes of odd couple bromance sandwiched by completely bonkers international tactical warfare nonsense involving three countries. "Steel Rain 2: Summit" ups the ante, instead featuring extended scenes of odd throuple bromance sandwiched by completely bonkers international tactical warfare nonsense involving five countries. What the two movies lack in shared continuity, they more than make up for in terms of utterly bewildering plot points...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Dream of Fortune" + Full Movie

2020/08/22 | Permalink

"Money makes the world go round", sung Liza Minelli in "Cabaret" and "A Dream of Fortune" seems to be a film that has truly caught the meaning of the phrase, as everything in the movie revolve around money...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Sells Building for 1.5 Million Dollar Profit

2020/08/21 | Permalink

On August 21st legal filings revealed that Lee Jong-suk had sold a building he had bought in September of 2016. At that time the old building in Sinsa district of Gangnam was purchased by the actor for a total of around 3 million dollars. It was remodeled in the intervening years into a brunch cafe...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Soo-hyang Suffers Accident While Shooting "When I Was the Most Beautiful"

2020/08/21 | Permalink

FN Entertainment recently confirmed that Im Soo-hyang suffered an injury last month while she was shooting the television drama "When I Was the Most Beautiful" which only just recently started airing. According to FN Entertainment, she was quickly moved to the hospital. However, they noted that at no time did Im Soo-hyang ever lose consciousness...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Breaks 50 Million Dollars at Worldwide Box Office Ahead of American Release

2020/08/21 | Permalink

"Peninsula" has had a successful run at the international box office this summer with strong openings in other Asian markets where South Korean films get mainstream distribution. Now, with a worldwide box office total exceeding fifty million dollars and following prior delays, "Peninsula" has opened in 126 cities across the United States and Canada as of August 21st. IMAX, 4DX, and ScreenX enhanced screenings of the zombie movie are also currently available...More

[HanCinema's News] Ryu Jun-yeol Talks About "Alien"

2020/08/20 | Permalink

An interview and photoshoot with Ryu Jun-yeol in the most recent issue of Dazed Korea magazine has attracted some attention. It's the first time the actor, or nearly anyone else, has discussed the upcoming blockbuster "Alien", which he had been filming at the time of the interview...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" and "The Good Detective" Lead VOD Rankings for Third Straight Week

2020/08/20 | Permalink

HomeChoice has released its aggregate rankings for the most popular Video On Demand titles currently available on South Korean cable platforms. For the third week of August, "#ALIVE" led for movies and "The Good Detective" for dramas. Both titles are on a three week streak, in large part thanks to a lack of new competition...More

[HanCinema's News] "An Old Lady" to Take a Haunting Look at Elder Abuse and Rape

2020/08/20 | Permalink

Ahead of its official domestic release "An Old Lady" has earned many accolades in local South Korean film culture. The winner of the audience prize at the Busan International Film Festival in 2019, "An Old Lady" depicts a sixty-eight year old woman who is hospitalized and raped by a nursing assistant...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Kang-joon Appears in Project M Photospread

2020/08/19 | Permalink

New pictures of actor Seo Kang-joon have been released by the Project M brand of the casual clothing brand Polham in anticipation of the upcoming fall and winter seasons...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Signs Modeling Contract With LUNA

2020/08/19 | Permalink

The beauty makeup brand LUNA recently hired Seo Ye-ji as their latest model. The move follows Seo Ye-ji's appearance on the popular drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay", which compensated for weak television ratings with a distinctive visual look that enjoyed much exposure on social media...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Kang-joon Headlined Mini-movie Exceeds Two Million Views

2020/08/19 | Permalink

After two months in public release, the mini-movie 'Awaken the Love Within' has passed the two million view mark and thensome on various social media platforms as well as YouTube. The mini-movie can be seen YouTube and features English subtitles. As the title suggests, it deals with a man in his twenties, played by Seo Kang-joon, awakening to the meaning of love in the modern age...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-woo Gives Closing Remarks for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/08/17 | Permalink

On August 17th director Park Shin-woo of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" communicated his closing thoughts about the drama. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" ended on August 9th with ratings of 7.3%. The drama received much attention for its strong visuals and worldwide popularity...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jun-ho Promotes Busan International Comedy Festival

2020/08/17 | Permalink

Comedian Kim Jun-ho has been out in force promoting the eighth annual Busan International Comedy Festival, which begins on August 21st and goes on through August 30th. The ten day festival has been promoting itself with a tagline of prevention, safety, and laughter, alongside another one of comedy must go on. While COVID-19 has been one cloud for the festival the state of South Korean comedy in general has long been a concern...More

[HanCinema's News] "Oh! My Gran" Strives to Be Next Family Comedy Hit

2020/08/17 | Permalink

Comedy films have been more noitceably absent than most since the South Korean box office reopened to new major releases back in June. Only "OK! MADAM", which was released last week, can be described as a mainstream comedy. It's currently expected to cap out at around one million viewer admissions. "Oh! My Gran" has bigger hopes, with lower stakes, as Na Moon-hee and Lee Hee-joon hope for a major box office draw...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Hyo-seong Speaks Out in Favor of Comfort Woman Apology

2020/08/16 | Permalink

Jun Hyo-seong's Instagram

Jun Hyo-seong has made a target of herself on social media for speaking out in favor of comfort women. The entertainer made multiple posts on August 14th and August 15th calling these days of remembrance for what happened to the comfort women under Japanese rule. Jun Hyo-seong expressed hope that an apology would come soon...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-won Relates Scar Anecdote During "The Golden Holiday" Promotional Appearance

2020/08/16 | Permalink

Kim Hee-won is about to get a lot of exposure. The 49 year old actor will be appearing in "The Golden Holiday" on August 19th and is also set to star in "Pawn" which will be released sometime in September. For the former release, he recently had an interview on the MBC radio program 'Good Morning FM'...More

[HanCinema's News] New Stills Released for "Deliver Us From Evil"

2020/08/16 | Permalink

Over the weekend CJ Entertainment released new stills for the movie "Deliver Us From Evil" which passed the three million viewer mark on Saturday. The visuals, both in-action as well as behind-the-scenes, show off both the lush location shooting in South Korea, Japan, and Thailand as well as the talent of famed cinematographer Hong Kyung-po. "Deliver Us From Evil" was his first project since "Parasite" from last year...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "OK! MADAM"

2020/08/15 | Permalink

Mi-yeong (played by Uhm Jung-hwa) is a middle-aged housewife who sells traditional baked goods at the open-air market in Yeongcheon. Even though "OK! MADAM" opens up with a somewhat perplexing North Korean involved spy action scene, the movie is oddly coy about Mi-yeong's actual identity. So it is that as "OK! MADAM" moves on to having Mi-yeong and her family getting on a plane and becoming involved with a hijacking, the movie begins a sequence of generally meaningless plot twists...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Itaewon"

2020/08/15 | Permalink

The Itaewon district of Seoul has long been known as a cool and happening. The recent drama "Itaewon Class" deliberately plays off this mystique, centering around a young man trying to start his own restaurant there. But long before Itaewon was cool was it was just...this place, where peddlers came from far and wide to try and make their fortune. Itaewon used to be next to an American military base. American soldiers, especially in the olden days, tend to have money and not much to do with it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Bonanza" + Full Movie

2020/08/15 | Permalink

From 1955 and until the Motion Picture Law of 1962 by Park Chung-hee's regime, Korean cinema experienced one of its Golden Ages, both in terms of quality and popularity, which subsequently, brought bigger budgets to movie production. Chung Chang-hwa took advantage of the fact in order to become one of the pioneers of Korean action cinema, in a series of efforts that eventually brought him to work with Shaw Brothers, directing cult classics such as "Five Fingers of Death". "A Bonanza" is an excellent sample of his genre filmmaking, as it incorporates almost every element of mainstream cinema...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Donates 100,000 Dollars to Flood Relief

2020/08/14 | Permalink

On August 14th Management SOOP announced that Gong Yoo, an actor who they represent, had donated approximately one hundred thousand dollars to flood relief earlier this year under an assumed name...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Daniel Named Best Star to Spend a 'Green Day' With

2020/08/14 | Permalink

A poll recently conducted by a mathematics education company investigated what celebrity people would most want to spend a 'Green Day' with. A 'Green Day" was defined as a cool walk through the mountains, hand in hand, to evade the summer heat. Singer Kang Daniel of Wanna One did best on the poll, with 39.8% of respondents answering with his name...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" Breaks 2.5 Million Viewer Count Going into Second Weekend

2020/08/14 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "Deliver Us From Evil" passed the 2.5 million viewer mark on August 12th in its eighth day of availability...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" and "The Good Detective" Continue to Lead VOD Rankings

2020/08/13 | Permalink

HomeChoice recently released its new list for the best performing Video On Demand movies and dramas for the second week of August, here defined as August 3rd and August 9th. With no new major releases, the best performers ended up being a repeat of last week...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Tops DCInside Umbrella Poll

2020/08/13 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin in "The Classic"

DCInside released released the latest results of their Exciting DC Poll, which poses eccentric questions to users of the community portal website. The query for this particular poll was, in the event of a sudden rainstorm, what celebrity is most likely to suddenly appear to offer an umbrella?...More

[HanCinema's News] Heo Jin-ho to Direct New Drama "No Longer Human"

2020/08/13 | Permalink

Following his signing a representation contract with CJS Entertainment, industry sources revealed that director Heo Jin-ho had made the move in anticipation of starting work on a television drama titled "No Longer Human"...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report for Eighth Week

2020/08/12 | Permalink

In its final week "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" once again topped the Good Data Report, which measures drama popularity according to media trends. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" held 34.78% of social media trends recorded from August 3rd to August 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Sung-geun Returns for "Secret Forest 2"

2020/08/12 | Permalink

As is to be expected from a sequel series many actors from "Secret Forest" are reprising their roles in "Secret Forest 2". While most of these characters are straightforwardly sympathetic Park Sung-geun's role as Won-cheol, the chief prosecutor of the third division, held some ambiguity...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Dramas in CPI for Sixth Week

2020/08/12 | Permalink

CJ ENM recently released its latest Content Power Index (CPI) which measures relative branding power between television programs. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" outperformed all other dramas for the sixth straight week...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Donates One Hundred Thousand Dollars to Flood Relief

2020/08/10 | Permalink

On August 10th Park Shin-hye's agency announced that the actress had donated approximately one hundred thousand dollars to flood relief for the sake of South Koreans damaged by massive flooding in the country. While the sum is large it is not unprecedented. Park Shin-hye has donated large sums of money to charity efforts throughout her career...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Dramas Show Strong Presence on Netflix in Japan

2020/08/10 | Permalink

A continued strong presence of South Korean dramas on Netflix in Japan has helped to spur talk of a new Korean Wave in the country. Figures released by Netflix on August 10th showed that "Crash Landing on You" was the number two drama for that day, with "Itaewon Class" in number five. Previous figures have also shown that "Crash Landing on You" was the number one drama for the month of July...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Meets Fans at Ticket Counter Following Final Stage Greeting

2020/08/10 | Permalink

August 9th saw the final stage greeting for "Steel Rain 2: Summit" as the blockbuster has moved out of wide distribution. But lead actor Jung Woo-sung had a final surprise for fans at Lotte Cinema at Lotte World Tower in Seoul, as he appeared at the ticket counter to greet fans in person...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Byung-hun Thanks Song Seung-heon for Coffee Car

2020/08/09 | Permalink

Lee Byung-hun recently made an Instagram post highlighting a coffee car he was sent on the set of "Emergency Declaration" by actor Song Seung-heon. Despite the name, in this case a catering service appears to have been ordered rather than a car, as the picture shows the coffee installation being set up indoors...More

[HanCinema's News] "Deliver Us From Evil" Breaks 2 Million Viewers in First Weekend

2020/08/09 | Permalink

"Deliver Us From Evil" has had the most promising start yet for a new movie screening in the South Korean market post COVID-19, posting admissions over 2 million viewers following its opening weekend. This is comparable to the 1.8 million viewer opening for "Peninsula", albeit with a few metrics likely tilting long term sales in the favor of "Deliver Us From Evil"...More

[HanCinema's News] TikTok to Hold Massive Fan Meeting for King Kong by Starship Stars

2020/08/09 | Permalink

On August 14th TikTok has announced that five actors represented by King Kong by Starship will appear on TikTok Stage. The meeting will take place at eight PM Korean Standard Time, and will also be available in English. The stars represented will be Song Seung-heon, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Kwang-soo, and Kim Beom...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Therapist: Fist of Tae-baek"

2020/08/08 | Permalink

Seong-joon (played by Oh Ji-ho) and Jin-soo (played by Jung Eui-wook) are friends and rivals at a small, bamboo-laden martial arts temple in the deep mountains. They then come down from the mountains and turn out to be...dubiously employable. Or at least, that's the impression I got when the seven years later subtitled flashes by and far from the mystical oriental paradise of the previous scene, Seong-joon now works at a failing massage therapy shop of dubious legality. It's failing in part because he's too nice to charge money to his poor, elderly patients...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Resurrection"

2020/08/08 | Permalink

In 2010 director Goo Soo-hwan made "Don't Cry for Me Sudan" detailing the charity work of Catholic priest Lee Tae-seok in wartorn Sudan. The cultural impact of the documentary, while big in Catholic missionary culture, isn't that well-known elsewhere. Opening scenes detailing "Don't Cry for Me Sudan" being shown at the Vatican sells just how influential the movie was. And so "Resurrection" works as a retrospective, asking what happened to all those marching band kids ten years later...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Five Marines" + Full Movie

2020/08/08 | Permalink

In the plethora of war films in international cinema, it is quite difficult to find ones that actually focus on characters instead of the action, and use the war as a basis in order to present various comments. The late Kim Kee-duk achieves just that in his feature debut, which netted him the Best New Director Award at the 1962 Grand Bell Awards...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report for Seventh Straight Week

2020/08/07 | Permalink

"It's Okay to Not Be Okay" maintained its top position in the Good Data Report this week. With the drama set to end this coming weekend, "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is well positioned to sweep the Good Data Report for its full run. Four of its actors also appeared in the top ten for performers, with Seo Ye-ji at number one, Kim Soo-hyun at number two, Oh Jung-se at number four, and Jang Young-nam at number seve...More

[HanCinema's News] Studio Dragon Posts Best Ever Second Quarter Earnings Off of Strong Drama Performances

2020/08/07 | Permalink

In a report released on August 6th detailing Studio Dragon's financial performance over the second quarter, the drama production studio revealed a record-breaking 135 million dollars in total sales. This represented a 26% increase over the same time period the previous year. Actual earnings improved at an even higher margin, as increased international business has allowed Studio Dragon to make more money while spending relatively little...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Jung-geun Confirmed for "Alien"

2020/08/07 | Permalink

Following his attention grabbing performance in "Steel Rain 2: Summit" actor Shin Jung-geun has been confirmed to also be starring in the upcoming blockbuster "Alien". Though "Alien" first started filming back in March it's only been with the release of "Steel Rain 2: Summit" that interest in the actor rose to the level that interested fans were curious what he was planning next...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Good Detective" Tops VOD Rankings for Dramas

2020/08/06 | Permalink

Home Choice recently released their full rankings for which television shows and films performed best via Video On Demand services for the first week of August. The data, which comprises the period from July 27th to August 2nd, saw "The Good Detective" and "#ALIVE" doing best compared to their peers. LG Hellovision, Btv Cable, DLive, CMB and Hyundai HCN were among the services surveyed...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Ji-hyun Features in Cover Spread for W Korea

2020/08/06 | Permalink

Jun Ji-hyun was recently featured in W Korea, which has done much to whet the appetite of fans for her return...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Talks About "Steel Rain 2: Summit"

2020/08/06 | Permalink

Jung Woo-sung talked much about "Steel Rain 2: Summit" over the past month. In a recent interview, Jung Woo-sung described the original concept as odd. "Steel Rain 2: Summit" isn't a continuation of "Steel Rain" so much as it is the same basic concept of a North Korean and a South Korean thrust together against a national security backdrop. But Yet Jung Woo-sung was impressed by the submarine black comedy concept of "Steel Rain 2: Summit" calling it fresh...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Tops VOD Charts

2020/08/05 | Permalink

On August 4th Lotte Entertainment announced that "#ALIVE" had officially broken the break even point. "#ALIVE" has to date earned over 1.9 million admissions in theatrical screenings, but the zombie movie's declared break even point was 2.2 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] GS25 Apologizes for Promoting Ji Chang-wook Flash Event

2020/08/05 | Permalink

GS25 has apologized for their role in encouraging large numbers of Ji Chang-wook fans to gather in Sinchon, setting off a firestorm of criticism in the current COVID-19 centric environment. The event happened on August 3rd. Fans were promised that visitors to the GS25 convenience store labeled as Yondae 2 would have their transaction processed by Ji Chang-wook until six in the evening...More

[HanCinema's News] Fans Raise 200,000 Dollars in Charity for Jang Keun-suk's Birthday

2020/08/05 | Permalink

On August 4th actor Jang Keun-suk celebrated his thirty-third birthday. For the eighth time, Jang Keun-suk held an exhibition of various pictures for the sake of his fans which he uses as a vehicle to thank them for their support...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Tops DCInside Poll of Best Star to Have a Drink With on the Beach

2020/08/03 | Permalink

In the latest whimsical poll from the South Korean portal website DCInside Hyun Bin was the victor. The latest installment asked respondents which celebrity they would most want to drink beer with on the beach...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Finishes Filming

2020/08/03 | Permalink

On August 2nd a news periodical announced that tvN had only just finished filming of the drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" on July 31st. This is later than expected, given the South Korean drama industry's shift away from the live shooting system...More

[HanCinema's News] Blockbusters Persist But Have Yet to Excel at South Korean Box Office

2020/08/03 | Permalink

With "Steel Rain 2: Summit" passing the million viewer milestone in its first weekend and "Peninsula" passing the three million viewer milestone in that same period of time, the South Korean film industry has proven itself to be very alive in spite of the COVID-19 slowdown. Nevertheless, for such hotly hyped movies in the high movie season, these numbers are disappointing. Only the COVID-19 backdrop makes them seem impressive...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Shows Off her Giant Cats

2020/08/02 | Permalink

On August 2nd Park Shin-hye made an Instagram post featuring her cats. The actress herself is largely obscured, both by the cats as well as her own phone, and appears to be wearing a simple t-shirt at home...More

[HanCinema's News] "Steel Rain 2: Summit" Breaks a Million Viewers

2020/08/02 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "Steel Rain 2: Summit" had a million viewers in theaters following its opening weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang in-young Shows Off her Daughter

2020/08/02 | Permalink

In a recent Instagram post Hwang In-young showed her daughter. off to followers. In spite of the obvious pride, Hwang In-young made a point of obscuring her daughter's face. According to the post, it has been thirty one months since her daughter was born...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ahn Sangtae Short Film Collection Vol.1"

2020/08/01 | Permalink

The first short of the "Ahn Sangtae Short Film Collection Vol.1" omnibus plays best to Ahn Sang-tae's natural strengths as a comedian. Undercover is about an undercover cop in a violent criminal gag who very stupidly gets his Kakao chat rooms confused and has to hypermasculine his way out of it. That Ahn Sang-tae does not look or act like either a credible cop or gangster only sharpens the absurd contrast of the situation, as his comically aggressive behavior inspires mild confusion but ultimate acceptance from his superiors...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Teuri"

2020/08/01 | Permalink

As "Teuri" opens up we see Crayon (played by Seo Hyun-woo) find several letters addressed to acquaintances from his high school days. As Crayon uses the letters as a pretext to go see these people again, a pattern plays out. They are warm and welcome, filled with nostalgic feeling upon the reminder of their past. Then they actually read their individual letter, and the mood turns dark and angry. They express agitation at Crayon, who seems blissfully unaware of the seriousness of the moment...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Soil" + Full Movie

2020/08/01 | Permalink

"Born From Soil, Live in Soil, and Die in Soil" is the phrase the protagonist utters in the beginning of the film, and there is no better way to describe the purpose of this movie, which aims at showing the blights of life in the city and the purity of living in the country, in another, almost militant production of the 60's...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji's Makeup Artist Reveals Cover Makeup for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/07/31 | Permalink

The makeup artist for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" lead actress Seo Ye-ji recently posted a video online that goes into the cover makeup for the actress...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report for Sixth Straight Week

2020/07/31 | Permalink

The latest iteration of the Good Data Report once again had "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" in the top spot for dramas discussed on social media. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" had a commanding 35.32% of all references to currently airing dramas on social media. This compares to a very slightly higher percentage of 35.46% from the previous week...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Leads on Many Non-standard Metrics

2020/07/31 | Permalink

While "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" has had lackluster ratings ranging from 5-6% since its initial appearance, the drama has been a noteworthy example of defying standard terrestrial ratings with strong performances in non-traditional metrics. It has, for example, been rated as the most influential drama by the most recent CJ E&M Nielsen ratings, which covered social media activity from July 13th to July 19th. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" also led this metric for the first four week after its premiere...More

[HanCinema's News] So Hee-jung Confirmed for "Kairos"

2020/07/30 | Permalink

On July 30th Hunus Entertainment confirmed that So Hee-jung, who the agency represents, would be appearing in the upcoming MBC drama "Kairos". In this fantasy thriller drama, Seo-jin, who is played by Shin Sung-rok, searches for his missing daughter while Ae-ri, who is played by Lee Se-young searches for someone she loves...More

[HanCinema's News] Wide Slate of Movies to Follow "Peninsula" in August

2020/07/30 | Permalink

The success of "Peninsula" both in South Korea as well as overseas has led many to conclude that the South Korean box office has returned to normal. But a better indicator is likely the return of more off-beat, lower level films to cineplexes. While big titles like "Steel Rain 2: Summit" and "Deliver Us From Evil" are attracting the most attention, minor films are embracing a wide gamut of genres...More

[HanCinema's News] "Jin" Tops DCInside Poll of Celebrities With the Most Elegant Image

2020/07/30 | Permalink

The South Korean website recently released the latest results of their exciting poll series asking users offbeat questions about celebrities. In the latest installment, where data was collected from July 19th to July 25th, respondents were asked which celebrity they thought had the most elegant image...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Opens on South Korean VOD Services

2020/07/29 | Permalink

On July 28th zombie movie made its appearance on local South Korean Video On Demand services. The move was abrupt, but expected...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Plays a Different Kind of Strong Female Character in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/07/29 | Permalink

The heroines of South Korean dramas have taken on an increadingly active and dynnamic presence in recent years. They're e noticeable departure from their counterparts in older dramas, which were at times notorious for existing in obvious Cinderella stories. But Seo Ye-ji's rule in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" has gone further than most with this, toeing the line between sympathetic and sinister as she drives most of the drama's greater conflict...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ah-in Cast for "Hellbound"

2020/07/29 | Permalink

On July 29th Netflix announced a new original series. Title "Hellbound", it is based on the Naver webtoon of the same title and quickly brought together a powerful cast. Yoo Ah-in of the recent zombie flick "#ALIVE" will play the lead role, while director Yeon Sang-ho of the recent blockbuster "Peninsula" will direct the series...More

[HanCinema's News] DCInside Poll Suggests Korean Believe Foreigners Consider Lee Min-ho to Be the Most Popular Korean Star

2020/07/27 | Permalink

On July 27th the South Korean website DCInside released the results of a celebrity poll. The phrasing for this particular poll was, thanks to global networking platforms such as Netflix, who is the best known [Korean] star worldwide?...More

[HanCinema's News] Ratings for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Still Steady

2020/07/27 | Permalink

Over the weekend ratings for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" ranged from 5.2% to 5.6%. This was a very slight drop over the previous weekend, but for the most part "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is continuing to maintain its fairly modest ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] Domestic Box Office Halved Compared to Previous Weekend

2020/07/27 | Permalink

On July 27th the Korean Film Council released the final figures for the weekend defined from July 24th to July 26th. During that time 761,077 viewers came out to the cineplexes. This is down nearly half relative to the previous week, July 17th to July 19th, when admissions totaled 1,325,766 persons...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Passes 2.5 Million Viewer Mark Over the Weekend

2020/07/26 | Permalink

In its second week at the South Korean box office, "Peninsula" pushed past the 2.5 million viewer mark to become the second best performing film of the year, a spot which had previously belonged to "Hitman: Agent Jun"...More

[HanCinema's News] Leads in "Steel Rain 2: Summit" Switch Sides

2020/07/26 | Permalink

The long awaited "Steel Rain 2: Summit" opens in South Korean theaters on July 29th. The movie's peculiar context of arriving right in the midst of another real-world realignment of the peace process between North and South Korea has already been noted...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung to Consider Appearing in "Hunt"

2020/07/26 | Permalink

The movie "Hunt" was recently confirmed with famed actor Lee Jung-jae confirmed as both the director and the lead actor. "Hunt" deals with two ace national security agents chasing down a spy ring...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Singer"

2020/07/25 | Permalink

In eighteenth century Joseon we see singer Hak-gyoo (played by Lee Bong-geun), his wife Gan-nan (played by Lee Yu-ri) and their daughter Cheong-i (played by Kim Ha-yeon-I) in a constant state of familial bliss. Even a scene as simple as a stroll through a meadow takes on powerful romantic connotations. There's also a strong sense of surreptitiousness in the overall family dynamic, as is most obviously observed when Cheong-i cheekily signals to the viewer that she knows more about how her parents relate to each other than she lets on...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Road Family"

2020/07/25 | Permalink

While obviously fairly cheaply produced "Road Family" demonstrates some surprisingly lofty ambitions in its worldbuilding. Yu-ri (played by Park Cho-rong) is a teenage violinist with no friends because her more well-to-do classmates at violin school clearly think she's beneath them. This is due, in part, to Yu-ri living with her blue collar dad Hyeon-doo (played by Park Won-sang) who has to work long hours to support his daughter as a delivery driver...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Drifting Story" + Full Movie

2020/07/25 | Permalink

Having women protagonists and issues that deal with the place of women in Korean society was not exactly common ground in the 60's (as is also not now), so it comes as a surprise that Gwon Yeong-sun directed a film like that, although the premises are anything but feminist...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Breaks South Korean Box Office Record in Thailand

2020/07/24 | Permalink

After only a single day of availability at the Thai box office "Peninsula" has already handily outperformed prior major South Korean films in that market. As the overall number one at the Thai box office "Peninsula" earned 132,000 dollars in revenue. This compares quite favorably with the prior record of 65,000 dollars set by "Train to Busan", as well as the 17,000 dollars earned by "Parasite" in its opening day last year...More

[HanCinema's News] "Steel Rain 2: Summit" Hopes to Capitalize on COVID-19 Recovery

2020/07/24 | Permalink

With "Peninsula" having decisively pushed past the two million viewer mark and certain to pass the three million viewer mark this weekend, the question yet remains whether the South Korean film market has truly recovered. "Peninsula", like "#ALIVE" before it, has had a mixed reception locally, making it difficult to tell whether weaker than average numbers are due to aesthetics or fear of COVID-19. Enter "Steel Rain 2: Summit", a political action thriller that opens next week...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Ha-young's Agency Threatens Legal Action Following Rumor About FC Rumor

2020/07/24 | Permalink

Oh Ha-young's Instagram

Flame Entertainment recently published a warning on the relevant official Internet fan cafe that the spreading groundless rumors involving Oh Ha-young would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Hye-jung Denies Internet Comment Was Intended to Restart her Career

2020/07/23 | Permalink

Cho Hye-jung's Instagram

Actress and television personality Cho Hye-jung has found herself the target of unwanted attention after posting an Internet comment with her official account on July 21st...More

[HanCinema's News] Legal Action Threatened in Regards to Seolhyun's Thailand Cigarette Rumor

2020/07/23 | Permalink

Seolhyun's agency has started threatening legal actions in regards to further propagation of a rumor involving Seolhyun, one of their more famous stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Anger Erupts Following Son Seung-won's Attempt to Reboot Social Media Presence

2020/07/23 | Permalink

The recent rebooting of actor Son Seung-won's Instagram account has been met with harsh hostility across the South Korean Internet, with many followers of social media platforms leery of an apparent attempt by the disgraced actor to restart his career. While Son Seung-won prefaced his reopening with an apology, this has done little to placate commenters...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Attracts a Sizable International Fanbase

2020/07/22 | Permalink

While domestic South Korean have lamented the apparent drop in drama popularity since the conclusion of "The World of the Married" internationally South Korean dramas are still maintaining a high profile. Much of this is thanks to the success of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". The return project of Kim Soo-hyun has underwhelmed in domestic terrestrial ratings but has struck a major chord on Netflix, where it has charted in quite a few far flung countries...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ye-ri Gives Closing Remarks for "My Unfamiliar Family"

2020/07/22 | Permalink

"Unfamiliar Family" aired its final episode on July 21st, closing out with a series high 6.3%. These ratings were quite impressive given the drama's modest expectations, even exceeding the more headline-friendly "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" domestically. So it was that this same night, lead actress Han Ye-ri expressed her closing thoughts on Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] Teaser Trailer for Upcoming "Beauty Water" Goes Viral

2020/07/22 | Permalink

The upcoming animated film "Beauty Water" does not yet have a definite release date, but the movie is already gaining traction due to its shocking and intriguing trailer...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Announces Move to New Agency

2020/07/20 | Permalink

In an Instagram post on July 20th Ku Hye-sun announced that she was moving to MIMI Entertainment. The move was long expected...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee Apologizes for Parental Scamming in her Name

2020/07/20 | Permalink

Following reports that an online fan community of "The World of the Married" star Han So-hee had been scammed by the mother of the actress for around twenty thousand dollars, with another previouslt defaulted loan of ten thousand dollars claimed to have been reported to the police...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Breaks 20 Million Dollars in International Earnings

2020/07/20 | Permalink

On top of its COVID-19 depression breaking 1.8 million weekend in South Korea, simultaneous distribution of "Peninsula" in other markets has allowed the zombie action flick to break the 20 million dollar mark worldwide...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Ratings Hold Steady Over Weekend

2020/07/19 | Permalink

"It's Okay to Not Be Okay" continued its reliable, albeit not spectacular performance over the weekend with ratings ranging from 5.8% on average to 6.2% at highest in its nine PM Saturday/Sunday timeslot...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Posts Selfie With Child Version Actress of his Co-star

2020/07/19 | Permalink

On July 19th Kim Soo-hyun surprised fans with selfies on is Instagram account featuring child actress Kim Soo-in, his co-star on "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". In spite of being his co-star, the two have little reason to share screentime together As Kim Soo-in plays the past version of the character played by lead actress Seo Ye-ji...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-jae and Hwang Jung-min Express Interest in Returning to Melodramas

2020/07/19 | Permalink

On the latest episode of the MBC variety program 'Omniscient Interfering View' lead actors Lee Jung-jae and Hwang Jung-min were on-hand to discuss their upcoming film, "Deliver Us From Evil". This was not in the context of the television program, but rather a radio program, the footage of which appeared in the television show...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Prisoner"

2020/07/18 | Permalink

Director Kang Kil-yong is a legend when it comes to martial arts choreography, having worked on a ridiculously large number of famous South Korean films over the years. "The Prisoner" is his first attempt leading a movie production as director though, and the results are about what you'd expect. The acting, the script, and the set design is all pretty cheap and even cheesy. But those fight scenes! With very little to work with, Kang Kil-yong pulls off some outrageously kinetic hand-to-hand fisticuff duels...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Boy From Nowhere"

2020/07/18 | Permalink

The title of "The Boy From Nowhere", as well as the script, frequently refers to lead character Kim Soo (played by Kwak Min-gyoo) as a kid. This is odd, and a frustrated Kim Soo comments on it as odd, because Kim Soo looks to be maybe thirty years old. But then, Kim Soo isn't exactly an adult. He rides around on his scooter-bike running errands in the illegal migrant trade, making little progress to any obvious goal in beautiful Jeju Island. So he instead decides to take up surfing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review]: "Mr. Park" + Full Movie

2020/07/18 | Permalink

Family dramas that do not succumb to forced sentimentalism are actually a rarity in Korean cinema, to the point that the ones that don't, immediately stand out from the plethora in the category. "Mr. Park" does not avoid it completely, but for the most part, its approach comes pretty close to the comical, a tactic that definitely benefits the film...More

[HanCinema's News] Fusion Picture of Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji Goes Viral

2020/07/17 | Permalink

In an attempt to make sense of the chemistry that's underscored "It's Okay to Not Be Okay", South Korean drama fans have hit on a surprising discovery...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Sets Box Office Records for South Korean Films in Foreign Markets

2020/07/17 | Permalink

With "Peninsula" likely to hit a two million viewer opening week in the South Korean market, the outlook for the blockbuster zombie film as well as the South Korean film industry as a whole is looking good. But "Peninsula" has already hit another unexpected milestone in...More

[HanCinema's News] Closing Remarks for "Dinner Mate"

2020/07/17 | Permalink

The SBS drama "Dinner Mate" ended on July 14th with ratings of 4.3%. Though only a modest success, and a decrease from the drama's opening week which featured ratings as high as 6.1%, the main cast members were appreciative of their viewers' support. They expressed gratitude throughout the week for their fans...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Breaks 350,000 Viewers in First Day at South Korean Box Office

2020/07/16 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "Peninsula", the long-awaited follow-up to "Train to Busan" broke 350,000 admissions in its first day of availability at the South Korean box office. The strong performance considerably outpaced that of fellow zombie flick "#ALIVE" which had first day admissions of 200,000 three weeks prior...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report for Fourth Straight Week

2020/07/16 | Permalink

Despite a slight decrease in objective measurements the tvN drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" retained its top spot on the Good Data Report in its fourth week of airing...More

[HanCinema's News] "Irene" to Star in "Double Patty"

2020/07/16 | Permalink

On July 16th SM Entertainment confirmed that Irene would appear in the leading role in the upcoming movie "Double Patty". The name of the character Irene will play is Ji Mang-saeng, who is described as an anchor...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Byung-hun and Im Si-wan Thanks Song Kang-ho for Coffee Car

2020/07/15 | Permalink

On July 15th Lee Byung-hun made an Instagram post wherein he thanked Song Kang-ho for having accomplished everything according to plan. Lee Byung-hun also referred to Song Kang-ho as his brother. The post followed a similar one from Im Si-wan, calling attention to the existence of a coffee car on the set of "Emergency Declaration" paid for by Song Kang-ho...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Makes Way for "Peninsula" at South Korean Box Office

2020/07/15 | Permalink

The reign of "#ALIVE" at the top of the South Korean box office came to an end on July 15th, as "Peninsula" finally received a wide release and quickly took full control of theaters, easily exceeding ninety percent of reservations on online movie ticket reservation sites...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Hits Number Six in Netflix World Rankings

2020/07/15 | Permalink

On July 13th "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" hit a major milestone in world exposure when it ranked in the top ten of the Netflix world wankings. "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" was the highest ranking Asian drama in the world rankings for that day, although other dramas from Germany, Australia, Colombia, and Turkey also appeared on the list...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" tops Content Power Index for second straight week

2020/07/13 | Permalink

On July 13th CJ ENM released its latest Content Power Index report, this iteration for the first week of July, defined as taking place from June 29th to July 5th...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Bo-ra Cast for "Zombie Detective"

2020/07/13 | Permalink

Hwang Bo-ra's agency Walkhouse Company recently confirmed that the actress would be starring in the upcoming television drama "Zombie Detective". No details are known about her character at this time...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Point Men" Begins International Location Shooting in Hopes of Premiere at BIFF

2020/07/13 | Permalink

"The Point Men" has finally cleared its COVID-19 enforced immigration hurdles, as cast and crew for the movie were spotted at Incheon International Airport in July 12nd en route to Jordan. The production company is hoping to be able to give "The Point Men" a world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival this October to further jump start the ailing South Korean film industry. The recent inability of "The Point Men" staff to get to Jordan for location shooting has been the main obstacle to this goal...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Sends Han Ye-ri a Coffee Car

2020/07/12 | Permalink

While Lee Jong-suk is still in the midst of his mandatory military service, the popular actor has not forgotten his colleagues in the drama industry...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Ji-ho and Julien Kang Talk About "The Prisoner"

2020/07/12 | Permalink

On the latest episode of the SBS Radio program 'Cinetown' actors Oh Ji-ho and Julien Kang appeared as guests. They were there to promote the upcoming movie "The Prisoner", an action movie about a detective who goes undercover at a prison fight club. The movie opens in theaters on July 23rd though it is expected to recoup most of its budget from the secondary distribution market...More

[HanCinema's News] "Me and Me" and "King Maker: The Change of Destiny" Tops VOD Charts

2020/07/12 | Permalink

The latest rankings from Home Choice regarding South Korea's most popular Video On Demand titles has recently been released. The metrics include data collated from LG Hellovision, Btv Cable, D-LIVE, CMB, and Hyundai HCN among others from the first week of July...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Jazzy Misfits"

2020/07/11 | Permalink

Blue (played by Cheetah) is a jazz singer working in Itaewon living with her high school age sister Yoo-ri (played by Choi Ji-su). Their mother, played by Jo Min-soo, isn't much of a parent. It's intimated that she has financial resources, somehow, but is in general so needlessly hostile and destructive that both Blue and Yoo-ri try to avoid dealing with her. But Blue, at least, has little choice in the matter when mom's first visit to their home coincides with Yoo-ri disappearing without explanation...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Si, Nario"

2020/07/11 | Permalink

In Incheon, film director Kyeong-tae (played by Oh Tae-kyung) arrives, massive backpack in tow, and sets off by bus to the next stage of his journey. This turns out to be the outside of the apartment complex where his illustrator ex-girlfriend Da-woon (played Shin So-yul) lives. Kyeong-tae sets up a tent there. Da-woon is, understandably, perplexed and angered by behavior which she interprets as stalking. So it is that "Si, Nario" rather auspiciously begins with the question of why Da-woon doesn't just call the police...More

[HanCinema' Film Review] "A Romantic Papa" + Full Movie

2020/07/11 | Permalink

Using comedy to comment on society and themes like family is not exactly an easy task, since the balance between commentary and entertainment is rather difficult to retain. However, Shin Sang-ok accomplishes just that with an easiness that is emblematic of his value as a filmmaker (let's not get into the controversy of his history again)...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Hye-won Enjoying Dual Visibility With Wildly Different Roles

2020/07/10 | Permalink

While many minor performers in the South Korean entertainment industry are typecast, this is not the case for Oh Hye-won, who has recently been noted for her noteworthy appearances in two very different roles in two very different genres. Oh Hye-won appears as an autonomous sensory meridian response (ADMR) creator in the romance drama "Dinner Mate", and as a police officer in the popular zombie movie "#ALIVE"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jun-young Talks About "Good Casting" Kiss Scene With Older Actress Yoo in-young

2020/07/10 | Permalink

Lee Jun-young's Instagram

Lee Jun-young of U-Kiss had a recent major drama appearance in "Good Casting". Though a spy comedy drama, Lee Jun-young's character was romantically connected with the one played by Yoo In-young- in spite of the thirteen year age gap between the two. Lee Jun-young discussed their kiss scene among others in a recent interview...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Blurs Boundaries Between Practical and Computer Effects

2020/07/10 | Permalink

Recent comparative stills released by tvN have helped shed some light on the mystery of how exactly "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is being filmed. The drama has won much interest and acclaim for its unique visual style. Many have wondered if even the more mundane effects, like shots of a mansion in the countryside, were real places or just computer images...More

[HanCinema's News] CG Company Digital Idea Looking to Have a Banner Month

2020/07/09 | Permalink

The last few weeks have been very strong for the computer graphics company Digital Idea, and going forward their profile only looks to become more important. Digital Idea recently made an impact when "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" premiered last month and immediately garnered praise for that television drama's distinctive visuals. Digital Idea also did the computer effects in "#ALIVE", the zombie flick that broke the COVID-19 induced depression at the South Korean box office last month...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Now Third Best Performing Film of 2020 at South Korean Box Office

2020/07/09 | Permalink

In its fifteenth day of availability at South Korean theaters "#ALIVE" hit another milestone, claiming the number three spot on the South Korean box office for 2020. It narrowly outperformed the political comedy "An Honest Candidate", the last decently successful movie before the COVID-19 outbreak...More

[HanCinema's News] Sexual Harassment Drives "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" to Top of the Good Data Report

2020/07/09 | Permalink

On July 9th the Good Data Corporation released the latest iteration of the Good Data Report, which measures how viewers are responding to dramas by analyzing trends in traditional media as well as social media...More

[HanCinema's News] "Peninsula" Creeps into Online Reservation Charts

2020/07/08 | Permalink

While the upcoming blockbuster "Peninsula" is still a week away, the movie has already hit the online reservation charts in South Korea...More

[HanCinema's News] Online Press Conference Held for "She Knows Everything"

2020/07/08 | Permalink

On July 8th MBC held a press conference for its drama "She Knows Everything" which began airing the same day. Lead actress Kang Sung-yeon, lead actor Jo Han-sun, and director Lee Dong-hyun-IV were all in attendance. "She Knows Everything" is a mystery drama wherein a nosy woman teams up with a detective to solve an unusual incident...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sang-yeob Talks About Out of Focus Romance in "Good Casting"

2020/07/08 | Permalink

Last month Lee Sang-yeob finished up "Good Casting" where he played Seok-ho, a man who had a romantic crush on the lead character Chan-mi, played Choi Kang-hee, who makes a transition from secretary to black ops agent. An interview with the actor has been making the rounds as it references the possibility of a second season. While "Good Casting" did all right in ratings, the drama still ended lower than it started and did not create significant popular buzz...More

[HanCinema's News] Summer Blockbuster Schedule Confirmed

2020/07/06 | Permalink

Over the course of June the South Korean box office had over 3.86 million admissions. Though weaker than previous years, this figure is over double the equivalent for May, with only 1.52 million admissions, itself an improvement over April, with only 970,000 admissions. So it is that movie distributors are getting bolder, with a stronger slate set for July...More

[HanCinema's News] Viewers Alarmed by Seo Ye-ji's Excessive Skinniness

2020/07/06 | Permalink

Visual distinction has been one of the strong points of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" allowing the drama to gain prominent presence on social media sites where stills of the drama are shared. Seo Ye-ji's outfits on the drama have been popular in this format...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Mulls Over Offer to Appear in Hollywood Film

2020/07/06 | Permalink

On July 6th Son Ye-jin's agency confirmed that the actress is currently considering an offer to appear in the leading role of a Hollywood movie for her next project. The title of the movie is Cross, and actor Sam Worthington is purportedly also in consideration for a leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Breaks 1.5 Million Mark at South Korean Box Office

2020/07/05 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "#ALIVE" broke the 1.5 million viewer admissions marks on Sunday July 5th. This follows up "#ALIVE" previously breaking the 1 million mark as it being the first movie to perform so well at the South Korean box office since February, when the COVID-19 outbreak had a chilling effect on the market...More

[HanCinema's News] Ratings for "It's Okay to Be Okay" Down Slightly Over the Weekend

2020/07/05 | Permalink

Over the weekend "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" continued to hover in the same area ratings-wise as previous weeks on a mild downtrend, with rating of 4.7% on Saturday July 4th followed up by ratings of 5% on Sunday July 5th. The drama is also underperforming slightly with tvN's target 20-49 year demographic with ratings between 3.9% and 4.2% in that particular range...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-hye Talks About Getting Married Young

2020/07/05 | Permalink

The reappearance of Han Ji-hye into public life with the currently airing variety show 'Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant' has once again brought the actress into focus, with many wondering about the past of the once famous actress, and particularly her marriage. So it is that an old episode the SBS variety show 'Healing Camp' has come into focus which features Han Ji-hye frankly discussing her personal life...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Innocence"

2020/07/04 | Permalink

At the start of "Innocence" we're treated to a horrific scene wherein various members of a funeral banquet start vomiting rice wine, having clearly been poisoned. The apparently senile Hwa-ja (played by Bae Jong-ok) is the main obvious culprit, as the woman who prepared the food for the friends of her departed husband. So it is that Hwa-ja's daughter Jeong-in (played by Shin Hye-sun) returns to the outskirts of Daejeon, determined to prove that her mother is innocent...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Forbidden Fatherland"

2020/07/04 | Permalink

The father of director Kim Lyang hails from the seaside town of Dancheon in the Hamgyeong province of North Korea. Back then, of course, it wasn't North Korea, it was just Korea. He ended up on the wrong side of the demilitarized zone through the time and tide of war. In "Forbidden Fatherland", we see Kim Lyang observing her father's meek depression. From staged flashbacks where Kim Lyang is portrayed as a child who resents her father, the documentary transitions to asking what made him this way....More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bandhobi"

2020/07/04 | Permalink

It is always a pleasure to discover barely known cinematic gems, and the fact that you never know where you will find one is what makes searching for older films so interesting. "Bandhobi", (a Bangladeshi word that means female friend) is a film that definitely deserves the search...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE", "Innocence", and "The Singer" Lead at South Korean Box Office

2020/07/03 | Permalink

While new releases have returned to the South Korean box office admissions numbers are low going into the weekend and are likely to remain as such going into the weekend as the big marketing push to reopen the market following COVID-19 has ended. Following weaker than hoped for numbers for "#ALIVE" last weekend the quiet will likely remain until the release of "Peninsula" on July 15th...More

[HanCinema's News] Instagram Account Highlights Seo Ye-ji's Style on "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/07/03 | Permalink

On July 3rd, social media account for tvN released a spread of images highlighting the styling of Seo Ye-ji on the currently airing drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". The actress as well as the drama she appears in have gained much attention for their distinct visual style and unusual variety in wardrobe. The pictures are highlighted as OOTD, or Outfit Of The Day...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report for Second Week

2020/07/03 | Permalink

The latest iteration of the Good Data Report once again saw "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" lead other dramas in terms of social media metrics. The study was conducted from June 22nd to June 28th and measured which among the twenty-four current prime time television dramas attracted the most attention in terms of shared news articles, blogs, and videos...More

[HanCinema's News] North Korean Propaganda Mocks Right-wing South Korean Political Party Over "Into The Ring"

2020/07/02 | Permalink

"Into The Ring" had an auspicious premiere this week following criticism from the United Future Party on June 25th that the drama was political propaganda. The United Future Party based this judgment on the fact that a basic synopsis of the politically themed drama's premise appears to suggest that conservatives are the villains, while younger more presumably social justice oriented characters are innately heroic...More

[HanCinema's News] Baek Seung-chul Appears in "Team Bulldog: Off-Duty Investigation"

2020/07/02 | Permalink

On June 28th the OCN police drama "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation" concluded its moderately successful run, pulling in ratings of 4.4% for its twelfth episode, compared to 2.2% from its first episode. And while not a regular of the show, Baek Seung-chul had a memorable turn appearing as the final villain, a serial killer named Do Gi-tae...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Talks About "#ALIVE" on Radio Program

2020/07/02 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye recently appeared as a guest on an MBC Radio program. In the interview broadcast on this program, Park Shin-hye discussed the currently screening movie "#ALIVE" in general as well as her co-star Yoo Ah-in in particular, giving him strong praise for his acting talent...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Sang-hoon to Make Special Appearance on "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/07/01 | Permalink

On July 1st the tvN drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" confirmed that actor Jung Sang-hoon would soon be appearing on the late night weekend drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ah-in Fulfills Million Viewer Pledge for "#ALIVE"

2020/07/01 | Permalink

In a recent Instagram post Yoo Ah-in posted proof that he was making good on one of his "#ALIVE" pledges. On July 27th during a V LIVE CV he promised that, should "#ALIVE" breaks a million viewers, he would show everyone the alternate hairstyle discussed for his character in the movie which was ultimately decided against in favor of a blond dyed buzzcut. In the picture, Yoo Ah-in is wearing a long-haired wig of the alternate style...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Shows Off Distinctive Style in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/07/01 | Permalink

While the ratings for "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" were static in their second week, "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" continues to draw attention online for its unique visual aesthetic. Lead actress Seo Ye-ji in particular has been emblematic of this aesthetic, often wearing several wildly different outfits over the course of a single episode. And even this doesn't get into her use of accessories or alterations in her makeup...More

[HanCinema's News] June This Year Dominated by First-time Directors

2020/06/29 | Permalink

In part due to the shake-up caused by COVID-19 earlier this year, when the box office reopened in June a curious coincidence had taken place. A disproportionate numbers of films, including three of the four major releases and the best performing independent film, all came from first-time directors...More

[HanCinema's News] July's Box Office Prospects Uncertain Despite Success of "#ALIVE"

2020/06/29 | Permalink

Across the film industry press the story of "#ALIVE" breaking the million viewer mark was treated with considerable relief, as the becnhmark would seem to suggest that the industry depression caused by COVID-19 may soon come to an end. There is some reason to trust in this optimism. After all, unlike South Korea's now infamous club scene, mask requirements and sign-up sheets at South Korean movie theaters appear to have confirmed that movie theaters in the country are quite safe...More

[HanCinema's News] Save Our Cinema Challenge Picks up in Wake of COVID-19 #SaveOurCinema

2020/06/29 | Permalink

On June 29th the Save Our Cinema campaign released a new poster, signaling renewed interest from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism as well as the Korean Film Council in term of preserving South Korea's independent film theater culture. The restarting of the campaign in earnest is the latest sign of aggression in the South Korean film market following the COVID-19 induced depression which appears to be coming to an end...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Breaks One Million Admissions Over the Weekend

2020/06/28 | Permalink

On June 28th, the Korean Film Council released data stating that the zombie movie "#ALIVE" has broken a million admissions, just barely passing the benchmark in its fifth day at the box office. "#ALIVE" is the first movie to achieve the million admission milestone since COVID-19 crashed the South Korean box office back in February...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwak Dong-yeon Makes Special Appearance in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/06/28 | Permalink

Over the weekend actor Kwak Dong-yeon made a guest appearance in the currently airing drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". In it, he played Kwon Ki-do, who is the son of a politician named Kwon Man-soo. The latter character is played by Han Ki-joong. Their relationship is antagonistic, with Ki-do deliberately exposing his private parts on camera in an effort to humiliate his father who is currently running for public office...More

[HanCinema's News] Japanese Television Remake of "Midnight Runners" Begins Airing

2020/06/28 | Permalink

On June 27th the Japanese television version of "Midnight Runners" begin airing on Nippon TV. The drama stars one idol from the J-Pop group Sexy Zone and another idol from the J-Pop group King & Prince in the leading roles as a pair of police academy recruits who work to solve cases in spite of their obvious clumsy inexperience...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "#ALIVE"

2020/06/27 | Permalink

Joon-woo (played by Yoo Ah-in) is at home alone playing games online when his Internet friends start noting in confusion that there's crazy stuff happening on television. Up in his eighth floor apartment, Joon-woo looks down and sees a giant panicked mob. Then he sees some members of the mob inexplicably turn around and start biting each other. Suffice to say, Joon-woo is too spooked to leave his apartment, where he remains for most of the rest of the movie...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A French Woman"

2020/06/27 | Permalink

In present day France, Mi-ra (played by Kim Ho-jung) has finally had enough of her husband Jules (played by Alexandre Guanse), a man who we are quickly led to believe is an unsympathetic philanderer even as he earnestly insists their issues can be resolved. We then see Mi-ra return to Korea, seeing old friends for the first time in decades. The culture shock is a bit much, which possibly explains why Mi-ra is always meeting her friends in Western-style bars...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bewitching Attraction"

2020/06/27 | Permalink

Billed as a sex comedy and flaunting Moon So-ri's undeniable sex appeal any way possible (just check the poster), "Bewitching Attraction" seemed like a project that could be commercially successful, to say the least. Bad writing however and a mediocre direction resulted into something completely different...More

[HanCinema's News] Distinctive Visual Style of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" in Increased Focus

2020/06/26 | Permalink

While "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" had a mixed first weekend ratings-wise the drama has gained a strong second wind in social media in large part thanks to the drama's distinct visuals, which are easy to share online. The gorgeous opening stop-motion animated scene that depicts a childhood meeting between the lead characters, for example, was surprisingly compellingly replicated in the real-life version of that same scene...More

[HanCinema's News] Chapaguri Makes Reappearance in "#ALIVE" Following "Parasite"

2020/06/26 | Permalink

Last year the major movie "Parasite" introduced foreign audiences to the peculiar snack dish known as Chapaguri, which was infamously translated as Ram-don in the subtitles, even though the dish features neither ramen nor udon noodles. Rather it is a combination of the local brands of Chapagetti and Neoguri noodles. But now the dish has made an unexpected comeback to the big screen in "#ALIVE", where it serves a very different thematic purpose...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Continues to Lead in Second Day at Box Office

2020/06/26 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "#ALIVE" once again led in its second day at the South Korean box office bringing in admissions of 148,996 for a two day total of...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Breaks 200,000 Admissions in First Day at Box Office

2020/06/25 | Permalink

In its first day of release at the South Korean box office, "#ALIVE" earned 204,093 admissions. This is a fivefold improvement over the previous leader for a post COVID-19 major release, "Intruder", which earned 49,583 admissions on its first day...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Good Data Report

2020/06/25 | Permalink

"It's Okay to Not Be OK" ascended to the top of the Good Data Report this week, boosted by social media discussion about Kim Soo-hyun's first drama since his mandatory military release as well as the drama's distinctive visual style. Fittingly Kim Soo-hyun and leading lady Seo Ye-ji also topped the list for performers, ranking first and second respectively...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Jung-eum Buys Real Estate in Itaewon

2020/06/25 | Permalink

On June 25th the relevant real estate office to the sale confirmed that actress Hwang Jung-eum bought a high class home in Itaewon. The residence includes one basement floor and two that are above ground...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Expresses Support for Yoo Ah-in's Latest Movie

2020/06/24 | Permalink

On June 23rd Song Hye-kyo posted in an Instagram Story. The picture featured Song Hye-kyo holding flowers while standing next to Yoo Ah-in...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Ye-ji Earns Plaudits for Role as Counterintuitively Cold and Cruel Romance Protagonist

2020/06/24 | Permalink

Relatively little was made of the premise of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay", as the romantic drama quickly became a source of interest mainly due to it being Kim Soo-hyun's comeback project. But since the drama started airing Seo Ye-ji has attracted considerably more attention in her own leading role as a fairy tale writer who is, in medical terms, a psychopath...More

[HanCinema's News] Current TvN Dramas Focus on Mystique to Drive Popularity

2020/06/24 | Permalink

Following the poor performance of "A Piece of Your Mind" and the ongoing disappointment of "Oh My Baby" in the ratings, tvN appears to be reworking its concept with its current dramas that focus more on characters than premises. This shift could first be noted with "My Unfamiliar Family", which opened earlier this month with 3.1% ratings and has since climbed up to 4.7% ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be OK" Drops in Second Episode

2020/06/22 | Permalink

From a premiere of 6.1% in its first night on June 20th, "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" dropped to 4.7% in its second night on June 21st. Online comments have suggested that the drop is due to an unexpected focus on the character played by Seo Ye-ji, who renders the overall subject matter too dark...More

[HanCinema's News] "Backstreet Rookie" and "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Contrast Radically Different Heroines

2020/06/22 | Permalink

While leading men Ji Chang-wook and Kim Soo-hyun have garnered the most attention for their drama comebacks it is oddly ironic that both of their new dramas are actually centered around their leading ladies, with the major stars themselves filling the comparable role of straight men. So much of "Backstreet Rookie" is riding on Kim Yoo-jung, just as much of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is riding on Seo Ye-ji- albeit in very different ways...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Confirms That She's Still Meeting Choi Tae-joon

2020/06/22 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye's Instagram and Choi Tae-joon's Instagram

Park Shin-hye has been in a relationship with Choi Tae-joon since 2018. In spite of this, the actress is not generally well-understood to currently have a boyfriend. So it was with some surprise that a journalist in a recent interview asked Park Shin-hye a question on the topic. Park Shin-hye's response was brief, but firm in confirming the continued existence of the relationship...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-in Makes Strong First Impression in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

2020/06/21 | Permalink

As is the case with many dramas, "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" opened up its first week with much exposition as to character backstory when they were younger...More

[HanCinema's News] "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Tops Ratings in First Weekend

2020/06/21 | Permalink

Kim Soo-hyun had a successful first outing with his new drama "It's Okay to Not Be Okay", his first project in five years. The drama earned average ratings of 6.1% with a high of 7% on Saturday night, earning accolades from viewers for its unusual approach. The drama began with an animated prologue and moved on to incorporate a similarly unique fairytale style once the story moved to live action sections...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yoo-bi and Lee Jun-young Make Special Appearances in "Backstreet Rookie"

2020/06/21 | Permalink

Lee Yoo-bi and Lee Jun-young had noteworthy turns as guest stars in the second episode of "Backstreet Rookie", briefly appearing as guests in the convenience store where the drama takes place. This is the first appearance of Lee Yoo-bi in a drama since "A Poem a Day" in 2018, and the first for Lee Jun-young after "Good Casting", which finished airing earlier in the week...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Baseball Girl"

2020/06/20 | Permalink

Soo-in (played by Lee Joo-young) is a high school baseball player who wants to go professional. But where as a middle school student Soo-in was hailed as a genius pitcher, in high school age she has fallen behind her male peers. Yet nothing about Soo-in is portrayed all that romantically. Soo-in is first and foremost a sullen teenage girl who's used to feeling beaten down and not getting much support...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The President's Last Bang"

2020/06/20 | Permalink

The opening narrative crawl of "The President's Last Bang" stoically informs us about how President Park Chung-hee (played by Song Jae-ho) brutally rolled back pro-democracy demonstration movements throughout his reign in the sixties and seventies. Then, as we get to the scripted part of the story, we learn that Park Chung-hee seems less like a tyrannical dictator and more like an eccentric rock star, complete wiith groupies and torture dungeons. Also he has a serious Japan fetish...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Yu Gwan-sun" + Full Movie

2020/06/20 | Permalink

As the fifties were coming to an end, the anti-Rhee establishment/pro-South Korea sentiments were becoming stronger and stronger, something that eventually  led to the "April 19 Revolution", a student movement that eventually led to the resigning of President Syngman Rhee. The sentiment of the era was also mirrored in cinema, and Yu Gwan-sun, a student that repeatedly demonstrated against the Japanese rule until her death in the hands of the authorities in 1919, and a symbol of freedom and resistance against Japanese imperialism for Korean people, offered the perfect base...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Yoo-jung Takes on Adult Role With "Backstreet Rookie"

2020/06/19 | Permalink

While a younger actress, Kim Yoo-jung earned much acclaim for her role in "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds", where she played the romantic opposite to a traditional Korean prince played by Park Bo-gum. But the then-sixteen year old Kim Yoo-jung has since grown up and now, in her twentieth year, the young actress takes on another high-profile project with "Backstreet Rookie" following a break...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Has Much to Prove With "Backstreet Rookie"

2020/06/19 | Permalink

Last year Ji Chang-wook finished his mandatory military service and, to the great joy of fans, quickly got right back into making dramas with "Melting Me Softly". Unfortunately, the science fiction concept romantic comedy did not take off, leading some to suggest that Ji Chang-wook, in his rush to start work again, did not consider his available offers well, going too far off-brand...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun and Ji Chang-wook Mark Comebacks on Same Weekend

2020/06/19 | Permalink

As the domestic drama market has quieted down with the end of hits like "The World of the Married" and "Hospital Playlist" there has been quiet and doubt regarding the importance of major names. Lee Min-ho, after all, was not enough to turn "The King: Eternal Monarch" into the megahit that was expected. But with Kim Soo-hyun and Ji Chang-wook starting new dramas this weekend, big stars are getting another chance to prove their worth...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Eternal Monarch" Leads Good Data Report as "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" Makes First Appearance

2020/06/18 | Permalink

In its final week on air "The King: Eternal Monarch" once again topped the Good Data Report measuring media engagement for various dramas. Much of the attention given to "The King: Eternal Monarch" was negative, particularly in regards to product placement, an issue that dogged the drama throughout its run. In recent weeks "The King: Eternal Monarch" also benefited from weak competition. Its lead actors were also talked about, with Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun in first and fourth place...More

[HanCinema's News] "Into the Ring" Teases Secondary Cast Members as Politicians

2020/06/18 | Permalink

Most of the marketing for "Into The Ring" to date has focused on Nana and Park Sung-hoon in the leading roles. However, with the drama set to start airing in under two weeks marketing has now started to focus on the eclectic secondary cast. With Nana and Park Sung-hoon still relatively ambiguous in terms of their appeal as leads in their own right, the secondary cast is critical to building up the drama's appeal...More

[HanCinema's News] "Backstreet Rookie" to Simulcast in Overseas Markets

2020/06/18 | Permalink

While Ji Chang-wook stumbled in his comeback drama with last year's "Please Melt Me", the actor still enjoys powerful name recognition at home and abroad. So it is that his next project, the convenience store themed romantic comedy "Backstreet Rookie" will be available to international audiences at about the same time as it will be available domestically...More

[HanCinema's News] Drama Rankings for Wavve in the Third Week of June Unveiled

2020/06/17 | Permalink

In the recent rankings for the domestic South Korean streaming service Wavve, "The King: Eternal Monarch" topped all other performers in the third week of June...More

[HanCinema's News] Movie Rankings for Wavve in the Third Week of June Unveiled

2020/06/17 | Permalink

The domestic South Korean streaming service Wavve recently released its rankings for the most watched movies by its consumers. The array of films available on Wavve is not as extensive as those on other streaming services, although the sheer eclectic nature of the list highlights many odd titles...More

[HanCinema's News[ "Goblin" and "My Mister" Make Resurgence on Netflix

2020/06/17 | Permalink

The dramas "Goblin" and "My Mister" have been appearing with more regularity on the domestic Top 10 List for Netflix in South Korea. Both dramas have earned a reputation for being a steady seller in that market, even as the highest echelons of the list are dominated by more recent fare such as "The King: Eternal Monarch" and "Hospital Playlist" among others...More

[HanCinema's News] Studio Dragon Stock Falls 6.1% Following the End of "The King: Eternal Monarch"

2020/06/15 | Permalink

With the end of "The King: Eternal Monarch" and "When My Love Blooms", Studio Dragon passed a major stopgap in its current distribution scheme. So it was that on June 15th, stock price for Studio Dragon plunged 6.1%. The sell-off appears to have been motivated largely be foreign investors...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Eternal Monarch" Finds Itself Out of Step With Current Trends

2020/06/15 | Permalink

Strategies that once seemed foolproof have taken a beating with "The King: Eternal Monarch" as the drama concluded its sixteen episode run with surprisingly week ratings of 8.1%. Many assumptions about South Korean dramas, from the interest of local audiences in fantasy settings to their willingness to endure obvious product placement and even to their affinity for certain popular stars are now much more ambiguous than they were before the drama aired...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho Faces Next Stage of Career in Uncertainty

2020/06/15 | Permalink

Following his comeback from mandatory military service, Lee Min-ho seemed well-positioned to mark a career transition and start to play older roles. His role as the title sovereign in "The King: Eternal Monarch" appeared likely to help instill in Lee Min-ho's image a sense of regal dignity. Yet in the aftermath of the drama's airing and subsequent poor ratings, Lee Min-ho is instead at a crossroads imagewise...More

[HanCinema's News] Diversity Becomes the Norm for Fictional Drama Managers

2020/06/14 | Permalink

Traditionally in South Korean dramas the office manager has been a fairly closed off figure. They give orders, expect obedience, and typically speaking little is known of their personal life unless they are directly related to another main character somehow. But lately this stock role has experienced a marked increase in diverse portrayals in Korean dramas, as managers are seen in more human and less mechanical roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Screenwriter Lee Shin-hwa Speaks Highly of Namgoong Min's Work Ethic

2020/06/14 | Permalink

Following the win of "Stove League" at the Baeksang Art Awards on June 5th, screenwriter Lee Shin-hwa made a post on Instagram wherein he made a point of emphasizing the value Namgoong Min brought to the project far beyond his mere name recognition. According to Lee Shin-hwa, he was convinced that his vision for the story would never come to fruition. As "Stove League" was Lee Shin-hwa's first project, he knew he had relatively little clout to attract a high level actor...More

[HanCinema's News] "Can You Hear My Heart" Makes Unexpected Rebroadcast

2020/06/14 | Permalink

Recently the MBC drama "Can You Hear my Heart" made an unexpected comeback in afternoon programming slots. COVID-19 has limited the ability of broadcast networks to produce new cheap programming, so MBC ON delved into the archives to locate a then-popular but now mostly forgotten drama...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Intruder"

2020/06/13 | Permalink

Seo-jin (played by Kim Moo-yul) is an architect suffering severe mental problems due to the recent loss of his wife. There's also long term trauma from the disappearance of his little sister when he was still a child. And so, a woman claiming to be Yoo-jin (played by Song Ji-hyo) comes into Seo-jin's life, to the great joy of his family. Seo-jin remains suspicious. It's unclear whether he has valid reason to doubt this woman's story or if Seo-jin is just such a miserable sad sack he can't accept any happiness in his life at all...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Can You Hear Me?"

2020/06/13 | Permalink

Early on in "Can You Hear Me?" the question is posed to communications expert Kim Chang-ok as to why, exactly, this documentary is being made. He doesn't have a particularly convincing answer, although one is quickly forthcoming. See, even though Kim Chang-ok is a communications expert, he actually does not communicate that well with his own father. This is true both figuratively, in that his father is a lousy communicator, but also literally, in that he appears to be going deaf...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Nameless Stars" + Full Movie

2020/06/13 | Permalink

By now, most people who deal with Korean cinema would have heard about the infamous Gwangju Massacre, which has featured in a number of films, particularly during the last two decades. Before this incident, however, there was another one equally heroic and equally bloody that took place in the same area. On November 3, 1929, 54,000 students joined the Gwangju Student Independent Movement against Japanese Imperialism and marched against their oppressors. Many were injured, killed and tortured in prison. "Nameless Stars" is dedicated to them and tells the story of the movement by focusing on a group of students from a particular school...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Bo-mi-I Releases Fetal Four-Dimensional Ultrasound

2020/06/12 | Permalink

On June 12th actress Kim Bo-mi-I made an Instagram post wherein she showed off a fetal four-dimensional ultrasound of her unborn child. This follows news of Kim Bo-mi-I being pregnant which was released on June 8th at the same time as information Kim Bo-mi-I's marriage ceremony on June 7th was revealed to the public...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Jin-hee Transitions From Drama Roles to Advertisements

2020/06/12 | Permalink

Ji Jin-hee has experienced a major boost in brand positivity thanks in part to "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" in which he played the leading role. In that drama, Ji Jin-hee portrays a noble technical specialist working in a byzantine political system in a commanding position for which he was completely unprepared. Consequently, Ji Jin-hee now does promotional work for legal services, public water safety, and asset management services, among others...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Selected as Opening Film for Udine Far East Film Festival

2020/06/12 | Permalink

The Udine Far East Film Festival recently announced the initial information for this year's edition of the festival, and "Ashfall" stood out among the forty-six selections as this year's opening film. Due to COVID-19 this year's festival will take place entirely online, starting on June 26th and ending on July 4th...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Follows Recent Trend of Socially Conscious Big Budget Box Office Draws

2020/06/11 | Permalink

While the marketing for "#ALIVE" has caught many off guard with its at times pedantic look of extremely normal characters, rather than obvious heroes, the movie is nevertheless in good company when it comes to recent hitmakers. Comedy has been a critical element of popular South Korean films in recent years. And with it, social commentary on just what kinds of lives normal South Korean lives in the current era...More

[HanCinema's News] Zombies to Be Sandwiched by Gangsters at the South Korean Box Office

2020/06/11 | Permalink

While it has yet to have an official release date, it seems likely given the expected July release date of "Peninsula" following "#ALIVE" on June 24th that gangster film "Deliver Us From Evil" will appear between the two zombie flicks, if only to better emphasize variety. This will make for a curious sandwich at the July box office this year, though it remains unknown whether it will taste good enough to stave off fears engendered by COVID-19...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Eternal Monarch" Tops Good Data Report Going into Final Week

2020/06/11 | Permalink

Following a difficult broadcasting period where it posted ratings far under what was expected from its star studded cast and crew, "The King: Eternal Monarch" goes into its final week with the lead in the Good Data Report for most-talked about drama on social media...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Jin-joo and Kim Min-young Dance at Kim Bo-mi-I's Wedding

2020/06/10 | Permalink

Park Jin-joo's Instagram

Following the announcement that Kim Bo-mi-I's wedding had taken place, the bride's friends on Instagram uploaded their own footage of the event. The most noteworthy of these additions was the appearance of a humorous dance video by Kim Bo-mi-I's former co-stars Park Jin-joo and Kim Min-young...More

[HanCinema's News] "Born Again" Concludes Disappointing Performance

2020/06/10 | Permalink

"Born Again" aired its last episode on Tuesday, June 9th. With ratings of 2.4%, this wasn't the worst "Born Again" had ever done, and was indeed a bit of a rebound from its absolute low point of 1.3% in late May. But such ratings were a fary cry from the drama's promising first week in late April, when it opened with over 4% ratings only to hemorrhage viewers, ultimately failing to make much of an impact...More

[HanCinema's News] Romantic Dramas Increasingly Feature One Woman Alongside Many Men

2020/06/10 | Permalink

Romantically themed television dramas in South Korea appear to be moving away from traditional one man, one woman projects, as many current and upcoming titles instead take the approach of having one woman alongside many potential male partners. The trend, while not new, has typically been used for younger characters. The current trend featuring women in their thirties in such roles, however, has hinted at attempts by drama producers to chase a more mature audience...More

[HanCinema's News] New Character Posters Released for "#ALIVE"

2020/06/08 | Permalink

On June 8th "#ALIVE" released new character posters for the upcoming film, which is expected to premiere in South Korean theaters on June 24th. The selection was limited, as "#ALIVE" only really has two characters to speak of- one played by Yoo Ah-in and another by Park Shin-hye, isolated survivors of a zombie apocalypse...More

[HanCinema's News] Pregnant Kim Bo-mi-I Marries Ballerino

2020/06/08 | Permalink

On June 7th actress Kim Bo-mi-I married a ballerino. The two were wed at the Han Wedding Hall in the Gangnam district of Seoul. Originally they had planned to get married in April, but the COVID-19 epidemic forced them to delay their plans...More

[HanCinema's News] "Intruder" Reopens the South Korean Box Office

2020/06/08 | Permalink

For the first time since February a new mainstream South Korean film has appeared in wide release at the South Korean box office. "Intruder", a thriller detailing a woman played by Song Ji-hyo to be the long-lost daughter of a well-to-do- family, quintupled the box office draw of the previous leader, closing out the weekend with a cumulative total of 288,818 admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ah-in Talks About Monsters on JTBC Talk Show

2020/06/07 | Permalink

On June 7th Yoo Ah-in appeared in the latest episode of the jTBC variety talk program 'Movie Room'. The appearance was made with a mind to "#ALIVE", which will open in theaters later this month. Yoo Ah-in chiefly discussed with the panelists his at times monstrous appearances in other films such as "Veteran" and "Burning"...More

[HanCinema's News] Upcoming Zombie Films Hope to Hit Ten Million Admissions Mark

2020/06/07 | Permalink

The year 2019 was such a strong one for South Korean films at the domestic box office, following it up in 2020 was always going to be a tall order. But as COVID-19 has ravaged the South Korean film industry, with new major releases only starting again this month, two obvious hopes for a rebound are coming into focus. Both, as it turns out, are zombie flicks- "#ALIVE" and "Peninsula"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyun-joong's Fans Take Out Ad Celebrating his Birthday

2020/06/07 | Permalink

On June 6th popular entertainer Kim Hyun-joong celebrated his thirty-fourth birthday. In appreciation for his talents, a worldwide consortium of his fans banded together to put up a video advertisement commemorating this event at a major intersection in the Seodaemun district in Seoul...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Somewhere in Between"

2020/06/06 | Permalink

Gi-tae (played by Lee Dong-hwi) hails from a fairly obscure rural region of South Korea and sought to come make his fortune in Seoul. Like so many thirty-somethings in South Korea, his plans didn't really work out. So as Gi-tae returns home, forced to take up employment in a weird old movie theater, he has to take stock of his life at a crossroads. Why did he want to go to Seoul anyway? And why does he feel like such a failure, when his fairly modest ambitions were just to get a normal job?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Nine Monks"

2020/06/06 | Permalink

In November of 2019, nine monks voluntarily sequestered themselves for ninety days in a spiritual ritual which, we are repeatedly told in the text, was unprecedented. I could never quite catch why the ritual was so unprecedented. But clearly some people were very impressed by it, given that crowds and television crews witnessed the monks both entering and leaving their specially constructed tent with much fanfare. Apparently the sequestration was big news on South Korea's Buddhist Television Network (BTN)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Bell Tower" + Full Movie

2020/06/06 | Permalink

Based on the novel "The Bell Maker" by Kang Ro-hyang, "The Bell Tower" uses multiple stories inside the main story in order to make a number of sociopolitical and historical comments, once more, through a distinctly melodramatic approach...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Marks Image Shift With "#ALIVE"

2020/06/05 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye has long been a popular fixture in the South Korean entertainment industry. From more girlish appearances in "Flower Boy Next Door" and "The Heirs", she has since transitioned to more adult roles such as those in "Doctor" and "Memories of the Alhambra"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Hye-bin Discusses Stalking Incident

2020/06/05 | Permalink

Kang Hye-bin's Instagram

In a recent interview promoting her movie "Love Conquest" actress Kang Ye-bin had a chance to discuss her career to date. Kang Ye-bin has long had a sexy image, which on its own has never bothered her. However, a stalking incident has confirmed for her that her chosen profession is a difficult one...More

[HanCinema's News] Family Dramas in for tvN Following Fantasy Slump

2020/06/05 | Permalink

Following a string of underperforming fantasy dramas last year, tvN appears to have made a conscious decision to skew toward more realistic programming for 2020. These new family dramas appear to be fortuitously timed, arriving right after the record-setting ratings success of "The World of the Married", which also dealt frankly with family life. Yet as is so often the case with television dramas, ultimate success remains elusive...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Revealed to Have Not Used Stunt Double for "#ALIVE"

2020/06/04 | Permalink

On June 3rd the SBS Entertainment News program 'Access Showbiz Tonight' aired an interview with "#ALIVE" co-stars Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye. Though the movie will not come out for three weeks, Lotte Entertainment is making an aggressive marketing push, hoping the zombie flick will act as a capstone for the local film market's recovery this month...More

[HanCinema's News] Theater Chains Prepare Aggressive Plan to Revive Domestic Box Office

2020/06/04 | Permalink

After numerous delays the South Korean film industry appears to have firmly decided that June will be the month that they start making a serious effort to get people back into theaters. With the release of "Intruder", as well as the more artistically concepted "A French Woman", new South Korean films with major backing are finally appearing in theaters. Moreover, every week will feature new releases, with "Innocence", "Me and Me", and "#ALIVE" each coming out in turn...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung and Im Si-wan Consider "Run on"

2020/06/04 | Permalink

Namoo Actors, the agency which represents Shin Se-kyung, has confirmed that the actress is considering a leading role in the upcoming jTBC drama "Run On". The same source stated that Im Si-wan is also considering a leading role in the project, with his status being described as considering positively, as opposed to just considering...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Marks Latest Devolution in Yoo Ah-in's Career

2020/06/03 | Permalink

Most major actors, as they get older, attempt to rebrand themselves as more mature in an effort to acquire parts with more gravitas. Yoo Ah-in, however, has proven a curious exception to this trend. He caught his first big break as the lead in the introspective high school film "Punch" and quickly earned leading roles in high profile epic historical dramas such as "Jang Ok-jeong" and "The Throne"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ye-bin Prompts Interest Spike in "Love Conquest"

2020/06/03 | Permalink

Following a release schedule that's been troubled by the COVID-19 outbreak "Love Conquest" has finally foregone a theatrical release entirely. The sexually charged movie which stars pinup Kang Ye-bin in the leading role was released on local on-demand services on June 2nd and has quickly jumped up the ranks in officially sanctioned movie downloads...More

[HanCinema's News] Overall Drama Ratings Stagnant With Disappearance of Big Hits

2020/06/03 | Permalink

With the conclusion of "The World of the Married" last month South Korean dramas are now left with no obvious hitmakers. It's an unusual circumstance for the market in recent months, as "Hospital Playlist" had been preceded by "The World of the Married", which had been preceded by "Itaewon Class", which itself had been preceded by "Crash Landing on You" in terms of major pop culture staples. And only three weeks before "Crash Landing on You" had started, "When the Camellia Blooms" was still airing...More

[HanCinema's News] Abrupt Divorce Predicted by Activity on Jo Yoon-hee's Social Media Account

2020/06/01 | Permalink

While the divorce of Jo Yoon-hee and Lee Dong-gun came as a shock to many, social media followers of Jo Yoon-hee were less surprised than most. While their divorce was only officially announced on May 28th, having been formalized on May 22nd, all the way back on May 18th the actress had left a cryptic note alongside an otherwise unremarkable post of her pet dog...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Hye-bin to Make Special Appearance on "Oh My Baby"

2020/06/01 | Permalink

On June 3rd actress Jeon Hye-bin will make a special appearance on the currently airing drama "Oh My Baby". In the drama she will be playing the role of Gang Hyo-joo, a celebrity and childhood friend of the photographer character played by Go Joon...More

[HanCinema's News] Past Statements Shed Possible Light on Lee Dong-gun's Sudden Divorce

2020/06/01 | Permalink

With the surprise that has followed his abrupt divorce, many have been left wondering what went wrong with Lee Dong-gun's marriage to Jo Yoon-hee. One possible explanation has come through an old episode of the variety show 'My Little Old Boy', wherein Lee Dong-gun discussed some of the events that led to his marriage...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hospital Playlist" Teases Second Season With Open-ended Finale

2020/05/31 | Permalink

On May 28th "Hospital Playlist" completed its successful run with ratings of over 14%. The slow paced hospital drama, which focused more on the personal lives of doctors than medical emergencies, was a big hit with fans who enjoyed its unique genre blend. A long-anticipated second season to the drama was also deliberately teased with an unresolved plot thread...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Joon-yeong and Kim Yong-beom Sentenced for Committing Fraud

2020/05/31 | Permalink

Famed Mnet producers Ahn Joon-yeong and Kim Yong-beom were sentenced to prison time on May 29th for their role in the Mnet vote manipulation scandal of last year. Though best known for their work on the long-running variety show 'Produce 101', the two were long time fixtures at Mnet. They had worked together to direct Mnet's short-term foray into television dramas in 2015 with "Sing Again, Hera Gu"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-ah Gets Married

2020/05/31 | Permalink

On May 28th the agency BIG PUNCH ent has announced that Lee Young-ah, who the agency represents, is now a married woman. The news did not come as a complete surprise...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bori"

2020/05/30 | Permalink

In the sleepy outskirts of Gangreung, eleven year old Bori (played by Kim Ah-song) lives happily with her family. We see from the first that Bori has some mild resentment of her younger brother Jeong-woo (played by Lee Rin-ha), but this mostly seems to just be because he's the baby of the family. "Bori" transitions softly into familial relations, with a big cuddle-in between family members masking the inevitable revelation that, though Bori herself can hear, the rest of her family is deaf...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Cat"

2020/05/30 | Permalink

Last year Hyoja Village in Chuncheon made a noteworthy shift. Their area had over time acquired a noticably large population of street cats. Until then, Hyoja Village had been best known for its local murals. So they decided to try and rebrand themselves as a cat village. I thought this real-life local planning decision was very interesting so I was a little disappointed when "Our Cat" moved away from this topic to just become, well, another documentary about cats...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Love Marriage" + Full Movie

2020/05/30 | Permalink

Coming up with a film that functions like a modern version of "Pride and  Prejudice" in a Korean setting and with Hollywood aesthetics is definitely not an easy task, but Lee Byung-il seems to have managed just that, in a rather interesting production...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Dong-ho Cast for "CHIP-IN"

2020/05/29 | Permalink

The agency Soul and People has announced that Kwon Dong-ho, who they represent, would be appearing in the upcoming drama "CHIP-IN". The drama will start airing in July in the Wednesday/Thursday slot on jTBC in the evening, following "Mystic Pop-Up Bar"...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Cho Il-hyeong Talks About "#ALIVE"

2020/05/29 | Permalink

On May 29th distributor Lotte Entertainment of "#ALIVE" released supplementary material about "#ALIVE", which is set to be released in South Korean theaters on June 24th. The material included statements from first-time writer/director Cho Il-hyeong about the upcoming zombie movie and what kind of story the cast and crew are trying to tell with it...More

[HanCinema's News] KBS Dramas Caught in An Embarrassing Slump

2020/05/29 | Permalink

With ratings of 2.5% for the latest episode of "Fix You" and 1.6% ratings for the latest episode of "Born Again" KBS drama have entered into a depression. The television network has little to show for itself and no one to blame for the inability of their dramas to connect with viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Top Contenders Emerge for Main Categories at Baeksang Arts Awards

2020/05/28 | Permalink

This year's Baeksang Arts Awards have attracted strong attention for an unusually large number of strong contenders both in the film and the drama categories. Much of the interest, particularly compared to the awards season last year, has been prompted by COVID-19 and the interest being stuck inside has attracted in terms of media products. However, with the South Korean box office finally set to see new major releases in June, the Baeksang Arts Awards have also emerged as critical for building hype...More

[HanCinema's News] Early Leaders Revealed for Popularity Honors at Baeksang Arts Awards

2020/05/28 | Permalink

The Baeksang Arts Awards in colaboration with TikTok opened up voting for this year's Most Popular Actor and Actress Awards on May 26th. The voting form can be accessed here and will continue until June 2nd, Korean time...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye and Yoo Ah-in Fool Around Off Script

2020/05/28 | Permalink

On May 27th Park Shin-hye posted some backstage photos of herself and her "#ALIVE" co-star Yoo Ah-in messing around in front of her cell phone camera at the online press conference held for that movie that same day...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Confirmed for Release on June 24th

2020/05/27 | Permalink

An online press conference for the upcoming movie "#ALIVE" confirmed that the zombie flick starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye in the leading roles would open in South Korean theaters on June 24th. This appears to confirm confidence that the South Korean box office will finally reopen to film releases decisively by the end of the month...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye talks about "#ALIVE"

2020/05/27 | Permalink

On May 27th Park Shin-hye attended an online press conference for the upcoming zombie movie "#ALIVE", in which she has a leading role. At this press conference she was able to talk a lot about what she considers the movie's content to be and why she took on the project...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ah-in Talks About "#ALIVE"

2020/05/27 | Permalink

On May 27th Yoo Ah-in was present for an online press conference wherein he discussed his upcoming movie "#ALIVE", which is set to be released next month. In the press conference he emphasizes the seemingly unique nature of the project, centered as it is around an offbeat young man who is suffering from loneliness in the midst of a zombie apocalypse...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Sets Off New Wave of South Korean Zombie Media

2020/05/26 | Permalink

With the powerful response earned by "Kingdom - Season 2" earlier this year, itself building off the hype of "Kingdom", which itself was building off the hype of "Train to Busan", more South Korean zombie media seemed inevitable. But it's only just now that production is catching up with past trends, as "#ALIVE" seems certain to leave a mark on the box office this summer...More

[HanCinema's News] First New Major South Korean Box Office Releases Since COVID-19 Crowd Around June

2020/05/26 | Permalink

The South Korean box office has been devoid of new releases ever since February, with "Beasts Clawing at Straws" being the last major one. "Innocence" was once set to break this dead zone with a planned May 27th release, but even this was pushed back to June 11th following a COVID-19 resurgence centered around nightclubs. Now "Intruder" will be first up on June 4th- provided there are no more delays...More

[HanCinema's News] "#ALIVE" Character Receives his Own Social Media Account in Marketing Push

2020/05/26 | Permalink

In the first noteworthy attempt at a viral marketing campaign for a South Korean film since the COVID-19 epidemic, the character played by Yoo Ah-in in the upcoming movie "#ALIVE" now has his own social media account. The account is written in character, with its apparent author imploring other survivors to send him a direct message if they are still alive...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Eternal Monarch" Filming Location Revealed But Closed Down

2020/05/25 | Permalink

On May 23rd the proposal scene in the most recent episode of "The King: Eternal Monarch" gathered much attention from viewers thanks to its beautiful shooting location...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew Discuss "Dinner Mate"

2020/05/25 | Permalink

On May 25th "Dinner Mate" held a press conference. The drama was set to premiere the same day on SBS, and is based on a romantic webtoon. Actors Song Seung-heon, Seo Ji-hye, Lee Ji-hoon-I, and Son Na-eun, as well as director Ko Jae-hyeon were all in attendance...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew Discuss "Sweet Munchies"

2020/05/25 | Permalink

On May 25th "Sweet Munchies" held an online press conference, with the drama set to air its first episode that very evening. "Sweet Munchies" deals with a sexy chef at a late night restaurant. It's the first drama for lead actor Jung Il-woo since last year's "Haechi", and the first appearance for Kang Ji-young in a drama since "KARA - Secret Love" in 2014. Lee Hak-joo is a more immediately familiar face, having only just recently appeared in the highly popular "The World of the Married" as a villain...More

[HanCinema's News] Ong Seong-wu Appears on Cover of Cosmpolitan

2020/05/24 | Permalink

Actor Ong Seung-wu just earned his first magazine cover and photospread with the June issue of Cosmopolitan. The news comes ahead of the Baeksang Art Awards, where Ong Seong-wu is up for Best New Actor due to his work in "A Moment at Eighteen" from last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin Releases Photo of Being Kissed by her Two Sons

2020/05/24 | Permalink

Actress Kim Hyo-jin recently released a photo on Instagram of herself being kissed by her two sons...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Forever Sovereign" Continues Ratings Slump

2020/05/24 | Permalink

Over the weekend "The King: Eternal Monarch" only just barely managed to avoid hitting a new ratings low, with its eleventh episode Friday broadcast of 6.6% narrowly defeating the 6.3% ratings of the ninth episode, which aired the previous Friday. The Saturday episode had similarly weak improvement, improving from 7.8% to 8.1% relative to the previous week...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "King of Prison"

2020/05/23 | Permalink

For all the way prison is romanticized in movies as being a cruel place where mean people brutalize each other in the name of power, and only the strongest survive, real-life prison is quite a bit duller than that. Fights are less about who gets to control the illicit internal drug trade and more over failing to properly apologize hard enough after bumping into somebody by accident. Pathetic luxuries like snack food which we on the outside take for granted are prized like precious metals...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Unalterable: The Untold Story - Director's Cut"

2020/05/23 | Permalink

Sang-gon (played by Chun Jung-myung) finds himself somewhat unwillingly thrust into the life of a gangster boss. He gets stuck having to maintain his illegitimate business by destroying everything he loves. Cheol-hoi (played by Jin Yi-han) is Sang-gon's loyal goon, who supports Sang-gon's noble goal of trying to reform the mafia from the inside. This is, you might have guessed, a very stupid goal. So nobody has all that much fun over the course of "Unalterable: The Untold Story - Director's Cut"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Money" + Full Movie

2020/05/23 | Permalink

Based on a play by Son Ki-hyun, "The Money" is a rather strange amalgam, since the almost completely unrealistic, melodramatic premises of its narrative have the distinct purpose of criticizing capitalism...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Jae-rim and Jiyeon Deny Dating Rumors

2020/05/22 | Permalink

Jiyeon's Instagram and Song Jae-rim's Instagram

The agencies behind actor Song Jae-rim and T-ara singer Jiyeon have issued statements that the two are not dating. The denials come off of a report published earlier in the week stating that the two had been seen riding together on May 17th in Choongju and that they had behaved affectionately with one another at a gas station in that area...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Tae-hyun Comes Back With "Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation

2020/05/22 | Permalink

Cha Tae-hyun is one of the longest serving names in the South Korean entertainment industry, even if his career has been largely overshadowed by that of his most famous co-star. He was the male lead in "My Sassy Girl" from 2003 alongside the then not particularly well-known Jun Ji-hyun...More

[HanCinema's News] Past Comments Render Lee Yeon-hee's Surprise Marriage Less Surprising

2020/05/22 | Permalink

On the most recent episode of the SBS entertainment news program 'E-news Exclusive' the program revealed old footage of Lee Yeon-hee from variety shows that have shed some light on her sudden marriage announcement. Though Lee Yeon-hee is getting married on June 2nd she had not prior to this announcement even been known to have a serious boyfriend...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-sun's Birthday Party Runs Afoul of COVID-19 Discourse

2020/05/21 | Permalink

On May 20th Kim Hee-sun made an Instagram post featuring photos of the actress at her surprise birthday party. In her social media posting. Kim Hee-sun thanked her friends for their spy-like diligence in making the party happen...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Dong-wan Connected to Fraud Related to Comfort Woman Charity

2020/05/21 | Permalink

From 2014 to 2018 Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Dong-wan have donated over three hundred thousand dollars worth of money to the comfort woman adjacent charity House of Sharing. Their charitable contributions were noted on variety shows over the years. However, investigators now believe their donations were fraudulently diverted for a real estate investment...More

[HanCinema's News] Movie Stars Come to the Small Screen

2020/05/21 | Permalink

Hwang Jung-min, Lee Byung-hun, and Ha Jung-woo have long made their reputation in the South Korean media environment as movie stars. However, their upcoming projects are breaking this format as the major, older stars are coming back to television dramas. This suggests a recent improvement in the perception of scripted South Korean dramas as relates to relative industry prestige...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee Selected as Model for L'Oréal Paris

2020/05/20 | Permalink

Following her run on the popular drama "The World of the Married", Han So-hee has already scored another contract, although this one isn't for acting per se...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Leads Netflix Dramas in Japan for Third Straight Week

2020/05/20 | Permalink

Even following its end last February "Crash Landing on You" has shown surprising resilience in the international Netflix charts. As of May 18th, "Crash Landing on You" has now led the Japanese Netflix charts for dramas for three straight weeks while also having a notewrothy presence in other countries as well...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Mi-ryeo Apologizes to Hyun Bin

2020/05/20 | Permalink

On the last episode of the variety show 'Stand-Up' entertainer Kim Mi-ryeo offered an unexpected apology to popular actor Hyun Bin. The apology was not related to Kim Mi-ryeo's own actions, but rather those of her husband, Jung Sung-yoon, back during an earlier part of their career...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae Talks About "The World of the Married" in Elle Magazine

2020/05/18 | Permalink

Kim Hee-ae has been announced as the next cover model for Elle, and will appearing in the magazine's June issue this year following her impressive run on "The World of the Married". Two different covers have been announced, one featuring a slip-on dress with prominent jewelry and the other featuring Kim Hee-ae charismatically posing against a wall...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae and Han So-hee Show Rival Influences Even after "The World of the Married"

2020/05/18 | Permalink

Even as "The World of the Married" has finished its initial airing the influence of Kim Hee-ae and Han So-hee in fashion circles seems set to last for some time to come. With Kim Hee-ae appearing in Elle and Han So-hee appearing in Cosmopolitan, the two actresses are showing off two very different versions of femininity. This contrast, indeed, is a big part of what let "The World of the Married" come to prominence in the first place...More

[HanCinema's News] JTBC Announces Original Version of "The World of the Married" to Air in Its Timeslot

2020/05/18 | Permalink

jTBC recently released more details about the upcoming two episode special for "The World of the Married", which will air on May 22nd and 23rd. As expected, the special program will feature various interviews with actors of the drama, including Kim Hee-ae, Park Hae-joon, Kim Young-min, Park Sun-young, and Lee Moo-saeng...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Ji-woo Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Girl

2020/05/17 | Permalink

On May 16th Choi Ji-woo's agency announced that Choi Ji-woo gave birth to a healthy baby girl that same morning. The news follows Choi Ji-woo making a posting on her fan website on May 8th, stating that she was two weeks from her due date...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Ends With Record-Breaking 28% Rating

2020/05/17 | Permalink

Kim Hee-ae's Instagram

Having stayed largely static in ratings over the previous few weeks, "The World of the Married" pulled ahead one last time, as audiences were curious as to the fate of its central characters. The fifteenth episode did its best to leave the situation on a cliffhanger, with the son of Kim Hee-ae's character having disappeared without explanation...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae Gives Closing Remarks for "The World of the Married"

2020/05/17 | Permalink

On May 17th Kim Hee-ae's agency, YG Entertainment, released the actress's closing remarks behind the drama "The World of the Married", which had just ended. In the message, she thanked viewers for their love and interest in the program. Kim Hee-ae described her character as lonesome and isolated in a difficult situation, and that this also influenced her own mood. But the intense interest from fans allowed Kim Hee-ae to brighten up some...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Shooting Girls"

2020/05/16 | Permalink

In rural Wanju, a middle school girls' soccer team aims for South Korea's National Soccer Championship. Their coach Soo-cheol (played by Jung Woong-in) is an alcoholic who formerly managed a far more high prestige team. But he's a good coach because he...um...makes the girls on the team run a lot. I'm not exaggerating, when Soo-cheol is pushed into resigning following an embarrassing performance, some girls try to speak up for him but most of them can't actually think of any reason why they should...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Free Minu"

2020/05/16 | Permalink

The Seoul Olympics in 1988 dramatically altered the perception of South Korea worldwide, the event symbolizing the country's development. But a major internal change also took place due to the games that was unseen by wealthy outsiders. The South Korean government imported a lot of cheap labor from poorer countries to complete its Olympic facilities. Not all of them returned. One, a Nepalese man named Minu, became an advocate for his people in South Korea...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hyperbolae of Youth" + Full Movie

2020/05/16 | Permalink

Having a body-swap movie in '50s Korea may seem as unlikely as the actual concept, but Han Hyeong-ho managed just that, although in a whole other fashion that is usually the case...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Jung-seok and Kim Hee-ae Have Notable Salary Gap

2020/05/15 | Permalink

With the recent increased prominence of Kim Hee-ae's estimated appearance fee of a million dollars for "The World of the Married" attention has also turned to other major performers, raising the question of what kind of fee they can command. The estimated performance fee for Cho Jung-seok of "Hospital Playlist" has thus surprised many who see it as unexpectedly high...More

[HanCinema's News] Special Episodes of "The World of the Married" to Air Next Week

2020/05/15 | Permalink

In an expected move, jTBC has confirmed that it will air special behind the scenes interview episodes of "The World of the Married" in the drama's current timeslot on May 22nd and May 23rd. "The World of the Married" will end its run on May 16th...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yeon-hee to Be Married Next Month

2020/05/15 | Permalink

Lee Yeon-hee surprised her fans on May 15th by posting a personal letter to her online cafe. The letter stated that Lee Yeon-hee had met the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with and that they are going to get married. Prior to this time Lee Yeon-hee had not even had a confirmed boyfriend...More

[HanCinema's News] Korea Communications Standards Commission Recommends Stricter Editorial Standards for Television Programming

2020/05/14 | Permalink

A number of minor controversies have erupted over South Korean television programming in recent months. Various incidents, most notably an unexpectedly darkly violent scene in "The World of the Married", prompted a meeting of the Korea Communications Standards Commission on May 13th. The Commission publically announced that going forward new measures had to be taken to curb inappropriate content on South Korean television...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Fitting Model Photos of Han So-hee Resurface

2020/05/14 | Permalink

While Han So-hee's past work as a fitting model is a matter of public record, her name was not well-known at the time, so her work had fallen into obscurity...More

[HanCinema's News] Actresses Rather Than Idols Emerge as New Top Stars

2020/05/14 | Permalink

The South Korean drama production industry has long suffered from complaints of K-Pop crossovers leading to idols being given major roles which they do not have sufficient acting talent to effectively perform...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Photo of Kim Hee-ae and Jeon in-hwa Resurfaces

2020/05/13 | Permalink

A recent rebroadcast of the MBN variety show 'Naturally' picked up unexpected interest when the content of the program inadvertently revealed an old photo of Kim Hee-ae during her college years. In the episode, Jeon In-hwa and Byun Woo-min discuss their university lives in the nineties at Chung-ang University...More

[HanCinema's News] Veteran Actresses Making a Comeback

2020/05/13 | Permalink

With the success of "The World of the Married" attention is turning to veteran actresses as possible selling points in their own right. While the Kim Hee-ae led "The World of the Married" is the most obvious recent exemplar of the trend, it is only a single part of the production trend...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Tops Good Data Report for Seventh Straight Week

2020/05/13 | Permalink

"The World of the Married" once again topped the Good Data Report, making seven straight weeks that the adultery themed drama led social media metrics in reference to dramas in the South Korean market...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Tae-woo Confirmed for "King Maker: The Change of Destiny"

2020/05/11 | Permalink

Kang Tae-woo, the youngest member of the musical group The Man BLK, has been confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming TV Chosun drama "King Maker: The Change of Destiny". This will be the first historical drama for Kang Tae-woo, who has also appeared in the webdramas "Govengers", and "Bad Mistake", as well as the daily drama "Home for Summer"...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Child Stars in Trouble Over Questionable Facebook Posts

2020/05/11 | Permalink

Jeon Jin-seo and Jung Joon-won of "The World of the Married" have been the subject of harsh criticism as captured images of their Facebook pages have spread throughout the South Korean Internet...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Min-kyo Apologizes for Incident Where his Dogs Attacked An Elderly Woman

2020/05/11 | Permalink

Following reports from an anonymous neighbor that Kim Min-kyo's dogs attacked an elderly neighborhood woman, Kim Min-kyo has come out with a full acknowledgment and apology for the event in question. The incident occurred on May 4th and was witnessed by the anonymous neighbor who was harvesting vegetables...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae's Appearance Fee for "The World of the Married" Estimated at US$1,000,000

2020/05/10 | Permalink

With "The World of the Married" coming into its final weeks and proving a smashing success many have speculated as to what lead actress Kim Hee-ae is being paid for her work on the project as its only major star. This matter was actually discussed late last month on the Channel A program 'Heard Through the Grapevine', where a reporter with sources inside the program was able to give a proper estimate...More

[HanCinema's News] Real Danger Confirmed in "The World of the Married" Ocean Rescue Scene

2020/05/10 | Permalink

On May 10th a report and video originating from a surfing school confirmed that Kim Hee-ae suffered a dangerous accident during an ocean scene in the fourteenth episode of "The World of the Married". In the scene, Kim Hee-ae's character can be seen as perilously close to the ocean, her being in a very poor state of mind. The scene was also confirmed to have been filmed at an aquatic training center on the coast near Gangneung city...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Participates in Gratitude Challenge

2020/05/10 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin recently made a post on her Instagram account where she engaged in the Gratitude Challenge, which has been popular on South Korean social media lately...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hotel Lake"

2020/05/09 | Permalink

Yoo-mi (played by Lee Se-young) is a young adult who hails from the southwestern part of the Korean peninsula. She's never much cared for her hometown. Part of this is due to rustic rural squalor, but Yoo-mi also has deep issues relating to her mother, Eun-kyeong (played by Kim Bo-yoon), who died in mentally trying circumstances while Yoo-mi was still a teenager. So it gives Yoo-mi no pleasure to visit her mother's old friend Kyeong-seon (played by Park Ji-young) at "Hotel Lake" for a rather inconvenient errand...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Last Blues, Last Dance"

2020/05/09 | Permalink

As hospital dramas go, "Last Blues, Last Dance" is surprisingly upfront about the inevitable hopelessness of existing as a terminally ill patient without dipping into melodrama or even anything that can really be called depression. The story shifts constantly between three patients who have come to term with their imminent deaths in very different ways, none of which are that effective. But then, is there really a good way to face death?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Holiday in Seoul" + Full Movie

2020/05/09 | Permalink

Billed occasionally as one of the first romantic comedies to come out of South Korea, occasionally as a thriller about a crime, "Holiday in Seoul" seems to be nothing of the two, but instead a playful if messy comedy/drama of episodic nature, whose parts though, are almost completely disconnected, both from each other and from reality...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae Epitomizes Glamor in Aging

2020/05/08 | Permalink

Even before the success of "The World of the Married" Kim Hee-ae has had an unusual reputation among South Korean stars because of her distinct looks. Where most well-known actresses give off a youthful appearance, and have through most of their careers, Kim Hee-ae was already in her thirties when the first Korean Wave began. And yet she has long bedazzled audiences domestic and international with her distinctly mature, elegant look...More

[HanCinema's News] Sentencing Delayed for Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon

2020/05/08 | Permalink

On May 7th the sentencing hearing for Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon was postponed until May 12th. Though the pair had been convicted relating to charges filed in November 2019, the sentence had been appealed. The presiding judge announced that the delay in sentencing had been requested due to an agreement between Jung Joon-young and the victim, which had been presented to the court in the form of a written statement...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Ji-woo Shares Maternity Fan Greeting on Website

2020/05/08 | Permalink

Choi Ji-woo recently surprised fans by going to the fansite dedicated to her and offering a personal announcement. In the post, a very pregnant Choi Ji-woo showed a recent photo of herself and announced that she was a month away from her expected due date and was currently resting at home...More

[HanCinema's News] Established Names Proving to Be the Most Reliable Drama Headliners

2020/05/07 | Permalink

The current South Korean drama market is filled with contradictions. For one, despite much of the country being under house arrest due to COVID-19, there's little indication that dramas have benefited much from the arrangement. As many high concept vehicles with younger stars have fallen below expectations, the current champions of the drama market are headlined by a more veteran set of actors, many of which have more name recognition than they do recent verifiable hits...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae Curiously Typecast as Woman Who Can't Rely on Her Husband

2020/05/07 | Permalink

Still from "A Wife's Credentials"

With the resurgence in Kim Hee-ae thanks to her starring role in "The World of the Married" many fans are taking a closer look at her filmography to examine her past work. And consequently many have noticed a strange pattern in recent years, where Kim Hee-ae with quite some frequency takes on the role of a woman in a failed or currently failing marriage...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hae-joon Addresses Notorious Fan Reaction Video Regarding his "The World of the Married" Character

2020/05/07 | Permalink

In an online interview with GQ Magazine actor Park Hae-joon of "The World of the Married" surprised many by making reference to an infamous fan reaction video that recently went viral. In the video, an older woman angrily screams at Park Hae-joon in the abstract, crankily berating his terrible adulterous behavior and demanding the drama's title be changed to 'The World of the Nutjobs'...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Leads for Sixth Straight Week in Good Data Report

2020/05/06 | Permalink

In addition to strong ratings, "The World of the Married" is also continuing to lead the current South Korean drama market in terms of social media outreach. According to the Good Data Corporation, "The World of the Married" once again led social media mentions of dramas from the week beginning on April 27th and ending May 3rd...More

[HanCinema's News] Preview for Thirteenth Episode of "The World of the Married" Breaks 1.2 Million Views

2020/05/06 | Permalink

Across various platforms the preview for the upcoming thirteenth episode of "The World of the Married" broke 1.2 million views on May 6th. Even by the already high standards set by previous videos of "The World of the Married" this is quite high, and most likely related to the shocking conclusion of the twelfth episode...More

[HanCinema's News] Adultery Becomes Increasingly Preeminent in South Korean Dramas

2020/05/06 | Permalink

In the recent past, adultery-centered storylines in South Korean dramas were considered passé, and the kind of thing that only made a regular appearance in soap operas. But with "The World of the Married", a focus on adultery in South Korean dramas has become increasingly trendy. Even other dramas beyond those genre trappings are making more aggressive use of it...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kim Jin-min-I Talks About "Extracurricular"

2020/05/04 | Permalink

Since its premiere on April 29th worldwide on Netflix, "Extracurricular" has earned noteworthy attention from viewers worldwide for its curious genre mix of high school antics and serious crime drama. Director Kim Jin-min-I has specifically cited the innovative design of "Extracurricular" as his inspiration for making it...More

[HanCinema's News] Kiss Scene in "The World of the Married" Provokes Powerful Reaction From Viewers

2020/05/04 | Permalink

As part of its latest record-breaking episode, "The World of the Married" featured a scene where in the lead characters played by Kim Hee-ae and Park Hae-joon engage in a highly passionate kiss...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Park Hae-joon Photo Resurfaces

2020/05/04 | Permalink

An old photo of Park Hae-joon has gone viral. Captioned as being the younger version of his character from "The World of the Married", the picture dates from Park Hae-joon's time as a student at the Korean National University of Arts. His distinctly younger and wavier looks have spiked interest among various fans on the Internet...More

[HanCinema's News] Chae Soo-bin and Other Actresses Participate in Gratitude Challenge

2020/05/03 | Permalink

Chae Soo-bin recently made an Instagram post where she announced her participation in the Gratitude Challenge and also encouraged others to do like wise. The Gratitude Challenge is a social media event in South Korea wherein people make use of their platforms to express thanks to the medical personnel taking care of people during the COVID-19 epidemic worldwide...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Se-ho Shows Off Further Weight Loss

2020/05/03 | Permalink

While Jo Se-ho is best known for his reputation as a heavyset performer, the man has undergone a rejuvenation. Where just three months ago he weighed in at a portly 85.2 kilograms, he has lost over ten kilograms of that weight and now met his target goal 74.5 kilograms...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Becomes the Top Rated South Korean Cable Drama of All Time

2020/05/03 | Permalink

With ratings of 24.3% in its twelfth episode, "The World of the Married" is now officially the highest rated jTBC drama of all time, passing the 23.8% record set by "SKY Castle" last year in its finale going by Nielsen Korea metrics...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Hill of Wind"

2020/05/02 | Permalink

Yeong-boon (played by Jung Eun-kyung-I) is an older woman who contrives an excuse to return to her hometown of Taebaek on South Korea's eastern coast. Taebaek not a highly populated area, although "The Hill of Wind" is somewhat vague on this point since so much of the action takes place at night. "The Hill of Wind" is similarly ambiguous when it comes to Yeong-boon's relationship with her daughter Han-hee (played by Jang Sun)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Juror 8"

2020/05/02 | Permalink

In 2008 South Korea held its first jury trial. It was a big psychological jump for the country's legal culture. After all, when you think about it, the entire idea of a criminal being judged by their peers is pretty strange. How would a bunch of random idiots know what does or does not constitute a crime? Our lead character Nam-woo (played by Park Hyung-sik) is one such idiot. Joon-gyeom (played by Moon So-ri) is by contrast the presiding judge of the nation's first jury trial, with thinly veiled scorn for the whole concept...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Wedding Day" + Full Movie

2020/05/02 | Permalink

"The Wedding Day" was a landmark for Korean cinema, since, apart from being quite successful in the local box office, it also won an award for Best Comedy at the Fourth Asian Film Festival, thus beginning Korean cinema's emergence to international audiences. The script is based on the comic fable "A Happy Day of Jinsa Maeng", written by O Yeong-jin in 1942 and originally performed as a stage play in 1944. The success of the movie resulted in two more adaptations, one in 1962, and one in 1977...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Drama Popularity Boost in Indonesia Gives Rise to Negative Comments

2020/05/01 | Permalink

On May 1st Han So-hee opened her Instagram account to find it loaded with comments from Indonesia. This is thanks to strong distribution and popularity in regards to her currently airing drama, "The World of the Married", in that region. However, not all comments have been positive. Some commenters appear to be confusing Han So-hee with the character she plays in the drama, referring to her as a harlot who steals others' men...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest Spikes in Filming Location for "The World of the Married"

2020/05/01 | Permalink

On May 1st news reports revealed that much of the filming for "The World of the Married" takes place in the American village in Pyeongtaek commonly known as Humphrey's Landing. This, in spite of the fact that in continuity the action is explicitly stated as taking place in the city of Gosan. This confirms what many had already suspected, as such distinctive housing in South Korea is rare and typically only appears near American military bases...More

[HanCinema's News] Heo Jae-ho and Yoon Seul-I Confirmed for "Backstreet Rookie"

2020/05/01 | Permalink

The full cast for the upcoming drama "Backstreet Rookie" is finally coming into focus as the drama is confirming its final cast members. "Backstreet Rookie" stars Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung as employees at a franchise convenience store. The drama has been billed as a romantic comedy, though there is a noticeable age disparity between the two leads...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae's Husband Accused of Embezzlement

2020/04/30 | Permalink

According to a report published on April 29th, the former representative of the E-commerce company Fortis was quietly jailed on April 24th on charges of embezzling approximately three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. This has caused trouble for the former representative of Fortis, Lee Chan-jin, better known as the husband of Kim Hee-ae, who has come under suspicion for possibly having been involved in the crime...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Hak-joo Goes From Domestic Abuser to Sympathetic Second Lead in "Sweet Munchies"

2020/04/30 | Permalink

Like many cast members of "The World of the Married", Lee Hak-joo has been earning lots of attention lately. But not, perhaps, for the right reasons. He plays one of the more sinister characters on the drama, a jobless man who takes out his frustrations on his live-in girlfriend played by Shim Eun-woo...More

[HanCinema's News] BH Entertainment Makes Vague Threat Against Malicious Commenters

2020/04/30 | Permalink

On April 30th BH Entertainment released a public statement wherein the agency threatened legal action against any persons spreading libelous rumors against the performers they represent on the Internet. It is not clear what provoked BH Entertainment to publish this statement, as there are no significant rumors going on at present implicating any actors they represent...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Seung-ho Shares Closing Remarks on "Memorist"

2020/04/29 | Permalink

"Memorist" is set to air its final episode on April 30th. "Memorist" has been a long investment for its cast and crew, lead actor Yoo Seung-ho chief among them...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS Continues Strong Performance From Last Year

2020/04/29 | Permalink

Back in February of 2019 SBS had a big hit in the form of "The Fiery Priest", a crime drama starring major star Kim Nam-gil in the title role with exceptional ratings. Ever since then SBS has been on something of a hot streak, consistently churning out dramas that don't always break records, but do have strong performances and dedicated audiences. The recently finished "Hyena" is one such drama, that has even had fans clamoring for a sequel...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ditto" to Be Rereleased in South Korean Theaters With a 4k Remaster

2020/04/29 | Permalink

"Ditto" is one of the major films of the Korean New Wave from twenty years ago, starring Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Ji-tae as college students communicating through yet separated by a barrier of time and space. The 4k remastering of "Ditto" has been confirmed for a May 14th release in South Korean theaters to commemorate its twentieth anniversary, and the marketing features a new modern style poster to go with it...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae Shows Off Elegant Style in "The World of the Married"

2020/04/28 | Permalink

While dramas featuring older women in the leading role are nothing new, Kim Hee-ae has broken new ground as the lead character in "The World of the Married". The veteran actress has demonstrated impressive elegant style even as the text of the drama spotlights her character as a woman who has fallen victim to her cheating husband...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Tops Good Data Report

2020/04/28 | Permalink

On April 28th the Good Data Corporation released its latest report regarding trends in South Korean dramas. As expected, the popular drama "The World of the Married" topped the Good Data Report for its fifth straight week following the drama's usual powerful performance in ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Breaks "SKY Castle" Record for Seoul

2020/04/28 | Permalink

"The World of the Married" achieved new heights in the ratings with 22.92% in its most recent episode. However, the drama's performance in Seoul was even more impressive, with a 25.9% rating among the city center. This has allowed "The World of the Married" to pass "SKY Castle" as the best-performing jTBC drama on that metric...More

[HanCinema's News] Wardrobe Choices Subtly Improve "The World of the Married"

2020/04/27 | Permalink

While strong performances have built up most of the hype for "The World of the Married" the drama's choice of wardrobe for its leading actors has also done much to heighten its sensibility. Han So-hee in particular, though a fairly new actress, has benefited greatly from her colorful, attention drawing style...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee Talks About Recent Career Boost

2020/04/27 | Permalink

Han So-hgee's Instagram

While Han So-hee has only started to get widespread attention thanks to her work on "The World of the Married" the actress has had a remarkably varied career to date in the South Korean entertainment industry. She started working as a model in CJ Group in 2016 under the name Lee So Hee, only changing her name to Han So-hee when she wanted to transition into acting. Han So-hee also worked in music videos, gaining a small fandom, which she remembers fondly...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri Thanks Fans for Buying Birthday Advertisement

2020/04/27 | Permalink

On April 26th Nam Gyu-ri celebrated her thirty-fifth birthday. As is common in South Korea dedicated fans bought advertising space to call attention to this. In this case, an advertisement was purchased at the Coex Convention Center in southeast Seoul. Nam Gyu-ri herself saw the advertisement and acknolwedged its existence on Instagram...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Time to Hunt"

2020/04/26 | Permalink

After much controversy regarding who should be paid for screening the film on Netflix, "Time to Hunt" finally started streaming this week, having already created a hype that made a number of Korean film fans quite anxious to watch it, including this reviewer. Let us see if it was worth it...More

[HanCinema's News] "When My Love Blooms" Exceeds Expectations

2020/04/26 | Permalink

As a melodrama featuring older actors, "When My Love Blooms" was always a questionable addition to tvN's weekend lineup, seemingly working very much against the network's brand. And yet the drama has done surprisingly well for itself, opening its first episode with an average rating of 5.4%. This is slightly higher than the 5.1% close for its predecessor "Hi Bye, Mama!"...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Eternal Monarch" Marks New Low Points for Fantasy Dramas

2020/04/26 | Permalink

"The King: Eternal Monarch" had all the makings of a major hit. The parallel worlds themed fantasy drama is the combeack feature of major star Lee Min-ho, and penned by perennial hitmaker Kim Eun-sook. And yet the drama has floundered with a weak 11.4% opening episode that dipped down to 9.7% in its fourth outing last weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] "Kingdom - Season 2" Leads Surge of South Korean Dramas on Netflix

2020/04/26 | Permalink

COVID-19 has put a damper on the South Korean entertainment industry, much as it has in the rest of the world's entertainment markets. However, one unexpected windfall has been for existing South Korean dramas available on worldwide streaming services. As people under quarantine look for novelties to entertain themselves, South Korean dramas have been able to find an audience...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beyond That Mountain"

2020/04/25 | Permalink

Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan (played here as a child by Lee Kyung-hoon-I) was a high-ranking member of the Catholic clergy. He is widely known and highly regarded in South Korea for the support he offered to the country's democratization movement. But once upon a time, Sou-hwan was just a normal child like any other. "Beyond That Mountain" tells the story of how Sou-hwan came to understand the world and his place in it, ultimately leading him to take a vocation...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Zombie Fighter"

2020/04/25 | Permalink

The opening computer graphics for "Zombie Fighter" depict some pretty bog standard world-building, explaining how the zombie virus came to take over the world. Where the backstory gets interesting is that, while scientists have not been able to find a cure for the zombie virus, they have developed a serum that, when injected into zombies, makes them attack each other. This is naturally not terribly useful. Unless you want to rebuild the economy around on zombie cage matches. Then it's very useful...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Yangsan Province" + Full Movie

2020/04/25 | Permalink

Kim Ki-young may have been internationally known for "The Housemaid - 1960" (and on a secondary level "Insect Woman" and "Io Island") but his contribution to Korean cinema and his successes in the local box office were numerous and quite significant. "Yangsan Province" falls mostly under the second category...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee Personally Greets Fans in Chat Room Dedicated to her Images

2020/04/24 | Permalink

Han So-hee recently surprised her fans on Kakao by making a personal visit to a pictures-only chat room dedicated to her. Han So-hee was identified in the chat room by her personal blog handle junk, and provided further proof of her identity in the form of personal selfies, which she provided to the chat group by request...More

[HanCinema's News] CNN Indonesia Apologizes for Using Hyun Bin's Image in Report on North Korea

2020/04/24 | Permalink

CNN Indonesia recently issued an apology in relation to a computer graphic used in a report on North Korean leader Kim Jong-eun on April 21st. The graphic features Hyun Bin wearing a North Korean military uniform...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Most Watched Drama on Viu Streaming Service in Asia

2020/04/24 | Permalink

"The World of the Married" has earned exceptional ratings locally in South Korea, exceeding the 20% mark. But the drama is also doing quite well internationally, particularly in the rest of Asia. Viu streaming service recently released figures stating that 55% of viewers on Viu's services in Asia have watched the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] JTBC Revises Viewer Rating for "The World of the Married"

2020/04/23 | Permalink

On April 23rd jTBC announced a change in the suggested viewer rating for the last eight episodes of the hit drama "The World of the Married". Up until now the drama had screened with an age 15 advisory rating. But going forward, the drama's episodes will now carry an age 19 advisory rating...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun Talk About "The King: Eternal Monarch"

2020/04/23 | Permalink

The South Korean entertainment news program 'Access Showbiz Tonight' recently aired an interview featuring the stars of "The King: Eternal Monarch", Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun. "The King: Eternal Monarch" is a fantasy drama starring Lee Min-ho in his comeback role after mandatory military service. He plays the titular king, a mathematical genius who enters into this world's South Korea through a wormhole...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Jin-seo Solidifies Reputation With "The World of the Married"

2020/04/23 | Permalink

While "The World of the Married" remains mired in controversy over casting one questionable child actor, Jeon Jin-seo continues to impress viewers with his own more age appropriate performance. Jeon Jin-seo plays the teenage son of the lead actors played by Kim Hee-ae and Park Hae-joon. While his prominence in the cast is relatively low, Jeon Jin-seo's character is critical to the drama's central conflict between spouses as their main persisting link to one another...More

[HanCinema's News] Mother of Child Actress From "The World of the Married" Hurt Over Casting Controversy

2020/04/22 | Permalink

Recently fans have been critical of "The World of the Married" for casting a child (Lee Ro-eun) that is obviously far older than two years old to play a character on the drama that is explicitly stated to be under two years old. Since the controversy erupted, the mother of the child's Instagram account was found, wherein she expressed disappointed feelings over the reaction...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest Spikes in "100 Days My Prince" Due to Han So-hee's Popularity

2020/04/22 | Permalink

Han So-hee has earned a noteworthy career boost thanks to "The World of the Married". Many have been surprised to learn that the actress has had a fairly thin career to date, with her second lead in "The World of the Married" being her first noteworthy role...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee Exemplifies Real-life Cinderella Story

2020/04/22 | Permalink

As much of Han So-hee's life has been documented in her own blogs and social media accounts, fans curious about the young woman's life have been able to learn much about her in her own words...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Yeon-seok Tops DCInside Poll of Actors Who Make Even Men's Hearts Flutter

2020/04/21 | Permalink

The results are out for DCInside's latest novelty celebrity poll from My Celeb. The latest prompt was, which actor has such a melodramatic stare he can make even men's hearts flutter?...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-ae and "The World of the Married" Top Good Data Report

2020/04/21 | Permalink

For the fourth straight week, including every week it has been on the air, "The World of the Married" and its lead actress Kim Hee-ae have topped the Good Data Report. Various media data as well as social network movement over the period of April 13th to April 19th were used in order to arrive at this conclusion...More

[HanCinema's News] Chae Gook-hee Quietly Returns in "The World of the Married"

2020/04/21 | Permalink

The popularity of "The World of the Married" has recently created a spike in interest regarding veteran actress Chae Gook-hee, who plays a significant supporting role in the drama as a gynecologist. But viewers curious about who this woman is have come face to face with a very awkward scandal that explains, among other things, why Chae Gook-hee's last drama was "Fantastic" back in 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee and Shim Eun-woo Shine as Supporting Cast in "The World of the Married"

2020/04/20 | Permalink

One reason why the strong success of "The World of the Married" has been so unexpected is that the drama has relatively little star power. While Kim Hee-ae is the female lead the other cast members are not as well known. For many of them their role in "The World of the Married" is to date the most prominent of their careers. And yet the cast writ large shows remarkable chemistry and appeal, with Han So-hee and Shim Eun-woo being prime examples...More

[HanCinema's News] Weekend Dramas Wrapped up in Feminist Controversies

2020/04/20 | Permalink

While last weekend proved successful ratings-wise for many dramas, at the same time major dramas were also wrapped up in unfortunate gender-related controversies. Many remain the subject of bitter resentment among fans for apparently promoting unhealthy and even borderline illegal attitudes when it comes to women...More

[HanCinema's News] Viewers Perplexed by Time Dilation in "The World of the Married"

2020/04/20 | Permalink

In the seventh episode of "The World of the Married" a timeskip takes place of two years, during which time the characters played by Park Hae-joon and Han So-hee go to the city of Gosan and return from it, bringing their daughter with them. As expected, the daughter, which was just a baby at the time, has grown up some...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh So-hyun Appears in "The World of the Married"

2020/04/19 | Permalink

On April 19th the King Kong imprint agency of Starship Entertainment confirmed that the role of the brunch cafe manager Joy who appeared in the eighth episode of "The World of the Married" is being played by Oh So-hyun, who is represented by the agency. The role had not appeared in earlier versions of the drama's cast lists...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Criticized for Overly Graphic Depiction of Violence

2020/04/19 | Permalink

With its tremendous ratings victory over the weekend, securing over 20% for the first time, "The World of the Married" also endured its fair share of criticsm due to its depiction of violence. The criticism centers around a scene in the eighth episode where the lead character played by Kim Hee-ae is attacked by an unknown masked figure and choked...More

[HanCinema's News] Preview for the Eighth Episode of "The World of the Married" Exceeds One Million Views

2020/04/19 | Permalink

Only a day after its release the preview for the eighth episode of "The World of the Married" achieved the million view milestone on the video's official release across various streaming sites...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Search Out"

2020/04/18 | Permalink

There's a real sense of foreboding echoing through "Search Out" and its awkwardly aged protagonists. They're all in their late twenties but are they adults really? Joon-hyeok (played by Kim Sung-cheol) wants a decent job. Seong-min (played by Lee Si-eon) is trying to become a cop. But they're frustrated in these modest ambitions by an increasingly alienated and depressed cityscape, relying on each other for encouragement as they cope with constant internal doubt...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mr. Daytime"

2020/04/18 | Permalink

Soo-min (played by Park Se-min) is an art instructor in a seaside village. For some mysterious reason he visits an obvious love motel without acquiring a sexual partner. In an impressive display of restraint, Park Se-min is also the director of his own erotic film...as the only central character to never be seen nude or having sex. For an explicitly voyeuristic movie, "Mr. Daytime" shows surprising self-awareness about the subtle distinctions between artistic nudity and low class vulgar nudity. This sometimes happens even mid-scene, as a drawing class goes awary due to inscrutable feminine jealousy...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho Confirms That He Picked "The King: Eternal Monarch" Due to Screenwriter Kim Eun-sook

2020/04/17 | Permalink

In the final online press conference before the premiere of "The King: Eternal Monarch" Lee Min-ho confirmed what many had suspected when news first broke of his intention to play the lead role in the fantasy drama. It all came down to screenwriter Kim Eun-sook, the screenwriter to "The King: Eternal Monarch" who also wrote "The Heirs" seven years ago, and a drama which cemented Lee Min-ho's reputation as a major star...More

[HanCinema's News] Wavve Releases Top Performing Programs for Second Week of April

2020/04/17 | Permalink

The South Korean streaming platform Wavve recently released its top twenty programs for the second week of April. As expected, the most recent airing dramas which Wavve holds the rights to did the best. "Hyena" topped the list, followed by "Find Me in Your Memory" and "Nobody Knows" in the top three positions...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young Shines on Despite Poor Performance of "How to Buy a Friend"

2020/04/17 | Permalink

While "How to Buy a Friend" had a poor performance in terrestrial ratings, never going above 2%, the drama was a noteworthy success in terms of improving the profile of Lee Shin-young...More

[HanCinema's News] New South Korean Movies Start Receiving Theatrical Releases

2020/04/16 | Permalink

Due to COVID-19 the South Korean film market has been in a strange place over the last couple of months. With no new releases of any kind theaters have cut hours and resorted to rereleasing old popular movies, with predictably anemic results. But with the release of "Search Out" on April 15th, distributors are starting to show confidence when it comes to at least scheduling minor film releases...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Eternal Monarch" to Face Unexpected Competition From "The World of the Married"

2020/04/16 | Permalink

When "The King: Eternal Monarch" was first announced, the widely anticipated return project for Lee Min-ho following the end of his mandatory military service was expected to easily dominate the spring season of dramas. The arrival of COVID-19 seemed to virtually guarantee this, as live shot dramas couldn't hope to compete with the preproduced "The King: Eternal Monarch". But "The World of the Married" is now seeding doubts to this apparent inevitability...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Bin-woo's Husband and Children Appear on Instagram

2020/04/16 | Permalink

Kim Bin-woo has largely been out of the public spotlight since her marriage in 2015. But she has been an active presence on Instagram, and a recent post of hers went viral, showing off as it did her two children and their handsome father...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee to Appear in Photospread for 'Dazed' Magazine

2020/04/15 | Permalink

The South Korean edition of 'Dazed' magazine recently posted a picture and message to its Instagram account announcing that Han So-hee of "The World of the Married" will be featured in a photospread for the magazine's May issue...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Exceeds "Crash Landing on You" in Preview Metrics

2020/04/15 | Permalink

The trailer for the fifth episode of "The World of the Married" has had over a million views since its release across various media platforms. The record-setting number is particularly noteworthy, because that metric has only been equaled by one other drama this year - the major hit "Crash Landing on You"...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Jung-woo Admits to Being the Victim of a Phone Hack

2020/04/15 | Permalink

In a recent Star News interview Ha Jung-woo admitted to being the victim of phone hacking. Purportedly, Ha Jung-woo was blackmailed on December 2nd of last year, when the hacker sent Ha Jung-woo an old travel photo of his ex-girlfriend. Ha Jung-woo ended up deciding to report the incident to police on December 5th...More

[HanCinema's News] Break in Ma Dong-seok's Work Schedule Prompts Discussion of his Girlfriend Ye Jung-hwa

2020/04/14 | Permalink

According to BIG PUNCH Ent actor Ma Dong-seok does not currently have a concrete itinerary. The actor's agency said that Ma Dong-seok is currently reviewing offers and expects to take on new projects soon, and that such projects will be announced as they become definite...More

[HanCinema's News] So Yu-jin Donates Thirty Thousand Masks

2020/04/14 | Permalink

So Yu-jin's Instagram

Actress So Yu-jin is helping victims of COVID-19 with a massive mask donation. According to the actress she felt guilty following the cancellation of a Children's Day charity event that was deemed to be too risky in light of the spread of the virus. The donation was made to Korea Welfare Services, whom So Yu-jin had heard had difficulty procuring masks...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Yeo-eun Confirmed for "The Devil's Deal"

2020/04/14 | Permalink

Son Yeo-eun's Instagram

Son Yeo-eun has been confirmed to be appearing in "The Devil's Deal". She is the first actress to be confirmed for the Busan set action noir film, which is expected to center around male leads Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, and Kim Moo-yul...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Encourages People to Go Out and Vote

2020/04/12 | Permalink

As the get out the vote campaign for the April 15th parliamentary elections winds down major stars affiliated with the campaign who have yet to release videos are putting such videos out. Among them is Jung Woo-sung, who recently proudly showed off the voting stamp he received on his hand after voting early in his own local election on April 10th...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Yeon-seok Thanks Fans for Sending Birthday Presents

2020/04/12 | Permalink

Yoo Yeon-seok had his 36th birthday on April 11th and fans responded by sending the actor many presents. Yoo Yeon-seok responded to the gifts on Instagram both with pictures commemorating the event as well as a thank you message...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hospital Playlist" a Consistent, Reliable Ratings Success

2020/04/12 | Permalink

Expectations were high for "Hospital Playlist" since it was first announced. The socially oriented medical drama came from the same production team responsible for the popular 'Answer Me' dramas as well as "Prison Playbook". After five episodes over five weeks "Hospital Playlist" has shown excellent staying power, rising from its initial 6.3% rating all the way up to 11.3%, easily winning its timeslot all five Thursdays...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Justice High"

2020/04/11 | Permalink

Chae-yeong (played by Jung Daeun) is a high school student who is a black belt in the offensive/defensive style of martial arts colloquially referred to throughout "Justice High" as the justice school of martial arts. While Chae-yeong is perpetually grumpy, and annoyed over having been forced to change schools, she still uses her skills as necessary. That's how she meets Jong-goo (played by Oh Seung-hoon), a bullied teenager who is...not her love interest?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ghost Ship"

2020/04/11 | Permalink

The opening sequence of "Ghost Ship" is crudely and deliberately animated such as to avoid showing anybody's face. While this is done in part because director Kim Ji-young-V is obviously working on a budget, the stark anonymity of this scene is critical. Kim Ji-young-V doesn't explain why right away but the curious story of an unknown tech pirate working in Shenzhen is just a metaphor for the greater ominous information blackout surrounding forensic data relevant to the Sewol ferry tragedy...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Widow" + Full Movie

2020/04/11 | Permalink

"The Widow" is quite a significant production for the cinema of S. Korea as much as unlucky for its director, Park Nam-ok, a Korean athlete who became a journalist and then a director. The significance lies with the fact that this was the first film to be directed by a woman in Korea and the one that opened the First Woman Film Festival in Seoul in 1997. The unlucky part has to do with the fact that Park found it extremely difficult to complete the film, which took her 6 months to do so, particularly because her sex made the owners of a number of recording facilities for post-production reluctant to let her use their space and equipment...More

[HanCinema's News] Expectations Run High for Latest Drama From Screenwriter Kim Eun-sook

2020/04/10 | Permalink

While the South Korean drama industry is generally dominated by star actors, screenwriter Kim Eun-sook has made a powerful reputation for herself over the years as a major hitmaker when it comes to her scripts. Over the past sixteen years ten dramas penned by Kim Eun-sook have earned at least 19% in the ratings. "The King: Eternal Monarch" is expected to add to those ranks when it's released next week...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Other Celebrities Proudly Provide Proof That They Voted

2020/04/10 | Permalink

On April 10th early voting for the April 15th parliamentary elections in South Korea began. They will continue until April 11th at 3508 polling stations across the country. Voters were allowed to petition to vote early instead if they foresaw difficulties in attempting to get to the polls on April 15th. Evidently, Jung Woo-sung was one of them, as he proudly posted the voting proof stamp he earned on his hand on Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] Survey Indicates a Majority of Parliamentary Candidates Support Post Bong Joon-ho Law

2020/04/10 | Permalink

The Film Industry Restructuring Special Interest group recently released a survey conducted of parliamentary candidates in the upcoming elections to gauge support for legislation to restructure South Korea's film industry. This initiative has been dubbed the post Bong Joon-ho law, in honor of the director who unexpectedly took the world cinema market by storm with the popular movie "Parasite" last year...More

[HanCinema's News] "The King: Eternal Monarch" the Latest Drama to Delve into Alternate Royal Timelines

2020/04/09 | Permalink

While "The King: Eternal Monarch" already seems destined to be a major hit just due to its cast and crew, the eccentric premise of the drama is also a major point of interest. Much of the story takes place in a mirror image of Earth, with the titular King, played by Lee Min-ho, the ruler of an alternate Korea that still has a monarchical form of government. But this worldbuilding element is more common than one might expect, especially among popular dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Da-mi Shows Off Birthday Presents From Fans

2020/04/09 | Permalink

On April 9th Kim Da-mi had her twenty-fifth birthday. Though what Kim Da-mi did in her personal time that day was naturally a private affair, she did share one aspect of the day with her fans by posing for pictures wherein she lounged around with the many birthday presents she received from well-wishers...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hoon Steadily Migrating to Better Roles

2020/04/09 | Permalink

While Park Hoon has long been a presence in the South Korean entertainment, his career has been on a notable upswing in recent years. He scored his first major supporting role in a major drama with "Memories of the Alhambra" and followed that up with a similarly prominent appearance in "Haechi"...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-hee Embroiled in Controversy Over Past Smoking and Tattoos

2020/04/08 | Permalink

Actress Han So-hee has been having an excellent year. Her latest drama, "The World of the Married", where the young actress is second lead, has been the latest ratings hit, starting from a modest 6% to a commanding 14% rating in its timeslot. Han So-hee has been a big part of this, her performance in the drama earning rave reviews. But the emergence of old photos has made Han So-hee a hot topic for reasons beyond her acting...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Tops Good Data Report

2020/04/08 | Permalink

"The World of the Married" once again topped the Good Data Report this week for dramas, as the drama has quickly catapulted into a major pop culture fixture. Three stars from the drama also appear on the list for performers. Lead actress Kim Hee-ae is number one and lead actor Park Hae-joon is number two and second lead Han So-hee ascended to second place in spite of her low billing...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sang-hyuk to Divorce From his Wife

2020/04/08 | Permalink

Following an Instagram announcement of his divorce on April 7th, singer and radio show host Kim Sang-hyuk discussed his feelings on the subject of the April 8th broadcast of his radio program. Kim Sang-hyuk married his shopping mall manager wife last April. She is six years his junior...More

[HanCinema's News] "Beasts Clawing at Straws" Premieres on South Korean VOD

2020/04/07 | Permalink

On April 7th the South Korean film "Beasts Clawing at Straws" finally premiered on Video On Demand services throughout the country. Though the movie had premiered back in February, its awkward position as one of the last major films to be released in theaters as COVID-19 struck the country greatly elongated the movie's expected theatrical run...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Creator Requests That his Work Not Be Used for Political Purposes

2020/04/07 | Permalink

Kwang Jin, the author behind the "Itaewon Class" webtoon and also the credited screenwriter for its drama adaptation, has weighed in on the way images from his creation have been used in the upcoming parliamentary elections...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Min-ah Appears in New Handbag Advertising Campaign

2020/04/07 | Permalink

Shin Min-ah has attracted attention by appearing in the new spring collection for 20ss by Seven by Seven. In various photos released by the company Shin Min-ah can be seen advertising tote bags that appear to be designed for use with formal yet fashionable women's wear...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Eun-soo Cast for "Missing: The Other Side"

2020/04/06 | Permalink

According to unconfirmed reports actress Seo Eun-soo is set to star in the upcoming OCN drama "Missing: The Other Side" in a leading role. Purportedly, her role will have equal lead billing with the already confirmed Ahn So-hee...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra's Brother Expresses Disgust at her Ex-boyfriend Ahead of Appeal

2020/04/06 | Permalink

After Goo Ha-ra's tragic death last year many were quick to blame K-pop as an industry for her mental health issues as well as malicious commenters. But those close to Goo Ha-ra have long emphasized that her real troubles started with an abusive ex-boyfriend and his threats to reveal a sex tape of the starlet. Now, ahead of his appeal, Goo Ha-ra's older brother has reignited disgust toward the ex-boyfriend in a brutal Instagram post released on April 6th...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Denies Rumor That He is Dating Stage Actress

2020/04/06 | Permalink

A report stating that Kang Ha-neul has been in a secret two year relationship with a stage actress has been denied by both Kang Ha-neul and the stage actress in question since its release on April 5th...More

[HanCinema's News] Wheesung Recovers From Sleeping Drug Overdose

2020/04/05 | Permalink

Wheesung has had a very difficult last few months. Inside reports have stated that his independent label, Real Slow Company, has been teetering on the edge of collapse since late last year with no proper management. This followed a halt in official activities, as the agency had to pivot to damage control following suspicions that the singer is abusing propofol...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Se-ho Shows Off his Weight Loss

2020/04/05 | Permalink

On April 5th comedian Jo Se-ho showed off an old picture of himself on Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung to Attend Modest Memorial for his Departed Father

2020/04/05 | Permalink

On April 5th Artist Company announced that actor Jung Woo-sung's father had died. Due to the current widespread social distancing in effect in South Korea, Jung Woo-sung and his family will be holding a small private ceremony on April 7th to commemorate his passing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Are We In Love?"

2020/04/04 | Permalink

So-jeong (played by Kim So-eun) is a pastry chef. Her boss Seung-jae (played by Sung Hoon) is always giving her a hard time at work, either for being late, or showing up in a dirty uniform, or just making poor quality pastries. So-jeong is so overworked and overstressed that she doesn't seem like a typical romantic movie protagonist at all. This problem dogs most of us "Are We In Love?" as I kept thinking to myself, this movie is less a love story and more a depiction of the many ways a woman can be sexually harassed...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Man of Men"

2020/04/04 | Permalink

Yong Soo, in his feature debut, took upon himself a rather difficult task, of shooting a movie that combines comedy, drama and gangster film (probably the most popular genres of Korean cinema) but does not become a total cliché. Thankfully, his main cast consists of Sol Kyung-gu and Cho Jin-woong, two actors that are quite experienced in all the aforementioned categories. Let us see how he fared though...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miniforce: Deeno the King of Dinosaurs"

2020/04/04 | Permalink

Little time is wasted in "Miniforce: Deeno the King of Dinosaurs" as director Lee Yeong-joon just skips right past any relevant exposition and just dumps us right into the exact situation promised by the movie's theatrical poster. Dinosaurs are coming out of interdimensional portals, attacking the world, and the Miniforce steps in to stop them. After a reasonably epic, if occasionally goofy battle, the Miniforce subdues the titular dinosaur king Deeno (voiced by Um Sang-hyun), but the antagonists fumble the escape...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hip Daddy" Production Put on Hold Due to COVID-19

2020/04/03 | Permalink

The latest film from director Kang Yoon-Sung of "The Outlaws", "Hip Daddy", has been put on indefinite hold due to COVID-19. The script, which was written by Kim Yong-hoon-I of "Beasts Clawing at Straws", deals with a woman who conceives a child via a sperm donor and must seek him out when her child unexpectedly becomes sick...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Keun-suk's Fan Club Continues to Support Actor Despite his Mother's Legal Troubles

2020/04/03 | Permalink

On April 3rd Jang Keun-suk's official fan club announced that they were standing behind the actor. They described the actions of his mother as well as his former agency TreeJ Company as being lamentable, but nonetheless expressed support for the actor in his likely quest to obtain new representation...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Mi-in-nae Continues to Face Backlash Over her Criticism of the Government's COVID-19 Countermeasures

2020/04/03 | Permalink

Jang Mi-in-nae's Instagram

Jang Mi-in-nae continues to face heat from Internet commenters disgusted with her recent political statements on Instagram on March 30th. In the comment Jang Mi-in-nae expressed disgust at the the ruling government's plan to give a thousand dollar stipend to families of four during the COVID-19 crisis, demanding to know where the money would come from...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Keun-suk Announces Split From his Mother's Company

2020/04/02 | Permalink

On April 2nd a representative for Jang Keun-suk announced the actor's official reaction to news regarding official charges stating that his mother had abused her position as head of his agency to dodge taxes...More

[HanCinema's News] Star-centered Get Out the Vote Campaign Has Big Expectations

2020/04/02 | Permalink

With parliamentary elections coming up on April 15th the encouraging words of celebrities have been a notable fixture in South Korean pop culture. Yoo Jae-suk says that without a vote, there is no us. Kim Da-mi says that without a vote there is no hope. Jung Hae-in says that without a vote there is no freedom. And many more...More

[HanCinema's News] "Suriname" to Delay Filming Due to COVID-19

2020/04/02 | Permalink

On April 2nd persons close to the production of "Suriname" confirmed that due to COVID-19 the drama's production is now indefinitely delayed. "Suriname" was to be the latest work from Yoon Jong-bin, the director of the highly acclaimed "The Spy Gone North" from 2018...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Keun-suk's Mother Remanded for Tax Evasion

2020/04/01 | Permalink

On April 1st the South Korean government revealed that Jang Keun-suk's mother had been remanded into jail over tax evasion charges. The arrest happened on March 30th and concerned hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of unreported earnings...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young Does Photoshoot for Nylon

2020/04/01 | Permalink

Lee Shin-young received a great deal of attention for his relatively minor role in "Crash Landing on You" and now the rising star seems set to start a career of his own based off of that success...More

[HanCinema's News] Webtoons Demonstrate Commanding Influence in Current Drama Market

2020/04/01 | Permalink

South Korean webtoons have long been popular as source material for dramas. But "Itaewon Class" has brought this framework of drama production into sharp perspective, as the original webtoon author, Kwang Jin, was also the chief scredited screenwriter for "Itaewon Class", and the drama's fidelity to its source material has been noted as a significant factor in its success...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "AI, Her" Segment 1 'Mental Plastic Surgery' + Video

2020/03/31 | Permalink

In-mi (played by Seong Hye-min) is portrayed straightaway as being a bit of a sexpot. Much of the opening just shows her dancing for our amusement on a fabulous yacht. Well, technically, she's dancing for her rich husband Tae-yeong (played by Jang Tae-young) who can't even bring himself to pretend to care. The frustrated In-mi can then be seen wearing a garish bikini under a black trenchcoat in high heels, power-walking her way to a fairly logical request at the mental plastic surgery clinic. She needs more elegance...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest in "Be Melodramatic" Surges on Netflix

2020/03/31 | Permalink

"Be Melodramatic" was one of the bigger disappointments in jTBC's slate last year. Despite being helmed by director Lee Byeong-heon-I of the popular record-setting comedy film "Extreme Job" from earlier in the year, "Be Melodramatic" struggled in terrestrial ratings, never exceeding 2% in ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hi Bye, Mama!" to Not Air This Week

2020/03/31 | Permalink

"Hi Bye, Mama!" will take a break on April 4th and April 5th this week. According to tvN, the drama would be taking a rest to insure the safety of the cast and crew. Though COVID-19 is suspected as a possible reason for the delay, tvN did not mention it specifically to explain the break...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Unveils New Hairstyle

2020/03/31 | Permalink

Park Seo-joon appears to be saying goodbye to his trademark bobbed hairstyle, as the actor showed a new side of himself on Instagram on March 31st. In a post coupled with text saying 'pretty minibag' Park Seo-joon demonstrated a very different kind of haircut...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Invitation"

2020/03/28 | Permalink

Analyzing a film that plays with the concept of time is always difficult, and even more in the case of "Invitation", where the way the story unfolds and the fragmented revelation of the events of both the past and the future are part the directorial tactic. Nevertheless, the effort will be made, with as little revealed as possible...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untold"

2020/03/28 | Permalink

It's a little known fact that South Korea fought on the side of the United States in the Vietnam War. Actually, on a per-capita basis, they contributed even more to the war effort than the United States did. South Korean soldiers were cheaper than American ones, and dictator Park Chung-hee exploited this fact to secure critical development funds. "Untold" assumes that you're already familiar with this basic background as director Lee-kil Bo-ra begins "Untold" by showing the Vietnamese victims of South Korean war criminals still mourning their fallen family members...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Buen Camino"

2020/03/28 | Permalink

The Way of St. James is a pilgrimage route through the Northern part of Spain. It leads from France to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, terminating at the shrine of St. James the Great. It's at best a historical curiousity in most English language culture. I'd never even heard of it before coming to South Korea. Yet it's been featured in travel books, variety shows and now, "Buen Camino", depicting an older legally blind masseuse and her teenage niece on the trail...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Madame Freedom" + Full Movie

2020/03/28 | Permalink

Based on the homonymous novel that was serialized in a Seoul newspaper, "Madame Freedom" became extremely popular upon its release in 1956, while it continues to be the object of study by film historians until this day...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrity Landlords Cut Rent During COVID-19 Crisis

2020/03/27 | Permalink

While many celebrities have made headlines for donating their personal wealth to help purchase medical supplies, some celebrities have taken a different approach to COVID-19 relief. Rain, Won Bin, and Lee Na-young, among others, have been cutting down the rent in buildings they own...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young Set for First Leading Role in "How to Buy a Friend"

2020/03/27 | Permalink

On March 27th Forest Entertainment posted a photo of Lee Shin-young on their Instagram account. The young actor can be seen wearing the school uniform that is the trademark of his character in the upcoming drama "How to Buy a Friend"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-jung Returns to Weekend Dramas With "Once Again"

2020/03/27 | Permalink

While Lee Min-jung is most often remembered as being the wife of major star Lee Byung-hun, the actress is a fairly strong talent in her own right - just on a smaller scale, with a very different kind of programming. So it is that she's making a comeback with the early evening weekend drama "Once Again", where she has been cast in the leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] TV Chosun Tries to Revive Classically Styled Sitcom With "Somehow Family"

2020/03/26 | Permalink

Following a string of successes with offbeat, throwback programming centered around trot music, TV Chosun looks to make another unexpected trend with "Somehow Family". The upcoming drama is being marketed as a classically styled situation comedy. Director Kim Chang-dong of the original "High Kick!" marks his first drama in fourteen years with "Somehow Family"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Kang-hoon Growing up Fast

2020/03/26 | Permalink

Following his widely praised appearance in the popular drama "When the Camellia Blooms" Kim Kang-hoon has gained a great deal of visibility and interest. The ten year old actor recently posted a video of himself on Instagram showing how much he had grown since his last major media appearance...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Hee-joon Releases Picture of his Pregnant Wife

2020/03/26 | Permalink

Actor Lee Hee-joon recently made an Instagram post of an unusual drawing he's had for some time. In the drawing, a caricature of Lee Hee-joon and his wife, model Lee Hye Jung, appear...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Tops Good Data Report for Fifth Week in a Row

2020/03/25 | Permalink

In the latest iteration of the Good Data Report "Itaewon Class" has topped out the report's social media engagement metrics for the fifth straight week...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Pictures of Kim Da-mi Emerge

2020/03/25 | Permalink

With the successful conclusion of "Itaewon Class" attention has focused on Kim Da-mi as a hot new star. However, the actress's career has been quite recent, as has been demonstrated with a popular collage of the actress that has been circulating around the South Korean internet...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Hyun-bin Cast for "Cafe Kilimanjaro"

2020/03/25 | Permalink

On March 25th Kwon Hyun-bin's agency, YGX, announced that the singer turned actor would be appearing in the upcoming webdrama "Cafe Kilimanjaro"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Tops Content Power Index for Influencers

2020/03/24 | Permalink

On March 24th CJE&M published their latest contents influencer report, this one for the third week of March. According to the report, "Itaewon Class" was number one between both dramas and variety shows in terms of its measurable influence on social media as well as other metrics...More

[HanCinema's News] Married Couple So Yi-hyun and in Gyo-jin Encourage People to Vote

2020/03/24 | Permalink

On March 24th a new video was released starring celebrity couple So Yi-hyun and In Gyo-jin. In the video, the pair encourages people to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections on April 15th. They are only the latest in a long line of celebrities to make videos exhorting voters to vote this election season...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Gong Hyo-jin Photographed at Stylist's Wedding

2020/03/24 | Permalink

Photos recently went viral on the South Korean internet of Hyun Bin and Gong Hyo-jin attending a wedding together. The bride in the wedding has only been identified as a stylist. It is unknown who she works for, as she is not a celebrity and her identity is being protected for the sake of her privacy...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Da-mi Cracks a Million Instagram Followers

2020/03/24 | Permalink

In just two months, actress Kim Da-mi has cracked the million follower milestone on Instagram. Kim Da-mi is believed to have accomplished this milestone thanks to her leading role on the recently concluded jTBC drama "Itaewon Class", which has greatly increased her popularity...More

[HanCinema's News] Do Kyung-soo Tops DCInside Poll of Best North Korean Accent

2020/03/23 | Permalink

 

The latest eccentric DCInside poll regarding celebrity perceptions has been released. It was conducted between March 15th and March 21st. The question posed to DCInside users was, specifically, which South Korean person speaks the North Korean dialect so well it's suspicious...More

[HanCinema's News] Foreign and Domestic Film Shoots Halt Among COVID-19 Epidemic

2020/03/23 | Permalink

The crew for the upcoming South Korean film "Bogota" has been forcibly returned to South Korea after their entry into the country of Colombia was denied. This makes "Bogota" the latest in a long line of films with a production status now on hold in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dreamer"

2020/03/21 | Permalink

Geun-soo (played by Hong Geun-taek) is a homely looking North Korean defector. Upon arrival in South Korea he gets put into an equally homely looking apartment, and prepares himself for an exciting career working as a hair stylist. But things take a turn for the worse when he meets delivery guy Ji-hyeok (played by Cha Ji-hyun), a petty criminal with many bad ideas, little foresight, but just enough competence to come out ahead in a typical short term hustle...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "An Honest Candidate"

2020/03/21 | Permalink

The opening origin myth of congresswoman Sang-sook (played by Ra Mi-ran) is that she nobly got into politics to help her dying grandmother Ok-hee (played by Na Moon-hee). This story is, unsurprisingly, not entirely truthful, but Ra Mi-ran is quite understated in her first contrast of the real Sang-sook with the fake one. Sang-sook is critical of some very weird, specific aspects in the advertisement, pretends to care about the opinions of her staff, but diplomatically makes her dictates seem like a team decision...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Paper Flower"

2020/03/21 | Permalink

No matter how many years or how many films he acts in, it will always be a pleasure to watch Ahn Sung-ki starring in a movie. "Paper Flower" is no exception...More

[HanCinema's News] Vietnamese Child Actors Recreate Famous "Crash Landing on You" Scenes

2020/03/20 | Permalink

While "Crash Landing on You" ended over a month ago in South Korea, interest has continued to mount in the drama internationally thanks to its distribution on Netflix in over one hundred and ninety countries. One viral expression of this phenomenon has been imitation pictures of famous scenes...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Sends Kim Hye-soo a Coffee Car

2020/03/20 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin has sent a coffee car to the set of "Hyena" in support of Kim Hye-soo. The two actresses are long-time friends. In a message delivered to Kim Hye-soo, Son Ye-jin called the older actress her sister, expressing love for the lawyer Kim Hye-soo plays on "Hyena" and saying she can be cute and cool all by herself...More

[HanCinema's News] Photos Released From Moon Ji-yoon Memorial Procession

2020/03/20 | Permalink

On March 20th Moon Ji-yoon's remains were taken to be enterred at his final resting place. Though family had asked well-wishers not personally known for them to not be present due to COVID-19 fears, South Korean media was still on hand to document the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Ji-yoon's Agency Iterates Claim That He Did Not Die of COVID-19

2020/03/19 | Permalink

On March 19th Moon Ji-yoon's agency Family ENT emphasized that Moon Ji-yoon did not die of COVID-19. They emphasized that the actor did indeed die from a rapid case of acute blood poisoning, and that he had been admitted to a hospital on March 16th with symptoms which confirm this diagnosis...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hae-jin Expresses Condolensces Over the Death of Moon Ji-yoon

2020/03/19 | Permalink

On March 19th Park Hae-jin made a statement to news organizations expressing sympathies to Moon Ji-yoon. Park Hae-jin had appeared along with Moon Ji-yoon in both the "Cheese in the Trap" drama as well as the "Cheese in the Trap - Movie" which for the most part retained different cast members otherwise. The two were the same age...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Pestered by his Mother About Ko So-young's Marriage

2020/03/19 | Permalink

On March 18th Jung Woo-sung made an appearance on the KBS talk show 'Dolseung's Chat Time'. During this appearance he spoke frankly about his love life, or lack thereof via various relevant anecdotes...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Tops Nielsen Report for Third Straight Week

2020/03/18 | Permalink

The latest influencer report from CJE&M and Nielsen Korea shows "Itaewon Class" is once again at the top in terms of most talked about dramas on social media...More

[HanCinema's News] Dual Red String Themed Posters Released for "The World of the Married"

2020/03/18 | Permalink

Promotion for "The World of the Married" has kicked into high gear, as the upcoming jTBC drama hopes to take advantage of the strong lead-in offered by its soon to be completed predecessor "Itaewon Class". The latest posters from the drama have an ominous theme, even as they used red string imagery...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hyena" Kiss Scene Breaks a Million Views on Naver TV

2020/03/18 | Permalink

The KBS drama "Hyena" hit a major milestone recently. The drama hit a record high 12.5% in ratings in its most recent episode on March 14th. But the drama has also had a viral breakout moment online, with a major kiss scene in that episode topping over a million views in just two days on Naver TV...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Depublicizes Closing Event Due to COVID-19

2020/03/17 | Permalink

On March 17th persons close to "Itaewon Class" confirmed that the popular drama's closing rollout would be significantly downscaled due to COVID-19. Originally "Itaewon Class" was going to hold a special closing event to celebrate the drama's completion. Press, among others, were to be invited to partake in the festivities...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Hae-in Talks About "A Piece of Your Mind"

2020/03/17 | Permalink

Jung Hae-in recently spoke out at an online press conference for the upcoming tvN drama "A Piece of Your Mind". The press conference would normally have been held in person, but was switched to online-only in response to fears regarding COVID-19...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Eun-sook Comes Back With "The King: Eternal Monarch"

2020/03/17 | Permalink

With a start date set for sometime in April, "The King: Eternal Monarch" has thrust famed screenwriter Kim Eun-sook back into the public eye. The acclaimed screenwriter best known for her work on "Goblin" is now drawing a new fantasy world with "The King: Eternal Monarch", the details of which are only just now coming more clearly into focus...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Han-chul Appears in "Kingdom - Season 2"

2020/03/16 | Permalink

The release of "Kingdom - Season 2" on Netflix has once again put the Joseon-era zombie mystery thriller into the spotlight. Though a direct continuation of "Kingdom", the newest iteration of the drama does have some new twists and characters. Among them is Jo Han-chul, who plays Won-yoo, a distant relative of the crown prince main character played by Ju Ji-hoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Da-mi and Other Celebrities Promote Get Out the Vote Campaign

2020/03/16 | Permalink

A large number of celebrities have lent their voices to a get out the vote cam