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  • [Hancinema Film Review] "My Dear Keum-hong" + Full Movie

    People say that opposites attract and the phrase could not be mirrored more eloquently than in the relationship between the Fauvist painter Bon-woong and Lee Sang, a poet and writer, which occurred during the period of Japanese Imperialism in Korea. "My Dear Keum-hong" is the story of this friendship that eventually became an unfulfilled love triangle,...More
  • [Interview] Bae Chang-ho

    Bae Chang-ho was the most commercially successful director of the 1980s, who made a number of chic melodramas about the new sensibility of the young generation. His debut film, "People in the Slum" (1982), and following films, "Whale Hunting" (1984), "Deep Blue Night" (1985), and "Our Joyful Young Days" (1987) all generated enthused reactions from not only ordinary moviegoers but also hardcore film maniacs. "Deep Blue Night" was shot mostly on location in the US at a time overseas shooting of even a few scenes was not an easy task. Despite these successes, Bae refused to dwell in one place. Since the 1980s, he pushed on in his artistic explorations, even enduring box office failures. The hit maker of the 1980s transformed himself into a maker of low budget, independent films such as "My Heart" (1999) and "Road" (2004). His early works showed elaborate filmmaking techniques that were second to none among his contemporaries, but his later works are more characterized by simple and down-to-earth approach to story telling and image capturing. He once taught in college, but left his teaching position, frustrated by artistic stagnation,...More
  • [Hancinema Film Review] "Whale Hunting" + Full Movie

    Based once more on a story by Choe In-ho, Bae Chang-ho's "Whale Hunting" cemented his position as one of the most commercially successful Korean directors of the 80's, topping the box office in 1984. The titular phrase, during the years of dictatorship, meant yearning for something more than the financial progress that was the government's main goal, and in essence represented dissatisfaction with the then (everyday) life,...More
  • [JIMFF] "I only talk about today and tomorrow", says Kim Soo-chul

    2010/08/16, Source
    Kim Soo-chul [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] "I'm just doing what I like to do, I don't want to judge or make conclusions about myself". This was the response given by Kim Soo-chul, winner of the Jecheon Film Music Award at this year's 6th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, when asked if he thinks of himself as a rocker. There are people like him - great men who cannot be defined by a single concept. That is why the following interview does not express who he is in his entirety. But you will be able to presume how big of a person he is inside,...More
  • Traces of Lee Joon-ik's work in "Blades of Blood"

    2010/04/20, Source
    The cast of "Blades of Blood" from left to right: Hwang Jung-min, Baek Seong-hyeon, Cha Seung-won and Han Ji-hye [Movie Production company Haneul] They have all dreamt about the moon that escaped from the clouds. Lee Mong-hak (played by Cha Seung-won) wants to shine as the king who renews the rotten Chosun period and Hwang Jeong-hak (played by Hwang Jeong-min) hopes he can clear away clouds by blocking Lee Mong-hak who took away his conviction and the life of his friend. Kyeon-ja (played by Baek Sung-hyun) wants to overcome the pent-up anger he feels towards Lee Mong-hak who killed his father. And Baek Ji (played by Han Ji-hye) simply wants to walk under the moonlight with the person she loves. However, Kyeon-ja screams "Have you once in your life ever lived in a world like that" and fail to step under the moon's brilliant light. Traces of the war and laughter from "Hwangsanbul" and love and tragedy from the "The King and the Clown", both productions by Lee Joon-ik, can easily be found in his new pic "Blades of Blood". The film resembles "Hwangsanbul" in how the most serious situation and tragedy is melted away by humor and "The King and the Clown" when Kyeon-ja cries in a thunderous voice towards the craziness occuring in the palace. However, it is difficult to declare that "Blades of Blood" is director Lee's final masterpiece, just like the saying that it is hard to create a beautiful face with the perfect features. The conflicts amongst the characters are dull enough to seem trite and it cannot be concealed by the beautiful scenery or lyrical music. Will "Blades of Blood" be able to become a different moon for the audience who has already experienced and found joy from the prominent historical drama like "Slave Hunters?" The movie opens in local theaters on April 29,...More
  • Hello Rookie 2009 'Apollo 18'

    2009/12/28, Source
    The K-POP Festival Hello Rookie 2009, a year's end festival held to select the best rookies of the year, took place at the Seoul Olympic Fencing Stadium on December 14th.

    The festival, hosted by,...
  • Classic Korean Movie Gorae Sanyang to be Screened in New York City
    2008/07/23, Source
    Chung-Mu-Ro Express: Classic Korean Cinema will be present the movie Gorae Sanyang ("Whale Hunting") at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on Thursday, July 24, 2008. The free screening will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a total ru,...More
  • Jang Nara, the Queen of the KBS logo song

    2008/02/28, Source
    The Korean Waves star, Jang Nara is going to sing the KBS' logo song.

    A spokesman from her agency said, ",...
  • Ahn Sung-ki cast in a film for wide international release

    2008/01/18, Source
    Actor Ahn Sung-ki continues his high profile career with a role in a big budget international co-production. The project is an adaptation of nov,...More
  • Ahn Sung-ki to Play Lead in Mega Joint Film

    2007/12/28, Source
    Veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki will play the lead role in the 10 billion won (US$10 million) mega joint film ',...More

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