Monday, October 30, 2006
The American Film Market that opens Wednesday in Los Angeles will screen 85 Korean films among the 589 films it offers over nine days, it said.
The Korean list reflects a wide spectrum of local productions, ranging from the gender-bending monster movie and blockbuster hit "The Host" by Bong Joon-ho, human drama "Radio Star," to the real-life film about a disabled man, "Barefoot, Gibong" by Kwon Soo-kyung.
"Woman on the Beach" and "Time" by Hong Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk, acclaimed but commercially underrated South Korean directors, will also be shown in L.A.
"Time" and "The Host" have been selected to be screened in the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival along with "Family Ties" by Kim Tae-yong.
South Korea's movie industry has shown a steady growth since the mid 1990s, with its annual production now surpassing 80 movies. Their overseas sales last year reached US$76 million, up from US$7 million in 2000.
"The fact that most of the Korean movies go to foreign film markets suggests that they now have a mature sales network and also that there's a growing demand abroad for Korean films," Hwang Dong-mee from the public Korean Film Commission said.
The American Film Market is considered one of the largest of its kind in the world along with one at Cannes. South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival inaugurated its own Asian Film Market this year.
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Source: Yonhap News
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2005
best actress LEE Young-Ae
Nomination best director PARK Chan-Wook
Nomination best cinematography JEONG Jeong-Hun
Nomination best art direction CHO Hwa-Seong
Nomination best music JO Yeong-Wuk
Nomination best visual effects
Grand Bell Awards - Festival de Daejong 2006
Nomination best movie
Nomination best actress LEE Young-Ae
Nomination best director PARK Chan-Wook
Nomination best new actor KIM Shi-Hu
Hong-Kong Awards 2006
Paeksang Arts Awards 2006
- Genre Mystery/Thriller
- Director Park Chan Wook
- Cast Lee Yeong Ae, Choi Min Sik
- Runtime 112minutes
This is the story of LEE Geum-ja, a beautiful and deadly young woman, half angel and half devil, as serene as she is furious. After going through a hard time, Geum-ja found herself sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for murder. After being released from prison, she is on a mission of vengeance. Geum-ja sets about putting her precise plan in motion.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Q: You have recently risen to stardom. How do you feel?
Kim: I’m very happy, and I’m enjoying my life as an actress very much. I sometimes miss the time when I was just an ordinary student, though. These days, many people recognize me, so I have to be more prudent about what I do even when I’m with my friends.
Q: You played an evil character perfectly in the drama, The Stairway to HeavenI wonder if the character is similar to your real-life personality..
Kim: Of course not!(laugh) When I decided to take the role, everybody stopped me because I
have a totally different personality from the character. Unlike the character in the drama, I’m a very frank person. People can read my mind just by looking at me.
Q:It must have been very hard for you to play the role of the deceitful Han Yu-ri.
Kim: You can say that again. In order to act realistically, I needed to understand the character’s mentality. However, I couldn’t fully empathize with her because she was such an unrealistic character. Of course, everybody has both a good and an evil side to them. But Han Yu-ri only reveals her evil side, which a normal person wouldn’t do.
Q: Your acting was very impressive in the drama. Because of that, people could assume that you are evil like her.
Kim: You have hit the nail on the head. People say that I sometimes behave as bad as Han Yu-ri.(laugh) I felt bad at first, but now I regard it as a compliment because that means I was totally immersed in the role.
Q: Did you find it difficult to appear in two different dramas simultaneously?
Kim: Needless to say, it was very hard. In the morning, I had to be a nice person as my character in “The Heungbu’s Gourd Has Opened is angelic. Then, in the evening, I had to become a horrible and mean person for The Stairway to Heaven. It was like having a dual life. As I’m still an inexperienced actress, it wasn’t easy at all.
Q: Which character was easier to do, the good-natured or the ill-natured one?
Kim: The former, of course. She’s a more realistic character and I have many similarities with her. I could fully express her feelings and empathize with the character.
Q: As a novice, acting must be difficult. Have you ever regretted becoming an actress?
Kim: I know that acting is never easy, and that I have lots more things to learn. But I don’t have any regrets nor do I want to give up. Instead, I try to overcome the difficulties I encounter. Acting is like a battle with myself, and I want to be the winner.
Q: What kind of character do you want to challenge in the future?
Kim: I want to play a happy-go-lucky woman like the heroine of the movie Amelie. She shares her love and hopes with other people, and that makes them happy. I want to do the same thing.
Q: Let’s assume that you are competing with your brother for a prize at an awards ceremony, would you let him win?
Kim: If that happens to us, that would be an honor to my family. And of course, I would love to give the prize to my brother with pleasure. What a nice sister I am!(laugh)
Q: I heard you have some unusual nicknames.
Kim: They call me a ‘Senseless Lady’ because sometimes I get a little senseless. These days, however, I try to be more sensitive. Another name is ‘Head banging.’ I’m, a little embarrassed to explain how I got this nickname, but I’ll tell you anyway. I often fell into a doze during classes and looked as if I were head banging just like a heavy metal singer.
Q: If you could become anyone you wanted for one day, who would you want to be, and what would you want to do?
Kim: If that is possible, I’ll definitely become Nicole Kidman, my favorite actress, and appear in the film, Moulin Rouge. Her acting was marvelous in the movie, and it inspired me a lot. I want to become an accomplished actress like her.
Credit : Kim Tae Hee - Home of The AngleSource : http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/plaza/2004...15553912690.htm
The Japanese Sponichi Shimbun reported Wednesday that Lee had participated in the movie's first shoot in Kyoto on Monday, with rising Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki playing opposite his character.
Lee plays a Korean university student who moves to Japan when his father gets a job there as an exchange professor. He has a brief but romantic fling with a high school girl (Miyazaki) with a complicated and difficult family background.
The film is co-sponsored by CJ Entertainment and Kadokawa Herald Pictures and produced by Guardtec, which also produced Lee's recent film "Fly Daddy Fly."
The two stars expressed their hopes in shooting the film. "I hope this film helps improve friendly relations between the two nations," Lee said. Miyazaki, who is appearing in a foreign film for the first time, said, "I will study Korean hard so that I can speak it naturally and act naturally."
The 21-year-old actress rose to stardom through her role in "Nana," which became a big hit in Japan last year. Despite her short career, she has been recognized for her performances several times. She received the best actress award at the Festival des 3Continents in 2002 and the young actress award at the Nikkan Sports Film Award.
"First Snow" will end shooting by the end of the year and be released concurrently in Korea and Japan next spring.
Source: KBS Global, Innolife.net
credit: rubie soompi
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Hobbies : Martial Arts, Watching Movies
Hotel Venus (2004)
Sunday, October 22, 2006
By Xu Wei (Shanghai Daily)Updated: 2006-10-23 09:45
Poster of Eraser in My Head, one of the Korean films on exhibition.The Korean Film Festival showcases memorable films from the past decade when movies flowered. There's a murder mystery, a romance and a martial arts epic, plus a Korean cultural feast, including drum dancing and hip-hop, writes Xu Wei.
The Korean Film Festival will run from Sunday to October 29 at the new Shanghai Shangying CGV Cinema. It's part of a Korean culture feast, including drum dancing, hip-hop, a concert of film songs, a fashion show and a food fest.
Among the 11 films to be screened are South Korea's top-grossing movie of 2003, "Memories of Murder," plus the romance "Eraser in My Head," "The Classic," "You Are My Sunshine" and martial arts blockbuster "Musa." All of them are from the past glowing decade of South Korean cinema.
"There are a few cultural similarities between South Korea and China," says Wu Hehu, deputy director of Shanghai United Cinema Lines. "South Korean movies are known for poetic cinematography and high artistry. We hope the festival will promote cultural exchanges."
Among all films, "Memories of Murder," directed by Bong Jun-ho, is considered a Korean classic. Based on an actual serial murder case from the late 1980s, the movie took in about US$31 million at the box office and won Best Asian Film Award at the 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival.
The epic "Musa," which stars Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and South Korean actors Ahn Sung-kee and Ju Jin-mo, cost US$60 million and took five years to produce. It is one of the biggest-budget South Korean movies.
Depicting the plight of exiled medieval South Korean ambassadors to China, the film focuses on the tensions that develop within the group as they attempt to make their way home to South Korea against all odds. However, it is not a typical, stylized martial-arts film similar to Hong Kong productions. With more realistic and moving elements, the movie satisfies both art-house and action fans.
During the festival, movie fans will have an opportunity to meet and talk with veteran director Kim Sung-su of "Musa" and popular actors such as Jeong U-seong of "Eraser in My Head" and Kim Tae-hee of "Sun Mool."
Korean Film Festival
Date: October 22-29
Address: 3/F, 1878 Gonghexin Rd
Tickets: 20-40 yuan
Films are given in original Korean version with Chinese subtitles
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The Pusan International Film Festival raised anchor at the Suyoungman Yacht Stadium on Thursday to embark on its nine-day voyage. A galaxy of stars from Korea and overseas turned out for the event. Ahn Sung-ki and Moon Geun-young took the red carpet first, followed by some 150 Korean stars, Gam Woo-sung, Kang Soo-yeon, Kim Tae-hee, Park Joong-hoon, Uhm Jung-hwa, Yoo Ji-tae, Lee Byung-hun and Lee Jun-ki among them.
Choi Un-hee, the widow of director Shin Sang-ok and Andy Lau, winner of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award, were there along with the Hungarian director and this year's jury foreman Istvan Szabo, receiving a warm welcome from the 5,000 fans gathered. This year, 245 films from 63 countries will be screened, 64 of them world premieres.
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Source: Digital ChosunIlbo http://english.chosun.com
Sunday, October 08, 2006
starring:Rain,Im soo jung
K-pop star Rain (24) has accepted a starring role in director Park Chan-wook’s next movie titled "I'm a Cyborg, but It's Ok" produced by Moho Film. Scheduled to start shooting in March or April, "I'm a Cyborg" is this year’s much-awaited project by Park, who made his name worldwide by winning the Grand Prix at Cannes with "Old Boy." The new movie is about a girl who suffers from the delusion that she is a combat cyborg. Sectioned in a mental hospital, she falls in love with a boy who thinks he can steal people’s souls with a machine he has created. The chief of Rain’s management company JVP Entertainment, Hong Seung-song, says the fledgling actor’s schedule was already booked up for the year. "The reason Rain decided to make his screen debut with the movie lies partly in the re######tion of the director and partly in his intention to establish himself as an actor with this work," he said. Rain has appeared in several TV dramas including "Full House" and now seems to hope for a chance to broaden his acting skills by starring in the movie.
Boeun (Moon Geun-yeong) is an ordinary high school girl who worries about SAT's and has a crush on her school's baseball team ace, named Jungwoo. One day, Boeun's grandfather orders her to marry Sangmin (Kim Rae-won).When they were very young, Boeun's and Sangmin's grandfathers had promised that they would become in-laws. Despite their opposition, they are forced to marry because of the strong influence of Boeun's grandfather. Despite Boeun's undercover married life, she pretends that she doesn't have a husband and starts dating Jungwoo. Boeun believes that she can manage both men and live a double life. Everything goes smoothly until Sangmin starts working at Boeun's school as a student teacher.
Close childhood friends, Ji Hwan (Kwon, Sang Woo) and Dal Lae (Kim, Ha Neul), are both starting college at the same school. Ji Hwan’s hero is Bruce Lee, and his dream is to become a world movie action hero, and Dal Lae wants to become an actress. The two are always at each other’s throats, and are brutally honest with each other. However, they are always there for each other when each of them need help, and their friendship is the envy of many people.One day, Dal Lae begins dating Young Hun, one of Ji Hwan’s classmate, who is the class leader and an all-round athlete. Ji Hwan also begins dating the beautiful Ji Min, not in the least comparable to Dal Lae. That is when strange vibes begin to surface between Ji Hwan and Dal Lae. Everyone else knows except for these two. These two who’ve been friends for 13 years do not want to admit that they are in love under the guise of friendship. Will this comic romance fantasy they have created make them realize that they are really in love with each other before it’s too late
my sassy girl : "Vows Under a Tree: Baekun Nongjang Farm
"It's a Date: Misari Regatta Course"
"A Special Birthday Party at the Amusement Park: Gwacheon Seoul Land"
Duelist : Namnyangju Studio Complex
Saturday, October 07, 2006
1. “King and the Clown” (2006, 11.74 Million viewers (Still Showing))
2. “Tae Guk Gi (2004, 11.74 Million viewers)
3. “Sihmido (2004, 11.08 Million viewers)
4. “Friend” (2001, 8.18 Million viewers)
5. “Welcome to Dongmakgo” (2005, 8 Million viewers)
6. “Shiri” (1999, 6.21 Million viewers)
7. “My Boss, My Student” (2006, 6 Million viewers (Still Showing))
8. “Joint Security Area” (2000, 5.83 Million viewers)
9. “Marrying Mafia 2” (2005, 5.66 Million viewers)
10. “Memories of Murder” (2003, 5.50 Million viewers)
The film was selected by a KOFIC-appointed committee after considering factors such as the film's overall aesthetic and commercial quality, its potential to be selected for the final five nominations, the director's reputation, the film's overseas potential, etc
read more-- http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/news/news_view.asp?kor_news_num=457
Friday, October 06, 2006
Directed by: Park Young-hoon
Starring : Moon Geun-yeong . . . Jang Chae-rin
Park Geon-hyeong . . . Na Yeong-sae
Yoon Chan . . . Jeong Hyeon-soo
Park Won-sang . . . Ma Sang-doo
Kim Gi-soo . . . Lee Cheol-yong
Runtime: 110 mins
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Cast: Ryu Seung-Beom (Blood Tie, Crying Fist), Shin Min-Ah ("A Love to Kill", A Bittersweet Life), Kim Kang-Woo (The Aggressives, Silmido), Ahn Kil-Kang (The City of Violence, Crying Fist)
Directed by: Lee Gye-Byeok
Runtime: 101 min.Rating: 7
Released : June 13, 2003(South Korea)
Runtime : 115 mins.
story:Two girls discover a malignant force in their home while their stepmother's behavior becomes increasingly erratic.