Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Millionaire's First Love [ Korean Movie 2006 ]

Genre : Romance, Melodrama
Starring : Hyun Bin, Lee Yoen-hee
Release date : February 9, 2006
Runtime :116 min.
Directed by : Kim Tae-gyun

Jae-kyung is a high school senior but he skips school often. Once he turns nineteen years old, he is going to be a millionaire. However, the day before he inherits his fortune, his family lawyer tells him about the will from his deceased grandfather. It specifies that he can inherit the fortune only if he graduates from Boram High School, which is located in the countryside. He has no choice but to go there. Life changes a lot for him at Boram High School. He can't use his credit card or even drive his sports car! Meanwhile, as Jae-Gyeong attends this school, he meets Eun-hwan. She is different from the other people living in the country and seems to have some kind of secret. Jae-Gyeong starts to change his attitude, and Eun-hwan’s secret is about to be revealed.
source: visitkorea.or.kr


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'Thirst' Wins Jury Prize at Cannes

The latest Park Chan-wook film "Thirst" won the Jury Prize in the 62th Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. The Jury Prize was split between "Thirst" and "Fish Tank" by the British director Andrea Arnold.

Park Chan-wook (center), flanked by stars Song Kang-ho (left) and Kim Ok-bin, talks about his latest film "Thirst" at a press conference in the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2009. /AP-Newsis

Park, who won the Grand Prix (second place) in 2004 with "Old Boy," now has won two awards from the Cannes Festival. The Palme d'Or (first place) went to "The White Ribbon" by Austrian Michael Haneke. "A Prophet" directed by the French director Jacques Audiard won the Grand Prix.

Park Chan-wook poses after receiving the Jury Prize for his movie "Thirst", during the photocall of the closing ceremony of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on Sunday in Cannes, southern France. /AFP-Yonhap

Credit: englishnews@chosun.com
Source: Chosun

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Cannes Screening for Film “Mother” Set

Bong Joon-ho’s new film “Mother” will make its worldwide premiere at the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival to be held from May 13 through 24. Invited for non-competitive Un Certain Regard section, director Bong’s latest work will be screened at 10 o’clock on the night of May 16th, the first Saturday evening of the festival. This has traditionally been a time slot that draws the biggest crowd.

“Mother” has already earned keen interest and global attention from moviemakers all over the world, as illustrated by the fact that it’s the only film among the Un Certain Regard invitees to have a red carpet event. Actress Kim Hye-ja and actors Won Bin and Jin Gu will join director Bong on the red carpet.

Highly acclaimed actress Kim plays the mother of a young mentally disabled man, who is accused of murdering his neighbor. Korea’s heartthrob Won Bin appears as her wrongfully accused son. They will hold press conferences and interviews after a press screening, which will take place during the day before the official presentation. The film is scheduled for domestic release on May 28th.

KBS World


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Coffee Prince gets a movie version

A producer confirmed that rights have been acquired to adapt the novel into a movie (fyi, the Coffee Prince novel came first, after which the original novelist also wrote the drama). Since this will be the third version of this story to be told, the rep said that “the movie will show a different story from the drama.”

After the script is completed in May, the production will begin casting for its characters of Go Eun-chan, Choi Han-gyul, and the rest. I wouldn’t get my hopes up for Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo to reprise their roles (it would be great, but I wouldn’t want to get too excited), but the producers aren’t ruling out that possibility, either. Both scenarios are possible: either the old cast will be invited to return or, barring that, they’ll cast with new actors.

This is apparently the second instance of a drama being adapted to film format, following the sageuk series Damo which was turned into the film version Duelist. (The opposite scenario is more common, where films are adapted into dramas, such as with Tazza and Gourmet.)

Part of the drama Coffee Prince’s charm was its wonderful directing by Lee Yoon-jung, and with a different PD behind the camera, the end product may end up with a very different feel. Still, I’m excited nonetheless — I loved the drama and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel, and I certainly don’t need this movie to be a direct replica of the drama.

The production’s plan is to begin filming in October, and aim for a February 2010 release, with simultaneous premieres in Korea, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia.

source: DongA
Translations: dramabeans

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