Monday, June 20, 2011

Korean Cinema News (06/13-06/19, 2011)

A pair of great features lead off this week, on legendary filmmaker Lee Doo-yong and emerging artist and filmmaker Park Chan-kyong. A number of industry related items follow as well as a good number of trailers, including a fantastic new one for The Front Line.


An Appreciation of Filmmakers Lee Doo-yong
A detailed feature on Lee Doo-yong, who was a prominent Korean filmmaker in the 1970s and 80s, second only to Im Kwon-taek on the international scene. (Korean Cinema Today, May 28, 2011)

Artist Park Chan-kyong Explores Space Between the Koreas
Korea's bustling art scene is beginning to have quite an impact at home and abroad. One influential artist,  Park Chan-kyong, seeks to highlight the middle ground betweens the Koreas. He is filmmaker and photographer who most recently worked with his brother, famed director Park Chan-wook, on Night Fishing, a short film shot on an iPhone. (The New York Times, June 13, 2011)

Korean Film Archive Releases A Hometown in Heart
The Korea Film Archive is releasing a new classic film on DVD. A Hometown in Heart, adapted from Ham Se-deok's play A Little Monk, will be released on June 20th. (Far East Films, June 13, 2011)

Kwon Jin-hee's The Idea of Creation in competing in the Shanghai International Film Festival's iPhone film competition. The film follows life's up and downs from the perspective of a bug. (Joong Ang Daily, June 13, 2011)

CJ's 4D Cinemas to Launch in Thailand
Major Cineplex Group plc is joining with CJ 4Dplex Co in order to launch the later's new 4D technology screens across Thailand. This makes Thailand the fourth country to offer such a cinematic experience, after South Korea, China, and Mexico. (Bangkok Post, June 14, 2011)

Kim Ki-duk on the Benefits on Low-Budget Filmmaking
After making a splash at Cannes with his new documentary feature Arirang, Kim Ki-duk is prepping for the release of his protege Juhn Jai-hong's Poongsan. He extols the virtues of low-budget filmmaking against the commercial Korean film market. (The Korea Times, Junes 14, 2011)

Lineup Announced for 15th PiFan
The 15th Puchon International Film Festival, which will open its gates on July 14th for 10 days, has announced its lineup. Na Hong-jin's The Yellow Sea will be in competition and the upcoming thriller Blind will serve as the closing film. (Film Business Asia, June 15, 2011)

Jang Hoon Explains The Front Line and Tensions with Mentor Kim Ki-duk
Jang Hoon's anticipated third feature, The Front Line, is being released in Korea on July 21st, it tells the story of the 'forgotten' war by highlighting lesser-known incidents of the Korean War (1950-1953. Jang also explains the state of his relations with Kim Ki-duk, his former mentor, who has recently spoken out against him. (, June 16, 2011)

Movie Version of K-Drama Dae Jang Geum on the Way
One of Korea's most popular TV shows, the historical drama Dae Jang Geum is set to be remade as a film. It is aiming for an international release in 2013. (, June 16, 2011)


Lots of new trailers this week for a variety of films, including romance, action, war, horror, and thriller. Three are new full length trailers, in addition to previously released teasers.

Always (no subs)

Blind (no subs)

Don't Click (no subs)

The Cat (no subs)

The Front Line (no subs)


Close Race for No.1 from Three Holdovers
Kung Fu Panda 2 had a slight edge at the box office this weekend with its 280,000 admissions versus 270,000 for Sunny, which crossed the 5 million mark on Saturday, and 260,000 for the latest X-Men installment. Super 8 had a decent opening (235,000) while The Green Lantern barely made an impression (120,000). Among Korean holdovers, K-horror White held very well and now has nearly half a million admissions, while Moby Dick floundered in its sophomore frame. (, June 19, 2011)

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