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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Korean Cinema News (07/26-08/01, 2012)

Another abbreviated KCN due to PiFan coverage but nonetheless soe important Venice announcements, interviews and box office history in the making!


SICAF 2012: Animation Event in Korea
Local press covering this year's Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Fest (SICAF) frequently touted diversity, among other program elements, as the event's primary commendation. This year marks the sixteenth edition of the annual comics and cartoons showcase, and although animation screened in competition has traditionally come in from all over the globe, the festival's confident mix of emotional, adult films and seasoned children's fare produced a rather unique schedule. SICAF 2012(July 18-22, 2012) concluded last week. (Animation Insider, July 30, 2012)

Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta Goes to Venice
Director Kim Ki-duk’s latest film Pieta is to make its world premiere at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in the competition line-up. A total of 18 films, including Kim’s, have been selected to compete for the coveted Golden Lion during the festival, including Brian De Palma’s thriller Passion and Terrence Malick’s romance To the Wonder. (The Korea Herald, July 27, 2012)

Korea Feature Animation 'Padak' in Theaters
Fish. In documenting the day-to-day anxieties of contemporary urban living, circumscribed by all manners of ignorance, optimism, greed, and/or self-sufficiency, animation writer and director Lee Dae-hee turned to fish. On the surface, the artist's debut feature production Padak Padak (eng. title: Padak) is the simple legend of a handful of fish in captivity, sitting outside the entrance of a small restaurant. Dig a bit deeper, however, and the animated film becomes mischievously allegorical: working adults toil within a professional framework that is unmoving and beholden to a parasitic and opportunistic old guard. (Animation Insider, July 27, 2012)


Korean Actor Takes on an 'Unattractive' Role
Actor Lee Jung-jae was not used to playing “unattractive” characters, until he was given the role of a jealous thief in his latest film The Thieves. “Director Choi Dong-hun asked me to be as unattractive and foolish as possible for the role,” Lee told The Korea Herald in an interview. (The Korea Herald, July 30, 2012)

An Interview with Daniel Henney: Comedy, Career and Korea
The film Shanghai Calling focuses on Sam Chao, a corporate ladder-climbing Chinese American lawyer who unwillingly heads to the country of his ancestral roots to further his career. Inevitably, with no previous ties to speak of, he stumbles into all sorts of awkward expatriate situations that eventually threaten his job. (Meniscus, July 29, 2012)


(Modern Korean Cinema, July 29, 2012)

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