Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Korean Cinema News (08/02-08/08, 2012)

Finally settling back into the run of things following PiFan. Korean Cinema News is now back to its weekly status.

Not an enormous amount of news this week but The Thieves is still obliterating records at the local box office and there are few festival tidbits in the news.


Korean American Film Festival Commemorates the L.A. Riots
The Korean American Film Festival Los Angeles launches this week, and while it imports several titles from its New York sister festival (including Magic and Loss, with indie star Kiki Sugino, and the portentous-sounding Ultimate Christian Wrestling), its centerpiece is a program of documentaries that focus on the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. (L.A. Weekly, August 9, 2012)

Actress Ha Becomes Mentor for Future Filmmakers
Renowned actress Ha Ji-won and director Kim Ji-hoon will serve as mentors for the Korea-China youth cultural exchange program “Beijing Toto Laboratory,” scheduled to be held in Beijing’s Kwanggeomun Middle School, Aug. 13 -17. Forty teenagers from Korea and China will participate in making eight films during the five-day program jointly sponsored by CJ CGV and Boys Vanguard of the Chinese Communist Youth Association. (The Korea Herald, August 8, 2012)
The South Korean horror sci-fi anthology film series Doomsday Book by Kim Jee-woonand Yim Pil-sung picked up the top Cheval Noir Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival on Wednesday. (The Hollywood Reporter, August 8, 2012)

Spike Lee to Shoot Oldboy Remake in New Orleans with Josh Brolin
After shooting two Hurricane Katrina documentaries in town over the past few years, filmmaker Spike Lee is heading back to New Orleans, but this time for a drama. Lee's adaptation of Chan-wook Park's Korean-made cult favorite Oldboy (2003) is scheduled to shoot in town for seven weeks starting Oct. 1. (, August 8, 2012)

PiFan Winners
Friday night witnessed the closing ceremony of this year's excellent edition of PiFan and along with it, the prize winners of the festival. A few films stood out in the Puchon Choice section, with Space Brothers, King Kelly and Citadel each walking away with a pair of accolades. Korea, which was not featured in the main competition, nevertheless managed to take home a few prizes for low-budget comedy Super Virgin and various shorts (The Fantastic Duo, The Birth of a Hero and Poison Frog), not to mention the four PiFan Youth Film Academy Awards. Other feature winners announced included Lee's Adventure and the popular Vulgaria. (Twitch, July 29, 2012)


Jeon Ji-hyun Gets Back into Groove with The Thieves
The Korean heist film The Thieves attracted 2.11 million viewers as of last week, just four days after its release, to knock The Dark Knight Rises off its perch at the local box office. The only other domestic movies that have drawn over 2 million viewers in such a short space of time are the sci-fi slash-monster flicks The Host (2006) and D-War (2007).  (The Chosun Ilbo, August 4, 2012)


(Modern Korean Cinema, August 5, 2012)

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