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Nine Korean films at Berlin film festival

Korea’s making a big showing at the Berlin Film Festival, with nine films headed abroad, in competition for jury prizes. A few are films we’ve talked about for a while, like Late Autumn, while a good number of them are experimental films or shorts that are more artistically adventurous. Can’t wait to get my hands on some of these. Also, Binnie’s having some year, isn’t he?

Here’s a list of the films in competition at Berlinale:

Love Me, Love Me Not, by director Lee Yoon-ki, starring Hyun Bin and Im Soo-jung in a melodrama about a married couple on the brink of divorce. (Poster above.) This is THE HAIR that made me go crazy. Is it wrong to watch a movie for a hairdo? Well I don’t care ’cause I’m gonna do it anyway.

Bad Deal, starring Hwang Jung-min and Ryu Seung-beom, about a frustrating murder case that leads a prosecutor and a detective to act outside the law. These two are always good, and even better together.

Ashamed, starring Kim Hyo-jin (Mary Stayed Out All Night) and Kim KKot-bi as a lesbian couple. Kim Hyo-jin’s character attempts suicide but falls in love and embarks on a new journey.

Dance Town, which stars Ra Mi-ran and Oh Sang-tae in director Jung Kyu-hwan‘s third film to follow 2008’s Mozart Town and 2009’s Animal Town. They seem to all be vignette films; Mozart Town for instance is about the lives of various people who intersect in one city.

Late Autumn (also Manchu), a remake of the 60s classic starring Hyun Bin and Tang Wei. This is the screening that sold out in five seconds at the Pusan International Film Festival.

Cheonggyocheon Medley: A Dream of Iron, by director Park Kyung-kun (also listed as Kelvin Park) sounds like an avant-garde piece. From the official synopsis: “The narrator writes a letter to the ghost of his grandfather wondering if his recurring childhood nightmare of rusted metallic image is related to the family history…The film attempts to reveal how we shape the metal through techniques such as sand casting and milling machines, only to find out that metals had already shaped us into beings of an industrial society instead.”

Self Contradiction: Current Mentality and Participation in Reality by director Kim Sun, one half of the production company Goksa, along with his twin brother Kim Gok. They are renowned experimental filmmakers whose work has been shown at festivals worldwide.

And another brother pair: Park Chan-wook (Old Boy) directed a short with his younger brother Park Chan-kyung called Ups and Downs [파란만장] as in a life full of ups and downs. (Poster below.) This is a short that they filmed with an iPhone. Seriously. Only Park Chan-wook could film something on an iPhone and have the world call it art.

Broken Night by Yang Hyo-joo is a short about a traffic accident that keeps complicating those involved.

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival runs February 10-20. Sigh, I LOVE Berlin, these films sound great, AND they’re doing an Ingmar Bergman retrospective this year! Want. Go. Now.

Via Herald M

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Im so anticipating all of Hyun Bin's movies, especially the one with Im Soo-jung!!!

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Oh! and is it just me or does Binnie look like the guy in jungle fish 2 with that hair? he looks so good with that hair!

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OMG..i didnt even recognize it was Binnie!!
I thought it was Im Soo Jung with some other guy! LOL

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...I'm always been a fun of HB and ISJ and I scream with delight when they were paired together! I cant wait for that drama and nice story to!

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would it be mean to say that Hyun Bin looks like an older brother of the Jonas brothers from a first marriage? yes? no? ok, just saying.

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That's cool!

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so close...

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waoowww!!!

what else an actor would want? big fame of SG, then 2 of his films are in the festivals.

I guess Hyun Bin is on top! he's not only burning hot but also an awesome actor.

before goint to army, he filled his sac. I'm not mentioning the money, but more importantly a huge fan base, respect, and teh other stuff.

he's a really dream-guy.

why do we always watch such people from the distance? it's just a pain...

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The one that capture my attention the most is the movie filmed with an iPhone.(I couldn’t find the trailer, if there is one).

Wow, two movies with Hyun Bin. I hope I can watch them both, someday soon.

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Wow, sold out in five seconds.

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Will any of these be shown in the US? I just saw Finding Mr. Destiny with Gong Yoo in NYC, so I am hopeful.

The movie was cute and funny. A must see for any fan-girl.

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I just saw that yesterday! (: It was ridiculously cute & Gong Yoo-simple perfection I daresay? Okay, maybe it was my inner fangirl self screaming with excitement after three years of not being able to see him on-screen, except during Coffee Prince marathons!

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where in NYC did you see Finding Mr. Destiny? MOMA? Is it still being shown?

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Empire 25 on 42nd St. It started on Friday and it is running for a week... as far as I know.

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Ok, nothing-topic-related first: just wanna say that I like your nick, come2noona.. hehe..

Moving on to topic related - wow, Korea films are doing awesome this year. Haven't watched any of those films mentioned above tho', but now I'm curious about Late Autumn and Love Me, Love Me not -and just for the sake of THE HAIR... LOL

Anyhoo, for a sec there I thought GF was talking about Ingrid Bergman... my bad...

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"Late Autumn (also Manchu), a remake of the 60s classic starring Hyun Bin and Tang Wei. This is the screening that sold out in five seconds at the Pusan International Film Festival."

Are you serious? Hot damn.

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Oh Binnie, if I could just play with your hair, my dreams would come true.

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Also, for fans of Bollywood, Aamir Khan will be one of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival.

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lol, my dad was excited about that while my mom was excited about Hyun Bin. -__-

Cant wait to see the reaction for these movies.

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Really!!
Love Aamir Khan, what an awesome pick for a judge

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Totally agreed! I love his films. We just watched Lagaan in World Studies.

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@ Alvina: LOL- complete opposite ends of the pole.

@ Kay: I know, right? Hope he takes some serious food for thought from this film festival. Bollywood movies could learn a thing or two from Korean movies, IMO.

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Dont compare bollywood and korean movies...the culture, film making style is completely different...Both are amazing in their own ways...and talking abt bollywood...
Acc to media, the tickets of the movie “My Name Is Khan” were sold out in five mins, with fans waiting overnight in icy cold Berlin.
Also u ve got to see the new film dhobi ghat of aamir khan...it is brilliant.
here is the wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhobi_Ghat_(film)

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well not a fab of My name is Khan..but Offcourse love Sharukh Khan ;-)
PS i am a die heart fan of bollywood movies..weather its masala (they are known for this genre) or other genres !

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Lol yeah that is the genre of bollywood...u should watch the movie 'dabangg' starring salman khan...it is like the height of masala :D

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LOL this is so random - ppl are talking about bollywood movies on a korean drama/film website?! This is why I love dramabeans so much! :D

But ommmggg Amir Khan...is yum :P

All I know is he better judge Binnie's movies well xD

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OMO Aamir Khan ...God's gracious..he is impeccable !

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Yeah, I should have phrased that differently. Of course, I appreciate the richness of both cultures, but I wasn't referring to that. I meant to say they could have a better approach to filming different genres which I think Korean movies tend to do better than most Bollywood 'masala' movies. Not all b-wood movies, but many.

And I agree with you- an Aamir Khan movie is always something to look forward to. Totally excited to see Dhobi Ghat. :)

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U r right! Recently there ve been really stupid movies.

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kind of NOT excited about Dhobi Ghat. It seems like one of those films that is "trying" to be an art house film. Does that make any sense? Like, it's trying to align itself on another intellectual level, trying to appeal to an isolated cultural group in urban society. I dont think a true art house film ~trys~ hard to be one.

and yea, lol, my parents grew up in Singapore but my dad's family is Indian and my mom's family is Korean so it makes sense XD

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Honestly, when I saw the trailer for Dhobi Ghat, I had the same feeling...but...it's Aamir Khan. lol And that's enough reason for me to watch it. :)

Aw, that's awesome. You got the best of both worlds! :D

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poster for Late Autumn looks great! and im soo jung looks beautiful in her movie poster.

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i live in BERLIN!!! :D anyone too and want to go and watch Binnie on screen? that would be so cool! i haven't been to Berlinale before, want i would like to go if its possible.

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Man, Hyun-bin is really leaving for military service on such a high point in his career! The producers/audience is going to go CRAZY when he comes back in 2 years!

I heard abt Park Chan-wook and his iphone film and was wondering if this will end up as a trend for indie films. I'm really curious abt the video quality for this movie!

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Oh iphone video quality is amazing...especially if u watch it on latest ipod.

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Wow so happy for HB and can't wait to see his 2 movies !!!
Trailer for Love me, love me not http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXIMXcPkJK8
New trailer for Late Autumn (HB-Hoon character)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4vVK6sD7CI

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the music in Late Autumn is so beautiful

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Thanks for the link looks like there will be some sexy times in Lautumn

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Noooooo I don't want to see any sexy time :'(
I'll cry

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@come2noona: where in NYC did you see Finding Mr. Destiny? MOMA? Is it still being shown?

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AMC Empire 25 on 42nd St. I think it is running until the weekend.

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No Sky and Sea? that a bit of a surprise after it getting an award at the Tirana International Film Festival and Jang Nara winning best actress for a foreign film for her role in it at the China's prestigious Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Film Festival in October.
Makes me wonder how much is quality and how much is promotion. That is were the films 'asked' to appear or did they lobby to appear, there a big difference between the to standards.
http://www.hancinema.net/korea-s-sky-and-sea-wins-prize-at-tirana-international-film-festival-26732.html

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errr..hyun bin with that untamed hair?
kim soo ro .....paper..crane..

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Forget the hair... what about those lips!!!!!

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*fans self*
Hyun Bin looks frickin hawt in that second poster (and I only spell it hawt in EXTREME cases of hotness!)

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you're not alone gal. i think we need cooling machine for fangals haha =D

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I LUUURRVVEEE me some scruffy Hyun Bin.

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Love his hair style in both pictures, but this is the first time i saw him with long hair. Suits him so, but i think anything will suit him, even the crop military one that he's gonna sport sometime soon. sob, sob, sob - gonna miss you so much Binnie!

JB, please continue posting pictures of Binnie, hopefully, one in Marine uniform someday...

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Will we be able to watch this on some sites? (The ones with Hyun Bin of course!! ;P)

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Binnie w/ his 2 movies on the festival. That's awesome!

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One way to tell the difference between JB and GF's articles (without looking at the names): JB refers Binnie as "Hyun Bin" and GF, "Binnie".
Just a somewhat unrelated sidenote that i find ..funny.

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Lee Byung Hun and Dir. Kim Ji Woon are currently at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah for screening of "I Saw the Devil".

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oh is it me or Hyun Bin looks mighty HOT with that hair do ! yummy ;-)

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Where on earth is "mother" ????????

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I think it made the festival rounds last year or the year before. it's already on my Comcast On Demand menu (have to watch it soon! that and Secret Sunshine)

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OMG...that's not true!all the years i hoped that some korean hotties would come to germany...now that dream becomes true - BUT I'M HERE IN KOREA!!!!
Oh no...:'( But great that they show korean movies - love Berlinale!

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Just to dangle another carrot, binnie is saying out loud he wanna go to Berlinale if his crazy schedule would allow. And I can very well tag along a
trip to Frankfurt and crawl my fangirl self there...only if! :/

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If only they allow people to keep their hair long in military, Binnie's hair wont be wasted. I guess it's to avoid military dudes from fighting over shampoo & conditioner. They only get ONE shower a day, right? ack.. the horror!
the world is unfair.

congrats to these films though! =)

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Binnie, you are the best! Really happy for you. Have been a big fan to HB since MNIKSS, then snow queen but then kind of disappointed on WTLW and OLMY (nothing wrong w/his acting, just the plot ..too slow and one word boring) Glad that he picked Secret Garden as his last drama before his enlistment and happy for him that have 2 films invited to Berlin Film Fest...Bravo! Will miss him and will wait for his comeback...:)

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The first thing I noticed was the hair too. I love that style on HB. It brings out his killer cheekbones. He is looking so good these days. Didn't think much of his looks in MNIKSS but now it's a pleasure to lay eyes on his face.

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ohh binnie. why do you have to look so damn fineee?
i will miss you so very much when you leave for military service : ( though i've heard accolades of his acting in Secret Garden, i still refuse to watch it, b/c based on jb and girlfriday's recaps, there is just too much craziness. i can't sit through a drama that goes through an identity crisis midway : (((

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lol the first pic of Hyun Bin unfortunately reminds me of Joe Jonas XDDDDDDD but Joe Jonas wishes...hahahahahai'mhigh/]

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Hyun Bin's so talented, and SO pretty. Is it fair that he should have BOTH? I so want to see Late Autumn, cause Tang Wei's very impressive as well... Why is Berlin a whole pond over?

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