Chungmuro/Film News

Casting news, red carpet coverage, film festivals, award shows, promotional teasers and stills, and production updates on Korean cinema.

Chungmuro is a district in Seoul that came to be known as the original center of the South Korean film industry (think: Korean Hollywood). Though many studios moved away from Chungmuro, it is still known as home to artists and film culture.
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Blockbuster zombie thriller Train to Busan to get Hollywood remake
by | December 8, 2016 | 109 Comments
The blockbuster movie Train to Busan is getting remade by major global production company, Studio Gaumont. The film premiered last July to great success: It was immensely popular domestically, and remains the highest grossing South Korean film of 2016, with more than 11 million people flocking to see it in theaters. Starring Gong Yoo (The... More »


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Jo In-sung rises from pawn prosecutor to The King in political action-thriller
by | December 7, 2016 | 36 Comments
It has been way too long since I’ve seen Jo In-sung. Even though he made a delightful cameo appearance in Dear My Friends at the beginning of this year, I just can’t get enough of him. Thankfully, his movie The King will be released just next month in January.... More »


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Kim Nam-gil plays ordinary hero in disaster film Pandora
by | December 4, 2016 | 26 Comments
This December, a disaster of untold proportions rocks the Korean Peninsula in new thriller Pandora. Kim Nam-gil (Memoir of a Murderer) and Kim Myung-min (Proof of Innocence) star in director Park Jung-woo’s new disaster film. Taking nearly four years to write, film, and produce, this movie has been lauded as a well-made message against the... More »


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Hyun Bin and Yoo Hae-jin unite in buddy action picture Alliance
by | December 1, 2016 | 35 Comments
Anticipation is high for upcoming action flick Alliance starring dramaland favorite Hyun Bin (Hyde, Jekyll, Me) and Chungmuro’s comedic ace Yoo Hae-jin (Luck-Key). With these two carrying the movie, it seems there’ll be sufficient cause for swooning and/or laughter amidst heart-stopping action, if all goes well. Kim Sung-hoon (My Little Hero) directs and Yoon Jae-kyun... More »


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Sohn Ye-jin considers remake of melo fantasy Be With You
by | December 1, 2016 | 24 Comments
More than ten years ago, my absolute favorite Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi became a household name when she won the hearts of thousands through the family melo film Be With You (Japanese title: Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu). Plans for a Korean remake have been announced, and the offer to play Takeuchi’s character has been given... More »


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2016 Blue Dragon Awards
by | November 25, 2016 | 75 Comments
The 37th Blue Dragon Awards opened with a star-studded red carpet and awarded the biggest films of the past year, which included The Wailing, The Handmaiden, Dongju: The Portrait of Poet, and Train to Busan. The big winner among them was Inside Men, the timely political thriller about uncovering the shady relationship between a chaebol... More »


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Lee Byung-heon, Kang Dong-won face off for Kim Woo-bin’s loyalty in Master
by | November 24, 2016 | 16 Comments
Buzz surrounding the upcoming action thriller Master is building up, especially since its recent promo poster and trailer release. The semi-caper movie has a star-studded cast list: Lee Byung-heon (The Magnificent Seven), Kang Dong-won (Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned), and Kim Woo-bin (Uncontrollably Fond) feature as the film’s main leads, with Eom Ji-won (Thrice... More »


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A mother’s worst nightmare comes true in upcoming thriller Missing
by | November 24, 2016 | 43 Comments
If you ever wanted to see Gong Hyo-jin (Jealousy Incarnate) not play a plucky, Candy-like heroine for once, then upcoming thriller Missing may be just the movie for you. And if you want to support two accomplished actresses and a female director doing what they do best in male-dominated Chungmuro, this is also the movie... More »


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Bong Joon-ho heads Snowpiercer’s American TV adaptation
by | November 23, 2016 | 12 Comments
It was recently announced that critically acclaimed dystopian film Snowpiercer may be adapted into an American cable show on TNT. The one-hour pilot episode is in production now, and if it is well-received, the series may receive a full season order. Bong Joon-ho (Sea Fog) and Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), who were the original director-producer... More »


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Song Kang-ho joins the illegal drug trade for period film Drug King
by | November 22, 2016 | 7 Comments
Chungmuro favorite Song Kang-ho (Age of Shadows) has signed on to lead a new period crime film called Drug King. This isn’t too far of a stretch from his usual roles, seeing as four out of his five last movies have been historical films as well. His upcoming Taxi Driver and past hit movie Attorney... More »