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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Oh Snap! Yoo Seung-ho casts his spell
by | October 6, 2015 | 10 Comments
It’s finally (almost) here! Yoo Seung-ho’s army comeback project Joseon Magician is gearing up for a winter release and has released its first posters. It’s just a glimpse, but I’d say it was worth the wait to see Yoo Seung-ho back in all his ethereal fusion sageuk glory. I thought it’d be hard to top... More »

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2015 Buil Film Awards
by | October 2, 2015 | 28 Comments
Yesterday we had the opening red carpet for the Busan International Film Festival, one of the biggest (the biggest?) events of the year for the film industry. On the second night of the ten-day festival, the 24th Buil Film Awards were held at the Haeundae Grand Hotel. This is an event that was first kicked... More »

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2015 Busan International Film Festival’s opening red carpet
by | October 1, 2015 | 79 Comments
Is it red carpet season already? The various year-end awards ceremonies for films and dramas will start rolling in this month and go through the end of the year, but the red carpet festivities kick off with the Busan International Film Festival, now in its 20th year. The festival runs from October 1 through October... More »

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Lee Seon-kyun brings comic book crime-solving king to life
by | September 28, 2015 | 27 Comments
Okay, I have to get my hands on this manhwa — it sounds so cute. Lee Seon-kyun (A Hard Day, Miss Korea) is one busy, busy man, because he’s already lined up his next project after his crime noir Precious Woman with Kim Hye-soo. He’s set to headline a film adaptation of the manhwa King’s... More »

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Im Joo-hwan, Lee Sung-kyung join legal thriller Broker
by | September 27, 2015 | 38 Comments
Kim Young-kwang, Lee Sung-kyung, Im Joo-hwan The main cast has been confirmed for Broker, the new film from director Kim Hong-sun of the heist movie Con Artists/Technicians and the thriller Traffickers. Kim Young-kwang (D-Day) was being courted for the lead role and has now signed on, and he’ll have costars in Im Joo-hwan (Oh My... More »

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Kim Hee-sun considers return to the big screen in Every Day With You
by | September 27, 2015 | 32 Comments
Kim Hee-sun already made her comeback to dramaland in 2012 with Faith, followed by the family drama Wonderful Season, and this year’s kickass Angry Mom; but it’s been twelve years since her last Korean film, 2003’s romance melodrama A Letter From Mars. She’s currently considering an offer to return to the big screen in the... More »

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Hyun Bin to headline action blockbuster movie
by | September 22, 2015 | 71 Comments
I’m not surprised that Hyun Bin is headed back to the big screen, since his last drama Hyde, Jekyll, Me was a disappointment on many fronts. Just don’t go away forever, okay? I do like the idea of him headlining an action blockbuster this time, and getting away from the same old chaebol hero type... More »

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Lee Seon-kyun cast as Kim Hye-soo’s man in crime noir
by | September 14, 2015 | 14 Comments
I like that Lee Seon-kyun (A Hard Day, Miss Korea) working nonstop means that even if he’s mostly doing films, they get released one after the other with some regularity. His newest movie Angry Lawyer is due out in theaters in early October, after which he was due to start filming Love Is a Virus.... More »

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Han Ji-min, Shin Sung-rok join occupation-era blockbuster
by | September 7, 2015 | 27 Comments
Casting is back in full swing for Secret Agent, the latest action movie from director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird), starring Song Kang-ho (The Attorney) and Gong Yoo (The Suspect). Hm, I’m still excited about this lineup, but now I wonder how this 1930s occupation-era blockbuster will differentiate... More »

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Con Artists director courts Kim Young-kwang for legal thriller
by | August 31, 2015 | 33 Comments
Director Kim Hong-sun of the Kim Woo-bin heist movie Con Artists (or Technicians) and the thriller Traffickers is returning with a new movie called Broker, and an offer is out to Kim Young-kwang (Pinocchio) to headline. Kim is currently in the midst of shoots for his new JTBC disaster drama D-Day which premieres in September,... More »

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Yeon Woo-jin goes up against Lee Seung-gi in Compatibility
by | August 26, 2015 | 33 Comments
I like how this movie’s cast is shaping up: Yeon Woo-jin (Divorce Lawyer in Love, Marriage Not Dating) is the latest addition to the upcoming fusion sageuk Compatibility, the fortune-telling royal romance starring Shim Eun-kyung (Cantabile Tomorrow) and Lee Seung-gi (You’re All Surrounded). Tags: Lee Seung-gi, Shim Eun-kyung, Yeon Woo-jin... More »