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.
Wow, so this is really happening, is it? They’re actually doing a Cheese in the Trap reboot movie, and Park Hae-jin is returning to play the leading man once again? I’m a little apprehensive, a little surprised, and also a little intrigued at how a movie can retell the story and (1) do the webtoon... More »
The new Joseon-era caper comedy starring Yoo Seung-ho (Remember—Son’s War), Kim Seon-dal, is coming out this July. The teaser has just been released, and it’s hilarious. First, we’re introduced to the titular hero who is bold, brash, and daring with a healthy dose of remarkable charm. Then we have Bo-won, played by Go Chang-seok (Kill... More »
Feel-good family film Canola (Korean title: Grandma Gye-choon) premiered on May 19 and surprisingly came out of the gate in second place at the box office, amidst current box office hits The Wailing and Captain America 3: Civil War. Yoon Yeo-jung (Dear My Friends) stars as the adorably spirited Granny Gye-choon and Kim Go-eun (Cheese... More »
Chungmuro mainstay Ha Jung-woo (Agassi, Assassination) never has any shortage of projects, but the coming year looks to be a particularly busy one for him. He’s currently giving interviews at Cannes while promoting Agassi, the Park Chan-wook film that just premiered at the festival, and he discussed the next three movies he’s got lined up,... More »
Lee Yo-won, Esom No matter what Lee Yo-won takes on next, it’ll be hard to top her hotheaded character in Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki, which people are calling her rediscovery role (though honestly, she was plenty discovered before, as a regular leading actress in dramaland). I do think she turned a corner with edgier... More »
Lauded indie filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, Our Sunhi) is busy at work on his latest project, and he’s actually filming it right now at the currently-in-progress 69th Cannes Film Festival. Kim Min-hee (Agassi) is killing two birds with one stone; she’s at Cannes for Agassi, and will be making a special appearance in director Hong’s... More »
The Cannes Film Festival has historically been friendly to Korea’s film industry, aka Chungmuro, and this year looks to continue the trend. All three of Chungmuro’s entries at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, currently underway, are meeting with strong reception and garnering positive word of mouth. First to premiere was director Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie action... More »
It seems that Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot) will go from playing one Joseon prince to another. He has just been confirmed as Crown Prince Gwanghae for upcoming historical film Enemy Soldier. This movie is about the political struggles and impressive battles that lead to Prince Gwanghae’s rise to power during the Seven Year War as told... More »
Dun, dun, dun! The zombie apocalypse has reached Korea. An unknown virus has spread throughout Seoul and there’s only one safe haven, Busan. New action thriller film Train to Busan is about the passengers of one KTX bullet train and their struggle to survive an unholy terror, and it just had its world premiere on... More »
Moon Geun-young (Sado) is heading back to the big screen, signing on to a new film titled Glass Garden, in which she plays an interestingly mysterious heroine. It sounds like it’ll be an intriguing role for her, and while she was just in a mysterious thriller, SBS’s Village: Secret of Achiara, she didn’t get to... More »