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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Im Shi-wan chooses period film Thoughts of Oppa
by | March 19, 2015 | 24 Comments
It seems like everyone’s been waiting on pins and needles for Im Shi-wan to choose his follow-up project to last year’s hit drama Misaeng. For good reason too, since expectations are high for the idol-actor who turned heads in his big screen debut (The Attorney opposite Song Kang-ho) and then became the mascot of the... More »


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So Ji-sub makes surprise cameo in Sado as King Jeongjo
by | March 11, 2015 | 25 Comments
A cameo by So Ji-sub in the upcoming sageuk film Sado — starring Yoo Ah-in as the tragic crown prince and Song Kang-ho as the exacting father who ordered him to his death, King Yeongjo — was meant to be a surprise and had been accordingly kept hush-hush all through its planning and filming. But... More »


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Netizen hunters become the hunted in Social Phobia
by | March 6, 2015 | 50 Comments
There’s a new thriller movie about to release, and it features a few of the latest trendy things: social media, Byun Yo-han (Misaeng), and up-and-comer Lee Joo-seung (Pinocchio, Let’s Eat 2). The movie, titled Social Phobia, tackles the dark side of online social networks, taking as its capsule description an “SNS witch hunt.” Tags: Byun... More »


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Kim Woo-bin and Kang Haneul turn Twenty
by | February 20, 2015 | 57 Comments
I wasn’t all that excited about the prospect of Kim Woo-bin and Kang Haneul reverting to their Heirs characters (*shudder, twitch, shudder*), but thankfully there isn’t a shred of that here. Their new coming-of-age comedy Twenty is a pretty honest look at real guys and real friendships at the age of twenty — in all... More »


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Yoo Seung-ho courted to become 19th-century folk hero
by | February 16, 2015 | 26 Comments
Fresh-out-of-army Yoo Seung-ho (I Miss You) seems intent on making his comeback solely in films for the time being. Sigh. Dramaland misses you too, yunno! While cameras haven’t even started rolling on his first post-military movie Joseon Magician, Yoo is already entertaining offers for his next project and considering a title role as a 19th-century... More »


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Bae Doo-na returns to Korean film in The Romantic
by | February 13, 2015 | 14 Comments
As one of a small handful of successful crossover stars, it seems like Bae Doo-na (Jupiter Ascending) is pretty much in a new project every other day. With two more collaborations with the Wachowskis under her belt — the movie Jupiter Ascending and the Netflix TV series Sense8 — this year she has plans to... More »


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Jeon Hye-bin scores leading role in Office Romance
by | February 13, 2015 | 25 Comments
It’s nice to see Jeon Hye-bin (Joseon Gunman) get a leading movie part after a lot of years putting in supporting roles; it’s just been announced that she’ll be headlining a film called Office Romance, and she’ll play an actress who’s described as having a frank and fresh appeal. The character’s name is Woo Yeon-yi... More »


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Rain considers marital melo, Su Ae declines
by | February 11, 2015 | 36 Comments
While You Were Sleeping was to feature the film pairing of Rain (She’s So Lovable) and Su Ae (Thousand Day Promise) playing spouses, but now it looks like we’ll only getting half of that couple (at best): Su Ae has decided against the project, while Rain is still considering. An early report apparently jumped the... More »
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Shin Mina to co-star with Lee Seon-kyun for quirky romance
by | February 6, 2015 | 28 Comments
This isn’t a pairing my mind would have immediately gravitated toward, but I think I can get behind Shin Mina (Arang and the Magistrate) teaming up with Lee Seon-kyun (A Hard Day) for a quirky romance. I love them both separately, so why not together? She’s not confirmed yet but is reportedly in final negotiations... More »
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Choi Jin-hyuk turns vampire next for Japanese movie
by | February 2, 2015 | 32 Comments
Add Choi Jin-hyuk (Pride and Prejudice) to the ever-growing list of fictional vampires, as he’s just confirmed taking a role in a movie called Love♡Vampire (yes, the heart is apparently part of the title, though I don’t know how it’s meant to be pronounced). Vampires in dramaland has been a trend in recent years —... More »


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Song Joong-ki courted for sci-fi fantasy as post-army comeback
by | January 30, 2015 | 39 Comments
Hm, so looks like the sci-fi action blockbuster Fist Fighting is still looking for a leading man, with Song Joong-ki (Nice Guy) emerging as the latest name in contention, and before he’s even been released from army duty. According to a statement made on the 30th by a source with the film’s production, Song is... More »