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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.
And now for the film section of the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards. The Baeksangs award the best of both film and television in one event, but we’re breaking up the posts for length and readability. Here’s the other half of the red carpet, which includes a few of the film nominees with their dramaland co-stars:... More »
Movie gods please make this happen! Kang Dong-won (Violent Prosecutor) has just received the script for action thriller film Fifth Column, the same script that made such an impression on Song Kang-ho (Sado) that he signed on even before he started filming for his current project Taxi Driver. Some inside sources say Kang is reviewing... More »
I’m always a sucker for real-life bromance carrying over into fiction. Some of the cutest Youths Over Flowers in Iceland bromance moments came from Jung Woo (Himalayas) and Kang Haneul (Like for Likes), who had become friends after co-starring in the folk band movie C’est Si Bon together. They just had a really cute doting... More »
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 »