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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Han Hyo-joo becomes a gisaeng for sentimental period film
by | December 16, 2014 | 35 Comments
Han Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes; Gwanghae, the Man Who Became King) has chosen her next project, a historical movie titled Haeohwa, in which she stars as Joseon’s top gisaeng. It’ll be an “impassioned, sentimental” film, which seems to be right up Han’s alley, considering the kinds of moody and romantic roles she’s taken in recent years.... More »


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Lee Seon-kyun takes on killer virus for new movie
by | December 15, 2014 | 13 Comments
Lee Seon-kyun makes movies faster than I can watch them, I swear. He’s lined up yet another project, titled Love Is a Virus (don’t I know it), which he’ll take on as soon as he’s finished work on his next movie, Angry Lawyer. This movie sounds either like a wacky comedy or a sci-fi thriller,... More »


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Hwang Jung-min wrings tears as everyman in Gukje Market
by | December 11, 2014 | 31 Comments
Warning: This movie is rated T for Tissue. I’ll be the first to admit that this movie about my father’s generation sounded boring on paper, but I kept seeing headlines about how it was so highly anticipated and how it’s going to make everyone cry, so I finally stopped to read about it and watch... More »


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Kim Min-hee joins Park Chan-wook’s new film Agasshi
by | December 9, 2014 | 12 Comments
Casting has been finalized on director Park Chan-wook’s next movie Agasshi (or Young Lady), and it looks like we’ll finally get that Kim Min-hee (Crying Man) and Ha Jung-woo pairing that almost happened for Kundo: Age of the Rampant. Kim Min-hee will be headlining the period crime melodrama alongside newcomer Kim Tae-ri (pictured below), a... More »


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Kim Yoon-seok and Kang Dong-won reunite in new film
by | December 8, 2014 | 16 Comments
Sigh, seeing this pairing back together again just makes me want to go watch Jeon Woochi for the millionth time. Nothing beats Kang Dong-won in that quirky wizard role, and Kim Yoon-seok is just always great, but especially great when he’s a badass. The two actors will be reuniting for a new movie called Black... More »


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Kim Myung-min considers a stint in prison for next movie
by | December 8, 2014 | 22 Comments
No, I don’t mean he’s actually going to prison, although when we’re talking about Kim Myung-min (aka Korea’s Method actor extraordinaire), you never know what lengths he’ll go to in the name of character analysis. It’s still in early stages, but the ever-busy Kim (A New Leaf, King of Dramas) is lining up his projects... More »


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First teaser for warm human comedy Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
by | December 6, 2014 | 31 Comments
This movie has such an unexpected romantic-comedy feel to it, which surprised me even after I saw the first lighthearted stills. The first teaser is out for Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, the second feature directed by Ha Jung-woo (Kundo: Age of the Rampant), who also stars in the project alongside Ha Ji-won (Empress Ki).... More »


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2014 Women in Film awards Yeom Jung-ah, Chun Woo-hee
by | December 5, 2014 | 46 Comments
On December 4, the 2014 Women in Film Festival held a small awards ceremony to acknowledge achievement in film by women. Go Ara (You’re All Surrounded) was the MC for the event, and Kim Min-hee (Temperature of Love) was among the guests. The top honor went to Yeom Jung-ah for her performance in Cart, a... More »


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Disaster film Pandora adds Kim Nam-gil, possibly Go Ara
by | December 4, 2014 | 29 Comments
Disaster film Pandora, which began casting a few months ago with Kim Myung-min in a leading role, is finalizing the rest of its cast with the latest news naming Kim Nam-gil (The Pirates) as a confirmed addition and Go Ara (You’re All Surrounded) as a possibility. Pandora comes from director Park Jung-woo of Deranged, another... More »


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Sohn Ye-jin up for historical film opposite Lee Jung-jae
by | December 1, 2014 | 18 Comments
I hope this casting sticks, because Sohn Ye-jin (Shark) and Lee Jung-jae (Big Match) pairing up for a sweeping sageuk would make my day. Sohn Ye-jin has been offered the leading role in the historical film Princess Deokhye, about the tumultuous life of the last princess of Joseon. Lee Jung-jae is being courted to play... More »


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Moon Chae-won plays Lee Seung-gi hot and cold in Today’s Love
by | November 29, 2014 | 79 Comments
I’ve been looking forward to this romantic comedy for a while, but it looks even funnier than I’d hoped. The first teaser is out for the movie Today’s Love, starring Brilliant Legacy costars Moon Chae-won (Good Doctor) and Lee Seung-gi (You’re All Surrounded) as friends who ride that confusing line between just friends and something... More »