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.
When I first heard this news, I assumed that Korean war movie MacArthur would be a Hollywood production, but it’s a new domestic film from Taewon Entertainment (the production house behind the IRIS franchise), that managed to cast Liam Neeson (Taken) in the titular role as General Douglas MacArthur. The production is now courting Lee... More »
Shim Eun-kyung (Cantabile Tomorrow) had been mentioned previously as a possibility for headlining the movie Compatibility, and now she’s confirmed signing on and has also scored a co-star in Lee Seung-gi (You’re All Surrounded). This should make for a fun sageuk romance pairing, coming from the makers of the entertaining box-office hit Face Reader. The... More »
Lee Jung-jae (Big Match) and Jung Woo-sung (Madam Bbaeng-deok) in one movie? Is it called Hot vs. Hot? The real-life friends are being courted to reunite on the big screen for the first time in 16 years, since 1999’s City of the Rising Sun, when they were both 26-year-old rising stars. It would obviously be... More »
The story of Crown Prince Sado never fails to get a visceral reaction out of me, no matter how many times it’s told and retold in film and television. Granted, last year’s drama rendition of Joseon’s most tragic father-son story — SBS’s Secret Door with Lee Je-hoon and Han Seok-kyu — was a disappointment on... More »
The cast is confirmed and cameras are rolling for the new crime action thriller movie Invented City, which stars Ji Chang-wook (Healer) as an everyman who suddenly finds himself on the run from the law when he gets framed for a murder, and Shim Eun-kyung (Cantabile Tomorrow) as the person who helps him clear his... More »
Namgoong Min (Girl Who Sees Smells, My Secret Hotel) is, interestingly, taking a stab at writing and directing and has begun shooting his directorial debut, a short film called Light My Fire that’s described as a mystery crime thriller. Namgoong Min wrote the script himself, and said that he’s been preparing it for a while,... More »
Kim Yoo-jung (Angry Mom, Elegant Lie) is enjoying a pretty nice career streak right now (I hesitate to say “high” since she’s only 16 and likely has a lot of career still ahead of her), and she’s looking to add another movie to the list. The potential project would pair her up with Cha Tae-hyun... More »
I would normally be way too chicken to watch a movie about girls who disappear from a boarding school, but this one calls itself mystery and not horror, which makes me think I could brave it. The movie, called Kyungsung School: Missing Girls (also known as The Silenced) looks stylish and creepy in an intriguing... More »
Yay, Take Off (National Team) is getting a sequel! I love the original, a 2009 movie starring Ha Jung-woo as a ski-jumper who helps form a national team in the sport and takes a group of lovable misfits all the way to the Winter Olympics. It’s such a feel-good underdog sports movie that gets you... More »
Lee Min-ho (Gangnam 1970, Heirs) has signed on to his next project, a pan-Asian blockbuster titled Bounty Hunters, and it’s got my interest piqued—not specifically because it’s Lee Min-ho (although yes, he’s still very pretty), or that it’s got a huge-scale budget (35 billion won, or about $31 million USD), but because it’s described as... More »