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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Lee Jung-jae becomes a god
by | May 9, 2016 | 19 Comments
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, right? Lee Jung-jae (Assassination) has been cast as a god among gods in the new fantasy film adaptation of the webtoon With the Gods. Lee and Kim Haneul (Don’t Forget Me) are among the newest additions to the two-part blockbuster saga about reapers and gods who... More »

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Mystery-thriller film The Wailing to appear in 69th Cannes Film Festival
by | May 8, 2016 | 43 Comments
The trailer starts with ominous whistling, and Hwang Jung-min (Himalayas, A Violent Prosecutor) saying, “When you go fishing, do you go knowing what you’ll catch? He just put out the bait. And your daughter bit it.” This new film The Wailing is a reunion project for producer Na Hong-jin and actor Kwak Do-won (The Magicians,... More »

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Song Kang-ho to appear in new conspiracy thriller Fifth Column
by | May 6, 2016 | 3 Comments
Award-winning veteran actor Song Kang-ho (Sado, The Attorney) is on a roll. He has just confirmed that he will be the main character in director Won Shin-yeon’s new project Fifth Column, a conspiracy action thriller about a military investigator who’s assigned one last case two weeks before discharge, and uncovers a massive secret.... More »

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Park Chan-wook’s Agasshi gears up for Cannes premiere
by | May 6, 2016 | 36 Comments
Agasshi (or The Handmaiden), the newest film from director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst), is making its world premiere at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, which opens next week on May 11. The stylish interpretation of Sarah Waters’ Victorian crime novel Fingersmith stars Kim Min-hee (Crying Man) and Ha Jung-woo (Assassination) in a story about thieves... More »

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Lee Je-hoon turns Phantom Detective for comic-action-noir Detective Hong Gil-dong
by | April 30, 2016 | 45 Comments
Finally it’s almost here! Detective Hong Gil-dong: Missing Village (English title: Phantom Detective) is premiering on May 4. Starring Lee Je-hoon (Signal) as the badass anti-hero Hong Gil-dong, this neo-noir action flick is brought to you by director Jo Sung-hee, the same man behind fantasy-melo film A Werewolf Boy. Man with no memories. A hero... More »

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D.O. joins afterlife fantasy saga With the Gods
by | April 17, 2016 | 37 Comments
The cast has been confirmed for the new fantasy saga With the Gods starring Ha Jung-woo (Assassination) and Cha Tae-hyun (The Producers), and idol actor D.O. (Do Kyung-soo) of EXO is the latest addition to the ensemble. This is a movie I’m really looking forward to, because the webtoon is an interesting mix of dark... More »

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Hyun Bin courted to be a conman for revenge film
by | April 11, 2016 | 32 Comments
Hyun Bin (Hyde, Jekyll, Me) is looking at a revenge movie for his next project, and while that does mean he won’t be back to doing dramas for a while, I do like that he’s trying on darker roles in films. He’s considering the lead role in the new movie Conman, in which he’d play... More »

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Im Shi-wan, Sol Kyung-gu pair up for undercover prison movie
by | April 9, 2016 | 8 Comments
Is it just me, or are there a lot of prison movies in the works right now? This new story in particular sounds so similar to this one starring Kim Rae-won and Han Seok-kyu that I had to look it up to make sure it wasn’t the same film with a new cast. This undercover... More »

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Lee Jung-jae courted to play king’s bodyguard in new historical film
by | March 29, 2016 | 9 Comments
Lee Jung-jae AS A BODYGUARD? Is anyone else remembering Sandglass and having a moment right now? I loved Lee Jung-jae in that drama so damn much. Anyway, he’s up to play a very different kind of bodyguard this time, in a sageuk about Prince Gwanghae called Enemy Soldier. So, less romance and more bromance. It’s... More »

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Park Hae-jin up to reprise Yoo Jung role in Cheese in the Trap movie
by | March 27, 2016 | 194 Comments
Is this the Best Idea Ever, or a disaster in the making? I honestly couldn’t tell you. A movie adaptation has been announced for Cheese in the Trap, with an offer out to Park Hae-jin to return in the Yoo Jung role. Does this mean we’re going to get the reboot that could salvage the... More »