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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Mother, Thirst take home Director’s Cut Awards
by | December 22, 2009 | 29 Comments
This year’s 12th Director’s Cut Awards were given out on December 21, and the top winners this year were Thirst, Park Chan-wook‘s stylish vampire-horror film starring Song Kang-ho as a vampire priest, as well as Bong Joon-ho‘s Mother, whose Kim Hye-ja is earning a number of accolades as the titular mother who goes all-out to... More »

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Song Hye-gyo cast in Wong Kar-wai’s new film
by | December 20, 2009 | 97 Comments
It’s just been announced (via Chinese portal site that Song Hye-gyo has been cast in Wong Kar-wai‘s upcoming The Grand Master, which already boasts a very solid lineup including Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Brigitte Lin, and Zhao Benshan. Leung takes on the role of Ip Man, a real-life Wing Chun grandmaster whose... More »

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Seo Woo faces off against Jeon Do-yeon
by | December 15, 2009 | 15 Comments
Jeon Do-yeon, Seo Woo It was with particular interest that people took notice of Jeon Do-yeon‘s next film project, as it teams the Cannes Best Actress winner (for Secret Sunshine) with award-winning director Im Sang-soo (A Good Lawyer’s Wife) in a remake of a classic movie largely regarded as the best Korean film of all... More »

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Kim Yun-jin in Harmony
by | December 12, 2009 | 14 Comments
Kim Yun-jin (often called “world star” because of her role in U.S. drama series Lost), has a new Korean film coming out, her first Korean role since 2007’s Seven Days. In Harmony [하모니], Kim plays a prisoner who joins the prison choir in order to have a one-day outing with her child, from whom she... More »

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Bong Joon-ho series at LACMA
by | December 10, 2009 | 18 Comments
If you’re in Southern California and have some time this weekend, you may want to check out the “Everything is a Mystery: Four Films by Bong Joon-ho” series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this weekend. Director Bong will even been in attendance for the Mother screening on Saturday. Arg, if I... More »

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Go-sa sequel on the rocks?
by | December 10, 2009 | 8 Comments
Last month, a sequel was announced for last year’s summer horror flick Go-sa: Bloody Midterms, also called Death Bell (starring Lee Beom-soo, Nam Gyuri, Kim Bum). However, two recent press conferences for the sequel project have been abruptly canceled without adequate reason, leading to puzzlement over why. Go-sa 2 is to be a collaboration between... More »

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Actresses: Fake documentary or reality filmmaking?
by | December 8, 2009 | 43 Comments
I previously posted about the new movie Actresses, which stars six famous movie stars playing six famous movie stars: each portrays a version of her real self, but the question is, how much of that is “acted” and how much stems from reality? I found the initial reports really interesting, and much has been said... More »

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Han Ga-in looks for drama comeback role
by | December 8, 2009 | 24 Comments
Han Ga-in has a new management team and a new goal of returning to television screens in the coming year. She’s eying four to five projects, raising the possibility that she might make her comeback at the same time that her husband, Yeon Jung-hoon, will be appearing in SBS’s medical sageuk Jejoongwon. Yeon had said... More »

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Fair Love follows festival success with January premiere
by | December 8, 2009 | 25 Comments
When Fair Love screened at this year’s Pusan International Film Festival as part of its Gala Presentation, it was hailed by critics as “the year’s most lovable film” and received a lot of praise. The film stars Lee Hana (Triple) and one of Korea’s most-loved veterans, Ahn Sung-ki, and has set a date for its... More »

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Han Ye-seul a possibility for Twilight sequel?
by | December 7, 2009 | 72 Comments
It is being reported (strategically leaked?) that Han Ye-seul, who is currently acting in the new SBS melodrama series Will It Snow For Christmas?, recently took a secret meeting with Mark Morgan, CEO of Imprint Entertainment, the production company behind Twilight and New Moon. Naturally, this has given rise to speculation that Han Ye-seul’s Hollywood... More »

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Hwang Jung-min and Ryu Seung-beom make a deal
by | December 7, 2009 | 6 Comments
This should be a treat for fans: Hwang Jung-min and Ryu Seung-beom are acting together again — the two have been cast in the new film Bad Deal [부당거래], a crime thriller that finds the leads wrapped up in a frustrating murder case. Hwang Jung-min plays a police officer with a keen sense of intuition... More »