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 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 »

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Dad Likes Women posters reveal two sides to Lee Na-young
by | December 6, 2009 | 18 Comments
When I first heard of Lee Na-young‘s newest film, Dad Likes Women [아빠가 여자를 좋아해], where she plays a transgender character, I thought it would be a serious, thoughtful film. I wasn’t the only one who thought so, since there were a lot of comparisons to Transamerica in the previous comments. That’s not to say... More »

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Phone bought for Hollywood remake
by | December 3, 2009 | 31 Comments
Ha Ji-won‘s 2002 horror film Phone [폰] will be getting a remake to be produced by U.S. company Imprint Entertainment in conjunction with Korea’s MiroVision. The news was announced in a December 3 press conference attended by reps from each company, as well as Ahn Byung-ki, the director of the original film. Imprint Entertainment produced... More »

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2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards
by | December 2, 2009 | 54 Comments
Kim Ok-bin, of vampire thriller “Thirst” It’s that time of year again: awards season! On December 2, the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards were held at KBS Hall in Yoido, Seoul, hosted by actors Kim Hye-soo and Lee Beom-soo. Considering the recent slump in the Korean movie industry, it was a pretty good year for... More »

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Hong Gil Dong’s Descendant to start Korean superhero franchise?
by | December 1, 2009 | 8 Comments
Thanks to the success of several screen projects, old folk hero Hong Gil Dong is popular again, and now the latest take on the Robin Hood-like character — action movie Hong Gil Dong’s Descendant — has performed well enough to merit a sequel. You may be familiar by now with the story of the Joseon-era... More »

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No Mercy for Ryu Seung-beom, Sol Kyung-gu
by | November 29, 2009 | 7 Comments
Here’s a closer look at Ryu Seung-beom and Sol Kyung-gu‘s upcoming movie No Mercy (용서는 없다, which I’d previously translated as No Forgiveness). The Silence of the Lambs-like plot (watch preview below) features Ryu as a vicious killer with a secret who proposes a “dangerous deal” with Sol, who plays a top forensic investigator. Tags:... More »

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Ha Jung-woo takes on a legal thriller
by | November 29, 2009 | 3 Comments
After much success in a thriller role (with The Chaser), film actor Ha Jung-woo is about to take on another thriller, the movie The Client [의뢰인], which is still the working title. (A production company source explains that the details aren’t finalized yet, but it appears as though the project will go through.) The legal... More »

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Sequel in the works for Go-sa: Bloody Midterms
by | November 28, 2009 | 6 Comments
Perhaps you’ll recall the Kim Bum high school horror movie Go-sa: Bloody Midterms [고사 : 피의 중간고사], which also starred Lee Beom-soo as a teacher and former Seeya member Nam Gyu-ri as a student and Kim Bum’s love interest. It had a pretty successful run last summer with sales of 1 million tickets, which is... More »

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Kim Hyo-seo cast as Won Bin’s love interest
by | November 22, 2009 | 9 Comments
The female lead has been cast for Won Bin‘s new movie Ajusshi [아.저.씨.], and it’s relative fresh face Kim Hyo-seo. Ajusshi is the second film for director Lee Jung-beom, whose first was 2006’s Cruel Winter Blues, a “Korean-style noir” with Sol Kyung-gu and Jo Han-seon. Ajusshi garnered attention the moment Won Bin signed on, and... More »

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Movie “Actresses” blurs line between fact and fiction
by | November 17, 2009 | 52 Comments
Talk about an all-star line-up: the new film Actresses [여배우들] features a whole slew of high-profile names, such as Queen Seon-deok‘s Go Hyun-jung and Hallyu princess Choi Ji-woo, pictured above, in addition to Lee Mi-sook (East of Eden), Kim Min-hee (I Like It Hot), Kim Ok-bin (Thirst), and Yoon Yeo-jung (The World They Live In).... More »