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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Song Seung-heon and Lee Min-ki’s noir remake
by | November 12, 2009 | 57 Comments
Song Seung-heon and Lee Min-ki have been cast as the leads of a Korean remake of Hong Kong noir film A Better Tomorrow, the classic 1986 John Woo crime thriller that starred Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung, and Ti Lung. The remake, Invincible [무적자], boasts a blockbuster budget of more than 10 billion won and comes... More »


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Gu Hye-sun busy at work on her next film project
by | November 10, 2009 | 50 Comments
Actress-musician-director-screenwriter-artist-novelist Gu Hye-sun is currently engrossed in work on her next screenplay, as she explained at a “Good Downloader Supporters Day” event that took place on November 10 at Myungdong’s Lotte Avenuel. (She was described as looking very tired, but smiling.) A rep from her management company explained in an interview the following day that... More »


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Kim Hyun-joong cast in remake of Kimi wa petto
by | November 9, 2009 | 264 Comments
I say this without snarkiness (a quality I think is growing far too overrated these days anyway): One would have thought that idol singer Kim Hyun-joong‘s stiff, uncomfortable acting debut in Boys Before Flowers earlier this year would have convinced people to STOP casting him in high-profile projects, but alas ’tis not the case. He... More »


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Jang Nara on her new movie and its controversy
by | November 9, 2009 | 22 Comments
Bad news for Jang Nara: Her film company has decided to pull their recent film Sky and Ocean from theaters a mere twelve days into its run. The company says this is in response to the controversy the film has sparked, but no doubt the abysmal ticket receipts are also to blame. For being a... More »


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Foreign interest heats up for hero movie Jeon Woo Chi
by | November 7, 2009 | 40 Comments
Looks like buzz for the upcoming fantasy-action movie Jeon Woo Chi — starring Kang Dong-won and Im Soo-jung — is heating up. The film has just sold to nine overseas markets even before it makes its Korean premiere later this winter. According to CJ Entertainment, Jeon Woo Chi screened a five-minute promo video at the... More »


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Jung Woo-sung begins work on wuxia film
by | November 7, 2009 | 15 Comments
Jung Woo-sung, who played “The Good” part of The Good, The Bad, The Weird, is joining his Hallyu colleagues like Lee Byung-heon and Jang Dong-gun in attempting a leap to the global stage: his next project, Rain of Swords, is directed by John Woo (Mission Impossible 2) and co-stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching TIger, Hidden Dragon).... More »


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TOP and Kwon Sang-woo take over “71”
by | November 6, 2009 | 37 Comments
The movie 71 had first caught my interest for starring young actors Kim Bum and Yoo Seung-ho as student soldiers in wartime, but problems arose when the movie encountered budget issues and the like. The stars dropped out and the production halted for an extended period. Now, the project has changed production companies and been... More »


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Tang Wei selected as Hyun Bin’s leading lady
by | November 5, 2009 | 33 Comments
Casting has been confirmed and Hyun Bin will in fact be acting alongside Lust, Caution actress Tang Wei in his new movie, the remaking of 1966’s classic Late Autumn (aka Manchu, 만추). The plot features a three-day love story between a woman who is let out of prison on a special leave and a young... More »


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The Host 2 to be film sequel and video game
by | November 4, 2009 | 16 Comments
Concept artwork for “The Host 2″ The Host [괴물] is one of Korea’s top box office hits of all time, and now a sequel AND a video game have been announced, to be produced simultaneously. Given the success of the predecessor, it appears producers are going all-out — their plan is to release The Host... More »
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Four character posters for Lee Jun-ik’s new film
by | November 2, 2009 | 38 Comments
King and the Clown director Lee Jun-ik‘s latest movie, Like the Moon Escaping from Clouds [구르믈 버서난 달처럼], has released character posters for its four leads, and they are simply gorgeous. Based on a manhwa created by Park Heung-yong, this movie is set in the Joseon era as a revolutionary attempts to upend the social... More »


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New Bisang poster features Kim Bum’s two love interests
by | November 2, 2009 | 30 Comments
A new poster is out for Kim Bum‘s new movie Bisang (first poster here), which shows the young actor in a love triangle as he poses in turn with each of his co-stars; the top photo shows Kim Bum with Lee Chae-young, while the bottom features Kim Byul. As the top host in the nightlife... More »