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Cafe Noir earns praise at Venice International Film Festival
by | September 21, 2009 | 12 Comments
Cafe Noir is notable for being the debut film for its director, film critic Jung Sung-il. It is also now notable for drawing praise at its world premiere screening at the recent Venice International Film Festival (as the only selection from Asia). Cafe Noir was described by one of the festival’s executive committee members as... More »

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Good Morning President sells out at PIFF in 1 minute
by | September 21, 2009 | 8 Comments
Technically, 1 minute and 35 seconds. Such is the box office draw of one of Korea’s favorite actors, Jang Dong-gun. The warm and humorous Good Morning President is his first film in several years, and Korean audiences are eager to see Jang back onscreen, as he has been out of the Hallyu spotlight to pursue... More »

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Shin Hyun-joon gets stitched up
by | September 20, 2009 | 13 Comments
Shin Hyun-joon (Cain and Abel) is taking on the part of a police detective for his latest movie, the thriller Family Picture, and has sustained an injury to his finger while shooting an action scene. I know, “finger injury” sounds mild, but the accident must have been fairly significant, because it required fifteen stitches (oww).... More »

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Rabbit and Lizard to release next month
by | September 19, 2009 | 18 Comments
Sung Yuri‘s film debut, Rabbit and Lizard, has finalized its movie release date and will premiere in theaters on October 22. Currently starring in the SBS drama Swallow the Sun, Sung has acted in numerous drama projects since making her transition from singer to actress, but this is her first foray onto the big screen.... More »

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Mother screens at AFI FEST in Los Angeles
by | September 17, 2009 | 11 Comments
Good news for Los Angeles fans of Won Bin (Taegukgi), Kim Hye-ja (Mom’s Dead Upset), and/or director Bong Joon-ho (The Host): Their latest film, the thriller Mother, is getting a screening at this year’s AFI FEST 2009 in Hollywood. The film has already been licensed for North American theater release, but that will not occur... More »

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Lee Beom-soo kicks butt as Hong Gil Dong’s descendant
by | September 11, 2009 | 16 Comments
As previously mentioned, Lee Beom-soo and Lee Shi-young are starring in a new movie featuring Lee as a descendant of Joseon hero Hong Gil Dong in a movie called, aptly, Hong Gil Dong’s Descendants [홍길동의 후예]. While Hong Gil Dong is a 15th-century figure, the movie features his modern-day descendant who carries on the legacy... More »

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Im Soo-jung stars in Thai film
by | September 7, 2009 | 7 Comments
Actress Im Soo-jung (Happiness, I’m a Cyborg But It’s Okay) has just wrapped filming on a Thai short film at the end of August, called Phuket. The plot of Phuket features the movie star playing a movie star; her “Jin” character is a famous Korean actress who grows tired of her life and heads for... More »

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Good morning, three presidents
by | September 6, 2009 | 21 Comments
The first posters are out of Jang Dong-gun’s latest movie, Good Morning President [굿모닝 프레지던트], which features him as one of three presidents along with Lee Soon-jae and Go Du-shim. Each presidential figure is noteworthy in his/her own way: Jang Dong-gun’s character is a handsome and single president (Han Chae-young plays his love interest), and... More »

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Lee Ki-woo teams with Shin Hyun-joon in Family Picture
by | September 6, 2009 | 5 Comments
Lee Ki-woo, Shin Hyun-joon Actors Shin Hyun-joon (Cain & Abel) and Lee Ki-woo (A Star’s Lover) are teaming up as detectives in a new movie, Family Picture [가족사진]. Although the two characters are described as having diametrically opposing personalities, Odd Couple this ain’t: The plot surrounds the kidnapping and murder of a child, and the... More »

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Another big movie weekend: Take Off, Haeundae
by | September 6, 2009 | 4 Comments
Joining the club of 2009 blockbusters is the currently screening film Take Off, also called Ski Jump or National Athlete [국가대표]. The sports comedy starring Ha Jung-woo, Sung Dong-il, and Kim Ji-suk has been buoyed by favorable word-of-mouth buzz and has pulled in over 7 million viewers since its July 29 release. It also picked... More »

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17th Chunsa Film Festival
by | September 5, 2009 | 29 Comments
Aw, isn’t little Wang Seok-hyun cute? September 5 saw the end of the 17th Chunsa Film Festival and its closing-night awards ceremony, which was held in Icheon, Kyunggi-do. The winners list was dominated by the popular, recently released sports film Take Off [국가대표, or National Athlete], although vampire film Thirst did well, as did lush... More »