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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Kim Myung-min considers new noir movie VIP
by | May 11, 2016 | 10 Comments
Powerhouse actor Kim Myung-min (Six Flying Dragons) is favorably considering a role in director Park Hoon-jung’s new noir movie VIP. Although nothing has been officially decided, the possibility of another compelling Kim Myung-min performance is exciting. In VIP, Director Park tells the story of the son of a North Korean high-ranking official who commits a... More »


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Sassy Girl 2: Can Cha Tae-hyun resurrect the sass without the original girl?
by | May 11, 2016 | 58 Comments
The original sassy girl heads to the monastery to become a nun, and thus My New Sassy Girl debuts. Cha Tae-hyun (The Producers) returns to the big screen as Kyun-woo without Jeon Ji-hyun (Assassination), the original (and to some, forever the only) sassy girl. Idol starlet Victoria of f(x) plays the new sassy girl as... More »


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Lee Byung-heon out of John Woo film, Ha Ji-won possibly in
by | May 10, 2016 | 17 Comments
There was a bit of a hullabaloo, but we finally have the facts on Hollywood film director John Woo’s (Mission: Impossible II) new international project, Manhunt. When it was first announced, a whole bunch of names were thrown around as potential leads and up until March, Lee Byung-heon (Inside Men) was one of the strongest... More »


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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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