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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Lee Yo-won returns to the big screen with warm family movie
by | May 16, 2016 | 24 Comments
Lee Yo-won, Esom No matter what Lee Yo-won takes on next, it’ll be hard to top her hotheaded character in Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki, which people are calling her rediscovery role (though honestly, she was plenty discovered before, as a regular leading actress in dramaland). I do think she turned a corner with edgier... More »

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Director Hong Sang-soo films latest project at Cannes with Isabelle Huppert
by | May 15, 2016 | 10 Comments
Lauded indie filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, Our Sunhi) is busy at work on his latest project, and he’s actually filming it right now at the currently-in-progress 69th Cannes Film Festival. Kim Min-hee (Agassi) is killing two birds with one stone; she’s at Cannes for Agassi, and will be making a special appearance in director Hong’s... More »

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Chungmuro puts in solid showing at 69th Cannes Film Festival
by | May 15, 2016 | 55 Comments
The Cannes Film Festival has historically been friendly to Korea’s film industry, aka Chungmuro, and this year looks to continue the trend. All three of Chungmuro’s entries at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, currently underway, are meeting with strong reception and garnering positive word of mouth. First to premiere was director Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie action... More »

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Bodyguard Lee Jung-jae to protect Prince Yeo Jin-gu in Enemy Soldier
by | May 14, 2016 | 26 Comments
It seems that Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot) will go from playing one Joseon prince to another. He has just been confirmed as Crown Prince Gwanghae for upcoming historical film Enemy Soldier. This movie is about the political struggles and impressive battles that lead to Prince Gwanghae’s rise to power during the Seven Year War as told... More »

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Train to Busan brings zombie apocalypse to Cannes
by | May 13, 2016 | 32 Comments
Dun, dun, dun! The zombie apocalypse has reached Korea. An unknown virus has spread throughout Seoul and there’s only one safe haven, Busan. New action thriller film Train to Busan is about the passengers of one KTX bullet train and their struggle to survive an unholy terror, and it just had its world premiere on... More »

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Moon Geun-young takes the lead in mystery film Glass Garden
by | May 12, 2016 | 14 Comments
Moon Geun-young (Sado) is heading back to the big screen, signing on to a new film titled Glass Garden, in which she plays an interestingly mysterious heroine. It sounds like it’ll be an intriguing role for her, and while she was just in a mysterious thriller, SBS’s Village: Secret of Achiara, she didn’t get to... More »

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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 | 59 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 »