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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Gong Yoo, Song Kang-ho headline occupation-era thriller
by | May 12, 2015 | 23 Comments
Director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) is back with a new action movie, a period piece set during the Japanese occupation called Secret Agent. It’s no surprise that he went straight to Song Kang-ho (The Attorney) to reunite for what will be their fourth collaboration since 1998’s Quiet... More »


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Cha Seung-won to follow up Hwajeong with another Joseon-era sageuk
by | May 11, 2015 | 11 Comments
I guess we won’t be seeing Cha Seung-won in this century anytime soon, because he’s following up his current 50-episode historical drama Hwajeong with a new movie also set in Joseon. (Though you know what we’re really waiting for is another stint as Chajumma on Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village. *puppy eyes*) The film... More »


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Guns blazing and plots in motion for period action movie Assassination
by | April 28, 2015 | 104 Comments
Ha Jung-woo, Jeon Ji-hyun, and Lee Jung-jae as a trio of badasses? By now those things are just a given considering their track record (Ha: Kundo, The Terror Live; Jeon: You From Another Star, The Thieves; Lee: Face Reader, New World), but that doesn’t make their new period action film Assassination look any less fun.... More »


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Kim Nam-gil and Jeon Do-yeon get dangerously close in The Shameless
by | April 27, 2015 | 37 Comments
This might be a movie that I check out for the acting performances, though it’ll have to be a dark and gloomy kind of day to get me in the mood. Jeon Do-yeon (The Way Home, Countdown) and Kim Nam-gil (Pirates, Shark) pair up for the “hardboiled melo” The Shameless, about a detective who goes... More »


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Angry Mom’s breakout rookie Ji-soo joins youth movie
by | April 24, 2015 | 63 Comments
Agh, I love this kid. So, so much. I know that rookie actor Ji-soo’s charm is ninety-five percent Go Bok-dong, his tough-on-the-outside, gooey-cookie-on-the-inside high school badass character in MBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Angry Mom. My brain knows this, but the drama is still current and I haven’t really worked out the separation yet. But really, a... More »
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Yoo Yeon-seok tempts Im Soo-jung with the Perfect Proposal
by | April 23, 2015 | 44 Comments
I don’t know why it always trips me up to see Yoo Yeon-seok as a dark character, since that’s pretty much the type he always plays in movies. It’s just that Answer Me 1994 and Youths Over Flowers left such a strong impression that the sadistic bad guy characters feel like such a departure now.... More »


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Kim Soo-hyun courted for split-personality crime thriller
by | April 3, 2015 | 37 Comments
So I guess this means the split-personality trend isn’t going to die anytime soon? I’m starting to think that a leading man without dissociative identity disorder is becoming the rarity in film and television, because I just can’t seem to get away from it. Kim Soo-hyun may have turned down the split-personality drama Dr. Frankenstein,... More »


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Kim Woo-bin looks at killer role in new action thriller
by | April 3, 2015 | 57 Comments
It looks like Kim Woo-bin will be sticking to the big screen for the time being. I was sad about him turning down the Hong sisters drama (that is, until Yoo Yeon-seok came along and made it right as rain), but it’s good to see that his movie career is taking off. His current coming-of-age... More »


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Ha Ji-won considers new rom-com project Risking Life For Love
by | March 19, 2015 | 43 Comments
Ha Ji-won (Empress Ki, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant) has yet to confirm whether she’ll take on the remake drama of Taiwan’s In Time With You (Korean title: The Time I’ve Loved You, 7000 Days), and has added another possibility to her upcoming slate. This one’s a movie, a Korean-Chinese co-production titled Risking Life For... More »
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Im Shi-wan chooses period film Thoughts of Oppa
by | March 19, 2015 | 24 Comments
It seems like everyone’s been waiting on pins and needles for Im Shi-wan to choose his follow-up project to last year’s hit drama Misaeng. For good reason too, since expectations are high for the idol-actor who turned heads in his big screen debut (The Attorney opposite Song Kang-ho) and then became the mascot of the... More »




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