Tag: koreanfilm

Busan 2017 Preview: 10 Hot Titles Not to Miss at 22nd Edition

Entering its 22nd year, the Busan International Film Festival runs from 12-21 October and is once again putting on a big show that includes around 300 films, including well over a hundred world and international premieres. With so many unknown...

Busan 2017: Women Filmmakers Bookend 22nd Edition with GLASS GARDEN and LOVE EDUCATION

The Busan International Film Festival returns on the 12th of next month with its 22nd edition, which will kick off with the world premiere of Glass Garden, the latest film from Madonna and Pluto director Shin Su-won. For the first...

Fantasia 2017 Review: A DAY (하루), Blockbuster, Rinse, Repeat

When a child dies in an accident, regardless of fault, the parents will live that horrible day over and over again in their mind. They will wonder if only something was different, a phone call, a change of plans, an...

Review: TRAIN TO BUSAN Rides the Rails With the Undead

For his live-action debut Train to Busan, indie animation director Yeon Sang-ho, whose films The King of Pigs and The Fake have drawn international acclaim, has taken the zombie thriller, stuck it into the claustrophobic confines of a train, and...

Cannes 2016 Review: TRAIN TO BUSAN, A Zombie Thrillride With Social Bite

For his live-action debut Train to Busan, indie animation director Yeon Sang-ho, whose films The King of Pigs and The Fake have drawn international acclaim, has taken the zombie thriller, stuck it into the claustrophobic confines of a train, and...

Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won And Kim Woo-bin Team Up For MASTER

Three of Korea's biggest male stars are teaming up for Master, a new action-thriller about a cop and con artist. Playing those lead roles will be Lee Byung-hun and Gang Dong-won, who both had films that became surprise blockbusters last...

Review: THE TIGER, A Gory, Gorgeous Battle To The Death

Following the record-breaking success of Roaring Currents, Choi Min-sik returns to screens in another big-budget period epic, this time hunting down the last Korean tiger (as opposed to the last tiger in Korea, because this feline clearly has a national...

Toronto 2015 Review: COLLECTIVE INVENTION Asks The Right Questions, But Has None Of The Answers

Wrapping a raft of social issues plaguing modern Korean society into a simple allegory, Collective Invention, a quirky new comedy-drama with dashes of the same humor found in Bong Joon-ho's work, is a succinct but relatively straightforward affair. The setting...

Busan 2015: BIFF Goes The Distance With Jam-Packed 20th Edition

For its 20th edition, the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has cooked up something pretty special, as it is set to deliver a jam-packed lineup sure to satisfy viewers of all tastes, and then some. Opening with the vivid Indian...

Oh In-chun Back At The Helm For Action-Comedy CHASING

Genre helmer Oh In-chun is proving to be a busy bee behind the camera following his feature debut horror Mourning Grave last year. His omnibus 12 Deep Red Nights: Chapter 1 is set to bow this year and next month...

Cannes 2015 Review: MADONNA, A Riveting Tale Of Sorrow And Redemption

Following her accomplished sophomore film, the absorbing high school revenge tale Pluto (2012), Shin Su-won returns in glorious fashion with the searing Madonna. Meticulous, layered and yet seemingly effortless, this rewarding tale of mingled sorrow and redemption should go a...

Kim Han-min To Follow ROARING CURRENTS With Manchuria-Set War Pic

In the wake of the record-breaking success of last summer's Roaring Currents, Kim Han-min is opting to remain in the period war genre as he is busy preparing a new film called Bongoh Town Battle (working title), about a two-day...

Korean Box Office: British Invasion Shuts Out Local Films

Following the busy Lunar New Year holiday, admissions fell to 1.97 million over the weekend but the main victims were local films, which saw their market share plummet to 18.5%. In a surprise turn of events, it was the United...

Korean Box Office: Detectives and Spies Lead Lunar New Year Weekend

Business shot up 70% over last week, as 3.88 million holiday spectators flooded the theaters, however that figure was over a million lower than last year's Lunar New Year weekend. Granted it's not exactly as fair comparison as LNY itself...

Review: DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LOST ISLAND, Another Underwhelming Period Action Comedy

Detective Kim is back with his trusty sidekick Seo-pil in the follow up to 2011's hit period action-comedy Detective K: Secret Of The Virtuous Widow. A hodgepodge of genres delivered at breakneck speed, this new instalment, subtitled Secret of the...

Review: CASA AMOR: EXCLUSIVE FOR LADIES, But Really Just A Man's World

Every so often, Korean cinema presents us with a new film, filled with the promise of titillating erotica. Invariably, these turn out to be rather chaste affairs and Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies (the original title of which is Working...

Review: GANGNAM BLUES, A Gorgeously Overwrought Gangster Classic In The Making

Yoo Ha returns to gangster cinema and knocks it right out of the park with his latest, an evocative and immensely entertaining saga that pits a common tale of brotherhood and betrayal against a thrilling period setting mired in violence...

Gong Yoo Joins Yeon Sang-ho's Live Action Zombie Thriller BUSAN-BOUND

Yeon Sang-ho has come a long way in just a few years. After two highly acclaimed animations and another in post, the filmmaker will be making his live action debut this year, with the big-budget zombie thriller Busan-Bound. The Suspect's...

Seol Kyung-gu And Ko Soo Will Search For Clues In LUCID DREAM

Seol Kyung-gu and Ko Soo are teaming for upcoming thriller Lucid Dream. From first-time director Kim Joon-sung, the film will also star Kang Hye-jung. The story, if I understood it correctly, deals with a father who goes searching for his...

Review: CHRONICLE OF A BLOOD MERCHANT Favors Strong Cast Over Plot

Outside of indie cinema, actors directing themselves in leading roles are quite rare in Korean films, making Ha Jung-woo's Chronicle of a Blood Merchant something of an oddity. One of the country's biggest stars, Ha surrounds himself with a wealth...