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According to the entertainment industry publication, Variety, the Hollywood studio Warner Bros. is about to finance and distribute its first Korean language film. The film "Secret Agent" is set in the 1930s during the time when Japan controlled Korea. It focuses on resistance fighters known as the Heroic Corps, a group that uses violent means to achieve Korean independence.
The film stars Korean actors Song Kang Ho and Gong Yoo. Song, who achieved international fame with "Snowpiercer," also starred in the films "The Face Reader," "The Attorney" and "The Throne." Gong Yoo is known for both his work in dramas such as "Coffee Prince" and films such as "Silenced" and "The Suspect."
"Secret Agent" will be the fourth film in which director Kim Jee Won and actor Song Kang Ho collaborate. They worked together on "The Quiet Family," "The Foul King" and "The Good, The Bad, The Weird."
Director Kim Jee Won previously directed the films "I Saw The Devil" and the horror film "A Tale of Two Sisters." He also directed an English language film "The Last Stand."
With this production, Warner Bros. became the second Hollywood studio to finance a Korean language film. Fox previously financed "Intimate Enemies" and "Slow Video."
Variety described the Korean film industry as one of the most "vibrant" in the world and said that the nation had the world"s sixth biggest box office territory, putting it ahead of Russia and Germany. Warner Bros will not only finance and distribute the film but also handle the Korean theatrical release.
Production begins in October, with filming locations in both Korea and China.
Financing and distributing the film in the U.S., means that Warner Bros can make a final call on how the film is shown there. That can potentially result in two versions of the films, one for Korea and another for North America. Before the Weinstein Company distributed Bong Joon Ho"s dystopian film "Snowpiercer" in North America, they insisted on some changes. The film in its original version had already earned critical praise. However, 20 minutes of footage was cut from the U.S. release, making it more of an action movie.
The goal, according to the Weinstein Company, was to make sure the film was "understood by audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma." Introductory and closing voiceovers were added.
Whether "Secret Agent" will have both a Korean and North American version is not yet known.
Yesterday, we reported about the movie premiere of the Korean movie "Howling."
"Howling" was released today in Korea.
"Howling" is one of the most anticipated movie of 2012, starring popular actor Song Kang Ho ("Shiri," "Sympathy for Mr Vengance," "The Good, the Bad, the Weird," "Thirst," "The Host") and actress Lee Na Young ("The Fugitive : Plan B.")
The movies currently competing in Korean theaters are "Nameless Gangster" which is again comfortably enjoying its #1 spot with about 830,000 entries this week and has reached the 2.5 million spectators since its release. Movie "Dancing Queen" is still doing great despite the "Nameless Gangster's" rise to the top this week with a total of 3.2 million entries. "Unbowed" makes it to the famed podium at third place.
Let's go back to "Howling" shall we?
"Howling"' story is quite unique. The movie just made its entry in the box office and set itself apart with murder as its central plot. It is based on "The Hunter," the Japanese novel by Asa Nonami. It's a cop-thriller directed by Yoo Ha who is known for "A Frozen Flower" and "A Dirty Carnival."
Odd occurences happen as the police receives reports that a man immolated himself. Possibilities of it being a suicide are high.Veteran detective Sang Gil (Song Kang Ho) and new recruit Eun Young (Lee Na Young) take the case and start investigating. Detective Sang Gil who awaits an opportunity to be promoted think that a lighting device caused the immolation. Whereas newbie Eun Young noticed animal tooth marks on the body and wants to investigate further following this lead.
The investigation reveals that the cause of the immolation was a bite by a wolf dog. Days later, news of a murder involving an unknown kind of beast reach the crime unit. As the plot advances, the pair of detectives find out that there might be a connection between the first case and the latter. Eun Young will be the key to the resolution of the case.
Check out the trailer below and tell us your thoughts on the movie.
Kang Ye Won and Oh Min Suk wrapped up their rap song "Oh Yeah" at the November 21 installment of "We Got Married".
Oh Min Suk published that he knew a couple of other folks on the hip hop scene like Rhymer, yet Kang Ye Won used to be the one that inspired with her skill for writing lyrics. She said, "I wrote those lyrics thinking of my husband. i used to be touched concerned about the time I met him."
He also said all the style through his solo interview, "She wrote just right lyrics. They held the tale of our meeting, so it became even more touching. I loved it such a lot I was at a loss for words."
On the similar episode, Kang Ye Won got to satisfy Verbal Jint, who she acknowledged she was a big fan of.
Director Kang Hyo Jin Dishes On The On-Screen Chemistry Of Uhm Jung Hwa And Song Seung Heon In 'Wonderful Nightmare' [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
(Photo : Megabox Plus M ) "Wonderful Nightmare" captures the struggles of professional women, as they attempt to balance their careers with homemaking. Uhm Jung Hwa is Yeon Woo, a successful attorney, who mistakenly dies due to a clerical error in heaven. In an effort to fix the mistake, she is given an opportunity to live as a housewife, for one month. Song Seung Heon portrays her newfound husband, whom she struggles to connect with, as a lifelong bachelorette. KDramaStars sat down with director Kang Hyo Jin to discuss the on-screen chemistry of the popular Hallyu stars and his affinity for creating movies with strong female protagonists, during the New York Korean Film Festival.
(Photo : ) KDramaStars: The film incorporates a strong cast of comedic stars with brilliant child actors. What was the casting process for Wonderful Nightmare?
Kang Hyo Jin: With the casting process, Uhm Jung Hwa was the first actor to come on board, for a role. When we first made the offer she declined it. I went for a rewrite after she saw the rewritten screenplay, she accepted the role. As for the child actors, we went through an audition process to find the right cast members. Even then, we continued to struggle with finding the right actor to portray the factor. I approached Song Seung Heon and he accepted the role, which surprised me, at first.
KDramaStars: How did Uhm Jung Hwa and Song Seung Heon create their on-screen rapport? What was it like to work with two stars who are extremely well known within their own right- Uhm as a pop vocalist and actress, Song as Hallyu star for his K-Drama roles?
Kang Hyo Jin: Not just the rapport between them, but because we had child actors with them, I think that also helped build a natural rapport. Midway through filming the romantic scenes, because there was physical contact, that also helped them embody their characters, in a more natural way.
Theres an anecdote about the on-set filming. There was a kissing scene that was going to be a no-cut scene in the film. In the beginning of filming, Uhm Jung Hwa and Song Seung Heon were both concerned that they would not be able to film the scene because they were so awkward. In the end, they were very natural about [romantic scenes] and it wasnt awkward, at all.
Song Seung Heon and Uhm Jung Hwa had no mutual friends. It was their first time meeting and their first project, together. Its kind of weird, because both of their careers span a period of 20 years, but in that time, they had never met each other, through work. They were both really surprised about that.
KDramaStars: Your previous works like Punch Lady and Twilight Gangsters feature strong female protagonists, which is rare within Korean cinema. Do you feel that you are drawn to stories about powerful women? If so, why?
Kang Hyo Jin: I would say that youre right, in that Im interested in strong female characters, especially those who grow stronger through experience, whether it is through struggles or hardships. I know that there is the notion that women need to be protected, but I really like stories that talk about how women develop and grow, through these experiences. But the main reason why Im interested in these types of characters is due to my mother. She was a very strong woman, but at the same time, she was a very warm-hearted person. She passed away, but at the same time, she has been the main influence, in myself, to be drawn to these characters.
I also feel the reason I became a filmmaker is because of my mother. She was an absolute movie buff or cinephile. She was a huge fan of classic Hollywood films with stars like Caroll Baker. Even growing up, I would have these films around me, all the time. I owe my desire to become a filmmaker, to my mother.
KDramaStars: The Korea Times compared Wonderful Nightmare to Miracle in Cell No. 7, in that the film begins as a comedy, but ends on a sad, emotional note. What are your thoughts on the progression of the film and why is there a juxtaposition between the emotionality?
Kang Hyo Jin: I didnt write the original screenplay. I received it and then rewrote parts of it. The main reason I was drawn to the original screenplay was because there was a limited amount of time Jung Uhm Hwas character would spend with this family. I felt like that point would be a good factor in drawing a type of natural, heartfelt warmth, to add a touching element to the story. I guess it is a little similar to Miracle in Cell No. 7, in the structure.
KDramaStars: The film also offers a critique on gender dynamics and the accomplishments of empowered women through Yeon Woo, a character who is forced to endure the trials and tribulations of homemaking, when she was previously accustomed to her independent lifestyle as a lawyer. What was the feedback from the cast members and domestic audiences?
Kang Hyo Jin: Im not sure if youre aware of this, but I was one of the original creators of the film, My Wife is a Gangster. I feel that people unintentionally view me as a director of films that are female driven or female oriented. But it is very hard to gain investors with women in the leading role. When I was working on this project with Jung Uhm Hwa, we talked a lot about making the film into a good project, because the fate of Korean cinema and whether women would have lead roles, depends on how movies like this perform. If it flops or did not do well, to gain more support for women in film. We focused on making this into a good film.
In terms of audience feedback, we invited female journalists and female audiences to view the first screening of the film. At the time, there was some criticism from women that the message of the film was that they needed to get married in order to be happy. As we did a wider release throughout Korea, I think the views of audiences changed. They accepted the film as having a message of unconditional love through family bonds, rather than a commentary that women were meant to fill a specific role.
KDramaStars: What are your thoughts about the inclusion of Wonderful Nightmare in the New York Korean Film Festival? Can you share details about your next project?
Kang Hyo Jin:Its an honor to be invited to the New York Korean Film Festival. Its actually the first international film festival to invite my film, Wonderful Nightmare. Its also my first time in New York, so Im so excited to see my film screen in such a wonderful theater and museum. My next project is likely to be a thriller/action film with another leading female character. Its a pretty edgy and dangerous film. Im in the process of writing and also talking to the investors about the project.
Music video released for the approaching Korean film "A Dramatic Night"
"Secret Date" through 10CM
"A Dramatic Night" (2015)Directed by Ha Gi-hoWith Yoon Kye-sang, Han Ye-ri, Park Byeong-eun, Park Hyo-joo, Jo Bok-rae, Jeong Soo-yeong,...SynopsisA romantic comedy about a guy and a girl who make a "one-night" coupon e book when they get dumped or lose their probability at a true relationship.Release date in Korea : 2015/12/03
She used to be chic and sad. Kang Sue-jin, the pinnacle of the Korean National Ballet and prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet, made an ideal selection Onegin, one of the vital perfect drama ballets in the overdue 20th century.
She showed superb ways and mature functionality as she played Tatyana in Onegin carried out via the Stuttgart Ballet at the Seoul Arts middle in Seoul from Friday thru Sunday. in spite of her 170 centimeter (5.6 feet) height, she gave the glance of waking on clouds and displayed either gracefulness and stability.
Unlike classical ballet, which values the sophistication of dances over a plot, drama ballet maintains the framework of classical ballet and highlights the feelings and movements of characters. For such reason, audiences are inspired otherwise dependent on how ballerinas carry out emotions. In this regard, Kang Sue-jin changed into obviously working out Tatyanas feelings. Audiences were immersed in her performance in Act 1 where Tatyana, an blameless country girl, writes down her love to Onegin, an aristocratic youth, in a letter, Act 2 where she is rejected by Onegin in her birthday party, and Act 3 where she who is married to Prince Gremin loves and rejects Onegin who belated got here to her and confessed his love to her.
Though Kang was clear of the level for 16 months since final years Madam Butterfly, her performance remained solid. In particular, the noted reflect pas de deux in Act 1 Scene 2 and the remorseful about pas de deux in Act 2 scene 2 were outstanding. Kang made no mistake in a high-level turning methodology in the mirror pas de deux where Tatyana dances with the phantom of Onegin whilst having a look into a mirror to look her long term husband with friends. She showed restrained good looks and Tatyanas pain in the remorse pas de deux where she rejects Onegin who confesses his love to her after a long time.
Kang has said, i might never regret even supposing I give up ballet today. Audiences gave her a status ovation after her last performance in Korea and neglected her retirement.
On the primary day of the performance, Kang Hyo-jung, every other prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet, showed impressive performance gambling Olga, Tatyanas more youthful sister. Even five hours prior to the performance, some audiences who failed to get a price ticket covered up to shop for a ticket for a seat with limited visibility this is sold best for the day.
f(x)"s newest comeback with "4 Walls" is dominating the charts!
The 4-member lady team currently released their comeback album on October 27th, together with their identify track"s MV, drawing attention to the exchange in the group"s musical taste since Sulli has left the group.
Less than an afternoon has passed since f(x)"s liberate and the MV has reached over 780,000 perspectives on Youtube and is dominating in quite so much of charts in both Korea and China.
Meanwhile, the ladies might be appearing their authentic comeback degree on October 29 on Mnet "M! Countdown".
Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who’s best possible known for acting as Minho in “The Maze Runner” films, has shared a photo of himself striking out with actors Yoo Ah In and Song Kang Ho!
On September 28, Ki Hong Lee posted the image of the trio to his Instagram along side the caption, “Congrats to #yooahin and #songkangho at the opening of #Sado.”
Yoo Ah In and Song Kang Ho’s new ancient movie “Sado” (also referred to as “The Throne”) tells the tale of Crown Prince Sado, who is played through Yoo Ah In in the film. It also stars actress Moon Geun Young as his wife, Girl Hyegyeong. “Sado” was once released in theaters on September 16.
It"s been 14 years since Song Kang-ho held the microphone at the Busan global movie Festival. He"s been cussed about doing other things but even so starring in videos yet this time he"s status earlier than 4,000 or so audiences.
Song Kang-ho is web hosting the hole rite of the 20 th BIFF this 1st of October. It"s been 14 years.
Why did he settle for the offer?
First, it"s "loyalty". BIFF used to be accused of foreign power in regards to the appearing of the documentary "Diving Bell". the problem became endured until this year and the Korean Film Council lost much of its support. Grievance took over. Song Kang-ho said, "I sought after to be of assist to the festival in a state of affairs where it"s turning over a new leaf". He just couldn"t say no.
It was demanding to pass at the sincerity of the individuals of the festival after being with them for see you later so close. He attended an match held in a theater in Seoul in August and bumped into the director of the administrative committee. He had rushed to where Song Kang-ho was after hearing about it correct before he went down to Busan where the place of job is. Song Kang-ho said, "I agreed to do it in order that the director may just feel at ease going to Busan".
The reality that his co-host would be actress Marina Golbahari from Afghanistan also helped convince Song Kang-ho. He approach to toughen the young actress who is living her dream in an impoverished country from war. He said, "She"s now not fancy, but she"s like a flower blooming amidst the war. Don"t you have faith you studied we will have to understand her and recall to mind her as precious?"
It"s also the 20th year of Song Kang-ho"s profession and so is the BIFF. The logo is meaningful. Song Kang-ho said, "I am going to believe this as the general time".
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Kim Kang Woo Solid in “Goodbye Mr. Black,” to Act along Lee Jin Wook, Moon Chae Won, and Song Jae Rim
Actor Kim Kang Woo might be making his go back with “Goodbye Mr. Black.”
One industry insider told day by ability of day Sports on September 22 that “Kim Kang Woo will be performing in SBS‘ new drama ‘Goodbye Mr. Black.”
In the drama, Kim Kang Woo will painting Park Eun Chan, a CEO of a hotel conglomerate who has grown his corporate into a big global business. he's going to be starring alongside Lee Jin Wook, Moon Chae Won, and Song Jae Rim, who were showed previously.
Before this drama, Kim Kang Won starred in cable channel OCN‘s mystery drama “Missing Noir M” which aired previous this year.
“Goodbye Mr. Black” will be produced by director Lee Chang Min of “Birth of a Beauty” and “Bride of the Sun.” it is going to be penned by screenwriter Moon Hee Jung, known for dramas like “Missing You” and “Can You Pay attention My Heart.” It is slated to premiere after the of completion of upcoming drama “Village.”