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Reporter : Kwak Yeon-soo
Fri, July 1, 2022 | 05:00
[INTERVIEW] Filmmaker points lens at North Korea's political prison camps
Director Eiji Han Shimizu has always been interested in compelling human interest stories. Prior to making “True North,” an animated film about a family held captive in a brutal North Korean political prison camp, he has dealt with issues on Tibet, Palestine and other regions infamous for human rights abuses. “True North” follows Yohan, a nine-year-old boy from Pyongyang who ...
[INTERVIEW] Park Chan-wook says 'Decision to Leave' is sexy without sex scenes
Since his breakout with “Oldboy,” (2003) which won the Grand Pix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, director Park Chan-wook rose quickly to become the face of Korean cinema on the international scene. From “Joint Security Area” (2000) to “The Handmaiden” (2017), Park's work has encompassed dark humor and heart through insightful storytelling. Known for his distinct visual styl...
Park Hae-il 'honored' to play war hero Admiral Yi Sun-sin in 'Hansan'
Director Kim Han-min said the life of Yi Sun-sin (1545-1598), a legendary Korean admiral whose name has gone down in history for his immense courage in naval battles against Japan in the 16th century, was so inspiring that he had to make a film trilogy on the historic figure.
'Ultimate Weapon Alice' presents thrilling action, teen romance
Watcha's new original series “Ultimate Weapon Alice” features a rather unusual mix of action, humor and teen romance.
Sci-fi fantasy film 'Alienoid' brings director's childhood imagination to screen
Director Choi Dong-hoon, who is returning to movie theaters this summer with the release of “Alienoid,” explained that his latest project is about bringing his childhood imagination into reality. “As a child, I was always fascinated by aliens. I thought it would be interesting to infuse cultural elements of Korean folklore with sci-fi and fantasy stories about aliens. Overall...
Early Joseon-era painting of government officials' gathering unveiled
A painting from the 16th-century Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), titled “Gathering of Officials at Dokseodang Study,” has been unveiled for the first time after it was made approximately 490 years ago. The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) on Wednesday unveiled the painting, which had been owned by Japanese collectors since early 1900s, although how and when it had been init...
[INTERVIEW] Jung Eun-hye, artist and actor with Down's syndrome, paves own path
Jung Eun-hye, a caricature artist who got her big break as an actor playing a character with Down's syndrome who has a talent for drawing, said she was excited to star alongside Han Ji-min and Kim Woo-bin in the recent tvN drama “Our Blues.” “Young-hee (Jung's character) was like a real projection of myself. Screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung and I met up a few times, and she took in...
'Emergency Declaration' cast aims to fly high at summer box office
“Emergency Declaration,” which premiered out of competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, is finally set to land in theaters in August and the cast promised the film will not disappoint. The disaster film stars Lee Byung-hun as a man trapped in an airplane with his daughter while a terrorist threatens to release a deadly virus. As tensions rise onboard the plane, the gove...
'Top Gun' actor in Seoul
Actor Tom Cruise fist bumps with Korean fans after hitting the red carpet to promote his latest movie, “Top Gun: Maverick,” at Lotte World Tower in Seoul, Sunday. The movie hits theaters in Korea on June 22. Yonhap
'My Perfect Roommate' shows how family transcends blood ties
“My Perfect Roommate” gives veteran actress Na Moon-hee a role designed to break audiences' hearts: a role with an aftertaste of betrayal and loneliness, but also versatility and humor.
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