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  1. March 27, 2017 Korean director awarded by Florence South Korean movie director Park Chan-wook poses for a photo at the Florence Korea Film Fest in Florence, Italy, on March 25, 2017. Park was awarded the Key to the City honor at the festival by the government of Florence for his contribution to connecting the cultures of South Korea and Italy. (Yonhap) (END)
  2. March 28, 2017 Actor Couple Lee Sang-woo and Kim So-yeon To Get Married Source: KBS World Actor Lee Sang-woo and actress Kim So-yeon will be getting married this June! The couple first met through the drama "Happy Home" and fell in love on set. After going public with their relationship in September 2016, the two have decided to tie the knot. The parents of each side plan to meet on March 28th to discuss marriage. Their ceremony is planned for mid-June. Time and place have yet to be determined. Lee Sang-woo, Kim So-yeon to marry (Namoo Actors) Lee Sang-woo and Kim So-yeon are set to tie the knot, their agencies announced on Tuesday. “The two made a promise to become each other’s lifetime companion based on mutual love and trust,” Lee’s agency HM Entertainment and Kim’s agency Namoo Actors said in press release. “Please wish Lee and Kim good luck with starting a new family.” The families of Lee and Kim will meet on Tuesday afternoon. (MBC) They are planning to have a wedding in June but the details have not been settled yet. The agencies said they will announce the details when they are confirmed. Lee and Kim met each other filming MBC’s 2016 drama “Happy Home” and confirmed that they were dating in September 2016. By Kim So-yeon (syk19372@heraldcorp.com)
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  4. March 24, 2017 Political films to hit local screens By Jason Bechervaise The Korea Times A scene from "Taxi Driver" featuring one of Korea's most famous actors, Song Kang-ho / Courtesy of Showbox Politics has been at the forefront of local news coverage in recent months following the so-called Choi Soon-sil scandal that led to the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye. This is undoubtedly set to continue with presidential elections slated to take place on May 9, possibly ushering in a new era given the likelihood of a liberal candidate being elected. Over the next few months, a number of political films will hit screens as the political climate continues to evolve. But, in many ways this is not new. The Korean film industry produces an array of films each year and as such many have tackled local politics, including Woo Min-ho's political thriller and smash hit "Inside Men" (2015). Last year Lee Kyoung-mi's daring "The Truth Beneath" approached politics differently looking at the effects political ambitions have on one's family. Even Yeon Sang-ho's blockbuster hit "Train to Busan" included both social and political critiques. Indeed, Bong Joon-ho is renowned for such an approach to his films such as "The Host" (2006) and "Memories of Murder" (2003). But it is also smaller independent films that tackle this issue head on. Last October, politically charged documentaries "Spy Nation" that documents North Korean defectors falsely accused of being spies, and "Moo-Hyun, the Story of Two Cities" about the former late President Roh Moo-hyun both struck a chord with audiences accumulating 143,923 and 193,577 admissions, respectively. Rather notably, the 1980s is the setting of a number of iconic films dealing with politics including Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece "Memories of Murder" (2003), Park Kwang-su's "Chilsu and Mansu" set in the then-present day of 1988, and Lee Chang-dong's "A Peppermint Candy" (1999), which in reverse chronology goes back to this turbulent decade. Under the rule of Chun Doo-hwan (1980-88), which followed Park Chung-hee's autocratic presidency (1961-79) that saw Korea's economy grow exponentially, citizens, including a vast number of university students, rallied against Chun's military regime that culminated in mass protests in June 1987. This paved the way for democratic elections in December 1987 when Roh Tae-woo was elected as president. It is interesting then, although not all that surprising that the 1980s is to form the backdrop of a handful of Korean films to be released over the next year. A scene from "Ordinary Person" starring Son Hyun-joo / Courtesy of Opus Pictures & Trinity Entertainment "Ordinary Person" directed by Kim Bong-han released on March 23 is set in the spring of 1987 about a detective named Seong-jin (Son Hyun-joo) from a major crimes unit who is ordered by the chief of the Agency of National Security Planning (Jang Hyeok) to fabricate evidence relating to a serial murder case. Akin to "Memories of Murder" the film reveals how the police during this period were more equipped to use force and suppress than properly investigate. Meanwhile, Jae-jin (Kim Sang-ho), a journalist and friend of the detective sees himself as an "ordinary person" as he seeks the truth. But he is forced on the run from the authorities and ends up being tortured and then killed. Underscoring the importance of democracy and freedom of the press, the well-orchestrated film is released close to 30 years after the protests it depicts in the film. Yet audiences will inevitably see close parallels to recent events including the peaceful protests that led to the removal of the nation's former president. Released this summer is Jang Hun's "Taxi Driver" starring Song Kang-ho set in May 1980 during the Gwangju uprising when students and civilian protests were brutally suppressed by the Korean military as the city came under martial law. Song plays a taxi driver who takes a German journalist played by Thomas Kretschmann into Gwangju to cover the uprising and ensure it is covered in the international press. Next month, Jang Joon-hwan's ("Save the Green Planet") new film titled "1987" is expected to go into production. Featuring an A-list cast including Kim Yun-seok and Ha Jung-woo, the film as the title suggests is set in 1987 and is based on the true story of linguistics student and activist Park Jong-chul who was tortured and killed in January 1987. The film follows how university students and the media attempted to reveal the truth behind his death. The film is likely to be released either towards the end of this year, or in 2018. Not set in the 1980s, but released in April just weeks prior to the presidential election is Park In-je's "The Mayor" about a Seoul mayor played by Choi Min-sik seeking a third term. Also starring Kwak Do-won, Shim Eun-kyung, Ra Mi-ran, Moon So-ri and Ryu Hye-young, it has a stellar cast that appears to shed light on electoral politics as citizens themselves will be thinking about who they would like to see as their next president. J. Bechervaise is a movie columnist for The Korea Times. He can be reached at ase@koreanfilm.org.uk
  5. March 26, 2017 Director Park Chan-wook awarded Florence cultural honor ROME, March 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean movie director Park Chan-woo was bestowed an award from the Italian city government of Florence in recognition of his role in connecting the cultures of the two countries and his contributions to the development of culture and art. Florence Mayor Dario Nardella presented the Key to the City honor to Park in a ceremony held on Saturday in Cinema La Compagnia, Florence. Park is the first South Korean who has received the city award which is conferred on world-renowned artists. Late Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti is one of its notable awardees. "I am delighted to receive it in this city, the heart of the humankind's culture and art. I feel I have joined the line of artists who have embellished Florence," Park said after the ceremony. "I hope Italians could get to know the South Korean culture through Korean movies as much as Koreans love and cherish Italian culture." Park is in Italy to attend the 15th Florence Korea Film Festival that opened on Thursday. Park's latest work "The Handmaiden" which was released in 2016, was screened at the theater La Compagnia earlier on Saturday. The "Old Boy" director is well known in Italy for his films highly acclaimed in European film festivals such as Cannes and Venice. This year's Florence Korea Film Festival will give a retrospective screening of his 15 feature and short films, the first of its kind in Italy. In a meet-and-greet session following the screening on Saturday, Park sat with Italian audience members to take questions on his works and his philosophy of filmmaking, according to South Korean film industry officials. pbr@yna.co.kr
  6. March 22, 2017 Jin Goo Talks About His Impressive Network Of Celebrity Friends Source: Soompi by D. Kim Actor Jin Goo recently revealed some of his closest celebrity friends, naming one of them as a father-like figure! On March 22, Jin Goo chatted it up in a live interview via the Naver V MOVIE channel. During the broadcast, he talked about the close connections he had made through various projects. The first friend mentioned in the interview was Lee Byung Hun. Jin Goo explained, “When I was 23 years old, I played a high school student in the drama “All In” as Lee Byung Hun’s younger counterpart. When Lee Byung Hun heard that I was cast, he invited me over to his office to read through the script. Because of him, I was able to film the drama with ease. As an actor, he is a father-like figure to me.” Im Siwan, Jin Goo’s co-star for his upcoming film “One Line,” was also brought up in the interview. “He has good sociability,” Jin Goo praised, revealing that Im Siwan is even nicer than how his character Jang Geu Rae was in the drama “Incomplete Life.” Jin Goo continued, “I like that he’s really eager when it comes to acting. He doesn’t give up, and he’s good at acting.” Other friends that Jin Goo mentioned in the interview included Jung Woo, Lee Jung, Kang Ha Neul, Song Hye Kyo, and Song Joong Ki. He even talked about a time he went to karaoke with his female singer friends Hwayobi, Lyn, and Gummy, complimenting their singing skills. Meanwhile, the upcoming film “One Line” centers around an ordinary college student (played by Im Siwan) who joins hands with a legendary swindler (played by Jin Goo) to rob a bank. It is set to premiere on March 29. Source (1)
  7. Photo: jackcampbell_la Relaxing with Lee Byung-hun between scenes in "A Single Rider" #byunghunlee #ByungHunLee was great to work with & he's a very cool #actor #leebyunghun #sydneyharbourbridge #isawthedevil #insidemen #master #terminator #onset #setlife #behindthescenes #sydney #singlerider #asinglerider #korean #korea #koreanfilm #SouthKorea #Seoul #asian #asia March 9, 2017 Lee Byung Hun's emotional acting in Single Rider left everyone in awe Source: Netizentown [+603, -136] 10/10 It was a good movie to look back on our lives when the media is mainly composed of irritating content such as murder rape and serial killings! Lee Byung-hun Gong Hyo-jin Ahn So-hee solitude, loneliness, materialism, reality. Looking back on each other's life, asking questions about ourselves [+468, -65] 10/10 How does one live a full life... [+498, -126] 10/10 So calm yet heavy... Great acting by everyone [+504, -144] 9/10 Lee Byung Hun's tears would convince anyone [+424, -99] 10/10 For the actors sensitive acting, I give a 10/10 rating [+399, -59] 10/10 I just watched it on the day it was released. You can go see it with someone. But it is recommended to watch it alone. Feel the loneliness of Lee Byung Hun in the movie and his monologues .. As time goes on, you will feel a desolation and loneliness that will not be soon forgotten [+347, -85] 8/10 The story of Kang Jae Hoon, his journey, the events unfolding.... The presence of Lee Byung Hun and his aura are overwhelming [+314, -78] 10/10 Really moved me. Lee Byung Hun did so well [+278, -46] 10/10 I was left with a feeling of loneliness that is difficult to express in words... [+245, -39] 10/10 It's been a few hours since I saw it... and I'm still struggling [+248, -65] 10/10 I saw it at the theater today and I keep thinking about it. A movie that stays with you... Lee Byung Hun is truly an acting God. [+216, -50] 10/10 When a movie ends, it gets forgotten over time but how come this one doesn't... [+189, -34] 10/10 My heart is heavy. A movie like Single Rider that makes you think about what really matters, is recommanded [+174, -30] 10/10 Wow. I want to see it by myself again. A movie that makes you look back on your life
  8. Photo: jackcampbell_la Relaxing with Lee Byung-hun between scenes in "A Single Rider" #byunghunlee #ByungHunLee was great to work with & he's a very cool #actor #leebyunghun #sydneyharbourbridge #isawthedevil #insidemen #master #terminator #onset #setlife #behindthescenes #sydney #singlerider #asinglerider #korean #korea #koreanfilm #SouthKorea #Seoul #asian #asia March 9, 2017 Lee Byung Hun's emotional acting in Single Rider left everyone in awe Source: Netizentown [+603, -136] 10/10 It was a good movie to look back on our lives when the media is mainly composed of irritating content such as murder rape and serial killings! Lee Byung-hun Gong Hyo-jin Ahn So-hee solitude, loneliness, materialism, reality. Looking back on each other's life, asking questions about ourselves [+468, -65] 10/10 How does one live a full life... [+498, -126] 10/10 So calm yet heavy... Great acting by everyone [+504, -144] 9/10 Lee Byung Hun's tears would convince anyone [+424, -99] 10/10 For the actors sensitive acting, I give a 10/10 rating [+399, -59] 10/10 I just watched it on the day it was released. You can go see it with someone. But it is recommended to watch it alone. Feel the loneliness of Lee Byung Hun in the movie and his monologues .. As time goes on, you will feel a desolation and loneliness that will not be soon forgotten [+347, -85] 8/10 The story of Kang Jae Hoon, his journey, the events unfolding.... The presence of Lee Byung Hun and his aura are overwhelming [+314, -78] 10/10 Really moved me. Lee Byung Hun did so well [+278, -46] 10/10 I was left with a feeling of loneliness that is difficult to express in words... [+245, -39] 10/10 It's been a few hours since I saw it... and I'm still struggling [+248, -65] 10/10 I saw it at the theater today and I keep thinking about it. A movie that stays with you... Lee Byung Hun is truly an acting God. [+216, -50] 10/10 When a movie ends, it gets forgotten over time but how come this one doesn't... [+189, -34] 10/10 My heart is heavy. A movie like Single Rider that makes you think about what really matters, is recommanded [+174, -30] 10/10 Wow. I want to see it by myself again. A movie that makes you look back on your life
  9. March 24, 2017 Korean Actor Lee Byung-hun Signs With UTA | Film News Source: Conversations About Her With Hollywood still taking baby steps towards diversity in cast and production, The Magnificent Seven star, Lee Byung-hun, still remains Hollywood’s go-to Asian actor for big action movies. And big news! He’s just hopped ship from CAA to UTA, according to an exclusive The Hollywood Reporter report. CAA has its fair share of A-list actors, but the United Talent Agency represents some huge industry names as well. Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Vikander, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe make up only a few of the many culture icons represented by UTA. With his impressive filmography, it’s no wonder Lee Byung-hun is able to pick and choose his Hollywood representation. The well-seasoned actor has appeared in Terminator Genisys, Red 2, and the G.I. Joe franchise. His Korean movie starring credits include Single Rider, Master, The Age Of Shadows, Inside Men, I Saw The Devil and The Good The Bad And The Weird. Switching agencies will hopefully bring him to more Hollywood projects, so keep your eyes peeled for his next appearance in a Hollywood feature film! #Peace.Love.ByunghunLee Photo: jasmine_jbh
  10. March 24, 2017 Garuda, Korea's Lee Seo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi Promote Lombok Tourism TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has joined hands with South Korea’s celebrities Lee Seo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi to promote Lombok tourism. “Starting from March 24, Garuda will promote Lombok on a biweekly basis, particularly Gili Trawangan with unique, attractive promotional methods carried out by famous Korean television stars that will be aired in Korean [channel] TVN,” West Nusa Tenggara regional secretariat spokesman Yusron Hadi said yesterday. West Nusa Tenggara Governor TGH M. Zainul Majdi met on Thursday with Garuda Indonesia general manager for South Korea Wayan Supatriyasa and acting deputy Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Cecep Herawan at Garuda Indonesia branch office in Seoul, South Korea. Aside from collaborating with South Korean celebrities, Garuda will also offer special Lombok tourism packages to Korean tourists, Yusron said. “Garuda Korea [branch] has asked for support from the local administration, such as the provision of promotional material and various travel vouchers on offer for Korean tourists,” he said. Governor M. Zainul Majdi has said he is ready to back the program, according to Yusron. Indonesia sees 263,000 Korean tourist arrivals per year, only around 4,000 of which are recorded in Lombok. Published on March 25, 2017 by BeritaRp100
  11. March 24, 2017 Garuda, Korea's Lee Seo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi Promote Lombok Tourism TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has joined hands with South Korea’s celebrities Lee Seo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi to promote Lombok tourism. “Starting from March 24, Garuda will promote Lombok on a biweekly basis, particularly Gili Trawangan with unique, attractive promotional methods carried out by famous Korean television stars that will be aired in Korean [channel] TVN,” West Nusa Tenggara regional secretariat spokesman Yusron Hadi said yesterday. West Nusa Tenggara Governor TGH M. Zainul Majdi met on Thursday with Garuda Indonesia general manager for South Korea Wayan Supatriyasa and acting deputy Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Cecep Herawan at Garuda Indonesia branch office in Seoul, South Korea. Aside from collaborating with South Korean celebrities, Garuda will also offer special Lombok tourism packages to Korean tourists, Yusron said. “Garuda Korea [branch] has asked for support from the local administration, such as the provision of promotional material and various travel vouchers on offer for Korean tourists,” he said. Governor M. Zainul Majdi has said he is ready to back the program, according to Yusron. Indonesia sees 263,000 Korean tourist arrivals per year, only around 4,000 of which are recorded in Lombok. Published on March 25, 2017 by BeritaRp100
  12. March 25, 2017 Korean actor Lee Byung Hun joined Angelina Jolie's agency: Report By Pinaz Kazi IBTimes Korean actor Lee Byung Hun recently signed with United Talent Agency, one of the largest talent agencies in the world. The agency of the Byung Hun,BH Entertainment has confirmed that he has just signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) in order to manage his Hollywood as well as overseas promotions. BH Entertainment in a short statement stated, "Lee Byung Hun has signed a contract with Hollywood agency United Talent Agency." For those aren't aware, the said agency is home to numerous famous stars including Angelina Jolie, Mariah Carey, Channing Tatum, and also Benedict Cumberbatch. In April 2013, actress Ha Ji Won also signed with UTA back in. Actor Lee Byung Hun, has been recognized as one of Korea's best actors and have starred in films like Iris, Inside Men and Masquerade. He also received international popularity for his roles in the G.I Joe series, The Magnificent Seven and Red 2. Byung Hun became the first Korean actor to present an Oscar at the Academy Awards and is the first Korean actor to leave his handprint at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.