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1. Some information is not yet confirmed.

2. Details/schedule can be changed.

3. Lists are still being updated (ongoing).

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~ SCHEDULE ~

FOR RELEASE

[2009-06-11] If You Were Me 4

[2009-06-11] Himalaya, Where The Wind Dwells

[2009-06-11] The Turtle Runs

[2009-05-28] Mother

[2009-05-28] Boat

[2009-05-14] Castaway On The Moon

[2009-05-14] Like You Know It All

[2009-04-30] Thirst

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FILMS IN PRODUCTION

My Love By My Side

Jeon Woo Chi

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PRE-PRODUCTION

Secret Reunion / Sworn Brothers

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Title: A Million 십억

Director: Jo Min-Ho [조민호]

Cast: Park Hae-Il [박해일], Park Hee-Soon [박희순], Shin Mina [신민아], Lee Min-Ki [이민기], Jung Yoo-Mi [정유미], Lee Chun-Hee [이천희], Go Eun-Ah [고은아]

Related Links: Daum | Cine21

Title: And Us

Director: Lee Yoon-Ki [이윤기] (My Dear Enemy)

Cast: Ha Jung-Woo [하정우], Soo Ae [수애]

Related Links: Daum

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Title: No Boys, No Cry / Boat 보트

Director: Kim Young-Nam [김영남]

Screenplay: Watanabe Aya [渡邊あや]

Cast: Ha Jung-Woo [하정우], Tsumabuchi Satoshi [妻夫木聰], Cha Su-Yeon [차수연]

Release Date: 2009-05-28

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 |

Title: Castaway On The Moon 김씨표류기

Director: Lee Hae-Joon [이해준]

Cast: Jung Jae-Young [정재영], Jung Ryeo-Won [정려원]

Release Date: 2009-05-14

Related Links: Official | Daum | Cine21

Title: Good Morning, President 굿모닝 프레지던트

Director: Jang Jin (Guns And Talk; Someone Special; Murder, Take One)

Screenplay: Jang Jin (Guns And Talk; Someone Special; Welcome To Dongmakgol; Murder, Take One)

Cast: Jang Dong-Gun, Go Doo-Shim, Lee Soon-Jae, Han Chae-Young

Special Guest Star: Park Hae-Il

Related Links: Daum | Soompi

Title: Haeundae 해운대

Director: Yoon Je-Gyun [윤제균] (Miracle On 1st Street, Sex Is Zero)

Cast: Seol Kyung-Gu [설경구], Ha Ji-Won [하지원], Park Joong-Hoon [박중훈], Uhm Jung-Hwa [엄정화], Lee Min-Ki [이민기], Kim In-Kwon [김인권], Song Jae-Ho [송재호], Kang Ye-Won [강예원], Park Myung-Hoon [박명훈]

Release Date: July 2009

Related Links: Official | Daum | Cine21

Title: Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells / 히말라야, 바람이 머무는 곳

Director: Jeon So-Il [전수일]

Cast: Choi Min-Shik [최민식]

Release Date: 2009-06-11

Related Links: Daum | Cine21

Title: If You Were Me 4 시선 1318

Director: Pang Eun-Jin [방은진], Jeon Kye-Soo [전계수], Lee Hyun-Seung [이현승], Yoon Sung-Ho [윤성호], Kim Tae-Yong [김태용]

Cast: Nam Ji-Hyun [남지현], Jung Ji-Ahn [정지안], Sung Ji-Roo [성지루], Kwon Eun-Soo [권은수], Hwang Kun-Hee [황건희], Oh Ji-Hye [오지혜], Park Bo-Young [박보영], Son Eun-Seo [ 손은서], Moon Sung-Geun [문성근], Jung Yoo-Mi [정유미], Lee Geon-Joo [이건주], Kim Ah-Reum [김아름], Lee Seon-Jung [이선정], Park Seon-Young [박선영], Jeon Soo-Young [전수영], ..

Release Date: 2009-06-11

Related Links: Daum | Cine21

Title: Into The White Night : Walking In The White Shadows / 백야행 : 하얀 어둠 속을 걷다

Director: Park Shin-Woo [박신우] (About A Bad Boy)

Screenplay: Park Yeon-Seon [박연선] (Alone In Love, Evasive Inquiry Agency), Park Shin-Woo [박신우] (About A Bad Boy)

Original Novel: Japanese writer Keigo Higashino [東野圭吾]

Cast: Han Seok-Kyu [한석규], Son Ye-Jin [손예진], Go Soo [고수], Cha Hwa-Yeon [차화연], Lee Min-Jung [이민정], Park Sung-Woong [박성웅], Lim Ji-Kyu [임지규], Ha Ye-Won [한예원]

Production: Kang Woo-Suk's Cinema Service

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 | Soompi

Title: Jeon Woo Chi 전우치

Director: Choi Dong-Hoon 전우치 (Tazza)

Cast: Kang Dong-Won 강동원, Kim Yoon-Seok 김윤석, Im Soo-Jung 임수정, Yoo Hae-Jin 유해진, Seon Woo-Seon 선우선, Son Hyun-Woo 손현우

Special Guest Stars: Baek Yoon-Shik 백윤식, Yeom Jung-Ah 염정아, Kim Hyo-Jin 김효진

Release Date: December 2009

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 | Soompi

Title: The Sword With No Name / Like Fireworks, Like Butterflies 불꽃처럼 나비처럼

Director: Kim Yong-Kyun 김용균 (Wanee And Junha, The Red Shoe)

Cast: Jo Seung-Woo, Soo Ae

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 |

Title: Like The Moon Escaping From The Clouds 구르믈 버서난 달처럼

Director: Lee Joon-Ik 이준익 (The King And The Clown, Radio Star, Once Upon A Time In A Battlefield)

Cast: Hwang Jung-Min 황정민, Ryu Seung-Beom 류승범, Uhm Tae-Woong 엄태웅

Related Links: Daum | Soompi

Title: Like You Know It All 잘 알지도 못하면서

Director: Hong Sang-Soo [홍상수]

Screenplay: Hong Sang-Soo [홍상수]

Main Cast: Kim Tae-Woo [김태우], Go Hyun-Jung [고현정], Uhm Ji-Won [엄지원], Gong Hyung-Jin [공형진], Jung Yoo-Mi [정유미], Yoo Joon-Sang [유준상] Moon Chang-Gil [문창길], Ha Jung-Woo [하정우], Seo Young-Hwa [서영화], Eun Joo-Hee [은주희], Ye Soo-Jung [예수정], Kim Yeon-Soo [김연수], Min Bok-Ki [민복기], Lee Jong-Mo [이종무], Michael Wayne Rogers, Moon So-Ri [문소리], Hwang Seon-Hyung [황선형], Yoo Eun-Shil [유은실], Kim Jong-Seok [김종석], Lee Geum-Rak [이금락], Choi Do-Lim [최도림],

Release Date: 2009-05-14

Related Links: http://blog.naver.com/director_goo | Daum | Cine21

Title: Love Fiction 러브픽션

Director: Jeon Kye-Soo 전계수 ("Midnight Ballad For Ghost Theater")

Cast: Ha Jung-Woo 하정우 ("My Dear Enemy", "The Chaser"), Kang Hye-Jung 강혜정 ("Welcome To Dongmakgol", "Rules Of Dating")

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 | Soompi

Title: Mother 마더

Director: Bong Joon-Ho [봉준호] (Memories of Murder, The Host)

Screenplay: Bong Joon-Ho [봉준호]

Cast: Kim Hye-Ja [김혜자], Won Bin [원빈]

Release Date: May 28, 2009

Rate: Over 18

Genre: Drama

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 | Official

Title: My Love By My Side 내사랑 내곁에

Director: Park Jin-Pyo 박진표 (You Are My Sunshine, Voice Of A Murderer)

Screenplay: Park Jin-Pyo 박진표

Cast: Kim Myung-Min 김명민, Ha Ji-Won 하지원

Special Guest Star: Seol Kyung-Gu 설경구

Release Date: September 2009

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 | Soompi

Title: Take Off / National Representative 국가대표

Director: Kim Yong-Hwa [김용화] (200 Pounds Beauty, Oh Brothers)

Cast: Ha Jung-Woo [하정우], Kim Ji-Seok [김지석], Kim Dong-Wook [김동욱], Choi Jae-Hwan [최재환], Lee Jae-Eung [이재응]

Related Links: Daum | Cine21

Title: Parallel Life 패럴렐 라이프

Director: Kwon Ho-Young [권호영]

Cast: Ji Jin-Hee [지진희], Lee Jong-Hyuk [이종혁], Yoon Se-Ah [윤세아], Ha Jung-Woo [하정우]

Genre: Thriller

Related Links: Daum | Cine21 | Soompi

Title: Saving My Wife 세이빙 마이 와이프

Director: Yoon Jae-Gu 윤재구

Cast: Cha Seung-Won 차승원, Song Yoon-Ah 송윤아

Related Links: Cine21

Title: Secret Love 비밀애

Director: Kwon Ji-Yeon [권지연]

Cast: Yoo Ji-Tae [유지태], Yoon Jin-Seo [윤진서]

Related Links: Daum | Cine21

Title: Secret Reunion / Sworn Brothers 의형제

Director: Jang Hoon (Rough Cut)

Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Kang Dong-Won

Related Links: Naver / casting news

Status: Filming starts in June

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Title: The Turtle Runs 거북이 달린다

Director: Lee Yeon-Woo [이연우]

Cast: Kim Yoon-Seok [김윤석], Jang Kyung-Ho [정경호], Seon Woo-Seon [선우선], Kyeon Mi-Ri [견미리], Shin Jung-Geun [신정근]

Release Date: 2009-06-11

Related Links: Daum / Cine21 / Official

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Title: There Is No Forgiveness / Yongseoneun Eopda 용서는 없다

Director: Kim Hyung-Joon 김형준

Cast: Seol Kyung-Gu [설경구], Ryu Seung-Beom [류승범], Han Hye-Jin [한혜진]

Release Date: 2010

Related Links: Daum | Cine21

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Title: Thirst 박쥐

Director: Park Chan-Wook [박찬욱]

Cast: Song Kang-Ho [송강호], Kim Ok-Bin [김옥빈], Shin Ha-Kyun [신하균], Kim Hae-Sook [김해숙]

Release Date: 2009-04-30

Related Links: Official | Daum | Cine21

Title: Wedding Dress 웨딩드레스

Director: Kwon Hyung-Jin 권형진 (Truck, For Horowitz)

Cast: Song Yoon-Ah 송윤아

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Korea’s Showbox bucks pre-sales trend on Sword With No Name

20 May, 2009 | By Liz Shackleton

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Bucking the trend for buyers to wait for completed product, Korea’s Showbox has pre-sold big-budget martial arts epic The Sword With No Name to the UK and Germany.

Splendid Films has taken the film for German-speaking Europe and Benelux, while UK rights have gone to Showbox Media Group. Turkey’s Horizon International and Taiwan’s Catchplay have also acquired the film.

Directed by Kim Yong-kyun, The Sword With No Name stars Cho Seung-woo (Tazza:The High Rollers) as a Joseon dynasty headhunter who falls in love with an aristocrat and is forced to become her bodyguard when she marries the king. The film is currently in post-production and scheduled for delivery this autumn.

Showbox has also sold crime drama The Scam, produced by Bidangil Pictures which has credits including The Chaser, to Melting Culture for mainland China, Catchplay for Taiwan, Hwa Yea Multimedia for Malaysia & Brunei and Horizon International for Turkey.

More Than Blue, starring Kwon Sang-woo, has been sold to a raft of Asian distributors including H.G.C. Entertainment (mainland China), Intercontinental (Hong Kong), Catchplay (Taiwan), Hwa Yea Multimedia (Malaysia & Brunei), BHD (Vietnam) and Way Rich Source Asia (Mongolia).

Catchplay bought a package of 21 titles also including upcoming Australia-set adventure thriller A Million, scheduled to be released in Korea this July. The UK’s Showbox Mediagroup also picked up hardcore thriller Missing.

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Source: HA JUNG WOO FAN BLOG

Ha Jung Woo Casted in Lee Yoon Ki’s New Film

May 12, 2009 | by JW La |

Director Lee Yoon Ki in My Dear Enemy cast Ha Jung Woo again in his new film, “I’ve ever loved you before”.

Original scenario was written by Lee Sook Yeon, who had participated scenario work of “Happiness”, “April Snow”, “One Fine Spring Day” and more. Director Lee adapted her original scenario.

This film is a typical and traditional romantic movie. It is basically sad, but at the same time, full of humor.

15% of this film will be filmed in Tokyo and rest of it will be filmed in Seoul.

Ha will play a new male fashion model, and Soo Ae will play a lyric writer. Filming is scheduled to start in June and to finish in October or November.

Source : Movieweek

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Korean Cinematography Booms on High-quality, Lucrative Productions

[2009-05-21]

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Korean cinematography has been thriving recently as more movies continue to draw scores of viewers to theaters, bringing in impressive revenues and receiving positive feedback both from domestic and foreign critics. As more viewers these days are attaching more importance to the uniqueness of movies rather than their scale, Korean movies are expected to continue to enjoy popularity for the time being. But some have voiced concerns that their success could be short-lived because many Hollywood blockbusters are set to open later this year.

The Korean film market remained stagnant in the first three months of the year despite the success of “Speed Scandal” and “Old Partner,” which opened this past December and January, respectively. The number of viewers during that period plummeted 19 percent from the same period a year ago, according to the Korean Film Council. Viewers began paying attention to domestic movies again around mid-April, when several hits including “Thirst” opened.

Domestic movies drew more than two million viewers in the first five months of last year, but there were only two movies -- “The Chaser” and “The Best Moment Of Our Lives” -- that produced impressive results. This year, however, there are five movies that are likely to keep the domestic film industry afloat -- “Speed Scandal,” “A Frozen Flower,” “Old Partner,” “Secret Couple” and “Thirst.” The latter drew significant attention for the impressive acting of Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin and for receiving an invitation to the Cannes International Film festival. “Thirst” and the comedy movie “Secret Couple” managed to beat even Hollywood blockbusters such as “Knowing,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Star Trek XI,” which cost 10 times as much to produce.

Kang Hyo-mi from First Look, which oversees the promotion of “Secret Couple,” says though it’s a given that large-scale foreign productions typically receive a larger response, viewers seem to base their choices on the uniqueness of movies rather than on their scale. She added that Korean movies that are fun to watch and that stand apart from other productions have received a favorable response from viewers so far.

It is also worth mentioning that domestic movies that have become hits so far have received positive feedback even from film critics and are diverse in terms of genre. “Speed Scandal” and “Secret Couple” have struck a chord with viewers with their humorous plots, characters with distinctive personalities and the impressive acting of their casts, unlike the movies of the early 2000s, which evoked laughter with obscene language and the comical behavior of their characters.

“Old Partner,” which was underestimated by many, proved the great potential of independent films, while “Thirst” turned out to be a huge success despite its complexity. Other domestic films that have contributed to drawing more than one million viewers so far include the detective movie “Private Eye,” which is set in the period of the Japanese colonization of Korea; the thriller “Insa-dong Scandal” about conspiracy in the art circles; and another thriller “The Scam,” which deals with stock manipulations. These movies mark a new chapter in the history of Korean cinematography, which until recently focused mostly on provocative subjects such as organized crime.

The surging popularity of Korean movies overseas is further proof of their high quality. Ten Korean movies have been invited to this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, including “Thirst” (Competition) “Mother” (Un Certain Regard) and “Like You Know It All” (Director‘s Week). That’s the largest number of Korean film invitees to date, and they have all received rave reviews from foreign media.

But despite the recent boom in the domestic film industry, its future remains obscure. The comedy movie “Castaway On The Moon,” which opened last weekend, lost the spotlight to the Hollywood blockbuster “Angels & Demons,” while director Bong Jun-ho’s new production “Mother,” which opens May 28, will have to compete with “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.”

Things could be more challenging in the second half of the year, when domestic films will have to compete with a number of Hollywood blockbusters such as “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen,” “Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince” and “G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra.” Domestic productions slated for opening in the second half of the year include the nation’s first disaster blockbuster “Haeundae,” which is to open later this year; “Jeon Woo-chi” from director Choi Dong-hoon, who gained recognition for his previous movie “The War Of Flower”; and “National Athlete” (tentative title) from Kim Yong-hwa, whose movie “200 Pounds Beauty” was a big hit. It remains to be seen if they will manage to steal the spotlight from their Hollywood rivals.

Domestic film experts agree that the future of domestic cinematography will be determined by the contents of movies. Film critic Kim Bong-seok says up to now Korean movies have failed to draw viewers because they were not fun to watch, and that the reason behind the popularity of recent hits “Speed Scandal” and “Secret Couple” is none other than their "fun plots." He also added that “Mother” by Bong Jun-ho stands a high chance of succeeding because Bong produces films that appeal to the public. He stresses that it is of primary importance to resolve internal problems in the domestic film industry and produce high-quality movies, because the future of Korean cinematography rests in the hands of viewers.

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Secret Reunion

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A South Korean agent and a North Korean spy living in South Korea end up creating a tense but unusual friendship in the midst of betrayals and intrigue.

Prod companies: Showbox Mediaplex, Rubicon Pictures

Backers: Showbox Mediaplex

Producers: You Jeong-hun, Song Myung-chul

Budget: tba

International sales: Showbox Mediaplex

Director: Jang Hun

Screenplay: Kim Ju-ho, Jang Hun, Jang Min-suk

DoP: Lee Mo-gae

Production Design: Hwang In-june

Art Director: Hwang In-june

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won

Locations: Seoul / Kyungki-do

Shooting from early June (tbc)

Contact: sales@showbox.co.kr

Status: Pre-production

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Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard

After having been sealed in a painting since the Joseon Dynasty when he was suspected of having killed his renowned Master, Jeon Woo Chi is released in 2009 to capture goblins wreaking havoc everywhere - but is much distracted by the modern world and other mysteries pertaining to his imprisonment.

Prod companies: Zip Cinema

Backer: CJ Entertainment, United Pictures

Producers: Lee Eugene

Budget: $12m

International sales: United Pictures (worldwide ex. Europe), M-Line Distribution (for Europe)

Director: Choi Dong-hoon

Screenplay: Choi Dong-hoon

DoP: Choi Young-hwan

Production Design: Cho Hwa-sung

Cast: Gang Dong-won, Kim Yoon-suk, Lim Soo-jung, Yoo Hae-jin

Locations: Korea

Shooting from Sept 10, 2008 until mid-May 2009

Contact: E. J. Cho, head of International Dept., United Pictures, up@upictures.co.kr

Status: In production

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Closer to Heaven ( A Flower Man) [My Love By My Side]

Despite the disapproval of family and friends, Ji-soo, a funeral director with two painful divorces behind her, and Jong-woo, who suffers terminally from Lou Gehrig’s disease, start a dramatic marriage.

Prod companies: Zip Cinema

Backers: CJ Entertainment, United Pictures

Producers: Lee Eugene

Budget: $3.3m

International sales: United Pictures

Director: Park Jin-pyo

Screenplay: Park Jin-pyo

DoP: Kim Tae-kyung

Production Design: Kim Sun-joo

Cast: Kim Myung-min, Ha Ji-won

Locations: Korea

Shooting from Feb 10 to the end of May 2009

Contact: E. J. Cho, head of International Dept., United Pictures, up@upictures.co.kr

Status: In production

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Korea's Sidus to co-produce One Armed Swordsman remake

13 May, 2009 | By Liz Shackleton

Korean production outfit Sidus FNH is set to co-produce a $10m Korean-language remake of 1967 Shaw Brothers classic One Armed Swordsman with Hong Kong’s Celestia

Scheduled for release in 2010, the project will be directed by Kim Sung-su whose credits including Musa The Warrior and Running Wild. Celestial owns rights to the 760-title Shaw Brothers library and has been developing a raft of remakes with different companies.

Sidus, which has credits such as box office hits Tazza: The High Rollers and My Scary Girl, has also announced that Choi Pyung-ho has been appointed as CEO of the company, replacing Tcha Seung-jai and Kim Mee-hee who stepped down last week. Choi joined Sidus last October as executive vice president of investment and distribution and before that served as executive vice president of CJ Entertainment.

Under Choi, Sidus plans to produce two to four big-budget films a year, such as the One Armed Swordsman remake, along with US remakes of its own movies.

The company, which is owned by Korean telco KT Group, has also established an international sales arm headed by former Prime Entertainment executive Juyoung Park. It is launching four new titles at Cannes including Kwon Hyeong-jin’s drama Wedding Dress, starring Song Yun-ah, and Chu Chang-min’s I Love You So, a love story revolving around an elderly couple.

The sales arm will also acquire foreign titles, including theatrical and library product for distribution by KT Group. Sidus previously had an output deal for international sales with Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia which will continue to work with the company on select titles.

Since merging with KT Group in 2005, Sidus has become a content provider for its parent company’s various distribution platforms which span satellite TV, IPTV and mobile.

The production and investment outfit has also put together several entertainment-related funds worth more than $100m. In 2009, it is planning to release around 25 pictures including 20 foreign films – such as Blood: The Last Vampire,Splice, Spread and Pope Joan – along with five Korean films.

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Finecut sells Iris to the world

14 May, 2009 | By Liz Shackleton

Seoul-based sales agent Finecut has picked up worldwide rights to $20m thriller Iris: The Movie, starring Korean heartthrob Lee Byung-hun and actress Kim Tae-hee.

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Korean producer Taewon Chung is producing the project, through his production outfit Taewon Entertainment, as a feature film and TV series simultaneously. Yang Yun-ho and renowned TV director Kim Kyu-tae are co-directing both the film and TV series.

Lee plays a secret agent who is betrayed by his closest friend at his own agency. Then both men fall in love with the same woman – a profiling specialist played by Kim.

Meanwhile, Finecut has also picked up international rights to Kanikosen, a black comedy from award-winning Japanese director Sabu which stars Ryuhei Matsuda (Nightmare Detective).

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K-News Bites: 09/05/27

Posted by daheefanel

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* Actor Choi Min Shik’s upcoming film Himalaya, Where The Wind Dwells has released its poster and trailer (you can see the poster above). The film is set to hit theatres on June 11. The Great Choi Min Shik is BACK, folks! Are you excited? Because I sure as hell am. Click here to watch the trailer.

(Via Daum and Naver News)

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Mother has biggest opening of the year in Korea

1 June, 2009 | By Jean Noh

Bong Joon-ho’s thriller Mother has beaten Park Chan-wook’s Thirst to become the biggest opener of the year in South Korea.

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According to the Korean Film Council, the film has racked up 1.03 million admissions since it opened on Thursday May 28.

As Bong’s previous thrillers, Memories Of Murder and The Host, both broke local box office records – the latter taking a whopping 13 million admissions – Mother was already one of the most anticipated Korean films of the year along with Thirst.

After recent buzz from Cannes, where it screened in Un Certain Regard, local anticipation reached fever pitch and CJ Entertainment opened the film on 756 screens.

Despite the seven-day national mourning period leading up the funeral of late ex-president Roh Moo-hyun on Friday, the film clocked up over 200,000 admissions on its first day (Thursday) and took more than 800,000 admissions on the following days.

Also rated ‘18 and over’ and distributed by CJ Entertainment (on 633 screens), Park Chan-wook’s Cannes competition film Thirst took 170,000 admissions on its first day and 820,558 in its first four days. The film made it over the 1 million admissions mark on the fifth day of its run, which included two public holidays and a weekend.

Mother was followed by Terminator Salvation, distributed by Lotte Entertainment, with 627,037 admissions; Angels & Demons (SPRI BVI) with 135,797; My Girlfriend Is An Agent (Lotte) with 111,981, Coraline (UPI) with 44,472, and Castaway On The Moon (Cinema Service) with 41,763.

Preliminary box office rankings are according to admissions numbers, with definitive Top Ten gross figures announced Tuesdays in Screendaily.com’s Global Box Office category.

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Ha Jung-woo to star in Lee’s melodrama And Us

2 June, 2009 | By Jean Noh

Korean director Lee Yoon-ki has cast The Chaser star Ha Jung-woo and Sunny starlet Su Ae in his upcoming melodrama And Us (working title).

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Ha Jung-woo previously starred in Lee’s Berlinale and Tribeca title My Dear Enemy, opposite Cannes best actress winner Jeon Do-yeon.

This year alone, Ha’s credits include roles in Hong Sang-soo’s recent Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title Like You Know It All, Kim Young-nam’s Korea-Japan smuggling drama Boat, opposite Japanese star Tsumabuki Satoshi, and the upcoming ski jump film Take Off.

In Lee’s upcoming film, Ha and Su play two people suffering from the scars of love lost. Communicating with each other, they heal and manage to find their way towards starting new love.

The original screenplay is written by Lee Sook-yeon, whose credits include Hur Jin-ho’s melodramas One Fine Day and Happiness. Budgeted at approximately $2m (KW2.5bn), the film is due to start shooting this month, with plans for a November release.

The film is produced by Blue Storm Co, whose credits include Kim Tae-yong’s Family Ties, and upstart producer Verdi Pictures. Michelle Son’s M-Line Distribution is handling international sales.

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Finecut finds new homes for A Brand New Life

3 June, 2009 | By Liz Shackleton

Korean sales agent Finecut has announced a slew of deals closed during Cannes, including the sale of Ounie Lecomte’s A Brand New Life to Cineart for Benelux and Filmhouse for Mexico, among other territories.

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The semi-autobiographical film about a young girl in an orphanage awaiting adoption, also went to Hong Kong’s Edko Films and Israel’s Shani Film.

Diaphana acquired French rights to A Brand New Life when it was still in development and Finecut is also in talks to sell the film to the US, UK, Germany and Japan. Produced by Cannes juror Lee Chang-dong, it screened out of competition in the Special Screenings section at Cannes.

Horror film A Blood Pledge, which Finecut picked up on the eve of the market, went to Encore Films for Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Directed by Lee Jong-yong, the film is the fifth installment in a popular Korean horror franchise that also includes The Whispering Corridor and Memento Mori.

In addition, Visicom Surya acquired Singapore rights to creature feature Chaw after also taking rights for Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Vietnam during Cannes. The film, about a man-eating boar terrorising a Korean village, will be released in Korea over the summer.

According to Finecut chief Youngjoo Suh, Chaw and A Blood Pledge are both the subject of negotiations for remake rights.

Meanwhile Taiwan’s Catchplay acquired eight Finecut titles including Eye For An Eye, Hansel And Gretel and My Dear Enemy. Hansel And Gretel also went to Compania General de la Imagen for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

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Korea’s CJ CGV expands arthouse film programme

3 June, 2009 | By Jean Noh

Leading Korean exhibitor CJ CGV is establishing a specialty films team and expanding its “Movie Collage” arthouse film programme from seven to ten screens.

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“Movie Collage was engendered with the aim to expand the base for diversity films and to unearth talented new filmmakers,” said Joyce H. Cho, manager of the specialty films team, noting that it has the advantage of a highly accessible nationwide multiplex chain.

CJ CGV sponsors festivals such as the Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi) festival and the Pusan International Film Festival, where it selects a film to pick up for local distribution. Previous films distributed under the scheme include Eric Khoo’s Be With Me and Ning Hao’s Crazy Stone.

It also hands out the CJ CGV Korean Film Distribution Support Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival, which includes a minimum two weeks of screenings and marketing support. This year’s winner was Bandhobi, directed by Shin Dong-il (My Friend And His Wife), which also won the Audience Award.

The exhibitor also previously ran a production support programme which granted $355,000 (KW440m) to 24 low-budget indie films such as Yang Ik-june’s Rotterdam award winner Breathless and Kim Myung-joon’s documentary Our School.

The current Movie Collage slate of films includes Boat, starring Ha Jung-woo, and Hong Sang-soo’s Like You Know It All. Other upcoming titles include the Dardenne brothers’ The Silence Of Lorna, Jeon Soo-il’s Himalaya, Where The Wind Dwells and Yaguchi Shinobu’s Happy Flight.

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Moon to star in Hong Sang-soo’s seventh film

5 June, 2009 | By Jean Noh

Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo has cast Venice award-winning actress Moon So-ri (Oasis) and Hong regular Kim Sang-kyung in his upcoming seventh film.

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The as-yet-untitled, low-budget film is due to start shooting in July. Hong declined to comment on details of the story, referring to his well-known mode of directing by which he continues to write and modify his scripts on set.

His recent Like You Know It All was in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight where it sold to CTV International for French-speaking territories.

This year, Hong also participated in the Jeonju Digital Project omnibus with Japanese director Naomi Kawase and Filipino director Lav Diaz.

Moon So-ri previously won the Venice best actress award for her role as a physically challenged woman in Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis. She also starred in films such as Im Sang-soo’s drama A Good Lawyer’s Wife and Yim Soon-rye’s women’s handball team hit Forever The Moment.

Although it is her first time appearing on-screen in a Hong Sang-soo film, Moon So-ri previously played the voice of a Seoul girlfriend in Like You Know It All.

Kim Sang-kyung, who also starred opposite Song Kang-ho in Bong Joon-ho’s thriller hit Memories Of Murder, has previously worked with Hong Sang-soo in his dramas A Tale Of Cinema and Turning Gate.

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Source: KOFIC Jun 12 2009

HONG Sangsoo casts MOON So-ri

2002 Venice Film Festival's Best actress winner MOON So-ri will challenge herself this time with a leading role in director HONG Sangsoo's next project. Details about HONG's film are sparse. The celebrated indie director is known for improvisation, writing and rewriting while filming.

KIM Sang-kyung has been cast in the male leading role. It will be KIM's third film with HONG after Turning Gate in 2002, and A Tale of Cinema in 2005. KIM also worked with directors like BONG Joon-ho (Memories of Murder) and KIM Ji-hoon (May 18).

HONG's latest feature film Like You Know it All was invited by Festival de Cannes. HONG's films are conveted by film festivals around the world. He garnered acclaim from his first films The Day a Pig Fell into a Well and The Power of Kangwon Province on.

MOON So-ri is well known for her acting skills which attracted YIM Soon-rye (Forever the Moment) and KIM Tae-yong (Family Ties). She was first discovered by LEE Chang-dong who cast her first for Peppermint Candy and again in 2002 for Oasis, the film which earned her the Best actress award from the Venice Film Festival.

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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Song Kang Ho & Gang Dong Won Become Sworn Brothers

2009 June 5

by KP

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Gang Dong Won & Song Kang Ho

Secret Reunion (의형제; translated as sworn brothers), starring Song Kang Ho and Gang Dong Won, began filming on June 5.

The film is being directed by Jang Hoon whose first project as main director was 2008’s Rough Cut (A Movie is a Movie; 영화는 영화다). It is scheduled to take four months to film and debut in theatres this coming fall.

Secret Reunion (Sworn Brothers) is set six years after a dubious gunfight took place in the heart of Seoul. Song Kang Ho plays Lee Han Kyu, who was kicked out of the National Intelligence Service. Han Kyu acts first with his body rather than his head. Gang Dong Won is playing Song Ji Won, a cool-headed and precise agent who was abandoned by North Korea. The story unfolds as the two meet but each continues to conceal his identity from the other.

This is rumoured to be Gang Dong Won’s last project before he heads off to serve in the military. Song Kang Ho has just completed promotional activities for Director Park Chan Wook’s Thirst.

Source: Newsen, mydaily

KP’s note: Yes, we know it’s most commonly spelled as Kang Dong Won but his official website is www.gangdongwon.com so we’re going to spell it like this.

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PiFan unveils five projects for KOFIC development lab

10 June, 2009 | By Jean Noh

Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the five projects that will take part in the KOFIC Filmmakers’ Development Lab (FDL), which this year will take place during the festival.

Started in 2006, the KOFIC FDL matches emerging Korean and Korean diaspora filmmakers with mentors from the film industry to develop their projects. This year, the programme will take place during PiFan’s genre film market – the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).

The five selected projects are:

The Calling (US) dir: Lee Kyung-Ja – which uses the Korean theme of ‘mudang’ (a female shaman), dealing with the problems of overseas Korean society and cultural identity.

Soul Mate (Korea) dir: Kim Ji Hwan – intensified horror with the motif of the everyday MP3 player.

Papa (Korea) dir: Han Ji Seung – a story of family and music with warm-hearted storytelling.

Red Lines (US) dir: Ted Chung – uses auto-racing to solve family conflict.

The Tricky Happenings Of Wonder (Korea) dir: Sim Sou Yun – mystery involving a corpse, an abandoned baby, a troubled cop and a boy who thinks he has super powers.

Co-sponsored by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and PiFan, the FDL mentoring program will run July 16-21, with a project pitching session, press conference and a KOFIC FDL Night reception on July 22.

The 13th PiFan will run July 16-26 with the second NAFF taking place July 19-23.

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Five Would-be Horror Queens Introduced

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Viewers will soon be able to see the fifth part of the movie series “Whispering Corridors,” which began in 1998. The series has gained popularity so far for producing many top actresses, such as Kim Kyu-ri, Choi Kang-hee, Park Jin-hee, Kim Min-seon, Park Ye-jin, Lee Young-jin, Kong Hyo-jin, Song Ji-hyo, Park Han-byeol, Cho An, Kim Ok-bin, Seo Ji-hye, Chae Ye-rin and this time Chang Kyung-ah, 22, Sohn Eun-seo, 23, Oh Yeon-seo, 22, Yoo Shin-ae, 21, and Song Min-jung, 22.

We met with the five soon-to-be horror stars ahead of the movie’s opening, expecting to see them nervous and excited. But their sassiness made them appear confident. Chang Kyung-ah, who plays the ghost “Eonju,” says part five of the series is the most frightening and entertaining to see, and that she looks forward to its premiere without feeling nervous whatsoever.

Sohn Eun-seo, the oldest among the five, said confidently that though it is inevitable for all five of them to feel great pressure because of the movie’s quality reputation that has been established by previous actresses, they also did their best and likewise would want to make the younger actresses who will appear in parts six and seven feel pressure. Oh Yeon-seo, who plays a pretty and diligent girl from a rich family, added that the five have yet to see the movie.

The five actresses were selected through an audition to which 5,545 people applied. The first and second rounds were held hastily because of the deluge of applicants, whereas in the third round 17 finalists competed fiercely to receive the best roles. The contestants were told to read a short script and pick the best candidates for the five leading roles. The task left everyone feeling edgy and extremely nervous.

Yoo Shin-ae, who plays Jung-eon, the youngest sister of Eonju, is the youngest among the five but she wanted to portray a ghost. That’s why she allocated teenage candidates to the role of Jung-eon, but was eventually picked to play the role herself. Yoo said, “I asked one of my close friends who was auditioning with me not to pick me for the role of Jung-eon. So at first I was disappointed when I was told to play Jung-eon. But I grew to like my character after discussing it with the director. I wanted to play Eonju because I only read the part in which she was still alive, but later I learned that many applicants picked me for the role of Eonju. It’s sad that I have to look like a zombie, but after drawing so much blood on my face, my baby-like image has gradually turned cold.”

Song Min-jung, whose real-life personality and her character in the movie are most upbeat, says she also wanted to play a ghost, since it’s a horror movie, but after reading the script she was horrified by the excessive blood in the movie. She said, "My character, Eun-young, is the most upbeat and cheerful in the movie, but she was also abused by her father. She is thrown into panic after seeing a ghost. After reading the script, I told everyone that I’m the only one who can portray this character.”

Sohn Eun-seo, who also appears in the movie “If You Were Me,” plays So-yi, who feels guilty about the suicide of her close friend. Sohn says she initially wanted to play Yoo-jin, whereas Oh Yeon-seo, who took the role, says she wanted to play So-yi. Oh, who--counter to her refined looks--likes meat, says that in the third round the audition was held after lunch. She said, “In the morning, we had an athletic competition, and enjoyed plenty of snacks. But then we were given three pages of scripts to memorize over lunch. Other applicants were so preoccupied with the script that they skipped the meal. But I was mesmerized by the roast pork in front of my eyes and just ate it instead of memorizing the script."

The five actresses have so far appeared briefly on TV and in movies, and some major in acting. Like the previous actresses who rose to stardom after appearing in “Whispering Corridors,” these aspiring actresses have all it takes to gain recognition.

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Film: Actresses 액트리스

Director: Lee Jae-Yong [이재용] (An Affair, Untold Scandal)

Cast: Yoon Yeo-Jung [윤여정], Lee Mi-Sook [이미숙], Go Hyun-Jung [고현정], Choi Ji-Woo [최지우], Kim Min-Hee [김민희], Kim Ok-Bin [김옥빈]

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E J-yong starts shooting ensemble drama Actresses

18 June, 2009 | By Jean Noh

Untold Scandal director E J-yong has started production on his upcoming film Actresses (working title) with an ensemble cast of six of Korea’s top female thespians.

Gathering six actresses for a fashion magazine shoot, the film will portray their candid and intrepid stories – with all of them using their own real-life names and their own images.

Leading the cast is veteran Yoon Yeo-jung, whose prolific credits include master director Kim Ki-young’s Chungnyeo and the role of a carefree mother-in-law in Im Sang-soo’s A Good Lawyer’s Wife.

She is joined by Go Hyun-jung, most recently seen in Hong Sang-soo’s Cannes entry Like You Know It All; Kim Ok-vin, who starred in Park Chan-wook’s Cannes competition title Thirst; Lee Mi-sook, who previously starred in E’s An Affair and Untold Scandal; Choi Ji-woo, who starred in Now And Forever and Shadowless Sword, and Kim Min-hee, who most recently played Lee’s younger sister in Hellcats.

The low-budget film is produced by Moongcle Pictures, presented by Sponge Entertainment and distributed by Showbox Mediaplex. The latter is also handling international sales.

The film is due to shoot through the summer for a local release at the end of the year.

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