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  1. 6/19 Thanks to the fan-highlight on twitter, sighting of MJBH enjoying their time playing golf with friends at Vision Hills Club. Photos: @mrschoi83
  2. Mention of Lee Byung Hun in the recent episode 184 of JTBC variety show, Knowing Bros which featured the drama 'Chief of Staff' aka 'The President's Aide' starring Lee Jung Jae and Shin Min Ah. SMA of course, was BH's co-star in A Bittersweet Life and Beautiful Days while Im Won Hee (IWH) was in Three, Monster. The guests on Knowing Bros were IWH, Lee Elijah and Kim Dong Joon. Lee Byung Hun and his movies are definitely a favorite topic on the variety shows. His name will likely be mentioned whenever there's a chance, particularly if the guests had worked with him in the same drama or movie. The related transcript from the show, to watch streaming (here at 16:15 time-mark) / article on Naver ++ Then do you fall in love with Min A by any chance? IWH: There's no chance. Because.. in 'A Bittersweet Life', Lee Byung Hun... falls in love with the assemblywoman he serves. (however SMA's role wasn't an assemblywoman in BSL). But that's Byung Hun. I guess so. IWH: (A sad laugh) I guess it's because it was Byung Hun. Kang Ho Dong: What a coincidence, we're all around the same age. Really? He's also the same age. You three are all the same age. KHD: Won Hee, Byung Hun, and I are all the same age. I guess that was possible only because it was Byung Hun.
  3. June 15, 2019 'Parasite' surpasses 8 million in admissions SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) -- The Cannes-winning "Parasite" surpassed 8 million in total admissions on Saturday, looking poised to join other films in the 10 million club. According to data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), "Parasite" reached over 8 million in admissions just past 3 p.m. Saturday, the 17th day since its much anticipated release. The family satire directed by Bong Joon-ho earned the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival and has stayed at the top of the local box office since its premiere on May 30. "Parasite" is ahead of the pace set by a handful of earlier films that sold more than 10 million tickets, including Bong's own 2006 film "The Host." "Roaring Currents," a 2014 film about Admiral Yu Sun-shin's heroics in the 16th century, remains the most-viewed film ever in South Korea with 17.6 million admissions. Parasite Art by gree.jj June 14, 2019 Bong Joon-ho's Award-Winning Film Still Leads Box Office Source: The Chosun Ilbo Director Bong Joon-ho's latest film "Parasite" remains at the top of the box office. The film, which won the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival last month, has attracted over 7.5 million moviegoers in about two weeks since its release here on May 30, according to the Korean Film Council. The award-winning film drew over 1 million moviegoers in just two days and continues to attract a herd of viewers -- 1 million almost every day since then. Buoyed by a host of positive reviews from critics and viewers, the film is expected to continue to dominate the box office despite an onslaught of new releases. "Parasite" revolves around two families whose lives become intertwined when the son from a poor family scams his way into a tutoring job with a wealthy family.
  4. #Throwback Didn't have this shared before while they were filming but better late than never. From her costume attire, likely toward the end of the drama. Highlighted by Kim Tae Ri fan-IG (formerly Chungmuro Crumb)
  5. June 12, 2019 'Parasite' makes strong opening in France SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- This year's Cannes Palme d'Or-winner, "Parasite," made a strong debut in France, setting the record for the highest first-week box office performance for a South Korean movie, its overseas distributor said Wednesday. Released on June 5, the family satire, directed by Bong Joon-ho, had attracted 259,737 viewers in French cinemas through Sunday, according to CJ ENM Co. It marks the highest first-week showing for any Korean film released in the country, surpassing the previous record of 235,371 set by Bong's 2013 feature "Snowpiercer." "Parasite" ranked second on the weekly box office chart after Marvel's "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," which brought in 498,000 viewers. CJ ENM said ticket sales of "Parasite" in France will likely gain momentum, as the movie will be shown on 300 screens this week, up from 179 screens last week. Among all South Korean movies released in France, "Snowpiercer" is the most most-viewed, garnering a total of 680,000 viewers in 2013. "Chihwaseon" (2002) by Im Kwon-taek is next with 310,000, followed by "The Handmaiden" (2016) by Park Chan-wook with 300,000 and "Train to Busan" (2016) by Yeon Sang-ho. In South Korea, "Parasite" has been atop the local box office since its release on May 30, surpassing 7.3 million admissions as of Tuesday. brk@yna.co.kr
  6. June 18, 2019 THE KING’S LETTERS to Kick Off Korean High Summer Season SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il Reunite for 3rd Blockbuster by Pierce Conran KOFIC This year’s high summer season in Korea will be ushered in by The King’s Letters, a new period drama starring SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il. From veteran producer and writer but first time director CHO Chul-hyun, the film will be released by Megabox Plus M on July 24. This true life story follows the joint efforts made by King Sejong (SONG Kang-ho) and the Venerable monk Shin-mi (PARK Hae-il) to create the Hunminjungeum script (commonly known as Hangul) which became Korea’s popular writing system. SONG is currently on screens in BONG Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning PARASITE, which just crossed the eight million viewer mark at the box office. PARK was recently seen in ZHANG Lu’s Ode to the Goose (2018), which debuted as a gala screening at the Busan International Film Festival last year. SONG and PARK have appeared on screen together twice before for director BONG Joon-ho, in his acclaimed box office hits Memories Of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006). The film also features JEON Mi-sun (Hide and Seek, 2013), CHOI Duk-mun (The Drug King, 2018) and NAM Mun-cheol (Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage). Director CHO is well known for his collaborations with Director LEE Joon-ik, having penned and/or produced many of his most well-known period dramas, including The Throne (2015), for which he wrote the script. Though exact dates remain to be announced, the other major contenders during the peak summer season in 2019 will be CJ Entertainment’s disaster film EXIT, the supernatural action-drama The Divine Fury from Lotte Entertainment and Showbox’s period battle drama The Battle: Roar to Victory. (HanCinema.net)
  7. June 18, 2019 THE KING’S LETTERS to Kick Off Korean High Summer Season SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il Reunite for 3rd Blockbuster by Pierce Conran KOFIC This year’s high summer season in Korea will be ushered in by The King’s Letters, a new period drama starring SONG Kang-ho and PARK Hae-il. From veteran producer and writer but first time director CHO Chul-hyun, the film will be released by Megabox Plus M on July 24. This true life story follows the joint efforts made by King Sejong (SONG Kang-ho) and the Venerable monk Shin-mi (PARK Hae-il) to create the Hunminjungeum script (commonly known as Hangul) which became Korea’s popular writing system. SONG is currently on screens in BONG Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning PARASITE, which just crossed the eight million viewer mark at the box office. PARK was recently seen in ZHANG Lu’s Ode to the Goose (2018), which debuted as a gala screening at the Busan International Film Festival last year. SONG and PARK have appeared on screen together twice before for director BONG Joon-ho, in his acclaimed box office hits Memories Of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006). The film also features JEON Mi-sun (Hide and Seek, 2013), CHOI Duk-mun (The Drug King, 2018) and NAM Mun-cheol (Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage). Director CHO is well known for his collaborations with Director LEE Joon-ik, having penned and/or produced many of his most well-known period dramas, including The Throne (2015), for which he wrote the script. Though exact dates remain to be announced, the other major contenders during the peak summer season in 2019 will be CJ Entertainment’s disaster film EXIT, the supernatural action-drama The Divine Fury from Lotte Entertainment and Showbox’s period battle drama The Battle: Roar to Victory. (HanCinema.net)
  8. 6/19 Minjung posted photos from her filming trip to Spain ~ Article: DIA's Jung Chae Yeon seen in Spain with actress Lee Min Jung
  9. June 18, 2019 The Battle: Roar to Victory BATTLE OF BONGODONG Posters Released Source: HanCinema.net The film "Battle" unveiled a poster showing the first day of victory for the independent forces against the Japanese military. "Battle" is a movie about The Battle of Fengwudong, where the independence army got the first victory by luring the regular Japanese army into the valley of death in June of 1920. The movie released 2 posters. In the poster of the independence force, we can feel the solidarity of the independent forces in June of 1920, starring Yoo Hae-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol and Jo Woo-jin. They were peasants before, yet had no choice but to become soldiers the next day, and their emotions are reflected in the posters. The actors' efforts to play their roles as part of the Independence Army can be seen at a glance. The copy says, "Everyone's fight, everyone's victory", which reflects back on the day of the victory. In the battle poster, independence soldiers have gathered together to lure the Japanese army into the Valley of Death. Everyone risked their lives in this battle, and the copy says, "Lure them into the Valley of Death". The two posters, which capture the action and emotion of the movie, make one all the more curious about the record of the first victory that the movie "Battle" will show. "Battle" comes out in August.
  10. June 5, 2019 Settings in 'Parasite' highlight sharp contrast between rich, poor SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- With Cannes-crowned "Parasite" crushing the South Korean box office, the film's major settings of two very different houses and their behind-the-scene stories have caught the eyes of audiences here. The movie, directed by eclectic auteur Bong Joon-ho, is a tale of two families, one rich and one poor, who become entangled, leading to a series of unexpected violent mishaps. It starts by depicting the miserable life of Ki-taek (played by Song Kang-ho)'s family, living in a ramshackle, slummy semi-basement, with a strip of window through which the family can see a drunken man urinating against their house. Later, the story moves to the airy, spacious, pristine modernist mansion as Ki-taek's son, Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik), gets a job tutoring the teenage daughter of wealthy Mr. Park (Lee Sun-kyun), the CEO of an IT firm. The director said he and his staff built the houses from the get-go to embody his main concept of class hierarchy and polarization. The setting was designed and constructed by Bong's art team with all the care and attention to detail that he uses to write his characters. It has a wide open, clear glass facing the well-maintained garden, but also features a spate of hiding spots and corners that block characters' sight of each other. "When I was writing the screenplay, the movement of the characters in the setting was already in my head," Bong said. "From one spot of the house, you can hear a person on the other side, but he or she can't see you. This structure was the most important." Also, Mr. Park's architect-designed house had to look opulent and gaudy, in contrast to the poverty-stricken appearance of Ki-taek's. The movie's art director, Lee Ha-jun, said he filled the house with expensive, high-end furniture, home appliances and props, and decorated with luxurious, lavish wallpaper and drawings from cellar to rafter. Even the trees in the garden were carefully chosen by the design team. "In order to show the clear contrast to the semi-basement village, I used staid, composed colors and materials to build the house and stuffed it with furniture and drawings," Lee said. The detail amazed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the president of the jury at Cannes, who asked Bong how he had found such a perfect house, according to Bong. Ki-taek's house, on the other hand, was part of the stage setting of a shantytown built in a studio in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul. Lee and his staff installed old-fashioned tiles, doors, window frames and other features to make it look squalid and grotty. "When we were building the setting, it rained so much and so often that painting and tiles kept coming off the wall due to humidity," the art director said. "We fixed them again and again, and it helped the village look even more worn-out." brk@yna.co.kr June 6, 2019 [REVIEW] In ‘Parasite,’ one family lives off another’s bounty: Bong Joon-ho dissects class issues, but female perspective is lacking Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily Warning: spoilers follow. “For overseas theatergoers, it may be hard for them to comprehend the film 100 percent because there are specific details that may only draw empathy from Korean audiences,” director Bong Joon-ho said during a press conference held in April before the premiere of his latest film, “Parasite,” at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Yet was the film really “too local” for international audience to understand? It tells the story of two families - one rich, one poor - that become close in an unusual way. Bong singles out social hierarchy as a problem that people living under capitalist society will never be free of. The eerie similarity between the film’s beginning and its ending seems to further assert the director’s point: a rich family living in a mansion, and a secret resident hiding underground, latching onto the family for his survival without their knowledge. Nothing has essentially changed. At the start it was a Korean family, but in the end it was a German family that was living in the house, implying that the situation was not limited to Korea, but to all types of societies under capitalism. After seeing the film, the meaning of the title becomes clear. There can be no symbiotic relationships between people living under capitalism unless they strictly adhere to certain standards, rules and boundaries. In the film, such “boundaries” are explained through “lines” that the rich family’s patriarch - identified only by his surname Park - emphasizes persistently throughout the film. “I like him because he gets tantalizingly close to crossing the line, but he doesn’t, in the end,” says Park when he talks about his newly-hired personal driver, Ki-taek, who’s the father of the poor family. Yet the first person to cross the line is from neither of the two families. It’s actually Min-hyuk, a friend of Ki-woo, the poor family’s son. He pays a surprise visit into Ki-woo’s underground basement home without an invitation to give them a suseok, a scholar’s rock, that the family would have no use for. Then he suggests that Ki-woo take over his part-time English tutoring job for a rich family’s daughter. This is the beginning of how two families start to cross paths and lines before a tragedy rips both of them apart at the end. BY LEE JAE-LIM [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr] Photos: CJ Entertainment
  11. June 17, 2019 Actress Kim Hye-soo returns to big screen as policewoman Actress Kim Hye-soo poses for an Elle Magazine photoshoot. Facebook of HODU&U Entertainment By Lee Han-na The Korea Times Actress Kim Hye-soo, well-known from her movies "Tazza: The High Rollers" and "The Thieves" is returning to the big screen after a year with the movie "The Day I Died." Her agency, HODU&U Entertainment, confirmed it through a phone call with a local media outlet Tuesday. Directed by Park Ji-wan of the Korean Academy of Film Arts, the movie is about how the characters try to get their lives back on track after an event totally changes their plans and hopes. Kim will play the role of a police officer whose life turns a new chapter after the case of a girl who committed a suicide. Kim, who debuted in 1986 in the movie "Ggambo," is a popular and highly respected actress with several hit movies. The veteran has played leading roles in about 33 movies and has shot more than 80 commercials since 1985. Lee Han-na is a Korea Times intern. leehanna1594@gmail.com
  12. June 18, 2019 Song Kang-ho Loses No Time Starring in New Movie After 'Parasite' Source: The Chosun Ilbo Publicity stills for Song Kang-ho's new movie released on Monday have piqued curiosity about what the actor can show this time since he has already been the focus of attention due to his role in the globally acclaimed film "Parasite." Song plays the role of King Sejong, who was behind the invention of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, in the 15th century, in the upcoming period film "The King's Letters." It will be interesting to see how he portrays the not-well-known human side of one of the greatest kings of Korean history and brings to life the story behind the invention of Hangeul. "As an actor, it was an honor to play King Sejong. I've got to know more about him that history didn't tell us and feel how great and humane he was," Song said. Park Hae-il and Jeon Mi-sun co-star in the movie, which is set for release on July 24.
  13. June 17, 2019 Fashion Icon Gong Hyo-jin Featured on ELLE Hong Kong and Taiwan Source: MBN Star via HanCinema.net Actress Gong Hyo-jin was featured on the June issue covers of ELLE Hong Kong and Taiwan. Gong Hyo-jin is wearing high-end jewelry along with a black and beige modern look (Hong Kong) or a pink colored silk blouse (Taiwan) to add elegance. Gong Hyo-jin is a role model as an actress and a fashion icon, and she's not only known in Korea for her uniqueness, but in other Asian countries as well. Meanwhile, Gong Hyo-jin stars in the KBS 2TV drama "When Camellia Blooms" as Dong Baek, coming back with a drama for the first time in 3 years.
  14. June 18, 2019 Kim Hye Soo To Play A Police Officer In New Movie Source: Soompi by C. Hong Actress Kim Hye Soo has chosen her next project! On June 18, a source from her agency, HODU&U Entertainment, stated to MBN Star, “It has been confirmed that Kim Hye Soo will be starring in the film ‘The Day I Died’ [literal translation].” “The Day I Died” is about gaining the courage to live again and not even giving up even after your life doesn’t go according to plan. It will be directed by Park Ji Wan of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA). Kim Hye Soo has been cast as the police officer Hyun Soo, who faces a turning point in her life after she meets a young girl who has been through a tragic incident. This is Kim Hye Soo’s first film role after “Default,” which premiered in November 2018. She had previously planned to appear in director Yoon Je Kyun’s sci-fi film “Return,” but production on that film has been put on indefinite hiatus. Source (1)
  15. June 17, 2019 Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' wins Sydney Film Festival top prize SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has grabbed the Sydney Film Prize, the main award of the 2019 Sydney Film Festival (SFF), according to the festival's homepage Monday. The awarding of the AUD60,000 (US$41,288) cash prize, which took place during the festival's closing ceremony at the State Theatre in Sydney on Sunday (local time), follows the tragicomedy's winning of the prestigious Palme D'Or at Cannes in late May. "'Parasite' has an outrageous disregard for genre conventions. ... It is tender and brutal, beautiful and harsh, funny and tragic, and a masterwork in its exploration of class," Jury president John Maynard said. The family satire will be released in Australia on June 27. Bong's action-adventure film "Okja" was screened as the closing film at the 2017 SFF. Source: Sydney Film Festival 'Parasite' wins top film prize in Sydney By Park Jin-hai The Korea Times Cannes-winning Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" won the Sydney Film Prize, the top prize at this year's Sydney Film Festival. According to the film festival, the director received the trophy and prize money during the closing ceremony at the State Theatre in Sydney, Sunday. Earlier in late May, Bong's tragicomedy won Cannes Film Festival's most coveted Palme D'Or, making Korean film history. The Sydney Film Prize is awarded to the most "audacious, cutting-edge and courageous" film in the festival's official competition. John Maynard, jury president of the festival, was quoted as saying, "Parasite has an outrageous disregard for genre conventions ― it is tender and brutal; beautiful and harsh; funny and tragic and a masterwork in its exploration of class." The director's 2017 film "Okja" was selected as the closing film at the same film festival in the past. Australian movie fans can Bong's latest film when it is released in the country on June 27. In the meantime, Bong's film, telling the story of two families, one rich and one poor, continues to show strong ticket sales at the local box office. Currently ranked second, the film has attracted over 8 million moviegoers since its May 30 release. 'Parasite' was sold to film contributors of a record 192 foreign countries. The film was released in France, on June 5, and showed a record first-week box office performance for a Korean movie, attracting some 260,000 viewers in the country. It will be released in Switzerland on June 19, followed by Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and others the same month. Also included countries are Romania and the Netherlands in November and Hungary in December. The release date for the North American market is set for Oct. 11, during the wild "Oscar Race" season, when many Oscar contenders will be screened. jinhai@koreatimes.co.kr Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' grabs Sydney Film Prize after winning Palme D'Or at Cannes Source: Arirang news South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' has won the Sydney Film Festival's main award, the Sydney Film Prize. Just weeks after becoming the first South Korean filmmaker to win the prestigious Palme D'Or at Cannes, Bong received the Sydney award on Sunday at the festival's closing ceremony. The festival's Jury President said 'Parasite' "has an outrageous disregard for genre conventions," and is a "masterwork in its exploration of class." Two years ago, Bong's previous film 'Okja' was selected as the closing film at the festival. 'Parasite' goes on nationwide release in Australia on June 27th. Reporter : siyoungchoi@arirang.com
  16. June 4, 2019 (News Focus) 'Parasite' tipped for Oscar nomination By Kim Boram SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- With the U.S. release of the Cannes-winning "Parasite" set for the height of Oscar season, anticipation is running high for the film to become Korea's first-ever Oscar nominee. The film's U.S. distributor, Neon, recently set the title's release for Oct. 11 in an apparent move to position the flick as a major contender in the international film category of the 92nd Academy Awards. Many U.S. film production firms and distributors prefer October for Oscar preparations as the fall season gives enough room to build buzz before the award ceremony, which usually takes place in February. "Parasite" is director Bong Joon-ho's seventh feature film following his English-language films "Snowpiercer" (2013) and "Okja" (2017). The new flick revolves around two families, one rich and one poor, who become entangled, leading to a series of unexpected violent mishaps. As a non-English film, "Parasite" is regarded as one of the strongest hopefuls for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, previously titled Best Foreign Language Film. The film, which has received critical acclaim for its well-rounded plot and mixture of various genres and won the highest honor at Cannes, also caters to commercial tastes as it topped the South Korean box office with a cumulative 3.7 million admissions as of Monday. Before the U.S. release, "Parasite" will hit screens in France later this week, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia. Movie fans in Russia and Thailand can see the film next month, while it will be released in the Czech Republic and Poland in September. However, there is still a long way to go for the movie to reach the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, next year. It has to be first selected as South Korea's representative film for the 92nd Academy Awards as the prize goes to the submitting country as a whole, not to a specific individual. "I want to note the fact that Cannes' jury unanimously picked 'Parasite' for the Palme d'Or. It has enjoyed a widely positive reception from the jury and movie fans," Yoon Sung-eun, a film critic, said. "It may be too early to comment on the possibility of 'Parasite' winning an award at the Academy Awards at this time, but we can expect its nomination." brk@yna.co.kr June 5, 2019 ‘Parasite’ gets global release dates Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily After taking home the Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, “Parasite” will make its way to theaters around the world throughout the year, film distribution company CJ ENM announced on Tuesday. According to the company, the film is slated to premiere in France today, and will be released in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan this month. In July, moviegoers in Russia and Thailand will have a chance to see the film and it will be screened in the Czech Republic and Poland in September. The film is scheduled to hit the North American box office on Oct. 11. A number of U.S. media outlets, including The New York Times, have predicted that there is a possibility that the film will be nominated for an Academy Award. If so, it would be a first for a Korean film. “Parasite” has already set a record by selling its distribution rights to 192 countries, and there are already talks about local remakes. “Presales of the film’s distribution rights have been so successful that it will be like the film is taking a trip around the world,” said a representative from the distribution company. “It’s a great opportunity to show the world the charms of local film and enhance our status [amongst international film industries].” In celebration of the film’s success, local movie theater chain Megabox announced that it began screening the film with English subtitles once a day at three Seoul locations - Coex, Sinchon, and Songdo - from Monday. More information about the screening of the film with subtitles can be found on the company’s website. By Lee Jae-lim June 9, 2019 'Parasite' likely to be remade into U.S. drama series SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- Following the previous globally acclaimed film "Snowpiercer," director Bong Joon-ho's latest, Cannes-winning "Parasite" is presumed to become his second flick to be dramatized in the United States. Winning the top Palme d'Or prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the film was sold to film distributors in 192 foreign countries, becoming the most exported South Korean film title ever. With its piercing depiction of economic class division universally appealing to international cinephiles, "Parasite" has reportedly drawn proposals for being remade outside of Korea. The director Bong has hinted at the possibility himself, saying during a recent media interview, "I am getting questions from the U.S. for the dramatization of 'Parasite.' "It will be very interesting to turn it into a drama series where untold stories of each character can be further explored," Bong said. If made into a TV series, "Parasite" will become his second flick to be dramatized in the U.S. His previous film, "Snowpiercer," based on a French graphic novel, is being dramatized in the U.S. and will hit the small screen on TBS next spring, a number of American media reports have said. The drama project began in 2015 but faced a major delay before TBS, not TNT as initially planned, was selected as its broadcaster. The new series will star Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs and Alison Wright, among others. Experts predicted that "Parasite" is also likely to be reproduced given the global acclaim and fame it has widely garnered.
  17. June 17, 2019 HanCinema's News First Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee Have Bought Houses in the United States By William Schwartz HanCinema.net First Lee Byung-hun bought a two million dollar house in Los Angeles. Now, Kim Tae-hee has also bought a two million dollar house in Irvine. Speculation has been mounting as to why, or whether these two high profile real estate transactions are mere coincidence. That two major South Korean entertainment stars bought the houses in the same area at the same time was probably a coincidence. However, wealthy Asians have long bought houses in this area for a variety of reasons. Practically speaking, it is convenient to have a permanent residence near Los Angeles for people who frequently take trips there. This was the official explanation for Lee Byung-hun's investment. Kim Tae-hee's agency has claimed that she is not currently looking into expanding her career into Hollywood as Lee Byung-hun has. Financial motives are another likely factor. American houses are seen as offering a strong return by foreign investors. This practice has made much of the American housing market unaffordable for normal Americans, creating spikes in homeless populations. Taking advantage of American birthright citizenship is another reason for wealthy foreigners to maintain official residences in the United States. Such an advantage is of particular value to South Korean families trying to spare their sons the trauma of mandatory military service. Kim Tae-hee's second child is due in September. Its gender has not yet been revealed. Written by William Schwartz
  18. June 4, 2019 PARASITE Scores Record Opening for BONG Joon-ho Palme d’Or Frenzy Fuels Sales by Pierce Conran KOFIC A media frenzy and national pride have set the May box office on fire, as admissions almost doubled to 4.04 million over the previous weekend, an unusually high number for this time of year. Moreover, the local share surged to 76%, despite the opening of a new Hollywood blockbuster, which is topping the rest of its global markets this session while struggling in Korea. Hot from its historic Palme d’Or win at the Cannes Film Festival, the first such win for a Korean filmmaker, PARASITE opened to a staggering 2.79 million entries (USD 20.75 million), a record for director BONG Joon-ho, unseating 2013’s Snowpiercer (2.27 million viewers), and the second highest ever debut for star SONG Kang-ho, just behind 2017’s A Taxi Driver (USD 2.92 million viewers). Over four days, the film has attracted a massive 3.37 million spectators (USD 24.71 million) and with uniformly gushing reviews and strong word of mouth, the film is poised to continue pulling in large crowds. June 10, 2019 Box Office Reports PARASITE Maintains Its Hold on the Charts X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Flies in Low by Pierce Conran KOFIC As the media frenzy around Korea’s first ever Palme d’Or winner cooled down, so did the box office as business receded about 20% with 3.34 million tickets sold. The local market share also declined but maintained a razor thin 50.1% majority despite the presence of several Hollywood tentpoles. Following its phenomenal debut last week and some terrific mid-numbers, the furor around BONG Joon-ho’s PARASITE has finally started to subside, which amounted to a 40% slide in its sophomore weekend. With 1.67 million viewers (USD 12.4 million) recorded, that was still more than enough for first place for the acclaimed film, which has now recorded in 7.02 million admissions (USD 51.06 million), which is the third best ever total in Director BONG’s career, behind The Host (2006 - 13.02 million viewers) and Snowpiercer (2013 - 9.35 million viewers). Remarkably rising 49% in its third weekend was Disney’s Aladdin with 1.1 Million entries (USD 8.04 million) as it continues to draw in new audiences. The word-of-mouth smash hit has so far reached 3.9 million spectators (USD 27.87 million). The film has even managed to climb back to the top of the reservations chart, pushing PARASITE down to second place. Opening in a distant third place with 368,000 sales (USD 2.82 million) and 737,000 tickets (USD 5.59 million) sold over its first five days was X-Men: Dark Phoenix. On rerelease, MIYAZAKI Hayao’s beloved Japanese animation My Neighbor Totoro filled 63,000 seats (USD 439,000) over the weekend and attracted a total of 101,000 viewers (USD 705,000) since opening on Thursday. The Elton JOHN bio-pic Rocketman had a lackluster debut in fifth place with 39,000 entries (USD 296,000) and a total of 72,000 viewers (USD 534,000) since opening on Wednesday. While Aladdin and PARASITE should continue to perform well this coming weekend, the chart will also welcome a pair of Hollywood titles, the reboot Men in Black: International and The Upside, a remake of the French film The Intouchables, which was a massive hit in Korea in 2012 with over 1.7 million admissions. Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” Surpasses 2.3 Million Moviegoers In 3 Days (Soompi) 'Parasite' smashes S. Korean box office (Yonhap) 'Parasite' attracts 3 million viewers in four days (Yonhap) ‘Parasite’ takes No. 1 with 2.7 million ticket sales (INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily) 'Parasite' tops 5 million in attendance (Yonhap) Palme d'Or-winning 'Parasite' on its way to topping 7 million admissions (Yonhap) ‘Parasite’ remains powerful against competition (INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily) 'Parasite' surpasses 8 million in admissions (Yonhap) Bong Joon-ho's Award-Winning Film Still Leads Box Office (The Chosun Ilbo)
  19. May 31, 2019 'Working with Bong is challenging yet delightful,’ says Darcy Paquet Source: The DONG-A Ilbo Sound of laughter had continued at the Lumiere Theatre in Cannes, France where Korean director Bong Joon-ho's movie “Parasite” played on May 21. Waves of laughter, the first of which brought on by a scene in which the oldest son Ki-woo, played by Choi Woo-shik, of Ki-taek played by Song Kang-ho tried to find a good spot for WiFi signal in their semi-basement, had lasted throughout the whole movie. Not even a single person out of 2,000 viewers left seat. This shows that non-Koreans were easily able to relate to Korean cultural nuances in the movie, which is largely attributed to U.S. film critic Darcy Paquet who translated “Parasite.” “It is great to see the importance of translation newly recognized thanks to an outstanding movie,” Paquet said during an interview on Thursday at a café in Jongno, Seoul. He first came to South Korea in 1997 as an English lecturer at Korea University and learned the Korean language on his own. He is now married to his beloved Korean wife. Although he had worked on the translation of almost 100 movies during the past 20 years, the film critic and translator says Korean to English translation is a “difficult task whose flaws are so easily noticeable.” It took him 10 days to translate the script draft of “Parasite” as the movie was quite packed with lines. Paquet and director Bong had stayed up two nights editing the final version. Paquet has been behind the translation of all of Bong’s films since “Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000),” except “Okja (2017).” The South Korean director always asks for “short but impactful translation.” He even chose the name Do-joon for a character played by Won Bin in his 2009 movie “Mother” to keep it short in English. The director also requested extra attention to the translation of words, including plan and symbol, which repeatedly appear in the Palme d'Or winning movie. Kyu-Jin Shin newjin@donga.com June 3, 2019 Yonhap Interview Subtitle translator in spotlight after Parasite's Cannes victory By Kim Boram SEOUL, June 3 (Yonhap) -- Bong Joon-ho, the director of "Parasite," has said foreigners may find it difficult to fully understand the film because of its details and nuances that are specific to Koreans. But the film provoked laughter from the audience all the way through its running time when it premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival last month and took home the top honor, the Palme d'Or. Behind this great reception is Darcy Paquet, an U.S. film critic who translated the film's dialog for the English subtitles. "I know some 95 percent of ... movie is from filmmakers and actors and everything," he said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency in Seoul on Thursday. "But because it's my translation on the screen, I feel I can take a little bit of credit -- 5 percent credit," he added, laughing. He said he saw the film seven times in order to translate it. Captured from his Facebook account, this image shows Darcy Pacquet. (Yonhap) The Massachusetts native has been working with Bong in providing English subtitles for his movies since 2000, three years after first coming to South Korea. He was introduced to Bong to revise the English subtitles of the director's first feature, "Barking Dogs Never Bite" (2000). "Somebody else did the translation but I was introduced to the director at that time and we sat down together and we did some polishing of the subtitles together," he said. "That's when I met him for the first time. I've been his fan since the very beginning." Since then, he has worked on the subtitles for nearly all of Bong's films except for the U.S.-made "Okja" (2017). He worked on rendering the screenplay of "Snowpiercer" (2013) into English before sending it to Hollywood production companies. Paquet, who lives with his Korean wife in Seoul, said the director wanted the English-translated dialog to sound natural for English-speaking audiences. So they talked a lot to find the best English expressions for certain situations. In "Parasite," translating the word "jjapaguri," a mixture of Chapaghetti, instant black bean noodles, and Neoguri, spicy Korean udon-like noodles, was the trickiest part. Foreigners don't know the brand names of the instant noodles, but he focused on the fact that they know the words like "ramyeon" and "udon." "So I put them together and made 'ramdon'," he laughed. "It sounds ridiculous but luckily it comes in the conversation first and then one of the characters says, 'What the hell is ramdon?' and right after then, as she's cooking it, we see it on the screen." Paquet became highly sought-after by the Korean media following the film's success at Cannes. He is busy but happy with the media attention both on him and his subtitling work for other reasons. "Usually there's been less focus on expats living in Korea," he said. "There is an audience very interested in Korean films, and they can get a lot out of watching Korean films with English subtitles." He said it is a "dream" of foreigners here to have one theater that always shows subtitled Korean movies, which have improved a lot over the past 20 years and have their own color of storytelling and emotion. brk@yna.co.kr 'Parasite' to be screened with English subtitles for foreign audiences
  20. May 29, 2019 Herald Review ‘Parasite’ feeds on class rage, delivers thrilling ride By Yoon Min-sik The Korea Herald Bong Joon-ho is just a brilliant storyteller. His films encompass the hard-hitting issues confronting today’s society and they reek of cynicism, yet they are just fun to watch. This is the difference between him and other directors, such as Kim Ki-duk, whose films are hard to watch: Bong’s films don’t rattle you and force you to think. They lure you in with interesting stories, get you hooked, then leave you lost in thought about what you’ve just seen as you leave the theater. This is why “Parasite,” a masterful, humorous and thrilling satire about social hierarchies, is not really the pinnacle of the Korean auteur’s magnificent career. It’s just the latest evidence of his genius. “Parasite” / CJ Entertainment The film begins with a poor, jobless family of four living in a basement dump. Patriarch Kim Ki-taek -- Song Kang-ho -- is a shiftless loser who is pushed around by his headstrong wife, Chung-sook (Jang Hye-jin). They have two children, son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik) and street-smart but cynical Ki-jung (Park So-dam). When Ki-woo is out of cash and luck, his friend gets him a job as a tutor for a wealthy family consisting of Mr. Park (Lee Sun-kyun); his wife, Yeon-kyo (Cho Yeo-jeong); their teenage daughter, Da-hye (Jung Ziso); and her kid brother, Da-song (Jung Hyeon-jun). Live-in housekeeper Moon-gwang (Lee Jeong-eun) takes care of them all. Charming Ki-woo wins the affection of the sweet but gullible lady of the house -- and then some from her smitten daughter -- and realizes that the wealthy Parks could be a meal ticket for his family. With devilish cunning, Ki-jung lands a job as an art tutor for Da-song, Ki-taek becomes their driver, and Chung-sook replaces the loyal Moon-gwang as their housekeeper. The sequence of the Kim family hustling its way into the Park household is pure gold and is also classic Bong. The scenes are paced well and filled with energy, just enough to have the audience on the edges of their seats while still being lighthearted and funny. It’s these little sequences that build up the tension. They are also what make Bong such an efficient writer and director. He never wastes a scene -- even expositional scenes, such as one seemingly pointless part of “The Host” that has Park Hee-bong rambling about Gang-du’s childhood, which ultimately serves as a clever transition while revealing the character of the family. Choosing a good scene is like choosing sweets in a candy store: There are just so many to pick from. Lee Jeong-eun and Jang Hye-jin are a joy to watch with their hilarious, sometimes borderline maniacal performances, and the young acting pair of Choi and Park really brought their A game. Lee Sun-kyun is an actor with the range and capacity to pull off a multilayered character and Cho seems endearingly lost as the lovable dunce. But as always, Song’s performance is the cherry on top. While it’s hard to find anything bad to say about Bong, it is impossible to find fault with Song’s performance. He is an actor who perfectly understands the director’s intent and adds his own magic, as he did with the ingenious touch on the last scenes of another Bong production, “Memories of Murder.” The amazing thing about Song is that, in some way, the audience “knows” his character before they even meet him. This is something that appeals to the Korean audience, but his acting is natural even as it carries a clear message. Song’s interaction with Lee’s character and the thought process in his head, along with the impact on him of a “freak” incident that occurs in the third act, show in his facial expressions. Throughout the final act, Song overshadows everyone else, right up to the chaotic climax. By Yoon Min-sik (minsikyoon@heraldcorp.com) Source: Pierce Conran Tight as a drum and endlessly surprising, Bong Joon-ho’s richly deserving Palme d’Or winner PARASITE is scathing, tender, hilarious and as breathtaking as anything he’s ever done. Cinema of the highest order. Do go in cold if you can.
  21. Published on June 14, 2019 by JTBC Entertainment Movie Room ep.59
  22. Published on June 14, 2019 by JTBC Entertainment Movie Room ep.59
  23. Published on June 14, 2019 by JTBC Entertainment Movie Room ep.59
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