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6 out of 10 Americans have watched 'Squid Game', 90% to watch second season

YonhapNews / 2022-09-15 13:46:32
(This article is translated from Korean to English by Dowon Kim.)




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SEOUL, September 15 (Yonhap) -- Six out of ten American adults have watched the Korean Netflix original series "Squid Game," and 90% of them have responded that they are planning to watch the second season of it as well.

The New York branch of the Korea Tourism Organization announced on September 14 that these are the results of the "The reputation of K-Culture and trend analysis" survey done with Kim Mi-ran, business school professor at Michigan State University.

The survey was conducted on 3,218 Americans over the age of 18, provided by Qualtrics, a US research firm.

"Squid Game," which recently swept six awards, including the Best Director award and the Best Actor award at the Emmy Awards, which is the most prestigious award show in the US television industry, got the most votes as America's favorite Korean drama and movie (with 77%, multiple responses). 2nd place was "Parasite" (39%), 3rd place was "Train to Busan" (30%), and 4th place was "All of Us Are Dead" (29%).

52% of the respondents chose Lee Jung-jae, who won the best actor award at the Emmys, as their favorite Korean actor. 45% chose Jung Ho-yeon and 25% chose Song Kang-ho. 36% chose K-Pop as the category of K-Culture Americans enjoy the most. Korean dramas, movies, and Korean food were ranked second with 34% of votes.


BTS ranked first in the survey of favorite Korean artists with 70%, Black Pink ranked second (33%), and PSY ranked third (21%).

71% of the respondents chose Korean instant noodles, Ramyun as their favorite Korean food, 59% chose fried chicken, 57% chose K-bbq, Bulgogi and 37% chose Bibimbap.


64% of respondents answered that 'K-culture contributes to increasing the popularity of Korea" and 58% of Americans answered that "it contributes to reducing hate crimes against Asians."

Also, six out of ten Americans answered that they are hoping to travel to Korea in the near future. (END)

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27th Busan International Film Festival - Opening Ceremony


The 27th Busan International Film Festival - Day 1
BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 05: Song Kang-Ho walks on the red carpet at the opening ceremony during the 27th Busan International Film Festival at Busan Cinema Center on October 05, 2022 in Busan, South Korea. (Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images)





BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) South Korean actor Song Kang-Ho and director Hirokazu Kore-Eda of Japan attend the 27th Busan International Film Festival Opening Ceremony on October 05, 2022 in Busan, South Korea.



(Photos: Cine21, Woohae Cho/Getty Images, Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)




[ hkoreeda ] I am at the Busan Film Festival. This photo was taken in the waiting room while waiting for the opening ceremony. Tony Leung won Asian Filmmaker Award this time, and 6 special screenings are planned.






Leung said he enjoys watching Korean movies played by Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon, who both won Cannes' acting awards like himself, and would love to work with them in the future if there are opportunities.

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In pictures: Song Kang-ho and Ye Jiwon honoured at French Night in Busan

9 OCTOBER 2022






Korean stars Song Kang-ho and Ye Jiwon received honorary awards at the Busan International Film Festival on Saturday, October 8, at an event hosted in partnership with Screen International.

The French Embassy bestowed the Etoile du Cinema awards on the actors for their contributions to cultural exchanges between Korean and French cinema. The event took place on ‘French Night’ at BIFF at the Paradise Hotel in Busan.

Song is known for roles in Oscar-winner Parasite and more recently Hirokazu Koreeda’s Broker, which played in Competition at this year’s Cannes where Song won best actor. Ye is known for her leading role in hit sitcom Old Miss Diary but also Hong Sang-soo features On the Occasion Of Remembering the Turning Gate and Hahaha. She was awarded the honour following her role in Vanishing, a French-Korean co-production by Denis Dercourt that premiered at BIFF last year.

Further guests in attendance included Unifrance president Serge Toubiana, Unifrance director Daniela Elstner, KOFIC chairman Park Ki-yong, BIFF executive chairman Huh Moon-young and Julien Cats, chief counsellor of the French Embassy in Korea.


Actors Song Kang-ho, Ye Ji-won receive Étoile du Cinéma award

BY HALEY YANG [yang.hyunjoo@joongang.co.kr] | October 10, 2022


Actors Song Kang-ho and Ye Ji-won received the Etoile du Cinema award on Oct. 8, 2022 for contributing to cinematic exchanges between Korea and France, said the French Embassy in Korea. [FRENCH EMBASSY IN KOREA]

Actors Song Kang-ho and Ye Ji-won received the Étoile du Cinéma award on Saturday for contributing to cinematic exchanges between Korea and France.   

According to the French embassy on Monday, the two received the honor at the French Night event held at the Paradise Hotel Busan in Haeundae on Saturday. The embassy annually awards people in the movie industry who contributed to cultural exchanges between Korean and French cinema. 

“I remember watching a film at the French Cultural Center in Anguk [central Seoul],” said Song after accepting the award. “It was my first step into films. I’m so moved and honored to receive this award 36 years after that.”




“Thank you so much for this great award,” said Ye in French. The actor is well-known as a Francophile in the Korean entertainment industry. 

“A lot has happened between France and I. I think this is my destiny. I’m glad that I could receive this award with Song.” 

Saturday was the first French Night event held in two years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Film producers and actors from both countries attended the event. 

“French director Jean Renoir, who is one of my three favorite directors in film history, wrote ‘I would rather be a citizen of the film media than a citizen of France’ in his autobiography,” said Huh Moon-young, director of the Busan International Film Festival currently ongoing in the city. “I want to share his words with every film industry worker here.” 

“Korean and French films have respected and influenced each other for a long time,” said Julien Cats, the French Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission. “Through this event, I want to appreciate the efforts of Koreans in the movie industry who are striving to promote the excellence and variety of Korean films.”

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Byun Yohan, Lee Kyoo Hyung & Seo Hyun Woo Confirmed to Join Song Kang Ho’s First-Ever Drama

By KRISHKIM | October 11, 2022

Credit: Sublime Artist Agency, Megabox Plus M, Ace Factory, JUST Entertainment

Song Kang Ho‘s first-ever TV series Uncle Samsik (literal title) has finalized its cast.

Uncle Samsik paints out the ambition and bromance of two men, Uncle Samsik and Kim San, who survived a turbulent period in the early 1960s, centering around their love, faith, and doubts.

Song Kang Ho steps into the role of Uncle Samsik, who takes pride in the fact that “he ate three meals every day even during the war.” He’s a man of colorful narrative. Joining him in the cast is Byun Yohan as Kim San, an elite who graduated from Korea Military Academy. While studying in the States, he changes his major to economics and returns to Korea with the grand dream of turning Korea into an industrial country. The two will show a perfect bromance in the show as Uncle Samsik approaches Kim San, saying that the two have the same dream.

Lee Kyoo Hyung plays Kang Sung Min, the most likely candidate to become the next (political) leader. He’s been fulfilling his desires through Samsik, but now he wants to get rid of him. The animosity Samsik feels toward Kang Sung Min is one of the reasons that he’s drawn to Kim San. Lastly, Seo Hyun Woo turns into Jung Han Min, an elite soldier. He studied in the States alongside Kim San, but he stayed in the army, dreaming of one day reforming the military. But like Kim San, he also faces the harsh reality.

Meanwhile, Uncle Samsik is penned and helmed by DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet director Shin Yeon Shick.

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The 58th Grand Bell Film Awards 제58회 대종상영화제 [Nominations]


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Date: December 9, 2022





For films released from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.


△ Film 작품상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Park Chan-wook 박찬욱)
'HUNT | 헌트' (Han Jae-duk 한재덕, Lee Jung-jae 이정재)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Lee Jin-hee 이진희)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Han-min 김한민)
'Broker | 브로커' (Lee Yu-jin 이유진)


△ Director 감독상
Park Chan-wook 박찬욱 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')

Shin Su-won 신수원 ('Hommage | 오마주')
Byun Sung-hyun 변성현 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Kim Han-min 김한민 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Hong Sang-soo 홍상수 ('In Front of Your Face | 당신 얼굴 앞에서')


△ Leading Actress 여우주연상
Tang Wei 탕웨이 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Yeom Jung-ah 염정아 ('Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워')
Lee Hye-young 이혜영 ('In Front of Your Face | 당신 얼굴 앞에서')
Lee Jung-eun 이정은 ('Hommage | 오마주')
Park So-dam 박소담 ('Special Cargo | 특송')


△ Leading Actor 남우주연상
Park Hae-il 박해일 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Seol Kyung-gu 설경구 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Song Kang-ho 송강호 ('Broker | 브로커')
Jung Woo-sung 정우성 ('HUNT | 헌트')
Lee Byung-hun 이병헌 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')
Ryu Seung-ryong 류승룡 ('Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워')


△ Supporting Actress 여우조연상
Oh Na-ra 오나라 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Jeon Hye-jin 전혜진 ('HUNT | 헌트')
Gong Min-jeung 공민정 ('Nothing Serious | 연애빠진 로맨스')
Kim Hyang-gi 김향기 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Lim Ji-yeon 임지연 ('Spiritwalker | 유체이탈자')
Im Yoon-ah 임윤아 ('Confidential Assignment 2 | 공조2')


△ Supporting Actor 남우조연상
Park Ji-hwan 박지환 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Jo Woo-jin 조우진 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Byun Yo-han 변요한 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Son Suk-ku 손석구 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Im Si-wan 임시완 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')
Kim Hee-won 김희원 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')


△ New Actress 여자신인상
Shin Si-ah 신시아 (‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’)
Lee Ji-eun 아이유 ('Broker | 브로커')
Kim Hye-yoon 김혜윤 ('The Girl on a Bulldozer | 불도저에 탄 소녀')
Jo Yun-seo 조윤서 ('In Our Prime | 이상한 나라의 수학자')
Park Se-wan 박세완 (‘6/45 | 육사오’)
Go Youn-jung 고윤정 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)


△ New Actor 남자신인상
Mu Jin-sung 무진성 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Kim Dong-hwi 김동휘 ('In Our Prime | 이상한 나라의 수학자')
Tang Jun-sang 탕준상 ('Hommage | 오마주')

Lee Hong-nae 이홍내 ('Hot Blooded | 뜨거운 피')
Ong Seong-wu 옹성우 (‘Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워’)


△ New Director 신인 감독상
Jo Eun-ji 조은지 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Lee Sang-yong 이상용 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Namkoong Sun 남궁선 ('Ten Months | 십 개월의 미래')
Lee Ran-hee 이란희 ('A Leave | 휴가')
Park Ri-woong 박이웅 ('The Girl on a Bulldozer | 불도저에 탄 소녀')


△ Screenplay 각본상

'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Chung Seo-kyung 정서경, Park Chan-wook 박찬욱)

‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Cho Seung-hee 조승희, Lee Jung-jae 이정재)

'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Byun Sung-hyun 변성현, Kim Min-soo 김민수)

'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Han-min 김한민, Yoon Hong-ki 윤홍기)

‘6/45 | 육사오’ (Park Gyu-tae 박규태)

△ Music 음악상

'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Cho Young-wook 조영욱)

‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Cho Young-wook 조영욱)

‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’ (Mowg 모그)

‘Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워’ (Kim Jun-seok 김준석)

‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Byung-woo 이병우, Jung Ji-hoon 정지훈)

‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Jang Young-gyu 장영규)

△ Art Direction 미술상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Ryu Sung-hee 류성희)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Park Il-hyun 박일현)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Han Ah-reum 한아름)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Park Gyu-bin 박규빈)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Mok-won 이목원)

‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Ryu Sung-hee 류성희, Lee Ha-jun 이하준)

△ Cinematography 촬영상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Kim Ji-yong 김지용)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Lee Mo-gae 이모개)
‘The Roundup | 범죄도시2' (Joo Sung-rim 주성림)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Tae-sung 김태성)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Mo-gae 이모개)
‘Broker | 브로커’ (Hong Kyung-pyo 홍경표)

△ Visual Effects 시각효과상
‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Je Gal-seung 제갈승)
‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure | 해적:도깨비 깃발’ (Lee Seung-min 이승민)
‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’ (Cho Young-seok 조영석, Jang Min-jae 장민재)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Jung Sung-jin 정성진)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Hong Jung-ho 홍정호)

△ Lighting 조명상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Shin Sang-yeol 신상열)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Lee Sung-hwan 이성환)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Lee Gil-gyu 이길규)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Kyung-seok 김경석)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Sung-hwan 이성환)

△ Costume Design 의상상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Kwak Jung-ae 곽정애)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Jo Sang-kyung 조상경, Choi Yoon-seon 최윤선)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Jo Hee-ran 조희란)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kwon Yoo-jin 권유진)
‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure | 해적:도깨비 깃발’ (Kwon Yoo-jin 권유진, Lee Ae-ran 이애란)
‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Jo Sang-kyung 조상경)
‘Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워’ (Choi Se-yeon 최세연)

△ Editing 편집상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Kim Sang-beom 김상범)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Kim Sang-beom 김상범)
‘The Roundup | 범죄도시2' (Kim Seon-min 김선민)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Lee Kang-hee 이강희, Ahn Hyun-gun 안현건)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Kim Woo-hyun 김우현, Lee Kang-il 이강일)

‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Shin Min-kyung 신민경)

△ Documentary 다큐멘터리상
‘미싱타는 여자들’ (이형래, 김정영)
‘성덕’ (오세연)
‘물방울을 그리는 남자’ (김오안)
‘모어’ (이일하)
‘너에게 가는 길’ (변규리)

△ 대중이 주목한 시선상
‘Chun Tae-il | 태일이’ (이은, 심재명)
‘The Shaman Sorceress | 무녀도’ (안재훈)
‘Semantic Error | 시멘틱 에러:더 무비’ (김수정)
‘A Leave | 휴가’ (이란희)
‘The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin | 임신한 나무와 도깨비’ (김동령, 박경태)
‘Hommage | 오마주’ (신수원)



‘HUNT’ nominated in 12 categories, ‘Decision to Leave’ and ‘Hansan’ 11



'Daejong Film Award' to take place on December 9


YonhapNews / 2022-10-13 11:16:48
(This article is translated from Korean to English by Joonha Yoo)

▲This photo shows '2022 Daejong Media Day.' (Yonhap)

SEOUL October 13 (Yonhap) -- “Grand Bell Award”, also known as “Daejong Film Award” which was unfortunately canceled in 2021, will kick off on December 9 at New Millennium Hall in Konkook University.

South Korean movie organization held “Media Day” in Chungmu Art Center on Wednesday, and addressed their plans and ways to improve “Grand Bell Award.”

Director Yang Yoon-ho (the leading figure of the organization) addressed “We have made significant modification to ‘Grand Bell Award’ since we are restarting this year.  We will do our best to make ‘Grand Bell Award’ which encompasses cultural richness to become a globally known award.“

Starting this year, the pre-screening method has been changed from submission based to selection based.

Eleven of the individuals from the field related to movie industry such as movie critics, reporters, programmers and more went through the screening process of 237 movies which premiered throughout the year, from there on 19 of the movies were carefully selected to be featured at the main event.

The organization opened a way for the public to participate in the selection of the award winners.

In total of 10 thousand national review boards will be recruited and they will participate in naming winners of six different awards given such as the “Best lead actress and actor awards”, “Best supporting actor and actress” and more. The final award winners will be selected based on both of the scores from the boards and the judges.

“Grand Bell Award” is one of South Korea’s long lasting traditional movie awards since it first kicked off in 1962. However, due to the transparency of the selection process, the name value of the award ceremony has plummeted.

Throughout the event held on October 12, self reflection of “Grand Bell Award” took place.

Director Lee Jang-ho is assigned as the lead figure of “Grand Bell Award Committee” addressed “I feel very ashamed and that I was not capable of putting a stop to the derailment of Grand Bell Award.  Individual interest in ‘Grand Bell Award’ at this moment in time will be greatly appreciated.”

Director Yang Yoon-ho stated “I feel like the indifference of ‘Grand Bell Award’ by those within the movie industry has led to the drop of name value of the award.  I would like to send dearest apology.”

Moreover, secretary general Lee Sang-wu stated “Everything about this award needs modification. “I am very bad about how the reputation of ‘Grand Bell Award’ has fallen, I would send my deepest apology.”

Lineup of movies competing at the main event were revealed.

“Decision to Leave,” “Hunt,” “Kingmaker,” “Hansan : Rising Dragon,” and “Broker” will be fighting for the title of Best Picture award.

As for the award for directors, Park Chan-wook from “Decision to Leave,” Kim Han-min from “Hansan: Rising Dragon,” Shin Su-won from “Hommage” and Hong Sang-soo from “In Front of Your Face” are nominated.

For the best actress award, Tang Wei from “Decision to Leave,” Yum Jung-ah from “Life is Beautiful,” Lee Hye-young from “In Front of Your Face,” Lee Jung-eun from “Hommage” and Park So-dam from “Special Cargo” are nominated.

Park Hae-il from “Decision to Leave,” Sol Kyung-gu from “Kingmaker,” Song Kang-ho from “Broker,” Jung Woo-sung from “Hunt,” Lee Byung-hun from “Emergency Declaration” and Ryu Seung-ryong from “Life is Beautiful” are nominated for the best actor award.

South Korean movie “Hunt” has been nominated in 12 different categories, taking the title of most nominated movie.

The slogan of “Grand Bell Award” is “People are watching, the world is watching.” This encompasses the committee’s firm stand and ambition to make “Grand Bell award” as one of the globally known film festivals.

For the honorary ambassador of “Grand Bell Award,” oldest South Korean actor Lee Soon-jae, recently debuted actress Choi Jung-woon, numerous media creators, and influencers have been appointed to advertise the upcoming “Grand Bell Award.” (END)

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S.Korean film 'Broker' to feature as closing film at 'Hawaii International Film Festival'

YonhapNews / 2022-10-13 08:24:53
(This article is translated from Korean to English by Joonha Yoo)

SEOUL October 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean movie “Broker” featuring actor Song Kang-ho has been selected as the closing film of the “42nd Hawaii International Film Festival.”

According to the official webpage of Hawaii International Film Festival on Thursday, along with “Broker,” total of 11 various South Korean films such as “Hunt,” “Project Wolf Hunting,” ”Limit,” “Return to Seoul” and more have been invited to the festival.

“Hunt” directed by Lee Jung Jae has been nominated for Centerpiece Presentation, Spotlight on Korea, “Project Wolf Hunting” has been nominated for HIFF Extreme, “Return to Seoul” has been nominated under Panorama and more.

Documentary film “Syngman Rhee’s Thirty Years in Hawaii,” and “The Story of Dreams: Picture Brides” will also be screened under documentary panorama division.

Segment “Spotlight On Korea” which shines light on South Korean films, will feature 7 of the films including “Broker,” “Hunt,” “Remember,” “The Limit” and more.

“Hawaii International Film Festival” which takes place annually, originated in 1981 in order to expedite the process of cultural mixture between Asia, Pacific, and Northern America. The Festival will take place starting on November 3, until 13. (END)

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[42nd Hawaii International Film Festival] — TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY OCTOBER 17TH




Academy-Award nominated Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (SHOPLIFTERS) and a standout cast including Cannes Best actor Song Kang Ho (PARASITE) deliver a nuanced and heartfelt exploration of family, ethics, class, and modern life with the film BROKERS.

Set in South Korea, a young mother’s decision to give up her newborn son leads to the discovery of two men who sell orphaned infants, circumventing the bureaucracy of legal adoption, to affluent couples unable to have children of their own. After the infant’s mother surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, motivated by a complicated combination of self-interest and altruism, the three embark on a journey to find deserving parents, while building an unlikely family of their own.

HIFF is honored to present this film as the Festival’s Closing Night Gala Presentation, with director Hirokazu Kore-eda in attendance.

COUNTRIES: South Korea
SECTIONS: Closing Night Film | Spotlight on Korea
GENRES: Drama | Road Movie
YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 129 Minutes
VENUES: Consolidated Theatres Kahala
Nov 12 08:30PM
Nov 13 08:00PM

DIRECTOR(S) Hirokazu Kore-eda
PRODUCER(S) Eugene Lee
SCREENWRITER(S) Hirokazu Kore-eda
CAST Song Kang Ho, Gang Dong Won, Doona Bae, Lee Ji Eun, Lee Joo Young

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[2022-10-20] 12th Beautiful Artist Awards
The 12th Beautiful Artist Awards ceremony was held on the afternoon of the 20th in Seoul.


Song Kang-ho, Shin Young-gyun, Jung Woo-sung




Song Kang-ho, Ma Dong-seok





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Korean Cultural Center New York presents "Master's Series: Actor Song Kang-ho" as a part of Korean Movie Night at Home with a lineup of 6 films

By Korean Cultural Center New York | Oct 27, 2022, 20:29 ET

October 28th - November 27th, 2022

Master's Series: Song Kang-ho for Korean Movie Night at Home

NEW YORK , Oct. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Korean Cultural Center New York is proud to announce a new film series as a part of its online Korean movie screening program for 2022, featuring one of Korea's most well-known and revered actors, Song Kang-ho. Korean Movie Night at Home's Master's Series: Actor Song Kang-ho will be held for one month from October 28th to November 27th, presenting a collection of 6 films that showcases his diverse and wide range as an actor, from historical dramas to action hits: Joint Security Area, Secret Reunion, The Face Reader, The Attorney, A Taxi Driver, and The King's Letters.

Song Kang-ho, who was the first Korean male actor to win the "Best Actor Award" for his latest film The Broker at the 75th Cannes Film Festival this year, may be most internationally recognized for his role in the Oscar and Cannes-winning Parasite, but he has already garnered a reputation as a "national treasure" of Korea having starred in many of Korea's most acclaimed films across decades of his career.

Song Kang-ho is often praised for his ability to capture incredible depth for his wide range of characters with the smallest of details; he is an actor with a wide spectrum who can perform serious and heavy roles to comic, lighthearted ones with the same level of meticulousness and fluidity. His expressiveness is further heightened by his ability to ad-lib and to quickly move between different colors and tones for the characters he plays.

Korean Movie Night at Home: Actor Song Kang-ho presents a collection of films for all movie lovers to enjoy, providing a glimpse into the immense range of skill of Song as one of the most respected actors of today.

This online film screening is presented as a part of the Korean Movie Night at Home's Master's Series of 2022, featuring Korean actors who have distinguished themselves as masters of their craft. Following the success of Korean Movie Night New York's Master's Series featuring directors Park Chan-wook and Lee Joon-ik, this year highlights the Korean actors who have captured the hearts of audiences around the world.

Film List

Joint Security Area (공동경비구역 JSA)

Director: Park Chan-wook

Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Lee Byung-Hun, Shin Ha-Kyun, Lee Young-Ae, Kim Tae-Woo

Running Time: 110 min

Genre: Drama

Release Year: 2000
 Set along the 'Bridge of No Return' in Panmunjom, the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. One day, a border guard is killed by a rifle bullet; the suspected marksman is a South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-Hun), who is found wounded in the middle of no-man's-land. This incident will have grave repercussions. Both North and South Korea regard the incident as an act of deliberate provocation. The North accuses the South of having committed a 'terrorist attack', while South Korea suspects the North of having attempted an 'abduction.' 
(Synopsis courtesy of 815 Pictures)

Secret Reunion (의형제)

Director: Jang Hun

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won

Running Time: 116 min

Genre: Action, Drama

Release Year: 2010
A shoot out in the middle of the city brings together North Korean spy Ji-won and National Intelligence Service agent Lee. The operation to capture an assassin spy known as 'Shadow' ends in disaster and the agent Lee is dismissed from his post. Ji-won is also abandoned by his organization after being framed as a traitor.
6 years later, the two men run into each other but they hide their identities and decide to work together. As they live under one roof, they maintain a tight-rope tension and gradually develop an unusual friendship all the while trying to uncover each other's true motives. However, Ji-won receives an order from the organization that brings out Shadow for another mission. Lee and Ji-won must now choose whether to execute their orders or save one another from the inevitable.  (Synopsis courtesy of Showbox)

The Face Reader (관상)

Director: Han Jae-rim

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Jung-jae, Baek Yun-shick, Kim Hye-soo

Running Time: 139 min

Genre: Period, Drama

Release Year: 2013
Nae-kyeong is the greatest face reader Joseon has ever known. He can see through people by looking at their faces. He lives with his son Jin-hyeong and his brother-in-law Paeng-heon in the mountains. After alluring courtesan Yeon-hong proposes an offer, he moves to Hanyang to read faces in the courtesan house. Nae-kyeong quickly becomes the "go-to face reader" in town and even the Vice Premier hears about the new face reader. He appoints Nae-kyeong to the government's Inspection Board. During his inspection, Nae-kyeong finds out about Prince Su-yang's plan to take the throne of his nephew. He decides to change the destiny of the country by changing what's written on Su-yang's face..
(Synopsis courtesy of Showbox)

The Attorney (변호인)

Director: Yang Woo-seok

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Oh Dal-su, Kwak Do-won, Kim Yeong-ae, Song Young-chang

Running Time: 127 min

Genre: Drama

Release Year: 2013
 This story is based on true events.
Song Woo-seok has no clients, connections, or a college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money make him the most successful lawyer in town. But at the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, Song takes the case no one else will, and changes the course of his life.  (Synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA)

A Taxi Driver (택시운전사)

Director: Jang Hun

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hae-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol

Running Time: 137 min

Genre: Drama

Release Year: 2017
 In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare became a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korea. (Synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA)

The King's Letters (나랏말싸미)

Director: Cho Sung-kyu

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Park Hae-il, Jeon Mi-seon

Running Time: 110 min

Genre: Drama

Release Year: 2019
 In the Joseon Dynasty, despite so many accomplishments he has made for the people, King Sejong's biggest goal is still remaining: the invention of original letters that can be read and written by all the people. But courtiers, who want to dominate knowledge and power, are against his will and discourage his belief. The frustrated King Sejong hears about a monk from Sinmi, a phonogram expert, and secretly brings him to the palace…  (Synopsis courtesy of 815 Pictures)


Korean Cultural Center New York
Inaugurated in 1979, the Korean Cultural Center New York is a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea. KCCNY works to promote cultural arts exchange and stimulate interest in Korean culture through various opportunities including exhibitions, concerts, film festivals, educational programs, and more. www.koreanculture.org 

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The 43rd Blue Dragon Film Awards 제43회 청룡영화상 [Nominations]


November 25, 2022





Best Picture Award 최우수작품상:
'Broker | 브로커'
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커'
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현'
'HUNT | 헌트'
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심'

Director Award 감독상:
Kore-eda Hirokazu 고레에다 히로카즈 (‘Broker | 브로커')

Kim Han-min 김한민 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')

Park Chan-wook 박찬욱 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')

Byun Sung-hyun 변성현 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')

Han Jae-rim 한재림 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’)

New Director Award 신인감독상:
Park Ri-woong 박이웅 ('The Girl on a Bulldozer | 불도저에 탄 소녀')
Lee Sang-yong 이상용 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Jung Ji-yeon 정지연 (‘Anchor | 앵커’)

Jo Eun-ji 조은지 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')

Leading Actor Award 남우주연상:
Park Hae-il 박해일 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')

Seol Kyung-gu 설경구 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')

Song Kang-ho 송강호 ('Broker | 브로커')

Lee Byung-hun 이병헌 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')

Jung Woo-sung 정우성 ('HUNT | 헌트')

Leading Actress Award 여우주연상:
Park So-dam 박소담 ('Special Cargo | 특송')
Yeom Jung-ah 염정아 ('Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워')
Im Yoon-ah 임윤아 ('Confidential Assignment 2 | 공조2')
Chun Woo-hee 천우희 ('Anchor | 앵커')

Tang Wei 탕웨이 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')


Supporting Actor Award 남우조연상:
Go Kyung-pyo 고경표 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Daniel Henney 다니엘 헤니 ('Confidential Assignment 2 | 공조2')
Park Ji-hwan 박지환 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')

Byun Yo-han 변요한 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')

Im Si-wan 임시완 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')

Supporting Actress Award 여우조연상:
Kim So-jin 김소진 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')
Seo Eun-soo 서은수 (‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’)
Oh Na-ra 오나라 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Lee Jung-hyun 이정현 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')

Jeon Hye-jin 전혜진 ('HUNT | 헌트')


New Actor Award 신인남우상:
Kim Dong-hwi 김동휘 ('In Our Prime | 이상한 나라의 수학자')
Mu Jin-sung 무진성 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Seo In-guk 서인국 (‘Project Wolf Hunting | 늑대사냥’)

Ong Seong-wu 옹성우 (‘Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워’)
Lee Seo-jun 이서준 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')

New Actress Award 신인여우상:
Go Youn-jung 고윤정 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Kim Shin-young 김신영 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Kim Hye-yoon 김혜윤 ('The Girl on a Bulldozer | 불도저에 탄 소녀')
Shin Si-ah 신시아 (‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’)

Lee Ji-eun 아이유 ('Broker | 브로커')

Cinematography and Lighting Award 촬영조명상:
‘Broker | 브로커’
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' 
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현'

'HUNT | 헌트'
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심'

Screenplay Award 각본상:
‘Broker | 브로커’
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' 
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현'

'HUNT | 헌트'
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심'


Music Award 음악상:
‘Broker | 브로커’
'Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워'
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현'
'HUNT | 헌트'
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심'

Art Direction Award 미술상:
'Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워'
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커'
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현'
'HUNT | 헌트'
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심'


Editing Award 편집상:
'The Roundup | 범죄도시2' 
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커'
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현'
'HUNT | 헌트'
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심'

Technical Award 기술상:
'The Roundup | 범죄도시2' - Martial Arts
'Emergency Declaration | 비상선언' - VFX
'Alienoid | 외계+인 1부' - VFX

'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' - VFX
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' - Costume Design


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[Founded 18 years] ParkHaeil, the best actor in Chungmuro... LeeJungjae · MaDongseok also shone


[2022 Entertainment Survey] Park Haeil · Lee Jungjae · MaDongseok, the absolute strongest in Chungmuro


[Joy News 24 Reporter Lee Mi-young] In celebration of the 18th anniversary of Joy News 24, a survey was conducted from September 19 to October 4 on dramas, movies, actors, singers, entertainment programs. Two hundred industry insiders (including entertainment and broadcasting companies employees, film and broadcast content producers, and entertainment reporters) participated in the survey.


This was the year in which the largest number of audiences visited the theaters in three years after the pandemic.  'The Roundup' attracted more than 12 million viewers and became the first 10-million film since the pandemic; 'Decision to Leave' and 'Broker' won awards at Cannes Film Festival.  Following 'The Roundup', 'Hansan: Rising Dragon' and 'Confidential Assignment 2' showed strong box office success; Lee Jung-jae's directorial debut, 'Hunt,' also received good reviews and results, and is expected to take more steps in the future. Star directors and 'trustworthy actors' were also very active.  And at the center of it is Park Hae-il.


Chungmuro Best Actor
1. Park Hae-il (72 votes)
2. Lee Jung-jae (50 votes)
3. Ma Dong-seok (29 votes)
4. Son Suk-ku (20 votes)
5. Song Kang-ho (7 votes)
6. Youn Yuh-jung, Jung Woo-sung, Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun (5 votes)
Others mentioned: Yoo Hae-jin, Tang Wei, Jo Woo-jin, Lee Kwang-soo, Joo-won, Park Ji-hwan, Kim Woo-bin, Ha Jung-woo, Kang Dong-won, Byun Yo-han, Seol Kyung-gu, Ahn Sung-ki, and Im Yoon-ah









[Founded 18 years] 'Decision to Leave' the best movie...'The Roundup' 2nd place
1. Decision to Leave (48 votes)
2. The Roundup (42 votes)
3. Top Gun: Maverick (40 votes)
4. HUNT (17 votes)
Others mentioned: 'Hansan: Rising Dragon', 'Confidential Assignment 2', 'Broker', 'House of Gucci', 'Kingmaker', '6/45', 'Sing 2', 'Semantic Error', ' Doctor Strange', 'After Yang', 'Emergency Declaration', 'The Witch: Part 2. The Other One’









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Director Park Chan-wook, late actress Kang Soo-youn to receive cultural merit

By sshim@yna.co.kr | November 24, 2022

Director Park Chan-wook, winner of the award for best director for 'Decision to Leave' poses for photographers during the photo call following the awards ceremony at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 28. AP-YonhapNews

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- Cannes-winning director Park Chan-wook and late iconic movie star Kang Soo-youn will be awarded the second-highest national cultural merit for their contributions to the development of Korean pop culture, the government said Thursday.

Park and Kang were chosen as the recipients of the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit, the second-highest class of the South Korean cultural decoration, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said.

The 59-year-old filmmaker won best director at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in May for his romance thriller "Decision to Leave." It was his third Cannes award following the Grand Prix for "Oldboy" (2003) and the Jury Prize for "Thirst" (2009).

Actress Kang Soo-youn / Korea Times file

Born in 1966 in Seoul, Kang debuted as a child actor at age 3 and went on to become the first Asian actor to win the best actress award at the Venice International Film Festival in 1987 for her role in "The Surrogate Womb." Kang also won the best actress award at the 16th Moscow International Film Festival two years later for her role in the Buddhist-themed movie "Come, Come, Come Upward." She died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 55 in May this year.

Song Kang-ho, winner of the award for best actor for 'Broker,' poses for photographers during the photo call following the awards ceremony at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 28. AP-YonhapNews

Actor Song Kang-ho is one of the three winners of the Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit, the third-highest medal, according to the ministry.  Song took home the country's first best actor prize at this year's Cannes for his role in "Broker," the first Korean-language film by Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The honors will be given during the 2022 Korea Popular Culture and Arts Awards ceremony to be held at the National Theater of Korea in the evening, according to the ministry. (END)

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The 2022 Popular Culture and Arts Award honors director Park Chan Wook, the late actress Kang Soo Yeon, and actor Song Kang Ho

By nt.quynhanhh | November 24, 2022

Director Park Chan Wook and actress Kang Soo Yeon became the main characters of the 2022 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards.



The awards ceremony for the 2022 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards, the most prestigious government-run award in the field of popular culture and arts, was held at the National Theater of Korea’s Haeoreum Grand Theater on Nov 24th. Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister Park Bo Kyun) and organized by the Korea Creative Content Agency (Director Cho Hyun Rae), the “Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award” has been awarded annually since 2010.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism selected 28 nominations for 4 categories, including ▲ Order of Cultural Merit (5), ▲ Presidential Commendation (6), ▲ Prime Minister’s Commendation (8), and ▲ Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation (9).

The Eungwan (Silver Crown) of the Order of Cultural Merit, the biggest honor of this year’s ceremony, was awarded to the winner of the Cannes Film Festival Director Award, director Park Chan Wook of “Decision to Leave” and Korea’s first world star actress Kang Soo Yeon, who debuted in 1969 at the age of 3 and won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival.



Actor Song Kang Ho, who won the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in “Broker,” Park Jin Sook, who wrote popular dramas such as “Son and Daughter” after debuting as a writer in 1987, and Heo Young Man, who created countless comics that have been remade into a variety of films and dramas such as “Mr. Q,” “Bridal Mask,” “Tazza,” won the Bogwan (Precious Crown) of the Order of Cultural Merit.

After winning the award, Song Kang Ho said, “I’m so nervous that I want to go to the bathroom. It is an honor to receive such a big award in front of many artists who I respect and admire. There are times when life is good, but there are times when it is hard. It’s still the same these days. If my acting can be a small comfort to you guys, I will try hard to be an actor who can do so,” he said.



The Presidential Commendation announced 6 winner, including ▲ voice actor Hong Seung Ok, ▲ performer Byun Sung Yong, ▲ actor Kim Yoon Seok, ▲ singer Kim Hyun Chul, ▲ writer Park Hae Young, and ▲ music director Bang Joon Seok.

The Prime Minister’s commendation was awarded to 8 people/teams, including ▲ actor Lee Sung Min, ▲ singer Jang Pil Soon, ▲ comedian Park Myung Soo, ▲ singer (team) Jaurim, ▲ director Yeon Sang Ho, ▲ producer Kim Ji Jeon, ▲ singer Zico, and ▲ writer Kim Jung Eun.

The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation was won by 9 people/teams, including ▲ voice actor Kim Young Sun, ▲ musical actor Kim Sun Young, ▲ producer Han Seung Won, ▲ actress Jeon Mi Do, ▲ comedy actor Hong Hyun Hee, ▲ choreographer Aiki, ▲ singer Paul Kim, ▲ singer (team) Tomorrow by Together, and ▲ singer (team) aespa.

At the awards ceremony hosted by announcer Jang Ye Won and actor Park Sun Ho, popular culture and arts representing the Korean Wave, including choreographer Aiki, dance team HOOK, Oh My Girl Yoo A, and Paul Kim, performed a variety of celebratory performances.

Source: Mydaily 


Song wins popular culture award

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Actor Song Kang-ho speaks after receiving the Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit, the third-highest medal, at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards ceremony at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul on Nov. 24, 2022. (Yonhap)








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Broker, the Closing Film of the 42nd Hawaii International Film Festival & the Winner of the Vision in Film Award

by Park Hyejin | Nov 21, 2022

It Confirmed Its Release Dates on Dec. 7 in France & Dec. 21 in Spain


Broker, the winner of Best Actor at the 75th Festival de Cannes, was selected as the closing film at the 42nd Hawaii International Film Festival and was honored with winning the Vision in Film Award. 

Founded in 1981 and celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year, the Hawaii International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America for cultural exchanges between North America, Asia, and the Pacific. The Vision in Film Award, awarded to Director Kore-eda Hirokazu, is a special award given to notable accomplished directors or institutions and has been awarded only 6 times in the past 42 years, including Director Lee Ang, Director Zhang Yimou, and the American Film Institute (AFI), etc. 

Director Kore-eda Hirokazu said, "I think it will be a precious memory that I will not forget for a long time. I've been working on directing movies for a long time, and I'm glad I finally feel qualified to receive this award. I will continue to work hard.” In addition, the screening of the closing film and Q&A, which took place on November 12, not only sold out all seats but also applause and questions from the participating audience even after the screening, showing the interest of overseas audiences toward Broker. 

Broker was officially invited to the 2022 Bergen International Film Festival, the 28th Brisbane International Film Festival, the 17th London Korean Film Festival, and the 32nd Films From the South Film Festival. It was also selected as the closing film at the 44th Nantes Three Continents Festival and will continue special meetings with audiences around the world. Also, it will be released in France on December 7 and in Spain on December 21. 

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Freedom of Expression Film Festival to screen once blacklisted films

By Kim Da-sol (ddd@heraldcorp.com) | Dec 8, 2022 

Song Kang-ho stars in “The Attorney” (Next Entertainment World)

The Korean Film Council will hold the Freedom of Expression Film Festival from Friday until Dec. 18, with local independent film theaters screening 20 films that were blacklisted during previous conservative administrations. The existence of the blacklist came to light in 2016.

The 20 films include director Park Chan-wook’s “Joint Security Area” (2000), “The Handmaiden” (2016), director Chung Ji-young’s “National Security” (2012) and movies starring Song Kang-ho, including “The Attorney” (2013), “A Taxi Driver” (2017). Documentary films “The Remnants” (2017) and “The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol” (2014) will also be screened at indie theaters.

The council said 20 indie theaters will each screen one film, with some holding a discussion session with the audience after the screenings.

A special committee established within the council to prevent blacklisting of cultural figures reiterated the “value of freedom of expression in art” by featuring films and creators who had been blacklisted.

During the 10-day festival, the special committee will also release pamphlets outlining the damages caused by the blacklist, a white paper on recovery efforts and how future blacklisting can be prevented.

On Dec. 15, the council will hold an online forum to discuss in-depth the meaning of freedom of expression for artists with professor Oh Dong-seok from the Ajou University Law School, who will deliver a keynote speech.

During the administrations of Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung-bak, nearly 10,000 figures in the culture and entertainment sectors were blacklisted for criticizing the government and faced unfair treatment such as subsidy cuts.

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On 12/15/2021 at 1:02 AM, Helena said:

Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2021”
1. Lee Jung-jae - 39.7% <Squid Game> (NETFLIX drama)
2. Youn Yuh-jung - 18.9% <Minari>
3. Ma Dong-seok - 11.4% <Eternals>
4. Song Kang-ho - 8.8% <Parasite> <The King's Letters> (both 2019)


Source: https://www.gallup.co.kr/gallupdb/reportContent.asp?seqNo=1347

Koreans surveyed on their favorite Movie Stars who shined 
Survey Period: November 7~24, 2022

Participants: 1771 people (13+ years old) nationwide


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2022”

1. Lee Jung-jae - 34.4% <HUNT> (producer, director, screenplay, starring)

2. Ma Dong-seok - 18.8% <The Roundup> (producer, planning, starring)
3. Song Kang-ho - 13.5% <Broker> <Emergency Declaration>

4. Youn Yuh-jung - 7.7% <Pachinko> (Apple TV+)

5. Hwang Jung-min - 6.5% <Narco-Saints> (Netflix), <HUNT> (friendship appearance)
5. Jung Woo-sung - 6.5% <HUNT>

7. Lee Byung-hun - 6.0% <Emergency Declaration>

8. Hyun Bin - 5.5% <Confidential Assignment 2>
9. Yoo Hae-jin - 5.2%  <Confidential Assignment 2> <The Night Owl>

10. Son Suk-ku - 5.0% <The Roundup>

11. Ha Jung-woo (4.4%)
12. Kim Hye-soo (3.1%)
13. Park Hae-il (2.1%)
14. Choi Min-sik (1.9%)
15. Gong Yoo (1.8%)
16. Han Suk-kyu (1.3%)
17. Ahn Sung-ki (1.2%) 













1. Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine) - 49.7%

2. Song Kang-ho - 16.5%

3. Bae Yong-joon, Ahn Sung-ki - 6.4%

5. Sol Kyung-gu- 5.0%



1. Song Kang-ho (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) - 13.1%

2. Son Ye-jin (My Wife Got Married) - 11.3%

3. Kim Hye-soo (Modern Boy) - 7.4%

4. Jeon Do-yeon (My Dear Enemy), Jang Dong-gun - 7.3%

6. Jung Woo-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) - 6.1%

7. Ha Jung-Woo (The Chaser, My Dear Enemy) - 5.4%



1. Lee Byung-hun - 20.1%

2. Jang Dong-gun - 17.9%

3. Sol Kyung-gu - 17.5%

4. Ha Ji-won - 14.3%

5. Jung Ji-hoon / Rain - 8.3%



1. Won Bin (The Man from Nowhere) - 30.7%

2. Jang Dong-gun - 14.4%

3. Kang Dong-won - 11.6%

4. Lee Byung-hun - 6.4%

5. Song Kang-ho - 5.6%



1. Won Bin - 11.3%

2. Park Hae-il - 9.5%

3. Jang Dong-gun - 8.8%

4. Kim Ha-neul (Blind) - 8.2%

5. Gong Yoo - 5.8%

6. Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho - 4.8%

8. Ha Ji-won - 3.1%

9. Ahn Sung-ki

10. Han Seok-kyu- 3.0%



1. Lee Byung-hun - 37.6%

2. Song Joong-ki - 15%

3. Kim Hye-soo - 7.6%

4. Jang Dong-gun - 7.4%

5. Ha Jung-woo - 6.4%

6. Jeon Ji-hyun

7. Kim Yoon-seok

8. Park Bo-young - 4.2%



1. Song Kang-ho - 22.5%

2. Ha Jung-woo - 18.9%

3. Lee Byung-hun - 18.0%

4. Ryu Seung-ryong - 10.1%

5. Sol Kyung-gu - 7.4%

6. Lee Jung-jae - 6.7%

7. Kim Hye-soo - 6.3%

8. Kim Soo-hyun - 5.7%

9. Jang Dong-gun - 3.7%

10. Jeon Ji-hyun - 2.8%



1. Choi Min-sik - 42.3%

2. Song Kang-ho - 22.2%

3. Ryu Seung-ryong - 10.5%

4. Ha Jung-woo - 9.0%

5. Lee Byung-hun - 4.5%

6. Kang Dong-won - 4.2%

7. Sol Kyung-gu - 3.7%

8. Jung Woo-sung - 3.6%

9. Hyun Bin - 3.3%

10. Kim Soo-hyun - 3.2%



1. Yoo Ah-in - 26.9%

2. Song Kang-ho - 20.3%

3. Hwang Jung-min - 16.1%

4. Jeon Ji-hyun - 14.2%

5. Ha Jung-woo - 11.8%

6. Choi Min-sik - 9.8%

7. Oh Dal-soo - 6.2%

8. Lee Jung-jae - 5.8%

9. Kang Dong-won - 4.2%

10. Yoo Hae-jin - 4.1%



1. Hwang Jung-min - 21.2%

2. Song Kang-ho - 18.4%

3. Gong Yoo - 12.7%

4. Ha Jung-woo - 11.4%

5. Yoo Hae-jin - 10.8%

6. Lee Byung-hun - 9.6%

7. Lee Jung-jae - 6.3%

8. Jung Woo-sung - 6.2%

9. Jeon Ji-hyun - 5.4%

10. Ma Dong-seok - 5%

11. Song Joong-ki

12. Yoo Ah-in

13. Choi Min-sik

14. Kim Hye-soo

15. Kang Dong-won

15. Sol Kyung-gu

17. Jo Jin-woong

18. Son Ye-jin

19. Oh Dal-soo

20. Ra mi-ran



1. Song Kang-ho - 35%

2. Ma Dong-seok - 17.8%

3. Lee Byung-hun - 12.6%

4. Hwang Jung-min - 8.1%

5. Ha Jung-woo, Sol Kyung-gu - 6.3%



1. Ma Dong-seok - 19.9%

2. Ha Jung-woo - 18.6%

3. Lee Byung-hun - 11.2%

4. Song Kang-ho - 10.9%

5. Joo Ji-hoon - 7.3%

6. Yoo Hae-jin

7. Jung Woo-sung

8. Hwang Jung-min

9. Jo In-sung

10. Cha Tae-hyun

14. Kim Hye-soo


16. Son Ye-jin




1. Song Kang-ho - 29.8%

2. Ma Dong-seok - 18.2%

3. Gong Yoo - 8.9%

4. Jo Jin-woong - 8.5%

5. Ha Jung-woo, Lee Byung-hun - 7.1%

7. Jung Woo-sung - 4.5%

8. Yoo Hae-jin - 4.1%

9. Hwang Jung-min - 3.6%

10. Honey Lee - 3.3%

Ryu Seung-ryong (3.0%), Lee Jung-jae (2.8%), Sol Kyung-gu (2.4%), Jung Yu-mi (2.2%), Ahn Sung-ki, Jang Dong-gun (2.1%), Jo Yeo-jung (2%), Ryu Jun-yeol (2.0%)



1. Song Kang-ho - 27.8%

2. Lee Byung-hun - 14.0%

3. Ma Dong-seok - 9.1%

4. Hwang Jung-min - 7.5%

5. Jung Woo-sung - 6.2%

6. Gong Yoo - 5.9%

7. Ha Jung-woo - 4.0%

8. Lee Jung-jae - 3.6%

9. Kim Hye-soo - 3.5%

10. Lee Jung-eun - 3.4%

11. Kang Dong-won - 3.3%

12. Sung Dong-il - 2.9%

13. Yoo Ah-in - 2.7%

14. Yoo Hae-jin, Kwak Do-won - 2.4%

16. Son Ye-jin - 2.0%

17. Hyun Bin - 1.9%

18. Sol Kyung-gu - 1.6%

19. Choi Min-sik - 1.5%

20. Ahn Sung-ki, Jo Jung-suk - 1.4%

22. Lee Je-hoon, Han Suk-kyu, Park Bo-gum, Joo Ji-hoon - 1.3%

26. Jo Yeo-jung, Jo Jin-woong - 1.1%

28. Park Seo-joon, Jo In-sung, Jang Dong-gun - 1.0%


1. Lee Jung-jae - 39.7% <Squid Game> (NETFLIX drama)

2. Youn Yuh-jung - 18.9% <Minari>

3. Ma Dong-seok - 11.4% <Eternals>

4. Song Kang-ho - 8.8% <Parasite> <The King's Letters> (both 2019)

5. Lee Byung-hun - 7.0% <The Man Standing Next> (2020)

6. Hwang Jung-min - 5.6% <Hostage>

7. Gong Yoo - 3.6% <Seobok>

8. Jung Woo-sung - 3.5% <Steel Rain 2: Summit> (2020)

9. Kim Hye-soo - 2.6% <The Day I Died> (2020)

10. Zo In-sung - 2.5% <Mogadishu>
11. Ha Jung-woo - 2.2%

12. Yoo Ah-in - 2.0%

13. Choi Min-sik - 1.8%

13. Seol Kyung-gu - 1.8%

15. Jung Ho-yeon - 1.6%

15. Song Joong-ki - 1.6%

17. Heo Sung-tae - 1.5%

18. Oh Yeong-su - 1.4%

19. Cha Seung-won - 1.2%
20. Cho Jin-woong - 1.0%



1. Lee Jung-jae - 34.4% <HUNT> (producer, director, screenplay, starring)

2. Ma Dong-seok - 18.8% <The Roundup> (producer, planning, starring)

3. Song Kang-ho - 13.5% <Broker> <Emergency Declaration>

4. Youn Yuh-jung - 7.7% <Pachinko> (Apple TV+)

5. Hwang Jung-min - 6.5% <Narco-Saints> (Netflix), <HUNT> (friendship appearance)
5. Jung Woo-sung - 6.5% <HUNT>

7. Lee Byung-hun - 6.0% <Emergency Declaration>

8. Hyun Bin - 5.5% <Confidential Assignment 2>
9. Yoo Hae-jin - 5.2%  <Confidential Assignment 2> <The Night Owl>

10. Son Suk-ku - 5.0% <The Roundup>
11. Ha Jung-woo (4.4%)

12. Kim Hye-soo (3.1%)

13. Park Hae-il (2.1%)

14. Choi Min-sik (1.9%)

15. Gong Yoo (1.8%)

16. Han Suk-kyu (1.3%)

17. Ahn Sung-ki (1.2%) 



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Lee Jung Jae Voted the Most Notable Film Actor of 2022: Ma Dong Seok, Song Kang Ho and More Ranked in Top 10

By HANA LEE | December 14, 2022

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Lee Jung Jae has been voted the most notable film actor of 2022. 

From November 7th to 24th, Gallup Korea asked 1,771 people aged 13 and older to vote for the two most notable actors of 2022. And Hunt’s Lee Jung Jae took the top spot with a score of 34.4 percent.

The actor won rave reviews for producing, screenwriting and starring in his action movie Hunt. He debuted in 1993 with Dinosaur Teacher and rose to fame through his 1995 TV series SBS’ Sandglass as the legendary bodyguard Baek Jae Hee. 

Then he focused his career mostly in movies until he skyrocketed to global stardom for his role Ki Hoon in Netflix’s Squid Game. He is currently set to star in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars series ‘The Acolyte.’ 

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The second place went to Ma Dong Seok (18.8%). He received much love as beast detective Ma Seok Do in movie The Roundup, which was the only movie that surpassed 10 million movie-goers this year. He previously revealed that he already had eight scenarios in mind for The Outlaws franchise, which he would unravel one by one through the films. The first and second installments were released in 2017 and 2022, respectively, and the third installment is set to premiere in 2023.

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Song Kang Ho (13.5%) took the third spot. He won the Best Actor Award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival this year for his role as Sang Hyeon in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film Broker. He also starred as detective In Ho in the aviation disaster film titled Emergency Declaration. He left a strong impression in various projects, including The Attorney (2014), The Throne (2015), The Age of Shadows (2016) and A Taxi Driver (2017). However, out of all films he starred in, it was the 2019 dark comedy film Parasite that made him a worldwide star.




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The rest of the top 10 are as follows: Youn Yuh Jung (7.7%), Hwang Jung Min and Jung Woo Sung (6.5%), 
Lee Byung Hun (6%), Hyun Bin (5.5%), Yoo Hae Jin (5.2%) and Son Suk Ku (5%). 

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In the New Year, K-Movies Invited to the Major Overseas Film Festivals

by KIM Subin | Dec 26, 2022

Director Shin Yeonshick's One Win, Invited to the 'Big Screen Competition' at the International Film Festival Rotterdam


Several Korean films have been invited to major overseas film festivals in the new year. Director Son Minzun's CUT, Director Jeon Jinkyu's The House of Loss, and Director Kang Hongju's Little by Little were listed in the Compétition Internationale section, while Director Moon Sujin's PERSONA was invited to the Compétition Labo section while Director Eric Oh's METAMODERNITY was invited to the Jeunes Publics section at the 45th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. 

Most of the Korean invitations have already attracted attention at major domestic and foreign film festivals in 2022. CUT was invited to the Korean Competition section at the 39th Busan International Short Film Festival and won the Great Audience Award at the 14th Great Short Film Festival. PERSONA won the top prize of Cristal for a Graduation Film in the Graduation Short section at the 46th Annecy International Animated Film Festival and was also ranked in the short story competition at the 76th Festival de Cannes. The House of Loss won the Audience Award at the 18th Seoul Indie-AniFest, and Little by Little was supported by the Korean Film Council in 2021. The 45th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival will be held in Clermont-Ferrand, France, from January 27 to February 4. 

To the 52nd Rotterdam International Film Festival, which will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from January 25 to February 5, a total of 9 Korean films were invited, including two films for the competition section and 7 films for the non-competition section. Director Shin Yeonshick's One Win was invited to the festival's 'Big Screen Competition.' One Win is the story of a women's volleyball team dreaming of winning only one game and the coach leading the team, starring actors Song Kangho, Park Jungmin, Jang Yoonjoo, etc. The film will be unveiled as a world premiere at the festival. In addition, Director Jeong Jiyoung's The Boys, which premiered at the 27th Busan International Film Festival, will be screened as an international premiere through the Limelight section, which presents works that have drawn attention at major international film festivals. The Boys, starring Sul Kyunggu, Yu Junsang, Jin Gyeong, Heo Sungtae, and Yeom Hyeran, tells the story of the investigation team leader who reinvestigated a robbery and death case in which a boy was identified as the culprit. 

In addition, Director Kim Ayoung's Delivery Dancer's Sphere has been invited to the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition section at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and will be released as a world premiere. In addition, Director Ma Xue's White River will be unveiled as a world premiere at Bright Future, a non-competition section that introduces directorial debut film, while Director Lee Dongwoo's SAGAL: Snake and Scorpion, Director Son Kuyoung's Night Walk, and Director Jeon Juyoung's Unidentified have been invited to the Harbour section, the international new showcase section. Among them, SAGAL: Snake and Scorpion is a work supported by KOFIC's Human Resources Support Project for Film Production. In the non-competition section for the short-mid films, Director Im Chaerin's I Am a Horse, a Korean-Danish joint animation, and Gao Wei's Flower Rain have been selected.

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Song Kang-ho, Jung Woo-sung join top actors appearing on small screen

By Kwak Yeon-soo | 2023-01-02

Actors Jung Woo-sung, left, and Song Kang-ho / Courtesy of Artist Company, Sublime Artist

Some iconic movie stars will cross over to the small screen amid the changing landscape of the entertainment industry where content streaming services are now at the forefront of big-budget TV series.

Song Kang-ho, who won the Best Actor prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the film, "Broker," will star in a TV series titled, "Uncle Sam Shik" (working title), whose detailed cast and production schedule have not yet been revealed.

Set in the early 1960s, the 10-episode series follows two men ― Sam Shik and Kim San (Byun Yo-han) ― through their bromance and the obstacles they face during a turbulent time in the country's history. 

It is Song's first TV project since his debut in 1990. Song is one of the most iconic movie stars in Korea, with a number of box office hits under his belt, including "Memories of Murder" (2003), "Snowpiercer" (2013), "A Taxi Driver" (2017) and "Parasite" (2019).

Jung Woo-sung, who made his directorial debut at the 47th Toronto Film Festival with his film "A Man of Reason," will also return to the drama scene after 12 years following "Padam Padam" in 2011. He will star opposite actress Shin Hyun-been in the upcoming healing romance drama, "Tell Me That You Love Me" (working title), to be directed by "Our Beloved Summer" (2022) director Kim Yoon-jin and written by "Love in the Moonlight" writer Kim Min-jung.

Actor Seol Kyung-gu, whose film, "Phantom," will hit theaters on Jan. 18, is likely to appear on the small screen for the first time in 29 years if negotiations are finalized over his appearance in the political drama, "Gust of Wind" (working title).

Prolific actor Kim Yoon-seok, who will hit the big screen this year with the period action blockbuster, "Noryang: The Sea of Death," is also in talks to join the drama series, "In the Woods Where There is No One" (working title). It will be directed by Mo Wan-il, who helmed "The World of the Married" (2020).

Streaming platforms are also ushering in A-list actresses signing up for a slew of TV series. Go Hyun-jung will appear in the upcoming Netflix series, "Mask Girl," as a broadcast jockey who is insecure about her looks. 

Actress Lee Na-young will take on a leading role in Wavve's original series, "Park Ha-kyung's Travel Diary" (working title). In the upcoming series, she will star as a high school teacher who finds comfort during her weekend getaways.

Lee Young-ae will star in "Maestra" (working title) as female orchestra conductor. Adapted from the French drama, "Philharmonia," it follows a conductor who investigates mysterious happenings involving her orchestra.

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'Broker' receives rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes after release in North America

BY LIM JEONG-WON [lim.jeongwon@joongang.co.kr] | January 2, 2023


Main poster for ″Broker″ [CJ ENM]
Main poster for ″Broker″ [CJ ENM]

Korean-Japanese collaborative film “Broker” garnered a 91 percent “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience popcorn score of 95 percent after its release in North America on Dec. 26. 

“Broker” is a film depicting the unexpected journey a group of people take after finding an abandoned baby in a baby box. After the film was released in North American theaters, it recorded high ratings on the movie ratings site Rotten Tomatoes' Freshness Index and on its Popcorn Index. 

The praise from overseas media comes after Song Kang-ho took home the Best Actor award for the film at the 75th Cannes International Film Festival in May last year. 

BBC called it “a film that permeates naturally,” while The New York Times said “director Hirokazu Kore-eda honestly draws a happy ending.” Other outlets including the Hollywood Reporter, Slash Film, Los Angeles Times and Time Out all praised “Broker.” 

“Broker” was released in France on Dec. 7 and in Spain on Dec. 21. It will be released in Portugal on Jan. 5, Denmark on Jan. 26, the U.K. on Feb. 24 and Germany on March 16. 

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18 Asian films to tempt festival directors in 2023




Screen highlights 18 Asian titles to tempt festivals directors in 2023 including upcoming features from Hirokazu Kore-eda, Ng Yuen Fai, Kim Jee-woon and Hayao Miyazaki.


Cobweb (S Kor)

Dir. Kim Jee-woon

Starring Cannes best actor award-winner Song Kang-ho (Broker) as a beleaguered 1970s director trying to reshoot the ending to a film with confused cast and producers as well as meddling from dictatorship-era censors, Kim’s latest feature could follow in the steps of his previous festival titles such as The Good, The Bad, The Weird, which played at Cannes in 2008, or The Age Of Shadows, which playing at Venice in 2016. Cobweb wrapped its shoot in June 2022 and is in post-production.

Contact: Barunson E&A (mailto:intl@barunsonena.com)

Concrete Utopia (S Kor)

Dir. Um Tae-hwa

Starring Lee Byung-hun of Squid Game, Park Seo-joon from upcoming The Marvels and Park Bo-young of A Werewolf Boy, this film is set in a Seoul demolished by a massive earthquake. Survivors gather to Hwang-goong Apartments – the only place left standing – but the swelling numbers threaten the apartment’s original inhabitants who take to extreme measures. Um won best new director at Korea’s Daejong Awards with 2016’s Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned. Produced by Climax Studio, the company behind Netflix hits Hellbound and DP, the film is in post-production.

Contact: Haewon Lee, Lotte Cultureworks (mailto:international02@lotte.net)

Hwa-ran (working title) (S Kor)

Dir. Kim Chang-hoon

Starring rising actor Hong Xa-bin and Song Joong-ki (TV’s Reborn Rich, The Battleship Island), director Kim’s feature debut is about a teenage boy who dreams of escaping his violent hometown but is drawn into the world of a local thug after accepting a simple favour from him. Produced by Han Jae-duk’s Sanai Pictures, whose credits include Cannes Midnight Screenings titles Hunt and The Spy Gone North, the film is in post-production.

Contact: Plus M Entertainment (mailto:sales@megabox.co.kr)

Kidnapped (working title) (S Kor)

Dir. Kim Seong-hun

Based on a true hostage crisis that took place in 1980s Beirut, the film stars Ha Jung-woo of The Handmaiden and Ju Ji-hoon of The Spy Gone North. Director Kim’s credits include 2014 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title A Hard Day and 2016 Locarno Piazza Grande title Tunnel (which also starred Ha) as well as Netflix series Kingdom. The film is looking to a summer release.

Contact: Showbox (mailto:sales@showbox.co.kr)

Seoul Spring (working title) (S Kor)

Dir. Kim Sung-soo

Based on events that took place in the chaotic time after dictator Park Chung-hee was assassinated in December 1979, this political drama from the director of Asura: The City Of Madness stars Hwang Jung-min (The Spy Gone North, Netflix’s Narco-Saints) and Jung Woo-sung (Hunt, Asura: The City Of Madness). They star as the leader of a coup d’etat and an officer who fights to stop him. The film, now in post-production, also features Lee Sung-min (TV’s Reborn Rich), Park Hae-joon (Emergency Declaration) and Kim Sung-kyun (Sinkhole).

Contact: Plus M Entertainment (mailto:sales@megabox.co.kr)

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