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August 19, 2014

Ken Watanabe to co-host Busan film fest

Source: The Korea Times

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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has agreed to co-host the opening ceremony of this year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which begins its 10-day run on Oct. 2, organizers said Tuesday.
Watanabe, who will be joined by Korean actress Moon So-ri on stage, is the third foreigner to open the annual festival, following Chinese actress Tang Wei and Hong Kong actor Aaron Kwok last year.
Watanabe is one of the most influential actors in Japan. His filmography includes American movies such as "The Last Samurai" (2003), "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2006), "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006) and "Inception" (2010). He also starred in the 2013 movie "Unforgiven," directed by Korea-Japanese filmmaker Lee Sang-il.
Moon is one of Korea's most productive actresses. She won the best actress award in the 2002 Venice Film Festival for her performance in the Lee Chang-dong drama, "Oasis" (2002).

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Singer Lee Hyo-ri ® attends an event in Seoul on July 2, 2014, to promote the new SBS variety show "Magic Eye." Lee will co-host the women's talk show together with three others. From left are comedian Kim Gu-ra, model Hong Jin-kyung and actress Moon So-ri. (

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August 7, 2014

Top 7 Korean celebrities with best pregnancy photos

Source: KPopHerald

Showing off a pregnant belly is no longer an embarrassing thing in Korea. Capturing the beautiful moment has rather become a rising trend. Against this backdrop, The Korea Herald has listed the top 7 hallyu stars who took the most beautiful maternity photos.

1. Moon So-ri
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Actress Moon So-ri elegantly mixed beauty as a mother and chicness as a celebrity. Her tight black dress highlighted her pregnant body line.
While the overall style might have turned out simple due to the plain dress, her curled hairstyle added to the fancy look.
Moon, who starred in films “Oasis” and “A Good Lawyer’s Wife,” delivered a son in 2011.

2. Son Tae-young
Miss Korea-turned-actress Son Tae young chose an innocent maternity look with a long, white dress. Showing off long, curly hair backed by brilliant sunlight accentuated the “Goddess” vibe.
Son, who is married to actor Kwon Sang-woo, bore a son in 2009. She is expecting the couple’s second child early next year.

3. Jung Hye-young
Unlike many other stars, actress Jung Hye-young showed off funky maternity photos. Wearing black jeans and high heels, Jung appealed to fans with her own charisma.
She also revealed her bare pregnant belly, breaking a Korean cultural norm of hiding a pregnancy with loose outfits.
Jung, who married former singer Sean, has four children.

4. Byul
Singer Byul chose to take comic maternity photos.
Lying on a bed, Byul took funny shots with her husband Haha. While the couple had planned to take the photo shoot outside, they abruptly changed the locale to their home due to Haha’s hangover, the pair said in a television interview.
Byul delivered a son last year and named him “Dream.”

5. Lee Pa-ni
Model Lee Pa-ni gave off a goddess vibe in her maternity photos. Wearing a white, silk sheer dress, Lee exuded innocence and elegance.
Lee, who is in her second marriage with musical star Seo Sung-min, gave birth to a second child in 2013.

6. Kim Hee-sun
Legendary beauty star Kim Hee-sun expressed her happiness to the fullest in her maternity photos. Rather taking posed pictures, she showed off a natural smile as a blissful mom who was waiting for her first child.
Kim, who tied knot with a businessman in 2007, gave birth to a daughter two years later in 2009.

7. Kim Hyo-jin
Actress Kim Hyo-jin took a hearty pregnancy photo with her husband Yoo Ji-tae. Taking on a casual look and posing naturally, the loving couple gave off a warmhearted vibe.
The pair, married in 2011, gave birth to a son this year.
(khnews@heraldcorp.com)

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October 2, 2014

Busan film festival to kick off with 'Paradise in Service'

By Shim Sun-ah YonhapNews

BUSAN, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- Asia's top film festival will kick off in South Korea's largest port city of Busan on Thursday night with a Taiwanese drama about a boy who serves his military service in a frontline military brothel in Taiwan.

The world premiere of "Paradise in Service" will launch this year's 10-day event for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

The fourth feature film by acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Chen-Zer Doze Niu is one of the 314 titles from 79 countries up for screening in the 19th edition of the festival. The number of movies to be screened this year is 15 more than last year's 299.

The festival will close on Oct. 11 with "Gangster Pay Day," a Hong Kong comedy-action flick about the boss of a gang ring who has feelings for his subordinate's lover, directed by Chinese filmmaker Lee Bo-cheung.
Among the international guests to attend the festival are Chinese filmmakers Ann Hui, Peter Chan, and Zhang Yimou, Hungarian director Bela Tarr and Chinese actress Tang Wei.

Among Koreans, directors Bong Joon-ho and Im Kwon-taek, actor Ahn Sung-ki and actress Moon So-ri will visit Busan for the festival.

In addition to the 314 titles invited, the festival will present special programs highlighting works by South Korean filmmaker Chung Jin-woo--who led a wave of eroticism in the Korean film industry in 70s and 80s--Turkish indie films and the power of Georgian women filmmakers.

Founded in 1996, the BIFF has grown into Asia's largest film festival.

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Source: KPOPHERALD

BIFF 2014: Red carpet arrivals

BUSAN--The 19th Busan International Film Festival has kicked off and the red carpet is in full swing with A-listers gracing the moment at the Busan Cinema Center in Busan on Thursday evening.

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Actress Moon So-ri, the host of the opening ceremony with Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, arrives at the red carpet ceremony. (OSEN) 

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October 4, 2014

[19th BIFF] Ken Watanabe, fluent conducting of the opening ceremony of BIFF “Busan is special” 

Source: Innolife Korea 

Ken Watanabe, the Japanese actor’s fluent capacity of conducting the ceremony has been spotlighted during the ceremony. There was opening ceremony of the 19th BIFF held in Film Hall located in Haeundae-gu, Busan, on October 2nd. The Japanese actor Ken Watanabe and Moon So-Ri conducted the opening ceremony. Having been second time presenting the opening ceremony of film festival,

Moon So-Ri talked about such significance: “Busan Film Festival is special to me in many ways. My hometown is Busan, and my first movie ‘Peppermint’ was premiered during the opening ceremony of the film festival.” Ken Watanabe delivered his episode of being acquainted with Busan, and fluently led the ceremony with his powerful, accurate accent. 

The 19th BIFF that is held for ten days, starting from October 2nd to 11th, is to be held in theaters in area, including the Film Hall in Busan. There will be 314 movies from 79 countries screened in seven theaters, 33 sub-theaters. 

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November 25, 2014

Moon Sori, Kim Hye-ja for new KBS drama Unkind Women

Source: Dramabeans.com

The PD of the hit drama My Daughter Seo-young and the writer of Equator Man are teaming up for a Wednesday-Thursday drama for KBS in the new year, and wooing actresses Moon Sori (Law of Attraction) and Kim Hye-ja (Mother) to return to the small screen to star. If she signs on, it’ll have been seven years since Moon Sori has done a full-length television series (2008’s My Golden Age, and before that 2007’s Legend), while Kim Hye-ja headlined JTBC’s I Live in Cheongdam-dong three years ago.

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The new series is called Unkind Women and features three generations of women who “share the same hot blood,” living under one roof. Kim Hye-ja is being courted to play the head matriarch, a cooking instructor with an infamous sharp tongue and a proclivity for swearing. She teaches a cooking class that’s so popular that there’s a ten-month wait to get in, and she’s known for cutting her students — mostly chaebol daughters-in-law — down to size. But she’s also the kind of woman who’s experienced a good deal of tribulation in her life, and uses her strength to help others.

Moon Sori has been offered the role of her troublemaker daughter, who’s lived a wayward life and only recently come to appreciate the love of her family. There will be another daughter with a lonely secret, and a granddaughter as well. It’s a family of women who aren’t very nice, figuring out how to love, succeed, and find happiness together.

Aw, it sounds like a lovely combo of strong women and heartwarming family drama. Directing is PD Yoo Hyun-ki (My Daughter Seo-young, Brain, God of Study), and writing is Kim In-young (When a Man Loves, Equator Man, The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry).

Unkind Women is being planned for 24 episodes, and follows King’s Face in February.

Via IS Plus, Star News

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December 3, 2014

‘Hill of Freedom’ nabs highest film award in Nantes

By Ahn Sung-mi KPOPHERALD

Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s latest work, “Hill of Freedom,” won the Golden Montgolfiere Award, the highest prize at the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes, France, on Tuesday.

The annual film festival is devoted to introducing outstanding films from Asia, Africa and South America. 

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“Hill of Freedom,” Hong’s 16th film, depicts the Japanese man Mori, played by Kase Ryo, who returns to Korea to track down his former love. In the course of his trip, he meets the beautiful cafe owner Young-sun, played by Moon So-ri (“Oasis”). 

The 55-year-old Hong is one of the most well-known Korean directors in the international film circuit. His films depict everyday human relationships, with most of them focusing on male-female relationships, and sometimes explore larger political themes through his unique aesthetic style, which avoids cliche. 

Born in Seoul, Hong studied film at Seoul’s Chung-Ang University, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His critically acclaimed films include his feature debut “The Day a Pig Fell into the Well” (1996), “Woman on the Beach” (2006), the Cannes-winning “Hahaha” (2010) and “Our Sunhi” (2013)

Earlier this year, “Hill of Freedom” competed in the Horizons Section at the Venice Film Festival and was invited to over 20 international film festivals, including in Toronto, Vancouver and New York. 

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December 15, 2014

HILL OF FREEDOM Makes New Yorker End of Year List

Deemed One of 10 Best Undistributed Films of 2014 

by Pierce Conran KOBIZ

Richard Brody, who runs the Front Row column on newyorker.com, has listed HONG Sangsoo’s latest work Hill of Freedom in his annual rundown on the best films of the year. While not released in North American theaters this year, Brody ranked the film among his 10 favorite undistributed films of 2014. Following its premiere in the Orizzonti competition of the Venice International Film Festival, Hill of Freedom has exhibited a similar popularity on the festival circuits as HONG’s recent works, garnering invitations to the Toronto, Busan, Vancouver, New York and BFI London Film Festivals, among others. The film features Japanese star KASE Ryo as man who travels to Seoul to reconnect with an old flame. While he waits for a response to his letters, he meets many people including a cafe owner play by MOON So-ri. The film was listed along with new works by Spike LEE (Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) and TSAI Ming-liang (Journey to the West). Bordy also mentioned that HONG’s 2013 works Nobody’s Daughter Haewon and Our Sunhi are also lacking American distribution.
In 2012, Brody chose HONG’s Oki’s Movie (2010) as his fourth favourite film of the year, with two more of his works, In Another Country (2012) and The Day He Arrives (2011), appearing further down the list.

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December 23, 2014

HONG Sangsoo’s Hill of Freedom Released in Japan

KASE Ryo Expresses Sentiments 

by KIM Su-yeon KOBIZ

HONG Sangsoo’s Hill of Freedom was released in Japan on December 13th at the Tokyo Cinemart Shinjuku and will expand its screen number in the coming days. On the day it opened, director HONG Sangsoo and actor KASE Ryo attended the screening in person to promote the film.

During the talk, KASE expressed his sentiments towards the project, saying, “I wonder if there will be another film shoot like Hill of Freedom, I loved every moment of it. There wasn’t a lot of staff but everyone came together for one single goal and could focus just on the film. It was a good experience for me and has become a warm memory.”

Hill of Freedom is about a Japanese man named Mori (KASE Ryo) who travels to Korea in search of his past co-worker and lover KWON (SEO Young-hwa) and meets the cafe owner Young-sun (MOON So-ri).

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December 29, 2014

Top 10 Korean Films of 2014

By Jason Bechervaise The Korea Times

2014 has been yet another compelling year for Korean cinema. Audience numbers exceeded 100 million for the third consecutive year spearheaded by the success of the naval epic "Roaring Currents" that broke almost every record to become the most successful film of all time in the local box office. 
Yet, the local market share has dropped to the current 48.9 percent compared to last year's 58 percent, which is reflective of a strong year for Hollywood films including the unprecedented success of Disney's "Frozen" and Christopher Nolan "Interstellar" that both amassed over 10 million admissions. 
Nevertheless, this year has seen the release of a number of accomplished Korean films, though I would argue that commercial films, by in large, have been weaker compared to last year. But independent Korean cinema, especially documentaries are going through a particular exciting phase as evident in the top 10 films I've compiled for this year. 
1. A Girl At My Door
Although it wasn't a hit with audiences, and not all critics responded to it in the same way, it's reminiscent of the very best contemporary Korean cinema has to offer. Directed by July Jung, her feature debut follows a police officer played by the magnificent Bae Doo-na as she is relocated to a remote fishing town to take on the role as the new police chief, and befriends a troubled young girl called Do-hee (Kim Sae-ron) who is being abused by her stepfather. Produced by the renowned auteur Lee Chang-dong, it shares his appetite for engrossing social critique, but the film's delicate dark humor and its focus on female relationships differentiates it from his work.
2. A Dream of Iron
It's been a golden year for documentaries, not least with the tremendous success of "My Love, Don't Cross That River", but "A Dream of Iron" is in a league of its own. Focusing on Korea's ironworks and shipbuilding industries in the 1960s through to the present day, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park provides a fascinating and spiritual look at the country's manufacturing industry through some extraordinary cinematography accompanied by a rich and hypnotic soundtrack. 
3. Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits
Tackling the subject of shamanism in a very accessible and insightful manner, this documentary follows the life of Kim Keum-hwa, Korea's most prolific living shaman. Directed by Park Chan-kyong, brother of Park Chan-wook, he mixes documentary footage with reconstructed scenes from her earlier life played by Kim Sae-ron, Ryu Hyun-kyung and Moon So-ri and expertly applies it to a historical and cultural framework.
4. Haemoo
Released not long after "Roaring Currents" "Haemoo" directed by Shim Sung-bo, unfortunately, struggled to find an audience, but it is far superior to Kim Han-min's period navel epic. Co-written and produced by Bong Joon ho who worked with Shim on his masterpiece "Memories of Murder" (2003), it's the strongest commercial film of the year owing to its terrific mise-en-scene, lighting and how it utilizes the limited space of a fishing vessel where, based on a true story, the captain and crew smuggle 25 illegal Korean-Chinese immigrants. 
5. A Hard Day
Action-thrillers can often run out of steam, but "A Hard Day" is an enthralling viewing experience from start to finish. Kim Seong-hun's witty and socially conscious script about a detective played by Lee Sun-kyun digging a hole for himself after a hit and run accident explores issues such as corruption has been well-received both home and abroad. 
6. Futureless Things
One of the appealing characteristics of Korean cinema, especially lower budget films, is how they convey different areas of society and culture. This little seen film is an endearing example of what the independent industry is capable of delivering. Kim Kyung-mook's enchanting and episodic narrative takes place in a convenience store painting a portrait of those who are part of contemporary Korean society. 
7. Confession
This impressive debut by Lee Do-yun adds a stylistic flare to the conventional tale of friendship when a faked robbery goes awry and results in the death of a gambling arcade owner that puts the relationship between three close friends in jeopardy. Visually outstanding, and includes notable performances by the leads: Ji Sung, Ju Ji-hoon and Lee Kwang-soo.
8. Hill of Freedom
A genuine criticism of Hong Sang-soo is that he has become repetitive and so his strongest work tends to emerge when he does something different. In his latest feature, he masterfully uses English to his advantage playing with language and stereotypes in humorous and stimulating fashion as Ryo Kase plays a Japanese man who travels to Seoul in search for a woman (Seo Young-hwa) he still has feelings for. 
9. Gyeongju
It's slow-paced, but Zhang Lu's story of a Beijing-based Korean professor (Park Hae-il) searching for a painting in a teahouse in the quaint city of Gyeongju is a thoroughly absorbing tale of nostalgia that shares much in common with Hong Sang-soo's filmmaking tendencies. Also stars Shin Min-a on excellent form playing the teahouse proprietor who forms a connection with the professor. 
10. My Place
The third and final documentary to feature in this top ten, "My Place" focuses on the rarely discussed topic of single motherhood in Korea. Directed by Park Moon-chil who follows his sister and parents as they adjust to the news that their daughter is to raise a child without a father, it's a rare and insightful glimpse into the issues they face.

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February 26, 2015

Ahn Seong-gi, Moon So-ri and Park Hae-il to star in short film

Source: Sports Donga via Hancinema.net

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Top stars are getting together with director Jang Yool.

Ahn Seong-gi, Moon So-ri and Park Hae-il are starring in director Jang Yool's short film. It is unusual for such top stars to get together for a single short film.

The film is based on love and wisdom. The background will take place in Gangnam, Seoul. The cast all have schedules of their own but they have managed their time mutually.

The cast agreed to this project looking at Jang Yool's work and the meaning behind it. Jang Yool is a Korean resident from China and has been acknowledged for his worldwide famous works such as "Grain in Ear", "Dooman River" and "Iri". He was invited to the Locarno Internation Film Festival last year for his first commercial movie "Gyeongju" in which Park Hae-il starred in as well.

A source claimed, "This movie is a meaningful one where all the cast gathered their thoughts together to deliver a message. There are high expectations in the results that this movie will bring".

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May 6, 2015

Kim Hae Sook & Moon So Ri confirmed for director Park Chan Wook's 'Miss'

Source: STARN News

Actresses Kim Hae Sook and Moon So Ri have been confirmed for director Park Chan Wook's new film, 'Miss (tentative title).'

'Miss' is going be a film set in 1930s when Korea was still under Japan's colonization, and its story will evolve around a wealthy young lady who becomes the inheritor of her family's colossal wealth.

Director Park Chan Wook recently made an international hit with film 'Stalker,' and a great number of movie fans are showing explosive reactions for this news.

Kim Hae Sook had worked with director Park Chan Wook through movie 'Thirst,' and she is going to play in 'Miss' as the head maid of the main character's home. Moon So Ri, on the other hand, is going to make her first collaboration with director Park through 'Miss.'

Kim Hae Sook and Moon So Ri are widely recognized for their unique interpretations and identity as actresses, and Kim Min Hee, Kim Tae Ri, Ha Jung Woo, and Cho Jin Woong are going to join the two to make the most outstanding film of the year.

Meanwhile, the first shoot for 'Miss' will be held in June.

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/Reporting by Lee Mi-Ji en@starnnews.com

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June 21, 2015

The 20 Greatest South Korean Actors Working Today

BY HANAJUN CHUNG Taste of Cinema

In addition to writing a piece on the best, individual performances, this piece is meant to celebrate the best actors currently working in South Korean cinema. For this list, I chose 20 individuals—a mix of male and female. Most of these people had their start in television and some also work concurrently in both mediums. Don’t expect much young, hot talent from dramas since this is mostly going to feature actors from their work in film.

Furthermore, to provide a challenge, I ranked them based on their film roles (and little T.V.) I’ve seen and read regarding. You can possibly guess a few of the top spots, but I can guarantee that I didn’t include a name or two on the list that matches the sensibility of many readers. 

20. Gianna Jun (October 30, 1981)

Notable roles: “My Sassy Girl,” “Daisy,” “The Thieves”

19. Ryu Seung-beom (August 9, 1980)

Notable roles: “Crying Fist,” “The Berlin File,” “The Unjust,” “Bloody Ties,” “No Mercy”

18. Kim Hye-su (September 5, 1970)

Notable roles: “Tazza: The High Rollers,” “The Hypnotized,” “Kick the Moon,” “The Thieves”

17. Kim Yun-seok (January 21, 1968)

Notable roles: “The Chaser,” “The Thieves,” “Hwayi: The Monster Boy,” “The Yellow Sea”

16. Kim Yunjin (November 7, 1973)

Notable roles: “Ode to My Father,” “Harmony,” “Shiri,” “Seven Days,” “Heartbeat”

15. Ha Jung-woo (March 11, 1979 )

Notable roles: “The Yellow Sea,” “The Terror Live,” “The Berlin File,” “Nameless Gangster”

14. Han Hyo-joo (February 22, 1987)

Notable roles: “Always,” “Masquerade,” “Cold Eyes”

13. Lee Byung-hun (July 12, 1970)

Notable roles: “A Bittersweet Life,” “J.S.A.: Joint Security Area,” “I Saw the Devil”

12. Jeong Jae-yeong (November 21, 1971)

Notable roles: “Broken,” “Confession of Murder,” “Castaway on the Moon,” “Silmido”

11. Yoon Yeo-jeong (June 19, 1947)

Notable roles: “The Taste of Money,” “The Housemaid,” “Hahaha,” “Actresses”

10. Doona Bae (October 11, 1979)

Notable roles: “A Girl at My Door,” “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host,” “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”

9. Moon So-ri (July 2, 1974)

Notable roles: “Peppermint Candy,” “Oasis,” “A Good Lawyer’s Wife,” “The President’s Barber”

8. Hwang Jeong-min (September 1, 1970)

Notable roles: “Ode to My Father,” “A Man Who Was Superman,” “New World,” “The Unjust”

7. Yun Jeong-hie (July 30, 1944)

Notable roles: “Poetry,” “Taebaek Mountain,” “Splendid Outing,” “Night Journey”

6. Kim Hye-ja (September 15, 1941)

Notable roles: “Mother,” “Lifetime in the Country”/“Country Diaries” (T.V.)

5. Sol Kyung-gu (May 1, 1968)

Notable roles: “Peppermint Candy,” “Public Enemy” series, “Cold Eyes,” “Silmido,” “Oasis”

4. Jeon Do-yeon (February 11, 1973)

Notable roles: “Secret Sunshine,” “Way Back Home,” “The Housemaid,” “Untold Scandal”

3. Song Kang-ho (January 17, 1967)

Notable roles: “The Host,” “J.S.A.: Joint Security Area,” “The Attorney,” “No. 3”

2. Ahn Sung-kee (January 1, 1952)

Notable roles: “Silmido,” “Chilsu and Mansu,” “Unbowed,” “White Badge”

1. Choi Min-sik (April 27, 1962)

Notable roles: “Oldboy,” “Failan,” “I Saw the Devil,” “Crying Fist,” “Shiri”

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July 16, 2015

Actress Moon So-ri selected to Locarno's jury

SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean actress Moon So-ri has been named a jury member of this year's Locarno International Film Festival, her management said Thursday.

"Moon was appointed to be a member of the jury for the official competitive category of the 68th Locarno International Film Festival," C-Jes Entertainment said.

This marks the third time that a Korean national has been appointed as a festival jury member after director Hong Sang-soo in 2009 and director Lim Sang-soo in 2012.

Moon previously worked as a jury member of a number of international film festivals in South Korea's Busan and Jeonju, Tokyo and Cairo.

Launched in 1946, the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland is considered one of the most authoritative film festivals in Europe, along with Berlin, Cannes and Venice.

Hong's latest film "Right Now, Wrong Then" will be shown in the competition section of this year's festival set to run from Aug. 5-15.

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Actress Moon So-ri (Yonhap)

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July 20, 2015

Myung Films Reminisces about 20 Years' Glory
Retrospective Invites Key Korean Film Figures

by Kobiz reporter
 
Established by husband and wife partners Jamie SHIM and LEE Eun twenty years ago, production house Myung Films has represented the Korean cinema by discovering and producing key directors and their features.
 
In celebration of the commemorable twentieth birthday, ‘Myung Films Retrospective: Memories of Twenty Years’ will be held at Myung Films Art Center from July 24 to September 16, screening 36 titles that the company has produced since 1995.
 
On each weekend, the retrospective will be attended by key directors, actors and critics who have worked with Myung Films—actors SONG Kang-ho (Joint Security Area/JSA), MOON So-ri (Forever the Moment), PARK Won-sang (Waikiki Brothers), BAE Suzy and LEE Je-hoon (Architecture 101), and seventeen directors including OH Sung-yoon (Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild), BOO Ji-young (Cart), KIM Jee-woon (The Quiet Family) and CHUNG Ji-young (Unbowed) will host talk sessions in turns after screenings of their titles in the program.
 
Local critics KIM Young-jin, JUNG Sung-il, journalist Una BECK, and Cine21 editor in chief JU Sung-chul also join forces with Myung by hosting talk session ‘Critics Choice,’ where they will discuss their choice of Myung Film works such as The Contact, The Isle, Bloody Tie, and Joint Security Area/JSA.
 
Screening schedule and ticket reservation are available at http://www.mf-art.kr.

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August 7, 2015

Moon So-ri becomes first S. Korean actress on jury at Locarno

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- Moon So-ri has become the first South Korean actress to attend the Locarno Film Festival as a jury member, her management agency said Friday.

Moon attended the opening ceremony and the red carpet event of the festival in Locarno, Switzerland, on Wednesday and "received the spotlight as a world-class actress representing South Korean cinema," C-JeS Entertainment said.

Moon is the third South Korean to become a Locarno jury member after directors Hong Sang-soo and Im Sang-soo in 2009 and 2012, respectively. She, however, is the first South Korean actress to achieve the feat.

Prior to Locarno, Moon has served as a jury member at several international film festivals, including in Busan, Jeonju, Tokyo and Cairo.

She is scheduled to vote for the winner of Locarno's competitive awards and introduce "Actress," a film she directed in 2014, and "Oasis," a 2002 South Korean movie starring Moon, before returning to her home country on Aug. 16.

This year's Locarno Film Festival started Wednesday and will end Aug. 15.

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South Korean actress Moon So-ri walks the red carpet of the 19th Busan International Film Festival in the namesake city on Oct. 2, 2014. (Yonhap) South Korean actress Moon So-ri walks the red carpet of the 19th Busan International Film Festival in the namesake city on Oct. 2, 2014. (Yonhap)

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October 27, 2015

Lights, camera, action for London Korean Film Festival

Source: The Korea Times l The 10th London Korean Film Festival

The 10th London Korean Film Festival will be held in the U.K. capital from Nov.2 to Nov. 14.

A total of 52 Korean films will be shown at 10 major theaters.

Included are opening film "Ode to My Father" and hits "Veteran," "Roaring Currents" and "The Thieves."

Eight directors, including the renowned Youn Je-kyoun ("Ode to My Father"), and actors Hwang Jung-min and Moon So-ri will visit London for the festival.

Marking the event's 10th anniversary, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is set to award six individuals, including film critic Tony Rayns, for contributing to the festival's growth.

bkim@koreatimes.co.kr,

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July 24, 2016

Moon So Ri Named The First Korean Actor To Judge Venice International Film Festival

Source: Soompi by notclaira

Moon So Ri Named The First Korean Actor To Judge Venice International Film Festival

Actress Moon So Ri has been named as one of the jurors for the 73rd annual Venice International Film Festival!

On July 24, her agency, C-JeS Entertainment, announced that the actor had been selected as one of the jurors for the Orizzonti section.

The festival is the oldest of its kind in the world and one of the most prestigious alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The Orizzonti section is a sub-section of the festival with its own awards categories.

She is the first Korean actor to be appointed as juror for the Venice Film Festival. In 2006 director Park Chan Wook was one of the jurors for the official competition, and in 2009 director Kim Jin Ah was one of the jurors for the Orizzonti section.

Moon So Ri has previously won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Emerging Actor or Actress at the 59th Venice International Film Festival for her 2002 film “Oasis.” Her films “Hill of Freedom” and “A Good Lawyer’s Wife” have also been shown at previous festivals.

A source from the festival said, “Moon So Ri is a brilliant actress who represents the Korean film industry. She has accomplished several milestones in Korean film and it is an honor to have her as juror following her 2002 award.”

Moon So Ri herself made a statement saying, “It’s always difficult to compare films and give them scores. But nothing compares to the experience of meeting filmmakers all around the world and watching films together. I have many good memories of the Venice International Film Festival and I hope to make even more this year.”

Moon So Ri has also been the juror for the Busan International Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, Festival del film Locarno, and the Tokyo International Film Festival.

The 73rd International Film Festival will be held from August 31 to September 10. Meanwhile, Moon So Ri is currently filming the movie “Special Citizen” [literal translation].

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July 25, 2016

Moon So-ri becomes first Korean actress to serve on Venice Film Festival jury

SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korean actress Moon So-ri has been tapped as a jury member for the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival, the actress's management agency said Sunday.

According to CJES Entertainment, the actress is to serve as a jury member for cutting edge and avant-garde films.

She's become the first Korean actor to become a jury member for the prestigious film festival, although two local directors assumed the role in the past. Park Chan-wook was a juror in 2006 and Lee Jin-ah in 2009.

The film festival committee said Moon is a renowned actress in Korea who has persistently shown outstanding performances. It said she has set a milestone in the county's cinematic history.

Moon was awarded the "Marcello Mastroianni Award for Emerging Actor or Actress" at the 2002 Venice Film Festival. She was invited by the festival for "A Good Lawyer's Wife" in 2003 and "Hill of Freedom" in 2014.

The 37th Venice Film Festival runs from Aug. 31 through Sept. 10.

South Korean actress Moon So-ri waves as she attends the "Seoul International Women's Film Festival" in Seoul on June 2, 2016. (Yonhap)

South Korean actress Moon So-ri waves as she attends the "Seoul International Women's Film Festival" in Seoul on June 2, 2016. (Yonhap)

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