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Top 10 Korean movies of 2020: Virus cuts 'Parasite' triumph short


By Kwak Yeon-soo | 2020-12-08


The year 2020 started off strong for Korean cinema with "Parasite" making history by winning four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and the International Feature Film category.


Shortly after the historic moment, however, the Korean movie industry experienced a drastic pandemic-driven decline, with theaters around the country closing indefinitely and studios moving most of their big releases to 2021.


Leading multiplex operators raised ticket prices as part of their attempts to survive the pandemic. Highly anticipated big budget films like "Seobok," "Mogadishu" and "Hero" have pushed back their releases to next year. "Space Sweepers," starring Song Joong-ki and Kim Tae-ri, is taking the safe route by premiering on Netflix in 2021.


But a slew of good local films still made it onto screens during this exhausting year. Below are the 10 Korean films that caught the eyes of both domestic and international audiences.



1. The Man Standing Next

A political thriller chronicling the 40-day power struggle among former President Park Chung-hee's top aides before one of them assassinated him in 1979 has been selected as a national contender for the 93rd Academy Awards in the International Feature Film category.

Directed by Woo Min-ho, "The Man Standing Next" unfolds a hidden story of political maneuvering by the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) in the 1970s, a time of military dictatorship under Park.

Park is one of the most controversial figures in Korean's modern history, suppressing the country's supposed democracy while generating phenomenal economic development.

Actor Lee Byung-hun, who plays the role of the KCIA chief who assassinated the president, won best actor awards at this year's Asian Film Awards, Baeksang Arts Awards, Buil Film Awards, Chunsa Film Arts Awards and Korean Association of Film Critics' Awards.


2. Lucky Chan-sil


"Lucky Chan-sil" is director Kim Cho-hee's dedication to "anyone pursuing a dream." The indie film tells the story of a 40-year-old female film producer, who suddenly loses her job and faces the biggest crisis of her life. The film was highly recognized by critics and audiences for its meticulous and realistic depiction of Korea's patriarchal and competitive society from the perspective of a single, unemployed woman in her 40s.

This film won several awards at local film festivals last year, including three honors at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. It also won the audience award at the 45th Seoul Independent Film Festival. It received recognition overseas too, being invited to this year's Far East Film Festival in Italy and Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan. Buoyed by critical acclaim, the film, which originally hit theaters in March, was re-released on Nov. 26. It's also going to hit theaters in Japan in January 2021.

Actor Kang Mal-geum, who plays her first lead role as Chan-sil, won best new actress awards at this year's Baeksang Arts Awards, Buil Awards and Korean Association of Film Critics' Awards.


3. Time to Hunt


"Time to Hunt" became the first Korean commercial film to skip theaters and go directly to Netflix. The film, originally slated to hit theaters at the end of February, waited two months and faced a legal dispute with its overseas sales company before landing on the U.S. streaming giant.

Set in a dystopian near future where the whole country is suffering from poverty following a financial crisis, "Time to Hunt" follows four young men who map out a plan to escape the hopeless city. But they are chased by a relentless killer amid their struggle for survival.

It was invited to the 70th Berlin International Film Festival's special gala section, which highlights creative film formats on current topics.


4. #Alive


Zombie thriller "#Alive" became the most streamed film on Netflix in many countries around the world, the first Korean title to achieve the feat.

Just two days after premiering on Netflix on Sept. 8, "#Alive" topped the global chart of Top Movies on Netflix, according to streaming analytics company FlixPatrol. The film ranked No.1 in 35 countries, including the U.S., France, Spain, Sweden, Russia and Australia.

"#Alive," starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye, is a story about two survivors trapped in an apartment complex during a zombie apocalypse. Viewers are able to empathize with the characters' predicament, as they too are have experienced varying degrees of lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.




A scene from the film "Peninsula" / Courtesy of NEW


5. Peninsula


Director Yeon Sang-ho's "Peninsula," a sequel to his zombie blockbuster "Train to Busan," takes the zombie apocalypse to another level. The zombies are much faster and fiercer compared to the original version, according to the director. While the uninfected characters from "Train to Busan" escape from the zombies, the sequel shows how the survivors fight back and some even take advantage of the situation.

Starring Gang Dong-won and Lee Jung-hyun, "Peninsula" tells a tale of survivors on the zombie-packed peninsula four years after the events in "Train to Busan." It follows protagonist Jung-seok, who goes back to the zombie-infested peninsula on a mission. The film was selected for the official lineup of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and was sold to 185 countries, including Japan, Taiwan, France and Italy.


6. Deliver Us From Evil


This was the first film released since March to sell more than 4 million movie tickets in Korea when it came out in August, temporarily reviving the Korean cinema scene struck by the pandemic.

"Deliver Us From Evil" tells the story of hitman In-nam (Hwang Jung-min), who plans to retire after carrying out one last hit. However, he gets embroiled in unexpected incidents as ruthless villain Ray (Lee Jung-jae) chases after him. In a year without travel, the audience may enjoy the exotic locales as the film was predominantly shot in Thailand and Japan.

Lee was named best actor in the film category at the 2020 Asia Artist Awards for his role as Ray in the hardboiled action film.


7. Moving On


Director Yoon Dan-bi's "Moving On" is like flipping through an old diary. It reminds the audience of their childhood memories and enables them to empathize with characters in the film. The plot is rather straight and simple. It's about a brother and a sister staying at their grandfather's house over the summer vacation with their father, joined by their aunt. The complex family relationship is shown through the eyes of Ok-ju, the sister.

"Moving On," which was honored with four awards at the 24th Busan International Film Festival, nabbed the Bright Future award at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam. It also won the Uncaged Award for Best Feature Film at the New York Asian Film Festival, New Talent Award at Hong Kong Asian Awards Festival, Osler Best Feature Film Award at the 24th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Best Film Award at Torino Film Fest, Special Jury Prize at 35th Mardel Plata International Film Festival and Best Film Award at Nantes Three Continents Film Festival.


8. Steel Rain 2: Summit


If the hit TV series "Crash Landing On You" is a star-crossed romance between a South Korean heiress and a North Korean army officer, director Yang Woo-suk's "Steel Rain 2: Summit" is about an unlikely bromance between a South Korean president and a North Korean general despite geopolitical challenges.

Although it's a sequel to 2017's "Steel Rain," the plot is completely different. If the first film was a fantasy envisioning the hermit kingdom's collapse through a coup and the outbreak of military conflict between the two Koreas, the follow-up shows an optimistic approach to the situation on the Korean Peninsula, depicting a rare tripartite summit on North Korean soil to officially end the 1950-53 Korean War and clinch a peace treaty.


9. Voice of Silence


Director Hong Eui-jeong's feature debut "Voice of Silence" is not a typical crime thriller that blends ferocious, bloody action and dark investigations. Rather, the film employs dark humor and mise en scene aplenty in following the story of two peculiar characters.

The story develops as two men, who normally get paid for cleaning up crime scenes, become responsible for taking care of a girl who has been kidnapped by a member of a criminal organization but then dies suddenly. Through the film, Hong raises moral and ethical questions like what determines an action as good or bad/evil. This film was shortlisted as one of five nominees for best film at Blue Dragon Awards. Actor Yoo Ah-in, who plays the role of Tae-in, gives a splendid performance although he has zero lines in the film.


10. The Woman Who Ran


"The Woman Who Ran" is the latest film by arthouse director Hong Sang-soo, whose works boast extraordinary depth and ambiguity. Hong won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival for this film, winning acclaim for his "Mobius-strip approach to time and memory."

The film revolves around Gam-hee (Kim Min-hee), who meets three friends over three days while her husband is away on a business trip. As she travels alone for the first time in the five years since her marriage, she explores new ways of seeing the world. The director's naturalistic approach and appreciation of small moments, like statically framed long takes on characters and the abrupt zoom of mountains and neighborhoods, shows a natural progression of ideas.





[Photo News] Ballantine promotes its single malt whiskies


By Shim Woo-hyun | Dec 2, 2020





South Korean actors Jung Woo-sung (left) and Lee Jung-jae pose for a picture at a pop-up shop designed to promote Ballantine’s Single Malt Whisky at cultural complex KOTE in Insa-dong, central Seoul, last Friday. 


The two actors, official models for the Scotch whisky brand, had a film shoot the same day. 


The pop-up shop will be open to the public for free until Sunday and offers six single-malt whiskies, according to the brand. Visitors must wear masks. The shop is also limiting visitors by letting just one person enter every five minutes. 



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Lee Jung Jae in Talks to Replace Bae Sung Jae in ‘Delayed Justice’


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Credit: CJ Entertainment


Will Lee Jung Jae fill Bae Sung Woo’s shoes?


The actor’s agency Artist Company shared, “It’s true that Lee Jung Jae was offered to fill Bae Sung Jae’s shoes in the drama Delayed Justice, but nothing has been decided. We are still discussing the offer.”


A few days ago, the fact that Bae Sung Woo was booked by police for drunk driving was reported, and the actor exited the drama midway. The production team officially announced Bae Sung Woo’s exit yesterday and said, “After episode 12, which will air on Dec 12, we will be taking three weeks of break to reorganize. Bae Sung Woo already finished filming up to episode 16, but we will try our best to edit him out, and the actor will not appear from episode 17 to 20.”


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Lee Jung-jae set to join 'Delayed Justice' after Bae Sung-woo axed for DUI


By Lee Gyu-lee | 2020-12-14



Lee Jung-jae is in talks to join the SBS series "Delayed Justice" after lead actor Bae Sung-woo's withdrawal. Courtesy of Artist Company


Actor Lee Jung-jae may take Bae Sung-woo's role in the SBS series "Delayed Justice" after the show dismissed Bae following him being charged with drunk driving.


The network said Monday that it was "in final talks with Lee Jung-jae" for the casting of Bae's character.



Bae, who was playing the role of crusading journalist Park Sam-soo, is being investigated after he was caught drunk driving last month. His blood-alcohol level at the time was high enough to have his license revoked, police said.


When the issue came to the fore following media reports on Thursday, SBS announced the decision to axe the actor in a statement the next day.


"We have discussed ways to manage the situation after hearing the news, and concluded that the actor's removal is inevitable," it said.


The series, about lawyer Park Tae-yong (Kwon Sang-woo) and journalist Sam-soo fighting for justice, is about halfway into its 20-episode run.


"The show will take three weeks off from airing after the 12th episode on Saturday," SBS said. "We will edit out as many scenes of the actor as possible from the four additional episodes that have already been filmed."


Bae's agency Artist Company has acknowledged the drunk driving reports and apologized, saying it "will take full responsibility."


"We are deeply sorry to cause concerns to those who have supported Bae and sincerely apologize for the trouble," it said.



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KOFIC estimates Korean box office down 74% in Covid-hit 2020




South Korea’s film industry is on course to have shrunk 63.6% by year’s end, according to a Korean Film Council (KOFIC) report on the impact of Covid-19 published today.


The government-funded organisation estimates that, firstly, overall box office is on track to have gone down by 73.7% by year’s end, with approximately 60 million admissions for the year accounting for $467.5m (KW510bn).


Secondly, digital online sales are estimated to have gone down from $466.9m (KW509.3bn) last year to $333.28m (KW363.5bn) this year.


Thirdly, overseas sales of films, locations and services are estimated to have gone from last year’s $78.85m (KW86bn) to $36.1m (KW39.4bn).


Box office


KOFIC notes that when the country has 5,000 or more confirmed cases of Covid-19 a month, the next month’s admissions drop by 50%. December admissions are estimated to see a 92.7% decrease compared to last December to about 1.64 million admissions.


With major theatrical releases postponed and/or cancelled due to the pandemic, independent and arthouse films have been getting more play this year. Compared to the 353 titles that got 415,699 screenings in total last year, this year’s indie and arthouse films numbered fewer at 320 titles but got more play with 514,814 screenings.


With a lack of new commercial fare, films such as 1917, #Alive, Tenet and local comedy Oh! My Gran were able to stretch their runs to two months or longer.


Re-releases also increased from 95 titles last year to 250 this year. (The average for re-released titles 2016-2019 was 86.75 per year.)


All in all, Korean films took 68.6% of box office as of December 7.


Digital online


Although digital online sales for films are estimated to have gone down, the local OTT market (encompassing TV and other content in addition to films) grew from $581.9m (KW634.5bn) last year to $715.4m (KW780.1bn) this year.


Films that opted to skip theatrical releases and go straight to OTT platforms included Berlinale title Time To Hunt, which postponed release and went directly to Netflix in April – controversially cancelling overseas sales deals in the process – and much-anticipated sci-fi film Space Sweepers, for which investor-distributor Merry Christmas had planned a summer release but ended up announcing a deal with Netflix in November.


Top 5 theatrical releases of 2020

(title/release date/gross/admissions/main country of origin)

1. The Man Standing Next (January 22) $37.8m (KW41.2bn), 4.75 million, S. Korea

2. Deliver Us From Evil (August 5) $35.4m (KW38.6bn), S. Korea

3. Peninsula (July 15) $30.3m (KW33bn), 3.81 million, S. Korea

4. Hitman: Agent Jun (January 22) $18.9m (KW20.6bn), 2.4 million, S. Korea

5. Tenet (August 26) $16.85m (KW18.3bn)

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Koreans surveyed on their favorite Movie Stars who shined


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2020”

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%





Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2007”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2008”

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%


Korea's Gallup "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2009”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2010”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2011”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2012”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2013”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2014”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2015”

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%


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2016”

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


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2017”

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%


Korea's Gallup "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2018”

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



Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2019”

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%)


Gallup Korea "Movie Stars Who Shined the Year of 2020”

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%



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Jung Woo-sung takes over 'Delayed Justice' lead role following Bae Sung-woo's DUI bust


By Lee Gyu-lee | 2020-12-21



Actor Jung Woo-sung will star in the SBS TV series "Delayed Justice" to replace Bae Sung-woo. Courtesy of Lotte Entertainment


Actor Jung Woo-sung will replace Bae Sung-woo in the lead role of the SBS TV series "Delayed Justice" after it axed Bae following a drunk driving charge.




Actor Bae Sung-woo. / Courtesy of Artist Company


The network announced Monday that Jung has been confirmed for the role and will start shooting the series this week.


Prior to Jung's acceptance of the part, actor Lee Jung-jae was reported to be "in final talks" to take Bae's role as crusading lawyer Park Sam-soo.


As the co-founders of Bae's agency Artist Company, Jung and Lee have been keen on managing Bae's situation.


"Lee Jung-jae was in process of readjusting his schedule to allow him to join 'Delayed Justice,'" the agency said in a statement Monday, adding that it was ultimately unfeasible.


"Jung wished to take on the responsibility, after learning the news," it said. "He decided to step in, as he hopes for the series to wrap up production successfully."


With the new lead cast member, the network will resume airing the series from the beginning of January 2021.


The network will edit out most of Bae's scenes from the episodes that have already been filmed. And Jung will appear as the character from episode 17 through to the end, it said.


The series, which has aired 12 of its 20-episodes, halted production after the former lead Bae was reported to have been caught drunk driving last month. His blood-alcohol level at the time was high enough to have his license revoked, police said.


When the news of his charge came out on Dec. 11, the network made the decision the next day to dismiss him from the show, saying it "concluded that the actor's removal was unavoidable."

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After a disappointing 2020, a look at the year ahead for the film industry


January 3, 2021



A nearly empty ticket-selling venue at one of the branches of a multiplex theater chain in Seoul after Covid-19 hit the country. [NEWS1]


Theaters in December sat almost empty with nearly all highly anticipated films scrambling to push back their release dates due to a spike in the number of daily coronavirus cases.  With the exception of small or independent films, only two films of note were released last month — “Josee” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”


Imminent releases include “New Year Blues,” “Seobok” and “Life is Beautiful” — all three of which were scheduled to hit screens last month.


Director Hong Ji-young’s “New Year Blues” stars an array of popular actors such as Kim Kang-woo, Yoo In-na, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Yeon-hee, Choi Soo-young and Yoo Teo. The movie is set a week before the new year, and the actors portray four sets of couples or potential love interests.


Director Lee Yong-joo’s “Seobok” was one of the most anticipated films of 2020, generating buzz for the collaboration between Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum. The sci-fi film revolves around an ex-intelligence agent Gi-heon’s last mission to deliver humanity’s first human clone, Seobok, to safety.




From the top, scenes from upcoming films “Life is Beautiful,” “Seobok” and “Minari.” [LOTTE ENTERTAINMENT, CJ ENTERTAINMENT, PAN CINEMA]


“Life is Beautiful,” starring actors Yum Jung-ah and Ryu Seung-ryong, is a musical about a wife who, after finding out that her days are numbered, goes on a road trip with her husband to find her first love as her last birthday wish.


The three films are expected to unveil their premiere dates as soon as the current uptick in Covid-19 cases can be contained. But in the face of the unpredictable coronavirus, none of the film distributors can pinpoint a specific date, and that also goes for a plethora of other films which had hoped to premiere last year.


Director Yoon Je-kyun’s musical film “Hero,” director Ryu Seung-wan’s “Mogadishu,” and historical dramas “The Book of Fish” by director Lee Joon-ik and "Hansan" from director Kim Han-min are also waiting for a chance to hit big screens.


Based on the musical production of the same title, actor Jung Sung-hwa portrays independence activist Ahn Jung-geun (1879-1910) during his last year of life while in prison in "Hero." Jung starred as Ahn in the musical since 2009. Director Yoon was to have been immensely moved by the original musical and tried his hand at recording the songs live on the set, just as Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” (2012) did.


Action-crime film “Mogadishu” featuring actors Kim Yoon-seok, Zo In-sung and Heo Joon-ho, was another highly anticipated project which had already finished filming in Morocco early last year and was set for a summer release. The film is based on a real-life defection of two Korean embassies which took place in the mist of the Somali Civil War in the 1990s.


“The Book of Fish” is the second black-and-white film from director Lee after “Dongju: The Portrait of A Poet” (2016). “The Book of Fish” is the tale of a camaraderie that blossoms between Jeong Yak-jeon (1758-1816) who is a scholar from the Joseon Dynasty (1319-1910) and a peasant named Chang-dae who work together to write a book on marine biology titled “Jasaneobo.” The film features actors Seol Kyung-gu and Byun Yo-han as the scholar and the peasant.


“Hansan” is the second film in a trilogy based on general Yi Sun-sin (1545-1598), originally set for release this year. The first film “Roaring Currents” (2014) still ranks No. 1 in the history of local box office, having drawn over 17 million audience members. The film covers the period of the first battle after the outbreak of the Imjin War (Japanese invasion of Joseon from 1592-1598).


Another film set for release this year is political drama “Kingmaker.” Based on Uhm Chang-rok, a real-life kingmaker or person who brings leaders to power through the exercise of political influence, the film is anticipated to depict a gripping political battle as politician Kim Woon-beom (played by Seol Kyung-gu) strives to become president with the assistance of a kingmaker Seol Chang-dae (played by Lee Sun-kyun).


“Emergency Declaration,” a film which takes place on an airplane while the world below is plunged into an apocalypse, features stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon and Im Si-wan. It is director Han Jae-rim’s latest film and is also expected to hit the theaters this year.


The two maestros of Korea and Japan are each preparing for new projects as well. Director Park Chan-wook is filming “Decision to Break Up” (translated) with actors Park Hae-il and Tang Wei while director Hirokazu Koreeda is wrapping up a screenplay for his first try at a Korean film tentatively titled “Broker.” It is set to begin filming this year with mega-popular actors Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won and Bae Doo-na.


Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” is set to arrive in local theaters in the first half of this year. The film is based on the director’s own childhood and is about a Korean family that emigrates to Arkansas in the 1980s in search of the American dream. The film is receiving international accolades across the globe similar to director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” and film critics reckon it's in with a strong chance for an Oscar nomination. The film features Korean and Korean-American actors such as Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri and Youn Yuh-jung.


Continuing with films that were scheduled to premiere last year, Netflix, a platform which streams in 190 countries, became the host for many that chose not to premiere on the big screen.




From the top, scenes from “What Happened to Mr. Cha?,″ “Kingdom: Ashin of the North,″ and ″Space Sweepers.″ The former premiered in Netflix on Jan. 1 and the latter two are scheduled to be released on the streaming platform sometime later this year. [NETFLIX]


“What Happened to Mr. Cha?” premiered on Jan. 1 on Netflix. Starring actor Cha In-pyo, the actor uses his actual name and adapts his own filmographies in the film to tell the story of a '90’s icon still caught up on his former glory and his struggles to become popular again.


Sci-fi film “Space Sweepers” stars actors Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu and Yoo Hae-jin as space pirates who come across a humanoid robot Dorothy, which is also a weapon of massive destruction. Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the film.


In terms of Netflix original series, be on the lookout for director Yeon Sang-ho’s “Hellbound,” “Kingdom: Ashin of the North,” and “Round Six.”


“Hellbound” is adapted from the Naver webtoon “The Hell,” in which the director scripted the story, and “Kingdom: Ashin of the North” is reported to be a side-sequel from the “Kingdom” series featuring actor Jun Ji-hyun. “Round Six,” starring actors Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo and Heo Sung-tae among others, is director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s latest film about a survival game in which the ultimate winner is awarded prize money that could change their lives.



BY LEE JAE-LIM   [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr]

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Lee Jung-jae to make guest appearance on “Delayed Justice”


By Lee Gyu-lee | 2021-01-12



Actor Lee Jung-jea will have a cameo role on the SBS series "Delayed Justice." Yonhap


Actor Lee Jung-jea will make a guest appearance on the SBS TV series "Delayed Justice," according to the network, Tuesday.


The broadcaster told local news outlets that the actor will briefly appear "as a courtesy for series director Kwak Jung-hwan." He worked with the director on the JTBC series "Chief of Staff," which ran for two seasons in 2019.


In "Delayed Justice," Lee plays lawmaker Jang Tae-jun, his character from "Chief of Staff." SBS said Lee shot the episode Tuesday.


Lee was originally "in final talks" to replace actor Bae Sung-woo as the lead character of "Delayed Justice" ― lawyer Park Sam-soo ― after Bae was axed from the series in early December after being charged with drunk driving.


Bae was reported to have been caught driving drunk in November with a blood-alcohol level high enough to have his license revoked, police said.


The network announced that Bae had been dismissed from the show soon after the charge made the headlines.


The series, which had aired 12 of its 20-episodes run up to Bae's removal, halted production for about three weeks to edit the actor out from filmed episodes and to find a new lead for further episodes.


The role went to Jung Woo-sung when Lee concluded he could not join due to his schedule. Jung will be taking over from episode 17, which is set to air Friday.

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Blue Dragon Film Awards to be held on Feb. 9


By Im Eun-byel | Jan 19, 2021



Poster image for the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards


The 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards, which were postponed last year due to the spread of COVID-19, will be held on Feb. 9, the awards’ organizers said Tuesday.


The awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious film events here, was to have been held on Dec. 11 but it was postponed indefinitely due to the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in late 2020.


“The Man Standing Next” has been nominated for 10 awards, followed by “Deliver Us from Evil” for eight awards, “Moonlight Winter” for seven awards and “Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982” for six awards.


Nominees for the best film are “Sibling’s Summer Night,” “The Man Standing Next,” “Voice of Silence,” “Moonlit Winter” and “Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982.”


Directors Yang Woo-seok of “Steel Rain 2: Summit,” Yeon Sang-ho of “Peninsula,” Woo Min-ho of “The Man Standing Next,” Lim Dae-hyung of “Moonlit Winter” and Hong Won-chan of “Deliver Us from Evil” are in the running for the best director prize.


Actresses Kim Hee-ae of “Moonlit Winter,” Ra Mi-ran of “Honest Candidate,” Shin Min-a of “Diva,” Jeon Do-yeon of “Beasts Clawing at Straws,” Jung Yu-mi of “Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982” are competing for best actress.


The nominees for best actor are Yoo Ah-in of “Voice of Silence,” Lee Byung-hun of “The Man Standing Next,” Lee Jung-jae and Hwang Jung-min of “Deliver Us from Evil,” Jung Woo-sung of “Steel Rain 2: Summit.”


Nominees for the awards were selected based on film critics’ and online votes for Korean films which took place Oct. 11, 2019 to Oct. 29, 2020.


This year’s awards ceremony will be held at integrated resort complex Paradise City in Incheon without an in-person audience for safety reasons. It will be broadcast live on SBS and Naver TV.


By Im Eun-byel (silverstar@heraldcorp.com

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No.851 (2012-04-24~2012-05-01) - Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jeon Ji-hyun, Kim Yoon-seok 




No.863 (2012-07-17~2012-07-24) - Kim Yoon-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae 




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No.1267 (2020-08-04~2020-08-11) - Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae 




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Netflix to invest $500m in Korean content in 2021




Netflix has unveiled plans to spend nearly $500m on Korean films and TV series in 2021.


In a virtual press event on Thursday (February 25), the streaming giant revealed the significant investment alongside a slate of content led by two new original features, BDSM romance Moral Sense and action film Carter, from the director The Villainess, Jung Byung-gil.


The slate also includes series Hellbound, from Train To Busan director Yeon Sang-ho, and space drama series The Silent Sea.


“Over the last two years, we’ve seen the world falling in love with incredible Korean content, made in Korea and watched by the world on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “This includes a recent global hit Sweet Home, that 22 million households chose to watch.”


He name-checked other popular Korean content such as zombie-themed Kingdom and #Alive, young adult scripted series Extracurricular, K-pop documentary Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, romantic North-South Korean drama Crash Landing On You and recent sci-fi film Space Sweepers.


“Since 2016, we have made 200+ Netflix Asian original series and films, including about 80 in Korea,” he added. “Our investment in Korean content surpassed $700m and we recently signed two deals for studio spaces, which will allow us to continue making great content in Korea as Korean content becomes the world’s entertainment trend.”


Introducing the fresh slate, Minyoung Kim, vice president of content for Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand for Netflix, revealed the streaming giant had 3.8 million paid memberships in Korea as of the end of 2020.


Fresh slate


Moral Sense follows a seemingly clean-cut office worker who keeps his BDSM tendencies to himself, until his female co-worker accidentally opens his mail and finds a leash. The film will be directed by Park Hyun-jin (Like For Likes, Lovers Of 6 Years) based on a web comic of the same name.


Carter follows a man after he wakes up in a motel room with no recollection of who he is, except for a voice in his ear that calls him ‘Carter’ and orders him to go on a mission to save a kidnapped girl. The one-scene, one-cut action film is directed by Jung, whose The Villainess played in Cannes’ Midnight section in 2017.


Hellbound is about a smart, self-assured lawyer who goes up against the New Truth Church and its extremist Arrowhead devotees. Written by Train To Busan director Yeon and Choi Gyu-seok, author of the popular web comic Songgo, the series stars Yoo Ah-in, Park Jung-min, Kim Hyun-joo, Won Jin-ah and Yang Ik-june.


Space drama series The Silent Sea, starring Bae Doona, Gong Yoo and Lee Joon, is written by Mother scriptwriter Park Eun-kyo and executive produced by Jung Woo-sung - perhaps best known as an actor in films such as Asura: The City Of Madness.


Other titles include Korean drama Squid Game, directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk and starring Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo; Kingdom: Ashin of the North, a standalone episode in the period zombie series; new reality series Baik’s Spirit, documentaries like My Love; and Netflix’s first Korean sitcom, So Not Worth It.





Images: Netflix/Naver 




Netflix to invest W550b Korean content


Netflix reveals 2021 Netflix original lineup, including Korean films ‘Moral Sense,’ ‘Carter’


By Lim Jang-won | Feb 25, 2021



Kim Min-young, Netflix vice president of content, speaks during “See What’s Next Korea 2021” on Thursday. (Netflix)


Global streaming giant Netflix introduced numerous original series and movies planned for 2021, along with its plans to invest 550 billion won ($496 million) in Korean content this year.


Netflix held the online press conference “See What’s Next Korea 2021” on Thursday to commemorate the fifth year of Netflix service in Korea. During the event, Netflix released still scenes of many original series planned for this year and announced the creation of two original Netflix Korean movies, “Moral Sense” and “Carter.”


“Korean content has gone across borders and is reaching out to the global audience,” said Kim Min-young, vice president of content at Netflix. “For 2021, we will invest approximately $500 million in Korean content. This is our attempt to create Korean content together and make the Korean production industry grow as a whole. We will do our best to make Korean content known throughout the world.”


In addition, Don Kang, director of content, and Kim Tae-won, director of movies, announced that Netflix will work with Korean producers to create two original Korean movies, “Carter” and “Moral Sense.”


“Carter” will be an action blockbuster by director Jeong Byeong-gil of “The Villainess” (2017) and “Confessions of Murder” (2012).


“‘Carter’ sprang from the idea of what it would be like for a man who loses all his memory to run away from the moment he wakes till the end of the movie,” said Jeong.


“Moral Sense” will be the first romance genre Korean movie made by Netflix. Based on the popular webtoon with the same name, the romance will revolve around the relationship between a man with an unusual sexual preference and a coworker who happens to come across the secret.



A scene from “The Silent Sea,” shown for the first time on “See What’s Next Korea 2021” (Netflix)


Netflix also disclosed information on multiple original series planned for the year.


The second season of “Love Alarm,” about an app that rings if someone in the vicinity likes you, will kick off on March 12. Also human drama “Move to Heaven,” about trauma cleaners, will premiere within the first half of the year.


“D.P.” featuring actor Jung Hae-in and about military police, “My Name” about a daughter entering the police force in order to investigate secrets behind her father’s death, “All of Us Are Dead” that continues the recent Korean zombie tradition, sitcom “So Not Worth It” about multicultural students in a college dormitory, “Paik’s Spirit” with restaurant tycoon Paik Jong-won introducing Korean alcohol and food to guests and stand-up comedy series “Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach” are all scheduled to show on Netflix within the year.


Furthermore, a star-studded lineup of actors and directors is scheduled for 2021. “Kingdom: Ashin of the North” starring Jun Ji-hyun will be shown later in the year, as well as “Hellbound,” featuring Yoo Ah-in and directed by Yeon Sang-ho of “Train to Busan.” Also, “Squid Game” featuring actor Lee Jung-jae, is planned for release in the fall and sci-fi thriller “The Silent Sea” with Gong Yoo and Bae Doo-na and produced by Jung Woo-sung are on their way this year.


Vice President Kim attributed the success of Korean content in the world to the detail in the emotion.


“Although the infrastructure is important, I think the reason Korean content has been loved for so long is because of the emotions and sentiment in the content. Korean content focuses on the detail of emotion and expresses it well,” Kim said during a press interview after the event. “The ultimate goal of all the content for the viewers is to enjoy it.”


By Lim Jang-won (ljw@heraldcorp.com)


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South Korean actors Chung Woo-sung (L) and Lee Jung-jae pose for a photo during a publicity event for a pop-up store in Seoul on March 5, 2021. (Yonhap)






Jeon Hye Jin and Jin Seon Kyu in Talks for Lee Jung Jae’s Directorial Debut Film ‘Hunt’


by krishkim



Credit: NEW, SPAC


Jeon Hye Jin and Jin Seon Kyu are in talks to join Jung Woo Sung in Lee Jung Jae’s directorial debut film Hunt.


According to a media outlet, Jeon Hye Jin and Jin Seon Kyu are considering taking their roles in Hunt.


Hunt is a spy action drama in which the ace agent of the National Security Agent Park Pyeong-ho (Lee Jung-Jae) and Kim Jeong-do (Jung Woo-sung), are confronted with the huge truth while chasing the general manager of the North Korean spy.


Hunt made headlines as the directorial debut film of the veteran actor Lee Jung Jae, who has worked on the screenplay for about 4 years. Sanai Pictures, which presented several tentpoles movies, including Money, The Spy Gone North, Asura: The City of Madness, and New World, will take charge of the production.



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Lee Jung Jae will be the director and lead actor of the film at the same time. Earlier on, Lee’s best friend Jung Woo Sung confirmed his casting as Kim Jung Do, Park Pyung Ho’s partner, and a rival. These two actors haven’t worked on the same project despite their well-known friendship since the 1999 film City Of The Rising Sun.


Jeon Hye Jin has been offered a charismatic NIS agent role, who works in the same team as Jung Woo Sung. If she decides to take the role, she will have been back to the big screen two years after the release of Ashfall. If he decides to join the movie, Jin Seon Kyu will be playing another NIS agent from Lee Jung Jae’s team.


Hunt plans to complete its major casting and start filming in the first half of this year.


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On 8/14/2020 at 10:59 AM, Helena said:

[ KOFIC ] LEE Jung-jae is an actor who hardly opens up himself. A rare display of emotions may become a critical drawback to an actor. But that is not the case for him. He turns his weakness to an incomparable strength. He has an indifferent look on his face but unveils an inner wound that runs deep at heart. Strangely enough, his unemotional face makes a good fodder for romanticism. His romantic image has extended from a TV drama, <Sand Glass>, to films such as <An Affair> portraying a love affair with his fiancée’s elder sister ([LEE Mi-sook] ), <Asako in Ruby Shoes> where his character fell for a Japanese woman ([Tachibana Misato]) that he met just online, <Il Mare> where he costarred with [Gianna Jun] and portrayed love unbounded by time and space, <Interview> that asked endless questions over love, <Over the Rainbow> which rediscovered the forgotten first love. All of his characters are as charming as a face on TV commercials. LEE never loses his usual coolness even when he punctuates his career once in a while with self-destructive characters. His major movie roles include <City of the Rising Sun>, <The Last Witness>, <Oh! Brothers> and <Typhoon>. After a brief outing to the TV screens, he returned to the film sector with his role as a macho man in <The Housemaid> who cheated on his wife and seduced his housemaid. LEE’s image began to change in 2012, as he appeared in a charismatic turn in the smash hit <The Thieves>. He drew even more notice in 2013 for his leading role in the well-reviewed gangster saga <New World> and for his scene-stealing supporting role in the period hit <The Face Reader>, which earned him many industry awards. 2014 saw him take on the role of an MMA fighter who must go on the run as he is forced to participate in a dangerous game show when his brother is kidnapped in the film <Big Match>. Re-teaming with director CHOI Dong-hoon, LEE was seen the following summer in the period thriller <Assassination>, alongside HA Jung-woo and JEON Ji-hyun.



Lee Jungjae


He knows how to make a ‘cool’ appearance. As a top actor since his youth star days, he is a passionate innovator who renews his prime character every time he appears in a film.



[Photo by Ahn Seogjin]


In 1995, the drama Sandglass took South Korea by storm, and it was a critical shot for Lee Jungjae to impress the public.  Playing the role of bodyguard Baek Jaehee, Lee shook the hearts of viewers with his character silently standing by the heroine with intense eyes and action performance without a single line.  After leaving this indelible impression, Lee Jungjae made himself known on screen by playing Hongki, a young man in the youth action film City of the Rising Sun (1998), directed by Kim Sungsoo.  Perfectly depicting a young man dazzled by money and dreams, Lee has since been always in his element without stepping down from the top star position on screen.


From the sexy characters in Firebird (1997) and An Affair (1998) to the melodramatic heroes in Interview (2000), Il Mare (2000), Asako in Ruby Shoe (2000), and Last Present (2001), as well as the comic character in Oh! Brothers (2003), Lee Jungjae showed a variety of images through the films.  However, the character that defined all of his various aspects was Hoon in The Housemaid (2010), which was invited to the competition section of the Cannes International Film Festival.  Hoon, a mean owner who plays tricks on the housemaid, is a character that shows the essence of Lee Jungjae’s acting tone.  Since then, in The Thieves (2012), which opened the prelude to tentpole films in Korea, Lee Jungjae caught the public’s attention as a sneaky thief Popeye.  In crime noir New World (2012), he formed another fandom by playing the role of Lee Jasung, an undercover cop who walks in a tightrope between the police and criminal organizations.


Another chance where Lee Jungjae took another leap forward was the role of Prince Suyang in the historical film The Face Reader (2013) directed by Han Jaerim.  By creating a new image of a young Prince Suyang who is filled with ambition, Lee vividly proved how much impact an actor can have on the film.  Lee appeared in the mid-section of the film and dominated the scene with his overwhelming appearance.  “Do I look like a king?” is one of the most memorable lines of his.


After jumping to the next level with The Face Reader, Lee Jungjae played Yeom Seokjin, a two-faced provisional government agent in the period film Assassination (2015), a character who shook the subplot of the film.  Lee’s performance, which features the combination of sophisticated and urban images, animal instinct, and opposing elements of meanness and innocence, is always seductive and transcends good and evil.  Recently, he played some intense characters, such as a pastor fighting heresy in SVAHA : The Sixth Finger (2019) and a Korean-Japanese Yakuza member in Deliver Us From Evil (2020).  In 2021, he will direct and star in the spy action Hunt, raising people’s expectations.  Lee Hwajung



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The 57th BaekSang Arts Awards 제57회 백상예술대상


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Location: KINTEX (Korea International Exhibition Center) at Ilsan, Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province

Date & Time: May 13, 2021 (Thursday) at 9pm (Korean time)

Broadcast: JTBC | JTBC2 | JTBC4



For works released between May 1, 2020 and April 11, 2021.

For television category, TV shows, streaming service platforms' original series, and web series were considered; series must have at least 4 episodes and should have released more than 1/3 of its complete run.



TV Section 



Grand Prize 대상



Best Drama 작품상 (드라마)

‘Beyond Evil/Monster 괴물’ (JTBC)

‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’ (tvN)

‘Flower of Evil 악의 꽃’ (tvN)

‘Extracurricular 인간수업’ (Netflix)

‘My Unfamiliar Family 가족입니다’ (tvN)


Best Entertainment/Variety Program 작품상 (예능)

‘개미는 오늘도 뚠뚠’ (카카오TV)

‘놀면 뭐하니?’ (MBC)

‘싱어게인’ (JTBC)

‘유퀴즈 온더 블럭’ (tvN)

‘전설의 무대 아카이브K’ (SBS)


Best Educational/Cultural Show 작품상  (교양)

‘건축탐구 - 집3’ (EBS)

‘꼬리에 꼬리를 무는 그날 이야기’ (SBS)

‘아카이브 프로젝트-모던코리아2’ (KBS 1TV)

‘차이나는 클라스 - 질문 있습니다’ (JTBC)

‘SBS 신년특집 세기의 대결 AI vs 인간’ (SBS)


Best PD/Director 연출상

Kwon Young-il 권영일 (‘My Unfamiliar Family 가족입니다’)

Kim Chul-gyu 김철규 (‘Flower of Evil 악의 꽃’)

Kim Hee-won 김희원 (‘Vincenzo 빈센조’)

Park Shin-woo 박신우 (‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’)

Shim Na-yeon 심나연 (‘Beyond Evil/Monster 괴물’)


Best Script 극본

Kim Su-jin 김수진 (‘Beyond Evil/Monster 괴물’)

Kim Eun-jung 김은정 (‘My Unfamiliar Family 가족입니다’)

Yoo Jung-hee 유정희 (‘Flower of Evil 악의 꽃’)

Jo Yong 조용 (‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’)

Ha Myung-hee 하명희 (‘Record of Youth 청춘기록’)


Technical Award 예술상

Lee Byung-joo 이병주 (‘Sweet Home 스위트홈’ / VFX)

Jang Jong-kyung 장종경 (‘Beyond Evil/Monster 괴물’ / Cinematography 촬영)

Jo Sang-gyung 조상경 (‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’ / Costume 의상)

Choi Jung-yoon 최정윤 (‘The Stage Of Legends Archive K’ / Music 음악)

MBC Design Center VFX Team MBC 디자인센터 VFX팀 (‘VR Human Documentary Meeting You Season 2 VR 휴먼다큐멘터리 너를 만났다 시즌2’ / VR)


Best Leading Actor 최우수연기상 (남)

Kim Soo-hyun 김수현 (‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’)

Song Joong-ki 송중기 (‘Vincenzo 빈센조’)

Shin Ha-kyun 신하균 (‘Beyond Evil/Monster 괴물’)

Uhm Ki-joon 엄기준 (‘Penthouse 펜트하우스’)

Lee Joon-ki 이준기 (‘Flower of Evil 악의 꽃’)


Best Leading Actress 최우수연기상 (여)

Kim So-yeon 김소연 (‘Penthouse 펜트하우스’)

Kim So-hyun 김소현 (‘River Where the Moon Rises 달이 뜨는 강’)

Seo Yea-ji 서예지 (‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’)

Shin Hye-sun 신혜선 (‘Mr. Queen 철인왕후’)

Uhm Ji-won 엄지원 (‘Birthcare Center 산후조리원’)


Best Supporting Actor 조연상 (남)

Kim Seon-ho 김선호 ('Start-Up 스타트업')

Kim Ji-hoon 김지훈 (‘Flower of Evil 악의 꽃’)

Oh Jung-se 오정세 (‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’)

Lee Hee-joon 이희준 (‘Mouse 마우스')

Choi Dae-hoon 최대훈 (‘Beyond Evil/Monster 괴물’)


Best Supporting Actress 조연상 (여)

Park Ha-sun 박하선 (‘Birthcare Center 산후조리원’)

Shin Eun-kyung 신은경 (‘Penthouse 펜트하우스’)

Yeom Hye-ran 염혜란 ('The Uncanny Counter 경이로운 소문')

Jang Young-nam 장영남 (‘It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아’)

Cha Chung-hwa 차청화 (‘Mr. Queen 철인왕후’)


Best New Actor  신인연기상 (남)

Kim Young-dae 김영대 (‘Penthouse 펜트하우스’)

Na In-woo 나인우 (‘River Where the Moon Rises 달이 뜨는 강’)

Nam Yoon-su 남윤수 (‘Extracurricular 인간수업’)

Song Kang 송강 ('Sweet Home 스위트홈')

Lee Do-hyun 이도현 ('18 Again 18어게인')


Best New Actress 신인연기상 (여)

Kim Hyun-soo 김현수 (‘Penthouse 펜트하우스’)

Park Gyu-young 박규영 ('Sweet Home 스위트홈')

Park Ju-hyun 박주현 (‘Extracurricular 인간수업’)

Lee Joo-young 이주영 ('Times 타임즈')

Choi Sung-eun 최성은 (‘Beyond Evil/Monster 괴물’)


Best Male Variety Performer  예능상 (남)

Moon Se-yoon 문세윤

Shin Dong-yeop 신동엽

Yoo Jae-suk 유재석

Lee Seung-gi 이승기

Jo Se-ho 조세호


Best Female Variety Performer  예능상 (여)

Kim Sook 김숙

Song Eun-i 송은이

Jang Do-yeon 장도연

Jaejae 재재

Hong Hyun-hee 홍현희



FILM Section


Grand Prize 대상



Best Film 작품상

'Moving On 남매의 여름밤'

'Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서'

‘Samjin Company English Class 삼진그룹 영어토익반’

'Voice of Silence 소리도 없이'

'The Book of Fish 자산어보'


Best Director 감독상

Yoon Dan-bi 윤단비 ('Moving On 남매의 여름밤')

Lee Jong-pil 이종필 (‘Samjin Company English Class 삼진그룹 영어토익반’)

Lee Joon-ik 이준익 ('The Book of Fish 자산어보')

Hong Won-chan 홍원찬 ('Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서')

Hong Eui-jung 홍의정 ('Voice of Silence 소리도 없이')


Best New Director 신인 감독상

Park Ji-wan 박지완 (‘The Day I Died 내가 죽던 날)

Yoon Dan-bi 윤단비 ('Moving On 남매의 여름밤')

Lee Chung-hyun 이충현 (‘Call 콜’)

Lim Seon-ae 임선애 (‘An Old Lady 69세’)

Hong Eui-jung 홍의정 ('Voice of Silence 소리도 없이')


Best Leading Actor 최우수연기상 (남)

Byun Yo-han 변요한 (‘The Book of Fish 자산어보’)

Seol Kyung-gu 설경구 (‘The Book of Fish 자산어보’)

Yoo Ah-in 유아인 (‘Voice of Silence 소리도 없이’)

Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (‘Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서’)

Cho Jin-woong 조진웅 (‘Me and Me 사라진 시간’)


Best Leading Actress 최우수연기상 (여)

Go Ah-sung 고아성 (‘Samjin Company English Class 삼진그룹 영어토익반’)

Kim Hye-soo 김혜수 (‘The Day I Died 내가 죽던 날’)

Moon So-ri 문소리 (‘Three Sisters 세자매’)

Ye Soo-jung 예수정 (‘An Old Lady 69세’)

Jeon Jong-seo 전종서 (‘Call 콜’)


Best Supporting Actor 조연상 (남)

Koo Kyo-hwan 구교환 ('Peninsula 반도')

Park Jung-min 박정민 (‘Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서’)

Shin Jung-geun 신정근 (‘Steel Rain 2: Summit 강철비2: 정상회담’)

Yoo Jae-myung 유재명 ('Voice of Silence 소리도 없이')

Heo Joon-ho 허준호 ('Innocence 결백')


Best Supporting Actress 조연상 (여)

Kim Sun-young 김선영 ('Three Sisters 세자매')

Bae Jong-ok 배종옥 ('Innocence 결백')

Lee Re 이레 ('Peninsula 반도')

Esom 이솜 ('Samjin Company English Class 삼진그룹 영어토익반')

Lee Jung-eun 이정은 (‘The Day I Died 내가 죽던 날’)


Best New Actor  신인연기상 (남)

Kim Do-yoon 김도윤 ('Peninsula 반도')

Ryu Soo-young 류수영 (‘Steel Rain 2: Summit 강철비2: 정상회담’)

Park Seung-jun 박승준 ('Moving On 남매의 여름밤')

Lee Bong-keun 이봉근 ('The Singer 소리꾼')

Hong Gyung 홍경 ('Innocence 결백')


Best New Actress 신인연기상 (여)

Park So-yi 박소이 (‘Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서’)

Shin Hye-sun 신혜선 ('Innocence 결백')

Jang Yoon-ju 장윤주 ('Three Sisters 세자매')

Jung Soo-jung 정수정 ('More Than Family 애비규환')

Choi Jungun 최정운 ('Moving On 남매의 여름밤')


Best Screenplay 시나리오상

Kim Se-gyum 김세겸 ('The Book of Fish 자산어보')

Park Ji-wan 박지완 (‘The Day I Died 내가 죽던 날)

Yoon Dan-bi 윤단비 ('Moving On 남매의 여름밤')

Hong Soo-young 홍수영 · Son Mi 손미 ('Samjin Company English Class 삼진그룹 영어토익반')

Hong Eui-jung 홍의정 ('Voice of Silence 소리도 없이')


Technical Award 예술상

Lee Eui-tae 이의태 ('The Book of Fish 자산어보' / Cinematography 촬영)

Lee Jeon-hyung 이전형 · Choi Jae-chun 최재천 · Jung Hwang-soo 정황수 (“Peninsula 반도’ / VFX)

Jang Geun-young 장근영 (‘Space Sweepers 승리호’ / Production Design 미술)

Jung Sung-jin 정성진 · Jung Cheol-min 정철민 (‘Space Sweepers 승리호’ / VFX)

Hong Gyung-pyo 홍경표 ('Deliver Us from Evil 다만 악에서 구하소서' / Cinematography 촬영)





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Final Nominees for The 57th Baeksang Arts Awards Revealed


by willow



Credit: Baeksang Arts Awards, NEWSIS


The 57th Baeksang Arts Awards unveiled its nominees for the categories of Television, Movies, and Plays.


The executive office of Baeksang Arts Awards announced the final list of actors and works for each category on the morning of the 12th through their official website. The nominees are chosen from those who were active in the past year in the fields of TV, movies, and plays.


Listed for Television series are Beyond Evil (JTBC), It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Flower of Evil, My Unfamiliar Family (tvN), and Extracurricular (Netflix). Nominees for Best Entertainment Program were spread among various channels, including March of the Ants (KakaoTV), Hangout with Yoo (MBC), Sing Again (JTBC), You Quiz on the Block (tvN), and Legendary Stage – Archive K (SBS).




Credit: JTBC


Furthermore, Architectural Exploration – Home season 3 (literal translation) (EBS), The Story of the Day Biting the Tail (SBS), Archive Project – Modern Korea 2 (KBS 1TV), Differential Class (JTBC), and Battle of the Century AI vs Human (SBS) were nominated for the Best Educational Show Award.


The competition for the best actor awards is fierce, as always. Nominated for Best Actor are Kim Soo Hyun (for tvN’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay), Song Joong Ki (for tvN’s Vincenzo), Shin Ha Kyun (for JTBC’s Beyond Evil), Uhm Ki Joon (for SBS’ The Penthouse), and Lee Joon Ki (for tvN’s Flower of Evil). The nominees for the Best Actress Award is as following: Kim So Yeon (for SBS’ The Penthouse), Kim So Hyun (for KBS 2TV’s River Where the Moon Rises), Seo Ye Ji (for tvN’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay), Shin Hye Sun (for tvN’s Mr. Queen), and Uhm Ji Won (for tvN’s Birthcare Center). 


Candidates for supporting actors are also jaw-dropping. Kim Sun Ho (for tvN’s Start Up), Kim Ji Hoon (for tvN’s Flower of Evil), Oh Jung Se (for tvN’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay), Lee Hee Jun (for tvN’s Mouse), and Choi Dae Hoon (for JTBC’s Beyond Evil) are up for the Best Supporting Actor Award. Meanwhile, Park Ha Sun (for tvN’s Birthcare Center), Shin Eun Kyung (for SBS’ The Penthouse), Yeom Hye Ran (for OCN’s The Uncanny Counter), Jang Yeong Nam (for tvN’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay), and Chan Jung Hwa (for tvN’s Mr. Queen) are listed as the nominees of the Best Supporting Actress Award.


Who will take the honor of the Best New Actor, the award that can only be won once in a lifetime? Kim Young Dae (The Penthouse), Na In Woo (River Where the Moon Rises), Nam Yoon Soo, (Extracurricular), Song Kang (Netflix’s Sweet Home), and Lee Do Hyun (JTBC’s 18 Again) are competing for the award. For Best New Actress are Kim Hyun Soo (The Penthouse), Park Gyu Young (Sweet Home), Park Joo Hyun (Extracurricular), Lee Joo Young (OCN’s Times), and Choi Sung Eun (Beyond Evil).




Credit: tvN


The Male and Female candidates for Best Variety Performer are also noteworthy. Moon Se Yoon on 2 Days & 1 Night (2D1N) and Tasty Guys, Shin Dong Yup who leads Immortal Songs and My Little Old Boy, Yoo Jae Suk on Hang Out with Yoo and Sixth Sense, All the Butlers and Busted! 3’s Lee Seung Gi and Jo Se Ho from You Quiz on the Block were nominated. For female nominees, there are Where is My Home and Love Naggers’ Kim Sook, Problem Child in House’s Song Eun I, I Live Alone’s Jang Do Yeon, Girls High School Mystery Class’ Jae Jae, Omniscient Interfering View’s Hong Hyun Hee.


Up for the Film Category are Moving On, Deliver Us from Evil, Samjin Company English Class, Voice of Silence, and The Book of Fish. The directors of these works are also nominated for Best Director Award.



Credit: CJ Entertainment


Nominated for Best Film Actor include Byun Yo Han (The Book of Fish), Sol Kyung Gu (The Book of Fish), Yoo Ah In (Voice of Silence), Lee Jeong Jae (Deliver Us from Evil), Cho Jin Woong (Me and Me). For Best Actress are Go Ah Sung (Samjin Company English Class), Kim Hye Soo (The Day I Died: Unclosed Case), Ye Soo Jung (An Old Lady), and Jeon Jong Seo (Call).


This year’s supporting actor nominees have also made their presence as solid as leading actors. This includes Koo Kyo Hwan (Peninsula), Park Jung Min (Deliver Us from Evil), Shin Jung Geun (Steel Rain 2: Summit), Yoo Jae Myung (Voice of Silence), and Heo Joon Ho (Innocence). Candidates for Best Supporting Actress consist of Kim Sun Young (Three Sisters), Baek Jong Ok (Innocence), Lee Re (Peninsula), Esom (Samjin Company English Class), and Lee Jung Eun (The Day I Died: Unclosed Case).


The lineup for Best New Actor in the Film section includes all generations. Kim Do Yoon (Peninsula), Ryu Soo Young (Steel Rain 2: Summit), Park Seung Joon (Moving On), Lee Bong Geun (The Singer), Hong Kyung (Innocence) are up for the Best New Actor Award. Meanwhile, Park So Yi (Deliver Us from Evil), Shin Hye Sun (Innocence), Jang Yoon Ju (Three Sisters), Jung Soo Jung (More Than Family) are heading towards the Best New Actress Award.




Credit: Netflix


This year’s Baeksang Arts Awards will take into consideration contents released between May 1st of 2020 to April 11th of 2021. This includes all Korean media from terrestrial, cable, OTT, and web channels. 40 total members of the professional judging committee within the industry conducted a preliminary survey to select final candidates. 


The Baeksang Arts Awards will be held live on JTBC from 9 PM KST on May 13th. It will be hosted without audiences, due to the COVID-19 situation.


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