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^ It's supposed to be Lotte Entertainment but who knows what the arrangement is right now.  Even before the "situation" with LBH, there was hardly any official updates whatsoever. Mostly were from fan sightings and sharing that we get a bit of glimpse here and there like once in a blue moon. The "hype" about the movie was not hyped enough.

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November 3, 2014
Lotte Entertainment Introduces 2015 Line-upMEMORIES OF THE SWORD Lead a Slew of Films by June KIM KOBIZ
During Busan International Film Festival earlier this month, Lotte Entertainment announced its upcoming releases scheduled for the end of 2014 to 2015. The 13 titles included now in theatres horror Manhole, highly anticipated drama starring SEOL Kyung-gu and PARK Hae-il My Dictator, Criminal Designer starring heartthrob KIM Woo-bin, and LEE Byung-hun and JEON Do-yeon’s latest Memories of the Sword, teen star PARK Bo-young led So-nyeo (w/t), ROH Deok’s Journalist, PARK Hong-sik’s Hae-oe-hwa, writer CHEON Sung-il’s directorial debut Seo-bu-jeon-seon 1953 (w/t), JU Ji-hoon led Gan-shin (w/t), Bungee Jumping of Their Own director KIM Dai-seung’s Joseon Magician (d/t), and director HONG Ji-young’s adaptation of a French novel ‘Will You Be There?’
Big stars go into action in Memories of the Sword with global actor LEE Byung-hun and Cannes actress JEON Do-yeon, supported by Eungyo actress KIM Go-eun. It is a first period action film by JEON and her third union with director PARK Heung-sik. The film is to be released in 2015. Criminal Designer directed by Traffickers director KIM Hong-sun is about expert thieves, which stars The Heirs series star KIM Woo-bin, but also LEE Hyun-woo, LIM Joo-hwan and GO Chang-suk. So-nyeo which in Korean means a ‘little girl’ has cast PARK Bo-young, the actress in Scandal Makers (2008) and A Werewolf Boy (2012) who has signed up for this mystery film as a newly transferred high school student alongside UM Ji-won who will play the principal. ROH Deok came into the spotlight with her first feature, Very Ordinary Couple in 2012 which received positive reviews by its stark and realistic portrayal of a couple. ROH is currently in the casting stage but hope to release Journalist next year.
Seo-bu-jeon-seon 1953 is currently shooting at Bi-nae Island with SEOL Kyung-gu and YEO Jin-gu as they play soldiers who meet at the Western front during the Korean War. The shoot is scheduled to continue until end of November. Director CHEON has been writing mega hits such as My Girlfriend is an Agent (2008), The Pirates and TV series like The Slave Hunters (2010). Director MIN Kyun-dong of All About My Wife (2012) is back with a period drama with JU Ji-hoon in Gan-shin as a disloyal subject to the king during the Joseon era. MIN and JU have worked together before through the romantic and delicious film, Antique in 2008. Joseon Magician is a romantic melodrama also set in the Joseon era where a princess falls in love with someone who she meets by chance on her way to an arranged marriage. Casting is in its final stages but names like GO A-ra and YOO Seung-ho are being tossed as the moment. Director HONG Ji-young who previously directed films Marriage Blue and Horror Stories (2012)¸ will be adapting Guillaume Musso’s ‘Will You Be There?’ into film. The story is about a man named Elliott who is brought back to his own past to find the love he had lost.

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An extensive article, highlighting the MOTS related excerpt only
December 22, 2014

2014 Breakdown: Korean Films at Markets and FestivalsFilm Directors and Stars, Where Did They Shine?
by LEE Hwa-jeong KOBIZ

Hallyu Star Power, Not as Influential in Japan

Unlike the influential Korean star power in the Great China region, Japan isn’t sharing this trend. Not much showings appear for the next couple of years after the release of a Hallyu star-casted film, and the general mood isn’t displaying any significant signs of ‘Hallyu stars’ working as a major keyword. Lotte Entertainment’s HAN Min-hyung explains, “Several films starring Hallyu stars such as The Fatal Encounter’s HYUN Bin and Memories of the Sword’s LEE Byung-hun are still attracting interest, but compared to the past, the influence of such stars have definitely declined”. Haemoo was an exception for its sales to Japan as the prevailing popularity of idol star group JYJ member PARK Yoo-chun can be attributed to the purachase. Like Code Name: Jackal which fared well in Japan 2 years ago thanks to its star JYJ’s KIM Jae-joong, Haemoo also raised favorable response in the currently declining Japanese market. Marriage Blue, starring actor JU Ji-hoon and another idol star group member, 2PM’s OK Taec-yeon attracted unexpectedly favorable response which seems to be the result of the large fan base actor JU Ji-hoon retains in Japan.” - 
- See more at: http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/news/features.jsp?pageIndex=1&blbdComCd=601024&seq=308&mode=FEATURES_VIEW&returnUrl=&searchKeyword=#sthash.tlUQUriA.dpuf

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December 29, 2014
Looking Back at Korean Film Industry 2014: Top 10 Issues of 2014Period Films, Social Drama, and Diversity Films
by KIM Hyung-seok  KOBIZ

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2015 will also showcase several Korean costume dramas. LEE Byung-hun and JEON Do-yeon-starring Memories of the Sword, the Joseon Dynasty version of Ang LEE’s Lust, Caution, Empire of Lust (working title), director LEE Joon-ik’s collaboration with actors SONG Kang-ho, YOO Ah-in, and actress MOON Geun-young in The Throne, biographical account of Korean opera ‘Pansori’ master SHIN Jae-hyo in Peach Flower Song, the franchise comic costume drama and sequel to DETECTIVE K: Secret of Virtuous Widow, Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island, and MIN Kyu-dong’s The Inferno (working title) are a few titles scheduled for theatrical releases.   
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Many Popular Actresses including Jun Ji Hyun, Park Bo Young, and Kim Hye Soo to Return to Big Screen in 2015
Numerous popular actresses will be returning to the big screen in 2015.
Jun Ji Hyun, who starred in the incredibly popular drama “My Love from the Stars,” will be having her comeback to the big screen with “The Assassination.” Directed by director Choi Dong Hoon, whom she worked with on the 2012 blockbuster hit “The Thieves,” the film will tell the story of an assassination carried out in Shanghai in the 1930′s.

Son Ye Jin, who made a splash with “The Pirates” in 2014, will be starring in “House Filled with Happiness,” a thriller where she will play the wife of a politician who just became a member of the assembly. Her husband will be portrayed by Kim Joo Hyuk, who worked with Son Ye Jin on the film “My Wife Got Married.”
Im Soo Jung will be having her film comeback in 2015 with thriller mellow “Secret Temptation,” starring alongside Yoo Yeon Suk. She will also be appearing in “Time Escapee,” alongside Lee Jin Wook and Jo Jung Suk. Her last film, “All about My Life,” was in 2012.
Jeon Do Yeon will have an interesting year in 2015, as she will star in “Chivalrous Woman: Memory of the Sword” as a martial arts-wielding warrior, while in “Man and Woman,” she will portray a woman involved in a dangerous romance in Sweden. In “Outlaw,” she will transform into a criminal with a murder charge.
Kim Hye Soo and rising actress Kim Go Eun will star in “Coin Locker Girl,” about a girl who was abandoned in a coin locker as a baby and was raised to be a criminal. Kim Go Eun will also star alongside Jeon Do Yeon in “Chivalrous Woman.”
Park Bo Young, who last appeared in “A Werewolf Boy,” will have two movies come out in 2015: director Lee Hae Young‘s (“26 Years,” “Like a Virgin”) “Girl,” and Jung Ki Hoon‘s “Talking about Passion.”
Miss A‘s Suzy, who rose to fame through her film “Architecture 101” in 2012, will have her big screen comeback with “Dorihwaga,” a period piece where she will star with Ryu Seung Ryong as his protege.
Han Hyo Joo, who took a break in 2014 after 2014 hits “The Masquerade” and “Cold Eyes,” will return with “Ceci Bong” in early 2015, and two romance movies: “Beauty Inside” and “Myohyang Cabin.”
Chun Woo Hee, who received critical acclaim for her acting in 2014 film “Han Gongju,” will be appearing in two more challenging films in 2015, “Wail” and “The Visitor.” She has also been cast in romantic comedy “Beauty Inside.”
It appears that 2015 will be a year full of interesting female movie characters. Which film are you looking forward to the most?

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December 29, 2014
Genre Diversity from Major 3 in 2015Big Lineups Feature Period, Thriller, Drama, Mystery Fare

by Pierce Conran Korean Cinema Today
With 2014 winding down, another big year for the local industry which cracked 100 million admissions on December 23rd, people are looking to the horizon for a glimpse of what’s in store for the new year from Korea’s major film studios. Continuing a period film trend that kicked off with Masquerade in 2012, each studio will once again present at least one costume drama in their new lineups. Beyond that, local staples such as thrillers and dramas appear prominently, but less common genres also abound along with genre hybrids. New war and mystery films will be programmed alongside romantic thrillers, a genre that has gained traction in Korea since the success of Helpless (2012). Regardless of genre, studios are also demonstrating an affinity for films set in different time periods, with a diverse range of projects taking place at different points of the 20th century. ▶ CJ Entertainment meOZQrutxXIUXjtVenSI.jpg
Following the stunning success of Roaring Currents, which soared well past any previous records to clinch 18 million admissions during the summer, CJ Entertainment is poised for another big year in 2015 with a varied lineup comprised of high profile thrillers, period films and dramas. Following the release on the romcom Love Forecast on January 15th, their first tile of 2015, CJ’s next major title will be C’est si bon, which will be released in time for the Lunar New Year holiday, falling on February 19th. A music biopic of the popular folk duo Twin Folio, the film takes place in the 1960s, largely in the C’est si bon music bar where three young men form the C’est si bon Trio, a group that would later turn into Twin Folio. Directed by Cyrano Agency’s (2011) KIM Hyun-seok, the film stars JUNG Woo (Red Family), KANG Ha-neul (Mourning Grave), JIN Goo (The Target) and HAN Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes), while KIM Yun-Seok (The Thieves, 2012) and KIM Hee-ae (Thread of Lies) appear as some of the same characters in later sequences set in the 1980s. For spring, CJ have five titles scheduled, including the JEON Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine, 2007) thriller The Shameless (working title), the KIM Hye-soo (Tazza: The High Rollers, 2006)/KIM Go-eun (Eungyo, 2012) vehicle Coin Locker Girl (working title), the mature drama Salute d’Amour (working title) from Taegukgi (2004) director KANG Je-gyu, the romantic thriller Perfect Proposal, with LIM Soo-jung (All About My Wife, 2012)) and YOO Yeon-seok (A Werewolf Boy, 2012), and the mystery romance Remember You (working title), with JUNG Woo-sung (Cold Eyes) and KIM Ha-neul (Blind, 2011). The studio will reserve its big guns for the summer, which will see the releases of action thriller Veteran (working title) from RYOO Seung-wan and the period-set action drama Empire of Lust (working title). Teaming up once again with his The Unjust (2010) stars HWANG Jung-min and YU Hae-jin, as well as younger star YOO Ah-in (Punch, 2011), RYOO’s Veteran features a detective who goes up against a big corporation in what promises to be another tightly choreographed action extravaganza from the maker of The Berlin File. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) star SHIN Ha-kyun leads the cast of Empire of Lust as an army general who must keep a close eye on a young prince with ambitions to seize the throne. At the same time, he falls in love with a Gisaeng, whom he takes as his concubine, not realizing that she aims to carry out a vendetta against him. The film is being helmed by Blind’s AHN Sang-hoon. ▶ Showbox
Also primed for a big year is Showbox, the studio behind two of three biggest Korean films of all time (The Host, 2006; The Thieves). Given the recent success of high profile period films in the last two years (including their titles The Face Reader and Kundo: Age of the Rampant), the studio is anchoring its slate with a pair of costume dramas, as well as two star-driven thrillers. First out of the gate this year for Showbox will be their gangster thriller Gangnam Blues, from A Dirty Carnival (2006) mastermind YU Ha, on January 21st. Showbox’s Lunar New Year title will follow in February. The only major Korean sequel of the year, Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island will reteam KIM Myung-min as the Joseon era detective with OH Dal-su as his sidekick. KIM Sok-yun also returns to the director’s chair for the follow-up to the 2011 hit. Later in the year, the company will present Assassination, a 1930s thriller from The Thieves helmer CHOI Dong-hoon shot in Shanghai. Along for the ride in the high octane film will be stars HA Jung-woo (The Berlin File), JEON Ji-hyun (My Sassy Girl, 2001) and LEE Jung-jae (New World). Another thriller in the works is the LEE Byung-hun (A Bittersweet Life, 2005) vehicle Inside Men, in which the global star plays a political fixer. The film, from Man of Vendetta (2010) filmmaker WOO Min-ho, will also star CHO Seung-woo (Marathon, 2005) and BAEK Yoon-shik (Save the Green Planet, 2003). Also scheduled for later in the year will be period drama The Throne, from King and the Clown (2005) director LEE Joon-ik and starring screen icon SONG Kang-ho (Memories of Murder, 2003) as King Yeongjo, who famously ordered his son’s death by suffocation in a large wooden chest filled with rice. Rounding out Showbox’s upcoming slate is The Classified File, a new detective thriller set in 1970s Busan from Friend (2001) director KWAK Kyung-taek. The film stars KIM Yun-seok and YU Hae-jin. ▶ Lotte Entertainment  Following the success of their films The Fatal Encounter and The Pirates this year, Lotte Entertainment will also be entering the fray by presenting a new period blockbuster in 2015, not to mention the first Korean war film since 2011’s The Front Line and major new dramas and thrillers. Featuring major star wattage with the presence of LEE Byung-hun and JEON Do-yeon, in addition to KIM Go-eun and BAE Soo-bin (26 Years, 2012) in supporting roles, Memories of the Sword is an action period epic from PARK Heung-sik, the director of My Mother, the Mermaid (2004). Later in the year, Lotte will present Western Front 1950 (working title), a Korean war film featuring SUL Kyung-gu (Oasis, 2002) and young star YEO Jin-gu (Hwayi: A Monster Boy). A tale of cooperation between South and North Korean soldiers at the tail end of the war, the film marks the directorial debut of The Pirates scribe CHEON Seong-il. Also on the cards for Lotte is So-Nyeo (working title), a female-driven mystery drama from Like a Virgin (2006) co-director LEE Hae-young. The film will feature A Werewolf Boy lead PARK Bo-young as a student at a mysterious boarding school in 1938. So-Nyeo will also feature Hope actress UHM Ji-won.

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January 5, 2015
Most anticipated films of 2015
By Jason Bechervaise The Korea Times
Last year saw a number of new filmmakers emerge such as July Jung ("A Girl at My Door"), Lee Do-yun ("Confession") and Shim Sung-bo ("Haemoo"), but one of the striking features of 2015 is the number of established filmmakers releasing their latest features such as Ryoo Seung-wan, Na Hong-jin and Im Sang-soo.
‘Gangnam Blues' 
Among these names also includes Yoo Ha whose filmography includes the acclaimed "Marriage is a Crazy Thing" (2002). Yoo's latest "Gangnam Blues" is an eagerly awaited action-noir film that shares much in common with his well-received 2006 feature "A Dirty Carnival" owing to its gangster elements. Hitting local screens on Jan. 21, it features Hallyu star Lee Min-ho in his first leading role in a film alongside Kim Rae-won.
The pair play childhood friends who get separated when they get involved in political clashes after their shanty homes are demolished by local thugs amidst the height of political corruption when the now famous and affluent district of Gangnam was being transformed into a developed area in the 1970s.
Looking further ahead, Na Hong-jin who found success both home and abroad following his box office hit "The Chaser" (2008) and then further cemented his reputation as one of Korea's talented emerging directors with "The Yellow Sea" (2010) is currently working on the much anticipated "Gokseong" (working title) (W/T).
Planned for a release in the first of this year, it's being backed by Fox International Productions (FIP) and will be distributed by Fox Korea — the third Korean film to be funded by the U.S. studio following "Running Man" (2013) and "Slow Video" (2014).
The film takes place in a village where a detective (Kwak Do-won) and a shaman played by Hwang Jung-min ("Ode to My Father") seek to investigate a mysterious rumor that continues to spread.
‘No Country for Young Men' 
Also being backed by 20th Century Fox is Im Sang-soo's curious new film "No Country for Young Men" (W/T) that is expected to be released in the second half of 2015. Starring Ryoo Seung-bum ("The Berlin File" (2013)) and Go Joon-hee, it follows four characters who find a significant amount of money by accident, but when one of them is later caught by the millionaire and then brutally assaulted, they seek revenge.
Im's films tend to travel widely at festivals such as Cannes where "The Housemaid" (2010) and "The Taste of Money" (2012) both competed for the coveted Palme d'Or reflecting his appeal abroad.
Looking ahead to the summer, Korea's action-maverick auteur Ryoo Seung-wan's ("The Berlin Film") latest "Veteran" (W/T) is scheduled to hit screens providing audiences with a chance to see his latest audacious action set-pieces. Starring Hwang Jung-min who is also playing the renowned mountaineer Um Hong-gil in "The Himalayas" (working title) that's due out later this year in addition to the aforementioned "Gokseong," he's looking to have another busy year.
In "Veteran," Hwang plays a detective who pursues a young millionaire called Tae-oh (Yoo Ah-in) — the third-in-line to a large conglomerate — after he beats up a man who helped him on one of his cases.
Also planned for a summer release is Choi Dong-hoon's "Assassination" featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Ha Jung-woo, Jun Ji-hyeon, Lee Jeong-jae, Oh Dal-soo and Cho Jin-woong. Choi's engaging films consistently attract large numbers as seen with "The Thieves" (2013) that amassed close to 13 million admissions and also starred Jun Ji-hyeon and Lee Jeong-jae.
This film takes place in the Japanese colonial era (1910-1945) where a small band of fighters are ordered by the resistance government to take out a pro-Japanese group in the 1930s.
‘The Throne' 
Period films have become an increasingly prevalent feature of Korean cinema especially during the holiday seasons such as the lunar New Year and Chuseok. As such, this coming lunar new year (Feb. 18-20), the sequel "Detective K: Secret of the Lost Land" is due to hit local screens, but more eagerly awaited, perhaps, is Lee Joon-ik's "The Throne" due for a release in the second half of this year andstarring Song Kang-ho who experienced unprecedented success in 2013 when "Snowpiercer," "The Face Reader" and "The Attorney" all became huge hits.
Lee Joon-ik has established himself as one of the leading figures in the industry following the success of "The King and The Clown" (2005) and has made a number of period films. His latest one also features Yoo Ah-in ("Veteran") and Moon Geun-young — her first film in eight years — and is set during the reign of King Yeongjo (Song Kang-ho) that follows the life of Crown Prince Sado (Yoo Ah-in) who is condemned to death by his own father after deemed unfit to rule.
Other films 
Other significant local releases this year include the Korean war blockbuster "Western Front 1953" starring Sol Kyung-gu as well as the crime drama "The Classified File" directed by Kwak Kyung-taek and political drama "Inside Men" starring Lee Byeong-hun.
In addition to "The Throne" there are a number of period films also hitting screens including "Memories of the Sword" starring Lee Byeong-hun and Jeon Do-yeon initially scheduled for a release last year but pushed back. Jeon also stars in the romantic drama "The Shameless" (W/T) along with Lee Yoon-ki's "A Man and a Woman" (literal title), which are both expected to hit screens this year.
With other films including "The Great Tiger" (literal title) directed by Park Hoon-jung ("New World" (2013)) starring Choi Min-sik playing a hunter searching for the last surviving tiger on the Korean Peninsula during the Japanese occupation also set to attract audiences later this year, 2015 promises to be yet another exciting twelve months for the industry.
The writer is a film columnist for The Korea Times.

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January 9, 2015
REEL Talk: Korean film in 2015 
Source: Arirang
Last week we took a brief look at how Korean cinema fared in 2014 but now it's time to look ahead to what this year has in store. Joining us for a preview of what to look forward to in 2015 is our film critic Pierce Conran.
So Pierce, what are the first big titles we can look forward to this year?
We've already got two major films lined up or this month. Next week, we will get CHRONICLE OF A BLOOD MERCHANT. 
Based on a Chinese novel, it is set in the 1950s in a village where men must sell their blood, to prove their good health, before being allowed to marry. The film features two major stars, Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won and it is actually the second film directed by Ha Jung-woo.
A week later we will get the 1970s crime saga GANGNAM BLUES. It takes place during the redevelopment of Gangnam, and focuses on all the gangs circling around it. Yu Ha returns to the jopok genre after 2006's modern classic A DIRTY CARNIVAL and the film features Korean idol Lee Min-ho from THE HEIRS.
Sounds like an exciting start to the year And I suppose that will bring us into Lunar New Year. Any major releases lined up?
There are two confirmed for the moment, including the first of seven Joseon era period films this year. That one is the detective action comedy sequel DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LOST ISLAND. Kim Myung-min returns as the bumbling private eye in another mysterious case along with his sidekick played by Oh Dal-su.
The other film is the biopic C'EST SI BON which is the story of popular folk band Twin Folio as a young band in the 1960s. As a nostalgia-infused and romantic youth comedy drama the film could be just the right thing for the holiday. It stars Jung Woo and Han Hyo-joo as well as Kim Yun-seok and Kim Hee-ae as the same characters in the 1980s.
Now last year was already a big year for period films but you're saying we have SEVEN on the way in 2015?
It seems that way for the moment, and I know it's a huge number but the trend still seems to be going strong, judging by the enormous successes of ROARING CURRENTS, THE PIRATES, THE FATAL ENCOUNTER and KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT. Only time will tell if audiences have grown tired of the genre. One imagines that interest will eventually have to wane.
What can you tell us about the other big period films lined up for the year?
It's hard to say when they will be released exactly but among them are MEMORIES OF THE SWORD, an action film starring Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Do-yeon that was expected late last year. Beyond that are the Pansori drama THE HYMN with Ryoo Seung-ryong and Bae Suzy, the king's court drama THE THRONE with Song Kang-ho and YOO Ah-in, the steamy drama EMPIRE OF LUST with Shin Ha-gyun and Jang Hyuk, the hunter action-drama THE GREAT TIGER with Choi Min-sik and the period thriller TREACHEROUS RETAINER with Kim Kang-woo and Ju Ji-hoon.
Sounds like a lot to take in Are there any other major films to look out for?
Seung-wan, Im Sang-soo, Na Hong-jin and Choi Dong-hoon. Action expert Ryoo will be back with VETERAN, a gritty action thriller starring Hwang Jung-min, who is currently featuring in ODE TO MY FATHER. Choi has the glitzy 1930s action thriller ASSASSINATION with Ha Jung-woo, Jeon Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae. Na is back with GOKSEONG, which has yet to settle on an English title, another thriller starring Hwang Jung-min. Last we have Im's action film MY FRIENDLY VILLAINS with Ryoo Seung-bum.
So much to look forward to Is there anything that you're particularly excited about?
I really like Na Hong-jin, so I'm definitely eager for GOKSEONG and I think VETERAN and ASSASSINATION could be a lot of fun. In the immediate future, I'm quite excited for GANGNAM BLUES since Yu's A DIRTY CARNIVAL is one of my favorites. We won't see it until very late in the year but THE GREAT TIGER could be very interesting, it comes from the director of NEW WORLD, one of last year's best Korean films.
Definitely a lot of movies there. Thank you for the outlook, Pierce. 
Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr
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January 13, 2015
Jeon Do Yeon coming back with three new films this year.Source: STARN News
Actress Jeon Do Yeon is coming back with three new films.
Actress Jeon Do Yeon, who made a big hit with movie 'Way Back Home,' is going to come back with three new films this year.
Jeon Do Yeon made her first comeback to Korean film screens through movie 'Way Back Home' in 2013, and afterwards, she played in Memories of the Sword,' 'A Bastard,' and 'Man & Woman.'
'Memories of the Sword' is going to show a story of three warriors of Koryo dynasty, and Jeon Do Yeon traveled all across Korea to shoot the film. After finishing 'Memories of the Sword,' Jeon Do Yeon took only a short break, and started shooting another film called 'A Bastard.'
'A Bastard' is a romance film that will show a story of a detective and a suspect, and director Oh Seung Wook participated as the head director. Kim Nam Gil was cast as Jeon Do Yeon's partner, and it is being talked about as one of the most anticipated films of the year.
At the moment, Jeon Do Yeon is shooting a new film called 'Man and Woman' in Finland. Jeon Do Yeon has played in a great number of different hit romance movies like 'The Contact,' 'Happy End,' 'Scandal: The Love Story of Men and Women in Joseon,' and 'My Dear Enemy,' and she is going to make a grand return with another romance drama.
Many movie fans are showing particularly huge anticipation for Jeon Do Yeon's comeback not only because of the number of new films Jeon Do Yeon will present this year, but also because Jeon Do Yeon is coming back with films that evolve around a female character.
Jeon Do Yeon is one of the most widely recognized actresses of Korea, and she is going to show even more different sides of her through her new films. Jeon Do Yeon always surprised many people with fabulous transformations every time she released a new film, and people's excitement is now reaching the peak.
/Reporting by Lee Mi-Ji en@starnnews.com

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January 21, 2015
[★K:OP-ED] Lee Byung Hun’s acting, will it save his reputation?
Source: Koreaboo 63764_593013940800205_691813739858159409

Recently, Lee Byung Hun was deep within the ‘”five million dollar controversy.” His reputation has since deteriorated since then, which ponders the question, will his acting save him?
Earlier on in January 15th, Lee Byung Hun’s “five million dollar controversy” came to an end with the two female defendants, Lee Ji Yeon and Dahee, being sentenced to prison time.
According to the results, the court had definitely raised Lee Byung Hun’s hands in victory. Lee Ji Yeon’s excuses were not accepted by the court. Instead, all of Lee Byung Hun’s opinions were accepted.
Despite the end of the case and Lee Byung Hun winning the case, the media is still busy talking about Lee Byung Hun. Near the end of case, the court mentions Lee Byung Hun’s fault in the case. They stated, “Although the victim, Lee Byung Hun, is to be recognized as victim of case, despite being a man with family he meddled with younger women; he provided the source of the controversy itself with his sexual jokes.” Through this statement, Lee Byung Hun’s loss of reputation is still in motion despite his win.
Some described Lee Byung Hun’s controversy to be his “worst crisis” since his debut in the industry. But, during his twenty four years of acting career, Lee Byung Hun had never disappointed the audience in terms of his acting. Three movies featuring Lee Byung Hun are in standby, and the reactions from the audience for the movies are a mystery at this point.
In addition to this, it is questionable whether or not if his reputation can be recovered through his upcoming movies. His movies all show different sides of him, and it may just be enough to turn the situation around.
The first movie that is in standby is Terminator Genisys, the fifth of the series. Lee Byung Hun is featured as an antagonist in the film fighting a war against humanity as Skynet in the year 2029. The movie is planned to be released on July 2015.
Due to this controversy, the movie, Swords Women (Memories of The Sword),  delayed its release. In addition, The Insiders, also delayed its release, and both movies are still in discussion for their release dates. The staff is positive that the movie will be released in the year 2015.
The Insiders takes the controversy and corruption in the South Korean society due to its media, court, and gangsters. Lee Byung Hun takes the role of Ahn Sang Gu, a gangster heavily influencing the government.
Swords Women takes place in the lands of Koryo in the ends of its time. In this movie, Lee Byung Hun takes the role of an antagonist (Duk Gi) looking to take over the throne as a son of a concubine. The movie was more special at its announcement since it had been fourteen years since Lee Byung Hun had acted with Jeon Do Yeon.
The three movies all ended their filming already and finished preparations. According to staff, they can assure the public that Lee Byung Hun’s acting should be highly expected. Lee Byung Hun is expected to play three different characters with distinctive colors in different genres as well. It’s up to the public to decide whether or not Lee Byung Hun’s deteriorating reputation will take its turn through the release of these movies.
This article is directly translated by Koreaboo, originally written by Kim So Yeon of Star News.

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Memories of the Sword
협녀: 칼의 기억
Dir: Park Heung-sik (My Mother, the Mermaid, 2004)
Cast: Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine, 2007), Lee Byung-hun (Masquerade, 2012), Kim Go-eun (Eungyo, 2012)
Production: TPS Company
Distribution: Lotte Entertainment
Filming Dates: 2013-09-05 ~ 2014-02-21
Genre: Period Action-Drama
Plot: A female swordfighter raises her daughter to become a warrior to take revenge against the most powerful man in the country.

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News: Lotte Picks up TERMINATOR, Still No Release for MEMORIES OF THE SWORD

In an unusual move, Paramount announced earlier this month that their summer tentpole Terminator: Genisys would not be distributed by their usual partner CJ Entertainment in Korea. That position has now been filled by Lotte Entertainment, which will release the film in July.

The change in distributor isn't exactly a big piece of news, unless you're one of the interested parties, but there was speculation that it might have had something to do with Lee Byung-hun, who stars in the blockbuster, and his current scandal. Lee is also set to appear in this year's Lotte period epic Memories of the Sword (co-starring Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun), which has yet to fix a release date. Lotte has now said that that film will not be released until after Terminator, which is very late, considering that it wrapped in February 2014.

Mired in a sex and blackmail scandal, Lee's image has taken an enormous hit in Korea and it is unclear when Lotte will feel confident enough to release their expensive period production. Another film of his with an unclear fate is the Showbox thriller Inside Men.

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February 1, 2015
Lee Byung-hun’s scandal delays movie releases
Actor Lee Byung-hun’s scandal is playing havoc with the release schedule of his movies, industry officials said. 
According to industry reports, the scandal coupled with the scheduled release of the latest Terminator movie -- in which he plays an evil terminator -- is fueling the dilemma for local distributors over the timing of his Korean movies. 

Lotte Entertainment is set to distribute “Terminator Genisys,” but the timing of the Hollywood movie will push back the release of “Memories of the Sword,” a local film the company has invested in.
Although the company had planned to release the movie by end-2014, it was postponed following Lee’s scandal. 
Last year, Lee was involved in a blackmail case in which a model and a member of a Korean girl group demanded a large sum in return for a video showing him in an inappropriate situation with one of them. 
In addition to Lotte Entertainment, Showbox is said to be contemplating the right time to release another film with Lee in the lead.
In the film, “The Insiders,” Lee plays a lackey of corrupt politicians who then turns on them.
With the Terminator film scheduled for a summer release, Showbox is said to be weighing whether to release “The Insiders” before or after the Hollywood film. 
According to the local film industry, releasing it before the new Terminator film will leave “The Insiders” open to the aftereffects of Lee’s scandal, while releasing it after the U.S. film would result in the film overlapping with “The Memories of the Sword.” 

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March 15, 2015

FilMart: Korea’s Lotte Lines Up Slate of Period Movies

Sonia Kil l Variety.com


SEOUL — Four period titles head the sales slate of Lotte Entertainment, South Korea’s second largest vertically integrated film conglomerate, going in to next week’s Hong Kong FilMart.

Nostalgic trips down memory lane were big hits in Korea last year, with “Ode to My Father,” “Roaring Currents” and Lotte’s “The Pirates” all doing huge box office business.

Seoul during the Japanese imperial period is the setting for “The Silenced,” a thriller set in a mysterious sanatorium. Directed by Lee Hae-young (“Like a Virgin”), the picture stars Park Bo-young (“A Werewolf Boy”) and Uhm Ji-won (“Hope”). It is set for release in Korea in June.

The reign of tyrannical king Yeonsan-gun is the backdrop for erotic political drama “The Treacherous.” The film is directed by Min Kyu-dong (“All About My Wife”) and stars Ju Ji-hoon, who previously worked with the director on “Antique.” Lotte has all rights except Europe, whose territories are handled by Finecut.

Lee Byung-hun (“Terminator: Genisys”), Cannes-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon (“Way Back Home”) and Kim Go-eun (“Eun-gyo”) star in “The Memories of the Sword,” a period action drama with a $10 million budget. Direction, under Park Heung-sik (“My Mother the Mermaid”), began in February 2014.

“The Long Way Home,” a big-budget film set during the Korean War in 1953, is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Chun Sung-il (“The Pirates”). The picture stars veteran actor Sol Kyung-gu (“Cold Eyes”) and rising star Yeo Jin-goo (“Hwayi: A Monster Boy”).

Lotte skipped the European Film market in Berlin, and will instead open up sales on the new titles at FilMart.

Among its completed titles are 2014 Locarno-winning indie “A Fresh Start,” which will be released in Korea this year, and 2015 Berlinale’s Forum title “End of Winter,” which will also screen at this month’s Hong Kong International Film Festival.
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March 23, 2015
Hot Korean titles at FilMart
By Kevin Ma FilmBiz
Sales NewsSome of South Korea's biggest commercial directors are back with new projects in 2015, many of which will be making their market debut at this year's Hong Kong FilMart 香港國際影視展. Film Business Asia takes a look at the projects being presented by South Korea's biggest film companies this year:
CJ Entertainment
A radical departure from his war films, KANG Je-gyu 강제규 | 姜帝圭's Salut d'amour 장수상회 is a light romantic comedy about the burgeoning relationship between an elderly supermarket employee and the feisty elderly owner of a flower shop. The film stars PARK Geun-hyeong 박근형, YUN Yeo-jeong 윤여정 | 尹汝貞 and boy band idol PARK Chan-yeol 박찬열. The film will be released in South Korea on 9 Apr.
His first feature since The Berlin File 베를린 (2013), RYOO Seung-wan 류승완 | 柳昇完 directs HWANG Jeong-min 황정민 | 黃晸玟 in action crime thriller Veteran 베테랑, about a detective who is determined to get revenge on a criminal who happens to be the heir of an untouchable corporation. The film is set for a summer 2015 release.
IM Su-jeong 임수정 | 林秀晶 plays a young woman who is pulled into a power struggle between two men in romance thriller Perfect Proposal 은밀한 유혹, based on Catherine Arley's Le Femme De Paille. The YOON Jae-ku 윤재구 film is expected to be released some time in the spring.
Announced last May, Shameless 무뢰한 stars JEON Do-yeon 전도연 | 全度妍 as the girlfriend of a man suspected of committing murder. KIM Nam-gil 김남길 co-stars as a detective who falls for Jeon's character. Directed by OH Seung-wook 오승욱, the co-writer of Christmas in August 8 월의 크리스마스 (1998) and Green Fish 초록물고기 (1997), the noir drama is also set for a spring release.
Other Korean titles include AHN Sang-hoon 안상훈 | 安相勳's period erotic drama Empire of Lust 순수의 시대, noir drama Coin Locker Girl 차이나타운 and indie drama Socialphobia 소셜포비아.
CJ Entertainment Inc CJ엔터테인먼트 is also handling sales on three Asian co-productions: Vietnam blockbuster Let Hoi Decide Để Mai tính 2, VÕ Tấn Bình's comedy-adventure Triple Trouble Bộ ba rắc rối and CHANG Youn-hyun 장윤현 | 張允炫's Chinese-language thriller The Peaceful Island 平安島 starring Stanley HUANG 黃立行 and Leon DAI 戴立忍.
Showbox/Mediaplex Inc 쇼박스 미디어플렉스 is officially launching sales for Assassination 암살, the latest film from The Thieves 도둑들 (2012) director CHOI Dong-hoon 최동훈 | 崔東勳. Featuring another star-studded cast that includes Gianna JUN 전지현 | 全智賢, LEE Jeong-jae 이정재 | 李政宰 and HA Jung-woo 하정우 | 河正佑, the espionage film follows a group of Korean resistance activists out to kill a Japanese army commander in 1933 Shanghai. The film is currently in post-production.
The company will be screening KIM Sok-yun 김석윤 | 金鉐潤's Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island 조선명탐정 사라진 놉의 딸, the director's blockbuster sequel to Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow 조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀 (2011). KIM Myeong-min 김명민 | 金明民 and OH Dal-su 오달수 | 吳達庶 reunite as a detective team to solve a mystery involving counterfeit silver.
Friend 친구 (2001) director KWAK Kyung-taek 곽경택 | 郭暻澤 tackles the story of a detective and a fortune teller working to solve a kidnapping case in The Classified File 극비수사. Currently in post-production, it stars KIM Yun-seok 김윤석 | 金允錫 and YU Hae-jin 유해진 | 柳海眞.
A complex power struggle between a prosecutor, a political fixer and a leading presidential candidate breaks out in Inside Men 내부자들, a drama from director WOO Min-ho 우민호. The film stars LEE Byeong-heon 이병헌 | 李炳憲, JO Seung-u 조승우 and BAEK Yun-shik 백윤식 | 白允植.
After contemporary drama Hope 소원 (2013), director LEE Joon-ik 이준익 | 李濬益 returns to the period drama genre with The Throne 사도. SONG Gang-ho 송강호 | 宋康昊 heads a retelling of one of the most infamous events in Joseon Dynasty, playing the emperor who left his son to die inside a wooden chest as punishment for treason.
Showbox is also handling sales for YU Ha 유하 | 庾河's gangland action drama Gangnam Blues 강남 1970.
Lotte Entertainment
Director LEE Hae-young 이해영 | 李海暎 (Like a Virgin 천하장사 마돈나 (2006), Foxy Festival 페스티발 (2010)) takes a turn for the serious in The Silenced 소녀, a mystery thriller about a girl trying to investigate the abnormal happenings in a boarding school. Set for release in the second quarter of the year, the film stars PARK Bo-yeong 박보영 | 朴寶英 from hit romance A Werewolf Boy 늑대소년 (2012).
Also making a drastic genre shift is My Mother the Mermaid 인어공주 (2004) director PARK Heung-shik 박흥식, whose latest film is big-budget period action drama Memories of the Sword 협녀: 칼의 기억. The film stars Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Byeong-heon as two warriors who pledge to fight for common people. Lotte Entertainment 롯데엔터테인먼트 has not set a release date for the film.
SEOL Gyeong-gu 설경구 | 薛景求 and up-and-coming young star YEO Jin-gu 여진구 | 呂珍九 co-star in The Long Way Home 서부전선, a war drama set in 1953 about a middle-aged South Korean soldier and a young North Korean soldier who become friends. The CHEON Seong-il 천성일 film is set for release in the third quarter of 2015.
All About My Wife 내 아내의 모든 것 (2012) director MIN Kyu-dong 민규동 | 閔奎東 directs JU Ji-hun 주지훈 | 朱智勳, KIM Gang-u 김강우 | 金康宇 and IM Ji-yeon 임지연 | 林智妍 in period drama The Treacherous 간신, the story of "the tyrant king Yeonsan-gun who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, the most treacherous subject who controls the tyrant king and the world, and a woman who seeks vengeance." Lotte holds worldwide rights for the film except for Europe.
Lotte is also representing heist film The Con Artists 기술자들, indie relationship drama A Fresh Start 새출발 and family drama End of Winter 철원기행.

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April 24, 2015
Lee Byung-hun movies face further delays
The release dates for two movies starring Lee Byung-hun are likely to be delayed further, local media reported Friday. 
According to reports, the release date for “The Insiders” has been pushed back to the second half of the year. 
The movie is based on an online comic series of the same name, with Lee playing a low-life intent on exacting revenge on his former bosses. 
The movie, which was initially slated for release last year, was held back after Lee was mired in a blackmail case. 
Two minor celebrities attempted to blackmail Lee using a recording in which he was heard making lewd comments. 
They have since been found guilty of blackmail. 
The release of “Memories of the Sword,” in which Lee plays a swordsman who betrays his friends, is also expected to be delayed. 
By Choi He-suk (cheesuk@heraldcorp.com)

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June 10, 2015

Drifting Lee Byung Hun’s movie… ‘a wait-and-see policy’ for the release date

Source: Innolife.com

The movies are considering release dates, that an actor Lee Byung-Hun appeared in, who was caught into ‘5 billion threat scandal.

As the news was spread, that the movie ‘Memories of the Sword’ moved up the release date on August, the distributor Lotte noticed that it is the candidate waiting the time to release.”

‘Memories of the Sword’ the martial arts movie that Lee Byung-Hun shot with Jeon Do-Yeon, Kim Go-Eun, and Junho, finished all shooting in 2013. First they planned to release the movie in winter, but after the ‘accident of Lee Byung-Hun’ it delayed the date indefinitely. 

‘The Insiders(Director Woo Min-Ho) based on the webtoon of Yoon Tae-Ho, also had a crank up on July last year, but it could not have the release. On June there was a rumor of release for ‘The Insiders’, the distributor Showbox saved the word, “We are discussing proper date of release.”

What Lee Byung-Hun will show for the first time after the scandal, is a foreign movie not a Korean movie but ‘Terminator Genisys’ which will be opened on July 2nd, Lee Byung-Hun performed the role of T-1000 the liquid metal Terminator. 

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