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March 6, 2014

Musical "Joint Security Area: JSA"


Actors perform musical "Joint Security Area: JSA" at a theater in Seoul on March 5, 2014. The musical is based on the novel "DMZ" by Park Sang-yeon. The 2000 film of the same name directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun and Song Kang-ho was a big box office hit dealing with a fatal shooting incident within the Demilitarized Zone that has separated the two Koreas for the past six decades. (Yonhap) (END)

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April 22, 2014

'JSA: the Musical' good, not great

By Kwon Mee-yoo The Korea Times

“Joint Security Area” runs through Sunday at the Dongsoong Art Center in Daehangno, Seoul. / Courtesy of Company Da

Highly-acclaimed works such as "Oldboy’’ and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’’ have defined Park Chan-wook as a maestro of convoluted, violent films. So it’s easy to forget that the director’s 2000 debut was a straightforward drama about a doomed friendship between South and North Korean soldiers guarding the demilitarized zone.

"Joint Security Area (JSA)’’ enjoyed massive success in local theaters, becoming at the time one of the highest-grossing Korean films ever. This gave Park the freedom to pursue the daring works that ultimately shaped his career.

But if any of Park’s works were to be adapted for musical theater, his first film was always considered the safest choice.

“JSA: the Musical” recently opened at the Dongsoong Art Center in Seoul’s theater district of Daehangno. While the musical heavily borrows from Park’s film, the script more resembles "DMZ,’’ the novel by Park Sang-yeon that inspired the movie.

The story begins with Major Zieg Wersami, who grew up in South Korea, his father’s homeland. He arrives at the JSA to investigate a shooting that left a North Korean solider dead.

Wersami struggles in his investigation of South Korean soldier Suhyeok, who admits to the killing but is reluctant to divulge the details of the story. The North Koreans insist it was an unprovoked attack.

Wersami eventually persuades Suhyeok to open up and learns how the South Korean solider developed an unlikely friendship with the killed North Korean.

The investigation forces Wersami to encounter the history of his own family ― his father was a North Korean who sought refuge in a third country after accidently stabbing and killing his brother after hearing a siren go off.

Meanwhile, Suhyeon, overwhelmed by guilt, attempts to commit suicide and is shot by military police officers in the process. Wersami sees a version of his father in the tortured Sunhyeon.

The musical is an earnest, if not imaginative, work. In the movie, Park masterfully sets up the tragedy through lighthearted portrayals of the South and North Korean soldiers developing their friendship. The musical should be credited for pulling off the same effect.

In the musical, singer-turned-actor Oh Jong-hyuk alternates in the role of Su-hyeok with actors Jung Sang-yoon and Gang Jung-woo. Veteran actors Lee Jung-yeol and Lim Hyeon-su play Wersami.

The musical "Joint Security Area’’ runs through Sunday. Tickets range from 50,000 to 65,000 won. For more information, call (02) 749-9037.

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April 24, 2014

Popular Korean Film “Joint Security Area” to Hit the Small Screen



Popular Korean film “Joint Security Area” (2000), which starred Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, and Lee Young Ae, will be produced by KBS as an eight-part drama to be released sometime this September. KBS is currently discussing the purchase of publication rights from Park Sang Yeon, the writer of the original novel, “DMZ,” that the story is based upon.

“Joint Security Area” is a mystery thriller concerning a shooting that takes place in the DMZ. Released in 2000, the film brought over five million to the theaters, and the film was also produced as a musical in 2013.
Kim Yong Soo, the head of the KBS Drama Special team, said, “Once we finish the single-episode drama specials, there will be a short break, after which we will start the drama special series. The [‘Joint Security Area’] drama will have a different feel than the movie.”

Once publication rights have been purchased and casting is finalized, filming for the drama will start sometime mid-July.

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I'm so excited about the drama. I hope the actors that take part will be so appropriate to take the roles and MAYBE the original actors can make a cameo in this drama.

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^ To be honest, I'm quite wary of the drama version because the film JSA is simply the best and nothing less. It's my first movie of Lee Byung Hun that I watched after seeing him Beautiful Days back in 2002 which introduced me to the Korean entertainment, as well as actor Song Kang Ho * LBH, of course. Both actors were superb in the movie. It's still my all-time favourite Korean movie.. in fact I called it a must-wach for Korean Movie 101. No matter how many LBH and SKH movies that came out since then.. JSA will always be the best, a classic that captured and highlighted the essence of Korean brotherhood so perfectly. 
Well, Hollywood wanted to remake JSA like a long time ago but so far nothing happened, fortunately! I guess a Korean drama version is probably inevitable, hopefully they will get credible actors to play the roles. And wishing them all the luck, too.

April 25, 2014
‘Joint Security Area JSA’, made into drama


Source: Innolife Korea





Following musical, the movie ‘Joint Security Area JSA’ is made into drama.



KBS is scheduled to show the drama ‘Joint Security Area’ with 8 episodes in September. It is known that KBS is in the process of buying the copyright of ‘DMZ’, the origin novel of ‘Joint Security Area JSA’ wrote by Park Sang-Yeon.



After finishing ‘Drama Special one-act drama 2014’ which is broadcasted now and having about 3 month break, it will firstly be broadcasted at September. ‘Joint Security Area JSA’ especially gets off the start line of Drama Special series set. 



‘Joint Security Area JSA’ is mystery humane drama which investigates the truth about the mystery thrilling incident. It was released in 2000 as movie, and more than 5 million audiences came. It also made as musical in 2013 and became hot issue. 



Meanwhile, after buying copyright and casting actor, ‘Joint Security Area’ will start to shoot in July. 


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April 25, 2014
Joint Security Area, the drama special by awcoconuts http://www.dramabeans.com/2014/04/joint-security-area-the-drama-special/


With the musical version of Joint Security Area (JSA) finally debuting late last year (after a three year delay) and ending its moderately successful run this month, it comes as no surprise that yet another iteration of the wildly popular movie (the 2000 film starring Lee Byung-heon, Song Kang-ho and Lee Young-ae catapulted director Park Chan-wook to fame and was the highest grossing film of its time) is in the works.
KBS is preparing a drama special based on the novel DMZ by Park Sang-yeon, on which both the movie and musical versions of JSA were based. A source said that the special is in the early planning stages: KBS is still seeking publication rights from Park Sang-yeon, and tentative assignments are for Park Pil-joo to write the script and Kim Jin-woo to direct (together, the two have a handful of drama specials under their belt).
Once the publication rights have been attained and casting finalized, the drama special will head to production and is anticipated to air this September.
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April 24, 2014
"JSA - Joint Security Area" as a KBS drama
Source: Sports Donga via Hancinema.net

"JSA - Joint Security Area" is being made into a drama as an 8-part special.
KBS is in the process of discussing copyrights to the original novel "DMZ" and will start filming in July as soon as it's done with casting. "JSA - Joint Security Area" is a movie about a mysterious gun battle, which stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Byeong-Heon and Lee Young-ae. It holds a record of 5 million audiences.

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June 3, 2014
Movie Review: Joint Security Area (2000) by refresh_daemonhttp://www.dramabeans.com/2014/06/movie-review-joint-security-area-2000/

When Joint Security Area (2000) came out in theaters, it quickly became the most successful Korean film until that point, surpassing Shiri’s immense success the past year. And like Shiri, JSA is also a story about North-South relations and features an already successful cast (even sharing a major actor) that would go onto even greater — even international — success.

Joint Security Area features the talents of Lee Byung-heon, who has been in a number of hugely successful Korean films as well as Hollywood hits like G.I. Joe and RED 2. Playing across from him is Song Kang-ho, an equally successful actor who was recently in the international co-production, Snowpiercer. And between them is Lee Young-ae, who became a household name in China with the success of Jewel in the Palace, in which she played the title character.
And while his cast might have already garnered popularity through their previous film and television work, Joint Security Area would prove to be writer-director Park Chan-wook’s career-making film. Now he is also no stranger to international fame, having since made a cult hit with Oldboy (remade by Spike Lee just last year) and recently getting his first Hollywood directorship with Stoker.
But inasmuch as the rising stars of the cast helped, Joint Security Area like became a hit for similar reasons as Shiri: the North-South story. Let me explain.
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June 14, 2014
Korea.net's list of must-see films: JSA - Joint Security Area
Source: Korea.net via Hancinema.net
A shot reverberates across the Joint Security Area in Panmunjeom in the dark dawn of October 28. Swiss Lieutenant Sophie Jang, played by Lee Young-ae, is dispatched to Korea from the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) to investigate what happened. The testimonies from both sides, North Korea and South Korea, do not square with each other. South Korean soldier Lee Su-hyuck, played by Lee Byeong-Heon, is reported to have killed two North Korean soldiers. North Korean sergeant Oh Gyeong-pil, played by Song Kang-ho, managed to survive the accident. Both of them avoid talking to Lieutenant Jang. During the investigation, however, she gets the idea that another soldier from the South, Nam Seong-sik, played by Kim Tae-woo, was engaged in the accident, too. Under too much pressure, Nam jumps off a building to his death. 
All of these incidents date back to February of that year. Lee accidently fell behind during a military drill and ended up crossing the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), where he found himself stepping on a landmine. With the help of two North Korean soldiers, Sergeant Oh and Soldier Jeong Woo-jin, played by Sin Ha-gyoon, Lee escapes death. After that, the three soldiers become friends. They often meet and spend time together during the night at a guard post on the North Korean side. Soldier Nam joins them later on. 
On the day the accident took place, as they become aware that security is getting more and more intense and that other guards are on high alert, they decide to say goodbye to each other and exchange addresses and take a group photograph. 
Lieutenant Jang is eventually excluded from the investigation because it is revealed that she is the daughter of a former North Korean soldier. Jang already knows that the four soldiers have built a close friendship and that Nam killed the two North Korean soldiers, Jeong and an unknown one. It turns out that the four of them were caught hanging out by another unknown North Korean soldier. Disconcerted, Nam accidently shot his firearm, leaving the two dead. 
Lieutenant Jang, however, decides to keep it a secret. On the way to the hospital, Jang tells Lee that Jeong was killed by his gun. In shock, Lee finally kills himself, shooting himself in the mouth.
photo446641.jpgComments by film critic Kim Gyeong-wook
We had the first inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. There was the reunion of separated families in Seoul and Pyongyang. The two Koreas marched as one into the Sydney Olympic stadium under the Unification Flag. These historic, meaningful moments all occurred in 2000 when the film "JSA - Joint Security Area" was released. Today, looking back over the past decade, inter-Korean relations have gradually deteriorated. At this point in time, however, we are reminded that the movie broke all-time viewership records for the period. 
The movie "JSA - Joint Security Area" depicts the secret friendship between soldiers of the two Koreas. Before the release of this movie, such a story and setting had been forbidden and unimaginable. During that period, pro-Communist people could not be portrayed as humanistic figures. If the military uniforms of the South didn't look better than those of the North, the scene could not get passed the censors. Adapted from the full-length novel "DMZ" by Park Sang-yeon, the movie had to go through some hard times during the review process before it was finally given a 15-years-old-or-over rating. Without plot devices that were able to overcome that which is forbidden, and in a reality where the National Security Law is soundly established, the release of the movie would have been much harder. 
The first such plot device is the scene where North Korean Sergeant Oh Gyeong-pil risks his life to remove the landmine on which South Korean soldier Lee Su-hyuck had stepped, in the middle of the Demilitarized Zone. With this, Oh becomes the lifesaver of Lee, becoming a "humane" North Korean, finally acceptable to South Korean viewers. Such a scene has been repeated again and again in more recent cinema, for example in "Secret Reunion" (2010). 
Another plot device is how the story is told using flashbacks, a cinematic technique that tracks down the mystery of an accident, in this case one that took place at a guard post on the north side of Panmunjeom. This construction lets the viewer learn the ending first, that North Korean soldier Jeong Woo-jin is dead while Oh and Lee are wounded. 
In the subsequent scene, during the investigation, North Korean soldier Nam Seong-sik attempts suicide, amplifying the curiosity of the viewer. 
When Nam is at his deathbed, the movie flashes back again to reveal that two South Korean soldiers crossed the Bridge of No Return and often hang out with North Korean soldiers. However, perhaps since viewers already know that the characters paid the ultimate price for breaking the taboo, or that the truth is yet to be discovered, the psychological resistance of the viewer seems to not be very strong. 
On top of that, the film applies elements of both fantasy and reality. It makes light of taboos, and at the same time makes appropriate use of thrills and suspense. The indication of the exact minute and second of the accident is the "reality" element, while exclusion of the year is the "fantasy" element. 
Four of the characters, Lee, Nam, Oh and Jeong, are portrayed in the film as innocent and good-natured figures. They do enjoy cockfighting and playing a version of jacks with their bullets. Through these scenes, the movie emphasizes that Lee and Nam didn't have any ideological motive at all for their behavior. The depiction of their friendship, coupled with the appropriate choice of background music, helps the film look like a fantasy fairy-tale, melting down the oppressive feeling possibly caused by breaking the taboos. 
This fantasy, which is a bit regressive, makes a subtle comparison with the attempts of Swiss Lieutenant Jang, who approaches the incident with concrete evidence and logical deduction. However, this is reality, that the simple act of picking up a hat that blew across the demarcation line can be the subject of punishment, as it violates the National Security Law. The mise-en-scène that divides the screen into two once again brings awareness to the viewer about the ongoing confrontational situation between the two Koreas. A number of scenes bring attention to the situation and come across as threatening or frightening. For instance, when an unknown North Korean solider pops up out of nowhere at the North Korean guard post, or when Oh becomes suddenly serious upon Lee's jokes about him defecting. Such obsessive fear plays a part to amplify our suspense, leading up to the final scene, which is already known. 
With such a "Red Complex" in the audience, brought about by the nation's separation, and building up with a series of accidents and incidents, the plot finally lets the four soldiers plunge into tragedy. When they reach the moment of crisis, when the unknown soldier appears at the post, their friendship is gone like a mirage. Instantly, they point a gun and return to being the "enemy" of each other. Sergeant Oh, featured as a clear-headed figure, tries to hush up what's happened, but can never break the wall of fear and distrust that is deeply and unconsciously rooted in his own psyche, and also in all of us.

What's behind the mysterious shooting is all revealed as Lee gives testimony to the Swiss lieutenant. Then, there is another anti-climax that pops up. It turns out that Lee killed Jeong, instead of Nam. Entrapped in guilt, Lee finally decides to kill himself.
According to director Park Chan-wook, the original ending he prepared had Lee and Oh meeting in a third country. At this point, when we look back on the death of Jeong and the suicide attempt by Nam, Lee's suicide is more likely to be related to the reality of Korean society, where violations loom larger than feelings of guilt. 
Instead of an encounter between the soldiers, the final scene of the film goes back to a point when Sergeant Oh picks up a hat that a tourist dropped at Panmunjeom. With the sound of camera shutters, moving images stop and the color turns black. In the freeze frame, images of the four -- Oh Gyeong-pil, Jeong Woo-jin, Nam Seong-sik and Lee Su-hyuck -- appear on screen one by one. Inside the frame, Oh and Jeong show a smile. Strangely enough, they look calm and peaceful. The screen captures close ups of each figure, one by one, reminding the viewer of their friendship. 
However, in the final scene, where all four are featured in one frame, Lee Su-hyuck uses hand gestures to tell the tourists not to take any pictures. This sign of "prohibition" disturbs the peace and is the "stain of reality". 
It's been more than 60 years since the Korean War, but we have yet to find a way to remove the stain. Simply put, the tragic fate of the soldiers of the two Koreas in the film, as well as that of Sophie Jang's father, who was a former North Korean soldier and captive during the war and who had to choose a third country, Switzerland, rather than either of the two Koreas, is unfortunate, but it is still existing today. 
-Viewed by film critic Kim Gyeong-wook*This series of article has been made possible through the cooperation of the Korean Film Archive. 

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June 26 2014
Primer: 10 Essential Films Of The Korean New Wave

“Joint Security Area” (2000)Although living in a nation permanently on the brink of war with its neighbor underpins many of the films on this list, “Joint Security Area” is relatively rare in that it directly deals with South Korea’s border with the North, a nation feared around the world as one of the most brutal and repressive dictatorships of current times. It’s rarer still in that it does it in the guise of a gripping, very commercial thriller, and in that it preaches a compassionate anti-war message while it’s at it. The local breakthrough of Park Chan-wook (who’d made two films in the 1990s, but had been making ends meet as a film critic in the meantime), the film is an adaptation of a novel called “DMZ” by Park Sang-yeon, and as you might expect, is set in the de-militarized zone that separates the north from the south. One night, a South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun) unexpectedly flees back to his own side, after two North Korean soldiers are killed, an act that leaves relations between the two countries in a heightened state, with only an investigation by neutral Swiss Army Major Sophie E. Jean (Lee Young-ae) standing in the way of all-out hostility. The film’s indebted somewhat to U.S. pictures like “A Few Good Men” and “The Caine Mutiny,” and is certainly less boundary-pushing on the surface than Park’s later work, with significantly less live-octopus-eating or incest, but there’s a sharp subversiveness to the way it sneaks a story of friendship across the divide into what could have been so easily a bombastic thriller: it ends up playing out like a tragedy, of good men undone by a conflict that has already destroyed so many lives. It’s also, less surprisingly, masterfully made, with Park showing an astonishing command of tension, and the immaculate, borderline Kubrickian eye for detail that would recur in his later work too. It’s not as attention-grabbing as the Vengeance trilogy, but it’s still an essential, and surprisingly little-seen work from a then-fledgling master....
And of the directors we have covered, there will no doubt be those aghast that we didn't include Kim Ji-woon's entertainingly gonzo but wildly uneven "The Good The Bad & The Weird" or 2005's terrific mob crime film "A Bittersweet Life," (a U.S. remake of which is currently in the works from Allen Hughes), Hong Sang-soo's "In Another Country," "The Woman on the Beach" or "Turning Gate," and Park Chan-wook's vampire priest yarn "Thirst," while Lee Chang-dong's "Peppermint Candy" (mentioned above) and Bong Joon-ho's "Mother" and "Barking Dogs Never Bite" are both strong early entries to the canon, the latter starring Bong regular and "Cloud Atlas" standout Bae Doona.

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 October 12, 2014
“Entertainment Plus” Reveals Behind the Scenes Casting Stories of Popular Dramas and Filmshttp://www.soompi.com/2014/10/12/entertainment-plus-reveals-behind-the-scenes-casting-stories-of-popular-dramas-and-films/
On the latest episode of MBC’s “Feel Good Day – Entertainment Plus,” the behind stories behind stars’ casting were revealed.

Some of the most shocking examples included actress Kim Hee Sun, who turned down Song Hye Gyo’s star-making roles in “Autumn Tale,” “Full House,” and “All In,” as well as Lee Jung Jae, who turned down Lee Byung Hun’s role in “Joint Security Area,” Rain’s role in “Full House,” and Park Shin Yang’s role in “Lovers in Paris.”
The show gave revealed a casting story that many fans may know already in which Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun turned down miss A’s Suzy’s role in “Architecture 101.”  It could be said that Suzy really started her acting career with this film, which got her the Rookie Award in multiple ceremonies as well as her image as the “nation’s first love.”
Meanwhile, Seohyun later got the role as Han Yoo Rim, the first love of Kang Moo Yeol (portrayed by actor Lee Won Geun) in SBS’s weekend drama “Passionate Love.”
Can you guys imagine any of these dramas and films having actors others than the ones finally casted?

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October 30, 2014
25 Years of the Best Asian Films
by matthewgist-54-206142 IMDb
1. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)2. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)3. To Live (1994)4. Princess Mononoke (1997)5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)6. J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000) 7.9/107. Failan (2001)8. Spirited Away (2001)9. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)10. Oldboy (2003)11. 3-Iron (2004)12. A Bittersweet Life (2005) 13. Fearless (2006)14. The Warlords (2007)15. The Chaser (2008)16. The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) 17. Breathless (2008)18. Thirst (2009)19. Castaway on the Moon (2009)20. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)21. Aftershock (2010)22. I Saw the Devil (2010) 23. The Front Line (2011)24. Masquerade (2012) 25. New World (2013)

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March 26, 2015
Myung Films fuels Korean movie industry
This is the second in a four-part series featuring IBK’s support for cultural content. ― Ed.
Film director Frank Capra once said that movies were one of the three universal languages, along with mathematics and music. Great films bring all walks of life into a common pool of fun and ethos, to enrich the modern times. 
Myung Films, too, has sought to produce great films with both fun and ethos, which can bring together cinemagoers at home and abroad. Bold themes, an efficient production system and creative marketing are Myung Films’ strength. 
Founded in 1995, the film producer has made 36 films of diverse genres, including social drama “Cart (2014),” retro-romance “Architecture 101” (2012), animation film “Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild” (2011) and inter-Korean drama “Joint Security Area” (2000). 
Film critics credit Myung Films for its contribution to enhance the development and industrialization of the Korean film industry for the past two decades. The company has raked in phenomenal success out of what was once considered the “genres doomed for mediocre,” such as rom-melo and children’s animation. 
Film “Architecture 101,” for instance, hit 4.1 million views in eight weeks, becoming the first Korean romance drama to break the 4 million mark. The movie swept six awards in five film awards and closed the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2012. 
Children’s animation film “Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild” snagged six awards here and globally, including the silver in the Switzerland-based Castellinaria International Young People’s Film Festival and the best animation award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival. The animation film drew a record-high 2.2 million viewers, elevating homegrown animation to the global level. 
Besides hitting jackpots in the conventionally “arid” genres, Myung Films also ventured to explore the new social movements and themes. 
In 1997, the film production company launched the romance drama “The Contact,” starring actor Han Suk-kyu and actress Jeon Do-yeon, a novel attempt to project the Internet-friendly age of “N generation culture.” 
Three years later, the company produced “JSA: Joint Security Area,” directed by award-winning Park Chan-wook, starring actors Song Gang-ho, Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Young-ae, to cinematize the sorrow of the divided nation. 
In addition to hitting the jackpot with its own diversity and non-blockbuster films, Myung Films has engaged in fostering the Korean diversity films. 
While many of Korean diversity movies wish to deliver powerful message through not-so-friendly plots and genres, they often suffer from the increasing polarization of the commercial and the diversity movies. Due to the widespread risk-avoiding sentiment among investors, financial difficulties are the biggest hurdle for diversity film producers and small and medium-sized distributors.
Lee Eun, chief executive of Myung Films, is a consulting council member of the cultural content unit of the Industrial Bank of Korea. 
The IBK, a bank tailored to small and medium enterprises, has been provided financial partnership for promising movies in the forefront and helping the Korean content sector become a value-added service industry.
By Chung Joo-won (joowonc@heraldcorp.com)

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July 10, 2015 (related excerpt only)

Shim, game changer in Korean cinema


Myung Films’ movies such as “The Contact,” “The Quiet Family,” “J.S.A.” and “Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild” told stories that had never been tried or done before.

“J.S.A.” by Park Chan-wook, then a rookie director, was one of the first Korean films with a nonlinear story structure, with the movie beginning from the end and showing sequences in random order to solve a mystery involving the two Koreas.

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July 20, 2015

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

by Kobiz reporter

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

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July 24, 2015

Myung Film retrospective starts today

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr] INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily


To celebrate its 20th birthday, Myung Film, a renowned production company in Korea, is holding a special retrospective event starting today. 

Founded in 1995 under the leadership of female producer Shim Jae-myung, the company is responsible for a number of films that have left a mark on Korea’s cinematic history, namely “The Contact” (1997), “Joint Security Area/JSA” (2000) and “Forever the Moment” (2008).

Its more recent projects include the socially conscious films “Cart,” directed by Boo Ji-young, and “Revivre,” a poignant depiction of human desire, directed by Im Kwon-taek. 

The special retrospective exhibition will be showcased at the Myung Film Arts Center, the production house’s newly established cinema complex in Paju, Gyeonggi. 

Divided into eight categories based on the cinematic themes of love, life, women and music, the retrospective encompasses 36 Myung Film movies. 

On the sidelines, visitors will also have the opportunity to view the exhibitions, laid out across the six-story venue. 

Prints of the company’s screenplays and the costumes and props used during the filming process are just some of the objects on display. 

For fans with a deeper interest in the movies by Myung Film, it is recommended to check out the schedule of guest discussion sessions, in which actors Song Kang-ho, Lee Je-hoon and Moon So-ri, among others, will participate. All have featured in projects by the production company. 

The 20th anniversary retrospective kicks off today and will run through Sept. 16.

For more information about the event, visit www.nf-art.kr.

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