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September 28, 2018


Director Kim Jee-woon to receive French honor

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean director Kim Jee-woon will be decorated with a cultural medal by the French government for his contribution to the arts, the country's embassy in Seoul said Friday.


Kim will be made an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters at a dinner to be hosted by the French Embassy during the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in the southern port city of Busan on Oct. 6.


Kim is best known to French viewers for the postmodern spaghetti western "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," which was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.


His filmography also includes "The Quiet Family" (1998), "The Foul King" (2000), "A Tale Of Two Sisters" (2003), "Bittersweet Life" (2005), "The Age of Shadows" (2016) and "Illang: The Wolf Brigade" (2018), as well as the Hollywood movie "The Last Stand" (2013).


The other Korean film icons previously honored by the French government are former BIFF chairman Kim Dong-ho, directors Hong Sang-soo and Bong Joon-ho and actress Jeon Do-yeon.


This file photo shows director Kim Jee-woon. (Yonhap)

This file photo shows director Kim Jee-woon. (Yonhap)

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January 4, 2019


Another GBW throwback photo posted by Lee Byung Hun on his IG, during the filming in Dunhuang (2007).


Without a face-mask, LBH was sitting next to Dir. Kim Ji Woon who's covering his face at the set.


His caption: (You) look happy to wear mask in sand storm. :lol:


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th_note1.gif Related excerpts from full article at soompi mainsite


January 27, 2019


Epic Korean Blockbusters To Enjoy On Cold Winter Evenings


Source: Soompi by hgordon


There’s something about winter evenings that makes them perfect for the thrill of epic blockbuster movies: you’re in need of some excitement on your TV to chase away the winter cold. Luckily, Korean cinema has countless films that will quench your thirst for large-scale action and drama. We’re talking spectacular explosions, stylish sword fights, secret missions, and adventures of legendary proportions. So grab a comfy seat and some popcorn, and let one of these epic Korean blockbusters take you on a journey you won’t soon forget!


“The Good, The Bad, The Weird”

Korea’s take on the spaghetti Western, “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” is a rollicking spectacle from start to finish. A bounty hunter, a hitman, and a wacky thief all vie for the same treasure map in the middle of the desolate desert of Manchuria. Absurdities abound as The Good (Jung Woo Sung), The Bad (Lee Byung Hun), and The Weird (Song Kang Ho) hunt each other through wild chases, extravagant explosions, and classic Western shootouts, all the while being pursued by the Japanese Imperial Army and some Manchurian bandits. Nothing is off the table in this riotous film, and you’ll love every minute of it.



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May 31, 2019


Toggle Viewers Can Now Stream Korean Blockbusters With tvN Movies
To mark the launch, tvN Movies is offering four free movies to stream. 



To mark the launch, tvN Movies is offering four free movies to stream.


Good news for fans of Korean movies!


Starting from today (May 30), you can access the extensive and expanding library of tvN Movies, the world's first and only Korean blockbuster movie channel — from well-loved classics to contemporary dramas. New titles will be added every month.


To subscribe, you can choose between the recurring package at $5.90/ month or the six-month package at $4.32/month (prepayment of $25.90 is required). With the latter option, you save $9.50 overall.


As a taster, tvN Movies is offering four free titles on Toggle, each running for a week: Lucky Key (May 30-June 5); Miss Granny (June 6-12); Keys to the Heart (June 13-19); and The Good, The Bad and The Weird (June 20-26).


The Toggle app is available on iOS and Android devices. Download the free app at AppStore and Google Play. To subscribe to tvN Movies, click here.


Here are some of the must-see titles on tvN Movies...


Be With You
This tearjerker — a remake of the 2004 Japanese film — stars Son Ye-Jin as a dead woman who returns from the grave to reunite with her husband (So-Ji-Sub) and tween son (Kim Ji-Hwan).


A Taxi Driver
This 1980-set drama — Korea’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film — stars Song Kang-Ho as a cabbie hired to chauffeur a German journo (Thomas Kretschmann) covering the pro-democracy protests in Gwangju.


Midnight Runners
Action-comedy starring Kang Ha-Neul and Park Seo-Joon play trainee-cop buddies embroiled in a kidnapping conspiracy during their night off. Just lovely.


The Good, The Bad and The Weird

The Good, The Bad, and The Weird
Inspired by Clint Eastwood’s The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, this 2008 actioner stars Lee Byung-Hun, Song Kang-Ho and Jung Woo-Sung star as feuding treasure hunters in WWII-era Manchuria.

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May 31, 2019


SONG Kang-ho to Receive Excellence Award in Locarno

First Asian to Be Honored at Prestigious Swiss Festival


by Pierce Conran KOFIC




SONG Kang-ho is set to be honored at this year’s 72nd Locarno International Film Festival, where he will become the first person from Asia to receive the festival’s Excellence Award.


Currently on screens in BONG Joon-ho’s PARASITE, which walked away from the Cannes Film Festival with the Palme d’Or last weekend, the first time a Korean film has ever taken the top prize at the event, SONG is one of the most beloved and acclaimed actors in the Korean film industry. He is known for his collaborations with top filmmakers such as BONG (Memories Of Murder, 2003; The Host, 2006), PARK Chan-wook (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 2002; Thirst, 2009) and KIM Jee-woon (The Good, The Bad, And The Weird, 2008; The Age of Shadows, 2016).


Beyond that, he has appeared in numerous chart-topping films, including Swiri (1999), The Attorney (2013) and A Taxi Driver (2017), as well as acclaimed classics like LEE Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine (2007) in a career that has so far spanned 23 years, having kicked off in Hong Sangsoo’s debut The Day A Pig Fell Into A Well in 1996.


New Locarno artistic director Lili HINSTIN described SONG as a “peerless interpreter of the variety and intensity of emotions generated by Korean cinema.” In previous years, the Excellence Award has been given to world cinema luminaries such as John MALKOVICH, Juliette BINOCHE, Ethan HAWKE and Isabelle HUPPERT.


This year’s Locarno International Film Festival will take place from August 7 to 17.

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July 3, 2019


Theater in Honor of Actor Lee Byung-hun to Be Opened

Source: The Chosun Ilbo




A movie theater named after actor Lee Byung-hun will be opened at a multiplex in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province next week, Lotte Cinema said Tuesday.


In celebration of the opening, the movie theater chain will also offer a special screening of Lee's films selected by him -- "Bungee Jumping of Their Own" (2001), "The Good, the Bad and the Weird" (2008), "Masquerade" (2012) and "Inside Men"(2015) -- from July 12 to 18.


Lee will meet fans at the theater in Seongnam, which is his hometown, on July 12 to reflect on his nearly 30-year acting career.


Lee made his debut in a TV series in 1991 and has appeared in various dramas and films along with a couple of Hollywood films like the "G.I. Joe" series and "Terminator Genisys."



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Saw this at Netflix a few years ago and  loved it. I loved the original with Clint Eastwood and this Korean version is to me funnier and more fun and my fave actors Song Kang Ho and Jung Woo Sung are in it. Good fun movie. Enjoy

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October 30, 2019


Paris welcomes Korean film festival


Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily // FFCP



The 14th Festival du Film Coreen a Paris (FFCP) - translated to Paris Korean Film Festival - is now running until Nov. 5 at Publicis Cinemas in celebration of the centennial of the birth of Korean cinema.


The film event opened with director Lee Sang-geun’s “Exit” (2019) on Tuesday local time and will wrap up with director Yoon Ga-eun’s “The House of Us” (2019).


A total of 58 classic, commercial and independent films will be screened during the festival. Internationally-acclaimed film “House of Hummingbird,” (2019) the winner of 28 prestigious global film awards, the commercially successful “Extreme Job” (2019) and “A Higher Animal” (2000), the debut feature film from director Bong Joon-ho, will also be screened.


In the festival’s Focus section, director Kim Jee-woon’s “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (2008) is scheduled to be showed, and director and actor Song Kang-ho is expected to attend special panels to share their experiences and answer questions from the audience.


“There is nothing especially new to the interest in Korean films for French moviegoers, but we felt that [their interest] grew exceptionally after ‘Parasite’ won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Festival,” said Bae Yong-jae, the festival’s executive director. “People from French film distribution companies are increasingly visiting the event each year to take a look at the diverse array of film genres the festival offers.”


By Lee Jae-lim

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