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I just saw Miss Baek and I can recommend it to everyone because it's a really good movie, the kind of movie that stays with you (I still feel like I'm going to burst into tears at any moment). And of course Han Ji Min deserved her award and I hope it opens new doors in her acting career. I'm so proud of her for this role :wub: but I want to applaud the rest of the cast too, the writer and the filming crew.

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@loversbridgethank you for the nice words about the movie. I have watched Miss Baek twice and everytime i finish it, it still leaves a different kind of feeling. I still can't believe ji min is able to act such role and i may be bias as a fan but she really nailed it. She deserves all her awards and i hope through the movie, more people will be aware to act as Miss Baek if there are real Kim Ji Eun's in the world.

 

Merry Christmas from Ji min. She loves her nephews very much:wub:

 

 

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This is a long interview of ji min and director lee ji won but definitely worth googling to translate. Miss Baek is a labor of love. It took the movie 1 year and 7 months for the movie to be distributed/shown. I can imagine why han ji min definitely felt the pressure and has been stressed out. Thank goodness the film was shown. I am a fan of ji min but Miss Baek is definitely worth watching. Just seeing the film in various sites with english subtitles is already a testament that it is indeed popular and has made ji min into an actor. Congrats to all those who are responsible in making this film possible:wub:

 

https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=140&aid=0000038639&lfrom=twitter

 

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Park Hyung Sik send a giggling text to ji min after she posted dazzling teaser.

 

credit to author

 

Always happy to see her close with her celebrities friends.  She always support her likes and drop her comments to her friends and especially obvious if the person has instagram.

 

:)

 

 

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I can't say enough how proud I am of ji min in accepting Miss Baek:wub: I just posted the part related to her:)

 

Korean Film Marketers Association Members Select Best Actors Of 2018

Korean Film Marketers Association Members Select Best Actors Of 2018

Dec 28, 2018
by J. Lim

Every year, over 100 films make it to the big screen to either wow moviegoers or leave them wanting more. A lot of work goes into making a film stand out, and film advertising marketers’s efforts can’t be overlooked as from the moment a film is planned till after it’s released, marketers present the film in various angles to get people hooked.

Sports Donga worked with the Korean Film Marketers Association (KFMA) to speak with 114 advertising marketers from 23 firms to look back on the Korean film industry in 2018. The marketers were asked four questions, “Which actor shined in 2018?” “What was the best film of 2018?” “Which film had the best marketing strategy of 2018?” and “Which 2019 film will be a rising star?”

 

Another trend that was seen in films in 2018 was the rise of talented actresses. This was best represented by Han Ji Min receiving the second highest number of votes at 21 votes for her role in “Miss Baek.” The marketers applauded the fact that her years of experience shined brightly in the film as she portrayed a character that isn’t easy to find. The marketers highlighted that she is, “An actress who people remember more for her talents than her looks,” and stated that they are interested to see where her career goes as she continues to undergo striking transformations for her roles.

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@tok-soompichinggu, is this correct? I think this is the first time i have read that ji min's father is in the military. Is this accurate?

5. Han Ji Min

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The touch “Miss Baek” actress is actually the daughter of a lieutenant colonel in the air force. Inspired by her father’s career, she generously donated to the welfare of military personnel.

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December 26, 2018

 

This year’s trends in Korean film:

Women, word-of-mouth define 2018 at the cinema

 

Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

 

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“Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days,” the second in the “Along with the Gods” fantasy blockbuster franchise, was the highest-grossing movie of 2018. [LOTTE ENTERTAINMENT]

 

The growing prevalence of movie streaming giants like Netflix is worrying many cinema chains, but these new filmmaking giants actually had a limited impact on Korean cinema this year.

 

Local cinemas sold more than 200 million tickets this year for the sixth consecutive year since 2013, according to the data provided by the Korean Film Council. 

 

The highest-grossing movie this year was the fantasy blockbuster “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days,” which sold 12.27 million tickets upon its release in August. This was less than the first in the popular webtoon-based franchise, “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds” (2017), which sold 14.41 million tickets.

 

“Avengers: Infinity War” was the second-best performing movie this year, selling 11.21 million tickets. It was also the second Marvel title to sell more than 10 million tickets in Korea after 2015’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (10.49 million tickets).

 

Apart from ticket sales, several key characteristics that defined this year’s Korean cinema trend are the growing importance of word-of-mouth, stronger female characters and the success of smaller-budget movies over blockbusters. 

 

One of the biggest beneficiaries of strong word-of-mouth was “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the film about the British rock band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film debuted on Oct. 31 to moderate success. 

 

But it received positive word-of-mouth and reviews. Thanks also to the popularity of sing-along screenings, the film climbed up the box office ladder and managed to stay strong despite the unleash of new releases. In its eighth weekend, its total ticket sales amounted to 8.5 million.

 

“‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was also popular among younger audiences, who did not grow up listening to Queen’s music,” said Hwang Jae-hyun, a spokesman for CGV. He also pointed to “strong word-of-mouth” as the key to the film’s success in attracting younger viewers into theaters.

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Relatively low-budget movies like the horror flick “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum,” top, and comedy-drama “Intimate Strangers” succeeded in the box office thanks to positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth from audience members. [SHOWBOX, LOTTE ENTERTAINMENT]

 

Other movies that received an unexpected boost from the public buzz include the horror mystery flick “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum,” comedy drama feature “Intimate Strangers” and the drama “Searching.”

 

“Gonjiam,” which tells the story of a group of seven people going on an adventure to the abandoned Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital and filming their experience along the way, far exceeded break-even ticket sales of 600,000. Despite being made for less than half of the average production cost of Korean movies, “Gonjiam” managed to sell 2.67 million tickets. This is particularly surprising, as the entire cast was made up of rookie actors.

 

“Intimate Strangers,” which cost 5.8 billion won ($5.16 million) to make, sold 5.2 million tickets, a little less than three times its 1.8 million break-even-point. 

 

The movie depicts a group of childhood friends and their spouses playing a game that requires them to reveal all their text and phone calls. It received a positive response from viewers. Despite film journalists’ criticisms of the plot’s simplicity, “Intimate Strangers” received a rating higher than nine stars out of 10 on portal site Naver’s film rating system, far higher than the critics’ rating of 6.13.

 

“Searching,” starring Korean-American actor John Cho, is another movie that succeeded through positive word-of-mouth. The film is about a single father desperately attempting to find his missing teenage daughter, and it was moderately successfully after its Aug. 29 release. But after viewers praised the film for taking an unconventional approach to storytelling - the film takes place entirely on computer screens - the movie topped the box office for a couple of weeks, selling a total of 2.95 million tickets.

 

Another notable trend this year is the growing significance of strong female characters. 

 

Period epic “Herstory,” about the struggles of women who were forced into sexual slavery by the imperial Japanese army during its colonial rule in Korea (1910-45), depicts independent and strong-willed women trying to speak up for women’s rights. 

 

Kim Hee-ae plays the head of a Busan-based tour agency who helps comfort women launch their court case against the Japanese government. 

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Though the number still remains fairly low, films featuring strong-willed and independent women were notable this year, including “Miss Baek,” top,” and “Herstory.” [LITTLE BIG PICTURES, NEXT ENTERTAINMENT WORLD]

 

“Miss Baek” is another notable film with a strong female lead. The movie explores child abuse through the eyes of a socially excluded female character. It received a lot of support from audience members welcoming a rare movie that places a female character at the center. Its main star Han Ji-min won a number of awards, including the Blue Dragon Awards, for her role in the film. 

 

Rookie actor Kim Da-mi was also at the center of attention this year for her charismatic role in “The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion.” In the action-packed movie, Kim plays a mysterious high school student with superpowers who struggles to live a normal life.

 

Films like “Illang: The Wolf Brigade,” “Rampant” and “Psychokinesis” proved that high production costs is no longer a prerequisite for a movie to hit the jackpot. 

 

“Illang,” which cost around 16 billion won to make, sold less than a million tickets. This comes especially as a surprise due to its strong star cast, including popular actors Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo and Jung Woo-sung, and the involvement of Kim Jee-woon (“The Age of Shadows”) in the director’s chair. Fantasy period title “Rampant,” starring Hyunbin and Jang Dong-gun, was another highly anticipated big-budget flick. 

 

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“Illang: The Wolf Brigade,” top, and “Psychokinesis,” proved that big-budget movies with superstar actors are not guaranteed success. [WARNER BROS. KOREA, NEXT ENTERTAINMENT WORLD]

 

However, it sold only 1.59 million tickets, which was a huge disappointment due its production costs of 17 billion won. Yeon Sang-ho’s new feature “Psychokinesis,” which followed the massive success of zombie thriller “Train to Busan,” also fell short at the box office. Despite costing more than 13 billion won to make, it attracted less than a million moviegoers.

 

In contrast, movies like “Dark Figure of Crime,” “The Witness” and “Little Forest” also proved that films with smaller budgets could be strong enough to become box office hits.

 

“Dark Figure of Crime” cost around 8 billion won to make, but sold nearly twice the tickets (3.78 million) necessary to break even. Despite fierce competition coming from summer blockbusters like the second “Along with the Gods” film, horror title “The Witness” sold 2.5 million tickets and was made for just 4.5 billion won. The low-budget drama “Little Forest” sold an impressive 1.5 million tickets and cost only 1.5 billion won. 

 

“The success of a movie is no longer decided by high production costs or strong star power,” said film critic Kim Heon-sik. “Audience members have started to look for a trendy and unique story that does not repeat what they have seen in the past.” 

 

BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]

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17 hours ago, richelle said:

@tok-soompichinggu, is this correct? I think this is the first time i have read that ji min's father is in the military. Is this accurate?

5. Han Ji Min

The touch “Miss Baek” actress is actually the daughter of a lieutenant colonel in the air force. Inspired by her father’s career, she generously donated to the welfare of military personnel.

@richelle, i am quite skeptical to the news...  cos all along i thought her parents owned a small eating place.   As there are past article talking about her helping out...

I think will see whether is there any repeat news.

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7 hours ago, tok-soompi said:

@richelle, i am quite skeptical to the news...  cos all along i thought her parents owned a small eating place.   As there are past article talking about her helping out...

I think will see whether is there any repeat news.

 

That's what i thought so too. Also, i have read that her parents are working inside a military camp(related to food) reason why she grew up with her grandparents. I don't think her father worked as a military official.

 

Only a few days and we're welcoming 2019. May this coming year be a better year for us and ji min. 2018 is the best year for her and may the coming year be better:wub:

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https://www.soompi.com/article/1284265wpp/korean-film-marketers-association-members-select-best-actors-2018

 

Korean Film Marketers Association Members Select Best Actors Of 2018

 

Korean Film Marketers Association Members Select Best Actors Of 2018

 

Every year, over 100 films make it to the big screen to either wow moviegoers or leave them wanting more. A lot of work goes into making a film stand out, and film advertising marketers’s efforts can’t be overlooked as from the moment a film is planned till after it’s released, marketers present the film in various angles to get people hooked.

Sports Donga worked with the Korean Film Marketers Association (KFMA) to speak with 114 advertising marketers from 23 firms to look back on the Korean film industry in 2018. The marketers were asked four questions, “Which actor shined in 2018?” “What was the best film of 2018?” “Which film had the best marketing strategy of 2018?” and “Which 2019 film will be a rising star?”

Of the list of actors who shined in 2018, Joo Ji Hoon came out on top with 38 votes. In 2018, the actor appeared in the films “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days,” “The Spy Gone North,” and “Dark Figure of Crime.” The marketers highlighted the fact that Joo Ji Hoon has appeared in multiple projects this year and showcased a wide spectrum of his acting talents.

Another trend that was seen in films in 2018 was the rise of talented actresses. This was best represented by Han Ji Min receiving the second highest number of votes at 21 votes for her role in “Miss Baek.” The marketers applauded the fact that her years of experience shined brightly in the film as she portrayed a character that isn’t easy to find. The marketers highlighted that she is, “An actress who people remember more for her talents than her looks,” and stated that they are interested to see where her career goes as she continues to undergo striking transformations for her roles.

Another actress who had a strong showing on the list was Kim Hye Soo, who came in fourth place with seven votes for her appearance in “Default.” She was recognized for creating a captivating character in the film, and for living up to expectations as one of Korea’s most symbolic actresses. As the marketers described her, “As expected of ‘God’ Hye Soo.” Other noteworthy actresses who made the list included Kim Hyang Gi from “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days,” Kim Da Mi from “The Witch,” Kim Tae Ri from “Little Forest,” and Kim Hee Aefrom “Herstory.”

In third place with 15 votes was Lee Sung Min, for his roles in “The Spy Gone North,” “The Witness,” and “What a Man Wants.” He was described as an actor who is at the top of his game who can lead a film on his own or co-lead it with someone else. Fifth place went to Jo Woo Jinfor “Rampant,” “Default,” and “The Drug King” with five votes, and he was applauded for his powerful roles and perfect acting.

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New Year greetings from ji min and kim hye ja of dazzling/the light in your eyes:wub:

 

Happy New Year to Han ji min and to all here. May 2019 be a better year for us:wub:

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