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[HanCinema's News] Seo Eun-soo Cast for "They Were There"

2020/04/06 | Permalink

According to unconfirmed reports actress Seo Eun-soo is set to star in the upcoming OCN drama "They Were There" in a leading role. Purportedly, her role will have equal lead billing with the already confirmed Ahn So-hee...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra's Brother Expresses Disgust at her Ex-boyfriend Ahead of Appeal

2020/04/06 | Permalink

After Goo Ha-ra's tragic death last year many were quick to blame K-pop as an industry for her mental health issues as well as malicious commenters. But those close to Goo Ha-ra have long emphasized that her real troubles started with an abusive ex-boyfriend and his threats to reveal a sex tape of the starlet. Now, ahead of his appeal, Goo Ha-ra's older brother has reignited disgust toward the ex-boyfriend in a brutal Instagram post released on April 6th...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Denies Rumor That He is Dating Stage Actress

2020/04/06 | Permalink

A report stating that Kang Ha-neul has been in a secret two year relationship with a stage actress has been denied by both Kang Ha-neul and the stage actress in question since its release on April 5th...More

[HanCinema's News] Wheesung Recovers From Sleeping Drug Overdose

2020/04/05 | Permalink

Wheesung has had a very difficult last few months. Inside reports have stated that his independent label, Real Slow Company, has been teetering on the edge of collapse since late last year with no proper management. This followed a halt in official activities, as the agency had to pivot to damage control following suspicions that the singer is abusing propofol...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Se-ho Shows Off his Weight Loss

2020/04/05 | Permalink

On April 5th comedian Jo Se-ho showed off an old picture of himself on Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung to Attend Modest Memorial for his Departed Father

2020/04/05 | Permalink

On April 5th Artist Company announced that actor Jung Woo-sung's father had died. Due to the current widespread social distancing in effect in South Korea, Jung Woo-sung and his family will be holding a small private ceremony on April 7th to commemorate his passing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Are We In Love?"

2020/04/04 | Permalink

So-jeong (played by Kim So-eun) is a pastry chef. Her boss Seung-jae (played by Sung Hoon) is always giving her a hard time at work, either for being late, or showing up in a dirty uniform, or just making poor quality pastries. So-jeong is so overworked and overstressed that she doesn't seem like a typical romantic movie protagonist at all. This problem dogs most of us "Are We In Love?" as I kept thinking to myself, this movie is less a love story and more a depiction of the many ways a woman can be sexually harassed...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Man of Men"

2020/04/04 | Permalink

Yong Soo, in his feature debut, took upon himself a rather difficult task, of shooting a movie that combines comedy, drama and gangster film (probably the most popular genres of Korean cinema) but does not become a total cliché. Thankfully, his main cast consists of Sol Kyung-gu and Cho Jin-woong, two actors that are quite experienced in all the aforementioned categories. Let us see how he fared though...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miniforce: Deeno the King of Dinosaurs"

2020/04/04 | Permalink

Little time is wasted in "Miniforce: Deeno the King of Dinosaurs" as director Lee Yeong-joon just skips right past any relevant exposition and just dumps us right into the exact situation promised by the movie's theatrical poster. Dinosaurs are coming out of interdimensional portals, attacking the world, and the Miniforce steps in to stop them. After a reasonably epic, if occasionally goofy battle, the Miniforce subdues the titular dinosaur king Deeno (voiced by Um Sang-hyun), but the antagonists fumble the escape...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hip Daddy" Production Put on Hold Due to COVID-19

2020/04/03 | Permalink

The latest film from director Kang Yoon-Sung of "The Outlaws", "Hip Daddy", has been put on indefinite hold due to COVID-19. The script, which was written by Kim Yong-hoon-I of "Beasts Clawing at Straws", deals with a woman who conceives a child via a sperm donor and must seek him out when her child unexpectedly becomes sick...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Keun-suk's Fan Club Continues to Support Actor Despite his Mother's Legal Troubles

2020/04/03 | Permalink

On April 3rd Jang Keun-suk's official fan club announced that they were standing behind the actor. They described the actions of his mother as well as his former agency TreeJ Company as being lamentable, but nonetheless expressed support for the actor in his likely quest to obtain new representation...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Mi-in-nae Continues to Face Backlash Over her Criticism of the Government's COVID-19 Countermeasures

2020/04/03 | Permalink

Jang Mi-in-nae's Instagram

Jang Mi-in-nae continues to face heat from Internet commenters disgusted with her recent political statements on Instagram on March 30th. In the comment Jang Mi-in-nae expressed disgust at the the ruling government's plan to give a thousand dollar stipend to families of four during the COVID-19 crisis, demanding to know where the money would come from...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Keun-suk Announces Split From his Mother's Company

2020/04/02 | Permalink

On April 2nd a representative for Jang Keun-suk announced the actor's official reaction to news regarding official charges stating that his mother had abused her position as head of his agency to dodge taxes...More

[HanCinema's News] Star-centered Get Out the Vote Campaign Has Big Expectations

2020/04/02 | Permalink

With parliamentary elections coming up on April 15th the encouraging words of celebrities have been a notable fixture in South Korean pop culture. Yoo Jae-suk says that without a vote, there is no us. Kim Da-mi says that without a vote there is no hope. Jung Hae-in says that without a vote there is no freedom. And many more...More

[HanCinema's News] "Suriname" to Delay Filming Due to COVID-19

2020/04/02 | Permalink

On April 2nd persons close to the production of "Suriname" confirmed that due to COVID-19 the drama's production is now indefinitely delayed. "Suriname" was to be the latest work from Yoon Jong-bin, the director of the highly acclaimed "The Spy Gone North" from 2018...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Keun-suk's Mother Remanded for Tax Evasion

2020/04/01 | Permalink

On April 1st the South Korean government revealed that Jang Keun-suk's mother had been remanded into jail over tax evasion charges. The arrest happened on March 30th and concerned hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of unreported earnings...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young Does Photoshoot for Nylon

2020/04/01 | Permalink

Lee Shin-young received a great deal of attention for his relatively minor role in "Crash Landing on You" and now the rising star seems set to start a career of his own based off of that success...More

[HanCinema's News] Webtoons Demonstrate Commanding Influence in Current Drama Market

2020/04/01 | Permalink

South Korean webtoons have long been popular as source material for dramas. But "Itaewon Class" has brought this framework of drama production into sharp perspective, as the original webtoon author, Kwang Jin, was also the chief scredited screenwriter for "Itaewon Class", and the drama's fidelity to its source material has been noted as a significant factor in its success...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "AI, Her" Segment 1 'Mental Molding' + Video

2020/03/31 | Permalink

In-mi (played by Seong Hye-min) is portrayed straightaway as being a bit of a sexpot. Much of the opening just shows her dancing for our amusement on a fabulous yacht. Well, technically, she's dancing for her rich husband Tae-young (played by Jang Tae-young) who can't even bring himself to pretend to care. The frustrated In-mi can then be seen wearing a garish bikini under a black trenchcoat in high heels, power-walking her way to a fairly logical request at the mental plastic surgery clinic. She needs more elegance...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest in "Be Melodramatic" Surges on Netflix

2020/03/31 | Permalink

"Be Melodramatic" was one of the bigger disappointments in jTBC's slate last year. Despite being helmed by director Lee Byeong-heon-I of the popular record-setting comedy film "Extreme Job" from earlier in the year, "Be Melodramatic" struggled in terrestrial ratings, never exceeding 2% in ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hi Bye, Mama!" to Not Air This Week

2020/03/31 | Permalink

"Hi Bye, Mama!" will take a break on April 4th and April 5th this week. According to tvN, the drama would be taking a rest to insure the safety of the cast and crew. Though COVID-19 is suspected as a possible reason for the delay, tvN did not mention it specifically to explain the break...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Unveils New Hairstyle

2020/03/31 | Permalink

Park Seo-joon appears to be saying goodbye to his trademark bobbed hairstyle, as the actor showed a new side of himself on Instagram on March 31st. In a post coupled with text saying 'pretty minibag' Park Seo-joon demonstrated a very different kind of haircut...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Invitation"

2020/03/28 | Permalink

Analyzing a film that plays with the concept of time is always difficult, and even more in the case of "Invitation", where the way the story unfolds and the fragmented revelation of the events of both the past and the future are part the directorial tactic. Nevertheless, the effort will be made, with as little revealed as possible...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untold"

2020/03/28 | Permalink

It's a little known fact that South Korea fought on the side of the United States in the Vietnam War. Actually, on a per-capita basis, they contributed even more to the war effort than the United States did. South Korean soldiers were cheaper than American ones, and dictator Park Chung-hee exploited this fact to secure critical development funds. "Untold" assumes that you're already familiar with this basic background as director Lee-kil Bo-ra begins "Untold" by showing the Vietnamese victims of South Korean war criminals still mourning their fallen family members...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Buen Camino"

2020/03/28 | Permalink

The Way of St. James is a pilgrimage route through the Northern part of Spain. It leads from France to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, terminating at the shrine of St. James the Great. It's at best a historical curiousity in most English language culture. I'd never even heard of it before coming to South Korea. Yet it's been featured in travel books, variety shows and now, "Buen Camino", depicting an older legally blind masseuse and her teenage niece on the trail...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Madame Freedom" + Full Movie

2020/03/28 | Permalink

Based on the homonymous novel that was serialized in a Seoul newspaper, "Madame Freedom" became extremely popular upon its release in 1956, while it continues to be the object of study by film historians until this day...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrity Landlords Cut Rent During COVID-19 Crisis

2020/03/27 | Permalink

While many celebrities have made headlines for donating their personal wealth to help purchase medical supplies, some celebrities have taken a different approach to COVID-19 relief. Rain, Won Bin, and Lee Na-young, among others, have been cutting down the rent in buildings they own...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young Set for First Leading Role in "How to Buy a Friend"

2020/03/27 | Permalink

On March 27th Forest Entertainment posted a photo of Lee Shin-young on their Instagram account. The young actor can be seen wearing the school uniform that is the trademark of his character in the upcoming drama "How to Buy a Friend"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-jung Returns to Weekend Dramas With "Once Again"

2020/03/27 | Permalink

While Lee Min-jung is most often remembered as being the wife of major star Lee Byung-hun, the actress is a fairly strong talent in her own right - just on a smaller scale, with a very different kind of programming. So it is that she's making a comeback with the early evening weekend drama "Once Again", where she has been cast in the leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] TV Chosun Tries to Revive Classically Styled Sitcom With "Somehow Family"

2020/03/26 | Permalink

Following a string of successes with offbeat, throwback programming centered around trot music, TV Chosun looks to make another unexpected trend with "Somehow Family". The upcoming drama is being marketed as a classically styled situation comedy. Director Kim Chang-dong of the original "High Kick!" marks his first drama in fourteen years with "Somehow Family"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Kang-hoon Growing up Fast

2020/03/26 | Permalink

Following his widely praised appearance in the popular drama "When the Camellia Blooms" Kim Kang-hoon has gained a great deal of visibility and interest. The ten year old actor recently posted a video of himself on Instagram showing how much he had grown since his last major media appearance...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Hee-joon Releases Picture of his Pregnant Wife

2020/03/26 | Permalink

Actor Lee Hee-joon recently made an Instagram post of an unusual drawing he's had for some time. In the drawing, a caricature of Lee Hee-joon and his wife, model Lee Hye Jung, appear...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Tops Good Data Report for Fifth Week in a Row

2020/03/25 | Permalink

In the latest iteration of the Good Data Report "Itaewon Class" has topped out the report's social media engagement metrics for the fifth straight week...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Pictures of Kim Da-mi Emerge

2020/03/25 | Permalink

With the successful conclusion of "Itaewon Class" attention has focused on Kim Da-mi as a hot new star. However, the actress's career has been quite recent, as has been demonstrated with a popular collage of the actress that has been circulating around the South Korean internet...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Hyun-bin Cast for "Cafe Kilimanjaro"

2020/03/25 | Permalink

On March 25th Kwon Hyun-bin's agency, YGX, announced that the singer turned actor would be appearing in the upcoming webdrama "Cafe Kilimanjaro"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Tops Content Power Index for Influencers

2020/03/24 | Permalink

On March 24th CJE&M published their latest contents influencer report, this one for the third week of March. According to the report, "Itaewon Class" was number one between both dramas and variety shows in terms of its measurable influence on social media as well as other metrics...More

[HanCinema's News] Married Couple So Yi-hyun and in Gyo-jin Encourage People to Vote

2020/03/24 | Permalink

On March 24th a new video was released starring celebrity couple So Yi-hyun and In Gyo-jin. In the video, the pair encourages people to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections on April 15th. They are only the latest in a long line of celebrities to make videos exhorting voters to vote this election season...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Gong Hyo-jin Photographed at Stylist's Wedding

2020/03/24 | Permalink

Photos recently went viral on the South Korean internet of Hyun Bin and Gong Hyo-jin attending a wedding together. The bride in the wedding has only been identified as a stylist. It is unknown who she works for, as she is not a celebrity and her identity is being protected for the sake of her privacy...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Da-mi Cracks a Million Instagram Followers

2020/03/24 | Permalink

In just two months, actress Kim Da-mi has cracked the million follower milestone on Instagram. Kim Da-mi is believed to have accomplished this milestone thanks to her leading role on the recently concluded jTBC drama "Itaewon Class", which has greatly increased her popularity...More

[HanCinema's News] Do Kyung-soo Tops DCInside Poll of Best North Korean Accent

2020/03/23 | Permalink

 

The latest eccentric DCInside poll regarding celebrity perceptions has been released. It was conducted between March 15th and March 21st. The question posed to DCInside users was, specifically, which South Korean person speaks the North Korean dialect so well it's suspicious...More

[HanCinema's News] Foreign and Domestic Film Shoots Halt Among COVID-19 Epidemic

2020/03/23 | Permalink

The crew for the upcoming South Korean film "Bogota" has been forcibly returned to South Korea after their entry into the country of Colombia was denied. This makes "Bogota" the latest in a long line of films with a production status now on hold in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dreamer"

2020/03/21 | Permalink

Geun-soo (played by Hong Geun-taek) is a homely looking North Korean defector. Upon arrival in South Korea he gets put into an equally homely looking apartment, and prepares himself for an exciting career working as a hair stylist. But things take a turn for the worse when he meets delivery guy Ji-hyeok (played by Cha Ji-hyun), a petty criminal with many bad ideas, little foresight, but just enough competence to come out ahead in a typical short term hustle...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "An Honest Candidate"

2020/03/21 | Permalink

The opening origin myth of congresswoman Sang-sook (played by Ra Mi-ran) is that she nobly got into politics to help her dying grandmother Ok-hee (played by Na Moon-hee). This story is, unsurprisingly, not entirely truthful, but Ra Mi-ran is quite understated in her first contrast of the real Sang-sook with the fake one. Sang-sook is critical of some very weird, specific aspects in the advertisement, pretends to care about the opinions of her staff, but diplomatically makes her dictates seem like a team decision...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Paper Flower"

2020/03/21 | Permalink

No matter how many years or how many films he acts in, it will always be a pleasure to watch Ahn Sung-ki starring in a movie. "Paper Flower" is no exception...More

[HanCinema's News] Vietnamese Child Actors Recreate Famous "Crash Landing on You" Scenes

2020/03/20 | Permalink

While "Crash Landing on You" ended over a month ago in South Korea, interest has continued to mount in the drama internationally thanks to its distribution on Netflix in over one hundred and ninety countries. One viral expression of this phenomenon has been imitation pictures of famous scenes...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Sends Kim Hye-soo a Coffee Car

2020/03/20 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin has sent a coffee car to the set of "Hyena" in support of Kim Hye-soo. The two actresses are long-time friends. In a message delivered to Kim Hye-soo, Son Ye-jin called the older actress her sister, expressing love for the lawyer Kim Hye-soo plays on "Hyena" and saying she can be cute and cool all by herself...More

[HanCinema's News] Photos Released From Moon Ji-yoon Memorial Procession

2020/03/20 | Permalink

On March 20th Moon Ji-yoon's remains were taken to be enterred at his final resting place. Though family had asked well-wishers not personally known for them to not be present due to COVID-19 fears, South Korean media was still on hand to document the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Ji-yoon's Agency Iterates Claim That He Did Not Die of COVID-19

2020/03/19 | Permalink

On March 19th Moon Ji-yoon's agency Family ENT emphasized that Moon Ji-yoon did not die of COVID-19. They emphasized that the actor did indeed die from a rapid case of acute blood poisoning, and that he had been admitted to a hospital on March 16th with symptoms which confirm this diagnosis...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hae-jin Expresses Condolensces Over the Death of Moon Ji-yoon

2020/03/19 | Permalink

On March 19th Park Hae-jin made a statement to news organizations expressing sympathies to Moon Ji-yoon. Park Hae-jin had appeared along with Moon Ji-yoon in both the "Cheese in the Trap" drama as well as the "Cheese in the Trap - Movie" which for the most part retained different cast members otherwise. The two were the same age...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Pestered by his Mother About Ko So-young's Marriage

2020/03/19 | Permalink

On March 18th Jung Woo-sung made an appearance on the KBS talk show 'Dolseung's Chat Time'. During this appearance he spoke frankly about his love life, or lack thereof via various relevant anecdotes...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Tops Nielsen Report for Third Straight Week

2020/03/18 | Permalink

The latest influencer report from CJE&M and Nielsen Korea shows "Itaewon Class" is once again at the top in terms of most talked about dramas on social media...More

[HanCinema's News] Dual Red String Themed Posters Released for "The World of the Married"

2020/03/18 | Permalink

Promotion for "The World of the Married" has kicked into high gear, as the upcoming jTBC drama hopes to take advantage of the strong lead-in offered by its soon to be completed predecessor "Itaewon Class". The latest posters from the drama have an ominous theme, even as they used red string imagery...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hyena" Kiss Scene Breaks a Million Views on Naver TV

2020/03/18 | Permalink

The KBS drama "Hyena" hit a major milestone recently. The drama hit a record high 12.5% in ratings in its most recent episode on March 14th. But the drama has also had a viral breakout moment online, with a major kiss scene in that episode topping over a million views in just two days on Naver TV...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Depublicizes Closing Event Due to COVID-19

2020/03/17 | Permalink

On March 17th persons close to "Itaewon Class" confirmed that the popular drama's closing rollout would be significantly downscaled due to COVID-19. Originally "Itaewon Class" was going to hold a special closing event to celebrate the drama's completion. Press, among others, were to be invited to partake in the festivities...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Hae-in Talks About "A Piece of Your Mind"

2020/03/17 | Permalink

Jung Hae-in recently spoke out at an online press conference for the upcoming tvN drama "A Piece of Your Mind". The press conference would normally have been held in person, but was switched to online-only in response to fears regarding COVID-19...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Eun-sook Comes Back With "The King: Eternal Monarch"

2020/03/17 | Permalink

With a start date set for sometime in April, "The King: Eternal Monarch" has thrust famed screenwriter Kim Eun-sook back into the public eye. The acclaimed screenwriter best known for her work on "Goblin" is now drawing a new fantasy world with "The King: Eternal Monarch", the details of which are only just now coming more clearly into focus...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Han-chul Appears in "Kingdom - Season 2"

2020/03/16 | Permalink

The release of "Kingdom - Season 2" on Netflix has once again put the Joseon-era zombie mystery thriller into the spotlight. Though a direct continuation of "Kingdom", the newest iteration of the drama does have some new twists and characters. Among them is Jo Han-chul, who plays Won-yoo, a distant relative of the crown prince main character played by Ju Ji-hoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Da-mi and Other Celebrities Promote Get Out the Vote Campaign

2020/03/16 | Permalink

A large number of celebrities have lent their voices to a get out the vote campaign in anticipation of South Korea's parliamentary elections on April 15th. Kim Da-mi, Park Hae-jin, Jung Hae-in, Kim Gu-ra, Kim Sook, and others make up a thirty-nine person delegation encouraging people to choose their elected officials wisely for a more healthy Republic of Korea...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ending Again" Marks Another Strong Finish for Playlist Studio

2020/03/16 | Permalink

On March 15th Playlist Studio released the final episode of its popular webdrama "Ending Again", which deals with a young couple in the midst of a contract marriage. The drama has proven to be yet another resounding success for Playlist Studio, earning over twelve million views in only its first three weeks...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Nightmare"

2020/03/14 | Permalink

Yeon-woo (played by Oh Ji-ho) is a film director who for the extended opening of "The Nightmare" appears to live a generally happy life with his wife Ji-yeon (played by Ji Sung-won) and especially their daughter Ye-rim (played by Ji Sung-won). Given the title we can guess that something is horribly awry. It takes awhile for Yeon-woo to get there, though, since to start out with "The Nightmare" is about Yeon-woo's attempt to work through his grief by making what appears to be an erotic film...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hitman: Agent Jun"

2020/03/14 | Permalink

The title to "Hitman: Agent Jun" is somewhat misleading. Much like the nineties-era action movies which marks the film's obvious inspiration, the title character (played by Kwon Sang-woo) goes through disproportionate effort to avoid actually killing anybody. He actually ends up even going further than that. Agent Jun's very cool opening setpiece action moves ends with him gleefully taking the first chance available to ditch South Korea's horrific secret government program to transform orphans into super soldiers...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Vertigo"

2020/03/14 | Permalink

Eleven years after "Love Fiction", Jeon Gye-soo returns with an excellent film that plays with its title in a number of levels...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew Discuss "The Nightmare"

2020/03/13 | Permalink

Following the domestic release of "The Nightmare" statements made by the cast and crew of the film regarding the movie have come to greater prominence. Lead actor Oh Ji-ho said back when the movie was invited to the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival that he was truly happy the movie was getting wider exposure to an international audience...More

[HanCinema's News] Jay Park's Agency Formally Announces Jay Park's Acceptance of UFC Fighter's Apology

2020/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th Jay Park's agency AOMG announced that Jay Park had accepted the apology of Brian Ortega, a featherweight UFC fighter who had assaulted him over the weekend. Jay Park had already accepted the apology publicly on Brian Ortega's Instagram account...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Thanks Fans for Remembering his Birthday

2020/03/13 | Permalink

On March 12th Namgoong Min uploaded an Instagram post wherein he thanked fans for sending him birthday greetings. According to Namgoong Min, such greetings give him strength when he is doing shooting for media appearances...More

[HanCinema's News] Jay Park Accepts Apology From UFC Fighter Who Assaulted Him

2020/03/12 | Permalink

On March 12th Jay Park quietly accepted an apology from Brian Ortega, a UFC fighter who had assaulted him in Las Vegas over the weekend. The apology did not appear directly on Jay Park's social media accounts, but rather as a reply to Brian Ortega's apology on Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Nightmare" Finally Sees Domestic South Korean Release

2020/03/12 | Permalink

On March 12th "The Nightmare" was released in South Korean theaters. The horror movie from producer turned director Song Jeong-woo-I features a film director played by Oh Ji-ho who has to continue making his own movie under tragic circumstances. The tension of the movie derives from the mystery of whether Oh Ji-ho's character is dealing with supernatural influences or has simply gone crazy...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Seung-ho Admits to Having Put on Weight

2020/03/12 | Permalink

Following the airing of the first episode of the latest drama "Memorist" Yoo Seung-ho has received many online comments remarking on the fact that the actor has gained weight...More

[HanCinema's News] American UFC Fighter Apologizes for Attacking Jay Park

2020/03/11 | Permalink

The American UFC fighter Brian Ortega has apologized for attacking Jay Park. The apology hit Twitter days after the original incident, when Jay Park explained the context of the strange incident. Footage of the event also backed up Jay Park's story. Jay Park was at the time acting as the translator for Chan Sung Jung, Brian Ortega's Korean rival in the featherweight division...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Considering Offer for "Wonderland"

2020/03/11 | Permalink

Persons relevant to the production of "Wonderland" have confirmed that famed actor Gong Yoo has been offered a role to star in the film, which he is currently considering. The news follows confirmation that such major actors as Jung Yu-mi, Suzy, Park Bo-gum, and Choi Wooshik would already be starring in the movie alongside director Kim Tae-yong's real life spouse, Tang Wei, who he met while "Late Autumn - 2010" was still in production...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Hyun-bin Cast for "Odd Girl Out"

2020/03/11 | Permalink

Kwon Hyun-bin's Instagram

On March 11th Kwon Hyun-bin's agency, YGX, confirmed that he would have a role in the upcoming tvN D webdrama "Odd Girl Out", which is based on the webtoon of the same title. The story deals with the four girls in their everyday life, with many references being made to their past and future...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Soo-min Talks About "Ending Again"

2020/03/10 | Permalink

Lead actress Jo Soo-min from "Ending Again" has recently appeared in a bnt photospread. The improved profile has been emblematic of Jo Soo-min's increasing prominence. The former child actress reappeared as an adult in the South Korean entertainment industry in "Touch Your Heart" last year playing a high school student. "Ending Again" is her latest lead role...More

[HanCinema's News] Transgender Storyline Boosts "Itaewon Class"

2020/03/10 | Permalink

"Itaewon Class" has now led the top of the Good Data Report for three straight weeks, holding a commanding 37.65% of all social media references surveyed. The data for this iteration of the report was taken from March 2nd to March 8th. Park Seo-joon was also in first place for entertainers, and Kim Da-mi was number two...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Recognizes Fan Art of Himself

2020/03/10 | Permalink

Actor Namgoong Min recently posted three pieces of fan art of himself on Instagram. The drawings depict Namgoong Min wearing suits and feature many of his trademark expressions...More

[HanCinema's News] Playlist Studio Breaks 2.5 Million YouTube Subscribers

2020/03/09 | Permalink

Playlist Studio, the company behind such popular webdramas as the recently completed "XX", and the currently airing "Ending Again", just hit a major milestone on YouTube. The channel now boasts 2.5 million subscribers on the platform. As a gleeful image has noted, this now gives Playlist Studio more subscribers than there is total population in all but three South Korean cities- Seoul, Busan, and Incheon...More

[HanCinema's News] "Itaewon Class" Making Fans of Its Trendy Fashion Design

2020/03/09 | Permalink

"Itaewon Class" held steady in its most recent week of ratings, holding with 13.4%. Part of the drama's popularity is tied with its distinct fashion decisions. Because "Itaewon Class" takes place in, as the title implies, the Itaewon district of Seoul, its characters dress in a fairly noteworthy way compared to other major dramas as of late...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Kang-ho Tops Actor Branding Report

2020/03/09 | Permalink

The Brand Reputation Report has just released its latest big data analysis of which actors have the strongest brands. For the period from February 6th to March 7th, fifty actors had their various media mentions analyzed and "Parasite" lead actor Song Kang-ho came out on top as having the strongest image...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Lucky Chan-sil"

2020/03/07 | Permalink

The titular "Lucky Chan-sil" is played by Kang Mal-geum, and is a woman in a mid-life crisis. It's actually not exactly the kind of mid-life crisis you'd expect- Chan-sil was perfectly happy living life as a film producer whose job security was entirely dependent on the reputation of a film director with whom she had worked long-term. But one bad stroke of luck and Chan-sil is suddenly stuck working for Sophie (played by Yoon Seung-ah), a younger and more naive actress who offers Chan-sil work as a house cleaner completely oblivious to the obviously demeaning connotations of such work...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "HEART"

2020/03/07 | Permalink

Ka-yeong (played by writer/director Jeong Ka-young) is a devious young woman who discusses her romantic problems with the various other men she runs into. This promotes a weird atmosphere, particularly since Ka-yeong is always contriving excuses to buy imported beer. And all of this talk of sex does eventually put people in a lazy horny mood. Curiously, the sex is one of the shortest bits in "HEART", as the preamble to this kind of sex is long rambling conversations...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Piagol" + Full movie

2020/03/07 | Permalink

Film historians consider 1955 a very important year for S. Korean cinema, in essence, the beginning of the Golden Age, despite the fact that only 15 films were produced during that year. "Piagol" holds a special position even in such a significant year, although for negative reasons, since it was eventually banned due to its supposedly pro-communist propaganda...More

[HanCinema's News] North Korean News Agency Publishes Scathing Critique of South Korean Depictions of North Korea

2020/03/04 | Permalink

On March 4th the North Korean news agency website Uriminzokkiri published a short opinion piece criticizing South Korean media depictions of North Korean life. Though no specific titles were mentioned, the piece described the media as a reactionary provocation that depicted a false image of living conditions in North Korea...More

[HanCinema's News] Child Actor Seo Woo-jin-I Returns in "Hi Bye, Mama!"

2020/03/04 | Permalink

With the return of Kim Tae-hee to South Korean television with "Hi Bye, Mama!" one critical, but often underlooked part in the drama has come to attention. In the drama Kim Tae-hee plays a departed woman who returns to the world of the living for forty-nine days to see her family. Child actor Seo Woo-jin-I plays the role of her young daughter...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Ae-ra Publishes Book About Adopted Daughter

2020/03/04 | Permalink

It has been several years since Shin Ae-ra last appeared in a television drama. Now she's coming back in "A Record of Youth", her return drama, having spent five years in the United States. With her return, Shin Ae-ra has also published a book that goes over part of what she's been busy with in that time- motherhood, specifically regarding her eldest adopted daughter...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Donates 150,000 Dollars to COVID-19 Relief

2020/03/03 | Permalink

On March 3rd the charity Community Chest of Korea confirmed that Hyun Bin made a substantial donation to them for the sake of COVID-19 relief. Hyun Bin donated approximately one hundred and fifty thousand dollars through the organization...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Da-mi and "Itaewon Class" Continue to Top Good Data Report

2020/03/03 | Permalink

"Itaewon Class" has quickly emerged as the major television hit of the moment. In its last weekend, the tenth episode of the jTBC drama held 14.76% ratings. It has been on a steady increase ever since its premiere episode of 4.98% ratings, with each new broadcast of the Friday/Saturday drama boasting a steady increase in percentage....More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Sang-soo's Silver Bear Win a Reputation Boost in the Midst of Controversy Regarding his Personal Life

2020/03/03 | Permalink

Famed writer/director Hong Sang-soo has long been on a career downswing. His films, once mainstays of the South Korean independent film market, had been earning a lukewarm box office reception in recent years compared to newer, fresher talent. So it was with some surprise that Hong Sang-soo earned the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for "The Woman Who Ran" a few days back, cementing his international reputation...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Considering Offer for "The Pirates: Goblin Flag"

2020/03/02 | Permalink

According to sources close to the production of "The Pirates: Goblin Flag" Kang Ha-neul has been cast for the upcoming movie. An official announcement by the actor's agency has stated that he is considering a casting offer from the project...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Outlaws 2" Delays Shooting in Vietnam

2020/03/02 | Permalink

On February 2nd persons close to "The Outlaws 2" have confirmed that the movie is facing delays due to COVID-19. This contradicts earlier reports stating that filming for "The Outlaws 2" was going to continue as planned. The previous reports were described as not being intentionally inaccurate. At that time production was going as planned and "The Outlaws 2" had not been experiencing delays...More

[HanCinema's News] COVID-19 Continues to Depress South Korean Box Office

2020/03/02 | Permalink

COVID-19 has shaped up to be a record-setting buzzkill for the South Korean box office. A month which started out unremarkably has almost completely collapsed in the wake of news about COVID-19 gaining a foothold in South Korea, which has strongly disincentivized people from going outside...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "A Hometown in Heart" + Full Movie

2020/02/29 | Permalink

Based on a novel by Ham Se-deok which was already adapted into a successful stage play, "A Hometown in Heart" offers the best production quality of the after-war Korean films that were shot during the 40s (And are featuring in the Korean Film Archive Channel), despite the fact that it was shot with a hand-cranked Parvo camera, equipment that was mostly used during the '20s...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gabi"

2020/02/29 | Permalink

The title of "Gabi" is a reference to the Russian word for coffee. Apparently, in the South Korean market, coffee originally appeared as a luxury good imported from Russia. It is, rather appropriately, frequently described in the movie as having a liquor-like taste. But anyway, Ilyich (played by Joo Jin-mo) and Tanya (played by Kim So-yeon) are a couple of gangsters in the 1890's who rob Russian military trains possibly for coffee or maybe for the gold that's being smuggled with the coffee the movie never really makes it clear...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Wedding Dress"

2020/02/29 | Permalink

Go-eun (played by Song Yoon-ah) is a wedding dress designer. This actually isn't as important to the overall story as the title implies, as "Wedding Dress" is overwhelmingly the story of Go-eun's relationship with her daughter So-ra (played by Kim Hyang-gi). Given the time period in which this movie was released, and Go-eun's peculiar behavior until we learn the actual premise, you can probably guess that "Wedding Dress" will be going somewhere sad...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Donates Reward Vacation Money to COVID-19 Aid

2020/02/28 | Permalink

On February 28th Studio Dragon announced that the reward vacation fund for their recent hit drama, "Crash Landing on You", would be donated to COVID-19 relief in South Korea. The fund contains approximately one hundred thousand dollars...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young to Star in New Drama

2020/02/28 | Permalink

Lee Shin-young has been cast in the leading role for the upcoming drama "How to Buy a Friend". The short drama, which is based on the webtoon of the same title, is set to begin airing on KBS 2TV in the Monday/Tuesday timeslot for four episodes starting on April 6th following the end of "Born Again"...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Yul Apologizes for Critical Statements Regarding Vietnam

2020/02/28 | Permalink

On February 28th entertainer Choi Yul issued an apology for her statements on Instragram the previous day. On February 27th Choi Yul complained about being refused a taxi on Vietnam on account of her being Korean. She also complained that people were yelling epithets in Koreans in the streets and that guards were stalking them and demanding to see passports. Choi Yul described the situation as no better than North Korea...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Young-min's Newfound Popularity Elevates "Lucky Chan-sil"

2020/02/27 | Permalink

The originally low profile movie "Lucky Chan-sil" has been generating better than expected hype ahead of the movie's March 5th release. This is thanks to a prominent role occupied by Kim Young-min, one of the many minor performers in "Crash Landing on You" who received a major popularity boost thanks to that record-breaking television drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Donates Eighty Thousand Dollars to COVID-19 Relief

2020/02/27 | Permalink

The COVID-19 health crisis in South Korea has had a personal connection for popular actress Son Ye-jin, who hails from the Daegu area, where the virus is at an epicenter...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Outlaws 2" to Film in Vietnam as Planned

2020/02/27 | Permalink

Persons close to the production of "The Outlaws 2" have confirmed that the anticipated sequel to "The Outlaws" is expected to begin shooting as planned in spite of the COVID-19 outbreak. Location shooting for the film in Vietnam is set to begin in March...More

[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" Reward Vacation Scaled Back Due to COVID-19

2020/02/26 | Permalink

Following the successful conclusion of "Dr. Romantic 2" the cast and crew had been set to depart for a reward vacation on February 27th. The vacation was to last four days and three nights. However, concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak have scaled back this reward vacation...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwang Jin Expresses High Opinion of Kim Da-mi

2020/02/26 | Permalink

Kim Da-mi has been receiving a spike of interest lately thanks to her leading role in "Itaewon Class" opposite Park Seo-joon. The screenwriter for "Itaewon Class"Kwang Jin, who is also the writer for the webtoon that "Itaewon Class" is based on, has been effusive in his praise for the young actress, whose only major credit to date has been in the movie "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Penthouse" Script Reading Delayed Owing to COVID-19

2020/02/26 | Permalink

The major upcoming summer drama "Penthouse" is now officially behind schedule. The drama production announced that though the first script reading had been planned for February 25th it had to be pushed back to March due to concerns about COVID-19...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Enjoys Broad International Popularity

2020/02/25 | Permalink

While much of the success of "Crash Landing on You" has been measured in terms of its domestic ratings, Studio Dragon and Netflix have recently confirmed that the drama also enjoys strong popularity in international markets. Netflix holds the international distribution rights for "Crash Landing on You" and had been releasing new episodes of the drama in one hundred and ninety countries...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hye-eun Reprises "Dr. Romantic" Role in "Dr. Romantic 2"

2020/02/25 | Permalink

As "Dr. Romantic 2" finished its extremely strong run on South Korean television, one surprise figure returned to the drama unannounced. Kim Hye-eun, who appeared in "Dr. Romantic" as Sin Hyeon-jeong, popped up in the drama's final stretch...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Beats All-time Record for a Korean Film at the Japanese Box Office

2020/02/24 | Permalink

With 2.2 million admissions and over 30 million dollars in revenue "Parasite" has now become the best performing South Korean movie of all time at the Japanese box office. The long-standing previous record was held by the 2004 film "A Moment to Remember", which also had 30 million dollars in revenue...More

[HanCinema's News] COVID-19 Precautions Threaten to Stall Shooting for "Bargaining"

2020/02/24 | Permalink

A recent announcement by the Jordanian government that they would be blocking entry into the country by South Korean citizens has raised concerns as to how the shooting of "Bargaining" may be affected...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Box Office Depressed in the Wake of COVID-19

2020/02/24 | Permalink

Following the extremely weak performance of "Beasts Clawing at Straws" over the weekend, distributors and production companies have been pushing back release dates and shooting dates in response to COVID-19. According to figures release by the Korean Film Council, total admissions for new films have collapsed by over fifty percent compared to the previous weekend...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Entangled"

2020/02/22 | Permalink

Soon-im (played by Kim Young-ae) is an older woman living with her daughter Yeong-hee (played by Do Ji-won), her son-in-law Sang-ho (played by Song Il-gook), and her high school daughter Flora (played by Kim So-eun). Their lifestyle under one roof in a big house located in the middle of nowhere is mostly functional- not entirely warm but not particularly hostile either. Then a series of unfortunate calamities takes its toll on the household testing everyone's sanity, with Soon-im bearing the brunt of the emotional whiplash...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "School of Youth: The Corruption of Morals"

2020/02/22 | Permalink

While "School of Youth: The Corruption of Morals" isn't quite pornography I frequently felt while watching this movie like an explicitly soft-core take might have been an improvement over what the movie actually is- a Joseon era sex comedy where the premise is that college students are being kidnapped and raped. This doesn't real sound funny, nor does it come off as particularly amusing in execution. The goofy sitcom style sound effects are especially unhelpful, turning lewd comical contrasts into overly try-hard attempts to get a cheap laugh...More

[HanCinema's News] Ko Kyu-pil Confirmed for "Shall We Have Dinner Together?"

2020/02/21 | Permalink

The agency representing Ko Kyu-pil has confirmed that the actor will be appearing in the upcoming drama "Shall We Have Dinner Together?", following "365: One Year Against Destiny" sometime in May...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Expresses Support for COVID-19 Solidarity

2020/02/21 | Permalink

On February 21st Hyun Bin's agency, VAST Entertainment, published a letter from the actor where he urged for solidarity in the face of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The letter was published in both Korean and Chinese...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Confirmed for "Bargaining"

2020/02/21 | Permalink

Following a triumphant run on "Crash Landing on You" major actor Hyun Bin is now confirmed to return to the big screen with the upcoming movie "Bargaining". The news was confirmed by Hyun Bin's agency, VAST Entertainment, on February 21st...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young to Press Charges Related to Bullying Allegation

2020/02/20 | Permalink

Earlier this month Lee Shin-young was wrapped up in a bullying controversy when online rumors suggested that he menaced other students while in middle school. The rumor died down when other classmates of Lee Shin-young chimed in, saying that they did not recall him engaging in such actions...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Breaks Record for Online Clip Views

2020/02/20 | Permalink

With 1.75 billion online views "Crash Landing on You" has outperformed the prior leader for most viewed drama clips, "Mr. Sunshine", by only 200 million views. This follows up on news that "Crash Landing on You" had higher terrestrial ratings than "Goblin", the previous all-time leader for tvN...More

[HanCinema's News] Portal Website Naver to Close Down Comments on Celebrity Articles

2020/02/20 | Permalink

South Korea's leading portal site Naver has announced that it will disable comments on celebrity articles starting in March. The news follows Naver's top rival Daum having made a similar decision back in October, following the deaths of Sulli and Goo Ha-ra...More

[HanCinema's News] Defectors Rank Top Three "Crash Landing on You" Actors in Terms of Dialect

2020/02/19 | Permalink

One major factor behind the success of "Crash Landing on You" is the unusual authenticity the drama manages to exert in regards to its North Korean characters. This fidelity to such minor factors as dialect has also been praised by actual North Korean defectors. On February 19th, a segment on the YouTube channel of YouTuber Dave invited defectors on to share which actors in "Crash Landing on You" they felt did the best job...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Leads for Fifth Straight Week Atop the Good Data Report

2020/02/19 | Permalink

In its final week of broadcasting "Crash Landing on You" was once again triumphant in regards to the Good Data Report, leading in all metrics for its fifth straight week. Lead actress Son Ye-jin and lead actor Hyun Bin also extended their reign atop the performer's chart to a commanding ten week presence...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest Spikes in Swiss Shooting Locations for "Crash Landing on You"

2020/02/19 | Permalink

One of the aspects of "Crash Landing on You" that has endeared it to fans has been the drama's unusually good use of foreign location shooting. The lead characters in the drama, played by Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin, are from opposite sides of the Demilitarized Zone, but meet together in Switzerland, a country where many Koreans have been known to visit...More

[HanCinema's News] Images of Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Prompt Speculation of Romantic Involvement

2020/02/18 | Permalink

Following the conclusion of "Crash Landing on You" tvN has been extremely generous in terms of providing postscript content for fans, generally in the form of images and videos teasing the chemistry between actors Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin and playing on affection for their characters...More

[HanCinema's News] Rebroadcast of Already Aired "Crash Landing on You" Finale Hits 3% Ratings

2020/02/18 | Permalink

Following news that "Crash Landing on You" has exceeded previous tvN hits like "Goblin" and "Answer Me 1988" as the most popular drama for the network, the drama's popularity has persisted even past the final episode...More

[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" to End on February 27th

2020/02/18 | Permalink

According to news reports "Dr. Romantic 2" will end on February 27th. Though this was the previously assumed date for the drama's completion, it had not been confirmed due to the possibility of the drama being preempted or extended...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Exceeds "Goblin" as tvN's Most Popular All-time Drama

2020/02/17 | Permalink

According to Nielsen Korea "Crash Landing on You" closed out its sixteen episode run with ratings of 21.683%. This comfortably beats the previous record set by the 2016 drama "Goblin", which had ratings of 20.5% in its final episode...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Eun-soo Makes Cameo Appearance on "Itaewon Class"

2020/02/17 | Permalink

On the most recent episode of "Itaewon Class" actress Seo Eun-soo made a noteworthy appearance. She has been identified in the cast list as an interviewee, and appeared in a sequence wherein Park Seo-joon and Kim Da-mi's characters are attempting to locate employees for their restaurant...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Offer Closing Comments for "Crash Landing on You"

2020/02/17 | Permalink

On February 17th tvN released final closing shots of Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin on social media to cap off the conclusion of their high-performing drama "Crash Landing on You"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Curtain Call"

2020/02/15 | Permalink

Stage actors in South Korea are surprisingly employable, as many of country's trendier university districts perform long-running romantic plays to appeal to young people. On the lower end of that scale are explicitly erotic plays which can usually attract some admissions, however pitifully, and can claim artistic expression if they get overly lewd. "Curtain Call" opens its curtain with a performance gone wrong. It turns out that the kind of people who would pay money to watch live action soft core pornography aren't exactly the most dignified of clientele...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Now and Forever"

2020/02/15 | Permalink

Min-soo (played by Jo Han-sun) is a real player with multiple girlfriends, even though he somewhat counterintuitively manages a video game company. I rather enjoyed the various computer game spots in "Now and Forever", marveling at times as to the kind of equipment that was apparently considered standard issue in the South Korean market at the time. But anyway, one rainy day Min-soo runs into Hye-won (played by Choi Ji-woo), who coyly rejects his advances on the way to the hospital...More

[HanCinema's News] Special Jakarta Screening of "Parasite" Sells Out

2020/02/14 | Permalink

A special screening of "Parasite" held in the capital of Indonesia sold out on February 14th, The eight hundred person seat venue was sold out in the wake of "Parasite"'s win at the Academy Awards earlier this week, showing renewed interest in the movie since its official release in Indonesia last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Google Searches Regarding "Parasite" Spike Following Oscar Wins

2020/02/14 | Permalink

Most movies that receive the Academy Award for Best Picture receive a boosted interest after the awards ceremony...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Jung-ho Makes Special Appearance in "Crash Landing on You"

2020/02/14 | Permalink

In the final stretch of "Crash Landing on You" Yoo Jung-ho has been gathering attention for his role as a special agent...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean President to Congratulate "Parasite" Cast and Crew in Person

2020/02/13 | Permalink

On February 13th the Blue House announced that South Korean President Moon Jae-in had extended a formal invitation to the cast and crew of "Parasite". The Blue House will play host to the Oscar-winning filmmakers in a special reception on February 20th...More

[HanCinema's News] New Minor Detail Discovered in "Parasite" Goes Viral

2020/02/13 | Permalink

Director Bong Joon-ho has long had a reputation for focusing on minor easy-to-miss details. "Parasite" is filled with such details, but one involving a cell phone has only recently come to attention, in part because in context the picture quality is so blurred as to be nearly illegible. Naturally, spoilers are involved...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Leads for Fourth Straight Week on the Good Data Report

2020/02/13 | Permalink

The latest Good Data Report has been static this week, with the top five highest performing dramas maintaining their positions relative to last week. "Crash Landing on You" continues to lead in first place, its fourth straight week in the top spot...More

[HanCinema's News] Corporations, Politicians, and Schools Capitalize on "Parasite" Hype

2020/02/12 | Permalink

Following "Parasite"'s winning four Oscars, including Best Picture, at the Academy Awards, a wide array of organizations has sought to take advantage of the film's newfound fame. Burberry was quick to capitalize on Bong Joon-ho's win by making a social media post calling attention to his Burberry clothing...More

[HanCinema's News] Goyang to Develop Film Culture Complex Around "Parasite" Shooting Location

2020/02/12 | Permalink

On February 12th the city of Goyang revealed plans to restore the film set of "Parasite" and complete a film culture complex by 2026. The news comes shortly after "Parasite" won four Academy Awards earlier in the week, including Best Picture. The complexity of the plans suggests that this project has been in the works for a while, and the announcement was slated for after the Academy Awards to capitalize on some hype, not necessarily the movie's unexpected win for Best Picture...More

[HanCinema's News] "An Honest Candidate" Leads Foreign Releases Going into Weekend

2020/02/12 | Permalink

According to the Korean Film Council, within its first day of release "An Honest Candidate" earned 109,529 admissions and has a comfortable plurality of online reservations going into the weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] British Distributor of "Parasite" Hits Bonanza With Oscar Win

2020/02/11 | Permalink

Images from the British film distribution company Curzon Artifical Eye have gone viral in the wake of "Parasite"'s four wins at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Employees at Curzon Artificial Eye are clearly in a celebretory mood, with social media posts confirming that their e-mail inbox has been wrecked following the victory. Curzon Artifical Eye owns the local distribution rights fo...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Jin-young Song Goes Viral Thanks to Cho Yeo-jeong

2020/02/11 | Permalink

YouTube views of Park Jin-young's 2019 song 'FEVER' have experienced an unexpected boost, rapidly climbing to the most watched video on the streaming platform...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Continue to Top Nielsen Influencers List

2020/02/11 | Permalink

The latest report from CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea once again shows "Crash Landing on You" stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin in the top two positions...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Actress Jung Ji-so Returns in "The Cursed"

2020/02/10 | Permalink

Jung Ji-so is one of the lesser known performers in "Parasite", playing the teenage daughter of the wealthy family who sets the plot in motion by her need for a tutor, played by the better known Choi Wooshik...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Yeo-jeong Celebrates Greatest Birthday With "Parasite" Win

2020/02/10 | Permalink

Cho Yeo-jeong has already had an excellent year thanks to her performance in "Parasite", having earned a leading role in the popular drama "Woman of 9.9 Billion". But in the post-awards ceremony for "Parasite"'s big night, Cho Yeo-jeong revealed a little known fact of special significance for the actress - February 10th was her thirty-ninth birthday...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Bong Joon-ho's Modest Expectations Exceeded by "Parasite" Wins at the Oscars

2020/02/10 | Permalink

While "Parasite" has been the beneficiary of massive international hype ever since its Palme d'Or win at Cannes last year, director Bong Joon-ho has long had low expectations about the movie's success...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "The Closet"

2020/02/08 | Permalink

The horror genre is a category that has been exhausted to say the least, despite the fact that the movies that fall under it are still among the most popular internationally, particularly regarding mainstream audiences. In that fashion, the most interesting aspect of any new film of the category is to see if it has managed to include any elements that will allow it to stand out from the plethora of similar productions. To begin with, the answer to this question in the case of "The Closet" is positive...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Red Family"

2020/02/08 | Permalink

If you've ever gone to a touristy location at the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea, you've probably noticed that picture-taking is strictly prohibited and that soldiers may confiscate your camera. With its opening setpiece "Red Family" presents the extremely implausible hypothetical situation in which such regulations might matter. Basically, that some apparently typical tourists are actually North Korean spies...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Jenny, Juno"

2020/02/08 | Permalink

Jenny (played by Park Min-ji) is a middle school student who we immediately see taking a pregnancy test that turns out positive. Her first reaction, naturally, is to confront her boyfriend Juno (played by Kim Hye-sung) and ask him a bunch of strange hypothetical questions before finally telling him the shocking news. Jenny and Juno then proceed to very cutely and clumsily stumble through whatever limited resources are available to them in order to make their relationship work...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "A Public Prosecutor and a Teacher" + Full Movie

2020/02/08 | Permalink

The second film I am watching featuring a byeonsa (silent-film narrator) is much more accomplished than "The Night Before Independence Day", both because it is a genuine silent film,  and because Sin Chul, the narrator is truly impressive.

The story begins with the titular prosecutor as a child, named Min Jang-son, an orphan who has to support both himself and his sick grandmother by doing a number of odd jobs, selling books, newspapers and bread...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "The Night Before Independence Day" + Full Movie

2020/02/08 | Permalink

Choi In-gyu, who shot a number of pro-Japanese movies towards the end of the Japanese occupation, started shooting anti-Japanese ones after the liberation, with "Tuition" and "Hurrah! For Freedom" being distinct samples of the two tendencies, respectively. "The Night Before Independence Day" falls under the second category, but as we are about to see, he did not exactly got away from the clutches of censorship and official guidelines, as the movie first frame eloquently states "Approved by Minister of Education"...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Kingdom - Season 2" Announces Release Date, Teases Ample Bloodshed in New Video and Posters

2020/02/07 | Permalink

If you miss your zom-zoms and that thirst for good ol' Joseon blood is overwhelming, you can breathe a sigh of relief very soon. The second season of the Netflix original drama "Kingdom", "Kingdom - Season 2", will be with us shortly, and it has new posters and a new teaser to show for...More

[HanCinema's News] Footage of Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Meeting on "Secret Garden" Resurfaces

2020/02/07 | Permalink

While Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin were first proper co-stars on the 2018 movie "The Negotiation" a little-known cameo appearance by Son Ye-jin on the Hyun Bin headlined drama "Secret Garden" has recently come back to public attention...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Kang-hee Announces Completion of Filming for "Good Casting"

2020/02/07 | Permalink

Actress Choi Kang-hee has announced on her Instagram account that "Good Casting" has finished filming. In her post, Choi Kang-hee described herself as feeling somewhat empty, having for the first time in a long time not needing to go to the set in the morning...More

[HanCinema's News] Woo Doo-hwan Thanks Kwon Sang-woo for Coffee Truck Sent to Himself and Lee Min-ho

2020/02/07 | Permalink

Woo Do-hwan recently made a post to Instagram. In the post, he thanks actor Kwon Sang-woo for sending a coffee truck to himself and "The King: Eternal Monarch" co-star Lee Min-ho, as well as all other relevant actors and staffpersons currently filming "The King: Eternal Monarch"...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Becomes Fashion Trendsetter

2020/02/06 | Permalink

One of the more everyday demonstrations of the popularity of "Crash Landing on You" has been the drama's influence on fashion. Leading lady Son Ye-jin has become a byword in much merchandising, as vendors have started describing earrings, coats, jackets, and bags as all being in the Son Ye-jin style...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Boosts Barbecue Chicken Sales

2020/02/06 | Permalink

Ever since "Crash Landing on You" premiered on December 14th it has had the sponsorship support of the South Korean chicken franchise Genesis BBQ...More

[HanCinema's News] Korean Animal Welfare Association Thanks "Crash Landing on You" for Engine Room Knock Scene

2020/02/06 | Permalink

In a recent episode of "Crash Landing on You" a scene appears wherein the lead character played by Hyun Bin knocks the engine compartment of a car. When the perplexed leading lady, played by Son Ye-jin, asks what he's doing he replies that he is checking to see if any wild animals have taken residence in the vehicle...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Leads for Third Straight Week in Good Data Report

2020/02/05 | Permalink

In the latest iteration of the Good Data Report, "Crash Landing on You" has once again topped social media rankings. This was in spite of a Lunar New Year's preemption that had carried over from the previous week, as the data had been compiled from January 27th to February 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Photos of Hyun Bin Flirting With Drama Staff Resurface

2020/02/05 | Permalink

Pictures of Hyun Bin at a closing event for "Memories of the Alhambra" have gone viral. The previously unseen photos depict Hyun Bin making funny faces with an unknown female staff member...More

[HanCinema's News] Han So-eun Confirmed for "Eighteen Again"

2020/02/05 | Permalink

Han So-eun has been the first performer confirmed to appear in "Eighteen Again", which is scheduled for later this year on jTBC. The drama will be directed by Ha Byeong-hoon of "The Sound of Your Heart" and "Go Back Couple"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young to Continue on "Crash Landing on You" in Spite of Bullying Allegation

2020/02/04 | Permalink

On the morning of February 4th an allegation involving "Crash Landing on You" actor Lee Shin-young began to circulate online. Though the allegation did not mention Lee Shin-young by name, it was clearly referencing the performer as being complicit in bullying back in middle school...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-ra Joins "Once Again"

2020/02/04 | Permalink

"Once Again" has confirmed Kim So-ra as its latest new cast member. The weekend family drama will feature a large ensemble cast trying to find warmth in the awkward atmosphere of divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Yoon-ah Talks About Being a Single Mother to An Autistic Son

2020/02/04 | Permalink

In a recent interview on the MBN variety show 'Modern Family' actress Oh Yoon-ah opened up about being a single mother. The divorced actress talked about having a son at the age of twenty-six and thinking he was very pretty. This was before Oh Yoon-ah's life was complicated by her divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" Proves Surprisingly Timely Despite Minor Differences From Predecessor

2020/02/03 | Permalink

Back in 2016 "Dr. Romantic" proved a major hit because of its unusual idealistic take on the medical profession contrasted with bureaucratic reality. Though unusual at the time, the ideas presented in "Dr. Romantic" have become more mainstream since then, with "Dr. John" of 2019 being one noticeable example of a similar tone, albeit in the context of a very different subject...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Acknowledges Coffee Car From Jung Hae-in

2020/02/03 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin has uploaded a picture to Instagram acknowledging a coffee car that was sent by her "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" co-star Jung Hae-in...More

[HanCinema's News] Four Episode Preemptions Prompt Speculation About Shooting Conditions at "Crash Landing on You"

2020/02/03 | Permalink

"Crash Landing on You" has been a major hit, both in the ratings as well as social media. The drama has also been a major success for its lead actors, with Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin being lauded for their chemistry. Second lead Seo Ji-hye is currently considering accepting the lead role "Shall We Have Dinner Together?" and even minor cast member Lee Shin-young has enjoyed viral popularity and is running photoshoots. But "Crash Landing on You" itself has been dogged by preemptions...More

[Hancinema Film's Review] "The Man Standing Next"

2020/02/01 | Permalink

The days of the Third Republic and particularly Park Chung-hee's reign in the 70s, including the implementation of the Yushin Constitution and his assassination by his close friend and director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Jae-gyoo, is among the darkest in modern Korean history. Based on the homonymous novel by Kim Choong-sik that narrates the final days of both Park and Kim, Woo Min-ho directs a spy film that has already topped the box office since its release on January 22...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Beasts Clawing at Straws"

2020/02/01 | Permalink

Shooting a film based on a Japanese novel while implementing Korean cinematic aesthetics seems like a great idea in theory, but, thankfully, this time the implementation was as good as the initial concept, at least in terms of entertainment...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sunkist Family"

2020/02/01 | Permalink

In the opening scenes of "Sunkist Family" Jin-hae (played by Lee Go-eun) expresses annoyance to her grade school semi-boyfriend Dong-sik (played by Im Han-bin) that her parents are fighting. Dong-sik is skeptical about the viability of their Jin-hae's parents, suspecting they're on the verge of divorce. Jin-hae grumpily asserts that everything goes back to normal once her parents start making the thumping sounds. Which does happen, and which Jin-hae graphically depicts in her grade school art class...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Man and a Woman"

2020/02/01 | Permalink

Sang-min (played by Jeon Do-yeon) is the mother of Jong-hwa (played by No Kang-min), a severely autistic child. In dreary, snow-covered Finland, there seems little hope for their future even assuming that Jong-hwa does well at the international camp Sang-min is taking him to. Enter Ki-hong (played by Gong Yoo), an architect with similar family problems that aren't really anyone's fault. "A Man and A Woman" chronicles their love affair, the bulk of which ends up taking place back in South Korea...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP"

2020/01/25 | Permalink

The titular Mr. Zoo (played by Lee Sung-min) is a special government agent with a critical weakness- he hates animals. Normally this isn't important to his work, except that the latest big project involves working as a security detail for the famed Panda Ming-Ming (voiced by Yoo In-na). Ah, right...in case you haven't seen any promotional material, the main premise of "Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP" is that Mr. Zoo can hear animals talk. Also the titular VIP is Ming-Ming, who is a Very Important Panda...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Secret Zoo"

2020/01/25 | Permalink

Having already topped the box office since its opening in South Korea the previous Wednesday (Jan 15), "Secret Zoo" includes a number of crowd-pleasing elements that are bound to make it a commercial success...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Not In This World"

2020/01/25 | Permalink

Park Jung-bum seems to be on a roll, since, after the excellent "Height of the Wave" last year, he directs another impressive film that seems to follow on the contextual footsteps of Kim Ki-duk and especially "Address Unknown" and "Pieta", although without the intense depiction of violence...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin"

2020/01/25 | Permalink

The issue of the Korean sex workers that "serviced" American soldiers in towns built around US military bases has been presented repeatedly in the country's cinema, in films like Kim Ki-duk's  "Address Unknown" and Kim Dong-ryung  and Park Kyoung-tae's own "Tour of Duty". Their approach in "The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin" is quite different, since the narrative takes a path between the documentary and the fiction, while implementing much surrealism and even fantasy...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hello Carbot Theater Version: The Secret of Island Omparos"

2020/01/25 | Permalink

Prior to watching "Hello Carbot Theater Version: The Secret of Island Omparos" I had no familiarity with the Hello Carbot franchise of animated cartoons for children. There didn't seem to be all that much to get really. Earlier scenes in the movies show flashes of surprisingly distinctively Korean scenes, such as a setpiece revolving around coal briquettes. Another features the distinctive love shot style of downing alcoholic beverages...More

[HanCinema's News] Family Relationship Between Ha Ji-won and Jeon Tae-soo Clarified

2020/01/23 | Permalink

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With the two-year anniversary of Jeon Tae-soo's death lingering in the news, some confusion has set in among readers about how Ha Ji-won and Jeon Tae-soo are related. Though Jeon Tae-soo is known as Ha Ji-won's younger brother, they have different surnames...More

[HanCinema's News] Photo Emerges of Ha Jung-woo's Father Embarrassing Him in Front of Ha Ji-won

2020/01/23 | Permalink

On January 23rd some old photos appeared at a Ha Ji-won fan cafe, spreading out to the rest of the Internet. In the photos, Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won can be seen at some sort of event...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Ji-won Interviews her Own Character From "Chocolate"

2020/01/23 | Permalink

Haewadal Entertainment has released an interview of Ha Ji-won through its YouTube channel. This interview has a distinctively unusual format. In it, Ha Ji-won appears both as herself, the actress, but also as her character from "Chocolate", Moon Cha-yeong. The video was made in anticipation of the completion of "Chocolate", and in the video Ha Ji-won expresses disappointment that the drama has come to an end. The interview questions come from fans...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sung-kyung of "Dr. Romantic 2" Grabbing Attention With Hair Stylings

2020/01/22 | Permalink

Lee Sung-kyung is one of the new faces in "Dr. Romantic 2". A young female doctor, her role is similar to the one played by Seo Hyun-jin in "Dr. Romantic". However, Lee Sung-kyung has distinguished herself in her portrayal of a rookie surgeon who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and has a crippling desire to always be the best. Her hair has proven to be one means of expressing these traits...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Il-woo Talks About High School Days With Lee Min-ho

2020/01/22 | Permalink

On the most recent episode of the variety show 'Funstaurant' actor Jung Il-woo took a moment to talk about his relationship with Lee Min-ho. The two actors are not often mentioned together, as they appear in very different kinds of genres. But the pair actually have a relationship dating back to their high school days...More

[HanCinema's News] Main Poster Released for "Beasts Clawing at Straws"

2020/01/22 | Permalink

"Beasts Clawing at Straws" has released its main theatrical poster as the movie transitions to its final marketing push over the Lunar New Year's holiday...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Min-jae-I Appears in Grazia Magazine

2020/01/21 | Permalink

Actor Kim Min-jae-I appeared in the recently released February issue of Grazia Korea. The singer-turned-actor is primarily in the public eye as of late due to his role in "Dr. Romantic 2", where he plays the role of a young nurse...More

[HanCinema's News] "Secret Zoo" Nears Million Viewer Mark at the South Korean Box Office

2020/01/21 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "Secret Zoo" has now attracted over 900,000 admissions at the South Korean box office after seven days of domestic release...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Tops Gallup Poll of Most Popular Programming

2020/01/21 | Permalink

Gallup Korea recently released the results of a new poll measuring the popularity of television programming in South Korea. The poll was taken between January 14th and 16th, with one thousand respondents over the age of eighteen...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Ji-woo to Make Special Appearance on "Crash Landing for You"

2020/01/20 | Permalink

Choi Ji-woo has been officially confirmed to be appearing in an upcoming episode of "Crash Landing on You". Her appearance was teased in a recent preview for next week's episodes, which will air on January 25th and January 26th...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Soo-hyun Reprises "Secretly and Greatly" Role for "Crash Landing on You"

2020/01/20 | Permalink

Kim Soo-hyun made his long-awaited cameo appearance on "Crash Landing on You" last weekend. Though "Crash Landing on You" had been coy about what exact role he would be playing in the drama, Kim Soo-hyun ended up reprising his role from the 2014 film "Secretly and Greatly"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shin-young Emerges as Rising Star

2020/01/20 | Permalink

Prior to the release of "Crash Landing on You" actor Lee Shin-young had little profile to speak of. He had neither a leading role nor a supporting role in the drama, and was only belatedly identified by fans as one of the North Korean military squadmates of the lead character played by Hyun Bin...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Snob"

2020/01/18 | Permalink

Woo-jeong (played by Yoo Da-in) is an artist who skirts a fine line between appropriating other artists, being influenced by them, and just stealing their work outright. For the most part Woo-jeong is never confronted on this behavior- she rather incredibly gets away with it for most of "The Snob" to the point it took me way too long to tell whether she was actually a fraud or not. Which weirdly enough is part of the point here, as "The Snob" is Woo-jeong's argument that art can't be stolen and also that it's OK to just make stuff up to sell a book...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "GANG"

2020/01/18 | Permalink

In the opening scene to "GANG" we watch Ji-hoon (played by Cha Ji-hyuk) leading a small army of high school students to a showdown with the meek-looking Chang-sik (played by Baek Ji-min), who is listening to music with his headphones. A rather misleading subtitle then tells us that we're flashing back three months to when Ji-hoon first transferred to the school. It's misleading because we never actually get back to that confrontation, and "GANG" closes right before the two start fighting...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Hurrah! For Freedom" + Full Movie

2020/01/18 | Permalink

The first film made in the country after achieving independence from Japan exemplified all the frustration of both the industry and director Choi In-gyu for being forced to shoot Japanese propaganda movies during the colonization period, and has a title to match these sentiments, as it also known as "Viva Freedom". However, and quite ironically, Choi would experience censorship decades later, under Park Chung-hee's regime, resulting in a incomplete film that has many scenes lost due to deterioration of time or political censorship...More

[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" Criticized for Implausibility

2020/01/17 | Permalink

Though "Dr. Romantic 2" has been enjoying powerfully strong ratings, criticism of the drama's writing relative to the first season has been seeping in. In the most recent episode a young doctor played by Lee Sung-kyung takes a pill to calm herself prior to her first surgery. She subsequently collapses in an apparent overdose...More

[HanCinema's News] Ju Ji-hoon Acknowledges Coffee Car From Ji Chang-wook

2020/01/17 | Permalink

On January 16th Kaist Entertainment posted a photo on its Instragram account regarding Ju Ji-hoon, an actor represented by the agency...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyung-jin Expresses Disappointment Over Joo Jin-mo Phone Hacking

2020/01/17 | Permalink

Gong Hyung-jin has spoken out concerning his knowledge of Joo Jin-mo's phone hacking. According to the actor, he had to go into damage control mode after the contents of Joo Jin-mo's phone were released. Gong Hyung-jin knows Joo Jin-mo socially, mainly through the recreational sports activities...More

[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" Expected to Address Defamation of Heroic Doctor

2020/01/16 | Permalink

While "Dr. Romantic 2" has been setting excellent ratings via the depiction of its idealistic lead character, the medical profession in the real world of South Korea has been taking a beating...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Son Jae-gon Discusses Han Suk-kyu, Kim Hye-soo and "Secret Zoo"

2020/01/16 | Permalink

Director Son Jae-gon is having a big weekend. His new movie, "Secret Zoo", is currently leading the South Korean box office going into the weekend, giving Son Jae-gon a notable success in his first movie since his 2010 film "Villain and Widow". The film starred Kim Suk-kyu and Kim Hye-soo in the leading roles. The former actor is now appearing in the title role in "Dr. Romantic 2", while the latter will lead "Hyena" next month...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Jin-mo Apologizes for the Contents of his Leaked Phone

2020/01/16 | Permalink

On January 16th Joo Jin-mo published a legal statement regarding his hacked cell phone. Though Joo Jin-mo is not believed to be responsible for leaking the contents of his cell phone directly, he has come under criticism for the content of many of the images therein...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin's Agency Issues Warning Regarding Rumormongering

2020/01/15 | Permalink

VAST Entertainment recently released a somewhat cryptic message on social media, stating that they were dedicated to protecting actors under their representation and were preparing careful records of rumors against them. No specific names were provided in the fairly generic warning...More

[HanCinema's News] Police Confirm Investigation into Joo Jin-mo's Phone Hack

2020/01/15 | Permalink

On January 15th the Cyber Investigations Department of the Seoul Police confirmed that they were looking into the hacking of Joo Jin-mo's phone. The official statement suggests that while the original crime was visited upon Joo Jin-mo, the focus of the investigation is on secondary victims to the hacking...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Dong-gun Returns to Korea Without Wife and Children

2020/01/15 | Permalink

On January 15th a source close to Jang Dong-gun confirmed that the actor had returned to South Korea on January 13th from a family vacation in Hawaii. His wife, Ko So-young, and their two children, however, did not come with him...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Suk-kyu's Short Running Time Annoys Fans

2020/01/14 | Permalink

One of the major factors behind the success of "Dr. Romantic" was the charismatic performance of Han Suk-kyu in the title role. While Han Suk-kyu has reprised this role as expected in "Dr. Romantic 2" the actor's short screentime in his own drama has started to puzzle fans...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS Has a Strong 2020 Opening for Dramas

2020/01/14 | Permalink

SBS, like most networks in 2019, went through a series of ups and downs. But so far in 2020 SBS has had almost entirely upshot in terms of its drama performances, as both of its late night dramas are enjoying ratings numbers upwards of 15%...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Ji-young Questions Jang Dong-gun's Sexual Improprieties

2020/01/14 | Permalink

Author Gong Ji-young has taken a position on the leaks presented by the Joo Jin-mo phone hacking. She is the first reasonably famous person, albeit not a celebrity, to openly question Jang Dong-gun's morality, suggesting that he should be investigated for soliciting prostitutes. The leaks presented both Joo Jin-mo and Jang Dong-gun in a very poor light...More

[HanCinema's News] Fewer Dramas Yield Stronger Ratings

2020/01/13 | Permalink

The scaling back of drama production late last year has led to a surprising outcome. Though major networks have tried to cut back on dramas citing low ratings, recent projects have seen dramatic improvements in this area. "When the Camellia Blooms" hit ratings of 23.8% late last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young and Children Confirmed on Vacation in Hawaii

2020/01/13 | Permalink

On January 13th sources close to actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young confirmed that the celebrity couple had taken their children on vacation to Hawaii. More details were not forthcoming, but an online commenter has claimed to have seen the family on a flight on January 7th...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Jin-mo Phone Hacking May Be Related to Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki's Divorce

2020/01/13 | Permalink

 

The Chinese periodical SOHU has postulated that Joo Jin-mo's phone hacking may be related to Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's divorce...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Don't Cry for Me Sudan: Shukran Baba"

2020/01/11 | Permalink

Lee Tae-seok was a trained doctor and musician who spurned a worldly life for the Catholic priesthood to instead minister to people in war-torn Sudan way back in 2001. Lee Tae-seok continued this mission until his death in 2010. Later that year his missionary work was immortalized in the award-winning KBS documentary "Don't Cry for Me Sudan". During his lifetime Lee Tae-seok was also highly decorated for his charitable work...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Montmartre de Papa"

2020/01/11 | Permalink

Hyeong-sik is a retired middle school teacher. He wasn't always like that. Originally the man was just a middle school art teacher, and after a lifetime of work, retirement brings the obvious question- now what? Hyeong-sik goes to conventions with his wife Woon-sook. Also they go on hikes together. We see Hyeong-sik occupy himself with teaching volunteer art classes to monks. Where "Montmartre de Papa" gets rolling is when Hyeong-sik gets an artist visa and heads for France...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Spring of Korean Peninsula" + Full Movie

2020/01/11 | Permalink

One of the first films to be shot under the 1940 Korean Film Law, "Spring of Korean Peninsula" was a box office success, as director Lee Byung-il managed to include the classic Korean folk story "The Story of Chunhyang" through a film-within-a film story, but also to incorporate all the elements the Japanese propaganda "suggested" through the aforementioned law...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "The Cursed" Delivers Occult Chills in First Teaser and Poster

2020/01/10 | Permalink

TvN's upcoming "The Cursed" sees your unchecked capitalism, and raises you demon-powered unchecked capitalism, reminding us that things can always get worse. The series has released its first teaser and poster, among other promotional material, and it looks like we're in for a dark, violent and entertaining ride. Grab your snacks and crucifixes...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Donates Her 'Humanimals' Performance Fee to Charity

2020/01/10 | Permalink

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In a recent appearance on the MBC Radio program 'Hope at Noon' Park Shin-hye claimed that she donated her performance fee for the nature documentary 'Humanimals' to charity. Park Shin-hye also stated on the program that she wasn't sure how much money she was supposed to have been paid, as she made her intentions in this regard known from the beginning...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Hyun Bin's Celebrity Baseball Team Unveiled

2020/01/10 | Permalink

A baseball team featuring many celebrities has become a major source of public attention. 'The Playboys' has had veteran actor Kim Seung-woo listed as the team captain. Jang Dong-gun, Jung Woo-sung, Gong Hyung-jin, Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jong-hyuk, Oh Man-seok, Hyun Bin and Han Jae-suk among others are listed as members...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Jin-mo Phone Hacking Creates Unexpected Victims

2020/01/10 | Permalink

Following confirmation from Huayi Brothers Korea that Joo Jin-mo's phone was hacked, dissemination of the phone's contents has developed into a controversy beyond the privacy of a single performer...More

[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" Brings Back Medical Advisor

2020/01/09 | Permalink

"Dr. Romantic 2" has confirmed that for the second season, the drama has retained the services of professor Song Geum-jong of Soon Chun Hyang University as the drama's medical advisor. Song Geum-jong is also a surgeon who is attached to Cheonan Hospital, and was also hired as the medical advisor for the drama's first season...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Su-bin Impresses Defectors With His North Korean Accent

2020/01/09 | Permalink

Yoo Su-bin is just one of the many side characters on "Crash Landing on You" who have made a surprising impact in popular discourse. Yoo Su-bin's character is a North Korean soldier who is obsessed with South Korean dramas. At one memorable moment he's so wrapped up in watching an episode of "Stairway to Heaven" that he fails to observe Son Ye-jin's character making a run for it...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Jung-woo Talks About His Acting With Lee Byung-hun

2020/01/09 | Permalink

This time last year the career of Ha Jung-woo was in a less than stellar position. His big Christmas flick "Take Point" did quite poorly at the box office, only taking in four hundred thousand admissions, with a yearlong gap until his next release. Nevertheless, "Ashfall" made up for that shortfall this year, and Ha Jung-woo will soon appear in "The Closet", a mystery genre horror thriller with Kim Nam-gil with low expectations that will almost certainly be exceeded...More

[HanCinema's News] JTBC Making Aggressive Moves in Production

2020/01/08 | Permalink

Following the conclusion of new deals with CJ ENM and Netflix, jTBC, or more specifically the JTBC Contents Hub, has been making major moves in production...More

[HanCinema's News] Footage of Gong Hyo-jin Accompanying Ha Jung-woo on Awards Trip Found

2020/01/08 | Permalink

At the SBS Drama Awards Gong Hyo-jin expressed a strong distaste for connecting promises to hypothetical awards wins, citing an incident where Ha Jung-woo dragged her along on one of his promises...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-min Kissed by Nephew

2020/01/08 | Permalink

On January 8th Han Ji-min caused a minor surge of interest on Instagram by posting a picture of herself being kissed affectionately by her young nephew...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Suk-kyu Expresses Enthusiasm for "Dr. Romantic 2"

2020/01/07 | Permalink

Lead actor Han Suk-kyu for "Dr. Romantic 2" expressed enthusiasm for his latest project at a press conference for the drama, which was held on the same day as the drama's television premiere...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Appears With Dead Elephants in New Television Documentary

2020/01/07 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye has reentered South Korea's cultural landscape in surprising fashion this year, as the popular actress is currently appearing in, of all places, an MBC television documentary. 'Humanimals', a nature documentary which deals with humans in nature, also counts Kim Woo-bin among the credited cast, as he does the documentary's narration in his first work since being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Again Dogged by Dating and Marriage Rumors

2020/01/07 | Permalink

On January 7th a new rumor spread through social media that Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin are planning to get married once their romantic drama "Crash Landing on You" has completed in February...More

[HanCinema's News] Chungju Confirms Shooting Location for "Crash Landing on You"

2020/01/06 | Permalink

On January 6th the city of Chungju confirmed that a prominent location in "Crash Landing on You" took place near the city...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Seung-hyun Expresses Remorse for Past Misdeeds

2020/01/06 | Permalink

On January 6th Choi Seung-hyun (T.O.P) posted a picture of the American artist John Baldessari on his Instagram account. The portrait itself is unremarkable, but rather a comment made on the account is what has inspired interest...More

[HanCinema's News] "Queen: Love and War" Ratings Rise Following Break

2020/01/06 | Permalink

The TV Chosun drama "Queen: Love and War" has achieved a new ratings record of 4.3% in its third week of broadcasting. The steady rise in the drama's popularity appears to have persisted even though the drama was on break for December 28th and 29th...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Start-Up"

2020/01/04 | Permalink

Taek-il (played by Park Jung-min) is a perpetually grumpy teenager who runs off to Gunsan to prove that he's independent. This worries his mother Jeong-hye (played by Yum Jung-ah), who runs a toasted sandwich shop in some unfortunately prime real estate. Meanwhile Taek-il's best friend Sang-pil (played by Jung Hae-in) tries to get a start in business, which goes poorly since his partners are literal gangsters. Back in Gunsan, Taek-il picks fights and loses them with an increasingly colorful bunch of characters...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Forbidden Dream"

2020/01/04 | Permalink

As "Forbidden Dream" opens we see the legendary King Sejong (played by Han Suk-kyu) being carried around in his palanquin through a serious rainstorm. The human drawn carriage completely falls apart apart to the wailing of his loyal retainers. We then see the equally legendary court inventor Jang Yeong-sil (played by Choi Min-sik) stubbornly bracing for his fate as the obvious scapegoat to the incident. Then "Forbidden Dream" flashes back to when these two men first met...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Tuition" + Full Movie

2020/01/04 | Permalink

Discovered in 2013 in  the China Film Archive, "Tuition" is one of the earliest films to result from Korean-Japanese collaborations, efforts that functioned as the vehicle for the expansion of the market of Japanese films in the colonial areas (mainly Manchuria and Korea), particularly since the vacuum created by the colonial government's suppression of American and other foreign films in Korea before 1937, left increased opportunities for such endeavors...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Tragedy Strikes in First Teaser for "Nobody Knows"

2020/01/03 | Permalink

It has been a long wait for us to get a solid first look into "Nobody Knows", but the first teaser has been well worth the wait. Brace yourselves, because Kim Seo-hyung is coming and she takes no prisoners. We have trauma, mystery, regrets of the past haunting the present and a youth who needs protection from powers beyond their control...More

[HanCinema's News] Swarovski Earrings Experience Popularity Boost Thanks to "Crash Landing on You"

2020/01/03 | Permalink

The Austrian glass company Swarovski has emerged as a beneficiary of the success of the currently airing drama "Crash Landing on You"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Passes the Seven Million Viewer Mark

2020/01/03 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "Ashfall" has passed the seven million viewer mark. The news comes as the disaster movie is set to win its third straight week at the South Korean box office in the face of relatively weak competition and a lack of compelling new releases...More

[HanCinema's News] "Dr. Romantic 2" Opens up 2020 Lineup

2020/01/03 | Permalink

Following a holiday break prompted by the conclusion of the popular drama "VIP" last year, the latest season of dramas is set to begin in earnest when "Dr. Romantic 2" premieres on January 6th. The follow-up to the popular 2016 drama "Dr. Romantic" comes in with high expectations...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" to Take a Break This Week

2020/01/02 | Permalink

"Crash Landing on You" has announced that the drama will be taking a break this week. Two special episodes regarding the drama will be broadcast during its timeslots on January 4th and January 5th...More

[HanCinema's News] Swiss Location Shooting for "Crash Landing on You" Explained

2020/01/02 | Permalink

Exotic foreign location shooting is nothing new for South Korean dramas. But the location shooting in Switzerland for "Crash Landing on You" has attracted unusual interest because rather than being a generic yet picturesque foreign location, Switzerland plays an important role in the story...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Jung-woo and Kim Nam-gil Talk About "The Closet"

2020/01/02 | Permalink

On January 2nd Ha Jung-woo and Kim Nam-gil appeared at a press conference held for the upcoming February horror film "The Closet". The event at the Apgujeong CGV in the Gangnam district of Seoul featured both actors emphasizing how they wanted to try working in a kind of genre film they hadn't done before...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Tops Nielsen Report for Third Straight Week

2019/12/31 | Permalink

On December 31st a report comissioned by CJE&M and Nielsen Korea analyzed social media metrics for the fourth month of December...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sun-ah Leaves Strong Impression at SBS Drama Awards

2019/12/31 | Permalink

Kim Sun-ah was just one of many stars who were present at the SBS Drama Awards on December 31st. However, the lead actress for "Secret Boutique" left a strong impact on onlookers via her extremely distinctive hot pink dress...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin Refuses to Tie Promises to Awards Thanks to Ha Jung-woo

2019/12/31 | Permalink

At the KBS Drama Awards on December 31st Gong Hyo-jin refused to tie any commitments to winning an award. Her statements were taken during a segment where Jun Hyun-moo in his role as emcee for the ceremony was asking audience members various questions...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Jung-woo Ranked Best Performing South Korean Actor of the 2010's

2019/12/31 | Permalink

On December 31st the South Korean movie media site 'The Screen' published a report asserting that actor Ha Jung-woo was the best performing actor between 2009-2019...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Closet" Shaping up to Be the First Major Film of 2020

2019/12/31 | Permalink

Over the New Year's holiday, marketing for "The Closet" has ramped up in South Korean theaters. The horror film, which is set to come out in February, stars Ha Jung-woo and Kim Nam-gil as men searching for a missing girl...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin, Lee Shin-young, and Yang Kyung-won Show Appreciation for Coffee Cars

2019/12/30 | Permalink

On December 30th Son Ye-jin posted some photos to Instagram of herself and fellow "Crash Landing on You" cast members enjoying coffee cars sent by fans...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Closes Second Weekend With Over 5.7 Million Admissions

2019/12/30 | Permalink

According to the Korean Film Council, "Ashfall" completed its second weekend at the domestic box office with over 5.7 million admissions. "Ashfall" has also led the box office for all eleven of the days it has been available...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Continues to Rise in Ratings

2019/12/30 | Permalink

On December 29th "Crash Landing on You" recorded its best ratings yet of 9.2%. The drama has seen a steady improvement in ratings from the first episode, which rated 6.1%. For its Friday/Saturday night timeslot, "Crash Landing on You" has always been in first place among both dramas, as well as all general programming...More

[HanCinema's News] Cable Dramas Showed Boom and Bust Tendencies Over 2019

2019/12/30 | Permalink

As usual, South Korean cable dramas in 2019 showed strong diversity in genres, tone, and subject matter. But an increasing reliance on elaborate high concept premises has been showing increasingly erratic results. This year's indisputable tvN successes can be counted on one hand - "The Crowned Clown", "Arthdal Chronicles", "Hotel Del Luna" and "Memories of the Alhambra" all had solid ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sang-yoon Talks About Work and Marriage

2019/12/30 | Permalink

Following the end of "VIP" many are wondering what the future holds for the drama's leading man, Lee Sang-yoon. Though a widely recognized presence in the South Korean entertainment industry, Lee Sang-yoon tends to be better known for variety show appearances than dramas...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Cross of North Gando"

2019/12/28 | Permalink

Though the province of Gando in the Yanbian province of China has an ethnic Korean makeup, it is not generally thought of as Korean. Nearly everyone who grew up in a time when the area would have been considered Korean is dead now. So it is that as one distinguished elderly pastor from North Gando comes to the end of his life, a historian goes out to research that man's home, its history, and how that related to the idea of Korea as a national identity...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Song of the Diaspora: Arirang Road"

2019/12/28 | Permalink

Early on in "The Song of the Diaspora: Arirang Road" director Lee Gyoo-chul asks a Korean immigrant to Central Asia about their miserable life in a generally exasperated tone. Were you ever upset? Did you ever wonder why this fate had to befall you? To which the elderly woman replies, it was fate. If I had been born today, I wouldn't be me. We all suffered together. This resigned sentiment proves critical to understanding just what the song of Arirang means...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Sweet Dream" + Full Movie

2019/12/28 | Permalink

For the past month, I have been reading about the history of Korean cinema, since its beginning during the Japanese occupation years; thus, I thought it was about time to deal with films from that era. The aforementioned, 1936 film, which is also known as "Lullaby of Death" and "Mimong", is my first effort, and one of the first talkies in Korean movie history...More

[HanCinema's News] Sidus HQ Releases New Pictures of Kim Woo-bin

2019/12/27 | Permalink

On December 27th Sidus HQ released new pictures of Kim Woo-bin, an actor who the agency represents. The new photos immediately drew attention for showing Kim Woo-bin off in his new long-haired style...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Breaks Five Million Admissions at the South Korean Box Office

2019/12/27 | Permalink

After nine days of being publically available in South Korean theaters, "Ashfall" has broken the five million viewer mark. The disaster movie is doing exceptionally well going into its second weekend, with minimal competition from the historical drama "Forbidden Dream", the only new release of note...More

[HanCinema's News] "Black Dog" Evokes "Incomplete Life" in Execution

2019/12/27 | Permalink

The latest drama from tvN, "Black Dog", has been a bit of a sleeper in the current ratings environment. But especially compared with tvN's overall lackluster year, the low profile drama about a teacher's life in the backrooms with a more functional focus on students has been gaining a following. The latest episode hit ratings of 4.3%, which is more than "Incomplete Life" had in its fourth episode...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin's Squadmates on "Crash Landing on You" Grab Fans' Attention

2019/12/27 | Permalink

While Hyun Bin is the obvious male headliner for "Crash Landing on You", many of the drama's other actors have also brought out surprising interest from viewers. These side characters, North Korean soldiers in the internal continuity, have had excellent chemistry both with each other, as well as with the proper leads...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Takes on Slovenly Appearance for "Beasts Clawing at Straws"

2019/12/27 | Permalink

Following an award-winning performance as a defense attorney in "Innocent Witness" earlier this year, Jung Woo-sung is set to become known for a very different kind of role in 2020 in "Beasts Clawing at Straws", where he will play a slovenly lowlife obsessed as the other characters are with a bag full of money...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Do-yeon and Jung Woo-sung Talk About "Beasts Clawing at Straws"

2019/12/26 | Permalink

"Beasts Clawing at Straws" won't come out until February of next year. But the project has already neen raising interest. In an already highly varied career, Jeon Do-yeon now adds another unusual role in the form of Yeon-hee, a sinister lowlife who competes with other lowlifes in the film to try and grab a hold of a bag of money...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Leads Box Office on Christmas Day

2019/12/26 | Permalink

"Ashfall" was the major winner at the box office for the Christmas holiday this year. According to KOFIC, over 2.01 million filmgoers went to the movies for Christmas 2019...More

[HanCinema's News] Screenwriter Jung Hee-sun Talks About Jeon So-min of "Drama Stage 2020 - Big Data Romance"

2019/12/26 | Permalink

Following the broadcast of "Drama Stage 2020 - Big Data Romance", attention has been focused on Jeon So-min, the leading lady of the drama. Screenwriter Jung Hee-sun has described Jeon So-min in positive terms, describing their first encounter as a moment where Jeon So-min demonstrated how she perfectly typified the romantic comedy heroine...More

[HanCinema's News] Sunchang County Confirms Use of Iconic Bridge in "Crash Landing on You"

2019/12/26 | Permalink

On December 26th Sunchang County confirmed that a swinging bridge which features in "Crash Landing on You" was location shot on Chaegye Mountain...More

[HanCinema's News] "Queen: Love and War" Will Not Air New Episodes This Week

2019/12/26 | Permalink

TV Chosun has announced that "Queen: Love and War" will not be airing new episodes this week. The news will likely come as a disappointment to the drama's fans...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Ok Taecyeon and Lee Yeon-hee Challenge Fate in First Teaser and Stills for "The Game: Towards Zero"

2019/12/25 | Permalink

Supernatural abilities are always lurking behind every corner in Dramaland, and the criminal thriller genre is one ripe with potential for them. MBC's upcoming "The Game: Towards Zero", starring Ok Taecyeon, Lee Yeon-hee and Lim Ju-hwan, tackles the unyielding nature of one's set destiny through a hero who can predict other people's last moments...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast Makes Closing Remarks About "VIP"

2019/12/24 | Permalink

Ahead of the end of "VIP" the various cast members of the drama spoke out about their feelings regarding the production. The drama has been quite popular, concluding its run at over fifteen percent ratings before its final episode on Christmas Eve...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Hyo-rim Thanks Fans for Support of Her Abrupt Wedding

2019/12/24 | Permalink

On December 24th Seo Hyo-rim made a post to Instagram where she thanked people who expressed congratulations at for her pregnancy. She specifically included both people who were nearby as well as those who were far away...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-hyun's Husband Appears on Television in Censored Form

2019/12/24 | Permalink

On the latest episode of the variety show 'Funstaurant' viewers got a chance to catch a glimpse of Lee Jung-hyun's husband. During the ninth episode, Lee Jung-hyun went to visit her husband at the university hospital where he is employed...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Tops Good Data Report for Second Straight Week

2019/12/24 | Permalink

The patterns for the third week of the Good Data Report this December are mostly the same as the ones for the second week. The inter-Korean themed romance "Crash Landing on You" has maintained the enthusiasm from its opening week, increasing its lead in social media metrics by around eleven percent. Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin also maintain their positions as the number one and two performers...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Yoon-ah Acknowledges Son Ye-jin's Coffee Car

2019/12/24 | Permalink

Actress Song Yoon-ah recently posted a picture on her Instagram account of her standing in front a coffee car sent to her by actress Son Ye-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Ji-woo to Give Birth Next Year

2019/12/23 | Permalink

On August 23rd YG Entertainment announced that actress Choi Ji-woo would become a mother next year around May. According to YG Entertainment, Choi Ji-woo is grateful for her present from heaven and is in good health...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Describes Divorce Situation With Ahn Jae-hyun as a Nightmare

2019/12/23 | Permalink

An interview with Ku Hye-sun that premiered on the YouTube channel of TV Chosun went viral over the weekend, as the actress discussed her marriage with actor Ahn Jae-hyun in frank disastrous terms. She likened the situation ultimately encompassing the divorce as feeling like the shock of a car accident, or in broader terms as a nightmare...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Hyo-rim Is Pregnant

2019/12/23 | Permalink

On December 23rd Seo Hyo-rim's agency, MAGIQ Entertainment, announced that the actress was pregnant with her first child. The news follows the actress marrying CEO Jung Myung-ho of the food company Morning Glory F&B on November 22nd earlier this year...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Ratings Vary Widely by Demographic

2019/12/23 | Permalink

While "Crash Landing on You" has steadily improved its ratings performance from 6% in the first episode to 8.5% in the fourth, the individual demographics for the drama show a somewhat murkier picture...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young's Agency Promises Legal Consequences Against Negative Rumors

2019/12/23 | Permalink

Park Min-young's Instagram

Namoo Actors has promised legal consequences in response to malicious comments being made against actress Park Min-young...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ashfall"

2019/12/21 | Permalink

The opening scenes to "Ashfall" move fast. Military tough guy In-chang (played by Ha Jung-woo) is stuck in traffic while his wife Ji-yeong (played by Suzy) visits the obstetrician alone. Out of nowhere a massive earthquake hits. The Seoul cityscape is ripped apart in glorious fashion. Then government manager Yoo-kyeong (played by Jeon Hye-jin-II) pressures geologist Bong-rae (played by Ma Dong-seok) to come up with a generally bonkers plan to use North Korean nuclear weapons to prevent the remaining devastating aftershocks...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Things That Do Us Part"

2019/12/21 | Permalink

The original "Things That Do Us Part" exhibition ran at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul from November of 2017 to April of 2018. The MMCA logo at the start of this documentary should have been, in retrospect, an obvious harbinger of what was to come. Though "Things That Do Us Part" is ostensibly a documentary about three Korean independence fighters from three different conflicts, the film's construction is artistic rather than historical...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Nobody Knows" Releases Heartbreaking Teaser Poster, Confirms March 2020 Premiere

2019/12/20 | Permalink

If there's one universal pain that reaches most people with a beating heart, it's the unfairness and suffering faced by the young, which is exactly what SBS's upcoming "Nobody Knows" is set to highlight. The series has released its first teaser poster, which is tragic whether taken literally or symbolically...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Makes Late Return to Romantic Comedy With "Crash Landing on You"

2019/12/20 | Permalink

As "Crash Landing on You" moves into its second weekend, Son Ye-jin has quickly marked a return to a genre she has not been a part of for quite some time - romantic comedies. Son Ye-jin's last romantic comedy drama was "Personal Taste" back in 2010. Her supernatural romantic film "Spellbound" was also filmed around that same time. But since then her focus has been on dramatic projects with a few of them having at best comic relief elements...More

[HanCinema's News] New Korean Academy Members Boost Oscar Prospects for "Parasite"

2019/12/20 | Permalink

"Parasite" appears primed to be South Korea's first nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The widely accoladed film may even have a good shot at being nominated for the Best Film overall...More

[HanCinema's News] Fans Divided Over Ji Chang-wook's Cigarette Pictures

2019/12/20 | Permalink

Ji Chang-wook provoked controversy among his fans when he made an Instagram story post on December 19th. In the posted video, Ji Chang-wook mentions that although it's too cold for him to sleep, he's still happy. A lit cigarette can be prominently seen hanging from his mouth...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Jin-hee Donates Heating Mats to Elderly People

2019/12/20 | Permalink

Following a recent Santa Claus event for children in Seoul, actor Ji Jin-hee has made a charitable donation for heating mats. The heating mats are intended for elderly people living alone who may not have access to more sophisticated heating systems...More

[HanCinema's News] "Black Money" Starts Airing on VOD

2019/12/20 | Permalink

On December 19th "Black Money" started airing on South Korean Video On Demand streaming services. The financial crime drama was released on November 13th and earned over 2.4 million admissions at the South Korean box office. It's based on the sale of the Korean Exchange Bank...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Releases Production Details Following Plagiarism Allegation

2019/12/19 | Permalink

"Crash Landing on You" has been more aggressive than usual in terms of releasing making of material regarding the drama, considering that the romance has only released two episodes so far. Suspicions are mounting that the actual reason why is due to a plagiarism allegation regarding the project's similarity to a story that was serialized on Daum from 2012-2013...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-min Confirmed for "Josee" Via Coffee Car

2019/12/19 | Permalink

Actress Han Ji-min recently received a coffee car from Um Tae-goo. The two actors know each other from their time working together on "The Age of Shadows" and appear to have kept in touch over the years. Han Ji-min's photo documenting the event was uploaded via Instagram Story...More

[HanCinema's News] Script Reading Held for "I'll Visit You When the Weather Is Nice"

2019/12/19 | Permalink

On December 19th JTBC released script reading stills from "I'll Visit You When the Weather Is Nice". All major cast and crew were present, including writer Han Ga-ram, director Han Ji-seung, and actors Park Min-young, Seo Kang-joon, and Moon Jung-hee among others...More

[HanCinema's News] Seolhyun Donates Fifty Thousand Dollars to Charity

2019/12/19 | Permalink

On December 19th FNC Entertainment announced that Seolhyun, who is represented by the agency, donated approximately fifty thousand dollars to the Samsung Seoul Hospital. The donation is expected to be used to pay for the medical expenses of young cancer patients...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Tops Reservations

2019/12/19 | Permalink

"Ashfall" looks to top the South Korean box office for its opening weekend, as expected. Before the movie officially started airing on the morning of September 19th, it held 51% of reservations and had already guaranteed over two hundred seventy thousand admissions by that metric alone...More

[HanCinema's News] "VIP" Leads in the 20-49 Year Old Demographic

2019/12/18 | Permalink

While "VIP" has gained notice as the overall leader for dramas, it has also gained distinction for having fairly high ratings in the coveted 20-49 year old demographic, which is generally seen as the most profitable...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Yeo-jeong and Lee Jung-eun to Participate in Golden Globe Awards Ceremony

2019/12/18 | Permalink

On December 18th Cho Yeo-jeong's agency confirmed that the actress would be participating in the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony that will be taking place on January 5th. Though Cho Yeo-jeong is currently starring in the leading role of the popular drama "Woman of 9.9 Billion", she reportedly has received a brief enough reprieve to attend the ceremony and come back...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Sold to Ninety Countries Ahead of Debut

2019/12/18 | Permalink

While "Ashfall" already looks to be a strong domestic box office success ahead of its December 19th debut, the star-studded disaster film has already had its rights sold to a large number of foreign countries. Many of them already have confirmed release dates over the next month. The movie opens in the United States on December 20th, and Taiwan on December 24th...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul Most Loved Performers According to Gallup

2019/12/18 | Permalink

According to a poll conducted by Gallup Korea from November 8th to November 28th, Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul were the most beloved stars of the year...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Min-sik Talks About "Forbidden Dream"

2019/12/18 | Permalink

"Forbidden Dream" is looking to be the last major release of the year. The historical drama deals with the relationship between King Sejong, Korea's greatest king, and Jang Yeong-sil, Korea's greatest inventor. Choi Min-sik, who has played such larger than life characters as Admiral Yi Sun-shin in "The Admiral: Roaring Currents", takes on the role of Jang Yeong-sil and has spoken much in interviews about his role...More

[HanCinema's News] Claudia Kim's Wedding Photos Released

2019/12/17 | Permalink

Matt Shampine has posted his wedding photos on Instagram. Though not a celebrity himself, the entrepeneur grabbed attention by wedding Claudia Kim this past December 14th...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Joo-hyuk Discusses "The Light in Your Eyes" in Nylon

2019/12/17 | Permalink

Actor Nam Joo-hyuk has been selected as the first cover star for Nylon in 2020. The spread for his appearance in the fashion magazine will include fond discussions of his memories of working in "The Light in Your Eyes"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Leads Good Data Report

2019/12/17 | Permalink

In the first week of its broadcast "Crash Landing on You" led all dramas on social media metrics, according to the Good Data Report. The data for the report was compiled from December 9th to December 15th. Other newcomers to the list include "Stove League" in second place and "Queen: Love and War" at fifth place...More

[HanCinema's News] Suzy Cheers on Penguin Mascot for Tuna Brand

2019/12/17 | Permalink

Suzy has spotlighted an encounter she had with an EBS penguin mascot, Pengsoo, during a promotional event for the upcoming movie "Ashfall". During the event, the special agent penguin gave leading cast members of "Ashfall" cans of tuna, as part of a brand tie-in between the tuna company and "Ashfall"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" Prominent at Year-end Event Regarding TvN 2019 Dramas

2019/12/17 | Permalink

IU, Yeo Jin-goo, and other "Hotel Del Luna" cast members had a cheerful disposition at a December 15th event at the Dongdaemun Plaza remembering tvN's 2019 year in dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Character Correlation Chart for "Queen: Love and War" Released

2019/12/16 | Permalink

Following the drama's premiere on December 15th, interest has risen in "Queen: Love and War", and in how the characters relate to one another. In recognition of the drama's distinct visual focus on period costumes, so too has the drama's character relationship chart taken on an unusual design, focusing on its characters in full costume, rather than in minor profile boxes...More

[HanCinema's News] Do Sang-woo Claims to Have Felt Fluttering Upon Meeting Jin Se-yeon

2019/12/16 | Permalink

Fresh off of the premiere of "Queen: Love and War" the second lead actor, Do Sang-woo, made an appearance on the December 15th broadcast of the MBC radio program 'Good Morning FM'. The host of the program observed that the drama has been receiving positive buzz regarding the chemistry between Do Sang-woo and leading lady Jin Se-yeon...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo In-soo Joins "Chocolate"

2019/12/16 | Permalink

On December 16th Management Koo announced that Yoo In-soo, an actor represented by the agency, would be appearing in the currently airing drama "Chocolate". This marks the actor's first appearance in a drama since a supporting role in "A Moment at Eighteen" during the summer...More

[HanCinema's News] "My Holo Love" to Release on February 7th Via Netflix

2019/12/16 | Permalink

Netflix has announced a February 7th release date for its upcoming drama "My Holo Love". The romantic drama centers around a lonely woman played by Ko Sung-hee, and her experiences with a personal assistant hologram that is played by Yoon Hyun-min...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS Equivocates on Whether Kim Gun-mo Has Been Fired From Variety Show

2019/12/16 | Permalink

The situation regarding Kim Gun-mo's sexual assault allegation once again escalated over the weekend, as police have gotten involved and allegations that the victim is blackmailing the star have taken increased prominence. Against this backdrop, Kim Gun-mo did not appear on the variety show where he prominently appears, 'My Little Old Boy'. However, SBS has not given a clear reason as to why...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gravity of the Tea"

2019/12/14 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "Gravity of the Tea" we watch as famed director Im Kwon-taek attempts to drink tea, his hands quivering so much that I started to wonder whether he was going to drop it. Director Jung Sung-il never really gets around to asking Im Kwon-taek questions about his craft. We just kind of watch Im Kwon-taek ramble at various intervals about vaguely film adjacent subjects. For the most part, though, Im Kwon-taek just sits or sleeps in silence...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Ruby"

2019/12/14 | Permalink

Handling pretentiousness as a director is a very difficult task, which very few have managed to complete adequately (Naomi Kawase's "Radiance" and a number of Leos Carax's films come to mind), and even those, not all the time. In that regard, Park Han-jin had a quite difficult task in his hands for his first feature effort, directing a film about a filming, which also functions much like a stage play and is shot in black-and-white. Let us see how he fared...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Eunmi"

2019/12/14 | Permalink

As I have mentioned many times before, Hong Sang-soo's influence in the Korean art-house/indie scene is enormous, to the point that the majority of films in the category share some similarities at least, with his cinematic approach. Jeong Ji-young, in her feature debut follows many of these lines, but still manages to present a film that does not copy, but implements HSS approach through her own style. Let us see how she fares...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Last Scene"

2019/12/14 | Permalink

Independent film theaters in South Korea are on a downswing. Well, strictly speaking independent film theaters are on a downswing just about everywhere. The kinds of eclectic films they show don't have the benefit of massive marketing operations behind them. Most people have never heard of the movies shown at such theaters. In the "Last Scene", we watch this reality sink in as theater owners discuss past hopes of a filmgoing public that never really materialized...More

[HanCinema's News] Famed Actresses Contrasted With Debuts

2019/12/13 | Permalink

A popular post circulating around the South Korean Internet has highlighted how many famous South Korean actresses have changed surprisingly little since their big initial appearances some twenty years ago...More

[HanCinema's News] New "Black Dog" Stills Emphasize Drama's Teamwork Element

2019/12/13 | Permalink

On December 13th tvN released new stills of its upcoming drama "Black Dog", which will start on Monday December 16th. The drama stars Seo Hyun-jin in the leading role as a new teacher who struggles with adapting to her new working environment...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Gun-mo's Unedited Variety Show Appearance Under Scrutiny After Ku Hye-sun Treatment

2019/12/13 | Permalink

Kim Gun-mo has had a very disastrous week. A sexual assault allegation that the legendary performer appeared to believe he could initially shrug off has had a disastrous effect on his reputation, to the point of canceling his long-planned twenty-fifth anniversary concert...More

[HanCinema's News] Penguin Episode Featured by Choi Young-soo-I Deleted

2019/12/13 | Permalink

EBS has confirmed that in addition to taking measures against a program in which actor Choi Young-soo-I has appeared, they have also deleted episodes of 'Giant Penguin TV', another children's show that credited the actor...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love With Flaws" Languishes in Ahn Jae-hyun's Relationship Fallout

2019/12/13 | Permalink

As "Woman of 9.9 Billion" has grabbed attention for overperforming, so too has "Love With Flaws" defied its expectations, albeit in the wrong direction. The drama stars Ahn Jae-hyun and Oh Yeon-seo in the leading roles. The latter is a solid leading lady, while the former has finally returned to a leading role after a string of solid supporting performances. And yet the drama has done poorly in ratings, barely scratching 3%...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn So-mi Posts Pictures of Daughter on Instagram

2019/12/12 | Permalink

Comedian Ahn So-mi has been taking more pictures of her daughter and posting them to Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Young-soo-I Protests Innocence as Situation Escalates

2019/12/12 | Permalink

Following an incident on December 10th wherein Choi Young-soo-I appeared to physically attack his co-star on the live broadcast of a children's television show, EBS has stepped up its response. The entire show has been temporarily shut down and another one of Choi Young-soo-I's male co-stars is now also under internal investigation for assault...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-hwan Returns to Jail Ahead of Sentencing

2019/12/12 | Permalink

Kang Ji-hwan has been moved back to prison pending appeal. The terms of his sentence had already been announced - two and a half years prison time, commuted to three years probation, one hundred twenty hours of community service, and four hours of a sexual offender treatment program. He will also be forbidden from working near children for three years...More

[HanCinema's News] "Woman of 9.9 Billion" Outpacing "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/12/12 | Permalink

The year of 2019 has already been a banner one for KBS, with a large number of massive hits. With "Woman of 9.9 Billion" they appear likely to add yet another one to close out 2019, as well as give a strong boost to 2020. "Woman of 9.9 Billion" has been improving its ratings at an even faster pace than "When the Camellia Blooms"...More

[HanCinema's News] On Joo-wan Assists Woman Escaping From Sexual Assault

2019/12/12 | Permalink

Actor On Joo-hwan recently gained notoriety for an anecdote told on the variety show "Radio Star". According to On Joo-hwan, he was on his way to Ilsan to help a friend who lived there when he ran across a woman on the open road, running in the direction of the subway station in her bare feet...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Young-soo-I Accused of Assaulting Co-star

2019/12/11 | Permalink

Choi Young-soo-I has been embroiled in controversy following a live airing of the EBS program 'Tok! Tok! Bony Hany' where he appeared to have physically struck one of his co-stars. In a YouTube broadcast he can be seen in the background jerking around in a violent manner after the program's feel emcee tugs on his right arm. This event was noticed in the comments and quickly turned viral...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Byung-hun's Adoptive Father Dies

2019/12/11 | Permalink

On December 9th Kim Woo-choong died at the age of eighty two years old. The former chairman of the Daewoo Group had been a major influence on South Korea economically, particular through the IMF Crisis...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" to Hold Red Carpet Event on December 16th

2019/12/11 | Permalink

The red carpet will be rolled out at the Lotte World Mall on December 16th for the latest blockbuster "Ashfall". Starting at seven PM on that day there will be a showcase for the major blockbuster at the atrium on the first floor...More

[HanCinema's News] Supporting Cast Announced for "Hi Bye, Mama!"

2019/12/11 | Permalink

Casting details have emerged regarding the upcoming drama "Hi Bye, Mama!", which will be the comeback drama for lead actress Kim Tae-hee following a five year absence. While Lee Kyu-hyung had already been confirmed in the leading role, Go Bo-gyeol, Oh Eui-sik, Shin Dong-mi, and Lee Si-woo-II are all new in supporting roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Lawyer for Kang Ji-hwan's Victims Explains Why They Agreed to Light Sentence

2019/12/11 | Permalink

On the latest broadcast of 'E-News Tonight' a lawyer for a victim of Kang Ji-hwan's crime explained why she did not protest at Kang Ji-hwan's unexpectedly light sentence following his trial for sexual assault. The lawyer explained that the decision was born out of a desire for recovery...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Kyung-ho Thanks Fans for Gift Sent to "Hospital Playlist"

2019/12/10 | Permalink

Jung Kyung-ho recently posted a photo on Instagram from the set of "Hospital Playlist". In the photo, he is making a pose in front of a fancy-looking table with various snacks and candles. He is flanked by a banner that reads, ""Hospital Playlist", should have a regular supper!"...More

[HanCinema's News] KBS Bolstered by Strong 2019 Drama Schedule

2019/12/10 | Permalink

Following a relatively weak year for dramas in 2018, KBS has revived its reputation thanks to a surprisingly strong slate of dramas throughout 2019. While "When the Camellia Blooms" has been an obvious capstone for the year with KBS, the network has done strongly throughout, having at least one high performing drama active in nearly every month of the year...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hae-jin Does Briquette Charity Work for Ninth Straight Year

2019/12/10 | Permalink

For the ninth straight year Park Hae-jin has continued his volunteer work taking briquettes to disadvantaged persons. In poorer parts of South Korea coal briquettes are the main source of heat for the cold winter months...More

[HanCinema's News] "VIP" and "Woman of 9.9 Billion" Top Good Data Report

2019/12/10 | Permalink

The latest Good Data Report has been released for the first week of December. Data collected by the Good Data Corporation from December 2nd to December 8th analyzed which dramas were receiving the most engagement on social media. "VIP" maintained the top position, narrowly beating out the newcomer "Woman of 9.9 Billion" by only .02 percentage points - 17.13 against 17.11...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Nominated for Three Golden Globe Awards

2019/12/10 | Permalink

The nominations are out for the seventy-seventh Golden Globe Awards, and "Parasite" has been nominated in three categories. The highly-acclaimed film will compete in the Best Foreign Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Director categories...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin Acknowledges Advertisement Congratulating her Twenty Year Work Anniversary

2019/12/09 | Permalink

Gong Hyo-jin recently made an Instagram post regarding a subway advertisement. Specifically, Gong Hyo-jin was riding a train at Gangnam City Hall, and saw an advertisement fans had put up congratulating her on being an actress for twenty years...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Gun-mo Accused of Sexual Assault

2019/12/09 | Permalink

On the December 8th broadcast of 'My Little Old Boy', performer Kim Gun-mo proposed to his longterm girlfriend. Though such programming usually receives a warm reaction from viewers, the unedited sequence was received poorly among audiences who had just learned a couple of days prior that Kim Gun-mo had been accused of sexual assault...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yoo-young Discusses "I Am Home"

2019/12/09 | Permalink

On December 9th actress Lee Yoo-young appeared on the radio program 'Cinetown' to talk about her new movie "I Am Home", which appeared in South Korean theaters on November 28th. Lee Yoo-young plays the main character, a newspaper editor who moves back home to find that her home and her family's perceptions of home have changed...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" and "Black Dog" Last Hopes for Disappointing Year at TvN

2019/12/09 | Permalink

Though a major trendsetter in previous years, tvN has struggled to create much buzz with its projects this year. Though the cable company has been broadcasting a wide number of genres, most of them have met with relatively little interest from audiences, the main standout success being "Hotel Del Luna"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Pil-mo's Son Celebrates One Hundred Day Milestone

2019/12/09 | Permalink

Lee Pil-mo and his wife recently celebrated the one hundreth day of their son's birth. They have been posting many Instagram pictures of their son in celebration, to the approval of their fans...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Education"

2019/12/07 | Permalink

The hardships young people face in S. Korea nowadays, when looking for a job has been a recurring theme during the latest few years, among indie productions. Kim Duk-joong, in his debut, makes his own effort on the theme, by combining it with the concept of taking care of the sick elderly...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Moving On"

2019/12/07 | Permalink

Winner of the NETPAC, Citizen Critics', DGK and KTH award in Busan, "Moving On" is one of the best films to come out this year from the country, particularly due to the insight it offers to the Korean modern society...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "President's 7 Hours"

2019/12/07 | Permalink

Originally "President's 7 Hours" was teased in "After Diving Bell" via the post-credits sequence. The promised content, a detailing of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye's dealings with a mysterious cult, was intriguing. The title also promised to explain the seven hours during the Sewol tragedy where Park Geun-hye could not be contacted to give clear instructions to the rescue operation. While all that information is in here, the presentation is underwhelming...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Wolseong"

2019/12/07 | Permalink

The Wolseong nuclear power plant system is located in the outskirts of Gyeongju, in the southeastern part of South Korea. It's only one of many nuclear power plant systems that provide much of the country's electricity. In "Wolseong", directors Kim Sung-hwan-II and Nam Tae-je detail activism on the part of Gyeongju locals to shut down the plants. The main argument they present is that radiation from the plant is leaking into the water supply, giving them cancer...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Jang Dong-yoon Courted for OCN's Fourth Dramatic Cinema Project, "The Search"

2019/12/06 | Permalink

If there was every a piece of flawless news for my fragile Ori-heart, it is one such as this; Jang Dong-yoon has been offered the leading role in "The Search", which is OCN's fourth installment for its Dramatic Cinema project, one where the production quality and staff of movie making are combined with the catchy storytelling of dramas to, create "best of both worlds" works...More

[HanCinema's News] South Koreans Polarized Over Kang Ji-hwan's Light Sentence

2019/12/06 | Permalink

Kang Ji-hwan's light sentence shocked many in South Korea on December 5th. The actor had been caught sexually assaulting two employees of his management company, having invited them to his home earlier this year. Having initially claimed to have no memory of the incident, he later confessed to the charges against him pending trial...More

[HanCinema's News] "House of Hummingbird" and "Parasite" Win at Korean Film Producer's Association Awards

2019/12/06 | Permalink

"House of Hummingbird" took the top prize at the recently held Korean Film Producer's Association Awards, breaking the streak that "Parasite" has recently enjoyed when it has come to domestic film prizes. Director Bong Joon-ho still won the best director award at the same event...More

[HanCinema's News] Rowoon Wins Best New Actor at Grimae Awards

2019/12/06 | Permalink

Rowoon has been awarded Best New Actor for his leading role in "Extraordinary You" at the latest edition of the Grimae Awards...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyun-seo Pays Respects to Cha In-ha

2019/12/06 | Permalink

On December 5th Kim Hyun-seo made a post to his Instagram account about the late actor Cha In-ha. Kim Hyun-seo called Cha In-ha his brother and said they had tentative plans to go on vacation together the next time they had a break...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Woo Makes Guest Appearance in "Woman of 9.9 Billion"

2019/12/06 | Permalink

Following his brief role in "The Light in Your Eyes" earlier this year Hyun Woo has once again appeared in another drama in a brief, expository role...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Bo-mi-I to Marry Ballerino

2019/12/05 | Permalink

Actress Kim Bo-mi-I recently announced on Instagram that she is going to get married next year. The groom to be is a ballerino, and Kim Bo-mi-I's agency announced shortly after Kim Bo-mi-I's post that the wedding will take place next year on April 26th...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Woo-hyuk Releases "Love With Flaws" Family Photo With Cha In-ha

2019/12/05 | Permalink

On December 5th actor Min Woo-hyuk released some photos on Instagram. These photomatic kiosk portraits contain the four actors who are siblings in the Joo family in the currently airing drama "Love With Flaws"...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Appears on Lee Dong-wook's New Talk Show

2019/12/05 | Permalink

Gong Yoo was the first guest appearance on the recently premiered talk show, 'Because Lee Dong-wook Wants to Talk'. The reunion of the two actors from "Goblin" allowed them to talk a lot about what they did behind the scenes of that drama, among other topics...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-eon and Wang Ji-hye Discuss "Killed My Wife"

2019/12/05 | Permalink

On December 5th at a press conference for the upcoming film "Killed my Wife" Lee Si-eon and Wang Ji-hye discussed their roles in the movie. Surprisingly, Lee Si-eon confessed to being unimpressed by Wang Ji-hye's original casting, though he did eventually change his mind...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Flirts With Fan on Instagram

2019/12/05 | Permalink

Lately Ku Hye-sun has been charming fans on Instagram. In a recent post she mentioned going to sleep early, because she tends to go to sleep based on when the sun goes down. Fans commented on how she looks much prettier and healtheir now...More

[HanCinema's News] Past Comments Shed Light on Jeon Hye-bin's Wedding

2019/12/04 | Permalink

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The sudden announcement of Jeon Hye-bin's wedding on December 7th took many by surprise, as the actress was not even known to be in a relationship...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love With Flaws" Promises Not to Edit Cha in-ha Out of the Drama

2019/12/04 | Permalink

On December 4th "Love With Flaws" promised not to edit departed actor Cha In-ha out of the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Jong-hyun Met Kim Woo-bin Before Starting Mandatory Military Service

2019/12/04 | Permalink

On the latest episode of the entertainment news show 'E-news Exclusive', footage from actor Hong Jong-hyun's entrance into mandatory military service from earlier this month was broadcast...More

[HanCinema's News] "Ashfall" Arrives in An Awkward Political Environment

2019/12/04 | Permalink

On December 19th "Ashfall" will be released at the domestic South Korean box office. The major film will take place among the backdrop of an erupting volcano, the titular "Ashfall", and will feature a united task force featuring North Koreans and South Koreans who attempt to deal with the task...More

[HanCinema's News] "Start-Up" Latest Major Film to Be Based on a Webtoon

2019/12/04 | Permalink

Following in the same vein as "Steel Rain", "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds", and "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days", another film based on a webtoon is soon to appear in theaters...More

[HanCinema's News] Office Chemistry Elements Teased for "Stove League"

2019/12/03 | Permalink

As "Stove League" nears its premiere on December 13th more elements of the drama are coming into focus. Most notably, though the drama is focused around a baseball team, increasingly the story appears to be focused more around office management of a baseball team, than it is around baseball games directly...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yeol-eum Stokes Interest for "Queen: Love and War"

2019/12/03 | Permalink

The upcoming TV Chosun drama "Queen: Love and War" has generated much interest among drama fans because of its distinctive premise...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum and Sung Hoon Run in Hospital Charity Event

2019/12/03 | Permalink

The organization behind a hospital charity run event recently confirmed that Park Bo-gum, Sung Hoon, and Kyung Soo-jin, among other celebrities, participated in a running event held on November 30th. The name of the event was the Miracle365 Relay Run, and the beneficary of the event was a children's hospital that specializes in treating Lou Gehrig's disease...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Hye-bin Goes to Bali to Marry a Doctor

2019/12/03 | Permalink

Jeon Hye-bin has left South Korea. Her agency announced that the actress left for Bali on December 3rd. This was shortly after they suddenly announced the actress's marriage to a doctor two years her senior...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha In-ha Discovered Dead at His Home

2019/12/03 | Permalink

On December 3rd actor Cha In-ha was discovered dead a this home. The news was broken by his agency before it was confirmed by the police. No obvious cause of death was found at the scene initially...More

[HanCinema's News] "Chocolate" Starts Off Strong

2019/12/02 | Permalink

In its first week "Chocolate" scored ratings of 3.479% for its first episode on Friday night and 4.364% on Saturday night. These numbers are comparable to the final week of the drama's predecessor, "My Country: The New Age", which ended with 3.9% and 3.951% on the same nights...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-ae Highlights Strong Relationship With Jang Seo-hee

2019/12/02 | Permalink

Lee Young-ae surprised viewers on the most recent episode of the jTBC variety show program 'Master in the House' by making extensive reference to actress Jang Seo-hee. According to Lee Young-ae the two actresses have long been best friends. They met nineteen years ago while working on the set of the same drama and provided critical support for one another during this important formative phase of their career...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Joon-hee Renews Denial of Any Relationship With Seungri

2019/12/02 | Permalink

Following the sentencing of Jung Joon-young for his role in the Burning Sun scandal Go Joon-hee has once again been forced to deal with malicious rumors of her involvement with Seungri. On December 2nd her agency, Mountain Movement, renewed legal threats against those posting such comments, stating that rumors of her involvement have no basis in reality...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Hyuk Cast for "The World of the Married"

2019/12/02 | Permalink

On December 2nd Management Goo announced that Kwon Hyuk, an actor who they represent, has been cast in the upcoming jTBC drama "The World of the Married". In the drama he will be playing a lawyer who provides legal advice to the lead actress, who is going to be played by Kim Hee-ae...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-ae Top-rated Actress According to Korean Brand Institute Research Report

2019/12/02 | Permalink

A recently published report by the Korean Brand Research Institute has determined that Lee Young-ae is the most positively branded actress currently working today. The study analyzed social media metrics from October 29th to November 30th. Over one hundred twenty million individual posts across various social media platforms regarding fifty different film actors and actresses were used to arrive at this conclusion...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bring Me Home"

2019/11/30 | Permalink

As "Bring Me Home" opens up there's surprisingly little trace of the dramatic thriller that was promised in the film's promotional material. For the first act of "Bring Me Home" we mostly just watch Jeong-yeon (played by Lee Young-ae) and Myeong-gook (played by Park Hae-joon) grieve over the loss of their son, while still encouraging one another to be positive and not give up hope. Their willingness to put on a strong face, after all, is motivation for others to endure and not give up...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Moonlit Winter"

2019/11/30 | Permalink

Sae-bom (played by Kim Sohye) is a teenager who lives awkwardly with her divorced mother Yoon-hee (played by Kim Hee-ae). Because Yoon-hee is highly uncommunicative and aloof, even apparently cruel statements from Sae-bom appear to have little effect on her. Sae-bom's adolescent curiousity is ignited when she finds a mysterious letter, which prompts a meticulously planned trip to snowy Hokkaido in Japan, where Sae-bom hopes to find answers about who and why her mother is...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Yeong-ja's Heydays" + Full Movie

2019/11/30 | Permalink

The tendency of the Korean audience to adore melodramas found one of its apogees in 1975, when "Yeong-ja's Heydays" became a huge box office hit, drawing 360,000 viewers, surpassing even the top foreign film at the time, "The Sting"...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Kim Tae-hee and Lee Kyu-hyung Confirmed as Leads in TvN's "Hi Bye, Mama!"

2019/11/29 | Permalink

Are you ready for some soul-cleansing tears? You don't have to be until the first half of next year, but Kim Tae-hee and Lee Kyu-hyung are on their way to tear our hearts apart in tvN's upcoming fantasy piece "Hi Bye, Mama!". The actors are confirmed to play a ghost and said ghost's widower who is about to get a most shocking reunion...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Moves on From Relationship With Ahn Jae-hyun

2019/11/29 | Permalink

 

In a recent interview in Women's Donga Ku Hye-sun said that she was moving on from her marriage with Ahn Jae-hyun. This is a change from suggestions earlier this year that she was planning to contest the divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-young Memorializes Goo Ha-ra

2019/11/29 | Permalink

On November 29th Kang Ji-young of the girl group Kara made an Instagram post about Goo Ha-ra. Both singers got their start in the group, and Kang Ji-young shared pictures of the two together...More

[HanCinema's News] Proposed Legislation to Ban Celebrities Such as Ju Ji-hoon

2019/11/29 | Permalink

Lee Soo-geun

A new proposed bill in the South Korean legislature would ban celebrities convicted of crimes related to drugs, sexual crimes, drunk driving, and gambling, among others, from appearing on television. At present the South Korean entertainment industry tends to shun persons convicted of such crimes of their own accord...More

[HanCinema's News] Nielsen Korea Announces Highest Rated Dramas on 2019

2019/11/29 | Permalink

With the completion of the most recent set of dramas, all dramas that have been defined as having aired in 2019 are now finished...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Does Audio Tour for Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art

2019/11/29 | Permalink

Starting on November 28th Ji Chang-wook's voice can now be heard at the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art. The actor has recorded his voice for a newly opened exhibition about Korean Video Art from the 1970s to the 1990s...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra's Brother Explains his Sister's Name

2019/11/28 | Permalink

On November 27th Goo Ha-ra's older brother posted some Kakao messages he had exchanged with the late performer. He also explained the origin of the starlet's name, saying that it was a reference to Matthew 7:7- ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you...More

[HanCinema's News] Several New Films to Release Over the Next Week

2019/11/28 | Permalink

While the latest animated film from Disney looks sure to dominate the South Korean box office in the near future, the domestic South Korean release calendar is full of a wide variety of titles aimed at a more adult audience. The movies cover a wide variety of genres and all are likely looking to recoup their expenses primarily in the secondary distribution market. "How to Live in This World" has the most eccentric take, being an adult comedy centered around infidelity. It releases on December 4th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jisook Talks About How She First Met her Fiance

2019/11/28 | Permalink

On the November 27th broadcast of the variety talk show 'Radio Star' Jisook talked about how she met her fiance. She immediately grabbed attention by attributing the meeting to malicious comments on the Internet. She was trying to enlist the help of a hacker to help deal with the problem...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Camellia Blooms" and "Man of Men" Top VOD Charts

2019/11/28 | Permalink

According to figures released by Home Choice, CJHello, T-Broad, D-Live, CMB and HCN, among others, "When the Camellia Blooms" was the most popular drama and "Man of Men" was the most popular film requested via Video On Demand services during the third week of November...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crash Landing on You" Spotlights Reprised Pairing

2019/11/28 | Permalink

Following the dual appearance of Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin in the film "The Negotiation" last year, their reuniting in "Crash Landing for Love" was something of a surprise. "The Negotiation" underperformed at the box office, in spite of having cast two high profile stars in the leading roles. Though fans are once again excited to see the two in the same project, it remains ambiguous whether they will bring more impressive synergy to this one...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Suk-chun Regrets Not Doing More for Goo Ha-ra

2019/11/27 | Permalink

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On November 27th Hong Suk-chun made a post on Instagram mourning the loss of Goo Ha-ra. However, unlike most memorial posts, this one contains a surprisingly specific detail that does not paint Hong Suk-chun in the best light. He references having had contact with her some two weeks ago, and expresses regret that he did not run to comfort her in person, as he could tell she was seriously crying...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Jae-rim Cast for "Drama Stage 2020 - Big Data Romance"

2019/11/27 | Permalink

Grand Anse Entertainment has confirmed that Song Jae-rim will be appearing in the leading role for the upcoming short drama "Drama Stage 2020 - Big Data Romance". This will be the fifth Drama Stage product that tvN will launch next year...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Bo-gum Tops DCInside Poll for Most Suited to Historical Dramas

2019/11/27 | Permalink

According to a poll conducted by the fan portal site DCInside Park Bo-gum is the most well-suited actor to historical drama roles. The poll took place over the fourth week of October, which was defined as October 17th to October 23rd...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Joo-hyun Marries Chun Min-hee

2019/11/27 | Permalink

On November 24th actor Park Joo-hyung married actress Chun Min-hee. The groom was aged thirty-seven while the bride was aged thirty-two. Though both of them are professional actors, their relationship was not publically discussed. They married without prior announcement at an undisclosed location...More

[HanCinema's News] Woo Do-hwan and Moon Ga-young Deny Dating Rumors

2019/11/27 | Permalink

On November 27th Kaist Agency issued a second official denial of rumors suggesting that Woo Do-hwan and Moon Ga-young, both of whom are represented by the agency, are in a relationship. The denial was prompted by their being observed in public in the Sungdong district of Seoul holding hands...More

[HanCinema's News] The Deaths of Sulli and Goo Ha-ra Provoke Concerns About Negative Comments

2019/11/26 | Permalink

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Following the deaths of Sulli and Goo Ha-ra in short succession, angry fans have been lashing out at the perceived causes of these deaths, namely malicious online comments. Both Sulli and Goo Ha-ra had suffered from depression over the years from battling with such negative influences...More

[HanCinema's News] Release Date and Netflix Cooperation Set for "Hyena"

2019/11/26 | Permalink

SBS has confirmed that next year's drama "Hyena" will begin on February 21st of 2020. The drama deals with high class lawyers for the wealthiest members of society. It stars Kim Hye-soo and Ju Ji-hoon in the leading roles...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love With Flaws" Opens With High Hopes

2019/11/26 | Permalink

MBC has high hopes for "Love With Flaws" as the drama prepares for the screening of its first episode on November 27th. The drama stars Oh Yeon-seo and Ahn Jae-hyun among others in an ensemble cast about characters who are attractive, but highly superficial, to the point that their toxic personalities overcome their natural physical charms. MBC launched its official website for the drama with more character details on November 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Ji-won Chef Stills and Character Discussion Released for "Chocolate"

2019/11/26 | Permalink

Ha Ji-won is returning to dramas with "Chocolate", her first project since "Hospital Ship" in 2017. Recently released stills from jTBC show Ha Ji-won in her latest role as a hospice chef. How the profession of her character will play into the drama has been unclear until now, as promotional stills and videos have mainly focused on her romance with leading man Yoon Kye-sang...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Dam-bi Teases Upcoming GQ Appearance

2019/11/26 | Permalink

Following a successful appearance on "When the Camellia Blooms", Son Dam-bi will soon be appearing in a photo spread for GQ magazine. The actress posted preview photos from the magazine on her Instagram account on November 26th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Jung-jae and his Wife Celebrate Son's First Birthday

2019/11/25 | Permalink

Former pro golfer Park Min-jung recently made a post on Instagram regarding her son's first birthday. According to Park Min-jung she and her husband, Jo Hyun-jae, celebrated their son's first birthday by traveling, eating, swimming and taking lots of pictures of their happy memories together...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Soo-hyang Makes Closing Remarks About "The Tale of Nokdu"

2019/11/25 | Permalink

On November 25th Jo Soo-hyang released her closing thoughts about "The Tale of Nokdu" through her agency, Noon Company. Joo Soo-hyang was notable in the drama for playing an action-centered role that required the actress to go through much physical martial arts training. She ultimately leads an effort to rescue the titular Nokdu...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Soo-hyang Misses Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards Out of Respect for Goo Ha-ra

2019/11/25 | Permalink

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On November 25th Im Soo-hyang's agency, FN Entertainment, announced that the actress would not be attending the 24th annual Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards, which were held that same day...More

[HanCinema's News] Ong Seong-wu Announces First Fan Meeting

2019/11/25 | Permalink

Actor Ong Seong-wu has announced his first fan meeting. The theme of the meeting is entitled 'We Belong' or WELO for short. It will take place next year on January 11th at Kyunghee University...More

[HanCinema's News] Netflix and JTBC Announce New Contract

2019/11/25 | Permalink

On November 25th Netflix and jTBC announced a new contents project together. Under the terms of the contract JTBC will provide Netflix with around twenty dramas over the coming three year period. Though the dramas will be identified as jTBC titles domestically, internationally they will be branded as Netflix originals in the 190 territories where Netflix will hold the distribution rights...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Black Money"

2019/11/23 | Permalink

As "Black Money" starts out an ominous looking subtitle at the bottom of the screen lists a countdown to the date of sale of a South Korean bank to a foreign firm. The specificness of the days, the generally unremarkable setting year of 2011, as well as the technical, legal, and business jargon that predominates "Black Money" led me to believe that this movie was based on a real-life event. And it is, sort of, except all the names are changed and the characters are completely made up...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Rivercide: The Secret Six"

2019/11/23 | Permalink

In 2018 former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was convicted on charges of accepting bribes and embezzling. Though prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Lee Myung-bak had received illicit money from corporations, what they did not prove was why. "Rivercide: The Secret Six" goes into what is probably the most plausible way Lee Myung-bak made himself valuable to his corporate benefactors- the Four Major Rivers Project, an unmitigated disaster that destroyed countless local ecosystems at massive taxpayer expense...More

[HanCinema's News] Cho Yeo-jeong's Blue Dragon Film Award Win Builds Hype for "Woman of 9.9 Billion"

2019/11/22 | Permalink

While all the winners of the Blue Dragon Film Awards were grateful for receiving those honors, Cho Yeo-jeong is in a uniquely beneficial position to the rest of them. In two weeks Cho Yeo-jeong will headline the thriller drama "Woman of 9.9 Billion", and her status as a recent award winner has brought new attention to the project...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Min-ah's Role in Kim Woo-bin's Recovery in Focus

2019/11/22 | Permalink

With Kim Woo-bin's appearance at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, and his statements suggesting a return is likely, attention once again turns to Shin Min-ah. The two actors have been in a relationship for four years. During two and a half of these years, Kim Woo-bin has been recuperating from the rare disease of nasopharyngeal carcinoma...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Gives Thanks for his Blue Dragon Film Awards Win

2019/11/22 | Permalink

On November 22nd Jung Woo-sung posted a picture to his Instagram. The picture appears to have been taken at a reception event for the winners of the Blue Dragon Film Awards. It features the various winners of this year's awards, from director Bong Joon-ho to actresses Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Jung-eun, and Kim Hye-jun. Actors Jo Woo-jin and Park Hae-soo also appear in the picture...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Chae-kyung Offers Closing Remarks in Regards to "Extraordinary You"

2019/11/22 | Permalink

On November 22nd actress Han Chae-kyung sent out a thank you message to fans via her agency, Forest Entertainment. The message concerned the drama "Extraordinary You" where Han Chae-kyung appeared in a supporting role. The drama's last episode aired on November 21st...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Outperforms Ji Chang-wook in Comeback Projects

2019/11/22 | Permalink

Kang Ha-neul and Ji Chang-wook were just two of many actors who finished their mandatory military service this year. However, they were noteworthy as the first such actors to jump straight into new projects. The gap in performance between the two has been startling. Kang Ha-neul's chosen project, "When the Camellia Blooms" hit ratings of 20.7%, while Ji Chang-wook's drama "Please Melt Me" could only get as high as 3.2%...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Cho Yeo-jeong and Kim Kang-woo Are Stylish and Loaded in New Posters for "Woman of 9.9 Billion"

2019/11/21 | Permalink

Fresh off a major win at the 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance in Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" Cho Yeo-jeong is here to grace the small screen as well, while the always reliable and lovely Kim Kang-woo shines with her. "Woman of 9.9 Billion" has been releasing exciting teaser videos, but it could frankly just show me these posters and I'd follow it to drama-hell...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Thanks Fans for Snack Truck

2019/11/21 | Permalink

Son Ye-jin has posted a thank you message to her fans for sending her a coffee truck. The coffee truck was sent to the shooting location of "Crash Landing on You" during the nighttime. The snack truck served traditional Korean winter foods such as fish cakes, spicy rice cakes, and blood sausage, suggesting that it was sent by Korean fans...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Woo-bin Makes First Public Appearance Since Illness

2019/11/21 | Permalink

On November 21st Kim Woo-bin appeared in public at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. This is his first public appearance in two and a half years. Kim Woo-bin has been sick during this time from nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Many are seeing his return, in however brief a fashion, as being a sign that the young actor may be getting ready to return to work...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Woo-bin Latest Performer With an Illness to Eye a Comeback

2019/11/21 | Permalink

With the appearance of Kim Woo-bin at the Blue Dragon Film Awards setting off speculation about the actor's future plans, other recent performers who have taken ill have captured more public interest. Last December Heo Ji-woong announced that he had to stop working because of his diagnosis of leukemia. But back in August he announced his recovery on social media and once again started appearing in variety shows...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Myung-soo Involved in a Traffic Accident

2019/11/21 | Permalink

On November 21st Park Myung-soo was involved in a traffic accident. While his vehicle was stopped it was rear-ended by a school bus. There is no suspicion that the accident involved illicit substances, nor does anyone appear to have been seriously hurt. The school bus did not have any passengers at the same time, save for the driver...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast of "When the Camellia Blooms" Offers Closing Comments to Fans

2019/11/21 | Permalink

"When the Camellia Blooms" has been a major success throughout its ten week run, at times hitting ratings of over twenty percent. So it is that now, with the drama finished, the cast members major and minor are offering their thoughts to fans who have enjoyed the drama throughout its run on KBS...More

[HanCinema's News] "Bring Me Home" Completed Crowdfunding Campaign

2019/11/20 | Permalink

On November 19th Woori Bank's crowdfunding platform officially announced the end of the crowdfunding campaign for the upcoming film "Bring Me Home". The announcement was due to the movie having hit its funding goal, although investors are still free to make inquiries on the individual level...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-ae Comes Back With "Bring Me Home"

2019/11/20 | Permalink

Lee Young-ae returns to South Korean theaters next week with suitably dark subject matter - violence against children. "Bring Me Home" is based on a real-life incident and will open on November 27th...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast of "When the Camellia Blooms" Looks Ahead to Future Projects

2019/11/20 | Permalink

The ratings success of "When the Camellia Blooms" has spilled over to most of its cast members, as fans ponder over where the drama's many actors will go next. Lead actor Kang Ha-neul has already announced his plans to return to the stage in 'Dream Fairy Tale', where he will play the Clown of Love. The play begins on December 21st and ends on March 1st of 2020...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Min-ji Gains Improved Exposure From "Extraordinary You"

2019/11/20 | Permalink

Of the many minor cast members in "Extraordinary You" Kang Min-ji has been fortunate to gain improved exposure from the drama. While she has had other minor roles in recent years, her part in "Extraordinary You", that of the prettiest girl in the class, has attracted much interest because of her character's crush on the character played by the major breakout star of the drama, Lee Jae-wook...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Birthday Congratulations Appear in Times Square

2019/11/20 | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo has just become the first Korean actress to be featured in a Times Square advertisement. Curiously enough, she is not appearing as a model for a specific product. Rather, the advertisement is a birthday greeting from fans, much like the ones that are commonly seen around Seoul from international fans wishing to express support for their favorite stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Sang-wook Sends his Wife Cha Ye-ryun a Coffee Truck

2019/11/19 | Permalink

On November 19th Cha Ye-ryun posted pictures to Instagram. In the pictures, she is seen standing in front of a coffee truck on the set of her ongoing drama "Elegant Mother and Daughter"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Shi-ah Talks About "Unalterable"

2019/11/19 | Permalink

Actress Lee Shi-ah has been talking about her upcoming film "Unalterable", which is set to be released on November 21st. Though she is credited as third in the cast list, reportedly she has the leading role in the gangster noir film alongside Chun Jung-myung. The scenario, taking place in a bloodless, tearless world, has been in development for nine years...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Camellia Blooms" and Gong Hyo-jin's Top Good Data Report

2019/11/19 | Permalink

The Good Data Corporation has released its report studying social media metrics for the second week of November. For the third straight week, "When the Camellia Blooms" has topped the report with over thirty percent higher a rating than "Extraordinary You", which remains in second place...More

[HanCinema's News] "Melting Me Softly" Proves a Surprising Failure

2019/11/19 | Permalink

When "Melting Me Softly" was announced earlier this year expectations were high. The fantasy concept drama about two people frozen for twenty years had Ji Chang-wook appearing in his first return project since his mandatory military service and Baek Mi-kyeong of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" and "Woman of Dignity" fame as the screenwriter. But the drama ended at only 2.3%, having not done much better than that throughout its run...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Considering Offer for "LUCA"

2019/11/19 | Permalink

Sources closes to both Ji Chang-wook and tvN have confirmed that the actor is being considered for the leading role in the upcoming drama "LUCA"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Chocolate" Releases a New Teaser Video

2019/11/18 | Permalink

On November 18th "Chocolate" released a new teaser video to stoke anticipation for the drama's release on November 29th. "Chocolate" is a romance set inside a hospice. It stars Yoon Kye-sang and Ha Ji-won in the leading roles...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" Closes in on Two Million Admissions

2019/11/18 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, the cumulative box office total for "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" stands at 1.838,591 admissions following its second weekend at the box office...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Lee Ji-won-IV Talks About Han Ji-min and "Miss Baek"

2019/11/18 | Permalink

On the November 17th broadcast of the jTBC variety program 'Movie Room' director Lee Ji-won-IV of "Miss Baek" appeared as a special guest. Following a leading question as to whether "Miss Baek" had a poor box office showing due to its women-centered subject matter, Lee Ji-won-IV confirmed that it was difficult moving the project forward even with Han Ji-min in the title role...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Il-joo Graduates to Leading Role With "My Bossy Girl"

2019/11/18 | Permalink

"Age of Youth"

Ji Il-joo has had an extremely strong run in recent dramas. From "Age of Youth" to "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo" and plenty of other projects in between, Ji Il-joo has a distinctive face. But it only lasts for as long as he's on-screen to fulfill his limited narrative role, which usually isn't for that long...More

[HanCinema's News] Women-Centered Projects Popular in South Korean Entertainment This Year

2019/11/18 | Permalink

"When the Camellia Blooms" has achieved extremely impressive ratings going into its final week on television. Much of the buzz around the drama has centered around Gong Hyo-jin in the leading role as an older single mother who has set off a national fashion trend with a wardrobe that is stylish with little apparent effort...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982"

2019/11/16 | Permalink

We are first introduced to the titular Kim Jiyoung (played by Jung Yu-mi) in a malaise at home. As she takes a wistful look outside, her infant daughter playing inside, we see her clear dissatisfaction with being a housewife. When Jiyoung's husband Dae-hyeon (played by Gong Yoo) comes home, he is understanding, but also helpless. Dae-hyeon feels guilty for her mental condition- something he communicates better to a potential therapist than he does to Jiyoung directly...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hit-and-Run Squad"

2019/11/16 | Permalink

Police lieutenant Si-yeon (played by Gong Hyo-jin) has been annoying her superiors at work with her corruption investigations, so they transfer her to one of the goofier branches of the force- the one responsible for investigating hit-and-run accidents. The work's a lot harder than it sounds. How do you track down a driver in a fast vehicle who's running away? In the big introductory setpiece we see a huge squad of police cars having to physically box a truck in to prevent its escape...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Scattered Night"

2019/11/15 | Permalink

Films about the consequences divorces have on children can be found aplenty in world cinema, mostly focusing, however, on the parents and through them, to the kids. Lee Jihyoung and Kim Sol however, shoot a family drama that presents the succession of events after the divorce through the eyes of the children, and particularly of little Soo-min, thus managing to stand apart from the plethora of similar productions. Their efforts were rewarded with the Korean Competition Grand Prize and the Best Acting Award in Jeonju...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ha-sun Mourns the Death of her Younger Brother

2019/11/15 | Permalink

Since news broke that the younger brother of Park Ha-sun died on November 12th interest has arisen in their familial relationship. Park Ha-sun's brother, whose full name has not been released for privacy reasons, was two years younger than Park Ha-sun and developmentally disabled...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Eun-hye Discusses her Twin Sons Post-divorce

2019/11/15 | Permalink

On the November 14th broadcast of the variety show 'Can We Love Again' Park Eun-hye discussed more of her personal concerns following her divorce, particularly regarding her twin sons. She discussed taking them to baseball lessons with her then-husband, and how he played catch ball with them by himself to teach them the basics, which the other children knew, but they did not...More

[HanCinema's News] 2018 Blue Dragon Film Award Winners Profiled in High Cut

2019/11/15 | Permalink

In anticipation of the Blue Dragon Film Awards on November 21st, High Cut Magazine will be releasing a photo spread of five major winners from 2018 to highlight their next issue, to be released on the same day. Director Yoon Jong-bin, actresses Han Ji-min, Kim Hyang-gi, Kim Da-mi, and actor Nam Joo-hyuk all appear in the profile...More

[HanCinema's News] Cheongju Film Commission Hosts Familiarization Tour

2019/11/15 | Permalink

Throughout the 14th and 15th the Cheongju Film Commission held a Familiarization tour for various film professionals. The Cheongju Film Commission is attempting to establish the city in the middle of South Korea as an ideal location for drama and film shootings, with dramas like "VIP", "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation", and "Graceful Family", and films like "Love Again" being used as recent examples of their work...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Ga-ram Makes Special Appearance on "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/11/15 | Permalink

On the November 14th broadcast of "When the Camellia Blooms" Jung Ga-ram made a special appearance as the adult version of Pil-goo, who is a child during the normal duration of the drama and played by Kim Kang-hoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Eun-hye Talks About Divorce and Love on New Show

2019/11/14 | Permalink

On November 13th Park Eun-hye returned in a new variety show on MBC titled 'Can We Love Again'. In the program's inaugural episode the actress discussed her divorce last year, openly questioning whether she would want to love again...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Expected to Clean up at Blue Dragon Film Awards

2019/11/14 | Permalink

The fortieth annual Blue Dragon Film Awards will be taking place on November 21st. Since the nominees were announced, "Parasite" has emerged as the obvious favorite, though other strong films released this year have outside chances in some of the award's fifteen categories...More

[HanCinema's News] New Namgoong Min Stills Released for "Stove League"

2019/11/14 | Permalink

SBS has released new visuals of Namgoong Min in his upcoming drama "Stove League". In the drama, Namgoong Min plays a man tasked with reviving the fortunes of an ailing baseball team. The drama will follow the conclusion of "Vagabond" later this month in the Friday/Saturday timeslot on SBS...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Jung-se Cast for "Stove League"

2019/11/14 | Permalink

Actor Oh Jung-se's agency, PrainTPC, has confirmed that the actor will be appearing in "Stove League" later this month. Oh Jung-se will play a person relevant to the struggling baseball team the drama centers around by the name of Kwon Kyeong-min...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Moon-jung Announces Pregnancy

2019/11/14 | Permalink

Actress Lee Moon-jung has announced her pregnancy on Instagram. Alongside an ultrasound picture of her developing fetus is a caption stating that however much she prepares, it seems like she's not enough...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Dong-ho Honors Yoon Jung-hee at Gangneung International Film Festival

2019/11/13 | Permalink

The first annual Gangneung International Film Festival is drawing to an end. The festival had distinguished itself by featuring live dubbing and interpretations for classic films without audio...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Sang-woo Talks About the Physical Agony Involved in Shooting "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful"

2019/11/13 | Permalink

As "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" nears the 1.5 million mark, comments made by lead actor Kwon Sang-woo in the press have taken on greater attention. In particular, Kwon Sang-woo's statements about his trying to master acting without dialog have come under notice, as the hero he plays in the Go centered action flick is unusually taciturn...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Hee-joon and his Wife Prepare for their First Child

2019/11/13 | Permalink

After three years of marriage actor Lee Hee-joon will soon welcome his first child. The news comes via his wife's Instagram page, wherein the visibly pregnant woman recently uploaded several pictures of herself and her husband at the site of a baby shower, expressing excitement about doing what until now she had been envious of others for having...More

[HanCinema's News] Stars Set to Represent Barrier Free Film Festival

2019/11/13 | Permalink

The ninth edition of the Barrier Free Film Festival is soon set to start up at the Korean Film Archive in Seoul. The festival will begin on November 20th and feature various popular films provided with both Korean audio and narration for the visually impaired, as well as sound contextual subtitles for the hearing impaired...More

[HanCinema's News] IU Tops DCInside Poll of Celebrities Who Persevered Despite a Difficult Childhood

2019/11/13 | Permalink

DCInside has released the latest results of its eccentric polling regarding celebrity impression. The most recent query, which celebrity was the most successful in spite of a difficult childhood, was a resounding victory for IU, who received 37.8 percent of the votes...More

[HanCinema's News] Actor Shin Young-kyun Expresses Sadness for Yoon Jung-hee's Alzheimer's Diagnosis

2019/11/12 | Permalink

On November 12th actor Shin Young-kyun put out an official statement expressing sympathy for the publication of actress Yoon Jung-hee's worsening Alzheimer's prognosis. The ninety-one year old actor and former national assembly member was among Yoon Jung-hee's contemporaries in the South Korean film scene of the sixties...More

[HanCinema's News] Interpol Red Notice Issued for Yoon Ji-oh

2019/11/12 | Permalink

On November 12th Seoul police announced that an Interpol Red Notice has officially been issued for Yoon Ji-oh. This means that her passport has now been suspended and local police in Canada are now obligated to assist with the invesigation of the actress turned media personality who came to prominence this year pushing for a reopening of the investigation into the death of late actress Jung Ja-yeon...More

[HanCinema's News] "Never Twice" Sold to East Asian Markets

2019/11/12 | Permalink

On November 12th MBC announced that the weekend drama "Never Twice" has been sold to foreign markets, including Taiwan, Japan, and other markets in southeast Asia. The announcement was very upbeat, comparing the success of "Never Twice" since its premiere on November 2nd to that of "Dae Jang Geum", which was ultimately imported to ninety-nine markets...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind the Scenes Photos of Kwon Sang-woo's Training for "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" Unveiled

2019/11/12 | Permalink

Kwon Sang-woo's personal trainer for "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" has posted behind the scenes pictures of the actor's training for his role in the movie. The experience was described as being a toxic burden, for which the result was a product with perfect action scenes where even one second was not wasted...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Launches on South Korean VOD Services

2019/11/12 | Permalink

On November 12th "Crazy Romance" was released on South Korean Video-On-Demand services. The surprise hit romantic comedy from October features Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin as co-workers who bond over their misanthropic experiences with romantic relationships...More

[HanCinema's News] Late November Loaded With New Dramas

2019/11/11 | Permalink

A large number of dramas are starting in the latter part of November this year. "Chocolate", a romance led by Yoon Kye-sang and Ha Ji-won, and "Stove League", a sports drama headlined by Namgoong Min will both be starting on November 29th and running on Friday and Saturday nights...More

[HanCinema's News] Individual Character Posters Released for "Ashfall"

2019/11/11 | Permalink

Five new individual character posters have been released for "Ashfall". Each one establishes context for the upcoming disaster film's five new leads, who are all expected to serve distinct overlapping roles in the larger story considering the eruption of the titular real life volcano...More

[HanCinema's News] Actress Yoon Jung-hee's Alzheimer's Disease Has Worsened

2019/11/11 | Permalink

Yoon Jung-hee in "Poetry" by Lee Chang-dong

Recent comments by family members have confirmed that the condition of actress Yoon Jung-hee has degraded in recent years. The actress was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease back in 2009, which was also the year of her last film, the internationally acclaimed drama "Poetry"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jinyoung Makes Special Appearance on "Please Melt Me"

2019/11/11 | Permalink

On the November 10th broadcast of "Melting Me Softly", Jinyoung made a special appearance as a young man seeking out the advice of Mi-ran, who is played by Won Jin-ah. Jinyoung's character wanted to know whether the human freezing process Mi-ran went through was painful, or cold...More

[HanCinema's News] The Unique Premise of "Extraordinary You" Dovetails With Kim Hye-yoon's Career

2019/11/11 | Permalink

In the decade since "Boys over Flowers" bright and cheerful stories of high school life have become increasingly scarce, as projects like "A Moment at Eighteen" and "Class of Lies" have instead tried to capture the malaise of high school students in the present day. "Extraordinary You" has been a surprise hit in this regard, bringing romantic comedy back to its setting while being a fantasy about its lead character, Kim Hye-yoon, being stuck as an extra in a high school romantic comedy...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "A Bedsore"

2019/11/10 | Permalink

Films that deal with the lives of the elderly have been increasing in number during the latest years, since their issues (mostly their caretaking) seem to become more intense as their numbers are also increasing in comparison to the new generations, particularly in the "first world" countries. Usually, these films tend to be slow and quite dramatic, but Shim HyeJung has picked another kind of approach, in her first feature effort...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful"

2019/11/09 | Permalink

At first we simply watch young Gwi-soo (played by Park Sang-hoon-IV) go through a perverse and violent tragic story, eventually escaping to Seoul and undergoing bizarre monastic training for the sake of becoming a master of Baduk (Go) to obtain revenge. Yes, that's right, the board game played with black and white stones. Like "The Divine Move", "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" take a generally preposterous premise and plays it with the utmost sincerity...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Jeronimo"

2019/11/09 | Permalink

Director Joseph Juhn is a Korean-American New York lawyer who, on a lark, decided to visit Cuba shortly after President Obama announced a normalization of relations with the Communist country. By sheer dumb luck, the taxi driver he summoned at the airport happened to be an ethnic Korean woman. And so begins Joseph Juhn's inquisitive journey into just how it was that Korean people managed to end up in Cuba of all places...More

[HanCinema's News] Premium DVD Set Released for "The Light in Your Eyes"

2019/11/08 | Permalink

Earlier this year "The Light in Your Eyes" was a major hit for jTBC. The fantasy romance drama starring Han Ji-min and Nam Joo-hyuk made extensive use of lost and misplaced time between their interactions. Strong chemistry and an innovative concept gave the drama a strong fan following and allowed it to do very well for itself at various drama award's ceremonies...More

[HanCinema's News] Main Poster Released for "Chocolate"

2019/11/08 | Permalink

The main poster for the upcoming drama "Chocolate" has been released. The drama stars Ha Ji-won and Yoon Kye-sang as a chef and a doctor who meet each other at a hospice...More

[HanCinema's News] CGV to Close Down Art House Film Extensions

2019/11/08 | Permalink

CGV has announced the end of its CGV Art House extension for producing films. Sources close to CGV claim that the company will still be supporting independent projects through other means. It is unclear what those means might be, but enough independent films are currently produced and distributed that the loss of this particular extension is not expected to have major effects on the market...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Soo-hyang Discusses Difficulties With her Character on "Graceful Family"

2019/11/08 | Permalink

In a recent interview actress Im Soo-hyang discussed her character Seok-hee on the drama "Graceful Family", describing it as the most difficult role she has had to date. She described herself as having agonized over the role, because she felt it was very easy to get it wrong. However, the extant corporate daughter turned risk assessor ended up feeling like a major achievement for Im Soo-hyang...More

[HanCinema's News] "Vagabond" to Air Only One Episode This Week

2019/11/08 | Permalink

The November 8th episode of "Vagabond" has been canceled owing to SBS instead deciding to cover the WBSC Premier Classic. The C-League Baseball Game had South Korea face off against Cuba for advancement into the next round...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Kang-hoon a Major Presence in the South Korean Entertainment Industry

2019/11/07 | Permalink

In "When the Camellias Bloom" the lead character played by Gong Hyo-jin is raising a son. Though not the most critical part of the drama's success, the role has nonetheless allowed child actor Kim Kang-hoon to stand out. The second half of 2019 has been big for Kim Kang-hoon, as he also had notable roles in "Exit - Movie" and "Metamorphosis". Both movies did well at the South Korean box office...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun to Host Art Exhibition in Singapore

2019/11/07 | Permalink

On November 7th actress Ku Hye-sun announced alongside a selfie that she would soon be hosting an exhibition at the Singapore Art Fair. The exhibition will take place from November 21st to November 24th, with the first night of the exhibition being by invitation only...More

[HanCinema's News] Rowoon Credits his Success as An Actor to a Good Study Ethic

2019/11/07 | Permalink

"Extraordinary You" has been a big step up for the career of Rowoon, who had dabbled for years in minor roles before landing a leading role in the high school fantasy romance. The parallel to the story arc of his character is also appropriate, as he evolves from being a non-factor to someone increasingly intertwined in the convoluted destiny shaping world of the proper lead who is played by Kim Hye-yoon...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Celebrities Promote Scarf Fashion for Fall

2019/11/07 | Permalink

As autumn has come in earnest celebrities can now be seen on social media wearing scarves. It's a trend expected to persist through the upcoming colder months, as Suzy, Yoona and Park Min-young all appear as preeminent examples...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Nara Attracting Attention for her Style in "VIP"

2019/11/07 | Permalink

"VIP" sparked interest from the beginning and as more episodes air the drama's reputation only improves. Jang Nara, as expected, has been an important part of this. The veteran actress takes on a very competent role in "VIP", running the VIP service team at a major department store. But in addition to acting the role, Jang Nara has also made a point of looking it...More

[HanCinema's News] All Big Bang Members Soon to Finish Mandatory Military Service

2019/11/06 | Permalink

According to a statement from YG Entertainment, Taeyang and Daesung will become the final members of the band Big Bang to finish their mandatory military service. The two are set to finish their service on November 10th. The military has also had to change the date of their release in anticipation of fan response. The two are currently under orders to stand guard over an area that may be at risk of invasion from African Swine Flu...More

[HanCinema's News] Press Conference Held for "The Fault Is Not Yours"

2019/11/06 | Permalink

Yoon Chan-young, Son Sang-yeon, Kim Jin-young-I and Kim Jae-chul

Director Lee Seong-han has been talking about his upcoming film "The Fault Is Not Yours", which deals with a past generation struggling to understand the tribulations of the current one. Casting was a particular favorite at the latest press conference, where director Lee Seong-han mentioned how Yoon Chan-young was the only actor he cast after the first audition...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Soo-young Selected as Official Representative for Persons With Disabilities Film Festival

2019/11/06 | Permalink

While Choi Soo-young made her start as a singer, the entertainer has branched out into acting in recent years, with an award winning role in the 2014 drama "My Spring Days" and more recent roles in the films "Miss and Mrs. Cops" and "Memories of a Dead End"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Kyung-hun Surprised by Twists and Turns in "Vagabond"

2019/11/06 | Permalink

As "Vagabond" has hit terrestrial ratings of 12.8% in its lastest episode, interest has been growing in regards to even its less well known performers. Kang Kyung-hun in particular has a somewhat distant role, as the wife of Jang Hyuk-jin's character. Both have served a notable villainous role as the story has unfolded...More

[HanCinema's News] "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" Breaks 2.6 Million Viewer Mark

2019/11/06 | Permalink

"KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" has just broken the 2.6 million viewer mark in South Korea. The movie has performed strongly over the last two weeks off of weak expectations...More

[HanCinema's News] Yeo Jin-goo Tops DCInside List of Most Responsible Young Stars

2019/11/05 | Permalink

Yeo Jin-goo has won the latest eccentric user poll from the website DCInside. The query of the poll was, which celebrity has the acting power to be responsible for Chungmuro. Yeo Jin-goo decisively won the poll with over sixty percent of the total vote...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Camellia Blooms" Returns to Top Spot in Good Data Report

2019/11/05 | Permalink

After two weeks in the number two position, "When the Camellia Blooms" has reclaimed the number one position in the Good Data Report, which was compiled from October 28th to November 3rd. The Good Data Corporation makes the Good Data Report by measuring social media trends to see which of the currently airing dramas and performers are the most popular...More

[HanCinema's News] "FAILing in Love" Rights Sold to the Japanese Market

2019/11/05 | Permalink

On November 5th, only a week after its initial release, the rights to the currently airing webdrama "FAILing in Love" have been sold to the Japanese market. The news follows confirmation by the broadcast network MBC of the drama's positive metrics, which were determined when the webdrama began airing on television last Friday night...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Hae-in Wins Popularity Award at London East Asia Film Festival

2019/11/05 | Permalink

At the close of this year's London East Asia Film Festival Jung Hae-in was honored for his work on the movie "Tune in for Love" with the Most Popular Actor award at the closing gala. This wraps up an extended overseas trip for the actor, who has kept busy over the last couple of months since the ending of the popular drama "One Spring Night"...More

[HanCinema's News] Seol In-ah Appears With Dog on Instagram

2019/11/05 | Permalink

Actress Seol In-ah of "Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life" recently posted a picture of herself with her dog on Instagram. In the accompanying text Seol In-ah mentions that Namool, the name of the dog, is cool...More

[HanCinema's News] "VIP" Proves to Be a Notable Success of Fifty Two Hour Work Week Plan

2019/11/04 | Permalink

While "VIP" has not been promoted as a preproduced drama, it is nonetheless a product of a changed working environment. In contrast to Jang Nara's last drama, "The Last Empress", which was dogged by criticism of overly long and horrible working conditions for staff, filming for "VIP" began in May of this year. It concluded on October 26th - only two days before the drama staretd airing on television...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Yi-hyun Talks About "My Country: The New Age"

2019/11/04 | Permalink

While she isn't the star of "My Country: The New Age", the historical drama has been a major opportunity for actress Jo Yi-hyun, who plays the role of Seo Yeon, the younger sister of lead character Seo Hwo, who is played by Yang Se-jong. The young actress only started working in 2017 at the age of eighteen, and "My Country: The New Age" is her first historical drama...More

[HanCinema's News] New Poster Released for "Crash Landing on You"

2019/11/04 | Permalink

TvN has released a new teaser poster for its upcoming romantic comedy drama "Crash Landing on You". The drama stars Son Ye-jin as a South Korean heiress who inadvertently lands on the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone and into the life of a North Korean officer played by Hyun Bin...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Government Considering a Ban on Celebrities Promoting Soju

2019/11/04 | Permalink

In an official statement on November 4th the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare stated that it is considering a ban on allowing celebrities to promote soju. The news follows criticism from ruling party lawmakers that moves against the liquor industry have been overly lax...More

[HanCinema's News] Broadcast Drama Strikes Back at Cable

2019/11/04 | Permalink

Earlier this year there was serious concern among regular network stations that cable dramas would seriously eat into their market share. In recent months such concerns have been less prominent, as conversations are, for the moment, once again dominated by broadcast dramas such as "Extraordinary You" and "The Tale of Nokdu"...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Young-ju"

2019/11/03 | Permalink

Extreme melodrama, which occasionally cared very little for realism, has been one of the favorite genres of Korean cinema traditionally, although during the past decades, it has been pushed to the background, mostly presented here in there in mainstream productions, in order to draw even bigger crowds ("Train to Busan" is a distinct sample). Chang Sung-duk, however, decided to direct a genuine melodrama in her first feature effort, in old-fashion style...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Journey of the 12 Cats"

2019/11/02 | Permalink

While billed as a documentary "The Journey of the 12 Cats" is really more of a hybrid project. I am reasonably sure that actress Sun-Woo Sun does indeed own twelve cats, and that these are the same twelve cats featured in the movie. I'm also reasonably sure that she took them on a vacation to the ocean, and that director Park Beom-jun filmed her doing so. But the presence of other actors in the movie, as well as the fact that the cats are given voices, does suggest a bit of stage management in the background...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Negotiation"

2019/11/02 | Permalink

In hostage negotiations the police do not actually want to negotiate for hostages. Their first most preferable option is to just murder the bad guys. Though ostensibly a movie about hostage negotiation "The Negotiation" is surprisingly up front about about the special forces squads obviously lurking around just offscreen. "The Negotiation" also has surprisingly little faith in hostage negotiation as a concept. Chae-yoon (played by Son Ye-jin) is consistently portrayed as dubiously competent while master criminal Tae-goo (played by Hyun Bin) seems to know basically everything...More

[HanCinema's News] Rowoon Suspected of Having Plastic Surgery

2019/11/01 | Permalink

While Rowoon has only recently come to popularity for his acting work thanks to "Extraordinary You", he has long made appearances on South Korean entertainment programs...More

[HanCinema's News] OCN Announces 2020 Lineup

2019/11/01 | Permalink

As 2019 comes to an end, OCN has been getting into its upcoming 2020 drama slate. As is expected for the cable network, most of the dramas expected for 2020 are offbeat genre thrillers distinguished by strong concepts...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Claims She Is Incapable of Protracted Travel

2019/11/01 | Permalink

On November 1st Yoon Ji-oh again took to social media to defend herself from charges of impeding the investigations of South Korean police. She has said that she will sincerely cooperate with any investigation, but that the police are only interested in extraditing her...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Breaks Expectations

2019/11/01 | Permalink

In the month since its initial release "Crazy Romance" has amassed over 2.85 million admissions at the box office. This has allowed the romantic comedy to break the performance of "On Your Wedding Day" from 2018, which closed its time in the box office out at only 2.82 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Leads With Twelve Nominations at the Blue Dragon Awards

2019/11/01 | Permalink

On November 1st the nominees for the upcoming Blue Dragon Awards were announced. "Parasite" received twelve nominations in eleven categories. "Extreme Job", "Swing Kids", and "Exit - Movie" also received eight nominations. "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" received seven nominations...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Si-eun and Jin Tae-hyun Thank Fans for their Support

2019/10/31 | Permalink

Actors Park Si-eun and Jin Tae-hyun sent an official thank you message to fans via Instragram following an outpouring of support for the couple's decision to adopt a young woman who has been accepted to college in Seoul. The message reads, "Thank you for your interest and support. We're sorry we can't respond to all of your comments individually"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ji-soo Pays Respects to Departed Kim Joo-hyuk

2019/10/31 | Permalink

On the second anniversary of the star's death, Kim Ji-soo visited the memorial site of Kim Joo-hyuk. She posted a picture of the event on Instagram, with the caption, "I'm doing well, and will come again"...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Claims She Mistook Official Police Contact for Phishing Scam

2019/10/31 | Permalink

On October 31st Yoon Ji-oh took to Instagram to defend herself from charges that she had engaged in fraud and was avoiding contact with South Korean police. Her post includes a message sent to her from police which she interpreted to be a phishing scam, as she could not verify the information wherein...More

[HanCinema's News] New Teaser Poster Released for "Chocolate"

2019/10/31 | Permalink

A new teaser poster has been released for the upcoming jTBC drama "Chocolate", which will star Yoon Kye-sang and Ha Ji-won in the leading roles. The subtitle on the right hand side reads, "The passing sweet consolation to your life"...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Soo-hyang Reveals That She Always Knew the Identity of the Murderer in "Graceful Family"

2019/10/31 | Permalink

Following the conclusion of "Graceful Family" actress Im Soo-hyang has revealed that she knew from the beginning of the drama who the murderer was that was responsible for a series of unfortunate events in her character's backstory...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Kim Dong-wook and Moon Ga-young Up for "Find Me in Your Memory"

2019/10/30 | Permalink

It's not Dramaland without amnesia, but if the sudden type injected to stretch a dragging plot by 20 episodes is not your thing, some less chaotic options are available. One such option will hopefully be MBC's upcoming "Find Me in Your Memory", currently courting Kim Dong-wook and having already confirmed Moon Ga-young...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Nara Romance Rumors Shift From Kim Nam-gil to Lee Sang-yoon

2019/10/30 | Permalink

While Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon play a married couple on the currently airing drama "VIP", the drama is not conceptually a romantic one. Be that as it may, a broadcast of an interview between the two on the SBS entertainment news show 'E-news Exclusive' has inspired rumors that the two may be romantically involved...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Gun-mo to Marry Pianist

2019/10/30 | Permalink

On October 30th Kim Gun-mo's agency announced that he would be getting married next year on January 30th. The bride is a classically trained pianist who has also done producing work. The two had been dating for about a year...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Kyu-han Visits the Grave of Kim Joo-hyuk on Second Anniversary of his Death

2019/10/30 | Permalink

On October 30th "Graceful Family" star Lee Kyu-han made an Instagram post regarding departed actor Kim Joo-hyuk...More

[HanCinema's News] Netflix Confirms Second Season of "Love Alarm"

2019/10/30 | Permalink

A second season of the popular Netflix drama "Love Alarm" has been confirmed. The drama is based on the webtoon of the same title, and deals with a hypothetical phone application that makes noise should the holder be within ten meters of a person who has romantic interest in them...More

[HanCinema's News] Arrest Warrant Issued for Yoon Ji-oh on the Charge of Fraud

2019/10/30 | Permalink

On October 30th South Korean police confirmed that they have sought out an arrest warrant for Yoon Ji-oh. The warrant follows three requested summons for the former actress since July in regards to alleged fraud. An arrest warrant was also issued last month, but denied for failing to include enough supplementary evidence for its necessity. The submission made on October 28th addressed this shortfall and was quickly accepted...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwak Sun-young Grabs Attention as a Working Mom in "VIP"

2019/10/29 | Permalink

While not one of the leading stars of "VIP", actress Kwak Sun-young has nonetheless eclipsed Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon in first impressions with her depiction as a working mother. Other working mothers across the South Korean Internet posted on message boards expressing identification with her problems...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extraordinary You" Spends Second Straight Week Atop the Good Data Report

2019/10/29 | Permalink

On October 29th the Good Data Corporation released its social media report for the fourth week of October. In it, "Extraordinary You" was confirmed to have spent a second straight week in the number one position for surveyed dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Yu-mi Talks About "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982"

2019/10/29 | Permalink

In the currently airing film "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" the title role is played by Jung Yu-mi, whose last turn in a leading role was in the 2018 drama "Live". But in "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982", Jung Yu-mi is the protagonist of a very different story, centering on regret and apprehension as a woman discovers after marriage that her opportunities have become sharply more limited. Though the message of the movie has proved controversial, Jung Yu-mi is nonplussed in her affection for the role...More

[HanCinema's News] "Down the Flower Path" Starts Out at Over 20%

2019/10/29 | Permalink

The latest daily drama from KBS, "Down the Flower Path", opened up with ratings of 20.8% on Monday morning. This is a small dip from the final episode of its predecessor, "A Place in the Sun", which had ratings of 17.6%...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Si-eun and Jin Tae-hyun Adopt a Daughter

2019/10/29 | Permalink

On October 28th actress Park Si-eun and her husband, Jin Tae-hyun, announced on Instagram that they had adopted a daughter. They described having met her on their honeymoon in August of 2015 at an orphanage. At the time she was a high school student, and had since been calling them aunt and uncle. However, since her matriculation to a college in Seoul she had been living with the couple at their home, hence the need for a formal adoption...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jae-wook to Appear in "I'll Visit You When the Weather Is Nice"

2019/10/28 | Permalink

On October 28th Lee Jae-wook's agency, VAST Entertainment, confirmed that the actor had been cast in the upcoming drama "I'll Visit You When the Weather Is Nice". The jTBC drama is expected to be released sometime next year and deals with Mok Hae-won (played by Park Min-young), a woman who has tired of life in Seoul and meets In Eun-seob (played by Seo Kang-joon), who's running an independent bookstore...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kim Do-young Discusses "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982"

2019/10/28 | Permalink

"KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" was a surprising presence at the box office this weekend, earning over a million admissions in its opener. "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" is the debut work of its director, Kim Do-young, but she has long worked in the South Korean entertainment industry as an actress. In an interview she was nonplussed by hostility toward the movie's concept...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Tae-won Featured on the Cover of Maxim

2019/10/28 | Permalink

For the November cover of Maxim Korea, a fairly unusual celebrity was selected. Kwon Tae-won is forty-eight years old and has never had much of a reputation as a leading man. He's the kind of actor who shows up in scene stealing supporting roles. In a riff off of perhaps his most famous turn, as Ho-goo (호구) in "Tazza: The High Rollers", the theme of the spread is Ho-goo (호구). Ho-goo (호구), is, incidentally, a slang term for a kind of loser...More

[HanCinema's News] Yang Hye-ji and Jo Ki-sung meet again in "FAILing in Love"

2019/10/28 | Permalink

On October 28th NaverTV premiered their latest web drama, "FAILing in Love". MBC will also start airing the drama on television late on Friday nights. "FAILing in Love" comes from One Night Media, which is best known for the 2017 web drama "Crushes - Special Edition"...More

[HanCinema's News] Filming for "Chocolate" Completed

2019/10/28 | Permalink

Reports are indicating that as of October 28th filming for "Chocolate" has been completed. The upcoming jTBC drama is set to start airing on November 29th, and stars Ha Ji-won and Yoon Kye-sang in the leading roles. She plays a chef and he plays a doctor who meet at a hospice and reconnect over food...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Love, Again"

2019/10/26 | Permalink

In the opening scene to "Love, Again" we see Hyeon-woo (played by Kwon Sang-woo) and Seon-yeong (played by Lee Jung-hyun) having a bitter, meaningless argument. What starts out as a dare gets played out for real as the two stubbornly decide to turn their public marriage ceremony into a public divorce ceremony. During this scene Hyeon-woo visibly shows signs of realizing that this was a terrible idea. Seon-yeong is bolder, mainly because she is more afraid of losing the argument...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Don't Go Too Far"

2019/10/26 | Permalink

Films that unfold like stage plays is one of my favorite categories, although I can understand why many consider them non-cinematic. Park Hyun-yong directs a film in that fashion, but through a number of added elements, most of which are "courtesy" of genre cinema, manages to exceed these limitations...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Marrying the Mafia 5 - Return of the Family"

2019/10/26 | Permalink

Dae-seo (played by Jung Joon-ho) tragically lost his gangster princess wife from the first "Marrying the Mafia" movie a while back in a car crash. Then we see in the present day that his brothers-in-laws continue to hang around his company being generally useless. Then out of nowhere we find out that Dae-seo's nephew Yeong-min is played by Yoon Doo-joon and yikes, who knew that beastly men could be so dangerous to prequel love interests?...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-hyun Discusses "Love, Again" and her Recent Marriage

2019/10/25 | Permalink

While Lee Jung-hyun has had a long career as an actress in South Korea, "Love, Again" is her first romantic comedy. The actress debuted as a teenager in the lead role of "A Petal", had notable roles in the mainstream historical war films "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" and "The Battleship Island" and was even the lead in the weekend drama "Family Outing". In the wake of "Love, Again"'s release, Lee Jung-hyun has discussed how this has made her feel...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extraordinary You" Popular in China

2019/10/25 | Permalink

Following documentation showing that "Extraordinary You" is surprisingly popular in the South Korean market, data from China suggests that the high school fantasy romance drama has also built a strong following overseas. The drama has received a large number of ratings and a high overall vote on Chinese rating aggregator sites...More

[HanCinema's News] Chae Min-seo Apologizes for Drunk Driving

2019/10/25 | Permalink

Following a judgment against her for drunk driving, Chae Min-seo took to social media to issue a public apology for her actions. The charges stem from an incident on March 26th when she was involved in an accident at six in the morning...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Hyun-chul Appears in "Melting Me Softly"

2019/10/25 | Permalink

Following the main romance kicking into high gear, "Melting Me Softly" is now set to start delving into the mystery behind the drama's main premise. Why were Ji Chang-wook and Won Ji-ah frozen for twenty years instead of the shorter time period originally agreed to? The answer has to do with Seo Hyun-chul, who plays a doctor who worked at the labratory...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ye-jin Thanks Fans for Sending Snack Car

2019/10/25 | Permalink

On October 25th Son Ye-jin sent a message to her international fans via Instagram. The message reads, in English, "Thank you snowstars, I was touched by your thoughtful gift. My heart feels so full, I won't forget your love and support"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extraordinary You" Shows Marked Gap Between Ratings and Apparent Popularity

2019/10/24 | Permalink

By traditional metrics "Extraordinary You" is doing quite poorly. The drama has been struggling in the three to four percent range ever since its debut on October 2nd. Nor has it been particularly proper with critics, who have described the drama's dialog as cheesy and childish, and the high school premise with pretty boys as a transparent riff off of "Boys over Flowers" from 2009...More

[HanCinema's News] Opening Ceremony Held for the Bucheon International Animation Festival

2019/10/24 | Permalink

A wide variety of performances filled the stage for the opening ceremony of the Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF). B-boying was one favorite at the great hall of the Korea Manwha Museum, while the girl group ITZY was on hand to greet guests like No Hyung-wook and Yang Ye-seung, among other international performers...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Honey's Cryptic Instagram Post Sparks Speculation About Break-up With Yoon Kye-sang

2019/10/24 | Permalink

On October 23rd Lee Honey made a peculiar Instagram post. In it, a picture of an empty room is shown. Lee Honey writes, "It's ok, is ok. It's not ok, also ok" in Korean, and then again in English...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Ho-young Tops DCInside Poll of Stars Likely to Be the Best Secret Cook

2019/10/24 | Permalink

The online community website DCInside recently released the polling result of an offbeat question. In this case, they asked which celebrity is so multi-talented they would probably be good at cooking too...More

[HanCinema's News] Sukku Son Considers Joining "The Outlaws 2"

2019/10/24 | Permalink

A person familiar with Sukku Son's agency, SBD Entertainment, has said that the actor has received an offer to appear in "The Outlaws 2". The part in question is a villainous one, so if Sukku Son takes the role he would be playing a similar role to the one Yoon Kye-sang played in the first part of "The Outlaws", acting as antagonist to presumed leading man Ma Dong-seok...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extraordinary You" Soundtrack at Over 3 Million Views on YouTube

2019/10/23 | Permalink

Following its ascendance to the top spot in the Good Data Report, "Extraordinary You" is also showing strong metrics in a more unusual spot - drama soundtracks...More

[HanCinema's News] More of Jung in-sun's Childhood Photos Unveiled

2019/10/23 | Permalink

While Jung In-sun has only just recently becomes a popular name in the South Korean enetrtainment industry, she has long appeared in television dramas even in her childhood...More

[HanCinema's News] Character Correlation Chart Released for VIP

2019/10/23 | Permalink

"VIP" is coming out on October 28th and a character correlation chart has come out to help prospective fans keep track of which characters are related to who. As expected, Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon appear at the center of the chart, flanked by their co-workers in the VIP support team...More

[HanCinema's News] Entertainment Industry Continues to Recover From THAAD Boycott

2019/10/23 | Permalink

The THAAD Boycott has been a source of tension between South Korea and China ever since the controversial anti ballistic missile defense system was deployed in 2016. However, with the current anti-Japan boycott proving to have much more energy behind it, there are signs of a thaw in South Korean business relations with China, as actor Kim Soo-hyun was selected to represent the Korean beauty brand DPC at a recent event in Shanghai...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Nara Comes Back With "VIP"

2019/10/23 | Permalink

With "VIP", Jang Nara is making a comeback. Of course, Jang Nara is among the more prolific actresses working in South Korea today, so it hasn't been long since her last project. "The Last Empress" was a major ratings hit when it ended in February of this year...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extraordinary You" Tops Good Data Report

2019/10/22 | Permalink

In the latest Good Data report for the third week of October "Extraordinary You" has achieved the top position. This is only the third week in which "Extraordinary You" has been airing. The spike has also been fairly sudden, with the social media metrics analyzed by the report having gained a 75% boost compared to the previous week...More

[HanCinema's News] New Posters Released for "Never Twice"

2019/10/22 | Permalink

Two new posters have been released for the upcoming drama "Never Twice". The weekend drama centers around a boarding house, with the proprietor being played by Youn Yuh-jung...More

[HanCinema's News] Hwang Bo-ra Joins "Hyena"

2019/10/22 | Permalink

Following a popular run on the big budget pre-produced SBS drama "Vagabond" Hwang Bo-ra is set to move on to a new project. "Hyena" is expected sometime in February, and Hwang Bo-ra becomes only the third confirmed cast member for the drama following leads Kim Hye-soo and Ju Ji-hoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yong-woo Comes Back in "Nailed"

2019/10/22 | Permalink

Park Yong-woo is coming back to the screen next month with "Nailed". The black comedy centers around a criminal car mechanic and his wife who deal with difficult business circumstances by deliberately provoking road accidents to force people to seek out his services...More

[HanCinema's News] "Catch the Ghost" Focuses on Subway Police

2019/10/22 | Permalink

Most dramas and films focus on police officers doing high profile investigations of major crimes. "Catch the Ghost" is no different in that regard, as the main plot of the drama deals with a serial killer. However, because the main characters are subway police officers, they are also portrayed dealing with problems more usually expected from such a setting, such as pickpockets or hidden cameras...More

[HanCinema's News] Even Original Webtoon Author Surprised by Fidelity of "Extraordinary You"

2019/10/21 | Permalink

Dramas that are adaptations of webtoons frequently have ambiguous levels of connection to the source material. Typically, only the basic premise and the character names are retained. But "Extraordinary You" has surprised even the webtoon's original author with its fidelity to the source material, with praise for Kim Hye-yoon in particular for understanding the lead character so well...More

[HanCinema's News] Suspicions Remain Regarding Death of Sulli

2019/10/21 | Permalink

Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression, cyberbullying and suicide.

While the police have ruled out foul play and the death of Sulli has been reported as a suicide, many ambiguous factors remain about the performer's death. A major reason why her death came as such a shock was because Sulli had not been behaving unusually in the days before her death and in fact had a fairly busy work schedule...More

[HanCinema's News] IU Apologizes for Delay in Release of her Upcoming Album

2019/10/21 | Permalink

While IU had been scheduled to release a mini-album on November 1st, circumstances appear to have forced IU to push back the release date. The actress and singer made a personal appearance at her officially sanctioned fan website citing creative and technical reasons to explain why she did not feel it was practical to meet the current deadline...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Films Reflect Disenchanted Youth

2019/10/21 | Permalink

Where once South Korean media had strong, expressive optimism about the future of young people, that imagery has quickly become an antiquated symbol. The country's young people have struggled to obtain jobs and get married in an increasingly difficult labor market. April's youth unemployment rate is now 11.5% - the highest since 1999. And the frustrations related to this have crept into South Korean films...More

[HanCinema's News] More Details on KangNam's Wedding

2019/10/21 | Permalink

Since singer KangNam married former speed skater Lee Sang-hwa on October 12th details about the ceremony have crept out into the media...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Way Back Home - 2019"

2019/10/19 | Permalink

For the first several scenes of "Way Back Home - 2019" we just watch Jeong-won (played by Han Woo-yun) go through the motions of happy married life. She and her husband discuss interior decorating. Then, she goes to work as a swim instructor while he goes to work at her uncle's carpentry shop. Their home is not idyllic, but it's seriously joyful. Then comes the phone call from a very insistent police officer. This phone call does not rupture Jeong-won's happy life, but it does cause a disturbance...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Education"

2019/10/19 | Permalink

Seong-hee (played Moon Hye-in) is a cranky young woman who recently got injured on the job as a personal assistant. She isn't getting compensated because her job kind of sucks. Seong-hee begs an unsympathetic supervisor to give her just enough work so that she can limp into Spain and he acquiesces. Seong-hee's new low intensity job leads her to spend time with Hyeon-mok (played by Kim Joon-hyung-III), the teenage son of the borderline comatose woman Seong-hee ends up caring for...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "School Excursion" + Full Movie

2019/10/19 | Permalink

Not as political heavy as his masterpiece, "Aimless Bullet" since the censorship laws in 1969 had become much stricter, "School Excursion" deals with is subject it much "tamer" fashion, but Yu Hyun-mok still managed to include some segments of criticism, although in very subtle fashion...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin Posts Another Picture of her Son on Instagram

2019/10/18 | Permalink

On October 18th Kim Hyo-jin posted another picture of her son on Instagram, possibly in response to the positive reception to a previous picture of him together with his father, Yoo Ji-tae. In this new picture the baby can be seen together with the family dog...More

[HanCinema's News] Heo Sung-tae Reappears in "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful"

2019/10/18 | Permalink

Next month "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" will premiere in South Korean theaters to high anticipation. The film is the prequel to "The Divine Move" from 2014, a film that notoriously combined the board game of Go with gangster style epic action scenes. So it's appropriate that "The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful" will be the latest showcase for actor Heo Sung-tae...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Hwi-jae's Wife and Children Appear on Social Media

2019/10/18 | Permalink

Lee Hwi-jae's spouse has been using social media. While details were sparse about Moon Jung-won (Instagram) when she first married the popularly known entertainer, the florist has since come into her own on social media. On Instagram she posts about herself as well as the couple's two children...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extraordinary You" Meets With Approval From Original Webtoon Fans

2019/10/18 | Permalink

"Extraordinary You" has been building a small reliable following off of the strength of its original webtoon version. Though the drama's ratings pale in comparison to "When the Camellia Blooms" it has been excelling in social media metrics, hitting second place in the latest Good Data report for dramas, while lead actors Rowoon and Kim Hye-yoon occupy the fourth and fifth spots for performers...More

[HanCinema's News] IU and Krystal Quietly Attend Sulli's Funeral Ceremony

2019/10/18 | Permalink

Reports released on October 18th have stated that IU attended Sulli's funeral ceremony earlier this week. The news come as a bit of a surprise, because IU was not among the many celebrities who expressed condolences over social media throughout the week...More

[HanCinema's News] Handsome Male Leads Elevate "Extraordinary You"

2019/10/17 | Permalink

"Extraordinary You" featured a mild uptick in ratings this week, breaking 4% for the first time. However, the drama has been attracting buzz from a loyal subset of fans for its decidedly handsome male leads. Kim Young-dae, Jung Gun-joo, and Lee Jae-wook have all effectively served as shadows and foils for the actual lead character played by Rowoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Returns to South Korea Following Death of Sulli

2019/10/17 | Permalink

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On October 17th Goo Ha-ra returned to South Korea. The stated reason for her sudden return was to attend the memorial service of Sulli, who died on October 14th. She had been unable to attend the earlier funeral service owing to scheduling conflicts, having only managed to clear her schedule on the morning of October 17th...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ji-tae Selected as New Model for Educational Service

2019/10/17 | Permalink

The JTech educational brand has selected Yoo Ji-tae as its first advertising model for its FinUp service. The first part featuring the actor started airing on October 16th. Two more in the three part series will start airing on October 23rd...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Lies Within" Gains Momentum in Rebroadcasts

2019/10/17 | Permalink

"The Lies Within" was largely an unknown quantity when it first aired. The OCN drama centers around a detective who can't leave any death unnoticed. Lee Min-ki was cast in the lead role, and though the actor is well-known, viewers weren't sure how to place him in the style of a hard-boiled OCN detective serial...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah Appear With their Tamagotchis

2019/10/17 | Permalink

On October 17th the Instagram account for tvN dramas posted photos of its lead actors Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah of "Melting Me Softly" playing with their Tamagotchis...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Cancels Return Event Out of Respect for Sulli

2019/10/16 | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo has canceled a photocall event for the Han Jewelry brand that was scheduled for October 17th. The event was to be her first public one in South Korea since her high-profile divorce from actor Song Joong-ki four months ago...More

[HanCinema's News] Victoria Returns to South Korea for Sulli's Funeral

2019/10/16 | Permalink

Victoria's Instagram

Victoria has returned to South Korea. The actress and singer is still in the midst of filming a drama in China, but production has been suspended in light of Sulli's unexpected death. A Chinese entertainment news outlet reported that Victoria was told the news on set and broke out in tears, provoking serious concern from her co-stars...More

[HanCinema's News] Sulli's Past Comments at "Fashion King - Movie" Take on New Disturbing Context

2019/10/16 | Permalink

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Following peculiar comments by Ahn Jae-hyun on Instagram following news of Sulli's death, more interest has been drawn to the "Fashion King - Movie", in which they both appeared. Statements made in a press conference for the event some five years ago now come off as considerably more disturbing...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Tae-hee Confirms Receipt of Offer for Upcoming Drama "Hi Bye, Mama!"

2019/10/16 | Permalink

On August 16th Kim Tae-hee's agency, Story J Entertainment, confirmed that the actress has received an offer to appear in the tvN drama "Hi Bye, Mama!". Shortly a person connected with tvN confirmed that this was correct and expressed optimism as to the prospect of her acceptance...More

[HanCinema's News] G-Dragon Posts Photos of his Sister's Wedding

2019/10/16 | Permalink

Following the successful conclusion of his older sister's wedding to actor Kim Min-joon, G-Dragon posts photos of the nuptials to Instagram...More

[HanCinema's News] "Catch the Ghost" Press Conference Pushed Back in the Wake of Sulli's Death

2019/10/15 | Permalink

On October 15th "Catch the Ghost" canceled its October 16th press conference for the drama. Now the press conference will be held on October 21st. The official reason given for the delay was to demonstrate compassion for an unfortunate situation, with a request for accomodation given the circumstances...More

[HanCinema's News] Wedding Dress for KangNam's Bride Unveiled

2019/10/15 | Permalink

On October 14th the SBS variety show 'Same Bed Different Dreams 2' released an episode dealing with KangNam and the former speed skater whom he is about to marry. Of particular interest in the program was a dress fitting scene where the two acquired the clothes they are to use for their special day...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun Express Condolences for Sulli's Death

2019/10/15 | Permalink

Among the earliest celebrities to offer an official response to Sulli's death were Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun. Though the couple are in the midst of a bitter divorce feud, both of them knew Sulli from the actress's work on "Fashion King - Movie", where she worked with Ahn Jae-hyun, and "Seodongyo", where she worked with Ku Hye-sun...More

[HanCinema's News] Olleh TV Finds Success With Screening South Korean Films

2019/10/15 | Permalink

A financial report from KT shows that the media group has found significant success by branding itself as a platform with strong access to South Korean films. Seventy of the top one hundred movies available on the platform are from South Korea, with "Extreme Job" holding the pole position with 550,000 requested screenings...More

[HanCinema's News] October Showing Potential as a Month for Comedy Films

2019/10/15 | Permalink

With "Crazy Romance" passing the two million viewer mark over the weekend comparisons have been made with last year's "Intimate Strangers", another comedy with a strong concept and well-known actors, but modest box office expectations. The movies have been tracking similarly, each having made the two million viewer benchmark at about the same time in their theatrical runs, after the second weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon Appears on Variety TV Show

2019/10/14 | Permalink

Park Seo-joon recently appeared on the most recent episode of 'Three Meals a Day'. The variety show follows Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah, and Park So-dam as they make their own food in a mountain setting. Park Seo-joon was their fourth guest on the program...More

[HanCinema's News] Pyo Ye-jin Returns With "VIP"

2019/10/14 | Permalink

Pyo Ye-jin is making a comeback. The actress who first came to prominence in a supporting role in the popular drama "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" will soon be appearing in the highly anticipated drama "VIP" on October 28th starring Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon...More

[HanCinema's News] "Melting Me Softly" Character Correlation Chart

2019/10/14 | Permalink

As interest rises in "Melting Me Softly" so too has focus been put on the drama's character correlation chart. The drama's relationships are actually fairly simple to keep track of, as the story deals with relationships between a fairly limited set of cast members...More

[HanCinema's News] "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" Competes with "The Lies Within"

2019/10/14 | Permalink

On the weekends "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" and "The Lies Within" have attracted attention for being dramas with a similar concept of being cable dramas with an action driven premise airing on the same night. The generally niche genre of such shows has finally proven lucrative enough for OCN that another network, TV Chosun, has tried to get in on the action...More

[HanCinema's News] Busan International Film Festival Comes to An End

2019/10/14 | Permalink

At this year's Busan International Film Festival 299 films appeared from 88 countries. 145 of these movies were international premieres. While BIFF has improved its quality of film, admissions are down slightly from last year. 2018 had 195,081 admissions while 2019 had 189,916 admissions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Crazy Romance"

2019/10/12 | Permalink

The original Korean title of "Crazy Romance" actually literally translates as the most ordinary romance. The statement is one of dark irony, because "Crazy Romance" is an equally accurate title. Soon-yeong (played by Gong Hyo-jin) is a woman who has chosen a life of romantic cynicism. Jae-hoon (played by Kim Rae-won) has had romantic cynicism thrust upon him. Together, they get very drunk, not because they are looking for a romantic partner, but as a humorous coping mechanism for their real world problems...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Free My Soul, Free My Song"

2019/10/12 | Permalink

People in the media in general tend to be loud and outspoken, but we all know that introverted people do indeed exist. "Free My Soul, Free My Song" is an interesting documentary because it's about a very introverted, very shy young woman who would normally never be the topic of a feature length. On the face of it there's nothing all that remarkable about Ji-hee's quest to become a world class acoustic guitar player- save for the fact that she is mentally challenged...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Gingko Bed" + Full Movie

2019/10/12 | Permalink

Considered one of the first Korean films to implement special effects in a way that added to its value, "The Gingko Bed" is also story of eternal love that suffers, however, from a rather faulty narrative...More

[Orion's Ramblings] Go Soo, Lee Sung-Min and Shim Eun-kyung Cast in TvN's "Money Game"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

If you're a glutton for punishment and don't have enough economic insecurity and anxiety in your life, tvN's got you covered with "Money Game". The upcoming financial suspense series has confirmed its casting of Go Soo, Lee Sung-min and Shim Eun-kyung, clearly going for that sweet Chungmuro appeal to torment us with...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung Opens up About "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

In a recent interview Shin Se-kyung has opened up about her recent role on "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung". While much was made of the drama's feminist premise, Shin Se-kyung talked about how she was drawn to the role by its exploration of a woman at a crossroads in life. Shin Se-kyung will soon be entering her thirties, after all, and much like the character she plays, wants to be remembered as something besides a cute face...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ki-woong Opens up About "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

Park Ki-woong has long been a veteran of the South Korean entertainment industry. Having had roles in "Bridal Mask", "Monster - 2016" and "Return", his latest appearance was in the drama "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", where he played a prince. Following the end of the drama, Park Ki-woong has spoken more frankly about this role...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin's Legs Come Under Fire in "Crazy Romance" Poster

2019/10/11 | Permalink

In the wake of its unexpected box office success, "Crazy Romance" has come under fire for the image presented in the main theatrical poster. Specifically, Gong Hyo-jin's legs are portrayed as being longer than those of the actual actress. Official representatices from "Crazy Romance" have insisted the image was not touched up...More

[HanCinema's News] The Origin of Gong Hyo-jin's Character Name in "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/10/11 | Permalink

"When the Camellia Blooms" has been a huge success on South Korean television hitting ratings upward of 14%. Though many factors are responsible for this, a subtler one is the unusual name of its main character. Dong-baek, who is played by Gong Hyo-jin, literally translates as Camellia. But why is the lead character of this aggressive romance named after the flower?...More

[HanCinema's News] "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" Latest Adaptation of Best Selling Novel

2019/10/11 | Permalink

"KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982" opens on October 23rd and will be the first South Korean film in some time to be based off of a best-selling novel. Surprisingly few South Korean films are based off of novels, as popular novels in the country have not always had a storytelling style that can be easily translated to screen...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Hits 1.5 Million Viewers

2019/10/10 | Permalink

On October 9th "Crazy Romance" passed 1.5 million viewers at the domestic South Korean box office. The film is in an excellent position to challenge the current record set by "Architecture 101" of over 4 million viewers for a romantic genre film, as competition has remained weak over the one-off Hangeul Day holiday on October 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yo-won Acknowledges Coffee Car

2019/10/10 | Permalink

Fresh off of a focus on her long-time married life, Lee Yo-won has posted a thankful acknowledgment to Instagram for a coffee car sent to her by fans...More

[HanCinema's News] CGV Starts Film Festival in Indonesia

2019/10/10 | Permalink

From October 10th to October 13th CJ is holding its tenth annual Korea Indonesia Film Festival. The film festival will take place in five different regions and Kang So-ra will be on hand throughout to promote the film festival personally...More

[HanCinema's News] Kangnam and his Bride to Honeymoon in the Maldives

2019/10/10 | Permalink

Following reports that KangNam is to marry his girlfriend, speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, the couple appears set to honeymoon in the Maldives. The vacation will take place after the couple is married on October 12th at an unnamed hotel in Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] Speculation Brews About Whether Stephanie Has a Boyfriend

2019/10/10 | Permalink

Stephanie's Instagram

Stephanie has speaking about the kind of men she dislikes has been gaining attention. Specifically, Stephanie said that she doesn't like men who make jokes too easily. Stephanie described between six or seven men as having approached her romantically in such a way...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Rights Sold to Twenty Two Countries

2019/10/08 | Permalink

"Crazy Romance" entered the South Korean box office with modest expectations, as was to be expected with a romantic comedy from a first time director opening against a major Hollywood superhero film. But after the movie's surprise million admissions weekend sales, international rights quickly became a hot commodity...More

[HanCinema's News] CGV to Screen Classic South Korean Films Through October 27th.

2019/10/08 | Permalink

In recognition of the one hundreth anniversary of South Korea's film industry, CGV will be running screenings from October 14th to October 27th of various classic South Korean films. However, the films in question will skew toward more recent releases, namely major box office performers of recent years, and some of the more well-known titles from the Hallyu Wave period of the late nineties and early two thousands...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Keun-suk's Fan Club Donated Twenty Five Thousand Dollars to Charity

2019/10/08 | Permalink

Back in August, actor Jang Geun-seuk had his thirty-second birthday. Jang Keun-suk's fan club, Cri J, began a donation drive at that time, and on October 7th finished the drive and made a donation of $25,000 in Jang Keun-suk's name to charity...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Yo-won Has a Love Story and a Beautiful House

2019/10/08 | Permalink

With her recent reappearance in "The Running Mates: Human Rights" more attention has been focused on Lee Yo-won's personal life. The actress has been married since 2003 and the entertainment news program 'Section TV' recently ran a segment on Lee Yo-won and her husband...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Hae-in Has Been Keeping Busy

2019/10/08 | Permalink

Actor Jung Hae-in has been back in the spotlight lately, as he walked the red carpet at the Busan International Film Festival on October 3rd. He came to the festival because it was screening his recent film "Tune in for Love", where Jung Hae-in co-starred with Kim Go-eun as a couple who keeps getting separated by time and tide...More

[HanCinema's News] "Crazy Romance" Stars Visit Seoul Theaters Over the Weekend

2019/10/07 | Permalink

The stars of "Crazy Romance" made a point of doing special theater visits over the weekend to meet with fans. Though "Crazy Romance" failed to top the box office, it nonetheless managed to hit over a million viewers in five days, as the movie received plaudits for its blunt and decidedly unromantic portrayal of a romantic relationship...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Makes First Social Media Post in Four Months

2019/10/07 | Permalink

Song Hye-kyo recently made her first Instagram post since June. Though the post just consists of a fashion pictorial, it is noteworthy for being the first post Song Hye-kyo has made to the social media platform since the high profile announcement of her divorce from actor Song Joong-ki, who she met while filming "Descendants of the Sun" back in 2015...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Appears on Variety Show 'Laborhood on Hire'

2019/10/07 | Permalink

"Melting Me Softly" co-stars Ji Chang-wook and and Im Won-hee recently made an appearance on the variety show 'Laborhood on Hire'. The show stars comedian Yoo Jae-suk in the leading role as he takes celebrity guests to understaffed jobs and they all work together for the day getting the job done. In the latest edition the three actors worked at a sea salt farm...More

[HanCinema's News] "Melting Me Softly" Captures Attention for Nineties Hairstyles

2019/10/07 | Permalink

Fans of the ongoing tvN drama "Melting Me Softly" have taken note of the drama's surprisingly earnest attention to period fashion. The main characters of "Melting Me Softly" were frozen for twenty years, and portions of the drama taking place in the past day have shown strong fidelity to the fashion of 1999...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Reappears at Japanese Fashion Show

2019/10/07 | Permalink

Goo Ha-ra has been scarce in the South Korean market since earlier this year, following a series of unfortunate events stemming from an ex-boyfriend's attempts to blackmail her. Having departed for Japan, Goo Ha-ra has started working again and even signed contracts in the Japanese market. Now, she is posting content to Instagram detailing her appearances...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Villagers"

2019/10/05 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "The Villagers" we see Gi-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) forced into a change of careers for breaking the rules. In one of the movie's more interesting dramatic flourishes, Gi-cheol is not played from that point forward as a renegade. To the contrary, Gi-cheol is surprisingly passive. He does get provoked into investigating a missing persons case because high school student Yoo-jin (played by Kim Sae-ron) has been aggressively putting out flyers. But even then, Gi-cheol is subdued...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Behind the Dark Night"

2019/10/05 | Permalink

Some particularly nerdy and socially awkward college students will look at superhero flicks and think that such movies represent the full range of cinematic expression. "Behind the Dark Night" is a mockumentary that takes a look at some such students and their quest that goes on for years to bring their epic vision to life. This, even as some members of the project realize that their derivative fan film is a stupid idea and just leave...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "DMZ: Reload"

2019/10/05 | Permalink

Oh In-chun seems to experience an utterly creative phase during the latest years, since he turns up movies every few months. "The DMZ" despite its no-budget nature was one of the best, and now Oh returns with a kind of a sequel, in the same style but also quite different, both regarding the story and the narrative approach, which is more intricate...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hye-yoon Marks An Image Change With "Extraordinary You"

2019/10/04 | Permalink

Kim Hye-yoon's Instagram

Kim Hye-yoon was one of many actresses to have received a visible career boost from her appearance in "SKY Castle" earlier this year. However, the actress is already working to distinguish herself from that role with her newfound prominence as the lead in the currently airing drama "Extraordinary You"...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Seon-mi Talks About "Hotel by the River"

2019/10/04 | Permalink

On October 4th the Busan International Film Festival held one of its first guest visits for the most recent release from director Hong Sang-soo, "Hotel by the River"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lead Actors and Director of "Exit - Movie" Do Open Talk at BIFF

2019/10/04 | Permalink

On October 4th writer/director Lee Sang-geun and lead actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona participated in an Open Talk at the Busan International Film Festival for their film "Exit - Movie". The film opened in July at the South Korean box office and went on to earn 9.4 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Oh Yeon-seo Photos Come to Light

2019/10/04 | Permalink

With the release of "Love With Flaws" next month more interest is coming to Oh Yeon-seo. On the Mnet program TMI News, the actress made a surprise appearance in the form of being an actress who used to be a singer in the group LUV back when she was still a teenager. The group LUV only lasted long enough for one album...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Ji-hyun's Marriage Comes into Focus With her Return

2019/10/04 | Permalink

With her special appearance in "Vagabond" and increasing presence on the advertising circuit Jun Ji-hyun appears to be hinting at a return to acting work. This has naturally increased interest in her husband, a man who is not an actor, and whose marriage is the chief reason why Jun Ji-hyun has taken a break so as to have children...More

[HanCinema's News] The Stars and Director of "Exit - Movie" Take to the BIFF Red Carpet

2019/10/03 | Permalink

The Busan International Film Festival kicked off on October 3rd. As was expected, actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoona of the hit film "Exit - Movie" were there, as well as writer/director Lee Sang-eun. South Korean media was on the scene to cover the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Differing Surnames Beg Questions of Ha Jung-woo and Cha Hyun-woo

2019/10/03 | Permalink

With the fraternal relationship between Ha Jung-woo and Cha Hyun-woo back in the news, the question is naturally begged - why do the two brothers have different surnames? Both are the children of veteran actor Kim Yong-gun. Old footage from a talk show in 2009 sheds some light on the situation...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-eon's Opening Remarks at BIFF

2019/10/03 | Permalink

At the opening ceremony for the Busan International Film Festival actor Lee Si-eon had some choice remarks for the city as a waypoint for film professionals...More

[HanCinema's News] Rowoon's Comments on "Extraordinary You"

2019/10/03 | Permalink

"Extraordinary You" has experienced a spike in interest since it first started airing, though the drama had been fairly low profile up until that point. Consequently, the comments of the male star Rowoon at the drama's October 2nd press conference have come under closer scrutiny...More

[HanCinema's News] New Yum Hye-ran Stills Released for "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/10/03 | Permalink

"When the Camellia Blooms" has released new stills for supporting actress Yum Hye-ran. Though Yum Hye-ran is forty three years old the stills somewhat surprisingly depict her wearing a school uniform. The scene being referenced is a flashback depicting the past encounters of present day encounters...More

[HanCinema's News] "Man of Men" Comedy Genre Film in South Korean Market

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Following the success of movies like "Extreme Job" and "Exit - Movie" the South Korean box office has seen a sudden shift to genre comedies. "Man of Men" is the latest film to follow up on this trend, banking on its lively characters and premise to find success at the box office...More

[HanCinema's News] "Moonlit Winter" Follows up South Korean Melodrama Trend of Memories

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Kim Hee-ae is coming back in November with the new melodrama "Moonlit Winter". The movie is looking to follow up on the themes from other recent melodramas like "Be with You" and "Tune in for Love", as its lead characters set off in search for lost memories related to her first love...More

[HanCinema's News] Jeon Gye-soo Relates Ha Jung-woo Anecdote Regarding "The Handmaiden"

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Director Jeon Gye-soo and actress Chun Woo-hee have been making the rounds in the media to promote their upcoming film "Vertigo", a romantic melodrama about a woman who's scared of heights and a man who obsessively climbs buildings. On the SBS radio program 'Cinetown' Jeon Gye-soo talked about an odd encounter he had with Park Chan-wook and Ha Jung-woo...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Hyun-woo and Hwang Bo-ra Maintain a Low Profile

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Hwang Bo-ra has been attracting attention lately for her low-key, but important role in the currently airing drama "Vagabond". Because the drama is preproduced she is free to maintain a low profile - as was noticed when she posted a picture of herself on Instagram with a baby...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Jung-hee Surprises Fans With Dog Obsession

2019/10/02 | Permalink

Moon Jung-hee is not particularly well-known in the South Korean entertainment industry. However, interest in the actress has spiked thanks to her distinctive appearance on "Vagabond"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Jung-suk and his Wife Gummy to Celebrate their First Year Wedding Anniversary

2019/10/01 | Permalink

In a year that has been dominated by acrimonious news about celebrity couples gone awry, Jo Jung-suk and his wife Gummy are soon to celebrate their first year wedding anniversary. The two had been dating for five years before getting married in a private ceremony last year on October 8th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Yoo-mi Cancels Contract With DHCKorea Over Comfort Woman Issue

2019/10/01 | Permalink

On October 1st Jung Yoo-mi announced through her agency, Ace Factory, that she was canceling her current contract as an advertising model for DHCKorea and returning all outstanding money she had already been paid earlier in the contract period...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Tale of Nokdu" Breaks Three Year Slump for KBS on Mondays and Tuesdays

2019/10/01 | Permalink

While the drama is far more being finished, "The Tale of Nokdu" has had a strong opening week with its first two nights of programming, having achieved ratings ranging from 6-8%. The last drama to have gotten ratings this high for KBS in the late Monday/Tuesday timeslot was "The Man In My House" back in 2016...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Sees Lee Hong-ki Off for his Mandatory Military Service

2019/10/01 | Permalink

On September 29th Park Shin-hye made a post on Instagram commemorating FT Island member Lee Hong-ki, who has become the first member of that group to begin his mandatory military service...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Sojin Cast for "Stove League"

2019/10/01 | Permalink

Park Sojin of the musical groups Girl's Day has been cast for the upcoming drama "Stove League", which stars Namgoong Min in the leading role...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Minho Fails to Hit Heights Reach by Yoona

2019/09/30 | Permalink

Following the massive success of "Exit - Movie" this summer, and the legitimacy it granted Yoona as an actress, there was much interest in "The Battle of Jangsari", about whether that movie would prove to be a similar success for Choi Minho. While "The Battle of Jangsari" did win the overall box office over the weekend, it did not break a million viewers and is unlikely to set a similarly strong precedent...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Sang-yeob Discussed "The Day I Died" With Kim Hye-soo

2019/09/30 | Permalink

On the latest episode of the South Korean variety show 'My Little Old Boy' Lee Sang-yeob talked about "The Day I Died". According to Lee Sang-yeob, filming for the film has already started and he has been working on set with his co-star, Kim Hye-soo...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Battle of Jangsari" Tops Weekend Box Office

2019/09/30 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council "The Battle of Jangsari" won last weekend's competition at the box office. The war movie earned 689,686 admissions. This puts it significantly ahead of "By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" with 275,680 admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Ji-ho Talks About his Family and "Rainbow Playground"

2019/09/30 | Permalink

Actor Oh Ji-ho recently appeared on the morning radio program 'Park Seon-young's Cine Town' to discuss his latest movie. He describes his interest in "Rainbow Playground" as stemming from having children. Though Oh Ji-ho has said he used to be averse to public spaces with people, thanks to his children, now he seeks them out...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-hyun Appears at Press Event for "The Tale of Nokdu"

2019/09/30 | Permalink

On September 30th the cast and crew of "The Tale of Nokdu" appeared at a press event in Seoul to talk about the drama. South Korean media was on the scene to document the event, in particular the fetching blue outfit worn by lead actress Kim So-hyun...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos"

2019/09/28 | Permalink

The title of "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" is somewhat misleading. Without a doubt, the four principal characters are all extremely dangerous people who strike fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere. But in person, they're oddly aloof and charming. Woong-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) likes to sew. Goo-tak (played by Kim Sang-joong) exudes a fatherly air over the team. No-soon (played by Kim Ah-joong) has great social skills, which she mostly uses for scams. While Yoo-seong (played by Jang Ki-yong) likes to fight, even he can tell when he's outgunned...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Sea of Itami Jun"

2019/09/28 | Permalink

Itami Jun was a Japanese architect. Curiously enough, the place where his work is best known is South Korea, or at least, that's where you're most likely to find examples of his work. "The Sea of Itami Jun" is a documentary that goes over why that is. Even though Itami Jun was a bit of an eccentric, going so far as get a South Korean passport when he's not even fluent in the local language, director Jung Da-woon does not look at his life through a nationalist lens, but rather an architectural one...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Fearless and Vulnerable"

2019/09/28 | Permalink

It is always a bit strange to watch a film after you have met the director, and this is what happened to me in the case of Jeon Sungyeon and "The Fearless and Vulnerable". Fortunately, the documentary is quite interesting and so I did not have to slam a person I ended up liking. Let us see what the film is about though...More

[Orion's Ramblings] "Dr. Romantic 2" Reveals Familiar and New Faces

2019/09/27 | Permalink

Drama fans rejoice, as we get some happy casting returns for "Dr. Romantic 2", pushing one major multi-season worry out of the way. While not everyone makes a return, there are enough new faces and stories to hopefully make up for that...More

[HanCinema's News] Major Productions Dominated by Singers Turned Actors

2019/09/27 | Permalink

Once in the South Korean market the notion that singers could become actors was treated with open disdain. But lately idols best known for their musical careers have been making progressively more convincing forays into acting. "Vagabond" is headlined by two such performers - Lee Seung-gi and Suzy were both famous as singers before they started doing high profile acting roles...More

[HanCinema's News] SonFeya Expresses Condolences for Song Young-hak's Death

2019/09/27 | Permalink

On September 26th SonFeya posted a comment on her Facebook page in response to Song Young-hak's death. The comment describes Song Young-hak as being like an older brother to her, and makes reference to their meeting together earlier this year to appear in a short film. During that time they had discussed meeting together in the Hongdae University area in the future...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ji-hoon-I and Oh Na-ra Radiate Chemistry in "Woman of 9.9 Billion"

2019/09/27 | Permalink

On September 25th Oh Na-ra posted a picture of herself to Instagram with her "Woman of 9.9 Billion" co-star Lee Ji-hoon-I. The location of the picture is unclear, but it appears to be a shooting location for the drama. The two of them stand out as a surprisingly cute couple despite the sizable age difference between them...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi Appears at Fan Signing Event

2019/09/27 | Permalink

On September 26th Lee Seung-gi appeared at a fan signing event at the Lohbs Beauty Lab in the Itaewon district of Seoul. He was there because of his contract as a model with the brand Leaders Cosmetic...More

[HanCinema's News] Baek Ji-won Attracting Attention in "Miss Lee"

2019/09/27 | Permalink

"Miss Lee" has been one of the more low-profile dramas of the current season. The drama's only real star of note is "Hyeri", who has long been criticized for a perceived lack of talent. However, the drama has been promoting itself more on uniqueness of concept than star popularity, purporting to show off a realistic working environment...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Ha-na Sends Out Birthday Greeting

2019/09/26 | Permalink

On September 23rd Lee Ha-na made an Instagram post commemorating her birthday...More

[HanCinema's News] "Sorikkun" Begins Filming

2019/09/26 | Permalink

On September 26th "Sorikkun" released footage of the cast and crew first meeting each other at a special introductory event on September 17th. The event was held in anticipation of September 23rd, the day the Joseon era musical film started filming. The historical drama stars Lee Yu-ri, Kim Dong-hwan, and Kim Min-joon in the leading roles as persons associated with traditional pansori music...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo to Linger in New York

2019/09/26 | Permalink

On September 7th Song Hye-kyo was confirmed to have appeared at a fashion show event in New York City. Now a new report from the Hong Kong periodical Apple Daily suggests that Song will be staying in the city to take a short-term art course...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Hee-seo Cast for "Deliver Us From Evil"

2019/09/26 | Permalink

"Deliver Us From Evil" has confirmed that actress Choi Hee-seo will be joining the cast. The news come just ahead of the domestic premiere of her leading role in the independent film "Our Body", which deals with a woman struggling to get a decent job who becomes fascinated by the apparently calming nature of jogging as a hobby...More

[HanCinema's News] "Rainbow Playground" Holds Press Conference

2019/09/26 | Permalink

Ahead of its October 9th release date "Rainbow Playground held a press conference on September 25th. Still images released alongside the event have given a clearer idea as to the movie's tone. The story centers around Oh Ji-ho's character as he gets entangled in episodic encounters with the denizens of a peculiar neighborhood...More

[HanCinema's News] Husband and Wife Jin Seon-kyu and Park Bo-kyung Talk About Acting

2019/09/25 | Permalink

An interview with husband-and-wife actors Jin Seon-kyu and Park Bo-kyung has attracted interest for its frank discussion of their attempts to balance family life with their careers. While Jin Seok-kyu is the more famous of the two, Park Bo-kyung has described herself as having a powerful hunger for the stage. After taking a break following the birth of their first child, she was determined to appear in at least one project before the birth of their second...More

[HanCinema's News] Digital Idea Returns With "Vagabond"

2019/09/25 | Permalink

While "Hotel Del Luna" had many popular elements bolstering its popularity, one of the easier ones to overlook were the drama's special effects, which convincingly came together to form a portrait of a purgatorial dream world. Digital Idea, the VFX company behind "Hotel Del Luna", now has another chance to shine with the premiere of "Vagabond"...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Jong-hyun Stills Keeps in Touch With his Co-stars From "The King Loves"

2019/09/25 | Permalink

In an interview on September 24th actor Hong Jong-hyun confirmed that he keeps contact with his co-stars from the 2017 historical drama "The King Loves", Im Si-wan and Yoona. In the drama the three actors formed a love triangle, where Hong Jong-hyun and Im Si-wan played members of the Goryeo royal family while Yoona was the daughter of a family stuck in political conflict with them...More

[HanCinema's News] Newer Directors Popular in South Korean Film This Year

2019/09/25 | Permalink

Lee Sang-geun was an unknown quantity when he made "Exit - Movie". Indeed, the director's relative inexperience was considered a strike against the movie's prospects before its release. But having easily risen to become the top-performing movie of the summer season, so too has Lee Sang-geun improved his profile...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung in-sun's Childhood Photos Revealed

2019/09/25 | Permalink

While Jung In-sun is best known for her recent appearance in the lead role of "Terius Behind Me", the actress has a surprisingly long pedigree in the South Korean entertainment industry. Recently, photos have been spread of her brief role in the famed serial killer investigation flick "Memories of Murder", where she appears as the girl in the ending...More

[HanCinema's News] New Megabox Opens in Hongdae

2019/09/24 | Permalink

A new movie theater has opened in the Hongdae district of Seoul. Hongdae is already home to a CGV, a Lotte Cinema, as well as an independent movie theater at the KT&G Sangsangmadang Complex, but the new theater is Megabox branded. It has five theaters and 726 seats...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Rae-won Talks About Fishing and Jo in-sung

2019/09/24 | Permalink

On the latest episode of 'Please Take Care of My Refrigerator' Kang Ki-young made some surprising comments about his "Crazy Romance" co-star Kim Rae-won, saying that Kim Rae-won could have a girlfriend if he didn't go fishing so often. When Kim Sung-joo asked Kim Rae-won who he went fishing with, Kim Rae-won replied that he had gone on trips with the actor Choi Jae-hwan as well as other celebrities...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Yi Okseop of "Maggie" Thanks Moon So-ri for her Encouragement

2019/09/24 | Permalink

Director Yi Okseop has been making the rounds in anticipation of her upcoming film "Maggie", which stars Moon So-ri in a major role. Yi Okseop has had many praising words for the older woman, describing her as a pillar that helped keep the production together...More

[HanCinema's News] Women Directors Gaining Prominence in South Korean Independent Films

2019/09/24 | Permalink

August saw two major successes in South Korean independent film with "The House of Us" and "House of Hummingbird". The first has grossed over fifty thousand admissions and the second is set to break one hundred thousand this weekend. But aside from being popular in their own right, both films are noteworthy for having been directed by women, who have long had more difficulty than men in getting their films made, even on the independent film circuit...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin Appear in "Crazy Romance"

2019/09/24 | Permalink

A press conference was held on September 24th for the upcoming movie "Crazy Romance". South Korea media was on the scene to take photos of lead actors Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin as well as director Kim Han-gyul...More

[HanCinema's News] Comedies Strong Predictors of Box Office Success This Year

2019/09/23 | Permalink

In retrospect, the best predictor for the current trend in successful South Korean movies was "Intimate Strangers" from last October. That adaptation of an Italian film had a strong cast, but little obvious frills. The story takes place during a dinner party and the tone is generally comedic with moments of drama thrown in. The movie needed 1.8 million admissions to break even, but ended up leaving the box office with over 5.2 million admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] TvN Considering Second Season of "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/09/23 | Permalink

Following the conclusion of "Arthdal Chronicles" on September 22nd fans took to the Internet speculating about the drama earning a second season. Afterward, tvN responded to these queries with a statement saying that they were considering ordering another season. They mentioned that this had been in consideration from the beginning of production and that they were planning on issuing a decision soon...More

[HanCinema's News] "Leverage: High Control Fraud Operation" Prepares for Release

2019/09/23 | Permalink

"Leverage: High Control Fraud Operation" is nearing its release. The new TV Chosun drama is based off of the American cable drama of the same name and deals with a team of scam artists. This is the first new TV Chosun drama since the conclusion of "Joseon Survival", which ended in embarrassment when Kang Ji-hwan was arrested for sexually assaulting other persons relevant to the production...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Behind the Scenes Stills

2019/09/23 | Permalink

On September 23rd "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" released behind the scenes photo stills of the movie's filming. This follows the film's second straight week atop the South Korean box office...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Leads at South Korean Box Office

2019/09/23 | Permalink

On September 23rd the Korean Film Council released figures for the weekend box office. "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" was once again on top of the charts with a total of over 3.9 million credited admissions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tazza: One Eyed Jack"

2019/09/21 | Permalink

Il-chool (played by Park Jung-min) is a young man who's obsessed with the game of poker. For good reason- he's pretty good at it and makes decent money there. At the very least, he can hustle a small table of other players. In the most striking scene of "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" we see Il-chool in a crowded study hall struggling to concentrate on the extremely boring lecture to help him ace an equally boring test because the poker chips of fantasy are just too alluring...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Life is a Dream We'll Wake up and Scream"

2019/09/21 | Permalink

Director Jeremy Joey first started filming "Life is a Dream We'll Wake up and Scream" back in 2012. He wanted a comprehensive look at the indie rock scene in the Hongdae district of Seoul by marking the journey of three bands trying to turn their passion into a profession. Though two of the three bands were successful, the documentary is bittersweet. In 2018 band members can be seen discussing an independent South Korean music scene that's not what it once was...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Wall"

2019/09/21 | Permalink

This film was a strange watch for me, since a few days before I had watched "Alpinist: Confession of a Cameraman", Lim Il-jin's last film, that recorded, among others, the expedition that ended with the death of the director in 2018. Thus, watching a man I knew was dead, recording the climbing of the rugged Canadian bigwall, 'Bugaboo', became part of the review, making me feel a ritualistic sentiment, as I was writing this text. Let us see what "The Wall" is about, though...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" and "Graceful Family" Top Domestic Video on Demand Charts

2019/09/20 | Permalink

The latest Video On Demand performance charts have been released for the second week of September, on September 20th. The highest requested movie during this time period was "Exit - Movie", while the most requested drama was "Graceful Family"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seong-ho and Kim Joo-ri Selected Set to Lead Opening Ceremony for Seoul International Archiecture Film Festival

2019/09/20 | Permalink

Director Kim Seong-ho and actress Kim Joo-ri have been chosen to lead the opening ceremony for the 11th annual Seoul International Architecture Film Festival. Director Kim Seong-ho is a more intuitive choice for the job than he might seem at first glance...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun's Upscale Apartment Put up for Public Auction

2019/09/20 | Permalink

On September 20th the Korean Asset Manager Corporation (KAMCO) announced that it was putting an upscale apartment in the Samsung district of Seoul up for auction from September 23rd to 25th. What's notable about the property is that the address, Samsung Terrace unit 1302, is the residence of actor Park Yoo-chun...More

[HanCinema's News] "Melting Me Softly" Holds Press Conference

2019/09/20 | Permalink

On September 20th at the Imperial Palace in Seoul a press conference was held for the upcoming drama "Melting Me Softly", which is the comeback project for Ji Chang-wook following his two years of mandatory military service. South Korean news services were on the scene to take photos of the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Byeong-gyu to Appear With Namgoong Min in "Stove League"

2019/09/20 | Permalink

"Stove League" has confirmed that Jo Byeong-gyu will be appearing in the drama. Little is known about the project except that Namgoong Min will play the main role as a leader who takes control of a struggling team...More

[HanCinema's News] CJ Continues 2019 Box Office Dominance with "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos"

2019/09/19 | Permalink

With "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" CJ continues to show a surprisingly strong hold on the South Korean domestic box office. In addition to having the only two domestic ten million viewer hits of the year with "Extreme Job" and "Parasite", they also won the big summer blockbuster competition with "Exit - Movie" and have now with "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" also won Korean Thanksgiving weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si's Career Is on An Upswing

2019/09/19 | Permalink

Go Min-si has been making rapid progress as a supporting name in dramas. Since her debut in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" in 2017 she has alternated between minor roles and significant supporting roles in a large number of projects, even having a turn as the narrator in the recent major film "The Battle: Roar to Victory". She was the second lead in "Hundred Million Stars from the Sky" and how has a comparably important role in "Secret Boutique", her first on a broadcast network drama...More

[HanCinema's News] "When the Camellia Blooms" Character Correlation Chart

2019/09/19 | Permalink

KBS has released a character correlation chart to help keep track of the many people in its latest drama, "When the Camellia Blooms". The design of the chart is simpler and cuter than usual. Much of this has to do with the relatively small core cast and how most of them only have relationships with the lead characters and not each other...More

[HanCinema's News] New Drama Season Features Many Reunited Couples

2019/09/19 | Permalink

Many of the major dramas of the new season feature pairings that have already been seen before. For the extremely ambitious spy thriller "Vagabond" Lee Seung-gi and and Suzy were brought back together from their appearance in the 2013 fantasy historical drama "Gu Family Book". Much has changed since then - Suzy in particular has aged from a teenage singer to a young woman who is making a conscious effort to transition into being a serious actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Political Dramas Push Back Against Negative Perception of Politicians

2019/09/19 | Permalink

Politically themed dramas have long been seen as risky in the South Korean market. Politicians are not popular in the country and going into any degree of speficity about the beliefs of fictional characters is a sure fire way to anger those who identify against such beliefs. Recent political dramas, however, have been bolder about tackling real-life issues and have done reasonably well as a result...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Breaks Three Million in Seven Days

2019/09/18 | Permalink

After it's first seven days in the box office "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos has cracked the three million viewer mark, emerging as the clear winner of the Korean Thanksgiving weekend. Its current speed is comparable to "The Face Reader" and "The Fortress", the two histrorically highest performing movies on the Korean Thanksgiving weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young, Yoona, and Lee Jung-eun to Appear at 2019 Asia Artist Awards in Vietnam

2019/09/18 | Permalink

The Asia Artist Awards are going to be held in Hanoi on November 26th. Three major South Korean actresses have been confirmed to be attending the event, suggesting that there is a high chance they will be honored for their achievements there...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun to Pay Settlement to 2016 Accuser

2019/09/18 | Permalink

While Park Yoo-chun has most spectacularly been in the news for his arrest on criminal narcotics charges other cases against the disgraced actor have remained pending. While Park Yoo-chun was cleared in criminal court in regards to rape charges against his second accuser for an incident in December of 2015 back in June of 2016, charges in civil court have been outstanding and only recently resolved...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Ha-neul Returns With "When the Camellia Blooms"

2019/09/18 | Permalink

Kang Ha-neul has long had a career in the South Korean entertainment industry. As a child he appeared with his father on a singing contest show, winning for three straight weeks. As a teenager he appeared in the starring role in a musical about Korean inventor Jang Yeong Sil. From there he moved on to films and dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Jang Hang-jun Talks About Wife Kim Eun-hee-I on 'Radio Star'

2019/09/18 | Permalink

Director Jang Hang-jun appeared on the most recent episode of the variety talk show 'Radio Star' as a guest. On the show he talked about his wife, screenwriter Kim Eun-hee-I, and how he has had to take the lead on housework lately because she's been exhausted from working on "Kingdom - Season 2"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Rainbow Playground" Set to Go after Same Audience as "Extreme Job" and "Exit - Movie"

2019/09/17 | Permalink

The best performing domestic releases in South Korea this year have all been comedies with a twist. In "Extreme Job" the twist was the absurd premise of police officers running a drug investigation operation out of a fried chicken restaurant. With "Parasite" the twist was layered inside the weird artistically styled class commentary. "Exit - Movie" was simply a disaster movie that put humor first. "Rainbow Playground" is primed for a similar market...More

[HanCinema's News] First Script Reading Held for "The King: Eternal Monarch"

2019/09/17 | Permalink

The production company behind "The King: Eternal Monarch" has confirmed that script readings for the highly anticipated drama were held on September 17th. Director Baek Sang-hoon, scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook, and actors Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Lee Jung-jin, Kim Kyung-nam-II, and Jung Eun-chae have all been confirmed to be in attendance...More

[HanCinema's News] ArtistCompany Opens YouTube Channel

2019/09/17 | Permalink

On September 16th the agency ArtistCompany opened up a new YouTube channel. Since then various performers involved with ArtistCompany, including Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, and Yum Jung-ah have promoted the new form of social media outreach...More

[HanCinema's News] "Vagabond" Follows up "Arthdal Chronicles" as High-Priced Preproduction

2019/09/17 | Permalink

As "Arthdal Chronicles" has struggled to exceed ratings above 8%, the forty five million dollar drama has set a poor precedent for the next major preproduction, "Vagabond". However, "Vagabond", with only about a twenty million dollar budget in comparison, does have a few more factors working in its favor...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Ji Reveals Pre Surgery Photo of Herself

2019/09/17 | Permalink

Shin Ji has posted an old picture of herself to Instagram. The picture, taken from before Shin Ji was well known, shows how the woman looked before her double eyelid surgery - the appearance for which she is best known...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" Triumphs at Box Office

2019/09/16 | Permalink

"The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos" had a huge weekend, as strong word-of-mouth pushed the movie into first place, with a final total of 2.67 million overall admissions. "Tazza: One Eyed Jack" had 1.68 million admissions by comparison. However, going into the weekend, both movies had about the same admissions - 700,000. The million admission difference came over Saturday and Sunday...More

[HanCinema's News] Wang Ji-hye Set to Get Married

2019/09/16 | Permalink

Wang Ji-hye is getting married on September 29th. The groom is a younger man who is not a celebrity. According to Wang Ji-hye's agency, they have been together for about a year...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Holds Steady in Ratings

2019/09/16 | Permalink

Following the end of "Hotel Del Luna", its replacement, "Arthdal Chronicles", has taken the drama's number one spot among late night dramas. "Arthdal Chronicles" also preceded "Hotel Del Luna" and its performance then, while good, was an underperformance compared to expectations and budget...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Da-bin Cast for "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/09/16 | Permalink

Bae Da-bin has been confirmed for "Arthdal Chronicles". Though the drama was preproduced and is now entering its final week, much of the cast has been deliberately kept secret to protect against spoilers. Bae Da-bin will play the woman warrior Mi Roo-soul. There are no details about the character save for her name and profession...More

[HanCinema's News] Seolhyun Appears on Instagram With Dog

2019/09/16 | Permalink

On September 16th Seolhyun posted pictures of herself with her dog on Instagram. The pictures are notable because the actress and singer is not heavily made up, and thus does not look the way she is known to in public appearances...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The House of Us"

2019/09/14 | Permalink

Though it has a similar title to "The World of Us" writer/director Yoon Ga-eun did not develop "The House of Us" as a spirutal sequel. As filming continued the phrase "The House of Us" or literally just our home frequently recurs and has obvious symbolic power. Ha-na (played by Kim Na-yeon) feels adrift in her own family as her parents always fight and her brother's always aloof. What kind of home or family is that supposed to be?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My name is KIM Bok-dong"

2019/09/14 | Permalink

Director Song Won-geun-I opens "My name is KIM Bok-dong" up with just a black screen, and then the voice of the titular activist. Whatever visual flourishes "My name is KIM Bok-dong" may have to offer, the reason why the woman was important was because of her voice. There was mundanity in that voice, just describing everyday activities, be it in the present day as an old woman or in the past as a sex slave...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon Commemorates End of "Mother of Mine"

2019/09/11 | Permalink

Kim So-yeon has confirmed that shooting for the popular weekend drama "Mother of Mine" is now complete. She made the announcement on Instagram, along with an emoticon infused photo with child actress Joo Je-rim, who plays the role of her niece on the program...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Seo-joon to Be Fourth Guest on 'Three Meals a Day - Mountain Village'

2019/09/11 | Permalink

On September 11th the production company behind 'Three Meals a Day - Mountain Village' confirmed that Park Seo-joon would be the fourth guest star on the variety show...More

[HanCinema's News] 2019 August Box Office Marks Decline Compared to Last Year

2019/09/11 | Permalink

 

According to a report released by the Korean Film Council there were a total of eighteen million admissions at the domestic South Korean box office this summer. This marks the first time in seven years that August at the South Korean box office failed to bring in more than twenty million viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim So-yeon Tapped to Be a Beauty Brand Model for IOPE

2019/09/11 | Permalink

On September 10th the beauty brand company IOPE announced that they had selected Kim So-yeon as their latest model. The news follows reports that "Mother of Mine" has finished shooting, which has improved the availability of the actress...More

[HanCinema's News] 'Access Showbiz Tonight' Goes into Upcoming Court Case Between Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun

2019/09/11 | Permalink

On September 10th the SBS entertainment news program 'Access Showbiz Tonight' analyzed Ku Hye-sun's allegations about Ahn Jae-hyun being deficient when it came to the emotional demands of their relationship. Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun, as well as their legal teams, both refused interviews. On Ahn Jae-hyun's side there was no comment, while Ku Hye-sun's side cited their intention to provide evidence at trial...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hello Carbot the Movie: Save the Moon" Makes Surprise Box Office Appearance

2019/09/10 | Permalink

In the week before the three major releases on Korean Thanksgiving weekend the box office has been surprisingly quiet. So it is that "Hello Carbot the Movie: Save the Moon" has had a dominating presence on ticket reservation sites, nearly toppling a major Hollywood release on its way to three hundred thousand admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin Appears at Coex Promotional Event

2019/09/10 | Permalink

On September 9th Hyun Bin appeared at a promotional event for the Omega Speedmaster watch brand at the Coex Mall in the Gangnam district of Seoul. South Korean media was on hand to capture the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Husband and Wife Yu Jun-sang and Hong Eun-hee Selected as New Models for KOREIT

2019/09/10 | Permalink

On September 10th Korea Real Estate Investment and Trust announced that Yu Jun-sang and Hong Eun-hee would be their new advertising representitives. The two are a real life couple who have been married for seventeen years and have two children together...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Premieres on South Korean on-Demand Services

2019/09/10 | Permalink

As of September 10th "Exit - Movie" is now available on domestic South Korean streaming services. While "Exit - Movie" is still performing decently at the box office, its numbers will likely drop dramatically with the release of three major domestic South Korean films in anticipation of Korean Thanksgiving weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Old Photo of Park Shin-hye With Hyun Bin Resurfaces

2019/09/10 | Permalink

One of Park Shin-hye's old Instagram pictures has been making rounds on the Internet. In the pictures Park Shin-hye can be seen motioning to Hyun Bin...More

[HanCinema's News] "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" Breaks Eight Hundred Thousand Admissions

2019/09/09 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" had 3212 admissions for 41 screenings between 25 screens on September 8th. This was enough to bring the animated movie to 802,296 overall admissions since its initial release on July 25th...More

[HanCinema's News] Spousal Actors Kim So-yeon and Lee Sang-woo Appear in All for You Fall and Winterwear Spreads

2019/09/09 | Permalink

The sports casual brand All For You has started advertising for its fall and winter collections, and has taken the somewhat novel approach of using actors Kim So-yeon and Lee Sang-woo as models. The two are also married in real life...More

[HanCinema's News] Kan Mi-youn to Be Married in November

2019/09/09 | Permalink

Kan Mi-youn is set to be married this coming November 9th. The 37-year-old actress who originally debuted as a singer in the girl group Baby V.O.X back in 1997 will marry a musical actor three years her junior at Dongsoong Church in Seoul. Their relationship was publically acknowledged three years ago...More

[HanCinema's News] "Exit - Movie" Now Jo Jong-suk's Best Office Feature

2019/09/09 | Permalink

After its fortieth day at the box office "Exit - Movie" has hit over 9.22 million viewers. While the movie's still a long way from ten million, it has already earned the distinction of being the best box office performance of a movie featuring Jo Jung-suk. That title was previously held by "The Face Reader", which exited the South Korean box office with 9.13 million viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Se-ah Set to Make a Big Impact in "Melting Me Softly"

2019/09/09 | Permalink

New stills of "Melting Me Softly" have given a glimpse into Yoon Se-ah's character, Ha-yeong. As the drama's second lead, Yoon Se-ah will be in the awkward position of playing the ex-girlfriend of lead actor Ji Chang-wook, who matured into a capable adult without him when he ended up getting frozen for longer than expected...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Closed School"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

I don't really get what the title "Closed School" is supposed to mean here. The titular institution isn't a school that services students, it's more a psychological manifestation of how the now adult Yoo-ra (played by Chun Yi-seul) continues to feel horrific guilt about her role in the apparent suicide of her high school classmate Mi-ok (played by Lee Yoon-soo). The plot picks up with Yoo-ra meeting the rest of her now adult classmates who remain too emotionally insincere to address their role in Mi-ok's death...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Gift of Love"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

So-jeong (played by Kim So-min) is the wife of Kang-ho (played by Moon Young-dong), who was once a rising star in the North Korean military before he lost his legs. Ever since then life has been fairly miserable. Their household can't make enough money to get by and Kang-ho is increasingly hostile to his own family, even yelling at their only adorable daughter Hyo-sim (played by Kim Ryeo-won). Though So-jeong has found a solution of sorts it's obviously not sustainable...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Alpinist: Confession of a Cameraman"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

The value of the documentary as a medium of recording lives and events, and subsequently, as a tool whose purpose is not to let people forget, finds one of its apogees in this particular documentary. "Alpinist: Confession of a Cameraman" is a true requiem for a number of Korean alpinists who lost their lives in the mountains, but most of all, a tribute to the late mountain film director Lim Il-jin, who died along  the entire expedition to Mt. Gurja, in 2018...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Goodbye My Girlhood"

2019/09/07 | Permalink

First part of the KBS 4-episode documentary titled "Journey on Foot", Kim Han-seok's (who also organized the project plan) "Goodbye My Girlhood" focuses on Wang-mo, a girl in Ladakh, India and her Pad Yatra, a harsh pilgrimage trip a number of people take walking 200 km in 17 days, in extremely harsh conditions at an altitude of 5,200m. The series won the 2018 Korean Broadcasting Awards for Best Television Documentary...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Seul-gi Surprisingly Light-hearted in the Face of Rumors

2019/09/06 | Permalink

On September 5th actress Kim Seul-gi posted two photos and a short video of herself on Instagram. In the video she can be seen brightly smiling, and in the pictures she is hiding her face in a cute manner...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun's Public Behavior With Regard to her Relationship Problems Remains Puzzling

2019/09/06 | Permalink

Ku Hye-sun's Instagram

The scandal involving a possible divorce between Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun had strange beginnings. Ku Hye-sun confirmed