- Korean Films Overseas
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Screenings of Korean FilmsDirector YI Seung-jun’s Planet of Snail (2012), the first Korean film to win the Best Feature Length Documentary prize at The 24th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, was screened at Film Forum in New York City six times a day until August 7. The New York Korea Society is planning to screen BONG Joon-ho’s The Host (2006) on August 9 at 6:30 pm.Shanghai CallingFilm Festivals
The 1st Korean American Film Festival LA is going to be held from August 9~11 in Korean Cultural Service LA. The films entering this festival are going to show the cultural diversity of Korean Americans and indirectly view their perspectives of living in American society. 4 feature films, 13 documentaries and short films are to be shown. The 35th Asian American International Film Festival was held from the July 25~August 5 in New York’s Clearview Chelsea Theater. This year, Shanghai Calling, starring Daniel HENNEY, Michael KANG’s KNOTS (2012) and OH Su-hyung’s How to Eat Your Apple (2011) were featured.AN Byung-ki’s Chinese film production Bunshinsaba[China]
Korean Film OpeningA Korea-China co-production Shanghai Calling, directed by Daniel HSIA, starring Daniel HENNEY, Eliza COUPE and Bill PAXTON took home Best New Actor and Best Screenwriter awards at The 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. Along with these two awards, the film was nominated in seven of the festival’s 12 award categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best New Director, Best New Actress, holding the record as the most nominated film. Shanghai Calling is to be released in China on August 10. Director AN Byung-ki’s Chinese film production Bunshinsaba has made one of the biggest box office splashes as the first horror film in China. Being the first film to be produced with China’s self-owned capital; it has not only become a record-breaking hit but also made 60 million yuan (approx. KRW 10.7 billion) during its first two opening weeks, making the first horror film in Chinese film history tops at the box office.Korea-China Co-productionDuring the co-production event held in Korean Film Business Center in Beijing on July 25, a number of renowned companies such as MoonWatcher -- known for My Sassy Girl (2001), Two Faces of My Girlfriend (2007), Goodbye Mom (2009) and Blind (2011) -- NR Lee’s, Kodiz and CJ Entertainment met with major Chinese film companies like WANDA Group, Hailun Group and Dasheng Group to further discuss co-productions. KIM Pil-jung from the Korean Film Council’s China office noted that although the Chinese market is rapid developing, its lack of contents and a workforce is giving more chances to Korean movie makers in China.During the co-production event held in Korean Film Business Center in Beijing on July 25, a number of renowned companies such as MoonWatcher -- known for My Sassy Girl (2001), Two Faces of My Girlfriend (2007), Goodbye Mom (2009) and Blind (2011) -- NR Lee’s, Kodiz and CJ Entertainment met with major Chinese film companies like WANDA Group, Hailun Group and Dasheng Group to further discuss co-productions. KIM Pil-jung from the Korean Film Council’s China office noted that although the Chinese market is rapid developing, its lack of contents and a workforce is giving more chances to Korean movie makers in China.Turning Point of the Youngsters[Europe]Korean Film Trends
Turning Point of the Youngsters, a silent film some call the best among all still-existing older films in Korea, has renewed its relevance by getting restored and was recently introduced to London audiences. Director KIM Tae-yong’s has created a performance piece to accompany AHN Jong-hwa’s 1934 classic film, which was screened along with KIM’s accompaniments at the Barbican Centre in London on August 2. Director KANG Je-kyu’s My Way (2011) got a DVD and Blueray release in France without ever screening there. The French title is Far Away: Les soldats de l’espoir and the local distributor is Wild Side, who has distributed several Korean films such as The Taste of Money (2012), The Yellow Sea (2010) and I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay (2006).[Japan]
Korean Film Coucil Support EventPart of a Korea-Japan co-production project, a script treatment event was held in Ito, Japan recently. The Korean Film Council held one-on-one script advising sessions as part of its 2012 International Co-production Development Business. The projects involved in the event were Love History, produced by OH Jung-wan, Pianist of Northland, directed by KIM Young-nam, JL 351, This is Pyongyang Airport!!, directed by LEE Kyung-hee, The Last Princess, directed by HUR Jin-ho and Blood of the Killers, directed by LEE Young-mi.JANG Geun-seuk Festival 2012
Screenings of Korean Films
Cinemart Roppongi held a ‘JANG Geun-seuk Festival 2012’ staring on July 28 and screening his films Crazy Waiting, Doremipasolrasido, The Happy Life, Where the Truth Lies. The Focus on Asia－Fukuoka International Film Festival, being held from August 1~September 23, opens with Dancing Queen and will also screen Unstoppable Family (2011).
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