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Im's film slams failings of Korea's political rulers

Power and the powerless: Maui Taylor (left) and Yoon Yeo-jeong inThe Taste of Money.

With both of South Korea's leading political parties having confirmed their nominees for the presidential election on December 19, the race to become the country's next leader has finally begun.

Sunday, 23 September, 2012, 10:28am

Korean film star Jun Ji-hyun is very dedicated to her craft

Photo: Edmond So

When Korean actresses marry, the public expects them to either reduce their workload or - if their husbands are rich - retire from the limelight altogether. Not so Gianna Jun Ji-hyun: the 30-year-old star even moved her wedding to banker Choi Jun-hyuk two months forward - from June to April this year - to accommodate her professional commitments.

12 Sep 2012 - 10:27am

High school chums look back

Eighties nostalgia gets a Korean facelift in Kang Hyeong-cheol's dramedy Sunny, a heart-warming film about cherishing the bittersweet moments of our youth.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


The US doesn't have a big A-list film festival on the east coast - so it has one in Canada instead. The Toronto International Film Festival attracts a clutch of American stars, producers and sales agents eager to promote their new releases. It also provides a serviceable selection of international and Canadian films.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Let's tryst again

Korean filmmaker Im Sang-soo is hardly known for his diffidence. Most of his films run into controversy - whether it's the explicit sex in Girls' Night Out or The President's Last Bang's depiction of former president Park Chung-hee as a depraved alcoholic. But the 48-year-old refuses to take all the credit for the critical acclaim his latest film, The Housemaid, is receiving.

9 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Korean cinema

South Korea has been in the news recently - and not only because of rising political tensions. The country had two films in the main competition at Cannes, a big achievement considering that 11 years ago its films had little international profile.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Q&A: Jun Ji-hyun

Jun Ji-hyun, 28, shot to stardom in South Korea playing the lead in My Sassy Girl and has starred in a number of other romantic comedies since. She recently made her break into Hollywood using the name Gianna Jun in Chris Nahon's Blood: The Last Vampire, a live-action film based on Hiroyuki Kitakubo's hit anime from 2000.

Tell me about your role.

6 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Claim to frame

As themed parties go, the Korean film night at this year's Pusan International Film Festival proved to be both an enjoyable distraction and an effective showcase for contemporary South Korean cinema.

19 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Off the boil

Last November, Jeon Yoon-soo's Le Grand Chef achieved a rare feat for a South Korean film these days - it made money.

Barely one South Korean movie in 10 could make that boast last year as the country's movie industry goes through one of its roughest patches in more than a decade.

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Film studies: South Korea

This time last year, the South Korean film industry was showing signs of a meltdown. A sharp downturn in exports took its toll on optimism along with the South Korean government's decision to halve the number of days cinemas are required to screen local productions, from 146 to 73 days.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Art and soul

Cannes Film Festival judges were so stunned by Jeon Do-yeon's portrayal of a recently widowed mother who loses her only child and then seeks redemption in Secret Sunshine that they gave the South Korean the best actress award. It was only the second such award for an Asian actress after Maggie Cheung Man-yuk's 2004 win for Clean.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Curtain falls on record-breaking HK film festival

Young fans boost box-office takings

This year's Hong Kong International Film Festival attracted its biggest audience ever and record-high box-office takings, and the festival's manager says it was mostly because of younger movie buffs.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Truly, madly, deeply

PARK CHAN-WOOK is best known for his vengeance trilogy, a series of violent dramas comprising Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Old Boy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

The Host

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-na

Director: Bong Joon-ho

Category: IIA (Korean)

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Korean director's path to fame

Bong Joon-ho (left) is a graduate of the Korean Academy of Film Arts.

His first major film, the comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), won the FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

25 Aug 2006 - 12:00am