Darcy Paquet

Song Kang-ho has shone in many South Korean films over the years and the actor is making sure his name stays on the marquee, writes Darcy Paquet.

Cold Eyes, one of the hottest films at the South Korean box office this summer, may strike fans of Hong Kong cinema as oddly familiar. That's because it is an official remake of Eye in the Sky, the gripping 2007 Milkyway Image feature about a police surveillance unit that is scriptwriter Yau Nai-hoi's sole directorial outing to date.

In the past 12 months, the South Korean film industry has seen three massive box office hits. Two - heist movie The Thieves, starring Gianna Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Yun-seok, and period drama Masquerade, starring Lee Byung-heon - are high-profile, big-budget productions.

Korean director Oh Ki-hwan's knowledge of Chinese culture meant a smooth ride while shooting on the mainland, writes Darcy Paquet.

The city of Berlin might seem an odd setting for an action movie about North and South Korean spies. But on a visit to the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011, South Korean director Ryoo Seung-wan was suddenly inspired.


South Korea's biggest-grossing film in history is a work that features popular Korean actors, but also benefits significantly from Hong Kong star power.

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