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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ chosen for competition in Cannes

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ chosen for competition in Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival on Thursday announced the feature selection for the 2019 competition, which includes South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.” It is Bong’s second time competing for the Palme d’Or, or Golden Palm, following the selection of his adventure film “Okja” in 2017. The Korean-language film will be one of 19 films to […]

20th Jeonju Int. Film Festival to feature 262 films from 52 countries

20th Jeonju Int. Film Festival to feature 262 films from 52 countries

The annual international film festival hosted by the South Korean heritage city of Jeonju will show 262 films from 52 different countries as it rolls out the red carpet early next month, the event’s organizer said Wednesday. The 20th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will kick off its 10-day run on May 2 with this […]

Director Kim Ki-duk lodges 1 bln-won damages suit against actress, broadcaster

Director Kim Ki-duk lodges 1 bln-won damages suit against actress, broadcaster

Kim Ki-duk, an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, has lodged a damages suit against an actress who claimed she was sexually assaulted by him and a local television broadcaster that reported on the sexual assault allegations against him. According to legal authorities on Friday, Kim filed a 1 billion won (US$880,700) suit earlier this month to the […]

South Korea: culture minister nominee vows to support small and medium-sized film producers

South Korea: culture minister nominee vows to support small and medium-sized film producers

The culture minister nominee said Tuesday he will actively reflect the positions of small and medium-sized producers in mapping out the government’s film policy. Park Yang-woo, who was tapped to lead the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in a Cabinet reshuffle in early March, also promised efforts to strengthen cultural exchanges with North Korea […]

China’s box office sets new world record in Feb

China’s box office sets new world record in Feb

China’s box office set a single-month record in a single market this February. According to data from China Movie Data Information Network, Chinese mainland’s box office stood at 11 billion yuan ($1.64 billion) last month, up from 10.1 billion yuan a year before. The Chinese mainland has become the first film market that breaks the […]

N. Korean media airs documentary film on Trump-Kim summit

N. Korean media airs documentary film on Trump-Kim summit

North Korea aired a documentary film on leader Kim Jong-un’s summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, reaffirming its willingness to continue negotiations despite the talks’ breakdown without a deal. The 75-minute feature, aired on Korean Central TV on Wednesday, said the two countries can write a new history and future if they engage in the […]

DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

This year’s DMZ International Film Festival has been in the limelight due to its rare overlapping with the inter-Korean summit that began on Tuesday.  Opening last Thursday, the film festival has screened 142 documentaries from 39 countries. Some of the films were shot in or feature topics related to North Korea.  The week-long film fest […]

BIFF to open with story of North Korean woman defector

BIFF to open with story of North Korean woman defector

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) will open on Oct. 4 with “Beautiful Days,” a movie about a woman defector who meets her son after 14 years, the festival’s board of directors has announced. The 23rd annual festival will run through Oct. 13. Directed by Jero Yun, the film depicts the life of a North […]

Filmmaker, actor face new sexual misconduct allegations

Filmmaker, actor face new sexual misconduct allegations

MBC’s investigative program “PD Notebook” disclosed additional sexual assault allegations involving award-winning filmmaker Kim Ki-duk and actor Cho Jae-hyun, months after the first shocking revelations in March of their habitual sexual misconduct. On Tuesday, four victims claimed they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Kim or Cho at different times. An anonymous makeup artist, who […]

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story

You may be a Super Bowl champion, Oscar winner, renowned writer – or even the leader of a nation. You may have discovered the panacea for all diseases, solved global warming – or even have saved the world population from an alien invasion. You may have all the respect in the world, but none of […]

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