There will be three Korean movies opening in theaters this week. One is a comedy that has been in the works and delayed since 2008. It has the English name of Horny Family and stars Kim Seung-woo and Lee Mi-sook. It was directed by Park Bo-sang. However, I cannot find any trailer to this film nor does it have a website I can direct you to… I don’t expect too much from this film…
So the first trailer I have is for a drama called BED directed by Park Cheol-soo and starring Jang Hyeok-jin and Lee Min-ah.
And then there is the Korean-Chinese-Japanese co-production of Speed Angels directed by Chinese director Jingle Ma and starring Wei Tang and Han Jae-seok.
The semester is finished, final grades are entered and the holiday season is here. That means it is time for my annual 3-week visit to the USA. In a few minutes, I will go into Jeonju to get a shuttle bus to the airport– 4 hours.. After waiting a couple of hours in Incheon, I will fly for 12 or 13 hours to Detroit where I wait some more for my flight to Providence. With all the waiting, it takes me more than 24 hours to get there, but then I can relax for a while. During that time, posting will be spotty, if at all. For some reason, my family does not appreciate when I spend time working on the computer when I am visiting… But I will be back in January and I will catch up with posting then. See you soon!
I am experiencing some technical problems with my laptop.. such as the disappearance of the number ‘NINE’ on both the keyboard and the number pad on the side, a constantly sticking ’s’ and ‘w’ that makes typing very slow, and the fact that my ‘print screen’ key refuses to work. Normally, I would simply type my posts at work, but with the new semester starting next week and the new language center I made for the university ready to start accepting students, I have been busy whenever I have stepped into my office. I guess I will have to buy a new laptop… I will be posting regularly again as soon as possible… hopefully within this week
Kim Jeong-hyeon was born on July 4th, 1942 in Jinju where he completed his education at the middle school level. He had one dream..to be involved with movies but without education or connections it seemed hopeless. He was considered to be good-looking so he attempted to audition as an actor, but failed. Instead, he wound up with a job as a cameraman and later an assistant director. From on site experience, he received the training he needed to become a director. 1976 was the year he debuted with If You Cry, You Are a Fool. However, he only made a handful of movies and the last film credited to him was in 1985. He passed away on October 5, 2009.
His two films from the 1970s are depicted below. Click the thumbnail to view a full-sized image. You can also view information for other films from this decade by clicking the tab at the top of the page marked ‘the 1970s’
This week we have the opening of what started as a remake of Shin Sang-ok’s classic film Red Muffler. The movie went through several name changes but is now called R2B which is shorthand for Return to Base. It is directed by Kim Dong-won and stars the singer Rain (real name Jeong Ji-hoon) in the lead role alongside Yoo Joon-sang and Shin Se-kyeong.
We also have the Total Recall remake as well as Carnage (fr), Cold Fish (jp), Dragon Eyes (us), Step Up 4 (us), and Intercepter (ru). Usually, new movies in Korea open on a Thursday but about half of the films listed here opened a day earlier because of the holdiay.. and R2B opened two days ealier than usual.
I just realized that today is July 4th and that means that it is the fifth anniversary of Seen In Jeonju! Although the blog archives on the left of this screen do not reflect it, the first post on this site was July 4th, 2007. The reason the dates do not match is that in the summer of 2009, the original host server went out of business and the site had to be relaunched later that year. However, with the help of some readers, many of the views that were thought lost were recovered and re-posted.
I find it amazing that after five years of writing this blog, I have not tired of it. In fact, I look forward to working on it and updating it whenever I have free time. Five years is just the beginning and I hope Seen In Jeonju continues for a long time to come.
I want to thank everyone who reads Seen In Jeonju and I especially want to thank Darcy Paquet, owner of Koreanfilm.org which hosts this blog, for his kindness and support over the years. It was his suggestion that I start blogging for Koreanfilm.org that led to the creation of this site and for that I owe him a debt of gratitude.
This week there is just one Korean movie being released on DVD, the romantic comedy You’re My Pet. It was directed by Kim Byeong-gon and stars Kim Han-eul and Jang Geun-seok. Number of discs : 1/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating: for ages 12+/ Format: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/ Running Time: 110 minutes/ Suggested Retail Price: 25,300 KRW/ Available: July 5