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Korean Box Office: March 12-14

16th March 2010


Wow–I have been busy. Putting most of my classes in the first two days of the  week may look great on paper, but I didn’t take into the account reality. Oy–I’m exhausted on Monday and Tuesday I can barely walk. However, now I can just sit and catch up with things–starting with the Box Office.  I was very surprised to see From Paris With Love at number two. It is rare that a European movie does well in Korea. Alice in Wonderland managed to defend the number one spot quite handily though, taking in more than 40% of the movie-goers. My prediction, however, is that it will not be able to remain there for a third week as the hardboiled Outlaw and comic Yukhyeolpo Kangdodan (no English name yet) open on Thursday.  Below is a list of what else is coming.


1. Cape No. 7 (taiwan)–d. Te-sheng Wi, starring Van, Chie Tanaka

2. Daybreaker (us/au)– Michael Sprieg, starring Ethan Hawke, William Dafoe

3. An Education (uk)–d. Lone Sherfig, starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard

4. Help Me, Eros(taiwan)– d. Kang-sheng Lee, starring Kang-sheng Lee, Jane Liao

5. The Man Next Door (kr)– d. Jang Dong-hong, starring Yoon Je-moon, Seo Tae-hwa

6. Outlaw (kr)– d. Kim Cheol-min, Shin Jae-hyeok, starring Kam Woo-seong, Jang Shin-yeong

7. Shutter Island (us)– d. Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo

8. Yukhyeolpo Kangdodan (kr)– d. Kang Hye-jin, starring Na Moon-hee, Kim Soo-mi

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DVD Releases: March 14-20

14th March 2010

glory of the familyFOR THE GLORY OF THE FAMILY–An SBS drama that ran from October 2008 to April 2009 with a total of 54 episodes is being released on DVD with English subtitles. It can be purchased as an 18 disk set which includes the entire run of the show or two separate 9 disk sets (Vol 1: episodes 1-27; Vol. 2: episodes 28-54). The full set has a recommended price of 198,000KRW and the smaller sets are 99,000 KRW each. This drama is rated for ages 15+

girlfriendsGIRLFRIENDS– A romantic comedy that was released over the Christmas holidays will be available on DVD as of March 19. However, there are NO English subtitles.  The special features disk has some sections with labels  such as ‘Action Stars’, and ‘Outing at 29′ as well as the some easier to understand ones such as ‘Camoes’ and ‘Music Video.’ If you are interested, it has a suggested retail price of 27,500.  Like the set above, this film is also recommended for ages 15 or older.

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Save MediAct

13th March 2010

The below was sent to me and, while I usually stay out of politics, I feel it is a worthy cause.  There are only a few days left to sign. Take a look at what has been happening here recently and please sign if you agree with the petition.
Thanks for helping ACT NOW to save MediAct & Independent Media in Korea! approach 1,000 members!

Let’s see if we can lend this same momentum to gather 1,000 signatures on the site to match the petition campaign that is underway in South Korea from now until March 15! Let’s support the 155 independent filmmakers participating in boycott to restore Mediact and IndieSpace and to stop KOFIC’s actions against Seoul Art Cinema and KAFA.

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1970 Index: 91-105

13th March 2010

Here are the next fifteen movies produced in Korea in 1970. Click the image below to see a full sized plate or you can access all the films through the tab at the top entitled Movies of the 70s where the films are listed by director.


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Korean Box Office: March 5-7

8th March 2010


Alice in Wonderland bumped Secret Reunion from the top tier. I wonder what happened to Lee Byeong-heon’s new film, The Influece. It is listed as having been released on March 3, but it does not show up among the 70 films in the box office listings? Was it delayed or pulled from theaters? I will have to do a news search to find out… Meanwhile, the films slated to be released this week are listed below.


1. From Paris With Love (fr)– Pierre Morel, starring John Travolta, Jonathan Ryhs-Meyers

2. It’s Complicated (us)– d. Nancy Meyers, starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin

3. Little Big Soldier (ch/hk)– d. Sheng Ding, starring Jackie Chan, Lee-Hom Wang

4. Little DJ (jp)– d. Kotoe Nagata, starring Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mayuko Fukuda

5. Prophet (fr/it)– Jacques Audiard, starring Tabar Rahlim, Niels Arestrup

6. Rebound (us)– d. Bart Freundich, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha

7. Up In the Air (us)– d. Jason Reitman, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga

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DVD Releases: March 7-13

7th March 2010

The new semester started on March second and even though my classes were just introductions to the subjects, it really wore me out.  I guess that is the drawback of long winter breaks.  While I am a little worried about the size of my classes–my film class has 80 students and my other classes for English average around 60–I am looking forward to it.  Anyway, here is a look of what is coming to DVD this week in order of their release date.

city hall

CITY HALL:  Airing over SBS-TV, City Hall was a successful drama starring Cha Seung-won and Kim Seon-ah. The 11-disk box set contains all 20 episodes. Each of the first ten disks holds two episodes plus its own special features. For example, Disk 1 has episodes 1&2 plus interviews with the director and writer. Disk 2 has episodes 3&4 plus an interview with Cha Seung-won.  Meanwhile the final disk contains 150 minutes of the staff talking about the drama during and after their final shoot.  The drama is fully subtitled in English but the special features are not. The show is rated for ages 15 or older and this region 3 set will be released on March 9 with a recommended price of 121,000 KRW.

righteous thiefDESCENDENTS OF HONG GIL-DONG/RIGHTEOUS THIEF:  This is frustrating me. What is the name of this movie? When it was released, the Korea Times listed it as Descenendents of Hong Gil-dong. Later KOFIC listed the film to be The Righteous Thief. Usually, when KOFIC lists a name, that is what the film will certainly be called. This seemed to be true a little later when Asiana Entertainment asked me to write an article about this film using the title Righteous Thief. Now, TechnoDVD which supplies me with the release information of DVDs lists the English name as Descendents of Hong Gil-dong. Well, whatever it is being called, the region 3 DVD is a simple 1-disk release with special features that include audio commentaries by director Jeong Yong-gi and actors Lee Beom-soo, Kim Soo-ro, Seong Dong-il and Lee Shi-yeong as well as extras with the making of the film, actor interviews, the shooting of the posters, deleted scenes etc. The disk contains subtitles in English and Korean and is rated for ages 12+. The DVD will be released on March 10 with a recommended price of 22,000 KRW.

good morning presidentGOOD MORNING PRESIDENT: This quiet success from last year will be released in a 2-disk set on March 11. The special features for this film include optional audio commentaries by director Jeong Jin and actors Lee Soon-jae, Jang Dong-geun, and Im Ha-ryong on Disk 1 which also contains the movie itself. Disk 2 contains the making of the film plus a special section highlighting each of the presidents of the film, a showing of all the cameo appearencs and a look at the Pusan International Film Festival when this film was released. Rated for all ages, this region 3 release contains Korean and English subtitles and has a suggested retail price of 25,300 KRW.

thirstTHIRST: I have been waiting for the region 3 release of Park Chan-wook’s vampire film for a while–but I have to say I am a little bit suspicious of the release date shown to me by TechnoDVD. That is because the site I do my DVD shopping has not listed this film yet. Normally, when a movie is going to be released for sale on DVD, DVDKorea allows shoppers to reserve in advance. It happens, often, that disks are delayed and I wonder if that is the case here..I will know more Monday and edit this post accordingly. However, the 3-disk set looks pretty good. It contains two versions of the film: the theatrical version on Disk 1 and the uncut version on Disk 2. The final disk contains the usual extras including the making of the film, trailers, poster photo shoot plus some unusual sections labeled ‘Art’ and ‘Music’ .  The film is recommended for ages 18+ , has English and Korean subtitles, and will be released on March 11 with a suggested pricetag of 27,500 KRW.

fly upFLY UP: This small film appeared in and disappeared from theaters very quickly. That may be why it is getting a bare-bones release. Fly Up will be on just one disk with extras limited to trailers and the music video. It is recommended for ages 15+, will sell starting at 25,300 KRW and will be released on March 11. But the DVD of Fly Up contains NO English subtitles.

lee soon-shinLEE SOON-SHIN: I have often found movies of historical figures to be …well…dry. However, when KBS made the story of Admiral Lee Soon-shin into a drama, it proved to be very well done and exciting. The tv-drama is not being released on all-region DVD with English and Korean subtitles. The 33 episodes that make up the story are contained on 12 disks and NGs are included. The DVDs will be released on March 12 and will have a recommended price of 121,000 KRW.

Please keep in mind that all the prices listed in these posts are suggested prices. Most dealers in Korea will be selling them for slightly less so look around a little before you shop.

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1970 Index: 76-90

5th March 2010

These are the next 15 movies that were produced in Korea in 1970. Click the thumbnail to expand or you can access the plates through the tab marked Movies of  the 70s at the top of this page where all the film are listed by director.


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1970 Index: 61-75

5th March 2010

Continuing with the year 1970, here are the next 15 movies produced in Korea. You can click here to expand the image or you can access the plates by director via the tab at the top of this page ‘Movies of the 70s’.


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Korean Box Office: February 26-28

1st March 2010


Well, not much change in the box office rankings from last week. The top five held on to their positions nationally although in Jeonju there was some minor shuffling. None of the new films generated much interest and Secret Reunion is doing quite nicely for itself. This might change next week with two strong releases. I expect both Influence and Alice in Wonderland to open strong.  I would also be interested in seeing Evil Spirit: VIY but it is going to be given a limited release so it may not play here in Jeonju on its first run (the indie theater in Jeonju usually gets films quite late). Incidently, I like the Korean title of ‘Evil Spirit’. It translates as The Witch’s Coffin. I wonder why they didn’t stick with that and what does VIY stand for?


A. Alice in Wonderland (us)– d. Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska

B. Crazy Heart (us)– d. Scott Cooper, starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal

C. Dear John (us)– d. Lasse Hallstrom, starring Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried

D. Evil Spirit: VIY (kr)– Park Jin-seong, starring Jeong Seung-gil, Im Ji-yeong

E. Influence (kr)– Lee Jae-gyu starring Lee Byeong-heon, Han Chae-yeong

F. Invictus (us)– d. Clint Eastwood, starring Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman

G. Kondo No Nichiyobi Ni (jp)– d. Satoshi Kenonochi, starring Yoon Ha, Somegoro Ichikawa

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