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Korean Box Office: November 12-14

15th November 2010


There is a new number one movie in town this week. Choin soundly beat Unjust, its nearest competitor, for the first rank place, ending the latter’s stay at the top of the box office charts. I find the naming of Choin a little strange. The romanized form of the Korean titles is ChoNeungRyeokJa. Instead of calling the film something like ‘The Telepath’ (which is what it is about), the Korean Film Council is listing the international title as Choin, which I think is unfortunate.  It is going to wind up being called as a single syllable word (like ‘loin’ or ‘groin’ rather than how it is meant to be pronounced as a two-syllable word (Cho-in). Maybe that will change at a later date.


1. Beck (jp)– d. Yukihiko Tsutsumi, starring Hiro Mizushima, Takeru Satu

2. Brotherhood (us)– d. Will Canon, starring Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster

3. Festival (kr)– d. Lee Hae-yeong, starring Shin Ha-gyun, Uhm Ji-won

4. Hero (kr)– d. Kim Hong-ik, starring Kim Hyeong-gyu, Lee Da-in

5. Let Me In (us)– d. Matt Reeves, starring Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee

6. Passerby #3 (kr)– d. Shin Soo-won, starring Park Han-yeong, Baek So-myeong

7. Saw 3D (us)– d. Kevin Greutert, starring Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes

8. Social Network (us)– d. David Fincher, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield

9. Two Women (kr)– d. Jeong Yoon-soo, starring Shin Eun-kyeong, Jeong Joon-ho

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Index of 1972: 61-75

13th November 2010

Here are the next fifteen films produced in Korea in 1972. Click the thumbnail to see the full-sized image. You can also view the films by director by clicking on the tab marked ‘Movies of the 70s’ at the top of the page.

72-061,72-062,72-063, 72-064, 72-065, 72-066, 72-067, 72-068, 72-069, 72-070, 72-071, 72-072, 72-073, 72-074, 72-075

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DVD Releases: November 14-20

13th November 2010

mossThis week, there are two movies released for the first time on DVD, one Blue-Ray release and a single disc release of a film that just appeared on DVD about a month ago. Not pictured left are the Blue-Ray release of The Servant and 71: Into the Fire.  The former has a recommended retail price of 33,000 KRW and will be released November 18. The latter movie will be released November 19 and is priced starting at 22,000 KRW.  Pictured in this post are the two films that have never been released on DVD.  Probably of most interest to the greatest number of people is MOSS, in theaters this past summer. The stats for Moss are as follows– Number of discs: 2/ Subtitles: Korean & English/ Rating: ages 18+/Format: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/ Special features: Optional commentary by Kang Woo-seok (director), Jeong Jae-yeong, Park Hae-il, Yoo Joon-sang, Yoo Seon, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Sang-ho, original story, making, set, make-up, poster, trailers/ Recommended Price: 27,500 KRW/ Available: November 18

GOLDEN Wing 1*2*3–Here is something I am happy to see!  I had originally written about the sequel to this film, Robot Taekwon V Meets the Golden Wing, and was a little confused as I was unfamilar with the Golden Wing characters and little explanation was given.  This movie had previously been released Blue-Ray, but had not been given a DVD. Now it is available, and with English subtitles!  The stats are as follows:  Number of dics: 1/ Subtitles: Korean & English/ Format: 1.66:1 Vista Vision/ Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0/ Region Code: All Regions/ Recommeded Price: 22,000 KRW/ Available: November 16

I will be buying both of these this week.

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Box Office: November 5-7

10th November 2010


Well, I finally had a chance to put this up.  As I mentioned yesterday when I posted the review of Hearty Paws, I had forgotten to upload this for the past two days and the plates I had made using Photoshop were in my office–so it was late. The top film, Unjust, did not change but there were major changes throughout the rest of the box office as a swarm of new films took control. Red and Bad Couple vied for the second tier with Red coming out on top over the weekend but Bad Couple gathering more of an audience overall when its opening day totals are added in. (The number on the chart above represents the total number of viewers since the films opened–NOT the weekend totals)  Interestingly, the Spanish animation Planet 51 remained in the top ten in Jeonju but ranked twenty-first nationally. 


1. Choneung Ryeonkja (kr)– d. Kim Min-seok, starring Kang Dong-wan, Ko Soo

2. Disappearance of Haruchi Suzumiya (jp)– d. Tatsuya Ishihara voiced by Yuko Goto, Tomokazu Sugita

3. Exam (uk)– d. Stuart Hazeldine, starring Natalie Cox, Colin Salmon

4. Rise (us)– d. Sebastian Gutierrez, starring Lucy Liu, Cameron Richardson (opening as Blood Hunter)

5. Secret in their Eyes (ar/sp)– d. Juan Jose Campanella, starring Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil

6. Stool Pigeon (hk)– d. Dante Lam, starring Nicholas Tse, Lunmei Kwai

7. Unstoppable (us)– d. Tony Scott, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine

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Hearty Paws 2 (2010)

9th November 2010

_PRODU~4Ugh– for the second night in a row, I have left the box office information in my office. I will have to post it tomorrow morning when I go in to school. In the meantime, I will post the article that I wrote for the November issue of Asiana Entertainment.  When I write for AE, I do not get to choose the film. Contents of the magazine are naturally limited to what is being shown on the flights. The only stipulation I have is that they only assign me Korean films. This condition came about after I had been assigned, and I refused to view/write about, Beverly Hills Chihuahua back in 2008. The prime purpose of the airplane magazine is entertainment, not critique and no one wants to read that the movies featured on a given flight are not very good. So, when I when I am assigned a movie I do not particularly care for–like when I was given The Sword With No Name or, years ago, Dragon Wars– I find a good point about the film and expand on that. I would love to give a more truthful opinion, but I also want to be published. I knew I was going to be in trouble when the editor assigned me to write a review for Hearty Paws 2. I knew that it was definitely NOT my style of movie. Now, I have written about several animated films on this site which I have loved. And I fully admit to willingly purchasing and, this past Monday night, watching Sparkman–a Shim Hyeong-rae live-action childrens movie from 1988 which I will probably get around to writing about here at some point. However, those seem different to me. Those are viewed for research purposes, part of a film history that I want to know more about.  Maybe, after thirty years, I will be happy to see Hearty Paws 2, but I have might doubts.  It is a shame too, because the original Hearty Paws is surprisingly good- with a heart-breaking end. But (as a mention in the below review), given the end, a true sequel is impossible and Hearty Paws 2 deviates far from its predecessor.   What I wrote for Asiana Entertainment appears below.The key phrase to keep in mind is that this movie “captures the imagination of preschoolers.” 

From Asiana Entertainment vol. 16, no. 11:  It is unusual to enjoy a non-animated Korean film that can be enjoyed by the youngest members of a family. Although Korean cinema offers entertaining viewing and beautiful and often tragic stories, rarely are screenplays written with small children in mind. However, Hearty Paws 2, with its loveable dogs and simple action, fills this niche. It is sure to capture the attention and imagination of preschoolers while keeping parents happy knowing that their children are watching a wholesome film wherein a happy end is guaranteed.

The name of the dog in the film is Maeumi, which is also the Korean name of the movie. That, and the fact that the pooch is played by the same animal actor, are the only connections the movie Hearty Paws 2 has with the original 2006 film. The sad ending of the first film left it impossible to make a true sequel. Hearty Paws 2 departs from the heavy drama of the original to a light comic tone which has much more in common with Home Alone than Old Yeller. The story revolves around a clever mother dog, her attentive owner Dong-wook and her litter of fluffy white puppies. When a pair of bumbling jewel thieves steals one of Maeumi’s pups, the courageous canine goes on a frantic chase through the countryside in an effort to reclaim him. Naturally, the robbers are not willing to part with their prize, so Maeumi ensures that she will get their attention focused on her by devouring their stash of diamonds. This leads the dim-witted burglars chasing the precocious dog into the woods where a lively game of hide-and-seek ensues and where encounters with a wild pig and a poisonous snake help alter the course of the game.

As mentioned earlier, this film is certainly suitable for children. Even though the dognappers speak threateningly about what they will do if they catch Maeumi, there is never any sense of real danger and most children will not be frightened. Even the CGI snake is rendered in such a way that it does not seem realistic enough to be dangerous and only the youngest children may be scared. Any violence in the film, such as when the asp bites one of the four-legged characters, is implied. We never see the actions that might be too scary for kids, only the aftermath–much of which is handled comically.

Most of the human characters play second fiddle to the cleverness of Maeumi and the cute antics of her adorable puppies. Not enough can be said about just how cute the young puppies in this film are. Their inquisitive looks, pudgy little bodies and charming smiles will make everyone want to own one of these dogs. As in Lassie, the animals do not talk, however they act in such a way that they appear human and what they are trying to say is easily understood. Hearty Paws 2 is a fun, action-filled romp–a family film that will leave you with a smile on your face.

End magazine review: Huh.. reading that, the movie doesn’t sound half-bad. BUT it is definitely NOT for adults.  If I had little kids, I might buy the DVD to put on for them to watch, but adults will be left slightly dazed by all the cuteness and child-oriented slapstick in this film.

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DVD Releases: November 7-13

7th November 2010

hearty paws 2 dvdThis week, there are 4 movies being released onto DVD. However, three of them are re-released, single disc versions of recent movies. Happy Killer, The Housemaid (remake) and Blades of Blood were all made available this past July and contained a second disc of extras. The latest release of these films contains only the movie–no special features are included. All of them have a suggested price of 22,000 KRW. Happy Killer and Blades of Blood can be purchased from November 9th and The Housemaid is available from November 10.  The movie pictured on the right is Hearty Paws 2.  I recently had to write about it for the November issue of Asiana Entertainment. It is the kind of film that you would buy if you have pre-school or young elementary school-aged children in your house. Number of discs: 1/ Subtitles: Korean & English/ Rating: All Ages/ Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen/ Audio: 5.1 Dolby Surround/ Special Features: Optional commentary by director Lee Jeong-cheol, actor Seong Dong-il and dog trainer Kim Jong-gwon, Production Notes, Interview with ‘the father’, Character Profiles, Acting Notes, Poster Shoot. Music Video,Trailer/ Recommended Price: 22,000 KRW/ Available: November 12

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Index of 1972: 46-60

6th November 2010

Here is information on the next 15 films produced in Korea in 1972. Click the thumbnail to view the full sized image. You can also access other films by the name of the director thru the tab at the top of the page marked Movies of the 70s.

72-046, 72-047, 72-048, 72-049, 72-050, 72-051, 72-052, 72-053, 72-054, 72-055, 72-056, 72-057, 72-058, 72-059, 72-060

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Korean Box Office: October 29-31

1st November 2010


Unjust took the top spot this week and, together with the owl animation Legend of the Guardians, knocked the previous first-ranked movie down to third place. Unjust actors (Rye Seung-beom, Hwang Jeong-min and Yoo Hae-jin) were undoubtedly a big part of the draw to this film as all are extremely talented. The movie opened on about twice the number of screens as Legend of the Guardians, but pulled in 4 times the viewers over the weekend and is well on its way to overtaking Midnight FM’s attendance total despite that film having been number one for the past two weeks. I find it odd that Banga? Banga! is still hanging around and seems on the verge of outlasting Cyrano Agency although their attendance totals cannot compare. Natalie had a poor opening and may not be around a second week as no fewer than ten films are being released this week. Information on these is listed below.


1. Aftershock (ch)– d. Xiaogang Feng, starring Fan Xu, Jingchu Zhang

2. Boolryang Namnyeo (kr)– d. Shin Geun-ho, starring Im Chang-jeong, Uhm Ji-won

3. Boy From Ipanema (kr)– d. Kim Gi-hoon, starring Lee Soo-hyeok, Kim Min-ji

4. Devil (us)– d. John Erick Dowdle, starring Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green

5. No Doubt (kr)– d. Park Soo-yeong, starring Lee Jeong-jin, Kim Tae-woo

6. Our Happy Ending (kr)– d. Seong Il-seok, starring Choi Moo-in, Han Jae-soo

7. Pamanento Nobara (jp)– Daihachi Yoshida, starring Miho Kanno, Yosuke Eguchi

8. Red (us)– d. Robert Schwentke, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

9. Rolling Home on a Bull (kr)– d. Im Soon-rye, starring Kong Hy-jin, Kim Yeong-pil

10. Terra (us)– d. Aristomenis Tsirbas, voiced by Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox

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