Director Hong Sang-soo not to challenge court's dismissal of divorce suit

Director Hong Sang-soo has decided not to appeal a recent court ruling that turned down his request to divorce his wife of more than 30 years, his lawyer said Friday.

"Director Hong decided not to appeal in order to focus on his filmmaking career and present life," One Law Partners, representing the world-renowned director, said in a press release. "The fact remains unchanged that (the couple's) marital life has completely ended."


Korean titles to vie with Disney blockbusters in summer peak season

The sweeping arrival of Disney blockbusters this summer is expected to make the lucrative summer cinema scene unusually chancy for a group of Korean films on their way to hit the big screen.

Summer has traditionally been the busiest season of the year for the Korean film industry, when the most number of tentpoles get released.

This summer, however, is expected to be unconventionally trying for Korean titles in the face of several Disney films that are almost certain to crowd the summer cinema scene here.


Bucheon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival to open

South Korea's largest annual genre film festival will open late Thursday in Bucheon, just west of Seoul, featuring 288 movies from 49 countries.

The 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) will run from June 27 to July 7 under the motto "Love, Fantasy and Adventure," with special attention to science fiction flicks.

One of its official posters is inspired by the 1982 sci-fi film "Blade Runner" by Ridley Scott, which is set in a dystopian city in 2019.


Cannes-winning 'Parasite' becomes most-watched Korean film in France

"Parasite," winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, has set a new record in admissions in France among Korean films released there, the film's overseas distributor said Monday.

As of Saturday, the comedy-thriller by Bong Joon-ho had drawn 681,122 moviegoers since its French release on June 5, CJ ENM said.

The ticket sales are the highest for any Korean film released in the European country, surpassing the previous record of 678,049 set by Bong's 2013 feature "Snowpiercer," according to CJ ENM.


Cannes-winning 'Parasite' tops 9 mln admissions in S. Korea

"Parasite," the winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, has surpassed 9 million in ticket sales and is running toward the 10 million milestone, data showed Sunday.

The comedy-thriller film by Bong Joon-ho drew 9,000,284 moviegoers as of Sunday morning, 25 days after its official release on local screens, according to the data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

The film surpassed the 5 million threshold on its eighth day on the screen before hitting the 8 million mark on the 17th day.


Cartoon, animated film festival to kick off in Seoul next month

An international cartoon and animation festival will open in Seoul next month, showcasing the changing environment and paradigms of the industry, the event's organizer said Monday.

The 23rd Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (SICAF) will start July 17 for a five-day run at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul, the SICAF organizing committee said.

Under the theme of "Innovative Change," 103 cartoons and animated films from 28 countries will be shown at this year's SICAF.


Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' wins Sydney Film Festival top prize

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has grabbed the Sydney Film Prize, the main award of the 2019 Sydney Film Festival (SFF), according to the festival's homepage Monday.

The awarding of the AUD60,000 (US$41,288) cash prize, which took place during the festival's closing ceremony at the State Theatre in Sydney on Sunday (local time), follows the tragicomedy's winning of the prestigious Palme D'Or at Cannes in late May.


'Parasite' surpasses 8 mln in admissions

The Cannes-winning "Parasite" surpassed 8 million in total admissions on Saturday, looking poised to join other films in the 10 million club.

According to data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), "Parasite" reached over 8 million in admissions just past 3 p.m. Saturday, the 17th day since its much anticipated release. The family satire directed by Bong Joon-ho earned the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival and has stayed at the top of the local box office since its premiere on May 30.


Court dismisses filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's divorce suit

A Seoul court rejected award-winning director Hong Sang-soo's request for divorce at a verdict hearing on Friday.

The Seoul Family Court handed down the sentence after Hong applied for a divorce settlement in November 2016 and filed a divorce suit in December that year.

"Hong and his wife's marriage is on the rocks, and yet the primary responsibility goes to Hong. Supreme Court precedent does not allow those who are responsible for a marriage's breakdown to seek divorce," judge Kim Seong-jin said in the verdict.

The director is expected to appeal the ruling.


'Aladdin' belatedly makes box office rally in S. Korea

Walt Disney's live-action musical fantasy film "Aladdin" is making a remarkable rally at the South Korean box office, where the Palme d'Or-winning "Parasite" has been dominant for the last two weeks.

Since its release in May, it has been the underdog at the local box office after Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite," which won the highest prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, hit the local screens on May 30.

However, "Aladdin" recently made an outstanding rebound in audience numbers as the pace of "Parasite" slowed down once it pierced the 7 million admissions mark last week.



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