Vesoul Int'l Film Festival pushes frontiers of Asian movies in Europe

Founded in the small eastern French city of Vesoul in 1995, the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema has grown to become the biggest festival featuring exclusively Asian films in France and in continental European.

In its first year, 1,500 people attended its program of 12 films, but the numbers have increased to 32,500 festival-goers enjoying a program of 90 full-length films as of the festival's 24th edition earlier this year.

During the 24-year period, Korean films have taken root there, becoming today's most frequently screened Asian movies in France.

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'1987' wins best picture at Blue Dragon Awards

 A film about historic nationwide protests against the military-backed government in June 1987 won best picture at the 39th annual Blue Dragon Awards, one of the nation's top film honors, on Friday.

"1987: When the Day Comes" also earned best actor for its star Kim Yun-seok at the awards ceremony held at Kyunghee University in eastern Seoul.

 When the Day Comes" (Yonhap)

A still from the Korean historical film "1987: When the Day Comes" 

 

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Actor Ha Jung-woo reunites with 'The Terror, LIVE' director for 'Take Point'

Actor Ha Jung-woo teamed up again with Kim Byung-woo, the director of the 2013 hit action film "The Terror, LIVE," for "Take Point," Kim's first feature in five years.

The new film, whose Korean title is translated as "PMC: The Bunker," tells the story of an elite mercenary force on a CIA covert operation to apprehend a high-profile North Korean official at an underground bunker about 30 meters beneath the surface in the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Koreas.

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Indie films show different sides of Korea in Berlin

The Korean Cultural Center holds the second ‘Korea Independent Film Festival’ in Berlin, Germany, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 10. Katti Jisuk Seo’s documentary film, How About Having a Fascination of Mind?’ will be premiered at the festival. (Korean Cultural Center in Germany)

By Hahm Hee-eun

Korean independent films are becoming easily approachable for the audiences of Berlin, Germany. 

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'Rampant' is predictable Joseon-era superhero blockbuster

"Rampant" has a promising premise -- eerie zombies take over the streets of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), plunging the country into chaos. But it is a bland film that is marred by a predictable plot and cardboard characters.

Directed by Kim Sung-hoon of "Confidential Assignment" (2017), the new film has Hyun Bin, the star of the 2017 movie, as Lee Cheong. Lee is a Joseon prince and martial arts expert returning from captivity in the Chinese Qing Empire after the death of his crown prince brother.

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'The Negotiation': A gripping suspense thriller

 "The Negotiation," a suspenseful crime thriller starring Son Ye-jin and Hyunbin, tells the story of a police negotiator who strives to save two hostages from a notorious international arms dealer based in Bangkok.

It begins with Ha Chae-yoon (Son Ye-jin), a professional negotiator of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, being brought to the scene of a hostage incident in Seoul in the middle of a blind date on her day off. The coolheaded negotiator is shocked when both the hostages and their takers are killed by a police SWAT team before she even finishes her negotiations.

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Korean film lovers to bask in triple treat down under

South Korea’s latest box office hit films ‘The Witness’(Mok-Gyeok-Ja), The Great Battle and ‘Rampant’ will be released in Australia and New Zealand

Cine Asia has announced its latest line up of Korean films for Australian & NZ cinemas.

Rushed from its No 1 Korean box-office debut THE WITNESS (Mok-Gyeok-Ja) is a superb suspense filled, mystery thriller starring Lee Sung-Min, Kim Sang-Hoand Jin Kyung.

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The GREAT BATTLE

The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the subsequent Japanese colonial period have been the main settings for recent Korean historical films. But only a few feature ancient Korean history, probably because of the lack of historical records.

"The Great Battle," set to open next month, is a rare historical action blockbuster featuring the history of Koguryo, one of the three Korean ancient kingdoms, which lasted from the first to seventh centuries. At its peak, it stretched from the central part of Korea well into modern-day northeastern China.

 

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'Life On Mars'

The Korean remake of popular British television series "Life On Mars" has steadily climbed up the weekly TV chart, backed by the proven track record of its original series, smart localization and strong performances by actors, data showed Wednesday.

The weekend series on cable channel OCN, well-known as an original genre series and movie channel, ranked No. 6 by recording a score of 220.5 on the weekly Content Power Index (CPI) for July 9-15.

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Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival

South Korea's largest annual genre film festival kicked off Thursday in Bucheon, just west of Seoul, featuring 290 films from 53 countries around the world.

The 22nd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) will run till July 22 under the theme "Love, Fantasy and Adventure." The number of titles chosen to be shown during this year's event is similar to last year's 289 films.

Leading the 290 films will be the world premiere of South Korean directors Oh Seong-yun and Lee Chun-baek's animated feature film "Underdog" about the story of abandoned dogs.

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